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Ark Addendum Update: Ginrai's Interior

Transformers News: Ark Addendum Update: Ginrai's Interior
Date: Wednesday, September 9th 2009 2:11pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Our good friend Jim Sorenson has dropped us a note to let us know of the latest addition to the Ark Addendum. This time, Jim has updated his blog, Disciples of Boltax with a glimpse of the interior of Ginrai from Masterforce.

Here is an excerpt.

Ark Addendum Update: Ginrai's Interior

On another note, the staff of Seibertron.com would like to congratulate Jim on his wedding last Saturday!

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Shout! Factory Generation One Transformers Season 2 Vol. 1 Details

Transformers News: Shout! Factory Generation One Transformers Season 2 Vol. 1 Details
Date: Tuesday, September 8th 2009 3:54pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Media, Press Releases
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Dr. Heavy B, Shout! Factory

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The folks over at Shout! Factory have sent us the details on the soon to be released Season 2 Volume 1 edition of Transformers Generation One the cartoon. According to the details, its due to hit store shelves on September 15th 2009, but according to a report by Seibertron.com member Dr. Heavy B, FYE Stores may already have it available for purchase.

Here are the details from Shout! Factory:

On September 15th, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc., will release The Transformers: Season Two Volume, One 25th Anniversary Edition DVD box set! This 4 disc DVD set includes the first 28 episodes from the second season of The Transformers including fan favorites such as Dinobot Island and Enter The Nightbird. Get ready for the Autobots and Decepticons as THE TRANSFORMERS: SEASON TWO, VOLUME ONE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION comes to DVD on September 15, 2009!

THE TRANSFORMERS: SEASON TWO, VOLUME ONE
DVD FACT SHEET

The adventures of OPTIMUS PRIME and his valiant AUTOBOTS continue as they protect their new home planet, Earth, and its people against power-hungry MEGATRON and his DECEPTICONS. With the help of their human friends Spike, Sparkplug, Chip and Carlee, the AUTOBOTS search for the fuel necessary to send them home and reenergize their planet of CYBERTRON. But if the DECEPTICONS seize their energy source first, the entire universe may suffer the consequences under the reign of the malevolent MEGATRON!

Now you can relive the excitement of Season Two when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc., unleashes THE TRANSFORMERS: Season Two Volume One 25th Anniversary Edition DVD box set on September 15th. A must-have for any Transformers fan, this 4-DVD set contains the first 28 episodes from the second season of The Transformers in the order they were intended, including fan-favorites such as Dinobot Island, Enter The Nightbird, The Master Builders and The God Gambit. THE TRANSFORMERS: Season Two Volume One 25th Anniversary Edition DVD box set is priced at $ 29.99 SRP.

Technical Information
Street Date: September 15, 2009
Packaging: The 4 DVDs are collected in thin packs with a deluxe foil board sleeve with embossed accents
Rating: Not Rated
Suggested Retail Price: $29.99
Running Time: approx. 644 min.
Discs: 4
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Technical Info: English, Stereo.

Disney/ Marvel Deal will have no affect on HASBRO Channel

Transformers News: Disney/ Marvel Deal will have no affect on HASBRO Channel
Date: Saturday, September 5th 2009 9:57am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News, Editorials, Media
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Projo.com

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In a report from Pawtucket, R.I., home of Hasbro, Inc., its stated that the recently announced Disney purchase of Marvel won't have any negative affects on the Hasbro/ Discovery Communications Joint Venture.

According to the article, "Hasbro landed a five-year licensing agreement in 2006 with Marvel that allows the nation’s number-two toymaker to sell Marvel-based puzzles, games and action figures. Marvel will receive $205 million in royalty and service-fee payments from Hasbro."

Hasbro spokesman Wayne Charness stated that licensed Marvel characters are not the things that the company could use to make new shows out of. "They certainly are only one of the many potential sources for TV content,” Charness said.

Analyst suspect that the new Joint Venture may bring forth such new renditions of fan favorites such as GI Joe, My Little Pony and other cartoon franchises.

Hasbro has been showing much success in the entertainment division with the two whopping success films for the Transformers franchise and GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, which is doing so well in theatres that the sequel has been approved with the same cast.

Seibertron.com will keep you posted on any new developments in this story.

The Ark Addendum: Unicron

Transformers News: The Ark Addendum: Unicron
Date: Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 9:36am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Jim Sorenson editor at idw and author of quite a few Transformers books has posted a new page for The Ark Addendum at his blog Disciples of Boltax. This time it's the world devourer himself, no not Galactus, but the Transformers demigod UNICRON!
Just simply click the image to get to the update.

The Ark Addendum: Unicron

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Transformers Returns to Robot Chicken August 30th 2009

Transformers News: Transformers Returns to Robot Chicken August 30th 2009
Date: Sunday, August 30th 2009 7:33pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Robot Chicken

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Seibertron.com has learned that the Transformers are scheduled to make a return appearance to the Adult Swim comedy show "Robot Chicken" tonight, August 30th 2009 at 11:30 PM.

The 17th episode of the show's fourth season is tentatively titled "The Rambling's of Maurice" and will feature spoofs of Indiana Jones along with the Transformers "mourning a hero". Catch a sneek peek of it below:



Adult Swim airs in the late evenings on Cartoon Network.

Retail Release Date For Generation One "Matrix Of Leadership" DVD Set Announced

Transformers News: Retail Release Date For Generation One "Matrix Of Leadership" DVD Set Announced
Date: Friday, August 21st 2009 10:34pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): TVShowsOnDVD.com

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TVShowsOnDVD.com has updated their website with the news that the Matrix of Leadership Collector's Edition DVD set, released previously by Shout Factory online and at San Diego Comic-Con, will be released in general retail om Canada on October 13th and in the US on October 20th, the same date as the DVD release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the blockbuster sequel to the original Transformers film. The set will cost $169.95, thirty dollars more than the original online retail price.

To read the full news on TVShowsOnDVD's website, click here.

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: Blurrz | 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: Blurrz | 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, Media, Reviews, Site Articles
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

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