That doesn't mean we're done with Siege stories, however. Seibertron is proud to exclusively bring to you an interview/Q&A with actor Shawn Hawkins, who voiced Mirage in the Siege cartoon! Read on to find out what he knew about Mirage prior to voicing him, how he feels about the Transformers fandom, and find out the 'bot he originally auditioned to voice before landing the role of the disappearing Autobot illusionist, Mirage!
Shawn Hawkins: Taylor! What a great surprise to wake up to this morning! Huge thank you to you and Ryan for having me on!
Taylor: It's our pleasure! So, Shawn, Tell us a little about yourself, your career, and how you came to voice acting. Is it a main focus of your career?
Shawn: Yeah so I’m originally from Upstate New York where I started in music. Ever since I was a kid I had a guitar in my hand and ended up playing in a few bands around New York. Then I went to college in Nashville, TN for music and business and ended up touring with some bands up and down the east coast. But at one point I just knew I wanted to get back in to acting. I had been a part of some theatre in high school but was interested in film and TV. So I ended up joining the theatre department at my college and then moving to Los Angeles right out of school. It was the best decision I ever made but it was definitely a big move. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of some really fun and creative projects in my time here. A lot of indie film work and some television stuff as well, but voice acting was something I always wanted to do. I would make voices, probably just like everyone else as a kid but for me it continued and continued haha. I did some smaller (voiceover) stuff along the way but finally got this audition for Transformers WFC and I was sold. It was an absolute blast and I’m so thankful to have been a part of it. Sharing it all with the fans has been an incredible pleasure in my life!
Taylor: What was the audition process like for the Siege series? Did you read or audition just in general, or did you always know you'd be playing Mirage specifically?
Shawn: So I originally auditioned for the role of Bumblebee. We weren't told at the time what the project was. It had a code name and character code names but I knew reading it that it sounded a lot like Transformers. Of course, then I found out it was and that I was up for Bumblebee. Then after a few callbacks, they ended up giving me Mirage. And I am so incredibly thankful they did. I feel right at home with Mirage and I love his role in the series. As well as his role with the fans! I’m excited to share the next two seasons with you all and see what unfolds!
Taylor: How much did you know about Transformers before landing the role of Mirage? How much do you know now?
Shawn: Oh man! Well I grew up watching some G1 and saw all the Bay movies but I didn’t dive in until taking on Mirage. Now I’m learning things everyday. And it is mainly thanks to the fans! The Transformers community has been so welcoming and supportive. I am amazed at the interaction we get to have together. I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I look forward to many more meaningful interactions over the years. But yes, my capacity for Transformers material just keeps growing haha!
Taylor: How much interaction have you had with Transformers fans since the series aired? Were you a fan yourself before you got the role?
Shawn: Oh man! A ton!! I love it more than anything. Getting to meet all the fans and hear their stories. I actually pride myself on running a really interactive Instagram account where I connect with the fans on a daily basis, run giveaways and answer questions. If you’d love to connect, hit me up @shawn_hawkins. I was a fan before but not to the extent that I am now. It’s a whole new ball game!
Taylor: What did you know about the character of Mirage from the original cartoon series? Did you ever listen to the original voice actor to get a feel for his interpretation of the character?
Shawn: Well I knew he was the elite and also walked both sides of the fence. I knew that I was diving in deep because Mirage had such a unique voice in the original cartoon and I wanted to live up to that but also bring my own spin to it. Our sound engineer for WFC brought some great ideas and feedback to the table in a way that made me feel comfortable and confident with what I was bringing to set. For me I envisioned him sounding a little younger and I think the WFC team did as well. It was like watching this spunky rich kid who thought he knew more than everyone else but also sometimes.. he did. Haha! I loved it. And from what I’ve heard so far, the fans have been happy with the interpretation. I can’t ever predict that but I just brought my heart and soul to it and I always said, “There’s a reason I’m here on this mission... maybe this is it!!”
Taylor: What kind of direction were you given for the character? How is direction given for voice acting? Is the director in the studio with you when you record?
Shawn: Yeah so the direction was great. The VO director, Phil Bache, the engineer and the rest of the team had a really great idea of what they wanted already which made my job a lot easier. So we would go over individual lines and what they meant and I would just give a couple takes of each that were my interpretation of that. And we would go back and forth until we got something we were happy with. But yes, the director was always in the room and the guidance was top notch. I felt incredibly comfortable and free to play as well which is something you really appreciate as a voice actor.
Taylor: What's next for Mirage? Do you know if you'll be reprising him in the follow-up series to Siege?
Shawn: What’s next?! Well I’ve got some things on the plate. I don’t know what I’m allowed to say but I believe you’ll be seeing more Mirage in the near future! I am so stoked for the next two seasons to air and to celebrate with the fans. Other than that I’ve got a few smaller projects in the works and I’m also launching a Youtube channel for the Transformers fans and community. I’m incredibly excited to share that with you all. Be sure to check me out on Instagram @shawn_hawkins for when that drops and more cool Mirage stuff!
