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posted by Derrick J. Wyatt | 8:20 PM
ratbat...cool, but wouldn't it be more practical that his alt mode was a vehicle [car, tank, whatever] or even a weapon like a sonic disruptor or such, but a musical instrument... soundwave just isn't scary or intimidating anymore, sorry.
Ratbat is love! I totally want to steal that for an avatar. :)
That a new soundwave repaint?! Black look wicked!
He's a keytar! Sweet! Ratbat: Transform. Operation: The Touch/Stan Bush?
OK.... sound wave orchestra!!! and a nice sound blaster skins... Me like... So like umm... do we see this new musical instument in the show? and umm maybe "other" musical "tapes"... I mean instruments... instruments is what I ment... ^_^
So, you were scared of a cassette player and some tapes!?! LOL!!!!
Sir,you are some kind of sorcerer.I can only hope you find it in your heart to design a set of instruments (Ravage-oboe/piana, Rumble as a drumset and Frenzy as a saxophone, those dinosaurs as...something, I don't know), and convince Hasbro to release them as a Legends-class "Mini-Con set".
I'm loving that bat. He looks like such a delightful little chap. You can't hate the cassette car either. You're correct. JOY!
Haha! a Key-tar! Wonders will never cease!
Morg,Ratbat and laserbeak probably act as sonic weapons.For Example: According to the first Soundwave's toy bio, Laserbeak can hack computer acoustically.
I can't believe I'm going to buy that same mold twice, just to get a Ratbat keytar. Darn you, Wyatt! Darn you to heck!(and Eric too, I guess)I really hope there's another Soundwave appearance on the way for the show.
The keytar made my weekend! Why are they so great? No surprise that it's Ratbat however. :)
I think Ratbat looks great! Can't wait to see this on shelves!
so,i think we can all agree that season 3(if it is the last season)will be the most epic
Keytar Ratbat? Derrick, your creativity with Transformers characters never ceases to amaze me. Who's next to appear? Depthcharge? Astrotrain? And of course I'm sure you're still dying to add Wheelie and Octopunch in.
Sweet, Laserbeak and Ratbat! It'll be great to see his minions once again. Also, loving the head design.Is there any chance we'll get to see an Animated Ravage?
That is a sweet design! But I have a question:Why was he ever called Ratbat? Isn't he just a bat? And don't all bats kind of look like rats with wings? Kind of?
That's a good question. His name isn't quite as cool as Mindwipe or Hellbat. Then again, how can you beat Hellbat for coolness? Maybe it has something to do with his nature, or maybe they just liked it because it rhymes?
Soundwave has a keytar, huh? The fans were already comparing him to Mic Sounders. Not that that's a bad thing.MIC SOUNDWAVE!
Interesting art for Ratbat.I wish there was a way this great tooncould be on another network. Such potential being wasted.
I've got another question for you; With the first Soundwave figure, I understand that the Animated TV show team wasn't aware Laserbeak was being designed for the toy, whic was why he wasn't on the show with Soundwave. With Ratbat, did you guys design him and then the toy was made, or was it another case like Laserbeak?
Mr Wyattm I have to agree witha previous person. Your rendition of the transformers is better than g1 in my opinion. I grew up and loving it but as i've grown, it was very inconsistant and didn;t make much sense. Even the movie, with all the amazing cg effects, the story was horrible and did not make sense. My hates off to you an a wonderful show. I truly hope this is not the last season. Also, any word on an officialy list of the new characters on the show?
Derrick, your comment about being scared of a cassette player is the best comeback evar.Can't wait to get my Soundwave repaint and keytar Ratbat - they are made of awesome. Is this repaint a Soundblaster homage by any chance?
You just made me the happiest Ratbat fan on Earth. :) THis design sooo gives back Ratbat's old look and is also simply adorable! It's a strange coincidence that I just finished completing my G1 Ratty-Batty and did a (quite irregular) review of the toy! Here you can see him giving financial advice to Megatron...http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y139/BB_Shockwave/Collection/Ratbat2copy.jpgI loved Ratbat's Marvel version - he's basically a glorified Con accountant. Instead of fusion cannons and null rays, he became leader of the Decepticons with fuel efficiency charts and QC sessions... you gotta admire his tenacity.Must say, ever since you dropped a hint that Ratbat might be in animated I was thinking he'll be Powell's custom-built transformer, seeing as how Powell is pretty much like Marvel Ratbat in human form - and the colors Headmaster uses are pretty much Ratbat's colors.
