- Main Article: Season 1
After moving to Copper Canyon, a normal teenager known as Maxwell McGrath starts a whole new life with his mother. However, Max discovers that he is capable of generating a energy known as T.U.R.B.O. Energy, the most powerful yet destructive energy known on Earth. He fortunately meets Steel, one of the Ultralinks (alien technology) that helps Max in controlling this energy. Together, when they ultralink, they create the superhero Max Steel, who will protect the world from all kinds of villains and try to discover more about their mysterious past that Max's uncle and mother refuses to talk about and also keep their secret identity.
- Main Article: Season 2
After Max and Steel get some answers about their pasts, they must face a new enemy known as Makino, the deadly leader of the Ultralinks, programmed to conquer and destroy worlds. Besides fighting against old enemies, Max and Steel will fight against new ones and still will have to keep his secret identity from his friends and discover what secret Ferrus is trying to hide.
List of Episodes
The series initially premiered on March 25, 2013 and there were two seasons made, later getting direct-to-TV movies (sometimes released with toys) released in each year, usually being two or more movies. These movies were split into episodes by CITV in UK. Each season had the total of twenty-six episodes which equal to fifty two episodes, each having twenty to twenty-two minutes.
- See also: List of Season 1 Episodes.
- Come Together Part One
- Come Together Part Two
- Come Together Part Three
- Cleaning House
- Secret Identity Crisis
- C.Y.T.R.O Attacks!
- Hard Water
- The Thrill of the Hunt
- Extroyer Unleashed
- Live by the Sword
- Uncle Sam Wants You!
- Elements of Surprise Part One
- Elements of Surprise Part Two
- The Truth Hurts
- The Secret Admirer
- X Marks the Spot
- Gone Fishin'
- Making the Grade
- Split Decisions
- Pick Your Poison
- Thanks, I Think
- Earth Under Siege Part One
- Earth Under Siege Part Two
- See Also: List of Season 2 Episodes.
- Ultralink Invasion Part One
- Ultralink Invasion Part Two
- Dredd Ascendant
- Toxic Relationship
- Full Metal Racket
- Animal Attraction
- Turbo Deep Star Sea
- The Ultralink Hunter
- Digital Meltdown
- Journey to the Center of Copper Canyon
- Hot Zone
- Lights, Camera, Max!
- The Legend of Ja'em Mk'rah
- Makino Strikes Part One
- Makino Strikes Part Two
- Got Turbo Star?
- My Best Friend is an Ultralink
- Me, Myself, and Extroyer
- Definitely Fear the Reaper
- Turbolt the Terrible
- A Germ of an Idea
- The Great Turbo Star Caper
- The Final Countdown Part One
- The Final Countdown Part Two
The first live-action movie was announced in 2009, when Paramount Pictures bought the film rights of Max Steel, with the director Joe Roth to produce it. However, when the reboot was announced, the film was suspended. In 2013, the movie rights of Max Steel had expired, and Mattel partnered with Dolphin Entertainment to finance the film. Christopher Yost was set to write the script while Stewart Hendler has been attached to direct. Mattel later revived the plans to produce the movie, and set Open Road Films to distribute the film later in 2014.
Later, on 2015, Mattel announced new content, consisting in more than 800 minutes of entertainment, that aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Max Steel was between the content, featuring three new movies: Max Steel: The Dawn of Morphos, Max Steel: The Wrath of Makino, and Max Steel: Maximum Morphos, each having 44 minutes. So far, the movies only aired on Latin America, unlike other films announced by Mattel.
- Featured article: Action Figures
In addition to the animated series and games, Max Steel is accompanied by a toy line of action figures, whose its designs varies greatly from the original figures of Max Steel. The biggest change is Max's design: he has a more youthful look and his size has shrunk a few inches compared to the villains. Later on 2016, Max got older and he has the same size as the other characters in the toy line. Additionally, the toy line suffered a big change in 2016 by adding a team of superheroes, Max getting a variert of new outfits rather than his Turbo Modes and others.
In Latin America, the toy line was initially divided into three sublines and the figures were very different than U.S.A. and the rest of the world's releases with the biggest and most notable differences being the size, details and articulation. The toy line is based in the show's arcs and story, but in 2016 this became more evident when most of the new sublines are based on the events of Team Turbo and Team Turbo Fusion-Tek movies.
