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Transformers News: Watches Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode #TTTMU
Date: Sunday, May 27th 2018 5:11am CDT
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles, Digital Media News, Editorials
Posted by: Va'al

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The Toys That Made Us - the Netflix original documentary series focusing on 80s toys and franchises - aired its second tranche of episodes on the streaming service on Friday 25th May, and several fans and collectors tuned in to check out the Transformers specific episode (two years in the waiting, after all) but also the Star Trek, Lego, and Hello Kitty episodes that accompanied it.

As such, we sat some of the staff down and had a chat about what we thought about the way our favourite transforming robots were treated, and how it lived up or not to our expectations! Read along below to find out more, and join the discussion with your own thoughts in the thread on the Energon Pub discussion boards!

Transformers News: Watches Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode

Introducing: the participants

Va'al - I have watched entire series out of interest, and in anticipation for the Transformers episode in particular, of course, so I can also see and compare this episode in the frame of the whole documentary. People who know me are aware of my stance and position towards toys, in that I don't really collect them but am fairly invested in the fiction surrounding the characters - but have gone through the motions as a kid who grew up in the 1990s, so Beast Wars and what followed were definitely a thing until the toy buying died down!

william-james88 - This was the first episode I watched of the series so far and I thought it was an excellent look at the toy brand and the best piece yet relating its history. Transformers are my very favourite toys, always have been, ever since I was 8 and discovered Beast Wars toys. I have been buying figures here and there ever since and went deep down the rabbit hole in 2014 where I have yet to emerge. I love all transforming toys, so I collect a few more franchises as well (e.g. Power Rangers, Voltron, Japanese 70s Super Robots) but my favourites are still Transformers, simply due to the Takara workmanship, which I was very happy this episode highlighted.

Qwan - I don't have Netflix myself, so this episode (when I managed to bum a friend's account) was my first chance to watch the show. Bearing that in mind, I don't have anything to compare this episode to in the show's broad scope, but hopefully I at least have enough perspective on the Transformers franchise to judge it in that way. I've been into Transformers since Cybertron (I was only 6 when it caught my interest!), and though I care most about the toys, it's the fiction and characters that keep always me wanting to buy more. I collect a bunch of other stuff too - Gunpla, Bionicle, other Lego mechs, basically anything with big robots; and then anything else with characters that catch my interest - but in the end it's always been Transformers that stands out as the one that matters most.

Cobotron - Being born in 1975 put me right at prime demographic for every toy brand this series has covered. And boy did I play with a lot of if not all of these toys! So needless to say the entire series not only hits my nostalgia button, but also covers a subject that is still near and dear to me 42 years later. I've been playing with and collecting Transformers since even before 1984, as I had friends with Diaclone toys. My love for Japanese robots grew from playing with my older brother's Micronauts, and Shogun Warriors, but really found it's focus with Transformers. To this day I still have my childhood collections, and/or actively collect not just Transformers, but Star Wars, GI Joe, MASK, Lego, and more. Transformers makes up a majority of my collection, but first and for most I consider myself a toy collector, and specifically a collector of these very toys that made us.

D-Maximal_Primal - This is a show I have been interested in watching, but this was the first chance I have gotten to see an episode, thanks to my girlfriend's Netflix account. My journey with Transformers began with the 2007 movie, and I got my first toy on Christmas eve of that year, which was movie 1 voyager Megatron. I started collecting a bit more around Revenge of the Fallen, and my collecting really took off in 2013 after I started college. I am 23 now, and still vastly enjoy the brand all the different aspects of it. I also enjoy the Marvel Universe, particularly Iron Man, Gundam, and Voltron.

With the backgrounds set out and the cards on the table, let's dive in!

Transformers News: Watches Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode

What did you enjoy the most?

C - Every episode in the series has offered something interesting about each brand they've featured. With the Transformers episode I was delighted to gain more insight into the early days and the designers at Takara. In fact, Transformers humble Japanese beginnings is probably one of my favorite aspects of the brand. While this history is not new to me, I'm so happy they focused a lot of this episodes on the prehistory of Transformers, because now there is this nice, comprehensive source, wrapped in a fun to ingest package, that sums up their origins for even the newest collector to learn about how it all began.

D - ...seeing all the old Takara stuff was so neat and also incredibly informative to see where Transformers came from, what all Takara did, what Hasbro did without them for a bit, and then how things have progressed since. It is especially interesting to see how the toys changed from being good guys to bad guys and viceversa between the original Microman/Diaclone and the Transformers versions.

WJ - I agree, my favourite part of this episode was how we spent a lot of time with Takara. I liked how humble everyone was and how these men were just glad to know that what they created brought joy to children and keeps doing so as the brand evolves and grows. I also loved learning of Takara's reaction to Hasbro's take on their product, which was something I had oddly never considered.

V - Yeah, I think that was the most enjoyable part of the episode, mostly also due to the tone of the entire series: the switching between different speakers to gauge the reactions and reception of the brand initially - the history is a well known mismatched one in the fandom, and the editing of Takara vs Hasbro, toy vs marketing, with the almost flippant narration, was entertaining (though I know this is not the widespread reaction to the series).

