Transformers: War for Cybertron – Siege, out now, is the first part of a Netflix- special trilogy of Transformers animations. The show goes stomach- deep into Transformers tradition.
Sure, everyone understands Optimus Prime and Megatron and Bumblebee and the tape player person with the cool voice, however Siege transportations us to a world full of robo randos and referrals, and somebody who is in deep on Transformers toys and folklore, I recognize it may take some effort to arrange through everything. Who’s that green Starscream? What’s Primus? Who the heck is Megatron impaling in that mural in Decepticon head office?
All these concerns (other than the last one) are addressed in this spoiler- riffic blast through all six episodes of War for Cybertron’s first chapter.
[Ed. note: This post contains major spoilers for Transformers: War for Cybertron – Siege.]
Soaking an Autobot or Decepticon in a various set of paint and calling it a various robotic is a practice as old as the Transformers franchise itself. There were 28 characters in the original 1984 Transformers lineup, and 11 of them were in a different way- hued twins of another toy.
The most notorious professionals of this were Starscream and his 2 Candidate pals, Skywarp and Thundercracker. The original 1984 animation pilot offered us a homicidal rainbow of even more Candidates. In its opening scene, Wheeljack and Bumblebee are chased after throughout the surface area of their home world Cybertron by, yes, Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp, however they also face 4 other guys, a “Welcoming Committee” that consists of an orange Candidate, a purple Candidate, a light blue Candidate, and a dark blue Candidate. Years later on, they ‘d be provided names: Sunstorm, Hotlink, Bitstream, and Nacelle, respectively.
In tribute to this opening scene, War For Cybertron – Siege opens in a comparable way, with Wheeljack and Bumblebee on the run from a various colored gaggle of Candidates (and Jetfire). In addition to the called guys, our heroes are followed by a yellow Candidate, a green Candidate, and a blue Candidate.
Lured as I am to match these unnamed guys up with the original animation pilot’s Welcoming Committee to please George Lucas’ maxim, “it’s like poetry, it rhymes,” the pattern of colors much better associates with another trio of Candidates: The ones from a Target special 3- pack of War for Cybertron – Siege toys, that include the yellow Nova Storm, the blue Ion Storm, and the green Acid Storm.
These toys’ colors were … a lot more saturated than the fellows in Siege, so you may believe some imaginative liberties were taken. After they get popped off by the Autobots one- by-one over the course of these six episodes, the Real MVPs, in all their saturated magnificence, show up in episode six for the attack on the Ark (more on that later on).
Hotlink, the purple one, certainly shows up regularly later on in Siege. He also has a toy in Walmart’s exclusive toyline based on the Netflix series, and we see his distinct purple-and-more- purple pigmentation in episode 2 and beyond.
War for Cybertron – Siege is cluttered (often actually) with character models in various colors. A Lot Of of them aren’t any person. This animation needed to make Cybertron feel inhabited while having actually restricted character models, and so we see lots of Sideswipes and Hounds and Ironhides in other colors as either crowd filler or remains. Some may advise us of existing characters in Transformers, however thinking about the context, that dark blue Sideswipe most likely isn’t the black Sideswipe redeco Deep Cover. I imply, if he is, then there are, like, six Deep Covers inCybertron
A purple Barrier also shows up a lot. 2 simultaneously in a popular crowd scene, even! Because Barrier is a law enforcement officer and the rando Barrier is purple, I have actually unofficially called him/them Perpwalk. Feel free to take that.
Not all of War for Cybertron – Siege’s randos are unnamed! There’s a tan Cog that’s in the credits as “Comms Officer.”
When Comms Officer was created and provided his name of Comms Officer, he understood exactly what he was put on his worldfor Not everybody gets that kind of security! Some of us spend years figuring ourselvesout
There’s also a red Cog that’s a dead ringer for, well, Cog.
In 1987, Cog was the little blue robotic buddy who came with the definitely substantial 2- foot Transformer Fortress Maximus. A year later on, Japan released Fortress Maximus again in various colors as Grand Maximus. Cog, now red instead of blue, was still called Cog. We might call him “Grand Cog” to match Grand Maximus, if welike
Cliffjumper shows up briefly in War for Cybertron on a screen, and he’s just Bumblebee in red!
Though Bumblebee and Cliffjumper are frequently incorrect as having actually been the exact same toy in various colors, their original toys were in fact various toolings, even beyond one being a Beetle and the other a Porsche. Lots of comparable information, however they simply shared comparable engineering.
Another called re- color is Moonracer, who’s a teal Chromia. Chromia’s a light blue, so Moonracer is … kind of hard to pick apart from Chromia at a look, however it gets much easier when Moonracer is feasted on by zombies.
Both Moonracer and Chromia come from the 1985 animation episode “The Search for Alpha Trion,” which presented the idea of non- male robotics into Transformers. Chromia and Moonracer weren’t recolors of each other then (and Moonracer has her own toy unique from Chromia’s in 2018’s Power of the Primes toyline, with its own head and whatever) however I think if you’re predestined to be zombie chow, you do not get a lot of hours invested building you in CGI.
