Big news for Heatwave, Chase, Blades, and Boulder: in the fourth season of Discovery Family Channel’s Transformers Rescue Bots, the Autobots will not only celebrate their 100th episode, but they’ll get two new friends, including the first female Rescue Bot!
ER and Doctor Who’s Alex Kingston will guest star as Quickshadow, the first female Bot, while The Last Man on Earth and Bob’s Burgers star Kristen Schaal will provide the voice for another new Bot, Chickadee, in episodes airing later in Season 4.
The new season of the Emmy and Annie Award-nominated series premieres with back-to-back episodes on April 23. “New Normal” and Bride Building” finds the Rescue Bots forced to reveal their extraterrestrial backgrounds to the good people of Griffin Rock, when an evil alien group invades the town.
It’s up to the citizens to vote on whether or not the Bots get to stay in town, but, spoiler alert, since the rest of the season revolves around the gang completing construction of the cool new Mainland Training Center – as seen in the Season 4 trailer above – it’s probably safe to assume Heatwave and the gang will remain Griffin Rock presences for the foreseeable future.
Transformers Rescue Bots Season 4 premieres April 23 at 8 a.m. on Discovery Family Channel
Taking place 40 years after the great war on Earth, Transformers: Combiner Wars introduces new lore and all-new characters that, combined with the characters fans have known for decades, will bring the Transformers storytelling in a new direction.
The Autobots and Decepticons have disbanded and returned to Cybertron. With the days of Optimus Prime and Megatron over, Cybertron is now ruled by a triumvirate. However, an ancient technology has enabled a new threat, the power for multiple Transformers to combine into one massive, dangerous form: Combiners. Who will stand-up to this threat to ensure that the fragile peace that was 4 million years in the making remains?
More hints about Decepticon Island are revealed when Steeljaw invades the Scrapyard with a clever plan, and Bumblebee, Grimlock and Strongarm confront Scorponok, one of the Island's leaders.
Episode 8 - Bumblebee's Night Off
Bumblebee is convinced by his team to take a night off and go to his favorite band's concert, but it gets dangerous when Bisk attacks the stadium.
Episode 9 - Impounded
Grimlock’s search for a better camouflage is running at full speed when Quillfire returns. Meanwhile Bumblebee and Strongarm are stuck at an impound lot.
Episode 10 - Portals
Fixit tries to carry out a repair, but it goes badly wrong. To everyone's dismay he summons two of the most dangerous Decepticons on the planet and additionally banishes Bumblebee to another dimension.
Episode 11 - Outstanding
Slipstream and Jetstorm want to prove that they can work very effectively without the requirements of their teacher, Drift. Unintentionally they expose Drift to danger. Now they have to rush to rescue him before it’s too late.
Episode 12 - Decepticon Island (I)
After the two teams are reunited, the Autobots get support from an old friend and discover the Decepticon Island. Unexpectedly they meet Steeljaw leading a Decepticon army.
Episode 13 - Decepticon Island (II)
The severely outnumbered Autobots on Decepticon Island desperately search for a way to stop Steeljaw and his army. Tensions between Bumblebee and Optimus could bring the mission and the entire world at risk.
Transformers Rescue Bots : Plus One
S04, E04 (First Aired: May 7, 2016)
When Heatwave invites her to take a turn at leadership, Quickshadow upsets the Rescue Team's dynamic.
Grimlock's attempt to make himself smarter by transferring all the information in a Cybertronian data cylinder directly into his brain goes horribly awry, leaving his team at a disadvantage against genius ape Decepticon Simacore.
Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
Nomination: Transformers Robots in Disguise (Cartoon Network)
Executive Producers: Stephen Davis, Jeff Kline, Shuzo John Shiota
Animation Producer: Therese Trujillo
Producer: Jack Liang
Line Producer: Masanari Kubo
Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program
Nomination: Jeff Bennet as Mayor Luskey in Transformers Rescue Bots (Discovery Family)
Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program
Nomination: Transformers Rescue Bots (Discovery Family)
Writers: Nicole Dubuc, Brian Hohfeld, Greg Johnson
Story Editors: Cydne Clark, Steve Granat, Andrew R. Robinson
Hasbro will release full length episodic Transformers Robots in Disguise content on the platform every two weeks.
Following content partnerships for the My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop brands, Hasbro has once again teamed up with digital kids engagement platform SuperAwesome to deliver Transformers branded content.
SuperAwesome’s platform reaches over a quarter of a billion kids each month around the world and is used by hundreds of brands for safe digital advertising and branded content delivery to the under-13 audience.
As part of this campaign, Hasbro will release full length episodic Transformers Robots in Disguise content on the platform every two weeks.
Kids can also enter competitions, meet the bots, play games, download Transformers content, and choose a side in the Autobots v Decepticons battle.
The branded Transformers content will also appear on an integrated ‘Drive in Cinema’ section on the Bin Weevils virtual world, dedicated to the Transformers brand.
“As one of the most innovative companies in the toy market, we’re extremely excited to be working with Hasbro on this Transformers content partnership," said Dylan Collins, SuperAwesome CEO.
"Hasbro realise that kids need to engage with content in multiple locations and devices and this is the perfect way to achieve that objective.”
This latest activity complements the companies’ existing partnerships as Hasbro is also using SuperAwesome’s Kids Web Services platform to power its My Little Pony Friendship Club site in the UK, Italy and France.
Craig Wilkins, marketing director, Hasbro UK & Ireland, added: “Transformers has always been a hugely popular brand for kids across the country, capturing audience’s imaginations for over 30 years.
"SuperAwesome is the perfect partner to bring this exciting brand to life for an increasingly digital generation and introduce Transformers on a unique, interactive level.”
Episode 79 (season 4, episode 1): "New Normal" - April 23, 2016 - Three years after their arrival on Earth, an alien attack forces the Rescue Bots to make a decision as to whether to reveal their true natures to the citizens of Griffin Rock.
Episode 80 (season 4, episode 2): "Bridge Building" - April 23, 2016 - The citizens of Griffin Rock are deciding whether or not to let the Bots stay in their midst when a GroundBridge accident splits the team.
Episode 81 (season 4, episode 3): "Arrivals" - April 30, 2016 - no description yet
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