New week, new Tuesday, new episode of the Machinima animated series Transformers: Combiner Wars! The fifth episode is titled Homecoming, and is currently available for US viewers via Verizon's go90 streaming service here. Later today, we will update this story with the Machinima official YouTube link, which works for viewers outside of the US - though not all regions, somehow. Also coming later, our regular review of the episode, so keep your optics tuned on Seibertron.com!
Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast. We're back with another exciting episode that features your host, ScottyP along with Counterpunch, Tigertracks and xRotorstormx. Sit down, stand up, get hype and enjoy as we discuss all the latest news and reveals.
We start this episode off with a new reveal that looks as if they could be The Misfits (from Jem of course). Takara unvealed the next United Warriors box set Megatoronia and it is full of day glow goodness but, what does the crew think of this bright reveal?
Up next, we decided to change things up a bit and dive right in to some listener questions which reminds us...too much is never enough. When can collections go too far, and have any of the crew had to identify that moment in their own lives?
After that, we bring the mood down a little and tug at your heartstrings with a few stories of when collecting was not all fun and games. We come out the other end looking for positives and lessons, so who knows, this podcast might just teach you something this week.
The new Robots in Disguise "Clash of the Transformers" toys are starting to hit shelves and a few of us were lucky enough to get their hands on a few. We share our impressions and briefly discuss the high and low points of each character, ponder about instructions, and get completely stumped trying to identify an axe.
The TFCC exclusive Skywarp has started to arrive with a very interesting package. We've also received the last 2 figures in this years TFCC Subscription Service, Impactor and (Blue) Bluestreak but with only 4 months left in 2016, will Sub Service 5 make it? The crew discusses this, plus gives their overall impression on these newest club figures. Also: unused Beast Wars Uprising concepts, and the groaning that follows.
The SDCC exclusives hit Hasbro Toy Shop on August 9th, but something was different this year. There didn't seem to be a rush to get the exclusives. Why was this, and why did one podcaster go 'all-in' with this year's products anyhow?
Thanks to Toys R Us Canada, we've seen a sort-of surprise sneak peak of the upcoming Titans Return Doublecross. With not much to go on, the speculation starts to run wild as we hope for better looks of upcoming toys very soon.
We close out this episode with a segment you cannot possibly be prepared for. What is this crazy segment, you may wonder? Well, it involves the Battle Beasts.
And Bragging Rights.
Yep, buckle up, because it's time for the first ever, super awesome, mega extreme, ultra gear Battle Beasts Bragging Rights. Join in the fun via site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store by getting your own fire lion here.
Then real bragging rights wrap up another episode, where the IDW topics got cut for time so stay tuned in about two weeks for thoughts on some of the latest comics and perhaps just some of the earliest too. What does it mean? You'll have to come back next time to find out!
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In almost entirely different Transformers movie news, and please grab your salt bags here, there is a new rumour out there - based on an image shown by Weibo user Jam占母 - that is hinting at a Chinese project featuring both the Cybertronians and Sun Wukong, or The Great Monkey King, one of China's biggest stories, and the inspiration behind the Dragonball series (among many many other things). Check out the image below, and let us know what you make of this - if anyone who can read Chinese could help with the text on the right in the image, please do comment and help out!
Seibertronians, are you ready for some more TF5 news? Well, we've got some!
First, according to his Instagram, Michael Bay has a new camera! This one's special because it's been custom built for him by the camera company RED! It's got some cool details, including a special TF5 Megatron medallion on the side! He's shared a video of him using it on a Victoria's Secret Campaign he's currently working on in Paris! Do you think he'll use it for The Last Knight? Check it out below!
Next, we've got a bunch of new photo and video from the Transformers set on the Isle of Skye, in Scotland, that we reported on earlier. These new angles come to us from Buchanan Photos, and Michael Bay's Instagram. The photos show that same actor (who is speculated to be Merlin, as per the rumors) riding his horse across the Isle, with more helicopter shots, as well as some pictures of the crew, and a better look at staff that may or may not be a little alien in origin...
The video, on the other hand, shows Michael Bay on location in Scotland (wearing a pretty cool hat, if I do say so myself), showing just how scenic it is up there.
