Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast. We're back with another exciting episode that features your host Scotty P along with Jon 3.0, Tigertrack, and xRotorstormx. Sit down, tune in and get excited as we discuss all the latest news and reveals.
The 30th Anniversary edition of The Transformers: The Movie is set to be released in mere days on September 13th but our own Scotty P was lucky enough to *somehow* get it before any of us ("Editor's" Note: Thanks, Shout Factory!) We'll talk through the extra features included with this new version, and look back on previous versions of the movie from years gone by.
By the way, if you want to experience all the details for yourself without a breakdown beforehand, you'll want to skip to about the eighteen minute mark in the audio once you hear the movie talk crank up. If you do that, just be sure to come back after this next Tuesday and catch our thoughts.
Hot on the heels of Masterpiece Inferno, comes the one and only Grapple. The cast grapples with balancing want of a cool toy with indifference of a character. Also, speculation about other upcoming Masterpiece figures is found within. Is Hoist an inevitability?
On top of his reveal, we also got wind of the next two possible Masterpiece figures, starting with, at last, a new Megatron? Put another way, Megatron, is that you!? Our show has a hint.
Masterpiece also looks to be taking a turn down the stone cold highway to hell as the sound of broken glass appears to be ushering in a new era: Shattered Glass Masterpiece, starting with none other than Optimus Prime. You can take a look back at the history of Shattered Glass with our SG Optimus Prime 2.0 gallery. We also talk about SG Megatron, but maybe not in the way you'd expect! Why? Well, the picture below from Seibertronian Mindmaster will help as a visual aid for the speculation heard within this episode.
The topic struggles to come to the forefront for a bit, but we finally get around to talking about popular toy line and show topic, Titans Return.
No, seriously, we just can't seem to get to it for awhile. Even this comes up to distract us along the way!
:ahem: Anyhow, we finally do reach our Titanmaster promised land, and not a moment too soon. Wave 2 of the Generations Titans Return toys have started to hit the shelves and with most of the crew having them in hand, we turn all negative Nancy on a few but we end up balancing those out with some high praise.
An interesting list recently appeared of some rumored future Titans Return toys that may be coming down the pike. You'll have to tune in to find out what we think is real, what we think is wishful thinking, and what names might actually show up on packaging. Shattered dreams within, or just a lowering of expectations? Perhaps neither?
Robots in Disguise looks to be doing its best Transformers Victory Multiforce impression with Combiner Force. The recent app update leads to a conversation so in depth, you'll probably be finished reading this sentence in the time it takes for it to all play out.
Up next, our comic gurus discuss the latest comic issues of TF: Titans Return, MTMTE, and Till All Are One. A quick look at the latest stories and thoughts on where we think things may go from here await. In addition, one cast member just might have been hooked by a recent preview showing more of the potential of the Combiner Wars arc brought back to the forefront.
Up next is a great listener question from one of our news staff members, william-james88. New molds of existing characters, or repaints of existing molds into new characters - which reigns supreme?
To wrap up this episode, we have another exciting round of bragging rights. Tune in to find out what neat stuff we got our hands on since last episode. Find out how friend of the show Flux Convoy lends a hand in this episode's bragging!
Plus: Jon 3.0 wins bragging rights for the remainder of all time forever and ever. Seriously. Most of you know why, but if not, be sure not to miss this!
Hope you enjoyed listening! Check back in about two weeks as we prepare for the Revolution.
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American fans have been enjoying the luxury of having the recent animated series Robots in Disguise on paid subscription service Netflix for a while, but as of recently their British counterparts can enjoy the same - half of Season 1 has been uploaded to Netflix in the UK, with likely the rest of the series coming eventually. So any British fans that have Netflix and have been wanting to give the recent series a shot, now's your chance!
Slightly quiet time from the Transformers: The Last Knight marketing department? Probably building up to the one and only Anthony Hopkins ready to take on the camera role (or the voice role) for the movie, as Michael Bay and production are in currently in London. Check out the very short Instagram clip below, and keep checking Seibertron.com for more updates as they arrive!
Seibertronians, thanks to user Collectotron, we've been alerted to a brand new Transformer Augmented Reality mobile game that has seemingly slipped under our radar, called Transformers AR Guide. It's based on the new Robots in Disguise animated show, and is developed by Red Frog Limited LTD. I've decided to look a little deeper and try it out for you!
