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Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015
Date: Sunday, March 29th 2015 5:52am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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As the clocks lurched forward for UK residents, we all lost an hour on these shores - but we're not squandering our time by missing out on some of the great work being produced in the Seibertron.com Transtopia section! We have some lovely fan artwork, fiction, comics and photos, plus great custom job, repaints, rebuilds, backgrounds and much, much more; just scroll down to find out, and leave a comment in the original threads if you like what you see.

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CUSTOMIZATIONS

Mykltron - Generations Jetfire

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


robotmel - Classics Brawn

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


grimdragon2001 - Generations Minerva

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


KnightAero - Custom AoE Slag

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


Gladky - RotF Nemesis Prime 2.0

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


SHAPEWAYS STUFF

Delta Magnus - Miscellaneous

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015



FAN ART

OptimalOptimus2 - Transformers: Advanced Combat - Coming of Home

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


KirbyForce1 - Kirbyformers: Star Saber

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


Demonology7789 - Art

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


JDD SEALAB - Fan art

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


BeastProwl - Art thread

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


FAN FICTION

Stormtalon - TF Prime: Proving Grounds 3


PHOTO BLITZ

Test your metal, mettle and film knowledge with the Name That Film photo game! Current screenshot seeking answer below.

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


Madeus Prime - Something is coming

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


MagnusLabel - Vintage Revisited Album Cover

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015


shajaki - Shajaki's Shenanigans

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 29th, 2015

IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Review
Date: Wednesday, March 25th 2015 5:20am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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We Caminus, We Sawinus, We..
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE WAR BEGINS! The first strike in COMBINER WARS is against WINDBLADE’S homeworld—and she’s not happy about it! Her long- lost CYBERTRONIAN colony is found… and the only thing that can protect it is SUPERION.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Review
And of course, Alpha Bravo


Story

Last week's Opening Salvo to Combiner Wars highlighted the major players and stages for the IDW event to take place, but it's with the first issue of a returning Windblade series (reuniting its creative team, if briefly) that the refuse really hits the propeller. And you can blame Swindle again, of course.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Review
..or can you?


Mairghread Scott, one half of the plotting team behind the event with John Barber, takes the writing duties as seriously and as cruelly as she can, with death death rampage, death, destruction, no gardening, a bit more destruction and, on a different side altogether, talks of religion, diplomacy, incorporation and assimilation, politics and cultural differences - and makes both sides work really really well, if sometimes a little disjointed due to two worlds almost literally clashing.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Review
ALL THE BACK-UP


Swindle is still pretty glorious all the way through this issue too, though the spotlight goes to Windblade unsurprisingly, and her political, diplomatic (with an edge) skills as a Camien and a Cityspeaker - as opposed to the machinations of Starscream or war-like leadership of Optimus Prime. The interactions and moments that the three have are wonderful, and at times smirk-inducing, as a result.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Review
And some dynamics never really die


What the issues offers, then, other than some mighty fine scenes of destruction and good old fashioned imperial foreign policy, is a glimpse into how different strands of continuities are addressed as belief systems, how ex-Cybertronian societies have evolved very differently from their original soil, and how all of that, right now, holds a trepidantly unexpected set of consequences.

Art

Sarah Stone returns to interiors, too, and shows off some more lovely digital artwork, spreads, splashes, body language and physical/facial interactions corresponding and developing Scott's script ever so marvellously. Especially with the foregrounded characters, new Camien introductions and Starscream's undying quest for the perfectly suited chassis befitting his own ego.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Review
So haaard to choooose..


We had seen Stone's amazing work on chases and landscape type panels, and we are now also treated to bigger scale creatures that are not hanging from rafters in repair workshops - and the interactions between the big brutes. Coupled with some trademark contrasting chromatic effects, highlighting key moments in fights and heated exchanges.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Review
Dennis the Menasor


If at times, especially in the second half of the book, you might feel a little dazzled by the locations, Tom B. Long's letters are a godsend (heh), identifying not only voices but pinpointing the scenes with needed, fontastic accuracy. A slew of covers also allows to cover the multiplicity of worlds we're encountering, slowly, from the Travis Sengaus/Josh Burcham Devastator retailer variant, the Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente established Superion cover, Livio Ramondelli's poster Menasor - and the thumbnailed gorgeous Sara Pitre-Durocher Superion/Windblade variant.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

