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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
(Spoiler free-ish)



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.

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Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Upgrades and Fanmodes Roundup

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Upgrades and Fanmodes Roundup
Date: Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 4:19am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: shajaki | Credit(s): Various

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It's no secret that Hasbro planned for Legends/Combiner compatibility, but over the past week we have seen some great alterations to known combinations along with some great fan-made ones. Now Seibertron.com is happy to bring these great lesser known combinations to light!

To start things off, Kah Fei Shang has shown off Thundercracker working as a chest piece for CW Optimus Prime. This would work likewise with the other Legends Seekers (Starscream, Acid Storm and upcoming Skywarp), but what makes Thundercracker special is current turncoat status in the IDW comics.

Also, these Seekers should be compatible with CW Menasor, and might look especially fetching with a Skywarp chest piece!

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Upgrades and Fanmodes Roundup

Next we bring you a multiple Blackjack power-up to Menasor, thanks to Gikpa. While its not quite discernible how the pair of Jack's are situated on the shoulders, they sure give him a beefier look! If you're not interested in that bit of overkill, have a look at the alternate configuration of the chest Jack. It should connect the same way as the standard setting, but is a nice alternative to the "car parked on chest" look. Think about what this could mean for the upcoming Legends Rodimus!

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Upgrades and Fanmodes Roundup

Legends Huffer, Nemesis Prime, and Optimus Prime can all take a seat on the open chest cavities of CW Optimus and Menasor. It's as simple as positioning the Legends figures hands in a way to hold on to the two handles protruding from either Voyager's chest. How funny would it be to have Voyager Optimus combine with his Legends counterpart? Special thanks to Twitter users @FigureReviewers and @tsukumo_TF for the inspirational pics!

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Upgrades and Fanmodes Roundup

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Upgrades and Fanmodes Roundup

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Upgrades and Fanmodes Roundup

Even earlier Legends figure Skrapnel has found a way to clasp on the to Optimus/Menasor chest. Twitter user @frenzy_altron shared with his followers that he has the same method as Huffer and Nemesis Prime to hold sturdily aboard!

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Upgrades and Fanmodes Roundup

Hasbro's next stab at a Legends Insecticon, Bombshell pulls double duty as a Targetmaster and a chest piece. His gun mode is pretty self explanatory, and his hood ornament mode holds on like all his predecessors.

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Upgrades and Fanmodes Roundup

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Upgrades and Fanmodes Roundup

Saving the best for last, Seibertron's own Cobotron has come up with a great way to incorporate Legends Powerglide as a chest piece! Holding on to Primes chest pegs for dear life much like the others, he makes another nice addition to the hood ornament brigade!

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Upgrades and Fanmodes Roundup

In closing, you may have not been aware of the multitude of possibilities with these Combiner Wars figures and their Legends counterparts. A large number of mold sharing has made the options nearly endless!

If you have come up with something new, please share it! There's always new things to learn and things to discuss in our forum, The Energon Pub. Stop by and pull up a seat!

Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015
Date: Sunday, March 1st 2015 3:30am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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And March begins, bringing with it a new Sunday, Spring and ushering in Combiner Wars - and another round-up of the creative output of the Seibertron.com boards, as found in the Transtopia section! We have fiction, both written and visual, photos, art, supplementary kits, Kre-O custom, scratch builds, repaints, colourings, customs and much much more. Head below to take a look, and click on any link to access the original threads.



CUSTOMIZATIONS

Klejpull - IDW Whirl Replica

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


jcartwork - Devastator Ver 8 | AoE Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


