For those anticipating the release of N.E.S.T. Global Alliance toyline, most specifically Voyager Recon Ironhide, we've got another gallery of the figure. Thanks to chenkofs of HK-TF.com, who has taken clear and detailed pictures of Ironhide. There's also a review, however that's in Chinese and not really required to enjoy the pictures. We'll just sum it up - chenkofs thinks Recon Ironhide is awesome. Take a look at the pictures below.
Another review comes from famous Youtube reviewer Peaugh. This time around he's obtained Revenge of the Fallen Scout Beachcomber, a repaint of the Wave 1 Dune Runner. Peaugh goes over the usual - transformation, articulation and comparisons to the original. Check out the video here embed on this news post, or on Youtube.
Beachcomber comes with Scout Deadlift in the 2-pack "Road Rival Showdown". Expect the 2-packs to be released sometime after the new year. No word yet on exclusivity.
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Since we had yet to see the boxart of this Dirt Boss repaint, there was no official name for this figure. Now we do have a name, and the scout goes by the name 'Deadlift'. The resemblance to an old Gobot Character is clear identification that this repaint is a homage of Gobot Spoons. Youtuber Peaugh has acquired the orange repaint, and reviews the Scout Class figure. He goes over articulation, transformation, and compares the figure to the original Dirt Boss. You can check out the review on Youtube, or directly on this embed news post.
Resemblances include the MR-34 logo, similar alternate mode, and the orange paint!
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A video review over at Youtube from GenZhao shows off the latest Leader Class figure, Starscream. GenZhao goes over Starscream's features, articulation and transformation, with some comparisons to other Transformers figures. You can check out the video embed here on this news post, or on Youtube.
Starscream is set for release in the first half of 2010. When exactly is still to be determined.
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Pascal of Cybertron.ca has a quick hand, receiving Scout Scattorshot well before the mass release. He has taken pictures and reviewed the figure. Scattorshot is a brand new Scout cast, and will be released in the upcoming year. Here are some highlights of the review and a few pictures.
-Shovel can move up and down a bit due to transformation.
-Weapons on top of the cab can move up and down and rotate 360 degrees. Robot Mode:
-Very good articulation: ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, hinged elbows, ball jointed forearms just under the elbows, fists can move inward/outward, waist rotation, ball jointed hips, ball jointed knees, ankles can rotate forward/backward
-Guns can be popped off if you don't want them.
You can check out the rest of Pascal's review here.
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Seibertron.com member GuyIncognito has alerted us that there is a video review of the highly anticipated Deluxe Dirge from the Transformers Revenge of the Fallen toyline.
The Video if from none other than Peaugh who usually is the first when it comes to reviewing toys that haven't been released yet.
You can see the video ether by clicking here or embedded in this very article.
Hitting on all the fine points and comparisons between previous releases of the Generation 1 series cartoons, this informative review is a must read for any Seibertronian considering buying the set.
Without further ado, here's the review:
I originally set my San Diego Comic-Con 2009 budget to $300 on merchandise. Last year’s budget was around the same price so I figured it was a good number. However, on the first hour on the floor I destroyed that budget. I saw the Transformers and GI Joe boxsets for $150 and $155 respectively. A number of thoughts went through my mind as I stared at these beautiful looking DVDs.
"I can save money on shipping now and pick these up."
"I already have the Rhino sets. Hell, I just paid $140 to get Season 2 Part 2 and Season 3 Part 2/Season 4. Do I really want to double dip?"
"Where the hell am I going to put these?"
"OCD collector Supreme Convoy needs these."
The Shout employee wanders over to me and says they include a GI Joe poster and Megatron poster signed by Frank Welker with purchase at San Diego. Needless to say, I gave him my credit card immediately. Of course, I had to increase the budget during Comic-Con as the weekend went on.
On to the set ...
Video & Audio
The video quality is practically identical to the Rhino release. I couldn’t spot any differences between the two. However, Shout didn’t include the extra sound effects that Rhino made for the previous release. While this didn’t necessarily bother me, Shout does a great job on presenting what the cartoon would’ve been like during the 80’s without any artificial alterations.
The greatest improvement that Shout made is the simple menu screens. Rhino had a complicated menu screen when you wanted to pick individual episodes where you slowly had to move the cursor to start the episode. With the Shout release, all you have to do is go down a list and pick an episode.
I absolute love how the box pulls open like the actual Matrix of Leadership. The set includes a souvenir book and magnets with the Autobot and Decepticon logos. The souvenir book is a bit misleading. It’s mostly an episode listing for the entire series; it also includes bios for characters like Optimus Prime and Megatron. These bonus items aren’t exactly a draw for me.
