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Twincast / Podcast Episode #86 "Extinct Mega Drive Cannonballs"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #86 "Extinct Mega Drive Cannonballs"
Date: Wednesday, February 12th 2014 4:51pm CST
Categories: Media, Podcast, Site News
Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features fill-in host Scotty P, along with regular cast Jon 3.0, Razorclaw0000, Rotorstorm, and Seibertron himself.

Episode 86 "Extinct Mega Drive Cannonballs" is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes within 24 to 48 hours of this news post.

(01:20) (Time marks are approximate) The first trailer for Age of Extinction has been seen. We break it down piece by piece, follow along with the excellent gallery of still images right here on Seibertron.com

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #86 "Extinct Mega Drive Cannonballs"



(33:36) Our attention then shifts to the newly released Age of Extinction First Edition Optimus Prime toy. Can you guess what the cast thinks of this toy? Probably, but listen anyway.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #86 "Extinct Mega Drive Cannonballs"


(44:33) Generations gets some love in this episode too, especially with the latest leaked pictures of Generations Leader Jetfire spreading like wildfire through the internet. Get your fake cockpit ready as we speculate on what this toy will be like.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #86 "Extinct Mega Drive Cannonballs"


(56:41) The first Botcon toy has been revealed, Deluxe Class Cannonball using the Prime RiD Ratchet mold. Are more of us going to the show after this reveal, or is Cannonball not shivering any of our timbers?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #86 "Extinct Mega Drive Cannonballs"


(1:11:01) Takara brings us our next adventure in weirdness topic with their upcoming Megadrive Megatron. We then wonder what it'd be like if the Console Wars hit the Transformers Universe.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #86 "Extinct Mega Drive Cannonballs"


(1:16:36) We finish up our toy talk with thoughts about the latest Seibertron.com Transformer Galleries, Razorclaw gives his thoughts on the newest Generations toys, and we all speculate on what might be in store for Toy Fair next week.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #86 "Extinct Mega Drive Cannonballs"


(1:46:08) Your listener questions come next, tune in to see if yours got read and answered!

(2:01:38) We then wrap up with some Bragging Rights - who overpaid for what on ebay this week? Tune in to find out.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #86 "Extinct Mega Drive Cannonballs"


Thanks everyone for listening and we appreciate the continued support!

Not on the show to give your take? Probably not, so don't forget to keep the discussion going on the Seibertron.com Energon Pub Forums!

Got a question for the Twincast? We take all of them, we just don't take them all seriously! Leave a question in the Ask the Twincast thread and, if it makes the cut, it may get read and answered on the show.

Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"
Date: Friday, February 7th 2014 1:29pm CST
Categories: Media, Podcast, Site News
Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast! This episode features your Host, Counterpunch, along with regular crew Seibertron, the Epic Return of Razorclaw0000, Rotorstorm, and Scotty P.

Episode 85 "Pirates vs. Twincast" is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes within 24 to 48 hours of this news post.

Read on to find out what we jabber on about in this edition, or just listen in!

We catch up with the cast and find out exactly how much snow everyone is buried under!
Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"
That is actually Rotorstorm's driveway. Yes, really.


Then, we start out the actual show with awesome rockin' Listener Questions straight from the Ask the Twincast thread. Your inquiries about Springer's lot in life, sealed packages, what kids like, and more get center stage right at the top of the show.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"


Age of Extinction news then hits fast and furious, and we start out by taking a look at the Hero Mashers line. Do these look like fun stuff, or just glorified tub toys?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"


We've also got a first, clear look at the "new" Bumblebee. Are the cast's Camaro Engines revved and ready to sting? Stay tuned, as Counterpunch unexpectedly drops some R/C knowledge on our brains.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"


Apparently, this Lockdown Car Decepticon Guy has a face, and it's pretty human-like. How does this development sit with our fearless cast? Or is this not a surprise at all?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"


We then debate the age old question of Pirates vs... Knights?!. We also propose how Stella Botcon can get her their groove back.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"


We then move on at last to our thoughts on the latest wave of Generations Deluxe figures. From Macro-cons to Seekers, we've got you covered with opinions everywhere.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"


Time to weapon up, wallflowers! Seibertron himself was lucky enough to already have Generations Voyager Whirl in hand when we recorded, so listen in as he fills us in on what awesome times await the rest of us.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"


We turn our collective eye of Sauron to the future and ponder what's in store for future Generations waves including Chromia, Arcee, Jhiaxus, and others.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"


We wrap up our toy talk with in-hand thoughts on the simplified Beast Hunters Voyagers. Pleasant surprise? Crushing disappointment? Both?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #85 "Pirates vs. Twincast"


Then it's time once again to say goodbye, but before that, some bragging rights are to be had. Who's caught up on what? And what bomb does that loser-face Scotty have to drop on us this time?

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That SOB actually built it.


Thanks everyone for listening and we appreciate the continued support!

Not on the show to give your take? Probably not, so don't forget to keep the discussion going on the Seibertron.com Energon Pub Forums!

Got a question for the Twincast? We take all of them, we just don't take them all seriously! Leave a question in the Ask the Twincast thread and, if it makes the cut, it may get read and answered on the show.

Twincast / Podcast Episode #84 "Covenant"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #84 "Covenant"
Date: Tuesday, February 4th 2014 10:47pm CST
Categories: Media, Podcast, Site News
Posted by: ScottyP

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #84 "Covenant"

Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast! This episode features the triumphant return of The People's Host, Counterpunch, along with regular crew Seibertron and Scotty P, plus our guest for the evening Sabrblade.

Episode 84 "Covenant" is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes within 24 to 48 hours of this news post.

Here are the awesome fun time topics that the cast discusses in this episode!

The Covenant of Primus has been published at long last. The story of the Thirteen Primes and the definitive history of the Aligned Continuity is here, and mixed opinions abound. Are we into this, or just getting dragged along for the read? Listen in and find out!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #84 "Covenant"


Like it or not, movie toys are upon us. We discuss some of the recent leaks such as Dinobot packaging mockups and intriguing size class names.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #84 "Covenant"


We then wrap up our talk of Age of Extinction with some cryptic talk of our "first" look at Drift!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #84 "Covenant"


As we move on to toys we discuss the very cool Kid's Logic Optimus Prime that Seibertron.com has an exclusive first look at. Seibertron himself breaks down what to expect out of this toy while the rest of us debate the price point while looking on.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #84 "Covenant"


The first look at MP Wheeljack is also upon us. Well, the first silhouette was out when we recorded this and nothing else, so we at least talked about that. At the same time we discuss this little matter of the designer change and whether or not this really matters.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #84 "Covenant"


We finish up our toy chat talking about scale, particularly how the new Simplified Predaking busts up other Voyagers. Find out if we'll be adding this beast to our collections.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #84 "Covenant"


Our discussion then moves to... Pirates? Yep, in the worst kept secret ever, we now know when and where Botcon 2014 will be held and also part of the theme. Listen up as we decide whether or not to throw this idea overboard or let it into the captain's quarters.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #84 "Covenant"


Speaking of conventions, there's another one about to hit the US, right in Seibertron's backyard. We're talking of course about TF Con USA. We lace up our skates and say sorry for this topic in advance over some Kraft dinner, eh? Oh wait, this is the American TF Con. Woopsie there.

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Image from TFCon.com

We end up with time for one good Listener Question and as usual, the answer will completely not disappoint.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #84 "Covenant"


At last we conclude with some Bragging Rights. Early '00s G1 recolors reign supreme as we discuss awesome deals, awesome stores, and some milestones as well.



Thanks everyone for listening and we appreciate the continued support!

Not on the show to give your take? Probably not, so don't forget to keep the discussion going on the Seibertron.com Energon Pub Forums!