KnightAero - Cybertronian Diorama

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


Fuhzimota - Scoop Update

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


MarcusCole1978 - AoE Strafe/FoC Swoop

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


Nemesis Maximo - Classics G2 Hooligan

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


autobotx23 - Combiner Wars Leader Optimus Prime

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BUILDING BOTS

zodconvoy - Kreopaloosa

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


SHAPEWAYS STUFF

GlauG - Shapeways Thread

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


Headcount - Thunderwing Cyclone Cannon

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


-Kanrabat- - MP Hound kit

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


FAN ART

Noideaforaname - Tarantulas Reimagined

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


M3Gr1ml0ck - Desperate Fight

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


Galvanitro - Transformers: Vanguard

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


OptimalOptimus2 - Transformers: Advanced Combat

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


Rainmakers - Heavy Metal War Transformers

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015



FAN FICTION

Apollo-XL5 - Prime Effect 5


Simplify - Politiformers Part V

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


Stormtalon - TF Prime: Proving Grounds 3


Foxfire13795 - Transformers: The Forsaken Crusade Chapter Five


PHOTO BLITZ

Madeus Prime - Flipside

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


keelo1027 - Cooking with Grimlock | Funny pics

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015


Lockdownhunter - Digibash Thread

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, March 1st, 2015

Transformers: Robots In Disguise (Animated Series) Pilot Review

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots In Disguise (Animated Series) Pilot Review
Date: Saturday, February 21st 2015 4:59am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Media, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Burn

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The new animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise has aired already in the Australian cyclone-lands, and Seibertron.com board admin Burn was able to both watch the Pilot and report on it without giving too much away! Read on below for a breakdown and thought cap on this new venture for team Bumblebee.

Burn wrote:
Burn Reviews Transformers:Robots in Disguise


So I guess this job falls to me after having watched the two-part "Pilot".

First and foremost, from what I've seen of the series from the initial character designs, through to a few short videos, and then the toys, I wasn't expecting much from the series.

Suffice to say, I've been pleasantly surprised.

The show, may be ... fun. There's a number of moments where you just have to laugh. Put that down to the characterisation, all of the characters are incredibly unique. So let's run through them!

THE CHARACTERS

Bumblebee - The veteran, reluctantly thrown into the leader position of a bunch of misfits. It's so weird hearing him talk ...
Strongarm - The ride-along, a stickler for the law. She quotes the rules more than Red Dwarf's Rimmer quoted Space Corps directives. Young and out to impress her ranking officer.
Sideswipe - The perp, reluctantly dragged into the mix when arrested by Strongarm. Very little respect for authority, but being one of the good guys, he'll fall into line eventually.
Fix-It - The mini-con, in charge of a prison transport ship that has crashed to Earth. Currently suffering glitches which you could describe as dyslexia. Not really living up to his name ...
Denny - The father, a collector of ... things ...
Russell - The son, not a collector, typical cartoon human kid
Grimlock - The Dinobot, an escaped prisoner from the transport ship, a little amnesic over a few details, not a fan of Underbite. Also nothing like previous Grimlocks.

Which brings us to ...

Underbite - The Chompazoid, the first escaped prisoner we meet. The Popeye of the Transformers world (his spinach is anything metal), a body builder type personality who loves his muscles ... a lot. Fun and interesting character. And not a Dinobot.

Oh and then there's that other guy who's dead ... kinda ... he's still preachy.

THE ANIMATION

I liked it. The aesthetic may not be my preference, but it worked quite well for my liking.

THE STORY

It was different, it was unique. This isn't your usual "Optimus Prime and his team are out to stop Megatron and the Decepticons with help from the humans". This is a whole new team with only one character we know well. It's a bold new move, and it works. It proves we don't need established names to enjoy a Transformers cartoon. Just give it a good story. As I said, there's little bits of comedy. Underbite, despite being the bad guy, is a character you can get behind.

OVERALL

It's good. It's worth watching. It's got potential. Some series you watch "just so you can join in the conversation", this one is WORTH watching because I think many will enjoy it, and so you can join in the conversation, right here, on the Energon Pub forums!

Pictorial Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron
Date: Thursday, February 12th 2015 3:17pm CST
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Black Plastic Life

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Fellow Seibertronian member gema has gone through the painstaking task of preparing a pictorial review on their own blog for the soon-arriving Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron. Even further, they then shared the imaged and thoughts with everyone else in the Energon Pub, and you can view a selection, and some thoughts, below!

One of the biggest complaint heard during his announcement was that his alt mode. Megatron transform into a silver tank instead of a gun. For me personally, I think I can understand Hasbro's decision behind Megatron's alt mode. They tried giving Megatron a gun for his alt mode but due to legal issues, he ended up being a Nerf-like gun (Classics, 2006). So, either funny looking gun or badass tank, I preferred the latter.

[...]

I hated him when Hasbro released his promo pictures but in hand, man, he's gorgeous! Despite unable to give Megatron his G1 alt mode, Hasbro did a really good job giving him G1 robot mode design. May I say, even better than MP-05?

