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Summary: The Original Transformers Internet Radio Show and one of the world's first (if not THE first) podcasts. We've been online since 1999. We discuss topics from around the Transformers world, bring you the news worth talking about, provide insight and commentary. We are the official podcast of TFormers.com.
This week: That sure is a lot of Bumblebee stuff. Oh, and Chris got basically everything. Hope you like toys! News RFC News Desk 145 – All About Bees Masterpiece Crosscut And Nightbird! Plus, A First Look At Cliffjumper? Premium Finish Wave 4 Revealed: WFC Starscream and Studio Series Ratchet The Next Fan First Friday Has Been Scheduled! Fathom Events is doing another theatrical release of Transformers the Movie
It's been a very Buzzworthy Bumblebee weekend. Three new Studio Series vs packs were identified, some of which already having in-store sightings. The new set feature unchanged repacks of previous molds, and include Clunker Bumblebee vs Barricade, High Octane Bumblebee vs Stinger, and VW Bumblebee vs Muscle Car Dropkick. The sets look like they'll be about $43 as they turn up at Targets and probably online before too long. The Worlds Collide four pack has turned up in stores already, with sightings in at least Texas and New Jersey on Monday. The set may be shipping two per case, with some stores getting at least two cases worth at a time. The retail on this four pack is $84.99. Finally in Buzzworthy news, Origin Bumblebee, the all-new Deluxe Bumblebee based on the hovercar vehicle form seen in the first episode of the G1 cartoon was found in the Dallas area late last week. One oddity with this release is the absence of a plastic window on the box, instead simply having an open front. Stock photos were discovered for Cyberverse Deluxe Cheetor, a figure that's been rumored and referenced in inventory datamining for quite a long while now. The figure will ship in Dinobots Unite styled packaging, and features armor pieces instead of standard blast effects. Expected release timeframe is currently unknown. And rounding things out, Commander Class Rodimus Prime and the Titan The Ark have hit US retail, with in store sightings at a few Targets, as well as online availability from walmart.com in the case of the Ark. Online inventory went fast this past Friday, but some of the orders have already been fulfilled and delivered over the weekend. Thanks to all of our Patrons who are making this possible! Join our Patreon and let's make awesome stuff happen! Please support RFC by using our Amazon referral link. Canadian fans: please use this Amazon.ca referral link. UK fans: Please use this Amazon.co.uk referral link
This Week: Masterpiece Nightbird? I hope she scales with MP-36. News Seeing RED: Optimus Primal & Reformatting Megatron RED Collection Figures Revealed Masterpiece Nightbird!?
This is the Radio Free Cybertron review podcast of War for Cybertron: Kingdom, on Netflix. Kingdom debuts July 29th, 2021!
Minor spoilers ahead. I'm going to keep this brief. As this is a pre-release review of Masters of the Universe Revelations, you really just want to know if it's worth your time, or if I liked it. The answer is yes. I enjoyed it and I think it's worth your time. Have a good day! Okay, we can go a little deeper than that, but I do want to keep spoilers to a bare minimum as we dig in. First thing’s first, there's a time jump after the first episode, which is important, and some characters die throughout the series. Not saying who, not saying when, but expect it to happen. If that bothers you a little, Masters of the Universe characters dying on-screen, then you're probably like me. I guess that’s the whole sticking point with me and this series. Masters of the Universe Revelations is supposed to be a continuation of the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon from the 1980s, but I question that a little bit. In general, Revelations is respectful to the source material, but it doesn’t take its source material too seriously--just itself. Deaths come more frequently than I would like, and that just doesn't feel authentic to the spirit of the original series, which was a show for children. It's funny how characters who managed to survive hundreds of episodes or issues of their earliest adventures somehow manage to die routinely when they're pulled out of mothballs for an older audience. Other small tweaks bug me as well. Adam, for example, is presented as small and somewhat scrawny. In the original cartoon, he was a doppelganger for He-Man and no one noticed. Is it silly that Adam looked like He-Man? Absolutely. Is that an indelible part of the charm and actual canon of Masters of the Universe? I'd argue yes. Is this a minor complaint? Most likely. But this is a series full of minor