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Like most things from the 1980s, Jem and the Holograms have enjoyed a comeback with reruns on The Hub, a complete series DVD set, and premium-quality doll re-dos from Integrity Toys. Now, their OTHER rivals from the 1980s, the Stingers, finally get toys of their own!

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Mark Mothersbaugh, Aquabats
Mark Mothersbaugh is just a simple farmer-scientist father to a robot. Sure, some folks might know him as a leading member of New Wave band Devo, or as a soundtrack composer (who gave us the familiar sound of a Wes Anderson movie), or even as Mark the art teacher on “Yo Gabba Gabba!” But, as seen in the exclusive clip below, he is now part of musical super hero lore as Jimmy the Robot’s dad on “The Aquabats! Super Show!Read More...

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Has success changed the Aquabats? The Emmy-nominated "The Aquabats! Super Show!" is back for a second season on The Hub, and band front man/series creator Christian Jacobs describes the positive response to the show as "surreal." "The Aquabats have always kind of been the nerd fraternity in the music scene, the Lambda Lambda Lambdas. We've always had a fanbase that's been loyal to us and we've been steadily growing over the last hundred years we've been a band."

Still, Jacobs says, he was worried that the live-action/animated series might not resonate with kids. "We all like it because it references things we grew up watching," he says, noting the mix of Saturday morning influences at the heart of "Super Show!" which ambitiously blended genres and formats in its first season (Jacobs will tell me later it was a little too ambitious, perhaps).

Fortunately, this colorful, kinetic, musical series did just that, earning another batch of episodes with the Hub, and allowing Jacobs and his band of misfit musicians and sometimes superheroes to have more adventures involving space, monsters, space monsters, and whatever other oddities Jacobs and the show's writers can throw at the domino mask-wearing heroes. "I go to my kid's soccer games and kids call me 'Bat Commander' and stuff," he says. "It's a show for kids, but really it's a show for all of us."

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By Zack Smith

Loyal and obsessive fans of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” can rejoice – there are yet more outlets for you to spend your hard-earned money with a new line of MLP plushes…and a way to make a Pony of your very own…y. Read More...

MTV Geek is pleased to provide you with an exclusive clip from the latest  "Transformers Prime Beast Hunters" ! The episode, "Prey," will air Friday, April 5 at 7:30pm EST, and it will feature the arrival of a new Autobot to Team Prime -- just as the Decepticons unleash the ultimate Autobot hunter. Read More...

By Aaron Sagers

In the world of voice acting, Peter Cullen is a prime player. The Canadian performer had success in the early 70s on variety shows like “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” and “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” but it is the children of the 1980s – and, subsequently, children of the nineties and aughts – who claim him as an icon.

Since the “Generation 1” 1984-87 Sunbow Productions cartoon “The Transformers,” Cullen has been the definitive (and unmodified) voice of Optimus Prime: the leader of the Autobots from the planet Cybertron; possessor of the Matrix of Leadership; and, well, most of the time, a transforming tractor-trailer robot-in-disguise. By this writer’s count, Cullen has voiced Prime in eight video games, three animated series, three live-action movies, an animated one and a theme park attraction. Read More...

Watch: Transformers Prime 'Rebirth' Clip

When I asked "Transformers Prime" executive producer Jeff Kline what made the Predacons, the new faction making their debut on the third and final (more on that in a bit) season of the series tonight on the Hub, here's what he told me:

If there’s one word: power. The audience probably has a good idea of how powerful the Decepticons are and who’s the scariest ones and who’s capable. Now we are bringing in this x-factor with many more question marks.

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Having Seth Green hang around your place would be cool, right? The "Robot Chicken" co-creator seems like a laid-back kind of cat who'd be fun to talk to. Unless he'd been dead for a couple of thousand of years, was stealing your toilet tissue, and laid-back to the point of lethargy.

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If you haven't had the pleasure of listening to legendary voice actor Peter Cullen talk about his work as Optimus Prime (and far-reaching career in animation and voiceover), you're in for a treat. The guy is a consummate storyteller with tons of animation history in his head and recollections about working on shows like "Transformers: Prime" and "Voltron."