[...]

Megatron comes with a ball-jointed head (wide range), ratchet joint on the elbows, wrist swivels, waist swivels (limited unless you push the tank tread on his back upwards, giving clearance. The hips are on universal joints with swivels just below them. The knees are on ratchet joint and there's small, almost none, ankle tilts.

[...]

Combiner Wars Optimus Prime can be considered a big voyager and personally, the size of these two really works as I always prefer the bad guy to be bigger. But the biggest question about Leader Class Megatron was when Takara posted a picture comparing him (Takara Version) with MP-10 Convoy.


Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Leader Megatron

Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift
Date: Wednesday, February 11th 2015 3:16am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews, People News, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Shane McCarthy, Va'al

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Hi! Remember us? We left the interviews with comics creators lagging for a while, as life decided to settle itself, 2014 swept in and we're now ready for Combiner Wars hitting shelves in both paper, plastic and pixel format. But alongside that, we've also seen the return of one of IDW's original Transformers characters, Drift, in the hands of its originator - Shane McCarthy. Read on below for a spotlight on the Australian author of AHM!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift


Va'al - Shane, it is a pleasure to talk to you for a bit, thank you for agreeing to do this! As we've done for the other creators we've interviewed, I'd like to start from the beginning - from your beginning: how did Transformers enter your life, do you remember your first interaction with the franchise?

Shane McCarthy - I absolutely do. Like most kids I was crazy about cartoons and around that time I was all about He-Man. Saturday morning was where it was at and I would get up super early to watch them all. One morning, when He-Man had finished, on comes this cartoon I'd never heard of. It opened with Cybertron in flames and I was immediately hooked. After that it was a mad dash to the toy store. The first one I ever bought was the double pack of the cassettes... Frenzy and Laserbeak I think.



Va'al - And was that also a gateway moment into collecting the toys, or were you able to keep the plastic addiction at bay (or forced to, by external factors)? Did you, or do you still, have the one that got away, or at least a very elusive toy that was really hard to get?

Shane - Well I'd already started my He-Man collection so buying toys was already a habit. What I could afford mind you; my parents would buy me some big things for Christmas (Castle Grayskull) but I had to buy the figures myself. So picking up Transformers was a natural progression.

As for the one that got away. I was crazy about Prime and Soundwave as a kid and got both of those. There's two I never got that I really wanted as a kid. Ravage, because he looked so damn cool and I never saw him again beyond when I had to make that first choice in the store. And Megatron. Although I wouldn't be after Megs these days, the actual toy doesn't look at all that hot to me.



Va'al - Starting to sense a purple pattern here, I must admit. Would you say that Ravage (or any of the other three) still holds a spot in your collector's heart? Did you continue collecting beyond your childhood and teenage years, with new iterations of the same characters?

Shane - I'd say it's really just Ravage these days; I think the concept and the design are really cool. I think I've still got Frenzy around here somewhere, I lost Laserbeak's head though.

I didn't keep collecting, no. My love of the toys spilled over into books and comics. The next time I bought a Transformer was after Beast Wars came out. Like a lot of people I dismissed Beast Wars as some sort of heretical assault on the old classics. When a friend explained how the old cartoons and Beast Wars lined up and then handed me Transmetal Optimus Primal, I was hooked again. That was a seriously cool toy.

Va'al - That often still happens with some fans, good to hear we won you over to the beast side eventually! So as you ventured from screen media and toys into comics, what were your first impressions, what caught your attention in particular?

Shane - You mean comics in general? Conan, haha. My sister bought me one at a flea market to shut me up. It had Gil Kane on art and it was glorious. From there it was into Batman and Superman then down the road the X-Men.

As far as Transformers though I started picking up the magazine format comics, the ones from the UK that Simon Furman was writing. I absolutely loved them. I remember the first story I came in on, I can't remember the issue number though. But basically Prime and Outback were battered and fighting to survive against some sort of ape creatures I think. Classic stuff.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift
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Va'al - That sounds very much like issue #100, Distant Thunder! As an established comics reader, how long did it take from that point to entering the industry as a creator? How was that process for you?

Shane - That's the one! Man, you're good. Alan Davis on cover art too, wow.

How long did it take? Well the link says that comic came out in 1987. My first publication was Batman for DC Comics in...2005 I think so, 18 years. Yikes.

