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Machinima's Transformers: Combiner Wars Episode 7 REVIEW

Transformers News: Machinima's Transformers: Combiner Wars Episode 7 REVIEW
Date: Wednesday, September 21st 2016 5:44pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Site Articles, Editorials
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): Machinima, Go90

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Welcome, Seibrtronians, to the Combiner Wars Review Extravaganza! In a celebration of the Machinima Combiner Wars series and it's conclusion, I'll be posting episode 7's reivew and then, later today (or potentially tomorrow), I'll share my review of the finale (along with some final final thoughts) as well! It'll be one big day of celebration and thanking primus it's over. Let's look at Episode 7.


We open on Cybertron once again, and see Starscream has finally formed into his "Combiner Combiner" mode. Megatron takes a shot at him, but is thrown across the city, smashing into a building.

While Optimus runs to Megatron, Starscream deals with the amount of power he posses. He envelops him, and he explodes. Bits of the various combiners are thrown across the landscape, and a piece of Computron tries to take out Prime.
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Ah, Geez, Rick, what are we gonna do now?

Starscream emerges from the rubble, now only a ball of Galactic Glitter Glue with a head, and launches some missiles(?) from his shoulders(?) at the city below. Optimus and Co. dodge the incoming debris, as Starscream starts making a black hole, sucking all of his loose parts in.
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Pictured: Starscream

He "throws" the black hole at Optimus and Megatron, but here comes Windblade, saving the day again with her Turbine Attack, which can apparently stop the force of an inverted star.

Huh.

Never knew.
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I...I hate this episode

Windblade follows this up by rushing the literal Screaming Star, while he shoots what sounds to be lasers trying to connect to dial-up internet out of his mouth.

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If they lasted any longer, you would have started to hear the Windows XP boot-up noise, too

Windblade is somehow able to block the large, continuous beams of pure energy with her thin sword, but is finally taken down by a lightning blast from Starscream. She falls, many stories, and lands on the ground. Optimus and Megatron have a moment to mourn her before Starscream jumps at them, Screaming and laughing.
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I...I really hate this episode

Okay, Final thought time:

Why? Why? You had potential here, those couple of episodes in the middle of the series were great, compared to what has come before and after them. Why make Starscream's plot a cliche Starscream plot? You already had one of the most interesting Megatrons we've ever gotten, why couldn't you have left Starscream be and have one of the most interesting Starscreams we've ever gotten? I want you to challenge my perception of what I already know about these characters, or I want to be pleasantly surprised with a interesting continuation of what I know and love. This series can't decide which of those it wants to be, so it fails miserably at both. It's not a good new idea, or perhaps just poorly executed, and it's not a good continuation of the same old same old. What is it trying to be?
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-gasp- Father! Please! Help!

I think this series could have been good, (heck, it could have been great) if it would have picked a lane. As it sits, it comes across as a slapped together mess, with 0 pacing and no cohesive, understandable plot until halfway through act 4. And even then it makes no sense.

If your going to go back on your set idea of different, more civil, changed Starscream, give him a viable motive. He is literally already one of the rulers of Cybertron. He couldn't climb the latter more if he tried. He even said how he convinced the public to trust him. He's where he wants to be! Where he's always wanted to be. Why would he ruin that? Why?
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To be continued

Tune in later today/tomorrow when we continue our celebration and conclude the series with the review of episode eight!

And, as always, I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don-wait, wait, no. Wrong thing.

Ahem

And, as always, keep it right here, on seibertron.com for all your latest Transformers news (and reviews!).

Review of Machinima's Transformers Combiner Wars Episode 5 "Homecoming"

Transformers News: Review of Machinima's Transformers Combiner Wars Episode 5 "Homecoming"
Date: Tuesday, August 30th 2016 6:01pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Site Articles, Editorials
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): Machinima, Go90

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Guess what day it is! It's Tuesday, and that means one more installment of the new Machinima Combiner Wars Series. Spoiler Alert: It's good, again. I know, I know, two good episodes in a row? What is this? Have the pigs finally taken flight? I'm serious. I actually enjoyed this one. I really liked it. It worked with the 5 minute time slot perfectly.

