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Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy
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Original work Transformers: Generation 1 by Takara and Hasbro
Owner Hasbro
Miscellaneous
Toys Transformers: Generations
Web series Transformers: War for Cybertron - Siege (Netflix, 2020)
Transformers: War for Cybertron - Earthrise (Netflix, 2020)

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy is a toyline and transmedia franchise that is part of the Transformers brand by Hasbro announced in February 2018. It is not related to the video game of the same name.

Synopsis

Chapter 1: "Siege"

Cybertron has been ravaged by the civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons. In an attempt to end the conflict, Megatron considers using the AllSpark as a last resort to reformat the Autobots, but Optimus Prime wants to prevent that from happening, even if that means destroying Cybertron in order to save it. Early on, Bumblebee and Wheeljack discover a space bridge while searching for Energon. They are apprehended by Decepticons Starscream, Thundercracker, and Jetfire. When the Autobots attempt to escape, they encounter Megatron, but are saved by Optimus Prime who engages Megatron and introduces Bumblebee to the rest of the Autobots on the Ark. Bumblebee leaves, claiming that "he doesn't want to fight their war." In the second episode, Ultra Magnus surrenders to the Decepticons, as he repeatedly says that he is "tired of endless war." Megatron double-crosses him and tortures Magnus for the location of the Autobot base, after using Magnus' comlink to lure the Autobots into a trap. This ambush results in the supposed death of the Decepticon Impactor, who is later revealed to be alive and switches sides after being repaired by the Autobot Ratchet[disambiguation needed]. Wheeljack leads the rest of the Autobots to Ratchet, and, after a brief argument from Mirage, the Autobots convince Ratchet to repair the space bridge found by Wheeljack and Bumblebee. Jetfire and Skywarp eventually find the Autobot base, but Jetfire defects and defeats Skywarp. At the end of the series, Optimus Prime throws the Allspark through the repaired space bridge to an unknown location.

Chapter 2: "Earthrise"

The Transformers leave Cybertron in search for the AllSpark, leading the Autobots and Decepticons to land on Earth. Mercenary Transformers board the Arc and battle the Autobots, and in the end the Autobots and Decepticons work together to defeat Scorponok.

Chapter 3: "Kingdom"

Worlds collide when the Maximals and Predacons join the fight, coming together with the Autobots and Decepticons in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. This series takes characters from the Beast Wars continuity.

Toyline

Most of the action figures and accessories in the War for Cybertron Trilogy feature 5 millimeter ports situated over multiple places as the main play pattern of this line: modular weaponry and accommodation. The line is split into three subline imprints titled “Siege”, “Earthrise”, and “Kingdom” respectively. All of the designs of the transformers are based on the Transformers: Generation 1 series and Beast Wars series. Mass retail figures are sold in prices ranging from $5USD to $160USD. Geared towards older fans, toys from this line emphasize on maximum possibility and quality while featuring more complex conversions between modes.

Transformers: Siege subline

Transformers: Earthrise subline

Transformers: Kingdom subline

Television series

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy
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Genre Science fiction
Action
Screenplay by
  • F. J. DeSanto
  • George Krstic
  • Brandon Easton
  • Gavin Hignight
  • Tim Sheridan
Story by F. J. DeSanto
George Krstic
Directed by Takashi Kamei
Composer(s) Alexander Bornstein
Country of origin United States
Japan
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • F. J. DeSanto
  • Ted Biaselli
  • Joerg Bachmaier
  • Burnie Burns
  • Matt Hullum
  • Kohei Obara
  • Shuzo John Shiota
  • Co-executive producer(s):
  • Gary King
  • George Krstic
  • Vincent Talenti
Producer(s) Jack Liang
Animator(s) Polygon Pictures
Running time 23–25 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Entertainment One (worldwide)
Takara Tomy (Japan)
Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Picture format HDTV 1080p
Audio format Stereo
Original release July 30, 2020 (2020-07-30) – present

Following the conclusion of the Prime Wars Trilogy animated series in July 2018, and the official closing of Machinima in February 2019, Hasbro's production studio Allspark and Netflix announced a War for Cybertron Trilogy animated series produced by Rooster Teeth, alongside Allspark Animation and Polygon Pictures for a release schedule in 2020. F. J. DeSanto would return as showrunner while George Krstic, Gavin Hignight and Brandon M. Easton joined as writers. 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. The second season was released on December 30, 2020. The third and final season will be released in July.

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."

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."

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!"

The third and final arc Kingdom is scheduled for release sometime in July 2021.