Though for $5 more, the GI Joe complete boxset is made of metal and plastic and includes a dogtag flashdrive with two comics on it (the comics are very brief but the flashdrive itself is pretty neat!). That set is classier looking and feels more durable. I’m concerned about damaging the cardboard Matrix box. Though there is a charm to opening the Matrix box like Rodimus Prime
For me the highlight of Shout’s release are the documentaries, each running about 30 minutes:
1. Triple Changer: From Toy to Comic to Screen - The Origins of The Transformers
2. The Combiner: Forming The Transformers Animated Series
3. The Headmasters: Voicing The Robots in Disguise
4. The Autobots, The Decepticons & The Fans
5. Into the Creation Matrix: A Conversation with Bob Budiansky
The documentaries are fascinating and go into details that I don’t believe have been covered before in either the Rhino DVD’s or even Michael Bay’s Transformers bonus features. We learn things such as a Hasbro executive’s son named the toyline Transformers and created the Autobot and Decepticon fraction names. The documentary even goes into how the Marvel Comics did the heavy lifting on the Transformers back story. Bob Budiansky even presents original documents and treatments he used to create profiles such as Starscream and Megatron.
While the Rhino sets has interviews from different actors and creators, they always felt like the filmmakers took out the interview tapes and edited down to 10 minutes. It’s serviceable but doesn’t go too in depth and frankly boring to watch. Shout Factory has created compelling documentaries that are entertaining yet informative.
The most bizarre thing is that commercials for the toyline blur out the child actors. I suppose Shout could not secure the likeness rights to those children. It’s a bit distracting while watching the commercials but I’m sure you can find those easily on YouTube. (Note: I also did not realize that the faces were blurred out on Sony’s release of Transformers: The Movie).
The voice actor roundtable doesn’t include Peter Cullen but it’s still pretty fun. It’s great when the actors go on a tangent and talk about other things such as old time radio shows and the process on voice acting.
The greatest bonus materials for me? The original scripts! The DVD includes PDFs of the Transformers series bible, scripts, and and dialogue scripts. For someone who wants to know the pre-production side of a cartoon, this is an incredible look!
Of course, I love the Transformers fans documentary ... mostly because it features Seibertron.com and my screen name is featured for a few seconds
My main focus while tearing through the boxset was to look at the brand new extras and check out the quality on the episodes. I didn’t really feel the need to review the series as a whole because most of us have seen them all. Though in my case, I still haven’t seen a handful of them so it’s a treat to watch them and feel like a kid again.
Once I’m completely through watching the series, I will be jealous of the people that have never seen the original Transformers cartoon and will watch it for the first time through this set.
Since the video and audio qualities are almost identical to the Rhino release, this would be a cautious purchase for those that already own them. I went in wanting the extras and actual Matrix box. For those who never owned the Rhino DVDs and want a better deal, I believe the individual season sets might be cheaper to purchase as opposed to the Matrix boxset. Even though I love the GI Joe box better, this packaging is still excellent and will look spectacular on a collector’s shelf amongst toys. I highly recommend the Shout's Transformers sets and the Matrix set for the hardcore fans.
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Starlight is currently auctioning off a poster for the 2007 Trnasformers live action movie. This poster is signed by:
+Lorenzo Di Bonaventura
Starlight states that they are a foundation that helps seriously ill children and their parents to live with their illnesses and difficulties. So if you bid on this auction, which is a non-profit auction you're helping a child in need.
Seibertron.com member skywarp-2 has informed us of a movie review posted on Ain't it Cool News covering the newest Hasbro franchise to hit the silverscreen in a live action film, G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
According to the article, a few lucky people got a chance to see a special advanced screening of the upcoming film. While not giving it an Oscar, all the reviewers concurred that the film was well paced with action and story enough for it to beat out Transformers Revenge of the Fallen in the enjoyment factor.
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is not the train wreck you’re expecting.
In fact, some of the film is quite good. While many of you won’t believe me til you see it with your own eyes on August 7th, last night I got into a research screening of director Stephen Sommers “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” at the Bridge Theater in Los Angeles and came away liking what I saw.
My one sentence: It’s the cartoon come to life.
Without getting too spoilerific for you Joe fans out there, here are some of the finer points of the film that the reviewers say will make it better than Revenge of the Fallen:
-The action scenes are really well done and there are a lot of them.
-The movie is cheesy but fun. Yeah, the dialogue is corny and everyone was either a good or a bad guy, but that’s the cartoon. Also, it never went for the really cheap joke or any bathroom humor.
-The pacing is spot on. With the film clocking in around 1 hr. 45 minutes or so, you’re never far removed from an action scene.
-The plot actually works and makes sense…for a “G.I. Joe” movie. Unlike “Transformers 2″, “Joe’s” got a clear story.
The fine folks over at Latino Review also gave The Rise of Cobra a thumbs up.
For fans of both Transformers and GI Joe, it's shaping up to be an amazing summer with the monster smash Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, still in theatres and on IMAX screens and with GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra due to hit a theatre near you on August 7th 2009.
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