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Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98  "Combiner Wars"

Friday, August 15th, 2014 2:49PM CDT

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host for the evening, ScottyP along with the regulars Jon 3.0, Rotorstorm, Seibertron, and Tigertrack

Episode 98 "Combiner Wars" is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

(00:00- 05:56)
We start the night off with some fun chit chat but it doesn't take long for the crew to dive in to what everyone wants to hear... and that is toy talk!

(5:56- 20:14)
First up we discuss Combiner Wars!, the newly revealed combiner toys from Hasbro that were on display at San Diego Comic Con...Has Hasbro finally answered our prayers for combiners or is something else motivating them??
Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98  "Combiner Wars"

(20:14 - 38:10)
We then follow up with some in depth discussion about the stunticons.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98  "Combiner Wars"

(38:10 - 53:20)
Up next we will discuss our thoughts on the new Generations Voyagers, SkyByte and Roadbuster. (...and hey, don't forget to check out the JAWSOME photo galleries of them!)

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98  "Combiner Wars"

(53:20 - oops! We kinda got distracted :P)
Tankor and Rattrap are finally starting to appear at retail. Some of us have them in hand so tune in to hear what the cast thinks of these figures...and by the way, they are in stock at HTS!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98  "Combiner Wars"

(Where are we again?? - 1:47:ish)
The SDCC exclusives have finally hit the Hasbro Toy Shop! Were we surprised at what sold out and what is still available? Guess you'll have to tune in to find out.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98  "Combiner Wars"

(1:19:12-1:23:48)

Up next, we discussed the TFCC and their 2 big figure reveals. The 2015 membership freebie figure, Lio Convoy, and the club exclusive figure, Nova Prime.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98  "Combiner Wars"

...and then we derailed a bit... but it's all in good fun :)

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98  "Combiner Wars"

(1:26:30- 1:42:26)
We then talk about the new images of Masterpiece Star Saber that surfaced but...how well will this MP figure do? Is Star Saber popular enough? Tune in to hear our answers.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98  "Combiner Wars"

(1:42:26- 1:47:57)
Up next, we have our favorite segment...Listener questions!!

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We then close out the night with some bragging rights.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98  "Combiner Wars"

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Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1599661)
Posted by Flashwave on August 15th, 2014 @ 3:49pm CDT
I get the feelng Razorclaw was involved in the writeup... or does Scotty find Wahlberg to be a hunk? Should Candace be worried? :P
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1599707)
Posted by Convoy on August 15th, 2014 @ 8:16pm CDT
I'm not a KO guy. The closest I've gotten is the Brave reissue of Sky Garry that I put reprolabels on.
(been meaning to post that lazy custom.)

tl;dr Where do I find that Machine Robo Browning KO I've heard about for the price of a Takara car?
It's one of those molds I'd love to own that I don't envision ever being reproduced at an official capacity.
My prehistoric hunting skills fail me.

P.S. Excited about REAL combiners (love the hands/feet) and Star Saber will be mine!
No matter the cost.


Edit: Watch MP Victory Leo get a release down the road with Star Saber exclusively in a Victory Saber box set.
Just imagine Victory Leo is to Star Saber as the MP-04 trailer is to MP-01.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1599737)
Posted by lonrac on August 16th, 2014 @ 2:29am CDT
Another great discussion,

looking forward to the new combiners, though I hope that they follow up quickly with a defensor, bruticus, Computron......


the PCC combiners weren't a bad toy, just needed some fiction to go with it, the united ex story does make a lot of difference to how the toys are viewed.

...also please, when you were tearing through the box for the SDCC dinobot leg, please don't have meant that literally.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1599768)
Posted by craggy on August 16th, 2014 @ 8:43am CDT
Glenn Close is Nova Prime. Meryl Streep played Alpha Trion. :-?
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1599783)
Posted by Kibble on August 16th, 2014 @ 10:47am CDT
I think the spirit of my question was lost...it wasn't about which hunk you'd most want to score a date with, but rather how you'd feel about acquiring their peas. And while I didn't want to exclude the guys, I didn't think winding up with 'his peas' was quite as interesting as getting 'her peas' from your fave TF cast member... ;)

But you know what they say...if you have to explain the question, it wasn't that good to begin with. :-(
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1599802)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 16th, 2014 @ 1:00pm CDT
You know, I do happen to have MP3s of all the Japanese TF songs. ;) Well, up to Animated, at least (still need to get the Japanese songs from Prime and Go!).


Small pet peeve of mine: The "Lio" in "Lio Convoy" is pronounced as "Lie-oh", not "Lee-oh". Like "Lion" minus the "n".

And, of course, Ginrai's name is like hard liquor + fine bread. :P
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1599803)
Posted by ScottyP on August 16th, 2014 @ 1:30pm CDT
Flashwave wrote:I get the feelng Razorclaw was involved in the writeup... or does Scotty find Wahlberg to be a hunk? Should Candace be worried? :P


It was 100% Bob. He lobbied in staff emails to get a shirtless picture but we didn't go that far.


Convoy wrote:Where do I find that Machine Robo Browning KO I've heard about for the price of a Takara car?
It's one of those molds I'd love to own that I don't envision ever being reproduced at an official capacity.

