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The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018

Transformers News: The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018
Date: Monday, December 31st 2018 8:23pm CST
Categories: Site Articles, Editorials
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): D-Maximal_Primal @Seibertron

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Welcome one and welcome all! As we approach the New Year of 2019 (or in some cases, you have already crossed over into the new year) I your fellow Seibertronian would like to take this opportunity to start the Top 10 Transformers Finds of 2018.

The rules for this are very simple. This list is a Top 10 list of figures I, and by extend when you make your list you, purchased this year. This list is open to any Transformer from any generation or release year, so long as it arrived at your house between January 1 and December 31 of 2018. The figure doesn't even need to be a good one or a collectible one or even a big or little one; it's all about your opinion and attraction to the figure. 3rd party figures are allowed for the list, it's all on you!

So with that, let's get started!

10) Generation 1 Jetfire

This one is exciting because I found this complete in wonderful condition in person. I could not believe my eyes when I was in a Collector store and there was a guy taking pictures of it. I went over, could not believe it was complete and so perfect, and asked if it was for sale. A half out and several more G1 figures later, I had a holy grail. I could not be any happier with my fortune that day.

Transformers News: The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018

9) Animated Safeguard

This is a figure I did not get originally despite how much I love Animated. It took until earlier this year, but it was worth it. It was yet another grail of mine to find, except this time I was looking for it and have consistently wanted to find it.

Transformers News: The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018

8) Masterpiece MP-41 Dinobot

Little else needs said about this figure. They could not have done Dinobot any better. He is perfection. It is a figure long overdue, finally giving Dinobot a perfect appearance. This is a character deserving of a Masterpiece, and it is fantastic and well worth the wait.

Transformers News: The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018

7) Studio Series Grimlock

This was the Studio Series figure I was the most excited for, and it did not disappoint. It is a really fun figure and holy crap is it detailed. I love a figure with a great amount of detail, and Grimlock shows how vast he is with the amount of detailing he has. Not to mention how clean the robot mode is and how well painted he is. He is gorgeous, and he is fun.

Transformers News: The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018

6) Transformers 2007 Dropkick

This was one I did not expect to want or get, and it's even funnier considering Dropkick himself ended up in the Bumblebee movie this year. This guy, along with 8 other movie bots and 2 G1 guys, came from my buddy and Forum Admin Burn, and he is so much fun. He's a good figure, but far and away he is really fun. This is a unique looking robot that can blend into many different spots in the collection. And that con symbol is huge!

Transformers News: The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018

5) Takara Legends Greatshot

This one was a special one to me. I was super excited for Sixshot, and then somewhat let down. Then came Quickswitch, who was better but was harder to get. And then came this gorgeous retool. In just over a year, I went from 0 to 3 6-Changers, and they got better as they went. The retooling done to Greatshot is fantastic, and it is such a great looking unique figure. Winged space Rhino for the win and Eagle chest for the win!

Transformers News: The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018

4) Generation 1 Grotusque

This was another figure I got at the same time as Jetfire. And this guy has been a ton of fun for a G1 figure. It is so ugly but adorable at the same time. The spark gimmick is ridiculously fun! And I just got the updated Titans Return one too, so it's awesome to have 2 different Grotusque toys 30 years apart. And it was also cool because it only took a few reprolabels to perfect this old gem. i wish more people liked these late G1 figures like the Monsterbots and Pretenders like I do.

Transformers News: The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018

3) Beast Wars Tigerhawk

After watching the show, this guy was an expensive must have. But then, I found this guy pretty much mint in package for a great deal, and wow is he great. The paintwork, the sculpt, the size, the bulk, the near perfect fusion of Eagle and Arctic Tiger. It is so great! A really fun figure, I love this big bulky guy. And the fact that Tigerhawk was one of my favorite characters in the show, even if he wasn't around much, also helps. Him being the fusion of Airazor and Tigatron was also really cool.

Transformers News: The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018

2) Studio Series Jazz

Simply put, this guy is the definition of fun. I was not impressed when I first saw him, but in hand, Jazz is fun personified. He is small, but that's part of the charm. He is perfectly painted, fun, nice to transform, solid, and the silver color means he can go anywhere and be perfectly photogenic. He is fun, fun FUN! I love this little guy, he is near the top of my collection in terms of favorites.

