Thanks to the TF Addict, we have a nice review of the Transformers Cyberverse Sinister Seeker Strikeforce 4 Pack. It contains Starscream, Thrust, Skywarp and Thundercracker all in their cybertronian forms (so they have knees, yay!) This pack can currently be found at Target, exclusively, and is priced just shy of $50. This review gives us a good look at the different decos, which include a lot of translucent plastic. Fellow Seibertronian D-Max also provided some really striking images of Skywarp, which we also show below. Tags for this set have been found at Toysrus in Canada though the set has yet to be found. You will let us know what you think!
There is now a video review for the Earthrise Conehead set. This is an Amazon exclusive and can be preordered there right now and it will be released in two weeks in the US. The review comes from Wotafa and is in Japanese, but it does give us our best look yet at the deco and details, plus it lets us know what the final deco truly is. Horus shared it on our boards and e-mailed us to let us know, along with other fine Seibertronians. We thank you all for these news tips.
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Battle Call Trooper Bumblebee is an ok Ultra Class sized figure. There's really nothing new here as we've seen Bumblebee in every size class this line has to offer. The Battle Call gimmick is fun, but I feel it's lacking without an Officer Class figure to interact with it. While it might not be for everyone, I strongly recommend not paying the $45+ these figures are going for on eBay.
Greetings Seibertronians! Fellow Seibertron user, -Kanrabat-, has let us know that YouTube toy reviewer, PrimeVsPrime, has done a brand new review of the next Masterpiece to be released, MP-49 Black Convoy!
This is a redeco of the previously released MP-44 Optimus Prime figure, that was G1 Sunbow accurate. MP-49 doesn't come with the trailer the previous release had.
Check out the embedded review below:
Do you have this figure on preorder? Will you be adding him to your Nemesis Prime shrine? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews!
The TF Addict has some cool reviews for us. These are for the newly released Transformers Cyberverse Battle Call Trooper Class Meteorfire and Wildwheel. Those are new characters introduced in the Cyberverse show and so far these are the only toys they will be getting.
These new toys, along with their wave mate Bumblebee, have been slowly popping up at Targets across the US in the past 2 weeks. They retail for 24.99. They were first found in Austria and have also been popping up in the UK at Smyths stores for £25 each.
Greetings Seibertronians! Fellow Seibertron user and YouTube toy reviewer, chuckdawg1999has dropped another video review, this time for Transformers Cyberverse Deluxe Arcee!
This is what chuck has to say about the latest addition to the Cyberverse Deluxe line.
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Arcee is the latest addition to the Cyberverse Deluxe sub-line, Generations style articulated versions of characters from the Cyberverse cartoon. While mostly a shellformer, Arcee compacts nicely into a stylized car mode. I'm very happy with the figure as the joints are nice and tight and support the weight of the backpack well. If you want to complete Maccadam you'll need to buy Arcee anyway, but you're getting a solid figure too.
We've also embedded his video review so you can see the figure in action.
What do you think of the review? Do you have the figure in hand for yourself? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews.
Netflix and Siege
A Review of Transformers: War for Cybertron, "Chapter One: Siege"
Spoiler Free-ish Images in this review courtesy of Netflix
In a mere two days' time Transformers fans will finally get to watch the highly anticipated, much speculated about first chapter of the Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy, known as "Chapter One: Siege". You'll need a Netflix account to stream the show's 6 episodes, and in case you need a brief overview, here's the official synopsis provided by Netflix:
It is the final hours of the devastating civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons. The war that has torn apart their home planet of Cybertron is at a tipping point. Two leaders, Optimus Prime and Megatron, both want to save their world and unify their people, but only on their own terms. In an attempt to end the conflict, Megatron is forced to consider using the Allspark, the source of all life and power on Cybertron, to “reformat” the Autobots, thus “unifying” Cybertron. Outnumbered, outgunned, and under SIEGE, the battle-weary Autobots orchestrate a desperate series of counterstrikes on a mission that, if everything somehow goes right, will end with an unthinkable choice: kill their planet in order to save it.