There is a lot going on in this issue, even more than was the case in Opening Salvo. While it may not sit entirely well with some readers, the material Scott (with Barber) are covering is both established and a new take, new aspects and new introductions to the mythology, world-building and conventions of the until now Cybertron/Earth axis - with minor detours - of the Transformers fiction, thanks to the Way of the Flame and its repercussions among the governing side of Caminus. And it works, for this reviewer.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Review
Holy Mistress of Tall Flames, Batman


It is really good to see more Sarah Stone artwork too, and the fight scenes look great - but much like the writing aspect of the issue, it's what is going on around the fighting that is really the crux of the story. And trust me, you want to get all the engines running on multiple franchise continuities with this one, and revisit and reassess some older pacts that were made in light of the ongoing ark arc.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Robots in Disguise (2015) Warrior Class Grimlock Arm Fix Tutorial

Transformers News: Robots in Disguise (2015) Warrior Class Grimlock Arm Fix Tutorial
Date: Tuesday, March 24th 2015 2:46pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): Seibertron.com

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Robots In Disguise Warrior Class (Deluxe) Grimlock has a well known problem with his arm assembly in which the gray piece of plastic that functions as a ratchet will become loose and even dislodged, causing problems such as stressing the forearm plastic and causing the forearms to become loose and droop, and possibly even break if it gums up badly.

Seibertron has posted a video tutorial on how to fix this problem and even get rid of the stress marks so you can get your awesome Grimlock figure back to it's minty freshness.

You can watch the YouTube tutorial in the embed below, check out our gallery of Warrior Class Grimlock here and discuss the figure and it's issue here.



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

Top 5 Best Homages and Callbacks in Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Homages and Callbacks in Transformers Toys
Date: Saturday, March 21st 2015 6:04pm CDT
Categories: Editorials, Site Articles
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 Best Homages and Callbacks in Transformers Toys


One of the best parts of being a hardcore Transformers fan is to notice the homages and callbacks designers leave on a figure, they are always a treat. The main rules for selection in this list is that they were not updates to older toys part of the Transformers brand (let’s keep that for another Top 5 list) nor other versions of an older Transformers characters being reinterpreted for the latest new fictional universe (ie: Energon Optimus as an homage to G1 Optimus). The main thing here is that these are retail released figures featuring homages we did not see coming.


5. Transformers Generations Crosscut homaging Diacone No. 6 Honda City R

The whole figure is an homage in this case. Technically this is the first Crosscut figure ever released at retail and unlike other generations figures, it is not an update on a Transformers character from either the original G1 toys or the G1 cartoon. Instead this figure is an homage to the original pre-Transformers Diaclone version of the "Honda City R" mold (the one in silver in the image below) that was not licensed to Hasbro. Hasbro ended up using the "Honda City Turbo" model that would become Skids (the blue one on the very same picture). This robot toy also had a less human-like headsculpt than Skids and featured a mouthplate. This figure definitely gets a nod for going beyond the normal scope of an homage to reflect the origins of the Transformers brand (yes I know there was a reissue of the Honda City R introducing Crosscut to the Transformers Brand but a) it was not a retail release and b) I am looking at the bigger picture in terms of what this toy is homaging).

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Homages and Callbacks in Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Homages and Callbacks in Transformers Toys

4. Transformers Cybertron Hot Shot (Excellion) homaging Transformers G1 1986 Hot Rod (Hot Rodimus)

The image below explains it all. What blows my mind is how I always assumed the main homage were the wing tips in the back to homage the Hot Rod animation model, but the true homage is actually the legs. They are directly lifted from the Hot Rod toy. I love how the Hot Shot toy shows how simple transformations akin to the G1 era could still give a great robot mode. The reason I chose Hot Shot over Excellion is because the Hot Rod homage goes just a bit too overboard on that toy while Hot Shot keeps some subtlety while retaining his own identity as a toy.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Homages and Callbacks in Transformers Toys

