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Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys
Date: Friday, July 24th 2015 11:22pm CDT
Categories: Editorials, Site Articles, Top Lists
Posted by: william-james88

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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.


Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys

I was totally thrown the first time someone told me a transformer had "VHS". I then learnt it was an acronym for "Visible head syndrome" which is when a Transformer's robot head can be seen in alt mode. Sometimes, it isn't noticeable at first glance, but there are times when it is just bad. The worst part is usually how they try to "cover" it, which is usually quite laughable. Lets look at the worst cases of the robot head found on the alt mode.


5. Generations Fall of Cybertron Seeker mold

People seem to really like this mold and I never understood why. Sure, it's accurate to the game but that doesn't mean it is an amazing design. G1 Ironhide was accurate to his debut appearance in Marvel comics and nobody finds that awesome.
Back to these FOC seekers, the robot head is right there, literally center stage for all to see. The face is just flipped on the other side but that doesn't in any way help hide his head which is just a black square front and center. It doesn't blend in with anything and doesn't seem part of the alt mode at all. It is just a vestigial part of the robot, and it happens to be his head. There are many jet transformers where the head is just brought under the jet and we call those lazy, so what's this?

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys


4. Transformers (2007) Megatron Gallery and Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Megatron

These are both dumb to me. I get that the movie and "aligned" universe take hints from one another and one of them is the boldness of Megatron to have his robot head be exposed in alt mode. I would assume he has optics elsewhere than his head, and this also throws the robots in disguise idea out the window but OK, he wants to be bold. He wants to stick it to the man by exposing his head, fine. So why is there this minute and poor attempt to still "hide" it? In both of these movie toys, there is this ever so small panel that is placed over his exposed face. This, to me, just adds insult to injury. Sure, the idea of a voluntarily exposed robot head is dumb to me and takes away from the robots in disguise idea where you wonder what the point of transforming is, and results in very lazy and uncreative alt modes and engineering, but at least it's justifiable in terms of the creator's intention. Trying to then hide that voluntarily exposed head and have it both ways doesn't make a lick of sense and just results in an even lazier looking alt mode and a terrible case of visible head syndrome. And we are only at number 4.

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys


3.Transformers Beast Machines Blastcharge

This guy's visible head is just sad. Like the seekers above, the only "attempt" to hid it is by turning it around to hide his face. But it's worse than Starscream since it isn't in this neat little kibble bed, filling up the alt mode. Instead it is just an extra piece of kibble hanging off the truck's butt. It looks totally out of place and can be spotted a mile away. It's like the engineers got to a point where they had this nice alt mode but were stuck with a left over piece of robot they just couldn't fit anywhere which lead them to set it down randomly. And once again, that extra piece is the head!

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys


2. Transformers Energon Ironhide

This guy is like those earlier mentioned Megatrons only worse due to his exposed face not being intentional (he wants to disguise himself right?). They even have his helmet tilt down ever so slightly to hide his eyes but that doesn't take anything away from having his head and face right there in front of you on top of the truck. This is laughably bad, and I can only think of one toy worse than this.

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys


1. Transformers Beast Machines Silverbolt

How could Beast Machines Silverbolt beat Energon Ironhide? Not only is there nothing done to hide the head in any way, which is not boldly meant to be exposed, but it is placed right between his legs! He becomes a literal d%&khead. This was one of the easiest number one picks ever.

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys

In two weeks you will get the Best cases of Visible Head Syndrome, see you then!

Honourable Mentions: He might be loved by all, and might possible be one of the best Transformer toys of the first decade of this new millennium, but Galaxy Force Optimus Prime still has a very exposed noggin. It is stark blue against a full red cab, instantly taking away any illusion. I mean come on, the G1 toy found a way around that. But hey, it’s Cybertron / Galaxy Force Prime, I couldn't put him on this list. But I will give you a picture!