I am totally proud to have TFA Soundwave be compared to Mic Sounders!Ratbat's design came before the toy this time. I don't think there is an official list up anywhere. Yes! The black Soundwave is a Soundblaster homage. This was one of my ideas for a Soundwave repaint.Thanks for all the compliments!
Ratbat may be in season 3? Well i'm happy to settle for the awesome rendering there, all we need is a carwash and some more doom :)
I understand that many people love the 'musical instrument' designs for soundwaves minions. I believe they detract from the character of both SW and his cassettes, not improve upon them. just an opinion. Were there any other options for alt modes other than musical instruments. [animal to weapon?, animal to vehicle?]
Awesome! Love Ratbat's head design there and can't wait for the toy.Maybe Frenzy and Rumble could be amplifiers, Buzzbeak a repaint and I want to say Ravage as bass, but I don't see how that would work. A drum? A drum kit? It's a conundrum!Thanks for everything Derrick and Eric. PS Don't post this if you're not allowed to borrow ideas from the internet and you actually want to use some of these ideas.
so, if this is one idea for a soundwave repaint, what are the others?
Bleh. You are entitled to your opinion, but I feel like Soundwave animals with vehicle alt modes just totally misses the point. To me, those would just not be the same characters anymore. I am all for updates and changes, but updates need to pay respect to the roots of the character. Especially if it's a character I have nostalgia for. Don't worry, we've had lots of different ideas for the other former cassettes. Everything you have mentioned is along the lines of things we had already been thinking about. Soundwave alt: Sonic White!
Oh, I was hoping that the new instrument was a Keytar. I wonder if his instruments will talk?(probably not) You are the man Derrick.
Can't wait to see your art in action for Season 3...
Again awesome designs, loving the Soundblaster homage, he was one my favourite characters in Headmasters. Ever thought of maybe like keeping Soundwave as a car, but a car that can play cassettes, that way it’d be modern, but keep the to routes of the original characters. So just wandering when can we see an official image of Animated Cyclonus? It just seems kind of weird that we see all these images of everyone else but not him...
Hehe... Transformers Animated Presents... The Sound Wave Symphony Orchestra of Destruction! Can I ask you what does the animal/insturments do exactly beside the soundwave (yeah I know) attacks... since lazerbeak can hack computers,well what does baty do? If they do a sound wave alt mode... I think he will be more popular than starscream... as color white... isint that Ipodish? like a certain Convoy I know... hahaha I'll be waiting for Season 3... Gonna see what you did with a certain only japanese exclusive guy... ahh only japanese exclusive guy... he has more then 1 form? yeah i know the reason you removed one of his form but hey... his still cool!
Keytars + Transformers are always awesome. Every time.
A keytar! Does this mean that Kimber from Jem might make an appearance?
Keytar Ratbat? That is AWESOME!!!Okay, according to TFwiki, your favorite Transformers are Waspinator, Swindle, Ratbat, and Galvatron.Swindle, Wasp, and Ratbat are all done, so... OMG!! Does that mean that there will be an Animated Galvatron?!
Is Ratbat going be like the comics version or the cartoon version?
Cartoon all the way!
Mr. Wyatt, I bet you love that s250 guy over at TFW.
Oh yes. I love him enough to kick him in the nuts with a steel toed boot. Thanks TFW!!!
Seriously... I was gonna comment on that too. That s250 guy has made me really depressed from seeing those pics.Sigh...I want a I <3 TF:A shirt
Any chance of you coming to BotCon this year since its in SoCal Derrick? :)
Derrick, I know this may not be the place to ask the following question, but I can't help it (pardon me!). Did Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force inspire the development of Captain Fanzone in any shape or form?
Derrick I find it interesting that in response to Daniel's suggestions for possible alt modes for the G1 cassetteformers your reply is "Don't worry, we've had lots of different ideas for the other former cassettes. Everything you have mentioned is along the lines of things we had already been thinking about." wouldnt this be redundant since from whats been flying around the net and the virtual absense of Animated product shown at toyfair it seems that season 3 is the end of the Animated cartoon and perhaps worse that very few of the new characters in season 3 will even get toys.And no Im not fishing ive simply accepted that due to a combination of unfortunate factors the best TF toon/toyline in a long time is coming to a premature end so I find it odd that you would say something that implies even the possibility that additional cassetteformers would even be a possibility
While i can understand your being annoyed with s250 for releasing what he has you have to admit the hasbro/CN have really mishandled Animated at this point I mean the rumours surrouding the shows future have been around for a while and they have made no attempt to address the issue and not showing any Animated product at toyfair has fueled the fire so to speak so really id say a bunch of season 3 designs and spoilers being leaked are the least of the problems surrounding animated at the moment.
