Fellow member and long time fan of Seibertron.com QBKiller94 was able to attend a première of the Transformers Robots In Disguise cartoon hosted by Hasbro at a movie theater in New York City. They were able to write up their thoughts of the two-part pilot episode, and we've copied it below for your perusal - why not compare it to our previous review from board admin Burnhere? The show is already being aired across multiple countries, and will air in the US on March 14th.
Review: “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode
“Transformers: Robots in Disguise” draws upon several of its predecessors while carving out a unique place in Hasbro’s animated lineup thanks to a striking art style, talented voice cast and promising plot lines.
“Transformers: RID” made its North American debut with a private screening at the TriBeCa Theater in New York City on Saturday. I watched the two-part pilot with my 5-year-old daughter without commercial breaks in a small theater with about 60 fans of all ages.
The pilot opens up on Cybertron with two Autobots racing down a path together -- a familiar scene for fans of the original G1 series. Bumblebee, brilliantly voiced by Will Friedle, is a veteran street cop accompanied by the young and inexperienced Strongarm. An indeterminate number of years have passed since the events of “Transformers Prime.” Optimus Prime is dead and it appears the war is over.
While Optimus is no longer leading the Autobots, his presence is felt throughout the pilot and marked physically by a giant memorial statue on Seibertron. Bumblebee sees Optimus in a vision during the apprehension of the law-breaking Sideswipe near the former Autobot leader’s memorial. The message from Optimus is loud and clear – Bumblebee must return to Earth.
The scene shifts to Earth where a boy named Rusty laments living in a salvage yard with his father, Denny. Denny is a nostalgic collector, a hoarder of things others have grown tired of and he’s not keen on throwing any of it out. It’s a subtle wink at seasoned Transformers collectors, for sure. Rusty yearns for life in the nearby city to take him away from the boring salvage yard. Rusty is a plucky, rebellious kid and Denny is a laid-back dreamer who provides comic relief. Thankfully, neither one detracts from the action of the pilot episode.
Things pick up when an Autobot prison ship crash lands in a wooded area near Denny’s salvage yard shortly before Bumblebee, Strongarm and Sideswipe arrive on Earth. Hundreds of deadly Decepticons have escaped and they’ve got to be recaptured.
On Earth, the Autobots team up with the Minicon Fixit and Grimlock, whose back story is given a fresh new spin. Grimlock, like some of the other characters, is a mash up of several previously seen Transformers personality. Grimlock, voiced by Khary Payton, is a combination of his G1 namesake and “Transformers Animated” Bulkhead. He’s massive, dumb and super kid-friendly.
Bumblebee is the reluctant leader of the group and it’s clear early on that his maturation and growth in that role is going to be one of the overarching story lines for this series.
“Entourage” actress Constance Zimmer voices Strongarm, the young, by-the-book cadet who’s eager to jump into the action despite Bumblebee’s constant coddling. She’s peppy and green as grass, basically the complete opposite of Arcee’s role in “Transformers Prime.” Sideswipe is aimed squarely at the preteen crowd. He’s a cross between “Transformers Prime” Smokescreen and Ted Theodore Logan. The diminutive Fixit rounds out the crew. He stammers and stutters comically, which makes you wonder how he ended up being in charge of a prison ship full of the universes most dangerous Decepticons in the first place.
“Do you know who I am? I’m Underbite, the Chompazoid who devoured Nuon City!”
“Transformers RID” is set up for the Autobots to embark on endless missions to hunt down these escaped cons and if the rest of them are as colorful as Underbite, then we’re in for fun ride. Underbite is a Chompazoid who is incredibly proud of his strength, which grows each time he chomps down on some metal. Undrebyte flexes, preens and exclaims: “Feel the burn!” just as you’d expect an arrogant muscle head from Venice Beach or the Jersey Shore to. Underbite is a hefty Decepticon who gives the Autobots all they can handle all the while looking for validation of his past misdeeds.
The art style for “Transformers: RID” has a strong anime vibe to it with a bright color pallet to give it a softer feel than “Transformers Prime.” It’s a mix of CGI characters and painted backgrounds that works well on screen. The action scenes are animated with skill and each characters transformation is expertly executed. There is a scene where Sideswipe saves Rusty while transforming that is reminiscent of one of the more famous live action movie scenes. There’s hope that we may get some of the cinematic quality action sequences that “Transformers Prime” made common place.