The leader of the Female Autobots (yes, that was their group’s real name in 1985, I’m not being a Ferengi) was Elita One, and she shows up in War for Cybertron – Siege, too!
And just as it was detailed in her original series debut, she remains behind to keep fighting on Cybertron at the end of Siege. She’s one of the couple of characters to receive a brand name new design built particularly for the animation and not directly imported from the CAD files of the current toyline. Do not stress, Hasbro went back and made a toy of Elita One loosely based on this design (it’s Arcee with new parts), and it’ll be available from Walmart this fall.
In 1987, the Japanese Headmasters anime eliminated Soundwave. Blaster and Soundwave leapt up into the air and concurrently punched each other in each other’s chests, and then they blew up, which is not exactly the most dignified way to go, however it occurred.
However I’ll let you in on a secret: it was so Soundwave might be reconstructed into a new Soundwave, now called Soundblaster! Now in black instead of blue, Soundblaster has actually been a popular redeco of Soundwave because.
In some cases Soundblaster is illustrated as a various person, a clone of Soundwave, and that’s the path War for Cybertron – Siege has actually taken. The show’s Soundblaster lives alone with an army of darkly- colored Impactors, and also Buzzsaw. Buzzsaw is, as constantly, a gold condor to Laserbeak’s red. Buzzsaw is also the only 1984 Decepticon to not get a toy in tandem with the release of Siege! What are you waiting for, Hasbro? Get to it! Buzzsaw’s plainly the remarkable condor. As soon as, he single- handedly took down Omega Supreme. Laserbeak is, canonically, a coward.
You may see the various faction sigil on Soundblaster’s chest. That logo implies Soundblaster comes from a 3rd faction referred to as the Mercenaries!
The Mercenaries are a new group of unaffiliated folks that we’ll see more of in Siege’s follow up, EarthRise, and to which membership has actually been retroactively used to Soundblaster here.
Elita One isn’t the only character who revealed up toyless in older media however was toy- ified later on. Impactor, the leader of the Autobot task force team the Wreckers, from Marvel UK’s 1980 s Transformers run, also plays a feature in War for Cybertron – Siege!
The Wreckers were a group of Autobots who, to put it cynically, were the remaining toys that weren’t being blogged about somewhere else. You know, your Jumpstarters, your Deluxe Autobots, your made-up guys who are 2 guys merged together at the upper body. Impactor was in command of these savage folks, however truly he was keeping the management position warm with his harpoon arm till he died and Springer might takeover
However War for Cybertron – Siege’s Impactor has less to do with the first Impactor and more to do with the Impactor seen in IDW’s comics from last years. That Impactor, before he was a Wrecker, was a buddy of Megatron before the war. They both had low class tasks as energon miners. And when war broke out, he at first took the proletariat Decepticons’ side against the bourgeoisie gentility.
Siege’s Impactor plays thatrole Instead of being the leader of the callous Wreckers, he’s still fighting for the working class as a Decepticon. He shacks up with the Autobots just after the Decepticons’ elite tracker Ravage stops working to find Impactor [checks notes] lodged midway under a rock.
Due to the fact that he was voted for,
Impactor is in this animation exclusively! 2 years ago, Hasbro ran a fan survey to choose which set of Transformers would be consisted of in the Siege toyline. Impactor was paired with Mirage against 2 other sets, and they won the survey. Autobots do not get any more upper class than Mirage, who’s an old money Turbofox hunter, and Siege fasts to stress their class- based distinctions.
Joining the Decepticon ranks is Barrier, who’s a character import from the really first live- action Transformers movie back in 2007! You ‘d believe Barrier would have revealed up in more things ever since, as advertising images for that movie was basically 50% Bumblebee, 40% Barrier, and 10% everybody else. There were cardboard Barriers hanging from every Target, Walmart, and Toys” R” Us for ayear Barrier never ever revealed up in any Transformers media– till now.
Barrier’s look here is motivated by a piece of art by Transformers artist Guido Guidi, who years ago drew a “G1-ized” Barrier using G1 Smokescreen’slook (Smokescreen himself being a modified Prowl, who’s a cops car like Barrier.)
Palling around with Barrier is Spinister, who was a “double” Targetmaster from1988 Spinister’s 2 Targetmaster partners aren’t featured in this, however his pink, purple, and blue magnificence is! Spinister is a bisexual icon.
Spinister is most noteworthy for fans misremembering his name as “Spinster.” No, he’s not an older, single female. It’s “Sinister,” with a “p”!
Skytread is much better referred to as Flywheels, however “Flywheels” isn’t a name Hasbro might protect the hallmarkfor
Flywheels was a 1987 Duocon, implying he’s 2 vehicles who integrate into a bigger robotic. This was news at the time to Cyclonus, who was really concerned that a jet will crash into a tank. Nope! They’re just going to integrate into a robotic called Flywheels! Get it together, Cyclonus.