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys

IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
Date: Friday, July 24th 2015 7:46am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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(Top of the) DINOPILE!
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
GO TEAM ’BEE! BUMBLEBEE leads an all-star team of AUTOBOTS to Earth to find rogue DECEPTICONS… but in this all-new story based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series, they find more than… they bargained for! (You thought we were going to say “meets the eye,” didn’t you?)

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
DINOPILE


Story

After the Free Comic Book Day almost one-off issue by John Barber, new writer Georgia Ball has taken on the task of keeping this series up and going, with a new angle on the almost over first seasons of the new animated show Transformers: Robots in Disguise. And the angle is probably the closest we'll ever get to some continuity with Prime - but how does the rest of the series look with its first issue down? Read on!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
Good old days


What readers need to keep in mind is that this comic series is aimed at a very similar target audience as the cartoon, and will not be playing into the wider TFverse that most of the other IDW titles are exploring right now. That said, the vibrancy and humour of the series is deftly transposed from screen to page, even with the monster of the week formula that only worked for so long in the show.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
Genericon #1234


What Ball's writing brings, along with some really silly jokes (which I loved, I won't lie), is also an interesting look, perhaps even better than the show did, at Bumblebee's discomfort with his position as leader, the unruliness of his 'team' - and the feeling of utter betrayal arising from the final scenes in the book.


Art

A lot of the work done by Ball's script, both on the lighthearted and serious sides of the coin, is wonderfully heightened by Priscilla Tramontano's excellent visual rendition, showcasing a variety of expressions, body language interactions, panel dispositions and layouts, and just a general sense of *fun*!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
Is it..?


Tramontano's colours, too, are sleek, stunning and fun, the characters are fun, are obviously having fun, and so is the artist/colourist! We get references to the wider IDWverse (with MTMTE's My First Blaster making an appearance early on in the issue), and some always excellent lettering from Tom B. Long, who can play around with a lot more sounds than usual. And two great tone-catching covers, by Tramontano and Travis Sengaus/Josh Burcham (thumbnailed).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Given the target audience, the timescale of the comic compared to the show, and what the FBCD issue had set up, this is an excellent debut for a younger reader series, one that ensures to keep the light side of the dynamics between the characters on the show, pokes some fun around at things, and includes the excellent Grimlock and running gags - including the no-nonsense general recap - without driving them into the ground.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
The Decepticon sticker! The Blaster! The teeth!


Ball and Tramontano are set to bring a fresher look at some of the moanings of the older readership, with the ending of both issue #0 and #1 just enough to keep us intrigued while the actual target fully revel in the (I'm running out of words to say) fun! Worth picking up for a new reader, for the art direction and colours, and always worth it for the bouncing dialogue, . And dinobot.

. :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: out of :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT:

IDW The Transformers #43 Review

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
Date: Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 5:45am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Jupiter Condescending
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
COSMOS UNLEASHED! A misunderstood AUTOBOT. A DECEPTICON space station. Cut off from their allies, SOUNDWAVE and COSMOS come face to face… alone.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
Uh-OH


Story

We have been following the side-adventures of Cosmos, in his new, but not as upgraded as it seems, body, new paintjob, new sass. We have also seen glimpses of what Soundwave is up to on Jupiter, and how it might shape the future of what's left of the Decepticon movement - what happens when the two meet?

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
Yeah, ok, expected


John Barber takes a very different approach to how the scenario might have unfolded just a couple of years back, with Soundwave in the driving, silent, cunning - even diplomatic - seat of the action. By placing Cosmos as our window into the Decepticon commune, we gain an entirely different, humorous side to the events.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
Floaty and Big


And Cosmos is not the only relief in an otherwise potentially establishing-heavy issue of politics and ideologies. Barber has found his stride once again, and this title easily sets itself back to the shared vision of an intrigue-based, backstabbing-driven, turning and twisting to avoid debris, broken promises and head into future settings.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
...


And then, of course, you have the human factor, predominantly with Blackrock, his type of humour, his take on things, and his own, personal scheming - though yet to be confirmed as if working with, for or in spite of Soundwave's plans. There is definitely something afoot, and clues are being sown..

