Seibertron.com member and voice actor jON3.0 returns to his Optimus Prime persona to bring us a look at the Hasbro Playskool Heroes Transformers: Rescue Bots wave of three characters. Check out the embedded video below to see an amusing review of monster truck Optimus Prime, lifeboat Heatwave and motorcycle Bumblebee - and if you like what you see, all three are currently available on HasbroToyShop.com!
EARTHFALL! The AUTOBOTS return to Earth—with OPTIMUS PRIME in command! But what brought them back—and what terrifying secret do the humans hold? A bold new era begins here!
Here we are again, on this blue planet of ours. This round, blue, beautiful, peaceful planet of ours: Eart(h). Which is not that peaceful, or round for that matter, or happy to see any more robots after what happened last time robots were around - yes, All Hail Megatron and the 2009 ongoing. Bit of a mess for everyone, really.
Here's a recap, for our viewers at home
John Barber goes back to wearing his writing hat, and back to the Robots in Disguise cast as they see their ranks shifting a little. We get Optimus Prime leading a new team of Kup, Prowl, Jetfire, Arcee, Skylynx, Jazz, Cosmos and Sideswipe - so maybe not entirely the same cast, but it's one with good tensions and chemistry so far. And Prowl being his usual. As usual.
Hellooo Generations Leader Jetfire
The dialogue seems to have lightened up from pre-Dark Cybertron RID, and there is definitely more action, a lot more action, even in the flashbacks scattered throughout the issue, taking place after the first few pages. Pages that feature some glorious fanfiction screenplays written by none other than the only (?) Cybertronian left on Earth last time round: Thundercracker.
Handsome as an F-22 jet fighter
Good dialogue, nice selection of cast and interactions, really nice set-up with both the Cybertronian past, Alpha Trion showing up as a potential goal for the cast, Thundercracker's presence and Earth's inevitable hostility towards incoming Cybertronians. The mix so far is actually pretty good, and everything has freshened up a lot since the Cybertron days!
The artwork duties, for both pencil and ink, flashbacks and present-day settings, are with Andrew Griffith. And my, do his robots and Earth shine. The -ation styled Thundercracker is impressive, and there are so many full page panels in this issue that I'm left in awe at the likes of Skylynx, spaceships, planets, cities and.. well, you'll see. Though I am left a little wondering about some strangely shaped human faces, especially in a couple of Marissa's shots.
Here, have a Metroplex
Colour duties, on the other hand, are split between past and present, between Joana Lafuente and Josh Perez. But they both equally shine their own glossy, refracting, shaded light on their own respective sections. Lafuente's Cybertron looks gritty and grainy, with lasers pewpewing through everything, while Perez' Earth has the right amount of ominous shadows and glorious natural hues.
And a good old purple-badged Megatron, too
The lettering duties fall with Tom B. Long, and dutifully and sparingly does he deliver sound effects and fonts. There are some really good WRUNCH and RUUUUNCH sounds later in the issue. We get three covers again, too, with Griffith and Lafuente on B, Casey Coller and Lafuente on A, and the RI interlocking variant cover by Livio Ramondelli - most of which featuring the big blue face of Optimus Prime.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
Starting again almost afresh after Dark Cybertron? In my opinion, it works. It gives Barber and the Autobots a new playing field, a credible threat, complex negotiations with Earth and the possibility to make the running joke of robots being unable to pronounce trills and fricatives (you try, without lips or teeth or tongue). And it's still connected to what has just happened with Dark Cybertron, and some nice references to earlier stuff (and Megatron's trial, which we'll finally see in MTMTE #28).
Cosmos, going all meta
The art crew do some impressive teamwork, too, with Griffith's art only slipping a couple of times, but showing off some amazing skill everywhere else. Add Lafuente and Perez' colours to all of that, with their slightly different hues and tones, top it off with good lettering - it's a comic worth reading, looking at and definitely buying. I am not concerned about the Earth setting at all, if this is telling of what will happen.
Courtesy of Youtube user Transformers and Power Rangers Toy Reviews, via a tip from fellow Seibertron.com user Fires_Of_Inferno we get a look at two of the simplified Robots in Disguise line from the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction movie. Check out below the embedded videos for Flip and Change Grimlock and Smash and Change Optimus Prime, clearly designed for increased rough play value and endurance rather than transformation or variation in poses.
WHO IS WINDBLADE? In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from—and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS? A powerful new chapter in the TRANSFORMERS saga begins here!
So, that was it for Dark Cybertron. Things happened, characters died (for now), and other, new names showed up across the Transformers board. Make sure to check out the latest Twincast Podcast for some further thoughts on all of that too! Somewhere along the line, we encountered three apparently gendered, and of female gender, characters, introduced by John Barber and James Roberts during the crossover: Nautica, Chromia and Windblade. And here begins the story of the latter two, and their coming to terms with the new Cybertron, eons after their departure.
Eons ago, I tell you
Mairghread Scott is at the writing helm for the first issue in the (as yet) mini-series of four, and she shows the same flare for dialogue that early issues of the Prime: Beast Hunters comics run had. The main cast, Starscream, Windblade, Chromia, Ironhide, Rattrap, even Metroplex and Blurr to an extent, all have their own voices, and interact actually quite well - good humour, nice set-ups and overall decent action, too.
