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Transformers News: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee

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We've just received news from The Hub Network confirming the new animated Transformers TV series, due to debut in 2015. The series will feature an aesthetic blended from elements of both Rescue Bots and Prime, to which it sort of plays a sequel, and will feature voice actor Will Friedle returning as the main hero: Bumblebee. Check out our first look at the character art below, and the press release!

Transformers News: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee


LOS ANGELES - The Hub Network, champions of family fun and the only network dedicated to providing kids and their families entertainment they can watch together, announced today that a new animated series is currently in production for the globally renowned TRANSFORMERS brand. Set to debut in early 2015, the new action-packed series is being produced by Hasbro Studios, the production and distribution division of Hasbro, Inc., and is executive produced by Jeff Kline ("Transformers Prime," "G.I. Joe Renegades").

Taking place years after the battle between Autobots and Decepticons in "Transformers Prime," this all new series centers around our hero Bumblebee stepping up to lead a brand new team of Autobots. The show features an all-star cast with Will Friedle ("Boy Meets World") returning as Bumblebee, along with Darren Criss ("Glee"), Constance Zimmer ("House of Cards") and Ted McGinley ("Married with Children"). Blending 3D characters with hand-painted environments, the series mixes action-packed adventure with lots of comedy, making it a rip-roaring experience for kids and families to enjoy together.

This is a big year as the TRANSFORMERS brand celebrates its 30th anniversary. The Hub Network will also be celebrating the success of the franchise with special events to be announced later this year.

TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2014. Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.


About the Hub Network

The Hub Network is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) that champions family fun by providing relatable, funny, family friendly entertainment experiences that children and their parents can enjoy together. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Hasbro's rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub Network's lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at HubNetwork.com. The Hub Network rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in nearly 71 million U.S. households. The Hub Network logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

To find the channel in your area, please visit HubNetwork.com and check the channel locator at the top of the page.

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About Hasbro Studios

Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 countries globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS 4 (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and Ouiji (Universal Pictures). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.
Credit(s): The Hub Network
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Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558187)
Posted by welcometothedarksyde on March 17th, 2014 @ 2:30pm CDT
Wasn't a fan of the Prime designs, and this really caries over that aesthetic. But I really want to reserve my judgement until I see it
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558188)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 17th, 2014 @ 2:31pm CDT
I am overjoyed by this news.

Will Friedle has been the best Bumblebee we've had in recent years (sorry Johnny, but we still love ya) and his Bee being in charge sounds very cool.

I've never been sick of Bee in the fiction. Only in the toy aisles. So this is a positive in my book.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558189)
Posted by Marcdachamp on March 17th, 2014 @ 2:31pm CDT
I would say that actually bears more of a similar look to Transformers Animated. I like it!
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558190)
Posted by kaijuguy19 on March 17th, 2014 @ 2:37pm CDT
I sort of guessed we were going to see something that's related to the Aligned universe since it's been said that it's set to last for a decade. I was right in that regard with this being a sequel. I like how this is now centering on Bumblebee learning to be a leader for a team of new characters. Hopefully it'll make up for him not playing a large enough role in Prime with the exception for the last episode of TFP and Predacons Rising. I hope we'll get to see the other cast of Prime return as either cameos or future main characters even both.

As for the style it's like if Prime Bumblebee got mixed with his Rescue bots version along with Prime Smokescreen. Should be interesting to see what the other characters are like.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558191)
Posted by MaverickPrime on March 17th, 2014 @ 2:37pm CDT
The concept is interesting, hope wthey pull it off nicely, as for Bee as the leader, being a sequel to Prime, I'm okay with it, and this design looks cybertronian, there's nothing on it that looks like an earth vehicle, so far, I like it but...I hate when they don't give him his stubby horns, makes him look bald somehow.
And also, all-new Autobot cast? :-?
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558194)
Posted by Mindmaster on March 17th, 2014 @ 2:41pm CDT
Not sure how much I dig that design. :???:

So basically, he's Rodimus Prime now. Meh, kinda what I expected, since Optimus is... y'know, one with the Allspark.

Three-dimensional characters on a hand-painted background? The return of EnergonCybertron animation! :grin:

Sabrblade wrote:I've never been sick of Bee in the fiction. Only in the toy aisles. So this is a positive in my book.