Art

We know Andrew Griffith's skill with imposing characters, statuesque Galvatron, stoic Soundwave - and adorable Cosmos, in his smaller, more compact and contained presence among the bulkier Decepticons. And of course, the wonderfully sharp 'Decepticon bird hecklers' Buzzsaw and Laserbeak in the opening scenes. And of course, just the general design of *everything*.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
SPAAAAAAAA---


The scenes taking place in the wider scope of the Solar System are magnificently executed colour-wise by Josh Perez, too, who masterfully balances the inside of the various sets appearing in the issue with the much more vast landscape of space surrounding them.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
----AAAAAAAAACE


Lettering duties, once more in Tom B. Long's capable hands, remind us that there is no sound in space, but plenty in spaces within space, Big or Floaty as they may be - and the dialogue is perfectly measured for the different interactions. As for covers, both the main Griffith/Perez and Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente help in capturing the tension between the major players in the issue, while the previously seen James Biggie RI variant is just pretty too look at. Very much so.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Perhaps a slower issue, in pacing and advancement of the overall plot - whatever that may be at this point, because I really have no idea, and revel in this feeling - but one that pits two unlikely characters against each other, only to have a very unexpected, deep, meaningful exchange of power and influence. If anything could make me want to see more of Cosmos, this is it.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
It still hurts, doesn't it..?


Barber's writing of Soundwave has always been a personal favourite, and Griffith/Perez's visual rendition definitely adds to the stunning scenarios laid out by the script. The space scenes are wonderfully rendered, in both linework and colours, and the long conversation between Soundwave and Cosmos highlight just how deep the former's ideas run, and how hurt he has been. Heart of gold, indeed. Or is it?

. :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:

Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015
Date: Sunday, July 19th 2015 6:18am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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Another edition of the weekend features of Seibertron.com, and we round up all the creative output of the Transtopia section on the boards! Featuring a slew of art, comics, customs, paint jobs, modifications, original characters, kit bashes, scratch builds and more than that, all packaged in one multi-post for your viewing convenience. Make sure to comment if you like what you seen, either on here or the individual threads - appreciation makes the cogs of this wheel turn smoothly, after all.

THE HELP DESK

Fellow Seibertronian herculesbeetle has been wondering how to best achieve a Wreck-Gar custom with the Animated influence - if you have any tips, head here to help them out!


CUSTOMIZATIONS

Klejpull - Overlord Replica

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


grimlockprime108 - RID15 Ruckus | Warmonger | Marvel Comics Brainstorm | RID15 Ironhide | G1 Skullgrin | Cobra Elite B.A.T.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


Jones - RID Strongarm | DOTM Megatron

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Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


chonosmoon - IDW Pharma

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Omega-Supreme - ROTF Optimus Prime | Metroplex | Omega Supreme

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Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


Cadet Longarm - Cadet Longarm

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[url=/energonpub/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=100729[list=][/list]]carytheone[/url] - CW Rodimus

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SHAPEWAYS STUFF

GlauG - Shapeways Thread

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FAN ART

Hired Goons - Lost Light Insider App

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


SillySpringer - TinkerCAD art

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


amurowes - Transformers the Movie 2 art

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


BeastProwl - Art Thread

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


M3Gr1ml0ck - Profile: Boomdox | Metroplex Team Files

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Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


PHOTO BLITZ

Test your metal, mettle and film knowledge with the Name That Film photo game! Latest screenshot offered, and already answered, below - new one coming soon.

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Madeus Prime - Wanted

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


SW's Silverhammer - Alpha Bravoshock

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Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015
Date: Sunday, July 5th 2015 5:27am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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You will have noticed we've been on a bit of a break on frontpaging Transtopia on Seibertron.com. But Transtopia itself does not rest, at all! Check out below a long-needed round-up of all the production of the creative side of the Transformers fandom, featuring fictions, comics, artwork, photos, mash-ups, 3D printing, designs, concepts, Alpha Bravo, customs, mods, paintjobs and more - and a lot of it. Head on down below to find out what we've been up to in the past month!