The process was an interesting one. I never even thought of becoming a writer until I was around twenty odd years old. It had never occurred to me. Once the idea struck (or was actually suggested to me) everything clicked in a way nothing ever had before. After that it was a lot of work, effort and training before I broke in with DC.

Va'al - But you did make it in the end, and you've worked on multiple characters and properties since! What I'm wondering, though, is how the IDW gig started - did they ask you to take over from Furman, or did you pitch material to them?

Shane - I was approached by Chris Ryall to take over from Simon. He'd been doing great stuff but they were wanting to move in a different direction and asked me what I would do if I took over. With the understanding that it was supposed to be a new direction, one they hoped would also appeal to a wider audience, I pitched All Hail Megatron.

Va'al - And Drift was one of the new, original appearances in the series, before he became his own full-on character, correct? We've seen the pitch for him in the recent IDW Complete Drift volume, actually - how did it feel to introduce an entirely new character to the franchise?

Shane - It was fun. I was already having a hell of a lot of fun working on AHM and it was never on my mind to bring in anything new. However when I was working on the book the idea for Drift popped into my head and I thought, why not? I've said it before but the initial pitch was me just firing off a "what if" email to Chris. He liked the idea but said Hasbro would never go for it. Turns out they loved it. Right away they mentioned the possibility of a figure which was brilliant. Apparently some people didn't believe the figure was true when Chris announced it. I still find that hilarious.



Va'al - He was also not the only lasting outcome of the AHM series, as we're still feeling some of the aftermath of those events in the current ongoings and mini-series (such as the beef between Devastator and Spike, which Costa took a step further, and Barber is currently retreading in The Transformers). How does it feel, as the plotter behind it all?

Shane - It's nice to know it's all still going forward. I don't read the books (unless I'm writing for them) but I would hope that some things have been kept and other things have changed. Like any comic book, when a new creative team comes on they need to leave their stamp. It's important everything isn't thrown out but it has to be something new otherwise what's the point?

Va'al - And that, in a way, brings us to the present day, with you returning to Drift after his presence in James Roberts' writing in More Than Meets the Eye. How does it feel to write the book now, compared to any of the three you were working on back then?

Shane - I have to say it was a mix of weird and fun. James' take on Drift was different to mine and I needed to keep that in mind as I did the mini series. I'd read through Drift's "James" appearances and got a feel for who he was there. After that I needed to think about where I wanted to take him and what I wanted to say with the character taking into account what he meant to me when I created him and what he means to me now after he'd gone through so much since AHM.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift


It kind of felt like seeing a really great friend after they'd been overseas for a while. They're still your good mate but they've got a whole bunch of new hobbies and an accent.

Va'al - Was the inclusion of Ratchet as grumpy but sensible counterpart to him in Empire of Stone something that you built from the MTMTE relationship between the two, then, or entirely your initiative?

Shane - No that was absolutely from MTMTE. I loved the odd couple vibe I was getting from them and knew I needed someone to come calling from the Autobots. It was nice having it be Ratchet, someone who once hated Drift (or was at least seriously annoyed by him). Plus I knew it would make for some fun buddy cop moments.

Va'al - They do have some really good interactions, yes! And what about the other characters showing up, such as Gigatron and super obscure ones like Hellbat and the Micromasters? Are they something you have a connection to, or was it more of an editorial call?

Shane - No those were all my choices. When it comes to finding new, interesting characters that haven't been overused it can get tough so I decided to go to an expert. I went to Twitter and asked a Transformer fan, Sprite, for advice on some underused characters. I knew the kinds of characters I was looking for and she made some great suggestions of who hadn't been used in the IDW universe yet. I had a look through that list and chose the ones I liked the most. Gigatron, Hellbat and Grit all came from that list so, thanks, Sprite.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift


Va'al - Fans really making an impact, then, on all accounts! Some great artists are also showing up at IDW from the fan base, but you've gone with the established team of Guido Guidi, Stephen Baskerville and JP Bove. How are you finding working with them? What do you feel their art brings to the story?

Shane - They're a fantastic team to work with. It's fantastic to be working with Guido again; I absolutely adore his artwork. After having worked together for a year on AHM it was great to get back into those familiar roles again. And JP, what a champ. Fantastic work and a great guy. I had the pleasure of signing with JP when I was at a UK con, the guy's a riot. Stephen is a new one to me but, like the others, I love what he brought to the book. Everyone is excited to be working together and we're all doing our best to put out a book that we love and hope the readers will love too.

