Live from a hotel room in Louisville, Kentucky, this slightly jetlagged reviewer brings you a fresh update frome the 2016 BotCon event, in addition to the stellar work the news crew are doing in updating on the ground situation: a review of the event exclusive 'Dawn of the Predacus' comic - read on below!
YYYYEEEeeeeeeEEESSSSSssss... (Spoiler free-ish)
In the last 48 hours of the Great War between Decepticons and Autobots, new measures are taken, paths chosen, fates decided, and acts of sacrifice kickstart a whole new saga...
A comic which is clearly, undoubtedly, obviously, a pack-in story with a set of toys. A big toy advert. A narrative tying together toys that share a theme. Easy to get wrong. And yet, John-Paul Bove in his first official IDW Transformers writing gig, delivers a story that works on a number of levels.
Much as anticipated in the interview we conducted with him, the comic contains a very good balance of fictional universes, setting up threads between G1 and Beast Wars which we both know the developments of, and others that could still yield something very very different - time will tell if we'll get an exploration of the latter, I suppose.
I laughed for a good minute, here
What works particularly well is the blend of lighter-hearted humour to what is, effectively, a fairly dark chapter in the history of the two narratives, and the end of a war in general - once again as a testimony to the two universes, with the G1 gravitas (resulting silly at times) and the BW intentional silliness.
Corin Howell fits this melange excellently, too, with artwork focusing on the fraught, tired, elated - and wonderfully skeptical and sarcastic - emotions that are running amok across the different factions, not just two as we might think. The simpler, cartoony style fits the tone set by the script, and still delivers some great pages with a grim undercurrent.
(Wanted: rubber ducky!)
Both of which are undoubtedly helped by Bove returning in his role as colourist on the book, injecting his own authorial perspective of tonalities and emotive hues to the visual side of things, helped out by letterer Chris Mowry from the IDW stables. The lighting definitely heightens that contrast pointed out above, with contrasting, but not jarring, results.
What maniacal laughter?
Visual and verbal together, you might ask? Read some thoughts below, and make sure to look closer at the two covers available for the comic at the event, variant by Sara Pitre Durocher and string pulling, and 'regular' cover with all the souvenir characters by Robby Musso (both in thumbnail).
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
Having read this in-hand, on-site, as soon as I possibly could, I feel odd giving a review and a mark to the book but you know what? It's good, and not just as a 'let's featured all the new toys and some old ones and sorta mash them together' way. Compared to previous releases from the BotCon team, we are several notches higher here, even with the full reveal of the souvenir figures in its pages - and even the main cover.
The Knights of Ren Prime
That may very well be Bove's writing, and the control he has over the art with colouring Howell's work, but the synergy between the two is palpable, as the overall tone of the book is set well by mixing light and heavy, positives and negatives, humour and gravitas, past and future. If you get a chance to read the issue, please do. It's truly enjoyable.. in fact, it's just Prime.
We bring you today the Transformers Rescue Bots official images gallery. There are a couple of firsts in these upcoming Rescue Bots toys. Morbot is the first transforming villain Rescue Bots toy while Quickshadow is the first female Rescue Bot. Also if you take a look at Sideswipe he looks like RID Sideswipe in robot mode. You can check out the gallery here or click on the images below.
We've already brought you the new Transformers Robots in Disguise reveals from Toy Fair 2016. Now we are proud to present you with an expanded gallery with close-ups from the showroom floor.
Some of the highlights are:
Power Surge Optimus Prime & Minicon Aerobolt
Warrior Class Windblade
Warrior Class Scorponok
Warrior Class Grimlock with Minicon Playability
Minicon Lord Doomitron
Minicon New Slipstream
Minicon 4 pack with Autobot Dragonus, Bash Breaker, Lord Doomitron, and Lancelon
Platinum Edition Robots in Disguise Voyager Grimlock and Bumblebee
One Step Changer Bisk
One Step Blizzard Strike Sideswipe
One-Step Changers/Advanced Optimus Prime
One-Step Changers/Advanced Strongarm
Legion Class Groundbuster
Legion Class Blizzard Strike Drift
Battle 2-pack Sideswipe with Minicon WindStrike
Battle 2-pack Strongarm with Minicon Sawtooth
Powersurge Heros Bumblebee with Minicon Buzzstrike
Powersurge Heros Sideswipe with Minicon Windstrike
Three Step Energon Boost Bumblebee
Three Step Drift
Some additional tail-end news from he New York Toy Fair 2016 comes in the form of a video of the promo reel that Hasbro were showing in their area during the event, as site owner Seibertron took the time to capture it during a conversation with Ben Montano of the Transformers Brand. Featuring the Prime Wars trilogy - with Combiner Wars as part 1, Titans Return as part 2 and still no confirmation on part 3 - with some ads we have seen before, and some new artwork promos that were probably shown during the Hasbro webcast in the room itself. Check it out embedded below!
Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host, ScottyP along with Counterpunch, Megatronus, Rotorstorm, and Tigertrack! Sit down, tune in, and enjoy as we discuss all the latest news, toys, comics and more.
Episode #137 "The St. Valentine's Day Toy Fair" is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.
Even though it's Valentine's Day weekend, we are excited that Toy Fair is finally here! (P.S. thank you to all our significant others for taking a little time away to talk about Transformers for 2 hours )
Our very own Seibertron is in the thick of the excitement in New York City and will be updating us throughout the night with new photos and videos. Even though over the last few months we have seen many images leaked for the upcoming Titans Return line, we are still keeping our fingers crossed for some new and exciting figures.
So many pictures, so little time! As we take a moment to paruse the amazing photos coming in to the Seibertron Galleries, the Twincast discusses some figures that were teased prior to Toy Fair but left us feeling unsatisfied, until now. Powermaster Prime, Wheelie, Blurr and Scourge made their "in the plastic" appearance and you'll have to tune in to hear what we think of these updated characters.
It wouldn't be Toy Fair without the reveal of a new Platinum Edition set, right? Well this time, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie, this year's (K*Mart exclusive ) is Cyclonus, Scourge, and a Sweep! Do we need another Cyclonus? Oh wow, is that Devcon from Botcon? Listen in as we get this early impression a bit wrong.
Of course, we can forget about this lovely ray of sunshine, Sentinel "Not Ginrai" Prime:
(Ouch, my eyes!)
We decide to step away from the Titans Return line and focus on another line with some pretty neat reveals, Robots in Disguise. With 2016 being the anniversary of Beast Wars, and no official announcement from Hasbro that they are planning new figures - does the newly revealed Scorponok toy show that they might just be teasing us?
Another interesting Platinum set has also been revealed, a Robots in Disguise Grimlock and Bumblebee set. We're excited to have another opportunity at Takara's Battle Grimlock retooling, and of course, another Bumblebee "Supreme Mode" deco for our swarms.
Then the conversation just gets depressing, in terms of sports anyway. Panthers, you had one job.
After that short off-topic interlude, we try and figure out what is up with Windblade all of a sudden?
This girl had some work done.
Thanks to Toy Fair, we've finally been shown a more accurate version of the fan built bot Victorion. Does this new image change our minds on her? Guess you'll have to tune in to find out.
This one did too, and she looks a bit better.
In celebrate of the 20th Anniversary of Beast Wars, we continue on with our special segment on rewatching the television show. In this episode, we'll discuss our thoughts on episode 2, the simply titled "Beast Wars: Part 2".
Prepare to see this image in our posts a lot this year!
We finish up tonight's episode, in celebration (man another celebration? Geez) of Valentine's Day, with a question that we are sure everyone has had to deal with.
I can feel my heart beat fast-errrrrrrrr
Well, that wraps things up for another episode! We really hope you enjoyed listening.
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The final wrap-up post from the New York Toy Fair 2016 comes from the Loyal Subjects booth in the Javits Center, featuring not only the already well-known vinyl figures for the Transforemrs, but also a handful of other franchises, such as My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, Power Rangers, and TMNT. The full gallery can be found here, or by clicking on any of the images below!
After the previous post directly from the floor of Toy Fair 2016, Seibertron.com is now also able to bring you a full gallery of the Kids Logic G1 Mecha Nations Devastator, in its tiny, superdeformed glory! Also included is a fuller look at the Comicave highly poseable Transformers figures, both of which were on display at the Bluefin booth in the Javits centre during the event. Click on any of the images below to view the gallery.
The next round-up of non-Hasbro stuff at Toy Fair 2016 sees some actually licensed Transformers products, including a repeat of the previously reported Sun-Stache eyewear. The full gallery, found here, features stationery, headwear, crafts and more. Check out a preview below, and click on any image for the full gallery!
With Toy Fair 2016 quite behind us, and Seibertron back to a stable connection, we have a couple of wrap-up posts about the event, to close off in style - starting with some knock-off products and items on display at the Javits Convention Center, where Toy Fair is actually located (Hasbro is in a separate building at the Times Center nears Times Square). Check out a sample of the gallery featuring Remote Control transforming "Combiner Wars" Megatron Tank and an Age of Extinction Drift Helicopter, Legends Class toys and oversized Rescue Bots Roar and Rescue Dinobots (Heatwave, Chase, Blades, and Boulder) click through to access the full works, and take a look at the embedded YouTube video too!
We all know that Toy Fair, every year, also brings a number of licensed products to the floor - and below we have some images from company Sun-Stache, who produce themed eye-wear of the geekier kind. And that, for us of course, means Transformers. With some Age of Extinction and Generations packaging, there seems to be an Optimus, a Bumblebee and a generic Autobot logo version of these - check them out below!
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