Twincast / Podcast #196 "One With The Matrix"

Twincast / Podcast #196 "One With The Matrix"

One With The Matrix - In this episode of the Twincast/Podcast, "One With The Matrix", we join ScottyP, Megatronus, and RodimusConvoy13 as they catch up on the lastest Transformers news. This starts with the impending closure of Toys R Us and what impact that could have on both Transformers and the wider toy retail sector. That discussion leads into a break down of the last exclusive figure for the chain, Movie Studio Series Voyager Class Thundercracker. Next, first impressions are shared of recently revealed Power of the Primes figures including Voyager Class Inferno, Legends Class Cindersaur, and Legends Class Outback. The toy talk ends with a discussion of the possible upcoming Walgreens exclusive Wreck-Gar. Listener questions are answered next, starting with a question about what got us back into collecting Transformers. This is followed by a question asking what our favorite gimmick has been over the history of the toy line. The show moves to comic discussion beginning with the Optimus Prime Annual, then to the announcement of Requiem of the Wreckers, and finishing with Lost Light #16. Ending the show is the latest round of bragging rights.
Top 5 Best Giant Transformers Toys

Top 5 Best Giant Transformers Toys

Giant Transformers - Remember that scene in the Transformers movie where Unicron transformed? The whole time you just saw a big planet that destroyed other planets ala Death star. But then it Transformed and our notions of the limit to Transformers flew out the window. This was the instance where we all gazed at the wonder of this brand and saw that it was boundless. Since then, there have been many giant Transformers in the fiction and better yet, we eventually got their toys. And this is what this list is all about. This is about those awe inspiring towering Transformers from the fiction and their wonderful toys. A quick note, this post was started January 2015. But with Hasbro announcing a yearly Titan class toy, I figured I should wait. Turns out nothing really changed from my initial thoughts of over 3 years ago.
Top 5 Best Optimus Prime Super Mode Transformers Toys

Top 5 Best Optimus Prime Super Mode Transformers Toys

Best Super Mode Optimus Primes - No adversary is too great for Optimus Prime / Convoy. When everything seems bleak or when the challenge seems to tough, you can always count on him rising up to the occasion, often times in a super mode. These temporary evolved forms have been part of the franchise since the very beginning and are a mainstay of Japanese pop culture. It is always fun to see just how glorious that super mode will look like and the best part of this fiction being used to sell toys is that we do get the toys of these super modes. We even have super modes that don't even have fiction attributed to them like our first pick ...
Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Best Ultra Magnus toys - From day one, Ultra Magnus toys were always closely related to Optimus Prime toys, with his first toy being a redeco with a different trailer which turned into a powersuit giving him a totally different look from Prime. Toy designs and ideas evolved from this giving a wide variety to Ultra Magnus toys where some are Prime redecos, others more extensive retools and others being fully original. We will explore the rich history of this autobot's toys by looking at the best ones to have come out so far.
Toys R Us debating whether or not it will close all of its US store locations

Toys R Us debating whether or not it will close all of its US store locations

Toys R Us ... no more? - You read that right. This Monday, Toys R Us is expected to appear at a bankruptcy hearing and shutting down all its stores and liquidating its entire US operations is one of the options they are considering. There are other options, of course, but this is the option certain lenders are pushing for, after a weak holiday performance. They had already planned to close 20% of their US stores (184 to be precise). Read more ...

Pacific Rim's Steven DeKnight Loves the Story of the Bumblebee Movie, Which Might be Screened at Wondercon Friday

Posted 1 hour ago by Bronzewolf - 252 views

NEW! It's been a little while since we've heard any major news about the upcoming Bumblebee stand alone film, but we do have a couple stories to bring you today. First, we have one of the first outside opinions on the main plot of Bumblebee, from screenwriter Steven DeKnight. Coming as a snippet of an interview from entertainment website Uproxx for his upcoming film Pacific Rim: Uprising, he shares that the story they used for the Transformers spin off was his favorite to come out of the - Read More

Power of the Primes Wave 2 Deluxe Class figures for $16.99 are back in stock

Posted 10 hours ago by Seibertron - 3,762 views

Tired of hunting for the latest Transformers figures? currently has all five of the Power of the Primes Wave 2 deluxes back in stock. The figures are currently listed as of this writing for $16.99 with free Prime shipping for those who are eligible. Amazon states that these products will ship next week. We've been following these products all week to see when they would be back in stock. Act fast to get yours now before they sell out again or the prices go back up. Make sure you - Read More

Full Preview for Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Volume 7

Posted 19 hours ago by Va'al - 3,349 views

Out this month from IDW Publishing is the seventh volume in the hardcover IDW Collection of Transformers comics (in the branch known as Phase 2) as we have reached More Than Meets the Eye and Robots in Disguise 28 to 34, after the events of Dark Cybertron and the beginning of Dawn of the Autobots. Check it out below! Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 7 James Roberts, John Barber (w) • Alex Milne, Andrew Griffith, Atilio Rojo (a) • Marcelo Matere (c) MEGATRON assumes control - Read More

