After the bizarre crosslinking yesterday with the first prelude clip for Transformers: Combiner Wars from Machinima, we have some more information from the producers themselves in the form of a video clip. Find out what they have to share here and below, and check out the Optimus Prime prelude motion comic clip again, too!
UPDATE: The four-episode, motion graphic Prelude to the TRANSFORMERS: Combiner Wars gets us ready for the full 3D series by revealing the current state of Cybertron. There will be 3 more episodes in the coming weeks, each in a slightly different style, told from the perspective of an individual character.
Prelude to Transformers: Combiner Wars – Optimus Prime: June 28
Prelude to Transformers: Combiner Wars – Victorion: July 5
Prelude to Transformers: Combiner Wars – Starscream: July 12
Prelude to Transformers: Combiner Wars – Windblade: July 19
Transformers: Combiner Wars series launch: August 2
It's been another weekend, another late Thursday night has come and gone, and you know what that means? Another work week. But to help you along to the next weekend, we’ve got some Transformers related comics, Beast Wars, Fort Max, Unicron, and toy packaging content for you to listen in on, and then share your ideas and thoughts about in this episode’s thread.
Leading us though this journey is ScottyP, who’s joined by the always introspective, Counterpunch, and mitten-state dwelling daddios, RodimusConvoy13 and Tigertrack. And Rom the Spaceknight.
Episode #148 “And Rom The Space Knight“ is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.
Our first chat is about the most recent issue of Transformers #54, and new phoenix series Transformers: ’TIl All Are One #1 (from the ashes of Windblade comes…) and of course, not to be left out a little something we like to call More Than Meets the Eye, issue #54. As we learn bits and pieces more about it, our team returns to talk a little more about ‘The Revolution’, MASK, and Rom the Spaceknight.
The group breaks into comic book discussion on the lighter side talking about Transformers #54 (or Robots in Disguise, whatever you refer to it as) and whether the current arc is getting any better or not. We definitely treat this one pretty lightly, but you can expect SPOILERS in each issue…if you don’t want to hear them time for some fast forwarding. We’ve got reviews for these three issues on site as well (Review for TF #54, Review for TAAO #1, and Review for MTMTE #54) if you want to read some more about these issues.
What is Galvatron’s final play…does he have a trump card or is it all on the table? Will Superion ever combine again? Are Optimus Prime and Starscream on even footing now (both chosen ones in the eyes of the Titans)? Is this how you pictured COMBINER WARS playing out?
The newest series in the Transformers family is ’Til All Are One’, the phrase that meant a lot in the beloved 1986 movie, and since has been re-uttered in the new movies, cartoons, and other media a little ad nauseum. This is the rebirth of the Windblade series as something that maybe isn’t supposed to be so Windblade-centric, but more about new era Cybertron united and its Council of Worlds.
The launch issue focuses in on events and characters related to Swindle and what he may or may not have known, and how it is effecting Starscream, the Combaticons, and the rest of Cybertron.
We ask pretty obvious questions like, “Is Swindle still alive?”, “Who is DC- 357?”, but introspectively Counterpunch brings to point Starscream, and his precariously balanced leadership position.
And MTMTE… so many questions, and many answers… which lead to more questions. Our big question, “Should Megatron die?”, and related to that “Will Megatron actually die in issue #55?” Some awesome hypotheses on what’s in this hollow planet and where RUNG and NIGHTBEAT are during all this super-powered fighting and action and what does CHOOM, CHOOM, CHOOM signal to us.
To wrap up the comic discussion, we talk more REVOLUTION, since we received some new solicits, we look into our crystal balls again and decide if the TRANSFORMERS universe is getting a soft reboot, no reboot, or a very hard reboot. And ROM the Spaceknight.
Whew. That was a lot.
*Writer's Note*- not in the podcast though- I wanted to give some love to Nick Roche who is creating some truly awesome stuff for Transformers fans and recently went through a series of very traumatic and wonderful events causing the delay in a product we were really anxious for. Nick recently shared his trials and triumphs in a blogpost. We love you brother, be well, and enjoy the new addition. Thank you for all of your efforts in these times.
