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Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Date: Sunday, September 17th 2017 1:40pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host ScottyP with RodimusConvoy13, xRotorstormx, and Megatronus. Listen in as we discuss the latest HASCON reveals, comics, and more.

Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion" 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.

After a brief discussion on the many merits and isolated failings of the first ever HASCON, we jump right into what you want hear: toys. First up, the new Dinobots team, and their combined mode, Volcanicus (yes... that's its name). The spirit of The Beast is alive as generally positive thoughts give way under the weight of a brontosaurus.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Give me combiner limbs, or give me death!


The leader evolution idea is brought to life with the samples Hasbro displayed, and we're gaga over the Orion Pax / Optimus Prime. The only question is, what are we going to do with those other, now obsolete Orion Pax toys? While you listen along, be sure to check out Seibertron's images of the Power of the Primes displays at the event, which also has a second part available here.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
The Kup repaint won't make sense, but let's do it.


We spend a good amount of time on Pretenders, and why the heck shouldn't we? They're adorable. What additional Pretender characters do we want in Power of the Primes, and do we foresee a more elaborate execution of this concept? You can check out more detailed images of Cloudburst in particular to see the probable 5 mm peg in our gallery of official product images provided by Hasbro.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Genius!


The HASCON brand panels brought some surprises, and well, not-so-surprises. But there was also a selection of reveals from the Hall of Fame/VIP dinner! What do we make of the two Terrorcons revealed thus far, Moonracer, and the latest evolution leader, Optimus Primal / Optimal Optimus? Our search for Alpha Trion begins here - nevermind that he was in the last Generations line.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Dino arms!!!


After a quick pass over more G2 Megatron/Archforce from Takara, and some lamenting about what wasn't displayed on the HASCON show floor (where's the RID love??), we get our comics-talk on. IDW Unicron speculation starts us out with more teases given during Hascon about next year's Next Big Thing for the IDW Transformers and Hasbro Universe.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
One of the first non-Scotty-monologue IDW Unicron discussions on the show ever!


Recent issues of First Strike come under the lens next, with mixed opinions about the effectiveness of the event, but mostly positive vibes come from the team on this crossover. We also spend a little more time with Alpha Trion, given the happenings in Optimus Prime #10, then take a quick but magnificent look at Lost Light #9.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Best. Quip. Ever.


Time for an excellent Listener Question from Seibertron user SIllyMcGilly: "Since it's around that time for a tenth anniversary of Transformers Animated, what figures out of that line do you guys like best?"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #184 "The Search for Alpha Trion"
Transform, and rise up!


For the second part of the same listener question, which asks about a desire for Animated reissues, the answers take a surprising turn as we end with an immense shout out to occasional Transtopia poster Bad Lamprey's Animated customs, including his "heavily scratch-built" Mixmaster:



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Several Suppliers Cutting Shipments to Toysrus but Hasbro is NOT One of Them

Transformers News: Several Suppliers Cutting Shipments to Toysrus but Hasbro is NOT One of Them
Date: Saturday, September 16th 2017 9:46pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Company News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Bloomberg

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There has been a development in the Toysrus debt restructuring (and possible bankruptcy) story and it's not a positive one. A Bloomberg article has stated that while Toysrus is seeking a new loan, several retailers are cutting back shipments since if Toysrus does go the bankruptcy route, the vendors may not get paid for their supplies.

Suppliers pulled back in part because the cost to insure their shipments to cash-strapped Toys “R” Us has become too expensive, said the people. Vendors often rank among creditors with the lowest priority for getting repaid if a company seeks court protection, and their decision on whether to continue shipping goods can play a large role in determining a retailer’s fate.


However, and this is where this becomes very topical for any fan reading, Hasbro is not one of these suppliers. They will continue their operations just as before and provide Toysrus with the full shipments.

Hasbro Inc. is among toymakers that hasn’t curtailed shipments, spokeswoman Julie Duffy wrote in an email. “We continue to partner and ship, conducting business as usual, while managing our risk across all retailers to the appropriate levels,” Duffy wrote.


Transformers News: Several Suppliers Cutting Shipments to Toysrus but Hasbro is NOT One of Them

Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Movie Will Begin Filming in Santa-Cruz

Transformers News: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Movie Will Begin Filming in Santa-Cruz
Date: Saturday, September 16th 2017 9:29pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Digital Media News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): KSBW Action News 8

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KSBW Action News 8 ran a piece on the upcoming Bumblebee movie headed to Santa-Cruz for principle filming. The extras that were previously sought have all been cast and you can see the video below for interviews with these extras. As said in the casting call, these extras will be wearing 80s themed clothes mainly as surfers, skaters and hippies.


