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Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Date: Sunday, March 4th 2018 10:52am CST
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Turn on your cloaking device because it's time to Wreck 'n Rule once again with the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast. This latest episode features the G2 host Scotty P as he's joined by Aligned Megatronus and Binaltech Asterisk Car Robot RodimusConvoy13. With the fan vote done for another year and the malaise of the springtime upon us, get ready for some takes on all the latest in Transformers that aren't quite hot yet because they need some time to thaw before we can bake them, ok?

Episode #195 "City of Fear" 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 results are in for the latest Generations Fan Vote, with the winning duo of Deluxe Class figures (each sold separately) announced as Impactor and Mirage. Despite the presence of Classics Mirage, Combiner Wars Mirage, Generations Impactor, and the TFCC Subscription Service Impactor, it seems fans can't get enough of certain characters - or want a proper Transformers toy of Impactor at any rate. Is it the power of comics, or is it something else altogether? Hang on tight as this topic journeys into the wild and goes for quite a long time, with opinions and musings about why some characters keep coming up in plastic form time and again.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Third time's the charm?


Wave 2 of Power of the Primes has been out for at least a couple weeks now, and with our impressions of the Voyagers cut short during the last episode we take some more time to examine them in detail. RodimusConvoy 13 also tells us about the pair of Deluxe Class figures he's had the opportunity to find and purchase in Rippersnapper and Moonracer. Even Rodimus Unicronus and his questionable facial hair decisions get a mention as we hang out and chat about our newest toys.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
There is a question of "u"s and "r"s still at large.


As the G1 line of the week winds down, another line is winding up in the form of the Movie Studio Series. Listeners of our last episode may remember that Scotty P was one of the early adopters over Toy Fair weekend when the Movie Studio Series Wave 1 Deluxe figures went up for a limited time sale on Hasbro Toy Shop. With these figures in hand, the team discusses the highlights of the wave and even some of the drawbacks too. Plus, we pretend we know anything at all about marketing, but really we're just disappointed that these aren't quite the premium line-up they're hyped up to be.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
The idea gets full marks, the execution not so much.


The toy talk carries on further and into the latest releases and rumors in the Masterpiece lineup. MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rod has arrived with a fun new deco and another shot for collectors to pick up the Targetmaster Firebolt accessory that was included with the older Hasbro release of the first Masterpiece Rodimus Prime. Of course, there are also comparisons to be made to MP-28, the first Masterpiece Hot Rod.

Then we pick up on the "basically news" that a third version of a G1 styled Masterpiece Optimus Prime is on the way. No one is surprised and the cast is encouraged, as we discuss other incarnations of the character from the Masterpiece lineup such as the first release of MP-1 Convoy. Of course, there is also some talk about room for improvement that could be available when considering MP-10, the first Masterpiece of the bygone "Super Car" era for the line.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
"Next time on Car Talk..."


We go full on 90s next, with ad-hoc Recommendations From Another Time! This new segment covers some toys you may have overlooked, and possibly even some you'll never be able to afford. We follow the trail set upon us by the ghost of a dead Battle Beast to go off the beaten trail once again. What on Cybertron is this paragraph talking about? You'll have to tune in to hear the sort-of rules for the segment before you hear our random recommendations.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
This Episode is rated "L" for "Tongue Action"


After that we move on to our first Listener Question of the episode from Acesmcgee, who asks:

Acesmcgee wrote:So I saw the video by Gotbot, I think, where he modded his POTP Rodimus. So my question is, what is the most extreme modification you've made to your transformers, if any?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Broken necks everywhere, if it ain't about the money Puff he just don't care.


The hour gets a little late, so before we fall asleep in front of the microphones we pick up the pace and mention our favorite art and story moments from Optimus Prime 16. This second part of "The Falling" story arc has excited us and continues to build the excellent character of Soundwave within IDW's Transformers comics. Listen in to hear about what great moments there are in store within this latest chapter of the series.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Soundwave: definitely a "Trukk not Munky" lamer.


After that, we take a second Listener question from Ironhidensh who asks:

Ironhidensh wrote:If, say, a content provider that is actually good, like Netflix or Amazon, decided to put out an adult/older fan oriented cartoon, would you want an all new story line? Or one based off of past or current comics?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Jelly level: Can you see if there's another seat on the bus to Jelly School?