Transformers News: The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018

Before I get to #1, a few quick Honorable Mentions. I bring these ones up because it was hard to but the list down to 10 and these ones were strong contenders:

-Beast Wars Fuzor Silverbolt - Great figure, lots of fun, one of my favorites from the show!
-Generation 1 Abominus - My first G1 combiner, pretty fun!
-Beast Wars Depthcharge - This one is huge and painted so well and also really fun! I only wish his backpack was a bit smaller, but I still love it.
-Beast Wars Dinobot II - Transmetals, I and II, are really fun, and this guy is so fierce looking I love it.
-G1 Icepick - A fun little find, I found the inner robot in a bin for a Quarter, and picked up the shell. I never thought I would find a G1 Pretender Monster!
-Hunt for the Decepticons Bludgeon - this figure is fantastic, that is all that needs said

And now, on to my Top Transformer find of the year, and the honor goes to:

1) Beast Wars Transmetal Tarantulas

The character of Tarantulas was so brilliant in Beast Wars, I needed his figure. I found him and got him right before I moved to my new apartment and job, and I have loved him since. The colors work, the chrome works, the Tarantula mode is really big and impressive, the robot mode kills, and he is so screen accurate. He is the perfect encapsulation of his amazing TV show counterpart, and I love him. And with how cool the character is, and the fact that it translated perfectly to toy form, he is my #1 Transformer find of the year.

Transformers News: The Seibertron Top 10 Transformer Finds of 2018

So there is my list! With the topic now laid out in front of you, let us know you Top 10 Transformer finds of 2018!

Why 2018 Was the Best Year for Transformers Collectors in a Long Time

Transformers News: Why 2018 Was the Best Year for Transformers Collectors in a Long Time
Date: Monday, December 31st 2018 1:01pm CST
Categories: Site Articles, Editorials
Posted by: william-james88

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Anyone reading message boards online or social media comments may think Transformers fans are some of the hardest fans to please but that is just because these are great places to vent frustration and those annoyed and unhappy are always louder than those content with their toys. So I wanted to look back on this year and write the positives that came out of it, especially since there was some massive change in how Transformers toys were handled retail wise. Plus, from the onset, 2018 looked to be a really rough year with Toysrus now out of the picture in the US and Hasbro pushing for 4 different Transformers mainline to occupy the shelves at the same time (Generations, Studio Series, Bumblebee and Cyberverse). It makes it even more miraculous that, thanks to some management/distribution choices, 2018 has been the best year for collecting in a very long time.


The Generations Subline only lasting one calendar year

The first two line in the Prime Wars trilogy lasted for a year and a half and had 6 waves each (one per quarter) so some fans were upset that it was not followed through with Power of the Primes. However this was the biggest move Hasbro has ever done to help the distribution woes and it actually worked. With the line only having 4 quarters, and them coinciding with the calendar year (meaning begging of the line is beginning of the year and end of the line is end of the year), this helped retailers manage their inventory better. By making it shorter, there was less of a chance for there to be a pile up of unsold toys from the same line, and thus every toy from Power of the Primes would be ordered. So no more skipping the last wave. This also assures that the toys for the next calendar year are put up for grabs as soon as Hasbro would allow it since it's seen as fully new product as opposed to a continuation of the same line (instead of say, wave 5 of the last year's line). And, more importantly, that means that the retailer is now certain that whatever stock they receive of that line during the year is of the current year (as opposed to them confusing it with remainder stock of last year). The result is that this year no mainline toy from any line was skipped by retailers in the US. I won't have to write one of these articles next week.

Transformers News: Why 2018 Was the Best Year for Transformers Collectors in a Long Time
Pic of US Target 3rd quarter

Transformers News: Why 2018 Was the Best Year for Transformers Collectors in a Long Time
Transformers News: Why 2018 Was the Best Year for Transformers Collectors in a Long Time
Pic of Canadian Toysrus 4th quarter


Exclusives were far more attainable

I can't tell you how much I hated the Transformers Collector's Club. Not that I didn't like their product, but being an international fan (aka, not US based), buying from them was a huge pain. The extra costs to get these overpriced toys made them practically unattainable if you have any semblance of a budget. And of course going to conventions to get their exclusives wouldn't be possible. But with Hasbro doing away with the Club, and taking matters into their own hands, getting most exclusives has been relatively doable. They were very smart to have most of their exclusives be Amazon, Entertainment Earth, or Hasbro Toy Shop exclusives which removed any American's dependence of having a brick and mortar location near by. Also, by having these exclusives made by them, and using their economies of scale, redecos like Nemesis Prime were very reasonably priced (that would have been an easy $100 price tag if it came from the club, probably more due to the exclusive accessories). And for international buyers, Amazon.com having surprisingly fair shipping rates helped.

