Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host for the evening, ScottyP, along with Jon 3.0 and Rotorstorm. Tonight we'll be discussing one glorious Masterpiece figure, the final countdown for the HUB, Hasbro taking over the world, and our hero finally getting a well deserved award.
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After months of waiting and slowly forgetting we pre-ordered him, Mastpiece Wheeljack is finally here and he is just...PERFECT!
"Oh my aching cylinders"
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With the release of Age of Extinction, there was something hidding in the special features...an image of a RID Grimlock prototype for the up coming series. Hmm...very interesting. You'll have to tune in to hear our thoughts on Godzilla, er I mean Grimlock
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Sad news came to us over the last week and that was the announcement of The HUB Network to become Discovery Family Channel on October 13th. What does this mean for the future of the Transformers series? We discuss our thoughts on this change and what we think about the future.
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Closing out the night we talk bragging rights...which this could take a while because we sure went crazy over the last week!
and thanks to a last minute e-mail to the staff, we had a fun round of "Name the Transformer!"
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Continuing the Seibertron.com look at some Transformers Generation 2 exclusives, we are pleased to share two new galleries of European releases Archforce and Sureshot, in our highly detailed high-def high-quality galleries! These ain't your parents' Transformers kids - though they do look uncannily similar to Megatron and Optimus Prime...
We've seen some first looks at 2015's Transformers, including Generations Combiner Wars, official images for Robots in Disguise, Angry Birds and Kre-O - but how about taking a proper look at what was on display at NYCC 2014 Hasbro's Press Party? Seibertron.com has you covered, with our trademark high quality galleries, including One-Step, Hyperchange, Warrior, Legion and Titan version of the main cast of RID (Strongarm, Bumblebee, Grimlock, Sideswipe, Steeljaw and Optimus Prime), the two new Generations Thundercracker and Huffer remolds, some themed Kre-O sets (such as Samurai and Cowboy Optimus Prime) and the Angry Birds Racing set and Telepods. Check them out by clicking on any image below.
Seibertron.com is proud to present two new galleries: e-Hobby Exclusives Crosscut and Road Rage. Crosscut is a redeco of G1 Skids with a new head and sports a new scooter accessory. Road Rage is a redeco of G1 Tracks. Both have had recent updates via Generations Crosscut and BotCon Shattered Glass Tracks. Click the images below to access the full galleries.
While there aren't many of these unreleased Optimus Primes and Megatron out in the wild, we decided to take this opportunity to open them up and photograph these figures for everyone to enjoy. This might be the first time that this version of Optimus Prime has been photographed like this and it might also be the first time that these two products have been featured together in a gallery. As an added bonus, we even busted out all 6 of the unreleased G2 Gobots for these galleries.
Without further ado, here are some teaser images from the galleries of Combat Hero Optimus Prime and Combat Hero Megatron for your viewing enjoyment. Feel free to click on any of the images below to view the respective galleries of each figure.
After you check out these galleries, share your thoughts about these figures in our forums by clicking here.
This is your chance to win a FREE copy of Transformers Age of Extinction on Blu-Ray in this exciting contest from Paramount Home Entertainment and Seibertron.com. The grand prize winner will receive a copy of Age of Extinction on Blu-ray signed by Mark Wahlberg, as well as a Transformers Age of Extinction themed mouse, keyboard, speaker and a shopping bag. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a copy of Age of Extinction on Blu-Ray.
In order to enter this contest, all you have to do is be a registered member of Seibertron.com, enter the contest on this page, and keep your fingers crossed! Not a member yet? Click here to join. Already a member? Click here to sign in. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014.
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The following text is the official press release from Paramount Home Entertainment regarding Transformers Age of Extinction's release on Blu-Ray and DVD.
THE YEAR’S #1 MOVIE IN THE WORLD ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY 3D™ & BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACKS WITH OVER THREE HOURS OF EXPLOSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES
$1 Billion Global Smash Hit Debuts on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD & VOD September 30, 2014
Own the Must-See Blockbuster of the Year Two Weeks Early on Digital HD September 16
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. - From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg and in association with Hasbro, Inc., Paramount Pictures’ $1 billion worldwide blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction makes its highly-anticipated debut September 30, 2014 on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and VOD. The film will be available to own two weeks earlier on Digital HD September 16, 2014.
The Transformers: Age of Extinction four-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack feature more than three hours of illuminating bonus content. From selecting fierce new cars and designing new TRANSFORMERS characters to constructing elaborately detailed sets, this comprehensive footage truly takes viewers inside the fun, hard work and excitement of making an electrifying global blockbuster film.
The spectacular Combo Packs also include an in-depth interview with Michael Bay about his approach to the film’s jaw-dropping action sequences, a crash course on the “Bayhem” of being on set for the massive, global production, a revealing look at the design process inside Hasbro Headquarters, and more. Plus there’s even more than meets the eye with the hilarious TRANSFORMERS KREON trailer where KREON figures take you through all of the blockbuster TRANSFORMERS movies. In addition, the Combo Packs include a brand new Angry Bird TRANSFORMERS trailer where birds and pigs turn into Autobots and Deceptihogs, creating havoc on Piggy Island. The Blu-ray 3D includes expanded images as seen in IMAX™ theaters.