Chromia is one tough cookie
I've seen complaints about Windblade's naivete towards Starscream in particular, but I believe that is what makes the comic work so well. The readers, mostly, *know* what everyone on Cybertron is already like. We know them, all of them. Chromia and Windblade have yet to learn, and believe you me, by the end of the issue they have an idea of what awaits them.
As a first issue with entirely new characters dealing with an unknown scenario, it definitely hit all of the buttons I wanted it to. It does world-building with Caminus and the home and roles of Windblade and her companions, links it all in to the current continuity, and it doesn't feel stretched or shoe-horned in. Add to that the good dialogue and actually good monologue too, and you've got me very interested. And oh the bar scenes.
Now, the artwork. We knew it was going to be quite different from what we've seen so far in the franchise, and we saw how good it could be from the covers - but newcomer Sarah Stone hits it so far out of the park that it comes all the way back and slams you in the head. Artfully. There's character expression, and excellent panelwork, good personality to the designs and the art really fits Scott's storytelling.
Ironhide looks so.. glum
The colours, you might ask? It's still Stone, working her magic through lighting, shading, gloss and darkness. The blackouts running through, the different environments, the switches between settings and moods - Stone gets them all perfectly in her colours, with some amazing stuff happening while inside Metroplex and during the random power cuts. And that one page. Wait for that page.
I mean, come ON
Really exceptional lettering work by Chris Mowry too, with some particularly creative and poignant effects in the 'after' sequences (you'll see when you read it). Other than Stone's subscription cover, we get some excellent stuff from Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente on A, and Livio Ramondelli on the interlocking incentive one too!
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
So, is it a buy? Yes. Gods yes. You will not regret picking this one up, especially after the strange feelings that came with Megatron's return all the way back in Robots in Disguise #12. Transformers: Windblade in this one issue has done what RID wanted to when it started: political intrigue, games of exhaust fumes and chromed steel, one of the sexiest, most devious Starscreams to this day, and all with *two* entirely new characters added to the mix.
Onwards, for more!
And then, just to top Scott's writing off, we get the icing of Stone's artwork and colours, with some nice little decorations from Mowry. The story is frustrating, anger-inducing, enticing, funny, intriguing and full of excellent moments of backstory without hamfisting it out or sledging in hammers. You'd do yourself a disservice by not picking it up, it's a beautiful piece of work.
Yet another Transformers: Age of Extinction figure review! After yesterday's video on Deluxe Crosshairs, YouTube user allanmonster111 has sent us a link to his next one: Deluxe High Octane Bumblebee, with its Classic Camaro alt mode - check out the embedded video below.
Continuing the slew of video reviews from the first wave of Transformers: Age of Extinction toys, Seibertron.com user Fires_of_Inferno has alerted us to another one on YouTube. Check out below a new deluxe Autobot character, the seemingly trigger-happy Crosshairs, and his green 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 alt mode, courtesy of reviewer allanmonster111.
Fellow Seibertron.com members Fires_of_Inferno and mooncake623 have kept their eyes peeled on Vangelus' YouTube channel, as two more reviews have been uploaded: Transformers Age of Extinction Dinobots Scorn and Slug. Scorn is a red Spinosaurus in dino mode, while Slug is a big purple Triceratops, and both feature fairly knightly looks in robot mode! Check out the embedded reviews below.
We've reported on the various versions of newly redesigned Optimus Prime, from First Editions to Leader Class, but the one everyone seemed to really take notice of was the Voyager Optimus with the shotgun that looked like Megatron's from DOTM and what seemed to be a flat nose alt mode. Turns out he's what everyone thought he was at Toy Fair and thanks to official images, we've seen more detail and the overall design, but we haven't seen the one aspect everyone has wanted to see, and that's the transformation. Well, that is, until now.
Thanks to YouTube reviewer Darryl Laughy we get a look at the actual Transformers: Age of Extinction Voyager Evasion Mode Optimus Prime figure!
You can see the figure, the transformation and hear Mr. Laughy's thoughts by checking out the video review embedded below.
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We've seen the one-step version of the Dinobot leader, but now, thanks to fellow Seibertron.com user mooncake623 and YouTube reviewer Vangelus we get a look at the actual Transformers: Age of Extinction Voyager Grimlock figure! Check out the video review embedded below.
Seibertron user Fires_Of_Inferno has linked us to a review by YouTube user MisterFanwank of the 1-Step Autobot Drift figure. This figure is geared toward kids as opposed to collectors, so it’s a pretty basic toy. The video gives a good look at both the vehicle mode and the robot mode. The reviewer also shows us how he can do some interesting tricks with Drift as you would with a “butterfly” knife. Check out the video here: .
Fires_Of_Inferno has also posted another video review, also by MisterFanwank of the 1-Step Grimlock figure, which gives a display of both modes as well as the transformation of the figure. It is also more geared toward kids, but has a slightly more difficult transformation process than the Drift figure. You can watch the full review here: .
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