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Video Review - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Armada Starscream Super Mode

Transformers News: Video Review - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Armada Starscream Super Mode
Date: Saturday, February 6th 2016 3:35am CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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Courtesy of fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999, we have a full video review of the Takara Tomy Legends Micron Legends Armada Thundercracker Starscream Super Mode! You can check out the video below, plus some thoughts on the figure itself.

When I first got into collecting Armada Thundercracker was the first figure I bought. I later found out that on the show, this toy was just Starscream's powered up mode. When I heard Takara was going to release the new Generations Armada Starscream in it's powered up color scheme, I had to have it. This is the same mold as the Generations version, right down to the pressure launchers. If you're a fan of the series, or have a connection to the original toy, pick this up.



Video Reviews of Combiner Wars Wave 2 Figures and Sky Reign

Transformers News: Video Reviews of Combiner Wars Wave 2 Figures and Sky Reign
Date: Friday, February 5th 2016 12:18pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Hellscream9999 | Credit(s): D-Maximus_Prime from Seibertron.com

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Fellow Seibertronians, we have for you today, a full set of video reviews for the upcoming wave 2 Combiner Wars figure's by Chefatron, including a review of Sky Reign himself. Take a look at the reviews below and let us know what you think of this next set of combining Ark-bots. Will you be getting any of them? Let us know in the comments below.












TakaraTomy MP-28 HotRod Video Transformation

Transformers News: TakaraTomy MP-28 HotRod Video Transformation
Date: Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 6:43pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: caryweeone | Credit(s): YouTube user daimchoc

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Views: 17,604

Following the previous in-hand images and size comparison; fellow Seibertronian King Dork has alerted us to a video transformation of TakaraTomy's MP-28 Hot Rod. The video is not narrated, but a possible issue with ground clearance is pointed out. After you watch the video refresh your memory with our gallery of MP-09 Rodimus Prime.


Do you have have MP-28 on pre-order? Did this video change your mind? Is the ground clearance issue a possible mis-transformation? Hit the jump and tell us what you think in the discussion below.

Remember to keep your browsers pointed to Seibertron.com for the latest in Transformer news, the largest Transformers galleries found on the web and the liveliest Transformers discussion this side of a space bridge.

Video Review Mini-con Battle Pack Bumblebee vs. Major Mayhem

Transformers News: Video Review Mini-con Battle Pack Bumblebee vs. Major Mayhem
Date: Friday, January 29th 2016 4:33pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Hellscream9999 | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999 from Seibertron.com

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Fellow Seibertronians, hot on the heels of the in-hand images, and the video review of Grimlock vs. Back Mini-con Battle Pack, we have a review of the RID Mini-con Battle Pack Bumblebee vs. Major Mayhem from fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999. Check out the review and leave your thought in the comments below.

chuckdawg1999 wrote:Those of us who have been around for awhile know that when Hasbro introduces a new line, the first wave or so really isn't indicative of the overall series. Such is the case with the Minicon Battle Packs. Bumblebee is a smaller, pocket sized version of the Warrior Class figure, with a few additional ball joints. The armor comes together nicely both in the combined weapon mode, and attached to bumblebee. Major Mayhem is a cool name but these new Minicons just don't do it for me.



Video Review Mini-con Battle Pack Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review Mini-con Battle Pack Grimlock
Date: Friday, January 29th 2016 9:35am CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Hellscream9999 | Credit(s): Decepticon Sunstorm from Seibertron.com

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Views: 18,490

Fellow Seibertronians, hot on the heels of the in-hand images, we have a review of the RID Mini-con Battle Pack grimlock vs. Back from Peaugh. Check out the review and leave your thought in the comments below.


Video Review - G2 Aerialbots and Superion

Transformers News: Video Review - G2 Aerialbots and Superion
Date: Wednesday, January 27th 2016 11:25pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Hellscream9999 | Credit(s): DeathReviews from seibertron.com

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Fellow Seibertronians, our very own DeathReviews has posted a review of the very colorful G2 Aerialbots and Superion boxset, see what he thinks of these very '90's repaints. And don't forget to leave your thoughts on this in the comments below.

