Thanks to Hasbro, we've been alerted to another Transformers Tuesday reveal from Hasbro! This reveal brings us another of the "Battle Across Time" subline from Transformers: Kingdom. This two-pack, a shared exclusive between Hasbro Pulse and Amazon, contains Maximal Skywarp, a head(s) retool and redeco of Kingdom Airazor, and Sideswipe, now in his Earth Lamborghini form.
Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron: Kingdom Battle Across Time Collection Deluxe WFC-K42 Sideswipe and Maximal Skywarp
(Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $44.99 / Available: November 1, 2021)
The Deluxe WFC-K42 SIDESWIPE and MAXIMAL SKYWARP Battle Across Time Collection includes a G1-inspired SIDESWIPE figure standing at 5.5 inches tall that converts from robot to sports car mode in 16 steps and a Beast Wars II-inspired MAXIMAL SKYWARP standing at 5.5 inches tall converts from robot to bald eagle mode in 22 steps. The figures come with a shoulder cannon, blaster and 2 Photon blaster accessories.
The Battle Across Time Collection allows fans to experience the clash between G1 and Beast Wars with MAXIMAL and AUTOBOT team-ups! With SCORPONOK in pursuit, SIDESWIPE and SKYWARP must team up to keep the DECEPTICON-PREDACON threat at bay. Each Battle Across Time pack features exclusive art that creates an epic battle scene when combined (each sold separately, subject to availability).
Beastify the battlefield! Worlds collide when the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS join the fight, coming together with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle that will alter their destiny forever. Adult fans nostalgic for the original TRANSFORMERS animation and kids discovering classic characters for the first time can share and experience exciting play patterns for all generations. Available now for pre-order on Amazon.
So, Seibertronians, are you excited for this new two pack? Didn't pick up Siege Sideswipe, but can't pass up Lambo Sideswipe? Not impressed with Airazor but won't miss out on Skywarp? Let us know what your thoughts are below!
There are listings now for all 4 Beast Wars reissues. The listings do confirm that Rattrap and Cheetor are in the same class/price point. The listings come with new images showcasing the mutant masks and the weapon storage. Rattrap and Cheetor have subtle deco differences, but Megatron and Optimus have much more obvious differences. Megatron no longer has silver paint on his head, for instance and Optimus has very light coloured weaponry and no red on his robot mode chest, among other deco changes.
These will come in their original boxes and the listings below should become live with preorders this tuesday:
Transmutate was originally released as a build-a-figure in 2006. Now, they're available as one whole 5 1/2-inch figure, paying homage to the original with their ability to break apart into pieces! Figure features their innocent-yet-twisted face as seen in the “Transmutate” episode of the Beast Wars animated series. Inspired by the character's appearance in the Beast Wars animated series comes this special edition Transmutate figure! Transmutate was once a Maximal protoform, but after taking heavy damage to their stasis pod they left warped and unable to convert. They have an innocent nature and unassuming form, but when threatened, they unleash their immensely destructive super-sonic scream!
As we get ready to close out the year, the Transformers Hall of Fame is ready to induct a few new members from 2019!
The 2019 Hall of Fame vote is now online, and you can find that vote HERE. The vote contains 2 different voting areas, one for a new fictional character to join the Hall of Fame Lineup, the other to induct a Hasbro Transformers figure from this year into the Hall of Fame. Don't worry, this vote is open to anyone and is not exclusive to social media sites, allowing anyone with an internet connection to vote.
This year, the vote is a little strange, with only 1984 cartoon cast members being on the vote. Amusingly, this vote does include little known character Hauler, who showed up only briefly in the cartoon but has become a fan favorite with a cult following.
Head on over to the vote, and let us know below who you voted to go into the Hall of Fame!
Favorite fictional character from the 1984 season of The Transformers animated television series.
2019 Transformers War for Cybertron Siege toy of the year.
See the official Facebook announcement with link to vote here!
Voting begins Tuesday, December 3 at 10am EST (TODAY!) and closes on Friday, December 7 at 11:59pm EST.
Winners of both categories will be announced on the Transformers Facebook page later this month.
