Seibertronians, it's Tuesday. That means that Machinima has released the next episode of their Combiner Wars series. It also means that it's review time! So sit back, relax, grab a mug of Hot Energon, and let old Bronzey tell you a story.
We open with Optimus Prime this time(bit of a change of pace there), and he's standing in an old hangar with Windblade. The hangar appears to be on an Asteroid or moon, as it's overlooking the entire planet of Cybertron. Windblade and Optimus are standing off. Windblade reaches for her sword, and Optimus takes her sniper rifle and breaks it.
Our first good look at Optimus
A minor thing here, I wish a louder sound effect would have been given to the gun breaking. As it sits now, it sound less like it's breaking and more like it's supposed to fold in half or transform. (Ala Masterpiece Optimus Prime's gun) The first time I watched this episode, I didn't realize it was the sniper rifle from last episode he was holding, and I thought he was turning it in to some kind of sword to fight Windblade.
Anyway, we pick up pretty much where we left off last episode. Windblade takes a few swipes at Prime, and the former Autobot leader dodges all of them, making me wonder how she took down a Combiner no problem.
Optimus avoids Windblade's attacks
Windblade and Prime share some dialogue about how she tried to kill Starscream, how Windblade feels like the universe would be better off if all Autobots, Decepticons, and Combiners ceased to function. This line especially strikes me as odd. She suddenly hates everyone, and wants to commit mass genocide, but in the same breath she literally says she doesn't want the war to continue. Prime says he obviously won't stand by and let her. Windblade then asks him how many 'bots he's killed in the war, and he says anything he did in the war was not done out of spite and was not unprovoked.
While we're on dialogue here, let's look at voice acting. Windblade is still a little stiff, but you can tell the voice actor's getting more comfortable in the role and the character she wants to play. We finally hear OP speak, and he's done wonderfully by our very own Jon3.0 (or Jon Bailey as he's know in the "Real World"). And, I mean this genuinely, he is bar none the best Voice actor in the entire series so far. This is because he's had years of experience not only voicing transformers, but voicing Prime. It's unfair to expect the same result from voice actors who aren't comfortable in their new metal skin.
Again, there's problems with the animation, it's waaay too blocky and completely off-base with the words being spoken, plus there's a lot of close-up mouth shots in this one, so it's near impossible to ignore. I have a feeling this isn't going to change, so we'll have to get used to it.
Windblade then uses a special, what I'm calling a, "Turbine Attack" on Optimus, who pulls out his G1 orange Energon axe. It's cool to see the axe return in this series, and it's a nice tie-in to the older fiction.
The Axe is back, baby!
After a few more minutes of fighting, Windblade pleads with Optimus to help her because the combiners are getting out of control. I wish the series would actually show us this "Devastation" she's talking about, because save for the initial Computron v. Menasor fight, we've seen nothing about the combiners being "out of control". And even that fight was still between an Autobot and a Decepticon, so it's not to out of the norm for us. I wish she would have some flashback to a combiner tearing through the buildings of Cybertron, killing civilians. Something to give her more of a motive. (More specifically an Autobot combiner, that would really be a stark realization for the audience that they really are out of control.)
Optimus Prime and Windblade battle it out in front of an impressive backdrop
Windblade tells Prime about the council's possession of the Enigma of Combination. Prime didn't know this, and Windblade now has a chance to talk him into joining her in destroying it. Optimus realizes the danger the Enigma poses to Cybertron, but is concerned it can't be destroyed. He considers "the amount of fire-power it would take", and then looks up to the sky, saying that there's only one who can help them now. The episode ends.
This is interesting, because my first thought was Megatron, since he's somewhere in exile, too, but in terms of fire power, Megs doesn't have much more than Optimus. Let's think bigger. So...Devastator? Superion? I can't imagine a combiner helping to destroy a sacred Combiner artifact, although we have been told some are still loyal to the concil...
