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

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams"
Date: Tuesday, December 26th 2017 12:03pm CST
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Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome to the latest Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast episode, with this installment featuring our annual look back at the year that was. While 2017 still has about a week left to yield to the inevitable entropy that will consume us all, Scotty P, Seibertron, and Mr. Starscream chat about the past twelve months in the mean time.

Episode #191 "Champagne Wishes and Energon Dreams" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #190 "Spacebridge Sunset Boulevard"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #190 "Spacebridge Sunset Boulevard"
Date: Sunday, December 3rd 2017 4:00pm CST
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome to the latest Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast Mainframes episode, this time devoted to issue #11 of IDW's Lost Light. Join host ScottyP along with Counterpunch, Dr. Va'al, Megatronus, and Razorclaw0000 as we fill in more blanks in a detailed look through the second chapter of The Mutineers Trilogy.

Episode #190 "Spacebridge Sunset Boulevard" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

We hope you enjoyed this latest episode of Twincast / Podcast spin-off Mainframes, and stay tuned for future episodes as the ongoing IDW Transformers saga continues to unfold! We'll see you in the discussion thread for this episode which you can join in on by replying to this very news post. Every post here, and reposts of links to the episode on your favorite social media outlet help ensure we can continue to bring more of these episodes to you in the future.

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

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots"
Date: Sunday, December 3rd 2017 3:54pm CST
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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 Megatronus, RodimusConvoy13, and xRotorstormx. Listen in as we discuss the latest news, toys, and more.

Episode #189 "S.O.S. Dinobots" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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



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Twincast / Podcast Episode #188 "Mutinous Intent"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #188 "Mutinous Intent"
Date: Monday, November 13th 2017 5:18pm CST
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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 Megatronus, and special guest and news staff member Bronzewolf. Listen in as we discuss the latest news, toys, and more.

Episode #188 "Mutinous Intent" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

Our illustrious news staff member Bronzewolf joins us for this special episode - good old wolfy introduces himself, and we promptly get to business. There are reports Hasbro is looking to acquire TakaraTomy. We discuss the likelihood of this development - and all the more likely it seems given even more recent reports that Hasbro has made on offer to acquire Mattel - and try to puzzle out how a Takara acquisition would benefit our friends across the Pacific.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #188 "Mutinous Intent"
Takara's logo is blue. Hasbro's logo is blue. Match made in heaven.nok


One graceful transition later, and we're on to Machinima's new Titans Return series. The trailer is up, and we approach the news with caution and trepidation. Will Titans Return be a regrettable repeat of Combiner Wars? Has Machinima found a way to incorporate fan criticism into this new work? Are we growing fatigued with the frame rate? Most importantly, where are the rest of the Cybertronian civilians? We might not see too many lay Cybertronians, but at least we get to meet the cast.


Trypti-scream!


Let's take a Listener Question. Seibertron board member westjames/notirish asks: "What are your thoughts on the RID 15 cartoon as a whole?" This prompts us to relate our individual experiences with Robots in Disguise, especially as compared to Transformers Prime and that golden grail of Transformers animation, Rescue Bots. Even with those big shoes to fill, RID represents an interesting corpus of fiction and has contributed a great deal to the Transformers mythos. For that, and more, we salute it.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #188 "Mutinous Intent"
Roll to the rescue! Err, wrong show.


Lost Light #10 is upon us, and it's a doozy. Spoilers abound, so beware - in the meantime, you can check out the official Seibertron.com review here. The revelation that the Protectobots and Mirage are caught in a Getaway-induced memory coma has us stuck in 'WOW' on repeat. This twist combined with the character-driven, thriller-inspired narrative has us hooked, and exited for what the remaining issues of the Mutineers Trilogy brings. What else can we uncover in this issue when we go through with our fine tooth combs? A deep reading commences.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #188 "Mutinous Intent"
Whether you think it's good or bad, it's loud!


Transformers First Strike #1, on the other hand, is truly forgettable. Or is it? While we certainly don't reach the time-loop highs of cult classics like 12 Monkeys, TF First Strike provides crucial context that we can appreciate. As the bulk of First Strike - an event that mostly serves as a vehicle for Visionaries and Unicron - unfolds, this book gives us a chance to catch up with Arcee, Kup, and Blackrock... we just hope this goes somewhere.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #188 "Mutinous Intent"
IDW owns this mess.


