Take a listen to the latest Twincast as the crew pals around with all the latest news and information from the last two weeks. You can download the latest episode here, or from our RSS feed, or finally from iTunes. Join host Counterpunch, along with regular cast members Tigertracks, Razorclaw, and Seibertron as they dissect the news from Cybertron Con and prepare for the launch of Regeneration One.
Transformers Prime Voyager Breakdown
Rumors about a possible Transformers Encore Fortress Maximus reissue
Masterpiece MP-12 Lambor (Sideswipe) and hints at a Soundwave
Transformers Prime Rumble and Kup
Generations War for Cybertron Starscream
Asian-exclusive repaints of Brawl, Brawn, G2 Megatron, Springer, and many more
Transformers Prime Cyberverse Bumblebee Battle Suit
Transformers Prime Bumblebee and Starscream Entertainment Pack released in Canada
Commercial for Hasbro's Transformers Prime toy line
A close look at Takara Tomy's Arms Micron figures out of package
Transformers the Ride Evac
Shattered Glass G2 Prime
No 3rd Party or unlicensed products at BotCon 2012
Simon Furman and Chris Latta in the Hall of Fame
BotCon prequel comic posted in it's entirety
Regeneration One dropping soon and we've got everything you need to know to be ready for it!
Fellow Seibertronian Matt Moylan has updated his precious Lilformers.com website with new information, more art and the addition of a story segment titled Dreamslaves. The new Dreamslaves will be a series of quirky incidents that occurred during Matt's time with the ill fated Dreamwave comics and his work on the Transformers series they handled. Dreamslaves #1: Red Alert is a reflection on Matt's time as a graphic designer and production manager, in which he had somehow make Sideswipe fight two enemies on opposites sides of the planet at the same time! How is that possible? Enter Red Alert.
Dreamslaves #2:Artists in Disguise has also been uploaded and this one might shock of few comic fans. At least the naive ones!
Check out the always entertaining and wonderfully talented Matt Moylan's Lilformers site by clicking here.
And if for some reason you have never heard of Matt Moylan OR Lilformers.com, here is his just a smaple Lilformers strip:
Publication Date: October 9, 2012 | Grade Level: 3 and up | Series: Transformers Classified
In this follow-up novel to Switching Gears, 12-year-old Kevin Bowman is now working with the Autobots to fight the evil Decepticons and search for his missing brother. Kevin is starting to lose hope until he gets help from the most unexpected person-his nemesis, Douglas. Douglas informs the team of a secret cave of ancient Cybertronian weapons located at Battle Mountain, Nevada. Kevin and Gears believe the cave might have clues to the disappearance of Kevin's brother and other missing soldiers. Will the team find what they are looking for or has Douglas set a trap for them at Battle Mountain?
About the Author
Ryder Windham is the author of over sixty books, including many Star Wars and Indiana Jones titles. He teaches classes on comic art and storytelling at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education. He resides with his family in Providence, Rhode Island.
Jason Fry is a writer, an editor, and a digital journalism consultant. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide and more than a dozen other Star Wars books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son.
Hasbro, Inc. is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY.
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 9, 2012)
Seibertron member Chuckdawg1999 hosts a pod cast about another Hasbro toy property that many of us grew up with. This podcast "What's on Joe Mind" has two episodes that will be of interest to Transformers fans.
This first podcast features an interview from Roll Out Roll Call 3 which features Jim Sorenson talking Transformers and his work in making his Ark books. The Ark Addendum updates from his Disciples of Boltax blog can be found weekly here on Seibertron.com. That podcast can be heard here.
The next podcast episode will be of interest to the G1 cartoon fans which features a pre-recorded interview with Sunbow writer Buzz Dixon. Listen as he talks about continuity between shows, the writers reaction to the public's reaction to the death of Optimus Prime and his attempt to tie-in the My Little Pony universe with the Transformers universe. This podcast can be heard here.
So the online gaming world is getting 2 Transformers titles seperated by world regions. The Asia market has a big website called TF.91.com and it is PACKED with all kind of cool images and videos. The games aesthetics have long since been revealed to be similar to Transformers Prime. Ever wondered how BumbleBee would fare against TF Prime Bruticus? Click here to watch the video and find out! Unfortunately, I only read english and therefore restricted to clicking aimlessly and staring at the pretty images. There are TONS of options for customizing your character. Starting with a base chassis and choosing the actual vehicle is just the first steps. One of 5 classes of weapons can be then be chosen along with dozens of desgins and colors. I have mocked up a small portion of the options in the customization. I hope the Western market sees this level of game development. Check out some pics below, including Defensor and click here to view the site!
Today we have some nice background renderings from Transformers Prime by environmental animator Vince Toyama via his blog, which can be found here. The first image is of Cybertron after their civil war:
This next rendering is the Autobot base design. My Toyama says:
A very complex set that turned out really well. I was hoping that Hasbro would make a toy playset out of this...
I think we would all agree.
I design environments for TV animation. You'll probably notice that my artwork tends to reflect a very architectural approach. That's because I studied architecture in the stone age when T-squares and lead pencils were the tools of the trade. That didn't exactly work out for me, but I've managed to translate those architectural skills into animation background design. And in the world of action adventure cartoons, having a believable world to stage your next showdown is a good thing.
Mr. Toyama does not boast that his environmental designs on Transformers Prime won him a Daytime Emmy, which they did. But he does say he is very proud of the results the animation team has gotten with Transformers Prime and recommends to people who have nit seen it yet, to watch in High Definition.
To learn more about Vince Toyama, check out his blog HERE.
The Hub sent Seibertron.com a new exclusive clip of the upcoming Transformers Prime "Operation Bumblebee" cartoon episode which will air Saturday, March 10 at 8:30 pm EST. This video features a scene with Bulkhead and Bumblebee. Transformers Prime is produced by Hasbro Studios. Enjoy this special clip from the Hub!
EP 204 – “Operation: Bumblebee - Part 1” When Bumblebee loses the ability to convert into vehicle mode, he begins to question his worth to the team.
A combination of struggling American economy and weak Holiday sales performance, is forcing Hasbro to tighten the draw strings. Yahoo Finance reports:
Hasbro Inc is cutting about 170 jobs as the second-largest U.S. toy company tries to recover from sluggish sales during the holiday season.
Eighty-two percent, or 140, of the job cuts are in the United States, according to company spokesman Wayne Charness, including "about 55" in Rhode Island where Hasbro is based.
"These moves were made to address both the under-performance in the U.S. and Canada segment, and the need for different skill sets in the company's workforce to be better aligned with a quickly evolving business," Charness said
The job cuts are being accompanied with "competitive" severance packages. Yahoo Finance reporter Dhanya Skariachan, continues by saying:
Larger rival Mattel also missed sales expectations in the holiday quarter, but still outperformed Hasbro and gained share from Mattel, according to data from NPD, a market research firm.
Hasbro, based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, has 5,900 employees worldwide, including about 1,400 in that state.
Hasbro shares fell 2.8 percent to close at $34.65 on Nasdaq.
The entire article can be viewed by clicking here.
More good news for fans in Germany and related regions, Amazon.de has listed Transformers Prime , Folge 1 - Die dunkle Macht erhebt sich, the 5 episode pilot series and Transformers Prime , Folge 2 - Meister und Schüler the next 4 episodes in Season 1. Plans are to release all 26 episodes! Unfortunately, the German dub will be the only audio option with no English or (at this time) no special features. Click a cover below or click here to view the Amazon.de listings!
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