CUSTOMIZATIONS

This first project has been months in the waiting, so it deserves just a line to introduce donny1975's Masterpiece scale G1 Control Center diorama. Go look at it. It's magnificent.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


cloudballoon - CW Megatron Feet Extension Mod

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


mcrobocreations - Convoy Conversion Helmet

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


VonDoom - Caminus

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


Hip-Hoptimus Rime - RID15 Jazz Legs

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


spark crusher - DOTM Megatron

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


KnightAero - G1 AOE Ironhide

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


jcartwork - CW Powerglide | Destroy Mode Roadbuster

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


grimdragon2001 - Easy Generations Slammer

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


autobotx23 - Generations Ironhide

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


Flashwave - Arms Micron Heavyweight

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hinomars19 - Energon Rodimus and Demolisher

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MarkNL - Generations Legends Optimus Prime

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Fuhzimota - CW Minerva

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


Crosshairs Customs - TFP Rodimus

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


grimlockprime108 - Generations Serpentor | RID15 Targetmaster Scourge | BW Uprising Shatterpoint

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Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015



BUILDING BOTS

Noideaforaname - Kreon Customs

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SHAPEWAYS STUFF

Tresob - Legendary Accessories

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


GlauG - Shapeways Thread

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


NON-TF

Wraith Verge - 1/60TH MAZINGER Z, BASE AND JET SCRANDER

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FAN ART

OptimalOptimus2 - Transformers: Advanced Combat - The Quest for Energon

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KirbyForce1 - Kirbyformers: Alpha Trion

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


Caelus - Transformers/Assassins' Creed Propaganda

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smdudajr - TF Prime: Lockdown

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015



Demonology7789 - Art

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


Cyrax2112 - Apples in the Sink: Fantasy Football

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


SillySpringer - gIMP art

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


amurowes - Transformers the Movie 2 art

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


Cobotron - Cobotron's Art-o-tron

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


Soundwavesvisor - Soundwave Cosplay

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


M3Gr1ml0ck - Wrath of the Ages 6 | Untold Marvels | Lost Seasons: Solaris

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Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


Verno - Transwarp: Csirac 3

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


FAN FICTION

Stormtalon - TF Prime: Proving Grounds 4


amurowes - Transformers The Movie 2 - The Untold Story

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Verno - The Warning After


PHOTO BLITZ

Test your metal, mettle and film knowledge with the Name That Film photo game! Latest screenshot offered, and already answered, below - new one coming soon.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


Madeus Prime - Wanted

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


MagnusLabel - Transformers Music Albums

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015


SW's Silverhammer - Random TF Pictures

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keelo1027 - Cooking With Grimlock | Pics

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Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 5th, 2015

New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer
Date: Thursday, July 2nd 2015 1:46am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032

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Seibertron.com is proud to present our newest galleries:

G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime and Doubledealer

With this set, we're well on our way to having our biggest year of Transformers galleries, beating out 2014 which was our biggest year to date!

Up first? Powermaster Optimus Prime and his Powermaster Partner Hi-Q. This was a rebirth of Optimus after he died a horrible death at the hands of his eternal enemy Megatron in Transformers The Movie in 1986, and what a rebirth it is! Not only do you get the usual Optimus cab and trailer combo, but instead of a battle platform springing to life like his original trailer, you get a fully armed battle station! And Hi-Q gets to join in on the fun as he can interact with the weapons while Prime mans the main station. The best, however, was still to come because you could now combine Optimus with his trailer to form the biggest, baddest Optimus the US had ever seen... Powermaster Optimus Prime and he rocked it hardcore!

And would you take a look at that price tag from 1988? *sighs* :shock:

Last, but certainly not least, is Doubledealer! This double agent could change from Autobot robot to Decepticon buzzard to a missile carrier truck and back! But, much like Optimus, he could only do so with a little help from his friends Knok and Skar! With a shoulder mounted cannon and rifle formed out of the missile he's carrying, this walking weapon of mass destruction was just as deadly as he was two faced...literally!

