Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #200 "Requiem of the Twincast"
In this episode of the Twincast Podcast, "Requiem of the Twincast", the show celebrates its 200th episode with several special segments. To start the show, Transformers comics writer and artist Nick Roche, responsible for fan-favorite works Last Stand of the Wreckers, Sins of the Wreckers, and the upcoming Requiem of the Wreckers, sits down for a long chat about what's come before and what's yet to come in Requiem of the Wreckers. The interview includes topics about characters and the writer's process for defining them, with plenty of teases to get you ready for his latest work. A retrospective look at past works is also in store, and there are plenty of details that you won't want to miss within this special interview. After that, the current and former host of the show look back on the history of the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast, including its origins and where it could go in the future. Then, a wider selection of podcasters takes questions and comments from the show's community of listeners. These lead to several topics, such as superlative Transformers toy lines that have been released since 2010, some of the crew's greatest hits and misses in their collecting, and even a look at each cast member's favorite Generation One Transformers toy.
20 May 2018
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #209 "Under Siege"
Episode 209 of the Twincast Podcast from Seibertron.com features a wide variety of regular hosts and special guests from the site's news staff as they all react to the latest Transformers product reveals made by Hasbro at the 2018 New York Comic Con. The Generations: War for Cybertron: Siege series starts out the discussion, with the initial roster of Decepticons being revealed at the show. Initial impressions and analysis of Voyager CLass figures such as Megatron, Soundwave, and Starscream, as well as Leader Class Shockwave and Deluxe Class Refraktor and Brunt are all shared. After a look at some of the other Generations product reveals such as Micromasters and the sneak peek at Titan Class Omega Supreme, the live action Bumblebee movie's full trailer is talked about along with the longer preview of the movie seen before the Fathom Events showing of The Transformers: The Movie. Along with trailer reactions and speculation on the Bumblebee Movie in general, the related toys get a short look with other new products being shown at NYCC. The crew then takes some time to look at the latest Cyberverse toys such as Warrior Class Prowl and Scout Class Ratchet before going back a few days in the news cycle to talk about Takara Tomy's upcoming Legends series Big Powered.
7 Oct 2018
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #233 "The Return of the King"
The Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast's 233rd episode begins with a look at the newly revealed products for Cyberverse set to launch in the coming months including versions of popular characters such as Whirl, Repugnus and Bludgeon. After that talk about Generations toys takes over with the cast checking out the site's newest galleries featuring Leader Class Astrotrain, Voyager Class Apeface, Deluxe Class Spinister, Crosshairs and the Battle Masters Singe and Rung. After that the discussion pivots to the recently released Amazon exclusive fan vote three-pack of Deluxe Class figures featuring Impactor, Mirage and the Powerdasher Aragon. With the Powerdasher set being completed by this figure, the crew takes time to consider what other Generation One toys still don't have an updated incarnation in the Generations lineup with so much of the original 1980s cast now having a modern toy interpretation available. After some speculation about Takara Tomy's mysterious "Raiden project" that's coming soon, the episode pivots to listener questions about the Transformers TCG from Wizards of the Coast as well as Cyberverse Grimlock. The episode concludes with the recurring "Bragging Rights" segment where cast members share their most recent Transformers product acquisitions.
27 Oct 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #215 "New Year, New Toys"
On episode #215 of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast, regular cast members and guest stars talk about some of the newly released and upcoming Transformers toys of 2019. The lengthy list includes Siege Leaders Shockwave and Ultra Magnus, Movie Masterpiece MPM-6 Ironhide, Studio Series Voyagers 38 Bumblebee Movie Optimus Prime and 31 Revenge of the Fallen Battle Damaged Megatron, and the Walmart Exclusive G1 reissues of Soundwave, Gears, and Warpath. A short mention of Energon Igniters Soundwave is invited as well. The conversation moves to answering a listener question about distribution of Transformers products at retail stores in 2018 as opposed to previous years. After that, speculation about the prospect of an animated Transformers film focused around Beast Wars, which was hinted at by Bumblebee Movie producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, takes the spotlight. The Twincast then discusses the more substantial and imminent arrival of the IDW comics reboot, including the initial news, plot and character details revealed in the solicitations, and our thoughts on some of the promotional cover artwork released thus far. We wrap up the episode with the recurring "Bragging Rights" segment, where cast members discuss what they've acquired since the last episode.