While the 16th issue will be upon us soon, that means it's a good time to again go through our favorite parts of a comic with Lost Light #15. The Scavengers' part of the tale comes to an end, with answered questions, new mysteries, and significant developments for at least one classic character. Join us as we roar to the rescue and explore answers definitely not provided by any Magnificence.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
You know, this means all the Dinobots are Dads to Protoforms now. Just sayin'.


We wind down with the Twincast doing something it promised it would never do: break news. Well, kind of. Maybe. Let's not actually call it that. Rumors and hearsay that have a chance of being right are presented for your consideration, and time will tell if they end up being the ultimate plan. What are we talking about? Here's a hint.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #195 "City of Fear"
Will anyone else attempt to fill IDW's shoes?
This hint is terrible and not useful.


Join us on the Energon Pub Forums to discuss this episode, and expect more Twincast Podcast fun in roughly two weeks' time.

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Twincast / Podcast Episode #194 "Toy Fair 2018"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"
Date: Monday, February 19th 2018 3:01pm CST
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: Tigertrack

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The Big Apple hosted a huge event over the weekend for toy enthusiasts of all types...Toyfair 2018! This gathering held big dreams and hopes for Transformers fans as we looked for reveals of the magnitude that we've come to expect from such past experiences. We waited, somewhat impatiently by our social media feeds, and finally it came. Did the show end up being more of a toy-unfair, or were we done a titan class solid by Hasbro? Opinions vary, but you can hear the thoughts of our host ScottyP joined by xRotorstormx, and Tigertrack, with special guest appearances by Seibertron and friends live from New York! That doesn't quite sound like enough for you? Megatronus also landed an interview with the HASBRO brand team!

Episode #194 "Toy Fair 2018" 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 talkative trio wasted no time mincing the small stuff, we jumped right in to discuss the largest and most anticipated reveal, Titan Class Power of the Primes Predaking! More than wings this time, the show had the full-on painted reveal of this monstrous bots' combined mode, as well as, the individual animal, and bot modes. Our crew had some things to say about it...some good, some bad, but we want to know what did you think? Was it what you pictured in your mind's eye? You can refresh your memory by checking out Predaking's Toy Fair 2018 gallery.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

You can imagine that big bot took a big chunk of time in discussion, but we also managed to talk about another fairly large bot, Power or the Prime's leader-class Optimal Optimus which also made a splash in the display. Beast Wars fans get a treat as this triple-changing favorite is updated and seems ready to make it straight into our collections. You can use this gallery to re-acquaint yourself to POTP's Optimal Optimus on display at toyfair.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

Yes indeed, the cast did also find time to talk a little bit about Abominus, Terrocons, Nova Star, and the newly revealed Prime masters: Bomb-burst, Bludgeon, and Octopunch! Cute, and yet awesome! Check out the Power of the Primes Toyfair gallery to refresh yourself on the new offerings.

Host ScottyP also does a quick in hand check on the POTP Hungrr (Hungurr, Hunger?) mold versus the Combiner Wars Silverbolt mold. Shared parts..more?...less?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

But it's not all about the Power of the Primes. The Movie Studio Series was also bantered around and it seems there was much to delight the movie toy collector in the forms of leader-class Blackout and Grimlock, and several other interesting new offerings. Oh, did you know there's a gallery for the Movie Studio series at Toyfair too? :) (Sorry folks, I mistakenly referred to Brawl as a deluxe in the show, but he's listed as a voyager.) :HEADHURTS:

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

We manage to also chat a little about Cyberverse (psst...Cyberverse Toy Fair galleries are here)...

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

ScottyP scored most of the wave 2 Power of the Primes toys at retail, and he couldn't stop gushing about Battletrap, Roadtrap, and Battleslash...and the changeable pants! Have you managed to find any of the wave 2 offerings at retail yet? All classes (legends - Battleslash, Roadtrap, and Tailgate; deluxes - Dinobots Snarl and Sludge, Terrorcon Rippersnapper, Moonracer, and Blackwing; voyagers- Hun-grr, and Elita-One; and finally, leader - Rodimus Unicronus) have now been found out in the wild! You may want to get your hunt on...

Somewhere in the middle of it all we touch on the new fan vote, also. Versus sets (choosing one of the three) or 3 new figures and you're choosing between the two in each set? Nah, it's the first.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #194  "Toy Fair 2018"

And to conclude the show, are Seibertron and friends (unavailable, but credit deserving was fellow podcaster Megatronus!). After a long day of photographing and reporting, these toy aficionados share about the experience and how they felt upon being in the audience of the presentation and able to experience the new reveals with their own eyes.