3. Transformers Energon Omega Supreme homaging Action Master Elite Omega Spreem.

This is the part in a rock concert when the singer goes "this is for the most hadcore fans" because this homage is astounding simply for how far out it is and for how only a select group of hardcore fans would get it. Look at the two pictures below and check how similar the head is with the visor, the breathing tubes below it as well as the design of the upper chest. Now, the one at the left is the small transformer which turns into the head of Energon Omega Supreme (it is far more obvious when you see him from the back). For those who do not know, this Omega Supreme was the second Transformers toy with that name released in North America and he was a reinterpretation of the original G1 Omega Supreme for a new show. However, there was another Omega Supreme toy released in the G1 era as part of the Action Master line. This line offered small non transforming versions of famous Transformers characters and were meant to be more like action figures then transformers. However, there were some that actually could transform slightly, but they were never sold in the US, just Europe (in terms of the west). One of them was a version of Omega Supreme that for a "some reason" was called Omega Spreem. That is who the small yellow toy on the right is. So, when the designers made the new Energon Omega Supreme, they inspired themselves from the design of the small action master G1 version for the small robot that made it's head. So, like I said, it's an amazing attention to detail that shows how passionate some of these designers are, and yet most do not know this (until now hopefully). The fact that it is so minute makes it both a great homage but not something I feel comfortable placing as number one. Also, for many, the less we remember about the action master line, the better.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Homages and Callbacks in Transformers Toys

2. Transformers Energon Megatron homaging Transformers G1 1986 Galvatron

Similar to the Hot Shot homage discussed earlier, Megatron exibits a bunch of characteristics from a G1 toy, this time Galvatron. This works perfectly since Galvatron is Megatron reborn and this new form of Megatron is seeping with hints at the toy he will eventually be. I am not referring tothe fiction but to the intertwined lore surrounding the characters and toys. Firstly, you have the fact that he is white, which calls back to the fact that the original Galvatron toy was made white instead of his show accurate purple. The toy is further referrenced through the barrel chest. Sculpted details keep the homage going with the designs found on the legs, the abdominal area, the crowned head and so much more. One look at the picture below and you will see this is the G1 Galvatron toy reborn.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Homages and Callbacks in Transformers Toys

1. Transformers Reveal The Shield Lugnuthomaging Animated Lugnut

And here is the winner that disrupts the whole pattern and throws subtlety out the door. But it's worth it to mention such an odd and wonderful figure that is an homage as much as the others, albeit far more in your face. Unlike the entire classics line which consists of updating older toys and characters with modern engineering and an updated look, this was a figure taking cues from an extremely stylized animated model, of just a few years prior, and reimagining the look into a more realistic Flying Fortress. It is bringing this character into the Transfomrers Brand proper, as if based on a G1 character that never was (which is diferent from what they did with Lockdown who was reinterpreted as a movie character for the ROTF line). That is made more obvious by his wavemates in the Reveal the Shield line which was were all updated versions of G1 characters in a line meant to represent a continuation to the classics and universe line (of note, he was the only original voyager mold of that line). The fact that he can’t fit into anyone’s collection properly (please tell me with which characters you display him with, I am really curious) and that he is a total reversal of the usual process of toys and animated models (which take cues from older toys and models, usually G1), just comes to show how amazing an homage and figure this is. I still can’t believe it exists, and the fact that it also happens to be one of the best realized plane transformers to ever come out is just icing on the cake. So in short, this figure is not an update on an older toy, and is not a reinterpretation of an older character for a new media line. This guy is truly an homage (to animated Lugnut in this case), and an incredibly odd and amazing one at that.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Homages and Callbacks in Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Homages and Callbacks in Transformers Toys

Honourable mentions: Deep breath.... "Target Exclusive Predacon Rising Cyberverse Beast Hunter Optimus Prime" *exhale* which is a great homage to G1 Thunderclash.
And Cybertron Downshift is a great homage to Wheeljack, and I am surprised they didn't just call him that.

IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Date: Wednesday, March 18th 2015 7:52am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Swindle Me This
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
OPENING SALVO! The Autobots and Decepticons’ uneasy peace is threatened by the flames of war! STARSCREAM—ruler of CYBERTRON—makes contact with WINDBLADE’S homeworld—and the only defense against a new CYBERTRONIAN EMPIRE are COMBINERS—multiple CYBERTRONIANS forming together into huge, dangerous forms!

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
SUSPENSE


Story
Days of Deception is over, Windblade was over a long time ago, Punishment saw both its digital and print run, and we have been really setting the stage for Combiner Wars for a long long time now. And yet, The Transformers #39 takes another small step, piecing together the various parts leading up to here, preparing the spark, the casus belli, if you will and giving it all just a gentle prod.


Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Oh hey random Starscream that has nothing to do with this at all


John Barber takes main writing duties for the issues, but both him and Mairghread Scott are palpably present in the plotting of story. The dialogue provides a great framework of power dynamics and hierarchy being subverted at every turn, with some further development for a lot of older faces - and Swindle, of all characters, whose perspective guides the story.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Sup


We have Windblade and Optimus and some intriguingly almost 'post-colonial' moments of perspective shifts; we get Wheeljack and Ironhide and Chromia just trying to do their jobs, and being almost entirely confused; we get Starscream being Starscream, and gloriously so; we are introduced to Offroad, and given a *fantastic* explanation for their presence; we get another addition to the chapter in Transformers fiction that is Alpha Bravo, and Powerglide.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
The legend continues


As an introduction, the Opening Salvo of Combiner Wars does much more than wht it could've,and is an immensely enjoyable read, with good humour, a good establishing of the playing field and just enough references to older continuity points to keep older fans entertained while bringing in some new ones too. Kapoom.

Art

Livio Ramondelli, as we knew, takes on the whole brunt of the artistic duties for this and the majority. And I have to unfortunately admit this time, we are not seeing the great work he provided in recent publications such as Punishment. The composition is great, and there are really good layouts in the issue, and some of the expressivity is well conveyed.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Successful


At other times, however, some of those same faces, especially the newer or less frequently used ones, fall a little short of the full enjoyment of the piece. The tone is captured, and the washed-up, grimy sense of a post everything Cybertron works well - as might Caminus - but sometimes it really does jar a little.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Not as successful


The lettering does work quite well, even so, and Tom B. Long demonstrates once more the craft of a good letterer in some great sound effects and speech modifications. And While we have seen the beautiful Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente regular Menasor cover, and Ramondelli's poster variant for B, the gem of the variants is undoubtedly Sara Pitre-Durocher's Menasor and Swindle - see the thumbnail!


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Being able to follow what is going on on Cybertron from Swindle's perspective is, in and of itself, a treat. Seeing the world how he sees it and through those purple eyes, with the cynicism, degrees of naivete and, well, Swindle attitude, is truly refreshing. We get all of that, plus some very good interactions, and a great cameo from the Lost Light, too.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo Review
Heh


If this what we are to expect from the crossover event, and the merging of Barber and Scott's plotting minds, then we're certainly in for a fun trip down six or so issues. Combiner Wars is playing on multiple angles without, so far, reaching too far out to be forced to justify the number of players, has a healthy dose of Swindle and Starscream, and is suitable for anyone under or over the age of Galvatron.

. :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: ½ out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:

Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015
Date: Sunday, March 15th 2015 8:22am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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Midway through March, and we have the new Transformers: Robots in Disguise cartoon airing pretty much all over the globe, with inevitable customs starting to show up. But that's not all! We have fan art, customs, repaints, fan fiction, photocomics, fan comics, more repaints, builds, rebuilds, scratch builds and much much more, all in the Transtopia section of Seibertron.com. Check out a round-up of the past two weeks below, and remember to comment if you like what you see.


CUSTOMIZATIONS

Zeek99g - AoE Hound Shoulder Cannon

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


guarayakha - Manga-Styled Chromia

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


Jones - AoE Lockdown Paint and Leg Mod

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


Cobotron - RID Strongarm

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


Optimus Prom - Lio Prime

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


Kyleor - DIY Support Stands

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


BUILDING BOTS

alanyap - Infernus

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


SHAPEWAYS STUFF

GlauG - Shapeways Thread

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


y0rk - CW Optimus/Menasor Chest Adaptors

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


FAN ART

Amelie - Artwork

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


OptimalOptimus2 - Return of the Traitor

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


BryanSevilla - Fan art

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


BeastProwl - Art Thread

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


Noideaforaname - Tarantulas Reimagined

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015



FAN FICTION

Apollo-XL5 - Prime Effect 5: Chapter XXVII


Verno - Rise of the Maximals


BeastProwl - Cosmic Rust


PHOTO BLITZ

Madeus Prime - Flipside

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


BeastProwl - Another Universe

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015


Va'al - A Life of Va'als

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 15th, 2015

Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode

Transformers News: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode
Date: Sunday, March 8th 2015 10:32am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al

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Fellow member and long time fan of Seibertron.com QBKiller94 was able to attend a première of the Transformers Robots In Disguise cartoon hosted by Hasbro at a movie theater in New York City. They were able to write up their thoughts of the two-part pilot episode, and we've copied it below for your perusal - why not compare it to our previous review from board admin Burn here? The show is already being aired across multiple countries, and will air in the US on March 14th.