Voice cast

Arc 1: Siege

  • Philip Bache as Skytread (2 episodes)
  • Edward Bosco as Ultra Magnus (4 episodes) and Soundwave (4 episodes)
  • Brian Robert Burns as Cog (3 episodes)
  • Brook Chalmers as Impactor (5 episodes)
  • Alexander DiLallo as Barricade (3 episodes)
  • Jake Foushee as Optimus Prime (6 episodes)
  • Rafael Goldstein as Ratchet (4 episodes) and Soundblaster (2 episodes)
  • Todd Haberkorn as Red Alert (5 episodes) and Shockwave (3 episodes)
  • Gray G. Haddock as Spinister (2 episodes)
  • Danny Hansen as Thundercracker (2 episodes)
  • Shawn Hawkins as Mirage (5 episodes)
  • Sophia Isabella as Arcee (2 episodes)
  • Kaiser Johnson as Ironhide (4 episodes)
  • Ben Jurand as Alpha Trion (1 episode)
  • Miles Luna as Cliffjumper (1 episode) and Teletraan-1 (1 episode)
  • Ellie Main as Moonracer (2 episodes)
  • Jason Marnocha as Megatron (6 episodes)
  • Georgia Reed as Chromia (6 episodes)
  • Bill Rogers as Wheeljack (6 episodes)
  • Linsay Rousseau as Elita-1 (6 episodes)
  • Keith Silverstein as Jetfire (6 episodes) and Omega Supreme (2 episodes)
  • Jimmie Stafford as Hound (5 episodes)
  • Frank Todaro as Starscream (6 episodes), Refraktor (1 episode), and Ravage (1 episode)
  • Aaron Veach as Prowl (4 episodes)
  • Mark Whitten as Sideswipe (6 episodes) and Skywarp (2 episodes)
  • Joe Zieja as Bumblebee (4 episodes)

Arc 2: Earthrise

  • Philip Bache as Skytread
  • Edward Bosco as Soundwave
  • Alexander DiLallo as Barricade
  • Jake Foushee as Optimus Prime
  • Rafael Goldstein as Ratchet
  • Todd Haberkorn as Red Alert and Shockwave
  • Danny Hansen as Thundercracker
  • Shawn Hawkins as Mirage
  • Sophia Isabella as Arcee
  • Kaiser Johnson as Ironhide
  • Ben Jurand as Alpha Trion
  • Georgia Reed as Chromia
  • Bill Rogers as Wheeljack
  • Linsay Rousseau as Elita-1, Deseesus' face 2
  • Keith Silverstein as Jetfire, Deseesus' face 1
  • Jimmie Stafford as Hound
  • Frank Todaro as Starscream
  • Sean Wright as Sky Lynx
  • Jason Marnocha as Megatron, Galvatron and Dome Guards
  • Mark Whitten as Sideswipe
  • Joe Zieja as Bumblebee
  • Michael Dunn as Scorponok
  • Adin Rudd as Scrapface
  • Jonathan Lipow as Unicron
  • Michael Schwalbe as Doubledealer
  • Ken Rogers as Exhaust
  • Alex Taber as Bug Bite
  • Michael Jones as Thrust
  • Jay Sanford as Dirge, Deseesus' face 4
  • Jolene Andersen as Deseesus' face 3
  • Joseph Noughton as Deseesus' face 5

Episodes

Season Title Episodes Originally released
1 Siege 6 July 30, 2020 (2020-07-30)
2 Earthrise 6 December 30, 2020 (2020-12-30)
3 Kingdom 6 2021 July (2021 July)

Chapter 1: Siege (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 1 "Episode 1" Takashi Kamei George Krstic July 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.
2 2 "Episode 2" Kazuma Shimizu F.J. DeSanto and Gavin Hignight July 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.
3 3 "Episode 3" KOJI George Krstic July 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.
4 4 "Episode 4" Kazuma Shimizu Brandon Easton and Gavin Hignight July 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.
5 5 "Episode 5" KOJI Brandon Easton and Gavin Hignight July 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.
6 6 "Episode 6" Kazuma Shimizu Brandon Easton and Gavin Hignight July 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
Title Directed by Written by Original release date
7 1 "Episode 1" Takashi Kamei
KOJI
Gavin Hignight December 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.
8 2 "Episode 2" Kazuma Shimizu Tim Sheridan December 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.
9 3 "Episode 3" Takashi Kamei
KOJI
Gavin Hignight December 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.
10 4 "Episode 4" Kazuma Shimizu Tim Sheridan December 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.
11 5 "Episode 5" Takashi Kamei
KOJI
Gavin Hignight December 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.
12 6 "Episode 6" Kazuma Shimizu Tim Sheridan December 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.
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