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Twincast / Podcast Episode #178 "The Last Knight: A Twincast Review"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #178 "The Last Knight: A Twincast Review"
Date: Thursday, June 22nd 2017 10:38pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Live Action Movie News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast. Transformers: The Last Knight is out now, so join host Scotty P as he hangs out with a merry band that includes Twincast Pros Megatronus, Rotorstorm, Seibertron, Tigertrack, Razorclaw0000, and Mr. Starscream for a discussion of the movie. Did we love it? Should you watch it? You know how to start answering these questions, but just in case you don't, here's how to download:

Episode #178 "The Last Knight: A Twincast Review" 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.


Massive big spoiler warning!

Don't listen to the show until you've watched the movie if you don't want to be spoiled!


Unicron. There, we told you there'd be spoilers. The crew discusses their theater experience - or lack thereof - along with their preferred format. Who went to a special Kabam showing? Who got Optimus Prime Time perks? Did we go for the immersive IMAX experience, and will we go back for a second viewing?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #178 "The Last Knight: A Twincast Review"
Thanks for the gif, Kabam!


Seibertron gives us on overview of his red carpet experience in Chicago: the stars, the lights, the interviews, and of course, the afterparty. Being press never felt so good. You can find the full gallery of the event here, and Seibertron's summary of the event here.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #178 "The Last Knight: A Twincast Review"
Who's that handsome fella??


We kick off our discussion of the actual movie with, well, the beginning of the movie. We examine the Arthurian opening battle, which sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Is there a Gaelic translation for Bayhem?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #178 "The Last Knight: A Twincast Review"
Robots. Knights. Robot Knights. This movie has everything.


The crew can't talk about The Last Knight without talking about Quintessa, MacGuffins, and their relationship to the aligned continuity. Is the integration of ideas from across the Transformers multiverse a welcome addition to the Bayverse? Oh, do we have thoughts.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #178 "The Last Knight: A Twincast Review"
Solus, is that you?


Cogman. Squeeks. Hot Rod. Baby Dinobots? We discuss each addition to the Transformers movieverse roster, and come to a rare consensus: Cogman may very well be the best thing about this movie. Also, we love headmasters.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #178 "The Last Knight: A Twincast Review"
Seriously. Our hero.


We finally return to the Unicron question - and where the movie franchise can (im)possibly go from that revelation. We also dive deep into what isn't said. Is Megatron just Galvatron? Has he been resurrected from his severed head in the previous movie? Don't think too hard about it.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #178 "The Last Knight: A Twincast Review"
You, uh, got a little schmutz on your face there, buddy.


The crew wraps up with some final thoughts. How do we rate The Last Knight compared to the previous Michael Bay TF films? What stuck with us? What are we looking forward to as we forge ahead into this brave, new, post-The Last Knight world? ONWARD TO THE BUMBLEBEE MOVIE!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #178 "The Last Knight: A Twincast Review"
Sting like a literal bee.


Thanks for listening in. Transformers: The Last Knight is in theaters now so be sure to leave a comment by replying to this post in our Energon Pub Forums to let us know if you agree, disagree, or extra super know we are wrong about the movie.

Whatever your stance, have fun at the cinema!

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #177 "Forged To Mic"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #177 "Forged To Mic"
Date: Monday, June 19th 2017 6:30pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast. While we await the release of The Last Knight, host Scotty P sits down with Counterpunch and special guest, Seibertron.com News Staff member Williamjames88 to talk about his recent experience visiting Kabam! studios in Vancouver, BC.

Episode #177 "Forged To Mic" 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.

As mentioned, our very own Williamjames88 had the chance to visit the studios of Kabam!, creators of Transformers: Forged to Fight, which is available now to download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. We start out talking about the visit by taking a quick look at what the game is and learn fun facts about Vancouver. While we chat away, be sure to check out his written run down of the visit, plus a transcription of some Q&A time with the Kabam team, plus yet more other fun information about the game!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #177 "Forged To Mic"
Humor to go along with your cool Transformers trip? Why not!