NOTE: What I will be reviewing is the trial version of the game, meaning some features will not/can not be covered in this article. I will address this more in a bit.
First, some technical info about the game: It's Augmented Reality based, meaning it features the ability to superimpose a digital character into the real world through your mobile device. The AR is triggered by a physical book that you have to buy separately for around $10. The app, however, allows you to demo it with a printable image that will allow Bumblebee to appear on your desk, living room, or anywhere else you want him to.
Initially, I was skeptical of the game, and the somewhat convoluted process of getting it to work (I had to download the page, change the file type, email it to myself, and print it out) was kind of off-putting, but I kept positive, and saw it through.
Let's look at the game's features.
The main attraction is the AR gimmick, so let's look at that. The book allows you to cue up quite a few autobots and Decepticons into the real world, but the printable only gives you Bumblebee, as mentioned above.
I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of controls you can use on Bumblebee. You can make him walk around, pose, transform into his car mode (you can even turn his headlights on and off), almost like a digital RC car. Frankly the coolest feature is that you can even make him life-sized, if you have a big enough space. You still have complete control over him even in Life-sized mode, so if you want to have Bumblebee walk down your street, you can! Bumblebee's on my driveway!!
It's also pretty cool to have Bumblebee on while playing with real toys at the same time. It adds a whole new layer of animation (quite literally) to your stories.
Another feature allows you to create your own custom charcter, that you can then superimpose into the real world as well. I made my own character, but wasn't able to "bring him to life" because I, obviously, didn't have the book. Hey! RID Windcharger!
My one critisim here would be that I wish you could get into more detail in the customization process, not just solid colors on various body parts.
The third feature is Battlemode, but I wasn't able to demo this at all. It looks very interesting, however, being a two-player AR fighting game.
So some final thoughts: I didn't expect much from this game going in, and I was very pleased and impressed with what it turned out to be. It's a lot of fun, and a great implementation of this tech, and I'm almost postive I'll be getting that book very soon.
Wanna try it for yourself? It's available now on the App Store and Google play for most devices for free!
And, as always, keep it here on seibertron.com for all your latest Transformers news and reviews!
From the same Transformers YouTube channel as the Australian promotional clips, we have a new German TV spot for the Robots in Disguise line, and more specifically the Power Heroes (Power Surge) Bumblebee and Sideswipe, the simplified figures with electronics and power-up minicons - as seen here. Check out the Thunderhoof starring clip below!
As it's a Tuesday, we have a new episode of the Machinima animated series Transformers: Combiner Wars! The sixth episode is titled A Warof Giants, and is currently available for US viewers via Verizon's go90 streaming service here and some non-US viewers via the Machinima official YouTube channel - embedded below. Coming later, our regular review of the episode, so keep your optics tuned on Seibertron.com!
Via a number of online sources, including Just Jared, ComingSoon.net and various social media accounts, we have a look at the Transformers: The Last Knight crew and cast in London, for some location shots. And by cast, we mean Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, but also Bumblebee and Hot Rod, plus a number of military looking types under the watchful eye of Michael Bay.
The personal shots below, featuring the director and Hot Rod, are from Instagram user Alex Liu, while the watermarked ComingSoon images with Bumblebee, Wahlberg and Haddock are from.. well, Coming Soon. Check it all out, and join the discussion in the Energon Pub!
Gaumer of Outrightgeekery.com has shared with us a teaser from none other than Ernie Burns Petrangelo, the guitarist of band NRG, the culprits behind Instruments of Destruction, teasing some possible new Transformers: The Movie music (inspired by? a remastering? a tribute?) in occasion of the 30th anniversary of the animated feature from 1986 - along with Doug Aldrich, Mark Boals and more. Check out the short clip below, and let us know what you make of it in the Energon Pub!
Digging through the scheduling for Canadian TV channel Teletoon, it looks like the second half of the second season of Transformers: Robots in Disguise will start airing next Saturday 10th September, with episode 14 'History Lessons' and episode 15 'Strongarm's Big Score' a week after that. Are you looking forward to the animated series' return? Join the discussion in the Energon Pub!
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