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Member Spotlight:: BURN

Transformers News: Member Spotlight::  BURN
Date: Wednesday, October 29th 2008 8:31am CDT
Category: Site Articles
Posted by: Counterpunch | Credit(s): Counterpunch

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Some members of our little online community do not need all that much of an introduction...

Without further ado...Seibertron Spotlight presents an interview with Burn.

1. Australian hunh? How’s that working out for you?

2. How did you get into the hobby of collecting Transformers and for how long have you been involved with them?

Grew up with the original G1. Held onto my figures from my childhood. Then a few years back when E-Bay was still young I found the Transformers section and said to myself "I always wanted a Grimlock and Rodimus Prime". It spiralled from there ...

Spiraled into what? How big of a collection do you have and what is it made up of?

Collection would be around the thousand mark. Haven't really made an effort to count as unfortunately 90% of it is in storage boxes due to lack of space.

As for what it's made up of, well pretty much all lines with the exception of non-transforming junk.

Really only need a few figures from each line for each line to be complete, G1 is probably the most but that's expected as some of the figures are harder to find.

I've got a fair sized Japanese collection. Back in the days when Takara were producing superior products. And they had the coolest of packaging, like the Microns with the Micron emblem molded into the plastic packaging. Thought that was a great touch.

3. What do you do for a living in order to support your hobby (and I suppose to put food on your table too)?

Up until June I worked for an Accountant. Data entry, compiling tax returns, client consultation, practically ran the office. But I changed jobs. Still in an office but i'm being trained up in a supervisory role with the long term plan (provided I stay there) to take over from the Admin boss when he retires in a few years, well at least that was the plan a few months back, they might be thinking different now that they've experienced me!

So you're a corporate suit eh? With this realization, is there any chance your street-cred has been damaged? Failing that, any advice for those seeking employment in this volatile economic period?

Definitely not a corporate suit. Especially when you live in a tropical climate. Plus I have to work with blokes who sell hardware and other blokes who manufacture machinery. It's definitely not a bright and sparkly place ... well actually it is but that's only because it's a brand new building.

As for those seeking employment in times like this, yeah ... good luck with that. You want a job? Become a lawyer, it's a booming business unfortunately. And with people losing money more and more they're going to want someone to help them sue.

4. Gundams are cool. Macross is even cooler. So, why Transformers and not other mecha?

Gundams are good for spare parts for Transformer kitbashes. Yeah, I said it. Gore backs me up, especially with his Gundam hips!
Macross/Robotech - Never had a problem with them. Saturday mornings was always a nice dose of Transformers and Robotech back to back on tv. It just didn't have the toy line like Transformers did/does. And even if it did it wasn't available in the small rural town I live/d in.

5. You’ve been around the Seibertron boards for a long while now. You’re essentially an elder statesman of this place. What are your thoughts on the community? on its evolving nature?

Evolving? I think the more things change the more they stay the same. Though it's interesting to see how the original G1 fans reacted to the younger Beast fans a few years back. Admittedly the Beast fans were like most teenagers, annoying little gits who liked to hide behind their monitors. But a few years down the track and those Beast fans have grown and matured, now we have to put up with even more annoying little gits because of Animated.

And i've always considered the biggest problem is that some people simply cannot let go of the past.

That being said, do you like the direction that Transformers is headed towards?

Given how Animated has turned out, it does worry me that Hasbro may opt for that style of animation more, which in turn gives birth to the more "curvy" look of the toys.

Add to that the dwindling attention span of children and Hasbro will have to integrate more and more "gimmicks" into the toy, and quite frankly, gimmicks have ruined MANY a good figure.

Vector Prime's a great example. He could have had great poseability but he HAD to have the force chip, which only made sounds. All that space wasted for a force chip gimmick and a speaker. ooooo.

Unfortunately however it's those lights and sounds gimmicks that has my 2 and a half year old nephew getting into Transformers.

Don't worry people, i've taught him how to play "Kick the Cane Toad" so he won't grow up to be easily amused by lights and sounds like Fender Bender.

6. What poster or member on the forums has had the most influence or insight for you over time here?
You? nah I don't know. Despite our differences and him always banning me and what not, I did respect Maximus Prime.