How does that s250 guy get away with leaking such images to the public anyway? Two of those images are pretty big plot spoilers from the looks of it.I do like that one character design though. (Not going to get into it here since Derrick probably doesn't want to/can't talk about it here)
I'm guessing the s250 guy works at the animation factory you guys use to deal with the inbetweening seeing as all the images seem to be control art and he seems to know story points too.You should try sending something through to trip them up. Although I'm guessing at this stage its pretty much all done at thier end.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force had no influence on any part of TFA at all.
Damn and knickers, now I'm gonna be forced to fork out on that bloody Soundwave repaint. Grrr that's too cool.
Hi Mr Wyatt,Jamie Madrox + Reflector = Triplicate Girl?
As Blitzwing might put it: You are zee master of zee arts, Mr.wyatt
Before anything else... LEADER CLASS LUGUT PLEASE!!!! ok done... ahem... Something came up today... I dont know if this is the right question to ask but... do we get new human super villans in season 2??? And if you know (and can answer)... BotCon2009 figs elite set... are they animated remold,re-color,-reheads and are they really exclusives???
Okay Mr. Wyatt. Short time viewer, first time commentor(commenter? Gosh I can't spell words right to save my life!) Anyway, yeah I just saw Transformers Animated for the first time at six in the morning on Cartoon Network when I had to get up early to take my brother to the bus stop. I was really intregued (again, not sure of the spelling) and so I proceeded to watch the rest of the series and I was very impressed. As I was describing to another friend of mine, "it is the most adorable, kick-ass show ever."Anyway, I wanted to know if you saw the "Ocean's Three and a Half" Family Guy episode last Sunday. Cause it featured a cameo by a Megatron who looked awefully like his TF:A incarnate. I was kinda tickled by that because in another episode, they show Optimus Prime in one of his older incarnations. Oldly enough, that one time they spoofed Optimus Prime, he was Jewish. Will that little known part of Optimus' life make an appearance in season three? Maybe a holiday special? Hum?Any way, I can't wait for season three! I check regularly, but do you have any release dates yet?
Now all we need is Rumble and Frenzy to combine into a drum set and we'll be in good shape. Also throw in Buzzsaw turns into a bass and Ravage into a keyboard.
this is my first comment here but I've been following the blog for a while as I've been a fan of yer work since Teen Titans. Butt kissing aside I'm happy to see one of my favorite cassette cons being given the animated treatment. Also glad yer sticking to his g1 incarnation cuz in the comics he went from being a simple minion of a minioon to being full blown leader of the cons.As for future version of the rest of the cassette cons rumble and frenzy as a drum set is perfect my only question is will you perpetuate the frenzy rumble miscoloration or use the "correct" ones :). Buzzsaw being a bass is also perfect since it compliments laserbeaks form. I agree with another poster that ravage should be an amp or something the keyboard angle is a nice thought but with ratbat already being a keytar it would be a lil redundant.As for the purists whining about soundwaves no longer being a tape deck people really need to get over that. Making him a van is pretty logical as it avoids the need for ludicrous size morphing. Plus lets be honest here who the heck even uses a tape deck anymore in least of all in a uber high tech detroit?
What everyone's forgetting is that Soundwave IS still a tapedeck.Just one that has wheels, is larger, and replaced the tapedeck with a CD player.
I might go to Botcon. I had a great time last year. Plus I think Trent Troop is supposed to buy me another Action Master. Who knows what is possible. I'm just saying that those ideas (and others) have been discussed. I don't think I can say anything about the Botcon set. Other than I wasn't involved in this one, but I will be buying it. I didn't see that Family Guy. They still haven't given us a start date for season 3 airing yet. I'm hoping there will be a launch event.If we did Rumble and Frenzy, they woud be the correct colors. Rumble would be blue.
Oh please you must go to Botcon, and please bring Ms Drewhard with you!I've been wanting to meet her for along time too.
nah...frenzy is blue
Mr. Wyatt, can we at least see all the '86 movie characters on the show before it ends??? I mean we already got Blurr, Arcee, Hot Rod, and even Wreck-Garr. C'mon, I really want a Transformers Animated: Springer toy...that would be soo cool. Is he gonna make it on the show??
Wiblitzhouser, I don't see how that you can reach that comparison. I just rewatched that episode and he looked nothing like Animated Megatron.Sounds like they got Frank Welker to voice him again though.
Derrick, your BF s250 just posted some tf animated spoilers (the bounder!). Never mind...love the drawing, I like your style, and recently found Sari's design in the depths of your blog as some witchy figure. Interesting...By the way, posting ideas about the casseticons is highly counterprodcutive - the animated team are forbidden from using them.