Va'al - It is receiving its fair share of praise so far - but with only one issue left to the series, do you have any other plans in mind for Drift or the Transformers universe in general? Anything we should be looking forward to?

Shane - Not currently no. I'm really glad John [Barber] dropped me a line asking me to do this, it was a blast, but currently this looks like it's it for Transformers. Not to say something won't pop up down the line, IDW is over the moon at how well Drift is being received so you never know.

Va'al - That's a low - though hopeful - tone to be ending this chat upon, however - is there anything you'd like to say to the fans and readers out there before we bid our goodbyes?

Shane - Just a huge thank you. Thank you for reading and thank you for writing in. It's great to know people have enjoyed AHM and Drift.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift


Va'al - And thank you, Shane, for taking the time to talk to us for this interview - it was great to find out more about your journey as a fan and a creator. Best of luck for future endeavours, and we'll be on the lookout for Drift #4 later this month!


You can find out more about Shane McCarthy's multiple creative lives at his website, SMAcTalk, and on Twitter. IDW Transformers: Drift - Empire of Stone is regularly reviewed on Seibertron.com - join the discussion here!

You can also read Shane's thoughts on Age of Extinction Drift here - and find out more about the latest incarnation of the character in animated series Robots in Disguise here and here.

IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Date: Tuesday, February 10th 2015 2:21pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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In Which Duke Drives Optimus Through a Sea of Quintessons
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
IT GETS CRAZIER! The biggest space battle ever grows to universal proportions! Will the G.I. JOE team and the AUTOBOTS make peace—before COBRA and the DECEPTICONS end the war… the bad way?!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
One Woman Army


Story

I realise we have fallen behind on reviewing this series, and we will come back to fill in on the missing issues of the first volume of Transformers vs G.I. Joe. However, after a decent hiatus, the cosmic series by Tom Scioli and John Barber is back with its fifth issue, and we're here to remind you how amazing it is!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Maximize!


We're on Earth and Cybertron, as the latter moves closer to the former at the hands of Megatron, and G.I. Joe and Cybertronians alike are attempting to deal with the impending catastrophe - although each in their own way, with suspicion, and not all plans are working together, at all.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Who nose what might happen


One of the main storylines we follow is that of Rodimus, as the attempts to regain control of Metroplex and the Autobot troops, his clash with one of the G1-est Grimlocks in a while, and the consequences of giant robot egos meeting each other's match, Megatron included, for the first time seen as potentially fallible.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Clash of Kings


The writing is fantastically scattered across the pages and cosmic stage that Scioli and Barber have set up, and even then, there is a lot more coherence than in the first couple of issues. The interactions and uncomfortable alliances between humans and Cybertronians lead to both amusing and fairly tense scenes, and definitely worth following around.

Art

Tom Scioli's double act as writer and artist still delivers in a fantastic correspondence between, arguably, intention and execution. He is not trying to do anything, he is not attempting to capture elements of *something* - this is his style, heavily influenced by early comics art, and it is something to amaze at, every time.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Have a Metropolygon


Every corner of every panel, even the round ones, has something going on, from the little tags identifying new characters to the Quintesson vinetacles, to the sheer amount on miniature scenes taking place across a single page, plus all the colour work, you can spend hours on an issue alone.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Three Are One


The addition of Chris Mowry's stellar lettering and design work make sure that all is in its place and with its own voice, too, and that the package matches the contents, with echoes of those comics art influences showing up in the book as book. Plus, to catch eyes from everywhere, we get an impressive array of covers by Scioli, Nick Pitarra/Megan Wilson on Soundwave and Slither and the thumbnailed Derek Charm [plus a slightly more questionable one by Jamie Tyndall/Ula Mos].


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The marvellous incoherent cohesion of the multiple overlapping scripts and plots is what makes this series so appealing to many readers who are not generally into Transformers or G.I. Joe fictional universes. It's fine to get lost, we're actually invited to do so, and there's more to gain from it, if you want to.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Laughing one's head off


We get references to Transformers lore, battles of wit, humour and ridiculous amounts of action, and it still feels as though we're being pulled through a story that doesn't care whether we're paying attention or not - much like the rest of the universe. This is a series that does exactly what it wants, and what it wants is to have fun with the medium and the casts. We're along for the ride, so buckle up.

