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Twincast / Podcast Episode #203 "Light Bringer"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #203 "Light Bringer"
Date: Sunday, July 15th 2018 3:18pm CDT
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Posted by: ScottyP

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With a title like "Light Bringer", you may think the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast has traveled into Westeros to talk about the chosen hero, but that's not the case! Host Scotty P is joined by Megatronus, RodimusConvoy13, Rotorstorm, and Tigertrack to combine into Unicron's doppelganger while breaking down the comic named after the Chaos Bringer.

Episode #203 "Light Bringer" 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.

Here's what we talk about during this episode, including Unicron topics and other recent news and reveals:
  • We open with some loose banter about Death's Head and his recent appearance in Marvel's Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk before moving into a quick chat about the last days of Scotty's local Toys R Us.
  • Optimus Primal seems to have actually won the Game of Thrones.
    Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #203 "Light Bringer"
  • Someone's bold prediction for SDCC exclusives turns out to be half right! We discuss the surprising reissue G1 Dino Cassette SDCC exclusives, packaged with a not-so-surprising Studio Series Bumblebee.
  • Generations Blast Off is a toy that we never really discussed much on the show, so it gets some time in the spotlight.
  • While on the topic of Generations exclusives, Counterpunch and Repugnus also get a turn in the discussion.
  • Dreams come true, as proven by the reveal of Takara Tomy'sEncore Unicron of Light.
    Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #203 "Light Bringer"
  • The second half of the show starts in on our comics discussion, beginning with Optimus Prime 20. As usual, we don't hold back on spoilers, so if you're not caught up on Transformers comics and don't want to be spoiled, look out for 1:10:15 - 2:18:20 in the audio.
  • Unicron 1 has arrived, and it sure does look great! What does the cast think about the rest? Two words: sub club.
    Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #203 "Light Bringer"
  • Lost Light 19 is the first of two new issues of Lost Light that we have to discuss, showing how extra-spoiled Transformers fans have been over the past several weeks.
  • Lost Light 20 rounds out the comics hour, as we salute one of the great achievements in recent Transformers comic book storytelling.
  • Bragging Rights takes us to the end of another episode, with things looking partly Cloud-y with a dose of Brawn.

We'll be back in just about a week with all the latest from SDCC 2018! And those Siege announcements that happened the day after we recorded this one.

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #202 "ReChrome 2: CyGate"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #202 "ReChrome 2: CyGate"
Date: Sunday, June 24th 2018 1:43pm CDT
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Posted by: ScottyP

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The Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast returns for an episode brimming with more jokes and fun than you can put 90s vac-metal chrome on top of. Join host Scotty P as he chats about your favorite robots in disguise with Megatronus, Tigertrack, and our latest guest podcaster Flashwave!

Episode #202 "ReChrome 2: CyGate" 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.

Here's what we talk about during this episode, and it isn't CyGate:
  • Takara Tomy Masterpiece Optimus Prime version 3 hits our radar as we try to draw conclusions based on the handful of grey-model images.
    Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #202 "ReChrome 2: CyGate"
  • We make some bold predictions on what could be this year's SDCC exclusives. Is there where we'll see rumored upcoming releases such as Counterpunch?
  • Golden Lagoon madness hits the Takara Tomy Mall!
  • The Hall of Fame... does not matter is the end of that sentence. That said, we have some fun while the crew submits their votes during the show.
    Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #202 "ReChrome 2: CyGate"
  • Brief in-hand impressions of Power of the Primes Abominus occur as Scotty P recently completed his set thanks to the quick stocking of site sponsor The Chosen Prime.
  • Star Trek vs Transformers is happening and Transformers fans seem to be excited for this crossover.
  • Lost Light 18 - the quest is over!? We look at the latest entry of IDW's Lost Light series in full detail. If you're looking to avoid spoilers, steer clear of 1:17:32 - 1:48:22 in the audio.
    Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #202 "ReChrome 2: CyGate"
  • The short Lost Light 19 preview also gets some mention, so click the link here to check that out if you haven't.
  • Bragging Rights takes us to the end of another episode.