In Latin America, the toy line was divided into three sublines, being those: Strength, Speed and Stealth, each being named after Max's Turbo Modes. In U.S.A. and the rest of the world, the 6 inch toy line was released, initially containing approximatelly eight or more characters and later Rise of Elementor, based on the game with the same name. Additionally, a toy line known as Turbo Battlers were also released around the world, but they were eventually cancelled.
In 2014, the toy line was divided once again on three sublines, being those: Aerial Invasion, Aqua Invasion and Land Invasion, all being based off on the events of the second season, marked by the Ultralink Invasion. The 6 inch toy line was again released in U.S.A. and the rest of the world, but this time the figures were more detailed, contained a variety of gimmicks and came with more accessories. In the mid of 2014, new action figures were released, this time being fully articulated and having more accessories, even though that the gimmicks were absent.
In 2015, the toy line was divided into three sublines, being those: Battle-Tek, Connect-Tek and Transform-Tek. Each toy in their respective subline made a reference to its name, Battle-Tek included toys with heavy weaponry, Connect-Tek included toys with interchangeable accessories and Transform-Tek included toys with a transformation process. With the upcoming live action movie, Mattel released few action figures based on the characters. The figures were more realistic but they still had the same molds used in the TV series toys. There was also a upcoming toy line known as Ultra Turbo Battlers released in the beginning of the year, but they were cancelled alongside with other toys.
In 2016, the toy line had the most notable changes in terms of sublines and toy designs. There is only one subline, which is Connect-Tek. A device with the same name was introduced in the series and had a very important role. Most of the toys were based on the Team Turbo and Team Turbo Fusion Tek movies released in 2016 and the packages included unique features to differentiate them from normal toys, such as the members of Team Turbo appearing the sides of the box and the logo in the front. In the mid of 2016, Mattel released new toys of the upcoming live action movie on UK. It is unknown if it was released in the rest of the world.
In 2013, Mattel made a partnership with VIZ Media. The result were three graphic novels released in 2013 and 2014 available only in USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand and Australia. The price of each graphic novel was $ 7.99 USD and were written by renowned artists and illustrators of the comic book world.
- Featured article: Bonus Clips
Mattel made new bonus clips of the new TV series, each having 1 minutes and 30 seconds or less. Most of the bonus clips focuses in Max and Steel and their pastime or even adventures of the villains. In 2013, there were around twenty bonus clips made and the same quantity was made again in 2014, being more focused in Max fighting against new villains or the Ultralink invasion. No clips were made on 2015.
In 2016, six mini episodes were made, each being divided into three parts having two minutes. They were only available on the official YouTube channel and came with some DVDs from the 2016 toy line.
To promote the series, Mattel made a trailer mixing live action and animation starring Jayson Ziegenhagen and directed by Stephen Sommers, who worked in Transformers and GI Joe, among others. The special effects were in charge of the companies BUF Visual Efects who has been responsible for Thor, Green Lantern and Avatar's special effects.
With the reboot, Mattel renewed everything on the site, including the games. There were eight games available on the site, and two that were exclusive for mobile devices. During 2014, McDonald's released eight toys based on Season 2, by scanning them, the person could unlock four different games.
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Initially the reboot concept arts weren't very well received by the public mainly because of the drastic changes on the story and designs, as well the realistic animation. After it aired on TV, Max Steel was very well received by the public.
While the series had a good reception among others, the fan of the series strongly disliked the idea of Max Steel having a reboot and most of them hated the new series.
- According to a Mattel representant, the series would have a Season 3, however, it was cancelled by unknown reasons and later turned into the trilogy of movies of 2015.
- The original Max Steel makes few cameos throughout the series, most notably as a toy or as the famous Hero-Man.
- The fans of the old series strongly disliked the idea of the reboot and mobilized in social networks (most notably on Twitter) posting images against Mattel (including calling by names) and used the phrase "We don't wish a new Max Steel! Bring "our" Max Steel back!" with some toys of the old series posing with a small piece of paper. However, their efforts were in vain.