Overall, it’s clear “Transformers: RID” is aiming for a younger demo graphic, but it succeeds in both entertaining the under-10 crowd and having enough meat to keep parents and older fans engaged. The pilot episode does an excellent job of setting the stage for the series with well-written characters, laugh-out-loud moments and a solid plot foundation. If you’re looking for it to be as weighty as “Transformers Prime,” then you may be disappointed. However, if you can get past the tonal change you’ll be treated to a host of original characters and a fresh new voyage into the Transformers universe.
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The second installment of the Avengers Infinite Legends series includes Iron Man Mark XLII, Hulk, Captain America, Spider-Woman, Hellcat, and Batroc; and each of the six figures comes with a body part for the super villain Thanos. Get all the parts you need to build your very own Thanos with the Set of 6 for $139.99 or the Case of 8 that includes an extra Iron Man and Hulk for $159.99; and we also have Iron Man and Hulk available individually for $17.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... eries%2002
AGE OF ULTRON HOT TOYS HULK AND DELUXE HULK
Hot Toys is very excited to introduce the new Avengers” Age of Ultron 1/6 scale Hulk Collectible Figure! The movie accurate figure is based on the image of Hulk as seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron and features a newly developed screaming head sculpt with rolling eyeballs and a specially painted muscular body. Hulk is priced at $274.99. The Deluxe Hulk includes an interchangeable non-articulated “Hulk Smash” pose giant green-skinned muscular upper body and is priced at $374.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... hot%20hulk
BATMAN 1/6 SCALE GOTHAM KNIGHT FIGURE
Inspired by a number of timeless comic book appearances, the Batman “Gotham Knight” Sixth Scale Figure invites collectors to further define their favorite look for the Caped Crusader with three cowl and mask options and three interchangeable facial expressions; which are also compatible with Sideshow’s Batman Sixth Scale Figure. This cool new version of Batman is listed for $199.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
STAR WARS DIGITAL COLLECTION
You can now get your favorite characters from all six movies in the Star Wars franchise in this all new Star Wars Digital Collection. These four-packs of 3.75” figures are a great way to expand your own Star Wars collection or to start a new collection for someone new to the Star Wars universe. We have the Case of 6 four-packs for a total of 24 figures listed for $124.99 and the individual four-packs are priced between $19.99 and $29.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... %20digital
From the Soul of Chogokin line we have the impressive Vehicle Machine created to transport GaoGaiGar’s mighty Goldion Hammer, Goldymarg! This figure transforms between normal, Goldy Tank, and the Marg Hand or Goldion Hammer arrangements and comes with a bunch of accessories to complete each look for $144.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
SEA DRAGON KANON
From the depths of the sea we have Gemini Saga’s younger twin and member of Poseidon’s Seven Sea Generals, Sea Dragon Kanon! This detailed and precise figure comes with four interchangeable face parts, display frame, 7 interchangeable hands, and a cape for $87.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
S.H. FIGUARTS SUPER SAILOR MOON
Check out this outstanding Super Sailor Moon form Tamashii Nations, taking the stage in a stunningly colored and delicately fabulous sailor suit. From her wing-like barrettes, translucent sleeves, and billowing ribbon, every detail is faithfully brought to life in meticulous detail. She comes with her Spiral Heart Moon Rod and Rainbow Moon Chalice for $37.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
DANCING GROOT SOLAR POWERED BODY KNOCKER
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SIXTH SCALE JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME
“I am the Fred Astaire of karate”. Recreate his signature split stunt and other martial arts moves with your very own 1/6 scale figure of the “Muscles from Brussels”, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Featuring over 30 points of articulation, a newly painted head sculpt with the authentic likeness of JCVD, this figure comes with his signature black leather jacket, black jeans, grey T-shirt with the JCVD logo, black socks, interchangeable hands, sunglasses and a figure stand; and is priced at $179.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
SIXTH SCALE BATTLE BRUCE SHARK BUST
Shark City Ozark is proud to present the 1/6 Scale Battle Bruce Bust! This museum quality resin replica is hand sculpted and hand-painted and is made in America! This highly detailed Great White Shark bust features rows of razor-sharp teeth and battle scars and is positioned as if he is coming through your shelf in full break-the-surface-to-attack mode. This whopping 16” long, 11” tall bust will fit right in with your 1/6 scale figure collection and is listed for $299.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