On to our Beast Wars Re-Watch, Re-Action, “my queen”. This time we watched episode 18, ‘Spider’s Game’, and episode 19, ‘Call of the Wild’. “Defend the hive!” These episodes introduced the ever cool, very memorable, or not, but ultimately hot, pyromaniac loyalist— INFERNO (no not that INFERNO, which is also very cool, but not talked about this time)! Not everyone thinks Inferno is so awesome though, and we discuss the introduction of this new soldier and his place in Predacon history. And Rom the Spaceknight.
We briefly reach into our creative bags and throw some paint schemes out there for the new PLATINUM EDITION UNICRON and KRANIX. Clown Unicorn was my favorite, but Scotty preferred the Rom colored one (not actual things, listen for our ideas).
Oh my, SDCC is coming soon, and we share what version of TITAN MASTERS FORTRESS MAXIMUS we want the most to be our Fortress… SDCC with sword, fancy paint, and very Fortress looking Cerebro (and very hard/expensive to get if you aren’t at SDCC or know someone going), the regular HASBRO release; without sword, and with REBIRTH accurate Cerebros, which should be a little more plentiful but will probably be hard like Metroplex to find locally at retail (but not harder than SDCC or TT), or the general release Takara Tomy Fort Max with no sword that we know of—except 100 lucky folks in China, and a HEADMASTERS accurate Fortress looking Cerebros. As before with Metroplex, there may still be more versions coming in the Asian market for different conventions that are not yet announced.
You’d think this would be enough, but nope, we finally delve into a topic led by Counterpunch that breaches the world of packages… Transformers toy packages that is. The best? The worst? What in packaging attracts you? What turns you off? What packages do you keep or do you just throw it all away?
We end this jam session with some bragging about our BEST most recent purchases that are at least 10 years old, well that’s how it starts anyway…
Thanks for joining us brothers and sisters of the spark. Look forward to you giving us some righteous feedback. 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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Directly from the official Transformers Facebook page, we have our first animated preview of the Machinima series due this August on Go90: Transformers Combiner Wars! Following the events of the IDW storyline, the series uses Windblade as the viewers' perspective into the Cybertronian world - but it's Optimus Prime we hear narrating in the clip. Check out more below, and view the video below or by clicking here.
His name is Optimus Prime, and he was a leader, once. Now The Transformers: Combiner Wars demand his return.
It's been over a year since the last big news for the animated series Transformers: Prime, but we now have a nudge from online retailer Amazon.com, in the form of a Blu-Ray box set of the complete series run! You can check out the listing at $144.99 here, and more details below, though no images are yet available. Will you be getting this or relying on the Netflix version? Let us know your thoughts in the Energon Pub!
Format: Box set, Import
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2016
HASBRO STUDIOS AND MACHINIMA PREVIEW "TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER WARS" DURING CANNES LIONS FESTIVAL
Panel featuring Hasbro Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis and Machinima Chief Executive Officer Chad Gutstein unveiled first-look images and plot details from the forthcoming digital series
Included among the reveals will be the announcement of a TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER WARS Prelude Series launching on June 28
Los Angeles CA, JUNE 23, 2016 -Hasbro Inc. and Machinima co-hosted a panel during the Cannes Lions Festival offering Transformers fans a first glimpse of TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER WARS, a new animated series debuting August 2nd on social entertainment platform go90™ in the US, AMC Networks International Iberia in Spain and Portugal and in other territories to be announced at a later date. TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER WARS, developed and produced by Machinima, marks the first time the iconic franchise has launched a digital-first series.
Moderated by OMD CEO Monica Karo, the fireside chat with Hasbro Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis and Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein unveiled plot details and never-before seen images (link below) from the highly-anticipated series. The discussion covered the 30-plus year legacy of the Transformers franchise and the new creative partnership between Hasbro and Machinima. The pair shared details on the development process behind TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER WARS, as well as insights into how the two companies’ combined forces to reimagine the iconic Transformers IP for today’s social-first, content-driven landscape.