Got a question for the Twincast? We take all of them, we just don't take them all seriously! Leave a question in the Ask the Twincast thread and it may get read and answered on the show.

Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review
Date: Monday, January 6th 2014 5:10am CST
Categories: Editorials, Interviews, Podcast, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Seibertron.com Staff

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Tell you what, I'm not sure how I landed this gig. And by this gig, I mean get onto the staff of Seibertron.com. I do know, however, how we got to the point that I'd be writing this article - but it's a story for a slow news day. Because today is the day when as many members of staff will be telling us all what they though of the year gone by, and give us a glimpse into their own robotic future. Buckle up, leave the cars, and get ready to boldly step back into the past, now in Technicolor – it's about to get bumpy as we follow our courageous heroes across time and space, and into the thick of


Transformers 2013 - A Year in Review


Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review


Because it may be that we are about to enter the thrilling, teasing, thundering, titillating 30th anniversary of the Transformers, but there has been plenty of goodness showing up in the past twelve months too! And it is all worthy of some credit and reflection, don't you think? I thought so. Let's get this party-piece started!

First of all, I'll introduce our heroes:

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review
Autobot032 - Rarely-sleeping, opinionated, voluntary staff victim member.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review
Burn - Face-stealer, dragon-fighter, Oz-dweller, Va'al teaser. A nice guy, really.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review
Cyber Bishop - Our fearless admin, with more power behind the Stormtrooper mask than you'd imagine.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review
El Duque - You could try summing up his news posts, but you'd lose count around 4000. It's more than that.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review
LOST Cybertronian - Quiet, efficient, deadly; our very own ninja news maker.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review
Mindmaster - The youngest and newest addition to the staff, but don't hold it against him.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review
Mkall - Not as awesome as Spiderman riding demolition derby cars, but close enough.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review
Seibertron - The man himself! The Primus to our website! The Loader of Galleries!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review
ScottyP - Substitute podcast host, blogger, holder of views, Twitterate.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review
Oh, and me - Va'al



As you may remember from the times of yore, we'll be discussing the year gone by looking at it in different categories, with as much input as possible from the staff members. Which categories? Here they are:

Transformers Figure of the Year
Favorite Transformers Toyline of 2013
Favorite 2013 Generations Figure
Favorite 2013 Transformers: Prime Beast Hunters Figure
Favorite 2013 Transformers Masterpiece Figure
Favorite 2013 Takara EZ, GO!, GT
Favorite 2013 Kre-O/BotShot Set
Favorite 2013 BotCon Exclusive Figure
Favorite 2013 Non-BotCon Exclusive Figure
Favorite 2013 Transformers Moment
What you're looking forward to in 2014 for Transformers


Rumble your frenzies, lock your grims, punch your counters and flip your tables: it's time to look at 2013 through different eyes.

Transformers Figure of the Year
In which the staff all mention the same figures, and Va'al has no clue what to say.




Scotty P - In a year of contradictions and transition in the brand, there was a clear push on what the biggest, baddest, coolest figure of the year would be, and that's Metroplex. Sure, it isn't perfect, the stickers aren't great and there are some shortcuts taken in the engineering, but looking back on the year nothing puts an awesome stamp out there like this. A year ago I couldn't have imagined that we were on the cusp of having the biggest Transformer ever released come out. Actually, I did think that, but I thought it'd be the Fort Max reissue that filled that role.

Mkall - And not just for the figure, which is pretty awesome on its own, because it's a playset for proper-sized figures, not just legend-class figures, or cyberverse-class or whatever the nomenclature of the puny size of figure is. There are additional implications of his release. To me it demonstrated that Hasbro is willing to take greater risks with the Transformers brand. There is, of course, no guarantee that we'll see another Titan class figure in the coming years, but Metroplex's release gives us fans and collectors hope.

Seibertron - This is a really tough one for me. I really want to say Prowl or Soundwave from Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece line. The vintage 1984 G1 Soundwave toy is hands down my favorite Transformers toy of all time. Soundwave is also one of my favorite characters. Masterpiece Prowl is quite simply an absolutely beautiful toy and it is an amazing feat having captured both the look and feel of the character from the character while giving the vintage toy a ton of nods. However, both toys have some glaring flaws that always come to mind when I think of them. Soundwave's faulty cassette mode with the half assed backside seems like a major oversight to me or a cost cutting measure (i.e. "Well, it's close enough and all anyone is going to care about is the robot mode"). For Prowl, his vintage Fairlady Z is his biggest weakness. Don't get me wrong, I love the Masterpieces. They're amazing toys. I just think I'd be happier with the Masterpiece line if they were updated versions of the toys. I'm all for getting faithful versions of these characters in a throwback line but I'd much rather see these guys done with modern vehicle modes where possible.

So with all of that said, my favorite for 2013 is Metroplex hands down. It's a toy I never thought we'd get. I never thought they'd be able to top Fortress Maximus. But they did it. They gave us a massive over 2 feet tall Metroplex that is just an amazing and fun toy. Nice work Hasbro!

El Duque - This is a tough one, because some really impressive figures came out this year. My top contenders would be the Takara Tomy Masterpiece Datsun Fairladies, Prowl, Bluestreak, and Smokescreen. That mold is a work of art, but I almost feel like it's not fair to compare the Masterpiece line with mainlines. The Generations Springer mold is also at the top of my list. This guy usurped FansProject's Defender from my Classics shelf, and that's quite an accomplishment! In the end though I have to go with Generations Metroplex. I never thought we would get a mainline figure in this scale ever again, especially considering how most molds seem to be shrinking. Metroplex stole the entire show at Toy Fair 2013. Keep in mind we hadn't even heard any rumors of a Titan Scale Metroplex at the time of the show, and a lot of the time they will announce things, but only show concept designs. Not only did they announce this guy, but they immediately hauled out the prototype, and jaws dropped. Is he a perfect figure? No. Is he an awesome figure? Absolutely!



LOST Cybertronian - As the Masterpiece line continues to achieve, this is the definitive Prowl. He looks gorgeous in his licensed alt mode and his robot mode looks like the G1 toy brought successfully into the 21st century

Burn - I don't care how big you are. You transform by effectively laying down. I also just spent three hours re-arranging my Transformers room to fit you. You're large, and you may be impressive, but Metroplex, you are NOT the father Figure of the Year.

No, I have to go with LOST Cybertronian and give that particular title to Masterpiece Prowl.



Mindmaster - One would have to be pure bonkers not to consider the gloriousness that is MP Soundwave and friends the figure of the year. I’ve stood in my local Toys “R” Us just drooling over him and his GEEWUN-y goodness. I'm in love with one of his main gimmicks, that being his deployment of his cassette minions. I mean, come on, who wouldn't want little dudes popping out of your chest? It's also really neat to see the evolution from the original Generation One toy released in 1984 to the present. How amazing is today's toy engineering to completely transform (pun intended) Soundwave?

Autobot032 - I don't have Rhinox in hand, yet, so I can't say definitively, but it's a toss up between Metroplex and Masterpiece Soundwave. Both are so good, so expensive.



Cyber Bishop - This guy is the Springer that I have always wanted since I first saw the 1986 movie. Superb poseability and great looking modes in all forms. A "must have" Transformer.

Va'al - Er..

Favorite Toyline of 2013
In which beasts and cars are thrown into the mix, and Cyber Bishop doesn't budge.




Cyber Bishop - Generations of course. I love G1 and am excited about how they take classic characters and keep producing them in an updated modern form while keeping their essence alive and well.

