Bumblebee is out today for digital purchase. So you can get it on Google Play, or Itunes or wherever you pay for digital films. We get to see the special features which includes more from the Cybertron scene. We get all that footage at once (unlike the 3 mins seen below followes by more Optimus centric footage later) and full body character shots. below you will see the full CG models for Wheeljack, Blitzwing Starscream, Cliffjumper, Brawn, Shockwave, Soundwave, Arcee, Ironhide and Ratchet. The alt modes listed are all well researched easter eggs for fans. You can see those shots below, coming from both Jon 3.0 and Robotkingdom enjoy!
Thanks to a tip from our own Seibertronian carytheone we've got an interesting video produced by Takara Tomy . The video features a member of the design team identified as Kenta Wakizawa discussing some of the features of MP-45 Bumblebee. While it's mostly stuff we're well aware of (cartoon accuracy in bot mode with a Choro-Q inspired car mode) it does give an idea of just how easy it is to get the figure into poses, partly in thanks to some ridiculous ankle tilts.
Not only that, but the figure is also heavily compared to the original MP-21 Bumblebee. We now see that not only if MP-45 skinnier than MP-21 (at the cost of some crazy back and feet kibble), but also a little taller. We also get to see just how different the shades of yellow are between the two figures.
The original video has been geoblocked to be Japan-only, but was quickly mirrored by YouTuber Minhduc Pham and can be viewed below! You can turn on closed captioning and enable translation settings in the video to get English subtitles, but don't expect them to make a great deal of sense.
It should be pointed out that the MP-45 used in this video is still a hand painted prototype and reflects the paint chips and poorly locking parts that come with it. So does this video change your mind one way or the other? Sound off in the Energon Pub forums below and let us know!
The Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast is gearing up for the latest waves of Siege and Masterpeice toys, and the highly anticipated IDW reboot. Your host ScottyP along with Megatronus, D-Maximal_Primal, and Jon3.0 discuss their in-hand thoughts of their hot-off-the-production-line acquisitions and in-depth reading of Transformers #1 and the "bold new era" Hasbro and IDW Publishing are building.
We kick off the show with Megatronus' in-hand impressions of Siege Voyager Soundwave, and soon to be in-hand impressions of Siege Voyager Starscream.
ScottyP similarly got his paws on the newly released Studio Series Wave 6 deluxes, including Shatter and the surprisingly delightful Scrapmetal... who will give you the clamps!
When we spoke about the MP10 Atmos Safari Lebron collaboration on the last Twincast, we figured there'd be more oddball MP10 redecos, eventually. Well, we already have wind of 2 more Atmos collaborations: Tiger Camo Black & Yellow, which we have affectionately dubbed Big Cat Convoys.
We get to reveals out of Australian Toy Fair, including Micromaster Sports Car & Off Road Patrols, and the Twincast-predicted Siege deluxe Barricade. While the Twincast crew debates whether this is the Barricade we deserve, it is certainly the Barricade we need.
We talk about IDW's Transformers #1, reviewed here. *** SPOILER ALERT: Transformers #1 spoilers discussed from approximately 1:05-1:34 ***, so skip ahead just past that point in the audio if you're waiting for the trade! It's always tough to write #1s, but between the strong art and twin atmospheres of open discovery and claustrophobic chaos, Transformers #1 does a reasonable job of setting the scene on a new era. The Twincast hopes for great things, and more painfully accurate toy drawings.
We answer illustrious one of News Crew member D-Maximus's questions: "Which Supreme Commander and Emperor of Destruction (of any faction or point in time) is your favorite outside of the standard Optimus Prime, Rodimus, Megatron, and Galvatron?" Mmm... destruction.
Of course we close out this episode with a short round of Bragging Rights.
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And now, ladies and gentlemen, we are being told that the next big film, following the Last Knight, will be a reboot. We are also being told that the sequel to Bumblebee, the buddy film with Optimus Prime, will tie into the new continuity of said film. Both scripts are being developed at the same time and it is unknown which film will start filming first or be released first. We know many fans were hoping for a reboot simply because that would mean that the films were stepping away from the Michael bay films. But we have since been told that the next films would contain Bayhem regardless, so it seems the reboot is simply to avoid continuity problems, like having Megatron show up in the Bumblebee sequel, as opposed to a change in style or content from previous Transformers films. Of course, this is merely inference from all that was said recently and in this interview from Gamespot.
Looking at what is being told to us, is this the reboot you were hoping for? Let us know!
"The main Transformers movie we are working on is a reboot, and I will say that the Bumblebee sequel will be more directly linked to the timeline that we set up," Di Bonaventura told GameSpot.
