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“Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Premiere – More and Less Than Meets The Eye

“Transformers: Robots in Disguise” premiered this past weekend on Cartoon Network.  The pilot episode, split into two parts, sets up the general theme for this new cartoon, and in so doing, it proves that RID is both more and less than meets the eye.

That may seem contradictory, but it’s true.  On its surface, what does “Robots in Disguise” seem to hold in store?  Robots.  Check.  In disguise.  Check.  Heck, Bumblebee even says it when they scan Earth modes.  So,in so naming the show, RID is less than meets the eye — it wears its oil pump on its sleeve, to use a horrible metaphor.

Ah, but that’s not all the show is about.  To be a bit spoiler-ish without getting into minute detail of the pilot, the general gist is that the Mini-Con Fixit’s ship of Decepticon prisoners crash landed on Earth, letting loose all the cons on board.  It’s up to Bumbmlebee, Strongarm, Sideswipe, Grimlock and Fix-It to find and capture the escapees.  And it’s here where things are more than they seem.  This is a rather unique premise for a Transformers show.  Yes, we’ve had variations of the “Find the X of the week!” format — the O-Parts in the original “Robots in Disguise” show, the Cyber Planet Keys in “Transformers: Cybertron”.  Even the original appearance of the Mini-Cons in “Transformers: Armada” fell into that trap at times.

This feels different, though.  Each episode looks like it will be a find-and-capture a new Decepticon theme, but it doesn’t feel derivitive in some way.  Perhaps it’s because the first escapee, Underbite, is such an awesome character that you forget the conceit.  He’s loud, he’s big, he’s destructive — and you love him for it.

Grimlock, too, seems to take cues from other Transformers dinosaurs, and not just in name.  Dinobot, from “Beast Wars”, was a Predacon turned Maximal.  While we don’t see Grimlock take on the Autobot symbol this episode, he does help Bumblebee and crew find Underbite.  And even then, Bumblebee puts him on probation, rather than giving him his freedom outright.

Plus, it’s Bumlbebee in charge!  We haven’t had a Transformers series without an Optimus or Megatron as leader since…. since… well, since never.  “Beast Wars” may not have been about Truck Optimus vs. Vehicle/Tank/Gun Megatron, but it was still Optimus and Megatron.  Hasbro feels secure enough to let Bumblebee take point after the events of “Transformers Prime”, and that is fantastic.  It allows new life to be present in the Transformers mythos, and it’s a welcome change of pace.

The animation style is different than what we’ve had in the most recent shows.  It’s computerized but not 3D modeled like “Transformers Prime.”  It looks hand-animated, but it’s not, and it doesn’t have a cartoony look like “Transformers: Animated”.  It’s stylized, it’s colorful, and it sets itself apart from “Prime” and pretty much most of the past 20 years of cartoons.

I wholeheartedly welcome “Transformers: Robots in Disguise”.  If only it weren’t going to be shown at an ungodly early Saturday morning timeslot.  Oh, well.  That’s why we have DVRs.

Hasbro Transformers Q&A – Bonus Round Answer!

You asked and the teams at The Hub and Hasbro Studios answered! Hit the jump to see the answer via Hunter PR!

  • What went into the overall look for TRANSFORMERS: PRIME? We see hints of the designs from the live-action movies, as well as influences from other incarnations. How long have you been working on the look (sketches, concept art, 3D models, etc.), and how do you balance wanting to stay unique to the show but still be able to pull in elements from other versions, especially the movies which are extremely popular?

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Hasbro Transformers Q&A – Bonus Round Call for Questions!

Hasbro and Hunter PR sent along this message:

Hello Transformers Fans!

Hasbro certainly shares your excitement for the upcoming premiere of Transformers Prime’s first season on The Hub, starting Friday, February 11. And we’re sure you have some great questions that you’ve been dying to ask since the show’s five-part mini-series aired this past November. Well, now is your chance!

Hasbro is offering you an opportunity to participate in a special bonus round of our Transformers Q&A in which the teams at The Hub and Hasbro Studios behind the hit Transformers Prime show will answer your questions!

All right, you heard the man! We’ll send one question to The Hub/Hasbro, but to do that, we need to have questions from which to choose! Submit a question to us by 9:59am Eastern Time on Friday, January 21! You can post your questions below, send them to us on Twitter, or send them to hasbrotfqa@asmzine.com. We’ll pick the best question and send it off to Hasbro.

The following rules apply:

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Hasbro Transformers Q&A – December 2010 Answers

You asked and Hasbro answered! Hit the jump to see the answers from Hasbro and Hunter PR!

  1. Why does the Transformers brand continue to use “Scout” and “Voyager” for size class terminology? The terms don’t seem to make a lot of sense on their own.
  2. Looking at upcoming waves, we see a yellow-carded wave containing toys such as Laser Prime, Wreck-Gar and Perceptor, which we thought would be in red-carded Generations. Are the two sub-lines becoming more catch-all, more “Hey, let’s just release these awesome toys, and we don’t care what color the card is?” Which we don’t mind, to be sure. We’ll take the toys no matter what the packaging.

