Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast. This episode features your always exceptional, sometimes sober host, ScottyP, the very metal xRotorstormx, dark horse Megatronus, and the ever winsome RodimusConvoy13.
Oh, and this pretty popular author you may have heard of stops by: James Roberts! Sit back and enjoy as Va'al and Scotty P cut up, hang out, and wax philosophical with this very special guest.
Spoilers Abound! This episode contains spoilers for all of the following: Episodes 1 and 2 of the new Robots in Disguise cartoon, Transformers #39, and More Than Meets The Eye #s 1-39. This is your one and only warning.
First we change things up with some long awaited cartoon talk. The first two episodes of Robots in Disguise have premiered, and most of the Twincast crew has seen most of the episodes. Where does RID fall in the constellation of its many cancelled predecessors? Underbite ate WHAT? Listen and find out.
Bumblebee doesn’t always speak, but when he does, he’s Batman Beyond.
Something momentous is coming. Wait, no, it’s already here: Combiner Wars #1 (otherwise known as Transformers #39). Sit back as we discuss Starscream’s bodies, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed Swindle, our varied and shifting opinions of Livio Ramondelli’s art style, and more.
Then, we have a very special treat for our listeners – an interview with none other than James Roberts of More Than Meets The Eye fame.
We insisted he do the interview with the jacket on.
If you just came here for the interview, you can find it at 47:30 of the file, wherein our brave host Scotty P and devious News-Staff-slash-resident-comics-expert Va’al inherit the wind:
What schemes has Roberts unleashed in his travels back to pre-war Cybertronian society?
Time travel paradox?
Paradox schmaradox… at least until a certain briefcase is involved.
Remain in the Light was an awesome arc and powerful story, made more powerful by… prose?
Roberts shows us his love for music, and for the growing More Than Meets the Eye community.
Which (T-Rex) characters should we expect, which are gold, and which are big ole black holes?
The Decepticon Justice Division finally returns – oh, the humanity, err *ahem* morality.
Bird, Dragon, or Bird-Dragon? Why not both Zoidberg?
Our sincerest "Thank You" greetings to Mr. Roberts for lending his time to the show, and for the amazing content at that! We hope you all enjoy listening to the interview as much as we did conducting it.
After that, we return to our traditional comfort zone: upcoming Transformers toys. Images of the new, simplified Cyber Series sub-line took us all by surprise. What do we think of these 7” figures? Are they a welcome addition to the Generations fold, or more of the same? This is also the part where you learn another terrible Twincast secret: We don't know how to read good, and want to learn to do other things good too.
Just don’t take away our Generations, man.
Platinum Edition Blitzwing and Astrotrain are Awesome and/or the Worst Thing Ever. Is Platinum Blitzwing an homage to Shattered Glass or Flywheels? What’s with that orange on Astrotrain? Will the Twincast crew be picking these up? While we decide, check out Seibertron’s awesome galleries of G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing.
Alpha Bravo, is that you?
In other Platinum Edition news, the long awaited Coneheads are being reissued. Now this is something the Twincast crew can get excited about… if the price is right. New Platinum set, same question: will the Twincast crew be picking these up? Better yet, can you spot the differences between these newbies and the originals? Check out Seibertron’s galleries of G1 Thrust, Dirge, and Ramjet to try your hand (or rather, your eye).
We finish up the Twincast with some bragging rights. What did everyone get since the last recording?
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Courtesy of fellow Seibertron.com member AzT, we have confirmed listings for the Hasbro Platinum Edition Reissue Transformers G1 Insecticon set from Kmart.com for $79.99! We've already seen these show up at Toys'R'Us in Canada, but if anyone else in the North American area waited out on the prices, this may be the news piece for you. You can check them out below in some official photography, and compare them to the pictorial review here!
The Insecticons are among the most devious of all Decepticon allies. Pure mercenaries, they will join the battle only when it serves their own purposes, and usually only if they are offered large stacks of Energon cubes in return for their allegiance. Insecticon Bombshell, Kickback, and Skrapnel were the first Insecticons found on Earth, and the first to be lured to the Decepticon cause.
This sneaky trio of Insecticons figures are just the mercenaries for your Transformers adventures! Your Skrapnel, Insecticon Bombshell and Kickback figures all have unique powers, and they all come with blasters and Energon cubes to pay them for their attacks. Whether they’re in insect mode or robot mode, the Transformers action will be epic!
Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Join us here at Seibertron.com for first Japanese distribution of the Generations Nightbeat mold - in our newest gallery instalment! In the Japanese G1 series Masterforce, GoShooter was originally a Head Master, but in this iteration his human companion Shuta will be playing the part of a Minicon/Targetmaster borrowed from Generations Blazemaster, and the figure was the winner of a Million Publishing fan poll way way back. Click on any image below to view the full gallery!
Fellow Seibertronian and Twincaster ScottyP reports a new sighting of the second wave of Transformers Tiny Titans blind bags, from the Target in Raleigh, NC, at $2.49 a piece. As with recent blind bagged toys, there seems to be no system to determine what you'll get, but the full line-up, including RID and more, can be found here.
If you come across these in your area, don't hesitate to use the Seibertron.com Sightings section and local forums to help other collectors!
Thanks to a new Hasbro Listing that can be found here, we get some more new pictures of the Platinum Edition Blitzwing and Astrotrain! These rather bizarre redecos of the two G1 triple changers due to be released soon, let us know what you think of them in our Energon forums here. Check out the image we've embedded below and remember keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates!
Fellow Seibertronian SW's SilverHammer has spotted a new iTunes 3 panel preview, courtesy of Mariel Romero of IDW Publishing, for Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #39. The issue features both the return of the DJD and the first officially official work by guest artist Hayato Sakamoto. Check it out below!
RETURN OF THE D.J.D.! A punishment squad created by MEGATRON to hunt down dissidents, turncoats and cowards—no one believes more passionately in the DECEPTICON cause than the D.J.D. So what happens when they discover their founder has joined the Autobots? (Clue: it’s not pretty.)
We had previously reported on a new Transformers "cyber" line which featured simplified Transformers toys of G1 characters. These came in 11 and 7 inches (each had their own Bumblebee). The facebook page Cybergeek's alliance has new images featuring all 7 inch figures from this new Cyber Battalion line (which were initially from the Transformers Columbia facebook page). Below you will see images of Cyber Battalion 7 inch Megatron, Bumblebee, Grimlock, Optimus (first time we see him) and Starscream which happens to the same mold previously found as a prototype at the Children's Museum exhibit. This confirms that the prototype found there was of an upcoming figure instead of a discarded one. Images of the boxes are also available, and each lets us know how many steps are involved in transforming the figure. Please give us your thoughts on this new line now that we have clearer images (mirrored below).
Seibertron.com presents the galleries that everybody wanted but just didn't know it yet. That's right, these highly anticipated galleries takes a thorough look at the figures which almost broke the internet with requests. We bring to you Beast Hunters Titan Guardians Shockwave, Megatron, Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. These guys stand 6 inches tall with minimal articulation. Click on any of the images below to see the full galleries. You know you want to do it.