TMNT PRIME 1 STATUES
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GLENN RHEE MINI BUST
Continue your amazing collection of The Walking Dead mini busts by Gentle Giant with the all new Glenn Rhee Mini Bust! Digitally sculpted using photographic reference directly from the set of the hit TV series, this limited edition and individually numbered statue is made of high quality polystone and hand painted. This bust comes with a matching certificate of authenticity and is listed for $80.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
REVOLTECH MICRO VENOM SNAKE
Venom Snake from “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” is now a Revoltech Mini figure from Kaiyodo! Standing about 4” tall, this rugged looking snake has a prosthetic arm and shrapnel stuck in his head. He’s fully articulated for all kinds of sneakin’ around action, and he’s fully equipped with a pistol, knife, bazooka, iDroid, goggles, a cigar, multiple interchangeable hands, and a base. His one remaining eye is even movable! This mini Snake is listed for $44.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
NEW TRANSFORMERS RID FIGURES
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Oliver Queen defends Starling City in this all-new bookend from the hit CW show Arrow: The Television Series! Standing on a clock tower base, Arrow dons his mask and draws his new bow as seen in Season 2. This bookend is made of high quality polystone and stands approximately 9 inches tall and is listed at $134.99 for one bookend (not a set of two). http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
INTIMIDATOR UPGRADE KIT
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MR POTATO HEAD MASH UP MARVEL
Now your Mr. Potato Head can save the day disguised as your favorite Marvel superhero. We have the Classic Scale Case of 2 up for pre-order for $23.99 that includes Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Iron Man/Tony Stark. We also have a new collector four-pack in the mini scale for $14.99 that includes Captain America, Wolverine, Iron Man and Spider-Man. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
GORDIAN ACTION FIGURES
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AGE OF EXTINCTION DRIFT STATUE
At last; there is hope, after all.
Sideshow Collectibles and Prime 1 Studio are proud to present the Drift Polystone Statue from Transformers: Age of Extinction. Drift is a master of ancient weaponry who long ago, fought for the Decepticons. The scars of battle changed his thinking, and now Drift wields his swords as a member of the Autobots. Featuring LED light-up eyes and interchangeable hands with swords, this impressive statue is listed at $1099.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
TOHO KAIJU GODZILLA AND BARAGON
These intricately sculpted and hand painted 8” resin statues by Albatross Japan would be a great addition to any Godzilla or kaiju collection. We have Godzilla 2001 and Baragon 2001 both listed for $214.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ho%20kaiju
MARVEL FILM CELLS AND WALL ART
Enhance your home theater or Marvel collection with these limited edition film cells and other wall art from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man Trilogy, and Guardians of the Galaxy. This menu includes the double-matted and framed film cells of characters and scenes from the top Marvel franchises. We also have bookmarks that contain a piece of real film from the movies, as well as the new photo-quality MightyPrint Wall Art. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... lm%20cells
S.H. FIGUARTS IMPERIALDRAMON PALADIN MODE
The renowned holy knight is realized in a spectacular white pearl paint and comes with a highly detailed Omega Blade accessory. Along the blade reads the DigiCode for the word ‘Initialize’. This figure comes with 3 interchangeable hands, display stand, and a support joint for $57.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
FIGUARTS ZERO ONE PIECE 5TH ANNIVERSARY FIGURES
FiguartsZERO is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a special line-up of stunning new One Piece statue figures. These figures feature clear material throughout to create a more dynamic quality, and meticulous detailing adds depth and realism. They also come with sound effect option parts and special display bases that make them appear to come straight out of the manga. Get your hands on everyone’s favorite pirate, Monkey D. Luffy or the adorable Tony Tony Chopper for $29.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... nniversary
ULTRA-ACT X S.H. FIGUARTS ULTRAMAN
This collaboration of cosmic proportions combines the superior articulation technology of S.H. Figuarts and the exceptional sculpt detail of Ultra-Act in this incredible 6” Ultraman Figure. He comes with 3 interchangeable wrist accessories, 2 interchangeable hands, Spacium Ray effect with attachments, and interchangeable chest piece for $40.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
ATTACK ON TITAN TAMASHII BUDDIES