Mindmaster - Seriously, if people don’t know I’m a sucker for Classics, then they must be new here. Classics is where my collecting really kicked off. Yeah, Armada was the proverbial hook that got me addicted to Transformers back in 2003, but once my then-idiot kid brain realized the importance of the Classics and other affiliated lines, I was all over them.

El Duque - I gotta go with the Generations line. Again, I feel like I'm betraying the Masterpiece line, which I love, but to be honest I've gotten more pure enjoyment out of the Generations line. Being a kid who grew op on G1 and seeing Transformers: The Movie in the theater, it's hard to not love being able to go to a retail store and find updated representations of old favorites. Springer, Blitzwing, Sandstorm, Skids, Trailbreaker, Hoist, Orion Pax, Metroplex, and even FoC Grimlock. Pure fun, and that's what this hobby is all about for me!

Autobot032 - I can't answer one over the other. It's a 50/50 on Generations and Beast Hunters. I'm quite partial to Primeverse. I even went to the trouble of Reprolabeling my Smokescreen. (I'm that in love with the toys/show.) Generations has been pretty solid, all the way through. Thrilling 30 is lumped in with Generations and Masterpiece, so I just let my current answer speak for that as well.



Mkall - Under normal circumstances, I'd give this to Generations. However with the first half of this year's Generations line being used to finish off the Fall of Cybertron line, which resulted in some pretty cheap-feeling figures, I give this to the Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters, because when it comes to number of figures per line acquired, I have more Predacons from that line than acquired Generations figures. Besides, there's something pretty cool about having this many dragon-based figures standing side-by-side.

Va'al - I was going to say Generations, because of the gems from the Fall of Cybertron line such as Starscream and Grimlock, the new Legends figures and toys I've only heard good thing about like Sandstorm and Springer (I don't buy that many toys, so a lot of my sources are other people's comments). But I've recently come to find myself really warming up to the beasties from the Beast Hunters line. Grimwing, Predaking, Ripclaw, the awkward Dreadwing (Shockwave, who's not a beast, but is still beautiful, and the little Air Vehicon) - they're actually really really good, and I enjoyed them so much I even did some customising. So yeah, Beast Hunters.




ScottyP - There's never been a better year to be a Masterpiece collector, except maybe 2012 for some folks! The year started with Red Alert, continued with Soundwave and tons of cassettes, then kept going strong with Black Convoy, Tigertrack, Prowl, Acid Storm, and Bluestreak. The quality and value of these figures is unparalleled. The future of Masterpiece is bright, but this has definitely been a banner year for this line.

LOST Cybertronian - I think Masterpiece will continue to dominate this category as long as Takara keeps pumping out all of this awesomeness. Both Hasbro and Takara released Soundwave. While Takara kept his minions separate, Hasbro 1-uped them by releasing them all in one affordable package. Hasbro added to our MP Seeker collection with Acid Storm. We can't forget about Black Convoy and Tigertrack. Then there was the 1-2-3 punch of the Datsun trio. It was a huge year for Masterpiece.

Burn - Have to go with Masterpiece. Takara Tomy have really ramped up and taken this more seriously. The engineering has improved and we now have a definite direction of where the line is going.

Favorite 2013 Generations Figure
In which staff cheat, favourites and best are distinguished and Burn begins to ramble..




ScottyP - Hey, we're picking favorites and not necessarily the best in this part, right? Truth be told I'm a complete sucker for Grimlock. I got over the tail, and now this is one of my favorite molds. A Space T-Rex with light up eyes and mouth, that transforms into the best Grimlock robot mode we've seen outside of the Masterpiece figure. I've put the Takara version here due to the amazing detail and color that really makes their version pop.



Autobot032 - As of right now? (Which could change at any minute) It's looking to be Metroplex. He's massive, he still transforms, he interacts with the little figures and he's just an imposing sight to behold. Though, there are some real gems in the Generation line, so it's kinda hard to pick just one.

LOST Cybertronian - Metroplex takes gold in this category. It had the whole package. A faithful update to the original toy. Able to achieve all three modes. Not to mention being huge and with electronics to boot.



Mindmaster - Springer's been the one character that every Classics collector's been asking for since the advent of Classics Astrotrain. When Hasbro didn't deliver, Fansproject took it upon themselves to make a decent Springer, but it had a couple issues. Finally, Hasbro unveiled and released their own Springer this year. Springer, as well as his retool Sandstorm, are truly marvels of toy engineering, showing that when their mind is set, Hasbro can make one kickass toy. And kicked ass, their Springer has.

Mkall - Even though I said that Metroplex was the Figure of the year, he's not my favourite. That title goes to voyager-class Springer. This figure is pretty much perfect in every mode. There is nothing I can say to diminish this figure in any way. Even his Sandstorm repaint/remold is pretty good.

Cyber Bishop - Possibly one of my favorite Transformer figures of all time, can't say anything bad about him at all. Great looking robot mode and two superb alt forms.

El Duque - I'm going to cheat a little here. Since Generations Metroplex was my 2013 figure of the year, he should by default be my Generations 2013 Favorite, but like I said I'm going to cheat! My 2013 Generations favorite of the year is the Springer/Sandstorm mold. It's just a great mold, and one of the best remolds of all time. As I said before this Springer replaced FansProject's Defender on my Classics shelf, that's saying something. And the Sandstorm remold is brilliant.



Va'al - As I said above, it's going to have to be Fall of Cybertron Starscream. I was going to say Grimlock, but the chest issue leaves a gaping hole in the enjoyment of the whole package. Starcream, on the other hand, is absolutely stunning, with a simple but still good transformation, lovely aesthetics, still fits in with the comics and has excellent light (and chest) piping!

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Burn - When Va'al first shot the e-mail around to all the Seibertron.com staff regarding this Year in Review feature, I was one of the first to put my hand up. "How hard could it be?" I thought.

Then I thought some more and it occurred to me that thanks to my awesome memory, I couldn't remember what was released this year! Turned out I wasn't the only one having that problem. A list was tracked down and I started going through it and that's when I realised something.

I really hadn't paid much attention to Transformers this year.

.:shock: :shock: :shock: WHAT???? :shock: :shock: :shock:


(to be continued..)


Favorite 2013 Transformers: Prime Beast Hunters Figure
In which we unleash the kraken Predacons, and deal with it right now. And Burn ends his ramble. Logical.




Mindmaster - Out of the entire Beast Hunters line, there’s just no contest when compared to Shockwave. Without that dreadful-looking armor, the figure itself is a great representation of his show model. If Generations wasn't my priority right now, I'd definitely set some aside to pick up Shockwave, or maybe even his SDCC exclusive deco.

Seibertron - Gotta love that you can take the silly Beast Hunters armor off and have him stand side-by-side with the Transformers Prime figures pre-Beast Hunters.

Cyber Bishop - Ok so he is not a gun and his alt form may not be the best but his bot mode is awesome and screams shockwave more than any recent figure released under that name.



Autobot032 - Oooh. This is a tough one. There were a lot of good ones, honestly. I'm going to go with Ultra Magnus. I know it's a redeco of the Prime mold, but seriously, it's like this mold was MADE for Magnus. First Edition was made for Optimus. They shouldn't share a mold. Though, I must admit, the beast molds definitely are eye catching. And well worth the money spent.

El Duque - I'll go with Voyager Ultra Magnus. The Robots in Disguise Voyager/Powerizer Optimus Prime really felt kind of useless with the superior First Edition Voyager version on my shelf, but Beast Hunters Ultra Magnus breathed new life into the mold. In my eyes it gave Ultra Magnus the unique mold he deserved in comparison to Optimus Prime, plus you get a get jet pack and the Forge of Solus Prime to boot.



