LOVE AND HATE! Two emotions only inches from each other—and TRACKS and NEEDLENOSE have felt them both. On opposite sides of an eons-long war, what happens when they meet again? And what’s ARCEE up to on CYBERTRON?
John Barber takes a slightly different turn with this month's issue of The Transformers, while still keeping up the Combiner Wars aftermath threads, and dipping into some of the material unearthed with the Combiner Hunters one-shot. And we get to sort of see some old friends, too.. read on to find out more about #44!
Um.. burn? I guess?
It may seem a little odd at first to have Arcee framing the story, as it initially focuses on Tracks and Needlenose, as synopsis, previews and advance material readily suggest. I mean, ignoring the very first flashback page, of course. But if there's something Barber is good at, it's blending multiple linear (or not) stories into one.
Yeah, I mean, jeez
And there is one particular story that he adds in to the side which is bound to raise some eyebrows, wrinkle some brains and worry some worriers. Though thinking about it, it's not that out of place for what and how the character has been established previously, in this very series, even though there is a new twist to it this time round.
Here's a hint..
And with Needlenose and Arcee, we have a double-sided look at where this series might be going, as the vacuum left by Megatron, the vacuum left by the civil war, leads into yet another shift in the precarious status quo of the various events of the past couple of publication years. Where to? We'll have to wait and see.
The linework is actually a lot more linear, and definitely well-suited to the story, than we might expect. Andrew Griffith does a mighty fine job in offering both exterior and interior shots, for an otherwise very static issue - in terms of action (though there are some hectic moments). And the final page is everything, once you realise.
Static as in tension
Josh Perez' colours are magnificently accompanying the grimdark - I mean it in the best way possible! ok, bleak, bleak! - setting for the issue. Inside and out. There are some truly stunning passages slower moments in the narration, and it all just works, beautifully.
Tom B. Long gets some fun parts too, adding signs and sounds where the locations really needed some, and keeping the dialogues and fonts in check across the board. I will never stop being amazed at how easy he makes it look. We have seen the two main covers in the past, featuring a self(ie)-keen Tracks and Needlenose by Griffith and Perez, a melancholy Arcee with Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente, and the entirely appropriate and adorable tumbnailed RI variant by Agnes Garbowska.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
As I was writing the review for Combiner Hunters, I kept saying, and made clear in the piece too, that I hoped to see further development from Arcee's lines in further issues of the ongoings. I really did not have to wait that long, as Barber takes the step a couple of inches further in this issue, and surrounds it with an extremely well-taut series of lines across Cybertron (mostly).
Because I'm Bba-- Arcee
It takes a seriously impressive variety of previous storylines that have been somewhat suspended as corporate did its thing, and may be a hint towards IDW authors being able to write their own stuff and redevelop it for a while yet. Which can only be a good thing, whatever the voices say.
You want some Mini-Bots from Generation 1? We got some Mini-Bots from Generation 1! The latest instalment of the Seibertron.com galleries bring you a look at what Bumblebee's pals (now that the MP gallery for the G2 version is available) looked like in the old days, by showing off IGA Blue Cliffjumper, Bumblejumper, and Micro Change MC04 Mini CAR Robo 02 XG1500 (Yellow).
They all share very similar molds, identical transformations, sport different colours and there are even some head sculpt differences (but no ankle tilt) - take a roll down brick memory lane by clicking on any of the images below to access the full galleries!
But what about "open chest"? Well here it is with an all white limb theme (the hands and feet are not the ones which comes with the figure though):
This photo came from Transformers Colombia's facebook page and features Optimus Maximus with Air Raid, Quickslinger, Rook, and Alpha Bravo. As you can see, the chest is the very same chest (plastic color and all) found for Ultra Prime:
Fellow Seibertron poster KirbyForce1 has provided us the link to JTMitchell87's YouTube review of this highly anticipated Takara Tomy import.
We've shown you images of the TAV 21 Optimus Prime, now it's time to see the video review and all the bells and whistles the figure has to offer! Lights, sounds and an armory befitting a giant semi that turns into a giant fighting robot and he's only $60.00 at your favorite Seibertron.com sponsor!
Check out the review in the embed below and then come on back to the forum to share your thoughts with us.
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Via Comic Book Resources, we have a fairly lengthy interview with the creative team behind Transformers: Windblade, in particular issue #5: Mairghread Scott and Corin Howell! The two touched upon the general direction of the series post-Combiner Wars, the introduction of multiple characters from several branches of the robot franchise, their thoughts on their favourite characters so far and much more, including some concepts for Moonracer and Knock-Out. Check out some snippets below, and head here for the full interview!
CBR News spoke with Scott and Howell about what's next for "Transformers: Windblade," what it means for their title character to learn that Prime may not be the 100% altruistic hero she once believed him to be, and why giant, battling robots provide the perfect allegory to explore themes like politics, war, gender and more.
Starscream has been handling this all magnificently, maneuvering everything into place. Has it been fun to get to have him outpace the others and show off his political agility?
Scott: Starscream is one of my favorite characters and I've had a great time revealing just how cunning he is. He also has a big advantage because everyone else in the book wears their heart on their sleeve. Windblade wants to save Caminus. Optimus wants to save Cybertron. And Starscream just wants to do whatever's best for Starscream. That makes him a lot more flexible than our other characters, and he uses that flexibility to its fullest extent. When Starscream sent Swindle and Menasor to Caminus, I saw a lot of people exclaiming that this would be Starscream's last mistake, and by the end of "Combiner Wars" he'd be ousted from power. I think underestimating Starscream is a lot of people's biggest mistake.
