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Exclude news from our sponsors Reviews IDW Transformers: Robots In Disguise Issue #8

Transformers News: Reviews IDW Transformers: Robots In Disguise Issue #8
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2012 2:15am CDT
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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With the last page of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #7, their centerfold appearance in Transformers: Regeneration One #2, and IDW's Transformer theme for the month of August, it's quite obvious who's the center of attention in this week's Transformers: Robots In Disguise #8 - the Dinobots! Swoop, Slag, Snarl and Sludge are back in IDW action and are paired alongside the Autobot with newly found seer powers, Ironhide. As evidenced in RID #5, Ironhide believes that the Transformers race will return to its glory, and that he'll live to see the day. Hanging out with a group of Dinobots isn't the best way to make true to his premonition. Reviews IDW Transformers: Robots In Disguise issue #8
They want need like to break stuff..

Now that the Dinobots are back in the current ongoing, aswell as the Generation One comics, and the upcoming video game, Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron, it's fair to compare the three different Dinosaur groups! Aesthetically they all fit very well to their respective media, however the one nack against the ongoing group has to be Swoop's robot mode design. Haven't been a fan of it since his appearance back in early IDW works. In regards to their characterization, Barber does a fantastic job at continuing off where Furman left off in Maximum Dinobots. Reviews IDW Transformers: Robots In Disguise issue #8
Say my name, say my name, say my name

As much as I wish my comic reading palette was bigger, I can relate Ironhide to a character from the Green Lantern series, Guy Gardner. Mostly because both of them speak the same dialogue, and they both like to think with their fists rather than with their mind. Ironhide`s personality certainly leads him into situations where he`s not likely to abide by the rules. Thus I find it intriguing that he wasn't on the Lost Light when Rodimus departed - he'd be a great character to have in MTMTE. Reviews IDW Transformers: Robots In Disguise issue #8
Everything is bigger in Tex.. Cybertron

Moving on to the other groups on Cybertron - Barber shows a very interesting side to Prowl when faced with the reality of political unrest among the Autobots, Decepticons, and NAILs. Let's just hope that his counterpart, Bumblebee, doesn't fall under the pressure with the situation that he's in. #8 also gives light to what's brewing in the Decepticon camp, and we get another great appearance and dialogue from Swindle. Reviews IDW Transformers: Robots In Disguise issue #8
It's Starscream's fault my FoC toy is so bad!

Ultimately, I feel that RID #8 is a great issue. The Dinobots and their quirky, rebellious attitude shine through, while events and emotions are starting to pick up politically on Cybertron. Barber shows us that whether it's war time or peace time, you never truly know who's got your back. Reviews IDW Transformers: Robots In Disguise issue #8
My name is Dirge, and I have a problem...

:BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

SDCC 2012 Coverage: Interview with Hasbro's Aaron Archer and Jerry Jivoin

Transformers News: SDCC 2012 Coverage: Interview with Hasbro's Aaron Archer and Jerry Jivoin
Date: Wednesday, July 25th 2012 11:44pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Event News, Interviews
Posted by: Seibertron

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Shortly after Hasbro's Transformers brand panel on July 12th, 2012 at San Diego Comic-Con,'s owner Ryan Yzquierdo had an opportunity to interview Hasbro's Jerry Jivoin (Marketing Director of Global Brand Development) and Aaron Archer (VP Creative Director, Brand design IP creation). Jerry and Aaron are well known to Transformers fans around the world. The audio from this interview will be included in our next Twincast / Podcast early next week. In the meantime, I did my best to transcribe the audio for all of you to read. Without further ado, here's's interview with Hasbro.

Image / Ryan: "What can you tell us about Takara Tomy exclusive figures such as Unicron, Breakdown? Are they going to stay exclusive to Japan?"

Hasbro / Jerry Jivoin: "We don't have plans right now really. This is the second time this question has come up. We're definitely evaluating those and one thing that we're trying to do is that you saw with the Year of the Dragon edition Optimus Prime and the China exclusives that we're bringing over to Toys R Us is we recognize that Takara Tomy is working on great stuff that's being released and we want to bring stuff over to the fans here so rather than paying $200 on eBay ..." / Ryan: "Yeah, I just dropped $70 on those Legends class toys [from Asia]."

Hasbro / Jerry: "I'd rather us get those into a store and sell it here. All that kind of stuff we're looking at. We don't have any plans right now but not to say that we wouldn't do it." / Ryan: "Then again with the Takara Masterpieces, it seems like the smaller scale might be more appealing to American retailers such as Walmart and Target. Are you working with Takara on that or is that too far down the road?"

Hasbro / Aaron: "No we work with them on concept with "here's the next one we're thinking about", "what do you think?" so we do discuss it even though we know on the offset that it's for their market. Doing the smaller cars has helped but it's really about the market for Jerry. Do we do a non-connected high end item as an exclusive or where does it fit?"