Banning gives you plenty of insight. Mostly in ways on how to piss people off in ways that don't get you banned! :P

7. Give us some insight into the world of Heavy Metal War.

- Create bot
- Deploy bot
- Check results
- Repeat until you have enough xp to upgrade bot
- Troll the forums

You left out your newsletter, the history and influence of factions, and the second coming...let's have it.

None of that is worth discussing I feel.

8. I understand you to be quite the fancy-pants artist type. Why can’t you just leave good enough alone and stop being all “creative” with custom toys and fan-fiction stories?

I definitely wouldn't call myself an artist as I think I do pretty shitty work, but like most, i'm my own biggest critic.

As far as fan-fics go, rarely write them these days. I can't be arsed to sit in front of the computer and type.

Kitbashing is getting the same way, I don't have the patience, the time, or in some cases, the skills to pull off the ideas I have.

But one thing I do pride myself on is that I come up with original characters. I do enjoy looking at repaints/kitbashes done by others, but I find the majority of them these days are canon characters. Boring. And I think it's a bit egotistical of some to say they can do a better job than Hasbro. Sorry, but creating a character, devising it's paint scheme, how it's going to look, then characterising it shows much more creativity than grabbing a Universe Powerglide and painting him red.

9. Transformers is primarily a US and Japanese merchandising arrangement. For the collector who resides outside those spheres of influence, how does this affect your collecting/enjoyment of the hobby?

Could it be the all-knowing Counterpunch isn't so all-knowing after all? For he should know that Transformers isn't primarily a US/Japan thing.

Contrary to what seems to be a popular belief, Transformers has had it's fair share of popularity in Australia (we did after all, get the 2007 movie before the US. Yeah that's right Fender Bender, I still saw the movie a few hours before you and your BotCon buddies did so ner!). Admittedly as a smaller population the fanbase isn't as large as even say, England's.

The hardest part for me has been my own location. I live in a rural part of Australia and the majority of Australian fans tend to live in Brisbane (3 hours by plane), Sydney (4 hours by plane) or Melbourne (5 hours by plane). So i'm essentially "on my own". But all things considered, I don't mind it. I've had a couple of people play with my Transformers and like all collectors experienced the "BE CAREFUL YOU BLOODY DINGBAT YOU'RE LIABLE TO BREAK IT AND THEN I'LL HAVE TO SIC MY DINGO ONTO YOU" moments. So even if there were other collectors around, I probably wouldn't want them near my collection anyway.

10. Is there such thing as “fairness” or “equality” in collecting? Should Hasbro or Takara be sensitive to this?
I spent over a decade working for an accountant so I can see things from Hasbro/TakaraTomy's perspective. They're out to make a profit, not appease the fans. And in all honesty I think they've done a pretty good job of trying to appease the fans. But at the end of the day they, and the retailers, are out to make a profit. And if they know a certain line won't sell, or a particular region has pretty poor sales figures, then obviously they're not going to not carry stuff just for the convenience of a handful of collectors.

Profits come first, and at the end of the day, Transformers is aimed at children. Hasbro/TakaraTomy have been pretty good to the fans but some fans need to remember that the neither company is geared towards making them happy.

Does any of that have anything to do with the question? Probably not. Blame Counterpunch people! He's the one who wanted to do these interviews through pm's and not over instant messaging programs!

Blame Burn for not making a trip to the good ole' US of A to do the interview in person. Speaking of which, you should come to BotCon next year for some weak beer and L o L s.

I had planned on it, but then I decided I should probably buy a new car (which i've yet to do anyway), and really, there's a few too many people i'd probably want to punch in the face anyway. 8)

11. What is your best Transformers related story of personal experience? (Could be toy, show, comic, convention related, doesn’t matter)

Collection wise, would easily be the day I came across a G1 Optimus Prime under the wrong section on E-Bay. Boxed, (though the box was a bit tatty but still in one piece) little to no chrome wear, perfect insert, and had nearly all of his accessories. Those that were missing I already had. And the best part, a boxed near complete G1 Optimus Prime for $20AU and a few dollars for postage.

The other one would have been after I got back into collecting, I had a bit of catching up to do (one of the most enjoyable bits was getting Beast Wars lots and figuring out what part belonged to who) so i'd snap up all the big lots of Transformers out there. One lot included all four Combaticon limbs, with all their weapons. The day before they arrived via mail another lot of TF's i'd won arrived which included a complete Onslaught, so in the space of a day I had a complete set of the Combaticons.