This is the best way of describing my relationship with Bumblebee: good character overall in most cases, but because of the overzealous attitude Hasbro seems to have on Bumblebee, I tend to groan and roll my eyes at the mere mention of the yellow dude. :roll:
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558195)
Posted by The Thuggernaut on March 17th, 2014 @ 2:43pm CDT
I'm actually looking forward to this! I hope Shockwave has part in this! It is only logical. :CON:
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558200)
Posted by Jones on March 17th, 2014 @ 2:54pm CDT
••• DISCLAIMER: This is my preliminary opinion, nothing more, and will likely change once the other characters have been revealed and we learn more about the show, so please don't yell at me. |:| ***

Well, this is . . . . . interesting.

Never a fan of the style of Animated, but totally loved the aesthetics of Prime.

Bee is a great character, always has been. But with him as the leader, I am unconvinced.

Two quotes come to mind (oddly, both connected to Ultra Magnus, but still . . . )

1: "I'm just a soldier. I'm not worthy."

and

2: "You are no Optimus Prime."

Again, just my initial reaction. We'll see what happens when more is revealed.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558204)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:01pm CDT
Jones wrote:Bee is a great character, always has been. But with him as the leader, I am unconvinced.

Two quotes come to mind (oddly, both connected to Ultra Magnus, but still . . . )

1: "I'm just a soldier. I'm not worthy."

and

2: "You are no Optimus Prime."
That's the best part! He's not Optimus, nor does he see himself as worthy. It's been too long since we've gotten a young, inexperienced (in a leadership role), humble leader in these shows, with the last one being Animated Optimus from six years ago.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558209)
Posted by rpetras on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:14pm CDT
I really liked TFA and this has a TFA vibe to me.

I remain cautiously optimistic. :-?
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558210)
Posted by craggy on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:18pm CDT
looks like Animated and Prime had a little robo-baby. I don't mind it, want to see more, since Bee's going to be fairly generic these days what with how cross-brand he is. Bit more info on the story and characters (and other voice actors) will help up my excitement too, but Prime was a pretty great show and GI Joe Renegades was damn good too.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558211)
Posted by Jones on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:21pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Jones wrote:Bee is a great character, always has been. But with him as the leader, I am unconvinced.

Two quotes come to mind (oddly, both connected to Ultra Magnus, but still . . . )

1: "I'm just a soldier. I'm not worthy."

and

2: "You are no Optimus Prime."
That's the best part! He's not Optimus, nor does he see himself as worthy. It's been too long since we've gotten a young, inexperienced (in a leadership role), humble leader in these shows, with the last one being Animated Optimus from six years ago.


Yeah, I see all that. But still...

Image

This premise will undoubtedly be a home-run with many fans, and change/progress for the brand isn't a bad thing. But even within that, I guess I just am one of those fans that desires to see the eternal conflict between Optimus and Megatron remain eternal. Again, I fully admit that it's way to early to cast definitive judgement on the series based on one pic and a short plot blurb. Time will tell.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558215)
Posted by Bubbah on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:24pm CDT
Ok, first with Bumblee's design... I'm not a fan so far. I hated the Animated asthetic (I know, I know), and this seems all too familiar. Also, his head looks like it should belong to Megatron, which is just awkward.

Secondly, as for the show... While I'm curious about it, and like the idea of a rookie taking over as leadership (in fact love the idea), I feel like they're missing a big chance and not going with Smokescreen, since Prime set that up perfectly. Bumblebee seems forced (although fully expected), if this is a true sequel.

But I'm by no means writing this off, I'll give it a chance. I'm just not as excited as I was when details for Prime started to emerge.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558220)
Posted by Galvon_prime on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:27pm CDT
So if bee is the new leader then who will be the main villain? megatron is no longer evil and I assume starscream got killed by the predacons, so that leaves only shockwave and arachnid.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558222)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:32pm CDT
Bubbah wrote:Secondly, as for the show... While I'm curious about it, and like the idea of a rookie taking over as leadership (in fact love the idea), I feel like they're missing a big chance and not going with Smokescreen, since Prime set that up perfectly. Bumblebee seems forced (although fully expected), if this is a true sequel.
Ah, but that's the thing. Smokescreen would have been the predictable choice, yet they took a more original route instead. After all, Predacons Rising had Smokescreen recognize Bumblebee as more fitting for a leadership role than he was, despite having almost been a Prime. That showed how far Smokescreen had matured since his grumbling over not taking the chance to earn the Matrix.

