As reported earlier here from the San Diego Comic-Con, the toys based on the upcoming Transformers Animated series were unveiled for the very first time to the general public of fans. Seibertron.com member Sephron1335 has alerted us to some clearer images of the slides shown in the presentation by the Hasbro panel, giving us a better look at the new figures which include fan-favourite characters like Grimlock, Soundwave and Black-Arachnia.
Another new video clip of the new Transformers TV Series "Transformers: Animated" has surfaced online. This video, according to the description given by the poster on Youtube, was looped during the autograph session at the San-Diego Comic-Con this past weekend.
The video (nearly 5 minutes long) showcases the Autobots in space working on a meteorite. The classics transformation sound can be heard, and we are also given our first glimpse at what appears to be the Matrix.
I received news from our friends at Madman Entertainment a couple weeks ago that they will be releasing boxed sets of Headmasters, Masterforce and Victory. I'm planning on providing Madman with photos of the figures from the Headmasters series to use in a special edition photogallery, much like I did with Madman's incredible Beast Wars DVD sets that they released last year. We'll be sure to keep you posted as Madman releases more news to us about these upcoming sets. Headmasters is scheduled to be released in November in Region 4 format. For more information about region-free DVD players, click here.
I want to help you guys watch Transformers DVDs no matter where in the world they are released. I see many of you who express their frustration about foreign releases of Transformers DVDs that we don't have available here in the States yet. Well, there's really no reason for it since there's an army of inexpensive DVD players available just down the street from you that can easily be modified to play DVDs from anywhere in the world. All it takes is a little research on the Internet to find out which DVD players can be modified that are currently available at Best Buy, Target, Walmart or whatever major retail store is near you.
Keep in mind that the cheaper the DVD player, the easier it is to "hack". Obviously, you don't want a complete piece of crap, but if you stick to some brands that you recognize such as Phillips, you should be all set. The higher end DVD players are far more difficult to hack (or altogether impossible) so I would stay away from the Pioneers, Sonys and Toshibas for example.
Australia's Region 4? Not a problem! UK's PAL format? Never worry about it again. UK's Region 2? Region what?!?! I've been enjoying DVDs from all over the world for the past 2 years. I own all of Metrodome's Headmaster, Masterforce, Victory and RiD sets, Metrodome's "Transformers Movie Reconstructed", as well as all of Madman's incredibly flawless Beast Wars sets, their very awesome G1 boxset and their version of the animated movie. For those of you who don't know, Metrodome is based out of the UK and Madman is based out of Australia.
I'm also able to play DVDs from China or Japan flawlessly. I'm able to easily just pop-in DVD extras that come with my Japanese Transformers right into my primary DVD player and watch whatever I want. Heck, I can even download videos from the Internet, burn them directly to a DVD-R as their native format (i.e. AVI, MPEG, etc) and watch the actual raw videos on my home TV without ever havign to convert the video to a DVD format.
Without further ado, here is a message I had posted on these forums before the big forum crash in January. I had the foresight to save this message on the Metrodome forums a while back so thanks to that, I'm able to repost my message here on Seibertron.com. One of our latest sponsors is none other than our friends at Madman. I promised I'd help share how you guys can watch these DVDs on your players at home regardless of where you live in the world. You should be just as exceited about a DVD set from Madman as you are from a company here in the States or whatever country you live in. Yeah, it's a little expensive to import the DVDs but it's most definitely worth it. It certainly beats the alternative of not owning sets like Headmasters (which Madman will be releasing later this year) or RiD.
If you have any questions, please let me know. I'll do my best to help you find a region free DVD player so that you can enjoy watching these Transformers DVDs from other countries while Sony figures out what they're doing with the license here in America.
Ryan in 2005 wrote:
Once Metrodome announced the upcoming Headmasters DVD set, I started doing some research into figuring out a standard way to play foreign DVDs. I've been anxiously awaiting a Headmasters DVD set that's not as expensive as the Japanese version for quite some time so I can assure all of you that I wasn't going to let a little thing like Region 2 or PAL video stop me from figuring out a way to play the Metrodome DVDs here in the States (NTSC video, Region 1). While it was great news that Metrodome was going to release the Movie and Headmasters as Region 0 (just like the Robots in Disguise RiD videos were released unbeknownst to many fans), but that would only allow most of us American fans the ability to watch the DVDs on our computer. I wanted to watch the DVDs on my television with my sound system dammit!
