The video series Super Power Beat Down
has pitted Optimus Prime (the movie version to be specific) against the most technologically advanced superhero on Earth: Iron Man! This unofficial video plays out a battle between the two titans, but leaves the end result up to the voting public. Who is the winner? You'll have to watch through to the end to find that out - keep reading to see the video!
YouTube channel Madame Pom News has posted a new Rescue Bots clip from the next episode showing the introduction of Quickshadow! Voiced by Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who
), Quickshadow... well, she explains herself in the video, so if you don't mind Spoilers
for this week's episode of Rescue Bots, click through and see for yourself!
While at Botcon we naturally spent as much time as we could spare down at the Hasbro booth to see all the fantastic new and upcoming toys to look forward to. Besides snapping hundreds of photos of all the displays over the course of the weekend, we did a set of display case overview videos as well. The displays were split in two groups, one featuring Titans Return and Platinum, the other Robots in Disguise and licensed merchandise, with Combiner Wars crossing between both. We've split the videos accordingly, and you can watch both embedded below right now!
In a throwback to G1 and the Microchange toys that preceded it, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra has announced a new collaboration with Hasbro that sees Soundwave becoming a tablet! Namely, the Mi Pad 2, a tablet popular enough in China to supplant Apple's iPad. The new Soundwave features a 30-step conversion from its painstakingly authentic 7mm thick (nonfunctional) Tablet Mode. The price is set at approximately $20 USD. Keep reading for photos and a video!
A video clip has been going around Facebook today, and despite what the April 1st date here might lead you to think, this one isn't a silly prank. The video is a demonstration of what the builder called "The Transformer", a remote control car that turns in to a walking, moving robot all under its own power. The video demonstrates all of these functions, plus gives a general overview. Sound familiar? This video is from March 2015, and a few weeks after this was posted, we reported on Grant Imahara tweeting about a robot of the same design at the RoboGames. We have the new clip embedded below, so go take a look!
The Transformers Facebook page has posted a new video showing off Titans Return. The minute long video is a fast-moving showcase of some of the early product assortments, including the first round of Titan Master heads, Voyagers, Leader Blaster, Soundwave and Powermaster Optimus, plus Fortress Maximus. Perhaps most notably, we see what may be Galvatron's finalized deco, and it probably isn't what you're expecting. We have the video embedded below, as well as numerous screencaps, so keep reading to have a look!
Coming by way of Taiguer on Facebook, we've got a really entertaining video tonight. It seems that for a recent auto show, Kia Motors Corporation developed quite a display piece: a fully transforming vehicle! The SUV is seen to split its panels and (very) slowly rise to a standing posture. The "vehicle mode" is of course just an SUV shell around the movable frame, but it's interesting how the final result bears more than a little resemblance to early Diaclone car robot designs. We have the video embedded, so click through to check it out!
The Transformers Official YouTube channel has posted a short clip of Optimus Prime from RID Season 2! Intended for Australia, the promo seems to have no region lock and features Optimus Prime showing off the abilities he learned in the Realm of the Primes... like temporarily changing into environment-appropriate
camouflage! We've embedded the clip for you below - click through to see it!
Ben Yee from BWTF.com has posted a video to his Youtube channel showing Cerebros, Titan Class Fortress Maximus's head component at the Hasbro showroom this afternoon. In the video we get to see Cerebros transformed from head mode to robot in a process almost identical to the G1 toy, as well as hearing the figure's electronic sound, followed by a quick look at Emissary, Cerebros's Titan Master being transformed. We've embedded the video, click through and take a look!
"Autobots, you have the power to combine!"
The official Transformers YouTube channel has posted a new TV spot for Combiner Wars! While the only CG featured is of the Superion from last year's ads, the live action footage highlights Sky Reign as he prepares to do battle with Bruticus. Click through to watch it!
We have a video mirrored from the Chinese Youku streaming video service that gives us a look at the full process of transforming the new Masterpiece Hot Rod. As expected from the older photos, a majority of the car shell is compressed within the torso and backpack. Once everything is unfolded, it seems the front wheels won't even touch the ground due to some leftover robot elements under the car. Otherwise it seems like everything comes together solidly for both modes. Keep reading to check out the embedded video.
While TakaraTomy is region-locking their weekly Beast Wars videos on YouTube, ironically they're not
apparently doing so on Japanese streaming site NicoVideo. This week, after the Beast Wars recap, QTransformers Arcee shows off the grayscale prototype of MP Beast Convoy! The video can't be embedded, so keep reading to see screengrabs and a link!
The Hasbro Studios Shorts Youtube channel has posted a quick trailer today to promote the return of Robots in Disguise. While we're not sure when season 2 will be premiering, the video does set up the premise of expanding the search for Decepticon fugitives on Earth. While there's not much more specific info given than that, we do get a look at a number of quick clips from (most likely very early) episodes of season 2. We can probably expect to see more teaser content as we get closer to the show's return. Keep reading to check out the video!
Hasbro Studios has posted two new short videos to preview the upcoming seasons of Robots In Disguise and Rescue Bots! The RID video is a recap titled "Meet The Autobots" and (re)introduces the expanded cast going into Season 2 - including Windblade, Drift, and Optimus Prime. The Rescue Bots Season 4 Trailer also focuses on an expanding cast, including new female Rescue Bot, Noble. Embedding has been disabled for these videos, so keep reading for links!
Following up from the in hand photos of Deployer Overload earlier today, we have a twenty second toy commercial featuring the Cyclone-type Mini-Cons and Overload, from the official Hasbro Youtube Channel. The video offers a quick demo overview of the behavior of the Cyclone Mini-Cons, along with a brief animation of Overload transforming at the start. Keep reading to take a look at the video, embedded below!
TakaraTomy has posted a new video - narrated by QTransformers Arcee! - to announce the 20th Anniversary of Beast Wars! It seems largely to be a recap of the series, but an "event" is promised - and we've got a spiffy new 20th Anniversary logo. Keep reading to be confused!
We've spent most of this year talking about Titan Class Devastator, and it's no stretch to say that it was the big news item of 2015. With TakaraTomy's version of the set released earlier this month, it's safe to say The Year of Devastator is just about over with. So it feels appropriate that we get to close this chapter with a new video from youheidx, showing in stop motion form the unboxing, transformation, and combination of the Unite Warriors version of the Constructicons in to Devastator, giving us one last fun look at the toys that captured so much of our attention. Click through to watch.
David Kaye - voice of Megatron throughout Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and the Unicron Trilogy and the only person to voice the character more than Frank Welker - has posted his annual Christmas greeting to fans of the show. This year's video is a recitation of Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song," which even if you don't know by the title you will likely recognize if you've been out shopping in the last month. Keep reading to see, and check out Mr. Kaye's YouTube channel for the past four years' worth of Megatron greetings as well!