And, who knows, maybe Bee isn't the leader of every Autobot, but only of his team. Smokescreen and the rest of Team Prime could all possibly be leaders of their own respective units instead of there being a single overall leader overseeing everyone. After all, Optimus said that the Age of Primes had come to an end, with no more Primes to lead over everyone possibly setting up an order of multiple bots in seats of authority, rather than just Bumblebee. :-B
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558224)
Posted by SlyTF1 on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:32pm CDT
This is the first time I've ever looked at a design for a TF series and said to myself, "This is going to be balls..."
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558226)
Posted by The Thuggernaut on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:35pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Bubbah wrote:Secondly, as for the show... While I'm curious about it, and like the idea of a rookie taking over as leadership (in fact love the idea), I feel like they're missing a big chance and not going with Smokescreen, since Prime set that up perfectly. Bumblebee seems forced (although fully expected), if this is a true sequel.
Ah, but that's the thing. Smokescreen would have been the predictable choice, yet they took a more original route instead. After all, Predacons Rising had Smokescreen recognize Bumblebee as more fitting for a leadership role than he was, despite having almost been a Prime. That showed how far Smokescreen had matured since his grumbling over not taking the chance to earn the Matrix.

And, who knows, maybe Bee isn't the leader of every Autobot, but only of his team. Smokescreen and the rest of Team Prime could all possibly be leaders of their own respective units instead of there being a single overall leader overseeing everyone. After all, Optimus said that the Age of Primes had come to an end, with no more Primes to lead over everyone possibly setting up an order of multiple bots in seats of authority, rather than just Bumblebee. :-B

This right here, ladies and gentlemen, is why we love Sabrblade :BOWDOWN:
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558230)
Posted by Noideaforaname on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:42pm CDT
Cautiously optimistic. It sounds kinda like the show I've been wanting (new :BOT: leader, comedic), though Prime left me burned and "Blending 3D characters with hand-painted environments" reminds me uncomfortably of Energon/Cybertron.

I kinda wish Prime actually used BB more, though, if he's to get a huge part now. We got to see Cheetor grow from little cootie-fearing kid to a mature, responsible leader between Beast Wars and Machines, but we really aren't getting anything like that with BB. Oh well.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558232)
Posted by Mkall on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:43pm CDT
I'm interested to see where this goes, It's far too soon to make any judgements based on a single character portrait.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558233)
Posted by MightyMagnus78 on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:44pm CDT
Not sure what to make of this. :-? I loved the aesthetic of Prime but really hated animated, so I guess this leaves me at meh?
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558238)
Posted by Bubbah on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:51pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Bubbah wrote:Secondly, as for the show... While I'm curious about it, and like the idea of a rookie taking over as leadership (in fact love the idea), I feel like they're missing a big chance and not going with Smokescreen, since Prime set that up perfectly. Bumblebee seems forced (although fully expected), if this is a true sequel.
Ah, but that's the thing. Smokescreen would have been the predictable choice, yet they took a more original route instead. After all, Predacons Rising had Smokescreen recognize Bumblebee as more fitting for a leadership role than he was, despite having almost been a Prime. That showed how far Smokescreen had matured since his grumbling over not taking the chance to earn the Matrix.

And, who knows, maybe Bee isn't the leader of every Autobot, but only of his team. Smokescreen and the rest of Team Prime could all possibly be leaders of their own respective units instead of there being a single overall leader overseeing everyone. After all, Optimus said that the Age of Primes had come to an end, with no more Primes to lead over everyone possibly setting up an order of multiple bots in seats of authority, rather than just Bumblebee. :-B

Now this I'd like to see, no single leader, but rather leaders of different teams. I'm just a bit leery of more Bumblebee overkill. I'm like you, it's not so much in the shows, but all the other marketing that has made me grow tired of the poor guy. On the plus side, I'm really glad to hear Friedle coming back to voice him!
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558239)
Posted by durroth on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:52pm CDT
... so is this ACTUALLY bumblebee, or an ILLUSTRATION of bumblebee? I.e. is he going to be cell shaded like this suggests, or is this just a drawing of what the final render might roughly look like?
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558240)
Posted by Mudwire on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:53pm CDT
I'm not really sure how I feel about the art style on this, so far. It's certainly not terrible, and I did enjoy the Prime art style, but I would have preferred something more... new, I guess. I dunno.

