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Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
Date: Saturday, August 19th 2017 1:36pm 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. Intrepid host ScottyP is joined by RodimusConvoy13 and, in what is like the sighting of a rare, albino elk, Razorclaw0000! What wise Transformers insights will they drop on you in this episode? More than you can imagine, Optimus Prime.

Episode #182 "Great Expectations" 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.

Once the usual pleasantries are out of the way, the team dives into the San Diego Comic Con 2017 exclusives. Ordering seemed to go pretty smoothly for the cast this year, what was your experience? We also take time to reminisce on past experiences with obtaining exclusives.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
He was a skater bot
She said see you later bot


Moving onto more exclusives, the latest exclusive set from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store has been released in the form of the Titans Return "Siege on Cybertron" box set, with preorders starting to be fulfilled. We discuss our thoughts on the set and how poor ScottyP waited too long and doesn't have a preorder. These are beginning to arrive at collectors' homes now, so if you got a chance to get in on this set let us know what you think of it by replying to this post!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
It's only $5 more than the Takara version of one of the figures. By Grabthar's Hammer! What a savings!


Next up, RodimusConvoy13 fills us in on the recently announced MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus. Is a new deco and a Targetmaster enough to warrant a purchase of this fine Masterpiece? The various differences between MP-28 and MP-40 are discussed along with variances between Firebolts and MP Targetmasters in general. Plus: an idea for a repaint that has Razorclaw0000 getting, well, let's just say "excited".

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
You'll never get me in full on Transformers: The Movie coloring, so stop asking.


Keeping the topic on upcoming Takara releases, our stalwart crew discusses the reveals of the upcoming Legends Overlord, Blitzwing, and Autobot Clones. What is difference between these and their Hasbro releases? What do we like better? Can the Shuffler repaint be the beginning of a robotic pachyderm army you never knew you wanted? What about the Clones? There's a little grumbling about them, but hey, it's not like Cloudraker is getting replaced by Ben Reilly...

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
No, seriously, this is the real Cloudraker. That other guy was the clone.


Staying with toys, Scotty gives us his thoughts on Masterpiece Movie Optimus Prime and they are not good thoughts. He explains the difficulty in the transformation and poor instructions that come with the figure. It's more of an action figure than a Transformer to him, and the comparisons are damning. Listen in for the full rundown and find out why this one might have needed a little bit more time in Beta before being sent out to store shelves, and save money by just checking out the awesome Seibertron.com Gallery of MPM-4 Movie Masterpiece Optimus Prime. Seriously, it seems viewing the gallery is more fun than trying to transform the toy!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
Prepare to spend a lot of time turning me into a truck.


Masterpiece Movie Prime's lackluster in-hand presentation, from the perspective of the box, packaging, included paperwork, and range of accessories leads into a discussion on what some of our favorite packaging/presentations of Transformers figures have been. What makes a great experience just opening the box? Has there ever been a figure that was greatly enhanced for you by the experience of opening the package? Let us know some of your favorites!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
One thing we can all agree on - this packaging was just darn cool.


Moving on from toys to Media, it's been announced that the Japanese version of the G1 Cartoon is being released on Blu-Ray. Apparently this is getting released with no remastering. So it will be DVD(or less) quality on three blu-ray discs. We ask, "What is the point?" Also, it's really expensive.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
That's some sweet artwork though.


IDW's next big crossover event has started. We discuss First Strike and what we thought of it. Check out the Seibertron.com review here. It's a fun, action packed book that seems like a good jumping on point for the wider Hasbro/IDW Universe, but is the release schedule killing excitement for all the books it's spoiling?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
Ninjas! Aaah! Oh, wait, I'm a ninja too.


Next we discuss Revolutionaries #7 and how the big reveal in that book ties into First Strike. ScottyP lets us know that we're missing out on some fun stuff in the Revolutionaries book and listeners should check it out. It's the book Kup is hanging out in, so it can't be all bad.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
Don't we all miss Teaspoon, Cybertron's Chief Dishwasher?


We finish our comic talk with the last issue of a fantastic series, Til All Are One #12. We talk about what we loved about this particular issue and the series in general. It was a great book that showed the general day to day life on Cybertron. There's still the annual coming, so tell us what you want to see wrapped up in that story due later this year.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
It was so much more than just a book about me!


The Twincast goes off the rails for a moment and lands in Westeros. Yes, again. We have a spoiler laden discussion that could easily spiral out of control. Will anyone take the Black and go to the Wall? Winter is coming! Hurry, let's steer this back to Transformers before the White Walkers get us!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
You think he likes Brienne, wait until he sees Arcee!


We finish off the show with some bragging rights. What new goodies have we gotten since the last time? How much is currently in transit?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #182 "Great Expectations"
You think you like Topspin? You're gonna love me!


Until next time, we're the Twincast!

