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G1 Transformers Cartoon to air on Teletoon Retro this Fall

Transformers News: G1 Transformers Cartoon to air on Teletoon Retro this Fall
Date: Thursday, August 20th 2009 9:48am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): Teletoon

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Canadian network Teletoon has announced that the classic Generation 1 Transformers cartoon is one of nine classic cartoon they will be airing on the Retro network this Fall. You can view the press release for this announcement here..

Final Sneak Peek at the Allspark Almanac

Transformers News: Final Sneak Peek at the Allspark Almanac
Date: Tuesday, August 18th 2009 4:54pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Our good friend Jim Sorenson has updated his blog Disciples of Boltax with the final sneak peek of the soon to be released Transformers Animated Allspark Almanac.

This update includes a page centering around Optimus Prime, an Episode 11 Summary, and Transformation Drawings!

Final Sneak Peek at the Allspark Almanac
Final Sneak Peek at the Allspark Almanac

To check out Jim's full blog update, please click here, and if you missed the last two sneak peeks, you can check it out #1 by clicking here, and #2 by clicking here.

And don't forget that the Allspark Almanac will be available to purchase the beginning of August 19! Stay tuned to Seibertron.com for your latest news and updates!

New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave

Transformers News: New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
Date: Monday, August 17th 2009 1:49pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): GenZhao of KOToys.com

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Pictures have shown up in regards to Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave, a figure that we first saw at Botcon 2009. The figure is a repaint of Animated Deluxe Soundwave. GenZhao of KOtoys.com was able to get his hands on the figure and has taken a very nice gallery of it. Unfortunately he was unable to obtain the 'Rat Bat' keyboard-guitar, so Soundwave's 'Laserbeak' guitar is the one featured in the pictures;

New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
New Images of Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave


With pictures of Electrostatic Soundwave appearing, expect to see pictures of Animated Freeway Jazz, Rodimus Minor, Arcee, Ironhide, and others to be showing up as well. For the original link to the pictures, you can check them out here.

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Transformers "Matrix of Leadership Edition" DVD boxset review

Transformers News: Transformers "Matrix of Leadership Edition" DVD boxset review
Date: Thursday, August 13th 2009 12:38pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Site Articles, Digital Media News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Supreme Convoy

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Seibertron.com Site Moderator Supreme Convoy has been kind enough to draft a detailed review of the Shout! Factory Transformers Matrix of Leadership DVD Boxet for your reading pleasure. You can purchase this set at transformerscollectorsset.com.

Hitting on all the fine points and comparisons between previous releases of the Generation 1 series cartoons, this informative review is a must read for any Seibertronian considering buying the set.

Without further ado, here's the review:


I originally set my San Diego Comic-Con 2009 budget to $300 on merchandise. Last year’s budget was around the same price so I figured it was a good number. However, on the first hour on the floor I destroyed that budget. I saw the Transformers and GI Joe boxsets for $150 and $155 respectively. A number of thoughts went through my mind as I stared at these beautiful looking DVDs.

"I can save money on shipping now and pick these up."

"I already have the Rhino sets. Hell, I just paid $140 to get Season 2 Part 2 and Season 3 Part 2/Season 4. Do I really want to double dip?"

"Where the hell am I going to put these?"

"OCD collector Supreme Convoy needs these."

"Shiny!"

The Shout employee wanders over to me and says they include a GI Joe poster and Megatron poster signed by Frank Welker with purchase at San Diego. Needless to say, I gave him my credit card immediately. Of course, I had to increase the budget during Comic-Con as the weekend went on.

On to the set ...

Video & Audio
The video quality is practically identical to the Rhino release. I couldn’t spot any differences between the two. However, Shout didn’t include the extra sound effects that Rhino made for the previous release. While this didn’t necessarily bother me, Shout does a great job on presenting what the cartoon would’ve been like during the 80’s without any artificial alterations.

The greatest improvement that Shout made is the simple menu screens. Rhino had a complicated menu screen when you wanted to pick individual episodes where you slowly had to move the cursor to start the episode. With the Shout release, all you have to do is go down a list and pick an episode.

Packaging
I absolute love how the box pulls open like the actual Matrix of Leadership. The set includes a souvenir book and magnets with the Autobot and Decepticon logos. The souvenir book is a bit misleading. It’s mostly an episode listing for the entire series; it also includes bios for characters like Optimus Prime and Megatron. These bonus items aren’t exactly a draw for me.

