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An auction has appeared on ebay confirming the profile for Transformers Animated Safeguard, the combined form of Jetfire and Jetstorm.
Bio: "Created using the most advanced techniques known to autobot
science, jetstorm and jetfire were cloned from tech recovered from
starscream. Brought online in a secret laboratory deep beneath
cybertron, they are the first autobots created specifically to battle
the decepticons. Though they are young, they are extremely intelligent,
working their way through the Elite Guard boot camp in record time.
Together they are potentially the most powerful Autobots of all time,
especially when they combine into their Safeguard form."
Galactic Powers: "The only Autobots that can fly", "Youngest Elite
Guard members of all time", "The first robot's with the ability to
The latest edition of the Master Collector magazine, by Fun Publications, includes some interesting previously un-known Transformers Animated figures. The toys are mainly recolours, although the listing for Arcee and a Voyager Bumblebee are new.
The toys listed are Arcee and Electrostatic Soundwave (both deluxes), along with Hydrodrive Bumblebee and Golfire Grimlock (both Voyagers).
Hasbro has mentioned that this new version of Soundwave won't come with Laserbeak but with a new "cassette" minion - most likely Buzzsaw, a re-coloured version of the Laserbeak guitar.
TFW2005 have conducted an interview with Transformers Animated designer Derrick Wyatt.
The interview includes information on several Transformers Animated season 3 characters such as Rodimus Prime, Shockwave, Waspinator and Blurr, as well as including a few design images of Kickback and a bald, western, Issac Sumdac.
Derrick Wyatt has answered two of the questions raised to him in comments on his blog. DieMaus asked "a) We've now seen Animated Hot Shot and Red Alert, two characters who
were reportedly in the original outline for the show, but were
subsequently replaced by Bumblebee and Ratchet, respectively. Do the
current Hot Shot and Red Alert bear much similarity to those original
concepts? Are they a taste of "what might have been"? Or did those
original character ideas never get past the planning phase?
Who actually decides which characters DO make it onto the show? You
suggested, for example, that Hot Shot wasn't your call, Marty Isenberg
mentioned that Hasbro nixed the idea of Sixshot, and as noted, we know
that Bumblebee's inclusion was their initiative as well; on the other
hand, I can't imagine that the likes of Highbrow were anything other
than your idea. How does this all get decided, and whose call is it at
the end of the day?"
To which Derrick replied
"Hey,those are some good questions.
a) Hotshot is more of a
tribute to his UT self (or selves). Red Alert is actually a bit of what
might have been. Her design is based in part on TFA development art
that my friend Eric Canete had done. That's why she's female.
There are some upcoming interviews that go deeper in to this process
than I will here. The current TFCC magazine has an interview with Eric
and me where we discuss it. Anyway, we on the animation side try to
work together with the 'Bros to come up with a roster of characters
that both teams are happy with. Bumblebee's inclusion in the show was
actually a result of Matt Youngberg and me pleading for him in the
first meeting we had with the higher-ups."
An anonomous poster then asked the question "Well, I kinda like Red Alert being female, it mixes things up a little.
I personally would have liked to have been at one of those meetings,
just to hear some of the characters Hasbro wanted in that you guys
didn't, or vice-versa. Is it generally harder to get characters who
weren't popular in terms of toy sales(or were only in that franchise's
toyline) in the show? Or is Hasbro pretty cool about letting some
relatively unknown/unpopular characters get their chance in the spot
Which prompted Derrick to reply "On the whole they've been great. I don't think there were any
characters we really wanted to do that they vetoed. The only things
that ever got nixed were characters that it would be too impractical to
do from either an animation or a toy point of view, or characters that
just didn't fit the stories we were telling."