Blu-ray Combo Pack
The Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (7.1 Dolby TrueHD compatible), English 5.1 Discrete Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The English 5.1 and English 2.0 tracks were each individually mastered to ensure optimal sound for the home entertainment experience.
The DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The disc breakdown is as follows:
Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
* Feature film in high definition
Disc 2 (Blu-ray):
* Bay On Action - In-depth interview with Michael Bay about his vision and approach to the film’s mind-blowing action sequences.
* Evolution Within Extinction:
--Generation 2 - A look at where the fourth film picks up as we meet new faces - both man and machine - and a Transformers world after the Battle of Chicago.
--Drive Like Hell - Two entirely re-envisioned models of OPTIMUS PRIME and BUMBLEBEE appear in the film, along with an intimidating new nemesis, LOCKDOWN, as a Lamborghini Aventador plus other incredibly cool cars including a sophisticated Bugatti Veyron and a sleek Pagani Huayra. Check them out and see how actor Jack Reynor learned how to drive his Sonic rally car for the intense chase sequences.
--Small Town, Big Movie - When Transformers rolls into some small Texas towns, the normally quiet and picturesque countryside is suddenly alight with explosive action. Explore the different locations with members of the show's art department and hear from robotics students whose designs appear as part of Cade’s lab.
--Shadow Protocol Activated - Follow the production to Detroit with unprecedented access to GM's Lansing plant and Milford Proving Grounds test track; watch an impressive indoor car chase created in an auto parts factory; return to Chicago where location managers discovered a historical movie theater that served as the backdrop for Cade’s fateful first encounter with OPTIMUS PRIME; and finally travel to Washington state and the unlikely site of a never-used nuclear power plant.
--The Last Stand - A vacant lot in downtown Detroit is turned into a square block of Hong Kong. Watch as it literally takes shape from the ground up - then marvel as the crew blows it up piece by piece.
--The People’s Republic - China plays an extremely prominent role in the film both on-screen and behind-the-scenes; in fact, four Chinese actors were chosen from thousands of applicants on a reality TV show to appear in the movie. In addition, the production traveled to Hong Kong, the beautiful valley of Wulong Karst National Park in Chongqing and the Great Wall in Beijing to capture breathtaking footage.
--Rise of the DINOBOTS - Several new TRANSFORMERS characters make their live-action debut in this film. Get a brief history of the new recruits and then go inside Industrial Light & Magic to see how they were designed and conceptualized for the film.
--The Finishing Touch - Watch Michael Bay work like you’ve never seen him before. The director connects virtually with his Santa Monica headquarters, visits the editing bay and then checks in on the visual effects house in San Francisco - all from the comfort of his Miami home office. Also, get an in-depth look at the music contributions of Imagine Dragons as they collaborate with the film's composer Steve Jablonsky. Finally, get exclusive red carpet access to the film's world premiere in Hong Kong.
* Just Another Giant Effin’ Movie - Discover the fun, frenetic and amazing way a movie like Transformers: Age of Extinction gets made.
* A Spark of Design - Enjoy an exclusive look inside Hasbro's creation of TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction Stomp and Chomp Grimlock action figure from concept and development to sculpting and painting, and then ultimately to the assembly line.
* T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie - Actor/comedian T.J. Miller never imagined he’d be part of a massively successful franchise like Transformers so he sets off to personally thank the people who made it possible. Come along as he visits Bay Films, gets some pointers from Kelsey Grammer, and even stops by
Mark Wahlberg’s house in this funny piece.
* KRE-O TRANSFORMERS: Take Us Through the Movies! - OPTIMUS PRIME will bring you up to speed on all of the TRANSFORMERS movies one by one in this hilarious, animated short where the TRANSFORMERS KREON figures act out the movies while building and rebuilding each scene…brick by brick.
* The Angry Birds TRANSFORMERS: Origin Story - Bonus content tells the origin story of how the EggSpark has landed on Piggy Island causing the eggs on the island to turn into evil Egg-bots, wreaking havoc across the whole island. The EggSpark has also caused the Birds and Pigs to turn into Autobots and Deceptihogs, who must team up in order to stop the Egg-bots before it's too late!
Disc 3 (DVD):
* Feature film in standard definition
Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack
The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes all of the above, as well as a Blu-ray 3D with expanded images as seen in IMAX theaters presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (7.1 Dolby TrueHD compatible), English 5.1 Discrete Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The English 5.1 and English 2.0 tracks were each individually mastered to ensure optimal sound for the home entertainment experience.
The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack available for purchase include a Digital Version of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them - reliably and securely - to a variety of devices.
The Transformers: Age of Extinction DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com
About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles. PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.