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #181 "Wipe-Out"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #181 "Wipe-Out"
Date: Sunday, August 6th 2017 3:22pm 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. Join host Scotty P plus almost everyone else you know and love from the Twincast, including Counterpunch, Jon 3.0, Megatronus, RodimusConvoy13, and Rotorstorm. With a busy summertime of news, a calm approaches and the gang finally gets to Kickback with some Shrapnel and drop poetic Bombshell opinions.

Episode #181 "Wipe-Out" 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.

Wait, did that say "poetic"? Yes indeed, as a lighthearted way to start out this episode, the first and probably last ever Twincast / Podcast Poetry Grand Slam is here! Each podcaster came up with Transformers related haikus, and the topics range from e-Hobby New Year's Specials to the death of the cinematic universe's writer's room. Sit tight while the cast works off the cobwebs of being bound to a news cycle for discussions as we have some fun on poetry night.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #181 "Wipe-Out"
This: Not a Haiku
It's only a short poem
Not what we did here
(kinda)


Movie topics won't die on us yet. With the delay of the Bumblebee Movie, along with the news of John Cena being cast in the film, we attempt to take it seriously but just make wrestling jokes instead. We hope you're ready for an Attitude Adjustment, because it's guaranteed that you won't be able to see this topic. Its time is up, its time is now, so five-knuckle-shuffle your way up to the download button!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #181 "Wipe-Out"
Transformers vs G.I. Joe


Of course, regular listeners of the show may be acutely aware that due to the way recent show topics have fallen, we've neglected to give our in-hand opinions on this year's biggest release: Titan Class Trypticon with Necro and Full-Tilt. Counterpunch and Scotty P are proud owners of this dinosaur menace, and talk about their product codes, fixes that were completed, and how the process of stickers went. Plus - if you're driving near I-40 somewhere west of the Mississippi, maybe you'll spot Jon 3.0's wayward Trypticon son. All this and (mostly) everyone forgetting why he's called Trypticon awaits you in this part of the show.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #181 "Wipe-Out"
Click the image to check out the full Seibertron.com gallery for Titan Class Trypticon!


As we continue with Titans Return, we take a look ahead to totally rumored releases for Power of the Primes that definitely maybe will happen or won't happen. Are we discussing totally real events that definitely happened? Is the rumor mill one corn short of overloading our meal with pepper? Will this paragraph ever make sense at all? Get your copy of a Clean Desk Policy ready to read between the lines for this part of the program, with one last hint given here by this seriously unrelated image below.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #181 "Wipe-Out"
Just play along, ok? Thanks, pals :)


Ah, The Rebirth. The classic, revered, definitely not rushed out of production five three episode wrap-up to the American version of the G1 cartoon series. Who can forget the superb depth of characterization given to new toys like Six Shot, and the definitely not weird at all part where a little boy becomes Arcee's head. We can finally celebrate the normalcy of that latter part with a new Arcee with "Leinad" toy, as we were able to discuss last episode, but now we can do so while taking pot-shots at Flo Rida. In case you hadn't yet gathered from this post, the episode is called "Wipe-Out" for a reason.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #181 "Wipe-Out"
Maybe Leinad is the real Florida.


We haven't forgotten about comics yet, even if you stopped reading. With last week's release of Lost Light #8 still fresh on our minds, we consider the book's plot, characters, and larger message. With huge mysteries inching closer to resolution, be warned that some spoilers within might be particularly rough if you aren't ready or willing to hear them. Wipe-Out even appears for Total Brand Awareness with this podcast! We also take a quick moment to discuss the important and (to most of us) effective real-life message in the book about what it is to be transgender, and speculate on whether this is the final lampshade on Spotlight: Arcee.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #181 "Wipe-Out"
Avid Twincast listener Agonizer discusses this episode


We finish things off by totally wiping out with our extra time in a bragging rights segment, then take some parting shots at the not-surprising-but-still-totally-a-bummer pricing of Flame Toys' Drift figure. It's safe to say there's at least one upcoming release unlikely to be featured in this bragging rights segment in the future, but we will accept your kind donations or "review" samples.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #181 "Wipe-Out"
Kamui Senketsu?


We hope you enjoy this episode, and stay tuned for another in a week or two right here on Seibertron.com.

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"
Date: Monday, July 24th 2017 5:34pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: Tigertrack

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! Join host Scotty 'Winter is Coming' P as he hangs out with Twincast iron throne claimers Counterpunch 'When people ask you what happened here, tell them the fans remember. Tell them winter came for House Hasbro.'' & Tigertrack 'No need to seize the last word Lord Counterpunch, I’ll assume it was something clever.' Joining us as well is news mod from the North, william-james88 'It’s my luck I ended up with a bunch of fire worshippers.' And live from the airport terminal, the current Iron Throne King, Seibertron, shares his experience at this weekend's extravaganza. Listen in as we discuss the reveals from SDCC related to toys, comics, and the future of Transformers.

Episode #180 "SDCC 2017" 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.

