Stylin Online T-Shirts
 
Hobby Link Japan TFSource Big Bad Toy Store Robot Kingdom ToyArena Captured Prey

Botcon 2010 Transformers Prime Panel Coverage

Posted on 06-26-2010 at 09:11 AM by Sol Fury under Transformers Prime
Here is a wrap up of the key points from the live coverage!

Transformers Prime Wrap Up

Sounds like they are going for a very character oriented series - exploring who they are, where they are going, how they change

Full CG show!

a small group of Autobots are on Earth in case the Decepticons come back

Cast - Optimus Prime, Arcee, Bulkhead, Ratchet, Bumblebee, Cliffjumper

Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, not a boombox, more later

Show is named "Prime" because they are delving into what it means to be a Prime

Trying to make the Prime name stand for what it should, as the bearer of the Matrix and stuff

WELKER IS MEGATRON

Prime's design is a bit of a cross between movie and WFC

Megatron's design is a bit like his WFC version, not the Movie one

And a hint of the Animated Deluxe Megatron, the Cybertronian design
Saturday June 26, 2010 10:33

Meg's also has the buckethead

Megatron turns into a jet

Cybertronian vehicle, thinks Earth modes are beneath him

Prime, classic colors, much like WFC

26 eps per season, goal is 65+, may not air on 10/10/10 when hub launches.

Sue Blu voice director.

Continuity is non commital to one previous generation, but there is a bible at the offices that is 350 pages containing transformers lore they reference.

Recurring humans, but not the focus.

Prime, long nose truck

Starscream, very alien looking jet, but still true to classic form. Stylized.

Going to do battle damaged versions of CGI models, wont always be shiny and pretty.

Arcee is a single normal TF, no split like movie.



Views: 27,408
Fort Max
It was all a bit meh, then, Bulkhead!

Cheers Sol.
Omega Charge
This is sounding awesome.
Haven't a Clue
Blah... Bulkhead.
SilverOptimus
Awesome Sol. Keep the news coming
Sideswipe80
Weird that there is no Ironhide or Sideswipe.
Toxicon
Wow, TF: Prime is sounding pretty amazing. Looking forward to seeing the designs. Will there be toys for this?
Triggerhappy
If it's the movie continuity how come they look different?
Sounds good tho!
Rogzilla
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sideswipe80 View Post
Weird that there is no Ironhide or Sideswipe.
They wont be part of the core team, but I don't think that means they wont be there period.
Omega Charge
Quote:
Originally Posted by Toxicon View Post
Wow, TF: Prime is sounding pretty amazing. Looking forward to seeing the designs. Will there be toys for this?
What kind of of a question is that?

Of course there will be!
Digilaut
Sounds good so far, even if I too am getting a bit tired with movie universe.

Bulkhead being in the teams is great! Arcee in it is great to me too..as is Ratchet (I do hope he looks like his movie counterpart). Bumblebee AND Cliffjumper being in the core cast seems a bit like a waste to me, since they will probably look the same..but hey, I like Cliffjumper, so I can't really complain!

Would like to see some images in the near future!
Omega Charge
Bot Centric, awesome. It's like everything that's missing from the movies.
Omega Charge
Ooh, trailer.
SilverOptimus
"they're on Earth, there are recurring humans, but the show is bot centric"

Case closed... Superb show.
Stormcrow
I'm intrigued.
Omega Charge
Quote:
Originally Posted by NIBMRatchet View Post
"they're on Earth, there are recurring humans, but the show is bot centric"

Case closed... Superb show.
Agreed. This is looking like the best Transformers show ever. More attention, work, and priority than ever before.
Omega Charge
Yay, Arcee!

Next up, Hasbro!
SilverOptimus
Thanks Guys Keep the info coming... We are here and We are waiting...
Omega Charge
Too bad there was no preview of Starscream. But images should be coming out soon, so I can't wait! Comic Con should give us some stuff.
MekaGojira3k
Movie Continuity?...Err How exactly? I mean I'll wait till I see it, but none of this seems like it's in the movie continuity.
Slimaximus
Sol I'm buying you a pair of camera glasses to wear into these for next year lol
hupla
Cliffjumper and bulkhead makes me super super happy
Thundershot
The only thing that seems shady is that TF3 is coming out, and it's unlikely the TFP bodies will be used. In fact, if I had any money, I'd bet that TFP won't affect the movie at all... It's probably using the movies as a basis, but then goes off on a totally separate route. It's not like us TF fans aren't used to diverging material between cartoons and comics.
Ash from Carolina
Just great movie continuity so that means I can look forward to episode after episode of the weakest Decepticons ever getting their butts kicked. I guess the difference this time is that the Autobots will be killing loads of Decepticons instead of the humans.