A post-script conclusion: Megatronus (mentioned earlier) interviewed the HASBRO brand team over the weekend too. We've added the interview to the podcast as a listener bonus! You can check out a summarized text version of the interview in this news post.

Thanks for joining us for another filled-to-the-brim with transforming roboty goodness episode. Please join us next time, as we move one step closer to our our grand bicentennial episode.

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Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-6 Ironhide, with Barricade #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-6 Ironhide, with Barricade #HasbroToyFair #NYTF
Date: Saturday, February 17th 2018 7:09pm CST
Categories: Site News, Movie Related News, Toy News, Event News
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Another of the figures on display in the Hasbro showroom over in New York City in occasion of the Toy Fair 2018 was the collaboration effort between Hasbro and Takara Tomy on the Movie Masterpiece line - in fact, the sixth figure in the series: MPM-6 Ironhide!

We've seen preliminary images just earlier, but our new gallery shows some more to the weapons specialist, with a sneaky apperance from Decepticon Barricade, too. Check out a preview below of this GMC licensed alt-mode sporting Autobot, remember his vicious and sad demise in the Paramount live-action movie series, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub!

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-6 Ironhide, with Barricade #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-6 Ironhide, with Barricade #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-6 Ironhide, with Barricade #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-6 Ironhide, with Barricade #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-6 Ironhide, with Barricade #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-6 Ironhide, with Barricade #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More #HasbroToyFair #NYTF
Date: Saturday, February 17th 2018 6:56pm CST
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Event News
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The next gallery from the Transformers: Power of the Primes section of the Hasbro Showroom at New York Toy Fair 2018 comes in the multitude that is the presence of the Terrorcons and their combined form Abominus, the deluxes Moonracer and Nova Star that will join the Elita-Infin1te combiner, plus Legend class Battleslash and Roadtrap and their combined form Battletrap.

Check out below a selection of the newer figures from the displays, including the original names of the Terrorcon team, with Voyager and torso Hun-Gurrr, and limbs Rippersnapper, Blot, Cutthroat, and Sinnertwin. You also get closeups of Prime Masters and Decoy Suits featuring Bludgeon, Octopunch, and more. Click on any image for the full gallery!

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Transformers: Power of the Primes: Nova Star, Abominus, Moonracer, Bludgeon, More

Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Power of the Primes Optimal Optimus #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Power of the Primes Optimal Optimus #HasbroToyFair #NYTF
Date: Saturday, February 17th 2018 6:38pm CST
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Event News
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Another gallery from Seibertron directly from New York City and the Toy Fair 2018 brings us the big, but not biggest, full colour reveal from the Hasbro Showroom - the protagonist of the Power of the Primes line under many aspects, and definitely the boss bot many will remember from childhoods: leader class Optimal Optimus, the winner of the 2017 fan vote!

The gallery, which you can view in full here, accompanies the initial look we reported on here and the official image posted by Transformers Facebook earlier today. Check out a selection below, spotlighting the two main modes for the Evolved version, and the Optimus Primal sk8r munky mode looking proud!

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Power of the Primes Optimal Optimus

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Power of the Primes Optimal Optimus

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Power of the Primes Optimal Optimus

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Power of the Primes Optimal Optimus

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Power of the Primes Optimal Optimus

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Power of the Primes Optimal Optimus

Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Studio Series Megatron, Grimlock, Brawl #NYTF #HasbroToyFair

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Studio Series Megatron, Grimlock, Brawl #NYTF #HasbroToyFair
Date: Saturday, February 17th 2018 6:36pm CST
Categories: Site News, Movie Related News, Toy News, Event News
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Our Toy Fair 2018 coverage continues with the gallery for Transformers Studio series. You can find more information about the Studio series here from the official reveals, some shots from on the floor, and details on it from Hasbro's Panel Presentation about the upcoming line from their panel earlier in the day on Saturday February 17th, 2018. The gallery is home to the offerings we hope to see this April ranging from Leader classes Blackout, and Grimlock; Voyagers Brawl, Revenge of the Fallen Megatron, Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime, and TF1 Starscream; Deluxe class Bumblebee, Crowbar, Ratchet, Lockdown, Jazz and Stinger

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Studio Series Megatron, Grimlock, Brawl #NYTF #HasbroToyFair

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Studio Series Megatron, Grimlock, Brawl #NYTF #HasbroToyFair

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Studio Series Megatron, Grimlock, Brawl #NYTF #HasbroToyFair

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Studio Series Megatron, Grimlock, Brawl #NYTF #HasbroToyFair

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Studio Series Megatron, Grimlock, Brawl #NYTF #HasbroToyFair

Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Rescue Bots Products #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Rescue Bots Products #HasbroToyFair #NYTF
Date: Saturday, February 17th 2018 6:22pm CST
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Event News
Posted by: Va'al

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The next gallery in our updated coverage of the Hasbro showroom over at New York Toy Fair 2018 concerns Rescue Bots - a line that wasn't really covered in the Brand Entertainment Panel we reported on here - but that you can peruse at your leisure right here.