Take a trip down memory lane with us and check out their galleries below and when you're done, come to forums and share your thoughts, memories and experiences with these two blasts from the past!

G1 1988 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer


G1 1988 Hi-Q

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer


G1 1988 Doubledealer

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer


G1 1988 Knok

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer


G1 1988 Skar

Transformers News: New Galleries: G1 Powermasters Optimus Prime And Doubledealer

Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review
Date: Wednesday, June 24th 2015 3:54am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Skids and Nautica's Infinite Playlist
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
“We should’ve known. Being happy: always a sign that somebody was about to die.” —From Knight Quest: The Quest for the Knights, by SWERVE of Helex.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review
Uh oh


Story

Hitting the 42nd issue, More Than Meets the Eye also reaches the conclusion of the first arc post game-changing Elegant Chaos, and the two heavy pauses in between - but beyond the puns involving murder on the dance floor and other Sophie Ellis Bextor lyrics, what horrors does the Vis Vitalis hold? Read on!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review
Killer moves


James Roberts's script takes some time in this issue to use a previously trodden ground and path to actually send us in a new direction, at least for some of the characters involved. If space thrills are part of the manifest plot, it's the latent threads that really shine through, with a series of twists that are more humorous than horrorous.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review
Hot damn


Nautica in particular gets some very nice development, and we're enabled to see her in action and in her own element even when facing the multiple, very different moments of clash with other characters (threating or not) in the issue. Nightbeat is another spotlighter, and one that reveals how MTMTE actually operates after all.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review
Look! A distraction!


However, the issue does not feel as though it reaches the full throttle of what the arc could've done, despite what it does do. Not entirely sure what I was expecting, and this was definitely not it of course, and welcome though it may have been, *something* felt off. Perhaps the shortness of the arc? More below.

Art

Visually, the horror is palpable. Even with the opening dance scene, we are plunged back into the Alien-esque side of story; and forget the Sparkeater from early on in the series, the creatures that Alex Milne conjures up in this issue are the stuff of someone's twisted, shifting yet somehow strangely enticing nightmares - despite, or perhaps also because of, the barnacles.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review
Nightmares, I tell you


In fact, there is a wonderful echo of the recently cancelled Hannibal series, also due to the stunningly elaborate colour work by Joana Lafuente, giving all the hues of terror - and its complete opposite in the resolution of the plot-thread, as we enter the final act of the story.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review
Dem colour/letters


Tom B. Long, as seen above, just keeps shining, too. Some of the highest peaks of tension in the story, and their consequences, just look great in the voices that he helps shape out with the lettering. And on the cover front, the main Milne/Josh Perez variant sets one tone, the vibrant Nick Roche/Josh Burcham Nautica (thumbnail) sets the other, Naoto Tsutshima and Yamaishi capture the atmosphere of the latter part of the issue, and we get SDCC exclusive Combiner Hunter Chromia, by Sara Pitre-Durocher.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The concluding issue to this post-Elegant Chaos arc undoubtedly has a lot of heart and charm (perhaps charisma, too?) in its doings, both from a character perspective, and pacing for invested readers, particularly in the concluding act. It does also, however, feel very quick, and perhaps pleasingly so - leaving a small blip of satisfaction in a wider comedown from the Ratchet issue (eventually, I know). I am still unsure as to what it is that did not convince me as much.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review
It


While things do happen, especially in the character-developing and relationship establishing sections, I cannot shake the feeling that this may have been the most 'filler' arc we have seen so far in the MTMTE series. However, there is just enough lightness and much needed self-undermining and humbling humour to create a dangerously uneasy feeling of content, as we subtly Swerve into the next arc...

