With Michael Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" fresh on everybody's minds, Shout Factory has done what any good business would do. They're releasing something to tide fans over until the movie hits theaters. We get a little taste of two generations of Robots in Disguise with "Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee" and "Transformers Armada: The Complete Series."
"Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee" collects four episodes of the hit television show on one DVD. Everyone's favorite Autobot steps into the spotlight in "Masters and Students," "Operation Bumblebee" Parts I and II, and "Deadlock." Veteran voice actor Frank Welker continues to bring the dedicated metallic hero to life and steals the show from the big man himself, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen).
"Transformers Armada: The Complete Series" delivers all 52 episodes of the show on eight DVDs. After escaping Cybertron, a ship carrying the Mini-Cons is forced to crashland in Earth's solar system. Millions of years later, the Decepticons are alerted to their presence. It's up to Optimus Prime and his band of Autobots to keep the Mini-Cons and humanity out of danger.
Most people remember "Transformers Armada" as being the show that Peter Cullen didn't voice Optimus Prime for. If you can just look past that, you'll find an exciting series that kicks off the Unicron Trilogy. It's an interesting reboot of the Transformers legend that takes their story in a whole different direction. This series was a joint venture between Hasbro and their Japanese counterpart Takara, which gives it more of an anime feel.
Although there's some sci-fi violence, both "Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee" and "Transformers Armada: The Complete Series" will provide hours of family fun for everyone. They're both vital pieces for anyone who collects anything and everything featuring the Robots in Disguise. If these two releases can't keep transformers enthusiasts happy for another few months, I don't know what can.
"Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee" is available now on DVD.
"Transformers Armada: The Complete Series" is available on DVD.