Exclusive: 'Transformers' just got a huge FEMALE BOT upgrade
Ever since the 1980s, Transformers have been a big deal. For a cartoon literally created to sell toys to children, the Autobots and the Decepticons have had a lasting grip on pop culture. But as with many child-oriented properties of the ’80s and ’90s, Transformers was coded as “for boys.” Despite being robots — who surely do not reproduce in the same manner as Earth creatures — the Transformers were male. Lady Transformers were thought to be extinct until Elita One, Chromia, Firestar, Moonracer, Greenlight, and Lancer appeared in a single episode (out of 98) of the cartoon. It wouldn’t be until Arcee was introduced in Transformers: The Movie that most people would become aware female Transformers were even possible.
But that was then, and this is now. And now, Hasbro is determined to give girls and boys an opportunity to pick from multiple lady Transformers as their childhood make-believe avatar. Windblade was introduced into the IDW Publishing comic last year — to the usual hand-wringing about girl cooties — but as of now, she is the in good company as the leader of an all-female group of fighters.
HitFix Harpy got an exclusive look at the six women who will be joining Windblade across the Transformers universe. From the new Machinima series Transformers: Combiner Wars to the comic series, these ladies are ready to roll out! You can see them first in the free Android and iOS game from Backflip Studios, Earth Wars.
From the Transformers: Earth Wars press release:
Inspired by Hasbro’s Transformers Generations Prime Wars trilogy, Transformers: Earth Wars players must choose to fight with Optimus Prime and the Autobots or Megatron and the Decepticons in a battle to decide the fate of planet Earth. Once allegiance has been sworn, gamers assemble a powerful team of playable characters, raid enemy bases for Energon stockpiles, and construct the Space Bridge to add reinforcements from Cybertron, all while playing in real-time against other players around the globe.
The game also features notable storytellers and voice actors from the Transformers franchise, including dialogue written by comic legend Simon Furman and voice acting from Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime, and Frank Welker, the original voice of Megatron.
My favorite part about these new characters has to be their look. Gone is the vaguely human female shape that dominated past attempts at Transformer women. Instead, these warriors vary in shape, size, and temperament. My personal favs are Pyra Magna and Rust Dust!
WINDBLADEPhoto Credit: Hasbro
Windblade is valiant, dutiful and full of conviction... to a fault. The fault being she can be too trusting, too idealistic, almost to the point of naivety. It sometimes drives her closest Autobot allies to distraction, but in a pinch there's no one more committed to the cause or energetic in battle. An experienced swordswoman, she also has the rare ability to communicate with the vast and ancient race of Metrotitans.
PYRA MAGNAPhoto Credit: Hasbro
A product of her environment, the forbidding Sea of Rust, Pyra Magna knows how to make hard choices, and how to turn adversity — in her case, a water system contaminated by corrosive gasses — to her advantage. Her Corrosion Cannons can weaken the molecular structure of an enemy's armor and bring their gears to a grinding halt. A great fire burns within Pyra Magna's Spark that powers her relentless will to survive.
JUMPSTREAMPhoto Credit: Hasbro
Fiercely loyal, Jumpstream would do anything, risk anything, to protect or defend Pyra Magna. In return, Pyra Magna has done her level best to give Jumpstream the best possible chance of not needlessly sacrificing herself, training her to become a master of hand-to-hand combat. Thankfully, Jumpstream also has the (rare) ability to teleport herself out of trouble.The trick is, convincing her to use it!
STORMCLASHPhoto Credit: Hasbro
Unlike her twin sister Skyburst, Stormclash fights with a vengeance not normally seen among the Autobots, and there are few lines she won't cross. Ruthless and battle-hardened, Stormclash is prone to fits of unchecked aggression and ruthlessness, which makes her more pacifist sister uncomfortable. Nevertheless, Stormclash reserves her most merciless moves for anyone who threatens Skyburst.
SKYBURSTPhoto Credit: Hasbro
The yin to Stormclash's yang, Skyburst is a warrior of peace, willing to fight only when all other options are exhausted and when it's for the demonstrably greater good. Unlike her twin sister, there are clear lines she just won't cross, and Skyburst stands tall for justice above all else. There's no doubting her effectiveness as a warrior, but every action is tempered by restraint and mercy.
SLIPSTREAMPhoto Credit: Hasbro
Slipstream is as much a puzzle to those who think they know her as those who don't. No one knows who she is or where she comes from, which suits a spy for hire perfectly. She's a blank slate, becoming who she needs to be to fit the mission parameters, and her ability to mask her energy signature lends itself to her line of work. Only Slipstream knows her true agenda, and that's the way she likes it.
RUST DUSTPhoto Credit: Hasbro
Rust Dust has a habit of acting first and thinking later, tearing off into danger and rationalizing that a moving target is harder to hit. The merest whiff of an enemy heat signature and she's away, more often than not leading the others on a wild scrap chase. She's so imbalanced, her teammates wonder how she manages to stay on two wheels, but often her hair-trigger instincts have proven invaluable.