One of the main topics of our discussion is about the transformations of the characters within the game, and how the creators approached it for a platform that's often more restrictive than a console or gaming PC. Counterpunch and Scotty recollect old PS1 era gaming magazines, N64 Beast Wars, and learn that Forged to Fight has nothing to do with these. Plus, we talk about the potential of playing the game on a larger screen.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #177 "Forged To Mic"
Beats the generic painting things in your office.


One character that the folks at Kabam were excited about is the iteration of Hot Rod from The Last Knight. With Hot Rod making his way into the game recently, we discuss why they felt like this was a standout character.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #177 "Forged To Mic"
Je suis "Street Fighter". I don't know French, I'm sorry.


Repaints: some fans love them, while others are continually frustrated by Hasbro's desire to stretch their budget for tooling and keep consumer costs somewhat controlled. We don't talk about that in this episode, but we do talk about the challenges the creators face in trying to bring in characters traditionally known as "Repaints" like Thundercracker and Skywarp into the game through a rewarding method. While we ponder that, we also consider if move-sets matter in this case, or if a skin can be just a skin.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #177 "Forged To Mic"
Above: Rhinox crushing your hopes for Soundblaster.


We wrap up the Forged to Fight talk with thoughts about how long the game can go. With a story to tell that has no ending and just constant "middles" given its very nature, what might the team have in store for players as time goes on? With a solid gameplay engine and even awards rolling in for the project, the future looks bright for mobile fighting fun with your favorite Transformers characters.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #177 "Forged To Mic"


We then conclude a somewhat shorter than normal episode by just hanging out and talking about some of the latest and greatest Transformers toys, with no real set agenda for discussion. Sit back, hang out, and hear thoughts from the crew about LG Magna Convoy and how that mold is holding up, Wave 2 Deluxes from The Last Knight, and yes, Scotty P finally got around to opening up Godbomber. Finally.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #177 "Forged To Mic"
Not pictured: Convobat's butt.


Stay tuned - in just a few days, we'll have another episode of the Twincast ready to hit your audio receptors as we review Transformers: The Last Knight!

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
Date: Sunday, June 11th 2017 3:47pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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

Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray" 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.

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The show starts off with discussions of upcoming Masterpiece figures. First off is Masterpiece Beast Wars Dinobot. We've seen CGI renders of him and we discuss the intricacies of his tail. Will he be happy surrounded by Jurassic Park toys? Who is excited? Who wanted Megatron first?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
How'd you like it if I ripped a chunk out of your side?


Next up is MP 39 Sunstreaker. How good looking is this guy? Is this the end all be all of Sunstreaker? Or will we see a better version in a few years? Praises are sung and internet rumors are squashed. Are you excited about this guy too?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
Seriously, how many Transformers can actually do this?


We move on to MP 12+ Sideswipe. Are you unsure of the differences? So are we! Get a play by play comparison to the original MP 12 as ScottyP holds his figure up to the new photos. What do you think? Do we need another Sideswipe?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
I really am different. Look closely.


And finally, Hasbro is rereleasing MP-10 Optimus Prime as a Toys R Us exclusive. It will share the same packaging and recent MP releases from Hasbro. Is this a good idea on their part? We were a bit surprised by this announcement, but we realize that it's a good thing. What do you think? Are you going to pick one up? Let us know your thoughts in the discussion thread!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
You thought I was expensive before?


Next up in our Toy Reveal Marathon, we look at the new Takara Legends figures. Recently announced was Legends Sixshot, Misfire, Doublecross, and Broadside! There's a new head, some Targetmasters, and even a BattleBeast! Hear our thoughts about the differences between these versions and the Hasbro versions. We also discuss some wishful thinking on the part of the fandom.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
Ooh, that gray!


ScottyP opens his God Bomber as we record the show, but he's interrupted by a milkshake. Will he ever get back to God Bomber? We've heard some complaints about this guy. Do you have one? Sound off in our forums and let us know what you think of him.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
Each sold separately... oh wait!