Q - That mismatched history stood out for me. I thought it was great seeing the process leading up to the brand's creation and introduction to the Western market. All too often the background of Transformers is given as "GI Joe then Microman and then Transformers happened" with about that much detail, so I loved how much time was dedicated to seeing exactly how this brand we all adore came about, from early cultural and media influences through to actual licensing.

What do you think was missing?

Q - Since I'm a little baby boy who missed out on the whole G1 and Beast Wars scenes, I would've really liked to see even a bit of screentime dedicated to the post-BW pre-Movie stuff; Car Robots, Unicron Trilogy, Animated, anything like that. Heck, even Beast Wars got the shaft a bit in terms of its importance. Things still happened between 1996 and 2007, guys! (I also sorely felt the lack of any G2 raps: easily the most artful creations to ever come out of the brand.)

D - Yeah, I really missed seeing more of the toyline past G1 though. As a big Animated fan, movie fan, and now a Beast Wars fan, I missed seeing more of those guys, and seeing some of the newer toy designs that came from the original 80s toys. Other than that bit of oversight, I really enjoyed the episode!

C - I do wish they had spent a little more time covering the post Beast Wars era toy lines. They had Aaron Archer as an interviewee, but really just dusted over the huge contribution he (and his team) made to the brand. The Archer led era of Transformers was an important time that produced some of the toys that are to this day among my very favorites.

V - I mean, the series is dedicated to the 80s, of course, so we knew all of the toys some of us grew up with were going to be only briefly featured from the start - but for me the Italian perspective on the brand, with the GIG licensing, naming, and branding situation, essentially the creation question about the Transformers (or Trasformers on my side) would've been fun to see explored too! (That, and some issues with framing the Japanese perspective from a production point of view.)

WJ - On that last point: Since we do spend a lot of time on the Japanese side of things, with the creators and designers, I would have really liked to have the option of their speech subtitled rather than dubbed. This brand is so deeply rooted in Japan that it would have been nice to have this episode fully embrace this idea of two worlds and give us two different languages at least. Also, while the episode looks great and seems to have a budget on par with any other documentary, that intro feels like it comes from Newgrounds circa 2001 and feels off compared to the rest of the episode which has a rather decent quality.

Transformers News: Watches Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode

What is one new thing you learned?

D - I only know a little bit about Diaclone, So almost the entire first half of the episode was a history lesson I really knew nothing about, so that was really cool! I enjoyed seeing the ideas form and change over time, and it was awesome to get all that history and pre-history of the brand.

V - Similar for me! The original GI Joe connection was one I was not entirely aware of - the shared Hasbro Universe everyone has been griping about at IDW goes way back further than I thought, and I'll admit I had a little 'ha!' moment about that. Oh, and the wooden toy prototypes were pretty cool.

WJ - Yeah, I really liked seeing the early process as to how Transformers (Microchange and Diaclone toys) were first designed, in wood. We are used to seeing grey prototypes but seeing prototypes in wood just shows me how limited toy technology once was and how amazing it is that we got such complex toys back in the day. Also, as a Jim Shooter fan, it was really cool to learn that he came up with the story of the Autobots vs Decepticons.

Q - Shooter yes, but also it was really interesting to hear how Budiansky ended up writing for the original Transformers; I never really stopped to think about how he got the job, only that he did it (and did it well). I've always loved behind-the-scenes stories, so learning more about how the very original TF fiction was created was fascinating to me!

C - I'll stand out on this one: I was surprised to learn that after Transformers: the Movie, Takara stepped out of the picture completely. I thought for sure the "Masters" eras of the brand were still created in tandem with Takara. In fact I've always thought that the likes of the Head Masters were so awesomely silly and original that they had to have come from the Japanese designers. I would have liked to learn more about the design process during this time frame.

Transformers News: Watches Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode

What was your personal highlight from the episode?

WJ - The highlight is everyone they got to interview, including seeing our own site owner Seibertron being rather eloquent, with a contagious enthusiasm for the brand. You did us proud buddy! Oh and probably the major highlight was seeing all those gorgeous Diaclone toys. I was watering at the mouth watching those beauties transform onscreen, what gorgeous toys.

Q - Yes, seeing Bossbot represent us so well was great! That aside since it's almost cheating to pick it, I thought the moment at the end with Yoke's Perceptor was incredibly sweet and a heartwarming note to end on. (More lightly, I got a good chuckle out of the observation that even whoever was in charge of the Transformers displayed in the episode couldn't get MPM Optimus' truck mode to cooperate either!)

C - I think the biggest highlight for me was the interviews and insight into the original Takara team. Especially Yoke-san! That moment where he started to get emotional showing off the Perceptor that Hasbro had given him kicked me right in the tear ducts too. Everything I love about all Takara toys, not just Transformers, can be linked to him. And, he seems to just be such a nice and kind person, not to mention a design genius. I'd like to thank Yoke-san for giving me and so many others the fuel we needed to drive our imaginations to the farthest reaches and back, for all these many years.

V - I really want to say something else other than seeing Ryan / Seibertron on screen, as you all did. I do. So I'll go with Bob Budiansky's entertainingly dry humour, and Hideaki Yoke calling Bumblebee 'a sweet boy'.

D - The whole naming and personality part from Budiansky himself, and how it took so long to get to him and how fast he put everything together. "High Beam" huh? Guess the person who vetoed that name wasn't around when Erector came out! But really though, seeing the toys take on their personalities that have helped endear them to all of us was really awesome, and it's amazing how fast it was all done too.