Featuring core cast characters such as Chase, Boulder, Blades, Heatwave, and recurring names such as Blurr, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, in a variety of alt-modes, from vehicles to dinosaurs to more, different vehicles and sub-lines, you can find a selection below - and click on any of the images for the full gallery, too!

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Rescue Bots Products #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Rescue Bots Products #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Rescue Bots Products #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Rescue Bots Products #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Rescue Bots Products #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Rescue Bots Products #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Rescue Bots Products #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Rescue Bots Products #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers: Rescue Bots Products #HasbroToyFair #NYTF







Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Cyberverse Reveals #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Cyberverse Reveals #HasbroToyFair #NYTF
Date: Saturday, February 17th 2018 6:13pm CST
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Event News
Posted by: Va'al

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As the initial images and coverage of New York Toy Fair 2018 have passed, we now have the time to delve into some high-definition, closer looks at the Hasbro showroom in the Times Center, part of the full event but separate from the Javits Center where the Fair is taking place over the weekend.

This first gallery, then, brings together the toys and products that will form the upcoming Transformers: Cyberverse line, which will follow the animated series currently in production with Hasbro and Boulder Media - from our panel recap: '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, we're expecting on the Decepticon side Megatron, Starscream, Shockwave and new character Shadow Striker; on the Autobot side Optimus, Windblade, Bumblebee, Grimlock - all of which will feature the Action Attack gimmick, as described in the official blurb below, to accompany the official images. Take a look at a sample of the images in the gallery, and head here for the full works before joining the discussion in the Energon Pub!

Born from insights as to what kids want from our animation, our new animated series launching Fall 2018,
TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE is a vehicle to illuminate the core characters and the big picture story beats that lie at the heart of all Transformers storytelling, while extending that story in exciting new directions. TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE will deepen the understanding of the franchise’s key characters and make them recognizable by highlighting who those characters are and establishing clear and ownable personalities, roles on the team and signature moves.

Our TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE product line featuring our new Action Attacker product innovation celebrates each character’s signature moves in a more than meets the eye way – through conversion! Each character in the line can convert to activate their signature move – the last step of conversion will activate this feature action attack.

Scout Class and Warrior Class activate their signature move in robot mode, Ultra Class activates in vehicle mode, and Ultimate Class activates in both modes. Each SKU across the TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE action attacker line offers a different way to activate this action attack across different scales


Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Cyberverse Reveals #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Cyberverse Reveals #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Cyberverse Reveals #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Cyberverse Reveals #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Cyberverse Reveals #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Cyberverse Reveals #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Cyberverse Reveals #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Gallery of Transformers Cyberverse Reveals #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Toy Fair 2018 - Hasbro Entertainment Brand Preview, including Transformers: Studio Series, Generations, War for Cybertron, Fan Poll #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Hasbro Entertainment Brand Preview, including Transformers: Studio Series, Generations, War for Cybertron, Fan Poll #HasbroToyFair #NYTF
Date: Saturday, February 17th 2018 12:38pm CST
Categories: Site News, Movie Related News, Toy News, Event News, Site Articles, Company News
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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!

!!MAKE SURE TO REFRESH THIS STORY FOR LIVE UPDATES!!


Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Hasbro Entertainment Brand Preview #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Hasbro Entertainment Brand Preview #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Hasbro Entertainment Brand Preview #HasbroToyFair #NYTF

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Hasbro Entertainment Brand Preview #HasbroToyFair #NYTF


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.

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Hasbro Entertainment Brand Preview #HasbroToyFair #NYTF


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

Wave 2

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.

Leader Optimal Optimus, as seen previously.

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.



Studio Series:

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 Starscream
Voyager Optimus and Megatron from ROTF
Voyager Brawl
Thundercracker from Nitro Zeus
Leader Grimlock
Leader Blackout, with licensed helicopter.

Release due for April 2018.