We now have images of Takara's Trypticon. What are the differences between this one and Hasbro's? We'll tell you. Yes we will. We will tell you. Ok, well, maybe we'll just guess and kind of... Look, it's Trypticon, ok. He's awesome no matter what company puts him out!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
Raymond, will you tell Ma I'm not coming to dinner? I'm eating Titan Masters.


Transformers Tribute! Need we say more? Yes. The first announced set in the Transformers Tribute line is a two pack of deluxes. War for Cybertron Optimus Prime and Titans Return Orion Pax. Orion is a repaint of Titans Return Kup with an all new face. RodimusConvoy vents his frustration of not having a clear picture of the face and we discuss what other figures could have been in this set.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
How may different Optimus Prime Titan Masters can one line have?


We're coming up on the last leg of our marathon as we get into newly revealed The Last Knight toys. We start out with Cogman and Hot Rod. Cogman is a Titan Master that is completely compatible with Titans Return figures. Hot Rod is not a repaint of Lockdown. We discuss the merits of each figure and how much we like that the two lines are crossing over a bit to appeal to fans. Does the Cogman figure represent what we'll get in the movie? We're not sure. We don't forget about Skullitron, but enthusiasm for him is not as high.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
Oh, you Titans Return fans won't be able to resist me.


During the toy discussion ScottyP fills us in on the Hasbro Hangout he was on where he got to see a lot of these new figures and hear the throughs behind them from the creators. Check out his full thoughts here.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
At some point, my head will get ripped off in the movie.


Dragonstorm and Nitro were part of the Hangout and we get into a discussion about how Dragonstorm looks like tons of fun. He's a Duocon, sort of. Nitro also looks great and his head can be removed and Cogman can take over his body! Is Nitro based on a real plane? We also don't forget about the Planet in the room! Cybertron Primus has been repainted and will be released as part of the Last Knight line. Scotty reports how the designers came up with the paint scheme. It's fantastic and cool. Ooh, boy, sticker shock though. Cybertron is expensive.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
G2? I don't know what you're talking about


The toy talk ends, but we're still on the topic of The Last Knight. As the release date draws near, trailers and TV spots are dropping left and right. Have you been watching them? We talk about our thoughts on the newest clips we've seen and how it has changed our thoughts on the movie. Are the Transformers just pets to the humans? Have we seen this movie four times already? Check out some of the newest clips here and here


Bayhem!!


They've also release some case files that gives us a little info on the Decepticons of the Last Knight. Follow along as we go down the list discussing how each of them will die.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
It's not easy being green.


We change gears and head into some comic talk. Transformers Till All Are One has been cancelled. We discuss our feelings on that topic and the various reasons why it was most likely cancelled. The series will end with Issue 12 and an Annual. Check out our review for issue 10 here. The book is great and it's a shame it's ending.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
Starscream has been a highlight of this series.



Next we talk about the end of The Lost Light's first story arc. Check out our review of issue 6 here. It was a great ending to the first arc. What do you think? Did Megatron purposely missing the teleporter? Did Terminus mislead him? Did Roller? Has our intrepid band figured out the secret to creating new Cybertronians?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
Trigger warning!!


We conclude our episode with some Twincast Freestyle... that ends up being mainly bragging rights. Titans Return Wave 4 Deluxes! Masterpieces! But there's also some grumbling about Robots in Disguise Ultra Bee and Crash Combiners. They're not all they're cracked up to be.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #176 "Moonbase Gray"
They don't love me.


That may have been a bit of a rough ride, so thanks for sticking it out! We'll be back in few weeks with our all Last Knight Review episode! Don't listen unless you see the movie! Or do! That's great too!

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #175 "Bayhem"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #175 "Bayhem"
Date: Thursday, May 25th 2017 6:07pm 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 Megatronus with xRotorstormx and special guests Mr. Starscream and Dr. Va'al. Listen in as we discuss the latest news, toys, and more.

Episode #175 "Bayhem" 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.

