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More Armada Episode Previews: Spoilers!

Transformers News: More Armada Episode Previews: Spoilers!
Date: Tuesday, September 16th 2003 12:20am CDT
Category: Site News
Posted by: Professor Smooth | Credit(s): digiguide

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SPOILER WARNING!
Title: Portent-

(Armada) Animated action as the Autobots and Decepticons fight their ancient battle. Rad, Carlos and Alexis sneak off to Planet Cybertron and join Hot Shot and Wheeljack in their pursuit of Thrust. Starscream is also on the conniving Decepticon´s trail, but after a run-in with Sideways he discovers who his real enemy is. (Smooth´s Note: For those of you wondering, "Portent" is defined by Webster´s Dictionary as "something that foreshadows a coming event" or "prophetic indication or significance.")
Title: Cramp-

(Armada) Animated action as the Autobots and Decepticons fight their ancient battle. Galvatron and Optimus are battling each other when Starscream steps in, only to be eliminated by the StarSaber.

Diamond updates their Shipping List for 09/17/03

Transformers News: Diamond updates their Shipping List for 09/17/03
Date: Monday, September 15th 2003 5:25pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Cyber Bishop | Credit(s): Transfandom and Diamond dist.

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Diamond Comics Distributors, Inc has updated their shipping list. Related merchandise scheduled for shipping for this Wednesday, September 17th are as follows:

Transformers Armada Vol 2 TP

Transformers GI Joe Holofoil #1

Transformers Armada The Awakening Chapter Book HC

Transformers Armada The Quest Chapter Book HC

Transformers GI Joe Utimate Crossover Poster
On next Wednesday´s tentative shipping list for September 24th, expected to ship is:

Transformers More Than Meets the Eye Official Guide # 6 (of 8)

A Prime Problem

Date: Monday, September 15th 2003 3:12pm CDT
Category: Site Articles
Posted by: Seibertron

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Written by DrSpengler


"Is Convoy the same as Convoy?"

All those who have seen the Japanese dub of Beast Wars have at one point wondered if Beast Wars Convoy (Optimus Primal) is the same character as the original Convoy (Optimus Prime). Now we all know that in America they are two distinctly different characters. It is even specifically noted in Beast Machines that Optimus Primal is a descendant of Optimus Prime’s. But what about the Japanese interpretation of the character?

Well, that’s a tough one. When the cartoon was imported to Japan future key plot elements were not sent with it. Mainframe neglected to mention certain things which would ultimately have a HUGE effect on the storyline. For one thing, they didn’t mention that Airrazor and Tigatron would become romantically intertwined. Thus the Japanese writers didn’t think twice about making Airrazor a dude for toy sale reasons. The result was…disturbing. And then they also neglected to mention that the planet the Beast Senshi (Beast Warriors) crashed on was prehistoric Earth. So the planet got named "Enerogia" and the writer’s had to jump through some hoops to work out the plotholes when they discovered the truth. And of course, the biggest problem: the Ark. The original Convoy and Megatron showing up with the Beast Wars Convoy and Megatron caused some noticeable problems. Why?

Because originally they WERE the same character. If you’ve seen Beast Wars II: the Movie you’ve no doubt wondered why the Beast Senshi on Gaea are so awestruck at the presence of Convoy. They refer to him as "The Legendary Warrior". That’s because in Japanese continuity, following the events from the Japanese Generation 2 manga, Convoy and Megatron never died. That was the last time either of them were ever seen. So the writers decided to make the Beast Wars Convoy and Megatron the same as the genuine article. However, they were very ambiguous on the subject. They never actually SAID that Beast Wars Convoy is the same character as Generation 1 Convoy, only subtly implied it. That ambiguity, in the end, saved them. By never actually flat out saying they were the same characters they were able to keep things straight when they received season 2 and 3(Beast Wars Metals).

So in the end they were revealed to be only descendants of the original Megatron and Convoy. That made sense, actually, and helped give a good background to their rivalry. It also helped viewers understand why their voices sounded completely different (Beast Wars Megatron screamed like a girl and Beast Wars Convoy did an awful Tessho Genda impretion).

The biggest foe of Beast Wars in Japan was a total lack of communication. Mainframe simply didn’t provide them with adequate information. Knowing this, one can understand why Beast Machines never got imported out of the United States.


Beast Wars Season 1 box Reviewed

Transformers News: Beast Wars Season 1 box Reviewed
Date: Monday, September 15th 2003 12:46pm CDT
Category: Reviews
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): DVD Talk

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Another review has popped up on the web. This time
DVD talk have taken it upon themselves to review the DVD box of Beast Wars: The Complete First Season. To read their review, go to their website
here.

Hasbro to Release the Red Version of PL Thrust

Transformers News: Hasbro to Release the Red Version of PL Thrust
Date: Monday, September 15th 2003 11:54am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Professor Smooth | Credit(s): tfw2005

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From a Hasbro Rep: I wanted to let you know about a running change that is going to be made on our Armada Powerlinx Thrust. The packaging currently features a red version and the product is actually a tan-ish color. We will be transitioning to the red figure pictured on the package. These red Powerlinx Thrusts should be begin to show up in stores in a few months.

Ain't It Cool Review

Transformers News: Ain't It Cool Review
Date: Monday, September 15th 2003 6:18am CDT
Category: Reviews
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): Ain't It Cool News

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Ain´t it cool news has placed reviews on their website, including one of
Dreamwave´s crossover-comic Transformers vs GI Joe. Read the whole article here.

Genesis to be shipped (finally)

Transformers News: Genesis to be shipped (finally)
Date: Monday, September 15th 2003 6:05am CDT
Category: Digital Media News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): 88mph Studio's

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The wait seems to finally be over! On the main page of their website, the 88mph studio´s have placed a notice that they will soon announce the shipping date for the first part of their art book entitled Genesis - The Art Of Transformers.