Transformers News: Watches Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode

All in all, we thought this was an great look at the franchise, covering the early major beats and giving us our best and most accessible version yet at the story behind these magnificent toys - it's a fantastic primer about this huge universe and the wonderful people that made it happen, even with the sometimes goofy, forced humour (to some).

Transformers News: Watches Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode

Oh, and one last thing from Cobotron, before we hand the thoughts over to the rest of the community:

I watched the episode twice. The first time I was at work, and while I was looking down at my work I heard a very familiar voice. It was a true delight to look up and see the old Bossbot himself, Seibertron. It's so great that such an important and long time contributor to the fandom got recognized in such a wonderful way. You deserve the acknowledgement Ryan. Thanks for giving us Transformers nerds a place to hang out and be ourselves!

The Toys That Made Us is now streaming on Netflix, with all 8 episodes available.

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Kabam Transformers: Forged to Fight Adds Insecticon Kickback

Transformers News: Kabam Transformers: Forged to Fight Adds Insecticon Kickback
Date: Thursday, March 15th 2018 5:51am CDT
Categories: Game News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Forged to Fight

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From the official Kabam Studios website for the mobile game Transformers: Forged to Fight, we have another character update in the form of the addition of Insecticon Kickback joining the game as of March 15th! The full bot intel report can be seen on the site here, but we have also copied it below for your reading convenience.

Transformers News: Kabam Transformers: Forged to Fight Adds Insecticon Kickback

Add Kickback to your ultimate squad March 15th at 10AM PDT!
About Kickback:

Faction: Decepticon

Class: Scout

Intelligent and deceptively persuasive, Kickback’s power to manipulate minds is only ever a ploy to gain access to the information or resources he seeks. Like all Insecticons, Kickback feels the urge to continuously consume all material around him and is capable of chewing through even the toughest Cybertronian metal.
Stats and Abilities:


Health: 1470
Attack: 179
Max Rating: 559


Health: 3608
Attack: 379
Max Rating: 1294


Health: 9378
Attack: 984
Max Rating: 3515

Basic Abilities: Power Leak, Evade, Consume

Critical Hits

60% chance to inflict Power Leak, draining 4.8~9.6% of an opponent’s power over 10 seconds.
Kicking attacks have +30% Critical Rating.

Power Leaking Opponents

Kickback’s Melee hits against Power Leaking opponents have +50% Power Rate.

Opponent Avoids a Dash Attack:

30~38% chance to Evade Melee Attacks for 2 seconds.

Heavy Attacks

When Kickback transforms he has a 100% chance to Consume all Shock, Power Drain, Power Lock, and Power Rate Debuffs on himself and generate 1~5% of his Max Power over 2 seconds for each debuff removed.
When Kickback lands a Heavy Attack he has a 100% chance to Consume all Power Rate and Power Gain Buffs from the opponent and generate 1~5% of Max Power over 2 second for each buff removed.

Signature Ability – T-Cog Sabotage

Kickback’s attacks can be modified to infect his opponent with T-Clog. This cyber virus attacks the bot’s sensitive electronics that control their ability to Transform.

Heavy Attacks

35~70% chance to infect an opponent with T-Clog, lowering the opponent’s power rate by -30% for 10 seconds. If the infected bot uses a Heavy Attack, T-Clog is removed and their Transformation fails, Stunning them for 2 seconds.

Special Attacks:

Special 1 – Shock in the Wounds

Kickback uses a shocking blast to turn insult to injury.

100% chance to Inflict Shock for each Power Leak on the opponent, dealing 40% of Attack over 5 seconds.

Special 2 – Lacerate

Those wings aren’t just for looks.

100% Chance to gain a Critical Rate Buff, increasing Critical Rating by 30% for 8 seconds.
100% chance each Critical Hit of Kickbacks Wing Blades to inflict Power Leak, draining 4.8~9.6% of an opponent’s power over 10 seconds.

Special 3 – Need to Feed

Hope? Kickback ate that first.

100% chance each Critical Hit to inflict Power Leak, draining 4.8~9.6% of an opponent’s power over 10 seconds.
For each Power Leak on the opponent Kickback Repairs 3% of his Max Health over 5 seconds.

Synergy Bonuses:

Mutual – Allies – Soundwave, Bludgeon

+2~8% Armor.

Mutual – Enemies – Grimlock, Prowl

+2~8% Attack.

Mutual – Enforcers – Motormaster, Ramjet

Debuffs last 20~40% longer and cannot be Purified.

Strong Match-ups:

Shockwave – Shockwave would find this matchup to be illogical as his Shock charges will be quickly consumed by this voracious Insecticon.
Megatron (Revenge of the Fallen) – Once Megatron has been infected with T-Clog his proclivity to fire off Heavy Attacks while enraged could leave him Stunned and vulnerable.

Weak Match-ups:

Hound (The Last Knight) – Hound’s ability to inflict Critical Rate Down with his Special Attack 1 will leave Kickback unable to inflict Power Leak with his basic hits.
Optimus Primal – Primal will completely negate Critical Hits, disabling much of Kickback’s ability set that revolves around Critical Hits.