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First up on the chopping block is Transformers: The Last Knight, coming to a theater near you in just one short month. There's a new international trailer out, and we dissect it for new details, plot points, and anything else we can spoil for our (soon to be not so) loyal audience.


We need a trailer for this trailer...


In the context of the trailer, we mention a few interesting articles in Empire magazine, including an interview with TLK producer Ian Bryce and some of the TLK writers. What tidbits do we take away, and how does this new information color our understanding of how the TLK sausage is made?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #175 "Bayhem"
Surprise!!! It's Bumblebee!


After our thorough discussion of the movie itself, we move on to one of the quirkier aspects of modern movie culture: promos. There's the Chinese Coca-Cola raffle, the Singaporean Coca-Cola steelcase, and Japan's 7-11 Dark Optimus exclusive. Also, international distribution is weird. We're totally feeling the zaniness.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #175 "Bayhem"
Product placement to the rescue!


This all leads to a discussion on how these contests, and international distribution generally, is a function of Transformers being marketed to an overseas population where dedicated collecting is less a phenomenon. With a Screen Rant piece about Wonder Woman as our guide, we achieve total brand awareness.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #175 "Bayhem"
That's good marketing.


On to comics: specifically, Lost Light #5. You can find the Seibertron.com review of this issue here. How does the Twincast crew feel about the Functionist Universe, and are we on board with Rung's newly revealed abilities? Where's Orion Pax? Is Terminus a good addition, or does he just need to shut up?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #175 "Bayhem"
Today shall now and forever be known as Brainstorm Day.


Optimus Prime #7 is next on the chopping block. You can find the Seibertron.com review of the issue here. We take a slight turn towards the political (in a non-partisan matter, we assure you), and discuss bias and the way that real world concerns seep into the content of this surprisingly compelling story. Also, Jazz.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #175 "Bayhem"
That Matrix is definitely messing with Optimus' brain.


We conclude with our freestyle segment: what's everyone going to bring to the table this time? Rotorstorm's all about Toxitron, Dr. Va'al points us to Lindsay Ellis & her TF-related video essays, Mr. Starscream's planning his own con, and Megatronus <3 Sharkticons.


This is another seriously brilliant video essay!



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Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
Date: Monday, May 8th 2017 6:12pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host ScottyP cutting loose with Megatronus and Seibertron on this, that, the other, and Transformers, too. Buckle up for a journey because this one goes to several points on your map without looking back.

Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes" 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.

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Some of your Revenge of the Fallen toys, like Bludgeon and Demolishor, are screwed. Melt your time away as you listen to a terrible explanation of what's happening, then come back here and take a look at the scourge of "Plasticizer Migration". Yes, that's science. They're screwed, sorry!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Bludgeon Gallery
But if it melts, is that more IDW accurate?


Our attention then turns to the recently launched toy line-up for the forthcoming Transformers: The Last Knight. With several toys in hand, we first turn our attention to this latest rendition of Barricade. This Deluxe Class standout protects, punishes, serves, and enslaves our attention. We chat about the unlisted "riot shield" feature, other quirks of the mold, and more!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
Keep calm and just end this meme already, please.


We don't stay there for long, because there's fun all over the universe to talk about. A short history lesson on Rom (The Space Knight) kicks off some further discussions that range from anecdotes on G1 Ultra Magnus, to Marvel UK, Death's Head, and even Marvel Legends. The agenda gets tossed in the garbage as we kick back and just have a good time talking about whatever's on our minds.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
Yeah you better watch out, 1987!


Eventually, the train gets back on the rails and the show segues into last week's excellent Till All Are One #9. Windblade's condition is ominous but the ultimate outcome looks to be somewhat spoiled, but that doesn't stop us from praising the other excellent parts of the book. These include the absolutely brilliant work going on with Starscream, as well as the continued introduction of the story of The Thirteen within the IDW Transformers Universe.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
We'll take all your compliments.