But we're jumping the Ion cannon here, let's take a few steps back, start looking to the skies for aerial swine, and break the new episode down.

We open with Starscream reflecting on the death of Menasor and Computron, as the remains of both combiners have been delivered to the Council's tower from Caminus. The former decepticon feels directly responsible for the death of Computron, as he was the one who sent the combiner to take Menasor down, when he should have just done it himself. This is the kind of exposition I want. Something that challenges our previous perceptions of these familiar characters. By doing this, we subconsciously realize how different this world or continuity is, and how much those characters have changed. The Starscream we know would never mourn or regret the loss of an Autobot. This is not to say that some of the more random mood swings of other characters (ahem, Windblade) fall into the same category. Challenge our perception, but have it make sense in context.

Rodimus argues it wasn't Starscream's fault, and that he did the right thing.


Meanwhile, we see Optimus sneaking around the council's building, and Windblade is jumping from the rooftops. Megatron seems to just waltz in, which is kind of one of my favorite moments from the episode. I love the "Don't Care" attitude that Megatron has in the series. It seems he, Windblade and Optimus are all ready to mobilize. He suggests that they just go in and kill the entire concil, destroy the enigma. Windblade's on board, but Optimus naturally won't allow that to happen.

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You just know he's humming the Mission Impossible theme
The council watches them approach through security cameras. The Mistress is afraid they've come to finish the job and kill them all, and it seems Starscream agrees. Rodimus knows Prime wouldn't do that, but Starscream argues Megatron would. Here's one of two main problems I have with this episode (I know, I know, "Only two?" Hold on, we'll get there): Rodimus says that they "have no forces that can stand in their way". What? Why? Why does the council, the leaders of all of Cybertron and Caminus have no security force? At a time of war, no less!!! They're the leaders of multiple planets! There should be tons of guards there normally, but in a time of civil unrest, you shouldn't even be able to sneeze without a dozen guns being pointed at you.

Aaaaaanyway, they again consider using the Enigma to control all combiners, this time to stop Optimus and co. The enigma sure has a lot of different powers... I'm bugged that it's sort of becoming a Dues Ex Machina (heh, more like Dues Ex Machinima, amirite? -badumtiss-) device for the series. Got a problem? Any problem at all? Use the enigma! Next comes this week's clunkiest line, delivered by Rodimus. The combiners wouldn't stop "Prime. Nothing stops him once he's set on a course. And that's doubly true for Megatron." This line just suffers from bad writing, plain and simple. There's about 15 better ways that line could have been written, 13 of which excluding the word "Doubly", which just sounds odd anywhere, in any setting.

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The Council

Starscream and Rodimus want to try for a peaceful resolution first, given how they don't know if it would actually control the combiners well enough. They don't have enough time do make a decision, however, as the attackers rush the main building. The Council goes to a ledge to greet them, as Prime explains they're not here to fight, just to destroy the Enigma. The Mistress tells them no, and also gives us problem #2. It's an issue with the sound effects again, as The Mistress tries to be menacing and intimidating by smacking her staff on the ground, but the sound given is so small and quiet, the attackers probably didn't even hear it. It's laughable. It's like a toddler getting all huffy and upset, crossing their arms and saying "It's not funny!" You can't take it seriously! So, just like with the gun in Episode 2, the sound effects fail again.

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KNOW YOUR PLACE, CITY SPEAKER! *tink* *tink*

Megatron tries to pander to Starscream, but doesn't do a very good job of it, telling him he's too stupid to handle the power of the enigma. Starscream accuses Megatron of only helping because he wants the Enigma for himself. Megatron jumps and takes a shot at Starscream. The council runs inside, and Optimus, Windblade, and Megs start taking out the castle's defense cannons. Windblade gets a creepy, ominous warning from a disembodied voice. "Don't let this happen" it says. Who is this? We don't know, but it'll be interesting to find out.

