Coming at us from the official Transformers YouTube channel is the new commercial for the biggest Dinobot around: Stomp and Chomp Grimlock! This simplified transforming mammoth (well, T-Rex) features sound effects and lights in both modes, and an Optimus Prime figure with magnetic weapon activating gimmick - check out the embedded clip below!
The people behind Taiwan-based company InfoThink, creators of licensed electronic devices such as USB drives, memory card readers and more, have sent us an extensive look at their Transformers: Age of Extinction catalogue - of which we've mirrored images below - and all of which can be found at their website. Check 'em out!
Reading the news today, you may come across the creation of the first type of transforming robots on behalf of a team of Harvard scientists - alas, not yet close to the type we're used to, but it's a big step forward in robotics and manufacturing industries nonetheless! Check out below a selection from the press release at EurekAlert!, a video about the robots, and read an article about it here.
Origami robot folds itself up, crawls away
Prototype made almost entirely of printable parts demonstrates crucial capabilities of reconfigurable robots
For years, a team of researchers at MIT and Harvard University has been working on origami robots — reconfigurable robots that would be able to fold themselves into arbitrary shapes.
In the August 7 issue of Science, they report their latest milestone: a robot, made almost entirely from parts produced by a laser cutter, that folds itself up and crawls away as soon as batteries are attached to it.
"The exciting thing here is that you create this device that has computation embedded in the flat, printed version," says Daniela Rus, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and one of the Science paper's co-authors. "And when these devices lift up from the ground into the third dimension, they do it in a thoughtful way."
We reported yesterday a sighting of these figure over in the Philippines, but Seibertron.com member chuckdawg1999 was able to get hold of a couple of them earlier across to the US - and has provided us with a second review, this time featuring Generations Legends Cliffjumper and Suppressor!
Sometimes the repaint of a mold can end up being a little better than the original, such is the case with Cliffjumper. Cliffjumper is a straight repaint of the wave 1 Generations Legends Bumblebee mold but I noticed an easier time pegging the arms in for car mode, I freely admit though that the hips felt just a touch looser. Partnered with Suppressor a repaint of Targetmaster Roller Cliffjumper ends up with some serious firepower, unfortunately much like with Optimus Prime, the combined gun ends up being a bit to heavy to properly wield. All in all this is a fantastic set.
After yesterday's size comparison shot of the upcoming Takara Tomy Masterpiece Star Saber in its powered up mode, TFYuki has posted another image, this time showing off Saber, the smaller robot, compared to MP Prowl. Check out the image mirrored below, thanks to Seibertron.com member Sabrblade!
Here's an update for those of you into the Transformers Legends mobile game, courtesy of Mobage's official Facebook page. A new event, including the usual exclusive art launched today: get ready for Autobot X! Check out more details below, and the mirrored image.
Spike was seriously hurt in a Decepticon assault, so his Autobot pals set his mind in the body of Autobot X to save his life. Alas, the Decepticons quickly turned the cyborg against his former friends. Will the Autobots rescue Spike before the cyborg destroys them first? Find out today in TRANSFORMERS: Legends – “AUTOBOT X”!
It's time for your Pre-SDCC edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast/Podcast. Join Host Scotty P, Seibertron, and our guest for the evening, pop-up wizard Matthew Reinhart, as we take a look at everything Transformers - from the rare and unreleased B-side EP of Generation 2 to SDCC exclusives to comics and more!
Editor's note: This show was recorded on July 16th and was delayed during Seibertron.com's coverage of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. Sorry for the long delay between episodes, loyal listeners!
Insanity on eBay! Some of the rarest Transformers out there have shown up for auction - G2 Menasor and 6 unreleased Generation 2 Go-Bots. Where did these come from? More intriguingly, where could they be going? Tune in to hear our thoughts on this rare "B-Side" of collecting.
Like the Ark of the Covenant, only way nerdier
We then shift gears ahead 20 years to this year's SDCC Exclusives, specifically the Dinobots playset. Matthew Reinhart, the designer of the pop-up playset of Mt. St. Hillary is here on the show with us to discuss the process of how this came to be and tells us about some really cool easter eggs to look out for! You don't want to miss this.