IDW Publishing WonderCon 2018 Press Release & Transformers Panel and Signing Details

Posted 20 hours ago by Va'al - 2,931 views

We've received news from IDW Publishing about their presence at WonderCon 2018, taking place in Anaheim this weekend March 23-26! The Transformers specific attendance is not at the forefront this year, but there seems to be plenty to sink your teeth in if going to the show, with several creator signing sessions, with the likes of John Barber, Mairghread Scott, and Livio Ramondelli, plus a whole panel on the Saturday featuring editors David Hedgecock, Joe Hughes, David Marriotte and some - Read More

Smyths Toys UK Offering 20% Off to Toys R Us Gold Card Holders

Posted 20 hours ago by Va'al - 3,724 views

We receive news from UK based Seibertronian RavageXK regarding Smyths Toys - which has been one of the major sources of UK Transformers toys news in the past year or so - and the whole Toys R Us deal, given the closure of the stories in this country too. Effectively, Smyths have set up a system that allows customers to receive 20% off any purchase by handing in their Toys R Us Gold Card to a Smyths Toys Superstore, meaning if you missed out on some deals, you can still save a little! You - Read More

Ages Three and Up Product Updates - March 19, 2018

Posted 1 day ago by Va'al - 3,585 views

New Preorders Takara Studio Series, Takara Power of the Primes, and Takara Diaclone! New Arrivals for Generations Power of The Primes, Zeta Toys Uproar, MPM-05 Barricade and more.... ------------------------------------------------------------ ... 2c&mc_eid=[UNIQID] ** Product Updates ------------------------------------------------------------ March 19, 2018 ... 2c&mc_eid=[UNIQID] - Read More

In Hand Images of Cyber Battalion Shockwave and Sideswipe Showing Poseability and Alt Modes

Posted 1 day ago by william-james88 - 6,711 views

Images of this new Shockwave's alt mode properly transformed had yet to appear online. Now that they have been found in the US, a Walgreens, fans have finally taken some photos of his alt mode along with the kinds of poses he and his case mate Sideswipe can do. As the small instruction images showed us before, Shockwave does indeed has a fake robot head for his alt mode. It is unpainted. This is similar to the Fall of Cybertron Shockwave who also had a fake head in cybertrotian spaceship - Read More

Toys R Us reveals closing dates and liquidating stores

Posted 1 day ago by WreckerJack - 12,100 views

We have more news regarding Toys R Us going out of business. A quick thanks to Emerje for bringing this to our attention. This news comes to us from Business Insider. Toys R Us is planning to close all of it's stores and liquidate all of it's items. Toys R Us has notified employees that stores and warehouses will be shutting down by May 14th. According to employees, liquidation sales will start Thursday of this week so keep a look out. There is still time for one last visit. If you feel - Read More

Transformers Power of the Primes Wave 2 Deluxes Showing up Online for 16.99

Posted 1 day ago by WreckerJack - 6,689 views

One of our readers has notified us that Power of the Primes Wave 2 Deluxe Class figures are showing up on for 16.99. Please do note that they seem to be stocked for this price on and off so there may be some fluctuations as items are purchased and re-stocked. It may be particularly tricky to find some of the more popular figures in this wave for this price for that reason. If you are having difficulty finding them at this price, Target is having an in store sale of Power of the - Read More

40$ off TLK Remote Control Sqweeks and 2$ off Power Of The Primes Deluxe Class Figures

Posted 1 day ago by WreckerJack - 5,763 views

The deals just keep coming today! Several of our readers have pointed out that Target is having some deals recently. Relic0037 has notified us that Power of the Primes Deluxe Class figures are 2 dollars off in store. Lori has provided us with pictures of Remote Control Transformers: The Last Knight Autobot Sqweeks that has been discounted by a whopping 40$. If you have had your eye out for any of these toys, it is a good time to go and have a look if you have a Target store near you. Happy - Read More

Steal of a Deal: Free Shipping at HasbroToyShop with Promo Code!

Posted 1 day ago by WreckerJack - 5,302 views

Thanks to fellow Seibertronian Sjeng we are now aware that is offering Free Shipping. The code to use is EASTER2018 and the deal runs until April 1. This only applies to items under the "Easter Basket Favorites" category which does include some of the smaller Transformers figures. If you explore the third page of the Easter Basket Favorites you will find some Titan Masters, Prime Masters, Legion Class Figures from The Last Knight and Rubik's Crew Optimus Prime. As always, we - Read More

TFSource News! PlanetX Apollo / Charon, TW Constructor, FT Apache, PotP Legends W2 & More!