DeathReviews wrote:There's no escape from the 1990s! Death reviews the G2 Aerialbots/Superion box set from Combiner Wars! Get the Reaper's unique take on these day-glow repainted figures, and if you view the whole thing, you'll likely enjoy some funky 90's rappin' about them illin' Aerialbots!




IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review
Date: Wednesday, January 27th 2016 6:08am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Va'al, IDW

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Something naughty this way comes...
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
SECRETS AND SINS! PROWL’s past—shrouded in mystery—begins to come to light… and the revelations aren’t pretty. But to get ahold of the missing AUTOBOT, the WRECKERS will have to face… the NOISEMAZE.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review
u kno it


Story

Issue three, and we're still untangling a gigantic knot of garbled vines (and lumps in throats, after reading). Surprising no one really, but still executed really well, we find out who and what Mesothulas Tarantulas is - he even gets a catch phrase - what his goal might be, and just about what the Wreckers may have to do with any of this series to start with.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review
Oh yeah, them


I can see the problem with that last part, of course, as other readers have pointed out: if anything, this book so far is more about Prowl and his past than the Wreckers. And Prowl and the Wreckers haven't really had stellar relations in that past, either. This issue, however, may be leading towards the meeting point of the two pasts.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review
Hmmmmmm


There is one particular piece of dialogue, shown in the preview, which illustrates just how well Roche can work with words and visuals - as it's a layout within the panel that will show up a number of times in the issue - and speaks to his strengths as a grey-moral-area-lover-of-ambiguity. As we have seen several times before now.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review
Coloured words


Roche takes a quick dip in established Transformers history, from the IDWverse anyway, as he brings us up to speed with what happened to Mesontulas, which will please some readers. He also unearths some not-yet-established historical connections, as we catch up with what the Wreckers might know about it all, which will intrigue readers. Either way, he's still spinning threads, over halfway in.


Art

What I have said for the verbal part of Roche's appraisal, I have to reiterate in the visual - though with not as many reservations on the complexity of what he's doing. Yes, he is a storyteller, and working with both tracks in sync allows his art and words to bounce off each other, but the art has a smidge over the words at times, especially in character design.



What Josh Burcham brings to the page, in his colouring, is truly remarkable. The emotional side of the story and its characters is played out with tonal contrasts, juxtaposition of bright and positively (negatively?) dark colours, and sprinkled with some seriously heebie-jeebie vibes throughout. Plus, we get the trippy swirl effects of the Noisemaze.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review
Also, accurate for the story


Tom B. Long has a field day with the number of font variations: each faction, plus Taranmesothulalala, and juiced up Guzzle, the Noisemaze - there is so much going on in the different voices, and he claims them all, pointing them out brilliantly. The covers are pretty much as dark as you would expect, with multi-layered Roche/Burcham main Impactor and Kup art, heart-scrunching incentive variant by Priscilla Tramontano (seen here), and an ominous Pri-- Prowl by guest artists Andy MacDonald and John-Paul Bove (thumbnailed).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Even with the caveats mentioned above, I found a solid balance in Roche's writing: we may get some exposition in spots, but it allows for character fleshing out too; if on one hand there is a lot of Prowl and Tarantulas, on the other there is a big build-up of expectations. And both allow for some excellent visuals, in both layouts and creepiness, and surprising emotional turns. And Obtenteum (really?).

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #3 Review
Another image of Nick Roche


We get some additional background and character work, though very brief, on Hubcap, Verity, Carnivac, Stakeout - and some of it will hurt, some of it will enrage, most of it will leave readers wanting for more, that's for sure. Whatever happens at the end, with its 'mild' cliffhanger, will have to wait quite a while for a resolve, unfortunately. So strap in to your spider, and let it crawl.

. :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: ½ out of :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS:

Review: Robots in Disguise Legion Windblade

Transformers News: Review: Robots in Disguise Legion Windblade
Date: Tuesday, January 26th 2016 4:15pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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Fellow Seibertronians, our old pal Chuck has dropped by to give us his thoughts and review of the new legion class Windblade! Enjoy the video below!

chuckdawg1999 wrote:This took longer than expected. For whatever reason Windblade is a hard to find figure, and unfortunately not really worth the effort of a hunt. Yes it's a Legion toy, but it's missing the spark that a figure like Thunderhoof has that makes it feel a little more dynamic. Transformation is solid, and both modes are far more stable than the Deluxe figure, but the current market price is way more than what the toy is worth. Hopefully Windblade and the rest of the wave will reach retail saturation soon.