The other stand out memory comes from last year when I won tickets to the advance screening of Bay's TF movie in Sydney. This was about three weeks before it's actual release date and a few days before it's BotCon preview. Add to that Michael Bay, Rachel Taylor and Megan Fox would all be attending. So I find out i've won these tickets Friday afternoon. Fortunately I was going on two weeks holidays and was contemplating a trip to Sydney to see a friend before she left for the UK. Friday night i'm booking tickets and arranging accommodation for the following Tuesday. It was a very rushed trip with me arriving in Sydney at about 1pm, I barely had time to watch Days of our Lives and have a quick snooze before SharkySparky (from called to say he'd be picking me up around 3:30 (I won two tickets so I gave him one with the simple request he'd pick me up and drop me back to the hotel). We turned up around 4pm, 3 hours before the movie was to start! Suffice to say it was a long wait, but I met up with a number of other collectors that i'd known from TAAU and OzFormers and then the mad rush was on to get into the either of the two theatres they had running. Bay even got up and said a few words before the movie started. Did I enjoy the movie? Hell yeah! Made even better by the fact that I, some bloke from a small rural town at the other end of the country was in the same theatre for a big fancy movie premiere complete with the Director, a couple of it's stars, and a bunch of other so-called Australian "celebrities" (I use that term loosely because I had no idea who 99% of them were)

You can always hold it over other people's heads that you were in a dark room with Rachel Taylor and Megan Fox...

Yeah, I heard you got stuck in a dark room with a couple of other blokes from this place!

I win! 8)

12. What is your favorite Transformer? Favorite Series? Why are these special for you?
I'd call myself a fan of Ultra Magnus, well the G1 version at least. He was a truck, who combined with his frickin' trailer! How bloody cool was that!
Series ... you know, I grew up with G1 so it'll always have a special place for me, as dodgy as the cartoon/extended tv commercial was. Beast Wars was well written, and despite how it ended, Beast Machines was a good, different story. I will confess to having never watched all of Robots in Disguise, seen a few eps though.

13. Controversy! Give us the ‘Truth According to Burn’ on the following topics. Do not hold back at all… G1, Animated, 2007 Movie, BotCon, and Toy Exclusives

G1 - The classic stuff. Though it's time to let go and move forward.
Animated - ugh ... dear god. I despise the animation style. Story wise it's not so bad (but quite frankly i'd rather watch Armada, Energon or Cybertron). Toy wise ... well, with each figure I get the more I dislike them, and I really hope this isn't the future look of Transformers. I like my bricks!

2007 Movie - Enjoyed it! It wasn't perfect, but no movie is.

BotCon - meh, if anything, getting a little over-rated.

Toy Exclusives - I liked when the BotCon toys were new characters. I think that's all that needs to be said unless you WANT me to discuss the Thundercracker/Dirge/Thrust issue.

No, I actually agree with you that BotCon should return to the creation of all new characters etc.

It would certaintly cut down on the "Oh i'm a big fan of that character but I can't afford an exclusive! **** you Hasbro!" whines.

14. You seem like a savvy inter-web-guy… What are your thoughts on Internet Culture? Are you absorbed in the depths of /b/? Or do you abstain from less reputable circles? What does the phenomenom of internet culture mean for our hobby and collecting in general?

Like life, I tend to not get too involved in groups. I love my lolcats with Cheezburgers. I don't download that much in the way of music, I do however download a lot of tv shows because I have no faith in Australian networks. Oh and I download porn on Sundays.

15. What 3 people on Seibs would you most want to drink with? If you don’t drink, what 3 people would you most be willing to be the designated driver for?

Well first and foremost, i'd have to say Whisper and War Hammer. Whisper will no doubt be serving the drinks to War Hammer so when he's eventually passed out that'll leave time for Whisper and myself to take incriminating photos of War Hammer and beer bottles. More incriminating than anything Sharpwing could come up with!

Third person? Dunno. I think most people suck really. But i'll go with steve2275 for the simple fact I want to know if he really is capable of conversation in the "real world" or if his one word posts really do reflect the man himself.