complaints. Heck, the much-lauded voice cast bugs me a bit. For example, Alan Oppenheimer's voice is core to who Skeletor is. If Oppenheimer is too old or frail to play the part, cast someone in the role who at least tries to sound like Skeletor. Instead, we have Mark Hammil playing The Joker, more or less. It just never clicks with me. Oh, and since we have The Joker, we also have Batman. They just call him Mer-Man. Literally, it’s the same voice. Mer-Man’s original voice is probably silly forty years later, but it is what it is. The change made here just feels arbitrary and wrong. The voice cast is one of the selling points of the series, and it’s mostly good. I actually really enjoyed Sarah Michell Geller as Teela--which is fortunate because she is the series lead. Yes, Teela is the lead character of the series. The story of He-Man takes a break after the first episode, and we focus on Teela for the remainder of this season. I am entirely okay with that, in practice. In theory, it should feel kind of like a bait and switch--the series that this is supposedly a continuation of Is HE-MAN and the Masters of the Universe, and I wouldn't blame someone if they felt a little bit cheated by that. But it doesn’t bother me. Overall, the series takes itself a bit too seriously for my tastes, even though they throw in some corny jokes along the way--those jokes feel like they're intended to juxtapose the corniness of the original series to this series, with its more modern sensibilities and sophistication. Honestly, I could do with a bit more corniness and faithfulness to the original series. But like I said in my opening statement, I enjoyed Masters of the Universe Revelations. It really is fun, and Kevin Smith is a good storyteller. Be forewarned, the season, or half-season, ends on a cliffhanger. I won't say what happens, but it felt like it was trying to poke a bear. Take that for what you will. In closing,
This week: Get us that Ravage box set now. NOW. The News * RFC News Desk 144 – Target Exclusive Four Pack At Walmart, SDCC Exclusive Ravage in China * HasLab projected teased
Over the weekend, two unannounced exclusives popped up, and technically weren't even leaks! Covert Agent Ravage and Decepticons Forever Ravage is a two pack destined for the summer convention circuit, consisting of a heavy retool of Kingdom Cheetor as Predacon Ravage from the Beast Wars "The Agenda" three-parter, along with a G1 Ravage featuring tampographs instead of stickers, which can slot in a cardboard cassette deck that's part of the packaging. The set was released in China, seemingly as a legitimate sale rather than samples walking out the factory door. The instruction sheet is marked for SDCC, though it's probable that in the US this will be distributed as part of the Pulsecon online event this summer instead. The Worlds Collide four pack also turned up this weekend. The Target exclusive Buzzworthy Bumblebee subline set was found at Walmart, at least twice. In each case, it was described as not being in Walmart's system, which makes it more likely to be an accident that a small number of copies ended up there rather than indicative of any intentional change in distribution. The set includes Nemesis Primal, an evil redeco of Kingdom Optimus Primal with a new robot head; Blackarachnia, based on the original toy's package art rather than being based on the original toy itself. It uses the toy-based alternate face we saw with the first leaked copies of Kingdom Blackarachnia; Bumblebee, which is just a yellow Selects Bugbite. Apparently the VW body shell is never to be seen again, perhaps indicating Walmart specifically played a part in making that happen for the Netflix Bumblebee, but we'll probably never really know for sure; and Fangry, a retool of Titans Return Grotusque with new chest, alternate mode head, and arms. It comes with a copy of the Titan Master Fangry released during Titans Return, though without the dragon/wolf monster accessory vehicle. Worlds Collide is supposed to retail for about $80 at Target once it turns up there, making it a surprisingly good deal for three Deluxes and a Voyager. Hopefully these mistaken shipments to Walmart mean that the set is also being distributed to Targets and it won't be long before they're widely available. photo sources:
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: Opinions are mixed on Selects Galvatron. But, hey, we can all agree on Premium Finish Magnus, right? Right? News First Look at Generations Selects Galvatron Fans Toys FT-02 is now Robot Paradise RP-01 Toy News: The Next Two Figures in the "Premium Finish" Series Revealed
This week: Craziness this week. Lots of Collaborative news, including the most beautiful, bonkers, and divisive Transformers Collaborative yet. News RFC News Desk 143 – Licensing Finds A Way: Jurassic Park Collaboration Revealed Toy News: "Buzzworthy Bumblebee" Origin Bumblebee Revealed by In Demand Toys WTF
