Here is a machine translation of the product description:
Amazon wrote:Transformer Beast Wars Beast Generation (Hobby Japan MOOK1043)
The world's first mook that summarizes the "Beast Wars" series, which recorded a big hit with a novel gimmick that animals "transform" into robots instead of cars and airplanes from the deformed toy series "Transformers" which is still popular worldwide Appeared.
Introducing successive domestic and foreign items developed from "Beast Wars: Transformers of Super Life" in 1997 to "Beast Wars: Transformers of Super Life" in 2004 with new shooting.
In addition, we will also record valuable existing materials and developer interviews.
The title is due to be released on December 3rd, 2020.
Will you be getting this? Do you think there may be further Kingdom teases within it? Or even a glimpse at the rumored MP Rattrap? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews!
This came exactly out of nowhere. In a surprise move Takara Tomy Mall is taking pre-orders on a new Siege SG-EX Soundblaster based on his appearance in the Netflix animated series. While mostly similar to the Walmart exclusive 35th Anniversary figure it features less "battle damage" on his chest and a Mercenary faction symbol. There have been no leaks or rumors about a new Soundblaster release aside from speculation of a repaint of Netflix Soundwave retool figure due this month. As an EX figure it will be exclusive to Takara Tomy Mall within Japan. It should be pointed out that this is not being listed specifically as part of the mass retail Netflix line by Takara Tomy in Japan.
Original figure for reference:
It's unknown if Hasbro will ever release this version of the figure which could make it a hard to find collectible for fans trying to complete their Netflix lineup and unwilling to settle for the original Walmart release. Takara Tomy Mall will also be the exclusive seller in Japan to including ER EX-20 Ratchet and Lifeline, ER EX-21 Bluestreak, ER EX-22 Centurion Drone, SG-EX Rainmakers. If you have any thoughts on this release feel free to post them in the Energon Pub forum!
Huge thanks to Cyberpath for posting what may not be an exaggeration to call a ton of new official photos (38 of them!) of MP-52 Starscream ver.2.0 in the Seibertron Energon Pub forums! We've got photos from store listings, like from Hobby Link Japan, photos from Dengeki Hobby Web, and photos comparing photos to the cartoon scenes they're based on. It's a lot to look at, showing off all of the ridiculous things this figure can do and all of his accessories. Plus, thanks to the aforementioned store listings we now know the official untaxed Japanese MSRP is ¥28,000 JPY or about $265 USD, but we're already seeing the price as low as $203 USD at AmiAmi and possibly even lower once Amazon Japan gives their global delivery listing price. And if you still find that price too high, well, you've got until June 2021 to save up!
There's a lot to see so I wont take up time gushing about wing storage, the many expression choices, or the ridiculously obscure accessories. Enjoy the phots and let us know what you think in the forums!
Well this is a bit of a surprise. Thanks to Seibertronians Mindmaster and Sabrblade, we have been directed to in hand pics of an as-yet-unannounced earth-mode version of War for Cybertron Trilogy Barricade. While this isn't completely unexpected, given that Barricade now seems to be the Decepticon version of any Prowl/Bluestreak/Smokescreen mold, it wasn't guaranteed to be made, either.
Given that he's standing next to a cardboard Selects style box, it could easily be assumed that he's going to be released in the Selects line, but as Sabrblade points out....
Now, to clear up some confusion, this is indeed a Netflix toy and not a Generations Selects toy, despite the presence of a Generations Selects box behind the figure. We first knew about this figure from way back when we got these listings of many other Netflix figures, the first five of which later proving to be real.
As for the box seen in this pics, we don't know whose it actually is, but it definitely looks to be one of the TakaraTomy Select boxes since it has Takara's consistent misspelling of "Generations Selects" as "Generation Selects". Barricade, however, would not be coming in one of these boxes but instead in a normal Walmart Netflix Deluxe class package.
With that said, heeeeeeeeeeere's Barry!
So, Seibertronians, what are your thoughts on this latest use of the Earthrise "Datsun" mold? While there's no indication of when this might be released, are you excited to add this Decepticop to your collection when the time comes? Let us know what you think below!
That doesn't mean we're done with Siege stories, however. Seibertron is proud to exclusively bring to you an interview/Q&A with actor Shawn Hawkins, who voiced Mirage in the Siege cartoon! Read on to find out what he knew about Mirage prior to voicing him, how he feels about the Transformers fandom, and find out the 'bot he originally auditioned to voice before landing the role of the disappearing Autobot illusionist, Mirage!
