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Steal of a Deal: Round Up of Last Minute Holiday Transformers Sales

Transformers News: Steal of a Deal: Round Up of Last Minute Holiday Transformers Sales
Date: Sunday, December 17th 2023 1:42pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News, Game News
Posted by: Emerje

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We're a week from Christmas, how about some last minute Transformers savings for gifting or as a present to yourself?

This week Target is doing 30% off ALL Transformers online and in store, no codes or limits!

Transformers News: Steal of a Deal: Round Up of Last Minute Holiday Transformers Sales

Walmart has reduced the price of their exclusive Deluxe 2 packs to $20! You may have to get store pickup for some of these.

Studio Series Bumblebee Movie Ratchet and Brawn: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Transformers ... irect=true?wmlspartner=FYAGeMjDX6c&=&affs=p&wid=5b6b4213e4b0bcb699adeb9f&u1=&oid=223073.10006940&sourceid=37141976172661509211&affillinktype=3&veh=aff
Legacy Wild Rider and Knockout: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Transformers ... irect=true?wmlspartner=FYAGeMjDX6c&=&affs=p&wid=5b6b4213e4b0bcb699adeb9f&u1=&oid=223073.10006940&sourceid=37141976172661509211&affillinktype=3&veh=aff
Legacy Tarantulas and Elita-1: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Transformers ... hbdg=L1800?wmlspartner=FYAGeMjDX6c&=&affs=p&wid=5b6b4213e4b0bcb699adeb9f&u1=&oid=223073.10006940&sourceid=37141976172661509211&affillinktype=3&veh=aff
Legacy Arcee and Kickback: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Transformers ... hbdg=L1800?wmlspartner=FYAGeMjDX6c&=&affs=p&wid=5b6b4213e4b0bcb699adeb9f&u1=&oid=223073.10006940&sourceid=37141976172661509211&affillinktype=3&veh=aff
Legacy Pointblank and Crankcase: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Transformers ... hbdg=L1102?wmlspartner=FYAGeMjDX6c&=&affs=p&wid=5b6b4213e4b0bcb699adeb9f&u1=&oid=223073.10006940&sourceid=37141976172661509211&affillinktype=3&veh=aff
Studio Series Bumblebee Movie Arcee and Ironhide: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Transformers ... hbdg=L1800?wmlspartner=FYAGeMjDX6c&=&affs=p&wid=5b6b4213e4b0bcb699adeb9f&u1=&oid=223073.10006940&sourceid=37141976172661509211&affillinktype=3&veh=aff
Studio Series 86 Perceptor and Bumblebee Movie Wheeljack: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Transformers ... hbdg=L1102?wmlspartner=FYAGeMjDX6c&=&affs=p&wid=5b6b4213e4b0bcb699adeb9f&u1=&oid=223073.10006940&sourceid=37141976172661509211&affillinktype=3&veh=aff

Walmart also has some of their Transformers: The Movie Retro reissues on sale for under $10!

Hot Rod: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Transformers ... irect=true?wmlspartner=FYAGeMjDX6c&=&affs=p&wid=5b6b4213e4b0bcb699adeb9f&u1=&oid=223073.10006940&sourceid=37141976172661509211&affillinktype=3&veh=aff
Hound: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Transformers ... hbdg=L1800?wmlspartner=FYAGeMjDX6c&=&affs=p&wid=5b6b4213e4b0bcb699adeb9f&u1=&oid=223073.10006940&sourceid=37141976172661509211&affillinktype=3&veh=aff

If you were waiting for a sale for the Rise of the Beasts transforming masks Walmart has the Optimus Primal mask for only $19: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Transformers ... irect=true?wmlspartner=FYAGeMjDX6c&=&affs=p&wid=5b6b4213e4b0bcb699adeb9f&u1=&oid=223073.10006940&sourceid=37141976172661509211&affillinktype=3&veh=aff

And finally, moving over to Amazon they continue to have good deals on random figures:

Legacy Evolution Transmetal 2 Megatron for $38.49: https://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Evo ... 959&sr=8-4?tag=seibertron07-20&
Legacy Evolution G2 Laser Optimus Prime for $37.35: https://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Gen ... 59&sr=8-32?tag=seibertron07-20&
Legacy Jhiaxus for $20: https://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Gen ... 59&sr=8-40?tag=seibertron07-20&
Studio Series the Fallen for $39: https://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Stu ... 69&sr=8-73?tag=seibertron07-20&

Seen any other good deals out there? Feel free to share them with us in the "Steal of a Deal" section of the Energon Pub forums!

Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art
Date: Thursday, December 14th 2023 9:06am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News, Game News
Posted by: Emerje | Credit(s): Sam Smith on Instagram, Sabrblade on Seibertron, Cybertron 21on YouTube

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Ready for another serving of Tidal Wave news? Thanks to Transformers design team member Sam Smith (by way of our own Seibertronian Sabrblade) we have a rather hefty load of info on Megatron's #1 fan! Plus we've got a video at the bottom of the turnarounds that Sam shared on Instagram (mirrored on YouTube by Cybertron 21) and our first look at the amazing box art!

Sabrblade wrote:Tidal Wave designer notes from Sam Smith. Click each link to see all the pictures and videos:

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Transformers Legacy United - Titan Tidal Wave

“Tidal Wave, Tidal Wave, Tidal Wave”

With the daunting chant on impending doom and having been officially announced at Cybertron Fest Singapore, let’s get into the details of Titan Tidal Wave. With the launch of Legacy United, we knew that there was no greater time to revisit this character at the titan scale. This guy was a blast to work on, but we had so many priorities we needed to define out of the gate. As a Titan, Tidal Wave needed to deliver a large scale super articulated robot. As a vehicle, he needed to deliver a large flying aquatic war craft, which needed to be assembled out of 3 smaller vehicle form factors (the dark fleet). Tidal Wave needed to combine with Armada Megatron, to create Burning Megatron and we felt that he needed to have an alt mode that was achievable without the need to separate the vehicles in assembly. I’d like to say that we were able to achieve 4 out of the 5, but in the end, we did them all!

Shogo Hasui (Hasui san) was an absolute rockstar to work with on this project, and continued to find incredible solutions in delivering such a massive undertaking. He continued to push this figure forward despite all the curve balls that we through to him.

In the end Tidal Wave delivers a super articulated Titan robot, with waist, ankle, clever butterfly shoulders, wrist and neck. His chest weaponry all 8 turrets points are articulated for rotation, with the larger 4 featuring articulated barrels and 5mm ports for blast effect compatibility. In addition, his palm cannons also used 5mm ports that can be utilized in robot and alt mode

Tidal Waves color spec is primary based on the Armada animation with a few pieces of influence from the original toy, similar to Armada Megatron.

What are your thoughts on Titan Tidal Wave? Was he a worthy selection for the next titan figure? Our would you have preferred to have seen him at a smaller scale? Let us know along with any other questions in the comments below!

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Transformers Legacy United - Titan Tidal Wave - Alt Mode

We decided early on, the importance of delivering the dark fleet as 3 separate vehicles to align to the original toy, and the consistent onscreen combination sequence that took place on screen. Due to this figure being super articulated, we would not be able to have him transform from robot to combined war craft without separating the vehicle forms. In order to avoid having him be referred to as a parts former, we introduced a secondary alt mode as a battle station / weapons fortress.

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Transformers Legacy United - Titan Tidal Wave - Combined Burning Megatron

In order to combine with Megatron to create Burning Megatron, miniature versions of the dark fleet can be extracted from various parts of Tidal Wave in order to combine. To avoid being left with a partial titan during the combination, we introduced a secondary transformation to the hands to keep them in tact so that a very in tact titan figure remains. The miniature versions are able able to be displayed as mini dark fleet vehicles, that convert into their armored accessories for Megatron.

To assist with the added weight of the components, and to deliver a more frightening Megatron, Foot extensions are included to raise the characters height, along with the ability to port the arm weaponry into the sides of the arms or the upper shoulders.

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Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art
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Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers News: Sam Smith Talks Tidal Wave in Massive Info Dump with Videos and Box Art

Transformers Team "Drafts" Best Figures of 2023

Transformers News: Transformers Team "Drafts" Best Figures of 2023
Date: Wednesday, December 13th 2023 5:42am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Movie Related News, Toy News
Posted by: Emerje | Credit(s): Hasbro Pulse on YouTube

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The Transformers Team over on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel decided to have a little fun between BMac, Evan and Mark and do a sort of sports style "toy draft" picking their favorite figures of 2023 without duplicating picks for their "teams". They're picks were broken down by class as well as a wild card pick in no specific order. While mostly just something done for fun it did include quite a bit of banter between the three that has given us some insight into what we might find in the future as well as insight into the design process of figures they chose.

