Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your MC for the evening, ScottyP along with Megatronus, Rotorstorm, and Tigertrack! Sit down, tune in, and enjoy as we discuss all the latest news, toys, comics and more.
Clash of the Transformers, sounds like a new movie or video game doesn't it? Welp, it's not! The new Toys R' Us exclusive Robots in Disguise line has started taking over shelves and we'll discuss our thoughts on these new and very interestingly colored figures.
Takara seems to be pulling out all the stops with their new TAV line, which coincides with Robots In Disguise. Case in point, leader Optimus Prime, what makes this figure so fun, guess you'll have to tune in.
Ahh glorious, shiny gold plastic. Yup, Transformers Masterpiece G2 Bumblebee has shipped and many of us have him in hand...except some of us have failed to actually open him up. SO is this a masterpiece figure that every G2 enthusiast or masterpiece collector needs? Well, you'll have to tune in to find out what we think of this little gold bug.
Of course, we finish up this episode with a round of bragging rights.
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Continuing the latest gallery theme here on Seibertron.com, prepare your optics to receive some more Takara Tomy Transformers Adventure figures. Our latest lineup sees the giraffetastic Toys'R'Us exclusive Optimus Prime, TAV07 Roadblock (not green Generations Scoop, we swear) TAV06 Underbite and TAV05 Fixit.
Click on any image below to check out the full works, including comparison shots with Hasbro equivalents where possible and more!
Empire magazine had a poll asking its reader to create the defining list of 100 best movie characters in all cinema history. While Transformers started out (and is still) as a presence on the television, it seems they are now a true staple of cinema since Optimus Prime (the movie version, mind you) was chosen as the 98th greatest movie character of all time. On the list, he beats out Edna Mode from the Incredibles and Randle McMurphy from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. He also technically beats every single movie character ever except for 97 of them.
Here is his entry:
APPEARANCE: The Transformers series (2007-2014)
CREATOR: Denny O’Neil, Jim Shooter, Bob Budiansky
PERFORMER: Peter Cullen (voice)
DEFINING MOMENT: Riding high on a mecha dinosaur in Age Of Extinction.
FASCINATING FACT: He has his own Mr. Potatohead, called Optimash Prime (“More than meets the fry”).
Here was the top 10 to those who are curious:
1. Indiana Jones
2. James Bond
3. Han Solo (Star Wars)
5. Ellen Ripley (Alien)
6. The Joker
7. John McClane (Die Hard)
8. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
9. Darth Vader (Star Wars)
10. The Dude (The Big Lebowski)
Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #1 (of 5)—SPOTLIGHT
Nick Roche (w & a & c)
THE WRECKERS RETURN! Somebody’s kidnapped PROWL… but does anybody want him back? A lifetime of messing with everybody’s lives comes around to haunt him. Fortunately, he’s always got a plan. In this case… the one team of brutal, broken heroes… the WRECKERS!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Remember when there was that great news for Americans that they could preorder their MP Starscream for a mere 60$ US? Well now it's our turn to celebrate because I will detail how you can get your MP Starscream for only 62.97$ cdn (which is equal to 47.75$ US). This is just 2$ more than the upcoming Leader Starscream at Toysrus. Toysrus is currently having a sale on all Transformers above 19.99$, including MP Blue Streak (still not a great deal for him though). Rainchecks for all SKN codes are available upon request, which is what I did. However, we also happen to know the SKN for the upcoming MP Starscream (065129), so by presenting that SKN, I was able to get a raincheck for MP Starscream at this deal. Meaning that I can buy him in store within the next 3 months and get him for 62.97$ cdn, and you can as well (you can also buy him full price online and then get credited when presenting your raincheck and receipt in store). The proof is in the photo below, which also shows the other codes for various Combiner Wars and RID toys that are also on sale. Also, as I got this raincheck, I was told that MP Starscream would be coming out in Canada in late August/early September.