Additionally, Davis and Gutstein announced that a prelude series to TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER WARS will launch on June 28 on YouTube, Facebook and go90. The four-episode PRELUDE TO THE COMBINER WARS will help prepare fans for the full series by revealing the current state of Cybertron from the distinctive points-of-view of four characters.
"Machinima is known as a leader of the digital content space and has tremendous creative talent within their network. We are excited to partner with them to tell a new kind of Transformers story for the digital generation," said Stephen Davis, Chief Content Officer of Hasbro. "The writers, artists and voice actors working on this series are all true fans of the franchise, and their love for these characters really shines through in COMBINER WARS."
"Transformers is one of the most beloved franchises in the world and Machinima is thrilled to work with Hasbro to bring Transformers: Combiner Wars to today’s social video platforms," said Chad Gutstein, CEO of Machinima. "Our audience loves these characters and COMBINER WARS has been a true ‘for the fans, by the fans’ effort. We can’t wait to give fans a preview of the series during Cannes."
FIRST LOOK IMAGES!!!
Note from Seibertron.com: these images are the same as the ones shown earlier, but are unwatermarked for your viewing pleasure. The images are high res, which you can view by clicking on the image to view the full size image.
Machinima Transformers Combiner Wars Menasor
Machinima Transformers Combiner Wars Original Character Maxima
Machinima Transformers Combiner Wars Windblade 1
Machinima Transformers Combiner Wars Windblade 2
Machinima Transformers Combiner Wars Windblade 3
Machinima Trasformers Combiner Wars Starscream
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This week we’re bringing you our first Transformers: Earth Wars event. Battle this weekend for the chance to win Premium Character Crystals which can be used for the chance to unlock Alpha Bravo or Long Haul who are both returning to the game this week!
More Than Meets the Eye Event
Battle this weekend and unlock prizes including Premium Character Crystals!
Start Date: 23/06/16 14:00 GMT End Date: 28/06/16 14:00 GMT
Headquarters Level 4
How do I participate?
Tap the new Event button!
Select an Event Battlezone to fight in!
Win your battle and gather Battle Points!
Event Battle Zones:
Battle Points can only be earned by winning a battle in an Event Battle Zone. Event Battle Zones are accessed through the event menu. Event Battle Zones offer Battle Points and Bonus Experience, but do not reward Energon or Alloy.
More challenging Event Battle Zones will reward additional Battle Points!
Prestiges allowed: 3
What are prestiges?
Increase Prestige to complete events again!
Completing an event increases Prestige by 1 level.
Prestige can be checked on the event's Battle screen.
Events with no limitation can be Prestiged infinitely!
IMPORTANT: We're aware of an issue where your Battle Points earned in the event may appear to have been lost. If you experience this issue, simply reload the game and your Battle Points will reappear.
Release Notes - Version 1.26
We're constantly working on new features and improvements to bring to the game. Our next content update arrives today, with all new player profiles and improvements to your bots.
Check out some of the stuff coming your way below!
Air Raid has a new fusion bomb ability.
Powerglide has a new carpet bombing ability.
Thundercracker & Silverbolt have an improved EMP air strike.
Bumblebee & Skrapnel have an improved EMP bomb range.
Character ability information contains damage and duration stats.
Join our developers for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Transformers: Earth Wars. In this episode our Transformers: Earth Wars artists take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of what it takes to create some of your favourite Transformers characters.
Alpha Bravo/Long Haul
As you may know, we recently experienced an issue with Long Haul, which lead to the temporary removal of his character from the game and his Autobot match Alpha Bravo.
We’re now happy to confirm that this issue has now been fixed and both bots will be returning to the game this week!
Over the past few weeks we’ve had over 100 players join our VIP program. We’re keen on hearing your initial thoughts on the program and would appreciate your feedback in our survey.
Make sure to include your email address at the end of the survey, as we'll be picking three players at random to win a Premium Character Crystal pack!