Va'al - I've fallen really fond of the Predacons, but Shockwave is also really really good, and one of the most impressive official iterations of the character. I still have to fall onto the beasts, though. Voyager Predaking is an interesting take with excellently original engineering, though really lacks in paint and the wings only really work in dragon mode - so Grimwing it is. I was going to hold out for Darksteel, but I doubt we'll ever see him in the EU. This mold is gorgeous, even with its simple transformation.

LOST Cybertronian - Grimwing is my favourite in this category. A completely new character that looks imposing in both robot and alt modes. He definitely gives the Autobots a run for their money.



ScottyP - Again, favorite, not best. A massive dragon based on a super cool character from the Beast Hunters TV show. No other version of Predaking really brings the presence of the character out like this toy. Imposing on a shelf, and a great companion piece for the large Beast Hunters Prime that came out.

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Cyberverse Abominus
Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review

Mkall - Can Abominus be counted as a single figure? Since I'm answering this, I will say "yes." Abominus, and likewise the five cyberverse-class figures that comprise him are all downright fun to play with. All of the other Predacon figures (of which are the only Beast Hunters figures I collected) have flaws that prevent me from enjoying them as much.

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Burn - (Previously, in Burn's responses: "I really hadn't paid much attention to Transformers this year".) Blasphemy I know, but I've had lots going on in other parts of my life, so much so my TF collecting went into auto-mode. I picked up Prime figures when I could (I was importing the Takara Tomy versions but stopped), while lines like Generations, Masterpiece, and of course my regular love interest, Kabaya, all became pre-ordered (actually that's not entirely true, I dropped the ball a little on Kabaya)

So if that's the case, what the heck am I doing here? Because Va'al asked. And while I may give him a lot of crap, I just went through our Facebook conversations for the year and he's listened to a LOT of moaning ranging from work, women, comics, and Transformers. So I owe him I guess.

Aaaaw, ain't that nice of Burn? :x


Favorite 2013 Transformers Masterpiece Figure
In which table-flippers and chrazzimatic boxes go head to head, and Mindmaster is the odd one out.




Seibertron - It's a gorgeous toy. Just wish it had a modern Fairlady Z alt mode. Sorry Soundwave ... his bell bottom legs and the half assed backside of his alt mode bug me.

LOST Cybertronian - Being my favourite Transformer of the year, Prowl also takes number one as my favourite Masterpiece of the year. You can check out my reasoning above.

ScottyP - There is no better example of the direction and intention of the current Masterpiece line than Prowl. Perfect scale with the other Autobots, a super realistic licensed alt mode, and an amazingly clever transformation that ends up in a nearly flawless representation of the character. If this is the future, then I like the future. A lot. Would like to note that Smokescreen has not come out as I write this, and he may unseat Prowl as my "favorite" of the year.

El Duque - Again, I'm going to cheat a little! Rather than pick one figure, I'm going to pick a mold that has three figures, which is obviously the Datsun Fairlady (Prowl, Bluestreak, Smokescreen). It's a beautiful mold that delivers exactly what I wanted in both modes. A close runner up would be Soundwave and crew, but I feel the Fairlday was more of an engineering feat. Soundwave didn't have to conform to any licensee specifications, that and his boxy alt mode make him seem a little less impressive that the Fairladies.



Cyber Bishop - Besides MP Grimlock this guy is absolutely perfect in every way and the fact that for $120 you can get Soundwave and all his minions (MP Prowl is a close second though).

Va'al - Alas, I've only just been able to get my hands on a Masterpiece Optimus Prime, and I'm not planning on any other figures from the line at all. Soundwave does look fun though, especially with all the minions included!

Autobot032 - Well, for me, there were only two: Soundwave and Red Alert. Soundwave is impressive, no doubt. So is the Lamborghini mold. (Both are just...excellent.) But I'd have to say the most impressive? Absolutely? Would have to be Laserbeak/Buzzsaw. Just a fantastic design. Such an intelligent design.

Transformers Masterpiece MP-11 Starscream
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Mindmaster - The area under the jurisdiction of Hasbro Asia saw a reissue of the coveted MP11 Starscream this year. I know what everyone's thinking: "Hey, wait a minute! Is M&M dumb? MP11 Starscream was released in 2012!" It still counts, people.

Easily the best Starscream ever. He doesn't require the removal of his null rays, intricate but not frustratingly complicated transformation, coronation gear, and the best part: fixes all the issues of MP03, such as his stability and the risk of breaking the joints in his wings. It'll be the crown jewel of my collection, once I get the monies for it.

Favorite 2013 Transformers Takara EZ, GO!, Super GT Figure
In which we look at repainted beasties, (il)logical homages and El Duque's marriage gets in trouble




Mindmaster – I admit, Bakudora really surprised me. A clear homage to Victory Deathsaurus, Bakudora's deco really fits the mold much better than Ripclaw's ever did. And the headsculpt... boy, I sure hope to God that if there is a Generations Star Saber in the works, then Hasbro would at least have the decency to use a slightly redecoed Bakudora as a Generations Deathsaurus.

ScottyP - This was a hard one to come up with. As much as I've loved Takara's Masterpiece stuff this year, their "mainline" offerings have been a massive disappointment to me outside of Generations. The Predacon redecos/remolds they've done are an exception to this, and Bakudora truly embodies that. I don't see this toy as an homage but as a different take on the "character" that Hasbro released. The blue deco is fantastic looking and the paint details really pop. Plus, this mold is cool as hell. Dat tail.

Seibertron - I've got to go with Bakudora. It's not any where near the top of any of my lists, but there's just something really striking about this figure. The head and the color scheme really make it stand out to me.



Mkall - I liked Transformers GO! line, but I only love it enough to get the Predacons from that series. Of those, I am thoroughly impressed with Dragotron, the demonic red repainting of the Supreme-class Predaking. His colouring is intense and he, unlike his voyager-self, is just a blast to play with. I have him lording over my Predacon faction, and there's nowhere else I'd rather place him.



LOST Cybertronian - Transformers Go! Budora uses an awesome base figure in Grimwing and takes it to the next level. Giving him a new beast and robot head and an excellent paint job, there is just no better looking figure in the Go! Toyline.



Va'al - The only one I picked up was Go! Shockwave, as he turned out being cheaper than buying the regular one as they're both imports here in the UK. So he's definitely my favourite out of the one I have! The -dora creatures look really well done, too, though



El Duque - Picking Super GT Star Saber here. The entire line was a fun reuse of the Alternity Convoy mold with an awesome racing theme. Though, my wife did question why there were Race Queens on my shelf.

Favorite 2013 Transformers KreO/Botshot Set
In which we don't have much to say, but we all think they're adorable.


Transformers Bot Shots Jump Shot Optimus Prime.
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ScottyP - I don't have much to say here. The Jump Shot gimmick is fun, and this is a miniature Galaxy Convoy. What's not to like about that?

Transformers Kre-O Microchanger combiner Abominus
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LOST Cybertronian - There wasn't very many of the larger sets released this year. I am going to have to go with Microchanger combiner Abominus. Abominus in cute cuddly Kreon form? Nuff said.

Kreon Microchanger Rodimus Prime
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Seibertron - C'mon ... he's awesome!


El Duque - This one is tough, because... well I stopped collecting both. I think they're both great lines, they just weren't for me. With so much great product coming out, I had to get a little more selective about my collecting. That being said, I am familiar with all the product since I've posted news on most of it. I think the Kre-O Microchanger combiners are really neat little sets. I can't tell you how many times these have tempted me when I see them at retail. Must... resist..!

Favorite 2013 BotCon Exclusive Figure
In which we clearly disagree. Well, Seibertron and Mkall do, at least.




