The Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast returns with the sister show, the Mainframes Podcast, as the third episode dives right in to the recently concluded More Than Meets The Eye story arc "Dying of the Light". Join us on a deep journey into Transformers comics with Scotty P, Mr. Starscream, and Dr. Va'al returning to latch on to all the details of MTMTE 55 and the arc as a whole.
Be aware that this episode is entirely about IDW Transformers comics and will completely spoil many storylines from several books, so listening after catching up with the most recent material is recommended if you wish to avoid spoilers.
As always, we start at the start, looking at what the significance of the re-emergence of the Galactic Council might mean for events in this book and beyond. There might even be some realizations about where the General has been seen in the past!
Still not the droids tentacles you're looking for.
The twists, turns, and revelations found throughout the latest issue of MTMTE will be tough for many to forget, and were especially unpredictable. We take a look at some of the more controversial reveals, and get a lesson in where we might want to look for character elements in the future.
Inspiration from the past. No really though.
Of course, this story also wouldn't be the same without Prowl. Wait, Prowl!? How does he keep coming up every episode of this show?
What he must do to every script draft where he doesn't matter even a little.
There's only so much we can say about this one without loading up this news post with spoilers about the plot, but rest assured we cover all the details we can think of. Might there have been a few that we weren't fans of?
"Towards peace? Helex, I've read this a hundred thousand times."
While Scotty might not be able to get his thoughts organized while on the air, blogger Thistlebot (spoilers behind this link!) put together a great article about some of the thematic elements, especially surrounding edits and what they convey. Read the article around the point Mr. P starts rambling, then keep on with the show. (No really, do that, it's kind of embarrassing but I didn't edit it out.)
Sometimes there's just no talking like this guy.
Wondering what's up with the title of this episode? Maybe not, but if you are, then sit back and enjoy the good Dr. Va'al connecting the themes of Issue 55 and "Dying of the Light" on the whole to T.S. Eliot's The Hollow Men. Fun fact: this news post was almost nothing but that poem.
A penny for the old guy.
Connections to "Remain In Light" start to come into focus as we wrap up the show. The speculation and theories really fire up by the end, with both the hollow planet that frames this story in focus along with somewhere we might have seen other uses of this mold before. And no, we're not talking about Combiner Wars toys this time.
Still more coherent than Continuum.
We hope you enjoyed this latest episode of Twincast / Podcast spin-off Mainframes, and stay tuned for future episodes as the ongoing IDW Transformers saga continues to unfold! We'll see you in the discussion thread for this episode which you can join in on by replying to this very news post.
Seibertronians, it's Tuesday. That means that Machinima has released the next episode of their Combiner Wars series. It also means that it's review time! So sit back, relax, grab a mug of Hot Energon, and let old Bronzey tell you a story.
We open with Optimus Prime this time(bit of a change of pace there), and he's standing in an old hangar with Windblade. The hangar appears to be on an Asteroid or moon, as it's overlooking the entire planet of Cybertron. Windblade and Optimus are standing off. Windblade reaches for her sword, and Optimus takes her sniper rifle and breaks it.
Our first good look at Optimus
A minor thing here, I wish a louder sound effect would have been given to the gun breaking. As it sits now, it sound less like it's breaking and more like it's supposed to fold in half or transform. (Ala Masterpiece Optimus Prime's gun) The first time I watched this episode, I didn't realize it was the sniper rifle from last episode he was holding, and I thought he was turning it in to some kind of sword to fight Windblade.
Anyway, we pick up pretty much where we left off last episode. Windblade takes a few swipes at Prime, and the former Autobot leader dodges all of them, making me wonder how she took down a Combiner no problem.
Optimus avoids Windblade's attacks
Windblade and Prime share some dialogue about how she tried to kill Starscream, how Windblade feels like the universe would be better off if all Autobots, Decepticons, and Combiners ceased to function. This line especially strikes me as odd. She suddenly hates everyone, and wants to commit mass genocide, but in the same breath she literally says she doesn't want the war to continue. Prime says he obviously won't stand by and let her. Windblade then asks him how many 'bots he's killed in the war, and he says anything he did in the war was not done out of spite and was not unprovoked.
