BotCon has revealed the 5th and final exclusive figure from this year's BotCon 2015 "Cybertron's Most Wanted" box set. The last figure, Oilmaster "The Bounty Hunter", revives an abandoned Hasbro G1 concept of the "Double Pretender". The original Double Pretender Gorilla Pretender shell was first shown by Hasbro at BotCon 1996 alongside a Double Pretender Spider mold, the original G1 Unicron that was never released, and several other abandoned concepts that were never released at retail.
Apparently, the all-new Oilmaster Pretender mold was a joint venture between Fun Publications (the folks behind BotCon) and a company called "Boss Fight Studio". Here's a quote from their Facebook page regarding Oilmaster:
Boss Fight Studio is proud to have worked with Fun Publications on the 2015 Botcon convention exclusives - most especially the all new mech-gorilla Pretender shell for OILMASTER! This guy was a fun one!
To the best of our knowledge, the inner robots for Oilmaster were never made or never made it to the hard copy phase. To replace the inner robots, Oilmaster will utilize the Generations Swerve mold with his Mini-Con partner to simulate the two-robots-in-one-Pretender-shell concept.
Without further ado, please check out this exciting reveal that BotCon posted earlier this morning ...
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Feel like we've lost track of the long-running Transformers: Rescue Bots animated series? Zap2it is here to help out! With the latest episode of season 3 (The New Recruits) introducing Salvage and Blurr, the rest of the episodes seem to deal with the new arrivals and whatever they might actually be up to, and leading up to the arrival of Servo the Cyberdog. Check out the synopses below!
E19 The New Recruits Rescue Bots find they have new recruits to train, but these newbies are hiding a dark secret.
Sat, April 25 2015 1:30 pm EDT
E20 Rescue Bots Academy Cody and the Rescue Bots must teach Blurr and Salvage everything they need to know.
Sat, May 02 2015 1:30 pm EDT
E21 A New Hero A solar flare knocks out power in Griffin Rock; Blurr deserts the Rescue Bots and steals the ship.
Wed, April 22 2015 5:53 am EDT
E22 Four-Legged Hero Cyber-Dog Servo puts the Rescue Bots' undercover status in jeopardy.
Wed, April 22 2015 5:53 am EDT
E23 Endangered Species The Bots go to extremes to protect endangered woodpeckers discovered by Boulder.
Wed, April 22 2015 5:53 am EDT
E24 More Than Meets the Eye An injured Chase uncovers many mysteries while Doc's magician sister visits Griffin Rock.
With the announcement made at the Q1 earnings conference by Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, we now have full confirmation about the fifth instalment in the Transformers live-action movie series, due some time in 2017. What also seems to be confirmed now, by Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore at CinemaCon Las Vegas, that director Michael Bay is 'at work' on the movie too - whether that means as director is yet to be fully clarified, though he is involved in multiple Paramount projects, in different roles, before this one. Check out the relevant section of the Deadline reporting below!
Par's Vice Chairman Rob Moore, who said to bear with him because he wasn’t a “morning person” and was instead used to his traditional Monday night slot, highlighted several upcoming sequels and reboots, including another Paranormal Activity for Fall, as well as a reboot of the horror franchise, Rings for November 13th. In between for Halloween will be the original horror comedy A Scout’s Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse which he said the studio was particularly jazzed about because of the title which got laughs from the exhibitors.
He also promised the theater owners that Michael Bay was hard at work developing a fifth Transformers movie since the first four have made an astounding $3.7 worldwide, music to the ears of this crowd which is ALL about box office. But first Bay is directing Thirteen Hours, a war movie set around a daring rescue mission in Benghazi that is already set for release on Martin Luther King weekend next January. Bay’s also producing a sequel to last summer’s successful ($485 million worldwide) reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise, Ninja Turtles II, set for June 3, 2016.
You might remember the Takara Tomy Q-Transformers collaboration with Decks Tokyo Beach we reported on not too long ago - we now also have an official video clip to promote the initiative, with Q-Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumblebee starring as hosts, and a glimpse of Lockdown too. Check it out below!
IDW digital assistant Mariel Romero has uploaded three new screenshots to iTunes, taken from the opening pages of Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #40. Check them out in full size mirrored below, and find out what the Lost Light has been up to since #38!
Having saved the universe—kind of—the Lost Light crew deal with the fallout in a manner befitting the gravity of the situation. Kind of.
We have some more information about the direction that the upcoming IDW Publishing Transformers: Robots in Disguise comics series will be taking with John Barber and Georgia Ball on writing duties, and Priscilla Tramontano on art, courtesy of ComicBookResources. Check out the two covers for issue #1 by Tramontano and Travis Sengaus/Josh Burcham, too, below, read the whole piece here and some snippets as follows!
