We are proud to be able to pass on the first details of Transformers Cyberverse, the new Transformers show coming our way in 2018.
Comicbook.com have posted the first image of the new show, and some details about what the series will involve.
First up: noses are back! After ten years of Transformers lacking noses in Transformers Animated, Transformers Prime and Transformers Robots in Disguise, these facial features that giant alien machines from space have no real need for are back!
Kidding aside, the artwork gives us our first look at the Transformers Cyberverse versions of the main cast. Bumblebee appears as a synthesis of his Generation 1 and IDW ongoing design, with the classic chest detail but the front of the car and door wings on the shoulders. Black stripes on the chest suggest the vehicle mode will be taking cues from Movie or possibly Transformers Prime Bumblebee.
Next to Bumblebee is Windblade, whose design seems to most closely mirror the character’s look from the Combiner Wars show, using the coloration of the Windblade toy that was released for Robots in Disguise last year.
Optimus Prime is shown in the background. We cannot see as much of Optimus, other than that he’s once again sporting a full face, implying the faceplate will only come out in battle. The squared look of the head is a more Generation 1 derived design than the typically longer and more angular movie derived designs also featured in Transformers Prime.
As far as details of the show go, Comicbook’s report includes the official synopsis for the show, which we’ve reproduced below:
Bumblebee is on a critical mission where lives are at stake! Only, he can’t remember what it is? It’s a good thing his best friend Windblade has found him to help repair his damaged memory chips. With each recovered memory, Bumblebee rediscovers his past adventures on Cybertron before coming to Earth. He relives fun moments when he played Cybertronian sports with his friends, and even tragic ones that would change his life. His past will shape him into becoming the hero we know today.
As each memory is repaired, another clue comes to light that will lead them both to complete their shared mission to save their friends and Earth… however, the Decepticons are hot on their heels and time is running out.
The synopsis of the show puts Bumblebee front-and-center once again, continuing the recent tradition of focusing on him as the main character that started in Robots in Disguise. It is interesting that Windblade is now being described as Bumblebee’s best friend; but it is a new continuity of stories. The story focus on Bumblebee recovering his memories is interesting, and will surely lead to some interesting plot developments (including, we’d expect, a twist or two about how Bumblebee and Windblade met, not to mention the mission). We’re expecting this to lead to a largely episodic structure early on – Bumblebee and Windblade facing some challenge with their other friends / human sidekick, with Bumblebee regaining a memory that helps with their current situation. Ongoing story arc elements are a given, and will probably develop slowly as bits of Bumblebee’s fragmented memories come to the surface.
We’re also expecting this whole premise will be given a resolution by the end of the first season, and a major moment may come when there is a full scale confrontation between Bumblebee’s band of allies and the pursuing Decepticons.
Comicbook’s report suggests that other Autobots will appear in the flashbacks, which is a given, but we’re sure they will also find their way into the plot in the modern day. Optimus Prime is naturally a given, though if Peter Cullen returns to voice the Autobot leader, we may see him in a guest role rather than a recurring one, in line with the sparing use of his talents on Robots in Disguise.
We’re excited to see where this all leads – as the length of this analysis of one image and two paragraphs of text shows – and we look forward to seeing more from the show.
Transformers Cyberverse is being developed by Boulder Media in association with Hasbro Studios, and is due to air in 2018.