- It doesn't sound like they're working on a blue G2 Grimlock... yet.
- There was a brief, not by name mention of Dino King when talking about Core Scarr
- They actually called Nemesis "dommy mommy"... (Link is at least visually safe for work.)
- They said they have way more female characters than most people know about. Not sure if that meant to pick from or in the works.
- Apparently Takara gave the go ahead for SS86 Rumble and Frenzy to get their cartoon colors matched to their names (RiBFiR) after Siege went the other way (seemingly at Takara's request).
- Mark actually said Ultra Magnus has been under represented leading to the SS86 figure.
- Mark used some of Aaron Archer's original concept art when designing Commander Class Armada Optimus Prime.
- Mark was also the one that got Buzzworthy Tow-Line made.
- They joke about only making 4 SS86 Dinobots. They must hear that alot.
- Lots of gushing over Retro reissue pink Hot Rod and praise for that line in general.
- Mark actually went to a dump and waste management site for inspiration with Trashmaster (who was named by their copy editor).
- Tease more Insecticon repaints (but definitely no more Dinobots).



It's a little telling that while they praised the Studio Series line, most of their picks came from Legacy. Was there anything big that was missed? Let us know in the Seibertron Energon Pub forum!

Airazor Voice Actor Pauline Newstone has Passed Away

Transformers News: Airazor Voice Actor Pauline Newstone has Passed Away
Date: Wednesday, December 13th 2023 5:01am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Emerje | Credit(s): TFW2005

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Once again we find ourselves mourning the loss of another Canadian voice actor. Pauline Newstone, much loved voice of Airazor in the Beast Wars series, passed away on May 5 this year, though cause and age aren't known. The news comes from Garry Chalk collaborator Candice Santora who was spreading the word of her passing on Tuesday as it came with little fanfare at the time. Chalk himself apparently spotted her name during the UBCP/ACTRA Awards (British Columbia's actors union) In Memoriam segment he attended on November 25.

Outside of Transformers she was the first English voice for Frieza in Dragon Ball Z, Mum Mew in Monster Rancher, Mistress Centipede in InuYasha, Agatha Harkness in X-Man: Evolution, Haka in Mummies Alive! and various voices in Captain N.

First Look and Hands On Video with Legacy Origin Wheeljack

Transformers News: First Look and Hands On Video with Legacy Origin Wheeljack
Date: Saturday, December 9th 2023 12:17am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News, Event News
Posted by: Emerje | Credit(s): Ben Custom Toys on YouTube

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When a YouTuber also gets to help set up the displays at a toy show it also comes with the perks of being able to handle figures early. That's what happened with Ben Custom Toys was able to work the Hasbro booth at Cybertron Con 2023 in Singapore this weekend giving us early access and our first look at the newly revealed Transformers Legacy United Origin Wheeljack. Surpassing expectations, Voyager Wheeljack does not appear to share any parts with the previous Deluxe Origin Jazz and for the most part seems to be on par with the previous Origins releases. As with the previous releases he's expected to be a Target exclusive, but an image of the box shared on Baidu appears to be a normal United box rather than Buzzworthy Bumblebee. The package also shows that much of the alt mode shell can be removed and probably isn't required to be hung off his back.

Also handled in the video are Studio Series Bumblebee Movie Megatron and Rumble, United Tiger Hawk, Thundertron, Animated Optimus Prime, Animated Bumblebee, Cyberverse Windblade, Rescue Bots Chase, Gamer Edition Starscream, 86 Scrapheap, Reactivate Soundwave, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Starscream, and closeups of others.



Transformers News: First Look and Hands On Video with Legacy Origin Wheeljack

Transformers News: First Look and Hands On Video with Legacy Origin Wheeljack

Transformers News: First Look and Hands On Video with Legacy Origin Wheeljack

Transformers News: First Look and Hands On Video with Legacy Origin Wheeljack

Transformers News: First Look and Hands On Video with Legacy Origin Wheeljack

Transformers News: First Look and Hands On Video with Legacy Origin Wheeljack

Transformers News: First Look and Hands On Video with Legacy Origin Wheeljack

Transformers News: First Look and Hands On Video with Legacy Origin Wheeljack

Transformers News: First Look and Hands On Video with Legacy Origin Wheeljack

Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore
Date: Friday, December 8th 2023 11:05pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News, Event News
Posted by: Emerje | Credit(s): Toy Scope on Facebook, Ben Custom Toys on YouTube, 爱你命三千 on Baidu, Rodimus Prime on Seibertron, TFW

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After years of demand and and a long wait for a reveal we finally have our first look at Transformers Legacy United Titan class Armada Tidal Wave in all his glory! Our first look comes via several sources including Toy Scope on Facebook, Ben Custom Toys on YouTube and social media platform Baidu user 爱你命三千 (I Love You 3000). Unsurprising the figure is massive and features his cartoon and original Takara toy colors and his two alt modes, Dark Fleet and the massive airship. A little more surprising is he also includes a fourth simple base mode complete with ramp that doesn't seem to be compatible with your sprawling Decepticon cities (but maybe there's a way?), as well as smaller parts to attach to Legacy Evolution Armada Megatron to at least imitate their combined mode and can be added as towers to the base mode. Unfortunately, like Cybertron Metroplex, he will not include his Mini-Con Ramjet but we seem to be getting quite a bit for our money this time around.