Edit: Watch MP Victory Leo get a release down the road with Star Saber exclusively in a Victory Saber box set.
Just imagine Victory Leo is to Star Saber as the MP-04 trailer is to MP-01.


I'd double dip on Star Saber in a multipack just to have Victory Saber. In a heartbeat. Could display one as a super bot and the other in alt mode.

As for the Browning KO, I got mine at Ace's Toy Store http://acestoystore.com/store/index.php ... cts_id=605 They also make a version with red plastic instead of blue, but it appears to be sold out since it isn't listed on there anymore.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1600155)
Posted by william-james88 on August 18th, 2014 @ 9:10am CDT
Did any of you figure out later, when you finally watched Guardians that Meryl Streep was not in it, and that it was Glenn Close instead?
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1600171)
Posted by ScottyP on August 18th, 2014 @ 10:04am CDT
william-james88 wrote:Did any of you figure out later, when you finally watched Guardians that Meryl Streep was not in it, and that it was Glenn Close instead?


I had watched it, just got the name wrong. They look similar to me.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1600257)
Posted by Va'al on August 18th, 2014 @ 4:16pm CDT
I believe the choice of combiners was actually dictated by the IDW comics, this time, rather than the other way round. Barber and Roberts, and even Costa, have been introducing Devastator (and I can't imagine Hasbro not working on that one!) - then Menasor as a failed project, and currently Superion in pre- and during Dark Cybertron, with Devastator/Prowlestator also at the fore.

So I take the point being made about the choice, but it's nice to have fiction dictating toys in a more obvious way for once. :D

And how dare you insult the Power Core Combiners. :-x ( :P )



The name is Va'al. This is the closest I could find:
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1600268)
Posted by william-james88 on August 18th, 2014 @ 5:46pm CDT
Va'al wrote:And how dare you insult the Power Core Combiners. :-x ( :P )




Haha! When I heard them talk about PCC that way, I knew you'd flip. You actually got me hooked on them and I gotta tell you, there is no better time to be hooked on PCCs since they have gotten really cheap recently. My favourite is still Grimstone though I find undertow really cool too (but I am a big Bioshock fan so there is a bias).
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1600291)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 18th, 2014 @ 7:12pm CDT
Va'al wrote:I believe the choice of combiners was actually dictated by the IDW comics, this time, rather than the other way round. Barber and Roberts, and even Costa, have been introducing Devastator (and I can't imagine Hasbro not working on that one!) - then Menasor as a failed project, and currently Superion in pre- and during Dark Cybertron, with Devastator/Prowlestator also at the fore.

So I take the point being made about the choice, but it's nice to have fiction dictating toys in a more obvious way for once. :D
I'm thinking it was more of a collaborated effort between both Hasbro and IDW, since all the stuff that Costa did with Menasor wasn't part of any longterm plan to be realized five years after he used Menasor, and the current design team at Hasbro wasn't around back then either. It seems more reasonable to assume that both the current Hasbro team and Barber/Roberts simply sat down with each other, decided that combiners would be a neat idea for both parties to try out together this time, and collaborated to figure out which ones they could each do and how they could make each of them work for both Hasbro's toymaking/toy-selling angle and IDW's storytelling angle.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1600347)
Posted by Va'al on August 19th, 2014 @ 3:06am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Va'al wrote:I believe the choice of combiners was actually dictated by the IDW comics, this time, rather than the other way round. Barber and Roberts, and even Costa, have been introducing Devastator (and I can't imagine Hasbro not working on that one!) - then Menasor as a failed project, and currently Superion in pre- and during Dark Cybertron, with Devastator/Prowlestator also at the fore.

So I take the point being made about the choice, but it's nice to have fiction dictating toys in a more obvious way for once. :D


I'm thinking it was more of a collaborated effort between both Hasbro and IDW, since all the stuff that Costa did with Menasor wasn't part of any longterm plan to be realized five years after he used Menasor, and the current design team at Hasbro wasn't around back then either. It seems more reasonable to assume that both the current Hasbro team and Barber/Roberts simply sat down with each other, decided that combiners would be a neat idea for both parties to try out together this time, and collaborated to figure out which ones they could each do and how they could make each of them work for both Hasbro's toymaking/toy-selling angle and IDW's storytelling angle.



I do agree that it all probably happened around the same time as the DC event was brainstormed, along with Autobot Megatron and the various pack-ins - but RID was already quite big (:P) on its combiner plotlines, and Barber has said a number of times that yes, *something* to do with combiners was inevitable seeing how the story was developing.

If you'll allow me, I shall fool myself into thinking that the comics came just slightly first this time. :D
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1600348)
Posted by Va'al on August 19th, 2014 @ 3:13am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Va'al wrote:And how dare you insult the Power Core Combiners. :-x ( :P )




Haha! When I heard them talk about PCC that way, I knew you'd flip. You actually got me hooked on them and I gotta tell you, there is no better time to be hooked on PCCs since they have gotten really cheap recently. My favourite is still Grimstone though I find undertow really cool too (but I am a big Bioshock fan so there is a bias).


How can anyone not love them? :(

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And the commanders alone are adorable, if a little sneaky.
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Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #98 "Combiner Wars" (1600935)
Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on August 21st, 2014 @ 11:06am CDT
Hey Podcasters! The thread for my game is here if you want to check it out.