The Transformers Collectors' Club envoy to the Seibertron.com Energon Pub TF_JW has just dropped in to let us know that the second TSS 5.0 prose story is now online! Featuring some dino-tastic words, Life Finds A Way is written and illustrated by Matt Frank, with colors by Goncalo Lopez and assists by Paul Hanley. Check it out by following the link - and fun fact: the original Fractyl toy image is directly from the Seibertron.com galleries here!
5/13/2016 - Of Masters and Mayhem Wreckers tie-in continues!
Prose Fiction!We are thrilled to release the second installment of the 4-part prose series that ties directly in to the ongoing TCC Magazine comic story. Impactor has recruited his first new Wrecker and the journey continues to track down the scientist known as Fractyl, but will he get to him before the Rapticons get to him first? Click the thumbnail to read this second installment!
For more information on the toys that will make up this new Wreckers team as well as other great characters such as Double Pretender Optimus Prime, Double Pretender Megatron and the Paradron Medic Lifeline, check out the TFSS 5.0 on our official TCC Facebook page and then order the TFSS 5.0!
The internet is full of talk about our favourite transforming robots, and it's always very welcome to see something that differs from criticism of live action movies or complaints about toy distribution. On this auspicious of dates - on May 8th 32 years ago, Marvel released The Transformers issue #1 - Twincaster megatronus points us towards a lovely piece over on The Atlantic, touching on feeling out of place, fitting in, the power of fiction, and change, by Juleyka Lantigua-Williams.
For a snippet of the full piece, which you can read in full here, head below. To go over some thoughts on the last 30 years of printed Transformers fiction, head back to two years ago and our editorial here. What is your Transformers story? Do you have inspirational characters or moments from the franchise's history? Feel free to share if you do!
I first encountered Optimus while scanning afternoon cartoons on the four local channels on our television. It was the mid-1980s and cable was a luxury that few in my neighborhood could afford. I easily dismissed My Little Pony, Care Bears, and G.I. Joe—the standard menu for after-school programming then—once I came upon futuristic robots that shapeshifted on will. There was so much about the idea of being someone other than the person everyone saw that appealed to my nascent sense of wonder.
I imagined Optimus Prime reaching out to me, reminding me that I carried the All Spark inside me as I faced off against older junior-high-school boys who pressured me; when I sat through puzzling standardized tests that asked indecipherable questions; when a high-school guidance counselor told me I wasn’t good enough to attend a prestigious college after I’d been accepted. During those times, and countless more, believing I possessed some of the strength and power of Optimus helped me persevere when the odds seemed insurmountable.
As a sort of coda to the posts from TransFes 2016 we have already shared, we have some additional images from the event, courtesy of a number of Twitter users via TFYuki's account. We get some more toys and displays, of course, but also merchandise, posters, box art collections, old toys, and people involved in the franchise too, incljding the Beast Wars Easter celebration/show. Check them out mirrored below!
Coming in the aftermath, but not yet afterlife, of the Sony/Hasbro collaboration on the Transformers Roll Out album, we have news of a contest over on the AV Club to win a one-of-a-kind Transformers turntable set with the artwork from the album, as you can see below - check it out!
To coincide with the release, artists Jim Harper, Don Fedorko, and John Beck have created a one-of-a-kind Crosley C200 Turntable, featuring the visage of the Transformers’ fearless leader, Optimus Prime, etched into the plexiglass lid. Take a look:
Today in miscellaneous Transformers news, courtesy of fellow Seibertronian Emerje, we have a really intriguing - if still a little sad - piece of information about late music star Prince. His connection to the comics world is known to all, after his collaboration on the Batman film soundtracks, but it seems that our favourite transforming robots may also have been part of potential repertoire.
According to Aux.tv, a whole bunch of unreleased projects by PRince have been uncovered, and among the 99 items, a Transformers-based album has popped up, under the title of Pure Energon, along with new wave/dance band Information Society. That is all there is for now, but we do wonder if the album will ever make it in any form to some sort of release!
Pure Energon — Transformers-themed concept album with the Information Society.
UPDATE: Take this news as even more of a rumour as you would have initially, as the list may in fact be a catch-all piece on popular properties that people would like to see in Prince's vault. Perhaps a fun tidbit, as pointed out by Nerdist site, here.
