Since the debut of Machinima's Combiner Wars animated series, a couple of interviews have turned up giving some behind the scene insight to the cartoon. First we have a piece from Comicbook.com with producer Eric Calderon that touches on some of the development. Next is a quick interview by ComicBookMovie.com, talking to Amy Johnston who voiced Maxima, Windblade's companion who made quite an impact in her appearance in the first webisode. We've highlighted some selections of both articles below, so keep reading to check it out.
Comicbook.com: Rodimus Prime has also been called Hot Rod, did you think about that name?
Calderon: That's what I was telling him, it's original name Hot Rod, it just sounded strange to me as a counsel member, so I thought the idea of these former enemies or former leaders and then there's Hot Rod.
Comicbook.com: Or Hot Rodimus.
Calderon: Oh, I love Hot Rodimus.
Comicbook.com: Did you ever read any of the IDW comics? Did that maybe inform the arc you incorporated for Starscream becoming the ruler of Cybertron?
Calderon: Yeah, it really helped me a lot. What's good about the whole combiner wars effort is everyone is on the same mission, so when I read Starscream's monologues or his conversations, it kind of helped me inform "Oh, our Starscream is going to be very similar to that".
CBM: How did you find the right voice for Maximia?
Johnston: "Maxima was described to me as a strong female character who had a relationship wtih Windblade so I made sure to give her strength and passion yet retain a femininity about her."
CBM: Have you heard any details about more Combiner Wars episodes being produced in the future? After all, the series is being described as the first part in a trilogy...
Johnston: "I have not heard any more details about future episodes but I am hoping that Maxima can come back to say hi at some point. Maybe the series can dive deeper into her relations with Windblade?"