TV Show News: "Robots in Disguise" summary and character bios go up on Hasbro Studios
Hot on the heels of the pre-Toy fair reveals, Hasbro Studios has put up a new section of their web site dedicated to the upcoming Transformers show "Robots in Disguise". It also includes several new bits of information:
Target: Boys 6-10 years
Episodes: 78 x 22 minutes
Years after we left the Autobots in “Transformers Prime” Bumblebee is summoned by Optimus Prime to save Earth from a new faction of Decepticons. Bumblebee assembles a rogue team of young Autobots including a COOL REBEL “BAD BOY,” an ELITE GUARD CADET, a BOMBASTIC DINOBOT and a hyperactive MINI-CON to chase and capture their new enemies. Each new BOT is a fully capable action hero, but relatively inexperienced in working together in a team. Thus Bumblebee finds himself needing to be equal parts squad leader and coach. Every episode is packed full of action, adventure and comedy as Team Bumblebee strive to complete their new mission.
Bee is forced to quickly assemble a rogue team of young Autobots - a COOL REBEL "BAD BOY", a GUNG HO ELITE GUARD CADET, and a BOMBASTIC DINOBOT. Not least of which to mention, is a HYPERACTIVE MINI-CON to handle tech and surveillance duties. Each “new” Bot is a fully capable and badass action hero, but relatively inexperienced – at least as far as working together as a team is concerned. Thus, Bumblebee finds himself needing to be equal parts squad leader, coach, and a proverbial babysitter as “Team Bumblebee” sets up its base of operations to track and capture their new enemies.
OPTIMUS PRIME returns. He will principally server(sic) as a guide or(sic) Bumblebee when he needs OP's help the most. OPTIMUS PRIME'S real journey, and challenge, will involve meeting his predecessors: The 12 Primes. The story will play itself out during the course of the season. In this series, Bumblebee must learn to fill OPTIMUS PRIME'S shoes as Team Leader. His new Recruits need to function as a well-oiled machine and OPTIMUS PRIME will need to fulfill his destiny and achieve the next step in his evolution into OPTIMUS SUPREME...All before our new baddies join forces and roll out!
Our yellow and black Autobot maintains a boundless optimism and taste for adventure. Although Bumblebee may be completely “no-nonsense” in the field when he’s up against the baddest of the bad, once he’s back on Earth we’ll see his mettle tested by his underlings (think Arnold “Kindergarten Cop”). And while the members of the ’Bee’s Earth-based squad may be loose cannons, they will eventually learn to be “in this together” and apply their talents to the cause of good.
A street-smart, fast-thinking rebellious ’Bot, think of Sideswipe as the “Deadpool” of the group. Our somewhat of a lone wolf feels he needs to look for himself first and wishes Strongarm would cut him a break with all her rules and regulations – but when push comes to shove, he heeds the call to action. He will even be known to try and take advantage of some of the other more gullible ’Bots. Sideswipe is cool under pressure and he’s quick with his words and hands. He’s all about getting the drop on his opponent – and looks cool doing it. He will not only learn that it’s “cool to respect authority” (as Sideswipe gains increasing respect for Bumblebee and his teammates), but that he, in turn, has grown to be something of an “authority” figure to Russell, one of our humans on Earth. V-mode: Flashy, Luxury Sportscar.
Strongarm is staunchly dedicated to her career in law enforcement and can’t imagine a world where everyone doesn’t follow the “letter” of the law (i.e., THE RULES). STRONGARM is completely earnest and possesses a world-view devoid of shades of grey. Exposing Strongarm to any criminal behavior instantly flips the switch that activates her righteous sense of justice, wherein Rip becomes a single minded, unstoppable zero-tolerance machine! Becoming a member of ’Bee’s supreme team is a dream come true and she’ll do everything in her power not to disappoint him. Her personal growth as a ’Bot will be explored throughout this series. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of protocol, but on Earth, she’ll have to learn to bend a little more because not everything is so easy and cut-and-dry. V-mode: Police SUV.
A proverbial “Neanderthal” with a huge heart, Grimlock is a Dinobot that fights hard and plays hard. In fact, he’s the strongest in our new Autobot group. Grimlock was unjustly imprisoned eons ago for his looks and not his deeds. In fact, Grimlock initially joins up with Team ’Bee simply because he didn’t want to miss out on the “fun” of a Monster beat down! On the downside, Grimlock can be a tad gullible, a little too “in the moment,” clumsy, AND then there’s the teeny-tiny detail that a “T-Rex” isn’t exactly the most discreet disguise for an alien ’Bot on Earth. Dinobot mode: T-Rex.
The enthusiastic, hyperactive, roughly human-sized MINI-CON mans the tech and provides maintenance for the new Autobot base (read: he’s a nerd). Fix-It is equal parts mechanic/I.T./mascot, and archivist of the “Most Wanted” dossiers – he was the pilot of the Cybertronian Prison Ship, The Alchemor, that crash landed on Earth, and is thus intimate with its former inhabitants, their crimes and attributes. He’s a constant tinkerer and will be responsible for building or retrofitting MONSTER HUNT & CAPTURE DEVICES. Transformation modes: a veritable “Swiss Army Knife” of MECHANIC’S TOOLS.