Mindmaster - To be honest, I was initially against the choice of Hunt for the Decepticons Terradive as Machine Wars Starscream. But the more I looked at him, the more I just couldn’t handle how awesome it looked. The deco is really slick, the paint on the head really helped separate the details quite nicely, and the green on him really helped the figure pop even more. I really wish I had the money to afford him when he was available.

Autobot032 - I kinda liked the Starscream figure. It was a good mold choice to work with, plus the colors just stood out on it. Still too pricey for my tastes.

Seibertron - There were a ton of missed opportunities with this set. Including Obsidian and Strika in this set was a mistake. They're nice figures, but they would have been better as souvenir add-ons instead of as part of the main set. Featuring Obsidian on the box set takes away from the Machine Wars aspect. If I had to pick a figure, Machine Wars Starscream would probably be the one I'd choose. To be honest though, none of them really stand out to me. Even Sunstorm was a let down after having waited so long for an official figure and then to get one with the wrong colors. Sunstorm needs white, not black!



LOST Cybertronian - The Rainmakers set gave us our very first official Sunstorm using the classics seeker mold. This despite the fact that Sunstorm technically wasn't a Rainmaker. I have been waiting years for Hasbro or Takara to bring Sunstorm with that mold. Mission accomplished.

El Duque - Taking the Rainmaker three-pack on this one. I wasn't all that impressed with the box set or the over all theme, but I am a Seeker junkie. We finally got an official Sunstorm, and to be perfectly honest I buy whatever Seeker molds they produce. I don't really know why, but I will.



ScottyP - As someone that grew up with G2 toys, I've really loved some of the updated G2 stuff that's come out of Fun Publications. Electro is a particular favorite, because you just can't mess around with G2 Electro toys these days without them turning into a pile of gold clumps. The headsculpt is fantastic as well, and even though it's a G2 character it still manages to not look out of place with the rest of this year's Botcon set.



Mkall - Earlier in this year, I was very vocal in my dislike in how this year's Botcon series was handled. I then regressed and purchased the who set, including exclusives. I'm mercurial, I'm allowed to change, that said, most of them still don't interest me all that much. HOWEVER I must express my enjoyment of the Strika and Obsidian figures. Not only do they employ previous molds that I enjoy, but they both have new, accurate heads and proper paint applications that homage the Beast Machines series from which the original characters hail from. They are the peak of that year, which didn't provide much competition.

Favorite 2013 Non BotCon Exclusive Figure
In which we encounter snakes and planes but no Samuel L Jackson, and Metroplex shows up, again.




El Duque - This is a redeco/remold fans have been wanting for years and they finally delivered. I think most of us were already using Energon Omega Supreme for our Classics collections anyway, so finally having him in the proper colors is nice. The new head and claw arm are really make the figure feel like a Classics Omega Supreme.

LOST Cybertronian - They took the already great Energon Omega Supreme and gave him his traditional claw and a head that I know is suppose to represent War for Cybertron but also carries over for the G1 fans.



Mkall - Looking back through my year of purchases, it surprises me that there weren't that many non-Botcon exclusive figures that appealed to me. It seemed that this year was all about pimping Bruticus and Metroplex. Thus I believe that my favourite exclusive would be the BBTS/Amazon G2 Bruticus. I bought it because G2 Bruticus was the first and only combiner I was able to fully assemble as a kid, and though Onslaught's arm didn't last too long due to the constant playtimes I had with it, getting this allowed me to relive my nostalgia. Yes there are the naysayers against these figures and I agree with many of their qualms. For once, though nostalgia trumps logic.



ScottyP - That's a 2013 release, really! Came out in January in Japan and in March domestically through Fun Publications and other e-tailers. This set has it all. G1 goodness, awesome extra stickers, an amazing looking box, a fun pack in comic, and oh my, some of the best cassette decos we've ever seen. Solarbot alone is almost worth the price of admission for this set. At the time I write this it's beginning to go clearance at stores that still have it (it not selling out already is a blight on this fandom, c'mon guys), so if you haven't given this a look, get at it!

eHobby Exclusive Generations Magnificus
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Seibertron - I really enjoy seeing obscure references. Getting a 2nd version of Magnificus helps build this character's legitimacy in my mind. He's no longer just a one-time repaint that e-Hobby brought back from Takara's Micro Change line. The comic that accompanies him helps build his legitimacy as well and is a big part of why this set was so awesome to me. I also like that Magnificus has the secondary head which itself is a nod to the vintage Perceptor's head.



Mindmaster - You people didn’t think I’d get out of this without at least listing one version of Generations Metroplex, did you? Yeah, even though I said I liked the GEEWUN-ified Beast Hunters Shockwave (which is still in-stock at Hasbro Toy Shop, oddly) more, I really felt that SDCC pulled off a really cool homage by using the deco of the original toy. 10/10 would do stuff I would later regret doing to get my grubby hands on this particular version of Metroplex.

Favorite 2013 Transformers Moment
In which we get mushy, soppy, and fanboyish. Burn talks to strangers. Mindmaster and myself say almost the same thing, and and we talk about comics, cartoons and conventions.


ScottyP - I'd never been to a small Transformers convention before, and Charticon 2013 was everything I could have expected and more. Cool panels, competent accommodations, fun events, fantastic (if unofficial) exclusives, and a massive dealer room to boot. Seriously, this dealer room was as big as Botcon's and I didn't have to travel across country to get to it. Plus, no other convention this year featured the following people in the same place at the same time: Counterpunch, Razorclaw0000, Jon 3.0, alexison, Superquad7, GetRightRobot, Arkvander, Daimchoc, bsutton, Flywheels, Gatchaman, the Lostreasures crew, and Aaron Archer, plus the 50 other people I forgot to list. Truly a memorable time and it's likely going to replace my Botcon trip in 2015. No offense to Funpub, this is just closer, cheaper, and fills the same void. No worries Pete and Brian, I'll pick up a non-attending set at the very least.

Seibertron - Recording the Seibertron.com Twincast/Podcast with about 2 dozen fellow Seibertronians at BotCon 2013. Now that was a fun night! Looking forward to doing it again at BotCon 2014.

El Duque - Toy Fair 2013 for sure. Ryan/Seibertron and I flew into what was being referred to as "Snowmageddon". The weather was so bad I feared my flight would be cancelled, but luckily we both made it. The first night was insane, New York City was on lock down so we pretty much had run of the city. The following day's Hasbro Media Day was intense. As I mentioned before, this where they revealed Generations Metroplex in all his Titan scale glory. Not to mention we got our first looks at Generations Springer, Blitzwing, the IDW Deluxes, and Beast Hunters Shockwave. It was an incredible event that I was lucky enough to make part in.

LOST Cybertronian - Since I am not caught up on the comics, Transformers Prime came to an end and I didn't attend BotCon, my favourite Transformers moment was attending the Greg Berger panel at TF Expo 2013 in Wichita, KS. What's better than having a professional and dedicated Transformers convention in your own city? Grimlock was my favourite character as a kid and there is nothing like listening to Greg tell stories about his time as Grimlock. He is a genuinely nice guy.

Autobot032 - The return of Transformers Prime to the air waves. It was hard to be patient during that pretty long hiatus. It was driving me nuts wanting to know how it would all end. Also saddened that it would, in fact, end. (Still very unhappy about that. Nothing you can do, though.) Sadly, the season was their weakest one yet and let me down pretty much all the way through.

Cyber Bishop - I have been enjoying the Regeneration one story line and how it is finishing up the original Marvel Transformer saga.