Another HUGE helping factor was the brand unification. So for instance take any Movie Masterpiece toy, which are all exclusives in one way or another. Takara released the exact same toy at comparative prices. So if you could not get it through whatever channel Hasbro was using, you could get the Takara release off Amazon Japan, which recently decided to ship toys internationally (this might be their first full year of doing so). Same goes with other exclusives like the Throne of the Primes, which was integral to fans completing their Prime Master collection. If you couldn't get it from Hasbro Toy Shop, you could just get it off Amazon Japan, which currently even comes out cheaper than having bought it off HTS (but that's because American's wont get taxed when purchasing from Japan). And as for Walmart exclusives, this was the first year in a long time that Walmart had a Transformer toy over $50 on the shelves (their exclusive G1 Devastator reissue). Needless to say, all these G1 exclusives fared far better than the Last Knight Walmart exclusives where a few were never even released by Walmart.


No more missing out on Takara versions

The brand unification discussed above had another major impact on collectors this year, and our community as a whole. We don't talk about it much, but there has been some pretty intense elitism in this hobby in the past. A lot of it is based on the fact that there have usually been two different versions of the same Transformers toy with the one from Japan being an import and thus costing westerners more. That higher cost coinciding with differences from the Hasbro releases could make it seem like those only buying what they find in stores locally might be missing out. But 2018 marked an end to all of that with the exact same toy being released by both companies and the realization that the higher prices had nothing to do with the products actually being different (in the cases where only the deco differed).

This helped in a lot of ways. This gave us another outlet for toys that may be exclusive in one company but not the other, it removed any possible feeling of false superiority or inferiority in terms of either the products being purchased or the fans themselves, and best of all it meant that now all that amazing Japanese product promotion was applicable to everyone. Every month, for years, we get these magazine pages showcasing all the upcoming toys from Takara and most of us just look at all the toys we won't be getting (at least not looking exactly like that or with those accessories). But now, we can relish in this joyous advertising, and it is proof that Takara is just as proud of their releases as ever before. And now we can all easily own these beautiful toys with no need to import. Plus, that means that reveals for toys we will find locally can come from both Hasbro and Takara. Meaning that reveals in Japan concern us just as much as reveals at SDCC, for instance. The unification works both ways too, with Hasbro releasing all Takara MP products in the US as well. Plus, completionists will be getting a break, especially with 4 mainlines on the shelves.

Transformers News: Why 2018 Was the Best Year for Transformers Collectors in a Long Time
Transformers News: Why 2018 Was the Best Year for Transformers Collectors in a Long Time


Transformers News: Why 2018 Was the Best Year for Transformers Collectors in a Long Time
Transformers News: Why 2018 Was the Best Year for Transformers Collectors in a Long Time

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So in the end, 2018 was amazing because in a year where we had more product than ever before (4 mainlines!), the final toys/waves in the toylines were not skipped, exclusives were more readily available (and affordable) and we no longer have to worry about which version of a toy we should get. Oh, and it also happens to be the year where we got a Masterpiece Beast Wars Dinobot, here is hoping 2019 treats us just as well.

More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron
Date: Monday, December 31st 2018 12:39pm CST
Categories: Movie Related News, Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Robot Kingdom

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We are updating the article below with more images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Revenge of the Fallen Megatron from Robot Kingdom's Facebook page and Stanley Cheung on Facebook. These show the head in a close up as well as the darker plastic being used and the deco. We also see the back of the box which tells us that the backdrop will be the Egyptian temple where Prime battles both Megatron and the Fallen, leaving one with part of his head missing and the other without a face.

Knowing at least half a year's worth of the 2019 Studio Series offerings, there was one glaring unknown: SS 31. Well, now we know both what it is and why we had not heard of it before. SS 31 turns out to be none other than voyager Revenge of the Fallen (ROTF) Megartron with Battle Damage. That damage includes a new darker deco and a new head to reflect what he looked like at the end of ROTF. This was revealed on Hobbybase's Facebook page where it seems to be available in that particular store in Hong Kong.

