Georgetown, the tony Washington, D.C., neighborhood famous for its narrow streets, Colonial-era houses, and old money, is not known for being welcoming to outsiders. Legend has it that its residents blocked a Metro station’s being built there in the 1970s because they didn’t want the wrong sort of people gaining easy access.

Now a different sort of interloper has appeared: two giant statues of Transformers have landed on picturesque Prospect Street. For those unfamiliar with them, Transformers are a warring race of sentient, shape-shifting robots from the planet Cybertron that have appeared in movies, comic books, and on lunch boxes since the early 1980s. Usually locked in an eternal battle against the evil Decepticons, the virtuous Autobots, in turn, face a new and remorseless enemy of their own: the Georgetown crowd.