We should be seeing him in stores in the summer with a price just under $200 depending on the whims of the stores. We can probably expect a bigger reveal in the coming days and an upload of the video played at the show. Thanks to Seibertronian Rodimus Prime for the heads up!

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Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

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Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

Transformers News: Titan Class Tidal Wave Revealed at Cybertron Fest 2023 in Singapore

Sky-Byte Voice Actor Peter Spellos Dies at Age 69

Transformers News: Sky-Byte Voice Actor Peter Spellos Dies at Age 69
Date: Monday, November 20th 2023 5:33am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Emerje | Credit(s): Fred Olen Ray on Facebook

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It's with a heavy heart that we report on the passing of Peter Spellos at age 69 of pancreatic cancer. Spellos is probably best known among Transformers fans as the voice of Robots in Disguise's 2023 fan nominated Hall of Fame inductee Sky-Byte. Spellos would have also been familiar to fans of late '90s and '00s TV anime in the west as Monev the Gale in Trigun, Gilliam in Outlaw Star, Hiroshi Rara in Duel! Parallel Trouble Adventure, Bartley Asprius in Code Geass, Whamon in the Digimon franchise (among many other voices), plus Sagat in Street Figher II: The Animated Movie and various voices in Naruto, Lupin III, Fist of the North Star, and Gundam among many others. He was also a guest at BotCon 2002.

The news of his passing was posted to Facebook by his long time friend and fellow actor Fred Olen Ray. Thanks to Kuhlio of the Seibertron Twincast Podcast for bringing this to our attention.

Transformers News: Sky-Byte Voice Actor Peter Spellos Dies at Age 69

New Archival Material from G1 Series: MTMTE Part 2, Unused Intros and More

Transformers News: New Archival Material from G1 Series: MTMTE Part 2, Unused Intros and More
Date: Thursday, October 5th 2023 10:22pm CDT
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: william-james88

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Added to the Sunbow Marvel Archive this month is a plethora of G1 cartoon material, with storyboards from the following:

    Unproduced pilot miniseries/Season 1 intro sequence
    More Than Meets The Eye, Part 2
    More Than Meets The Eye, Part 3
    Transport To Oblivion
    Roll For It
    The Ultimate Doom, Part 3
    Countdown To Extinction
    Unproduced Season 2 intro sequence
    Unproduced commercial bumper
    Autobot Spike
    The Immobilizer

Additionally, a quartet of story premises, written by storyboard artist Wendell Washer during early Season 2, have also become available. Along with the early version of the 1985 New Product briefing he was given for reference. Three of the unused stories focus on Omega Supreme (then under the working name of Fortress Maximus), and a fourth focusing on Seaspray.

All of these can be viewed at https://sunbowmarvelarchive.blogspot.com/p/mp-700-transformers-part-1-1984-1985.html

Below is an animatic, edited by me, of the unproduced season 2 intro sequence:



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Leaked Images of G1 Decepticon Cartoon Three Pack Appear

Transformers News: Leaked Images of G1 Decepticon Cartoon Three Pack Appear
Date: Wednesday, October 4th 2023 7:56am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: Emerje

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Straight off the Nemesis command bridge we've got our first look at what appears to be an upcoming reveal from Takara Tomy. Images posted to our Energon Pub forums by Seibertronian Sowndwave76 show what seems to be a three pack of War For Cybertron series Siege Shockwave (possibly without extra parts), Earthrise Megatron and the once exclusive Netflix Soundwave with Laserbeak. with such a blurry image it's hard to gleam too much else, but we can see Shockwave's "barrel" is gray now and the image refers to Megatron as having a brushed metal finish. The set also comes with the same "Nemesis Captain's Seat" (as the image calls it) as the one that came with Studio Series Leader Starscream.

We shouldn't have to wait too long for a better look as Takara Tomy appears to be preparing to reveal several figures at the end of this week (10/6 in Japan) including MP Rhinox and Legacy United Silverbolt.

Transformers News: Leaked Images of Decepticon Cartoon Three Pack Appear

Transformers News: Leaked Images of Decepticon Cartoon Three Pack Appear

Transformers: EarthSpark EPs Discuss Megatron's Turn, Terrans, and Season 2

Transformers News: Transformers: EarthSpark EPs Discuss Megatron's Turn, Terrans, and Season 2
Date: Sunday, September 17th 2023 6:57pm CDT
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): CBR.com

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Thanks to CBR.com, we have a new interview to share with you, this time from the Executive Producers of the show, Ant Ward and Dale Malinowski. In this interview, they talk about making Megatron an ally of the humans and Autobots, the heartwarming reaction to the Terrans, and teasing Season 2 as well!

Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Transformers: EarthSpark EPs Discuss Megatron's Turn, Terrans, and Season 2

In an exclusive interview with CBR, Transformers: EarthSpark's Ant Ward and Dale Malinowski reveal more about the Paramount+ animated show.



The way of the Bot evolves in Transformers: EarthSpark. The new series sees many allies and foes come together as they meet a new family -- the Maltos -- in Witwicky, Pennsylvania. In addition to the new partnerships, the show marks the birth of the Terrans -- the first Transformers born on planet Earth. Unfortunately, several Decepticons and other villains detest the newfound alliance and peace, doing everything possible to throw a wrench into it.

In an exclusive interview with CBR, Transformers: EarthSpark executive producers Ant Ward and Dale Malinowski discuss the road to the small screen and the moments that made them the proudest. They revealed more about the initial concern of turning Megatron from the Autobot's greatest enemy to their new ally, as well as the overwhelming positive response to the creation of the Terrans. Ward and Malinowski also teased what the audience can expect for the second season of the animated show.

CBR: First of all, congratulations on the first season of Transformers: EarthSpark. Looking back, how do you feel about the journey up to this point?

Ant Ward: Thank you! We are deeply proud of our crew and series. On the production side, everyone overcame challenges that made them grow as artists and storytellers. On the narrative side, the Maltos overcame challenges that helped them grow as a family and as a team of heroes. Their story is far from over, though, and we're thrilled for everyone to see how Robby, Mo, and the Terrans level up in Season 2.

The show is an evolution of the franchise as it expands beyond the regular battle between Autobots and Decepticons -- in fact aligning old foes. What were your biggest concerns surrounding the concept of Transformers: EarthSpark in the beginning?

Dale Malinowski: We were eager to know if fans would accept Megatron as an ally to the Autobots. Creatively, we knew we had a solid causality for Megatron's story, and we had the support of both studios. We felt we were staying true to Megatron's character because, in lore, he and Optimus Prime were allies before they were enemies, so Megatron's the type who's willing to make significant changes for the sake of progress toward his goal. We committed to Megatron's story very early in development, but you never know how the audience will react, and in animation, the wait time between production and distribution is very long! Our hope was that fans would be intrigued and come along for the ride, and we're grateful that they have.

Taking a look back at the first season, what would you say has been your proudest moment in the series?

Ward: Creating original characters that resonate with our audience. We have a large cast, so there's someone for everyone with those characters telling stories that encourage empathy with others. Eight billion people are sharing planet Earth. Our world is rich with cultures and diversities. If our show inspires even one person to broaden their perspective and understanding of the people and world around them, we'd be very happy.

What has surprised you the most about the fans' reactions to the Terrans?

Malinowski: How quickly and passionately the fans have embraced the Terrans. We see a lot of fan art online, and every piece warms our hearts. Some of our crew have been printing everything they find and hanging it up near our production space in the studio.

Family is a strong concept in Transformers: EarthSpark. What challenges have you given yourselves and the team in expanding this theme for the second season?

Ward: The challenge is to never repeat ourselves, so we allow our characters to evolve. Family remains a core theme in Season 2, but so is growing up, trust, and loss. For Season 2, we want our themes to mature in tandem with our characters.

In a previous interview, the actors said they recorded their parts individually for the show. I'm not sure how far into Season 2's production you are, but is this the plan moving forward, or is there any intention to try to do group recordings?

Malinowski: For us, all decisions come down to creative intent. When we have a script or sequence hinging upon the dynamic between two characters, for example, then we'll ask the casting and records teams to schedule a session for those two actors to record together. Nickelodeon's in-house teams always support creative intent, so they're fantastic to work with.

What can you tease about Season 2 of the show?

Ward: Season 2 starts with a bang! The heroes are in the middle of an extremely important mission. They have new skills for the job, but many obstacles and foes stand in their way. Amidst the chaos, new relationships develop, new and familiar characters enter the story, and big secrets are exposed. It's a wild ride from start to finish!

Considering how Transformers is crossing over with G.I. Joe in the comics, and there was a tease in the recent movie, have there been any discussions about crossing over into other Hasbro properties?

Malinowski: You know we can't admit anything here! We're excited to see the Transformers comics and features explore their crossovers.

Transformers: EarthSpark Season 1 is available to watch on Paramount+.

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