Max Steel (2013 TV series)

Max Steel
Based on Max Steel
by Mattel
Developed by
  • Lloyd Goldfine
  • Gabriel De La Torre
Written by
  • Matthew Drdek
  • Lloyd Goldfine
Voices of
Theme music composer Shawn Patterson (season two & three)
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2 + 5 films
No. of episodes 52 + 5 films (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network
Original release March 25, 2013 (2013-03-25)[1] – August 31, 2016
Related shows Max Steel (2000), Max Steel (2016)
External links
Official website

Max Steel is an American/Canadian science fictioncomedy, CGIanimated series co-produced by Mattel Playground Productions, Nerd Corps Entertainment and FremantleMedia Kids & Entertainment. It is a re-imagining of its predecessor of the same name, as well as being based on the Mattel action-figure also of the same name. Max Steel premiered on March 25, 2013, on Disney XD.[1]


Season One

Maxwell "Max" Mcgrath is a 16 year old boy who was moved with his mom to a new town called Copper Canyon. When he starts chasing over the bullies, Max started to generate a powerful energy known as Tachyon Unlimited Radiant Bio-Optimized Energy (or T.U.R.B.O. Energy for short) and started to overload and explode. Meanwhile in Trans-Human Industries, Jason Naught, the CEO of THI started to detect a massive surge of T.U.R.B.O. Energy and Miles Dread, the former founder of THI told the Fire Elementor to track it. A couple of minutes later, Forge Ferrus welcomes Max to N-Tek, a secret organization which was founded by Max's Father, Jim Mcgrath, who died 16 years ago from the T.U.R.B.O. Energy experiment. But now, Forge takes Max to the Turbo Chamber to gain some of his T.U.R.B.O. Energy and then Max met an Ultalink named N'barro Aksteel X377 (or Steel) that he said he is going to overload but Steel links Max to contain the Energy Max is Generating. Moments after that, they escaped N-Tek and meets Fire Elementor who was told to track the T.U.R.B.O. Energy attacks Max and Steel and they fall off on a

Season Two

Weeks after the first Makino invasion, Forge tolds Max and Steel that they need to be ready for anything because the Makino Invasion is a real one. Meanwhile, a meteor of three ultralinks have landed on Dread's hideout which it was been linked in the blaster, a crystal and a venus flytrap turning into Blast, Prism and Chomp link. The next day, Copper Canyon was suddenly under attack by Three evil Ultralinks and Max must put a stop to it until Dread arises and summons a large ball at him. Later, Max and Steel was on the abandoned warehouse and they met an Ultralink hunter named Ven-Ghan which he captured Steel to take him to the Black Star Council while Max was being sucked on the portal that Ven-Ghan left. Moments after that, Max warns the N-Tek crew that steel was captured by Ven-Ghan and Forge told them that they need to split up because the Ultralink they captured was a treasure trove of data and it turns out that Dread is planning another one. So Max will try to get Steel back. Meanwhile, Steel is about to deactivate and Max is about to generate too much energy and explode and then they are running out of time for the next Ultralink encoursion but Dread is joking because that thing was not that, it was revealed that the Ultralink thay patched into will activate and the Ultralink linked in the N-Tek mainframe and Ven-Ghan succededly captured the Ultralink and was taken to the Black Star Council.

In Dread Ascendant, Max dreamed about the Experiment that Max's Father was working on, but it failed because Dread is teating out the machine he is working on but both of them died. But now, Forge decided to upgrade the whole mainframe by shutting down the N-tek systems. Meanwhile, Max and Steel are in the Turbo Chamber looking for answers they didn't mentioned yet and so, Elementor and the Ultralinks attacks N-Tek while the mainframe shuts down but Max and Steel arrives and stops the attack of N-Tek and had the TS-12 file.

A new Elementor known as Metal Elementor attacks Copper Canyon and the rest of the Ultralinks and Max Steel puts a stop to it before they conquer and absorb the whole planet. Metal gives Ultimate Elementor 24 hours to capture Max Steel but he failed, this leads to Ultimate Elementor to Merge into Mega Metal Elementor.

In The Legend of Ja'em Mk'rah, Steel was infected by a virus Blast puts on him and Max and Steel's T.U.R.B.O. Energy dampeners are leaking a little. They have arrived on the middle of the Desert they were battling 16 years ago when Max was still not yet born. A little later, Max and steel learns the truth about his origins Forge and Molly told about but they couldn't because Max's Father promises them not too. Meanwhile, Makino says to Mega Metal he had failed him he apologizes to Makino for his failure. But he says that he will come to Earth sooner than he think.