LimitlessIQ Article Spotlighting Takara Designer Yuya Onishi

Transformers News: LimitlessIQ Article Spotlighting Takara Designer Yuya Onishi
Date: Saturday, September 16th 2017 9:18pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, People News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): limitlessiq

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An article was recently posted on limitlessiq, in chinese, Spotlighting Takara Designer Yuya Onishi. He is one of the younger Takara designers, born in 84, which makes him working in Takara's Transformers brand quite poetic.

The article is more about his past, where we learn that he comes from Osaka and went to school to study mechanical designs for cars. However, he ended up designing toys since he felt there was more personal creativity with toy designs.

The article reiterates Takara's involvement in the Transformers toy development. It claims that the designer is shown the final form of both the robot and the vehicle and they must then come up with the conversion steps, parts design, material, and modeling. It is also within this stage that Takara comes up with the cost of a product which is related to all the previously mentioned factors.

The article ends on a touching note that what draws Yuya Onishi to this brand is how it affects people. He knows his designs will become someone's memory of a toy they picked up with whatever means they had, and thus he wants all these memories to be happy ones.

Transformers News: LimitlessIQ Article Spotlighting Takara Designer Daxi Yu Mi

Transformers: The Last Knight, More Concept Images!

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight, More Concept Images!
Date: Saturday, September 16th 2017 9:30am CDT
Category: Live Action Movie News
Posted by: Tyrannacon | Credit(s): Collider

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Collider posted some new concept images from Transformers: The Last Knight. In it is an interesting take on the gladiatorial arena from what possibly is Kaon between both Optimus Prime and Megatron fighting in said area. Which is a change up because Optimus wasn't a gladiator to begin with! The article is worth checking out for the concept art pieces alone, but it offers insight into the special features of the discs too as a refresher.

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight, More Concept Images!

Click the above image to head on over to Collider and check out their article as well as the accompanying gorgeous concept art created for the fifth installment!

Toyhax.com Stompin' September Update!

Transformers News: Toyhax.com Stompin' September Update!
Date: Saturday, September 16th 2017 9:29am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Toyhax

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Every now and then, when the need arises, we pull out all the stops and produce a set for the ages. We're supremely proud of our latest epic project -- a label and parts set for TR Trypticon!

See our Youtube promo video here:


And the product shots here:
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We also have plenty more to offer for the TR line, including sets for Twin Twist, Misfire and Metalhawk:
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We have more alternate sets as well, beginning with a follow up to the Siren conversion set. This time, we're offering labels to convert TR Breakaway into Minerva!:
https://toyhax.com/for-titans-ret/2358- ... nerva.html

And an alternate set for Broadside inspired by the USS Flagg:
https://toyhax.com/for-titans-ret/2360- ... flagg.html

We now have extremely comprehensive sets for TLK Optimus and Barricade, that drastically enhance these figures:
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https://toyhax.com/for-movie-toys/2364- ... icade.html

On the third party side, we have a special surprise for you. Thanks to Ocular Max, each Vulture comes packed with a 50 percent off discount code, which we can share with you right now!
Use code RMX-03 to receive the discount. Check out the massive impact these sets make right here:
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We've also completed our set for KFC's Kinggorilla:
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TW Unearth and Bulldozer:
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Maas Toys Skiff:
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And DX9's Legends scale Skye:
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New Transformers: The Last Knight trailer for UK release

Transformers News: New Transformers: The Last Knight trailer for UK release
Date: Friday, September 15th 2017 8:19pm CDT
Category: Live Action Movie News
Posted by: WreckerJack | Credit(s): youtube.com

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Transformers fans in the UK will be able to own Transformers: The Last Knight soon. We have posted the exclusive trailer below for your viewing pleasure. According to the video description we now know some release dates.

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).


Available to Download & Keep - 16th October
Available on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray & 4K UHD - 30th October



Transformers Collector's Club is now selling Botcon CW Ratchet

Transformers News: Transformers Collector's Club is now selling Botcon CW Ratchet
Date: Friday, September 15th 2017 8:03pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Collector's Club News
Posted by: WreckerJack | Credit(s): Transformers collector's club

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Our very own Kurthy pointed out to us that Transformers Collector's Club is now selling Botcon Exclusive Combiner Wars Ratchet. This figure is unpainted as you can see in the image below. Please note that the figure does not include stickers but does include accessories. They are available as a limited quantity, so be sure to order if you would like one.

