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IDW Transformers: Windblade #5 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #5 Review
Date: Wednesday, July 29th 2015 1:51am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: ScottyP | Credit(s): IDW, ScottyP

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"America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, bad ass speed."
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1936

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #5 Review

Velocitron Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Blurry
Race Against The Light, Which Is Totally Not A Title From MTMTE, We Promise


Remember back about a decade ago, when you first watched Transformers: Cybertron on TV? The first few episodes start with a bang, taking you away on a fast-paced adventure spanning three planets within the span of just the first four episodes. One of these planets was Velocitron, where the heroic Autobots Hot Shot and Red Alert assisted planet natives Override and Clocker in a bid to win races and secure a Cyber Planet Key, thus keeping it out of the clutches of the evil Megatron. To get it, they had to win a race, I think. Unfortunately, the race went on for longer than a Suzuka 8-hour and no one in the fandom remembers the details because why on earth would anyone watch that arc over again? The point here is that most Transformers fans are reminded of one word when thinking about Velocitron: Slow.

This is relevant today because IDW's fifth and latest issue of Windblade Volume 2, written by Mairghread Scott featuring art by Corin Howell and colors by Thomas Deer, brings us back to Velocitron. While doing so, it manages to do a lot of things, but "going slow" isn't one of them.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #5 Review


The pacing really is the stand-out characteristic here, and in fact, events happen so quickly that one has to wonder if the series ending at issue 7 was the original plan. While no one wants a repeat of Cybertron's fourteen episode circular boredom, I can't help but feel like this one takes a well developed premise with a lot of potential and steers off the exit ramp towards the next part of the story a little too quickly.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #5 Review


The art keeps with the implied tone of the narrative, lending a cartoon like quality to the scenes. This works well for most of the scenes, given the sometimes very convenient ways in which our heroes will overcome their external conflicts as the pages progress. Plot aside, the lines for some of the residents of this Velocitron are handled pretty appropriately, and Override in particular (not Nitro Convoy, take that Takara) feels suited to the style.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #5 Review


Deer's colors work very well, helping to lend contrast between locales and offering Velocitron a familiar yet altogether different feel. This isn't Cybertron, and at no point does it really feel that way.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #5 Review


Potential Full On Blatant Spoilers Ahead, Maybe
By the end of the read I certainly wasn't unsatisfied, but I also don't feel like I got the full taste of Velocitron, or perhaps the issue is that it was just a taste. If the sin of Cybertron's old Velocitron arc was being too slow, then this does the opposite and manages to go too fast, at least that's how I can best describe my malaise. Or perhaps, this is a crepe and what I really wanted was something else. They are the really thin pancakes. It's just a French word for them.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #5 Review


The great build to such a simple resolution almost made me forget what happened in between. To use an old theatre adage, "Show, don't Tell". This issue told me a lot about the planet and characters and city, but fell short on showing them to me. An abstract map of the city is cool, but ultimately kind of pointless if only some bits and pieces are shown. Telling me that Override is only tenuously in charge and implying that she's eccentric when given requests is great stuff, but when the chance comes to show it, it isn't taken. The politics of the planet have been played up as rather complicated for a couple issues now, but when you get to the ending they end up being really quite simple with Ransack just sort of doing, well, nothing. The end result is a story that felt complex, but then ultimately just isn't.

That's not to say there weren't parts I liked. Including the aforementioned Override and Ransack, along with Clocker (questionable color scheme aside, but at least it was a toy deco so I'll give it a slide) was a really fun touch. I absolutely adored Cybertron when it came out, and seeing some of these characters get further adventures is quite fun. There's nothing more frightening then driving with a live goddamn cougar next to you.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #5 Review


Our normal reviewer and News Admin Extraordinaire, Va'al, did point out some good stuff to me as well that I mostly agree with, so here are his words (mostly ;)) unedited:
Va'al wrote:I really liked the scenes with the Titan, both in writing (how Windblade feels about the whole thing, and how she connects with it) and the art, colours in particular. The race was quite good, and just the right length to not become overblown or dragged out. Ironhide and Chromia were also great, though Ironhide in general has and continues to be a stand out. I'm too drunk to taste this chicken.
My kudos to him for the help with this review as he juggled helping me out of my criticisms, all whilst writing up reviews for the other two IDW Transformers releases this week.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #5 Review


So with all that said, if you ain't first, you're last, so this gets the following score:

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


I'm just kidding, here's the real score:

"Shake and... eh, that's good enough I suppose." out of "SHAKE AND BAKE, BABY!"
aka
:BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:


That there Seibertron.com review is trademarked, not to be used without written permission of Ricky Bobby, Inc.