Did you hear about how the third season is going to premiere in Canada on Teletoon two weeks from this Saturday?
If your a hasbro representatives with the task of answering question from transformers animated in this BotCon... get ready for the job of your life! man thats got to be tough for em... Well not as torture for the question applying to a so called Devestator with no individual bot modes... And for other soundwave related questions and stuff... Umm well you made alot of people happy... sure people didnt like the vehicle mode at first but after that 1 episode he was in... people wanted more! Sound truer then true for his G1 self... And a personal question from me... in theory... iam not bashing anyone all right... in theory, is it possible for you and your colligues to desgin a set of Constructicons toys/show character that can... 1.transformer individually..2.form a huge robot named "something"tor3.very show accurate (no problem there..i mean all TFA figs are incredibly show accurate)4. and are still articulated when combined not really articulated more like Safeguard in terms of articulationIN theory... offcourse...Iam the guy who is watching season 3 specially to see jetfire and jetstorm... iam a combiner fan!
Somethingtor? What about Somethingicus? He would be rather awesome.Though, in all seriousness, did you guys ever make plans to do more Animated Combiners besides Safeguard? I do like Safeguard, but I'm just curious. You don't have to namedrop unless you want to/can without getting in trouble.
Hasbro are meatheads. Hasbro are meatheads. Hasbro are meatheads. Hasbro are meatheads. Hasbro are meatheads. Hasbro are meatheads. Hasbro are meatheads. Hasbro are meatheads. Hasbro are meatheads. Seriously, why the hell do they dump animated and that boring geewun repaint fest that is universe. Screw them. Derrick, I am so sorry, you rawk.
Derrick, if Canada gets to see Season 3 before everybody, do you think that's better or worse than Arabian spoilers?
your previous blog entry inspired me to buy the cobra commander resolute figure. I also ordered swindle and cant wait till they come in. The animated figures have all been impressive and show accurate, and I'm sure ratbat won't be any different.
MARCH 14TH! YEY :)
Thank God. They'll be premiering in American AND Canada at the same time (as it damn well should be).
Heya Mr Wyatt,Just been reading about the march 14th premiere of Season Three; woot woot indeed! I'm very much looking forward to the "TransWarped" TV movie in particular; you guys did an awesome job with "Transform and Roll Out", and I'm delighted that we'll be seeing another feature-length story before the series concludes.One question, though; does "TransWarped" count as part of the 13 episodes scheduled for Season Three? If so, does it count as one or three episodes? Just that "Transform and Roll Out" was separate from the first 13-episode season, and I was kind of hoping the same would be true of this movie; it would give as an additional one (or even three!) episodes to look forward to...Whatever the case, anticipation begins now!
Derrick,I have a question. Since the Universe line seems to be showcasing characters from all the various Transformer continuities, and since it already includes Animated characters in its Legends size class, is it possible that when Animated ends (whenever that may be -- no series lasts forever, after all), we may still see Animated characters in the Universe toyline? If so, how much input would you have on any post-TV series releases?
I have to say .. you did a terrific job Derrick! loving soundwaves new vehicle mode! , but , one question. Was it always a thing with the black, red and purple colors for the decepticons?
Transwarped is part (3 parts) of the 13 episode order. It was made to be shown as a movie or as three individual episodes. I think that's a great idea for the Universe line! Maybe someone could suggest that to the Hasbro guys at Botcon? I would be as involved as they want me to be. Soundwave's redeco color scheme is an homage to Soundwave being reborn as Soundblaster in the Japanese Headmasters cartoon.http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Soundwave_(G1)#The_Headmasters_cartoon
VERY cool Ratbat sketch!
It would be extremely cool if you got to do something like Trouble in Tokyo for Transformers. (Hint, hint... nudge, nudge.. wink, wink)That, and we demand a shrubbery!
So TransWarped counts as three separate episodes? No fair, that means we only get ten other episodes! D:By the way, saw the commercial for TransWarped, and I LOVED IT.
I think the idea of making Soundwave's minions into musical instruments is inspired. Rumble would be an excellent drumset ;) But an idea that seems good, that hasn't been put out there yet, is for Slugfest (stegosaurus cassette), in the form of a synthesizer-type keyboard. Piano keys to back-plates and such.While you clearly have a fondness, or at least respect, for Beast Wars, I'm curious how you feel about the character of Terrorsaur in particular. I recently had an idea for how to incorporate him into the Animated universe, and if you're interested I'd be glad to elaborate by E-mail :-)
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