The listing on Robot Kingdom tells us why we had not heard of it yet, it is an exclusive item. We do not know yet who in the US will be carrying this exclusive item, but judging at how easy every other Studio Series exclusive has been to order or obtain in the US, there shouldn't be anything to worry about.


Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Transformers News: More Images of Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron

Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage
Date: Monday, December 31st 2018 2:13am CST
Categories: Movie Related News, Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): hobbybase and snakas

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Knowing at least half a year's worth of the 2019 Studio Series offerings, there was one glaring unknown: SS 31. Well, now we know both what it is and why we had not heard of it before. SS 31 turns out to be none other than voyager Revenge of the Fallen (ROTF) Megartron with Battle Damage. That damage includes a new darker deco and a new head to reflect what he looked like at the end of ROTF. This was revealed on Hobbybase's Facebook page where it seems to be available in that particular store in Hong Kong.

The listing on Robot Kingdom tells us why we had not heard of it yet, it is an exclusive item. We do not know yet who in the US will be carrying this exclusive item, but judging at how easy every other Studio Series exclusive has been to order or obtain in the US, there shouldn't be anything to worry about.

We also have more images of upcoming voyager Rampage and deluxe Scrapmetal found on the Snakas blog.

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Transformers News: Studio Series SS 31 Battle Damaged Megatron Revealed + More Pics of Scrapmetal and Rampage

Quick Reviews for Transformers Cyberverse Episodes 15-18 + Season 1 Review

Transformers News: Quick Reviews for Transformers Cyberverse Episodes 15-18 + Season 1 Review
Date: Sunday, December 30th 2018 10:38pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88

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We will first go through the final episodes that we had not reviewed yet. When available we have the episode embedded within the article for your viewing pleasure. After the quick reviews from myself and fellow Seibertronian new staff member Notirishman, you will find our ovrall thoughts on season 1. Enjoy!

Cyberverse episode 15

King of the Dinosaurs

Summary: Windblade and Bee uncover a buried Autobot who turns out to be an old friend.

Before we get into my quick thoughts (which are not quick for this episode), it's best you take a look at the episode:



Quick Thoughts:

I have issues with this episode, very nerdy issues but it really makes me not enjoy this. So, we have seen Grimlock a lot so far in this series. And he looks as we would expect Grimlock to look, with all that obvious dinosaur kibble. Since this show takes its inspiration from everything that could be considered G1 in theme, there are lots of versions out there where Grimlock had a dino type alt mode in the war on Cybertron (FOC, IDW), so I without a doubt assumed he had a dino type alt mode whenever we saw him so far. But no, it turns out that it was just animators being very cheap (still today) since it was revealed in this episode that he only took on a dino mode when he arrived to earth at the time of Dinosaurs. Beyond that meaning that all that dino kibble we have seen so far makes not a lick of sense that also means that the war has been raging for 65 MILLION years without Bumblebee, Optimus, Grimlock and the like. Now 4 million years was always crazy in the original cartoon (like how do they even know there is still a war going on?) but at least some writers have tried to make some sense of it (I write more about that here). But 65 MILLION years, that's a nonsense number, especially when it looks like nothing changed. Shockwave is still against Bumblebee as he was 65 million years ago. It was just a pause for some characters while the rest fought and when they are reawoken it's like nothing happened. And I find that very hard to reconcile since one of the best aspects of this show is seeing Cybertron before the war with Shockwave and Soundwave being friends with Autobots. If so much changed in a few years with the war breaking out, why would nothing change in 65 million years?! And the worst part is this is all just to explain why Grimlock is a T-Rex which again, is nonsense since he is shown with that alt mode kibble before!!!! - William-James88

Quick Thoughts:
I like this one. I really like Grimlock in this show, and the "he's stupid in dino mode only" thing to appease G1 fans is actually quite smart, and puts an interesting spin on his character. It was also quite sad to see him distraught over the death of his dinosaur pals, though it seem they tied that up rather quickly. Still, good episode, even if not much happened. -notirishman


Cyberverse episode 16

The Extinction Event

Summary: The newly formed team of Autobots must stop Shockwave from destroying all life on the planet.