A brief mention of the upcoming MP Dinobot's absurd preorder placeholder price (PPP to those in the know) gives way to that special time of the year: Transformersmas 2017. Bronzewolf walks a clueless ScottyP and Megatronus through this fun and engaging series of photo contests through the month of December. Make sure to break out your cameras (or camera phones) to snap shots of your favorite figures for this new-classic Seibertron community event.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #188 "Mutinous Intent"
Santa Maximus!


Bragging Rights, short and simple - what has the cast bought since our last show?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #188 "Mutinous Intent"
Real Deals in Real Time.



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Twincast / Podcast Episode #187 "Madman's Paradise"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #187 "Madman's Paradise"
Date: Saturday, October 28th 2017 3:52pm CDT
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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! Your host ScottyP is joined by Megatronus, RodimusConvoy13, and CounterPunch! Join us as we speak of life, love, and wine. Whoops, wrong podcast. This is the one where we talk Transformers.

Episode #187 "Madman's Paradise" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

The show begins with a discussion about the latest Power of the Primes information. A great deal of both Tech Spec cards and packaging artwork made their way into the news cycle from unofficial sources. Couple that with Combiner artwork,
package images, renders, and toy images for a spark to power speculation on Combiner Teams, Moonracer's feet, and how these file cards will be packed in. There's still a lot of uncertainty when it comes to Power of the Primes and we do our best to figure out what we're seeing. Have speculations of your own? Post in the discussion thread for this episode or in the Power of the Primes thread!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #187 "Madman's Paradise"
I thought his name was Metalhawk.


Moving on from Power of the Primes leaks, we take a look at what appear to be images of new Movie themed toys. We start off with very blurry and pixelated images of what appear to be Revenge of the Fallen Megatron and a 2007 Movie Brawl. The figures come with backdrops that are part of the packaging. While we don't know what size class these are meant to be yet, Brawl looks to be significantly different from the previous Leader and Deluxe Class figures. An early render/color guide for a possible Movie Masterpiece Barricade comes next, and we think about what could be done to improve on the older but still fantastic Human Alliance figure. We discuss this as well as why characters from the first live action movie seem to be the stand out characters from the movie series.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #187 "Madman's Paradise"
This is what Transformers look like when RodimusConvoy13 doesn't wear his glasses.


ScottyP gives us his thoughts on Movie Masterpiece Bumblebee, including why it's better to him in almost every way as compared to MPM-4 Movie Masterpiece Optimus Prime. Check out Seibertron's Gallery right here. We discuss some QC issues Seibertron had with his figure. While the toy has been out for a few months, it's just now hitting many store shelves in earnest so we hope this topic will help you decide if this Bee is a worthy addition to your swarm!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #187 "Madman's Paradise"
I've always wanted a Cory Matthews action figure!


We move away from toys into Comics, starting with First Strike Optimus Prime. We discuss where the issue fits with the rest of First Strike (Yes, it was late.) ScottyP gives a brief history of the retconning of Hearts of Steel to a skeptical RodimusConvoy13. There's a fun appearance of Kup and Action Man to take in as well, with the crossover not completely leaving those characters behind. Also, what's up with Centurion, and why do some of the crew hate him so much?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #187 "Madman's Paradise"
Give me your faceplate!!


The discussion of the Optimus One Shot moves us to a discussion of Optimus Prime #11. See our review here. ScottyP and Megatronus take on the discussion as RodimusConvoy realizes he bought the issue and never read it. Talking heads, colonists, and even one Twincast member remembering this single issue as two separate entities awaits in this topic.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #187 "Madman's Paradise"
That's one fast moving lobster!


We move on to First Strike #5 and #6. See our review for #5 here and for #6 here. While the series started off fun, the last two issues seem to get bogged down with a bit too much Scarlett and Joe Colton. We also consider if an explanation of how the battle with Vigilem effected Windblade have helped explain her acting against character in First Strike, and have some serious laughs while we ask the real question - was all of First Strike just leading up to the reintroduction of Visionaries?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #187 "Madman's Paradise"
Um, it's "Yo Joe".


Perhaps First Strike wasn't all for naught. What about those last four pages? Kreiger may have brought back the Visionaries, but what else did he bring back? To quote Supreme Leader Snoke, "There's been an awakening. Have you felt it?" (Editor's Note: We don't talk about Episode VII.) I've just got this feeling...