"Can we call it a playset? Because that's what I'm doing with it."
The Age of Extinction toy train keeps on rollin' with the apparent reveal of two new Platinum Edition Sets. Is the cast excited for more "collector oriented" sets, or are we ready for some new molds?
Yep, don't know what those are, better shadow them.
Age of Extinction has now come and been in theaters for awhile. We talk about the Box Office take, success overseas, and pick up some scraps of opinions still left on the table. Join us for this post-mortem look at the latest feature film in the Transformers saga.
Give me your money or I will kill you.
Fear not lovers of the IDW universe, comic talk makes its long overdue return to the Twincast! We catch up on the post-Dark Cybertron issues of More Than Meets The Eye and Robots in Disguise. Listen in to our mid-story arc predictions and reactions to the action thus far.
This is our secret handshake too
We wrap up the show with a discussion on unofficial Transformers conventions (1:55:25), some Listener Questions (2:06:19), and some Bragging Rights (Spoiler Warning: Club's TFSS 2.0 mystery figure revealed during bragging rights) (2:21:26).
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Curious to hear more from the creative mind behind the scores of the Transformers live-action movie franchise, including Age of Extinction, Steve Jablonsky? Look no further: MStarz were able to catch up with the composer to talk about his tastes in music, his formation, his arrival on the music scene and his relationship with director Michael Bay - check out the whole piece here, and a snippet below!
You've worked with filmmaker Michael Bay and his production company, Platinum Dunes, on a number of projects. How involved is he in working with you?
He's very involved. He said to me one time that for him, the sound of his movies is 50% of what he puts out there. He considers it that important. That includes music and sound effects. He wants to hear every cue, he likes to live with it for a little while-which I get, when someone hears a piece of music for the first time and I say, do you like it or not? If I were in his position, I would go "I think I like it. I need to hear it a few more times. Can I hear it again tomorrow?"
He's very involved, not just in sound and music, but he's very involved in every aspect of his films; which I think is why his life is just so crazy because he'll come to me to hear some music and he's always racing off to go to look at the color timing of the picture or to go listen to sound effects. Whatever it is, there are a million things ... he might be more involved than people think. The music to him, he either feels it or he doesn't. He feels the music and he knows it's something working for him. That's how he judges it, and like I said, he wants to hear everything. It's good for me because he pushes me to make it right. There's so much music in these movies, I kind of get lost in these scenes, writing for days and days. He's a good judge of what works, what doesn't and what's boring. It's a good collaboration, I think, that we have at this point.
How much creative freedom do you have?
He gives me all the freedom in the world, which is great. When we started Age of Extinction, the only thing he said to me is that it was a brand new cast; let's treat this as something new. We have three movies worth of music, but let's set it aside and start working on these new ideas. That was it; I just started writing and would send him theme pieces that I was writing. I wasn't even writing to picture yet, I was just writing music inspired by some of the visuals that I had seen in his cutting room. I would just send pieces to him to see what he was responding to. He seemed to be responding to the simpler things. This little piano melody I did and things like this, which is just something I thought would be cool in the movie. It's not something he asked me to do, so he definitely does give me an open canvas to try new things that I think might work. Of course, if he doesn't like it he's gonna say so. If there's something that's not quite right, he will definitely give me general notes. "I like this, you lose me here..." We have a good shorthand now where I can just send him music and he will listen to it when he's in the music mood. He will call me up and tell me if it's good or not. He let's me do what I think is right and we take it from there.
Fellow Seibertron.com user and YouTube reviewer optibotimus was able to acquire an exclusive SDCC 2014 G1 Dinobot set, featuring redecos with added chrome paint Age of Extinction Grimlock, Strafe, Slug and Snarl, and posted a video review of the awesome foursome - and the pop-up display by Matthew Reinhart! Check out the shiny goodness in the clip embedded below.