While we're on dialogue here, let's look at voice acting. Windblade is still a little stiff, but you can tell the voice actor's getting more comfortable in the role and the character she wants to play. We finally hear OP speak, and he's done wonderfully by our very own Jon3.0 (or Jon Bailey as he's know in the "Real World"). And, I mean this genuinely, he is bar none the best Voice actor in the entire series so far. This is because he's had years of experience not only voicing transformers, but voicing Prime. It's unfair to expect the same result from voice actors who aren't comfortable in their new metal skin.
Again, there's problems with the animation, it's waaay too blocky and completely off-base with the words being spoken, plus there's a lot of close-up mouth shots in this one, so it's near impossible to ignore. I have a feeling this isn't going to change, so we'll have to get used to it.
Windblade then uses a special, what I'm calling a, "Turbine Attack" on Optimus, who pulls out his G1 orange Energon axe. It's cool to see the axe return in this series, and it's a nice tie-in to the older fiction.
The Axe is back, baby!
After a few more minutes of fighting, Windblade pleads with Optimus to help her because the combiners are getting out of control. I wish the series would actually show us this "Devastation" she's talking about, because save for the initial Computron v. Menasor fight, we've seen nothing about the combiners being "out of control". And even that fight was still between an Autobot and a Decepticon, so it's not to out of the norm for us. I wish she would have some flashback to a combiner tearing through the buildings of Cybertron, killing civilians. Something to give her more of a motive. (More specifically an Autobot combiner, that would really be a stark realization for the audience that they really are out of control.)
Optimus Prime and Windblade battle it out in front of an impressive backdrop
Windblade tells Prime about the council's possession of the Enigma of Combination. Prime didn't know this, and Windblade now has a chance to talk him into joining her in destroying it. Optimus realizes the danger the Enigma poses to Cybertron, but is concerned it can't be destroyed. He considers "the amount of fire-power it would take", and then looks up to the sky, saying that there's only one who can help them now. The episode ends.
This is interesting, because my first thought was Megatron, since he's somewhere in exile, too, but in terms of fire power, Megs doesn't have much more than Optimus. Let's think bigger. So...Devastator? Superion? I can't imagine a combiner helping to destroy a sacred Combiner artifact, although we have been told some are still loyal to the concil...
My theory is: It's been mentioned all-throughout this series that Windblade is a City-Speaker. (Heck, it's even mentioned in this episode), and Optimus is concerned about a lack of firepower, it leads me to believe that either Metroplex or Fort Max is set to make an appearance. I could be completely off-base, but this is what it sounds like to me.
So, in conclusion, Episode 3 is still better than episode 1, but I think 2 still takes it for best episode so far. This was a bit more action-focused like 1, but it had some exposition as well. Unfortunately, most of the exposition is all re-hashed things we've heard before. "End the war" "You're a killer, too" "Combiners must be stopped" "We all have reasons to continue the war" "The enigma threatens the people of Cybertron" It's pretty much the same lines each episode. So again, better than the first, not as good as the second.
Haven't seen the episode yet? You can find it on Go90!
Thanks for tuning in, I'll see you next week when we take a look at Episode 4! So keep it right here on Seibertron.com, your best resource for the latest and greatest Transformers news on the net.
Amazon currently has a lightning deal on Platinum Predaking. It is a 15% reduction making him $85. This is a great deal on one of the best G1 toys of all time with an exclusive new sword that came with no other version of Predaking.
The deal ends in less than half an hour so get it HERE if you want this beast!
Have any of you missed out on Masterpiece Soundwave? If yes then we have some good news for you. The Hasbro version, which includes all the accessories and 5 cassettes (no Ratbat), is getting reissued in December through Hasbro Asia. This is the very same kind of reissue we had with Hasbro's Masterpiece Optimus Prime. While this toy will only be available in Taiwan at retail, most online importers will also be stocking him, making him easier to purchase by anyone outside of Asia. Just as Optimus came with an extra accessory (the Key to vector Sigma), this Soundwave reissue will come with Mini Die Cast made cassette player (2 x 3 x 1 cm). This news comes from the official Transformers Asia Facebook page.
Here is the info provided along with an image of the product:
Hasbro Masterpiece MP-02 Soundwave Reissue
Available to : Taiwan
Bonus: Mini Die Cast made cassette player (2 x 3 x 1 cm)
Release Date : Dec 2016
Episode 3 'The Duel' of the Hasbro / Machinima animated series Transformers Combiner Wars is now available to watch via the Verizon go90 app - and shortly for most non-US fans on the Machinima YouTube channel too! UPDATE: If you are a non-US viewer, the episode should now also be available for you, check it out embedded below.
Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for an episode review soon - and read through our thoughts on episodes one and two in the meantime, too.
This week does see two new comics from IDW Publishing, but also a new edition of an much older project from the old Dreamwave days... Check out below the full preview of the new Omnibus for Transformers: War Within, collecting the first two parts of the story that was meant to have three, by Simon Furman, Don Figueroa, Andrew Wildman and more! Is this a blast from the past you'll dip back into?
Transformers: War Within Omnibus
Simon Furman (w) • Don Figueroa, Andrew Wildman (a) • Don Figueroa (c)
Collects both the WAR WITHIN and WAR WITHIN: DARK AGES series. In this 12-part story, four million years before the Transformers arrived on Earth, civil war rocks their home world of Cybertron, and Optimus Prime faces his first–and greatest–challenge. But before he can deal with the Decepticons, the new Autobot leader must look within, and decide if Cybertron is worth saving at all!
TPB • FC • $24.99 • 312 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-692-8
Seibertronians, it's time again for Beast Wars Tuesdays! The feature where the main man himself, Seibertron, gives us a brand new gallery of one or two classic Beast Wars or Beast Machines toys. This time, we're taking a look at Beast Machines Tankor (this time around in his Red and black color scheme) and Thrust! Indulge in some 90s cheese below, and click on the respective links to see the full galleries!
We have some more news regarding the Robots in Disguise line with more sightings. While the latest warriors are now out, fellow Seibertronian Stevo has also found Power Surge Starscream and yours truly has found the individual weapon minicons. While it may seem like we have waited a very long time to get these minicons, they are technically falling within the expected release time since they are the third wave of mini-cons this year. It's just that the previous two waves were not stocked at the big box retailers. This first weapon mini-con wave consists of Tricerashot, Bashbreaker, Lord Doomitron and Weapon Slipstream. These mini-cons were found in a newly stocked Walmart in Montreal for $7.92 CAD while the Power Surge Starscream was found at Toysrus in Whitby for $49.99 CAD.
With only a couple of days left before the debut of TFNation - the new UK Transformers fan-run convention - and a big announcement that just came through the pipes, we thought to round-up bits of what you may have missed in the past couple of weeks! First off: Sins of the Wreckers TPB before its release date available via Nick Roche (to buy) and the event (as prizes!).
Transmission ID: 000055
Operation: Sins of the Wreckers
TFNation 2016 may be just four days away but do not fall into the Decepticon trap of believing we are all out of surprises. There’s one nearby… real nearby…
We are thrilled to confirm that in collaboration with TFN guest Nick Roche, we are able to bring you the “Sins of the Wreckers” trade paperback, ahead of its release!
Somebody has kidnapped Prowl… but does anybody want him back? After a five year wait, it’s time to call upon the Wreckers once again in this highly anticipated sequel to “Last Stand of the Wreckers”.
Nick will have a limited number of the books available at his stall. So if you wish to grab the book before it hits stores AND get it signed by the writer and artist himself, this is the perfect opportunity!
If you are not lucky enough to nab a copy from Nick then fear not, TFNation will also have a run of books on hand. We will be giving them away all weekend as part of our free door prizes and various competitions we will be running! Why? Because we are so happy that you have all supported us through our first year, that we wanted to share the Wrecker love with you.
Four days people – get ready to Wreck and Rule at TFNation 2016!
Further transmissions to follow.
Where All Are One
Next, make sure to drop by two of the features of the event, the Show Cars and The Forge. While the former needs no real explanation - though you can find more info here - the latter is similar to Artists' Alley, and will also include a good number of Seibertronians, such as hinomars19 and Demonology7789, and the ideator of the Lenten experiment. More here!
Take a look at the floor plan for the event right here, and if you're in Birmingham this weekend (19-21 August) make sure to drop by the AV desk to say hi to yours truly, too!
And with the online orders and stocks for the latest boxset from Transformers Generations Combiner Wars showing up - Computron, that is - the official Transformers Facebook page just uploaded another of their Designer Desk clips, with John Warden showing off Technobots Lightsteed, Scattorshot, Afterburner, Nosecone, Strafe and Scrounge and their combined mode, and also sneakily tying it in to the Machinima cartoon. Check it out embedded below!
Straight from the battlefields of the Combiner Wars, it’s the bot who always analyzes before he acts—Computron.
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