Fellow Seibertronians, Jim Semonik - who runs the independent record label Distortion Productions, LLC - has licensed the songs from the 1986 Transformers movie soundtrack, and will be releasing 'Respect the Prime:1986 Revisited' cd. It will be a tribute cd, involving bands from all over the world, to raise money for cancer charity. They will have a table at TFcon Chicago at this point. The write-up can be found quoted below along with the mock-up art for the album, along with a link to pre-order it. So what do you make of this? Will you be pre-ordering it? Will you check them out at TFCon Chicago? Let us know in the comments below.
I have a fundraiser called Electronic Saviors:Industrial Music To Cure Cancer. We focus on electronic and industrial music. I have licensed the songs from the 1986 soundtrack and will be releasing Respect the Prime:1986 Revisited. It is a tribute cd involving bands from all over the world to raise money for cancer charity. We will have a table at TFcon Chicago and we just put pre orders up today at Here or Here.
Casey Coller and John Paul Bove did a phenomenal job on the art. I am a cancer survivor and a life long fan. This is me giving back.
Thanks to the usual reference site for this sort of thing - Zap2it - we have the synopsis for episode 9 of season 4 of Transformers: Rescue Bots, titled Mayor May Not! You can find the rest of the listings plus engaging discussion in our Rescue Bots thread in the Energon Pub, too, just follow the link.
S04, E09 Mayor May Not
The town of Griffin Rock gets more than it bargained for, when Chase is elected as the new mayor.
Every now and then we come across Transformers content on the web that would easily fit in one of the Seibertron.com Energon Pub discussion board sections. To that effect, this recent notification from fellow fan Caelus casts a small spotlight upon the Fantasy Battles area of the boards, sharing the Super Power Beatdown from YouTube channel Bat In the Sun - which features two metal-clad characters: Marvel's Iron Man versus leader of the Autobots Optimus Prime in his live action movie incarnation. Check out the video embedded below, and let us know who you think would win between the two in the poll!
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Oh Botcon, has it already been 2 weeks since we bid adieu? Wait, hang on, before we start let me grab some Advil...this Botcon hangover is a doozy.
So I'm sure you've listened to our Botcon road trip episodes already, but we decided to take another short trip down memory lane to recap our favorite and most anticipated figures that came out of the Hasbro booth this year.
I vant to suck your blood
Wasting no time at all, it was discovered that Hasbro has filed a new trademark, HASCON. Hmmm, I think we all know what this means.
One of the highlights of Botcon 2016 was the one and only Judd Nelson. His Q&A panel certainly did not disappoint.
Of course, to the excitement of pretty much everyone, Casino Night was brought back this year...along with.... BINGO! Some of the twincast, might have been having a bit too much fun at the auction that night.
To top things off, the twincast decided to share some of their funniest moment from the weekend.
To totally change things up, we throw you a curve ball and jump into a round of Botcon bragging rights. Tune in to hear what our favorite con finds were.
Takara decided to tease up with an image of what looks to be MP Inferno. Is this really just a tease or will there soon be a big red fire truck sitting on our MP selves?
So in other news, Paramount is full steam ahead with Hasbro's cinematic universe. Do you think something like this will work with the Hasbro brands, like it does for DC and Marvel? You'll have to listen in to hear what we think.
Then out of nowhere, we finally have some updates (if you can even call it that) from Machinima about their upcoming Combiner Wars cartoon.
We close out this episode with some discussion on the upcoming mobile game Transformers: Earth Wars
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In other Transformers: Rescue Bots news today, we have the confirmation that voice actor Jeff Bennett - the man behind Huxley Prescott, Mayor Luskey, Deputy Barney, but also Prowl, Ultra Magnus, Captain Fanzone, Angry Archer, Soundwave, Mixmaster in Transformers: Animated, and of course Johnny Bravo - has received the Creative Arts Emmy for Best Performer in an Animated Program. Check out the other nominees in the category below, too!
BEST PERFORMER IN AN ANIMATED PROGRAM
Danny Jacobs, “All Hail King Julien”
Carlos Alazraqui, “The Fairly OddParents”
Eric Bauza, “The Adventures of Puss in Boots”
X — Jeff Bennett, “Transformers: Rescue Bots”
Reid Scott, “Turbo FAST”
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