In Makino Strikes, Max and Steel were top of the building says that he dosen't know that he was a half-alien and he thinks that he is a complete freakshow. The Next Day, Makino arrives on the Destroyer and discusses their plan. Meanwhile, Forge was Ultralinked by Dread and becomes possessed by an Ultralink. And now, Max and Steel are here driving his car and shouts his name and he asks Jefferson if Forge was here or not but Kat warns thae two that Forge was been linked and so Max,Steel and Jefferson are coming their way to the N-Tek base. Forge,Dread,Mega Metal and the rest of the Ultralinks attacks and gets in into the N-tek base and Forge rescues Blast,Prism and Chomp. Max and Steel are on their way but Makino flees them and they are back where they came from. Later, Max, Steel and Makino fight together. Meanwhile, Forge is activating a bomb that will destroy the whole base and Molly asks Forge to deactivate it before it explodes but he traps her and asking the whole crew to evacuate before it explodes. And after that, Steel was captured by Makino and brings him to the Destroyer craft and later Ven-Ghan rescues Max and he asks him that they need to head to N-Tek but they were late and Molly is there inside and the bomb reaches zero and the whole base was exploded and was destroyed.


Team Turbo

Two years after the Morphos incident, Max and Steel face their greatest challenge ever. When a mysterious villain named Mortum recruits Max's worst enemies, Extroyer, Toxzon and The Elementors, they realise they can't save the day on their own. It’s time to form a new team of heroes with Tempestra, La Fiera, and C.Y.T.R.O. – TEAM TURBO and stop Mortum from stealing the Connect-Tek.

Team Turbo Fusion Tek

When Mortum is infused with the Connect-Tek, he emerges from his grave as a robot zombie with only one goal: to spread his tecno-virus over the entire world, thus evolving the humanity. It is up to Max's Team Turbo to defeat this villain before his "Technoapocalypse" reach catastrophic proportions. However, when Max's friends are infected by Mortum, he must save them and stop Mortum before it is too late.


Main characters



  • Jason Naught (voiced by Brian Dobson): Dredd's right hand man, and was also former CEO of Trans Human Industries. Dredd equipped him with an ability to transform into a giant robot to defeat his enemies like Max Steel. He has been shown to have his own ambitions other than Dredd's, and is often abused because of it. In X Marks the Spot, he was almost killed by Dredd for betraying him a second time. He later sides with Makino alongside Dredd, but quickly turned against him when Makino deemed him and Dredd unworthy.[8]
  • Axel (voiced by Michael Daingerfield): A thug hired by Jason Naught to do his dirty work.
  • Dreddnaughts: An army of robots that work for Miles Dredd. They don't talk, but they are very dangerous and they have a gun as a hand. In Dredd Ascendant, when Naught showed Dredd their new underwater base it is revealed that they have upgraded Dreddnaughts.
  • Evil Ultralinks: A special forces unit Makino has place under the command of Miles Dredd.
  • Blast Link (voiced by Brian Drummond): The sniper of the unit, ultra-linked with a THI plasma cannon giving it a powerful distance weapon.
  • Prism Link (voiced by Lee Tockar): The close quarters combatant of the unit, ultra-linked to a series of crystals he is a durable, agile and razor-sharp fighter.
  • Chomp Link (voiced by Samuel Vincent): The brawn of the unit, ultra-linked with a venus flytrap he is equipped with long vines and crushing jaws. It is unknown what happened to Chomp after Mega Metal Elementor launched him off a Makino Destroyer into space in My Best Friend is an Ultralink for failing him.
  • Reaper Links: A pair of Ultra-linked reaper hologram Halloween decorations armed with Scythe's and equipped with the ability to switch between solid and intangible at will, resulting in a pair of ghost like stealth operatives.
  • Plaztek (voiced by Andrew Francis): An Ultralink that bonded with Fishy and some of Toxzon's orange waste to become a large fish-like creature composed of super dense and strong plastic. Able to fire plastic fish with large teeth for trapping opponents, toxic goo, plastic explosives, and is a versatile shape-shiftier. As a result of the glitchy connection between Fishy and the Ultralink Plaztek has a highly unstable personality and speech pattern that sounds like a corrupted sound-file. Appears to be destroyed at the end of Toxic Relationship.
  • Avatak (voiced by Richard Ian Cox): A Ultralink that bonded with a video game console because of Toxzon in the episode Digital Meltdown. He has the ability to shoot fireballs, he can also shoot a powerful laser from his chest, he can also hack into games on the type of video game console he bonded with. Avatak was destroyed by the end of the episode because of the glitch in the Max Steel TURBO Warrior video game, which overloaded his systems.
  • Fishy (voiced by Andrew Francis): Toxzon's beloved pet plastic goldfish. Xander hallucinates that Fishy talks to him, apparently giving him advice and suggestions. In Season 2 Toxic Relationship, he was bonded with an Ultralink and turned into Plaztek, but subsequently meets his end in the hands of Max Steel thanks to his TURBO Drill.
  • Dwayne (voiced by Brian Dobson): One of Extroyer's henchmen. Dwayne is smarter and acts like a boss for Vin. He hated Winter a lot since in Thrill of the Hunt, he tried to feed them to his pet black tiger. In Makino Strikes: Part 1, it's revealed that Dwayne has kids that don't know he's a thief.
  • Vin (voiced by Michael Dobson): Another of Extroyer's henchmen who is thin, and sometimes clumsy and dumb. He hates anchovies, as mentioned in Driven. He is a little bit scared at times and he would sometimes be brave.

