Fembots are few and far between in the Transformers universe, even more so in toy form, so when Windblade was announced, fans eagerly anticipated even just the slightest of info. With her creation being the result of fan input via poll, we've waited and waited for her release and because we helped bring her into the TF universe, the wait's been difficult. Now after all of this time we're finally getting close to seeing her in hand, but until she hits stores, reviews and more pictures will have to tide us over.
A review is what we have for you today. Seibertron message board member Optibotimus has filmed a review of Generations Deluxe Class Windblade and you can see it by clicking the embed below:
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In an article published on the comics section of the LA Times, IDW Publishing founder Ted Adams and chief editor Chris Ryall talk about the company, where it started and how it got to be what it is now, 15 years after its creation. And the Transformers show up too! Check out the whole interview here, and some relevant robotic snippets below.
The metamorphosis into a major independent player was complete when IDW won comics command of an army of robots in disguise.
“It sounds very trite to say it this way, but the one that really feels transformative to the company is when we started doing the Transformers,” said Chris Ryall, IDW Publishing’s chief creative officer and editor in chief, who joined in 2004 and helped land the license the next year.
“People were going, ‘Wait a second, who is this little company in San Diego that was suddenly awarded this giant licensed property?’” Ryall said, noting that IDW won franchise creator Hasbro’s bidding process over larger and older publishers. This summer’s blockbuster movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” included a character, Drift (voiced by Ken Watanabe), created in the company’s comics.
The editor, who has seen IDW’s monthly slate grow from about 10 titles a month to 60-70 titles a month in his decade at the company, and Adams both noted that, whether it’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” or “Godzilla” or “Star Trek,” the company doesn’t pursue licenses unless it has people on staff who are already fans of the franchises.
Digital ventures are bringing people who rediscover comics on iPads and smartphones back into comic book stores, Adams said, citing anecdotal evidence and financial statements from IDW and other publishers that show print and digital revenues growing together over the last couple years. The company also is reaching out to kids in such stores as Target and Toys R Us with Micro Comic Fun Packs for its “My Little Pony” and “Transformers” titles that include sticker sheets and the like – an effort Adams said has been a hit, with more titles, including “Skylanders,” lined up.
PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE! WINDBLADE seeks out the last refuge she has left, the living city METROPLEX as his malfunctions intensify! WINDBLADE realizes that even if she survives STARSCREAM, METROPLEX himself may doom them all!
And so we've had explosions, more explosions, scheming, Predacons, bar scenes, torture scenes, world building, a fantabulous Starscream and so far, a plot that does not seem to want to resolve itself in any way that may have been indicated by writer Mairghread Scott up until this very moment - does it pay off? Is this final issue in Windblade's story, for now at least, a satisfying conclusion? Keep on reading...
Evidence A: Fantabulous Starscream
Scott writes some magnificent Starscream narrative, alongside Windblade and Chromia's - the latter in particular, especially in this issue - and how the three key players interact on the grand scale stage of Metroplex, Iacon and Cybertron.. and maybe even further than that, as we find out more about Caminusand the Camiens, Metroplex himself, and some continuity-bending that would make Barber blush.
Evidence B: REDACTED
The plot throws us some bones, which turn out to be herrings, of the red kind, pointing in all the possible wrong directions before establishing and setting up the actual endpoint to the story started in issue 1 - which is not actually the end of the issue at all. Of course, the actual clues were there all along, and quite in plain sight, looking back.
I'm obviously not going to spoil the climax and denouement, but I do have to say that while the apex of the running plot itself was, in fact, almost anti-climactically played out, everything - everything - else happening around it is so astoundingly powerful that it more than made up for it! (So much so I just used an exclamation mark.) But more on that below.
I'm not entirely sure what more I can say about Sarah Stone's artwork that I haven't commented upon in the first three reviews. But this issue does highlight what it is I really truly enjoyed in this début run for the new artist: her characters' expressions. We get anger, concentration, satisfaction, smugness, despair, hope - we get rounded personalities captured in linework, by way of faces, bodies and interactions.
Evidence C: Intense
All of that is before you even consider the excellent layouts and panelwork, with some truly experimental, slightly non-linear (dat final page), but not bordering into abstract just yet, pages, splashes and spreads. Then you get the colours. And the contrasts of light, of monochromatic blocks versus all-white or all-black backgrounds - something showed off on the cover, too.
