Our fellow fans over at the Allspark
have shared some translated details of the Transformers United EX line which was originally published in the latest Figure King magazine. The translation gives the overarching backstory for the line, a couple of new subgroups, and lastly also details the basic bios of the first two "Prime Mode" sets, Combat Master
and Jet Master
The backstory goes that the war between the Autobots and Decepticons has once again shifted into outer space leaving the Earth in relative peace. The Autobots, working with Professor Chase (aka Chip Chase from the Generation 1 cartoon series) develop a new system where they can use Power Core Combination to merge with teams of four drones. The Autobots with this capability become known as "Master Class", but the Decepticons form their own covert counter-ops team with the same abilities, named "Master Chaos".
Essentially it is a fleshing out of the basic premise of the Power Core Combiners line, as well as shifting the backstory from a pseudo-Movie universe continuity into a fully Generation 1 incorporated continuity. According to a further post on the Allspark
, it takes place very late in Japanese Generation 1 continuity, with the character names being codenames - i.e. Jet Master is not the character's actual identity but a codename to conceal who he really is, due to the classified nature of the project.
Some bio data is also provided for Combat Master and Jet Master. Combat Master is a Decepticon strategic commander who has been active since the early days of the war, and like Bombshock he steals his drone team from the Autobots, but in a fleshing out of the story it is stated the drones he stole were intended for Chopper Master
initially. Jet Master meanwhile like Skyburst is the first Autobot to achieve Power Core Combination, and in a fleshing out of Skyburst's story, his Aerialbot drones are based on data gathered from the original Aerialbots. He was also built on Planet Z, with his four drones - Zone Drone, Feminia Drone, Micro Drone, Tenth Drone - all being named for planets featured in the Transformers Zone story. Check out the original post and full translation over on the Allspark