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #201 "Sweet Boy"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #201 "Sweet Boy"
Date: Sunday, June 10th 2018 1:10pm CDT
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Posted by: megatronus

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host ScottyP with Megatronus and RodimusConvoy13. Listen in as we discuss the latest news, toys, and more.

Episode #201 "Sweet Boy" 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've got Bumblebee on the brain - what with the movie trailer up and all - and the Twincast crew is here to articulate what we think sets this 'prequel' installment apart from the main Bay-verse of the first 5 movies. In tone and style, at the very least, it looks like we have reason to believe the film will be nostalgic, heartwarming, and a boon for the flagging movie franchise. In other words: believe the hype. Want more? Check out the News Crew's apt analysis of the movie's probable success here.


Fly like a butterfly...


The latter half of The Toys That Made Us season 1 (#TTTMU) has been released to Netflix, and we're ready to take a closer look at the Transformers episode. The story of Transformers is uniquely complex, and the show does a fantastic job of breaking it down. We certainly learned something new, and share our appreciation for the front loaded history, even as we hope for a post Beast Wars follow up. Did we mention that Seibertron.com's own founder, Ryan Yzquierdo, is featured prominently on the episode? Bonus: the News Staff is here to give you the play by play.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #201 "Sweet Boy"
That shirt sure is a sexy piece of work...


Masterpiece is on our minds, specifically MP44 Beast Wars Megatron and MP42 Cordon. We marvel at the masterful engineering of Megatron, even as we speculate wildly at the likely high price tag, and give an approving nod to Cordon, and the continued trend of pre-Transformers / Diaclone redecoes of these Masterpeice figures. Oh, and as we talk shop, more images of Megatron drop. Did we mention he was massive?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #201 "Sweet Boy"
Yeeesss, that's Air Attack Optimus Primal next to him. That's when his scale REALLY hit us.


We're not quite done with Masterpiece yet - we have yet to discuss the 'toy accurate' MP29+ Shockwave and MP36+ Megatron. Shockwave is purple. A purplier purple... perhaps even the purpliest purple. We were fine with the old purple, but are also fine with the new purple... it takes saying purple a half-dozen times to really think about how weird the word purple is, doesn't it? Anyway, while we pine for grey Shack-wave, we take on the weirdness of MP36+ Megatron - the chrome, the side cannon, everything. It's so ugly, we love it - all that's missing is a trigger crotch.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #201 "Sweet Boy"
Gives a new meaning to the term 'bucket head'.


Requiem of the Wreckers is on the chopping block, and we just wish we could get more. Va'al's excellent review for this excellent book can be found here. This book truly is about relationships between parents and children, and we seek to explore those relationships through the prisms of purity and corruption. The narrative seamlessly flows across the past and present (and in the end, future), and across artists, so just watch out for those emotional punches as Roche bids a fitting farewell to the current cast of Wreckers, and alludes, perhaps, to something new. If you want to avoid spoilers for this issue, the time in the file to avoid stretches from 1:23:00 to 2:04:20.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #201 "Sweet Boy"
Just because you can't force people to change, doesn't mean they don't.


Here we make a brief mention of upcoming reissues. First, we look at Beast Machines Air Attack Optimus Primal, and second, we talk about the reissue of our very own RodimusConvoy13 in the form of his adolescent self, G1 Hot Rod, who hasn't been widely available in this form for over a decade. The Twincast Crew then shares what G1 figures they'd like to see reissued - we have some solid recommendations.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #201 "Sweet Boy"
A Wal-Mart exclusive!


We conclude this episode, like we always do, with bragging rights. What has the Twincast managed to find since our last recording?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #201 "Sweet Boy"
We are much obliged, Ollie's!