Hasn't the movie continuity had enough of the Transformers world already now even the cartoons are being infected with it's bad ideas.
miscreant
Does Prime take any design cues from previous versions other than the movie franchise?
shroobmaster
Ash already saw all 26 episodes of the show.

True story.
Foster
Quote:
Originally Posted by NIBMRatchet View Post
Awesome Sol. Keep the news coming
What about my color commentary?

Fit For natalie
Okay, this is getting confusing.

- Hasbro tells us fans at Toy Fair 2010 that War For Cybertron is the prequel to TF Prime.

- High Moon Studio says in various video game website interviews War For Cybertron is a prequel to the G1 cartoon.

- Hasbro Studios says TF Prime is apparently in-continuity with the live-action movies.


Here is my theory about these contradictory statements: It's basically all marketing speak to whichever market segment they're talking to.

- Toy Fair 2010: Hasbro says that to us toy nerds because we are most interested in the next Transformers series.
- High Moon interviews: War For Cybertron's primary target market (as far as Activision is concerned) is the average gamer who, most likely only knows of Transformers through the G1 cartoon and the the Michael Bay movies (and most likely prefers the G1 cartoon). So telling them it's the prequel to the G1 cartoon sparks interest.
- Hasbro Studios: Part of the marketing for the show, whose target markets of audiences most likely recognize Transformers from the Michael Bay movies. It doesn't seem to fit and the third movie will probably contradict everything anyway, but nobody really cares.
SilverOptimus
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fosterlager View Post
What about my color commentary?
You're there today too?

Both of you are AWESOME! I hereby pronounce "God Status" for both Foster and Sol.

Fosterlager, Sol Fury
Bathawk
sorry...WFC?

For those who are confused over "no Ironhide"...remember Bulkhead is called "Ironhide" in Japan...just a thought

little annoyances...no obvious G1 connections, prime is a 'long nose" truck...but compared to how I felt when TF: Animated came out, I think Ill live seeing as how much I miss it
Ra88
I wonder if it's actually the movie continuity, or if it's based on. Probably the latter.
TronimusPrime
Yay! Thanks for the updates, keep them coming. I am glad to hear that they are looking to animated for some guidance but I wonder how the simplicity of the character models will meld with the complex character models of the movieverse. I can't image toys like these.

Really glad to see bulkhead back, but I do think that the team is missing a more mature character like prowl. I would really like to see Jetfire updated for this series similar to WFC. (Just because he pulled out his spark core, doesn't mean he died, he just needs a new body)
Nightrain
I still don't understand what made a bunch of you think this show wouldn't be tied to the movies. It would have been highly illogical to create something away from that while a third one is being made.

Besides that, Bumblebee was obviously the movie version.

Oh yeah, and Bulkhead returning is awesome
Foster
WOW, I'm gray!
Cyclonus86
Cliffjumper? , hmm interesting choice.The guy kinda been in back burner since G1. Didn't really have a huge role in animated. Interesting that they went pass Jazz, Sidewipe and Streaker.

Wonder if Hasbro is trying to promote/capitalize on CJ , seeing as there is a red Ferrari in TF3? Coincidence?
Starwave
This has a chance to be up there with Beast Wars and Animated as the best TF shows of all time.
The Madness
Thanks to Fosterlager, and Sol Fury! I'm loving all the Megatron related news from TF: Prime
Black Oracle
Tantalising details! Just wish we could get a picture of Prime's new look.

It's cool that they're going with some lesser known characters in including Bulkhead and Cliffjumper. But I am a little surprised that they didn't use someone like Ironhide or Jazz instead.

I theorise that Cliffjumper will be the 'hothead' of the Autobots. Maybe kinda like Sideswipe and Sunstreaker's personalities. And Bumblebee will be quieter and more focused, tho' still 'likable', more in line with his movie characterisation.
BB Shockwave
So, is this continuation of Bayformers, or a totally new continuity?

They kept saying how they loved Animated, etc... so why cancel it? Surely they could have come to an agreement with CN.

And it appears they are repeating their mistake with Animated - show coming but no toys yet.
shroobmaster
Quote:
Originally Posted by BB Shockwave View Post

They kept saying how they loved Animated, etc...
That was the production staff talking about it not Hasbro bigwig marketing team who ultimately make the call.
MekaGojira3k
Quote:
Originally Posted by BB Shockwave View Post
So, is this continuation of Bayformers, or a totally new continuity?

They kept saying how they loved Animated, etc... so why cancel it? Surely they could have come to an agreement with CN.

And it appears they are repeating their mistake with Animated - show coming but no toys yet.
We'll get the toys right around the time the DVDs for the first season come out, so don't worry too much.