Also, Bumblebee leading the Autobots instead of Optimus? So long as they don't bring Optimus back in some hamfisted way... or any way at all, for that matter, I think I'll like this. I just want to see a change from the status quot of Optimus being immune to death. Also a new leader's personality will help, like with Hot Rod in MTMTE.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558241)
Posted by Darth Jumpy on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:53pm CDT
The only thing that has me worried about this is that it says it is going to be a more comedic series. While I do enjoy silly takes on Transformers, the Prime people thought that Miko was good comic relief.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558242)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:53pm CDT
I don't get the comparisons to Animated every time we get something that looks like a more traditionally cartoony style instead of a realistic one.

Animated has a very specific, very distinctive style that anything resembling it would only be other cartoons designed by Derrick J. Wyatt or things specifically intending to emulate his style.

Based on that Bumblebee art alone, this just looks like the typical, nonspecific cartoon style used by the 2D cartoons of today.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558243)
Posted by sideswipe6520 on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:54pm CDT
Am I the only one who looked at that picture and immediately thought "Vehicon repaint"??
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558244)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:56pm CDT
durroth wrote:... so is this ACTUALLY bumblebee, or an ILLUSTRATION of bumblebee? I.e. is he going to be cell shaded like this suggests, or is this just a drawing of what the final render might roughly look like?
Probably the latter, but I think it looks good either way. :D

Darth Jumpy wrote:The only thing that has me worried about this is that it says it is going to be a more comedic series. While I do enjoy silly takes on Transformers, the Prime people thought that Miko was good comic relief.
They also thought Knock Out was good comic relief. And he was. :lol:
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558245)
Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:57pm CDT
No! Bumblebee has some red on him. NO! :sad:
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558246)
Posted by The Thuggernaut on March 17th, 2014 @ 3:58pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:I don't get the comparisons to Animated every time we get something that looks like a more traditionally cartoony style instead of a realistic one.

Animated has a very specific, very distinctive style that anything resembling it would only be other cartoons designed by Derrick J. Wyatt or things specifically intending to emulate his style.

Based on that Bumblebee art alone, this just looks like the typical, nonspecific cartoon style used by the 2D cartoons of today.

Stereotypes I tell you, next all 3D animations will be compared to Prime, only time will tell.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558253)
Posted by VirusCarnage on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:05pm CDT
I'm quite Optimistic about this, but I don't see this being a Optimus-free show for long.
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Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:09pm CDT
EEeeeeuuuuuggggggghhhhhh...

That looks horrible. I skipped Animated for toys entirely, I pretty much ignored the series until it was over and decided to watch it (thankfully it was short). I was kinda hoping that the new series was going to look like Prime but kinda play out like Animated (the overall story in Animated, not the individual stories). It's looking like it's going to play out like Prime and look like Animated, which I think is the worst thing they could try. I'll still check it out because I can always be wrong, but sadly I'm going into this with a tainted viewpoint.

At least it isn't more japanimation.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558256)
Posted by Seibertron on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:09pm CDT
While I'm not a fan of this image of Bumblebee, I'm going to reserve judgement until we see more. Just want to remind everyone of how so many fans strongly disliked the look of Animated initially back in 2007 but many fans ended up liking it considerably. Case in point:

new-transformers-animated-scans-t8076.php
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:14pm CDT
Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:EEeeeeuuuuuggggggghhhhhh...

That looks horrible. I skipped Animated for toys entirely, I pretty much ignored the series until it was over and decided to watch it (thankfully it was short). I was kinda hoping that the new series was going to look like Prime but kinda play out like Animated (the overall story in Animated, not the individual stories). It's looking like it's going to play out like Prime and look like Animated, which I think is the worst thing they could try. I'll still check it out because I can always be wrong, but sadly I'm going into this with a tainted viewpoint.