Recommended Modules for Kickback:

Scout’s Sentry – Increasing Kickback’s Critical Rate and ability to Evade will ultimately help him survive while dishing out those potent Critical Hits.
Transwarp Cell – Ensuring Kickback routinely slams into his opponent with Heavy Attacks will allow him to take great advantage of his Consume and Signature abilities.

Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Date: Sunday, March 4th 2018 10:52am CST
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Turn on your cloaking device because it's time to Wreck 'n Rule once again with the Twincast / Podcast. This latest episode features the G2 host Scotty P as he's joined by Aligned Megatronus and Binaltech Asterisk Car Robot RodimusConvoy13. With the fan vote done for another year and the malaise of the springtime upon us, get ready for some takes on all the latest in Transformers that aren't quite hot yet because they need some time to thaw before we can bake them, ok?

Episode #195 "City of Fear" 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.

The results are in for the latest Generations Fan Vote, with the winning duo of Deluxe Class figures (each sold separately) announced as Impactor and Mirage. Despite the presence of Classics Mirage, Combiner Wars Mirage, Generations Impactor, and the TFCC Subscription Service Impactor, it seems fans can't get enough of certain characters - or want a proper Transformers toy of Impactor at any rate. Is it the power of comics, or is it something else altogether? Hang on tight as this topic journeys into the wild and goes for quite a long time, with opinions and musings about why some characters keep coming up in plastic form time and again.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Third time's the charm?

Wave 2 of Power of the Primes has been out for at least a couple weeks now, and with our impressions of the Voyagers cut short during the last episode we take some more time to examine them in detail. RodimusConvoy 13 also tells us about the pair of Deluxe Class figures he's had the opportunity to find and purchase in Rippersnapper and Moonracer. Even Rodimus Unicronus and his questionable facial hair decisions get a mention as we hang out and chat about our newest toys.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
There is a question of "u"s and "r"s still at large.

As the G1 line of the week winds down, another line is winding up in the form of the Movie Studio Series. Listeners of our last episode may remember that Scotty P was one of the early adopters over Toy Fair weekend when the Movie Studio Series Wave 1 Deluxe figures went up for a limited time sale on Hasbro Toy Shop. With these figures in hand, the team discusses the highlights of the wave and even some of the drawbacks too. Plus, we pretend we know anything at all about marketing, but really we're just disappointed that these aren't quite the premium line-up they're hyped up to be.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
The idea gets full marks, the execution not so much.

The toy talk carries on further and into the latest releases and rumors in the Masterpiece lineup. MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rod has arrived with a fun new deco and another shot for collectors to pick up the Targetmaster Firebolt accessory that was included with the older Hasbro release of the first Masterpiece Rodimus Prime. Of course, there are also comparisons to be made to MP-28, the first Masterpiece Hot Rod.

Then we pick up on the "basically news" that a third version of a G1 styled Masterpiece Optimus Prime is on the way. No one is surprised and the cast is encouraged, as we discuss other incarnations of the character from the Masterpiece lineup such as the first release of MP-1 Convoy. Of course, there is also some talk about room for improvement that could be available when considering MP-10, the first Masterpiece of the bygone "Super Car" era for the line.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
"Next time on Car Talk..."

We go full on 90s next, with ad-hoc Recommendations From Another Time! This new segment covers some toys you may have overlooked, and possibly even some you'll never be able to afford. We follow the trail set upon us by the ghost of a dead Battle Beast to go off the beaten trail once again. What on Cybertron is this paragraph talking about? You'll have to tune in to hear the sort-of rules for the segment before you hear our random recommendations.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
This Episode is rated "L" for "Tongue Action"

After that we move on to our first Listener Question of the episode from Acesmcgee, who asks:

Acesmcgee wrote:So I saw the video by Gotbot, I think, where he modded his POTP Rodimus. So my question is, what is the most extreme modification you've made to your transformers, if any?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Broken necks everywhere, if it ain't about the money Puff he just don't care.

The hour gets a little late, so before we fall asleep in front of the microphones we pick up the pace and mention our favorite art and story moments from Optimus Prime 16. This second part of "The Falling" story arc has excited us and continues to build the excellent character of Soundwave within IDW's Transformers comics. Listen in to hear about what great moments there are in store within this latest chapter of the series.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Soundwave: definitely a "Trukk not Munky" lamer.

After that, we take a second Listener question from Ironhidensh who asks:

Ironhidensh wrote:If, say, a content provider that is actually good, like Netflix or Amazon, decided to put out an adult/older fan oriented cartoon, would you want an all new story line? Or one based off of past or current comics?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Jelly level: Can you see if there's another seat on the bus to Jelly School?

While the 16th issue will be upon us soon, that means it's a good time to again go through our favorite parts of a comic with Lost Light #15. The Scavengers' part of the tale comes to an end, with answered questions, new mysteries, and significant developments for at least one classic character. Join us as we roar to the rescue and explore answers definitely not provided by any Magnificence.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
You know, this means all the Dinobots are Dads to Protoforms now. Just sayin'.

We wind down with the Twincast doing something it promised it would never do: break news. Well, kind of. Maybe. Let's not actually call it that. Rumors and hearsay that have a chance of being right are presented for your consideration, and time will tell if they end up being the ultimate plan. What are we talking about? Here's a hint.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Will anyone else attempt to fill IDW's shoes?
This hint is terrible and not useful.

Join us on the Energon Pub Forums to discuss this episode, and expect more Twincast Podcast fun in roughly two weeks' time.