Transformers News: Transformers Collector's Club is now selling Botcon CW Ratchet

Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
Date: Friday, September 15th 2017 3:54pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Transformers vs Rom?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis

Starscream forges an unholy pact with the Dire Wraiths—and Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus are hot on his trail. Unfortunately for them, Rom and the Solstar Knights don’t know the difference between Autobots and Decepticons—and they’re ready to fight all comers!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
Even STEVE!


Story

Once again, I find myself apologising for the lateness in delivering a review, and I won't use the usual IDW jab to justify it. The series we cover at Seibertron.com deserve our attention no matter when they come out, and sometimes it's just too much to get all in one go with other news around. So my apologies, and on with the show.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
..ok, posh face


After a fairly impressive opening act with the first issue, Shining Armor #2 does something bizarre for this new mini-series set as a prequel to current Hasbro Universe ongoing events: it stalls. The issue itself is not static, but all the set-ups and building we saw in the first book are effectively just repeated in the second chapter... out of five, which is the frustrating part of this.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
Can you hear the Blum?


Where characters like Starscream get good lines and characterisation (previous points still stand), Ultra Magnus has a lot to be talked about, the Dire Wraiths are a serviceable villain overall - but the supposed pivot of the series, the Cybertronian Knight of the Solstar order, Stardrive, is relegated to background character almost immediately, for the entire issue.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
one of five* panels she's in


There is some more decent world-building, yes, but I was curious to see how Barber and Gage would approach the difficulty of the character they introduced, and am left a little whelmed overall at her handling, to be instead replaced by a lot of fighting and interactions between the Autobot crew and Starscream/Dire Wraiths - a fault of the plot-first approach? More below.


Art

Alex Milne's art is still in top form. There is a good discussion over here about the use of negative space for emphasis, too, in case you're interested. What stands out most for me in this issue are the designs, flitting between organic and mechanic, Cybertronian and Dire Wraith, Solstar Knight and everyone else - and finally, a full Cybetrtonian-Dire Wraith hybrid (infection, really), which I'll leave to you to discover in full.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
but I want to show you the design at least


Josh Perez does not have an easy task with the choice of subject, as the lighting on chrome is different from metal, and different still from organic and spikes - but he performs the duties magisterially, working beautifully in tandem with Milne's lines and compositions.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
ftoom you too


Equally, the lettering by Tom B. Long is very apt in playing with those elements of space mentioned in the Refined Robo article I link to above, and not using up all of the space left by a very dedicated artist with his panels. You can view all the cover variants, with credit, in our Comics Database, as usual, and choose your favourite - but the one used for the thumbnail is the Nick Roche / Josh Burcham one.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said, I wonder whether the elements that made me feel as though I was reading the same issue again have something to do with how the writing task is approached in this series, compared to other methods that Barber usually employs. Point notwithstanding, the preview for issue 3 already shows significant improvement, so we may just be looking at a pacing issue in the serialisation instead.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
OK maybe nine panels


I do want to see more of Stardrive. I do want to find out more about the character and her torn origins - but I also feel like Rom fans may also be slighted in this issue, as it's very much about the Cybertronian presence in relation to the wider cosmic order (Council, Consortia, even Solstar Order, but mostly by name and references), and will happily welcome more work from Gage's input in the remaining three books.

. :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: out of :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN:

Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak

Transformers News: Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak
Date: Friday, September 15th 2017 3:52pm CDT
Category: Collectables
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Imaginarium Art

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Via their official Facebook page, Imaginarium Art bring us images of their licensed statue of Decepticon communications officer Soundwave! Complete with Rumble, Ravage and Laserbeak - but also exclusives Ratbat and Frenzy - we also get to see the various accessories, the base, and some close-ups of what looks to be an excellent final product. Check it out below!

Transformers News: Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak

Transformers News: Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak

Transformers News: Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak

Transformers News: Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak

Transformers News: Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak

Transformers News: Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak

Transformers News: Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak

Transformers News: Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak

Transformers News: Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak

Transformers News: Final Images of Imaginarium Art Transformers Soundwave Statue, with Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #185 - Carnage in Troja Major
Twincast / Podcast #185:
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