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IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review
Date: Wednesday, June 24th 2015 2:25am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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The Doctor is In
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
MORE WORLDS-MORE PROBLEMS! After the events of COMBINERS WARS, WINDBLADE and STARSCREAM race to recruit the lost CYBERTRONIAN colonies to the Council of Worlds-but which of them will control the fate of Cybertron?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review
Perhaps Wheeljack?


Story

Once more, we look at the almost immediate aftermath of Combiner Wars, as one of the minds behind the arc's story takes her writing back to the series that first launched the multiverse. Mairghread Scott dwells on Cybertron, and the many worlds that refer back to it, more or less, and some old-but-new friends make their appearance.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review
Be still my racing heart


Scott's script manages to be fresh while drawing from a number of sources, from Animated to Prime to older material still, and we finally also get a look another of the colonies: Velocitron, and its peculiarly self-assured inhabitants, as Starscream begins to build his empire Council - just as the Transformers fiction re-expands, too.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review
Worldsss


Having someone like Knock-Out, with his Prime personality, is a magnificent counterpart to the snark that Starscream brings to the scene, and provides some great character bouncing off for both Blurr and Windblade. The latter, however, is even better placed next to the more humble Moonracer, while louder egos clash in ..er.. negotiations.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review
Okay, cheesus


Character-establishing, world-building, great interactions, fabulous characters from previous strengths and preferences, the first fully-fledged Windblade issue is a great venture into a wider verse and the smaller realities of the individuals populating it. And it's darn good fun, of course.

Art

While we have seen Corin Howell debuting in the previous issue of Windblade, this is the first time we get to see a full issue featuring her linework, from pencils to inks. And, despite some expected criticisms from readers expecting a 'Stone continuation', I enjoy the Animated-influenced perspective we get in the issue. Some sequences are full of life, and even joy - with some excellent homages and call-backs to what Windblade has already been established as in the previous run.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review
Exhibit A


Thomas Teyowisonte Deer is another very nice addition to the creative team on the book, and the colouring style does fit quite nicely with Howell's line-and-ink performance. Some of the backgrounds are magnificent, though there are some more muted, almost silently contrasted to the otherwise joyous atmosphere of the party scenes. Nonetheless, you can see below what he can do elsewhere.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review
Exhibit B


Lettering is left to Tom B. Long once again, a mainstay in the TFverse by now, and his work blends particularly aptly with Howell's small sound additions in the linework, both in font work and subtlety, and keeps some level of continuity with previous comics. As for the covers, we have another impressive array, with Priscilla Tramontano on main variant, the dramatically splendid Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente Cityspeaker, the stunning Windblade by Naoto Tsutshima and Jet Enter plus the SDCC exclusive Combiner Hunter version, by Sara Pitre Durocher (thumbnail).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

There are many Seibertron.com staff words and thoughts in this review, and thought I should acknowledge them here before I get lost in my own - and overall, we agree on its merits. It's a fun, well-dialogued interaction between different cultures, characters and references that fans from across the franchise will enjoy as it starts laying out the steps to something bigger.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review
And more parties!


So big, in fact, that we may have seen the beginning of Titan Wars dropped in, very casually, in the early pages. There are cameos, there are homages, there are redesigns and reworkings of established elements of the mediatic Transformers universe, and most of all - it's fun. Light enough after the heavy-fisted Combiner Wars, without drifting off, or going off track. Chapeau.

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IDW The Transformers #42 Review

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #42 Review
Date: Wednesday, June 17th 2015 3:22am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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The Morals of the Story
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Synopsis
THE AFTERMATH! The COMBINER WARS are over, and OPTIMUS PRIME faces the aftermath. Meanwhile on Earth, ARCEE confronts GALVATRON over the fate of two worlds.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #42 Review
Sticks and Stones, G


Story

Combiner Wars is over. Sort of. There were many plotlines and threads left more or less dangling, some tidier than others, at the end of the fifth chapter of the IDW event. As both John Barber and Mairghread Scott were responsible for the arc, it's only appropriate that Barber takes the reins again in his view of the CW aftermath in his own title.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #42 Review
Not Pictured: The Aftermath