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Hasbro Transformers Q&A – November 2010 Answers

You asked and Hasbro answered! Hit the jump to see the answers from Hasbro and Hunter PR!

  1. Is there an industry term for the various catalogs, flyers, DVDs, comics and other materials sometimes packaged in with Transformers figures?  (All the stuff that isn’t the instruction sheet, effectively.)
  2. The “Cyber Missions” online videos have depicted Power Core Combiner characters, such as Smolder and Chopster, alongside characters from the live-action movies.  Should we take this as evidence that Power Core Combiners are in the same continuity as the movies, or are “Cyber Missions” a separate continuity which happens to have a lot of the same characters as the movies? Read more

Hasbro Transformers Q&A – October 2010 Call for Questions!

Got questions for Hasbro’s Transformers team? Ask away! Questions must be in to us by 11:59pm Eastern Time on Sunday, October 31! You can post your questions below, send them to us on Twitter, or send them to hasbrotfqa@asmzine.com. We’ll pick the two best questions and send them off to Hasbro.

As usual, the following rules apply:

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Hasbro Transformers Q&A – August 2010 Answers

You asked and Hasbro answered! Hit the jump to see the answers from Hasbro and Hunter PR!

  1. The Transformers: Hall of Fame entries showed that Hasbro considers many incarnations of Optimus, Megatron, Bumblebee and Starscream to be the same character, or at least the same character archetype. We’re wondering, though — since Megatron has been inducted into the Hall of Fame, does this mean that Galvatron is already in as well, or would he have to be voted in by fans? Most Transformers stories show Galvatron to be the upgraded form of Megatron, but some fans consider Galvatron to be a distinct character from Megatron.
  2. For the entire TF team, here’s a fun/silly question: If you could make a Transformer toy of anything in the world that hasn’t ALREADY been a Transformers toy, what would it be? You can be as specific (1974 AMC Javelin, P-38 Lightning, Cobra HISS, Dale Earnhardt’s 2000 Daytona 500 car) or as general (school bus, tractor, port-a-potty, etc.) as you wish.

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Hasbro Transformers Q&A – August 2010 Call for Questions!

Got questions for Hasbro’s Transformers team? Ask away! Questions must be in to us by 11:59pm Eastern Time on Sunday, August 8! You can post your questions below, send them to us on Twitter, or send them to hasbrotfqa@asmzine.com. We’ll pick the two best questions and send them off to Hasbro.

As usual, the following rules apply:

  • Hasbro probably won’t answer questions about future product unless they can reveal it to the public, so keep that in mind if you ask about future toys.
  • Be constructive in your questions. Don’t just say, “This toy sucked!” If you have a legitimate complaint or question about a feature that turned out to be not so great in your viewpoint, please word it properly.
  • We may edit your question for clarity and length.
  • Each person may send three questions to us, but we reserve the right to choose only one of them. If you have more than one question, you may send them in, but please put the question most important to you first! That way, we know which question is the one you’d really like answered.

To see previous questions we’ve asked, go to http://www.asmzine.com/geekly-rewind/category/qanda/hasbro-team/tf-team/, or to see questions from previous sessions from all Transformers fan sites, head to the TF Wiki!

Again, responses are due by 11:59pm Eastern Time on Sunday, August 8!

Hasbro Transformers Q&A – July 2010 Answers

You asked and Hasbro answered! Hit the jump to see the answers from Hasbro and Hunter PR!

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Hasbro Transformers Q&A – June 2010 Call for Questions!

Not going to BotCon?  You still can ask Hasbro’s Transformers team your questions!  Questions must be in to us by 11:59pm Eastern Time on Sunday, June 28! You can post your questions below, send them to us on Twitter, or send them to hasbrotfqa@asmzine.com. We’ll pick the two best questions and send them off to Hasbro.

As usual, the following rules apply:

  • Hasbro probably won’t answer questions about future product unless they can reveal it to the public, so keep that in mind if you ask about future toys.
  • Be constructive in your questions. Don’t just say, “This toy sucked!” If you have a legitimate complaint or question about a feature that turned out to be not so great in your viewpoint, please word it properly.
  • We may edit your question for clarity and length.
  • Each person may send three questions to us, but we reserve the right to choose only one of them. If you have more than one question, you may send them in, but please put the question most important to you first! That way, we know which question is the one you’d really like answered.

To see previous questions we’ve asked, go to http://www.asmzine.com/geekly-rewind/category/qanda/hasbro-team/tf-team/, or to see questions from previous sessions from all Transformers fan sites, head to the TF Wiki!

Again, responses are due by 11:59pm Eastern Time on Sunday, June 28!