So, what do you think of the filming in Scotland? Does it confirm the Arthurian rumors going around? If it's true, what other rumors do you think are legit? Let us know in the comments! And, as always, keep your optics and audio sensors tuned to Seibertron.com!
For those of you who were keeping an eye on the official Transformers application for mobile devices, we have just received official news of an update (on both iOS and Android), bringing it up to a 13+ rating and including news (not sure if this will take over the Pulse updates) as well as games and info. Check out more details below, and some screenshot detailing the updates!
Happy Friday! We wanted to share that the Transformers Official App has been updated on both Apple and Google! It’s been given a new look and feel to it, with some cool updated features:
· Complete missions in two modes to save Cybertron
· Read about Transformers news
After this remodeling, the app is now rated 13+.
Transformers Official App
Welcome to the Transformers Official App. Learn about the Prime Wars Trilogy and the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons.
With the TRANSFORMERS Official App, fans can play fun Transformers games with friends as Autobots or Decepticons. Complete missions in two modes to save Cybertron, read Transformers news, cast your vote on Transformers polls, see Toy reveals, watch Transformers videos, browse images, check out character bios, and more in order to earn Energon points for your chosen faction.
Most notable about this is that due to not actually having ten characters yet to make a full top ten list out of, the list includes Devastator and Victorion; hence giving us never-before-seen clips of future episodes, including Victorion landing on a structure and Devastator facing off against Megatron. Take a look and tell us what you think!
Seibertronians, another one of tonight's TF5 stories is a small round up of all the photos from the official TF5 Instagram having to do with the military! It seems the cast has been training hard with the Navy Seals! Not only that, but they've been filming at the Luke Airforce base in Arizona! Does this potentially mean the return of Starscream? Or does it predict the appearance of the seekers!? Why is all the cast training with the seals? Just in preparations for the roles, or are they all involved in the military in the film? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
Seibertronians, are you excited? The next episode of the Machinima Combiner Wars series is up, and it's good. Like, properly good. But it's still not without it's faults. Let's break it down:
We open with a dusty Colosseum-style arena. We see what is obviously the Constructicons fighting a mysterious figure, which is revealed to be Megatron himself. He beats them all quickly, and demands another challenger. Our First Look at Megatron
Prime arrives, saying he's not here to fight, along with Windblade, who wonders why they came all the way out to a desolate planet for Megatron. Windblade Watches from the Bleachers
Her City-speaker ability is again mentioned, this time by Megatron, driving that point home. Megs also mentioned how he's a big fan of her work (the killing part, that is). He rushes Prime, and Optimus has to engage the former Decepticon leader, with some of the usual mixed-in dialogue about how Prime "is nothing without the war", so on and so forth. It's actually very intriguing, as it points out interesting parts of Prime not previously divulged. This is one of my favorite parts of the series so far. Just Like the Old Days
Prime has a flashback mid-conversation to the Black-and-white scene we saw in some of the Trailers for the series, when Megatron tells Prime to pull the trigger, and end it. Megs then catches him off-guard with a massive blow. Windblade comes in to try and save him, but Optimus is already back up and fighting. Float Like A Fireflight, sting like a Bumblebee
The group talks about the Enigma of Combination for a bit, and Megatron learns that the Council is in possession of it.
Then comes one of the strangest and most out of place scenes in the entire series so far.
Windblade rather randomly and unprovoked walks up and sucker-punches Megatron to the ground. She tells him "Enough." (even though Megatron had already stopped fighting for a good few minutes, and he was making no motions to start again) and that Prime's "telling the truth", (even though Megatron hadn't shown any sign of doubt in what Optimus was saying. Heck, he didn't even have time to before he was suddenly beat to the ground.) She then proceeds to deliver almost the exact same line that Prime had just said, not only once but twice, one after another. And the times she says it sound so similar in tone that it almost seems like they accidentally put two takes of the same line in. Not only does she say it, but she says it in front of the constructicons! She literally puts the entirety of Cybertron singlehandedly in danger by saying basically straight to a combiner the one secret combiners shouldn't know! The Constructicons of course transmit this new info to probably all other combiners right away. This scene simply doesn't make sense. It's actually confusing. It's kind of a train wreck, and drags the whole episode down.