Posted 1 day ago by william-james88 - 2,948 views

TFSource News! PlanetX Apollo/Charon, TW Constructor, FT Apache, PotP Legends W2 & More! NEW HOT INSTOCK ITEMS: - Transformers Power of the Primes - Legends Wave 2 - Set of 3 - Planet X - PX-16 Charon and PX-14 Apollo - Fans Toys FT-19 - Apache - ToyWorld - TW-C07 - Constructor - Green and Clear - Soul of Chogokin - Pacific Rim - GX-77 Gipsy Danger - Masterpiece - MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus with and without Collector's Coin - Masterpiece Movie Series - MPM-5 Barricade - - Read More

KB Toys to Possibly Make a Return to US

Posted 2 days ago by Va'al - 6,671 views

With the stories about Toys R Us dominating the news cycle for toy collectors and fans, something else seems to have made its appearance, sped up by the closure of the giraffe-shaped retail chain, and a name that North American Transformers fans might recognise: KB Toys. Fellow Seibertronian Sabrblade pointed us towards an article on The Rock Father detailing the entire deal, but it all starts with Ellia Kassoff of Strategic Brands, LLC, posting on LinkedIn about their plans to resurrect KB - Read More

New Audio From the Transformers G1 Cartoon Episode "Heavy Metal War" Featuring Extended and Deleted Scenes

Posted 2 days ago by Bronzewolf - 3,917 views

TF fan site TFAt TM have posted another installment of their absolutely incredible series of audio clips from the original G1 Transformers cartoon! Pertaining this time to the episode "Heavy Metal War" specifically, the audio gives us not only behind the scenes banter from the likes of Wally Burr, but also extended or deleted scenes! These extra bits and pieces are fascinating to listen to, and they give more context and flesh to these stories we thought we knew so well! The folks over at - Read More

Transformers Generations Cyber Battalion Shockwave and Sideswipe Found in US + More In Hand Images

Posted 2 days ago by william-james88 - 10,066 views

Good news for those hoping the new Shockwave and Sideswipe toys find their way to the US. They are now being found at Wallgreens, at two per case. They were found in California, near San Francisco by SurgeOpressor, who reported this on the TFW2005 boards. He also showed the UPC codes and took images of Shockwave in his robot mode to give a sense of scale. SurgeOpressor wrote:I'm about 45min outside San Francisco, CA. Shockwave UPC 63050964914 Sideswipe UPC 63050964913 They only had one - Read More

When We Had to Grow Up: Remembering Toys R Us

Posted 2 days ago by Va'al - 6,695 views

With the news that has been circulating the past weeks, if not months, about the future of the toy store chain Toys R Us, the North American (Canada and USA) staff of have pooled together some thoughts on what the stores meant to them growing up, what they do now, and what it might mean going forward now. Be they Toys R Us kids or not, fond memories or barely present, there is something that struck a chord with a lot of children who grew into toy collectors, from Transformers - Read More

More New Transformers Titans Return Artwork from Ken Christiansen and Marcelo Matere Featuring Blurr, Fortress Maximus, More

Posted 2 days ago by Bronzewolf - 7,183 views

This week has been full of Transformers artwork. We, in fact, just posted some newly released concept/line art for Combiner Wars Leader Class Megatron and Starscream from artist Marcelo Matere, and now it's time for Marcelo to share the spotlight with fellow packaging artist Ken Christiansen! He has also shared new Transformers artwork over on his Facebook page, featuring Titans Return Blurr and Skullsmasher! Marcelo has also posted a photo of his extremely intricate piece for Titans Return - Read More

New Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Concept Art of Leader Megatron and Starscream from Marcelo Matere

Posted 2 days ago by Bronzewolf - 7,324 views

We've been sharing a lot of Generations line and concept art, and we have even more today from artist Marcelo Materia! We're a bit Decepticon-heavy this time around, however, as Marcelo's new images feature Combiner Wars Leader Megatron and Starscream! These are, as stated above, line drawing versions of the packaging art. It's interesting to see pieces like these, to spot differentiation from the actual toys, and to see the full art. We don't get to see these in their full glory typically, as - Read More

Twincast / Podcast Episode #196 "One With The Matrix"

Posted 2 days ago by megatronus - 5,041 views

Welcome to the latest episode of the Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host ScottyP with Megatronus and RodimusConvoy13. Listen in as we discuss the latest news, toys, and more. Episode #196 "One With The Matrix" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post. TRU is dead. Long live the... department store chains? Toys 'R' Us is defunct, at least in the - Read More

Meijer Buy One Get One 50% Sale on Transformers This Week

Posted 2 days ago by Va'al - 5,952 views

According to fellow Seibertronian Ironhidensh, store chain Meijer seems to have a week long sale on Transformers figures - all lines except for the recent Studio Series - of the buy one get one 50% off. The image below shows the store in Elkhart, Indiana, but is it very likely the sale is available across the entire chain, and sports the likes of Transformers The Last Knight figures, both Turbo Changers and Premier Edition, alongside Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Warriors and simpler - Read More

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #196 - One With The Matrix
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