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Use the Force, Luke

Starscream survives the shot from Megatron, and is concerned about the attackers. Rodimus says no one is going to die, but then it's revealed the constructions have made their way to Cybertron, too. They combine to form Devastator and break through the Council room's floor, taking Rodimus with them, tearing his arm off triumphantly.

This moment actually made me gasp. It was so unexpected, and with a character I absolutely didn't expect to die, that it actually evoked some emotion. For once this series achieved not only a satisfying cliffhanger, but it achieved a near-perfect mix of talk and action for it's 5 minute run-time. The characters were good, the writing was a lot better than what we've seen in the past, and the animation seemed to be more accurate and smoother than normal. It had a great, unexpected twist, and it actually has me looking forward to the next episode for once. This is by far the best episode yet, and the template I hope they follow to a T for the rest of the series. I can really sum it up in three words: I enjoyed it. The previous episodes haven't really been "Enjoyable" per se, and I'm not the first person to point that out by any means, but this one was. They struck such a good mixture of all the good things from past episodes, and got rid of almost all the bad things. I wish it had been this good from day one. I think we all would have enjoyed it a lot more.

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The Jolly Green Giant, after tearing another life form in half

Haven't seen the episode yet? Well, then, what da heck are you doin' here, lettin' me spoil the whole thing for ya'? Getchaself over to GO90 to watch it in the U.S., or check out our announcement article here for possible alternate viewing options. And, as always, keep your optics and audio sensors tuned to Seibertron.com for all the latest news and reviews!

Machinima's Transformers: Combiner Wars Episode 2 Review

Transformers News: Machinima's Transformers: Combiner Wars Episode 2 Review
Date: Tuesday, August 9th 2016 1:20pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Site Articles, Digital Media News, Editorials
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): Go90, Bronzewolf

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Seibertronians, it's review time! As reported on earlier, Machinima's Combiner Wars series now has a second episode, and it's now online! After a less than satisfactory first episode, this episode will really tell the fate of the series. Yay or Nay? Let's break it down to find out.

We start on Cybertron this time, as apposed to Caminus in the first episode, and we quickly change to a shot from what I'm assuming is Starscream, as it cuts back and we see him flying just a moment later. Starscream is on a reconnaissance mission, to gather information on the state of Cybertron. On his flyover, he witnesses some bombs going off on the surface below.

From this vantage point it almost looks like Starscream was the one that dropped the bombs, but I seriously doubt this is the case.

We pan backwards, as mentioned before, to see the Decepticon fly to a large silver building. Here again we have an issue with the choppy animation. As mentioned previously on the boards, Starscream appears really choppy, while the background moves fluidly with the camera.

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Starscream enters the building

Starscream enters the building from a top landing bay, and slowly descends using the thrusters on his feet. He lands and meets with Rodimus and, randomly, the Mistress of Flame. These bots are apart of the "Council" we've been hearing about.

They discuss the state and threat of the combiners, and how word of Computron and Menasor's fight has broken out on Cybertron. This is why there's so much unrest on the planet. Peace has been achieved between the AutoBots and Decepticons - and the council doesn't want to ruin that. They all consider using the "Enigma of Combination" for one reason or another. Rodimus wants to use it to take over an army of combiners, turning a threat into an asset. The Mistress wants to use it to wipe out all the combiners in one felled swoop. Starscream has an objection to this, as the combiners are transformers, too. Wiping them all out would be genocide. Besides, some of the Combiners have been loyal to, even fought for, the council.

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Rodimus and the Mistress of Flame are introduced to the series

The Mistress feels it isn't Starscream's place to talk about killing other transformers, given his past. We also learn in this discussion that not only is Optimus Prime in hiding, but Megatron as well.