Review: “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode

By QBKiller94


“Transformers: Robots in Disguise” draws upon several of its predecessors while carving out a unique place in Hasbro’s animated lineup thanks to a striking art style, talented voice cast and promising plot lines.

“Transformers: RID” made its North American debut with a private screening at the TriBeCa Theater in New York City on Saturday. I watched the two-part pilot with my 5-year-old daughter without commercial breaks in a small theater with about 60 fans of all ages.

The pilot opens up on Cybertron with two Autobots racing down a path together -- a familiar scene for fans of the original G1 series. Bumblebee, brilliantly voiced by Will Friedle, is a veteran street cop accompanied by the young and inexperienced Strongarm. An indeterminate number of years have passed since the events of “Transformers Prime.” Optimus Prime is dead and it appears the war is over.

While Optimus is no longer leading the Autobots, his presence is felt throughout the pilot and marked physically by a giant memorial statue on Seibertron. Bumblebee sees Optimus in a vision during the apprehension of the law-breaking Sideswipe near the former Autobot leader’s memorial. The message from Optimus is loud and clear – Bumblebee must return to Earth.



The scene shifts to Earth where a boy named Rusty laments living in a salvage yard with his father, Denny. Denny is a nostalgic collector, a hoarder of things others have grown tired of and he’s not keen on throwing any of it out. It’s a subtle wink at seasoned Transformers collectors, for sure. Rusty yearns for life in the nearby city to take him away from the boring salvage yard. Rusty is a plucky, rebellious kid and Denny is a laid-back dreamer who provides comic relief. Thankfully, neither one detracts from the action of the pilot episode.

Things pick up when an Autobot prison ship crash lands in a wooded area near Denny’s salvage yard shortly before Bumblebee, Strongarm and Sideswipe arrive on Earth. Hundreds of deadly Decepticons have escaped and they’ve got to be recaptured.

On Earth, the Autobots team up with the Minicon Fixit and Grimlock, whose back story is given a fresh new spin. Grimlock, like some of the other characters, is a mash up of several previously seen Transformers personality. Grimlock, voiced by Khary Payton, is a combination of his G1 namesake and “Transformers Animated” Bulkhead. He’s massive, dumb and super kid-friendly.

Bumblebee is the reluctant leader of the group and it’s clear early on that his maturation and growth in that role is going to be one of the overarching story lines for this series.

“Entourage” actress Constance Zimmer voices Strongarm, the young, by-the-book cadet who’s eager to jump into the action despite Bumblebee’s constant coddling. She’s peppy and green as grass, basically the complete opposite of Arcee’s role in “Transformers Prime.” Sideswipe is aimed squarely at the preteen crowd. He’s a cross between “Transformers Prime” Smokescreen and Ted Theodore Logan. The diminutive Fixit rounds out the crew. He stammers and stutters comically, which makes you wonder how he ended up being in charge of a prison ship full of the universes most dangerous Decepticons in the first place.

Transformers News: Another Seibertron.com Review - Transformers: Robots In Disguise US Premiere Screening
“Do you know who I am? I’m Underbite, the Chompazoid who devoured Nuon City!”


“Transformers RID” is set up for the Autobots to embark on endless missions to hunt down these escaped cons and if the rest of them are as colorful as Underbite, then we’re in for fun ride. Underbite is a Chompazoid who is incredibly proud of his strength, which grows each time he chomps down on some metal. Undrebyte flexes, preens and exclaims: “Feel the burn!” just as you’d expect an arrogant muscle head from Venice Beach or the Jersey Shore to. Underbite is a hefty Decepticon who gives the Autobots all they can handle all the while looking for validation of his past misdeeds.