Taylor: What's next for you professionally?
Shawn: Professionally, I’m going to take a nice vacation haha. We have planned to go visit some family in Sedona Arizona here in October to just relax and reconnect. I keep myself pretty busy all the time so remembering to relax is important for me. But lots of cool things. I’m working on that Youtube channel and I also oversee a couple small businesses as well as audition regularly here in LA. There are a few films and shows on the horizon so I will have to keep you all posted! Thank you guys so much for having me and keep up the awesome work you’re doing at Seibertron! Such a pleasure to chat with you and connect with the fans.
And as for keeping connected with fans, Shawn has some exciting news for you, Seibertronians!
We wanted to do a special GIVEAWAY with everyone who keeps up with Seibertron. I will be giving away a signed Mirage figure from the WFC Netflix series to one lucky winner. If you’d like a shot at winning this you just have to follow Seiberton (Instagram @seibertroncom) and go over and give a follow to @shawn_hawkins. After you follow me, shoot me a DM with the word SEIBERTRON! So stoked to get to meet you guys and good luck with the giveaway! We will run this for two weeks from the date of posting. Much love to you all and thanks for letting me be a part of your world! )
Many thanks to Shawn for your time and talent, and willingness to share with us some fun insights into the world of a Transformers voice actor!
You're gonna have to be quick if you want to win this new Soundwave statue, since you have less than 24 hours to participate. This is a contest from Mighty Jaxx.
You will find the details below along with how you can buy this limited statue if you don't win (or don't care to participate). You will also find images of this bust below.
SOUNDWAVE FLASH PHOTO CONTEST DETAILS
Have you heard? The incredible Transformers x Quiccs: Soundwave bust is releasing on 24 June at 9am EST! The first of its kind Transformers bust features Soundwave at the turntables, he's bringing the sickest Decepticon beats to this party!
We're running a FLASH PHOTO CONTEST right now on Instagram Stories! Take part and you could walk away as the winner of a Transformers x Quiccs: Soundwave bust. Contest details as follows:
Take a photo on IG Stories of your Transformers toy collection OR Quiccs toy collection. Doesn't have to be Mighty Jaxx toys!
Thanks to a heads up from Seibertronian sabrblade, we have news that the winners of the 2019 Hall of Fame fan vote have been announced!
The winner this year for the new character induction is the purple and black seeker himself, Skywarp! Skywarp originated from the first wave of the 1984 toyline, cartoon, and comics, and many fell in love with his teleporting capabilities. And it would seem that his teleporting abilities finally got him into the hall of fame.
And the winner of this year's toy induction is the Titan himself, Omega Supreme! Omega has been on the market now for around 2 months, and has proven to be a very popular Titan, with many considering him to be the best Titan we have gotten so far. This titanic monosyllabic character made his way into our hearts, and how so has his toy.
So what do you think of these results? Was this the result you had hoped for? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Paramount Home Media and Seibertron.com have teamed up for a special Bumblebee 4K UHD + Blu-Ray Grand Prize Giveaway Contest. One lucky winner will receive a grand prize courtesy of Paramount. This prize package will feature the new Bumblebee Movie on 4K UHD and Blu-Ray plus a Bumblebee branded hat, backpack and hoodie (as shown in the picture on Seibertron.com).
You can enter every day in order for more chances to win. A winner will be announced on Monday, April 8th, 2019. The winner's information will be shared with Paramount in order for the prize to be received.
Studio Series Barricade was spotted in the US two months ago and yet there is an aspect that has gone under the radar. Behind the toy, near the Ford licence, we have a bilingual contest where everyone gets a prize for having purchased an officially licensed Ford product. It is unknown what the variety of prizes are but you will at least get a wallpaper for your mobile phone. The one I received was of a Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Secca (a car I didn't know existed until now), which you can see below. The QR scanning can be wonky so if you have an issue you can simply visit the website www.vmp.mobi/ford on your mobile and enter the 2 codes found under the QC code for your prize.
So far we know it is available in the US an Canada. Let us know if it works for other countries and what your prizes are!
Thanks to Podcast legend ScottyP, we have news that Takara is running yet another campaign centered around a collectible version of a live action Transformer's weapon. The new contest, as was posted on Dengeki Hobby, gives you the opportunity to win 3 different versions of the sword that came with the Age of Extinction First Edition Optimus Prime figure. This contest appears to be a cross-promotion between Transformers, Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Anime (a series about kid who drive cars and rescue people from Japan, kind of like a Gundam/Rescue Bots crossover), and Shinkalion (humans pilot transforming bullet trains to protect Japan), 3 of Takara's current transforming robot lines.
The campaign offers 3 different colors of the sword, the first being a blue "Water Force Splash Sword", the second being a red "Flame Power Burning Justice" sword, and the third green one being a "Wind Force Blast Sword." The swords are prizes for those who spend 3000 yen beginning August 4th.