Transformers Tuesday this week was the reveal, at last, of "Project Park", the Jurassic Park Collaborative project! Featuring Tyrannocon Rex, a retool Kingdom Megatron, and JP93, a (seemingly smallish) Deluxe with a licensed Ford Explorer alt mode. While JP93 seems to be 100% new parts, the engineering appears to have similarities to Cyberverse Deluxe Prowl. The Jurassic Park crossover set is up on Amazon for $104.99 with release planned for November 1st. Click here to preorder now from Amazon (affiliate link). Other retailers will carry the set beginning in December. Meanwhile in other crossover news, Jtprime has dug up product copy for an Amazon truck Optimus Prime, which sounds like it will be Earthrise Optimus retooled to be a licensed Volvo cab-over-engine semi truck: There has always been more to Transformers robots - but now fans can experience how these larger-than-life characters unite with other characters, teams and people who also have this special quality thanks to the Transformers Collaborative. There's a lot more to Prime - a truckload more. Two worlds collide in this Transformers Amazon Prime Mash-Up Pack. A special delivery from Optimus Prime! The leader of the Autobots adopts a new mode and presents himself as the iconic Amazon Prime Truck. He believes that every sentient being (with a Prime Account) has a right to fast delivery. The figure can be transformed into a licensed Volvo Amazon Prime Truck in 37 steps and impresses with decor and details that are inspired by an Amazon Prime truck. It even includes 2 small Amazon Prime boxes that can be stored in the trailer. Ready to protect his shipments from all threats, Optimus Prime brings his ion blaster and a matrix of leadership that can be inserted into the character's chest. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. The VOLVO trademarks (word and device), other related trademarks, if applicable, and the Volvo designs are licensed by the AB Volvo Group. THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION: There's more in Prime - a whole truckload more TRANSFORMERS-AMAZON PRIME MASH-UP: All sentient beings have a right to fast delivery. Here you can be sure that Optimus Prime will arrive on time (unless you are a Decepticon) INSPIRED BY AN AMAZON PRIME TRUCK: The Optimus Prime figure can be transformed into a licensed Volvo truck in 37 steps and impresses with a decor and details that are inspired by an Amazon Prime truck THIS OPTIMUS PRIME TOY COMES WITH GREAT ACCESSORIES: Contains an ion blaster, a matrix of leadership that fits in the chest and 2 small Amazon Prime packages that can be stored in the trailer PACKAGING IN THE AMAZON LOOK: The packaging is inspired by the Amazon Prime packages and shows the iconic black and blue Amazon Prime adhesive strips as details And finally, an update on Project Bat finds the listing originally seen on Amazon Australia now carries ...
This week: We hope you like beasts, and are open to non-union voice acting. Because we've got some news for you. News Beast Wars Kingdom screencaps Transformers Tuesday: Shattered Glass Goldbug, but no T-Wrecks yet Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Details from Ben Yee
This week: Make sure you look both ways before crossing the street when Transformers Heavy Metal debuts. The News TFCon tickets on sale Bumblebee Thrust leaked Megatron “replica” helmet at Gamestop Transformers Heavy Metal AR Game Road Rage is a Target-exclusive Takara Tomy Online Toy Show Deluxe Waspinator Leak?
This week: Shattered Glass Bumblebee movie Soundwave. Okay. Siege Megatron, again. Sure. But let me tell you about this Nucleon Quest Convoy I got. News Transformers Premium Finish Wave 2 Revealed Takara Tweets MP-52 Starscream 2.0 Production Sample Photos Transformers Generations 2020 book Shogo Hasui interview translation Part 1 Cyberverse Roll N’ Change Figures BBTS Exclusive ThreeZero Transformers: Bumblebee DLX Shattered Glass Soundwave and Ravage is up for preorder ($249.99) Pop! Retro Toys - Transformers: Soundwave with Tapes DNA Designs Studio Series Grimlock upgrade set
This week: Someone got the manifest on this ark wrong, the bird has been paired up with a car. Not sure how that's going to turn out. News Transformers Tuesday Reveals Sideswipe & Skywarp 2-Pack, And More! (Apparently official) in-hand pictures and video coverage of The Ark First leaked look at Kingdom Road Rage Beast Wars Megatron and Optimus Primal soft vinyl figures from Cutie1
We're getting a new 4K edition of TFTM, a deluxe Gnaw, a voyager Wreck-Gar, AND maybe the best Toyhax sticker set ever?! Well, this has been a pretty great week. The News May 2021 Fan First Friday Reveals G2 Optimus Prime from Toyhax