13 Jan 2019
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Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #225 "The Overexposure of Bumblebee"
The Twincast / Podcast from Seibertron.com's 225th episode begins with a discussion of the choices available in the 2020 Transformers Generations War for Cybertron fan vote poll which will decide the Decepticon character to receive a new toy out of the choices of Gnaw, Runamok, Needlenose and Shrapnel. After that, the detailed images of the upcoming Masterpiece MP-47 Hound from Takara Tomy are analyzed, with special attention paid to the potential transformation mechanisms and the included accessories. A look at the upcoming Generations Selects Voyager Class Red Wing comes next along with a history of how the character came to be as an accidental inclusion in the Botcon 2013 companion comic. This is followed by in-hand impressions of the recently release Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Siege Deluxe Class Brunt figure. The episode's special topic follows, where the cast members consider Bumblebee's plethora of recent fictional appearances in various pieces of Transformers media and whether these are inconsistent portrayals that may ultimately prove harmful to the brand's storytelling potential. After that discussion topic, the show finishes up with the recurring Bragging Rights segment where cast share their recent Transformers product acquisitions.
16 Jun 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #216 "Prime Galaxy"
Episode #216 of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast starts with reactions to the leaked reveal of the next Transformers Generations: War for Cybertron: Siege Leader Class toy, Optimus Prime, who is based on the Cybertron version of the character from 2005. After discussing their anticipation for this upcoming release, the cast looks back at other characters from that era that have received updates before moving their attention to another Optimus Prime, the recent Walmart exclusive G1 "vintage" reissue. This new reissue is compared to previous releases of the classic toy in a segment with in-depth analysis that may help you make a purchasing decision. The last installment of the retrospective look at the Masterpiece lineup's "Super Car" era follows, with Ultra Magnus as the first toy on the radar. The Masterpiece version of Tracks comes next, along with a discussion of the repaints, Road Rage and Loudpedal. Once the retrospective topic completes, the show concludes with the recurring "Bragging Rights" segment, where cast members discuss what they've acquired since the last episode.
27 Jan 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #226 "Fire in the Sky"
Seibertron.com brings you episode 226 of the Twincast / Podcast, which starts out with discussion of the latest new Transformers toy announcements from Tokyo Toy Show 2019. The Seacons and Piranhacon are forthcoming in the Generations Selects lineup, with talk about these toys focusing on the potential base toolings used for various characters. Takara Tomy's Masterpiece lineup continues with Lio Convoy from Beast Wars II and a bonus figure of show character Artemis adding additional questions for the cast to consider. Recent reveals from the later waves of the Generations: War for Cybertron: Siege lineup are analyzed next, with a chat about Leader Class Astrotrain, Voyager Class Apeface with Spasma, and Deluxe Class figures Spinister, Crosshairs and Ratchet. Speculation on how some of the engineering will work on certain figures along with contemplation surrounding the deco of others is covered. The toy talk moves on to in-hand impressions of more War for Cybertron: Siege products, with Deluxe Class Refraktor / Reflector, Commander Class Jetfire and Voyager Class Springer all receiving lengthy analysis. Quick speculation on delayed product releases leads to a listener question about how the Masterpiece lineup further separated collectors into different areas of focus and changed Transformers collecting as it was known. After all of that, the recurring Bragging Rights segment featuring cast sharing their recent Transformers toy and product acquisitions closes out another episode.
7 Jul 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #237 "Target: 2010s"
Episode 237 of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast is a retrospective episode taking a look at not the highs and lows of 2019, but also the ’10’s decade as a whole. The past year in review is the first topic covered, as the best Transformers toys, media that the year had to offer and even some of the worst things in 2019 are discussed. A quick look into the future follows as the cast gets excited for what they know is coming before making some pretty easy predictions about what could be on the way. A deep dive into the past decade starts out with the “Aligned” continuity which began with Transformers: Prime. After a lengthy analysis of the fan-favorite show the talk moves on to the related War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron video games, covering both the games and the toys. Transformers Rescue Bots, one of the Transformers brand's longest running iterations gets mention next with considerations about what provides the series with the staying power it still enjoys with the ongoing Rescue Bots: Academy. Movies come under the spotlight next with thoughts on 2011's Dark of the Moon followed by speculation on what went wrong in the Wahlburg era of Age of Extinction and The Last Knight - and what went right with Travis Knight’s Bumblebee. The decade in review takes a turn into deeper discussion with a look at the evolution of how the Transformers brand was and now is being marketed towards adult collectors, including the influence that unlicensed "third party" manufacturers may have had on this evolution. IDW publishing’s “Phase Two” affected the brand’s landscape in the past decade, earning it some time in the discussion before the episode finishes up with personal reflections, bragging rights, highlights of the past decade and hopes and dreams for the future of the Transformers in the 2020s.