See, now we're getting somewhere. Now we have a story to work with. One that plays with the original concept that was proposed, and not too terribly I might add. There are still some issues, such as some of the lines delivered are a bit stiff, and the mouth-movement-to-actual-voice-and-words is way off and not ignore-able, but it goes leaps and bounds above episode one. But we're not done yet.

We start to view the council meeting through the scope of a sniper rifle. It targets Rodimus, Starscream, and the Mistress. The council walks over to the Enigma of Combination, and agree they should study all it's powers before making any brash decisions.

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A sniper sets up an attack on the council

The sniper is revealed to be Windblade, set on stopping the council one way or another. She decides to fire at the Enigma, and somehow misses. She hits Starscream in the shoulder, and he falls. Another problem I have is right here. There's such a weird, delayed reaction to Starscream being shot by the rest of the council. There's a good two seconds before they really do anything. The Dialogue and sound effects become a little clunky here, as the Mistress raises the alarm and Rodimus checks on the former Decepticon.

Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Combiner Wars Animated Series Discussion ThreadThe Enigma of Combination

We return to Windblade. She hears a noise behind her and immediately jumps and turns around. It's revealed to be Optimus Prime, now out of exile. He still doesn't say anything, and the episode ends pretty much on the same shot as the previous one.

Overall, episode two is a lot better than episode one. It gives us actual emotions, and actual dilemmas for the characters to face. It still suffers from that 5 minute time constraint, and trying to make people understand a whole new continuity with a new story line in 5 minutes in near-impossible. My only wish is that the past to episodes would have had a bit more of each other in them. Meaning, episode one, the hard-to-follow action-feast that it was, could have definitely used a little more (or, a lot more) story. And, on the flip side, episode two could have used a bit more battles and action. But, all in all, you're starting to win me back Machinima. That Wheeljack name-drop didn't hurt, either.

New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Tiny Titans

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Tiny Titans
Date: Monday, December 29th 2014 2:51pm CST
Categories: Site News, Cartoon News, Toy News, Collectables
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Seibertron.com is proud to present our newest galleries:

Robots In Disguise Tiny Titans

Wait... Tiny Titans? A new size class/line? You bet! New collectible figurines with collector cards, to boot!

That's not all, remember how this is the sequel to Prime and part of the "Aligned" continuity? (Also shared with War For Cybertron and Fall Of Cybertron) Remember how Cliffjumper died in Darkness Rising? Well, you'll see that these RID Tiny Titans include a Cliffjumper! What could that hold for the future? We'll have to wait and see!

Until then, check out the galleries on these little guys and then come back to the forum discussion of the show itself to see what effect this has on everything, and you can share your thoughts on all of it, right here.

Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Optimus Prime

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Bisk

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Thunderhoof

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Hammerstrike

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Cliffjumper

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Tiny Titans


Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Prowl

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Sideswipe

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Underbite

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Grimlock

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Strongarm

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Bumblebee

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Steeljaw

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Tiny Titans

Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!

TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory
Date: Monday, August 11th 2014 12:18pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Shout! Factory

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We've just received a press release from the people over at Shout! Factory, concerning the upcoming arrival of the sequel to Beast Wars as a DVD set - Beast Machines! Check out below further information on the set priced at $24.93 with estimated release in September 2014, and the packaging artwork.

TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES
Relive the Adventures of This Classic Animated TV Series in One Complete Set Featuring All 26 Action-Packed Episodes

BRING HOME THIS COLLECTIBLE 4-DVD SET ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY




This fall, fans of the highly popular TRANSFORMERS classic animated adventures can relive the high-octane action of OPTIMUS PRIMAL and the MAXIMALS through the complete series release of TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES. In 1999, TRANSFORMERS fans and kids were introduced to the television series TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES. This is the unforgettable chapter which OPTIMUS PRIMAL and his legions of MAXIMALS must battle the powerful MEGATRON and his new army of VEHICONS.



