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** The original name for the Allspark was "The Cube;" with this name change evidently came a design change as well, since the Allspark in the final series has a spherical shape.

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** The original name for the Allspark was "The Cube;" with Cube." With this name change evidently came a design change as well, since the Allspark in the final series has a spherical shape.


** The Decepticons as a whole were originally going to have a more grotesque, "stitched-together" aesthetic, described as reminiscent of Sid's toys from WesternAnimation/ToyStory, to show the results of them living in exile far from Cybertron for so long. For whatever reason [[note]] perhaps to simplify the designs for the toys' sake [[/note]], this element was discarded.

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** The Decepticons as a whole were originally going to have a more grotesque, "stitched-together" aesthetic, described as reminiscent of Sid's toys from WesternAnimation/ToyStory, ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', to show the results of them living in exile far from Cybertron for so long. For whatever reason [[note]] perhaps to simplify the designs for the toys' sake [[/note]], this element was discarded.

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** The Decepticons as a whole were originally going to have a more grotesque, "stitched-together" aesthetic, described as reminiscent of Sid's toys from WesternAnimation/ToyStory, to show the results of them living in exile far from Cybertron for so long. For whatever reason [[note]] perhaps to simplify the designs for the toys' sake [[/note]], this element was discarded.
** Dropped subplots include Ratchet being suspicious of Earth's recent technological jump under Sumdac's robotics, and Lugnut's fervent praise for Megatron convincing elements of humanity to side with the Decepticons over the Autobots.
** The original name for the Allspark was "The Cube;" with this name change evidently came a design change as well, since the Allspark in the final series has a spherical shape.


** Slipstream was going to have a team of Decepticons in Season 4 and 5, although who was in that team is unknown (as stated in the magazine; Marty Isenberg also confirmed at [=TFNation=] 2019 that this is true, although he doesn't remember who was in it).

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** Slipstream was going to have a team of Decepticons in Season 4 and 5, although who was in that team is unknown (as stated in the magazine; Marty Isenberg also confirmed at [=TFNation=] 2019 that this is true, although he doesn't remember who was in it).which characters the team would've consisted of).

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** Blitzwing was originally conceived as a character that could change into anything and had an unstable personality. Since they couldn't make [[MerchandiseDriven a toy]] from that they tried the ''Animated'' version of Sixshot, but Hasbro told them a six-changer was too expensive. Then they decided to make a triple-change with a changing face and split personality and they used Blitzwing. [[EnsembleDarkhorse It worked out fine]].

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*** Another plot involved [[spoiler: a ghostly Prowl]] bodyhopping between various Transformers in an attempt to warn the Autobots of an oncoming threat.

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*** Another plan was a Season 4 episode would introduce a new character, [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Primal_Major Primal Major]], who would be a failed cloning experiment by Blackarachnia. The title of this episode? "'''''Trukk vs. Munky!'''''"