Hell, there's probably people reading this who have never frequented the HMW forums and going "who the hell is steve2275?" Don't worry, you're not missing much!
(It's always good to get in a jab at stephanie)

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Neil Kaplan on RVD radio with Seibertron's own, Autobot420

Transformers News: Neil Kaplan on RVD radio with Seibertron's own, Autobot420
Date: Wednesday, October 29th 2008 5:29am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): Autobot420

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Thanks to a tip from member, Autobot420, we have found out about an interview happening tonight on the radio that many may want to listen to. The one and only voice of Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime, Neil Kaplan, will be a guest on RVD radio hosted by former Professional Wrestling star, Rob Van Dam.

Topics will include Halloween, Ghost Stories, Spirituality, Hollywood, RVD TV and Pro Wrestling. The episode will air TONIGHT from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern. Apparently you can call (347) 308 8754 to share your ghost encounters, or in our case there is no reason we can't ask Neil about his work on Transformers.

To listen to the show online, click here.

Update, the replay of the show is now available. The primary topic of the night was Halloween and ghost stories, but things got a little side tracked as Transformers were brought into the discussion by board member Autobot420.

Autobot420's call begins at around the 38 minute mark with his own ghost story, then in about 10 minutes the topic changes, bringing Neil Kaplan into the fray.

To listen to Rob Van Dam, Neil Kaplan, and Autobot420 talk about and Transformers, click here and choose #4.

Transformers Mosaic: "Year of the R.A.A.T."

Transformers News: Transformers Mosaic: "Year of the R.A.A.T."
Date: Wednesday, October 29th 2008 5:19am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): Richter

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The Universe of the Transformers is vast, and populated by many characters. Their universe is a large tapestry, made up of the stories and points of view of countless experiences that serve the larger whole.

These are some of those stories. This is:

[size=80">It should be noted that while this project has been recognized by IDW Publishing and Hasbro, none of the works presented have been commissioned or solicited by either company. The stories are not official canon, except where noted. These stories are the result of Transformers enthusiasts taking the time out of their busy days to contribute to a universe they love. No one has been paid for the production of these stories.

For all Transformers news / updates / information, click here


Story, Art & Letters by;
Mike “Optimus 8404” Ackerman

Colors by;
Ian “Botmaster 2005” Lea


Universe Inferno & Vector Prime Bios And Pre-Order 'Hasbro Toy Shop' Listings

Transformers News: Universe Inferno & Vector Prime Bios And Pre-Order 'Hasbro Toy Shop' Listings
Date: Wednesday, October 29th 2008 4:23am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Store News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Zen Prime,

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Views: 21,872 HTS has been pretty good at listing the upcoming figures that we have seen previewed for sale. But be careful, there is usually a small hitch.

For example, with the most recent items added to their site, Universe 25th Inferno, and Universe Vector Prime.

It looks like you should be able to order them right now as the page listing says 'In Stock', and you can add both to your cart and pay HASBRO for them, etc. But the hitch is the ship aware that these items are not scheduled to ship until January. So while most online sites list items with future ship dates as 'Pre-orders', HTS simply lists them as they would any other item, but with ship dates not in the near future. Most of us know to look for this, but it could save a few community members some frustration to see it repeated here.

Just make sure that whatever purchase you are making with your hard earned money (or someone else's) that you are informed of all the details before buying.

There is some good news though! They do have the bios listed for each figure:

Vector Prime-
"One of the first TRANSFORMERS robots ever created, VECTOR PRIME has been charged since the beginning of the universe with protecting the integrity of time itself. In a cosmos full of all-powerful beings, he protects the progress of time from the damage caused by UNICRON and other monsters. Together with his friend (and occasional bodyguard) SAFEGUARD, he adventures from one end of infinite space to the other.

Prepare to roll into battle with this CYBERTRON SERIES original AUTOBOT ally! In robot mode, take on the enemy with the included MINI-CON SAFEGUARD figure! Convert to stratospheric aircraft vehicle mode and this warrior sports a firing projectile! The battle is on – are you ready?"

"Though search and rescue is his primary function – and one he happens to be very good at – INFERNO loves nothing more than a good fight. In fact, he will often abandon his duties or even ignore direct orders, just to go antagonize DECEPTICONS. He especially loves to get up close to his enemies, where the energy-damping field he generates to help suppress fires can eliminate the effectiveness of their weapons. He uses the chemical foam sprayed from his arm cannon to blind opponents as often as he uses it to put out fires.