Video Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Sky Lynx

Transformers News: Video Review - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Sky Lynx
Date: Monday, January 25th 2016 7:48am CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): YouTube chefatron

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Courtesy of fellow Seibertronian Survivefan23, who linked us to the YouTube clip by chefatron, we have a full video review of the upcoming Voyager from the Transformers Combiner Wars line Sky Lynx - in his new torso mode for Sky Reign, regular chatterbox bird-creature-dino-thing (no actual lynx included this time), and shuttle with massive undercarriage. You can take a look directly below, as we have embedded the video for your viewing pleasure!


IDW The Transformers #49 Review

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
Date: Wednesday, January 20th 2016 1:30pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Views: 24,286

Conquerors?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
CONQUERORS: CONCLUSION! The most dramatic action ever taken by an AUTOBOT sets the stage for next month’s mammoth issue 50. Earth and CYBERTRON. OPTIMUS PRIME and GALVATRON. SOUNDWAVE and COSMOS. It all comes together at four billion miles an hour.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
Good question


Story

Here we are, at the end of the big build up everything after Dark Cybertron, through Combiner Wars, across the Transformers universe as we know it, with old gods, fake gods, heroes, villains and conquerors converging into one single spot, one moment in time: Earth, Now.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
Build-up continues...


And to be entirely honest, it falls short of ..well, everything. All of the build up, all of the hype. It feels rushed, glossed over, reasons and motivations don't hold up, the major arcs created for however many past issues are just half-resolved without much else to go on. The various settings and scenes are just glomped together.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
Glomp


I am not sure what John Barber did with this issue, as his big landmarks usually pan out much better. It is likely that issue #50 will develop those shortcomings into something that sticks better together as the piece of a wider, universal puzzle. As it stands, however, the pieces are all mismatched and a little scattered.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
See, there, that is Windblade's character


The characters do, to an extent, still work, of course - but some of them just feel like they're going along with whatever Optimus has decided to do, for whatever reason. Galvatron's side of the story may be the most interesting here, and the repercussions it has among the Decepticon idealists hit hard - but everything else is just - there.


Art

On the other hand, I have no complaints whatsoever with the art. Sara Pitre-Durocher's style is a delight to follow through the various scenes, with some peaks in Skywarp's moments to shine (heh) and there is heavy emotion felt by the various characters - and the readers. The moments with Soundwave and Cosmos carry some serious weight, in light of the events taking place.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
...


The colours are also magnificent, blending fantastically well with Pitre-Durocher's lighter linework. Josh Perez and Josh Burcham are a wonderful team, and bounce off each other's style easily and seamlessly, bringing one of the crispest issues I've noticed in a while.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
Just glorious


Tom B. Long has a lot of playground space in the lettering sandbox, too, to work his own stuff, filling in the various silent spaces with good-looking sounds. Why do letterers never get enough praise? With all that action, we are still able to see what is being said. The covers are also great, with Alex Milne/Perez continuing the massive mural (thumbnailed), Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente dabbling with Victorion's hefty presence, and Andrew Griffith emulating Klaus Scherwinski.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

If I sound disappointed, it's because I am. I had been seriously looking forward to the development, and preliminary conclusion, to this arc - to see what Galvatron was to do, to see how the Autobots would respond, how Soundwave in particular would respond, how the various characters would play out against each other and together, depending on their circumstances. I don't feel we got any of that, unfortunately.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
or Spotlight: Thundercracker


A less coherent, more Soundwave/Cosmos/Skybyte response: Seriously? Windblade and crew are just going along with Optimus' decision? Sideswipe, Alpha Trion and Arcee in a shuttle forever, just to get punked by Brawl and Needlenose? I do hope that the next issue, and All Hail Optimus in general, has more time, and space, to start straightening the puzzle out. I really do.

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

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #136 - The Gathering
Twincast / Podcast #136:
"The Gathering"
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Posted: Saturday, January 30th, 2016