Evidence D: Words, panels, revel
Tom B. Long's lettering does some masterfully crafted complementary work to the already great artwork, rendering Scott's sounds and words vividly on the page and in characters' heads and voices, and beautifully fitting between Stone's lines, with fonts, hues, colours and fading effects alike. And just to keep us guessing, two Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr covers, one with Windblade, one with Chromia (see thumbnail).
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
A truly magnificent ending to what is clearly, obviously, just the beginning of a long long story to unfold in the Transformers universe, from MTMTE to Primacy to Empire of Stone to RID - where we'll see Windblade again not too far in the future - which, as I said, if it does tone down the plot resolution, it does so by amping up absolutely everything else, with a personal reaction that hit as far as Soundwave's arc in RID, or the C/R one in MTMTE.
Evidence E: AMPING UP
Sometimes, as a comics reader, one should just revel in the pure aesthetic, sensory pleasure of a book as object, of the colours as feeling, of the story as layout, of the words as sounds. This comic has allows all of that, and sets up something so big it will make several people complain. But I, and I suspect many many more, do not care. At all.
Images from the latest issue of Figure Oh! magazine have started to make their way around the internet. We already got a look at the most interesting bits last night, the new prototype images of Masterpiece Star Saber. The rest are figures we've seen before with the exception of a new retail campaign Astrotrain Micron. He's a translucent redeco of the Payload Mini-Con packed with Generations Legends Cosmos. He can be obtained by sending 3000 Yen on Transformers: Lost Age products at Toys"R"Us Japan locations in August.
Masterpiece Star Saber Prototype
MP-22 Ultra Magnus
Officially Licensed Non-transforming Scorponok from Sentinel
Movie Advanced G1 Deco Wheeljack
Dual Model Kit Age of Extinction Optimus Prime
BAPE Masterpiece Optimus Prime
Transformers Expo Japan Black Evasion Optimus Prime
Yet another exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Transformers franchise, and this time we're in South Korea! Check out below more information about the public event, running until October 10th in Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, featuring life sized replicas, artwork and more.
Transformers turns thirty this year, and to celebrate, relevant artifacts and props alike have come to Seoul.
An exhibition at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza features life sized Transformer robot favourites, such as Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, as well as Bumblebee's automobile counterpart. Splattered on the walls are giant pictures of the newest movie in the franchise "Transformers: Age of Extinction," and original art musings.
This showing arrives on the heels of the franchise's fourth movie, directed by Michael Bay. The film features fantastic cinematography, as well as ubiquitous advertising by both American and Chinese companies.
Transformers began as a Japanese toy, and the American company Hasbro picked it up. There are the good guys, the Autobots, and the bad guys, the Decepticons. Even at the toy stage, these two species of the same kingdom were always fighting for glory. These toys have spawned generations of spin-offs, including comic books, animated television shows, board games, and the wildly successful movie franchise that debuted in 2007.
The white walls of the Design Plaza prove fitting for this Transformers exhibit. Between the artwork, the pictures, and everything else on display, so much talent is present. This showcase will be available for public viewing until Oct. 10.
Finally for this week, IDW Publishing continue their collected reprints of the original Marvel run of Transformers comics, with the seventh volume of Transformers Classics! Check out a glimpse at the volume below, remastered for all your nostalgic needs.
Transformers Classics, Vol. 7
Simon Furman, Bob Budiansky, Ralph Macchio (w) • Andrew Wildman, Frank Springer, Don Perlin (a) • Guido Guidi (c)
The historic roots of The Transformers are re-presented for maximum Cybertronian enjoyment. Collects issues #77–80, the Headmasters four-issue series, and the three-issue Movie Adaptation. Freshly re-mastered and re-colored, these stories are accompanied by an in-depth introduction as well as select issue notes by Mark W. Bellomo.
TPB • FC • $29.99 • 276 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-987-3
Collects the final issues of the original series!
Courtesy of the fine folks over on the Planet Iacon Facebook page we have an image from one of the Japanese hobby magazines featuring new images of the Masterpiece Star Saber prototype. The images give us our first look at Saber and the vehicles modes. We also get a look at MP-22 Ultra Magnus, the Movie Advance G1 style Deluxe Wheeljack, and the massive non-transforming Scorponok figure from Gigantic Action.
Once again the Transformers Columbia Facebook provides us with a new set of official product images, this time is the upcoming Transformers Generations Voyager Class Brainstorm. This highly anticipated figure comes complete with Headmaster Arcana! Check out the images mirrored below:
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