XD
Cruellock
Starscream AND Soundwave? Nice! Glad they're going with a classic look for Starscream and not the ape one from the movies.
CrockAlley
Will we be seeing any pics of the slide show eventually, like we do from Comic-Con? I forgot what the policy on that is.
BB Shockwave
Quote:
Originally Posted by shroobmaster View Post
That was the production staff talking about it not Hasbro bigwig marketing team who ultimately make the call.
OH, I see. Coverage made it seem it was Hasbro, it's kinda misleading. (Though it's nothing compared to TFormers' coverage, that thing is a mess).
Ash from Carolina
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fit For natalie View Post
Okay, this is getting confusing.

- Hasbro tells us fans at Toy Fair 2010 that War For Cybertron is the prequel to TF Prime.

- High Moon Studio says in various video game website interviews War For Cybertron is a prequel to the G1 cartoon.

- Hasbro Studios says TF Prime is apparently in-continuity with the live-action movies.


Here is my theory about these contradictory statements: It's basically all marketing speak to whichever market segment they're talking to.

- Toy Fair 2010: Hasbro says that to us toy nerds because we are most interested in the next Transformers series.
- High Moon interviews: War For Cybertron's primary target market (as far as Activision is concerned) is the average gamer who, most likely only knows of Transformers through the G1 cartoon and the the Michael Bay movies (and most likely prefers the G1 cartoon). So telling them it's the prequel to the G1 cartoon sparks interest.
- Hasbro Studios: Part of the marketing for the show, whose target markets of audiences most likely recognize Transformers from the Michael Bay movies. It doesn't seem to fit and the third movie will probably contradict everything anyway, but nobody really cares.
It also seems to be contradictory to what Micheal Bay was saying that any movies after the third one would have to be some sort of reboot. If a fourth film would have to be a reboot then how do you make a cartoon off of the era after the third film?

Wasn't there also something in the movie commentary about Arcee being dead or do I have her confused with another character?
Eric
Quote:
WELKER IS MEGATRON
HAH! KNEW IT! FUDGING KNEW IT!

Quote:
Arcee is a single normal TF, no split like movie.
Nice.

Quote:
Sounds like they are going for a very character oriented series - exploring who they are, where they are going, how they change

Full CG show!

a small group of Autobots are on Earth in case the Decepticons come back

Cast - Optimus Prime, Arcee, Bulkhead, Ratchet, Bumblebee, Cliffjumper

Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, not a boombox, more later

Show is named "Prime" because they are delving into what it means to be a Prime

Trying to make the Prime name stand for what it should, as the bearer of the Matrix and stuff
Interesting concept, kind of reminds me of Beast Wars a little. From what I read on the main page, this is supposed to be movie-continuity, right?
hupla
TFW seems to be the only site claiming its in movie continuity...hmmmm
Digilaut
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ash from Carolina View Post
It also seems to be contradictory to what Micheal Bay was saying that any movies after the third one would have to be some sort of reboot. If a fourth film would have to be a reboot then how do you make a cartoon off of the era after the third film?

Wasn't there also something in the movie commentary about Arcee being dead or do I have her confused with another character?
It's loosely based on the movies probably. A side universe that takes the most important plot points and hints from characters but that's probably it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fit For natalie View Post
Okay, this is getting confusing.

- Hasbro tells us fans at Toy Fair 2010 that War For Cybertron is the prequel to TF Prime.

- High Moon Studio says in various video game website interviews War For Cybertron is a prequel to the G1 cartoon.

- Hasbro Studios says TF Prime is apparently in-continuity with the live-action movies.


Here is my theory about these contradictory statements: It's basically all marketing speak to whichever market segment they're talking to.

- Toy Fair 2010: Hasbro says that to us toy nerds because we are most interested in the next Transformers series.
- High Moon interviews: War For Cybertron's primary target market (as far as Activision is concerned) is the average gamer who, most likely only knows of Transformers through the G1 cartoon and the the Michael Bay movies (and most likely prefers the G1 cartoon). So telling them it's the prequel to the G1 cartoon sparks interest.
- Hasbro Studios: Part of the marketing for the show, whose target markets of audiences most likely recognize Transformers from the Michael Bay movies. It doesn't seem to fit and the third movie will probably contradict everything anyway, but nobody really cares.
I don't think that's just a theory..seemed pretty obvious from the start. Marketing is just trying to tie it all together to let every incarnation that is coming out now ride on the succes of the other. WFC and TFPrime have nothing to do with each other.
Vector Squidma
To anyone who has seen the trailer: Would you say the CG is on par with Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Continue: Botcon 2010 Transformers Prime Panel Coverage Discussion on the 2005 Boards!

 
Toy Arena