Mkall - I work shift work away from home. I'm gone for 4 weeks straight, and I'm back for 2. My absolute favourite Transformers-related moment is making the monthly pilgrimage to my local comic book shop, picking up the bushel of comics waiting for me, trundling home, and curling up on my couch to read them. I do miss Dreamwave's stories, but IDW isn't afraid to do things that we're not used to seeing in other Transformers mediums. I look forward to the gritty storylines of RID and MTMTE makes me chuckle every time. Keep going IDW, you're doing fine.

Va'al - Not only joining the Seibertron.com staff, but also swiftly getting promoted to comics person. Being able to read everything that IDW is offering, discussing things in detail, making sure the community on the site is active in the comics, art and creative side of things - and being recognised and complimented by the likes of Andrew Griffith, Alex Milne, James Roberts, JP Bove and Jim Sorenson for my work with reviews and interviews, at Auto Assembly and online! It feels good, I can tell you that (Bonus moment: being asked by Roberts to proofread the prose stories for More Than Meets the Eye Volume 5).

Mindmaster - Going to also have to say joining the Seibertron staff. It's nice to work with others who are just as devoted to this awesome hobby as myself. It also gives me something to do, other than browse Imgur or play some Halo/Assassin's Creed. Also, I get to see stuff ahead of time before others do. Handy, since I can get impatient when there's something I'm dying to see.

Burn - Receiving an incredibly large box at work containing an incredibly large Fortress Maximus re-issue. I mean really, how many of us have wanted this guy for decades and were over-joyed to finally receive him? The guy in Freight wanted to steal him off me. I told him no. Should have seen his reaction when Metroplex turned up!

What you're looking forward to in 2014 for Transformers
In which Mkall mentions unmentionables, we all admit to actually being intrigued by Age of Extinction, and where our journey ends.


Transformers News: Seibertron.com's 2013 Year In Review


El Duque - BotCon 2014 has the potential to be great, it's the 30th Anniversary and a movie year. It's always fun to hang out with great people who share the same interests, which is really what makes BotCon fun.

Seibertron - BotCon 2014... Transformers 30th Anniversary, BotCon's 20th Anniversary, Seibertron.com's 14th Anniversary, getting to see all of our Seibertronian friends, and of course... hopefully a sneak peak at Transformers 4 Age of Extinction. What's not to love about that week?

ScottyP - I'm just going to make a list without much explanation: Botcon 2014; The conclusion of Dark Cybertron and then "Season 2" of the amazing MTMTE comic; Generations toys; Tentatively, Age of Extinction - movies always bring a few new awesome people into, or back into, this hobby; Although we've heard nothing about any of it, the potential for some more cool G1 reissues to tag along to the 30th has to be realized to some extent, and that's got me excited; The continuing wacky misadventures of the Twincast/Podcast.

Va'al - Counterintuitively, I'm looking forward to the end of ReGeneration One, just to see how they conclude what they started so long ago! That, and Dark Cybertron, and this new Windblade mini. A completely new artist, working with a good writer on a new, quasi-fan-made character - that has me intrigued. I'm also curious about what Auto Assembly will bring, and the rumoured Generations toys (Jhiaxus please?). And yes, go on, Age of Extinction, maybe, a little.

Burn - Obviously we have a movie coming up, I look forward to it, I don't expect much of it, I'm sure many of you will give me a headache when I wake up each morning and have to deal with the flame wars that will inevitably erupt each day. But what I'm looking forward to the most, is one particular figure. Masterpiece Wheeljack. We've seen the silhouette, and if he comes remotely close to some of the digital colourings we've seen, he's going to be one hell of a figure. It's also a reason why I just spent three hours re-organising my Transformers room so I can fit all the Masterpieces in as well! Oh and new episodes of Rescue Bots. Shut up, I like it.

So bring on 2014, hopefully my life will settle down enough for me to get back to enjoying TF's more than I didn't this year!

LOST Cybertronian - I am honestly look forward to Age of Extinction. I enjoy the movies for what they are and they give us some really great toys. I am also looking forward to attending TF Expo 2014.

Autobot032 - Age Of Extinction, for sure. I definitely want to see what Generations/Thrilling 30/Masterpiece has in store for us. If it's even half as good as we're all thinking it'll be, then this will be THE year for Transformers. They want to make good on the anniversary (and I can't blame them), so I think this year they might just pull out all the stops. I'm looking forward to being wowed. (C'mon Hasbro, don't fail me now!)

Cyber Bishop - More Generations figures, hopefully a decent Galvatron or Arcee.. And Whirl.. So much awesomeness coming down the pike it is not funny.

Mindmaster - Too easy. More Generations figures (specifically that smexy Armada Starscream), BotCon 2014 and what will be shown there, and Masterpiece Star Saber. Oh, and I’m hoping that the mystery of the “Grimlock testshot with a Beast Wars Megatron head” will be solved like Dreadwing was.

Mkall - There was a leaked list put out a couple months back, highlighting all the upcoming Transformers figures and products that will be released, most likely through to the middle of the year, if not further. On that list was a healthy assortment of awesome-sounding Generations figures. What I'm most looking forward to is seeing these images for the first time. Nothing quite matches the energy of the fandom when seeing a figure for the first time.

There's also the movie, which I'll see because however it ends up, it'll be entertaining. Other than that, I can look forward to taking the line off, because I don't collect movie figures. This'll allow me to actually save some money, but who am I kidding? It'll all go to figures of an... how shall I put it... unofficial nature.


BONUS FEATURE: Goat of the Year 2013


Linkin Park Soundwave
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ScottyP - This is exactly the opposite of the SG Soundwave vs Blaster release I talked about above. The box is amazing and the molds are G1 fun happy times, but everything else stinks. The price is too high, it has no place on a shelf, it has literally two of the same toy, and it's just damn ugly. This is not how to do a high priced exclusive.

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And so, with 2014 upon us, our favourite giant space transforming robots turning 30, Michael Bay exploding his way into cinemas this summer, Seibertron.com turning 14, we leave our heroes to return to their daily lives in their various time zones. We looked at 2013 with both affection and disdain, contempt and satisfaction, fear and loathing... but eventually took the best out of it all with us, in our minds and on our shelves.

But what did you, our community of fellow Seibertronians, think? What was your 2013 in Transformers? Do you have other suggestions? Do you disagree with the staff picks? Let us know your own take on the categories, or create your own. And don't forget to check out the latest podcast episode, which has even more views on 2013!

For now, that's all from Autobot032, Burn, Cyber Bishop, El Duque, LOST Cybertronian, Mindmaster, Mkall, Seibertron, ScottyP and myself, the brokeback Brit with girly arms, Va'al.

--Till half past one!

Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"
Date: Thursday, January 2nd 2014 8:32pm CST
Categories: Media, Podcast, Site News
Posted by: xRotorstormx

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast! What's that you say, we just posted an episode? Well, with the holidays around we moved at a Sludge-like pace thanks to munching down on too many Energon Goodies, so YOU, our awesome and faithful listeners, get a double dose of Twincast fun! This episode features your still temporary, we promise host for the evening ScottyP, and your regularly scheduled crew of cast members Tigertrack, Rotorstorm, Jon 3.0, and Ron Burgandy? Join us as we check out the latest news and then put on our retrospective beer goggles and take a look at the whole of 2013!

This episode is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes within 24 to 48 hours of this news post.

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The first wave of the IDW Generation deluxe figures have been appearing in more stores lately, have you been able to track these guys down? We discuss what we think of this wave which includes Waspinator, Skids, Goldfire and Dreadwing!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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Also, a few of us have been lucky enough to get our hands on Rhinox and Doubledealer. These figures looked pretty impressive from early photos but tune in to hear what the twincast has to say about them now that they are in hand.