That's right. He's back! The Chaos Bringer returns! How will this effect the rest of the IDW Universe? We talk about what we'd like to see come out of this. Should this be something that happens quickly or should Unicron stay in the background for a while before revealing himself to the rest of the universe? One thing we agree is good is that at least he's not Earth this time around.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #187 "Madman's Paradise"
Where'd that come from?


We finish our episode with some bragging rights. There are swords, legends, Devastator, and even six-changers too! And as always, there's more on the way through the bowels of the postal system.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #187 "Madman's Paradise"
Who needs six modes when you have this awesome one!


That's it for this episode. Thanks for sticking with us and being loyal listeners, or if it was your first episode, we hope you'll tune in for more in the future. We'll have another episode for you in about 2 weeks, and look for a bonus episode discussing the controversial Lost Light #10 sometime soon as well!

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #186 "NYCC 2017"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #186 "NYCC 2017"
Date: Monday, October 16th 2017 4:47pm CDT
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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, Megatronus, and special guest Mr. Starscream. Listen in as we discuss the latest news, toys, and more.

Episode #186 "NYCC 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.

NYCC 2017 was a momentous convention for many reasons - and Seibertron.com has you covered with our official photo galleries of the reveals. Make sure to share your hopes, thoughts, and highlights in the comments below.

Before jumping into NYCC proper, the Twincast crew must discuss news from across the Pacific: Takara's reveal of LGEX Grand Maximus and Greatshot, plus official images. These Transformers Victory characters have not yet seen a Generations-style update, and the Twincast is not only awed, but excited for things to come. We discuss the logistics of ordering these expensive imports, and the risks that come with Takara Tomy Mall's order minimums.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #186 "NYCC 2017"
There's a lot I don't understand here.


Takara also recently revealed the Encore release of God Fire Convoy. In addition to pouring over images upon images of this highly anticipated figure, some of us take an affectionate trip down RID memory lane, only to be rudely awakened by this reissue's obscene $265 price point. While we drool over the reissue's wonderful purple master sword, you can check out Seibertron's galleries of the original toy here.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #186 "NYCC 2017"
Resistance is futile. Except oh wait, he's expensive.


Hasbro came to NYCC prepared with some surprises: during their brand panel, which was livestreamed on Twitch, the Hasbro Brand Team revealed the NYCC 2017 exclusive Titans Return Grotusque. This Monsterbot was available briefly on Hasbro Toy Shop, and is now unavailable. We speak to our opinions on the execution of the reveal, experiences acquiring the figure, and thoughts on the figure itself. Want more? Check out Seibertron's official images, here, and our very own pictorial review, here.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #186 "NYCC 2017"
Release the beast! Monster. Whatever. He's cool, OK?


NYCC also yielded a glimpse of the speculated Titan Predaking's wings, with Seibertron's detailed galleries, here. Plus, we got our first look at the complete Combiner Wars-style Terrorcons team, galleries here, with full color mockups of each monstrous figure. As the crew speculates on which Terrocon is a retool of which Dinobot - some are more obvious than others - we look forward to the possibilities these beasts open for the future *cough* Piranacon *cough* Monstructor *cough*.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #186 "NYCC 2017"
Sinner-Snarl has a nice ring to it.


There are a few reveals the crew is less pleased about. The upcoming Power of the Primes Windcharger is lacking in the frontal lobe - and do we need a third Windcharger after suitable RTS/United and Combiner Wars versions? That Power of the Primes Rodimus Unicronus is a thing of beauty, but did Shattered Glass (the Transformers Club originated mirror universe where Autobots are evil and Decepticons are good) and Unicron really have to be a part of it? Finally, Volcanicus in color is, in short, underwhelming. While our critiques are withering, we hope to thaw our icy feelings by the time these figures hit retail.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #186 "NYCC 2017"
"I have the greatest mustache this side of Unicron."


Now it's time for a listener question - or rather, questions. First, Ironhidesh ask a rather simple question: "How do you fight burn out?" We provide our advice, largely centered around, well, finding your center. Next, WilliamJames88 asks a two pronged question about how online buyers cope with new figures stuck in cases with older releases, and how retail buyers work around today's spotty distribution. Again, we're ready to provide our strategies.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #186 "NYCC 2017"
Three heads, but only one per case.