The art style for “Transformers: RID” has a strong anime vibe to it with a bright color pallet to give it a softer feel than “Transformers Prime.” It’s a mix of CGI characters and painted backgrounds that works well on screen. The action scenes are animated with skill and each characters transformation is expertly executed. There is a scene where Sideswipe saves Rusty while transforming that is reminiscent of one of the more famous live action movie scenes. There’s hope that we may get some of the cinematic quality action sequences that “Transformers Prime” made common place.

Overall, it’s clear “Transformers: RID” is aiming for a younger demo graphic, but it succeeds in both entertaining the under-10 crowd and having enough meat to keep parents and older fans engaged. The pilot episode does an excellent job of setting the stage for the series with well-written characters, laugh-out-loud moments and a solid plot foundation. If you’re looking for it to be as weighty as “Transformers Prime,” then you may be disappointed. However, if you can get past the tonal change you’ll be treated to a host of original characters and a fresh new voyage into the Transformers universe.

Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers: Robots in Disguise Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers: Robots in Disguise Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Date: Saturday, March 7th 2015 1:14pm CST
Categories: Event News, Media, Site Articles, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Seibertron

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A we've been mentioning through today, site owner Seibertron was able to make the trip the Children's Museum on Indianapolis, in order to visit the new, Hasbro licensed, Transformers: Robots in Disguise exhibit we reported on a while ago!

If you head below and click on the images provided, you can take a look at a fairly extensive gallery covering the various parts of the history of the Transformers showcased, from interactive features, the prototypes and models on show (from unused toys to BotShots and more), the Soundwave through the ages collection, the vehicles of Movie Optimus Prime and Bumblebee on display, a Beast Wars diorama, a "design a Transformer" area, cartoons running in a room where kids can play with simplified 3 Step Transformers, an area where you can "become a Transformer" by motion-capture controlling a screen Bumblebee, and much much more than meets the eye!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Coverage - Transformers Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

IDW Publishing Transformers #38: Days of Deception Review

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers #38: Days of Deception Review
Date: Wednesday, March 4th 2015 7:15am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, ScottyP, Va'al

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Displacement and Enigmas
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE ONYX INTERFACE! The AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS face down human forces—and strange battlelines make for strange allies. Who will emerge with the ancient ENIGMA OF COMBINATION… and who will usher in the COMBINER WAR…?

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers #38: Days of Deception Review
PUNS!


Story

On a very different playing field from MTMTE, the 38th issue of The Transformers also brings a storyline more or less to its conclusion, and finishes setting the stage for the Combiner Wars event due to begin next month, alongside revisiting some of the characters and power plays we hadn't seen in a while. And it does it very well.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers #38: Days of Deception Review
And Spike is still despicable


The most obvious, and personal highlight of the issue, is John Barber's writing of individual characters and interactions, rather than general team/theme work - with Thundercracker, Soundwave, Arcee and Galvatron in particular standing out among the rubble. The humans have some nice moments too, but the more ambiguous players really take the spotlight.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers #38: Days of Deception Review
oooh ambiguuuuity


Of course, that is not to forget Prowl, the Constructicons and the strange dynamics of Devastator as it currently stands, and as it will stand for the next three or four months. The development on gestalt technology, plotting and writing has been a great thread to follow since pre-Dark Cybertron, and there are very interesting developments in this issue that might affect the wider concept.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers #38: Days of Deception Review
No hamfistedness here


There were some misgiving about some of the more plot-device heavy moments, but overall, the issue serves really quite well to seed even further plotlines and potential, and we may see some of those potential lapses come back in Barber's continuity-magic at a later stage. That, and Thundercracker is still a wonderful piece of writing work.

Art

What really has to be said for this issue, is that artist Andrew Griffith undoubtedly kills it from an artistic perspective. The poses, settings, expressions (robot, dog and human alike) are spot on and fantastically execute everything at play in the script. Galvatron in particular is stupendously sinister, and the pain and confusion found in some Prowl/Devastator and Thundercraker scenes is actually quite moving.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers #38: Days of Deception Review
Foof


Josh Perez' colours, on top of that, allow for a wider range of emotional charge that blend fantastically well with the linework and script. The bigger scale moments do not dwarf the smaller, personal scenes; the Soundwave situations in particular which both show nothing of what is actually happening and the pure anger that the true Decepticon must be feeling, are stunning.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers #38: Days of Deception Review
What elephant in the room?


