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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
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: Razorclaw0000

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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...

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



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
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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
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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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Twincast / Podcast Episode #194 "Toy Fair 2018"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"
Date: Monday, February 19th 2018 3:01pm CST
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Posted by: Tigertrack

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The Big Apple hosted a huge event over the weekend for toy enthusiasts of all types...Toyfair 2018! This gathering held big dreams and hopes for Transformers fans as we looked for reveals of the magnitude that we've come to expect from such past experiences. We waited, somewhat impatiently by our social media feeds, and finally it came. Did the show end up being more of a toy-unfair, or were we done a titan class solid by Hasbro? Opinions vary, but you can hear the thoughts of our host ScottyP joined by xRotorstormx, and Tigertrack, with special guest appearances by Seibertron and friends live from New York! That doesn't quite sound like enough for you? Megatronus also landed an interview with the HASBRO brand team!

Episode #194 "Toy Fair 2018" 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.

Our talkative trio wasted no time mincing the small stuff, we jumped right in to discuss the largest and most anticipated reveal, Titan Class Power of the Primes Predaking! More than wings this time, the show had the full-on painted reveal of this monstrous bots' combined mode, as well as, the individual animal, and bot modes. Our crew had some things to say about it...some good, some bad, but we want to know what did you think? Was it what you pictured in your mind's eye? You can refresh your memory by checking out Predaking's Toy Fair 2018 gallery.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

You can imagine that big bot took a big chunk of time in discussion, but we also managed to talk about another fairly large bot, Power or the Prime's leader-class Optimal Optimus which also made a splash in the display. Beast Wars fans get a treat as this triple-changing favorite is updated and seems ready to make it straight into our collections. You can use this gallery to re-acquaint yourself to POTP's Optimal Optimus on display at toyfair.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

Yes indeed, the cast did also find time to talk a little bit about Abominus, Terrocons, Nova Star, and the newly revealed Prime masters: Bomb-burst, Bludgeon, and Octopunch! Cute, and yet awesome! Check out the Power of the Primes Toyfair gallery to refresh yourself on the new offerings.

Host ScottyP also does a quick in hand check on the POTP Hungrr (Hungurr, Hunger?) mold versus the Combiner Wars Silverbolt mold. Shared parts..more?...less?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

But it's not all about the Power of the Primes. The Movie Studio Series was also bantered around and it seems there was much to delight the movie toy collector in the forms of leader-class Blackout and Grimlock, and several other interesting new offerings. Oh, did you know there's a gallery for the Movie Studio series at Toyfair too? :) (Sorry folks, I mistakenly referred to Brawl as a deluxe in the show, but he's listed as a voyager.) :HEADHURTS:

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

We manage to also chat a little about Cyberverse (psst...Cyberverse Toy Fair galleries are here)...

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

ScottyP scored most of the wave 2 Power of the Primes toys at retail, and he couldn't stop gushing about Battletrap, Roadtrap, and Battleslash...and the changeable pants! Have you managed to find any of the wave 2 offerings at retail yet? All classes (legends - Battleslash, Roadtrap, and Tailgate; deluxes - Dinobots Snarl and Sludge, Terrorcon Rippersnapper, Moonracer, and Blackwing; voyagers- Hun-grr, and Elita-One; and finally, leader - Rodimus Unicronus) have now been found out in the wild! You may want to get your hunt on...

Somewhere in the middle of it all we touch on the new fan vote, also. Versus sets (choosing one of the three) or 3 new figures and you're choosing between the two in each set? Nah, it's the first.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

And to conclude the show, are Seibertron and friends (unavailable, but credit deserving was fellow podcaster Megatronus!). After a long day of photographing and reporting, these toy aficionados share about the experience and how they felt upon being in the audience of the presentation and able to experience the new reveals with their own eyes.

A post-script conclusion: Megatronus (mentioned earlier) interviewed the HASBRO brand team over the weekend too. We've added the interview to the podcast as a listener bonus! You can check out a summarized text version of the interview in this news post.

Thanks for joining us for another filled-to-the-brim with transforming roboty goodness episode. Please join us next time, as we move one step closer to our our grand bicentennial episode.

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"

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

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Welcome once again to the Seibertron.com 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 Unicron.com. 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 Seibertron.com 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 Unicron.com 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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Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
Date: Sunday, January 14th 2018 2:50pm CST
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Welcome to the latest Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast episode, featuring host ScottyP, along with xRotorstormx and Razorclaw0000 as we journey through the latest toy and comic news in the first episode of 2018.

Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety" 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 continue the in-hand impressions of Wave 1 Power of the Primes toys, this time focusing on the Leaders. We discuss the common QC issues as well as the play pattern, inner robots, evolution modes, and discuss the relative successes and compromises of both Optimus Prime and Rodimus Prime.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
They're just Prime


The discussion of the Power of the Primes toys leads us into a roundtable on the collecting epoch that is the Prime Wars Trilogy: as a new collector, are you OK to focus on Prime Wars (Combiner Wars, Titans Return, Power of the Primes) and largely ignore the first "Neo-G1" set of lines made up of Classics, Henkei, Generations, Universe 2.0, Thrilling 30, United, and Power Core Combiners? We discuss putting together a set of shelves of G1 characters using nothing but Prime Trilogy toys, thoughts on head sculpts, and other rules to help regulate a collection. Have opinions? We'd love to hear about them in the comments!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
Neo-G1 Headmasters, impossible before Prime Wars!


While our thoughts are on Power of the Primes, we spend a few minutes discussing the recent news regarding the unconventional, but high profile, casting for Machinima's Power of the Primes cartoon. Ron Perlman, Samoa Joe, Mark Hamill, Jamie King, Wil Wheaton, and many others round out a large ensemble cast for the third show in the Prime Wars animated trilogy. We get down to the nitty gritty on potential reasons for the big-name talent, discuss the current fan apathy towards the shows, and discuss a coordinated fan response to the recent and future developments.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
Why so seri-oh wait?


Next, we shift focus to the recently revealed Movie Masterpiece Ironhide, focusing on scale, accuracy, face sculpt, and more. We then digress to a discussion of GMC Topkicks as well as other movie Ironhide toys, looking back at some of the decos and more. We also give our thoughts on the Movie Masterpiece line and question Hasbro's decision of numbering.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
He's a brick...house


Things take a decidedly heated turn as we enter into a spoiler-filled and angry teardown of Transformers vs Visionaries #1 and IDW Publishing's social media presence around it. Hear our thoughts on the issue, the ending of the issue and editorial decision, and finally the Tweetstorm around IDW's decision to both spoil the ending of #1 two days after the book launched, and the borderline sociopathicly chipper way they did it. You won't like ScottyP when he's angry.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
Exactly how we felt...!


Turning our attention to happier things, we give our thoughts on the recently released MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker. We break down the accessories and packaging, discuss scale, Chip Chase, transformation and the "masterpiece moments", and finally pairing him next to MP-12 Sideswipe. We get in depth on some transformation steps so take this as fair warning if you want to experience the transformation first hand and enjoy the surprises unspoiled.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
It's Always Sunny for Sunstreaker


We conclude the episode with some listener questions, specifically Skullcrunchberries' question regarding "surprise"/forgotten purchases and pre-orders. After discussing some, we hit some bragging rights from the holidays and discuss a few collecting goals for 2018.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
A red dragon, now with 100% less Anthony Hopkins


We hope you enjoyed the latest episode and would love to hear your thoughts on our roundtable or any other topic. We've got some exciting things on The Road to 200 and we hope you'll keep listening!

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
Date: Tuesday, December 26th 2017 12:03pm CST
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Welcome to the latest Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast episode, with this installment featuring our annual look back at the year that was. While 2017 still has about a week left to yield to the inevitable entropy that will consume us all, Scotty P, Seibertron, and Mr. Starscream chat about the past twelve months in the mean time.

Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams" 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 latest Power of the Primes figures are appearing more frequently by the day, and the Voyagers in particular are now in the hands of some of the Twincast crew. A long and winding discussion about Starscream and Grimlock goes through the strengths and weaknesses of the figures in detail. Additionally, we ask the important question about accessories and the lack thereof. Would Grimlock have been almost perfect with a sword, gun, and no combination gimmick to worry about?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
Someone learned photo angles on Myspace.com


While we keep dodging our year end retrospective, we take a look at the just released Till All Are One Annual. This one-shot series wrap up takes the tale of Windblade, Starscream, Elita One, Rattrap, Ironhide, the Combaticons, and many more into an unexpected future. A look awaits at what kinds of consequences the events from the issue could have on the IDW Transformers universe. One conclusion gained from all the discussion is clear, and that's how TAAO's Annual delivers one of the best Starscream stories you'll ever read.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
Maybe he needs that good luck necklace


Our 2017 "Best Of" categories and topics kick off with a look at our favorites in the ever popular Transformers Generations lineup, comprised this year of Titans Return and a little bit of Power of the Primes. While there's certainly no consensus, some of the stand outs are also pretty clear, at least to us! Don't forget to let us know if you agree or if we left a piece out due to our diode blowin' dim wittery by replying to this news post.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
Planet Micro is doomed!


