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RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:48 pm

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Oh dear. :|

http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-prime-39/transformers-prime-season-3-will-be-16-episodes-possibly-the-final-season-175936/

TFW2005 wrote:Transformers Prime voice actors Jeffrey Combs and Tony Todd are appearing at the El Paso Comic Con in Texas this weekend - and at a joint panel Jeffrey Combs has dropped a few bombshells regarding the future of the Transformers Prime series. By way of 2005 Boards member MiraiBaby who is at the convention we can relay this news to you:
Season 3 will only last 16 episodes
Combs just finished recording the last episode to season 3
Jeffrey Combs is quoted as having said "Unfortunately this iteration of the franchise is coming to an end"

What this means for the recently revealed "Beast Hunters" and the leaked Hasbro document suggesting Transformers Prime is planned to continue through 2015 is unclear - more information will hopefully follow. Keep it TFW2005 and we will share more information as it reaches us.

Now, keep in mind, this is NOT an official confirmation, but it still remains a possibility.

Also note that the leaked presentation that told us about Beast Hunters also said that the Prime cartoon (and the Rescue Bots cartoon) would be going as far as 2015. :???:
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Burn » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:51 pm

Could be interpreted as this particular form of TF:Prime is ending but the story will continue into Beast Hunters, similar to how A/E/C was suppose to work.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Justanormalguy » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:18 pm

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Hmmm, I may have to look into this. I would like to know what "Beast Masters" is though.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:20 pm

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Justanormalguy wrote:Hmmm, I may have to look into this. I would like to know what "Beast Masters" is though.
That was a typo on Burn's part. He meant "Beast Hunters".
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Burn » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:24 pm

Sabrblade wrote:
Justanormalguy wrote:Hmmm, I may have to look into this. I would like to know what "Beast Masters" is though.
That was a typo on Burn's part. He meant "Beast Hunters".

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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Archanubis » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:27 pm

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Well, that sucks. Although it does fit the three year pattern Hasbro seems to rotate the franchise, thought.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby BeastProwl » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:29 pm

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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:37 pm

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BeastProwl wrote:If they end this series, just like this... I'm jumping...
Don't forget that we're still in season 2, with seven more episodes left till the finale.

Then comes season 3.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Noideaforaname » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:05 pm

This seems like too major a thing for a VA to let slip at some random convention.

Kinda odd how the Prime toy line seems to be petering out (we've only got, what, 1 Wave left to be released? And of course Hasbro seems to be ignoring certain toys Takara's using), we see a trademark for a "new" cartoon, and now this. Granted we still have quite a bit of show left, which means the toy line's apparent "end" doesn't really line up right.


Since they want to keep to the 'aligned' continuity, I'd imagine a successor series will follow Prime soon enough. Hopefully it (assuming it'll happen, of course) will feel like a proper sequel, unlike other successor series...
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Autobot032 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:32 am

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I don't get it.

First we're told 2015, now we have Jeffrey Combs telling us it's NEXT year! WTF? (I don't doubt him. I'm sure he's telling the truth. He not only gets the scripts for the episodes and knows what's coming, but he's also working with the crew behind the show. If he has info saying this is it, then it really is it.)

I'm not happy right now. I'm tired of this crap. Animated still leaves a sore spot in my heart. I loved Animated, but I LOVE Prime. Seriously. I'll be heartbroken if it's gone.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Chaoslock » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:52 am

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It could be they are just renaming the show from TF:Prime to TF: Beast Hunters like Young Justice got renamed to YJ: Invasion or Justice League got renamed to JL: Unlimited

Still, I'm sort of happy they are ending this iteration.The animation models are cool, but the show overall is just crappy.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby El Duque » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:46 am

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Update: Transformers Prime fans can breath a sigh of relief, Combs has clarified that there will be a at least a forth season of Transformers Prime.

We have some interesting news regarding the future of Transformers Prime out of Ep-Con 2012 where voice actors Tony Todd (Dreadwing) and Jeffrey Combs (Ratchet) were in attendance. MiraiBaby of fellow fan site TFW2005 attended a panel where Combs stated the upcoming season three would be the last for Transformers Prime:

Unfortunately this iteration of the franchise is coming to an end


He also stated he had just finished his recordings for the last episode of season three, which is slated for 16 episodes.

While this isn't official confirmation that the recently revealed Transformers Season 3 "Beast Hunters" is the overall end of Transformers Prime it's certainly all very interesting.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby xyl360 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:16 am

I suspect that Prime will end and Beast Hunters will be the new thing, continuing where Prime season 3 leaves off.

It makes sense with the new show and toyline trademarks Hasbro got. I think they're going forward with what I'd hoped (yet doubted highly) that they'd do, which is continue the story without the Bots and Cons and move away from rebooting the same cast of characters over and over again, which is what I loved about Beast Wars (the only show to explicitly be a continuation of G1, unlike every other show which creates its own continuity/universe loosely based on the original G1 concepts).

If that's where they're going, then I'm all in. I'm tired of the franchise standing still. Keep giving G1 the love with MP and Classics, but keep the main line moving forward as new generations come (and old generations, like mine get sick of seeing Optimus and Bumblebee vs Megatron and Starscream reinvented yet again for the 1000th time).
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Ravage XK » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:34 am

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Whatever happens I hope the same standard is kept up as Prime has been excellent.