At least it isn't more japanimation.
This doesn't look anything like Animated, this looks like Prime drawn in the generic style of the 2D action cartoons of today.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558259)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:15pm CDT
great another transformers animated, my hope in getting a good show with awesome looking transformers is now officially gone. Great voice actor choice though i think he'll do a great job as bumblebee.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558260)
Posted by Whitemest on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:15pm CDT
Im so over bumblebee(movies, and every damn show). Next time you go for a new leader please make it Ultra Magnus, Smokescreen, or bring back Rodimus, ESPECIALLY with what was hinted at in Prime.
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558262)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:16pm CDT
2015 is the year of bumblebee. soon every toy will be yellow and every leader class we get will be bumblebee. first megatron leaders went away now then the optimus primes. its all ogre now
Re: New Transformers TV Series Debuting in 2015 - First Look at Bumblebee (1558264)
Posted by kirbenvost on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:18pm CDT
I liked both Animated and Prime so the look has me feeling optimistic. As for Bee leading, that can only depend on how they handle it. Like most everyone else I suffer from Bumblebee fatigue but maybe this can change his recent characterization for the better. Looking forward to some new characters this time around as well.
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Posted by welcometothedarksyde on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:20pm CDT
I'm with Sabrblade. What about this looks like TF Animated besides the fact that it's drawn? This actually resembles Transformers Prime to a much greater degree. The eyebrows and nose-lessness screams Prime
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:21pm CDT
kirbenvost wrote:ike most everyone else I suffer from Bumblebee fatigue but maybe this can change his recent characterization for the better.
Doesn't that mostly stem from the overabundance of his toys rather than his fictional appearances? I mean, he was pretty downplayed for the most part in Prime and was only a three-episode guest star in Rescue Bots. So his being important here is kind of a new thing, cartoon-wise.
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Posted by Windsweeper on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:23pm CDT
Hopefully it'll be good. I'm also glad to see Friedle return. I would prefer to return to the G1/WFC aesthetic. I'm just not a fan of all the stylised aesthetics of recent years.

I'd like to see Smokescreen return but not reset like Cybertron Hot Shot. Be nice to see the Rescue Bots transfer over.

Rescue Bots suffered from the same problem, to me at least, as Animated. Great Transformers characterisations but childish situations/ human villains.

I'd love to see more from Chase.

But for the love of Primus, no more Bulkhead. Animated Bulkhead was endearing but Prime Bulkhead was a bore. Plus I hate his look.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing how this goes.
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:27pm CDT
Windsweeper wrote:Rescue Bots suffered from the same problem, to me at least, as Animated. Great Transformers characterisations but childish situations/ human villains.
How is Morocco a "childish" human villain? :???: He's brilliant, cunning, and knows how to twist and bend the law in his own favor. He even won in the latest episode, getting away with everything and preventing anyone from interfering in his plans. Every underhanded thing he did was legal.
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Posted by Deathscythetransform on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:40pm CDT
well this is a toy line that wont make it to my collection I tell you that

not being a fan of bumblebee in the first place, i am not certain I will enjoy seeing him as the leader of in charge....

and now, with him being in charge, and seeing how much the market is saturated with bee toys, you can be sure that we wont see the last of him ! not a fan of the aestetic either.

but on ONE positive note: he will speak.

question: Megatron proclaimed the end of the decepticons with his departure. against who will the autobots fight? and one other thing: will knock out be around?
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Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:43pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:EEeeeeuuuuuggggggghhhhhh...

That looks horrible. I skipped Animated for toys entirely, I pretty much ignored the series until it was over and decided to watch it (thankfully it was short). I was kinda hoping that the new series was going to look like Prime but kinda play out like Animated (the overall story in Animated, not the individual stories). It's looking like it's going to play out like Prime and look like Animated, which I think is the worst thing they could try. I'll still check it out because I can always be wrong, but sadly I'm going into this with a tainted viewpoint.

At least it isn't more japanimation.
This doesn't look anything like Animated, this looks like Prime drawn in the generic style of the 2D action cartoons of today.


