Thanks again to Seibertron, live from San Diego Comic Con, we can bring you all the updates revealed at the Hasbro Transformers panel at the event - of which we already saw a glimpse with the Breakfast Press event and Preview Night stories. Read on below to see what's in store for giant transforming robot fans!
Transformers Combiner Wars
Hasbro showed a general Combiner Wars trailer that used clips from Devastation game and IDW motion comics.
Combiner Wars idea originated with FOC Bruticus.
Devastator being released in DeNA Battle Tactics
Something starts to "cyberform" parts of Earth, humans don't like that, Autobots head to city to investigate cyberforming, points to Megatron. Hasbro stressed the importance of having character arc, Optimus Prime has emotional struggle in game, lots of easter eggs for fans!
Peter Cullen as Optimus, Frank Welker as Megatron, Greg Berger as Grimlock. Greg showed up on panel and did some Grimlock voices, too.
Combiner Wars Products
One pack sets .... COMBINER WARS SERIES PACK
G2 SUPERION - As we have already seen earlier.
Victorion - Also seen earlier, right here.
Also revealed was Scattershot, who forms torso for Betatron - another name change from Hasbro, unfortunately.
Platinum Blaster and Perceptor set - Exclusive to Target
Platinum Trypticon - Exclusive to Target
Those of us clamoring for an animated series based on the popular Combiner Wars series, rejoice: it's happening! Via The Hollywood Reporter, we have received word that Combiner Wars will receive an animated series from Machinima, who are well known for creating content within the video gaming community, including works from the popular Halo series. Read about the collaboration below!
The Transformers are coming to Machinima.
Hasbro, the toy company-now-play brand, has partnered with the online gamer and video platform to produce a new animated series based on its Transformers: Combiner Wars line.
Combiner Wars is a storyline that has been playing out across Hasbro’s toys and IDW comic books for the past year and the upcoming Activision video game Transformers: Devastation.
Insiders say it’s the first time these many synergistic elements have been combined by Hasbro to tell an overall story.
Additionally, Habsro is giving something a segment of its large Transformers audience has been demanding for years, namely an animated series aimed at an older audience.
“Our audiences are huge fans of the toy, comics, movies and video games, and for us to continue the legend with the Combiner War is a unique story-telling opportunity,” said CCA Daniel Tibbets.
Said Hasbro’s senior vp of the Transformers franchise, Tom Warner: “(Machinima is) the perfect partner to help launch a totally new kind of Transformers animation—one that, for the first time ever, is specifically designed for the teen and adult fans who’ve grown up loving the Transformers brand.”
Without going to deep into the complexities of the Transformers universe, Combiner Wars saw groups of Transformers be able to combine into one giant robot, known as a Combiner. Superion and Menasor were among the new robots that held the fate of the Transformers’ homeworld Cybertron in their hands.
After the text-based interview with Transformers: Robots in Disguise producer and writer Adam Beechen from a while back, the crew of The Pow Wow Show got in touch with us and shared an on air interview with the man behind the (animated) robots! Check out here the full show, in which the show crew discuss a number of bits and bots with SDCC-based Beechen as of the 13 minute mark up to 58 minutes in.
With SDCC 2015 hitting big on the rest of the news cycle, we thought we'd take the calm before the storm to catch up on some Transformers news around the world and the web. First up is the following piece from The Malay Mail Online, sent to us by Seibertronian Jones, reporting on a giant outdoors, state funded Transformers festival to be held in Penang 19 July-17 September, featuring graffiti, murals and two 30-foot statues of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee from the movieverse! Find out more below, and head here for the full article.
GEORGE TOWN, July 7 — Penang will unveil Asia’s first Transformers street art installation at the Esplanade this July 19, joining an exhibition featuring characters from the animation and movie franchise.
The street art will feature Transformers characters painted on a row of containers by students from the One Academy Penang.
“For the first time, we will have the largest Transformers outdoor exhibit in Malaysia here with their backs to the sea as if they just arrived to save Penang and it will be accompanied by the Transformers street art,” Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said at the press conference this morning.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malay ... Cyc4T.dpuf
We had already heard that the Q-Transformers 'Mystery of Convoy Returns' would come back for a second season - and here it is, via the YouTube DLE Channel, titled The Road to Winning a New Fanbase! If you understand JApanese, please let us know what is actually happening in the clip, but the general gist seems to be a congratulation on acquiring a good following for the bizarre show. Check it out!
Part of the Japanese TV Magazine, Autobase Aichi report a special 'Black Knight' edition of the Takara Tomy Transformers EZ Collection Bumblebee, with pretty much inverted colour scheme. It looks like the little fella will also get its origin story in a short manga included in the magazine it comes with, the issue due in September. Check out the mirrored image below!
How caught up are you with the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series? Would you like to find out more about its creation and background? Then the Videos section of the Hasbro Transformers site is for you. After the very first material on the creation of the opening episode, Hasbro have uploaded four more clips showcasing the Story, Characters, Toys and Art Design.
Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host ScottyP, along with Counterpunch, Megatronus, and Seibertron himself! Listen in as we discuss the latest news, toys, and more.
We begin with a very special segment, dear listeners: the Twincast chats with Colin Douglas, organizer of the upcoming TFCon in Toronto, July 17-19. Sit back and enjoy while we find out what really goes into planning the largest unofficial Transformers convention in the world.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us, Colin. We had a great time talking about Toronto, water slides, Peter Cullen, the genesis of TFCon Charlotte, convention exclusives, and more!
We get into some additional Con discussion, and the crew quickly settles in on SDCC exclusive Devastator. Seibertron is on-hand mid-photo shoot - the finished SDCC Devastator gallery can be found here. What does the Twincast think of this exclusive, and how does it stack up to the Generations and Unite Warriors releases? We move on to the Combiner Hunters 3-pack, Kre-O Class of '85, and whoa... things are getting expensive.
Prepare… for chrome-termination.
We seamlessly move into Botcon and this year's exclusive figures. The collection of oddities and the Diaclone-homage-surprise-attack caught a couple Twincasters off-guard. Some are bummed, and some wish they could have been at the convention. While you listen to our joys, woes, and a spirited conversation on these Diaclone-inspired figures' factions, check out Seibertron's mini-gallery of the Botcon 2015 exclusives, right here.
We skillfully segue to the Windblade #4, MTMTE #42, and TF #42 comics. We're on the verge of a very cool Velocitron arc, some MTMTE set up, and great story work in The Transformers (formerly RID). What do we think of the long-game they're playing, and the worlds the writers are building? Listen in to hear the crew's thoughts about the comics' larger direction, and the greatness at the end of the tunnel.
Finally, Knock-Out takes center stage.
We digress, and talk through the hunt for Transformer Prime Megatron, Transformers Subscription Service Nacelle assembly problems, some special dealers at Botcon, and more. You like it when we riff, right?
Upside-down rear wing tips. Grrr.
We finish up the Twincast with some bragging rights. What did everyone get since the last recording - or even since two recordings ago?
Also, someone got a lucky draw!
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It is with sadness that we bring reports of the passing of anime director and storyboarder Hidehito Ueda, who worked on Transformers: Armada (among many other well-received anime series and movies, such as A.D. Police, Cybuster, Gantz to name a few) - the first part of what has come to be known as the Unicron Trilogy. The news comes from fellow Seibertron.com member Emerje, and the site animenewsnetwork, who state that Ueda, aged 61, had been battling with cancer for over a year.
Armada still holds an ambiguous status in its reception in the fandom, though recent developments in the franchise have been paying homage to the series in the comics and toys.
Seibertron.com would like to extend our warmest condolences to Ueda's family and loved ones.