Other characters

N-Tek/Turbo Arsenal

N-Tek carries a vast amount of weaponry and vehicles that runs on TURBO Energy, being at the disposal of the N-Tek agents and Max Steel.


Season Episodes Originally aired Network
First aired Last aired
1 26[14] March 25, 2013 (2013-03-25) December 7, 2013 (2013-12-07) Disney XD
2 26[15] August 15, 2014 (2014-08-15) December 6, 2014 (2014-12-06) Netflix
2015 Trilogy 3[16] June 27, 2015 (2015-06-27) August 2, 2015 (2015-08-02) Cartoon Network
Animated Films 2[17] March 18, 2016 (2016-03-18) August 31, 2016 (2016-08-31) Citv


Max Steel first broadcast in March 1, 2013, on Cartoon Network (Latin America) and on March 2, 2013, on Disney XD (Poland).[18] It aired on Teletoon in Canada on March 24, 2013, and on Disney XD in the United States on March 25, 2013.[14] It later premiered on Nicktoons (UK & Ireland), Canal J, Cartoon Network (Italy) and Boing, Cartoon Network (Spain), Boing, Panda Biggs, and 2BE. In Hungary, the series premiered on April 17, 2013, on Megamax and on September 9, 2013, on RTL Klub. It premiered on Cartoon Network (India) on July 20, 2013.[1] In Greece, Max Steel was broadcast firstly from Disney XD Greece and it also started airing on July 7, 2013, from Star Channel. The second season premiered on August 12, 2013, on Teletoon and on April 12, 2014, in Latin America. All of the episodes of season 2 are available on Netflix Streaming along with placeholders for the remaining 13 episodes.[19]


In her review for Common Sense Media, Emily Ashby praised Max Steel, giving it a 4/5. She called the use of bullies and struggles in school "relatable," and said that "Max Steel's likable attitude, sense of humor, and clear vision of right and wrong make him a viable modern superhero for teens.".[20] In his review for Media Life Magazine, Tom Conroy said Max Steel was "Cobbled together from ready-made sources with no apparent interest in coming up with a fresh twist or a new slant, it fails to make much of an impression, either positive or negative." He criticized the use of bullies, new school, dead father, and shadowy mentor, saying they "are so overused that the writers of this series might have assumed they were obligatory and thus didn’t feel they were being lazy." He also criticized the graphics, citing them as "creaky" and "bizarrely artificial.".[21]

The show was also nominated for the BAFTA 2014 Kids' Vote television category.[22]


Main article: Max Steel (film)

Paramount Pictures planned to remake Max Steel as motion picture. Originally, Taylor Lautner had been confirmed to star in the lead role as Josh McGrath.[23][24] As of March 2010, Lautner had dropped out of the film in favor of Hasbro and Universal's Stretch Armstrong.[25] Due to the relaunch of Max Steel in 2013, all plans for a live action movie were suspended. On August 2, 2013, it was revealed that Dolphin Entertainment are working on a Max Steel film. Christopher Yost will be writing while Stewart Hendler has been attached to direct. The film will follow along the plotline of the reboot and not the original series'. The film will be distribute by Open Road Films originally with a 2014 release but has since been pushed to October 14, 2016.[26][27][28] On February 6, 2014, the studio has cast Ben Winchell as Max Steel and Ana Villafane as his love interest Sydney Gardner.[29] On April 29, 2014, actor Andy Garcia is cast in the role of Dr. Miles Edwards, a brilliant and mysterious scientist.[30] On May 20, 2014, actor Mike Doyle is cast in a role.[31]


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  17. Mattel reveals their content for 2016
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  25. Brodesser, Claude. "Vulture Exclusive: Taylor Lautner Drops Mattel's Max Steel to Make Hasbro's Stretch Armstrong - Vulture". Retrieved 2011-12-08.
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  29. "Berlin: Ben Winchell, Ana Villafane Join 'Max Steel'". The Hollywood Reporter. 2014-02-06. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
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