Quick Thoughts:
Transformers News: Quick Reviews for Transformers Cyberverse Episodes 15-18 + Season 1 Review

Seriously though, if any of you were wondering if anything could be told in a 10 minute format, well here you go. You get Shockwave literally planning to destroy all life on earth and executing the plan. You don't even have to watch the previous episodes to enjoy this, this link is right below, have fun. This definitely made up for any troubles I had with the previous episode (which I will simply try to forget and move on from). - William-james88

This episode was also good. As opposed to the more slow pace of last episode, this episode moved fast. Shockwave's plan is introduced, then his plan commences, then the Autobots have to figure out how to stop it last minute, and they do. That's the thing, the resolution was last minute. The episode was leading up to this whole "extinction event," and it just abruptly ended. Still, this episode was enjoyable! -notirishman




Cyberverse episode 17

Awaken Sleeping Giants

Summary: The Autobot team finally discovers the location of the Ark.

Quick Thoughts: Coming out of an episode where Shockwave almost anihilates all organic life on earth, this one has much less going on. It's a race to get to the ark and very aerial combat heavy. It's fine but it offers nothing new aside from some X-Men cannonball action. Also, I find it really hard to understand why a Seeker's instinct when being hit or in danger when in air is to transform into their robot mode and plummet. And one last thing, I do like that Shockwave's mini me minions are so prominent in this season, it makes me feel way less guilty about having purchased both a warrior and ultra Schockwave figure. Now I can have the ultra as the main shockwave and the warrior in alt mode as his spy. - William-james88

This episode was very entertaining! However, there is one pickle in my onion, they found the location of the Ark, very quickly. Y'know, something they've been trying to figure out all season. But the group hug at the end was awesome. It was quite lovely. - notirishman




Cyberverse episode 18

Eruption

Summary: The Autobot team must fight its way through Shockwave and his Decepticons to defend the Ark and awaken Optimus Prime and the other Autobots.

Quick Thoughts: Once again, Shockwave just getting stuff done. No nonsense, no countdown, just annihilation. This time directly attacking all Autobots. I like seeing him both being up to his own machinations and also being the leader of the Decepticons. The all out brawl was fun and the finale really makes you wish the next episode was right around the corner. They better pay off that final shot. - William-james88

The finale! Well, I mean, it's a cliffhanger for season 2. But still, I liked it. The fight in the volcano was well done and entertaining to watch. And one of the ending shots with all the Autobots INCLUDING Rack'n'Ruin, and a cool little battle mask on Grimlock, was pretty great. Overall, great episode. -notirishman


Overall Thoughts on Season 1

This show is giving me high hopes for the future! 'Cause season 1 was awesome! I mean, yeah, it has flaws, but the season was entertaining, and getting to see characters like Rack'n'Ruin, and Maccadam were fun. Shockwave was a threatening villain, and newcomer Shadowstiker (mostly) had a great arc behind her. Overall, this season was a fun, and enjoyable, and pretty good. - notirishman

What Burn writes below is something I agree with. I do have a tad bit to add. For instance, I am still not on board with keeping Bumblebee's radio talk gimmick, especially since it makes no sense (if he is just pulling recordings from the air, isn't he advanced enough to just combine words from various recordings to make sentences?). I do recommend this show to all those who like Transformers, especially those who have been clamoring for a G1 reboot. This is exactly what that is. It uses everything under the G1 umbrella (IDW, Sunbow) to make a cohesive show while showing you elements from before the war, during the war on Cybertron and now. Plus I absolutely adore this rendition of Shockwave, it's perfect. Also, not one human, which I was perfectly fine and happy with. Looking forward to season 2 especially with the finale we got. - William-James88

Now, onto Burn's thoughts:

Let me preface this by saying that I was one of "those hater people", you know the sort, write a series off before watching it. I was one of them. From what I saw from the previews I was not impressed, and previews are like trailers, they tend to show the best bits.

This was the opposite, if anything, those previews were detrimental to marketing Cyberverse.

Initially I kept up each week, for four weeks ... then life got in the way. This week I found some time (mostly because of our house guest commandeering our big lounge TV) so I sat down in front of my trusty "personal computer", tracked down the episodes, and settled in.

I started by watching Episode 4, I was certain I had watched it but I figured after such a break it'd make for a good reminder of where I was at.

Let me just say this, present time Bumblebee and his radio speak is annoying. That's why the flashbacks work so well, it limits the radio speak and each memory is actually a really good individual story that feeds into the major story.

THIS CARTOON IS ACTUALLY GOOD

The writers have done a fantastic job drawing from various TF stories of the past. Was that just Rack 'n' Ruin? HELL YEAH IT WAS RACK 'N' RUIN!