The latest "Transformers" animated series debuted last month on Cartoon Network, "Transformers: Robots in Disguise." Longtime Transformers license-holder IDW Publishing isn't waiting long to capitalize on the show, with a "Robots in Disguise" #0 issue available on Free Comic Book Day (May 2), and a ongoing series set to debut in July. CBR has the exclusive first details on the ongoing, which will be written by Transformers newcomer Georgia Ball and illustrated by Priscilla Tramontano.
IDW makes the distinction that while the comic series is based on the "Robots in Disguise" TV show, it's not an adaptation of the same stories. "The stories tie into the continuity the show shares with 'Transformers Prime' and what happens in the cartoon will have consequences in the comic," Ball said in a statement to CBR. "But the comic will also feature new villains and explore different themes. There will be squabbles and there will be punching, but the first arc weaves in an element of mystery and betrayal. Bumblebee has to put the pieces together and he may not get them in the right order. I like resolving subplots in one or two issues within the context of a longer ongoing story, I’m not a fan of ending an issue without getting somewhere."
A minor update in the grander scale of things for the fan-built Transformers Combiner Wars character from Hasbro, but one to report on nonetheless! The official Facebook page has revealed that the nemesis for the new character has been chosen as none other than Galvatronus. Check out the announcement graphic below, and take a second look at the first art reveal here, and the toy, too, here.
Some of these have been floating about the internet, but we have in-hand confirmation and coverage from site owner Seibertron, at the currently ongoing G.I. Joe Con in Illinois, featuring a convention exclusive set of cards with Transformers references in the artwork! Check them out below, as Prime Soundwave is repurposed as Stealth Battle Android Trooper B.A.T.s, and Marissa Faireborn of the Earth Defense Centre and Afterburner make an appearance too.
We all know who mans best friend is, but who's robots best friend? Say hello to Servo the Rescue Dog, who's making his debut on Transformers Rescue Bots! Hasbro Studios has given us a sneak peak at the new talented robo-pup who appears to a walking tool shed. Have a look at the teaser video and stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all your Transformers News!
Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast. This episode features your prodigal host Counterpunch, master of this universe Seibertron, the always exceptional ScottyP, the very metal xRotorstormx, and dark horse Megatronus, who may or may not have ghost written this very post!
First, we take a look at what Transformers are all about for some folks: toys! And boy, do we have a lot to talk about. Most of the Twincast has MP-24 Star Saber in hand, is this latest entry worthy of the title "Masterpiece"? More importantly, will the Twincast crew be successful in Counterpunch-ing xRotorstormx into purchasing this figure on air? Listen and find out.
Which is G1... and which is the Masterpiece?
But wait, there's more - despite Super Serious Tobacco Attorney's (or Harvey Birdman's?) best efforts, MP-25 Exhaust has arrived. The highly anticipated redeco of Masterpiece Wheeljack has been uncertain in its release and difficult to obtain, but the Twincast has you covered. Sit back as we discuss the merits of this figure, and the amazingly hazy galleries Seibertron photographed for your viewing pleasure.
The site owner may or may not have been harmed in the making of this gallery.
Then, we have a very special treat for our listeners... a short topic! The Twincast very, very briefly gives their thoughts on the recently announced, and oh so very Diaclone, MP-18B Bluestreak.
Body of Prowl. Heart of Streak.
Next up: Combiner Wars. Images of the new Quickslinger and Breakneck (AKA Slingshot and Wildrider) are here. What do we think of these figures? Are they a welcome addition to the Generations fold, or does the Twincast like Alpha Bravo and Offroad just a wee bit better?
Botcon 2015 in Chicago is coming up fast, and this is already proving to be an interesting year. We have the first Cybertron's Most Wanted Box Set reveal: ittttt's Packrat! Will the Twincast crew be picking this homage up? What does the crew think about the rabid speculation on the Box Set's remaining characters?
Once a Rattrap redeco, always a Rattrap redeco.
Way better images of the new, simplified Cyber Series sub-line are out and about. What do we think of these 7” and 11" figures? Also, maybe they're already available in South America? Where's our Brazilian correspondent? Listen to our rueful ramblings to learn more.
My truck's bigger than yours.
Images of Takara Legends LG-13 Megatron have finally arrived, and the differences between this and Hasbro's version are both minor and controversial. We're full of opinions and nitpicks when it comes to the Decepticon leader. Which Twincast crew-members plan to import the big guy, and who already has one (or two)?
To G1, or not to G1? That, is the question.
Movies - lots and lots of movies. Or, at least, that's what we've been told to expect. Paramount is looking to expand the Transformers movieverse, Marvel-style. What does the crew make of this news? And, more importantly, what would the Twincast like to see down the line?
Remember, if you want to hear your questions answered by us "professionals", leave it in the Ask the Twincast thread. We take all of them, we just don't take them all seriously, so if it makes the cut, it may get read and answered on the show.
We finish up the Twincast with some bragging rights. What did everyone get since the last recording? Well, besides Star Saber and Exhaust, that is.
So... how about that backstory?
Don't forget, the show only gets better if you tell us how. Drop us a review on iTunes and be sure to tell us what you love, what you hate, and what you want to hear!
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