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!
Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host, ScottyP along with Megatronus, Rotorstorm, and Jon3.0! Sit down and relax as we chat our way to recovery.
Episode #143 "The Hangover: Hascon Edition" 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.
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
Well, that wraps things up for another episode! We really hope you enjoyed listening.
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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”
For those dying to get a look at the actual figures that comprise the Transformers Combiner Wars Victorion box set, Seibertron.com is proud to bring you an unboxing video with a close up look at Victorion and her Rust Renegades component bots Pyra Magna, Dust Up, Jumpstream, Rust Dust, and the twins Skyburst and Stormclash. Stay tuned for a proper gallery coming soon, however to tide you over we've also included some teaser images after the video. Enjoy the unboxing and review video embedded below.
After our sneak peek last week, the new campaign and new Transformers characters are coming your way this week, alongside new Headquarters levels!
Headquarters 13 and 14
Your HQ is the heart of your base and it is important to protect it well. That is why we’re unlocking Headquarters levels 13 and 14, allowing you to access additional buildings and upgrades to ensure its protection when your base is under attack!
Release notes - Version 1.24
Check out the release notes below for our next content update, which will be coming your way this week!
NEW AUTOBOTS: Windblade, Pyra Magna, Rust Dust & Sky Burst**
NEW DECEPTICONS: Blast Off, Onslaught, Divebomb & Scrapper**
New special abilities including the FUSION BOMB!
New weapons and attacks for some bots: Powerglide has a flamethrower, Firefly has a new fire-beam attack.
New League Rewards for Alliances: Win up to 150,000 Energon!
New Campaign: The Codex Showdown
Global Leaderboard Improvements: Visit other players
We have reduced the Bot skip costs before battling and also the times at higher levels.
Cliffjumper and Kickback are now Gunners and have a new ability.
Performance improvements to make the game run faster & smoother.
** We will announce in-game when the new bots are available
Don't take on the dangers of battle without a healer by your side! Ratchet will not only handle your repairs on the battlefield, but also deal damage to those vulgar Decepticons.
Check out our Character Spotlight video and see RATCHET in action!
We’re once again reaching out to our top Autobot and Decepticon players to find out more about their love for Transformers, player background and favourite attack strategies.
Kratos is ranked at #9 in our top player rankings worldwide with 4,430 medals and is a Defender for one of the top Autobot Alliances "TFGU Wreckers". He has been a fan of the Transformers toys since childhood and despite siding with the Autobots, Barricade was his first Transformers toy and a character he’d love to see added to the game.
Kratos recommends keeping your Gunner behind your Warriors to protect them whilst they deal high damage from a distance. His typical attack strategy is to use his bots to target the most powerful defenses (Missile Launchers, Shock Towers and Beam lasers) so he can easily manoeuvre around the Decepticon base and destroy their Headquarters!
MEGATRON has been playing strategy mobile games for years. He started playing Transformers: Earth Wars shortly after the game was soft launched in Australia and New Zealand, where he saw the potential to build a strong Alliance and described the game as a "new and interesting dynamic to be involved in".
Currently ranked as our top Decepticon Alliance, "DECEPTICONS" have won over 50 Alliance Wars with their Commander MEGATRON. Despite achieving this, the most important aspect of the game to him is the players and his Alliance, where he enjoys working as a team in wars against the Autobots and helping new players.
In comparison to other games he has played, he found the battle system flowed well in Transformers: Earth Wars, such as the drop zone which affects the way you build and design your base and the emphasis that has been put on each bot.
Our lead developer for Transformers: Earth Wars recently sat down for an interview with jON3.0 of Seibertron.com. Watch the video below to see Chris and Jon chat about the development of the game.
Share your feedback with us!
Please make sure to leave us a review of Transformers: Earth Wars in the App Store andGoogle Play Store. We love hearing your feedback, whether that be the good or not so good, so that we can continue to make improvements to the game.
You can also join us on Band where you can chat with the team directly, sharing your thoughts and suggestions with us.
Our very own jON3.0, whom you might recognise as the Epic Voice Guy and the voice of Honest Trailers, took some time to interview Chris White, the developer lead over at Space Ape Games, in preparation of the soon-to-arrive launch of the Transformers: Earth Wars mobile game. Check out the video embedded below, in which the two chat about the game, its conception, development, the fidelity to the toys in the character designs, and more!