23 Dec 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #207 "Through The Fargate"
Episode 207 of the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast, "Through The Fargate", features the duo of Scotty P and Megatronus. The show begins with their impressions of the recently premiered Transformers: Cyberverse cartoon series, airing on Cartoon Network and available through various on-demand platforms. After that, comics discussion takes over for the bulk of the episode, with three releases from IDW Publishing having been published in the past week. Starting with Lost Light #23, they analyze the major revelations present and speculate on how the remaining two issues of the series could potentially proceed. After that, an in-depth look at Unicron #4 occurs, with the hosts looking at the numerous moments throughout the book and the emotional impact - or lack thereof - delivered by these. A quick chat about Optimus Prime #23 rounds out comic discussions. After that, a look over the latest Studio Series figures revealed at Fan Expo 2018 features discussion of the latest five deluxe class figures inspired by various scenes from the Transformers live-action films. Once brief thoughts of the recently released Masterpiece MP-34S Shadow Panther figure from Takara Tomy are given, the episode concludes with the recurring "Bragging Rights" segment.
9 Sep 2018
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #217 "Toy Fair 2019"
The Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast is back for Toy Fair 2019 with episode 217. Wonderfest 2019 from the prior weekend are also discussed during this installment which is nearly exclusively about newly revealed Transformers products to be released sometime during 2019. The Wonderfest reveal of a new Armada Optimus Prime and Star Convoy start things off, with the Beast Wars Masterpiece MP-46 Blackarachnia following thereafter. MP-45, the second Masterpiece version of Bumblebee, continues our look at the upcoming Masterpiece lineup with the cast discussing whether or not the shift to cartoon accurate robot modes in the line has gone too far. Movie Masterpiece MPM-8 Megatron and MPM-9 Jazz then carry the discussion over to the new Studio Series toys such as Hightower and Dropkick in his car mode which were seen at Toy Fair. A quick mention of Generations Selects G2 Megatron is followed by the cast's take on the Ghostbusters crossover figure, Ectotron. The Generations: War for Cybertron: SIEGE line takes center stage after this, with Commander Class Jetfire and Titan Class Omega Supreme getting long looks from the crew. Other toys such as Impactor, Springer, Mirage, and more take us through the forthcoming Generations releases. Some brief impressions on Cyberverse and its Scraplet take us into the recurring Bragging Rights segment to conclude another episode.
18 Feb 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #224 "TCG Siege Strategy"
This special episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast features the show's hosts talking with Drew Nolosco, Brand Manager at Wizards of the Coast for the Transformers Trading Card Game. Mr. Nolosco talks about the goals and philosophies behind the design of the game, with a focus on interactions between people and storytelling through gameplay. Information on the first official "Organized Play" events is shared, including information on how players can participate in events and some of the potential prizes available. After that, the Twincast provides the first reveals of three upcoming Battle Cards for the game's third wave which focuses on War for Cybertron Siege: "Scavenge the Battlefield", "Squish Them Like Bugs" and "Two-Pronged Attack". Following candid discussion about the wave's character card redesign of Needlenose, additional questions are answered about game strategies and character selection within the game's roster. Additional details are also revealed throughout, such as the precise meanings behind the glyph-like symbols currently found on Transformers Generations: War for Cybertron Siege packaging.
30 May 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #227 "SDCC 2019"
San Diego Comic Con's 2019 event is in the books and the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast is here to break down all the latest new happenings with Transformers in the wake of the show. The first hour of this episode talks about the Haslab Unicron crowdfunding project that Transformers fans can back to try and help make this gigantic toy a reality. After that discussion moves on to other recently released or revealed Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Siege products. This starts out with the Rainmakers and moves on to Generations Selects items like the Leader Class Galaxy Man Shockwave and Deluxe Class Lancer. Other new products are then discussed like Battle Master sized Rung from the IDW comics stories, Micromaster Ratbat, Voyager Apeface and soon-to-come repaints of several already released toolings such as Soundblaster, Bluestreak and special "Classic Animation" colored Voyager Class figures Optimus Prime and Megatron. Attention then turns to Micromasters with obscure recolors of those characters filling out a multi-pack of ten figures in the upcoming Fall season. Vintage Generation One product reissues are also continuing with analysis and reaction to the other pair of Dinocassettes, Gurafi and Noizu who will be released in all new "vintage" style packaging with complete Tech Specs in tow. After a brief discussion of upcoming Transformers comics projects from IDW Publishing, the group discussion ends with a round of the recurring Bragging Rights segment. Following that, two interviews occur that were recorded live at SDCC 2019, the first with the John Warden and Ben Montano from the Transformers brand team. The second interview rounds out this episode of the podcast as Seibertron.com talks with Transformers TCG Brand Manager Drew Nolosco from Wizards of the Coast.
