USA Today covers Strongarm, Windblade, and Victorion: a trio of female Transformers that are among the newest additions to Hasbro’s perennial toy/cartoon/unfortunate-Michael-Bay-live-action-movie franchise and an explicit outreach to the many female Transformers fans. While female characters have been present in Transformers (stretching back to Arcee and Chromia in the original 1980’s cartoon series), the enthusiastic Autobot cadet Strongarm (voiced by Constance Zimmer) is getting a prominent role in the new animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise, while the Asian-inspired Windblade (voiced by Kristy Wu, pictured at right) will soon be appearing on the show as well, making the leap from comic book page (where she was created by writer Mairghread Scott, who went from female Transformers fan to writer for the franchise). The article also notes that Victorion will be rolling out in both comic books and toy shelves shortly, as a “Combiner” Transformer composed of six different female Autobots, while Transformers Rescue Bots has plans to add a female bot to the cast in the show’s fourth season (airing now on Discovery Family). In addition to the actors and writers already mentioned, the article also speaks with Sarah Carroll, senior brand manager for Hasbro’s Transformers toys, and Transformers Rescue Bots co-creator Nicole Dubuc.
In addition to the article, USA Today is hosting two exclusive videos. The first is a look at Windblade’s debut appearance on Transformers: Robots in Disguise:
The second is a clip from the newest episode of Transformers Rescue Bots, set to premiere on April 25, 2015.The thread view count is