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
Date: Monday, January 29th 2018 6:47pm CST
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome once again to the Twincast / Podcast. Host Scotty P returns for your latest episode, joined by Megatronus, RodimusConvoy13, Seibertron, and special guest Kevin from our friends at fellow Transformers fansite That's right, this iteration of the show widens our universe a little bit - unlike Paramount and Hasbro - so we hope you'll tune in to this special episode!

Episode #193 "Eulogy" 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.

We kick off the show with comics discussion, and while it gets truncated a bit since we're polite guests, we do spend some time chatting about Optimus Prime #15. With Onyx Prime bearing down on Cybertron, the crew ponders what the upcoming round of issues for "The Falling" might hold. We also take some time to dive into the book's namesake character and the actual development he receives in the course of this issue. All of that can be heard about within, plus Scoop ruining everything.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
Yes, I finally remembered TAV Roadblock

While the mainline announcements from Takara Tomy are now incredibly unexciting, the Masterpiece line-up looks like it may be continuing unfettered with the announcement of Beast Wars MP-34S Shadow Panter. Tune in to hear what we think of this, with possibly surprising universal agreement that Tigatron as a mere recolor isn't a step we'd like to see taken. If you're unfamiliar with the origins of this deco, be sure to check out the gallery of D-7 Shadow Panther while you listen in.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
Yeah but is he Steve Beuerlein or DeAngelo Williams?

News broke last week about potential and/or actual Toys 'R' Us store closings in the US. But what does it mean? Well, obviously, millenials have now successfully killed another retailer, go us! it could mean several things, and if our anecdotes about different experiences within the store these days is any indication, your mileage may vary on how applicable our discussion is to you. Is this a case of capital starvation? Should we give up and blame the scalpers for buying too many things from them even though that's pretty darn counter-intuitive? Maybe Hasbro, no, Mattel is to blame! We try to keep things above board unlike this paragraph, and let us know how your local TRU seems to be faring by replying to this post on our Energon Pub Forums.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
Where a kid can be a kid now learn about the often cold, cruel reality of capitalism.

You may be wondering why we've called the episode what we have, since "eulogy" isn't exactly a word that brings up happy memories. Some hard times have been afoot, and Seibertron is brave enough to share some powerful content which we use to segue into our special topic for this episode. We take a look into the influence our parents and family members have had in shaping our continued love and participation in this hobby and community. It's not all tears, but be warned (seriously) that you might need the tissue box for some of this one.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"

Our thanks again go out to Kevin from for coming on to participate in this discussion. He tells a more lighthearted story during this part of the show with a twist you won't see coming, so be sure to check it out!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"

After that we move on to our first Listener Question of the episode from Sabrblade, who asks:

Sabrblade wrote:Do you feel that the overall quality of mainstream Transformers fiction (e.g. - the most accessible-to-everyone stuff, like the cartoons and films) has objectively diminished over the years, or do you feel that some of the newer fiction is actually more along the same level as some of the older stuff and that is it just a dual case of "We're adults now, so we're not as easy to please as we were when we were children" and "We're nostalgic to the older stuff because we're more familiar with it than we are with the newer stuff"?

Or is it a little of both?

Or do you think the quality varies depending on things like the creators, or the networks (like, Cartoon Network having a say on RID's content vs. Discovery Family's say on Rescue Bots's content), or the target demographic, etc.?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
We're old enough to have caught your plot-line get abandoned in near real time

After that, we take a second Listener question from Ironhidensh who asks:

Ironhidensh wrote:Are the forced gimmicks hurting more than they are helping recent lines?
You may be surprised to hear that it's not all just about Power of the Primes in our responses to this one! Thanks to both Sabrblade and Ironhidensh for the questions, and be sure to post yours in the Ask The Twincast thread.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
No one needed it to do this.

Bragging Rights herald the coming of the end of another episode, and eventually we do get there. Tune in to see what we're finding in stores and online. Some super recent finds are sure to be very good news for fans of Robots in Disguise, so with that in mind don't forget to share your Sightings with other local collectors through one or both of our Sightings tool and the Local Sightings Forums.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
"You owe me lobstah money!" - Cade Yaeger

Join us on the Energon Pub Forums to discuss this episode, and look out for hopefully one more episode featuring 300% more discussion on Lost Light #13 before Toy Fair!

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Hasbro and Activision Transformers Contract End Confirmed, Games No Longer Available Digitally

Transformers News: Hasbro and Activision Transformers Contract End Confirmed, Games No Longer Available Digitally
Date: Friday, January 12th 2018 5:46am CST
Categories: Game News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IGN

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As we reported back before the end of the year (see the story here), Activision Transformers videogames War For Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron, Devastation, and Rise of the Dark Spark have been removed from multiple platform stores, such as Steam, XBox, and PlayStation.

Thanks to fellow Seibetronian Sunstar, we have now confirmation of the actual reason for the removal of the games, and it is exactly what numerous readers and players have suggested: the contract between Hasbro and Activision has expired. IGN has more information on the story, as you can read below, and you can follow this link for a longer piece hammering the point.

Hasbro confirmed to IGN its contract with Activision to publish Transformers games has expired. However, Hasbro is not at this time discussing what, if any, plans it might have for Transformers games on PC and consoles in the future. Multiple mobile games, including Transformers: Forged to Fight, are still ongoing, however.