. :COBRA: :COBRA: :COBRA: :COBRA: out of :COBRA: :COBRA: :COBRA: :COBRA: :COBRA:

Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015
Date: Sunday, February 8th 2015 6:47am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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How did you January treat you? Well, we hope! And in either case, why not treat yourselves to some creative work from the Transtopia section of Seibertron.com? Below you will find a round-up of all the fanart, fan fiction, customs, paint jobs, photos, and other products of the buzzing minds of fellow Seibertronians. Check them out, and leave a comment in the original threads if you're so inclined.

THE HELP DESK

Shockwave7 is looking for some help with tools to be used for kitbashes - leave your tips here!

Meanwhile, OmarJT82 is wondering whether someone might have advice on types of chrome paint here.


CUSTOMIZATIONS

Joshimus - AoE Leader Grimlock

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


guarayakha - Manga-Style Windblade

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


DEANO85 - Lockdown/Que Headswap

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


Kapiko Customs - MP10 Metallic

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


Twitchythe3rd - Aligned Nemesis Prime

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


to_ti - Transformer Tumbler Batman: The Cybattron

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


Mykltron - MP Ultra Magnus

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


Rated X - Classics Exhaust

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


BUILDING BOTS

Noideaforaname - Kreon Customs

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


alanyap - Future Flymech

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


SHAPEWAYS STUFF

GlauG - Shapeways Thread

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


FAN ART

amurowes - Abominus vs Dinoking

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


M3Gr1ml0ck - Transistor comic

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


Galvanitro - Transformers: Vanguard

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


Rainmakers - Little Bots | Heavy Metal War Transformers

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


OptimalOptimus2 - Calling All Autobots

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


FAN FICTION

Apollo-XL5 - Prime Effect 5: Chapter XXII


Henry921 - MTMTE: False Flags


Simplify - Politiformers Part III & IV

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015
Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015



PHOTO BLITZ

Madeus Prime - Flipside

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


keelo1027 - Cooking with Grimlock | Funny pics

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


ozzyfreak424 - TFTM Matrix Scene

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


dirk2243 - Adventures of the Kreons

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


SW's Silverhammer - Random TF Pictures

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


Henry921 - Revenge of the Photocomic

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


Va'al - A Life of Va'als

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IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
Date: Wednesday, February 4th 2015 2:50am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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That Rung a Bell
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
DESPERATE MEASURES! Four million years ago, as CYBERTRON teetered on the brink of all-out war, a group of Autobots decided it was time to take matters into their own hands. Everyone concerned would subsequently agree that this was a very, very bad move...

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
Off to a good start


Story

As More Than Meets the Eye continues its solitary trajectory through space (on the Lost Light) and time (through the IDWverse as we know it) we follow up on Rodimus and his team in search of duplicitous Brainstorm, his evil plan and whatever he might be up to in Cybertron's past - will history change forever?

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
Percy impressed - good or bad?


Writer James Roberts had stated a while back that Elegant Chaos would be the third and final chapter to his Cybertronian trilogy, after Chaos Theory and Shadowplay. This issue dissipates all doubts about the execution of that promise, as we look once more into previous (past) storylines to develop the current (present) one, by literally revisiting them from another angle.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
(future?)


The device is extremely amusing and satisfying (and touching, at times, when Whirl, Chromedome, Rewind, Cyclonus, Rung, and Tailgate are involved), for a good deal of the book, but sometimes feels as though there is still too much stalling given the previous issues in this arc. The time travel plot does feel much fresher here, however, which can only be a good thing.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
EVERYTHING IS FINE


There are a number of twists, yes, towards the very end. I would not call the 'major' reveal entirely surprising, and the parallels present in the issue with Chaos Theory and Shadowplay only aided in finding all the similarities with those scripts and books - but it is very satisfyingly executed nonetheless, with some great secondary developments along the way.

Art

Now, the artwork. As mentioned, the script reuses lines from Chaos Theory and Shadowplay - and the same holds for the visuals, as Alex Milne's work from The Transformers #20 and MTMTE #9 is re-proposed as part of the larger mosaic of the old-but-new story, and it all works fantastically well, even and perhaps especially with the noticeable differences in style. And the new facial expressions are priceless.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
Happy Whirl!