And it turns out I've been pronouncing Maccadam wrong all these years. I don't know how I'm expected to pronounce it as "Macc-adams" as opposed to "Macca-dam"

While I feel that the two main Autobots, Bumblebee and Windblade, have received far too much exposure in other media, the writers have done a fantastic job of balancing out their on-screen time with other lesser known characters.

Shadowstriker and Maccadam have been given backstories where there was previously very little. A bunch of seekers who were animation errors/throw aways in G1 suddenly find themselves with characterization.

Grimlock ... wow, that is such a massive shift from what we're normally accustomed to, but a fun twist is added to the character by the time he joins Windblade and Bumblebee.

This is the sort of show that can appeal to old and new fans, older fans though may need to keep an open mind about things.

The animation style ... I think my biggest gripe with it is the hips, where it gives the look that they're wearing underwear on the outside. Otherwise, I have no real gripes with the animation.

Overall, I had my reservations about this series, but I've been pleasantly surprised by it. If you've had your reservations as well, give it a go, you may find yourself surprised by it. - Burn

New Transformers Themed Crane Machine with Exclusive Evergreen Design Plushies Found

Transformers News: New Transformers Themed Crane Machine with Exclusive Evergreen Design Plushies Found
Date: Sunday, December 30th 2018 9:37pm CST
Categories: Sightings, Collectables
Posted by: william-james88

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This one really comes out of nowhere and is something I have never seen before. You know claw machines, the ones where you have a insert some coins for your chance to grab a plushie or toy using a claw (aka, the CLAW), well the ones I have always seen usually have random prizes inside, it's never thematic. However, a fan found a Transformers themed claw machine in Victoria Gardens shopping centre in Richmond, Australia. It uses Emiliano Santalucia's Evergreen Transformers designs both in the artwork and in the plushies up for grabs. These plushies have never been shown, found or revealed elsewhere. They include Bumblebee, Megatron and Optimus in both their modes. The fan who found this is JoemasterII who posted it on the TFW2005 message boards. You can see the pic they posted below:

Transformers News: New Transformers Themed Crane Machine with Exclusive Evergreen Design Plushies Found

Transformers Cyberverse cartoon episode 17, "Awaken Sleeping Giants," on Hasbro's YouTube

Transformers News: Transformers Cyberverse cartoon episode 17, "Awaken Sleeping Giants," on Hasbro's YouTube
Date: Sunday, December 30th 2018 7:55pm CST
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: notirishman | Credit(s): Hasbro's YouTube channel

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Thanks to a heads up from Seibertronian Nathaniel Prime, we have word that the 17th episode of the Transformers: Cyberverse cartoon is now up on Hasbro's YouTube channel, "Awaken Sleeping Giants!" This episode is part one of the season finale, where Bumblebee try to find the location of the Ark, with the help of Teletraan-X and the recently activated Grimlock. During this, the Decepticons, led by Shockwave, try to apprehend them after the original plan in the last episode failed.

So check out the episode below and tell us what you think in the Pub forums below!

The episode has aired in Singapore and Cartoon Network for US airing, as well as the Cartoon Network mobile app and their website.

Check out the last episode "The Extinction Event," here.


Hasbro wins legal battle against bootlegs in China

Transformers News: Hasbro wins legal battle against bootlegs in China
Date: Sunday, December 30th 2018 4:12am CST
Categories: Toy News, Press Releases, Company News, Knock Offs, Unlicensed Products News
Posted by: Emerje | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Fans of "third party not-Transformers", bootlegs, and over sized knockoff products tend to defend them by saying such things as, "if Hasbro cared they would do something about them" or "they're legal in China, things are more relaxed there". But that's never been entirely true. We've seen Hasbro do things like ban their sale (and attempted to do so with fan art) at BotCon and once requested the removal of their coverage from news sites while China has protected three dimensional trademarks (like toys) since 2001. They even introduced the administrative raid system for speedy resolutions and special "well-known" trademark protections based on consumer knowledge.

And that brings us to the current topic. Hasbro has announced on their corporate site that they've successfully defended their Transformers trademark in a criminal counterfeit case in a Chinese court based on an administrative raid from 2017. Hasbro claims this is only the latest in a string of cases with more to come. In this case three defendants were found guilty including two unnamed people that have been jailed and fined and an unidentified corporation that has been fined as well.