Shawn Hawkins: Taylor! What a great surprise to wake up to this morning! Huge thank you to you and Ryan for having me on!
Taylor: It's our pleasure! So, Shawn, Tell us a little about yourself, your career, and how you came to voice acting. Is it a main focus of your career?
Shawn: Yeah so I’m originally from Upstate New York where I started in music. Ever since I was a kid I had a guitar in my hand and ended up playing in a few bands around New York. Then I went to college in Nashville, TN for music and business and ended up touring with some bands up and down the east coast. But at one point I just knew I wanted to get back in to acting. I had been a part of some theatre in high school but was interested in film and TV. So I ended up joining the theatre department at my college and then moving to Los Angeles right out of school. It was the best decision I ever made but it was definitely a big move. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of some really fun and creative projects in my time here. A lot of indie film work and some television stuff as well, but voice acting was something I always wanted to do. I would make voices, probably just like everyone else as a kid but for me it continued and continued haha. I did some smaller (voiceover) stuff along the way but finally got this audition for Transformers WFC and I was sold. It was an absolute blast and I’m so thankful to have been a part of it. Sharing it all with the fans has been an incredible pleasure in my life!
Taylor: What was the audition process like for the Siege series? Did you read or audition just in general, or did you always know you'd be playing Mirage specifically?
Shawn: So I originally auditioned for the role of Bumblebee. We weren't told at the time what the project was. It had a code name and character code names but I knew reading it that it sounded a lot like Transformers. Of course, then I found out it was and that I was up for Bumblebee. Then after a few callbacks, they ended up giving me Mirage. And I am so incredibly thankful they did. I feel right at home with Mirage and I love his role in the series. As well as his role with the fans! I’m excited to share the next two seasons with you all and see what unfolds!
Taylor: How much did you know about Transformers before landing the role of Mirage? How much do you know now?
Shawn: Oh man! Well I grew up watching some G1 and saw all the Bay movies but I didn’t dive in until taking on Mirage. Now I’m learning things everyday. And it is mainly thanks to the fans! The Transformers community has been so welcoming and supportive. I am amazed at the interaction we get to have together. I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I look forward to many more meaningful interactions over the years. But yes, my capacity for Transformers material just keeps growing haha!
Taylor: How much interaction have you had with Transformers fans since the series aired? Were you a fan yourself before you got the role?
Shawn: Oh man! A ton!! I love it more than anything. Getting to meet all the fans and hear their stories. I actually pride myself on running a really interactive Instagram account where I connect with the fans on a daily basis, run giveaways and answer questions. If you’d love to connect, hit me up @shawn_hawkins. I was a fan before but not to the extent that I am now. It’s a whole new ball game!
Taylor: What did you know about the character of Mirage from the original cartoon series? Did you ever listen to the original voice actor to get a feel for his interpretation of the character?
Shawn: Well I knew he was the elite and also walked both sides of the fence. I knew that I was diving in deep because Mirage had such a unique voice in the original cartoon and I wanted to live up to that but also bring my own spin to it. Our sound engineer for WFC brought some great ideas and feedback to the table in a way that made me feel comfortable and confident with what I was bringing to set. For me I envisioned him sounding a little younger and I think the WFC team did as well. It was like watching this spunky rich kid who thought he knew more than everyone else but also sometimes.. he did. Haha! I loved it. And from what I’ve heard so far, the fans have been happy with the interpretation. I can’t ever predict that but I just brought my heart and soul to it and I always said, “There’s a reason I’m here on this mission... maybe this is it!!”
Taylor: What kind of direction were you given for the character? How is direction given for voice acting? Is the director in the studio with you when you record?
Shawn: Yeah so the direction was great. The VO director, Phil Bache, the engineer and the rest of the team had a really great idea of what they wanted already which made my job a lot easier. So we would go over individual lines and what they meant and I would just give a couple takes of each that were my interpretation of that. And we would go back and forth until we got something we were happy with. But yes, the director was always in the room and the guidance was top notch. I felt incredibly comfortable and free to play as well which is something you really appreciate as a voice actor.
Taylor: What's next for Mirage? Do you know if you'll be reprising him in the follow-up series to Siege?
Shawn: What’s next?! Well I’ve got some things on the plate. I don’t know what I’m allowed to say but I believe you’ll be seeing more Mirage in the near future! I am so stoked for the next two seasons to air and to celebrate with the fans. Other than that I’ve got a few smaller projects in the works and I’m also launching a Youtube channel for the Transformers fans and community. I’m incredibly excited to share that with you all. Be sure to check me out on Instagram @shawn_hawkins for when that drops and more cool Mirage stuff!