Hasbro / Jerry: "The other thing with Sideswipe too is we have to get the Lamborghini license, which they have, which they were able to secure for the Japanese market. We have not [secured that]. If we're going to do that, we're going to need to approach Lamborghini and setup a licensing deal with them to do that. But we've seen them, we love them, we'd love to bring them to the US, there's no plans exactly yet but Masterpiece will continue. You've got Optimus Prime and Thundercracker this year, so we definitely see the value in bringing them over because fans love them." / Ryan: "The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the new pictures from Takara is basically this is Hasbro's answer to Mattel with their Masters of the Universe Classics line which has the perfect epitome of all of those characters. That's what I [thought] when I saw that. What can you tell me about the shared exclusive G2 Bruticus set? You guys really went all out with that package so much so that I don't think I've seen you guys put that much work into an or exclusive before. Was that at one point going to be a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive?"

Hasbro / Jerry: "You know the package, we wanted to make it something special because we realize "hey, you can buy Bruticus in the main line in the deluxe format, we're selling him here at Comic-Con as an exclusive, and we wanted to make it special. We didn't just want to do a redeco and put it in a general package. This was an opportunity to really do something unique with this item. And a lot of it goes to our packaging creative group and art directors. They really had a lot of fun."

Hasbro / Aaron: "They challenged themselves. They went above and beyond, not that we didn't want that. The brief was the brief but they certainly did extra work to take it to a much finer point than may have seemed necessary at the beginning."

Hasbro / Jerry: "They surprised us when they showed it. They had a lot of passion for it. They just dove into it and replicated everything." / Ryan: "Please thank whoever. That's awesome I think. Looking at the size of some of the other items that are with the Marvel or G.I. Joe brands, you've got the giant heli-carrier for Marvel, I feel like Transformers is getting the short end of the stick as far as big products. Someone mentioned about Omega Supreme, Metroplex, Fort Max ... some of those big guys ... is there a chance of getting some love for some of those guys?"

Hasbro / Aaron: "I think that we recognize that those other groups have done that and even some other companies have. You know, $300 items, $400 items, in the market place not just for collectors or [conventions]. So it makes sense for us to look at that so we're starting that process because we do have big characters."

Hasbro / Jerry: "And I think you see with Bruticus and having that ..." / Ryan: "Well then you have the 3rd party companies coming out with the big figures and I know that's a sore spot."

Hasbro / Aaron: "(sarcasm) Not familiar with that."

Everyone: (laughs) / Ryan: "It's obvious that Transformers fans have lots of money to spend when it comes to this stuff. I'd rather give you guys the money than somebody else."

Hasbro / Jerry: "We appreciate that." / Ryan: "Alright, one more question. Recently Hasbro trademarked "Transformers Combiners". Is that for the Kre-o line or is that for another future product line that you guys have coming down the ropes?"

Hasbro / Jerry: "Probably for Kre-o. We have our combiners from like the Bruticus combiners from Generations but it's probably from the Kre-os and Kreons that we showed today with those combiners. But it's probably specifically for them." / Ryan: "Alright, one more. With the success of some of the big brands that Hasbro owns such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, ... My Little Pony apparently now, is there any discussion within Hasbro of maybe doing an equivalent of a Hasbro-Con or something to that effect?"

Hasbro / Aaron: "A lot of people bring that up, not at Hasbro, just people bring that up. And some at Hasbro. Not yet."

Hasbro / Jerry: "I think between the conventions and Toy Fair, like our collector day at Toy Fair, BotCon, JoeCon ..."

Hasbro / Aaron: "What's great about BotCon and JoeCon is that it's targetted conversation exactly about your brand to the people that care most about the brand. It's an ability to take all that information that goes out around the world." / Ryan: "Which we appreciate. I would not be a big fan of going that route just seems like a possibility as these brands keep getting bigger and bigger."

Hasbro / Aaron: "There could be risk of taking away that intimacy in doing that though the Hasbro mark is cool too though. It's not like the fans cross polinate all the time."

Thank you again to Jerry Jivoin and Aaron Archer at Hasbro for taking some time out of your very busy and hectic SDCC schedule to answer some questions for We really appreciate it!


New Toy Galleries: Transformers Prime Cyberverse Commanders Ironhide and Dreadwing

Transformers News: New Toy Galleries: Transformers Prime Cyberverse Commanders Ironhide and Dreadwing
Date: Wednesday, April 4th 2012 8:05pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Cartoon News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque

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Views: 81,439 is pleased to present two new Transformers Prime Cyberverse galleries, Commander Class Series 2's Dreadwing and Ironhide. If you've been keeping up with the Transformers Prime animated series on the Hub, then you already know Dreadwing as Megatron's latest second in command. The figure comes with two translucent weapons, a fairly show accurate blaster cannon plus sword. Next up have Ironhide! He has yet make his cartoon debut, but he's looking good in G1 red and sporting two movie universe like translucent cannons. Check out the galleries below.