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We FINALLY have some images of the much anticipated Generations Wave 3 figures coming out soon. This wave includes Rattrap, Crosscut, and Tankor. While much of the excitment is over Rattrap, does the reveal of Crosscut mean we may see more e-Hobby characters like Road Rage?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise issue #24 was recently released. Take a listen to hear our thoughts about this issue, better known as Dark Cybertron Part 5.

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Also, Regeneration Issue #97 has been released.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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Tonight we take a stroll down memory lane as we recap our favorites of 2013! First up we discuss our favorite media of the year. From the addictive MMO game Transformers: Legends to the moment where we first see Predaking transform.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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Next up is our favorite comic/comic series of the year. You'll hear us discuss ours but what was your favorite? We want to know!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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What was our favorite Beast Hunters / Go! Toy this year? Tune in to find out!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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Favorite Generations figure? That is going to be a tough one because there were so many excellent figures to choose from. See what the crew chose as their favorites of the year.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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Next up in our stroll through 2013 we discuss our favorite Masterpiece figure. With how many amazing figures were released this year, a lot of us can not wait for next year!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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And now on to the stuff we were not so impressed with this year when it comes to figures...what was your least favorite figure of the year?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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The negativity continues for a bit as we give out our first ever 'Revenge of the Fallen' award. What was hyped up and crushed the cast's hopes and dreams? We're not even giving you an image for a hint, so that we don't end up giving the award to this segment!"

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Oh snap! The twincast crew discusses the 2013 Fandom Oh No You didn't moment...you do not want to miss this.

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After the highs and lows of 2013 when it comes to collecting, we discuss what our personal Toy of The Year is. We're pretty sure what toy Tigertrack will pick here, but what about the rest of the crew?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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There were some pretty awesome things that happened during the year when we look back. Whether it was finally getting that figure you always wanted or attending a convention. We all have our own personal Transformers Moment of 2013...

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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There have been some pretty awesome reveals for the coming year. Will these figures live up to the hype or will they shatter our dreams like gold plastic? Find out what the crew thinks as we discuss our predictions for 2014!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #83 "2013 Wrap-Up"

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With our walk down memory lane wrapped up we dive into some listener questions! While some of the questions were answered in our wrap up of 2013 we could resist answering RodimusConvoy13's question. (Thank you Silverhammer, Ionrac and RodimusConvoy13 for your questions!)

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Closing out the night is our favorite segment...BRAGGING RIGHTS!

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Thanks everyone for listening and we appreciate the continued support! Don't forget to keep the discussion going on the Seibertron.com Energon Pub Forums!

Twincast / Podcast Episode #82 "Horsin' Around"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #82 "Horsin' Around"
Date: Thursday, January 2nd 2014 8:31pm CST
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Twincast / Podcast Episode #82 "Horsin' Around"

Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast! This episode features your host for the evening ScottyP, Tigertrack, Rotorstorm, and Jon 3.0

Episode 82 "Horsin' Around" is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes within 24 to 48 hours of this news post.

With that said, let's pass this post off to Rotorstorm for the breakdown of what we talked about.

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We've now seen more images of toys for the upcoming TF4 movie line. Dare we say another round of fast action battling action! See what the crew thinks of these new figures.

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Next up we discuss the new leader of the decepticons..err I mean the new Platimum Edition Year of the Horse Starscream!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #82 "Horsin' Around"

And who can say no to a clear Prime trailer?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #82 "Horsin' Around"


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Star Saber was announced as the winner of the Takara Tomy Masterpiece Fan's Choice. Is anyone surprised by this annoucement? Some of us aren't and are pretty excited about the news!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #82 "Horsin' Around"


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Ahh Calvin Johnson, the star of the Detroit Lions. Ever wonder how you could become Megatron and the hero of your football team? Well all you need to do is drop $550 for a set of shoes (oh oh and a bonus toy!) See what the twincast thinks and see if this will be making it into your collection.
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Oohhh look at all the purple :shock:

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The new Transformers Cloud figures have been revealed, how are you feeling about these figures so far? I'm feeling a bit nostalgic with Megatron being a tank (editor's note: Rotorstorm just got Counterpunched into buying the GDO G2 Colors).

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #82 "Horsin' Around"


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Switching topics now to some new issues of the IDW comics that have come out. Dark Cybertron Issues 2, 3 and 4 have hit and we'll talk about our thoughts so far and where we think it will go from here.
Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #82 "Horsin' Around"

Regeneration 1 Issue 96 has also hit. What's your opinion, Yay or Nay?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #82 "Horsin' Around"


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Don't we all just love movie reveals! ;) Some plot details have surfaced confirming that TF4 is a soft reboot.

...and we also get to see a pretty cool image of Prime in robot mode on the from cover of EMPIRE magazine.

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In this episode we take a few listener questions about the total number of people that could be in the fandom worldwide to the most epic question of the night, is awesomesauce and man-gravy the same thing!?! The world may never know... (thanks mooncake623 and Kibble!).

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The Twincast crew closes out the night with the braggin' rights, which is just chock full of Kreo goodness!

Thanks everyone for listening and we appreciate the continued support! Don't forget to keep the discussion going on the Seibertron.com Energon Pub Forums!

Twincast / Podcast Episode #81 "Fixit"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #81 "Fixit"
Date: Thursday, November 28th 2013 11:32am CST
Categories: Media, Podcast, Site News
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Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast! This episode features auxiliary host ScottyP, Seibertron, Rotorstorm, Razorclaw and El Duque.

Episode 81 "Fixit" is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes within 24 to 48 hours of this news post.

Dark Cybertron is upon us. You've read Va'al's review, now see what the Twincast crew thinks of the culmination of years of plot threads finally being drawn together.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #81 "Fixit"

Special topic: cleaning and repairing Transformers! The crew delves into some tips for fixing and improving everything from junker G1 figures to modern figures with factory defects.

Next, we take a keen eye toward the recently revealed Hasbro Product Listings. We discuss the code names, the cancelled figures, and our thoughts on the future. Are we excited? Miserable? Are our bodies ready? Find out!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #81 "Fixit"

From the list of things to come, we shift our focus to some figures coming very soon but discussing the in-hand images of Waspinator and Skids. Check out our thoughts before a thought bullet undoes them!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #81 "Fixit"

Can a thought bullet undo the oddity of the upcoming simplified Deluxes? We look for the bright side and finally settle on some hope in the Simplfied Voyagers.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #81 "Fixit"

Next up is some gallery discussion for the recently released Transformers Collector's Club Subscription Service 1.0 Ultra Mammoth and Black Big Convoy. Does this figure close out the first subscription service well?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #81 "Fixit"

We answer a listener question from mooncake623, discuss our latest bragging rights, and then close out the show with some thoughts on Optimus Prime Riding Grimlock[/url

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Thanks for listening to the Twincast! Your continued support means so much!

Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"
Date: Wednesday, November 13th 2013 1:57am CST
Categories: Media, Podcast, Site News
Posted by: Tigertrack

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"We're going streakin'!"

Join the Twincast crew as they embark on Episode 79! This episode’s party crew consists of Counterpunch, ScottyP, Seibertron, Rotorstorm, and Tigertrack. While this episode has nothing to do with Old School, it does feature a discussion about Masterpiece Streak and even has the return of Listener Questions!

Episode 79 "Streakin'" is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes within 24 to 48 hours of this news post.

FUNCTION: Gunner
Masterpiece Bluestreak is in many collectors’ hands at this time, and he looks fiiiiiinnnneeee. New MP galleries on the site get discussed, too.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"

And of course, galleries lead to more galleries...we look at Magnificus, a very worthy repaint of a pretty good figure. And it’s black.
Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"
My class picture...I looked so young there.

