Sabrblade wrote:I dunno. Could turn into another fad like My little Pony: Friendship is Magic, since that show targets about the same age range as Rescue Bots will (though, given the difference in gender, who knows). I guess we'll just wait and see.
On topic: I get this feeling that Hasbro saw Animated as nothing more than a filler series meant to by them time to come up what they saw as their primary goal for television: Prime. Which is sad to say since Animated was worlds better than Prime and far more enjoyable. That isn't to say that Prime isn't good too, it's just only average at the moment with only a handful of really good episodes. Whereas Animated was almost non-stop engagement and enjoyment.
HAHA! I'm afraid I know less about My Little Pony: Friendship is magic. And frankly, I'd like to keep it that way.
On topic: I can't say I agree with the thought that it was just a filler. Two reasons actually. #1 it was a very large line to be just a filler. #2 I doubt that Hasbro was looking far enough down the road to consider Prime in the equation. If they were, I don't think they would have partnered with Cartoon Network to get the show off the ground. I will not pretend or let on that I know the specifics of the Hasbro/Cartoon network deal. But I'm going to assume that the deal could prove to be quite restrictive down the road from TF:A had Hasbro decided to do anything else with the brand. Especially if they were eyeing their own network at the time. Which I don't think they were either.
I believe TF:A was meant to sustain the name Transformers until ROTF came to fruition and those toys would then take over, just as DOTM has taken over now for the Gen/RTS line. But I wouldn't call it a filler. I would say a flagship of the time. It was severely underated due to the art direction, which is too bad. The show and the toys were pretty phenomenal and I would have enjoyed seeing where the future episodes would have gone after the final battle and the capture of the decepticons.
I do think that TF:Prime toys will become the flagship after DOTM runs its course, however due to the timing of the HUB hitting airwaves the cycle is thrown off. Hasbro needed a flagship show to gets its network off the ground immediately and TF:Prime is supposed to be that show. Unfortunately, the timing is off from the current rotation of toys. Gen/RTS was wrapping up and DOTM was coming fast. Prime toys were the odd man out. I wonder if this off-timing won't have a negative impact on the show and/or the toys down the road.
However, as much as I'd love to see it. I don't think an early death of Prime will open the doors for a TF:A return.