In this exclusive clip from Shout! Factory's DVD and Blu-ray release of "Transformers: Prime Season 2," Cullen talks with former CNN host Larry King about what being the head autobot means to him. Read More...

The first two volumes of "The Haunting Hour," the newest TV series based on the works of kids' horror author and "Goosebumps" creator R.L. Stine, hit DVD recently from Shout! Factory. Stine, whose work typically places kids and young adults front and center of stories featuring supernatural terrors, peppers his work with some pretty obvious and simple morals for his audience.

But for a kid watching this show, how messed up is the R.L. Stine-verse? It's not just scary and unfair, but actively out to get you. You wouldn't just be prey for ghosts, haunted dolls, wall monsters and bullies, but a skewed scale of cosmic justice that was just the worst. Oh, and if you were an otherwise decent person who happened to screw up just once, it could mean your doom. So with that in mind, I looked at some of the potentially traumatic life lessons a viewer might be able to take away from the first two volumes of "The Haunting Hour."

****Spoilers below!****

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Last time they took down Unicron. This time, they've got to face something worse.

The second season of the Hub TV series hits DVD on November 20th and Blu-ray one week later. Bonus features and hi-res box art after the jump.
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After releasing the first half of season one on DVD back in June, Shout! Factory is following up with all 26 episodes from the first season of the Hub TV series on September 25th.

The set contains the entire first season fugitives-from-justice arc of the updated series which has some similarities to the recently-delayed big screen counterpart. Right now, the only special feature detailed in the Shout! Factory announcement is a behind-the-scenes doc from the series, but they also promise more details about the three-disc set in the coming months. Hey, it's a step up from the previous DVD release which was barebones.
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Full Disclosure: I've seen 52 episodes of The Hub's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Am I a fan? Not really, but I don't hate it either. You see, I am beholden to the whims of a nine year-old evil genius who manages to run roughshod over me when it comes to TV viewing, so seeing Rainbow Dash rushing headlong into trouble is now as common as witnessing Spider-Man doing the same. The show is surprisingly funny, with some jokes hitting the same all-ages flair as those found in Adventure Time and Regular Show, and we watch it together while hating on Applejack -- She's so needy! Anyway, while recently roaming the aisles at Meijer and looking for the new Hasbro 3 3/4" Avengers Hawkeye, I came across a temptation beyond compare: blind bagged toys! Not just any old pieces of hidden plastic, mind you, but My Little Pony! Knowing my addiction to secret toys AND my daughter's love of the cutie-marked equine, I grabbed a few and decided to review 'em.-- Cause why the hell not, right?

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A completely unexpected turn from the Hub TV animated reboot of G.I. Joe: that it would be a recession-era riff on The A-Team with Cobra transformed from a global terrorist organization to nefarious corporatists. It's not strange that the series, aiming at slightly older viewers than its 80's incarnation, would use a big, evil corporation as the villain (Motorcity is another recent title to do so, and faceless corporate baddies are easy to hate), but the curious thing is how underneath the whole show is a seriousness and very pointed observation that life is hard and people are poor in America right now.

That's not to say that the show has anything especially smart to say about it, but it's just right there, clearly visible to kids watching the show. While the first 13 episodes in this two-disc set from Shout! Factory don't tell us what Cobra's big, evil plan is, we know that whatever it is involves upending communities, pushing average people out of jobs, and managing their media message. Read More...

In Transformers: Prime, which airs the penultimate episode of its second season tomorrow, Ernie Hudson plays government man Agent William Fowler, a human liaison between Federal authorities and the Autobots. A regular on the series since it began, Hudson's character is a gruff, career tough guy who, over the course of Transformers: Prime's two seasons has developed a tentative trust with those alien mechanical visitors. The Ghostbusters and The Crow actor was kind enough to chat with MTV Geek about his experiences lending his voice to Transformers: Prime while giving us the inside scoop on Agent Fowler.
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