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Postby Va'al » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:43 am

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Courtesy of geek culture news site The Mary Sue, we get to look at some exclusive images of Windblade, the fan-created character whose first appearance was in this week's issue of More Than Meets the Eye! Check out the images below, and some snippets from the interview with Mairghread Scott, writer of the mini-series featuring the character, starting in April (which will apparently also feature Starscream, Blurr and Chromia).

Jaydot: The TFWiki entry about Windblade is pretty sparse. We know she’s got a “fancy sword” and turns into a jet, and there’s almost literally no other info about her. Without getting into too much background detail, which I understand might be spoilery, can you elaborate at all on who/what Windblade is?

Mairghread: To be fair, beyond being a jet and a sword fighter I started with a pretty blank slate when I developed Windblade, so don’t fault the wiki for that one. The most important thing for me when constructing Windblade was to make her a fully three-dimensional (read: flawed) character, so if I had to pick one word to describe her I would say that Windblade is trying. She’s an optimistic, hard-working Transformers character who is genuinely interested in helping others, but she’s also been dropped in the aftermath of a millennia (for real) long war that she was not really part of, so while she’s a very competent character, she’s way behind the curve when it comes to knowing who’s who and what’s what on Cybertron. This actually makes Transfomers: Windblade a really good starting point for new readers because almost everything on Cybertron is as new to her as it is to someone just entering the brand.

What’ll be the overall tone of the book? Transformers can run the gamut from very kid-friendly to very mature (although even Transformers Prime had its extremely dark moments, see the whole Silas storyline, for example). While I have no doubt Windblade will have its emotionally impactful moments, are you aiming overall for something lighter or more fun, or is this a much more serious endeavor?

Transformers: Windblade is, at its core, a story about hope: who has it, who doesn’t, what does it cost and when is it worth (and not worth) that price. So you should expect a story that runs the entire emotional gamut. That said, Transformers: Windblade will definitely be fast-paced and fun because Transformers as a brand is so fast-paced and fun, but hope in the hands of someone like Starscream can be a very dangerous thing and Windblade, who is so centered around the idea of hope, is going to learn that the hard way.

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If you’ve never read Transformers, you should read it. Transformers: Windblade is a perfect jumping on point and designed to show off all the best (okay, all my favorite) parts of this brand: fantastic characters, imaginative landscapes, awesome fight scenes and, yes, even humor.

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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Anonymous. » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:14 pm

That Blurr des needs a toy.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby emptythreat » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:19 pm

A pass. No issue with fembots but not a fan of either the way they're being shoehorned into this corner of the IDWverse which is genderless. I probably also wouldn't have been as annoyed by it had the author not made some odious comments attempting to speak on behalf of all women. Had this been a Prime book or Animated no-one (including me) would have found even the slightest amount to react to. And on top of that those Stone sketches look awful. I realise they're just sketches but...
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby MR Optimus Prime » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:32 pm

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WHERE have I seen a story about FIVE new airplane characters dropped into a centuries long war that wasn't theirs. Who were new to Cybertron, and also had to figure out who was who the hard way? (Cough G1 cartoon Cough)
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Fires_Of_Inferno » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:47 pm

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I don't mean to sound sexist or anything, but does anyone else notice that both Starscream and Blurr have more feminine figures than Chromia?
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby kaijuguy19 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:54 pm

Windblade's personalty so far seems interesting. I can imagine this is where the conflict between her and Screamer came to be.

I'm digging the drawings Sarah Stone made too. They seem to be a blend of IDW and TFP in a good way. I like how Chromia's supposed vehicle window acts like a riot shield.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Coptur » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:55 pm

Empty threat you're odious and who're you to say how a woman can comment on other women. They look like boys and girls to me and most other people

I'm looking forward to it and I think it'll fun
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Mkall » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:58 pm

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If Chromia's toy looks similar to that sketch, I'll be a happy Mkall
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby kirbenvost » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:04 pm

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I'm interested to see how this series (and character) turns out. As I'm collecting all of the main IDW continuity, I'll definitely be picking it up.

Chromia looks awesome. I hope that's similar to the upcoming Deluxe figure. :D

I do agree Starscream & Blurr look more feminine than usual, but out of all the characters that could be drawn that way, they're most fitting. What I like most about all of these designs is that they scream personality. Definitely looking forward to this. :)
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Manterax Prime » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:08 pm

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Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:I don't mean to sound sexist or anything, but does anyone else notice that both Starscream and Blurr have more feminine figures than Chromia?