After the debacle that was the Prime Wars trilogy of streaming shows, fans looking for something different in (perceived) tone from the outstanding Transformers: Cyberverse have eagerly awaited the arrival of this latest installment. Many of us are happy to see toys that we've had for a year and a half reach the silver screen. All of us are wondering if it will be good - read on to find out.
The main plot of the series is summed up well in the synopsis above, and most fans will likely find the "30,000 foot view" of the plot to be about what's expected. While stories about the end of the war on Cybertron are as old as the franchise itself, the past decade or so has created so many disconnected permutations of this story that it's starting to become Transformers' version of Bruce Wayne's parents being killed. It makes sense for this first chapter to play things relatively safe in this context, given the amount of casual fans likely to be exposed to this series that haven't experienced the wide combination of movies, video games, books and other Transformers TV shows covering the same general story as much as those hanging out here on Seibertron.com on a daily basis have in recent history. For the most part, the good guys are the Autobots, the bad guys are the Decepticons, they're in a war which is bad and has been long, and events occur with big, sweeping consequences for the Transformers. The show keeps it simple on a high level, and to be honest, it works.
Those backgrounds are nice.
One of the reasons the somewhat standard main plot works is because the side plots with tighter character focus are then able to grasp the spotlight and provide the series' most compelling moments. The first hour of the show does feature a great deal of talking and walking but it's worth sitting through because the characters you should really be paying attention to, such as Jetfire and Bumblebee, gain foundational characterization that pays off as the episodes progress. The cast is a little big and there's maybe one "B" plot too many running in the middle of this first chapter given its length, but this isn't a problem that sticks around for long.
Slow and low
The aforementioned cast of characters is kept somewhat small and if you're expecting anyone that doesn't have a Siege toy, temper that expectation now. Heck, if you're expecting any Battle Masters or Micromasters from the toy line, I'm going to go ahead and bring you that disappointment now too, because they're not present. Optimus Prime and Megatron receive the most spotlight as expected, with Jake Foushee reprising his role as Optimus Prime after performing him in Cyberverse. It's one of the weaker Optimus Prime performances that I can recall, but Foushee does kick some more emotion in nicely during some of the more action-packed sequences. Marnocha's Megatron sounds tired, which feels character appropriate, but is overall so low and slow that if you were only listening to audio you might mistake the character for Unicron or some other giant Transformer. It's worth noting this could be entirely on the provided direction and not the actor himself, to be fair.
Thankfully, there are standout voice performances surrounding the sub-par ones. Keith Silverstein brings in a fantastic performance as Jetfire, layering in his experiences playing Char Aznable in another globally huge robot franchise to create a take on the character that feels fresh while carrying appropriate emotion. Georgia Reed delivers punchy lines as Chromia in another more subtly notable performance, to me at least, while Frank Todaro's Starscream has evolved into one of the best interpretations of Chris Latta's original take on the character's voice that's ever been recorded.
Now if voice director Philip Bache could just get everyone to actually enunciate the first "r" in "Cybertron" we'll be getting somewhere very good.
Just enough transforming and rolling out. Usually.
Transformers shows are notoriously limited by budget constraints, as making complex CGI models of robots transform into CGI models of vehicles is, presumably, complicated and expensive. There's just enough transforming most of the time that it feels appropriately present throughout, and sometimes this is accomplished through clever-ish use of smoke and other camera panning effects leaving your imagination to fill in the rest. It works fine and is preferable to skipping out on opportunities to have the Transformers, you know, transform. There was only one moment early on where I wanted to pull my hair out because the Autobots were running away on foot from Decepticons, some with flying alt modes, who were also chasing them on foot. The rest of the animation is fine with the movements of characters looking infinitely better than what was seen in Prime Wars, though not quite as nice as other recent forebears such as Transformers: Prime or even Cyberverse with the characters in "Siege" moving their hands a little too much, too often while they speak. The backgrounds are also positively gorgeous at times, with large, sweeping vistas and massive buildings giving Cybertron a sense of grandeur and scale. Occasionally the characters stand out oddly against them, but this was something I only noticed once or twice during interior shots.
I'm going long on this part of the review, but need to mention that the action and battle sequences are crisp, busy, and ultimately quite satisfying.