My theory is: It's been mentioned all-throughout this series that Windblade is a City-Speaker. (Heck, it's even mentioned in this episode), and Optimus is concerned about a lack of firepower, it leads me to believe that either Metroplex or Fort Max is set to make an appearance. I could be completely off-base, but this is what it sounds like to me.
So, in conclusion, Episode 3 is still better than episode 1, but I think 2 still takes it for best episode so far. This was a bit more action-focused like 1, but it had some exposition as well. Unfortunately, most of the exposition is all re-hashed things we've heard before. "End the war" "You're a killer, too" "Combiners must be stopped" "We all have reasons to continue the war" "The enigma threatens the people of Cybertron" It's pretty much the same lines each episode. So again, better than the first, not as good as the second.
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Thanks for tuning in, I'll see you next week when we take a look at Episode 4! So keep it right here on Seibertron.com, your best resource for the latest and greatest Transformers news on the net.
Earlier this past week on Tuesday August 9th, I was part of a small group of Transformers fans who were invited to visit the set of Transformers 5 The Last Knight near Detroit, MI. In addition to getting a sneak peak at some of the massive sets and getting to meet Michael Bay himself, we got some personal time with some of the real stars of the movie ... the Transformers themselves! Each gallery below includes multiple shots of each vehicle that we got to see from the heroic Autobots Bumblebee, Drift, and Optimus Prime to the evil Decepticons Onslaught and Barricade! Click on an image below to view a gallery of that respective character's alt mode. Please note that each vehicle has its own unique gallery in our ongoing Transformers Movie related gallery section.
In case you missed it earlier this week, we also posted some walkaround videos of the vehicles on our YouTube channel, which you can view by clicking here.
Special thanks again and much appreciation to Paramount for orchestrating our set visit. What an amazing experience!
Bumblebee (6th generation Chevrolet Camaro mode) ... plus Hound makes a cameo appearance!
Seibertron.com was given exclusive access to the set of Transformers: The Last Knight and now we bring to you our first set of news in the form of 2 videos taken on set! The first video features the main cast of vehicles, including the Western Star alternate form of Optimus Prime, the Chevrolet Camaro of Bumblebee, the Mercedes of Drift, the Ford Mustang Police car of Barricade, and the towtruck alternate form for Onslaught! The videos feature some close up shots of the different vehicles, and even show Optimus Prime doing a 180 degree spinout! Check out these exclusive videos below, and stay tuned for even more The Last Knight news!
Seibertronians, all your training has prepared you for this moment! After putting up place-holder listings last night, Hasbro Toy Shop has released the SDCC exclusives!! This is not a drill!
Get 'em here while you still can, because they can and will sell out quickly!
After you're done, tell us in the comments: what ones did you get? Are they already sold out?
Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This very special LIVE, video-recorded episode features your host ScottyP along with cast members Counterpunch, RodimusConvoy13, xRotorstormx, TigerTrack24, Megatronus, and for a few fleeting moments, Seibertron himself, live from San Diego! Listen in as we discuss the latest news and reveals coming out of the vaulted halls of SDCC.
As a special bonus in the audio version of the show, join Seibertron at SDCC 2016 as he talks with members of the Transformers brand team! Transformers Generations Product Designer John Warden and Assistant Brand Manager, Transformers Luis de Armas answer questions about Titans Return, Fortress Maximus, Trypticon, and more.
Thanks as always to our amazing friends at Hasbro and the Transformers Brand Team!
The remainder of the show kicks things off with a lively discussion dissecting one of the biggest reveals of the show: triple-changing Titans Return Voyager Megatron. The cast has both high hopes for and reservations about this figure - but bigger news awaits.
Do you see what I see? (No, it's not a Triggerhappy Optimus.)
We move right along to some exciting Legends reveals: an all-new Bumblebee (yawn) and Gnaw, the Sharkticon (yay). As we bemoan the inevitable shortage of these nifty little troop-builders in the making, one question rules all: does Gnaw have a fat head? Watch or listen to find out.
