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Trader or Traitor? Discussion with Michael Goldstrom

Two weeks ago, you submitted questions for Michael Goldstrom, voice actor of Trader Johann in DreamWorks Dragons. In his interview on Dragon Academy Dropouts, Michael Goldstrom answers your questions, tells about his experiences at DreamWorks, and reveals:

When he found out he was playing a villain?
What is his favorite dragon of all time?
Is he as long-winded as his character?
What Trader Johann fan stories you should write?
Would he rather have Hiccup's flight suit, or Hiccup's fire sword?
And many more answers to questions you asked!

While listening, check out a gallery of Michael Goldstrom recording at DreamWorks for Riders of Berk, Defenders of Berk and Race to the Edge including some faces you might be familiar with!

Thanks for submitting questions, and to Michael Goldstrom for answering them!

Secret Odin Gift Exchange!

It's exchange day! If you are participating in Secret Odin this year and want to share your gift on Berk's Grapevine, post it in the comments for this page. But this page isn't just for Secret Odin participants: if you have kind words or gifts you want to share with another dragon fan who you've met on this site site, you're welcome to share them on this page as well!

We look forward to seeing your gifts!

Rescue Riders: Dragons Netflix Series Scheduled for 2019

After six incredible seasons, Race to the Edge is finally over! And before that, we had the equally amazing Riders of Berk and Defenders of Berk on Cartoon Network. Yet, the question remains: what amazing new Dragon material will DreamWorks share with us next? How long will we have to wait?

The wait may be over! We're excited to share with you the name and some very early details of a new series with the title DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders!

Rescue Riders is not just a new season, but a completely new potentially multi-season Netflix series. The new series has been in production since November 2017 or earlier, and as of May 2017, has been scheduled for release on Netflix in 2019. Of course, this is an unofficial announcement with no word from DreamWorks yet. This means that details and dates may change. It's unclear whether Rescue Riders is intended to be released before or after Dragon 3. And it's equally unclear whether the events in the series will take place after Race to the Edge, Dragon 2, or even Dragon 3!

But here's something we do know: there may be merch! We also know some of the Race to the Edge team will be returning, such as the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Jack Thomas. We'll also be seeing some new characters on the show: John C. McGinley, who played Dr. Cox on Scrubs, will be voicing a character named "Grumblegard."

One last note: DreamWorks has not announced this yet. Everything we know about Rescue Riders has been cobbled together from a variety of sources online, not from DreamWorks. This means that people working at DreamWorks likely can't say anything yet. Please be kind and don't bombard DreamWorks people online with questions about a series they can't discuss — you will learn nothing!

Trader or Traitor? Ask Johann's Voice Actor Yourself!

We expected character development in the television series, but no one expected so much from Trader Johann. At the start of the series, few people knew of the young, low-level trader named Johann. Yet, by the final season, Trader Johann nearly conquered Berk and with it entire archipelago alongside it and was the villainous force that drove the story toward How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Certainly, you must have questions about the mysterious trader. Who wouldn't? And now, you have the opportunity to ask Johann voice actor and expert, Michael Goldstrom! Along with his wide range of voice and screen work, Michael Goldstrom has been the voice of Trader Johann for the last six years — ever since his original appearance in Riders of Berk in 2012!

Submit your questions on Dragon Academy Dropouts

by Wednesday, February 21 at 12 p.m. EST

We're looking forward to hearing your questions for Michael Goldstrom about his role as Trader Johann and what it's like to be a voice actor in the DreamWorks Dragons television show!

Race to the Edge Valentine's Day Livestream

Race to the Edge is coming out on Friday on Netflix, but it sounds like DreamWorks has something extra planned for us tomorrow, on Valentine's Day:

Dragon riders! Tune in to Facebook Live this Wednesday at 4:30 PM PT as we celebrate Valentine's Day and the all new season of Dragons: Race to the Edge coming to Netflix this Friday! Select fans will have the chance to receive a custom Valentine's Day card created by our special guests! See you there!

That's 7:30 PM Eastern time or 12:30 AM UTC:

Race to the Edge Valentine's Livestream

Will we see the first episode of the new season? Will Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera show up in a live motion capture scene as Hiccup and Astrid to give away dragon swag? We'll find out tomorrow!

Here's a direct link to the stream!

Race to the Edge: Season 6

It's finally arrived! Here is the trailer for Race to the Edge, Season 6, which will be released on Netflix next Friday, February 16. Along with it, a description of the upcoming episodes:

Valuable lessons are learned among the dragon riders all while they work together to finally unearth the true leader of the Dragon Flyers, discover an unlikely ally, and struggle to fight when the fate of all dragon-kind is put at risk. Hiccup, Toothless, and the rest of the riders embark on the most daring journey yet in an all new season of Dragons: Race to the Edge comes Netflix February 16!

What do you think will happen in the next season?

Secret Odin 2018: Dragon-Themed Gift Exchange

Secret Odin is an online secret Santa for fans of How to Train Your Dragon! Hundreds of dragon fans have signed up to exchange gifts in Secret Odins over the last six years. Whether you're the Secretest of Odins or this is your first time participating, we'd love if you joined us. Here's how it works:

Until February 9: Sign Up Here

You can sign up for Secret Odin using this form. Here, you can enter in your name, usernames, and preferences for giving and receiving gifts. Your preferences and the communities you belong to will be used to pair you with other fans who share your interests in gifts and characters.

February 10-12: Receive Your Pairing

During the February 10 weekend, you will receive an assignment to another dragon fan using the email address you signed up with. Now you have until February 20 to make a gift for them!

February 28: Gift Exchange!

On February 28, everyone sends their gifts through Tumblr, Twitter, Berk's Grapevine, or whichever online community you have in common with the person you are matched with, and you will finally find out who your Secret Odin is and what gift they have made for you!

Note: The exchange day date has been moved forward from February 23 to February 28!

Questions? Check the Secret Odin FAQ page, follow the Secret Odin blog, or leave a comment!

Happy gift-giving!