Always a look of dull surprise...
If there's one thing I found to be a let down, it's the sound. The balance of voices to background music and sound effects was occasionally off, and I had to turn up my 5.1 system temporarily at times to make out what some characters were saying. The classic transformation sound effect from G1 is used effectively in some places, but they forgot to sample more than one version of it making me wonder why they even bothered at all. It's something that should be done with differences in tempo, levels and duration based on the character and what they transform into but here, a lazy, one-size-fits-all approach was used. Edward Bosco's voice performance as Soundwave is ruined by a poor attempt at his voice effect but at least he also plays Ultra Magnus well, proving he's not a slouch. The musical score by Alexander Bornstein is entirely forgettable and sounds like the Tron: Legacy score by Daft Punk was cut into small samples to avoid a lawsuit then rearranged into a generic bore-fest that adds no emotion to anything at any point. My apologies to Mr. Bornstein if generic, derivative music that sounds like everything else while also sounding like nothing whatsoever was precisely the musical direction desired by Hasbro and Netflix.
Producers of Transformers shows, if you take nothing else from this review, please take this: just hire Vince DiCola next time. Barring that, hire a good Synthwave artist that can provide some exciting electronic scoring to go with the action.
Verdict Pictured here: the fandom after watching the "Prime Wars" trilogy
It doesn't suck.
All I wanted was for this show to not suck, and it achieves that. The wider story is a bit blasé to this long time Transformers fan who rabidly consumes its media, but the side plots and character work help elevate it. Some of the character models are re-used as generics far too often, but the overall nice visuals make me care less about that. The voice performances are hit or miss and the score is terrible but excellent all-around work on characters like Jetfire, Ratchet, Mirage and even Impactor lead me to forgive. The really important thing here is that it was a fun watch that doesn't ask for a ton of your time. You'll have about 2.5 hours sometime in the next week where the Transformers will entertain you, and for many fans, that's a big increase.
I considered going a notch higher on the score below, but "Tarnhauser Gate" was too cringe-worthy to let go without some punishment.
Final Score . ½
Seibertron.com was provided with complimentary advance screening access to Transformers Chapter One: Siege by Netflix for the purpose of this review. "Thank you" to Netflix and Hasbro for this access!
Thanks to a tip from Seibertronian Hokutron, we have a video review for you of the incoming Earthrise Wave 2 Voyager Class Snapdragon! Here's been showing up at U.S. retail, and now we have a review that shows him off in great detail. While this review is in Japanese, from reviewer wotafa it does showcase the transformation between Snapdragon's robot, jet, and dragon/reptile/dinosaur mode, and includes a nice shot of Snapdragon with his Transformers: Headmasters compatriots.
Additionally, while watching YouTube after that review, I found an English review by YouTuber Larkin's Lair. Interestingly, while both reviews show Snapdragon in all his modes, and with his fellow Horrorcon Apeface, this review shows you the transformation, rather than verbally explaining it step by step.
So now that we've seen Snapdragon in detailed reviews, and he's showing up at retail, is the hunt on for you? Let us know what you think below!
Fellow Seibertronian Chuckdawg1999 has a new review for us. This is of the only new Cyberverse warrior class toy in the current wave hitting stores now, Cybertronian Optimus Prime.
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Hard to believe but we finally have a good Warrior Class Optimus Prime. Transformation is smooth with some nice touches here and there and a gimmick that doesn't interfere with the overall robot mode. Is it simplified, yes; but the end result is a solid deluxe class Optimus Prime figure.
Another newly (officially) announced figure, another in hand review from PrimeVsPrime! Seibertronian LinaNui let us know about this review for Hubcap's first new figure in 34 years. As with the original figure, Hubcap is a slight retool and significant recolor of the Cliffjumper mold, casting him in yellow plastic and paint, and giving him his traditional orange face. In something of an unusual move, his weapon, while being almost exactly similar to his mold-mate, includes a piece of Siege Brunt's cannon instead of both of Cliffjumper's dual pistols.
Are you planning on getting Hubcap, fellow Seibertronians? As a Generations Selects figure, Hubcap is available at Pulse, as well as our site sponsors, who are listed below.
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