So I talked to a few of my friends at work who are from Poland. A few of them started pointing me toward the DVD player that is sold locally at Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City or Amazon.com. This DVD player can EASILY be hacked to play any region AND it automatically converts PAL formatted videos to NTSC. PLUS IT'S CHEAP and comes with tons of other features that have totally changed my DVD experience. I highly recommend this DVD player:
Philips DVP642 DivX-Certified Progressive-Scan DVD Player
1. Turn on the player.
2. Open the tray.
3. Press the following sequence on the remote: 7 8 9 OK 0
4. The number 0 will appear on the lower left side of your screen.
5. Your player is now region free! Put in a DVD and enjoy! :)
NOTE: The 0 in the sequence above represents the region code. 0 = region free. If you want to change your player to just a specific region code, replace the 0 with the region number you want.
The hack should be perfectly safe, but USE IT ON YOUR OWN RISK!
It plays my RiD DVDs from the UK perfectly as well as my various Takara DVDs that came with my Robot Masters figures and TFC-9 Starscream. I can't say enough great things about this DVD player.
And no, I do not work for Phillips. I'm just trying to spread some information about this DVD player out to the community so that you guys can get your DVD player before the Headmasters set is released.
Apparently the cheaper the DVD Player, the easier it is to region hack and to find a player that will convert from PAL to NTSC. I bought one that was a little more expensive with a brand that I recognized even though several of my friends recommended the Cyberhome DVD players. However, I read so many bad reviews about the Cyberhome DVD player that it didn't matter that it was only $40 or less ... I wanted a player that would last and look decent.
Hot on the heels of the San Diego Comic-Con's unveiling of new movie figures, Classics, and "Animated" series toys, is more news pertaining to the next series of Transformers. Shown at the Hasbro panel was a video clip showcasing the new "Transformers Animated", the clip includes transformation sequences, voice clips from the characters as well as a glimpse of many characters from the show, including Arcee and the Dinobots!
*Animated public service announcements
*Atari Transformers Game promotional materials
*Character model sheets
*Opening and closing animations
*Original television bumpers
*Wildfur promotional materials
The special features for the Special Edition of the Animated Seresies are:
*Remastered theatrical widescreen edition (disc 1) and full-screen edition (disc2)
*”Scramble City” Japanese exclusive bonus episode
*Interview with story consultant Flint Dille
*Q&A with voice of Optimus, Peter Cullen
*80;s toy TVCs, TV spots and theatrical trailer
*The touch film-clip (by Stan Bush)
*Character, voice-actor and musician biographies
*Commentaries feature and extras
*Bonus episode of Transformers: Beast Wars
As the San-Diego Comic-Con gets underway, more new information is being released along with photos of the event. Just in are images from the Hasbro panel, which showcase alot of things that will be of huge interest to the fandom, including concept designs for Transformers Universe (Second phase of the Classics Line), New Movie Figures (including Incinerator, Landmine, Stockade and Cliffjumper) and Robot Heroes as well as our first look at the toys for the new Transformers Animated series, set to premiere next year on the Cartoon Network.
Our own NuclearConvoy has brought us some news about Beast Wars and Beast Machines voice actress Venus Terzo. As many know, Venus Terzo provided the voice for Black Arachnia. She will be the guest of honor at Otakutho, Montreal anime convention. Terzo will be there on both August 4th and 5th. For more information about Otakuthon 2007 click here. To keep up with all the Transformers events news check out the Seibertron.com Events Section.
Our own Autobobby1 has sent us an email with news about the upcoming Transformers Animated cartoon. Previously we reported new about an interview with Sam Register, the Exuctive Producer of Transformers: Animated. Now there is an new interview with the series director Matt Youngberg. Youngberg found the time recently to grant an interview to IGN.com. You can read the interview by clicking here. You can find previous interviews and the promotional poster for Transformers Animated in the Seibertron.com Cartoon Section.
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