Thank to the official Transformers: the Last Knight Snapchat account - and the hard work of D-Maximus_Primal - we have some images from the set of Michael Bay's movie, featuring the returning Barricade with his 'to punish and enslave' motto, the crew hat with the movie Optimus Prime head logo, and a potential teaser at a fire truck character, who might just be actually part of the safety crew instead. Check them out below!
Fellow Seibertronian Deadput brings us some more Transformers: The Last Knight news this fine day, with source including usual suspects Transformers Cars on Facebook, Mlive.com. The contents? Crosshairs in vehicle mode - is this confirmation to his return? - and some more shots of the drones and the Detroit location being set up. Check it all out below!
An array of giant metallic contraptions have landed at the long-vacant Packard Plant as preparations are being made for the filming of the next "Transformers" movie.
Among the crumbling concrete of the sprawling former Detroit automotive plant, scenes for the fifth Transformers movie, staring Mark Wahlberg, are beginning to take shape.
Two Chicago Transit Authority trains are positioned as if they careened off their artificial rail lines, and giant gears and machinery lie in pieces around the set.
Fellow Seibertronian Bronzewolf has been keeping an eye on the social media platforms used by the marketing team for Transformers: The Last Knight, which have just confirmed on Instagram that British actress Laura Haddock has just joined the cast! Check out the short clip embedded below, and join us in the Energon Pub for the ongoing movie discussion!
The Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast returns with Episode 0. That's right, this special edition podcast is a pilot for a new concept, the Mainframes podcast, focusing purely on the world of Transformers comics in an in-depth way. The globe spanning crew of Twincast / Podcast host Scotty P, comics expert and t-shirt guru Mr. Starscream, and Seibertron.com's very own News Administrator Dr. Va'al look to start this new project out with a bang by diving deep into More Than Meets The Eye Issue #53 from IDW Publishing.
Things get going with the first pages of setup, with Ratchet and Velocity setting the stage for the events to come. The call backs go way, way back and the crew takes some time to reflect on the world-building that's taken place.
Got his hands back, but can't decide on a head crest look yet.
More catching up comes next as we take a look into what Brainstorm and some others are up to. Friendship takes center stage, with some of the Lost Light's cast coming closer together while others are set to depart on a different adventure.
Well of course we are, podcasting is fun!
The first round of massive speculation takes over next. Are the missing glasses pointing to something? Or is regular cleaning of the optic sensors just good hygiene?
Just call me "LadiesMan217"
The big reveal of big reveals surrounding a certain character gets brought up as we proceed through the events of the issue. Years of plot threads collide, with yet more speculation about what it all means to events past and future.
Look, I'm not giving it away in a thumbnail in the middle of a news post, ok?
After the scene shifts, it's time to pick up with our villains and take stock of the odds against our heroes. Is there any chance? No. They have tanks with Decepticon symbols on them. Nothing else screams "Hopeless" like freaking tanks with Decepticon symbols on them.
That guy on the right's got quite a plan.
Mr. Starscream then leads the way as we all ponder exactly who could have brought back the evil Overlord, and what their intentions possibly could have been. Get ready to bounce back to the Season 1 finale as we analyze what it might all mean.
A penchant for Roman sculpture, perhaps?
Robot romance and hyperactivity come up next, with a two page spread leading to deep conversations about behavior and emotion. Tune in as we look at everyone's favorite clockmaker get bored, and everyone's favorite purple former-Decepticon get romantic.
All over your guns because they are guns and he needs them.
Megatron had to come up at some point, as we take a look at his tale of redemption and try to relate it back to other themes such as addiction. Also: is there actually something physically wrong with him, or is it all a physical manifestation of a disease of the mind?
Surprisingly, no additional uppercut required this time.
We close the show with a discussion about where More Than Meets The Eye stands in the pantheon of Transformers comic history, and then we take some of your questions sent in on social media.
Will anyone take a 'stand' on this topic?
We hope you enjoyed this "pilot" episode of potential Twincast / Podcast spin-off Mainframes, and be sure to listen towards the end of the episode to hear how to help make more episodes a reality! We won't get to make more of this type of show if you don't tell us you want it, so please, let us know if you do. We'll see you in the discussion thread which you can join in on by replying to this very news post.
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