One last question comes from SW's SilverHammer: "are there any Vehicles/alt modes that you'd like see that haven't been used, or are uncommon in the fiction/toyline?" SW's SilverHammer prefers classic cars and biplane-type Transformers. The Twincast crew couldn't agree more, but we also have our own answers, which allows to seque into a brief bragging rights involving another rarely seen alt-mode: trains.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #186 "NYCC 2017"
Ospreys are awesome!


But wait - ScottyP and Counterpunch made their way to TFcon in Washington DC from September 29th though October 1st, and had the opportunity to participate in that fan convention's podcast panel. Listen in as representatives from our very own Twincast Podcast engage other Transformers podcasters, discuss their experiences, and promote our very special community here at Seibertron.com. On these panels, you'll also hear representatives from WTF @ TFW, Radio Free Cybertron, TransMissions, and even Preorder 66. Our thanks again to the organizers of TFcon for inviting us to participate!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #186 "NYCC 2017"
Worlds Collide!



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Twincast / Podcast Episode #185 "Carnage in Troja Major"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #185 "Carnage in Troja Major"
Date: Sunday, September 24th 2017 5:23pm CDT
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Welcome to the latest Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast Mainframes episode, this time devoted to issues #8 and #9 of IDW's Lost Light. New to Mainframes? Catch up on the last episode where we dissected Till All Are One 5-8. Join host ScottyP along with Counterpunch and Razorclaw0000 as we delve into the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is Troja Major!

Episode #185 "Carnage in Troja Major" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

Be aware that this episode is entirely about IDW Transformers comics and will completely spoil many storylines from several books, including many books before Lost Light Issues 8-9, so listening after catching up with the most recent material is recommended if you wish to avoid spoilers.

Covering both Issue 8 "An Axe to Break the Ice" and Issue 9 "Chasing the Infinite", the podcast episode digs into the character building, world building, and mythos building of Robert's books. If you haven't done so already, remember that you can check out Comics Admin Va'al's review for issue 8 here, and his thoughts on issue 9 here for another take on the story!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #185 "Carnage in Troja Major"
We're looking for the original plot


We dive in and examine Robert's writing and compare and contrast the effort into laying breadcrumbs for future stories while still focusing on the characters in the here and now. We analyze in depth if characters are behaving consistently with established norms and strive to make sense of a few of the revelations, piecing together Furman-era plot points with modern revelations.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #185 "Carnage in Troja Major"
Here's the wretched hive of scum and villainy


We spend particular time on the further development of Anode and Lug, with most of the cast finding them to be a further and new degree of unlikable - but is that on purpose? We also discuss other characters, including obscure Marvel UK villain Flame and what his inclusion might mean to the story.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #185 "Carnage in Troja Major"
#GetawayWasRight


The main plot of this short Troja Major story gets its due attention as well, with Nautica and Velocity's subquest to save Skids in the spotlight. Is their friendship bound to be shaken by the very nature of friendship itself? We discuss some of the heavier ideas (to some small degree of success) while also analyzing the particulars of the storytelling for this plot and how it was approached. Could a little less dialogue go a long way in letting the visuals tell the story, or is the lack of ambiguity provided by vocalized feelings a welcome sight? Tune in to find out what the Twincast crew thinks, but let us know what you think by replying to this post on the Energon Pub Forums!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #185 "Carnage in Troja Major"
Hey look, we don't cause IDW's printing delays, ok?


Finally, we speculate on the direction things are headed (#GetawayWasRight) as we return to the Lost Light (the ship, not the series). How will things be resolved and with level of certainty will that resolution actually occur?

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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Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Date: Sunday, September 17th 2017 1:40pm CDT
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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host ScottyP with RodimusConvoy13, xRotorstormx, and Megatronus. Listen in as we discuss the latest HASCON reveals, comics, and more.

Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion" 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.

After a brief discussion on the many merits and isolated failings of the first ever HASCON, we jump right into what you want hear: toys. First up, the new Dinobots team, and their combined mode, Volcanicus (yes... that's its name). The spirit of The Beast is alive as generally positive thoughts give way under the weight of a brontosaurus.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Give me combiner limbs, or give me death!


