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TFA Arrival #6: Jetfire, Jetstorm, Perceptor, Wheeljack, and RED ALERT!

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Sabrblade at 2008-12-13 9:51 am
It would seem that the sixth issue of the Transformers Animated comic, The Arrival, is going to debut several new characters in the series. has a preview of one of the pages showing Perceptor and Wheeljack working on some project, which TFW2005 has a preview of the following page that seems to show what the project resulted in: the creation of the first flying Autobots - Jetfire and Jetstorm! But what's more is that the image from TFW2005 gives us the first public look at Animated Red Alert! She (yes, SHE) seems to be a medic of some kind, and according to the rumors, her body is supposed to have some resemblance to Armada Red Alert.

First, Rodimus Prime, Strika, Hot Shot, and now Red Alert. That's four down, at least six more to go.

Agent X said,  - 2008-12-13 10:58:55
might have to start picking up this series, but wheeljack still looks goofy but alot better in action.
right now there isnt enough of Red Alert to tell yet
Byrer prime said,  - 2008-12-13 11:05:00
Does Jetstorm turn evil? Maybe he should be called Silverbolt first then. Beast Machines reference for all you youngsters. And that could give a G1 homage as well. Aerialbot Silverbolt was created by Alpha Trion. Doesn't anyone out there remember this stuff?
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-12-13 11:14:39
Yeah, but he's gonna be called Jetstorm and there's no evidence to show him turning evil.

Agent X, I've seen her full body shot. Her torso looks a lot like Armada Red Alert's torso, and she has his left hand module.
DocWho said,  - 2008-12-13 12:40:22
You've seen the Ani Red Alert body? Sweet. I need more fembot toys for my comic.

Dang, that Perceptor is U-G-L-Y.

And there's a point to Jetstorm's name. They're the JET twins. JETstorm. JETfire. They turn into JETs. In case you haven't guessed, they're JET related. JETs are the theme here. Their favorite sports team is the JETS. I'm sure their catchphrase is 'Let's JET'. Their favorite movie series within a TV show is the 'JET Fusion' series.


Does anyone have any more JET references I missed?
Jumpercliff said,  - 2008-12-13 13:14:41
DocWho, yuk, yuk yuk to that gag.
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-12-13 13:32:06
And DocWho, you completely for got to mention their ability to combine into Safeguard.

And, I've seen all the new TFA S3 characters.
starscreamer said,  - 2008-12-13 14:28:07
like who name them please . i like to know their names
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-12-13 15:08:28
Give me an email and I will show you.
Sidewinder said,  - 2008-12-13 16:21:34
I want to know who the blue headed transformers was behind the overly shocked Ultra Magnus. I can identify everyone else, but who's that guy? What's his story?
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-12-13 16:50:02
I believe that he, and the other unknown Bots in the pics, are just several generic characters, which is very common in most TF fiction.
Black Starscream said,  - 2008-12-13 17:10:29
First off Alpha Trion didn't actually create silverbolt, he helped construct the arialbots and then sacrificed himself so that the other autobots could request sparks for them.
Anyway if that really is a Fem Red Alert than its actually funny, because that would technically mean there are TWO ratchets in the show. Perceptor is actually okay but wheeljack is making me angry. He has a mouth!!!! =O
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-12-13 18:21:07
You act like this is the first time we've shown Perceptor and Red Alert. They were first seen here:

There's actually an interesting story behind Red Alert being female. Way back when Animated was still being made, Oprimus' team was going to have a female medic bot named Red Alert, and Bulkhead was going to have Ratchet's current personality. But somewhere along the way, Red Alert was dropped and replaced with Ratchet, and Bulkhead was given the personality he has today. And now the idea of Red Alert has been broguth back and given new life.

It's the same case with Bumblebee and Sentinel Prime. Bumblebee was originally going to be a bot called Hot Shot, but the movie's popularity made them change him into the Bumblebee we know today. And Sentinel Prime was original going to be Rodimus Prime, but Hasbro didn't want Rodimus to play the role of a jerk, and so was changed into the current Sentinel Prime. And so the ideas of Hot Shot and Rodimus Prime have also been revived.
Black Starscream said,  - 2008-12-13 18:36:06
Oh I must have missed that one. Still I think perceptor is good and wheel jack looks weird, even for being in animated. But the medic thing makes sense. And the fact that they didn't want Rodimus as a jerk also makes sense. Technically Hot Rod was decent from the very begging, and he didn't really even give Megatron that upperhand when Prime was about to finish him. (basically I think in a way Hot Rod saved Prime for a few seconds and prevented Megs from entirely winning, because Prime was still thinking about wheather he should actually kill Megatron or not)
PA_Kid said,  - 2008-12-15 09:59:04
Personally I find Jetstorm/Jetfire rather uninspiring for two characters with a rather iconic transformers history. Glad to see Rodimus getting some respect - cant wait to see that toy.

Personally I'd love to see another combiner done - a jet to robot and a tank to robotic cat. Have them combine in vehicle mode to look like a super armored and armed jet and in robot modes as an armored robot. Names?

Skyfire for the jet and Metalynx for the tank - combined? Skylynx! (Then they could even have another hybrid form like the old skylinx looked like too.)
Black Starscream said,  - 2008-12-15 19:01:11
Interesting Idea actually. And it'd be interesting to add another chracter that transforms from robot to tank+jet to base to jet+tank combo
Jetstorm1029 said,  - 2009-05-17 04:02:10
Sweet!Jetstorm looks awesome in Safeguard Mode.Can't wait to get the toy.Anymore new characters to come?Jetstorm has nice combat moves and makes a good match with Jetfire and Jazz.Autobots Rock although Sentinel is a bit bossy sometimes.Perceptor should get some parts from the scrapyard because he looks soo crazy!
Shockwave9024 said,  - 2009-05-17 04:11:38
Jetstorm1029 is such a DORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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