Tom B. Long is still as font-abulous as he can be, and Devastator's speechbubbles, any title or caption and the impressive amount lettering in the more explosive sequences is carefully controlled. Again, we have encountered the RI cover by Jeffrey Veregge yesterday, though still beautiful; the thumbnail then is the B cover, by Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente helps with a sense of scale and stakes for this and the coming story.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Once again, ScottyP was a good sounding board for some of the points I made in the review, and his thoughts also come through in this piece. Personal highlights, however, are the return to Soundwave's own schemes and plans, which may or may not be working with/alongside/for Galvatron and the Decepticons, and the wonderfully poignant conflict within the Constructicons - and of course, Thundercraker.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers #38: Days of Deception Review
A Handsome Jet


Hoping that Combiner Wars doesn't slow down the great pace and development in the post Dark Cybertron era of exRID too much, this issue shows just how much change Cybertronians and Earthlings have gone through, all the way since the -ations and All Hail Megatron, and with both positives and negatives considered, it is a lot. And definitely worth the read.

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

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 Review
Date: Wednesday, March 4th 2015 5:16am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, ScottyP, Va'al

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(W)Rung Timing
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Synopsis
JOURNEY'S END! Across time, across space, from prewar Messatine to postwar CYBERTRON—it's all been heading towards this—the moment when the fate of the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS is sealed. At the heart of it all: three killers, two outcomes... and one terrible, terrible choice.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 Review
Here's an unrelated image


Story

What we really get in More Than Meets the Eye #38 is three conclusions. The end of the Elegant Chaos arc, under Days of Deception; the end of the Cybertronian trilogy according to James Roberts, started in Chaos Theory (2011); the end of the world as someone knows it. How we get there, though, is a whole other journey.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 Review
Yeah, it was


There was a strange feeling running through my head as I was reading the issue, the same sense of unease that I had found in the other parts of Elegant Chaos, as if it was just building and building, without really reaching its climax - and it feels even more the case in #38. Discussing it with others on the staff, we believe we've cracked that mutual feeling: this is really not about the action, or even the story itself.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 Review
Good


What Chaos Theory, Shadowplay and Elegant Chaos offer are is a an exquisite series of character developments and spotlights, retreading older paths and forking ways, in the wider frame of time travel and end-of-the-world threats. We get, then, to see the origin of Megatron, but also Whirl and Orion Pax; of Rewind, Chromedome and other relationships formed and lost; of Rung's historic constant, and much more beyond that; of Rodimus' leader skills; of quantum jump technology; of the whole MTMTE series.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 Review
Thank you Whirl


If you're looking for a semi-linear, action-based story that revolves around and solves all the questions it poses, you may not want to read this just yet. Go back to 2011, and read the three parts from there up to today. This book deserves more of your time than just one read, and sheds a lot of (fragmented) light on what came before it. Give it time.

Art

The story, the arc, the events, are really about the characters, then - and Alex Milne's character work is probably the most appropriate combination that could've been had. Yes, the backgrounds and settings are as great as always, but it's the body language, the positioning, the interactions, the facial expressions that truly stand out here.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 Review
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Combine that with the fantastic colouring work provided by Joana Lafuente, and the bodies and faces no longer need to speak for themselves, as the hues of colour, saturation and gradients seeping into the scenes offer not only background but also mood settings and indications.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 Review
I mean, come on


There is also plenty of space, from the title pages, to the captions, to some of the speeches, for Tom B. Long to flex his fontastic fingerskills, including a number of action-heavier scenes in the latter half of the book. While we've seen the decorative RI cover by Jeffrey Veregge already, the thumbnailed B cover, by Nick Roche and Josh Burcham really makes sense post-reading, too.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

I'd like to thank ScottyP for teasing out some of my own thoughts on this issue, as we briefly discussed why it did and didn't work at certain turning points. And I think I've highlighted most of those further above. But, in no particular order, I hope you pick up on the following: Rewind, Brainstorm, Tailgate, Perceptor. Some major, some minor, but all part of the intricate web of personalities that characterise the Lost Light crew.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 Review
Oh, and there's jokes too!


There are some very powerful, emotional moments in the overall arc of the issue, and sometimes it can feel as though there are maybe too many, too different and all together. But they have just enough time, and space, to work out, compared to other endings by Roberts' storylines - and then you have that very last page. Good luck.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #113 - Signal To Noise
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