Optimus Prime #6 comes up next, as the first story arc of the comic comes to its conclusion. Megatronus and Scotty P look into things such as Prime's decisions, precise points of climax (stop giggling), and what effect things here may have on the wider IDW Hasbro Universe. There's also some quick look at Wrath of Karza, plus a glance to other upcoming events such as First Strike.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
But Plasticizer Migration can stop anytime it wants.


Eventually we do get back around to The Last Knight toys, with the other new mold/standout from the initial launch discussed in Voyager Class Optimus Prime. There's also speculation about the differences between the Takara and Hasbro product lines for this movie, and whether or not "differences" is the right word. Will you be the one to take the plunge and let the world know what's the same and what isn't? If you're smart, probably not, but if you do know of any reasons for your fellow fans to double-dip, why not leave a comment about it by replying to this post?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
The latest way to chew bubblegum and take faces.


Things then get a little... cute? That's right, the Tiny Turbo Changers are here to brighten your day. Or are they just really angry? Grab your blind bags and hold on as we pick out our favorites based on their cute-factor and take a short look ahead to Series Two in this super かわいい segment!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
Welcome to your doom! It's very cute and cozy in here.


Masterpiece figures for the Movies are moving full steam ahead, with Optimus Prime joining the ranks very soon. With the official reveal behind us, the crew ruminates on whether or not the stock photography is an effective indication of what to expect - the toy is clearly mis-transformed, but just how badly? It all comes down to blaming interns, probably Kevin. Kevin wasn't the star of the intern class, ok, but he tries hard and makes some mean french toast so we'll let this mistake slide like short smokestacks.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
Meet the new design, same as the old design?


We then go very, very far out off-topic, but after some remarks about Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and even Mobile Suit Gundam, things come back around to Transformers and in particular, the live action films. Just what do we want to see out of these characters? How have the recent movies tackled it, and has the series ever gotten it right? While you listen in, be sure to also check out Counterpunch's thought provoking prompt in this thread on our Energon Pub Forums!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
There's more to characters than their mere existence.


The show closes out with the Twincast freestyle, but with all the free-styling that's already happened, it really just ends up being "Bragging Rights" for the first time in a while. Podcasters buying things from other podcasters? Yeah, basically. That happened thanks to the magic of eBay bucks.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #174 "Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
No orange plug required, just a big orange barrel.


We'll be back soon for more Transformers talk. Be sure to let us know what you thought of this episode by replying to this post. If you enjoyed the show, it always helps us out if you share a link to it on social media - don't forget the hashtags #Twincast and #Transformers when you do!

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #173 "Crossing The Rubicon"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #173 "Crossing The Rubicon"
Date: Monday, April 24th 2017 5:52pm CDT
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It's been a while, but the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast sister show, Mainframes, has returned with another episode, this time delving into the recent Till All Are One arc of issues 5 through 8. Buckle up with ScottyP, Dr Va'al, and Razorclaw0000 as we get launched head first from a falling Titan straight into your homes.

Episode #173 "Crossing The Rubicon" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"
Date: Sunday, April 23rd 2017 4:17pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: RodimusConvoy13

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host ScottyP, xRotorstormx, and RodimusConvoy13. And with us as always is Garth... oh, wait, wrong show.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"
You didn't even notice if I was there.


Episode #172 "Ready For Launch" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

As we move closer to the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, a new trailer, Nemesis, has dropped. Check it out here along with a gallery of over 1600 HD screen caps from the trailer. We discuss what is new and whether this trailer has peaked our interest even more Why is it called Nemesis? Is Optimus Evil? Was seeing Quintessa a big spoiler or will general audiences have any idea who she is? We speculate wildly and we're probably wrong, but only time will tell.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"
Everyone is always sweaty and dirty in Michael Bay's world.


Another timely topic is brought up after the trailer talk. The Last Knight Movie Toy Launch Day! We've gotten info from Hasbro that the release date for the new Movie Toy line is Monday, April 24th. We give our expert advice on what to look out for on Launch Day. What has our past experiences taught us? Should you buy all the toys immediately or take your time? What happens if you clean out one store? Launch Day can be a lot of fun, so grab a friend and head out. We also discuss what we're most looking forward to in this first wave. What is on our shopping list?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"
Take me home, ScottyP!