The reason for the comparison to Animated (for me anyway) is the expression on his face, and the weird angles on some details like the hands. It's a continuation from Prime, so I know how the character will act and interact with other characters, but just the way he looks reminds me of Animated. Of course he looks nothing like Animated Bumblebee, but that's the comparison my mind drew and then my mind remembered how much crap Animated was with not enough good for me to enjoy.
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Posted by kirbenvost on March 17th, 2014 @ 4:47pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
kirbenvost wrote:ike most everyone else I suffer from Bumblebee fatigue but maybe this can change his recent characterization for the better.
Doesn't that mostly stem from the overabundance of his toys rather than his fictional appearances? I mean, he was pretty downplayed for the most part in Prime and was only a three-episode guest star in Rescue Bots. So his being important here is kind of a new thing, cartoon-wise.


It's mostly the whole dude without a voice thing I don't care for (TF version of R2D2? lol), which has obviously been fixed now. With the Bayverse it was something different but when they did the same thing in Prime it gave me a big huge eyeroll. But I didn't mind him as a character in Prime, no, and it is largely Hasbro's marketing zeal that leaves me burned out on Bee. :lol:

As for comparisons to Animated, it's the exaggerated body proportions, big feet, etc. Of course the actual design bears much more resemblance to the Prime aesthetic, but it's close enough to Animated for me to see some inpiration.
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Posted by Rodimus2006 on March 17th, 2014 @ 5:01pm CDT
Me, I am ok with Bee in Charge, & this makes more since if this is indeed a Prime Sequel. Given the fact of what happened to Prime at the end of Beast Hunters in Prime.

To me this is Animated mixed into Prime to be a sort of Hybrid. Being Less like the original Prime but more like Transformers Animated in terms of Looks & Feeling.

The question remains will any of the previous characters show in this Prime Sequel, Such as Miko, Raf or Jack. Or other survivors that survived in Prime. Or will this be a Brand new Deal in a Brand new Direction.

Similar towards how certain video games are now doing, being Dragon Age Inquisition taking place Years after Dragon Age 2 yet still in the Same Time Line/Universe this is just a Brand new Group of Characters being on a Global scale. Then again with the New Mass Effect. Still set in the Mass Effect Universe it will not feature or show Shepard or Shepard 2 being a Brand new Cast of Characters & Locations.

Maybe this Prime Sequel will be handled in a similar fashion, Being in that same Timeline, yet it will not feature or show any previous characters being Fowler, Miko, Jack, Raf or Jack's Mom June. Being Bee would be the only character back but Bee Himself could also be changed Radically depending on how many years this takes place after Prime.

I don't know why they Choose Bee, when Ultramagnus, Arcee, & the others survived in Prime not unless they chose to stay on Cybertron to Help rebuild.


While Bee leads a new Team back on Earth. Now the Question remains Who will lead the Decepticons.
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Posted by Balgus82 on March 17th, 2014 @ 5:11pm CDT
I actually liked Animated (aside from the human villains). And that series had really great figures. I, personally, would've rather have seen Hot Rod as the new leader. Bee just doesn't scream leader to me. Or if it had to be someone from the old show Arcee would've been excellent.
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Posted by Mykltron on March 17th, 2014 @ 5:44pm CDT
Horrible artwork and Bumblebee as the main character? I'm not excited about this. Nor am I excited about the yellow tide this will bring forth.
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Posted by OptimusPrimeval on March 17th, 2014 @ 5:47pm CDT
Windsweeper wrote:Rescue Bots suffered from the same problem, to me at least, as Animated. Great Transformers characterisations but childish situations/ human villains.

I would gladly take ten Nanosecs or Mastersons over one Raf! Human villains are much better than human protagonists, and human protagonists are only good when they turn out to be transformers! But it would be nice to have a series with no humans in it.
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 17th, 2014 @ 5:50pm CDT
OptimusPrimeval wrote:
Windsweeper wrote:Rescue Bots suffered from the same problem, to me at least, as Animated. Great Transformers characterisations but childish situations/ human villains.

I would gladly take ten Nanosecs or Mastersons over one Raf! Human villains are much better than human protagonists, and human protagonists are only good when they turn out to be transformers! But it would be nice to have a series with no humans in it.
Beast Machines already happened.
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Posted by Ravage XK on March 17th, 2014 @ 6:00pm CDT
Suggests Animated 2.0 to me. Not a fan of the look but will give it a chance. Just so long as it is proper hand drawn and not computer 2d crap.

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