This was it, a huge weekend for Transformers fans to finally get some new information about the brand. It's been a long time coming. What particularly tickled our fancy from the preview, breakfast, and panel? Listen in to find out as we discuss...and be sure to check out the Seibertron.com SDCC 2017 Events galleries to see even more awesome photos from the event!

Power of the Primes Rodimus Prime and the new 'evolution gimmick'. Is he the flame-decoed space winnebago of our dreams?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"
Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"

The first legit voyager Starscream! Is this figure truly more than meets the eye-- of course it is-- but the podcast discusses just how it might be better than you think.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"
Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"

Next up was the somewhat underwhelming deluxe class reveals: Jazz, Dreadwing and Blackwing.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"
Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"

The return of Pretenders, a perfect peaceful minibot, and the Power of the Primes 'theme' falls into our optical field next... What happened to the rest of our headmasters and targetmasters? Why is Sluglsinger the last new figure in Titans Return (wave 6)? What's going on with the Titans Return Arcee and Titanmaster Ultra Magnus? What? What. What!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"

We take a few minutes to chew over the con exclusives, GI JOE, and what might be in store for us at HASCON. Has Hasbro started a Revolution?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"
Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"

Our SDCC quest goes into its final evolution as we take the last bit of the podcast or so to discuss IDW at SDCC, Transformers fiction, and the massive reveal of... another entire book starring Thundercracker (playing Starscream). We all hope that Josh-boyfriend and Buster are prominent characters as well. There was some announcement about something called a 'UNICRON' so we talk about what that could be, and finish with a little TF VS. ROM #1 and a lot of Optimus Prime #9 gushing. I'm hoping for a Jon Snow moment for our beloved issue's hero, but am afraid the ending will stay more Ned Stark...This issue was a can't miss.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #180 "SDCC 2017"

You did it! You made it to the end, and probably saw the second episode of the new season of Game of Thrones while I was focused on doing this news write-up. Please do not share any spoilers!

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #179 "Forever Is a Long Time Coming"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #179 "Forever Is a Long Time Coming"
Date: Sunday, July 9th 2017 4:39pm 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. Join host Scotty P as he hangs out with Twincast Pros Megatronus & Rotorstorm. Listen in as we discuss the latest news, toys, and more.

Episode #179 "Forever Is a Long Time Coming" 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 our usual case of scattered brains, but eventually home in on one of this year's SDCC quasi-exclusives: Masterpiece Optimus Prime. Available first at the show, this figure will see distribution at Toys R Us. Are we psyched, or will we bid this dear mold farewell?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #179 "Forever Is a Long Time Coming"
But new box!


Speaking of Masterpiece, Takara Tomy Mall is coming out with some interesting MP cassettes: Stripes, Nightstalker, Wing Thing and Enemy. We've got the full scoop, but wonder what other cassettes, and MPs, might be in the pipeline.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #179 "Forever Is a Long Time Coming"
Drool drool drool.


The Club is again in the news with their unrealized Club ideas featured at Pete's RoboCon. We discuss our favorites, and wonder whether the coming year might have represented a zenith for the Club given its recent string of off years. Maybe, but hey, cool toys.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #179 "Forever Is a Long Time Coming"
Winner winner chicken dinner.


Since we're on the topic of conventions, how about a little Hascon for you? We are... really unclear how this is gonna go. Like, totally in the dark. Is this thing for fans, families, buyers? Which fandom will reign supreme in this brand battle royale?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #179 "Forever Is a Long Time Coming"
Guess we'll just have to wait and see.


We're back to SDCC, and the true convention exclusives that have and have not yet been revealed, and sense the absence of a large kaiju. We also talk about the recently revealed Walgreens exclusive, and the irksome requirements to complete the clone pairs.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #179 "Forever Is a Long Time Coming"
I've been blinded by its sheer beauty.


The toy talk continues with the upcoming Takara Legends figures we haven't yet seen pictures for - and for that reason, move on to Power of the Primes related rumors, and the delightful eHobby blue convoy exclusives which are, in a word, awesome.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #179 "Forever Is a Long Time Coming"
Now THAT'S a Prime.


Wait - we're not done! Comics finally come to fore, and we get talking about Lost Light #7 (review here) and Till All Are One #11 (review here). With Till All Are One approaching its conclusion and Lost Light having just finished its first story arc in earnest, how is the crew feeling about these books? Just like with one of the issues in question, the opinions don't all end up being the same!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #179 "Forever Is a Long Time Coming"
Sadscream is sad.


Bragging rights - who got cool stuff (everyone)? Also, check out staff member Cobotron's pictorial review of the amazingly awesome MP38, here.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #179 "Forever Is a Long Time Coming"
Planet of the Apes?



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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
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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.

Yes, that's right, the Seibertron.com Twincast/Podcast is now available on Google Play! Be sure to subscribe today if this is your podcast platform of choice.

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.

Yes, that's right, the Seibertron.com Twincast/Podcast is now available on Google Play! Be sure to subscribe today if this is your podcast platform of choice.

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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Posted by: Razorclaw0000

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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.

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