Hasbro's full press release can be found below (it isn't very long or detailed). We realize this is a hotly debated topic so we ask for some civility when discussing this in the Energon Pub.

Hasbro Trademark Rights Upheld in Criminal Case Involving Counterfeit TRANSFORMERS Products in China

December 20, 2018

PAWTUCKET, R.I.—December 20, 2018-- The Chinese court in Dongguan city of Guangdong Province has issued a judgment favorable to Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) in a criminal case involving counterfeit TRANSFORMERS products.

Hasbro initiated an administrative raid action in 2017, which was transferred to the Public Security Bureau (PSB) due to the volume of counterfeit product and seriousness of the case. After a thorough investigation, three separate defendants, including two individuals and one corporate defendant, were found guilty of counterfeiting Hasbro’s trademarks and fined by the court, and the two individuals were sentenced to jail time. Thousands of counterfeit TRANSFORMERS products were confiscated and destroyed.

With strong support from various Chinese authorities, Hasbro has initiated many actions to enforce its intellectual property rights in China, and this is the latest of several criminal judgments involving counterfeit Hasbro products issued by Chinese courts in recent years.

“We take the protection of our intellectual property very seriously, and we will continue to investigate and pursue those who infringe on our rights,” said Tarrant Sibley, Hasbro’s Chief Legal Officer. “We are pleased with the ruling in this case, and will continue to vigorously enforce our intellectual property rights to combat the manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit products.”

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 5 on the 2018 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past seven years. Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

Twincast / Podcast Episode #214 "Bumblebee"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #214 "Bumblebee"
Date: Saturday, December 29th 2018 11:12am CST
Categories: Site News, Movie Related News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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The Transformers live action film franchise's latest installment is out, with Bumblebee hitting theaters last week. The Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast brings you its review of the movie, with host Scotty P and Tigertrack joined by longtime Twincast member Jon 3.0, now more famously known as Jon Bailey who achieved a dream by providing the voice acting talents for Soundwave and Shockwave in the film itself!

Episode #214 "Bumblebee" 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.

While this may go without saying for some, please be aware this episode contains complete spoilers for Bumblebee and we recommend listening in after you've seen the movie - and if you're reading this should have done so by now. If you haven't, it's great, stop reading this and go!

Here's the full list of sub-topics for this episode:
  • At the start and throughout the episode, we're extremely proud that the Twincast's own Jon Bailey was brought in to voice Soundwave and Shockwave in the film. Listen in for insight and insider information you won't hear anywhere else!
    Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #214 "Bumblebee"
  • We take the best look we can at the opening sequence featuring a battle on Cybertron.
  • A general overview and discussion of the entire movie's plot occurs throughout, with looks at new characters like Dropkick and Shatter, as well as new human friends (and foes) like Charlie and Agent Burns.
  • We take time to reflect on not just the pop-culture references - including many to previous Transformers works of all kinds - but also on the characterization provided along the way which is found at an unprecedented high level for Transformers live action movies.
    Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #214 "Bumblebee"
  • Listen in for our thoughts on movie continuity.
  • Why? How did we let this happen?
    Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #214 "Bumblebee"
  • With plenty of fuzzy information about the future of the Transformers film franchise out there to fuel us, we speculate about what might come next. Forget a reboot, could there be a remake?
  • Is the toyline another poorly timed missed opportunity? Is the execution the problem? Either way you can probably guess we don't have nice things to say about Hasbro's merchandising contributions.
    Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #214 "Bumblebee"
  • We conclude the episode with our holiday season bragging rights.

Thanks for listening in 2018, and we look forward to bringing you more fun Transformers discussion in 2019!

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Video Review of Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege Leader Class Ultra Magnus

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege Leader Class Ultra Magnus
Date: Saturday, December 29th 2018 3:51am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: ZeroWolf | Credit(s): Doublej101 from YouTube

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While most of the first wave of Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege line has hit stores, the Leader Class assortment has remained elusive for many, however YouTuber, doublej101, has just uploaded a video review of the forthcoming Leader Class Ultra Magnus! Offering the best look yet at this figure which should be in your hands very, very soon!

This video gives us a good look at the transformation and several size comparisons to Rodimus Prime and Optimus Prime from the Power of the Primes toy line.

We have embedded the video below for your convenience.



Will you be hunting this figure down? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews.

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