On September 2, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES on home entertainment shelves. This highly anticipated complete series set features all 26 visually stunning episodes with special bonus content in a deluxe 4-DVD set. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this is an essential home collection for every fan, collectors and entire family to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.



Pre-order now at:

http://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Beas ... ete+Series







TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES

Synopsis:

When the MAXIMALS return to their home planet of CYBERTRON, they find that everything has changed. CYBERTRON seems to have been abandoned… that is, except for the VEHICON drones policing the planet! To make the matter worse, the MAXIMALS discover that they’ve been infected with a virus that threatens to wipe them out, unless they can adapt. Enter the world of the BEAST MACHINES!



DVD set includes commentaries and interviews with series developer Marv Wolfman, story editor Robert N. Skir, voice director Susan Blu and voice actor David Kaye.



About Hasbro Studios

Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.



About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.


Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series 7-DVD Set Hits Aug 5, 2014 From Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series 7-DVD Set Hits Aug 5, 2014 From Shout! Factory
Date: Monday, June 30th 2014 2:47pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases
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Our friends over at Shout! Factory continue their Transformers home releases with the 7-DVD Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series scheduled to hit August 5 with pre-orders at both Amazon and Shout! Factory. Check out the press release below.

TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Relive the Adventures of This Classic Animated TV Series in One Complete Set
OWN THIS COLLECTIBLE 7-DVD SET ON AUGUST 5, 2014
FROM SHOUT! FACTORY


This summer, relive some of the most astonishing classic action battles of ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and complete your home entertainment collection of the rare UNICRON Trilogy. On August 5, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES, featuring all action-packed episodes collected in one deluxe 7-DVD box set. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this is an essential home collection for every fan, collectors and entire family to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. This complete series 7-DVD set is priced to own at $44.99 SRP.



Pre-order is available now at:

http://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Cybertron-Complete-Garry-Chalk/dp/B00JHH1ZYW/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1403884668&sr=1-1&keywords=transformers+cybertron+the+complete+series

http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/transformers-cybertron-complete-series-0



In 2005, TRANSFORMERS fans were introduced to the animated series TRANSFORMERS CYBETRON, the third installment of the rare UNICRON Trilogy – consisting of ARMADA, ENERGON and CYBERTRON. Unicron has been defeated, but his destruction has created a black hole, which is threatening the Autobots’ home world of Cybertron. It’s up to Optimus Prime, his team of heroic Autobots and their new human friends — Coby, Lori and Bud — to secure the four mystical Cyber Planet Keys, in order to destroy the black hole. Unfortunately, Megatron and the Decepticons are always lurking. And if the Cyber Planet Keys fall into their hands, it could mean the end of life as we know it. The race is on!





About Hasbro Studios

Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.



About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com


Shout! Factory '30 Years in 3 Days' Live Stream and BotCon Events

Transformers News: Shout! Factory '30 Years in 3 Days' Live Stream and BotCon Events
Date: Wednesday, June 18th 2014 1:26pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, Press Releases, Company News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Shout! Factory

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SHOUT! FACTORY CELEBRATES THE 30th ANNIVERSARY OF TRANSFORMERS WITH A TREASURE TROVE OF ENTERTAINMENT SPANNING THREE DECADES, “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS – SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” LIVE STREAM EVENT AND MORE!



Since 1984, the thrills of the TRANSFORMERS saga, the action of epic battles between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS, and the memorable ROBOTS IN DISGUISE characters continue to spark the imagination of millions worldwide. The TRANSFORMERS brand is a global pop-culture phenomenon, bringing entertainment and excitement to kids and fans through countless collectible toys, animated series, films, comic books, video games and a convention dedicated to TRANSFORMERS collectors.