Though for $5 more, the GI Joe complete boxset is made of metal and plastic and includes a dogtag flashdrive with two comics on it (the comics are very brief but the flashdrive itself is pretty neat!). That set is classier looking and feels more durable. I’m concerned about damaging the cardboard Matrix box. Though there is a charm to opening the Matrix box like Rodimus Prime

Bonus Features
For me the highlight of Shout’s release are the documentaries, each running about 30 minutes:

1. Triple Changer: From Toy to Comic to Screen - The Origins of The Transformers
2. The Combiner: Forming The Transformers Animated Series
3. The Headmasters: Voicing The Robots in Disguise
4. The Autobots, The Decepticons & The Fans
5. Into the Creation Matrix: A Conversation with Bob Budiansky

The documentaries are fascinating and go into details that I don’t believe have been covered before in either the Rhino DVD’s or even Michael Bay’s Transformers bonus features. We learn things such as a Hasbro executive’s son named the toyline Transformers and created the Autobot and Decepticon fraction names. The documentary even goes into how the Marvel Comics did the heavy lifting on the Transformers back story. Bob Budiansky even presents original documents and treatments he used to create profiles such as Starscream and Megatron.

While the Rhino sets has interviews from different actors and creators, they always felt like the filmmakers took out the interview tapes and edited down to 10 minutes. It’s serviceable but doesn’t go too in depth and frankly boring to watch. Shout Factory has created compelling documentaries that are entertaining yet informative.

The most bizarre thing is that commercials for the toyline blur out the child actors. I suppose Shout could not secure the likeness rights to those children. It’s a bit distracting while watching the commercials but I’m sure you can find those easily on YouTube. (Note: I also did not realize that the faces were blurred out on Sony’s release of Transformers: The Movie).

The voice actor roundtable doesn’t include Peter Cullen but it’s still pretty fun. It’s great when the actors go on a tangent and talk about other things such as old time radio shows and the process on voice acting.

The greatest bonus materials for me? The original scripts! The DVD includes PDFs of the Transformers series bible, scripts, and and dialogue scripts. For someone who wants to know the pre-production side of a cartoon, this is an incredible look!

Of course, I love the Transformers fans documentary ... mostly because it features Seibertron.com and my screen name is featured for a few seconds

Closing Thoughts
My main focus while tearing through the boxset was to look at the brand new extras and check out the quality on the episodes. I didn’t really feel the need to review the series as a whole because most of us have seen them all. Though in my case, I still haven’t seen a handful of them so it’s a treat to watch them and feel like a kid again.

Once I’m completely through watching the series, I will be jealous of the people that have never seen the original Transformers cartoon and will watch it for the first time through this set.

Since the video and audio qualities are almost identical to the Rhino release, this would be a cautious purchase for those that already own them. I went in wanting the extras and actual Matrix box. For those who never owned the Rhino DVDs and want a better deal, I believe the individual season sets might be cheaper to purchase as opposed to the Matrix boxset. Even though I love the GI Joe box better, this packaging is still excellent and will look spectacular on a collector’s shelf amongst toys. I highly recommend the Shout's Transformers sets and the Matrix set for the hardcore fans.


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Transformers – Matrix of Leadership edition DVD boxset review

Transformers – Matrix of Leadership edition DVD boxset review

Transformers – Matrix of Leadership edition DVD boxset review

Transformers – Matrix of Leadership edition DVD boxset review

Allspark Almanac Californian Launch / Signing

Transformers News: Allspark Almanac Californian Launch / Signing
Date: Tuesday, August 11th 2009 5:22am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Jim Sorenson has announced on his blog Disciples of Boltax, a signing session of the Allspark Almanac in Burbank California.

The signing will take place from 2pm, on Saturday, the 22nd of August at the Emerald Knight comic book shop in Burbank, California.

Available at the signing will be Allspark Almanac compilers Jim Sorenson and Bill Foster, as well as Derrick Wyatt, Lead character designer for the Transformers Animated television series.

For more details about the signing session, please click here.

Sneak Peek #2 at the Allspark Almanac

Transformers News: Sneak Peek #2 at the Allspark Almanac
Date: Tuesday, August 11th 2009 5:11am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Good friend of Seibertron.com Jim Sorenson has updated his blog Disciples of Boltax with another sneak peek of some content that will be found in the soon to be released Transformers Animated Allspark Almanac.

This update includes a page centered on everybody's favourite salesman, and his armaments, and some sketches, showing off Blackarachnia with some borrowed headgear.

Sneak Peek #2 at the Allspark Almanac

To check out Jim's full blog update, please click here, and if you missed the first sneak peek, you can check it out by clicking here.

And don't forget, the Allspark Almanac will be available to purchase from August 19th 2009.