The leader evolution idea is brought to life with the samples Hasbro displayed, and we're gaga over the Orion Pax / Optimus Prime. The only question is, what are we going to do with those other, now obsolete Orion Pax toys? While you listen along, be sure to check out Seibertron's images of the Power of the Primes displays at the event, which also has a second part available here.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
The Kup repaint won't make sense, but let's do it.


We spend a good amount of time on Pretenders, and why the heck shouldn't we? They're adorable. What additional Pretender characters do we want in Power of the Primes, and do we foresee a more elaborate execution of this concept? You can check out more detailed images of Cloudburst in particular to see the probable 5 mm peg in our gallery of official product images provided by Hasbro.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Genius!


The HASCON brand panels brought some surprises, and well, not-so-surprises. But there was also a selection of reveals from the Hall of Fame/VIP dinner! What do we make of the two Terrorcons revealed thus far, Moonracer, and the latest evolution leader, Optimus Primal / Optimal Optimus? Our search for Alpha Trion begins here - nevermind that he was in the last Generations line.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Dino arms!!!


After a quick pass over more G2 Megatron/Archforce from Takara, and some lamenting about what wasn't displayed on the HASCON show floor (where's the RID love??), we get our comics-talk on. IDW Unicron speculation starts us out with more teases given during Hascon about next year's Next Big Thing for the IDW Transformers and Hasbro Universe.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
One of the first non-Scotty-monologue IDW Unicron discussions on the show ever!


Recent issues of First Strike come under the lens next, with mixed opinions about the effectiveness of the event, but mostly positive vibes come from the team on this crossover. We also spend a little more time with Alpha Trion, given the happenings in Optimus Prime #10, then take a quick but magnificent look at Lost Light #9.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Best. Quip. Ever.


Time for an excellent Listener Question from Seibertron user SIllyMcGilly: "Since it's around that time for a tenth anniversary of Transformers Animated, what figures out of that line do you guys like best?"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Transform, and rise up!


For the second part of the same listener question, which asks about a desire for Animated reissues, the answers take a surprising turn as we end with an immense shout out to occasional Transtopia poster Bad Lamprey's Animated customs, including his "heavily scratch-built" Mixmaster:



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Twincast / Podcast Episode #183 "The Road to HASCON"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #183 "The Road to HASCON"
Date: Wednesday, September 13th 2017 6:55pm CDT
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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host Megatronus with Seibertron himself and special guest QBKiller94. Listen in as we discuss the first ever HASCON.

Episode #183 "The Road to HASCON" 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.

HASCON 2017 was a truly momentous event, and Seibertron.com was on the scene at the Providence Convention Center. Check out our official YouTube channel for coverage of all panels and events, as well as Seibertron's extensive galleries of the show floor, new product reveals, and much more!

On the road from HASCON: Megatronus, Seiberton, and QBKiller94 jump right in after leaving the convention. How was the overall experience? Did we enjoy the show, and shift towards a more experience-centric convention? Most importantly, was HASCON worth the price of entry?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #183 "The Road to HASCON"
Can I HAS huge sign?


Once Seibertron has been safely delivered to the airport, Megatronus and QBKiller94 continue their sojourn. We walk listeners through the larger convention layout and our observations about attendee volume & composition, as well as our pleasant panel experience - no FOMO here.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #183 "The Road to HASCON"
I have a feeling we're all gonna fit.


We drill into a much more Transformers-specific discussion. Power of the Primes was on full display, including the new Orion Pax / Optimus Prime. Are we down with the Dinobots and their combiner form, Volcanicus? When are we going to hear more about the mighty Predaking?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #183 "The Road to HASCON"
The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.


We get to the Transformers area itself: what was featured, what dynamic displays caught our eye, and what cool experiences was the Transformers brand dishing out throughout the weekend?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #183 "The Road to HASCON"
Talk about Power of the Primes...


We couldn't end the show without saying a fond farewell to Providence, Rhode Island, a friendly, accessible city that made the convention as welcoming and enjoyable as any Hasbro brand. Bon voyage, and until next time.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #183 "The Road to HASCON"
Can I get these year-round?


But wait, there's more! The show closes out with an interview featuring Ben Montano and John Warden from Hasbro's Transformers Brand Team. Megatronus and Seibertron ask their burning questions in this special segment, which is also available on the Seibertron.com Youtube channel. Enjoy the interview, and our thanks as always to Hasbro for helping make it happen.



Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #183 "The Road to HASCON"
I think we just found a convention!



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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
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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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