Elita One and the Female Autobots weren’t the only new characters presented in the 1980 s episode “The Search for Alpha Trion.” Surprise: another was Alpha Trion.
Ultimately revealed to be Optimus Prime’s sort-of father, Alpha Trion was the patriarch of the Autobots. In War for Cybertron – Siege, he comes pre- killed by Megatron, and just appears via a vision offered to Bumblebee after the little yellow person acquires the Alpha Trion Protocols.
Alpha Trion also welcomes Bumblebee with “Hello there” and truthfully my most significant review of this series is that Bumblebee does notrespond with “GENERAL KENOBI!” while his arms split in half and pull out lightsabers
In the 1985 animation episode “The Secret of Omega Supreme,” we find out that Omega Supreme was a member of the famous Guardian Robots long before the war. We see these Guardians in Siege, however just through a misty haze, so we do not get to see if the other non- Omega Supreme members are their normal blue coloring. Omega Supreme shows up later on by himself, breaking up through the ground like a baffled Kool- Aid Male.
Blink and you’ll miss it, however Cog namedrops Primus, the creator god of the Transformers! (That is, unless you ask the Transformer atheists.)
On the evil side of the map, the Decepticon head office lies inside what seems a former Colosseum- design arena.
This calls back to Megatron’s pre- Decepticon origins as a miner- turned gladiator. The dome- shaped structure in the middle also evokes the specifically- called Decepticon Head office staffed by Shockwave featured throughout the original animation.
The Autobots are hanging out, on the other hand, in the Ark, their freshly- built spaceship in which they ultimately wish to escape Cybertron and its foolish unlimited war.
Did you know: the Ark was never ever called the Ark in the original animation? That name originates from the Marvel comics, while the animation simply called their spaceship- crashed- inti- a- volcano home “Autobot headquarters.” It would not be till Monster Wars that the name “Ark” would be said audibly in an animation. in the Marvel comics, the Ark’s computer systems were called “Aunty,” not Teletraan I. Often the Ark is a woman instead of Casey Kasem.
Peppered throughout the series is Cybertronianlanguage The particular alphabet seen is Ancient Autobot, which is based on a typeface that fan- turned- professional Jim Sorenson made together in the ’90 s from the Ancient Autobot letters seen in the original animation episode “Cosmic Rust.”
This alphabet has actually been seen on many bits of product because, consisting of Siege toy product packaging. Each Cybertronian letter is a one-for-one alternative for a letter in English, so it’s possible to translate these bits of language when they pop up on the screen.
Do Not expect to find out lots of delicious secrets! The above screen capture, from the opening, simply says “Surveillance,” while the rest tends to be things like “Autobots” or “Decepticons” or “WARNING.” And often it’s just mumbo jumbo to fill space!
Now here’s a real secret: Walmart released a special line of toys based particularly on this Netflix series, and the big granddaddy of them all was a $50 “Spoiler Pack,” which was boxed up opaquely with no window revealing the contents. The item copy pled fans to avoid opening up this package till after they ‘d seen the Siege animation, so regarding not ruin themselves on its events.
( Fans, of course, mainly neglected this and tore their Spoiler Loads open upon invoice.)
And, hi, I got ta tell ya …
Image: David Willis.
I have no concept what much of the Spoiler Load’s contents need to do with the Siege animation, or how they would have ruined me on its content! OK, there’s a gray gradient Ultra Magnus inside the nontransparent product packaging. There was a routinely- colored Ultra Magnus in the regular, mass- retail toyline, however this “spoiler” version is mainly cast in gray plastic with Ultra Magnus colors sprayed throughout him half-way in paint. Ultra Magnus is indeed in the Netflix animation, however he does not ever feature as a half- gray version of himself. Possibly this represents him … being half dead? Transformers lose their color when they die, and Ultra Magnus passes away. That’s my best guess.
However the small clear red Battlemaster Rung? Called does not appear in the Netflix series at all. Possibly he sort of represents the vision of Alpha Trion that Bumblebee sees in his vision? That version of Alpha Trion was dead and kind of clear and kind of red in locations, and Rung is, like, covertly Primus, so there’s possibly an afterlife connection there. I’m reaching here.
And last but not least, bizarrely, the Spoiler Load comes with a plastic tray full of black Play- Doh that sandwiches a small baggie full of 3 Energon cubes. Sure, Siege includes some Energon in the plot, however seldom in cube kind, and definitely not buried someplace. I truthfully have no concept what that has to do with. I expect the good news is, it turns out no one was ruined on the animation, since what?
( Prepare for Spoiler Load 2 in a couple of months, which also consists of the exact same Play- Doh and Energon, according to its contents noting. Possibly the next chapter, EarthRise, features a nonzero amount of Energon cubes in mud?)
Hanging notably behind scenes with Megatron within Decepticon head office is a mural illustrating a caped Megatron running his sword through someone.
Do not ask me who that is. I have no concept.
Possibly Megatron is just truly happy of that one time he beat a [squints] hornless Bumblebee? Megatron used his Vanquishing A Hornless Bumblebee cape and whatever.