Scott: So at the end of "Combiner Wars," Caminus and Cybertron are now connected via SpaceBridge, and the Cybertronians have learned of at least four other colonies. Windblade's new mission is to make first contact with these worlds and somehow convince them to ally with Cybertron's new Council of Worlds, but each colony will have its own unique challenges she'll have to deal with. We're also kicking open a lot of doors to continuities that haven't been explored much in IDW. We're including a whole lot of new Transformers, many of which fans will know from other iterations of the brand throughout the years.
The Transformers comics seem to handle sci-fi as allegory more capably than anyone else is able to right now. What is it about the Universe which makes them so suitable to introduce themes of politics, war, gender and the like?
Howell: I think it's because when you get to see huge talking robots fighting, you can be sneaky with some bigger themes like political disputes and rivalries or the cause and costs of war. Everyone reads it to have fun, but they come away with a little bit more than that -- or at least that's the hope, anyway.
Scott: When you are dealing with alien robots, you have just enough distance between you and the subject that you can explore difficult ideas and themes much more comfortably. "Transformers" as a brand has always dealt with war, battle fatigue, prejudice and factionalism. And while our main goal is to tell a really great story, it's always my hope that we're giving people the chance to explore the rationale, emotions and beliefs of people they wouldn't get the chance to do in real life.
Was it a conscious choice to pick characters from so many different versions of the franchise and unite them here?
Scott: My goal for introducing more diversity to the brand has always been about opening as many doors as possible. I never want a writer to think "I can't introduce Character X because they have no place in this universe." So Caminus got the ball rolling on introducing female Transformers, but now all these other colonies will have female Transformers, too. My next thought was how can we push this further and introduce more bots. I realized that we had a lot of G1 and G2 bots but what if you grew up with "Beast Wars" or "Animated" or any of the later generations of Transformers? I wanted something for those viewers, too. These colonies have allowed me to open even more doors and create a whole universe of possibilities for future stories and future characters. I want any fan no matter their age or what iteration of the brand they grew up with to be able to see their favorite Transformer fitting in to the story.
With a peculiar blip in distribution, IDW Publishing confirms the release of Transformers vs G.I. Joe #8 for this Wednesday, though some shops and stores may already have received it last week - in either case, check out the full preview for the issue below, and head back to Seibertron.com for a review later this week!
Transformers vs G.I. JOE #8
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)
In the interplanetary war between the TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, anything can happen… and does.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Action and excitement as only Tom Scioli can deliver!
You won’t believe your eyes!
Variant Cover by Artyon Trakhanov!
Just arrived into our warehouse, FansToys' FT-04T Scoria! FT-04T differs from the original FT-04 release with its toy-based paint deco, featuring red horns, black head & thighs, and different paint applications! Order yours today at TFsource:
Now up for preorder - Reissue of FT-03 Quake Wave & FT-03T Quake Wave Darker Version! Fans Toys updated us - FT-03T is slightly darker than FT-03. We put the pictures side by side and it is very subtle. Once we have better pictures/details we'll update everyone here and in our listings!
Find them on TFSource here:
Now up for preorder - S.H. MonsterArts - King Ghidorah - Special Color Version! All hail the king! Godzilla’s ultimate rival joins the ranks of the hit S.H.MonsterArts series. Made to scale and towering above Godzilla at 9.8 inches, preorder yours at theToySource here:
Now instock, the SDCC Exclusive Green Jeep with Green Sol Commander! Revisit childhood memories of toy soldier battles with the Acid Rain Green Jeep, which includes a fully articulated Green Sol Commander 1:18 scale figure. Limited quantities available, order today from the ToySource:
Just received into the warehouse - Ori Toy's "Laurel (Marine)", as well as a restock of many other Acid Rain items! Pictures are of prototype, showing prototype pilot figure; final product will be fully painted. Order today at the ToySource:
At last, the final Sailor Scout, Guardian of the Space-Time Door; Sailor Pluto, joins the S.H. Figuarts line-up! Sailor Pluto includes her Garnet Rod, 4x interchangeable hands, 3x interchangeable face parts, & special display stand! Preorder yours today at the ToySource:
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TFcon Charlotte have added another guest to their line-up for the USA event in October - none other than the big lump of a dinobot himself, or his voice at least, Gregg Berger! Find out what the organisers have to say about the man behind Grimlock - and many more characters - below, and head here to book your tickets now.
We are happy to welcome the voice of Generation 1 Grimlock Gregg Berger to TFcon Charlotte. He also voiced Skyfire (Jetfire), Long Haul and Outback in the same series. He returned to the character of Grimlock for the Fall of Cybertron video game as well as the upcoming Transformers: Devastation.
Gregg will be taking part in Q&A panels and autograph sessions with the attendees of the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention all weekend long.
It's been while since we had some news on Hot Toys' Optimus Prime Starscream edition figure. He was actually up on BBTS a year ago and is still on preorder. He is out in Hong Kong though and the snakas blog has some picutres of how this figure looks like in the box as well as some in hand images. Hot Toys themselves posted a TON of HD images of this new figure on their facebook page which you can see here. Some have been posted below as well. I know what you are thinking. True, it doesn't Transform, it isn't an outright G1 reference and 345$ is quite a bit of money to spend... but you can't deny how good he looks!
The secret is out. We received this message a few days ago:
TF_JW wrote:If they haven't started arriving already, your TFSS 3.0 figure #3 should show up very soon. So keep an eye out!
And now enough have received their figure to know that it is none other than: Serpent O.R.
Both Seibertronians Bounti76 and Durroth sent us some pictures of their newly received figure (Bounti76 even made a super cute unboxing). For those who ordered him, you should be getting him very soon unless you have him already.
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