Next up is a Transformers Superstar(and social media pariah apparently), Takara MP-36 Megatron! Scotty tells us about the amazing engineering of this hugely anticipated figure. We discuss the initial reactions of fans on social media and some of the various "flaws" that were reported. Did the internet blow things out of proportion? We talk how it is ok to use the instructions. They're included for a reason. All in all this is a fantastic figure with great accessories. Let us know what you think in the discussion thread!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"
Seriously, do you need him in any other pose?


We move on to Takara Legends Target Master Kup. Oh, Kup, does anyone really know what color you are? Are you green, gray, blue, teal, greenish gray, grayish green, greenish blue? What color are you? We talk about what version we like better. Was it bad photography or did Takara change their mind?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"
At my age, never trust a backfire out your tailpipe.


We also got a new trailer for Robots In Disguise Season 3. Listen as Scotty is disappointed in his podcast mates for not watching the trailer or show. We discuss how they'll handle combining in the RiD universe. Will the 'Bots learn to work together? We also see the introduction of some old fan favorites like Soundwave. How has he changed since his days in Transformers: Prime?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"
So basically they took the Prime version and mixed with the Animated version of me. Then G1-ized my voice.


We move on to a listener question from Seibertronian Amelie. She asks: Should characters that were "similar" in G1 always be used as remolds\redecos in modern lines? (Soundwave\Blaster and Ironhide\Ratchet, for example) This is a great question and one not easily answered. We get differing opinions depending on the characters and also what version of the characters? Is Energon Ironhide the same character as G1 Ironhide? Some figures can just be repaints of each other because that's been the precedence, but would you accept totally new versions of the characters with completely unrelated alt modes? Find out what we think and join us to discuss this more on the boards! As always, if you have questions for us, submit them to the Ask the Twincast Thread.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"
Grr.. this guy... :-x


We had a couple of new items pop up shortly before the show. The first being IDW's newest Hasbro property cross over "First Strike" It looks to be another take on Transformers vs GI JOE. Baron Ironblood and Cobra set out to exterminate the Cybertronians. GI JOE teams up with Optimus Prime's team to fight back. Find out what our thoughts are on this new announcement. This crossover has already sparked a lot of discussion on the boards - are you excited for it?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"
Too many hew-mons!


The next new bit of information is Hasbro's "Reveal Your Shield" Transformers Celebration. Hasbro encourages you to "reveal your shield" via social media, Transformers.com, or the Transformers app. What will we see? New toys are nearly a given. What else will there be?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"
No, man, you're not getting reissued. It's reveal YOUR shield, not "the".


Finally, we end the show with a new segment called "Blast from the Past." We tell you about some older toys that we've "rediscovered" recently. We've got figures ahead of their time, G1, Beast Wars Metals, and obscure 90's toys! Find out what we love about them, then let us know what you've recently "rediscovered" in the discussion thread!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #172 "Ready For Launch"
I feel pretty, oh so pretty. And stabby!


We'll be back unusually soon for more fun and discussion, and who knows what else - 'Til all are One, or is that 'Till'?

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #171 "Team Knightmare"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #171 "Team Knightmare"
Date: Sunday, April 9th 2017 6:34pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host ScottyP coordinating a packed house featuring Jon 3.0, Mr. Starscream, RodimusConvoy13, xRotorstormx, and Seibertron. With movie season in full swing, The Last Knight takes center stage for this episode.