Grab your Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear and get in on the action because Attack on Titan is coming in a cool, compact and collectible size to TAMASHII BUDDIES! Protect your desk from nasty Titans with your very own member of the Survey Corps. Each TAMASHII BUDDIES product comes with an attached stage, display card, and frame set. You can also stack with any other BUDDIES you own! We have Eren Jaeger and Levi up for pre-order at $12.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... %20buddies
S.H. FIGUARTS KAMEN RIDER TRY CHASER
Kamen Rider Kuuga's police bike inspired TryChaser 2000 is coming to S.H. Figuarts. The body is meticulously colored in Kuuga's signature red and gold. Clear parts are used for the headlights, embodying the same level of realism from the show. Use the included joint piece to display Try Chaser in action packed, mid-air poses! Set comes with hand piece gripping the handle and back wheel support display. This item is priced at $37.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
TAMASHII EFFECT IMPACT SETS
Ideal for enhancing battle scenes with extreme collateral damage caused by being kicked through walls, explosive impact, or massive power build up cratering effects, these extensive effect accessory sets will be initially available in either gray or beige and can be used with Tamashii STAGE support stands (sold separately) and action figure lines such as S.H. Figuarts to create extreme action sequences. These impact effect sets are priced at $15.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... %20version
BREAKING BAD 1:64 SCALE DIE-CAST VEHICLES
New to the Greenlight Collectibles Hollywood Series, these 1:64 Die-Cast vehicles from Breaking Bad are sure to enhance any die-cast car or Breaking Bad collection! We have the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 and the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT-8 both listed for $5.99 each. We also have the 1986 Fleetwood Bounder RV known as “The Crystal Ship” for $12.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... 20die-cast
REALM OF THE UNDERWORLD SERIES 03
These 6” tall figures by Zolo World feature interchangeable bodies and heads, weapons, and some may even have glow-in-the-dark parts as well as bonus SLIME. This set of 4 includes Toxic Terror Hercules, Sinister Sludge Archfiend, Krystal Kry-sis, and GROOZE-SUM and is listed at $119.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
FWI-04M METALLIC UPGRADE KIT
This aftermarket accessory kit is a flight pack upgrade kit meant to make your figure resemble Optimus Prime from “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”. It will work with both Striker Optimus Prime and Revenge of the Fallen Leader Optimus Prime (both sold separately) and has a metallic finish. This upgrade kit is listed for $99.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
JAY PISCOPO 8” MEGO-STYLE FIGURES
These new, limited edition 8” Mego-Style figures by Nemo Publishing are handcrafted and designed by Jay Piscopo and come in clamshell packaging featuring artwork by Jay Piscopo. We have The Black Bat, Sea Ghost, The Red Panther, Jack Danger, Rogue Agent Zero, Knight Avenger Commander X, Under Sea Knight Commander X, Archer Knight Commander X, Barbary Knight Commander X, Western Knight Commander X, 1950’s Commander X, and Commander X all listed for $19.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=3640
ASMUS TOYS 1/6 NAZGUL AND STEED
Add terror and doom to your 1/6 figure collection with this highly detailed Nazgul and Steed (horse) by Asmus Toys. With the authentic likeness as seen in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, and an incredible assortment of accessories, these amazing figures will be the focal point of your collection. We have the Nazgul figure & Nazgul Steed in a set for $299.99, the Nazgul Steed that includes a bonus sword for $174.99 and the Nazgul figure for $154.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... zgul%201/6
MAFEX AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 DELUXE SET
Based on the hit film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Medicom has created the most dynamic and detailed 6” Amazing Spider-Man figure on the market! Everyone’s favorite web-slinger comes with a magnetized wall to climb on, an unmasked Peter Parker head, bullhorn, manhole cover, a skateboard, and a cell phone. He even comes with webbing to wrap up every member of the Sinister Six! Spidey comes in deluxe window box packaging and is in stock for $74.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
MAZINGER Z & APHRODITE SET
These amazing figures are full of details and are perfect for any fan of Mazinger or giant robots. The Mazinger figure includes Koji Kabuto’s Pilder which you can remove from Mazinger’s head and open the wings. Aphrodite includes Yumi Sayaka on the top of Aphrodite’s head. This set of 7” articulated figures comes with a collectible display base for $39.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
FIGUARTS ZERO PICCOLO