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Twincast / Podcast Episode #200 "Requiem of the Twincast"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #200 "Requiem of the Twincast"
Date: Sunday, May 20th 2018 6:21pm CDT
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Posted by: megatronus

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast. This very special 200th episode features fan-favorite writer and artist of many IDW Transformers comics, Nick Roche, as he sits down for his first interview about the upcoming Requiem of the Wreckers! He's joined by your host Scotty P as well as Va'al. For the rest of the episode, the team of Counterpunch, Razorclaw0000, Tigertrack, xRotorstormx, and Megatronus help out in the proceedings. Listen in as we discuss what has changed and what lies ahead.

Episode #200 "Requiem of the Twincast" 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 begin our 200 victory lap with the man behind Requiem of the Wreckers, and architect of the wider Wreckers mythology: Nick Roche himself. Goofball extraordinaire Va'al and our tireless host ScottyP join Nick for a robust conversation about the latest Wreckers installment, which comprises the first 90 minutes of the episode. Our incisive interviewers begin with the genesis of Requiem, and how Kup's death sets the story in motion. We learn a great deal about the development of Springer & Verity, and what (literal, figurative) roads we can expect these characters to travel down.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #200 "Requiem of the Twincast"
More car than helicopter this time, really.


Our conversation with Nick Roche continues with an analysis of Sins, and how that story of loneliness and isolation gives way to something entirely different in Requiem. For general comics enthusiasts, we go plenty deep into the mechanics of storytelling, how certain narratives come to be driven by characters versus conflicts, and Roche's comfort transitioning from drawing humans to robots. We also learn more about the role Mayhem may play in future stories, what to expect from the IDW reboot, and of course, Unicron.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #200 "Requiem of the Twincast"
He still is!


Of course, Scotty is also giving away five copies of this one-shot in a totally-not-official-or-site-sponsored giveaway! Just comment on this story on our Energon Pub Forums and tell us what the Wreckers stories have meant to you for your chance to win. On the comic's release day, Scotty will randomly choose five winners and contact them via Private Message. One international winner will be chosen while four United States residents will have a chance, so be sure to include your location - and Seibertron.com staff, sorry, even though this isn't official you aren't eligible for this giveaway.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #200 "Requiem of the Twincast"
You can be a winner too


ScottyP takes the episode forward by... looking backward. Counterpunch joins the dialogue as our podcast hosts, past and present, embark on a Twincast retrospective. What has changed personally since the show first started 8 years ago, and how have we seen the brand evolve in that time? Change is life's only constant, after all (cliche much?), and we're all for looking at it under a microscope.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #200 "Requiem of the Twincast"
Change: more complicated than a One-Step.


Following this deep dive into the annals of history, ScottyP caps off his time traveling journey in the present, where he joined by Twincast regulars Razorclaw0000, Tigertrack, xRotorstormx, and Megatronus for a handful of well thought out and appreciated Listener voicemails. Let's listen, shall we?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #200 "Requiem of the Twincast"
Photo by Tainkirrahe via Twitter, originally used in Transformersmas 2017


We start off with news team member WilliamJames88, who wants to know what our favorite Transformers toy lines since 2010 have been. To much shock and bewilderment, no one chooses Titans Return of Masterpiece - what were we thinking? Then, frequent listener and friend of the pod Joevill recounts being convinced by Razorclaw0000 that Dark of the Moon Legion class Hatchet is pretty awesome. We agree - and hope to see you again at a convention soon.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #200 "Requiem of the Twincast"
The best Transformer, ever???


The mighty Samsonator wants to know what's changed since starting the show - thereby giving license to the rest of the cast to chaotically riff on ScottyP and Counterpunch's previous segment. We look back with affection. Then, sometimes cast member and always pal Mr. Starscream says listening to the podcast is like hanging out with your friends, no matter where you are, which leads to some fun Twincast anecdotes and listener appreciation.


Just getting by with a little help from our friends.


Frequent commenter and insightful boards poster Flashwave asks what toys we've been memorably Counterpunched into, and if any of those items were memorable for being great or a dud? We also get into what lines we're just relieved to be no longer hunting. Then, Ultra-Australian UltraMarginal wants to know what our favorite G1 toys are - his is a tie between Jazz and Skids. This gives the Twincast a chance to reminisce on our favorites, and what has managed to hold up (or not) over the years.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #200 "Requiem of the Twincast"
With super science action!


