Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy
Original workTransformers: Generation 1 by Hasbro and Takara
OwnerHasbro
Films and television
Animated series
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron - Siege (Netflix, 2020)
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron - Earthrise (Netflix, 2020)
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron - Kingdom (Netflix, 2021)
Miscellaneous
Toy(s)Transformers: Generations

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy is a toyline and transmedia series that is part of the Transformers franchise by Hasbro announced in February 2018.[1]

Toy-line

The toy-line is split into three subline imprints titled "Siege", "Earthrise", and "Kingdom" respectively. All of the designs are based on the Generation 1 and Beast Wars series. Mass retail figures are sold in prices ranging from $5USD to $160USD.[2]

Television series

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy
GenreScience fiction
Action
Based onTransformers
by Hasbro and Takara Tomy
Screenplay by
Story byF. J. DeSanto
George Krstic
Directed byTakashi Kamei[a]
ComposerAlexander Bornstein
Country of originUnited States
Japan
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes18
Production
Executive producers
  • F. J. DeSanto
  • Ted Biaselli
  • Joerg Bachmaier
  • Burnie Burns
  • Matt Hullum
  • Kohei Obara
  • Co-executive producer(s):
  • Gary King
  • George Krstic
  • Vincent Talenti
AnimatorPolygon Pictures
Running time23–25 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseJuly 30, 2020 (2020-07-30) –
July 29, 2021 (2021-07-29)

In 2019, Hasbro's production studio, Allspark and Netflix announced a new animated series titled the War for Cybertron Trilogy The series was produced by Rooster Teeth, alongside Allspark Animation and Polygon Pictures.[3] F. J. DeSanto would return as showrunner while George Krstic, Gavin Hignight and Brandon M. Easton joined as writers.[3] The first season was originally set to be released in June 2020, but was rescheduled to July 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4] The second season was released on December 30, 2020.[5] The third and final season was released on July 29, 2021.[6]

Polygon Pictures President and CEO Shuzo John Shiota said "We're thrilled to be working with Rooster Teeth, Netflix and Hasbro to bring this fan-oriented More than Meets the Eye story to life. The Transformers universe has so many rich characters and engaging stories. Getting the opportunity to be part of the team bringing the robots in disguise to life in this new trilogy is unbelievable."[7]

Tom Warner, Senior Vice President for the Transformers franchise for Hasbro, said "The Transformers brand is a global phenomenon with toys, consumer products, films, television shows, and literature, resonating with millions of passionate fans around the world. This brand new Netflix series will add to the incredible slate of Transformers offerings with a truly unique story that will delight both existing fans and those being introduced to the wonder of robots in disguise."[7]

Rooster Teeth co-founder and Chief Content Officer Matt Hullum said "Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy marks the inaugural production for our Rooster Teeth Studios division and we're proud to be partnering with and entrusted by Hasbro and Netflix. As fans of these characters, it's been a joy bringing our storytelling and animation expertise to this project. This teaser trailer is just a taste of what's to come in this series, and we can't wait to see what the fans think, especially our Rooster Teeth community!"[7]

Chapter 1: Siege

Chapter 2: Earthrise

Chapter 3: Kingdom

Episodes

SeasonTitleEpisodesOriginally released
1Siege6July 30, 2020 (2020-07-30)
2Earthrise6December 30, 2020 (2020-12-30)
3Kingdom6July 29, 2021 (2021-07-29)

Chapter 1: Siege (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Episode 1"Takashi KameiGeorge KrsticJuly 30, 2020 (2020-07-30)
Megatron urges Optimus Prime to accept a treaty, while Starscream questions Jetfire's leadership. The Autobots try to recruit Bumblebee to their side.
22"Episode 2"Kazuma ShimizuF.J. DeSanto and Gavin HignightJuly 30, 2020 (2020-07-30)
Megatron receives a surprise visitor; Shockwave reveals how finding the mythical AllSpark can help defeat the Autobots. The Decepticons lay a trap.
33"Episode 3"KOJIGeorge KrsticJuly 30, 2020 (2020-07-30)
Optimus has a plan but needs Ratchet's help. Ultra Magnus is tortured for information while Starscream continues to foster dissent among the Seekers.
44"Episode 4"Kazuma ShimizuBrandon Easton and Gavin HignightJuly 30, 2020 (2020-07-30)
Elita casts doubt on Optimus' plan, which includes fixing a Spacebridge. Optimus appeals to the Guardians for help and Bumblebee receives a high honor.
55"Episode 5"KOJIBrandon Easton and Gavin HignightJuly 30, 2020 (2020-07-30)
Jetfire offers to help Optimus retrieve the AllSpark. Bumblebee, Cog and Arcee go on a mission for Energon; Wheeljack tries to get the Ark to fly.
66"Episode 6"Kazuma ShimizuBrandon Easton and Gavin HignightJuly 30, 2020 (2020-07-30)
Optimus struggles to obtain the AllSpark. Megatron figures out Optimus' plan and orders an attack on the Autobots, who receive an unexpected assist from Omega Supreme.

