Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr

Transformers News: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr

Monday, January 21st, 2019 12:23PM CST

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If you happen to be a fan of the Prime Wars Trilogy web series, then we have some unfortunate news. Thanks to Seibertronian ToxicSmoke, better known as TFanPage101 and TOAOFULTIMATEDOOM, has brought our attention to the fact that if you look at the Machinima YouTube page, it'll look, well, pretty dang empty.

Machinima privatized ALL their videos, including the Machinima Prelude to Combiner Wars, Combiner Wars, Titans Return, and Power of the Primes web series'. The Combiner Wars series can still be viewed on a playlist on Hasbro's YouTube channel, as well as a bonus on a Target exclusive version of The Last Knight Blu Ray.

How about Tumblr, you ask? Well, the Prime Wars Trilogy Tumblr blog, housing the episodes for view outside of the US, has been deleted for some time. This means the Prelude to Combiner Wars, Titans Return, and Power of the Primes have no "official" means to view them.

These shows were known for not being liked, so this may not be unfortunate news to many, but it is still worth mentioning. So, thoughts on this news? Tell us in the Pub forums below!
Credit(s): Machinma on YouTube, Hasbro on YouTube, ToxicSmoke/TFanPage101 on Seibertron.com
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Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2006013)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on January 21st, 2019 @ 12:58pm CST
Kinda odd that Hasbro would allow them to privatize even the TF shows, what with them wanting to reach as much of an audience as possible.
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2006015)
Posted by Etseterrestrial on January 21st, 2019 @ 1:16pm CST
Lol I never even finished Titans Return when it was airing.
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2006016)
Posted by dragons on January 21st, 2019 @ 1:18pm CST
Not bothered by it I have complete series of trilogy I can watch it any time
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2006018)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 21st, 2019 @ 1:39pm CST
Meh, it's not like they can't still be watched elsewhere.
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2006029)
Posted by mentre83 on January 21st, 2019 @ 2:06pm CST
They are doing a favour to those fortunate enough not to have watched it. Truly awful, from every point of view. IMHO, obviously.
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2006044)
Posted by Randomhero on January 21st, 2019 @ 3:45pm CST
Nemesis Maximo wrote:Kinda odd that Hasbro would allow them to privatize even the TF shows, what with them wanting to reach as much of an audience as possible.


It’s a series by machinema. They technically own it. All thier stuff is gone with the purchase
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2006052)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on January 21st, 2019 @ 4:33pm CST
Randomhero wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:Kinda odd that Hasbro would allow them to privatize even the TF shows, what with them wanting to reach as much of an audience as possible.


It’s a seri4s by mashinema. They technically own it. All thier stuff is gone with the purchase

I get that Machinima produced it, but Hasbro owns Transformers. It seems to me that Hasbro could have said “no way Jose” to Machinima privatizing the TF videos. Even if they are God-awful.
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2006076)
Posted by Randomhero on January 21st, 2019 @ 6:56pm CST
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:Kinda odd that Hasbro would allow them to privatize even the TF shows, what with them wanting to reach as much of an audience as possible.


It’s a seri4s by mashinema. They technically own it. All thier stuff is gone with the purchase

I get that Machinima produced it, but Hasbro owns Transformers. It seems to me that Hasbro could have said “no way Jose” to Machinima privatizing the TF videos. Even if they are God-awful.


So? Marvel Studios owns the rights to Hulk but they don’t own the rights to make a Hulk sequel. That’s why he’s always a costar in the movies since the first one came out. It’s very possible it’s a situation like that where yes Hasbro owns transformers but they don’t own this show becuase it was licensed out to Machinema.


They own the license but they more than likely don’t own that show as a whole. There’s a reason this trilogy was never released physically except for CW as a bonus feature on Last Knight and no, it’s not because grown men in their 30s and 40s hated it and complained about it on the internet.

This also just happened. It’s very possible it will be uploaded to hasbros channel if they have the series in their library but chances are it was an exclusive in their contract to be a machinema exclusive and while it’s been taken off Machinema isn’t gone as a whole.
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2006134)
Posted by TFanPage101 on January 21st, 2019 @ 11:38pm CST
Thanks for the news credit!

Yeah, the machinima show isn't great, but I'll miss it.
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2006173)
Posted by Big Grim on January 22nd, 2019 @ 6:44am CST
Not a huge loss in my opinion. They were pretty terrible.
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2006247)
Posted by o.supreme on January 22nd, 2019 @ 11:49am CST
As awful as they were, someone others have used this to point out the value of physical media. I'm hoping at least one version of the BB physical media release will have TR & PotP as extra content. Again, yes they are bad, but they dont deserve to be lost forever IMHO. Sure there are *other places* you can watch them, but having them in some physical format still has merit
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2008365)
Posted by Emerje on February 5th, 2019 @ 10:29pm CST
You'll recall we recently wrote about Machinima shutting down sources to all of their videos including their series of Prime Wars Trilogy animations. Now after some recent events we seem to have a better understanding as to why. Thanks to various news outlets such as the the Hollywood Reporter and Variety we've learned that Machinima has officially begun closing down as of this month.

Apparently this has been a long time in coming. In 2016 Machinima was bought by Warner Bros. Digital Networks which was in turn bought by AT&T in 2018. This past December AT&T began a restructuring process that reorganized many of their media outlets under their own Otter Media (Crunchyroll, VRV, Rooster Teeth, Fullscreen Media, Gunpowder & Sky, and Hello Sunshine) while Machinima is being absorbed into Fullscreen. As a result 81 of Machinima's 100 employees have been laid off as part of an overall 10% reduction in AT&T staff.

Fullscreen calls their work "high-intensity marketing for the social-first generation" which probably does describe the Transformers Prime Wars animations fairly accurately. Most likely once they've ironed out new license agreements we'll see Machinima's videos return online in one way or another, but for now everything is up in the air. Whether or not we see a War for Cybertron animated trilogy has yet to be seen.

So what do you think? Is this a crushing blow to Transformers animations or no great loss in disposable media? Sound off in the Energon Pub forums below!
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2008379)
Posted by Colt on February 5th, 2019 @ 11:47pm CST
Sad to hear about this. Hope those people who lost their jobs are able to find new ones soon.
Re: Machinima Prime Wars Trilogy episodes privatized on YouTube and removed from Tumblr (2008382)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 5th, 2019 @ 11:57pm CST
I figured something like this was coming after they privatized all their YouTube videos.

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