In a lot of ways, the TRANSFORMERS are like BATMAN. At the core, you know the basic gist, but they can be re-worked for different age groups and interests, from preschool to grownups, lighthearted to completely dark. I dig that, and TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS are a prime example of how the franchise can be molded - to get kids into that robotic action at a young age, with fun stories that help teach the virtues of safety and kindness. There are no battles with the Decepticons here, instead placing a team of Autobot Rescue Bots (at the request of Optimus Prime) on the island of Griffin Rock, Maine, where they work side-by-side with their human friends to learn valuable lessons each week. Airing on The Hub Network (where Season Two just began this month), Shout! Factory Kids has been handling the DVD side of things, and the latest collection, HEROES ON THE SCENE just hit the streets.
When TRANSFORMERS: ARMADA launched in the summer of 2002, I missed it completely. While aware of it's existence, it was a different time in my life, and despite a love of TRANSFORMERS dating back to it's launch here in the United States back in 1984, ARMADA and the rest of what would become known as "The Unicron Trilogy" mostly escaped me on television. I did, however play the 2004 Playstation 2 game that was based on the show. Eventually, I caught a few episodes in repeats, but have now caught up over a decade later with the new Shout! Factory release of TRANSFORMERS: ARMADA - THE COMPLETE SERIES.
Originally released back in 2011 as CAPTAIN THUNDER or "El Capitán Trueno y el Santo Grial," PRINCE KILLIAN and THE HOLY GRAIL is the Americanized title for the DVD release of this film, based on the Spanish comic book series, El Capitán Trueno. Slated for an April 29, 2014 bow via Shout! Factory, details on this 12th Century "swords and sorcery" tale can be found below, along with the announcement trailer...
As a kid that grew up with Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS and was there in 1984 when it all began, I don't recall Bumblebee being a big deal. Back then, he was a HERBIE-like Volkswagen Beetle - one of the smallest Autobots of the bunch, and although a fun toy, it was characters like Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus and Jetfire that really grabbed me. Fast-forward thirty years, and Bumblebee is big deal - a fan-favorite for a whole new generation of kids (and some grownups, too) who dig the lighthearted "scout" 'bot in his current form - that of a Chevrolet Camaro (in the live-action films), or the similarly-designed, though completely fictional, "Urbana 500" as he appeared in the recent series, TRANSFORMERS PRIME.
March is shaping-up to be a great month for TRANSFORMERS fans of the... smaller variety. On Saturday, March 1, TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS will return to The Hub Network for it's second season, kicking off the action with two back-to-back new episodes at 1pm ET/10am PT. In “Road Trip”, a tricky transporter takes Cody for a crazy ride and Kade takes on a high-flying rescue mission. In “Sky Forest," Cody and Frankie find themselves going head to head in a town inventor contest, leading to a jealous divide between the two. To make matters worse, Frankie's contest entry gets out of control, not only threatening her friendship with Cody and the Bots, but the safety of the entire island. But the action doesn't stop there, as Shout! Factory Kids has announced TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: HEROES ON THE SCENE for a March 18 DVD release.
As January continues to fly by, there's a solid set of new kids and family home video titles hitting the streets this week. From The Hub's THE ADVENTURES OF CHUCK & FRIENDS, to new collections from perennial favorites like SESAME STREET and the PEANUTS GANG, there's something for kids of all-ages. Check out the full rundown of this week's new discs, right here on The Rock Father.