We conclude this episode with a special message from news team member Bronzewolf, and look forward to more episodes to come - excelsior!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #200 "Requiem of the Twincast"
For your consideration: a literal bronze wolf.



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Help Contribute to the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast's 200th Episode

Transformers News: Help Contribute to the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast's 200th Episode
Date: Monday, May 14th 2018 6:21am CDT
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Posted by: ScottyP

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The time is fast approaching for the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast's milestone 200th episode. We're extremely excited to bring you this one, and we've already got a stellar interview recorded and waiting in the wings with the fan-favorite, egotistical, and downright charming Nick Roche! Known for his work on the classic Last Stand of the Wreckers, the cold yet beautiful Sins of the Wreckers, and the upcoming Requiem of the Wreckers, you won't want to miss this one.

Of course, that won't be the entire episode, and for the rest we're looking to enlist your help! There are even choices on how you can contribute:

Listener Voicemail
Transformers News: Help Contibute to the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast's 200th Episode

Got a short topic or a question for the Twincast? Send us a question via "voicemail", and we'll find the best ones to playback and answer on the show. Don't have a burning question? That's ok too, just send a greeting, congratulations, or (kind hearted) insult that we can play back at the end of the episode!

Record however you'd like, but please, keep it mostly clean and keep it short - no multi-minute rants! If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can even just fire up your Voice Memo app and then send us the file. Just about any audio format should work, but please try to keep it to a standard such as mp3 (preferred), m4a, mp4, or wav. Once you've got your clip recorded, send it over by email to podcast "at" seibertron.com (just be sure to replace the "at" with @ - left it out here so the spam bots don't destroy us!)

Favorite Clip
Transformers News: Help Contibute to the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast's 200th Episode

Too shy to record, or don't feel like you have anything you want to say? Well, you can still be awesome and help! Reply to this topic and let us know your favorite sound bite from Twincast history, and it may be included in a special audio montage. Just be sure to include the episode number and at least an approximate time stamp where your short, favorite clip resides so we don't delay the episode while looking for clips.

Deadline

Please submit any "voicemails" or clip suggestions by Thursday, May 17th at 6:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (22:00 UTC) to give us time to find the best ones, prepare our answers, and get everything patched together.

We look forward to hearing how you'll help us shape this special moment in Twincast Podcast history!

Twincast / Podcast Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)"
Date: Sunday, May 6th 2018 10:01am CDT
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Posted by: RodimusConvoy13

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast. This episode features your host ScottyP along with Razorclaw0000 who immediately misses a joke, Megatronus who is immediately late, and RodimusConvoy13 who is entirely to blame for the contents of this episode. The weird side of Transformers is here and breakfast can wait! Join us on one bogus adventure, won't you?

Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)" 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 start off with some movie talk. Specifically, Bumblebee. Not the weirdness that was promised by the opening paragraph, is it? We'll get there after sharing some luke-warm takes based on secondhand accounts of a teaser trailer. Does this movie have a little more heart and a little less Bayhem, and is that a positive development if so? Most of the cast seems to think so! Plus, with one minor comment about a "blue and red" Starscream, our Armada-obsessed fanboys cast members take that idea too far.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)"
Female character not bent over the hood suggestively? Yep, something's different.

Hasbro has aquired the Power Rangers intellectual property, and this is indeed, um, news. To someone. More importantly, what are some of the business impacts that this could have, especially given Takara Tomy and Bandai's very competitive relationship overseas? Megatronus arrives to lead this discussion as we look at the business side as well as Megazord engineering.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)"
Does this make me a Disney Princess?

While Transformers has "crossed over" with various properties since the early days of the franchise - Spider-Man and GI JOE in the Marvel G1 comics, for instance - we've done the "What should Transformers crossover with" discussion before. This time, we change it up a bit and find definitive, correct, and canonical answers to questions no one has before asked or will ever want to again.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)"
"I 'member!"