Updated Armada Episode Previews! Spoilers!

Transformers News: Updated Armada Episode Previews!  Spoilers!
Date: Monday, September 15th 2003 12:39am CDT
Category: Site News
Posted by: Professor Smooth | Credit(s): Digiguide

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SPOILER WARNING! Big happenings are about to commence in the Armada television show. Check out these previews from the UK-based Digiguide.


Episode 43: Puppet-
Animated action as the Autobots and Decepticons fight their ancient battle. After the return of Optimus Prime, Megatron is even more determined to hunt down his nemesis, but neither of them are aware that an even more powerful being is stalking both the Autobots and the Decepticons.


Episode 44: Uprising-
Animated action as the Autobots and Decepticons fight their ancient battle. The Decepticons and the Autobots are mid-battle when they are faced with Unicron, the ultimate force in the Universe. The Minicons try to defend everyone against this awesome new power, but it seems new alliances are the only way in which it can be defeated.


Episode 45: Dash-
Animated action as the Autobots and Decepticons fight their ancient battle. Hot Shot makes a last ditch effort to convince Galvatron to unite his army with the Autobots, until they discover the true motives of one of Galvatron´s most trusted minions.



This is sure to have fans talking, and a great place to start the discussion is right here at the Energon Pub.

Armada "Miracle" (Episode #42) Screen Captures

Transformers News: Armada "Miracle" (Episode #42) Screen Captures
Date: Sunday, September 14th 2003 11:39pm CDT
Category: Site News
Posted by: Seibertron

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If the Transformers Articles weren´t enough for you tonight, how about some new Transformers: Armada screen captures? Miracle - The Mini-Cons reveal to the kids that Unicron is "the enemy". The Decepticons turn their ship around to attack the Autobots on their ship the Axalon. Things aren´t looking good for the Autobots. Check out the screen captures from this episode here.

Were Megatron and Galvatron 2 separate characters in Japan?

Date: Sunday, September 14th 2003 11:21pm CDT
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Posted by: Seibertron

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Written by DrSpengler


"So Megatron was Galvatron in Japan?"


Yeah, it’s true. From an American perspective the Japanese continuity is all sorts of crazy. And the internet hasn’t done much to help. With all kinds of whacky rumors or just completely fabricated BS, newcomers to the Japanese universe of the Transformers are more confused than anything else. Me? I have seen every episode of the Transformers (US or Japanese) and read every issue of the manga. There’s a lot of wild rumors and crap out there that needs to be set straight, so I’ll start with one of the biggest misconceptions American Transfans have about the Japanese continuity.


So Megatron and Galvatron are two completely different characters, right? Wrong.


Yeah, the Japanese continuity on this subject is REALLY confusing because…well, they WERE two completely different characters at first. Let’s start with Scramble City Toys (called Scramble City 2 by some). This was a stop-motion OVA released by Takara. It was a remake of the original animated Scramble City OVA and featured voice-overs from the original Japanese cast. Were Megatron and Galvatron 2 separate characters in Japan? Basically it was just a half-hour commercial promoting the toys. So what made it different from its animated counterpart? This one featured Galvatron. Actually, it featured Megatron ordering Galvatron around as if he were a subordinate. This is where the misconception begins. When Scramble City Toys was made the backgrounds of the newer characters had yet to be fully developed. Takara wasn’t sure how the Galvatron character was going to turn out but they wanted to market him as early as possible. While the original Scramble City takes place in Japanese continuity Scramble City Toys DOES NOT. It is merely a commercial. A really long commercial, but a commercial none-the-less.


And now you ask "But I’ve seen scans from the manga that shows Galvatron and Megatron side by side!". Calm down, Francine. Yeah, Comics Bon Bon did a lot of promo art for the toys. One shows Ultra Magnus and Galvatron duking it out on the shoulder of Metroflex (Metroplex in America) while Megatron watches in the back. Well, there’s an explanation for that too. Comics Bon Bon wasn’t given info on the characters when they did the art. They were just given the toys and told to make them look cool. How were they supposed to know? Even worse, when they began work on the 2010 manga for Terebi Magazine (TV Magazine) they were not told that Megatron and Galvatron were separate. As a result Megatron and Galvatron show up together. The artists and writers were quickly set straight afterward and, for lack of a better term, "pretended" that error never happened.


Yeah, it’s confusing. But if the Japanese can get over it so can we Americans


Now for the Movie. Yes, it takes place in exactly the same time as it does in the American continuity. Then why was it released in 1989 in Japan, you ask? Well, that’s a tough one. There is no definite answer as to why. Some say it was the fact that it financially BOMBED in the US, others say that the killing off of major characters would have negatively effected Japanese toy sales. But don’t think for a second that Japanese Transfans back in 1986 were left in the dark. Recaps of the movie’s events were in just about every shoujo magazine including Terebi Magazine (the official magazine for Transformers over in Japan). And don’t think that bootlegs never showed up there either. On top of that in the first episode of Transformers 2010 (season 3) there is a narrated recap explaining the events from the movie for the audience’s benefit.


And now comes the kicker, that stupid rumor that in the Transformers: the Battlestars manga Super Megatron is sent to kill Galvatron. I don’t know who dreamed that up but IT NEVER HAPPENED! Dark Nova resurrected Galvatron from the North Pole (where he got buried in Headmasters) and upgraded him into Super Megatron on the spot.


So there you have it. In Japanese continuity Megatron IS Galvatron. This is about as simplified as it gets. If you’re still confused ... well, I’m sorry.


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