And the credit also goes to the combined efforts of previous colourist Josh Burcham, and the current regular Joana Lafuente, with the latter finding a great balance of hues to highlight the pacing of the two timelines in one without making the difference too obvious or jarring. It is a thing to behold.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
*speechless*


Tom B. Long's letters, especially the ones used when Whirl is involved, capture perfectly the moment and tones of the scenes they feature in, and a joy to trace in backgrounds and captions. While the Milne/Josh Perez A cover captures the and Nick Roche/Burcham introduce some new arrivals, so to speak, in the B cover, the thumbnailed Kotteri anniversary cover is a great representation of the lighter MTMTE vibe.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As far as the aesthetics are concerned, MTMTE #37 is a magnificently laid out, formally and structurally arranged piece of comics art. Reusing old material in such a way that it works with the new was extremely well done, and the multiple angles help with the tone and themes of the arc's script. And what is new is very very new, in such a way that there are no feelings of 'shortcuts' in material.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
#38, here we come


With the plot doing what it does, the stories weaving as they do, and the art blending as it can, what really stood out, once again, were some of the interactions between the very extended cast of the book. Not only the usual suspects, or even the ones present on the page, but there is some very good dialogue that meshes wonderfully with the pre-existing scripts, and gives it that little boost which really encourages a reader to go back and revisit older material. In light of next month's big bang finale. Maybe.

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

Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock
Date: Sunday, February 1st 2015 6:01am CST
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Fires_Of_Inferno

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Why not have some more Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers reviews for the weekend? Thanks to fellow Seibertron.com member Fires_Of_Inferno, Canada-dweller with easier access to the figures for now, we take a look at Dinobot leader Grimlock in his brick form, including some thoughts and size comparisons - check it out below!

Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:I have been asked to post my review of Battle Changers Grimlock here. So I shall! :D

I was surprised to find Kre-O Battle Changers Grimlock at my local Toys R' Us during my Boxing Day toy store rampage.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


Grimlock was released in Canada in late 2014, although they are listed as not being available until Spring 2015. Hasbro seems to be doing some wacky things with their release dates when Canada and the UK get releases BEFORE the US does. Grimlock is an 82 piece set who's colours more match the Age of Extinction toy than the G1 toy. This doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. He stands roughly 10cm (4in) tall in dino mode, and there's no storage for his weapon, unless you want to stick it in his tiny dino hands (which I do).

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


Grimlock transforms exactly as you'd expect him to. The head and sides of the dino mode are attached to the same spinal component and all fold back and down. His lower portion swings forward to form legs and feet, and the dino legs twist at the knee to form his robot arms. Pretty standard in terms of a recognizable G1 accurate Grimlock transformation!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


His robot mode stands just shy of 9cm (3 1/2 inches), and looks exactly how a Kre-O Grimlock should! Again, the colour looks more like AoE Grimlocks' colours, but that doesn't bother me one bit. The helmet actually bothers me a little more with the fact that, instead of using a new helmet design, they use one of the generic Kre-O helmet designs. I guess I can't be TOO mad at that since it still looks like the guy, though.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


The face and torso have tampographed details while the sword, shoulders, and the grey pieces on the sides of the shins have stickers. They're alright stickers, I was honestly reluctant to put them on at first, because I thought he'd look better with them off, but nah, he looks better this way! The articulation is surprisingly awesome! I wish all regular Transformers were as bendy as him!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


In relation to other Kre-O figures, I'd say he's the right size! They come up to about thigh level to him. I'm one of those nut bars who like things to be a certain scale to each other, and I think this scale works for Kre-O Grimlock!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


I saw Optimus, Bumblebee, and Starscream at the Toys R' Us as well. I knew Grimlock was also going to be released with them, but I didn't see him until after I started digging. He was buried in the back of the shelf. Good thing I found him or I might have had to settle for getting one of the ones I was less enthusiastic for. First world problem averted! :D :KREMZEEK:

Pick him up when you see him. After seeing Bumblebee and Optimus, I'd say this one is definitely the winner of the first wave. Hopefully there'll be more releases after this. I'd love to see Megatron given the same treatment!

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #111 - New York Toy Fair 2015
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