In honor of the year-long celebration of the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, salutes the beloved TRANSFORMERS franchise by broadcasting from the floor of BotCon and by placing emphasis behind its uniquely diverse home entertainment offerings of TRANSFORMERS animated series (spanning 1984 – 2013). As part of the “THRILLING 30” festivities, the multi-faceted campaign from Shout! Factory includes TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary branded product highlights, gift-with-purchase ecommerce opportunities, special digital live stream event “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS –SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” – featuring TRANSFORMERS series marathon with special coverage from BotCon 2014 – and many more surprises to further engage fans and collectors.


For continuing updates on the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary celebration from Shout! Factory, please follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory, hashtag #BotCon2014.


“30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS – SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” DIGITAL LIVE STREAM EVENT

Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, presents “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS LIVE AT BOTCON 2014,” a three-day digital live stream takeover featuring marathon of TRANSFORMERS series episodes, exclusive digital segments and highlights from BotCon 2014. Viewers can tune in to this special marathon event on Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22, exclusively on http://www.TF30years.com and Shout! Factory’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/shoutfactory).



The live stream will originate from the BotCon floor at the Pasadena Convention Center. Viewers and fans are encouraged to share their passion for the TRANSFORMERS via Twitter using the hashtag #TF30years, #BotCon2014 and @shoutfactory.



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All times are listed in PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).



TUNE-IN to “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS – SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” DIGITAL LIVE STREAM EVENT” at http://www.TF30years.com and Shout! Factory’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/shoutfactory).



Friday, June 20:

11:00 AM "Triple Changer: From Toy to Comic to Screen"

11:30 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1"

12:00 PM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "More Than Meets the Eye, Part 2"

12:30 PM "The Combiner: Forming the TRANSFORMERS Animated Series"

12:45 PM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "More than Meets the Eye, Part 3"

1:15 PM "The Headmasters: Voicing the Robots in Disguise"

1:45 PM "Into the Creation Matrix: A Conversation with Bob Budiansky"



Saturday, June 21:

10:00 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "S.O.S. Dinobot"

10:30 AM Panel: James Roberts Storyteller

10:45 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "Ghost in the Machine"

11:15 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 1"

11:45 PM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 2"

12:00 PM Panel: Rescue Bots Cast Q&A

12:15 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Beast Wars, Part 1"

12:45 PM "Maximize! Creating a New Breed of Transformer"

1:00 PM Panel: 2014 Hasbro Toys

1:15 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Beast Wars, Part 2"

1:45 PM "Remembering the Spark"

2:00 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "The Agenda, Part 1"

2:30 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "The Agenda, Part 2"

2:45 PM Panel: Women in Animation

3:00 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "The Agenda, Part 3"

3:30 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Optimal Situation"

3:45 PM Saturday Highlight Reel



Sunday, June 22:

9:30 AM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Feral Scream, Part 1"

10:00 AM Panel: 2014 Live Script Reading

10:15 AM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Feral Scream, Part 2"

10:45 AM TRANSFORMRES BEAST MACHINES: "The Reformatting"

11:00 AM Transformers Armada: "First Encounter"

11:30 AM Transformers Energon: "Cybertron City"

11:45 AM Transformers Cybertron: "Fallen"

12:15 PM Transformers Animated: "Thrill of the Hunt"

12:45 PM Panel: Transformers Animated

1:00 PM Transformers Animated: "Garbage In, Garbage Out"

1:15 PM Transformers Animated: "Garbage In, Garbage Out" with Commentary

1:45 PM Panel: Transformers Comics: IDW

2:00 PM TRANSFORMERS Rescue Bots: "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock"

2:30 PM Transformers Prime: "One Shall Fall"

2:45 PM "A Look at Polygon Pictures"

3:00 PM Panel: Transformers G1 Retrospective

3:15 PM Sunday Highlight Reel







TRANSFORMERS animated series home entertainment product highlights include:

The TRANSFORMERS: The Complete Series (Generational 1)

TRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS

TRANSFORMERS THE JAPANESE COLLECTION

TRANSFORMERS ARMADA: THE COMPLETE SERIES

TRANSFORMERS ENERGON: THE COMPLETE SERIES

TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: THE COMPLETE SERIES

TRANSFORMERS PRIME Seasons One, Two and Three

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: DARKNESS RISING

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ONE SHALL STAND

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: BEAST HUNTERS – PREDACONS RISING

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: GRIFFIN ROCK RESCUE

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: ENERGIZE

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: HEROES ON THE SCENE



GIFT-WITH-PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY

*Loyal fans and collectors please take note:

Available while supplies last, receive a limited-edition 18”x24” collector’s poster with any purchase of TRANSFORMERS animated series home entertainment products from ShoutFactory.com

Transformers Beast Machines: The Complete Series

Transformers News: Transformers Beast Machines: The Complete Series
Date: Thursday, June 5th 2014 2:38pm CDT
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): captain N, Shout! Factory

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Our friends at Shout! Factory have announced that they will be releasing Transformers Beast Machines: The Complete Series this fall. The set will be priced at $29.93 retail ($24.93 Shout! Factory price), and is scheduled to release on September 2nd. See addition details and cover art below:

Transformers News: Transformers Beast Machines: The Complete Series

PRODUCTS DETAILS

Two Seasons In One Complete Series Set!

Transformers: Beast Wars may have come to an end, but the adventures of Optimus Primal and his team of Maximals have just begun! When the Maximals return to their home planet of Cybertron, they find that everything has changed. Cybertron seems to have been abandoned…that is, except for the Vehicon drones policing the planet! To make matters worse, the Maximals discover that they've been infected with a virus that threatens to wipe them out, unless they can adapt. Enter the world of the Beast Machines!


Discs: 4 Format: NTSC
Video region: Region 1
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Language: English

Transformers: Cybertron The Complete Series DVD Set from Shout! Factory Cover Art and Product Details

Transformers News: Transformers: Cybertron The Complete Series DVD Set from Shout! Factory Cover Art and Product Details
Date: Wednesday, May 14th 2014 8:40am CDT
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Shout! Factory

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Our friends at Shout! Factory have fully revealed their upcoming Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series DVD set. See the cover art and product info mirrored below. This set is scheduled to released on August 8th for $37.99.

The Conclusion Of The Unicron Trilogy!

Unicron has been defeated, but his destruction has created a black hole, which is threatening the Autobots’ home world of Cybertron. It’s up to Optimus Prime, his team of heroic Autobots and their new human friends — Coby, Lori and Bud — to secure the four mystical Cyber Planet Keys, in order to destroy the black hole. Unfortunately, Megatron and the Decepticons are always lurking. And if the Cyber Planet Keys fall into their hands, it could mean the end of life as we know it. The race is on!


  • Discs: 7
  • Format: NTSC
  • Video region: Region 1
  • Color: Color
  • Language: English


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Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson

Date: Tuesday, December 17th 2013 4:10pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News, Interviews, Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson, IDW Publishing, Va'al

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As this week sees the release of the beautiful Transformers: Art of Prime hardcover book from IDW Publishing, Seibertron.com was able to sneak a quick Q&A with the author and curator, Jim Sorenson himself! Jim, thanks for agreeing to do this.

Jim - You're welcome!

Va'al - First things first - how did the idea for the Art of Prime book come about?

Jim - Well, it was something that I'd been pitching for quite a while, before the show actually aired. I was living in Los Angeles at the time the Prime show had been announced, and one of the people in my extended circle of friends was Christophe Vacher (Visual Effects Art Director on the series). I knew him, and I knew he was working on Prime. I pitched the idea, he seemed interested, we went back to the studios, and nothing really happened for a while. I kept checking with IDW too, who had expressed a vague interest, and I pitched the idea several times. Then around June of this year I got an email from my editor: we're going ahead with Art of Prime!