Gregg Berger - The King of Conventions?

Transformers News: Gregg Berger - The King of Conventions?
Date: Thursday, August 6th 2009 9:49pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, Site Articles, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Auto Assembly 2009, Newsarama.com

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There are many famous voice actors in the Transformers universe. Obviously, Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime and Ironhide), Frank Welker (Megatron, Soundwave, Galvatron and the cassettes), and Chris Latta (Starscream, Sparkplug and Wheeljack) are nothing less than iconic but for many fans Gregg Berger is just as legendary. Gregg has a very extensive resume but he's best known to Transformers fans as the voice of Skyfire, Outback, Long Haul and of course GRIMLOCK from the G1 Sunbow cartoon.

Gregg has been a very busy man in 2009, headlining at not one but THREE major conventions this year. The first was at Botcon 2009 in Pasadena, CA this May. I had the honor of being granted an interview with Mr. Berger at that time and he was a true class act. The topics included the most unusual items he has ever autographed, a breakdown of some of his current projects and of course some reminiscing about the old Sunbow cartoon among other things. You may read that interview here.

Roughly 2 weeks ago, Gregg was also one of the featured guests at the world famous San Diego Comic Con. While at SDCC, Gregg again took some extra time out for an interview, this time with newsarama.com. Gregg kindly voices his opinions on the Shout Factory! G1 boxset and the live action Transformers movies, and of course a lot more. You may view the entire interview here.

Headlining at those 2 conventions would be impressive enough but Mr. Berger's appearance schedule still has one major stop ahead. This time, he will be heading to the United Kingdom for Europe's largest Transformers Convention, Auto Assembly 2009. The staff here at Seibertron.com would like to applaud Gregg for everything he has done and continues to do for the many Transformers fans all over the world. Those of us who have been lucky enough to meet him feel very honored for that opportunity. The fans attending AA2009 are in for a treat, to say the least!

For more information on Gregg Berger, you may visit his official website and his myspace page. For serious booking inquiries, you may contact his representative Emily Danyel of Tri-Booking Management at emily@tribooking.com and at 1 (310) 497-7994.

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Hasbro Studios announces new President

Transformers News: Hasbro Studios announces new President
Date: Tuesday, August 4th 2009 3:04pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases, People News, Company News
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Back in June, we were pleased to report to you that HASBRO/Discovery Communications Joint Venture Television Network had announced their President/CEO as Margaret Loesche.

We have now learned that Hasbro Studios, which is the studio that will produce Habsro-related content for this new network has announced a new president of its own. Here is an excerpt from Hasbro's official press release.

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS - News) announced today that prominent international production and distribution television executive Stephen J. Davis has been named President of the Company’s newly-formed, Los Angeles-based Hasbro Studios. The “virtual” studio will produce shows based on Hasbro’s world class brands, deliver new branded content and produce programs from top third party content creators. Many of these shows will run on the new television network created by the joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA - News, DISCB - News, DISCK - News), that is planned to debut Fall 2010, as well as on multiple channels in international markets.

Davis will begin work in September, leading a team of internal and external creative talent in a wide-range of genres, including animated, live-action and game show programming, as well as content designed for digital and mobile extensions.

New programming is planned based on brands such as ROMPER ROOM, TRIVIAL PURSUIT, SCRABBLE, CRANIUM, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, GAME OF LIFE, TONKA and TRANSFORMERS, among many others.


You may view the complete press release here.

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Transformers Animated: The AllSpark Almanac foreshadowing!

Transformers News: Transformers Animated: The AllSpark Almanac foreshadowing!
Date: Tuesday, August 4th 2009 2:21am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Jim Sorenson has updated his blog Disciples of Boltax with our first taste of the upcoming Transformers Animated Book "The AllSpark Almanac". This book will contain intersting bits of information of the first two seasons of Transformers Animated.

Click the image to see the update on his blog!

Transformers Animated: The AllSpark Almanac foreshadowing!

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The Ark Addendum: The Shadow Emperor, Scorponok.

Transformers News: The Ark Addendum: The Shadow Emperor, Scorponok.
Date: Tuesday, July 28th 2009 7:29am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Jim Sorenson updated his blog Disciples of Boltax with a new set of character models for an episode of the Japanese Transformers: The Headmasters anime show. This time it's the animation models for the reporters and staff of the Solar-1 Satellite from the episode "The Shadow Emperor, Scorponok" in this episode Scorponok does his first move after becoming leader of the Decepticons after Galvatron's demise.

To view the original article with all character models please click the image!
The Ark Addendum: The Shadow Emperor, Scorponok.

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