Catch 'em all!
Titans Return Legends Lione (Sawback) and Overload (Overkill) are on the block - as are their strange and wondrous alt modes. Before the Twincast can get too deep into the weeds, a question emerges: what missed opportunities do we see with this line of Headmasters?
Free cookie to whoever can tell me how that alt mode works.
Ever since he was leaked at Botcon, Liokaiser (video here) has been generating considerable excitement - but not everyone is pleased. Tune in to find out what's bugging the crew, and why some might be passing on this Platinum Edition set.
The boys are back in town... minus one.
RID gets some much needed love with Super Ginrai, a showdown set with stasis pod, and... Starscream? That's right, one of the Decepticons most conniving players makes an entry into both the cartoon AND toy line. Tune in to find out which version we prefer.
A face only a mother could love.
Viva La Revolucion! That's right, the Revolution is upon us as we discuss the latest and greatest in comics - for those looking to avoid spoilers, this section occurs from one hour and fifty one minutes to approximately two hours and sixteen minutes.
ROM ROM ROM ROM ROM.
BREAKING NEWS: straight out of Wonderfest, we have color pictures of the highly anticipated Masterpiece Cheetor. The crew is pumped as we parlay this topic into a listener question: what does the crew think the next 5 MPs will be?
We wrap up our video live show with everyone's favorite segment: bragging rights. Some of us are still waiting on Titans Return to hit shelves; others have some shiny new toys (literally) that steal the show.
Bringing the bling.
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Beast Wars Tuesdays continues! Did you think we had forgotten about you? As we recover from San Diego Comic Con news, we return to our regularly scheduled appointment with Beast Wars Tuesdays, and we delve into the latter end of the Western canon: Beast Machines! Check back next Tuesday to see our next set of Beast Wars related galleries.
This week, Seibertron.com brings you a look back at two of the drones in the fairly divisive animated series that followed the Maximals and Predacons' (more or less) return to their homeplanet of Cybertron. Vehicons, Basic class, and the springboard for two of the main Generals, the tank drone and motorcycle drone are smaller versions of the ones used for Tankor and Thrust (and the template for the Generations Tankor figure), and true troop builders. Also part of the Battle for the Spark monicker, you can check them out in their galleries by clicking on any of the images below!
Hot on the heels of our other official images, Hasbro have also sent out official images of five of the figures in wave 2 of the Transformers Alt Modes line. Below you can see: Hound, Bluestreak (who is grey and red), Dirge, Sideswipe, and a Silver Optimus Prime. Although there’s no sign of the previously seen Bumblebee, Acid Storm, Cliffjumper, or Smokescreen it's likely that they'll all be coming soon. Check them out and let us know what you think of them in the comments below.
Seibertronians, thanks to Seibertron himself, we have even more pictures of the figures from the Alt Modes series, straight out of SDCC. What's your thought on the figures? Will you be picking any up? Tell us in the comments!
And, as always, keep your optics and audio sensors tuned to Seibertron.com, the best source for Transformers news on the net!
Keep on trucking along! The Titans have truly returned in force to the San Diego Comic Con, and with them they bring along some whole new figures! Shown off in this display are Titans Return Fortress Maximus with his Master Sword, Voyager Class triple-changing Megatron, deluxe Class Brainstorm, Legends Class Bumblebee and Gnaw, and Titan Masters Sawback with Lion/shield (Master Warrior Lione) and Overkill with the dragon/T-rex of Clobber and Crashbash! Check out these brand new figures below, and go HERE for the full gallery!
No time to rest folks! With San Diego Comic Con in full swing, we bring to you our next gallery, that of the new Robots in Disguise Products on display this Thursday! These new products include a new 5-step Starscream mold and includes a little minicon for him, a new 3-step Bisk figure, and also the American display of the Toys R Us Warriors that William-James88 as alreadywonderfullyreviewed. Check out some of the images below, and click HERE for the full gallery!
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