- Motto: "When in doubt, transform and roll out!"
- Weapon: Saber Blade
I haven't heard of any news of a new Transformers cartoon series but it may be a bit early to really speculate.
If there is another one coming out in the foreseeable future, I hope we get something that is in a similar vein of the "Batman: The Animated Series", "Superman: The Animated Series", "Justice League" and "Justice League Unlimited" series of cartoons. Basically the Bruce Timm universe of DC cartoons. What I love about the BT cartoons is the fact that the producer behind it is a fan of the source material and does whatever possible to retain the flavour, the essence of the material. At the same time, the new material goes in different directions than the source but not in drastically different directions for arbitrary purposes or being different for the sake of being different.
In my perfect scenario, the next Transformers series would use an overall character design concept that is similar to Don Figueroa's work, especially his approach to designing Classics Optimus Prime. This kind of style is contemporary while also giving a nod to G1.
With respect to the tone of the series, I would like a more serious overall mood. The main thing I can't get over in many post Beast Wars series of cartoons is the typical anime goofiness(at least that's how I perceive it) that permeates some episodes. Part of this is due to the voice acting but the voice acting is often dictated by the material so it's something that can only be fixed by getting better scripts AND getting different voice actors that aren't solely English anime voice actors or who can show they can perform solidly at different levels. To be perfect, the show would have to have Andrea Romano as the casting and voice acting director.
Now before I continue, I'm not against the typical "silliness" in many popular anime or anything, I just don't like(not to be confused with meaning I hate it) that kind of stuff. To put it another way, I'm more of a Cowboy Bebop fan than a Naruto fan.
Back to the subject...the cast of main characters should remain recognizable. Optimus Prime, Megatron, etc., are fine. Should the show take place on Earth or elsewhere? I think the Earth thing has been done a lot so we could try something a little different. Perhaps show the Autobots and Decepticons battling across systems of planets for a season or two before arriving at Earth. Really build up the background of a Cybertron at civil war between the two factions. Maybe use Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and Rodimus as commanders of three different groups of Autobots while Megatron, Shockwave, and Cyclonus lead three groups of Decepticons. OP & Megs would still be the overall leaders and they would eventually find their way to Earth. UM is paired against SW and Rodimus is paired against Cyclonus. UM/SW & Rodimus/Cyclonus will find themselves joining their allies on Earth in later seasons.
The setting of Earth should be an Earth in the near future, perhaps a few decades. I would like to retain most design concepts such as OP's alt mode being some sort of truck. However, as much of a G1 fan as I am, I never loved Megatron's alt mode of a handheld pistol of some sort. To keep with the idea of flight capable Decepticons and to retain a fusion cannon, Megatron could be a hover tank. I like the idea of Autobots generally taking alt modes of civilian or utility vehicles while the Decepticons take on military or offensively capable vehicles. I would also propose the concept of the Decepticons being a more traditional military while the Autobots are civilians who have been forced into war, which they adapt to by using guerilla tactics. I'd also like to have the characters portrayed as more grey than strictly black and white bad guys and good guys. Wars should be more morally complex.
I have some other ideas but I've rambled on enough for now, hehe.