Check out these interesting new swords that cross-promote 3 very interesting toylines, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Hasbro has posted the finalists for the 2018 Transformers Hall of Fame for both the favourite character and toy of the year category. The voting can be done on their facebook page as a comment to their post. Your comment must be done with a hashtag. You can vote until Sunday, July 15, at 11:59 PM EST. The inductees will be announced Thursday, July 19 at SDCC.
For fictional characer we have:
For toy of the year we have:
Studio Series Blackout
Power of the Primes Optimus Prime
Power of the Primes Battle Trap
Thanks to an email from James Eatock, we have news that there are now several original G1 Production Art pages that have been posted by Eatock himself, and that now several are up for auction on Ebay! These original Production arts feature characters that showed up in the Sunbow cartoon, and feature some pretty neat things, such as the 1983 (you did read that right) design for Bumblebee and the original art for Mirage, before his show look was finalized and changed fairly significantly.
Most of the art pieces are just for show now, but there are 6 pieces that have currently made their way to Ebay, and include shots of Prowl, Ravage, and some scenery used in the show. The current auctions also include over 200 other art pages from other shows, are available and up for Auction on Ebay, with all the auctions ending on Sunday.
Check them out some of the highlighted Transformers art below, and let us know what you think of these Production art pieces, and if you intend to bid on this historical pieces that are on Ebay, or may make their way to Ebay soon!
A soda company by the name Bily y Maik is made a commercial using some CGI to illustrate Transformers characters. We have mirrored it below so that you can watch it if you would like. It is not in English seeing as the Bily y Maik company is from Chile. It is pretty straight forwards but we would like to point out at the end of the video the announcer explains that people can participate in a contest for prizes by entering the code of your Bilz and Pap edition Transfomers caps at http://www.bilzypap.cl/transfomers . That link does not seem to work for me, but I am in the USA so perhaps if you are in a qualifying country it will work for you.
It is that time of year again folks, the time of year when we get ready to vote for this year's nominees for the Transformers Hall of Fame! This announcement is to let everyone know that from now up until June 29 the Hall of Fame is open to nominees for Favorite Transformers Character and for the 2018 Toy of the Year. The nominee cannot be someone who has already been inducted, and you can see a list below along with the nominee information.
So get your nominees in and let us know who you think deserves to be in the Hall of Fame next!
Hi Transformers fans!
It’s that time again to make your voice heard in the Transformers Hall of Fame vote for 2018! Hasbro is asking fans to help nominate inductees into the Transformers Hall of Fame within two categories. The categories are:
· FAVORITE TRANSFORMERS CHARACTER (Fictional Robot Character)
· 2018 TRANSFORMERS HASBRO TOY OF THE YEAR
As you know, no characters who have already been inducted within the ‘Favorite Character’ category will be considered for nomination. A list of inducted characters can be found at the bottom of this email.
The new category ‘Transformers Toy of the Year’ was introduced in 2017 to provide fans an opportunity to share their passion for the figures that have been the heartbeat of the brand for over 30 years. This category will continue in 2018 and is meant to celebrate the new product within the calendar year and the ongoing efforts of the Hasbro Transformers team to fulfill the desires of our many fans around the world with innovative and exciting toys. All nominations for this category must be toys newly released by Hasbro in 2018 and can include figures that have not yet hit shelves in the calendar year, but have been announced.
We ask that you poll your readers to determine the characters they wish to be considered for each category of the Transformers Hall of Fame and share your Top 3 nominees for each category (six nominees total) including the number of votes with us no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, June 29th.
Please rank your outlet’s polling results list in order of who received the most votes for each category. All polling result lists will be combined together, each outlet getting an equal voice. The combined values will be used to generate the final ballot of three choices for each category. Details will follow regarding the official voting process in the coming weeks.
Winners of the final polling will be announced at SDCC during the official Transformers brand panel on Thursday, July 19th at 11am in Room 29AB.
As a reminder, below are the previous inductees into the Hall of Fame. If you have any questions about eligibility, feel free to reach out.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Fictional Character Inductees:
· Megatron (Class of 2010)
· Dinobot* (Class of 2010)
· Bumblebee (Class of 2010)
· Optimus Prime (Class of 2010)
· Starscream (Class of 2010)
· Ironhide (Class of 2011)
· Ratchet (Class of 2011)
· Waspinator* (Class of 2011)
· Soundwave (Class of 2011)
· Shockwave (Class of 2012)
· Jazz (Class of 2012)
· Grimlock (Class of 2012)
· Wheeljack* (Class of 2012)
· Ultra Magnus* (Class of 2013)
· Megatron – Beast Wars* (Class of 2013)
· Rodimus* (Class of 2014)
· Arcee* (Class of 2014)
· Predaking* (Class of 2015)
· Prowl* (Class of 2015)
· Optimus Primal* (Class of 2016)
· Cosmos* (Class of 2016)
· Galvatron* (Class of 2017)
· Barricade – Movie* (Class of 2017)
· Trypticon* (Class of 2017)
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