PAST HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Fictional Character Inductees:
Megatron (Class of 2010)
Dinobot* (Class of 2010)
Bumblebee (Class of 2010)
Optimus Prime (Class of 2010)
Starscream (Class of 2010)
Ironhide (Class of 2011)
Ratchet (Class of 2011)
Waspinator* (Class of 2011)
Soundwave (Class of 2011)
Shockwave (Class of 2012)
Jazz (Class of 2012)
Grimlock (Class of 2012)
Wheeljack* (Class of 2012)
Ultra Magnus* (Class of 2013)
Megatron – Beast Wars* (Class of 2013)
Rodimus* (Class of 2014)
Arcee* (Class of 2014)
Predaking* (Class of 2015)
Prowl* (Class of 2015)
Optimus Primal* (Class of 2016)
Cosmos* (Class of 2016)
Galvatron* (Class of 2017)
Barricade – Movie* (Class of 2017)
Blackarachnia* (Class of 2018)
Trypticon* (Class of 2017)
Battletrap* (Class of 2018)
*Denotes fan-voted inductees
Voting options include:
VOYAGER WFC-S39 THUNDERCRACKER
DELUXE WFC-S22 AUTOBOT SIX-GUN
DELUXE WFC-S37 BRUNT
LEADER WFC-S40 GALAXY UPGRADE OPTIMUS PRIME
COMMANDER WFC-S28 JETFIRE
VOYAGER WFC-S24 STARSCREAM
DELUXE WFC-S8 COG
VOYAGER WFC-S25 SOUNDWAVE
DELUXE WFC-S23 PROWL
DELUXE WFC-S20 CHROMIA
DELUXE WFC-S21 IRONHIDE
DELUXE WFC-S42 AUTOBOT IMPACTOR
TITAN WFC-S29 OMEGA SUPREME
DELUXE WFC-S43 AUTOBOT MIRAGE
DELUXE WFC-S36 REFRACKTOR
LEADER WFC-S14 SHOCKWAVE
DELUXE WFC-S10 SIDESWIPE
VOYAGER WFC-S11 OMTIMUS PRIME
DELUXE WFC-S41 BARRICADE
DELUXE WFC-S35 RED ALERT
DELUXE WFC-S9 AUTOBOT HOUND
VOYAGER WFC-S12 MEGATRON
LEADER WFC-S13 ULTRA MAGNUS
VOYAGER WFC-S38 AUTOBOT SPRINGER
DELUXE WFC-S7 SKYTREAD
REFRAKTOR RECONNAISSANCE TEAM 3-PACK (SPECTRO, VIEWFINDER, & SPYGLASS)
"UPDATE- Although this story originally posted Monday June 3rd, as of today both Metroplex and Trypticon are active in Alliance play! If it's been a while since you've logged in now might be a good time to hop back on just to try and see if you can topple one of these mighty mechanical mountains."
Transformers Earth Wars mobile game is ready to very literally take things to the next level! Thanks to Youtube member Skywarp Greer we have his view of his beta test of the mighty Titan who don’t mind fightin’, Metroplex! And thanks to Youtube member Engineer Hoist we have a view of his beta test of the one mighty beast who turns your city into a feast, Trypticon! Although the factors mentioned in the videos are subject to change they do both note a repayment of ability points for every life bar taken out – how many life bars there are for each appears to vary, and also changes depending on whether they are in robot or city/base mode. Both have an attack range that stretches across the whole board and appear to be a far more formidable force than you’ve encountered in your playing before. It does not appear clear what will trigger robot mode versus base mode on these giants, but it is going to be a feature exclusive to Alliance raids so you may not be seeing these all the time, but it will surely be worth the wait. Skywarp Greer mentions he believes these to be up and ready sometime next week, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday. Ready to jump back into the game to check these beasts out? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
Well, this is it. It's the final Tuesday for Machinima's Power of Primes cartoon, and we have just more episode to catch up on before we can cover the Finale that dropped earlier today. The battle for three ancient Transformers relics continues, so read on as we take a closer look at episode 9, Megatronus Unleashed.
(Note: The following review contains spoilers fro the Power of the Primes cartoon and the Prime War trilogy)
We start exactly where 8 left us, with Rodimus Cron having just been upgraded by Unicron, standing at the entrance to the Well of Sparks, having turned against his former ally Megatronus.
Rodimus takes the first shot, and Megatronus kinda just stands there. Real nail-biting action there, guys. Well done.
This episode also brings the return of one of my personal gripes with the last few episodes of the previous show:
If you read any of my reviews for the previous show, you know these were sloppily put into the series in what felt like a last minute decision. They just suddenly started popping up, and didn't really feel like the flowed well with the rest of the series. The animators/screenwriters apparently decided to bring them back in this show, as they rear their ugly heads once again.
Now, this is not to say that sudden editing/tonal shifts in a show can be a bad thing. It's a slippery slope, yes, but they can sometimes work out. The cinematic shots in a previous episode were one of the biggest highlights from this show for me. They looked really cool, added something to the story, were well executed, and while they weren't there from day one, they were a welcome change. The split frames are none of those things. They feel awkward, give the show bad pacing, and leave room for some strange animation for the character that isn't currently speaking, but is forced on screen anyway.