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TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Street date: September 30, 2014 (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, VOD)
September 16, 2014 (Digital HD) Runtime: 164 minutes SRP: $52.99 (Blu-ray 3D Combo)
$42.99 (Blu-ray Combo)
$29.99 (DVD) U.S. Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo Canadian Rating: PG for violence and language that may offend; not recommended for young children
Seibertron.com is proud to present our two newest galleries: New Galleries: Manga Compilation Lucky Draw Black Tracks and Transformers Collection Tracks
First up, Manga Complilation Lucky Draw Black Tracks. This gorgeous redeco of the G1 favorite just stands out amongst the collection and draws your attention. (Guess that's why they call them Lucky Draws? )
And the second of our galleries is the original, the one and only, G1 Tracks. Flame hood deco and all, this classy blue Corvette turns into the classy Autobot with the voice so ritzy, you'd swear he was wearing an ascot!
You can see the full galleries for each figure by clicking their respective images below:
Welcome to the Twincast Podcast Episode 101. Last episode was a celebration, but this episode it's back to business as usual. ScottyP hosts with Seibertron and Tigertrack jaw-jackin' on a Saturday afternoon about the most recent Transformers GENERATIONS toys and NEW comics releases, as well as recent club happenings. We find time to answer a listener question, and we’ll actually take time to discuss the other listener question within the thread for this episode (which you can participate in!).
Oh and one more thing, which is a very cool thing, Jon 3.0 and ScottyP were able to sit down with Garry Chalk... you know the guy who is quite famous for lending his voice to some of the more recent Optimusii in Transformers lore such as Optimus Primal from Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and Armada Optimus Prime (and more!). Tune in for "What’s up Chalk?" in that segment of the Twincast.
Episode #101 "Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generations" 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.
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Have you found Generations Leader Class Jetfire yet? Photography guy Seibertron got his hands on it (and there's a gallery), as well as, Tigertrack. We spend a good 10 minutes talking up the first non-movie related leader class figure released in some time. Gosh he's chromey.
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And the podcast crew talks about some of the smaller, but just as important Generations releases like Windblade, Crosscut, Jhiaxus, and Nightbeat. Conversation tends to get a little off track as we delve into things like eHobby exclusives, store exclusives, and the death of encore and G1 reissues.
And we mention Generations Cliffjumper and Gears a too.
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Our group spends some time ‘ooo-ing’ and ‘aweing’ over the amazing work done by the creative members of the Seibertron community. We looked over some the ‘CREATIVE ROUNDUP’ offerings for that week and spend time giving love to some very talented folks, and their projects.
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Here’s the chat with Garry Chalk. Jon 3.0 and ScottyP spend nice 15-20 minutes with the legendary voice. Can’t miss!
1:42:38:02 - 2:24:34 SPOILERS
We spend the next 40 minutes just breaking down the current comic offerings from IDW including Robots In Disguise 33, and More Than Meets The Eye 33. Be warned there are heavy plot and character spoilers that happen during the discussion. Spoilers
2:24:34 - 2:33:17
We spend some time on a listener question here as Seibertron is asked once more, “What is it that you hate about 3rd party figures?” The actual question just asked Seibs to share his ‘stance’ on third party figures (Seibertron does not HATE them). And we spend some time discussing the 3rd party offerings and whether HASBRO is going to be able to compete.
A second listener question was brought up, but we’re going to handle it in the discussion topic. Want to chime in with your thoughts? Answer the question below before, or after we do..."Could there be a discussion on the topic of obscure series or characters or series/ characters that could potentially become obscure [since series such as Rid/A/E/C are getting older]?"--you have a thought about this? Hit ‘discuss this’ and share below.
Finally we end with some bragging rights. Here’s a hint, it’s a lot of the new Generations figures, Club Chromedome, and more!!!!!!
Thanks for listening to the Seibertron.com podcast!
Remember the Movie Trilogy line that was supposed to spin off of the Dark Of The Moon toyline? All those promised redecos and remolds that we saw at various panels, yet they never saw the light of day? Well, after nearly three years of waiting, Takara Tomy has made the existence of those figures, or at least some of them, possible.
Seibertron.com is proud to present our two newest Transformers galleries:
Movie Advanced AEON Exclusive Wheeljack and AD17 Darkside Soundwave
Wheeljack sports a G1 deco and a brand new head that looks like a mix of his G1 self and...the Matrix?? Sadly, all of the accessories have been stripped and it's just the figure, but at least the fans will finally get the figure they were hoping for.
Darkside Soundwave takes on a Soundblaster deco, and looks classy doing so. Again, still no accessories, but the figure rocks all on it's own. At first glance, it looks like Soundwave took a dip in a vat of ink, but the black does look good on him and the silver paint apps bring the rest of the look together to sweeten the deal.
You can click on the pictures below to be taken to each figure's full gallery. While you're there, check out our galleries of the original molds, DOTM Wheeljack/Que and DOTM Soundwave.
Let's bring you some Transformers toys too to kick the week off, shall we? Click on any of images below to view the full galleries that Seibertron.com has just added to its gigantic repository: Hasbro Generations Legends Gears with Eclipse (redeco/retool of Swerve and his Targetmaster Flanker) and Acid Storm with Venin (redeco/retool of Starscream and Waspinator) - check them out!