Here's an official press release we received a few minutes ago from Hasbro regarding their shared cinematic universe:
PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND HASBRO TAP AWARD-WINNING GROUP OF WRITERS TO CREATE CROSS-PROPERTY FILM UNIVERSE
WRITERS ROOM LEAD BY OSCAR WINNER AKIVA GOLDSMAN WILL DEVELOP STORIES FOR HASBRO BRANDS G.I. JOE, MICRONAUTS, VISIONARIES, M.A.S.K. AND ROM
HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 21, 2016) - Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, Inc. today unveiled its top talent writers room which will have responsibility for developing Hasbro's cross-property interconnected onscreen universe featuring the brands G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM. This group includes some of the most notable creative talent in Hollywood, including Academy Award Winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), who will have responsibility for overseeing the writers room on behalf of Hasbro and Paramount as well as serving as Executive Producer for all of the films. Joining Goldsman will be Lindsey Beer (Wizard of Oz, Kingkiller Chronicle), Pulitzer Prize Winner Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay), Cheo Coker (Luke Cage, Ray Donovan), Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther, People vs. OJ), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), Jeff Pinkner (Lost, The Dark Tower), Nicole Riegel (Soldier Girls), Geneva Robertson (Atlantis, Tomb Raider) and Brian K Vaughan (Under the Dome, Lost).
Allspark Pictures, Hasbro's film label, plans to produce films based on this cross-property universe, with Brian Goldner (Chairman, President and CEO, Hasbro) and Stephen Davis (Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Hasbro) serving as Producers, and Josh Feldman (Co-Head of Storytelling, Hasbro) as Co-Executive Producer. Hasbro will also deploy in the room an unprecedented team of its top artists and designers to assist Goldsman and the writers to visualize this all-new cinematic universe.
"Paramount and Hasbro have partnered on many successful films in the past, including the 'TRANSFORMERS' and 'G.I. JOE,' franchises," said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. "Bringing together a writers room of this caliber is a bold step for our partnership, and one that we believe is critical for building these brands into new, successful franchises for the future."
"Together with Paramount, we have assembled a team of incredibly talented creative minds and storytellers to continue to help tell the rich history and narrative behind this interconnected cinematic universe, and we are thrilled to be working with Akiva Goldsman again to guide this process," said Brian Goldner. "We are also excited to partner with Paramount to produce the films, as we've had a strong and collaborative partnership since our first Transformers movie in 2007."
The Paramount and Hasbro partnership is responsible for the worldwide blockbuster success of the "TRANSFORMERS" franchise, which has earned $3.8 billion to-date, and whose films, directed by Michael Bay, are amongst the highest grossing movies of all time; and the "G.I. JOE" franchise, which have earned more than $675 million worldwide.
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About Paramount Pictures Corporation
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While the results of the Paramount writers' room for the Transformers live action movies series came out a fair while ago, we now have - via The Hollywood Reporter - updated news of the even wider, shared Hasbro cinematic universe, featuring the likes of ROM the Spaceknight, Micronauts, GI Joe, MASK and Visionaries. Some seriously big names are involved too, as you can see below - check them out, and head here for the whole piece!
Hasbro’s cinematic universe has assembled its writers room, with a Pulitzer Prize winner, an Eisner-winning comic book author and Marvel Studios scribes among those who will be clacking the keyboard.
Michael Chabon, who wrote the novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and worked on Spider-Man 2; Brian K. Vaughan, the creator of seminal comic works Y: The Last Man and Saga and showrunner of Under the Dome; and Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel co-writer Nicole Perlman, will help develop a plan for the creation of an interconnected onscreen universe featuring Hasbro’s G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM brands.
Also in the group are:
► Lindsey Beer, who was just hired to adapt Kingkiller Chronicle for Lionsgate
► Cheo Coker, showrunner of Marvel’s Netflix show Luke Cage
► John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the comedy writing team who penned Spider-Man: Homecoming
► Joe Robert Cole (a writer on People vs. OJ Simpson who is also writing Black Panther for Marvel)
► Jeff Pinkner, who wrote the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower)
► Nicole Riegel (writer behind the Blacklist script Dogfight)
► Geneva Robertson (one of the writers of new Tomb Raider movie project).
Akiva Goldsman, who won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, will oversee the writers room on behalf of Hasbro and Paramount as well as serving as executive producer for all of the films. He is already serving in a similar capacity for Hasbro’s Transformers writers room and the new session is meant to build on its successful fruits and established road map.
Seibertronians! Lend us your listening devices - as fellow Energon Pub dwellers carytheone and DecepticonFinishline bring us a review of the Hasbro/Sony Transformers 'Roll Out' album, released just last week. Have you been listening yet? Read our reviews - two for the price of one - and head here for iTunes or here to stream on Spotify!
DecepticonFinishline wrote:The new “Transformers: Roll Out” album exemplifies what the last year of Transformers has been all about. With the inclusion of up-and-coming artists Born Cages and Crash Kings; well-established rock acts like Mew and Bush; and fresh musicians like Elle Rae this compilation album parallels one grand theme: Giving the veteran fans what they’ve been asking for (i.e. Combiners) while making it accessible to new fans of the franchise.
Allow me to explain. Devoting an entire year to Combiners seems to be Hasbro/Takara’s way of giving the veteran fans what we’ve desperately wanted. However, to the dismay of many veteran fans, this year has seen many repaints and remolds. I see this as a way to cut costs, making it easier for younger fans to join the franchise with the characters the older fans know and love.