24 Jul 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #210 "Super Cars"
Episode 210 of the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast, "Super Cars", is the first part of a retrospective look at the era of Transformers Masterpiece toys from Hasbro and Takara Tomy known commonly by collectors as the "Super Car Era". Scotty P and Megatronus start out by talking about MP-10 Convoy version 2, as well as the variations on the standard Optimus Prime color scheme released by Hasbro as Masterpiece Optimus Prime. The plethora of repaints of this toy are also examined, with discussion of MP-10B Black Convoy, MP-10Eva Convoy Mode Eva, and many more. After a full hour on just the Autobot Commander, the talk moves on to MP-12 Lambor and MP-14 Alert, known to western collectors as Sideswipe and Red Alert. Their various repaints and retoolings are brought up as well, including MP-12T Tigertrack, MP-14C Clampdown, MP-12G G-2 Sideswipe, and even more. Historical perspective on each release plus the cast members' in-hand impressions of them can be expected for all of the discussed toys. The episodes concludes with the recurring Bragging Rights segment and off-topic banter.
21 Oct 2018
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #236 "Tangled Web"
Episode 236 of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast begins with in-hand impressions and analysis of the latest Transformers Masterpiece figure from the Beast Wars series, MP-46 Black Widow, better known as Blackarachnia to Western Transformers fans. More Masterpiece discussion follows with the simultaneously released MP-45, a second version of Bumblebee's "Generation 1" design. The talk continues on with speculation about a possible Masterpiece combiner toy after Takara Tomy's announcement of a new project for the trainbot combiner Raiden, with the cast imagining what potential product could be the result of this still nebulous project. Toy discussions then shift to the Generations Siege lineup with Leader Class Astrotrain hitting store shelves. After that, a brief discussion of voting on the 2019 Transformers Hall of Fame leads into a topic about Beast Wars. Specifically, the cast shares what animals not used in the original 1990s series they would like to see if a new line-up of toys featuring beastial Transformers was created. The episode concludes with a brief chat about IDW Publishing's Transformers Galaxies #3 as well as a surprisingly short round of the recurring "Bragging Rights" segment.
9 Dec 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #201 "Sweet Boy"
In this 201st episode of the Twincast/Podcast, "Sweet Boy", the discussion begins with the trailer for the Bumblebee movie and the positive reactions from it. The cast talks about the apparent tone of the upcoming film based on the small sampling available, comparing and contrasting it to other Transformers live action films. The Transformers episode of the Netflix Original Series "The Toys That Made Us" has been released, and the crew shares their thoughts on the episode and the series in general. In toy news, Masterpiece MP-43 Beast Wars Megatron has been revealed and is on display at Tokyo Toy Show, and the size of the figure is now apparent sparking more conversation. Other recent Masterpiece reveals are discussed covering Police Type Sunstreaker, Toy Deco Megatron, and Toy Deco Shockwave. After that, story, art, characters, and thoughts from the final chapter of IDW's Wreckers saga are shared in a chat about the recently released Requiem of the Wreckers. After the crew tells what Hasbro or Takara reissues of G1 figures they'd like to see, the episode finishes with a quick round of the recurring "Bragging Rights" segment.
10 Jun 2018
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #241 "Toy Fair 2020"
Episode 241 of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast is almost all about the just concluded 2020 New York Toy Fair and all of the new Transformers products and media revealed by Hasbro. This begins with a look at the large amount of product revealed for Generations War for Cybertron: Earthrise, including the Titan Class Scorponok, Commander Class Sky Lynx, Leader Class Doubledealer, Voyager Snapdragon, Deluxe Class entries Smokescreen, Runamuck, Arcee, the Battle Masters such as Slitherfang and Doublecrosser plus plenty more Micromasters. Some special attention is also given to the long anticipated Quintesson toys, arriving with Voyager Class Quintesson Judge and a Deluxe Class Alicon. A trailer for the upcoming animated version of the War for Cybertron was also released at the event, with the show set to be released on Netflix sometime later this year. New Generations Siege redecos that tie-in with the series are also noted before the talk turns briefly to Cyberverse, its third season and the associated toys. Studio Series rounds out a busy agenda with Devastator finally coming to life in the line along with Blitzwing and other familiar movie faces. We wind down by catching up on some items shown at Winter Wonderfest that have piqued our interest with the latest images of Masterpiece Tigatron and Arcee. Closing out this episode is another round of the recurring "Bragging Rights" segment plus off-topic discussion on a strange Beast Wars toy variant.