Prepare to roll into battle with this Generation 2 Series AUTOBOT ally! In robot mode, blast at the enemy with his firing arm cannon! Convert to fire-rescue vehicle mode and this warrior sports a launching “water” blast! The battle is on – are you ready? "

Activtors and Legends Wave 3 Released in Canada.

Transformers News: Activtors and Legends Wave 3 Released in Canada.
Date: Tuesday, October 28th 2008 10:23pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s):

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Many members of have reported finding Transformers Animated Activators Patrol Bumblebee and Thundercracker as well as Universe Legends Animated Optimus Prime, Prowl and Bumblebee at Canadian retail.

Canada has seen many releases in the last few weeks including Target Exclusives Movie Off Wave 2, the Mini-Con 12 pack and Legends 5-packs.

BBTS Brave Gokin Combat Caliber Pre-Order

Transformers News: BBTS Brave Gokin Combat Caliber Pre-Order
Date: Tuesday, October 28th 2008 8:22pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Zen Prime

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Views: 14,550, site sponsor and toy warehouse for many collectors, now has a pre-order up for the Brave Gokin Combat Caliber. I know you are probably wondering why we would list this and why you should care.

It just so happens that the original version of this toy is what was to be licensed by Hasbro and released as fan-favorite Wrecker member, Roadbuster.

You can see the pre-order page here showing off this new version of an old favorite. While it's not an official Transformer release, you can see how it would hold a certain interest to the TF collecting community.

Universe Bruticus Maximus First Full Image

Transformers News: Universe Bruticus Maximus First Full Image
Date: Tuesday, October 28th 2008 6:11pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: BlackMagnus | Credit(s): Ebay user Menasor1979

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This auction for the yet unreleased Transformers Universe Bruticus Maxiumus shows the first image of the combiner in it's full form.
You can finally see the head on the figure as well. does not condone or encourage the purchase of stolen or pre-release toys.

Beast Wars Season three box set on sale at Rightstuf!.com

Transformers News: Beast Wars Season three box set on sale at Rightstuf!.com
Date: Tuesday, October 28th 2008 3:18pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Store News
Posted by: Nekoman | Credit(s): Rightstuf!.com

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An anime store called Rightstuf!.com added the Beast Wars season three complete collection to today’s list of items on their “Deals of the Day” section. Click here and then go to the “Deals of the Day” section in the upper right corner to get this set for $17.97!

Note: To get the discount, you MUST have an Rightstuf!.com account, then buy it in the “Deals of the Day” section as stated above. Additionally, you may only have one item on discount, if you purchase something else, you can not buy this, or anything else in the “Deals of the Day” section until the sale is over.

The sale ends tonight, so get it while it lasts!

UPDATE: Even More Pictures of Universe Cheetor and Cyclonus

Transformers News: UPDATE: Even More Pictures of Universe Cheetor and Cyclonus
Date: Tuesday, October 28th 2008 7:08am CDT
Category: Toy News
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TF08 has more up close and personal preview pictures of Wave 4 Deluxe figures Cheetor and Cyclonus w/ Nightstick.

The pictures show some up close details like Cheetors color changing eyes gimmick and a better paint job on Nightstick.




To see the all the pictures, click here and check out the Cheetor eBay auction here


Better picture of Cyclonus in vehicle mode with better paint apps.


CBR Interview with AHM writer Shane McCarthy

Transformers News: CBR Interview with AHM writer Shane McCarthy
Date: Tuesday, October 28th 2008 1:01am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Company News
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Comic Book Resources have posted an interview with the IDW writer Shane McCarthy.

McCarthy is responsible for titles such as the current IDW flagship title All Hail Megatron and Spotlight: Blurr.

In the interview with Comic Book Resources, McCarthy discusses All Hail Megatron, not only the story thus far, but events and processes that occurred while pitching the series to IDW's Chris Ryall, and also talks about his all new Transformers character Drift.

Also included as an added bonus are a few pages of art from released issues, preview pages of coloured art from the upcoming All Hail Megatron #6, featuring some yet to be seen (in AHM) Autobots, as well as some design art for one of those Autobots.

To check out the full interview with Shane McCarthy,as well as the full coloured art, please click here.

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