Aside from the fact that they didn't even bother to animate his mouth, Rodimus' upgraded form suffers from some desperately bad audio mixing. He sounds muffled and distorted, and you can only hear bits and pieces of his dialogue. Between the overly loud music and Rodimus' sound difficulties, it makes this scene, and a majority of scenes after it, difficult to understand.
I don't just want to nitpick, though, so let's get on with the story. Rodimus and Megatronus finally clash, and the pay off for this scene is about as exciting as you'd expect. But, to give the show it's due credit, it is more engaging and action packed than previous episodes, with some really cool imagery thrown in for good measure. The filmography and color palette combine in certain shots to great effect. It's actually one of the most satisfying fight sequences the entire trilogy has produced.
Bane was more understandable than this.
The Autobots are finally released from their pillars of fire as Megatronus is distracted in the battle. They immediately set to work dismantling the Infinity Gauntl-sorry, the relic machine. Optimus Primal works on the Matrix of Leadership, and discovers it's calling to him. He removes it from the machine as the rest of the relics are released. This, of course, sets the target of both Megatronus and Rodimus on Primal, as they both want it for themselves. Grimlock and Windblade get blown away off the machine, and Grimlock wonders how they're alive. Windblade explains it's because Megatronus is getting weaker, although they've been shot by Megatronus several times before with no damage, so this revelation doesn't land with the power that the screenwriters I think intended. It would have been nice to see this shown in some way, make his blasters start to fizz out, make him look physically tired, etc.
Megatronus charges up a super attack as Solus begs him to stop, even though all the relics have been detached from the frame, so it isn't clear how she's still being powered. Just as the blast is about to hit the heroes, Optimus Primal uses the Matrix to protect them. Despite this, Megatronus continues the barrage in frustration. The Matrix has chosen Primal, however, and starts to transform him. For some reason, a shot of Perceptor is overlaid through this entire shot, and it's not really clear why. He's not exactly important to this scene or Primal's transformation. Or, at least, not more important than any other cast member. It doesn't help that Perceptor doesn't change his facial expression through the entire shot.
Isn't it nice to have this emotionless face slapped on top of what should be an emotional, vital scene?
The Matrix turns Primal into Optimal Optimus, fully connecting him to his Power of The Primes toy. Almost immediately he gets tackled by Rodimus Cron, who beats him to the ground. This is the second awkwardly long punching sequence in the series, where a character who should be able to at least fight back against whoever is beating them up, just get repeatedly punched in the same 1-2 motion. It gets to be strange and could have been solved by quicker editing.
Primal finally throws Rodimus off of him, but Rodimus recovers, and the battle continues into the next episode.
Can you imagine trying to explain this screenshot to someone who hasn't seen any TF show since Beast Wars?
As the series (and the trilogy) gets in to it's final moments, it feels a bit like they're trying to throw in everything they were mandated to but couldn't fit in prior. The inclusion of Megatronus' apparent grand scheme doesn't really fit, especially with the events of the previous shows. Megatronus' different attack moves are, and have been, a highlight. It gives a nice creative piece in the show, and it's honestly fun to see everything this Transformer god can do. The imagery of the Megatronus/Rodimus fight is great, as well. The pacing felt especially bad in this episode, however, and it's sad to see that the majority of it could have been solved by simple editing. As far as the actually concept of the show goes, while I can see it being a potentially controversial choice to have Optimus Primal to step into the Prime position to some, I personally have no problem with it, and enjoy just the ridiculousness of the mash up of some of these characters. We'll see how it all wraps up with the last episode!
If you haven't seen this episode yet, you can find it on the Go90 platform. Go check it out and then come back and tell me what you thought of it in the comments below. Do you agree or disagree? Please let me know! Thanks for reading, and I'll see you soon when I take a crack at the finale!
After the coverage we offered yesterday of the investor meeting from Hasbro, including the various slides made available during the call itself, in two of our stories - respectively, the future of the live-action Paramount movies and the general Transformers brand from a company perspective - we return today to New York City, to cover the Hasbro Entertainment Brand Preview!
Ranging across their several franchises, the event covers the likes of My Little Pony, Star Wars, and more, including of course our favourite transforming robots. Check out below as we update the story as the event takes place, featuring figures from multiple Transformers lines like Power of the Primes, Studio Series, Masterpiece (now that Takara Tomy and Hasbro have unified their brand efforts), and more!