Chapter 2: Earthrise (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
71"Episode 1"Takashi Kamei
KOJI
Gavin HignightDecember 30, 2020 (2020-12-30)
Believing the AllSpark destroyed, Megatron plans to flee the dying planet — but at great cost. Elita's plan to free some prisoners hits a snag.
82"Episode 2"Kazuma ShimizuTim SheridanDecember 30, 2020 (2020-12-30)
Mercenary Transformers hired by the Quintessons come upon the Ark adrift in space. As unlikely allies arrive to rescue the imprisoned Autobots, Megatron reveals Project Nemesis.
93"Episode 3"Takashi Kamei
KOJI
Gavin HignightDecember 30, 2020 (2020-12-30)
The Autobots locate the AllSpark, but a deserted space station and its lone occupant stand in the way. The Decepticons catch up with the Ark.
104"Episode 4"Kazuma ShimizuTim SheridanDecember 30, 2020 (2020-12-30)
Megatron faces a life-or-death situation. As the Autobots and Decepticons work together to fight against Scorponok, Starscream tries to seize power.
115"Episode 5"Takashi Kamei
KOJI
Gavin HignightDecember 30, 2020 (2020-12-30)
Optimus encounters an unexpected guide who shows him a possible future. Megatron meets an entity who tells him what he needs to take from Optimus.
126"Episode 6"Kazuma ShimizuTim SheridanDecember 30, 2020 (2020-12-30)
Above the planet where the AllSpark lies, the Autobots and Decepticons battle while Deseeus closes in to exact revenge upon them all.

Chapter 3: Kingdom (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [8]
131"Episode 1"Takashi KameiMae CattJuly 29, 2021 (2021-07-29)
After the crash-landing at different locations, the Autobots and the Decepticons encounter the planet's denizens and are shocked to learn who they are.
142"Episode 2"Kazuma ShimizuTim SheridanJuly 29, 2021 (2021-07-29)
Megatron acquires an advantage in locating the Allspark. The Maximals mount a rescue when the Predacons capture one of their teammates.
153"Episode 3"Takashi KameiMae CattJuly 29, 2021 (2021-07-29)
As the Autobots and Decepticons close in on it, the Allspark launches a defense system that alters perception and disrupts all functionality.
164"Episode 4"Kazuma ShimizuTim SheridanJuly 29, 2021 (2021-07-29)
Megatron's continued use of the Golden Disk to guide his actions threatens to derail Optimus Prime's attempt to obtain the Allspark.
175"Episode 5"Takashi KameiMae CattJuly 29, 2021 (2021-07-29)
The Autobots and the Maximals attempt to launch the Ark to return to Cybertron. They meet heavy resistance — until something extraordinary occurs.
186"Episode 6"Kazuma ShimizuTim SheridanJuly 29, 2021 (2021-07-29)
The past, present and future collide on Cybertron as the final showdown for the Allspark begins with some unexpected participants.

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season, Siege, has an approval rating of 95% based on reviews from 20 critics. The site's consensus is: "Visually stunning, surprisingly deep, and still a lot of fun, War for Cybertron: Siege breathes new life into the Transformers franchise."[9] The second season, Earthrise, has an approval rating of 86% based on reviews from 7 critics.[10] The third season, Kingdom, has an approval rating of 90% based on reviews from 10 critics. The site's consensus is: "Transporting the Autobots into a strange new world, Kingdom brings the War for Cybertron to a satisfying close with great morphing action and a delightful nod to the Beast Wars."[11]

Fans criticized Rooster Teeth for not having the likes of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker or voice actors that were involved with the franchise previously and instead hired "non-union voice talent".[12] Garry Chalk (who previously voiced Optimus Primal) was critical of the voice acting, which he described as "low energy".[13]

References

  1. ^ "Toy Fair 2018: Hasbro Transformers New Products Report #NYTF". TFormers.com. February 17, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "Search Results".
  3. ^ a b "Transformers: War For Cybertron Coming To Netflix Press Release". TFormers.com. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Konrad, Jeremy (June 22, 2020). "Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy: Siege Hits Netflix This July". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  5. ^ Valdez, Nick (November 23, 2020). "Netflix Confirms Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy - Earthrise Release Date". Comicbook.com. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Llewellyn, Tom (January 8, 2021). "Transformers: War for Cybertron season 3 – Netflix release date confirmed". HITC. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "Toy Fair 2020 - Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy Netflix Trailer and Official Details!". TFormers.com. February 22, 2020. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "Transformers: War for Cybertron: Kingdom – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2021-02-02.
  10. ^ "Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Earthrise". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  11. ^ "Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Kingdom". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  12. ^ DUSTY STOWE (19 August 2020). "Transformers: War for Cybertron - Netflix Controversy Explained". Screen Rant.
  13. ^ Baculi, Spencer (4 August 2020). "Optimus Primal Voice Actor Garry Chalk Criticizes Voice Acting Performances In Netflix's Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy". Bounding Into Comics.

Notes

  1. ^ Chief/Supervising Director (総監督).