Im not so keen on Beast based Transformers toys (except the Dinobots!) so my wallet will be happy.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Questworld12 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:39 am

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I am unsure about this news.
I would like to see a season 4 or 5 but all good things must come to an end.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby CBratetron » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:43 am

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I suspect I'll be skipping a few year's worth of episodes if the successor series goes back to the dark ages of animal forms.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby CBratetron » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:45 am

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I suspect I'll be skipping a few year's worth of episodes if the successor series goes back to the dark ages of animal forms.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Shockwave7 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:47 am

xyl360 wrote:...I'm tired of the franchise standing still. Keep giving G1 the love with MP and Classics, but keep the main line moving forward as new generations come (and old generations, like mine get sick of seeing Optimus and Bumblebee vs Megatron and Starscream reinvented yet again for the 1000th time).



I respectfully disagree. If people got 'bored of the same franchise being reinvented over and over', then NO one would ever watch another Batman movie or TV show ever again. I don't hear anybody saying, 'Oh gee, Nolan put Batman against the Joker - I'm not going to go see it because Adam West and Ceaser Romero already did that'.

Fact is, reboots make truckloads of cash and are successful because people like them.

And like Hasbro is going to pass up a chance to reboot the Tformers again and make us buy yet another gazillion different bumblebee repaints? They may let it lie for a while, but they'll be back. There are tons of different Optimus figures they'll want to make.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby griftimus prime » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:28 am

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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby njb902 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:40 am

All of this worry is premature.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby xyl360 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:40 am

Shockwave7 wrote:
xyl360 wrote:...I'm tired of the franchise standing still. Keep giving G1 the love with MP and Classics, but keep the main line moving forward as new generations come (and old generations, like mine get sick of seeing Optimus and Bumblebee vs Megatron and Starscream reinvented yet again for the 1000th time).



I respectfully disagree. If people got 'bored of the same franchise being reinvented over and over', then NO one would ever watch another Batman movie or TV show ever again. I don't hear anybody saying, 'Oh gee, Nolan put Batman against the Joker - I'm not going to go see it because Adam West and Ceaser Romero already did that'.

Fact is, reboots make truckloads of cash and are successful because people like them.

And like Hasbro is going to pass up a chance to reboot the Tformers again and make us buy yet another gazillion different bumblebee repaints? They may let it lie for a while, but they'll be back. There are tons of different Optimus figures they'll want to make.

While that is very true, I've also seen series like those in the DCAU, which started with Batman: The Animated Series go all the way through to Justice League: Unlimited, following what comic books do and be very successful as well. I'm not saying they should never go back to Autobots vs Decepticons, Megatron vs Prime, absolutely not, but something fresh that isn't just yet another reboot every few years would be nice. It gets boring to watch the same characters 'learn who they are' and see the same (essentially the same) history get revealed throughout yet another series all over again.

A good re-telling can be nice, and there's certainly nothing wrong with it, but doing so every few years gets old. It's nice to see a continuity that lasts longer than just 4 or 5 seasons, especially if it really takes things in a new direction, expanding on the universe the first series or first few seasons of the series created. That's what I'd like to see them do with Prime. There's plenty they haven't touched on or expanded on from WfC and FoC that they could integrate and of course, if they move forward with this continuity's version of Beast Wars, and it's anything close to how the original was, then I suspect it will be a hit, at least with those of us who aren't opposed to bots with beast modes that are actual DISGUISES instead of gigantic robotic animals that aren't fooling anyone (lookin' at you G1 Predacons and Dinobots :P).
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Avensis-Mahiya » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:48 am

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And here I was hoping that Prime would last maybe 4 or 5 seasons. 16 episodes seems too...brief and rushed. See, I never really caught on to the Beast Era, so I don't know if I'm going to like this new show, or whatever it is.

Here's hoping that this is only a rumor and that Jeff was only misinformed.
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby Megatron Wolf » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:49 am

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I hope this is true, TF:Prime is such a bad show. If the kids werent in it it probably wouldnt be too bad but it still wouldnt be good. I just hope that they bring back Combs, Todd, & Welker cause they did one hell of a job. Bring back Cullen too just tell him to stop doing his old man prime voice and tell him to do normal Optimus Prime. But for the love of god dont rehire Blum, he sucked as starscream & im just tired of hearing him in every damn game and cartoon i watch. Wonder if Beast Hunters has anything to do with this?
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Re: RUMOR: Transformers: Prime to end with only 16 episodes of season 3?

Postby YRQRM0 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:52 am

16 episodes? That would mean in 16 episodes plus whatever is left in season 2, they would need to end the story of the ongoing Iacon database/relic thing, do something with Starscream (hopefully other than let him be a loner forever), possibly do something with Airachnid, and introduce whatever "Beast Hunters" entails. Just doesn't seem like it would end this quickly, especially when we just got hints of some story with Alpha Trion, Shockwave doing something that would allow reuse of his model, usage of the red energon, etc.

Hopefully if this is then end of Prime, there will be a new show that continues it, like Armada and Energon. I just hope the quality doesn't drop, or they change to some horrible animation style (Energon). I'm sure we'll get new designs though, for new toys.
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