IGN has reached out to Activision for more details about the contract expiration and will update this story should they respond.


Transformers The Ultimate Doom Part 3 & Countdown To Extinction Extended / Deleted Audio

Transformers News: Transformers The Ultimate Doom Part 3 & Countdown To Extinction Extended / Deleted Audio
Date: Monday, January 8th 2018 9:19am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Tyrannacon | Credit(s): Transformers At the Moon on YouTube

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Transformers at the Moon has some new goodies from us from days long past of Generation One involving some extended and deleted audio for two episodes The Ultimate Doom Part 3 and Countdown to Extinction. Check out the descriptions and embedded videos below!

This video contains audio that was cut from the Transformers Generation One episode The Ultimate Doom Part 3. The audio has been taken from an original slugged cassette tape from the original recording sessions. You can read a transcript of the dialogue in the description below The full script is available to download at thanks to Jim Sorenson and Chris McFeely

########### EXTENDED SCENE ###########

REFLECTOR: Energon cubes secured, leader.
MEGATRON: Excellent. I've left Starscream behind to prepare for the next tidal wave. When its force is harvested, we'll have all the energon cubes we need to revitalize Cybertron completely.
REFLECTOR: What about the flesh creature, Dr. Arkeville?
MEGATRON: He is of no further use to me.
**Note Shockwave's name was added later**
WHEELJACK: We had a run-in with Shockwave, Prime, and couldn't rescue Sparkplug. But we learned how the Decepticons are making Earth people into mind slaves.
OPTIMUS PRIME: That's good news. Do you have any plan to counteract their work?
WHEELJACK: Let's just say we're onto something that looks like a winner. BRAWN: If it works.
WHEELJACK: We'll field-test it when we take another crack at rescuing Sparkplug. *NEW*
WHEELJACK: In five thousand astro-seconds
*NEW* OPTIMUS PRIME: Good luck, Optimus Prime out.
*NEW* SHOCKWAVE: Prepare the human known as Sparkplug. His Autobot rescuers are in for a surprise!

Our series of deleted and extended audio from the Transformers Generation One series continues with Countdown to Extinction. You will note that Optimus Prime is not voiced by Peter Cullen in some scenes even though the correct dialogue is used. You can download the original script from, thanks to Jim Sorenson and Chris McFeely.

#### Act 1 - Opening ####

WHEELJACK: More! Straighten it up! Nuh! There. That does it!
*NEW* WHEELJACK: Looking good Slag. Now stamp it down, good and solid HUFFER: Yo, Gears! Get with it! Put that slab in right, or we're gonna be here 'till the Big Dipper get rusty!
*NEW* BRAWN: Ahh, that dirty-bird, Laserbeak is back again! Check it out!
*NEW* HUFFER: Mirage! Nail him before he gets away!
*NEW* LASERBEAK: #shriek#
*NEW* HUFFER: Good shooting!
*NEW* MIRAGE: But band news, Whenever Laserbeak shows up, the Decepticons aren't far behind

### Scene shifts to Decepticon base as final edit ###

### Extended by one word ###

OPTIMUS PRIME: Too clear, Cliffjumper. Megatron is operational. We can't let him and the Decepticons regroup. Autobots
*NEW* OPTIMUS PRIME: transform!
STARSCREAM: Ahh! Just as you told me! An exponential generator. The ultimate power source!
DR. ARKEVILLE: Careful, Starscream! Disturb the generator's rhythmic pulse, and the Earth and every living thing on it will cease to exist!
STARSCREAM: I do not care about this minor planet.
*NEW* MEGATRON: Soundwave! Send Laserbeak ahead
RUMBLE: Megatron! Autobots following below!
MEGATRON: Thundercracker, Skywarp! Stop them.
THUNDERCRACKER: Right, Megatron!
SKYWARP: Attack!


### ACT 2 ###

### EXTENDED ###

OPTIMUS PRIME: Autobots, halt! Brawn, dig Bumblebee out. The rest of you, transform and take cover.
WHEELJACK: I don't wanna take cover! I wanna fight in the clear!
IRONHIDE: Yeah! Let's clobber those flyin' garbage cans!
*NEW* THUNDERCRACKER: Come in, Megatron. Skywarp's down! *NEW* THUNDERCRACKER: Wrong! - He's okay!
MEGATRON: Decepticons, land and attack!
*NEW* RUMBLE: Now you're cooking on all circuits!
*NEW* OPTIMUS PRIME: Return fire -- and deploy!
*NEW* JAZZ: On the downbeat ... beat them suckers down!
*NEW* VARIOUS: (Battle cries)
*NEW* SOUNDWAVE: Prepare to be destroyed!
*NEW* WHEELJACK: Ooooooof!
*NEW* OPTIMUS: #grunts#
*NEW* THUNDERCRACKER: The bigger they are, the better I like it!
MEGATRON: Fall back, Decepticons! These Autobots are too hero-programmed to know when to quit!