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* Many things changed over the course of the show's development :
** Hot Shot and Red Alert were meant to be part of the main cast, but were replaced by Bumblebee and Ratchet, the former due to the 2007 movie's popularity and the latter due to the name sounding more like the old warhorse that the character was going to be portrayed as. Rodimus was first choice for the Sentinel Prime character mold, but this was nixed by Hasbro.
** Hot Shot was going to receive a toy later in the toyline, along with a triple changing Megatron, but both only made it to the prototype stage before the series was nixed for a number of reasons, including the release of ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge of the Fallen]]''.
** In the episode "Autoboot Camp", originally conspiracy crazed Cliffjumper was to be the Autobot framed for being a Decepticon spy, but Hasbro did not approve of that and that role went to Wasp.
** The second Allspark Almanac goes in depth about what Season 4 would have been like. While we'd love for you to try to find the books, compiled or otherwise, we'll give you some details.
*** Ironhide and Jazz would've joined the main cast of Autobots, the former to replace Bulkhead who would be CommutingOnABus when his family Energon farms were attacked by Decepticons, the latter replacing [[spoiler:the deceased Prowl]].
*** Season 4 was also going to make Sentinel Prime a more antagonistic figure. [[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Funny one should mention that]].
*** Soundwave would've [[AscendedExtra joined with Megatron full-time.]]
*** Dirt Boss would've been part of a BigBadEnsemble with Megatron, coming into conflict with him at least once.
*** Ultra Magnus [[spoiler:would have succumbed to his injuries from Shockwave and gone off-line]].
*** The Allspark fragments left behind energon deposits when they were collected at the end of Season 3, which ends up becoming the theme of Season 4.
*** The focus of an episode would be a turf war between the Constructicons and the Decepticons for the energon deposits in Detroit.
*** Bludgeon would've appeared as a pirate, instead of the usual skeleton samurai.
*** In one episode, Cosmos would've had to go to Earth to deliver a message to Optimus, but he loses his memory after scanning a prop flying saucer from a B-movie set. HilarityEnsues.
*** There would've been an episode where Bulkhead and Sari enter a ''[[MirrorUniverse Shattered Glass]]'' version of the ''Animated'' universe. This episode was originally planned for Season 3, but was moved to Season 4 when the Season 3 premiere became a three-parter.
** According to the behind-the-scenes of "Trial and Error"[[note]]A fan continuation penned by one of the ''Allspark Almanac'' authors[[/note]]:
*** Antagony and Inferno were supposed to appear in Season 4 as techno-organic fire ants, having been created by Blackarachnia, who is growing an army of Predacons.
*** Blackarachnia would've gotten a new appearance similar to her original ''Beast Wars'' appearance (yellow skin).
** Derrick Wyatt [[http://www.formspring.me/DerrickJWyatt/q/341689570351407149 mentions]] that they were planning on setting up a fight between the Dinobots and Constructicons in Season 4.
** The ''Animated'' producers were hoping to get Eric Idle to reprise his role as Wreck-Gar from the movie, but he was too busy with ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', so they ended up getting Music/WeirdAlYankovic instead. Though the final Wreck-Gar owes a lot more in appearance and mannerisms to Weird Al than Idle, his debut episode still contains a few ideas that were formed back when they were trying for Eric Idle -- most notably his team-up with Angry Archer, whose voice is very clearly an imitation of Creator/JohnCleese.
** There also would have been a Season 5, which was supposed to be the final season.
** Beachcomber was meant to be a ButtMonkey, according to [[WordOfDante supplementary material]]. DJW states that he would have walked in on Shockwave and been killed horrifically in Season 3, and the [=TFNation=] 2019 panel reveals that it was also considered having him killed in Season 4 or 5.
** Sari's origin would've been revealed by the series finale.
** Slipstream was going to have a team of Decepticons in Season 4 and 5, although who was in that team is unknown (as stated in the magazine; Marty Isenberg also confirmed at [=TFNation=] 2019 that this is true, although he doesn't remember who was in it).
** Megatron's weapon was originally going to be a katana, as seen [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/Megatron-animatedart.jpg here]], but it was changed to the traditional fusion cannon and a pair of twin swords.
** The second to last scene of Season 3 would have been Slipstream [[spoiler: resurrecting Starscream]].
** Creator/MichaelBell, who voiced Prowl and Swoop in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', auditioned to reprise the roles for this show.
** Some scenes had to be cut for time or for other reasons, as revealed in [[http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/marty-isenberg-talks-dinobots-and-other-animated-tidbits/13665/ this interview.]] The most major one? Megatron beating the tar out of the Dinobots shortly after his resurrection. The scene was going to show [[TheWorfEffect how powerful he was]], but the was nixed due to a desire to not upset Dinobot fans and because the animation for the fight was deemed subpar.
** Starscream was apparently supposed to [[IronicNickname have a fairly quiet voice]], as Marty Isenberg ''really'' disliked the screechy voice G1 Starscream had. However, after advice from Derrick J. Wyatt and hearing Creator/TomKenny's performance he decided to compromise with a voice that was high and a bit whiny, but not outright shrill.
** Afterburn, the CanonForeigner from the Titan Comics, was originally going to be named Sideswipe, and preview images even called him that. He was given a different name due to fans hating the design, along with the possibility that Hasbro [[ExecutiveMeddling intervened]] due to [[spoiler:his nature as TheMole]], similar to the Cliffjumper example.
** The series was originally titled ''Transformers: Heroes'' and would have had a less stylized art style.
** They originally wanted Creator/ScottMcNeil to reprise his role as Waspinator from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', but he was unable to work in the US without a permit.
** Jetfire and Jetstorm were originally going to be played by Creator/EricBauza instead of Tom Kenny and Phil [=LaMarr=].
** During the planning stage Wildrider and Breakdown's remolds were switched around. [[https://static.seibertron.com/images/toys/uploads/1498355933-35.jpg Originally Wildrider was supposed to be from Rodimus while Breakdown was supposed to be from Lockdown]]. This is in keeping with a previous G1 Wildrider release which was also a repaint of Rodimus (though the classics toy).
** Apparently (as the source of this is unknown), according to Derrick J. Wyatt, the Starscream clones would've experienced DivergentCharacterEvolution, becoming their own individuals. Either this was dropped or wouldn't have shown up onscreen, though an artifact of this is that [[spoiler:Cyclonus is Skywarp in a BadFuture]] according to AllThereInTheManual.
** Pre-mutation Wasp could have gotten his own toy, a [[PaletteSwap redeco]] of Bumblebee with a unique head, named "Fugitive Waspinator", but this was scrapped in favor of Ironhide, who was a redeco and retool of Ratchet.

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