Guess what?!? More micron arms exclusives are on the way from TakaraTomy. Whoa! Pretty colors.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"

It’s a dragon, it’s train, it’s....Optimus Prime??? What is this Go! Optimus Prime thing?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"


My favorite topic, black exclusives. Black exclusive, black exclusive black exclusive Hunter Optimus Prime, black exclusive black exclusive Leo Prime...BLACK EXCLUSIVE!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"
Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"

TOPIC du JOUR
What happens when a brand gets so popular it has major motion pictures, many comic book titles, cartoons, and not one, but two toy companies that produce toys in the name of it? Why, we have a bit of a topic of discussion with the podcast crew as we try to figure out just what a Transformer is these days. Something for everyone? Or no seeming direction to the brand?


We take a few moments to discuss the fine work of Guido Guidi and Simon Furman as IDW’s TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION reaches issue #95... and its stride.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"

Not to be outdone, we talk about IDW’s TRANFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #22 which finally answers the question, “So what the hell does Rung transform into?” Just when you’d had your fill of Transformer big names showing up and being all high and mighty, another shows up and does the same...

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"

Oh and there’s a little Transformers comics event coming soon, DARK CYBERTRON #1 is coming soon, and we give a quick breakdown of some preview pages courtesy of iTunes.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"

Hey, the Twincast would be nothing without our community of listeners, and we answer some questions from the listener mailbag that ask about displays, mixing your lines, waffles, and outrageous ideas for the upcoming Whirl toy's repaint/retool. Thanks for the questions!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"

Ryan turns a blind eye to our next discussion about third party toys, and what is the future of the toys, the companies, and the popularity. Anybody been priced out yet?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #79 "Streakin'"


Speaking of third party toys we finally get into bragging rights where more unofficial product gets mention.

Thanks for listening to the Twincast podcast. We love doing this for all you who give it a listen.

Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"
Date: Tuesday, October 29th 2013 11:06am CDT
Categories: Media, Podcast, Site News
Posted by: Seibertron

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Join the Twincast B-Team as they pop-up into Episode #80! Yes, you read that right. #80! You might be asking yourself ... what happened to #79? Well, make sure you check back later this week for the debut of #79 which was pushed back so that we could time this episode with today's release of the Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe book.

This episode is hosted by Seibertron.com site owner Ryan Yzquierdo who is joined by Matthew Reinhart, Emiliano Santalucia, and Ben Kubasak. Pop-up paper engineer extraordinaire Matthew is the author and architect behind the Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe, Emiliano's beautiful artwork graces the pages of Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe, and Ben is one of Ryan's best friends, a fellow programmer, and a collector of Masters of the Universe, Transformers, Star Wars and Disney.

Episode #80 is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes within 24 to 48 hours of this news post.

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In this episode, we discuss a huge array of topics from Transformers, Masters of the Universe, My Little Pony, Star Wars and more! Here's a run down of our discussion ...

Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-up Universe (in-stores Tuesday October 29th, 2013)

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Hasbro's official in-house Transformers bible known as the "Binder of Revelation"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Masters of the Universe - While Emiliano has done much official work for the Transformers brand over the past decade, he might be better known on the Internet as being a huge fan of Mattel's Masters of the Universe brand. Find out what Emiliano has to say about the vintage India "Leo Faker", Mantenna and more!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Rhinox and Waspinator - Emiliano designed these two upcoming Beast Wars toys that are getting a Transformers Generations release next month

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Transformers Animated ... are these some of the best designed Transformers toys?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Peter Cullen ... is he being overused?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Ryan answers the question from Podcast #78 ... "Ironhide or Bulkhead?"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

DC's take on the current Masters of the Universe comic book

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Hasbro's problems with the G.I. Joe brand

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Age of Extinction: rumored artwork of Optimus Prime riding Grimlock

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

Hasbro's execution of the My Little Pony brand

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #80 "The Ultimate Pop-up Podcast"

We cover some bragging rights at the end as well as a few other odds and ends. Enjoy this special edition of the Twincast / Podcast and make sure you check back later this week for our out-of-sequence Episode #79!

Thank you again for listening to the Twincast/Podcast. We hope you enjoyed this special bonus episode.

Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"
Date: Tuesday, October 15th 2013 10:49pm CDT
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Welcome back to the one and only Seibertron.com Twincast/Podcast! Join our host Counterpunch along with his fellow Podcast casemates Razorclaw0000, jON3.0, Rotorstorm, ScottyP, and Tigertrack in Episode 78 titled "Dramatis Personæ". You can find this episode directly, in our RSS Feed and it should appear on iTunes within 24 to 48 hours of this news post.

Want to know what's in this episode? Check out below for a brief rundown!

Transformers 4: The Age of Extinction Toys
You knew they were coming, but did you know that they were going to possibly look. like. THIS! Who likes the style and who doesn't? What's your impression of how the new movie line will be received after our first images of Age of Extinction Leader Class Optimus Prime were shared via New York Comic Con? The Twincast, of course, shares their open-minded and certainly never pessimistic ideas.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"

New Masterpiece News!
The next new mold Autobot car has been released, and many of the podcast were lucky enough to have Masterpiece 17 Prowl in-hand to let our listeners know exactly just how much you should want this toy. (We also talk about boobies...I mean hoods, grills, and headlights of a car.)

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"  

Speaking of masterpieces, the podcast crew has a tidbit of advice, based on the re-release of the MP-11 Starscream mold in Asia.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"
Transformers Masterpiece Starscream (MP-11) Gallery


Weren't we just speaking about masterpieces? Our crew sounds off on what has taken so long to become a reality, and makes an effort to try to convince any US retailers to take a shot at an MP-Ultra Magnus as a store/holiday exclusive. 1986 movie cast rules!

Shout out to Vince Dicola!
We love the 1986 Transformers movie, and thus, we can be moved to want to own everything related to it including the excellent score. Well some of us. Let nothing stand in your way of hearing about this cool music collectible.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"

Comic chat
The podcast is really looking forward to the IDW DARK CYBERTRON event, and RID 21 discussion and spoilers get us thinking about what will be.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"

Rise of the Predacons!
The crew of the Twincast discusses the finale of the PRIME and BEAST HUNTERS TV SHOW and recaps some of the entire series' failings, and successes. Some critical analysis of some plot pieces and characters leads us to try to decide on whether or not this was an endeavor that we overall enjoyed, or not, and leads us to wonder what comes next?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"

Remembering A God
The great Orson Welles, who played his final role for the Transformers franchise as the voice of the biggest TF baddie ever, made fans take note and remember why this actor was so great (Robin Masters voice on MAGNUM PI!) on the anniversary of his passing.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"

'Small Cast' versus 'Selling Toys' versus 'Gimmicks'
The bridge crew of the ark 78 takes us on a journey for enlightenment as we discuss the new Transformers storytelling style that has been working its way into the media since Beast Wars and what this has meant for our enjoyment of the franchise. Why has the small, central cast become the norm? What does the introduction of new HASBRO/IDW characters and using them in the limited casts mean for those with classic favorites being left out? Is the small cast better than the rotation of a large cast that is more or less determined by product release? What is happening to all the gimmicks like all the masters (head-, power-, target-), energon weapons, and minicons for previous franchise examples that also used to drive the media? They seem to be non-existent in the most recent iterations of toys, shows, and comic books (Example: Arms Micron Takara vs. Prime HASBRO). When we're done there still is no answer...



Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"

Live from New York it's Seibertron.com!
Picture guy and home to us all, Ryan calls in to our discussion and let's us know how things were going out at the New York City Comic-con. Will he ever answer the question Bulkhead or Ironhide?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #78 "Dramatis Personæ"

That's a wrap!
And finally the crew wraps up with recent toy purchase discussions, and many jealousies are had.

Good day, and thanks for listening to the TWINCAST PODCAST!

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