Questions asked include:
  • If the Transformers were to be foes with a crossover property, who'd be the most likely to succeed in killing all the Transformers, or at least be the most effective at doing so?
  • If the Predacons (G1, Beast Wars, etc; it is left up to the person answering) were to be friends with a crossed over property, what would that look like?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)"
It looks funky. But it tastes fun-kay!

Things continue with wacky crossover questioning, and they really begin to get strange:
  • Which Transformer would win a cooking competition show and why? Which cooking competition show is it?
  • What group of Transformers could win the Stanley Cup, an NBA Championship, or the Premier League?
  • Which crossover property or characters from the property could live in peace on Cybertron with the Cybertronians and why?
  • In which other non-Transformers universe could G1 Megatron win an election peacefully?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)"
Next time on "Beat Bobby Flay"

We close things out with possibly the most important question:
  • Transformers: Cybertron had toy bios that canonically established some characters as toy collectors (most famous example: Shortround and his unreleased G2 collection.) Which Transformer is the best at collecting your favorite non-Transformers toy line and why?
We come up with some pretty good and pretty bad ideas. Be sure to comment on this episode's topic in our Energon Pub Forums to tell us which podcaster is definitively, definitely correct.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)"
This was a fun way to play with Transformers

Moving on from the wacky, we go serious and discuss recent Transformers comics. Up first is Optimus Prime #18 and #19. Check out our double review here. We completely spoil a major twist, so consider yourself extra warned! More importantly, we dive in to the aftermath of Onyx Prime's arrival and the reveal that Onyx Prime isn't who we thought he is. Or is he? Misdirection within, as we talk about the "Prime of Lies"!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)"
No caption needed. Wait. This is a caption!

After Optimus we take a look at Free Comic Book Day's Unicron #0. Unicron is quickly making meals of Cybertronian colonies, and while it looks like many of Rom the Spaceknight's Elonian race is saved, what price is paid for the lives saved? We discuss a short, yet jam packed and beautiful issue. Plus - how did Pat Lee possibly influence a panel!?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)"
"For a time I considered sparing your wretched publisher, IDW, but now you shall witness... its dismemberment!"

We wrap things up with the Great Springtime Toy Drought of 2018. It happens every year, and we're used to it, so how are we getting through it? Are we getting comic collections, backfilling older Transformers toy lines, or not reading the entire question in the agenda like RodimusConvoy13? How are you getting through it?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #199 "Like It's 199(9)"
Did you read the entire agenda, RodimusConvoy13?

That's all for now. Next episode: Episode 200, featuring some writer from some series no one's heard of. He drew Spiderman too, whoever that is. Oh, yeah and our 200th episode might have some other special things too, so we hope you'll join us for that special occasion!

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #198 "A Night in the Studio"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #198 "A Night in the Studio"
Date: Sunday, April 15th 2018 10:09pm CDT
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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host ScottyP (back from a much needed vacation) along with Starscream and Razorclaw0000 as we dish on a massive amount of Movie toys and more. Wade into the Bayhem with us below!

Episode #198 "A Night in the Studio" 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.

First up, we talk about the recently available Studio Series Leader Grimlock and Blackout, and Voyagers Starscream and Optimus Prime. We discuss comparisons to previous figures, scale, articulation, alt modes, engineering, and much more!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #198 "A Night in the Studio"
He just needs a hug


Following up, we discussed availability and in-hand impressions of (currently) Toys'R'Us-exclusive Studio Series Thundercracker. We speculate on eventual availability at other chains, after-market prices, and discussion of the figure itself.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #198 "A Night in the Studio"
Wazzpinator blue now


We then take a quick hop to Takara-land and discuss the recent Movie The Best figures as well as how Movie the Best and Studio Series fit together as a whole. We talk through some of the gems in the line, and the future of the movie toys. The cast works together here to find out if both MB and Studio Series can live together in harmony on your shelf.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #198 "A Night in the Studio"
We are going to be insane on the secondary market in a few years


Closing out our movie discussion, Scotty gives us a great in-hand preview of MPM-5 Barricade. While not generally available yet, many of our sponsors have this figure in stock or have available pre-orders. We chat about many of the details, including complexity, articulation, accessories, size, and more.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #198 "A Night in the Studio"
Are you username Ladiesman217?