24 Feb 2020
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #234 "Hell in a Cel"
Episode 234 of the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast begins with a look back at TFcon 2019 from the perspective of a first time attendee. After that, the regular show format begins with follow-up from that including the typical "Bragging Rights" ending segment happening first, with each member of the cast sharing their acquisitions at the convention and beyond. Topics turn to the recently released retailer exclusive products from the Generations: War for Cybertron Siege lineup, with the Walgreens exclusive Ratchet and Walmart exclusive 35th anniversary figures such as Soundblaster, Bluestreak and the "Animation" deco Voyager Class Optimus Prime and Megatron. The group discusses the "cel-shaded" look of the figures and whether they would want to see more of this type of paint job on Transformers toys in the future. The chat turns to another unusual exclusive repaint in the Bump of Chicken Sonic Bumblebee before moving on to take a look at the newest Botbots and Cyberverse toys headed to store shelves in the very near future, if not there already. The show concludes with a lighthearted read through of Blaze's Tech Specs and biography entry from the Grandreams Transformers Generation 2 Annual.
10 Nov 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #235 "Pre-Holidaze"
In episode 235 of the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast, the talk begins with commentary on Jim Sorenson’s new book Transformers: A Visual History, which brings new artwork along with a deluxe packaging option for Transformers fans to digest. After that, the cast takes time to address the rumors about potential toy releases in the upcoming Generations War for Cybertron: Earthrise lineup and which seem likelier to be true than others. With War for Cybertron: Siege winding down, its blacklight codes have also come to an end with a map of Cybertron as the final bonus content they've delivered. A brief chat about some Chinese mythology comes next with a look at some upcoming Transformers Nezha toys. With Black Friday just around the corner the crew is keeping their eyes out for some deep discounts on particular items, so they share what they're hoping to buy next week. The episode ends with a round of bragging rights that includes some finds from overseas.
24 Nov 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #222 "The Real Ghostbusters"
Episode 222 of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast starts out with a discussion of the upcoming SDCC exclusive Transformers and Ghostbusters crossover version of MP-10 Optimus Prime. The packaging, new accessories and even additional context for Transformers fans less familiar with the Ghostbusters franchise are all discussed. After that, more analyzation of upcoming Transformers toys occurs starting with a talk about the painted version of MP-46 Blackarachnia shown at last week's Shizuoka Hobby Show. Generations: Siege repaints are discussed next with the podcasters sharing their opinions about Skywarp, G2 Sideswipe and Slamdance. The Generations Selects series comes after this with its latest reveal of deluxe class Smokescreen taking the spotlight. After expressions of disappointment about another Selects series release, Red Swoop, the show moves on to fun future products again by talking about voyager class Snaptrap. A look back at Transformers stories that had good endings follows, prompted by the recent release of Avengers: Endgame and the final season of Game of Thrones. After some obscure Transformers facts are shared by the cast, the recurring bragging rights segment rounds out another episode.
12 May 2019
Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast #220 "Classically Trained"
The Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast presents its 220th episode, "Classically Trained", starting out once again with in-hand impressions of some of the latest Transformers Voyager Class toys to hit retail in Studio Series Rampage and Optimus Prime. Part one of a special retrospective at Transformers Classics and the Generations line it eventually spawned starts next, with a look back at the genesis of the idea with Alternators, Dreamwave publishing's comic books and other releases from series such as Transformers: Energon. The retrospective continues with the beginnings of the Classics line itself, with popular characters such as Bumblebee, Megatron, Optimus Prime and Starscream hitting shelves first. The cast talks through the initial Classics run ending up with the Walmart exclusive Devastator released in early 2007. After this, Jon Bailey, voice of Soundwave and Shockwave in the Bumblebee movie, talks through his latest experiences that day at Paramount studios where he was able to talk about the movie with its screenwriter Christina Hodson, Foley artists Alicia Stevenson & Dawn Lunsford and on-set mechanic Sarah Lyon. A listener question about the upcoming Netflix series is followed by a chat about IDW Publishing's Transformers #2 and their newly relaunched Transformers comics universe. The recurring Bragging Rights segment concludes another episode as usual.
31 Mar 2019