Episode #171 "Team Knightmare" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

With the special The Last Knight fan event occuring in selected IMAX theaters this week, fans around the globe got to experience a short preview of what to expect that goes well beyond any trailers seen so far. Mr. Starscream was lucky enough to have this event happening in his hometown of Chicago, and walks us through several of the scenes shown. Many revelations await, with plenty of fun along the way so be sure to tune in to hear all the details.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #171 "Team Knightmare"
Yours truly was not going to drive to Baltimore for this


Seibertron then joins in after some technical difficulties, and compares this footage to what he got to see a couple of weeks earlier. Why a couple of weeks? Well, if you haven't checked out his run-down of the Super Fan event hosted by Paramount and Mr. Bay himself, check out the thorough write-up, flashy image gallery, and much more as the show rolls on. Hear about all the fun and learn intriguing answers to burning questions, including whether or not our illustrious site owner really thinks The Last Knight is Michael Bay's final journey with our favorite robots in disguise.

Oh, and don't forget - there aren't 14 new movies on the way, at least not necessarily!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #171 "Team Knightmare"
Whatever you don't like in the movie can be our fault too now


With the launch of toys for The Last Knight slowly beginning, the inevitable leaked images of future product waves have hit the relentless tubes of the internet and given us potential looks at future fun still to come. The cast banters and speculates on possible upcoming releases such as Voyager Class Nitro, a one-step Cogman, Deluxe Class Skullitron, and Seibertron even gets in an accidental joke about the Infernocus combiner. Beast Hunters, indeed.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #171 "Team Knightmare"
Empurata has evolved


We then gather up our Canadough and pool our resources to see who can Whale it up the fastest in the newly launched Forged to Fight mobile game from Kabam studios. Some of the cast is already well into this latest mobile gaming adventure, and you'll be able to hear their thoughts on what to expect from this title. Be sure to look for the Seibertron alliances as you get your own fighting started up.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #171 "Team Knightmare"
Will this be your latest mobile obsession?


We change gears to comics, but instead of catching up on some of the latest issues like Optimus Prime #5, Lost Light #4, or the incredible Till All Are One #8, we (finally) tackle a fantastic Listener Question from Ironhidensh:

Ironhidensh wrote:Has IDW's version of the classic characters started to take more precedence than the original G1 versions?

For the obvious example, when I think of Megatron, I no longer think of the megalomaniac personification of evil destroyer of worlds, but now I think of the conflicted freedom fighter who tried too hard and lost his way. When I think of Hot Rod, I don't think of the young hero ready to step up and carry the Matrix. I think of the immature leader who means well, but can't get out of his own way. When I think of Optimus, I don't think of the greatest hero of my childhood. I think of the proverb that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

IDW has moved so far beyond the humble beginnings of our beloved toy commercial. I just realized today talking with a fellow nerd, that "old school" G1 is fading away to me. The vast world building and attention to character building IDW has done is winning. I'm okay with this. Your thoughts?


Listen in to hear our answers, but also be sure to check out the ongoing forum topic for this same question in our Energon Pub Forums!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #171 "Team Knightmare"
Wanna make somethin' of it?


With the upcoming Transformers vs. Rom: Shining Armor announced, ScottyP gets up on his soap box and lets you know why, despite the marketing hype, you should be following Transformers comics anyhow right now. The twist? IDW is doing a marvelous job of truly making the Hasbro Universe books optional, enhancement reads, and not a burden on your time or wallet if you so choose. If you gave up a few months back, maybe this segment will sell you on jumping back in. Or maybe it won't, but that's your loss in the end :P

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #171 "Team Knightmare"
She's just a main character in a series now, not the character a series is about!


The show closes out with a short segment that ends up being not short at all. In fact, it's quite long, but we throw away agendas and take on the first ever Twincast Freestyle. Early impressions of MP-36 Megatron are shared, though many cast members don't quite have this latest villain in their lives yet to be able to go too deep. After plenty of other fun, actually short items, Jon 3.0 takes us into the future with thoughts about how 3D printing might impact our favorite hobby.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #171 "Team Knightmare"
You're still going to have to go to Moe's or someplace for the Coke freestyle machine.


We'll be back in a few weeks for more fun and discussion, and maybe even a buying guide with pro-tips for tracking down toys on "official" movie toy launch days.