Dreadwing (Commander Class)
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Ironhide (Commander Class)
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New Toy Galleries: Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Bumblebee vs. Starscream Entertainment Pack with Leland "Silas" Bishop & MECH Soldier

Transformers News: New Toy Galleries: Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Bumblebee vs. Starscream Entertainment Pack with Leland "Silas" Bishop & MECH Soldier
Date: Saturday, March 3rd 2012 12:43am CST
Categories: Site News, Cartoon News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque

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Views: 80,295 is pleased to present the Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Bumblebee vs. Starscream Entertainment Pack. Even though this set is labeled "Robots in Disguise" it features repaints of the "First Edition" Deluxe Bumblebee and Starscream molds. It's also the only way to date to acquire the Leland "Silas" Bishop and MECH Soldier human figurines. During last month's Toy Fair Hasbro announced this set would not be released domestically, only seeing a limited release in Asia and possibly Canada. Enjoy the galleries below by following the links or images.

Starscream (Entertainment Pack) (Deluxe Class)
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Bumblebee (Entertainment Pack) (Deluxe Class)
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Leland "Silas" Bishop (Figurine, Humans)
Transformers Prime: Robots In Disguise


MECH Soldier (Figurine, Humans)
Transformers Prime: Robots In Disguise


Twincast / Podcast Episode #39 "Pax Prime"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #39 "Pax Prime"
Date: Sunday, February 26th 2012 11:10pm CST
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: Razorclaw0000

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With the Twincast crew in brighter spirits, we are proud to present the latest episode, available from our RSS feed, iTunes, or download it directly by clicking here. Join host Counterpunch, along with regular cast members Seibertron, Jon 3.0, Tigertracks and Razorclaw as they discuss a truck-load of new news since our Toy Fair episode.

  • Transformers 4 has been greenlit, and may be a reboot.
  • Transformers Prime Season 2 has begun. We discuss the first episode, character development, and a bit about the upcoming Blu-Ray release of Season 1.
  • Club Exclusive Over-Run and Shattered Glass Drift arriving, but with QC issues...
  • Transformers Prime RID Arcee
  • Transformers Prime RID Ratchet
  • Transformers Prime RID Wave 1 Impressions on Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Wheeljack, Cliffjumper, and Soundwave
  • Generations/Fall of Cybertron Combaticons - what color will they be? Are the guns back-mountable?
  • Encore Sixshot and MP Sunstorm - worth the cost?
  • IGear Presser and MW-04 Hench
  • We discuss the newest news about Fall of Cybertron
  • Potential BotCon Guests as well as our thoughts on the club panel is your ultimate Transformers resource!

Twincast / Podcast Episode #38 "Toy Un-Fair"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #38 "Toy Un-Fair"
Date: Wednesday, February 15th 2012 10:45am CST
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Event News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: Razorclaw0000

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Join the Twincast/Podcast, featuring host Counterpunch, crew Tigertracks and Razorclaw, and special guest Seibertron and El Duque, with our extensive Toy Fair 2012 coverage! Seibertron and El Duque were live from New York City, and have a mountain of images to share. Listen via iTunes,'s Twincast RSS feed, or a direct link to hear our after show report including discussions about:


Fall of Cybertron

Transformers Prime Robots In Disguise

Transformers Prime Cyberverse

Bot Shots

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #37 "Sub-Prime"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #37 "Sub-Prime"
Date: Tuesday, February 7th 2012 10:00am CST
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Posted by: Razorclaw0000

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Grab your energon pitchforks and plasma torches faithful listeners! On the latest episode of the Twincast/Podcast, your host Counterpunch tries to find the silver lining in the disappointment the fandom has encountered over the last few weeks. Throwing gas on the fire is repeat guests Razorclaw and Tigertracks. As always, you can download the Twincast directly from iTunes or here at's Twincast RSS feed.

Kicking things off, we discuss the launch (and relaunch) of the TFCC Exclusive Over-Run and Shattered Glass Drift figures, as well as the problems the Club managed during the sale.


We discuss the issue with preorders, offer suggestions for the future, and discuss the figures themselves.

Next up, we lament the unexpected end of Transformers Prime: First Edition toys. We analyze the problems with store exclusives, discuss the costs involved, speculate on reasons, and get rather salty about the whole affair, including the shortage of Takara First Edition toys to compound fan desire.


Moving on from First Edition to Robots in Disguise, we give our thoughts on the recently revealed Ratchet and Optimus Maximus, as well as some of the other, upcoming figures.



We then jump to other side of the world, and review the just-released United Rodimus and give our thoughts on his over-the-top paint apps.


We have some Micron talk up next for those collectors with a tiny figure predilection, with the recently announced Arms Micron line.


Finally, we discuss a few pieces of excellent art floating around from the likes of Jim Sorenson and Guido Guidi showing us some new sides to the art we've come to know and love. is your ultimate Transformers Resource!

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