I believe these are merely concept art as Chromia's form in the comics greatly differs from what we see here. For now at least. It may be she gets a new altmode and a new body structure to go w/ it just like Windblade.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Banjo-Tron » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:18 pm

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All talk of gender aside, this Windblade character makes Drift look not quite so utterly, utterly cliched and beneath contempt in comparison. It's like bad fanfic accidentally given the green light. I love these versions of Chromia and Blurr however.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby ZackRoyer » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:26 pm

Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:I don't mean to sound sexist or anything, but does anyone else notice that both Starscream and Blurr have more feminine figures than Chromia?


Me too, But I was afraid to say it and be raged to death.
Nothing against feminine designs but, either you change completely the gender (I don't like it, but some people do) or you maintain original character proportion (look at that starscream head, what the flick!)

They look like Kpop singers.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Mindmaster » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:35 pm

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So I'm the only one that (at least) sorta likes that Starscream design? Bummer. :-(

Though I will say I don't care for the proportions of his wings. That's really all that bothers me.

I'm liking Chromia's design. I don't know what else to say besides that without being awkward.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Nemesis Maximo » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:47 pm

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I love how Starscream looks in that sketch. I wish the toy pulled of that look so well.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Noideaforaname » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:03 pm

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It's kinda like Armada and Prime Starscreams had a baby. =P~

Chromia's transformation looks like it'd be pretty lazy. Fold the body into a box-ish shape, snap the windshield (HA!) on top, and done.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:30 pm

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MR Optimus Prime wrote:WHERE have I seen a story about FIVE new airplane characters dropped into a centuries long war that wasn't theirs. Who were new to Cybertron, and also had to figure out who was who the hard way? (Cough G1 cartoon Cough)
Well, it sure is a darn good thing we won't be getting THAT story anytime soon since the war here has been good and over for a while now and Windblade's being dropped into the AFTERMATH of the war that wasn't hers.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Moonshot » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:30 pm

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That Blur looks awesome, maybe a tad bit too much hips, but cool looking. Windblade looks a lot like the WFC Shockwave with turbines and painted face head EDIT: Oh yea and metal boobs. Maybe its just me.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby MasterSoundBlaster » Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:21 pm

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Blurrz wrote:That Blurr des needs a toy.

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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Henry921 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:00 pm

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So it seems this'll be Windblade opposing Starscream in some form; possibly while he's still more or less in charge of Cybertron.

That premise sounds interesting, and while I'm not thrilled with all of her comments, I do think Scott has her strengths as a writer...

...damn it all, I guess I'll read the comic included with the Windblade figure.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Down_Shift » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:26 pm

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Meh. Those designs are too far gone for my tastes. Sure Chromia looks feminine, but Starscream and Blurr look feminine too which makes them look ridiculous.

If this arc is anything like ROTD then I'm out. That whole thing stunk from top to bottom.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Fires_Of_Inferno » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:15 am

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I do like the way she looks here though, Chromia I mean, not Windblade (still gonna pop her head off and put something else there if I can). I really hope we get a Chromia figure. Transformers is REALLY lacking in female characters that aren't Arcee and Blackarachnia.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:20 am

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To my anime-accustomed eyes at least, SS and Blurr seem to have generic "bishonen" (pretty boy) physiques and faces.

Chromia looks rather tomboyish, but it works.

From what I've seen of Windblade, not exactly a fan of the overall design.

No comment on the story, as I don't read the comics.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Darth Jumpy » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:23 am

I am getting real interested in this. The writer wrote several episodes for Prime that made Miko fun and likable, which is quite an accomplishment.

Though I hope that they reveal why there are now more female Transformers in the IDW universe pretty soon, if not in this series. I just want a better explanation than none.
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Va'al » Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:19 am

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Darth Jumpy wrote:I am getting real interested in this. The writer wrote several episodes for Prime that made Miko fun and likable, which is quite an accomplishment.

Though I hope that they reveal why there are now more female Transformers in the IDW universe pretty soon, if not in this series. I just want a better explanation than none.


The Windblade mini-series will address exactly that: where do Windblade, Chromia and Nautica come from, and why do we only find out about them now? :D
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Re: Meet Windblade: Interview with Mairghread Scott and Blurr, Chromia, Starscream Designs

Postby Mindmaster » Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:59 am

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Va'al wrote:...where do Windblade, Chromia and Nautica come from, and why do we only find out about them now?


Didn't you know?

It was definitely wizard aliens. >:oP

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