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
Date: Tuesday, March 21st 2017 8:34pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, People News, Digital Media News, Interviews, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome to the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast Episode #170, featuring several very special guests from our friends at IDW Publishing! Join ScottyP and Razorclaw0000 as they get the opportunities to interview IDW writer John Barber, editor-in-chief David Hedgecock, and Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall at the recent NC Comicon in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can view our panel coverage at Seibertron.com as well.

Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

First up, the team gets the opportunity to interview Barber and Hedgecock about Revolution, Revolutionaries, Optimus Prime, and more. We start off discussing how the editors, writers, and artists stay coordinated across a myriad of titles, including scheduling, planning, and easter eggs. The interview jumps off into the transition from Action Man to Revolutionaries.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
Man of Action


Next, we jump into discussion of scheduling and some of the post-holiday delays in several of the ongoing titles. If you've been at all frustrated or curious about the scheduled releases of books and what can happen along the way to delay these plans, you'll want to tune in to this interview!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
No delays on this banner being awesome!


Shifting towards Optimus Prime, we discuss Barber's transition from editor to writer and the implications to his process before moving onto some deep discussion on the Thirteen Primes, upcoming issues of Optimus Prime, and even the possibility Unicron in IDW.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
Galactic Patience


We finish up with some "just for fun" questions. Answers to these shouldn't be taken too seriously, or as canonical material - or should they? Tune in to this part of the interview as our guests are great sports about some of the goofiest questions we could cook up.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
John Barber once again being a good sport


Finally, we catch up with Chris Ryall on the show floor and talk some ROM. Our chat includes a look at why this character ended up in the shared Hasbro Universe after the long wait its author went through to bring it into reality. Also, we find out whether entities such as Lost Light's Galactic Council are aware of the Solstar Order and its influence.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
Not all Dire Wraiths are evil...


We wrap up our time with Chrischarger with a couple questions related to both the More Than Meets the Eye Revolution one shot and the true nature of some Dire Wraiths. Plus, a teaser on the actual identity of the Masked Bear!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
Also a great sport for taking our questions right there on the show floor!


Our sincerest thanks to the entire team from IDW, the organizers of NC Comicon, and a special thanks to IDW's Steven Scott for his tremendous coordination assistance. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of NC Comicon and hope you stick around for more IDW and Transformers news. Thanks for listening!

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #169 "Worst Giveaway Ever"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #169 "Worst Giveaway Ever"
Date: Tuesday, March 21st 2017 8:31pm CDT
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Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome to the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast Episode #169 - "Worst Giveaway Ever". Join host ScottyP, all alone with Razorclaw0000, in the wilds of North Carolina as the team prepares for - and winds down from - NC Comicon 2017.

Episode #169 "Worst Giveaway Ever" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

This short show starts off with some silliness as we open two full of cases of vintage Transformers Armada trading cards by Fleer as we attempt to complete Scotty's set and get Bob hooked on some true collecting insanity. The experience prompts us to offer the "worst giveaway ever" - you could win a complete stack of Energon Scorponok teaser cards from the Armada line by guessing how many we have. Closest winner without going over will win the entire stack! Open to US residents only - complete rules available in the show!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #169 "Worst Giveaway Ever"
You could win a whole lot of me!


After that, we chill out and reflect on NC Comicon, including our interviews with John Barber, David Hedgecock, and Chris Ryall, the panels, exclusive covers, and show in general.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #169 "Worst Giveaway Ever"
The cover of the comic of the adaptation of the movie of the comic


Was this convention an experience that's enough to satisfy Transformers crazed veterans of several Botcons past? In many ways yes, even without the laser focus on our favorite Robots in Disguise. Tune in to hear our thoughts on how this convention stacks up and whether or not you'll want to look into checking it out in years to come.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #169 "Worst Giveaway Ever"
Cheap Pop!


Finally, we close out with some small bragging rights from the show. We hope you enjoyed the insanity, and stick around for Episode #170 - and the discussion with the folks at IDW.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #169 "Worst Giveaway Ever"
Just enough to drive the completionist insane!


Thanks for listening!

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