This much anticipated figure in the ever popular FiguartsZERO Dragonball series has an interchangeable right hand part allowing for recreation of two out of this world attack poses! The billowing cape and smoke effects come together to create a realistic and dynamic pose. This figure is in stock for $37.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
STREET FIGHTER WORLD WARRIOR ENCYCLOPEDIA
Now you can learn the whole story behind the world’s greatest fighters in this hardcover encyclopedia. Inside this updated and expanded edition, you will find detailed profiles of every Street Fighter character, including their origins, personalities, allies, enemies, and more! Snag your copy now for $34.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
STAR WARS REBELS CLASS II VEHICLES
Now your Star Wars Rebels figures have a way to travel with the Series 03 Set of 2 Class II vehicles. This set comes with the Inquisitor Tie Fighter and the Imperial Troop Transport and is in stock for $54.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
BIG BANG THEORY MINIMATES SET 02
Are you ready for the second set of Minimates based on the Big Bang Theory? This set of figures from Bif Bang Pow! includes Sheldon (The Flash Shirt), Leonard, Penny, and Bernadette and is in stock for $24.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
WALKIND DEAD POP! DARYL DIXON ON CHOPPER
The toughest Pop! on the block now gets a new ride! Check out this cool new stylized Daryl Dixon sitting comfortably on his chopper. Increase the coolness factor of your Walking Dead or Pop! figure collection with Daryl Dixon on his Chopper for $24.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
THE WALKING DEAD VIDEO GAME CLEMENTINE FIGURES
Clem is an original character in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead video game series. This mature, kind, and polite little girl is the moral compass of the group and tries her best to maintain the humanity of her fellow survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. We have both the regular and bloody versions of this exclusive figure in stock for $32.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... clementine
EAVI METAL PHASE FOUR: A – TRANSISTOR
This figure stands just over 9 inches tall in robot mode and the chest opens to hold 3 KFC cassettes at a time. This guy comes with 2 blaster guns, a comic book and manual, bio card, 2 different version heads, and some bonus gifts for $139.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
TRANSFORMERS X PLAYSTATION OPTIMUS PRIME
This figure stands nearly 8” tall in robot mode and transforms into a classic PlayStation system (non-functioning) complete with controller, memory card, and detailed electronic replications on the back panel. We have this unique figure in stock for $119.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
DARYL DIXON WITH CHOPPER
Fan-favorite Daryl Dixon, from AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead, is a lone wolf survivalist who has proven time and again to be a vital sentinel for his group in the unpredictable and perilous apocalyptic world. This deluxe box set features Daryl Dixon with his iconic chopper motorcycle and is back in stock for $32.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
Jim Sorenson, co-author with Bill Forster of the Allspark Almanac and regular Seibertron.com presence, has updated the Disciples of Boltax blog with an eight-page preview of this week's Transormers: Animated release by IDW Publishing: The Complete Allspark Almanac! Check them out mirrored below, and head to the blog here to find out more about the small contest held for fans of both this and the original release of the same pages.
Then it hit me... there are numerous pages that aren't completely new but are a BIT new. New art, new context, new photos, integrated in with the existing material So, why not showcase them?
Then I thought, why not make it a game? The first person who replies in the comments who can correctly identify every difference will get a doodle of the character of their choice. 8 pages, (at least) 8 differences. Go for it!
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Los Angeles is not the only city to get a Transformers: The Movie (1986) screening in the near future. Thanks to fellow Seibertron.com fan Todd Matthy, we have news of a screening taking place at The Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, NY, and tickets can be purchased here!
Director Nelson Shin
Starring Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Orson Welles, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy
Run Time 84min
Age Policy 18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.
Screening in 35mm.
Transformers! More than meets the eye.
Beyond good, beyond evil, beyond your wildest imagination, in the year 2005, a war rages between the Autobots and Decepticons. The Autobots have successfully defended Earth from Megatron and his evil band of Decepticons, but they have lost the war at home on Cybertron. Heroes will rise, and evil will be reborn as a new threat in the form of the planet annihilator, Unicron, who sets his sights on Earth and the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.