What was your favorite part of The Last Knight? Maybe you love violence against fish, maybe there's a certain action scene you found especially exciting, maybe shirtless Wahlburgers are your thing. Whatever it is, this is the judgment free zone unlike that one gym, so the Twincast talks about what they actually liked out of a generally maligned piece of cinema. After that, we consider how Movie based Transformers toy lines just feel a little different, and this premise leads to our "Most Movie-y Movie Figure" category. Learn what figures embodied the spirit of explosions, sweat, and Miami Beach, FL more than any others for us this year.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.


Every year, there's That One Thing You Didn't Get Around To But Would Like To in the vast world of Transformers. The cast talks about the missed opportunities of the year, ranging from toys not yet bought to shows not yet watched. Try as we might sometimes, there's no way to experience every part of the huge world of Transformers, so see if you caught up on some of the experiences that we might not have yet!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
Five of you watched this


Going in a different direction, we think about who the "Character Stock Market Winner" of 2017 could be. What long-standing Transformers character, or at least medium-term-standing character, had the best year? Maybe it was due to extra attention in various media or a new toy. Maybe for some of the crew, it was for other reasons entirely. One thing is for certain, and that's that Star Wars is forbidden.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
Almost there


Given the serial nature of IDW's Transformers works, sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This category is not for those cases. Instead, we talk about our favorite single issue of the entire year and why it was so effective with just 20 pages. With time going long, we don't get into the arcs and series that we encountered in too much detail, but listen in to find out what issues might be worth sampling to get a taste of the stories encountered in this year's Transformers comics.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
No you're crying


We at least reach our picks for the best Transformers thing ever for 2017 - the hands down, best, most memorable, absolute favorite Transformers thing from this year for the cast members. Toys end up taking over due to a pair of choice Masterpiece figures that we still can't manage to agree on. Anything goes, except third party stuff, as we find out if ladder magic can manage to overcome the forces that waited an eternity for this.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
One magical ride


Despite all the cool stuff that gets discussed, there are always the less-than-favorite parts of the hobby that are encountered. We take some time out to think about the bad stuff, whether that was a disappointing toy, terrible movie, or something else entirely. Yours truly also hands out the completely unexpected Second Annual Brian Ravage Memorial Trophy Prize Lucky Draw Award, and you'll never guess who wins! Actually, you will. It's... only human.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
Coming never to a shelf near you!


Our last topic, or at least part of one, is for predictions. Each attending cast participant makes one layup, softball of a prediction for something realistic that we think will happen in 2018 for the Transformers. After those very super obvious jokes of predictions, we get into the realm of Wishful Thinking, a Seibertron.com speciality. Things there get outlandish but fun, and you never know what just might come true.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
You make 100% of the shots you lie about taking.


Moreso than any other Twincast episode, we hope this one is a conversation starter - especially with that trainwreck of an ending! Join us on the Energon Pub Forums to discuss this episode, and be sure to look out for the written look back from the entire staff in the near future.

From the Twincast Podcast team to all of our listeners out there, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and get ready for The Road to 200!

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #190 "Spacebridge Sunset Boulevard"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #190 "Spacebridge Sunset Boulevard"
Date: Sunday, December 3rd 2017 4:00pm CST
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Welcome to the latest Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast Mainframes episode, this time devoted to issue #11 of IDW's Lost Light. Join host ScottyP along with Counterpunch, Dr. Va'al, Megatronus, and Razorclaw0000 as we fill in more blanks in a detailed look through the second chapter of The Mutineers Trilogy.

Episode #190 "Spacebridge Sunset Boulevard" 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.

Be aware that this episode is entirely about IDW Transformers comics and will completely spoil many storylines from several books, including many books before Lost Light Issue 11, so listening after catching up with the most recent material is recommended if you wish to avoid spoilers. New to Mainframes? Catch up on the last episode where we dissected Lost Light 8 and 9.

Covering Issue 11 "The Plotters' Club (Part 2): Filling in the Blanks", the episode digs into the characters and events of this latest chapter, with analysis and opinions on each twist, turn, and new development. If you haven't done so already, remember that you can check out the review for issue 11 here for a written take on the story, with reader comments from the Energon Pub Forums also available for even more perspectives from the Seibertron.com community.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #190 "Spacebridge Sunset Boulevard"
Voted "Best Panel of the Issue" by the population of Earth


The episode starts off with a look into Getaway, the narcissistic mastermind behind the infamous mutiny aboard the Lost Light. The cast has varying opinions about the direction taken with the character, but there is universal agreement that all doubt has been removed that he's the definitive villain of this story arc. Did the writing take that direction a step too far, or did the dialogue and character interactions lend a deeper scope of characterization?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #190 "Spacebridge Sunset Boulevard"
I'm ready for my closeup!