Megatron decides to be a part of the team, and the exit the arena. The old Decepticon leader decides to make fun of Prime's old catch phrase, and gives the order to Transform and roll out. The delivery (and Windblade's reaction to it) seem very out of place, especially after that last scene. It would have been better if it was delivered if Megatron had said "I've waited years to say this: Transform and roll out!" or something of the like. And There They go, off into the Sunset. Headed for Cybertron
So some final thoughts. This is a fairly good episode, but the main problem was the pacing. It's been a problem through the series I haven't touched on yet, but in this episode it's absolutely unavoidable. It rears its ugly head with every change of Pace, feeling, tension, or drama.
Voice acting is good in this one. I'm getting used to Windblade, Prime's good, and Megatron's actor gives a great performance, though I wouldn't peg it as Megatron. Speaking of Megs, one thing of note is that this iteration of the character lacks his arm cannon, even though the designs of the characters seem to be heavily based on G1.
The Animation is especially great in this one. It's surprisingly smooth and fluid and looks really really good. Again, there's the mouth movement issues, but I feel we're going to have to move pass those.
One point that I feel hasn't been touched upon enough is the fact that this is the first time it's referenced or shown that a combiner is actually multiple bots. It seems strange, because up until now it's been implied combiners are one, not many. This really hasn't been explained, and I'd like to know the rules.
So, you've read my opinion, make your own by watching it on Go90, and then share in the comments. Is there anything I missed? Tell us!
The battle for Earth continues. Return to Crystal City in this week’s Alliance event for the chance to unlock a 4 Star Character Crystal!
Return to Crystal City Event
Rally up your Alliance members and battle this weekend for the chance to win Crystal Shards and a 4 Star Character Crystal to bring reinforcements through the Space Bridge!
Start Date: 26/08/16 10:00 UTC End Date: 29/08/16 10:00 UTC
How do I participate?
• Reach Headquarters level 4 and join an Alliance!
• Tap the Event button!
• Select an Event Battle Zone to fight in!
• Win your battle and gather Battle Points!
• Collect prizes!
Not a member of an Alliance? Then join one of our Seibertron.com Alliances! We currently have an Autobot Alliance as well as TWO Decepticon Alliances. For new players (up to HQ level 10), join Seibertron II. For those who a little more experienced (HQ level 10+) you're welcome to join the main Decepticon Alliance.
• Prestiges Allowed: None
• Bonus Experience: Earn Double XP in Event Battle Zones!
Click here to read SpaceApes event FAQs on the Transformers: Earth Wars Wiki.
Prepare yourself for the ultimate battle. Two of the most powerful commanders in the Transformers universe will be making their way through the Space Bridge soon!
Galvanize your troops! Join us LIVE on Thursday August 25th @ 4PM UTC for the ultimate sneak peek, a first look at this weekend’s event and a Q&A!
Courtesy of our good friends at Shout! Factory, we now have a couple copies of the Transformers The Movie 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray sets in-hand. One is the premium Steelbook version, the other is the regular Blu-Ray version.
The regular version features a reversible cover so that you can transform your set to feature either the Japanese poster artwork from the movie or the newly commissioned Livio Ramondelli cover.
Both sets include a Digital Download code so that you can watch it in all of its new digital glory right on the comfort of your computer or mobile device at any time. The url for the download, TFTheMovie1986.com, is currently unavailable but should function by the Blu-Ray's release date on September 13th, 2016.
Bonus features included with these sets:
'Till All Are One - A brand-new, comprehensive documentary looking back at the Transformers: The Movie with members of the cast and crew, including story consultant Flint Dille, cast members Gregg Berger, Susan Blu, Neil Ross, Dan Gilvezan, Singer/Songwriter Stan Bush and composer Vince DiCola!
Audio commentary with direcdtor Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille, and star Susan Blu
Trailers and TV spots
... and more (screenshots later this weekend)
Both the fullscreen and widescreen versions of the film are included. First time on Blu-Ray in North America. Brand-new bonus materials. Movie shown as never seen before: remastered from a new 4K transfer. Looks fantastic!
If you want to preorder this release, go to the links below:
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