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Video Review - Transformers: Age of Extinction Flip'n' Change Grimlock, Smash'n'Change Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Video Review - Transformers: Age of Extinction Flip'n' Change Grimlock, Smash'n'Change Optimus Prime
Date: Saturday, April 19th 2014 6:18am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transformers and Power Rangers Toy Reviews

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Views: 13,105

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.





IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
Date: Wednesday, April 16th 2014 12:15am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al

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Views: 12,133

The City Speaks
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
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!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
Enter Windblade


Story

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.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
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.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
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.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
*shivers*


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.

Art

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.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
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.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
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.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #1 Review
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.

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Video Review: Transformers Age of Extinction Deluxe High Octane Bumblebee

Transformers News: Video Review: Transformers Age of Extinction Deluxe High Octane Bumblebee
Date: Wednesday, April 9th 2014 8:44am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): allanmonster111

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Views: 21,804

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.


Video Review: Transformers Age of Extinction Deluxe Crosshairs

Transformers News: Video Review: Transformers Age of Extinction Deluxe Crosshairs
Date: Tuesday, April 8th 2014 4:56pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): allanmonster111

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Views: 18,411

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.


Video Reviews: Transformers Age of Extinction Deluxe Dinobots Scorn and Slug

Transformers News: Video Reviews: Transformers Age of Extinction Deluxe Dinobots Scorn and Slug
Date: Monday, April 7th 2014 4:03am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Vangelus

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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.




Video Review: Transformers Age Of Extinction Voyager Evasion Mode Optimus

Transformers News: Video Review: Transformers Age Of Extinction Voyager Evasion Mode Optimus
Date: Sunday, April 6th 2014 2:38am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): Darryl Laughy

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Views: 36,229

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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Video Review: Transformers Age of Extinction Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review: Transformers Age of Extinction Voyager Grimlock
Date: Friday, April 4th 2014 12:12pm CDT
Categories: Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Vangelus

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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.


Age of Extinction 1-Step Drift and Grimlock Figure Reviews

Transformers News: Age of Extinction 1-Step Drift and Grimlock Figure Reviews
Date: Wednesday, April 2nd 2014 11:43pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: ScoutBumblebee | Credit(s): Fires_Of_Inferno

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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: .

MP-13B Ratbat Video Review

Transformers News: MP-13B Ratbat Video Review
Date: Sunday, March 30th 2014 11:35pm CDT
Categories: Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): Peaugh

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YouTube reviewer Peaugh has posted a 1080p/full HD video review of Masterpiece Soundblaster's companion cassette, Ratbat. Thanks to the Hasbro release of Masterpiece Soundwave, many collectors have been bitten by the cassette collecting bug due to all of them being packed in with Soundwave, and Ratbat's no exception, but with him being available only with a high priced foreign repaint, he's somewhat out of reach for many. Before you go and spend the money, find out if Ratbat's as good as the previous releases and worth the dough.

You can see our full galleries of Masterpiece Soundwave, Soundblaster and Ratbat by clicking on their hyperlinked names.

We've embedded the video below:



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IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Finale (DC 12) Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Finale (DC 12) Review
Date: Wednesday, March 26th 2014 2:23am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al

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Views: 25,808

As You Were
(Spoiler free-ish)


WARNING: While the review does not contain spoilers for the issue at hand, it may reveal previous plot points from previous RiD and MTMTE issues.

Synopsis
IT GETS EVEN BIGGER! Okay we lied when we were talking about last issue… but this issue is as big as they come. It’s all come down to this moment—every scheme, every lie, every moment of heroism, every relationship, every rivalry… if CYBERTRON falls, so falls the universe!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Finale (DC 12) Review
What he said


Story

As March comes to an end, ReGeneration One concluded, Conspiracy is over, it's also time for the IDW ongoing Transformers crossover to do the same: the culmination of Dark Cybertron is here, after months of plotting, scheming, stalling and more scheming on behalf of Shockwave, James Roberts and John Barber. And by months, I mean all the way back in Spotlight: Shockwave, Shadowplay and Shockwaves - so years, really.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Finale (DC 12) Review
Things, so many things


If I were to do a summary of where we are in order to get to this issue, I'd be writing for ages, so make sure to check out the Previously page to make sure you're caught up on all that has gone down. But we are here, on Cybertron again, with all the cast in one place - including the dead - the Ammonites attacking en masse (70 billion is a big masse) and Shockwave collapsing time, space, reality, the universe and everything into his giant, one-eyed purple 42 self.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Finale (DC 12) Review
Maths


Take Barber's penchant for continuity issues and their stitching, Roberts' flare for dialogue and their overall plotting skills, and this is what you get. Jhiaxus, Starscream and Metalhawk deal with each other in not entirely surprising ways. Brainstorm and the Dead Universe survivors (sort of) banter and bicker. Punches are thrown, blows are received. Dialogues and monologues abound.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Finale (DC 12) Review
Of course you do, Brainstorm


But the overall, overarching main big bad and true protagonist of the story has been, and is up to this issue the once fabulous senator Shockwave. Seeds were scattered way way back, and the reaping comes now - with a conclusion that is actually really satisfying for a number of plots. Not all of them, but more on that below.

Art

Phil Jimenez returns to work on layouts as he did all the way back on Dark Cybertron #1, with pencil work this time by Brendan Cahill and inks by Brian Shearer. And I like it, I really do! They handle very big shots really well, and the panelwork is astounding in some places. They also manage to imitate, without copying, Milne and Griffith's styles in some particularly impressive splash pages, too (see above).

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Finale (DC 12) Review
..okay


It does help that the colour work is once again attended to by the technimagicolourist Josh Perez. There is a sense of continuity with prior styles while still retaining the differences where needed (mostly in softer hues and lines in faces). And there is a lot of light(s) in this issue, natural, artificial, explosive, fiery, timey - he covers them all well, as expected.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Finale (DC 12) Review
Dem shadows


Tom B. Long does a marvellous job with lettering, too. A lot of explosions, fizzes and particularly noisy moments are well worked by him, and there's some nice nifty font work going on in dialogues too. The covers are fewer, but by now means lees impressive: Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr tackle both cover A and the massive Metroplex wraparaound retail incentive, with a gorgeous Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente Shockwave cover B (in the thumbnail).

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

I said above that, while the issue does conclude the Dark Cybertron arc and storyline really quite nicely, it does not show an actual conclusion. Is this a bad thing? No. These are ongoings. The issue has set up the next three (two plus one) series very very nicely, while rounding off what had to be done. We get Megatron's change of ..everything, Optimus' return as a Optimus, the Decepticons a bit at a loss, and a reluctant Cybertron in the hands of a Starscream again.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Dark Cybertron Finale (DC 12) Review
Are we..?


If the initial issues of the event were a bit slow in build up, the later section of the run definitely picked up, quite nicely too. There wasn't the usual feeling of rushed endings from MTMTE or the lull from RID, and the pivotal role played by everyone's favourite purple cyclopic robot was, well, pivotal, but also nicely, at times movingly, executed. I feel both satisfied about the run and intrigued about Dawn of the Autobots. Bring on next month!

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #90 - Dark Scorponok
Twincast / Podcast #90:
"Dark Scorponok"
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Posted: Monday, April 7th, 2014