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2018 - Hasbro Entertainment Brand Preview #HasbroToyFair #NYTF
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.

The new site is live now: https://www.hasbrolab.com/

Everyone moving to showroom for images, stay tuned!

Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
Date: Monday, January 29th 2018 6:47pm CST
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome once again to the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast. Host Scotty P returns for your latest episode, joined by Megatronus, RodimusConvoy13, Seibertron, and special guest Kevin from our friends at fellow Transformers fansite Unicron.com. That's right, this iteration of the show widens our universe a little bit - unlike Paramount and Hasbro - so we hope you'll tune in to this special episode!

Episode #193 "Eulogy" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

We kick off the show with comics discussion, and while it gets truncated a bit since we're polite guests, we do spend some time chatting about Optimus Prime #15. With Onyx Prime bearing down on Cybertron, the crew ponders what the upcoming round of issues for "The Falling" might hold. We also take some time to dive into the book's namesake character and the actual development he receives in the course of this issue. All of that can be heard about within, plus Scoop ruining everything.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
Yes, I finally remembered TAV Roadblock


While the mainline announcements from Takara Tomy are now incredibly unexciting, the Masterpiece line-up looks like it may be continuing unfettered with the announcement of Beast Wars MP-34S Shadow Panter. Tune in to hear what we think of this, with possibly surprising universal agreement that Tigatron as a mere recolor isn't a step we'd like to see taken. If you're unfamiliar with the origins of this deco, be sure to check out the Seibertron.com gallery of D-7 Shadow Panther while you listen in.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
Yeah but is he Steve Beuerlein or DeAngelo Williams?


News broke last week about potential and/or actual Toys 'R' Us store closings in the US. But what does it mean? Well, obviously, millenials have now successfully killed another retailer, go us! it could mean several things, and if our anecdotes about different experiences within the store these days is any indication, your mileage may vary on how applicable our discussion is to you. Is this a case of capital starvation? Should we give up and blame the scalpers for buying too many things from them even though that's pretty darn counter-intuitive? Maybe Hasbro, no, Mattel is to blame! We try to keep things above board unlike this paragraph, and let us know how your local TRU seems to be faring by replying to this post on our Energon Pub Forums.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
Where a kid can be a kid now learn about the often cold, cruel reality of capitalism.


You may be wondering why we've called the episode what we have, since "eulogy" isn't exactly a word that brings up happy memories. Some hard times have been afoot, and Seibertron is brave enough to share some powerful content which we use to segue into our special topic for this episode. We take a look into the influence our parents and family members have had in shaping our continued love and participation in this hobby and community. It's not all tears, but be warned (seriously) that you might need the tissue box for some of this one.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"

Our thanks again go out to Kevin from Unicron.com for coming on to participate in this discussion. He tells a more lighthearted story during this part of the show with a twist you won't see coming, so be sure to check it out!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"


After that we move on to our first Listener Question of the episode from Sabrblade, who asks:

Sabrblade wrote:Do you feel that the overall quality of mainstream Transformers fiction (e.g. - the most accessible-to-everyone stuff, like the cartoons and films) has objectively diminished over the years, or do you feel that some of the newer fiction is actually more along the same level as some of the older stuff and that is it just a dual case of "We're adults now, so we're not as easy to please as we were when we were children" and "We're nostalgic to the older stuff because we're more familiar with it than we are with the newer stuff"?

Or is it a little of both?

Or do you think the quality varies depending on things like the creators, or the networks (like, Cartoon Network having a say on RID's content vs. Discovery Family's say on Rescue Bots's content), or the target demographic, etc.?


Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
We're old enough to have caught your plot-line get abandoned in near real time


After that, we take a second Listener question from Ironhidensh who asks:

Ironhidensh wrote:Are the forced gimmicks hurting more than they are helping recent lines?
You may be surprised to hear that it's not all just about Power of the Primes in our responses to this one! Thanks to both Sabrblade and Ironhidensh for the questions, and be sure to post yours in the Ask The Twincast thread.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
No one needed it to do this.


Bragging Rights herald the coming of the end of another episode, and eventually we do get there. Tune in to see what we're finding in stores and online. Some super recent finds are sure to be very good news for fans of Robots in Disguise, so with that in mind don't forget to share your Sightings with other local collectors through one or both of our Sightings tool and the Local Sightings Forums.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #193 "Eulogy"
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Join us on the Energon Pub Forums to discuss this episode, and look out for hopefully one more episode featuring 300% more discussion on Lost Light #13 before Toy Fair!

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