Next, Starscream gives us an overview of Dairycon, which recently held its 18th annual convention in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. We discuss the dealer room, growth of the convention, exclusives, and general atmosphere, comparing it to other unofficial fan-run conventions. Might there even be some luck involved? Maybe the kind that's drawn!?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #198 "A Night in the Studio"
Puns... everywhere!


We next touch on some listener discussion from Episode 197. In this segment we talk about a potential timeline for IDW's reboot, and the merits and drawbacks of both immediately rebooting and waiting.

We bring the show to a close with some quick discussion on some recent toy news, including the availability of Authentics at Market 6 retailers, an Armada-inspired Nemesis Prime, and the long-awaited release of LG-EX Greatshot and Grand Maximus. We wrap things up with a quick "Bragging Rights" section.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #198 "A Night in the Studio"
Imagine trying to explain this to yourself from 2008...


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Twincast / Podcast Episode #197 "Alpha Lyin' and Liege Factimo"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #197 "Alpha Lyin' and Liege Factimo"
Date: Tuesday, March 27th 2018 12:58pm CDT
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Posted by: Tigertrack

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode harkens back to days long past as it features your host Counterpunch along with Razorclaw quadruple zeroes and Tiiigertraackk. Our trio discusses a few of the latest news topics, but then delves into some places and questions that will challenge current and long time fans to really establish their ground rules for some of the Transformers long taken for granted history, abilities, and more. Who's right? Who's not? Is everyone wrong and you're right? We welcome your respectful and disrespectful discourse afterward in the thread.

Episode #197 "Alpha Lyin' and Liege Factimo" 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.

In the first 1/3 of the show the crew talks recent news. At first we rattle on about the recent in-hand images of the Transformers Movie Studio Series toys, that fans are finding them in stores.... and our current feelings for the line based on the new images ( nobody on the show had any experience of their own with them yet).

SS leader Grimlock in-hand images and video

Transformers News: Twincast/Podcast Episode #197 "Alpha Lyin' and Liege Factimo"

SS leader Blackout in-hand images
Transformers News: Twincast/Podcast Episode #197 "Alpha Lyin' and Liege Factimo"

At that point we delve into the sad news for all toy collectors: all US Toys R' Us Stores are closing and the experiences that we've had with TRU recently, including during the liquidation sales starting. Will this change our buying habits? Are we broken up about it? Hmmm...

Transformers News: Twincast/Podcast Episode #197 "Alpha Lyin' and Liege Factimo"

The final news pieces we discuss was this planet-sized bomb shell dropped by IDW onto current TF comic fiction fans... and it's not just the fact that Alex Milne can draw a kick @$$ Unicron..

Transformers News: Twincast/Podcast Episode #197 "Alpha Lyin' and Liege Factimo"

And now to the really fun stuff....


Think about what you think the correct answer is to these questions...and then take us to task on our responses...

1.) Transformers have been at war for over 4 million years our time, according to records. Does that make them really bad at war, really good at war, or serving a larger purpose to the galaxy/universe as a whole?

2.) What should everyone consider to be canon? What do you consider to be canon? Can everyone have their own official canon? Or do you just pull an Ultra Magnus and, "...not deal with that now...?"

3.) Why don't more Transformers change alt-modes more often? Do they not have the ability? Does it take to much energy? Is it...TABOO!? ...wear out your t-cog? Let us know are you functionist in your thinking, or do you think everyone is alt mode exempt as long as it's not effecting someone else's happiness? Okay that really doesn't have to do with changing alt mode forms more often, generally...