"I think Paramount should just pick the best script and release that first," the producer said. "I don't think there is a plan in terms of what movie comes out first, and I always think you should just go with the best script first instead of planning a franchise based on release dates."
He went on to say that the Bumblebee sequel will be bigger than the previous one, despite the spin-off having had the smallest budget in the franchise. "It is going to bring Bumblebee into a bigger adventure," Di Bonaventura said. "What was fun about the first one was that we didn’t have to be beholden to the other Transformers movies."
Thanks to Seibertronian Targetmaster Joe, we have word that a running change has come to the War for Cybertron Siege Starscream mold. This information, which comes to us from SephTheStoryteller on Twitter, shows that in place of a simple friction hinge for the top of the chest, which has been found on most of the first release versions of the Starscream mold, there has been a pin added.
Now it is important to note that originally, it seemed as though there was supposed to be a pin in the hinge and it was left off the Starscreams that have shown up in hand, as you can see in a video review below from Emgo316, so it appears to be a case of the manufacturers finally adding a pin that may have been meant to be there from the beginning. The pin now secures the chest piece to the main body, allowing you to transform the mold without popping off the chest every time.
A similar case of a pin added to a simple friction hinge was found in the Studio Series Bumblebee mold, where a pin was added to the Clunker Bumblebee version of the mold, potentially following wide spread issues with the original's car roof falling off of the figure.
Let us know what you think of this new running change in the comments section below!
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There was a bit of confusion last week with the announcement that the Bayverse was here to stay, at least in some fashion. Of course, no one associated with the films had said otherwise and the word "reboot" had never actually been used but some fans were eager to move away from the Michael Bay films of the past. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura acknowledges this in his latest interview saying that he has definitely heard the disdain for Michael Bay's films and the joy at the change of pace and style found in the Bumblebee film, which focused more on character. Bumblebee proved that a film set in the Bayverse could be different enough to provide fans a new experience and future films will follow suite, it is a lesson the producer has learnt.
However, Mr Di Bonaventura did also hear many fans saying that Bumblebee did lack the level of action that came with a Transformers film. Afterall, it wasn't necessarily the action element that fans disliked from the Bay films. So future films will try to satisfy both parties, those looking for more of what the Bumblebee movie offered and those seeking more "Bayhem". That was his choice of words, which you can read below in an interview from Collider.
Also, while an Optimus Prime centric film was on the table at some point, the producer has stated that this project has morphed into the buddy movie of Optimus and Bumblebee which will serve as a sequel to last year's Transformers: Bumblebee movie. That tidbit was reported in an interview with The River.
“…the audience had asked us several times, in different ways, ‘I want to get to know a Transformer better.” We did that. In some respects, definitely a tip to what the audience had said to us. The interesting part is when you set out to do something like that, you don’t exactly know the ramifications of it. In this case, the ramification of it was, for the people who didn’t love the movie, was not enough action. Because you’re telling a more intimate story, therefore you can’t. So the criticism we got from some fans was like, “Hey, come on.” It was funny, I was just in Japan…and one of the reporters said to me, ‘I love the movie, I love this, I love this, and I was very tired of Michael Bay.’ I said, ‘Uh huh, I’ve heard this before.” And he goes, ‘But you know, after watching this film, I kind of wish it had a little more Michael Bay.’ It was really funny. I said, ‘Listen, I completely understand. I like what Michael does, too. Two different films, two different attempts.'”
“Several lessons have come out of this. One is that we have the freedom to tell almost any story. The other is that, how strongly the audience identified with the strength of character and emotion. I know the next Transformer, our attempt anyway, is to sort of do a fusion of Bumblebee and the Bay movies…a little more Bayhem. And a little bit more of the character falling in love within the emotional dynamic of the movie. One of the things I want to do—and I hope we pull it off—is, we did it with Bumblebee because he’s so cute and he’s so accessible, but he can’t talk. I think the more human we can make these characters, the more people are going to like them.”
It is with great sadness that we let you know of the passing of Larry DiTillio, at 79 years old. He was one of the two main story editors for Beast Wars (the other being Bob Forward), the show that saved the Transformers Brand in the 90s and introduced it to a whole new generation. It is very easy to say in this case that if it were not for this man, the brand we all love would not be where it is today. For those curious, here are the episodes he wrote for Beast Wars:
"Other Voices, Part 1" (written together with Bob Forward)
"Other Voices, Part 2"
"Other Visits (Part 1)"
"Other Visits (Part 2)"
He and Bob Forward also wrote together the Transformers Animated episode "Predacons Rising" (not to be confused with the Transformers: Prime TV movie of the same name).
His passing was announced by an old colleague of his, J. Michael Straczynski. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to Mr. DiTillio's family. May he rest in peace.
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