Getaway didn't act alone, and looks at other mutineers encountered throughout the story follow. Simple-minded Riptide seems unlucky, and we look at whether or not some boat magic could help him breach the surface of a bad situation. The walking role model of an Autobot himself, Thunderclash, also gets some time under the microscope, with the microscope himself getting at least a little attention as well throughout our discussions.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #190 "Spacebridge Sunset Boulevard"
Perpetually on the injured reserve, unfortunately


Of course, there is still a quest at hand, with this latest chapter showing that progress is being made and means are available to make even more. A look into the overall story of MTMTE/Lost Light and how this issue factors in can be found in the episode, with other speculation on how it relates to the IDW Transformers and Hasbro universe on the whole and how it could tie in to the upcoming Unicron story also covered. Razorclaw0000 also ponders the pacing, with Counterpunch presenting an alternate path the story could have taken to frame the events being witnessed.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #190 "Spacebridge Sunset Boulevard"
More than just a series of tubes


There's one bot that frames disagreement among the cast - Atomizer. With doubts as to his motivations and suspicions to his origins, the speculation on exactly what's up with Getaway's second-in-command range from completely writing him off as room decoration to placing him as a key element in a much larger, darker conspiracy. Listen in to hear about some of the ideas about what exactly could be up with this conspicuously mysterious character.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #190 "Spacebridge Sunset Boulevard"
Whatever he's really there for, someone get him to target practice


Listen in for all this and... Death's Head!?

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. Every post here, and reposts of links to the episode on your favorite social media outlet help ensure we can continue to bring more of these episodes to you in the future.

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots"
Date: Sunday, December 3rd 2017 3:54pm CST
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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host ScottyP with Megatronus, RodimusConvoy13, and xRotorstormx. Listen in as we discuss the latest news, toys, and more.

Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots" 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 cast has obtained select Power of the Primes deluxe class and legends class figures, and we're ready to share our thoughts. Each of the deluxe class figures has their allure, but Dreadwind and Swoop appear to be the consensus favorites. On the legends side, Beachcomber is groovy, and Windcharger is still... questionable. But at the end of the day, we're still asking the million dollar question: who asked for combining Dinobots?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots"
Not just a redeco.


We sidebar for a short discussion on the surprisingly good deluxe Power of the Primes Jazz - that car mode is fantastic - and the even more surprising Cybertronian-coded MAGA tampo on his side. The crew does its level best to explain the situation, from the context on why this particular acronym might be offensive to many, our personal disappointment in the sullying of this minority-voiced character, to the shortcomings in Hasbro's official response.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots"
It's no joke.


Onto equally wacky but more upbeat topics, we've got wind of the upcoming Street Fighter II crossover, featuring Titans Returns Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Hot Rod as Ryu, M. Bison, and Ken, as well as Generations IDW Arcee as Chunli. These are some difficult repaints to justify a secondary purchase, but we're sure there are fans out there who are just as excited as we are intrigued.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots"
All hail MEGS Bison!


Speaking of redecos, MP12+ Lambor (AKA Sideswipe) has started shipping out to those fans looking for a G1/anime-accurate color scheme. ScottyP walks us through the differences, including the varying shades of white and the MP14 face sculpt used for this release. Although the crew predicts only dedicated MP collectors will make the jump for this release, we hope for more MP+ announcements, particularly an MP10+ and perhaps even a whole new Optimus Prime 3.0.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots"
He's got white booties!!!


We quickly move to another piece of Masterpiece news - the full reveal of MP Dinobot. Select alt-mode weaknesses aside, this figure already appears to be a landmark feat of engineering, and the Generations crossover display possibilities have us chomping at the golden disk. Dinobot's high price point, however, leads us to speculate on the body-blow a potential Beast Wars Megatron has in store for our wallets..

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots"
Money shot.


Masterpiece news isn't over yet, folks - we've still got Movie Masterpiece Barricade on the docket, and his full reveal has got us in a tizzy. It's amazing what one forgets over 10 years, and so the crew parses over specific design cues, and their accuracy - including the face sculpt, claws, and the conspicuous lack of Frenzy. Either way, we highly anticipate some racy interrogations of LadiesMan217 ahead.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots"
Mischief, managed.


ScottyP provides some thoughts on the RID15 cartoon conclusion, and then we jump right into Optimus Prime #13 - official Seibertron.com review here. Though this issue starts a slow but welcome consolidation of open threads, questions remain. How is Onyx Prime influencing events? When are they going to finally elaborate on Bludgeon's Unicron connection? Will the reemergence of the Dinobots lead us back to Grimlock? Most importantly... could Prowl be any more badass?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots"
Oh, those Dinobots - always getting into trouble.


Bragging Rights for the holidays: what's on our holiday wish lists, and what did we score on Black Friday?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots"
We gotta have it.



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