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4.) What are the possibilities that a Transformer has with it's mechanical components (keep it clean)? When they create or grow weapons in themselves (like missiles, arm cannons) and then use them is this painful, and life-threatening due to shooting your own life at another Transformer (your energy) to possible make them lose more of theirs? And where do fire-breathing Transformers create the fire that they use at will? Especially when being on a planet with not much carbon-life. What's the limit on Brainstorm's and Ironfist's endless experiments with 'super weaponry'? Why aren't all the Decepticons dead from 'glass gas induced structural failure'?

Transformers News: Twincast/Podcast Episode #197 "Alpha Lyin' and Liege Factimo"



As you can imagine these questions led to some pretty fun conversations. Counterpunch put us through the ringer with this one, but what we'd really like to hear is what you think about these topics that maybe you never really took the time to think about before. Because maybe you didn't care...

...but we cared enough to try, and we think you should too! After you've listened to the episode, yes we throw in just a couple of bragging rights at the end, please tell us your ideas and feel free to tell us about what we managed to forget.



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

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #196 "One With The Matrix"
Date: Sunday, March 18th 2018 2:31pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: megatronus

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host ScottyP with Megatronus and RodimusConvoy13. Listen in as we discuss the latest news, toys, and more.

Episode #196 "One With The Matrix" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

TRU is dead. Long live the... department store chains? Toys 'R' Us is defunct, at least in the United States, and while many (including the Twincast) have discussed the emotional response many are having to the news, we take time this episode to talk business. How did this series of unfortunate events comes about? How are Hasbro, Mattel, and other toy makers handling the news? Perhaps most importantly, where will the business go?


Nostalgia, dammit!


A skillful segue later, and we're into TRU Exclusive Studio Series Thundercracker. All hail Nitro Zeus repaints! The Twincast, while slightly confused about how this particular character choice fits into the 'movie accurate' Studio Series, is interested in acquiring what will likely be the last TRU exclusive Transformer out there.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #196 "One With The Matrix"
Too ugly... or just ugly enough?


Power of the Primes reveals have kept apace, and we're faced with redeco-aggedon. While we are not exactly thrilled with Voyager Inferno and Legends Outback & Cindersaur, we are not displeased either. Meanwhile, Megatronus smells victory as a prospective PotP Wreck-Gar finally brings a Junkion combiner into the realm of possibility. Still... does every motorcycle have to be redone as Wreck-Gar? (Yes.)

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #196 "One With The Matrix"
Fine, just... fine.


Friend of the Twincast Skullcrunchberries has a listener question about a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad man on the inter-webs who counterpunched him (hint, hint) into getting back into the Transformers hobby. How, he asks, did the rest of the Twincast get back in the game? Whatever our answers... it's pretty clear we're in the thick of it.


Ugh.


We have another listener question on our docket. Acesmcgee asks: "my daughter and I have been having a blast making Skylinx walk around the house and it has had me pondering what my favorite gimmick that I can recall from past and present lines has been, and for me it turned out to be simple, light-piping that gives a sense of life to my TFs. What is yours?"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #196 "One With The Matrix"
Head on!


We move on to comics, particularly the recent Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Seibertron review, here. While disappointing in its lack of title character, the issue is a delightfully campy romp through the eyes of Thundercracker, who is charged with making a film to prop up Starscream. The Twincast enjoys this issue greatly, and we do our best to parse the more serious and character defining gems held within.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #196 "One With The Matrix"
The Twincast / Podcast: keepin' it classy like Trypticon!


Lost Light 16 is next - Seibertron review here. This issue is full of character work, vignettes, and exposition. In other words, it doesn't push the plot very far... until the end, that is. Still, the Twincast finds value in this odd situation of being dead, err, one with the matrix, and teases out where this strange predicament might lead.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #196 "One With The Matrix"
That's a, err, um... a big matrix.


We conclude this episode, like we always do, with bragging rights. What has the Twincast managed to find since our last recording?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #196 "One With The Matrix"
Flywheels, please.



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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 Seibertron.com 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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