In a similar fashion, “Transformers: Roll Out” is a compilation of music meant to appeal to older fans while at the same time not taking too many risks; making it accessible to as many fans as possible. By sandwiching the most unique tracks like “Count to Ten,” “Modern Man” and “Into the Fire” in between the likes of the more general rock songs “Roll Out” and “Our Revolution” you allow for a listening experience that draws you in and allows you to leave satisfied while also being exposed to uncommon sub-genres of music in the middle that you may not have pursued otherwise.
You’ll notice that the lyrics of these songs can be clearly linked to the Transformers franchise, but are also general enough to be played in other situations without sounding out of place. The one exception, or course, is “Exiles” which drops the name Cybertron. Some may be disappointed in the absence of specific Transformers lyrics but I would point to the famous songs already a part of the Transformers franchise such as “The Touch” and “Dare to be Stupid” which follow the more universal lyrical composition.
So what’s the point? The missing part of the aforementioned parallel is that no one really asked for “Transformers inspired music.” Maybe it’s to provide a voice for artists like Darby! whose song “Modern Man” uses a unique mix of the vocal singing style of glam-rock stars like the late David Bowie infused with a Sgt. Pepper-composition style. Cynics will say it’s a typical cash-grab. Maybe there was just an ambitious Transformers fan at Sony. Who’s to say?
I personally recommend using “Transformers: Roll Out” as hunting music. We all know that this is a full-time hobby, and so it’s appropriate that it has an official soundtrack. Starting with Mount Holly’s (formerly Nick Perri) “Roll Out,” the song says it all. Roll Out for a successful hunt. Then, depending where you live, Mew’s “Count to Ten” times out well with leaving your first stop empty-handed; “Close your eyes. Count to ten,” cool down and then get revved up for your next stop! The compilation is largely a high-energy experience with two mild cooldowns.
Coming from someone who listens to and judges music for a living, it’s easy to say “Transformers: Roll Out” played it a little too safe resulting in some tracks that sound a little too homogenous. Metal and E.D.M. fans will probably be disappointed. But, with compilation albums like this it is important to try your best to appeal to as many people as possible, and this album does that very well. Alternative rock fans, like me, are provided with music by Born Cages and alternative Danish superstars Mew. There are songs that I don’t much care for, but I’ve already seen praise for those songs, here, on Seibertron. That is the point. This album is for all of us to enjoy the songs we will like and still appreciate the musicians that contributed their art to the Transformers franchise we all love.
Most importantly, it’s not “21 Guns” four times in 2 hours…
carytheone wrote:Roll Out is a fun, cheesy and seemingly random album. The overall feel is that of a movie soundtrack and is a little awkward without one.
The album opens with the titular song Roll Out; an appropriately cheesy, driving rock track. A hard hitting, get your blood pumping, kick some Decepticon butt rock song. The song that seems the most out of place, This House Is On Fire by Bush is a serviceable song, but feels like it was pulled off the B side of another album (and in fact, it is, and just repurposed -- Va'al). Gigantik is our first deviation from the more contemporary rock vibe the album started on. This track is more in line with my tastes in the indie rock genre. A fun bouncy track that would feel right at home on a road trip playlist. Count to Ten is a perfectly placed cool-down track. A light airy uplifting track that makes a lovely ascent to one of the albums best bangers.
Into The Fire by Elle Rae is definitely the strongest track on the album and worth a stand-alone purchase. If the last track brought us to the apex of the roller coaster; this track takes us on a fast ride to the loop-the-loop. After the excitement of Into the Fire and a couple repeats we coast into our next cool-down, Exiled. My first listen gave me a Nickleback vibe, but then I came to appreciate the lead singer's later career Chris Cornell voice. This song is clearly written with Transformers in mind and makes a few fiction name drops. This is probably one of the cheesier tracks, but has easily become one of my favorites.
Just a Spark seems like a weak follow up to Exiled, almost feels pandering and is just screaming to be used during a montage. Stronger starts slow but really vamps up very quickly. Another driving modern rock track, Muse fans will be pleased. All this leads to the album's weirdest track, Modern Man. A trippy indie-rock Bowie-esque track that wouldn't be out of place on "Space Oddity". Totally up my alley and a great palate cleanser that ends with a little synth-funk. And that leads us to our closer, Our Revolution. A celebratory driving rock track. Again, I feel like all these emotionally charged tracks are missing the scenes to motivate me to feel attached. I can honestly see the credits of a movie scrolling by while I listen to this track.
Roll Out is a perfectly serviceable album and depending on your tastes is worth the asking price of $10. I can't help but feel that I should be picking this album up on my way out of the theater after watching Transformers 5. I feel that this is one of the biggest challenges for this album; it just doesn't have a real good reason to exist. It's a good collection of music and is a fun ride.
I fired up Transformers: War for Cybertron after my first listen. The album fit the on-screen action perfectly and all the cheesy rock tracks paired great with my WfC wine. I'd recommend giving the album a listen to and cherry picking the tracks that speak to you, especially Into The Fire!
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