### NOTE: The scene with the quicksand was originally split by Dr Arkeville being electrocuted.

### ACT 3 - Wrong Vocal Recordings + additional lines ###
OPTIMUS PRIME: Hello again, Megatron!
MEGATRON: Here, have a ton of fun!
RUMBLE: Unnnaahh!
OPTIMUS PRIME: (Laughs) Your aim's improving, Megatron!
*NEW* WINDCHARGER: Hey, Skywarp... this'll give you a "charge"
*NEW* SKYWARP: -- Hey! What's going--?!
*NEW* WINDCHARGER: Ah ah ah... only big boys get to play with guns! #################

### ACT 3 - Stand in Optimus Recordings ####

MEGATRON: Get away from that, Optimus Prime! It belongs to me!
OPTIMUS PRIME: Then you're not foolish enough to fire at me while I'm standing in front of it, are you, Megatron?
RUMBLE: Let me blast him. I'll –
MEGATRON: Quiet! I always hit what I aim for, Prime. Stand clear.
OPTIMUS PRIME: Gladly. I hate standing at ground zero when an explosion is imminent. Or hadn't you noticed that your possession is in an unstable condition?
MEGATRON: Leave! I only want what's mine.
SHOCKWAVE: Megatron, come in! Megatron, this is Shockwave! Acknowledge! If you are functional, Megatron!
MEGATRON: Of course I'm functional! Call back later. I'm busy.
SHOCKWAVE: Megatron, you must find Dr. Arkeville's lab and disconnect the detonator on his exponential generator. It will explode any astrosecond!
OPTIMUS PRIME: A timing mechanism.


### ACT 3 - Stand in Optimus Recordings ####

OPTIMUS PRIME: Careful, Megatron. It's still dangerous.
MEGATRON: Prime, I... I've been lost in my work.
OPTIMUS PRIME: Lost is an appropriate word. Your plaything has melted your housing.
MEGATRON: It's of no concern. I'll reduce temperature soon enough. Now get out of my way!
OPTIMUS PRIME: Anything you say, Megatron. I had to get this out of your hands!
MEGATRON: Nuuh! Give it back! OPTIMUS PRIME: Careful! It's at a critical stage! It's going to explode!
MEGATRON: Not here if I can help it! Ruhh! MEGATRON: No time to argue, Prime. Hold this while I transform.
MEGATRON: Now load me.


### ACT 3 - Stand in Optimus Recordings ####

BUMBLEBEE: Heh heh! Hey, Prime, what do you think Megatron's gonna do to Starscream?
OPTIMUS PRIME: Nothing gentle, I would say.

**** Jazz dialogue was not on the tape ***

Transformers: The Last Knight Blu-Ray details

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight Blu-Ray details
Date: Tuesday, August 15th 2017 4:56pm CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Kurona

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Blu-Ray's official website has released a news article detailing what exactly is going to be on their release of the latest live-action Transformers movie, The Last Knight. Among details like a release date of September 26th and what special features can be found in the disc - largely interviews and behind-the-scenes videos - we also get confirmation that The Last Knight is to be packed with the previous four movies in a 5-pack Blu-Ray! Look at our snippets below, check out the full article here and tell us if you're going to get this in the forums!

The Transformers: The Last Knight 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs include a bonus disc with over 80 minutes of behind-the-scenes content and interviews. Travel to Cybertron to explore the Transformers home world, then visit the UK to delve into the locations used to bring the epic adventure to life. In addition, go inside the secret mythology of the legendary robots in disguise, check out the incredible vehicles used in the film and much, much more.

Merging Mythologies – Explore the secret TRANSFORMERS history
Climbing the Ranks – Military training
The Royal Treatment: Transformers in the UK
Motors and Magic
Alien Landscape: Cybertron
One More Giant Effin' Movie

*Transformers: The Last Night will also be available in a 5-movie Blu-ray Collection that includes TRANSFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON and TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, as well as the bonus Blu-ray Disc detailed above and access to Digital HD copies of all five movies.

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight Blu-Ray details

Steal of a Deal: Transformers: War For Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron, Rise of the Dark Spark, and Devastation On Sale On Steam

Transformers News: Steal of a Deal: Transformers: War For Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron, Rise of the Dark Spark, and Devastation On Sale On Steam
Date: Tuesday, July 11th 2017 12:35pm CDT
Category: Digital Media News
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): Steam

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Seibertronian EmirateXaaron has alerted us that the Transformers video games War for Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron, Ride of the Dark Spark, and Transformers: Devastation are on ale at Steam!

The PC gaming web store has FOC, Devastation, and Rise of the Dark Spark all at 80% off, making them all $9.99 each. WFC, however, is 75% off, and is now selling for $4.99. These deals only last until the 17th of July, so if you have yet to pick up any of these essential Transformers games, jump on them now!

Transformers News: Re: Steal of a Deal: Sales and Discounts at Online Retail and Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Transformers Deleted and Extended Audio for The Ultimate Doom Part 2

Transformers News: Transformers Deleted and Extended Audio for The Ultimate Doom Part 2
Date: Sunday, May 28th 2017 11:38am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TF@TM

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Courtesy of Transformers At The Moon once again, we have extended and deleted audio from the Sunbow G1 Episode "The Ultimate Doom Part 2"! Full information and transcript are also included after the embedded clip, below - check it out and let us know what you think!

This video contains cut & altered audio from the Transformers Generation One episode The Ultimate Doom Part 2. The audio is from an original cassette tape of a recording session when Skyfire was referred to as Jetfire and contains a missing scene.