Our resident Japanese Seibertronian Shumi Nagaremono is giving us some more great UW 02 Menasor info, this time in the form of a review, made in 3-D no less. This is a silent review though, showing the toys at different angles. Enjoy!
Shumi Nagaremono wrote:Here's a look at TakaraTomy's version of Menasor, featuring 360 degree turnarounds of the vehicle, robot, and combined modes.
The 3D version can be viewed with the New Nintendo 3DS browser (and many other other 3D capable viewers)
Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.
Top 5 Best Transformers Prime Characters
Transformers Prime was, to me, an amazing reinterpretation of the G1 story and characters for a new era. The animation was top notch and the voice work was out of this world, teaming up industry veterans, newcomers and huge stars (the first voice you hear is The Rock's). It also featured a great cast of classic Transformers characters which payed great homage to their original selves while expanding on the personalities laid down in the G1 era. Let me explain exactly what I just meant by that by starting this list of best Prime characters with...
This was classic G1 Starscream but now with a sleeker body to compliment his very narcissistic personality. Of all the character on this show, he was probably the one with the least of an update to his G1 personality which gave a nice comforting sense to the series, while letting his more maniacal traits run free (ie: MURDER). Of all characters, he has by far the best introduction.
An honourable warrior, very similar to the Dinobot character from Beast Wars and though it was less original at this point in the franchise, it was still a great role. He was smarter than most other decepticons and didn’t follow the cause blindly. The character was elevated even more with the Candyman himself (Tony Todd) giving Dreadwing a very deep and authoritative voice. It complimented this badass character perfectly.
I really love how the greatest warrior the autobots had (this side of Optimus) was their smallest member. It gave a nice contrast to the role usually given to her body type. She even had that great 80s staple of the cop who had just too many partners die on him (her) and they made it work. It was great to see her balance out her anger with a softer side that she thought was probably lost.
This is the best version of the Decepticon character we've ever had on a show and the second best character to own the name (yessss). I love how he had this twisted sense of ideals and his unquenshable thirst for power was a beauty to behold. I also loved how cunning (his genius plan to be able to use the Forge of Solus Prime) and ruthless (his fight against Predaking) this version of the character was. A true warrior who was fearless and would do whatever it took.
Soundwave was always awesome in G1. He was the guy who got stuff done and would never b!tch about anything. This is taken to the extreme here with an almost entirely silent role. This gives him an added creepiness factor that had never been shown to this extreme before. His loyalty to the Decepticon cause was also frightening. Calm, calculating, intelligent. As the show progresses, it becomes more and more clear that he was the Decepticon’s greatest asset in their fight vs the Autobots. Of all Decepticons, he was the one you’d want to mess with the least.
Honourable mentions: Knockout, what a fun character! The show also had an interesting take on Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack.
Fellow Seibertronian Shumi Nagaremono has posted the following on our boards letting us know that UW 02 Menasor is now shipping (and arriving) from Amazon Japan. This lets us know that orders from other websites should be shipping out soon as well (as fellow Seibertronians Burn and Fenrir have confirmed). He gives us some nice pictures of the packaging too.
Shumi Nagaremono wrote:Amazon Japan does good work. Just arrived.
Rounding out the deluge of new galleries for Robots in Disguise and Transformers Adventures toys comes the three most recent Takara Warrior Class figures: Drift, Sideswipe and Jazz! It is very interesting how the Takara deco can either really improve the figure, like in the case of Jazz' vehicle mode (you have to see it to believe it) or a different shade of plastic, like with Sideswipe and Drift. Take a look and let us know which of these is worth importing! All figures available for your perusal by clicking on any image below, of course.
Hey TF Fans. Did any of you ever find an Alpha Bravo that came with a comic? We were told we would get them but it seems only Drag Strip was reissued with a comic (for a wave 2 restock). The comics were given out as a special giveaway when spending 1999 yuan at a comic event in Taipei, Taiwan, and a user posted them on the TFND forum. The really cool thing about these is that we now have more background for Alpha Bravo!
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