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Derryl DePriest (main GI Joe brand manager) is MCing the event, and various housekeeping announcements are taking place, including the HasbroPulse app. You can check out Hasbro Pulse here. The app will be free, and will allow you to create wishlists among other features.
Brief introduction to Stretch Armstrong relaunch.
First brand up is Mighty Muggs, as we have covered in our preview story here, featuring Marvel and Star Wars, plus My Little Pony and Transformers, featuring Bumblebee, Starscream, Optimus Prime, and Megatron.
Followed quickly by Marvel.
Infinity War toys to come up soon, as Black Panther currently taking the spotlight. Superhero Adventures for the younger fans. Marvel Legends talk about various waves from Spider-Man BAF Lizard onwards, plus Ultimate Rider Wolverine with motorcycle. Next are Doc Ock, Cloak and Dagger, Bullseye with new BAF SP//dr. Avengers line will include Antman and Wasp from movie-verse, using photoreal technology to capture likeness of actors. X-Men wave including Wolverine and Sabertooth. Venom wave with Eddie Brock, Scream, Spider-Ham to coincide with Sony movie. More reveals later in the year. More Deadpool offerings too, to coincide with Deadpool 2 movie, including NERF blasters. Bishop, Lady Deadpool, Deadpool in boxers - BAF is Sauron (pterodactyl X-Men villain).
More Black Panther figures being announced, including Walmart exclusives, and wearable Infinity Gauntlet. Plenty of Fantastic Four figures appearing at Walgreens, including Silver Surfer.
10 products for each of the 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from Iron Man (2008) to Infinity War (2018): Walmart Iron Man two-pack with new head; Iron Man 3 Pepper Potts and Mandarin; Target two-pack for Age of Ultron Hulk vs Hulkbuster; Crossbones vs Captain America with new Chris Evans.
Moving to My Little Pony.
In a first time of showing actual products during the presentation, we have new products of characters Trixie, Lulamoon and Starlight Glimmer from fan series. New Tempest Shadow from My Little Pony movie, with lightning glow. New animation accurate of Mane 6, and Cutie Mark Crew, a new line of cutesy collectibles.
Season 8 of the Friendship is Magic animated series will introduce Sea Ponies, premieres on March 24th.
Introducing new characters: Yona Yak, Smolder (dragon), Cozy Glow (new pony).
Next is Power Rangers, as pre-announced during yesterday's news cycle.
Introduced by Brian Casentini, executive producer of the series, partnered with Nickelodeon through 2021. 26th season launches in early 2019: Power Rangers Beast Morphers, as the new direction takes hold. No products shown yet, as launch is still far away.
Next brand, finally, is TRANSFORMERS.
Ben Montano and the brand team presenting, wearing I LOVE 84 t-shirts, with Takara team also present, thanking the fan community for their support, several rounds of applause.
Sean Carmine Infantino presents the Transformers: Cyberverse animated series with some test animation, to illustrate how the series will eventually look, showing the lore, backstory, history and characters - effectively the story of Autobots and Decepticons, their origins, teammates thrugh the perspective of Bumblebee. Animation style looks to be a mix between Rescue Bots and Robots in Disguise.
For the toyline: On the Decepticon side Megatron, Starscream, Shockwave on the Autobot side Optimus, Windblade, Bumblebee, Grimlock. Shadow Striker - new Decepticon female character - will arrive later.
Brought a fresh take to G1 designs for the toys, with Cybertronian influence, to new Scout, Warrior, Ultra, Ultimate classes of figures. Infusing new play pattern: "action attack" uses conversions to power a "signature move" which is accurate to the show.
John Warden introduces the Generations line, which as of March 9th will include ALL of the music for Transformers to be available on colored Vinyl. Lead into Machinima's Power of the Primes animated series, with poster featuring Optimus Primal.
Prime Master Quintus Prime with Bludgeon Decoy Suit
Megatronus with Bomb Burst Decoy Suit
Solus Prime with Octopunch Decoy Suit
Legends: Tailgate, Battletrap
Deluxe Terrorcons forming Abominus, revealed in a black box, with G1 accurate paint and deco, and new tooling.
Voyager Elita-1, with combined form called Elita Infin1te. The 1 is intentional.
New product: Nova Star, looks to be a Moonracer retool to join the Elita-1 team.
Predaking shown on stage. One of most popular combiners, comes with Matrix of Leadership that houses only Onyx Prime Prime Master of entire toyline. Divides into five voyager Predacons, Cybertronian animals - Tantrum is renamed Torox.
