Menasor - Machinima

Machinima’s New Transformers: Combiner Wars Cartoon Looks Awesome!

The war that was waged on the planet Earth has been over now for forty years. Both Autobots and Decepticons have put aside their differences…mostly…to return to Cybertron and live in peace under the leadership of Rodimus Prime, the Mistress of Flame (From the IDW comic book series), and Starscream. But what will happen when ancient Cybertronian technology is uncovered that allows groups of Transformers to merge into powerful Combiners?
Rodimus Prime - Mistress of Flame - Starscream - Combiner Wars
Well…judging by that image of Menasor from the new trailer that just went live on Machinima’s YouTube channel, rampant amounts of destruction and mayhem will be caused and lead to all out war with the Combiners!
Menasor - Combiner Wars

It certainly looks like that the council of three will have to send out the call to Optimus Prime, who has either been banished or has walked away from the burden of leadership since the end of the War.
Optimus Prime - Combiner Wars
Judging by that trailer though it also looks like perhaps Optimus Prime and Megatron will have to put aside old grievances in the hopes of saving Cybertron from the Combiner Wars!
Megatron - Combiner Wars
The new series, which is eight episodes will debut on August 2nd exclusively on go90.

NES Classic Mini

Prepare Yourself For The NES Classic Mini Commercial!

About a week ago the news broke about Nintendo releasing the NES Classic Mini to we fans of nostalgic and classic gaming later this year. While thanks to that announcement we learned what 30 games were going to be built-in with the console’s release – and just follow that link up top to see what an amazing roster of titles has been chosen…we didn’t know the price of the NES Classic Mini nor it’s release date.
NES Classic Mini - 30 Game Roster
That has been rectified with this delightfully charming commercial from Nintendo itself…the NES Classic Mini is going to be affordable at $59.99 and will be available on November 11th.

[Via] Nintendo

I am looking forward to this product very, very much. I’m even saving a can of Hi-C’s Ecto-Cooler to enjoy when I get to visit some old video game friends this Fall!

Billy Mitchell - Great Big Story

Billy Mitchell On Achieving First Perfect Game On Pac-Man

The other day on Facebook I was sent a link by the Retroist’s own Gary Burton to this short but interesting interview with Billy Mitchell from Great Big Story. Mitchell not only discusses what it felt like to be the first Player to obtain a perfect game (achieving 3,333,360 points) but also goes into a little detail of the difficulty of achieving such a feat and the acclaim that went with it.

Images courtesy of Great Big Story.

Images courtesy of Great Big Story.

The interview looks to me to have been filmed in one of the King of Kong arcades but I’m not sure about that nor why there is so much video of Mitchell playing Ms. Pac-Man while talking about the original Pac-Man game – however the champion certainly shows some means skills which only stands to reason and a pretty sweet trick during the interview.

[Via] Great Big Story

Captain Power Phoenix Rising

Power On With This Captain Power: Phoenix Rising Teaser Trailer!

About five years back, around the time of the complete Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was released on DVD, there began whispers of the property making a comeback. It turns out the time is nigh for the rebooting of the Captain Power series entitled Phoenix Rising – in fact original series co-creator and producer Gary Goddard (1987’s Masters of the Universe) is at the San Diego Comic-Con letting fans get their first taste, a teaser of what we can expect.

But before we do that, take just a few minutes to watch this original TV ad for the fondly remembered series…

[Via] Lugnutsoldcrap
….now after watching that television commercial you just might notice they adopted a similar style but for the new series Tim Dunigan who originally played Captain Jonathan Power will instead this time play the role of Dr. Stuart Gordon Power – the Father of Jonathan Power and creator of the Power Suits.


The pilot episode has been written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (Primeval: New World) and Todd Masters of MastersFX will provide the special effects for the series. The show will present a world dealing with the war against the Overmind that took place 15 years previously when Jonathan Power discovers the Power Suits his Father had a hand in creating…giving humanity a chance to fight back against the bionic armies of the New Order.

I want to give a huge thanks to fellow Retroist writer Daniel XIII for giving me the heads up on the teaser and to Deadline Hollywood for the scoop on the the story line for the upcoming series. Now…I just need to see how this new series is even going to try and top how AWESOME Blastarr was!

[Via] Animattronic

Highlander 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray - Lionsgate

There Can Be Only One…30th Anniversary Highlander Blu-Ray And DVD!

When Highlander was released to theaters back on March 7, 1986, I was pretty excited. It was one day after my birthday and being the weekend it meant that we were heading out to the 62 Drive-In to see a new movie. Try to keep in mind that pre-internet it was easy and quite common to not know anything about a film except for what you could glean from the theatrical one-sheet.

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

Which was the certainly the case when my Father and I saw the movie. About ten minutes into the film we turned to each other in amazement at just how much epicness we were seeing unfold on the Drive-In screen was nothing short of epic. The movie also helped to cement my love of Sean Connery as well as Queen…

[Via] Queen Official

When Highlander was released to VHS it was one of the rare movies we purchased at full price – it was watched almost daily. As the 30 years have passed by I may not watch Highlander every day anymore but I still make sure it’s gets a viewing at least once or twice a year. Which is why I was so excited to learn that Lionsgate is set to release an Anniversary Blu-Ray and DVD on 9/27.

[Via] Robatsea2009

The release info is a little scant at the moment but this is what we know so far:

  • The Making of Highlander
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Interviews with Director Russell Mulcahy and Actor Christopher Lambert
  • Archival Interview with Actor Christopher Lambert
  • Audio Commentary by Director Russell Mulcahy

*Subject to change

I want to give a huge thanks as always to IMP Awards for the awesome Highlander poster used in the post above and we will be sure to update you with any additional info as we receive it.

Saturday Frights Ep 58

Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 058 (Intermission IV)

Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will discuss a particular horror movie or horror themed TV episode from the Retroist Vault. On this show we had set out to discuss 1981’s Happy Birthday To Me…then while on our little road trip we get sidetracked. Then things get scary.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook.

The Music normally at the beginning of our show was provided by Peachy (The Bernard Herrmann of Wales), if you have musical needs why not contact him at peachy@Retroist.Com. And be sure to “Like” his Facebook Page before he goes out and rents a horse and carriage….

The ending music for the show is entitled “Twisted Toys” and was provided by Tony Longworth, you can visit his site by clicking that link provided or hopping over to his SoundCloud Page!

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Famous Monsters of Filmland is the port of call for that salty Daniel XIII!
Gary Burton can be found right here on the Retroist!

Power Records - Superman

Retro Records: Superman – Weatherspoon’s Catalyst (1975)

Great Krypton! Welcome back friends to another installment of Retro Records! This week we have a 1975 Power Records’ Superman LP story for your listening enjoyment entitled “Weatherspoon’s Catalyst”!

The story concerns a young biophysicist named D. Allison Weatherspoon who has just completed the creation that he is sure will absolutely change the world for the better, he calls it Voila – and it will provide an affordable and limitless power supply. Wanting to get the word out about his discovery he phones WGBS where a very interested Clark Kent makes the young man promise not to reveal his discovery until it can be handed over to Superman who will make sure that it will be used for the betterment of humanity.

Too bad for Weatherspoon that his phone call has been monitored and a group of evil-minded individuals abduct him before Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen can get to the young’s man home. So the question is…can even Superman rescue Weatherspoon before the formula for his catalyst is stolen through the use of a truth serum?

Find out the answer for yourself on Retro Records as we give a listen to Superman: Weatherspoon’s Catalyst!

[Via] Retroguy 1985