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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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!
Something naughty this way comes... (Spoiler free-ish)
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.
u kno it
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
. ½ out of
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