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


I wanted to do a book about Prime but what made me decide it would be an art book was possibly the actual conversations with Christophe. We both realised Prime wouldn't work in the style of an AllSpark Almanac, the tone of the show is very different. So we decided the book would look at the art, at the process. IDW already had a successful product in the Art of Fall of Cybertron book, they were willing to do it again.

What I believe is one of the main points about the show is that the stories, characters, acting, they're all good - but what is really outstanding is the visuals!

Va'al – Very good point, the visual elements of the show have been acknowledged by many, and won awards all over the place! You've worked on The Ark and AllSpark Almanac previously, and you said you knew that Art of Prime would be different – how so?

Jim - Having made the decision that it was going to be an art book focused us, directed us differently. What we were working on with previous books was the story perspective, the characters, the events. With this one, we approached it from a design perspective: in some ways I wanted to get out of the way of the creators. There is very little of my voice in the first half of the book, and that was a conscious decision – I didn't want the readers to read about what I felt about the images. I wanted them to hear from the creators, what they were proud of, what their perspective on the process was. I thought it'd be a lot better to get them to speak.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


In the first three sections, I let Jose Lopez (Art Director/Characters and Props) talk as much as possible, something that I didn't want to do with the Almanacs, something I possibly would've done with The Ark if we had access to the creators. As it stands, the Prime creators were more than happy to do it, and it was an extra incentive that they were able to do it in their own office, in their own time and talking about their own work. I think the interviews really help the tone of the book – it makes a big impact.

Va'al – It sounds like you were really engaged in the work around and about the book. What was your favourite part about putting together Art of Prime?

Jim - Definitely getting the chance to work so closely with the creative staff. At this point I've done quite a lot of books, from anthologies to collections, Transformers, G.I. Joe, articles for fan magazines – I find it really exciting to turn raw material into a book. But I've done it before. This time I got a chance to really jump in, go to the studios, see the creators work (they were at work on Predacons Rising at the time). Definitely the highlight of putting it all together.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


A secondary pleasure was getting to see the animatics for Predacons Rising about three months before anyone else: I contacted one of the producers, as I had a fair bit of material that I couldn't find on the show at the time, so I wondered if it was for Predacons Rising and if I could get a script or something to set it in context. I'm not sure they understood what I was asking for at first, but once they got it they sent the whole thing, with my name watermarked all over it!

Va'al - Well, some people just have that type of contacts, don't they? Once you placed all the material you had, was there anything taken out, or things you didn't include?

Jim – There was a lot that we just didn't have space for, as it's already a 200-page book. I possibly still have another 20 pages that I wanted to put in, but did not need to get in. I would've liked to have extra pages for Shockwave, the Insecticons, Vehicons. Maybe spend a little bit more time on Silas and Cylas and MECH. I had an extra page for Knockout - no, Breakdown. Knockout was one of the last pages to get finalized, as we only had black and white artwork for the car mode. So I contacted Mathias Dougherty (Production Manager) for a color image, I told him 'It's Knockout, man! He'll kill me if he doesn't look his best!'; he laughed, and set off to look for the gorgeous artwork you now see in the book.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


So yes, a lot more little things, but nothing that the book can't live without. I'm really quite proud of this one.

Va'al – It definitely looks comprehensive, and stunning. But do you think it'll appeal to all fans of the franchise? How would you sell it to a new reader?

Jim - Even if you're not interested in art books, the focus for this one is on process. Any Transformers fan, any fan of animation in general will find the process that goes into the creation of a cartoon extremely fascinating, I believe.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


And it's very rare to have an art book like this for a TV show, you usually only get them for movies. As I said, I'm really proud of the result.

Va'al – I've been reading through it, you definitely should be. Thanks again Jim, this was a great quick chat! Any last words?

Jim - Thanks for the interest! I really hope you all enjoy the book.

Transformers: Art of Prime is out this Wednesday with IDW Publishing. You can find a preview for it here!

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