SDCC 2009 - Animated News Round-Up

Not much news in the form of Transformers Animated surfaced except for during Hasbro's panel at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. In case you missed any of the news, check out this news wrap up for all of your TFA needs.

The panelists told us that they will find a way to get the Animated toys to the market. All of the figures we see today will certainly make their way in. For all of the images, head into the panel gallery.

Cybertronian Ratchet

Deluxe
  • Electrostatic Soundwave w/ Ratbat - Eric says that working with the guys at Cartoon Network was rewarding.
  • Arcee! It was taboo for us to make Arcee. Something always went wrong, Eric says. Eric: Derek and he had a lot of fun designing the figure - Just enough classic design and new tweaks to give the fans something new. She comes with swords and gives her a reason to be cool.
  • Rodimus Minor - Eric and Derrick created the figure and hearkens back to the G1 roots. Didn't want to shortchange Prime because there were already so many Primes. He is the first non-Prime to control a squad. Aaron asks how it went - Eric says it doesn't go so well.
  • Cybertronian Ratchet - "Probably one of the real breakout characters in Animated." Thought it'd be cool to show off the younger version rather than the "beer belly version."
  • Cybertronian mode Ironhide - A quick note is that there is another head sculpt. Eric twisted everybody's arm to get them to let him sculpt a new head.
  • Fugitive Waspinator - We didn't have the foresight to add a new head to the mold because Waspinator wasn't available yet.

    Voyager Animated Blackout

    Voyager
  • Golfire Grimlock - straight-up upgrade. The bio will help explain this.
  • Hydrodive Bumblebee - "We realized how popular Bumblebee is as a character, so we made him smaller but we wanted to give you a something more for the price you pay." Bumblebee is removable from the submarine.
  • Blackout! "Here's another case inspiring other segments." Decided to create a character for Animated based off of Transformers. He has an Earth mode instead of a Cybertronian mode. Wanted to give something familiar from the film.
  • Wingblade Prime - Deluxe figure with add-ons. All pieces from Wingblade can also be added to original Animated Voyager Prime.
  • Thundercracker - Of all the seekers they could do, this made the most sense. Q&A
  • Will an Animated Slipstream (female Starscream clone) be produced? One word: No
  • Is Transformers Animated on its deathbed? Yes. It'll enter syndication. Archer says that they are not ready to talk about the new Discovery partnership.
  • Will there be an Animated Omega Supreme? We have no plans for new "bold" Animated products.
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