Taylor: What's next for you professionally?
Shawn: Professionally, I’m going to take a nice vacation haha. We have planned to go visit some family in Sedona Arizona here in October to just relax and reconnect. I keep myself pretty busy all the time so remembering to relax is important for me. But lots of cool things. I’m working on that Youtube channel and I also oversee a couple small businesses as well as audition regularly here in LA. There are a few films and shows on the horizon so I will have to keep you all posted! Thank you guys so much for having me and keep up the awesome work you’re doing at Seibertron! Such a pleasure to chat with you and connect with the fans.
And as for keeping connected with fans, Shawn has some exciting news for you, Seibertronians!
We wanted to do a special GIVEAWAY with everyone who keeps up with Seibertron. I will be giving away a signed Mirage figure from the WFC Netflix series to one lucky winner. If you’d like a shot at winning this you just have to follow Seiberton (Instagram @seibertroncom) and go over and give a follow to @shawn_hawkins. After you follow me, shoot me a DM with the word SEIBERTRON! So stoked to get to meet you guys and good luck with the giveaway! We will run this for two weeks from the date of posting. Much love to you all and thanks for letting me be a part of your world! )
Many thanks to Shawn for your time and talent, and willingness to share with us some fun insights into the world of a Transformers voice actor!
While it was featured during PulseCon, the trailer for the next installment of the Netflix Transformers cartoon trilogy can now be seen on it's own and we posted it below. There is no official date for the release yet. It will deal with elements from the Earthrise toyline so the Quintessons, Doubledealer, the Coneheads and the Mercenary Faction. The Generations Selects toys also make a fun appearance, as you will see.
There is also a pretty great shot of Jetfire now fighting against the seekers.
You'll let us know what you think.
There was a lot going on last week, with new reveals and leaks for next year's product. Something else happened that I'd like to take the time here to share; last week we got the final episode to the Cyberverse cartoon.
There will be a discussion on the cartoon, in terms of our site's top 5 lists in due time, but for now I can say that this is one of the better Transformers cartoons we have gotten in a long while. It combines a variety of elements from Transformers lore and generations to become a reimagining of G1 for today's youth, making something familiar while also new.
The final episode can be watched below and the entire series is on youtube.
Greetings Seibertronians! It's that time of year again where w the fans, get to decide which Transformer is next to enter the Transformers Hall of Fame!
Fellow Seibertron user, Sabrblade, has let us knowvthat voting for this year is now open!
The two questions this time round revolve around what Transformers Prime cartoon character you wish to see added to the Hall of Fame, and which Transformers Earthrise figure should join the Hall of Fame.
Who will you be voting in? What figure do you think deserves to be immortalised? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews!
The appeal of the Cyberverse show has grown within the fandom as a great new entry in the history of Transformers cartoons. Fun for all ages and has some deep cuts to Transformers lore along with new characters, making it the best G1 reboot we've ever gotten outside of the comics. And now it is coming to a close with the first part of the two part finale now online. And speaking of comics, this is the first time we see the Tarn design used in another storytelling medium.
Any fan who has given up on the show should at least give this one the ten minute watch just to see how much the series has grown and how all encompassing it is for what we all saw as a small show. Or just to see their interpretation of Astrotrain.
The Netflix Transformers War for Cybertron Siege series is being well recieved by many fans and critics but you may be curious as to what some of the most prominant Optimus Prime voice actors had to say about it.
Firstly we have Garry Chalk, who was the voice of Optimus Primal in Beast wars and the voice of Optimus Prime in the Unicron Trilogy. Here is what he stated on Facebook:
"Ok I watched the first episode of the new Transformers on Netflix .....um...
Everyone tries to sound like a tough guy and as a result they all have the same pace and delivery. Visually it's pretty good but I am sorry the voices were kind of low energy."
And then we have Peter Cullen who was asked how he felt about other people doing Optimus Prime back in March (when conventions were still a thing that happened). He specifically mentions the Netflix series when mentioning that it hurts that he isn't the one doing Optimus Prime and that it is wrong for the production to be using non union talent in order to cut costs. You can tell he cares deeply for the character he voices and his legacy. Now, while it may seem like he is speaking ill of other voice actors or of the idea of others being Prime, his emotional responses are really towards the producers who are using cost cutting tactics that may hurt actors' wellfare in general. Frank Welker, the voice of G1 Megatron, also shares how wrong he feels it is for others to be hired when the known voice actors are available and willing to work.
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