700-09 Transformers show

Wally Burr gets Frank Welker to redo a ravage snarl

Burr: Eleven. This is Eleven Ravage Take one
Welker: Various snarls


As Rumble prepares to use his pile drivers the ground cracks. Megatron commands Soundwave to use disruptor waves against the Autobots.

Wally has the actors read three levels (A,B,C) of groans.

The scene is introduced by Jazz
Actors: Various groans


**Amended Scene due to use of Jetfire rather than Skyfire **

Wheeljack: Amazing! This volcano is becoming active again"
Optimus Prime; Autobots! Transform!
Skyfire: Holy halogen luminators!

**Skyfire swiftly transformers into jet mode and intercepts the endangered Autobots.

Skyfire: Have no fear, Jetfire is here! *amended line*


**Amended Scene due to use of Jetfire rather than Skyfire

Optimus Prime: I'm not certain, but for the moment, I feel we must not let the boy find out.
Spike: Find out what?
Optimus Prime: Spike, we have information that Sparkplug has been taken to Cybertron.
Spike: Dad? On Cybertron? Optimus Prime, let me take Jetfire. We'll get him back. *amended*


**Amended Scene due to use of Jetfire rather than Skyfire **

Autobots: Cheer
Trailbreaker: Let's see the trajectory map, Jetfire. *amended*
Skyfire: Roger. Coming up.
Trailbreaker: There's our position now. When we reach this point, I'll activate a jammer beam to mess up their scanners.
Bumblebee: Uh-oh, I think it's too late. Look!
Wheeljack: Jetfire! Missile shields up! *amended*



Once on Cyberton Spike falls into a trap and is quickly followed by

Bumblebee. The Autobots send Brawn in to help.
Spike: Yahh-ooww
Bumblebee: I'm comin' with ya!
Wheeljack: Brawn, follow them! We won't fit!
Brawn: Gotcha, Wheeljack!
Spike: I blew it, guys. We're sunk now!
Brawn: Not yet, we aren't.
Bumblebee: What is it?
Brawn: A ventilator shaft. It might be a way out.
Bumblebee: You really think so?
Brawn: Got any better ideas?
Spike: Which way?

**A panel lowers down behind them, closing off their retreat.**
Brawn: Forward.

**The following scene was removed**
*NEW* Spike: It's getting warm in here!
*NEW* Spike: Ouch .. ooohh
*NEW* Spike: Ohh, this metal's hot as an oven!
*NEW* Brawn: Here, climb on.
*NEW* Spike: *breaths in*
*NEW* Brawn: Must be some kind of automatic security system. The heat is supposed to burn out any foreign substances ..... us
*NEW* Bumblebee: I'm not a foriegn substance, this is my home planet!
*NEW* Spike: **gasping struggling for breath** I..I can't ... take ..much ... more
*NEW* Brawn: And you won't have to
*NEW* Spike: Yells, ahh ahh ohh, ohh

**End of new scene**

Twincast / Podcast Episode #173 "Crossing The Rubicon"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #173 "Crossing The Rubicon"
Date: Monday, April 24th 2017 5:52pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: Razorclaw0000

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It's been a while, but the Twincast / Podcast sister show, Mainframes, has returned with another episode, this time delving into the recent Till All Are One arc of issues 5 through 8. Buckle up with ScottyP, Dr Va'al, and Razorclaw0000 as we get launched head first from a falling Titan straight into your homes.

Episode #173 "Crossing The Rubicon" 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.

Be aware that this episode is entirely about IDW Transformers comics and will completely spoil many storylines from several books, including many books before Till All Are One Issues 5-8, so listening after catching up with the most recent material is recommended if you wish to avoid spoilers.

We start with issue 5, "PING", discussing where the issue fits in the larger timeline around Revolution. We discuss the council meeting and politics, character designs, and the build-up of tensions from Titans Return. We further dig into the desperation of Windblade's awakening and transformation of Metroplex.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast #173 "Crossing The Rubicon"
Till All Are Political?

We move onto issue 6, "Desperate Times", and the fast-paced action of the legion of undead Titans literally raining into Cybertron. We discuss the pace, obscure characters, and climax of the book and the foreshadowing it accomplishes despite the dialog-light splash pages.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast #173 "Crossing The Rubicon"
Till All Are Squished

Coming to the penultimate issue of the arc, we discuss issue 7, "Desperate Measures". This issue ramps up the action, and we're discussing all of it, from Devastator and Strika, to Windblade and company's daring mission into Carcer, highlighting some of the lush artwork and edgy layouts pushing the artistic style even further. We discuss the implications in the larger lore, especially the Covenant of Primus, dropped in the final panels.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast #173 "Crossing The Rubicon"
Till All Are NOT Squished

Finally, we wrap up with the bombshell of issue 8, "Rubicon", chewing on the title and its meaning, as well as the major reveal in this book. We discuss the narrative and artistic risks and payoff, future books and world building, art styles and heritage, and much more.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast #173 "Crossing The Rubicon"
Till All Are Hacked

We digest a bit on the arc as a whole, including discussing upcoming issues and covers as well as the trade paper back release.

We hope you enjoyed this latest episode of Twincast / Podcast spin-off Mainframes, and stay tuned for future episodes as the ongoing IDW Transformers saga continues to unfold! We'll see you in the discussion thread for this episode which you can join in on by replying to this very news post.

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