Hold on tight because the most incredible rock ‘n’ roll adventure is here. It’s the ultimate battle between Autobots and Decepticons as the final confrontation between Optimus Prime and Megatron brings the battle between good and evil to a whole new level. This movie is pure robot-fighting destruction between Dinobots, Junkions, Sharkticons, and robots THE SIZE OF PLANETS. Featuring the voices of Orson Welles, Judd Nelson, Peter Cullen, Leonard Nimoy, and Eric Idle and set to a screaming aural backdrop of Stan Bush and ‘Weird Al’ Yancovic, this movie will obliterate your eyes and ears and leave you crying for more. TRANSFORMERS!!!! (Greg MacLennan)
As we saw with the New York Toy Fair 2015, it appears the Transformers Playskool Hero Mashers line is keeping the direction of the new "Robots in Disguise" cartoon. Bumblebee, Sideswipe and Steeljaw have already been released in Canada, and will continue with Optimus Prime, Strongarm, and Clampdown. There's new official pics of the last three below!
Another episode of the (supposedly) hilarious, definitely confusing animated series Mystery of Convoy Returns has been uploaded by the DLE YouTube channel - and this one features the Datsun brothers Bluestreak and Smokescreen! Check out the episode approximately titled 'Mystery Of Certain Psychic Powers', in Japanese, embedded below.
In 1990, the Transformers Zone OVA videocassette was released in Japan, collecting the entirety of the Victory sequel - consisting of just the one episode! The 'series' follows new Autobot leader Dai Atlas, and focused on the Micromasters, in their Planet Zone defense base. Among them, Rabbicrater, commander of Zone City's lunar base and pilot, the newest offering in the Seibertron.com galleries!
The Rabbicrater figure itself is a blue redeco of the 1989 Skystalker mold, and transforms into a Porsche 959 sports car. Purchasing the OVA videocassette was the only means to acquire the figure too, and you can take a look at both items in our galleries, by clicking on any image below!
The new animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise has aired already in the Australian cyclone-lands, and Seibertron.com board admin Burn was able to both watch the Pilot and report on it without giving too much away! Read on below for a breakdown and thought cap on this new venture for team Bumblebee.
Burn Reviews Transformers:Robots in Disguise
So I guess this job falls to me after having watched the two-part "Pilot".
First and foremost, from what I've seen of the series from the initial character designs, through to a few short videos, and then the toys, I wasn't expecting much from the series.
Suffice to say, I've been pleasantly surprised.
The show, may be ... fun. There's a number of moments where you just have to laugh. Put that down to the characterisation, all of the characters are incredibly unique. So let's run through them!
Bumblebee - The veteran, reluctantly thrown into the leader position of a bunch of misfits. It's so weird hearing him talk ... Strongarm - The ride-along, a stickler for the law. She quotes the rules more than Red Dwarf's Rimmer quoted Space Corps directives. Young and out to impress her ranking officer. Sideswipe - The perp, reluctantly dragged into the mix when arrested by Strongarm. Very little respect for authority, but being one of the good guys, he'll fall into line eventually. Fix-It - The mini-con, in charge of a prison transport ship that has crashed to Earth. Currently suffering glitches which you could describe as dyslexia. Not really living up to his name ... Denny - The father, a collector of ... things ... Russell - The son, not a collector, typical cartoon human kid Grimlock - The Dinobot, an escaped prisoner from the transport ship, a little amnesic over a few details, not a fan of Underbite. Also nothing like previous Grimlocks.
Which brings us to ...
Underbite - The Chompazoid, the first escaped prisoner we meet. The Popeye of the Transformers world (his spinach is anything metal), a body builder type personality who loves his muscles ... a lot. Fun and interesting character. And not a Dinobot.
Oh and then there's that other guy who's dead ... kinda ... he's still preachy.
I liked it. The aesthetic may not be my preference, but it worked quite well for my liking.
It was different, it was unique. This isn't your usual "Optimus Prime and his team are out to stop Megatron and the Decepticons with help from the humans". This is a whole new team with only one character we know well. It's a bold new move, and it works. It proves we don't need established names to enjoy a Transformers cartoon. Just give it a good story. As I said, there's little bits of comedy. Underbite, despite being the bad guy, is a character you can get behind.
It's good. It's worth watching. It's got potential. Some series you watch "just so you can join in the conversation", this one is WORTH watching because I think many will enjoy it, and so you can join in the conversation, right here, on the Energon Pub forums!
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