Next direction for the line is War for Cybertron Trilogy, different from the old videogames (but same name, totally not confusing), going to correspond to 35th anniversary of G1, starting in 2019. Sounds like this is Cybertronian war pre-Earth, Tetra Jets will likely be there.
Fan vote poll for a deluxe class:
#Needlenose vs Tracks (brother vs brother),
#Spinister vs Wheeljack (Saboteur vs Scientist),
#Impactor vs Mirage (Greater Good vs Greater $$$)
Vote by hashtag Tuesday 2/20 - Friday 2/23 on Facebook and Instagram (hashtags above). Winners will be sold separately, but share story.
Deluxe / Voyager / Leader classes
Most accurate newly rolled figures fans have experienced, licensed vehicle modes, in scale with each other, numbered packaging.
New Deluxe Jazz and Lockdown
Also shown are Ratchet Crowbar Stinger and Bumblee, as covered here.
Voyager Optimus and Megatron from ROTF
Thundercracker from Nitro Zeus
Leader Blackout, with licensed helicopter.
Release due for April 2018.
Full brand team, from Hasbro and Takara Tomy
Next brand is Star Wars.
They're really excited about Porgs
Presenters dressed as Han Solo and Chewbacca pajama jumpsuit.
Plenty of villains to appear in Solo spin-off movie, NERF blasters, tiny little Black Series Porgs, Amazon exclusive R2-X2 astromechs, most figures feature photoreal technology, Kessel run Millennium Falcon, new Stormtroopers, new force link 2.0 figures (Han, Qi'Ra, Chewie), NERF glowstrike, and ultimate co-pilot Chewie.
Showing Tobias Beckett, Walmart exclusive Mimban Stormtrooper with weathering, Range Trooper. Kylo Ren from Jakku. The Vintage Collection featuring Death Trooper, Assault Tank Driver, Han Solo, Dr. Aphra, Cassian, Luke from TFA, Range Trooper and more from Solo movie, all series will be numbered. Imperial Assault Tank with molded coffee cup on the dash. Coming in 2019 is Saelt-Marae (Yak Face). Introducing #TheVinmtageConversation to discuss toylines with fans and get feedback.
Final reveal is the Hasbro Crowdfunding platform, HasLab, launching with Star Wars (but hoping to expand to other brands): funding for the largest Star Wars vehicle... Black Series Return of the Jedi Sand Barge. Big enough to fit a Jaba The Hutt inside of the barge, has pilot seat, prison cell, galley/kitchen, smuggler's compartment, Jabba will be included (with photoreal technology), all sorts of cool stuff. Over 2.5 sq ft of display area.
We “pressed the button” this Tuesday - Volcanicus and Predaking are now available in-game! Also, if you don’t have the bots to combine them yet, you can play them for free in the Challenge Battle. You can access this feature via the newsfeed section.
Last weekend’s event was called ‘Stolen Secrets’, the start of the new ‘Volcanicus vs Predaking’ saga! It starred the leader of the Dinobots, Grimlock, and the leader of the Predacons, Razorclaw. Will the Dinobots be able to withstand the vicious pounce of the Predacons? Stay tuned as the saga continues this Friday!
Click here to fight for the Earth. Will you join the heroic Autobots or the ruthless Decepticons?
In a sudden plot twist, that has nothing to do with international political scenarios, we bring you another instalment on Seibertron.com's Beast Wars Tuesdays... on a Wednesday!
Join us this week as we keep fleshing out the Maximal ranks with not one but two galleries from the loveable but deadly mechanical expert and spiritual core to the team: Rhinox. The rhinoceros alt-mode equipped character comes in two versions for the Japanese Takara Tomy Transformers release, both from 1996 - with C-7 as a standalone packaged toy, and V-7 as part of a two-pack with Predacon Shadow Panther. Both identical in their paint changes, which added black eyes and a grey coat to the Deluxe Hasbro release (check it out here). Click on any image below for the full galleries, and check out more Beast Wars Tuesdays news stories here!
It's time again to celebrate Seibertron's Beast Wars Tuesdays! Tis on this day we bring you new, fresh galleries of all your favorite classic Beast Wars and Machines toys, plus some really far-out variants. We might have one of the latter today as we take a look at the Takara Beast Wars C-5 Rattle (Or as you might know him, Rattrap!) That green sticker signifies and certifies him a variant, so he's fair game for Beast Wars Tuesdays! As with all other Seibertron galleries, a selection of photos has been presented below, and you can view the full gallery by clicking on any of them! Find all the Beast Wars Tuesdays galleries here!
And, as always, stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all the latest Transformers news!
New Gallery: Takara Beast Wars C-5 Rattle (Rattrap)
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