There are two major plots being explored in this issue, with the focus splitting between Cybertron and Earth once again. On the latter, Arcee and Galvatron have a not really amicable (but more than expected, really) confrontation, allowing all external parties to Prime, Prowl, and Scoop's swift defection to the newly forming Council of Worlds, to catch up and start progressing out of the crossover arc.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #42 Review
(Not) A Recap


The other point of focus, and a magnificently executed one, is Prowl. Prowl and whatever has been chewing at him in the IDWverse. Prowl and his problems with Optimus. Prowl facing his turmoil, and Optimus responding in kind, in an exchange which is just... really well done. I cannot say more than that really, as it has to be followed and read to be fully appreciated.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #42 Review
Good evening Clarice


The issue has all the excellence of early xRID stories, in pacing and dialogue, with the added emotional power of dragging the personal back into the wider scheme of things. Arcee, Prowl and Galvatron obviously take the spotlight, with Prowl above the others - but even Optimus is finally more of a rounded character than he has been at certain turns, and one which confirms the raised eyebrow from past CW issues.

Art

The two plots are complemented by two separate art teams, with a welcome return from artist Andrew Griffith, whose bulky, solid Galvatron and Astrotrain (now with visible mass shifting) bring a good contrast to the edgier, sharper, stealthier Arcee - and which colourist Josh Perez makes sure to give suitable masterful (and toy appropriate) decos to them all, with some dusking, cold lighting surrounding them.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #42 Review
Beefy old man


The Prime/Prowl thread, on the other hand, keeps the continuity of Livio Ramondelli, in what is probably his best work so far on a prolonged sequence, and what a sequence it is. His cinematographic sensibilities, take on the angles, shots and choice of pacing to align with Barber's dialogue is the most suited to such a powerful exchange, that we couldn't have asked for better.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #42 Review
How the tables have flipped


Both the sides of the issue, of course, could not carry their voice strongly enough without the work that Tom B. Long brings to the lettering, adding extra font work where characters make more of an impact, and with D.O.C.'s adorable voice. The cover roster this month sees the established Optimus Prime by Griffith and ..Perez? Burcham? (IDW! CREDITS!), the viscerally stunning Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente Prowl vs Optimus, a maniacally beautiful Galvatron (thumbnail) by Naoto Tsutshima and Lei Kagami plus the SDCC exclusive Combiner Hunter Arcee, by Sara Pitre Durocher.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said, we get both a blend of what worked in older, pre Dark Cybertron xRID issues and stories, coupled with the heightened political is personal/personal is political aspects of both Combiner Wars and the general direction that IDW writers seem to be taking of recent, and no punches are held back. Or elbows. Or heads. Literally.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #42 Review
Oh, and these two are in it, too!


This was a stellar issue, managing to transition effortlessly from the event storyline back into Earth, the Decepticon commune and still deal with the aftermath of some of the major players from both pre- and during Combiner Wars. Transitions which worked from both the writing and the artistic perspectives, and a welcome return to the more political (and personal) side of The Transformers. You do not want to miss it.

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New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Legion Class Fixit and Underbite

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Legion Class Fixit and Underbite
Date: Sunday, June 14th 2015 1:12pm CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: shajaki

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Seibertron is excited to add to our ever expanding Gallery Section: Robots In Disguise Legion Class Fixit and Underbite! The pair of these (as you'll see in the galleries) have already been released as 1-Step Changers, but some might find these more pleasing given the scale. See these fun little fellas below, and join us for a chat in the Energon Pub. There's lots to do at Seibertron.com!

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Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Legion Class Fixit and Underbite

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Legion Class Fixit and Underbite

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Legion Class Fixit and Underbite

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Legion Class Fixit and Underbite

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Legion Class Fixit and Underbite


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Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Legion Class Fixit and Underbite

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Legion Class Fixit and Underbite

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise Legion Class Fixit and Underbite

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #121 - SDCC 2015
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Posted: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015