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #43 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #43 Review
Date: Wednesday, July 29th 2015 1:50am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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I'm No Superbot
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Three years into their quest, and the crew of the Lost Light were starting to think that the universe held no more nasty surprises. And then a planet started chasing them.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #43 Review
Nobel-worthy dialogue


Story

There comes a point in a series, be it on television, in comics, or whatever else have you, when a certain sentence is brought onto the picture, featuring an aquatic creature, a certain type of physical effort and usual negative connotations. Do any of those descriptors fit issue 43 of Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye? Find out below (maybe)!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #43 Review
'Why are all these Us in our colors?'


Writer James Roberts has made no secret of his fascination with popular culture, in music, TV series and the wider comics world - and has often woven in MTMTE this passion of his, with multiple results, usually as one-off gags or non-impacting moments. And then this issue happens, where all of those strands come once again together into a truly bizarre read.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #43 Review
Scene One


As the solicits, previous issue, covers and various previews have shown us, Swerve takes centre stage in the most peculiar of ways, and fans of the last twenty years of anything and everything outside of the Transformers will probably find that the Idol of Millions has indeed something for everyone - even if some readers may find the frequency and awareness grating at times.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #43 Review
So Meta


And yet, that last point also feeds into the story, and I'd be curious to see the varying reactions to the experience of getting through this new instalment of the series among the readership. Especially as whatever journey we take for 20 pages suddenly screeches, swerves (heh) and slams somewhere very very different indeed. At last.

Art

From a visual side of things, on the other hand, this issue proves that give Alex Milne a direction, and he will dress a world out of a streetname. Both his linework and Brian Shearer's inking collaboration really bring out the individual, non-robotic elements of each character that Roberts' script helps create, however on the nose or in your face, with some seriously on point representations.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #43 Review
Introducing: Cyclonus


And if we needed any more beauty and poignancy to any of the meta-mess that the story develops, Joana Lafuente's colours makes sure we don't miss the emotional stream trickling beneath the apparently farcical surface. Sets, settings, dresses, clothing and texture in general is deftly captured and covered by her tones, ensuring a full surround of no laughing matter.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #43 Review
Also introducing: Bluestreak


Laughter which is instead, where necessary (and unnecessary, given the setting) provided by letterer Tom B. Long, whose efforts are not slight in populating a sign-crowded world with more words than you can shake a boom mic at. There are covers for all flavours too, from the Milne/Josh Perez main Cyclonus one, to the cameo making multi-Swerve by Nick Roche and Josh Burcham, a Texas exclusive Casey Coller and JP Bove G1-esque variant, and the thumbnailed James Biggie ad-style Unicron.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Similar things have been said for other issues of MTMTE, but this one in particular is going to be discussed quite a bit, one expects, not for its impact on the wider story - though it inevitably will on that account too - but for what it's trying to do and how it's accomplishing the A plot, and how far some readers will take it - or leave it.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #43 Review
Wait.. what? What?!


What goes well with the issue, however, goes really really well, from both a writing and a visual perspective, and the latter in particular. Milne and Lafuente are at top form, and all the characters receiving a holomatter avatar, a whole lot of them, are perfect renditions of their personalities, and Shearer and Long provide equally excellent assists.

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

Steven DeKnight on Paramount Transformers Universe Writers Room

Transformers News: Steven DeKnight on Paramount Transformers Universe Writers Room
Date: Wednesday, July 29th 2015 1:45am CDT
Categories: Media, Movie News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IGN

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Fellow Seibertron.com user SlyTF1 has alerted us to a new article discussing the goings-on at Paramount, and specifically in the writers room for the extended Transformers universe, as IGN caught up with Daredevil's Steven DeKnight on the current situation with Akiva Goldsman's project, and the surprise visit from Steven Spielberg! Read more below, and head here for the full piece.

Taking a page from how a TV show is run, Paramount assembled a big group of experienced writers to help chart out the future of the Transformers film series, under the guidance of Akiva Goldsman, as the studio looks to build more of an expanded Transformers movie universe. I asked DeKnight what the experience was like taking that TV dynamic and using it in film, and he had an enthusiastic reply.

“It's that wonderful thing where features are now taking a page from television and getting people together to really try and plan things out. It was a wonderful experience. Akiva Goldsman was fantastic and Jeff Pinkner, who's co-writing the fifth [Transformers] movie with him was phenomenal. Zak Penn... It was just a room full of brilliant, funny, amazing people. And we spent two and a half weeks in physically the best writers room I've ever seen in my life. Paramount pulled out all the stops. It was phenomenal! We laughed and joked and told stories and plotted out...”

In hand pictures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pictures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe
Date: Tuesday, July 28th 2015 10:14pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): william-james88

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Here are some in hand images of ToysRUs Exclusive Robots in Disguise Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe. These are allspark blue infused redecos of Robots in Disguise Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe attempting to mirror their deco in the season one finale.

These have yet to be found in the US.


Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Transformers News: In hand pîctures of Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime and Sideswipe

Auto Assembly 2015 Guest Update - Peter Spellos

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2015 Guest Update - Peter Spellos
Date: Tuesday, July 28th 2015 3:30pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Auto Assembly

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Auto Assembly
Announces returning guest:
It's Peter Spellos!


It’s not very often that voice actors make a return appearance at Auto Assembly. Not because we don’t want to see many of our guests come back but with a limited budget for voice actors for the convention we tend to focus on bringing actors to Auto Assembly who haven’t visited the event before so it’s rare that actors make return appearances and if they do it’s not usually for a few years. However, something rather unusual has happened for Auto Assembly 2015 and some may say that it’s something rather fishy…

In 2014 we were joined by Peter Spellos, the voice of Skybyte from Robots In Disguise. Peter made an incredible impact on all of the fans who were in attendance to the extent that immediately after the event we were asked by hundreds of people to bring him back to this year’s convention – the enthusiasm to see his return was unprecedented and something we hadn’t seen before in Auto Assembly’s 15-year history. Unfortunately as we had already booked our two guests of honour for this year’s event we weren’t able to do this but it was clear that there was an incredible amount of affection for Peter and the fans wanted to see him back. But this affection and desire to see his return ran a lot deeper than anyone could have ever imagined…

This desire to see Peter’s return has now become a reality as we are now proud to confirm that – thanks to a massive collaborative effort – Peter Spellos IS making a return to Auto Assembly 2015 as our third guest of honour at the last ever Auto Assembly convention! Peter’s appearance has been made possible because of the determination of the Transformers fan community pulling together and showing how much they wanted to see Peter return to the event and I can’t thank the community enough for making this possible.

Peter’s flight has been provided by the Auto Assembly team themselves in a collective effort and I can’t thank all of them enough for their efforts and generosity here. Peter’s additional travel costs and other expenses relating to the convention are being covered thanks to the incredible fundraiser that had been organised on Facebook by Jamie Harris on The Sharkiest Of Sharks page and I have got to give my heartfelt thanks to all of the amazing fans who have contributed to this. Jamie is also very kindly sponsoring the Skybyte postcard (featuring artwork from Ed Pirrie) that all of you will be receiving at the convention.

Finally, as a convention, we have managed to secure accommodation for Peter in the Hilton to make sure that he will be able to be with us all weekend, enjoying whiskey and ice cream with all of you and as with last year he’ll be taking to the stage for a Q&A Panel, joining Sumalee Montano and James Horan for our script reading and signing autographs throughout the weekend.

I can’t thank everyone enough for making this happen and for helping to bring everyone’s favourite shark back home to all of us here at Auto Assembly next month. It’s going to be a blast!

SDCC 2015 Transformers Exclusives is currently in-stock at Hasbro Toy Shop

Transformers News: SDCC 2015 Transformers Exclusives is currently in-stock at Hasbro Toy Shop
Date: Tuesday, July 28th 2015 10:53am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: mooncake623 | Credit(s): HasbroToyShop

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Transformers Exclusives on Hasbro Toy Shop is now Live!

Go get them while they're still instock! Please note that the site is extremely slow at the moment.

Transformers News: Transformers Exclusives up on Hasbro Toy Shop is Live

REMINDER SDCC Exclusives up on Hasbro Toy Shop today July 28 2015

Transformers News: REMINDER SDCC Exclusives up on Hasbro Toy Shop today July 28 2015
Date: Tuesday, July 28th 2015 9:02am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: william-james88

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Hold on to your butts! Today is the day the SDCC 2015 Hasbro Exclusives are available on Hasbro Toy Shop. Though the time is unknown, here is a tip from Seibertron's own Chuckdawg:

Refresh the home page because there will be a link there. Some people have tried doing searches for SDCC and Comic Con but that's not a guarantee to work. FYI I've now heard that the stuff will go up between 9:30-10:30AM EST


The big ticket items this year are SDCC Devastator and the Combiner Hunters 3 pack.

Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-11T Thundercracker Announced!

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-11T Thundercracker Announced!
Date: Tuesday, July 28th 2015 8:53am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Mindmaster | Credit(s): Takara tomy mall

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Great news for those who own Takara's interpretation of Starscream and Skywarp using the MP-11 mold! Thanks to an announcement from Takara Tomy Mall, we now have news that Thundercracker will also receive Takara's MP-11 treatment, using a more cartoon-inspired deco! MP-11T will be exclusive to Takara Tomy Mall (similar to Unite Warriors UW-04 Defensor), will cost 14,904 yen (approximately $120 USD), limited to 2,000 units, and will be available mid-November of this year. This will probably get a Hasbro Asia release though, so it will be obtainable to fans at a premium. Check out the images below, and sound of your thoughts on the Energon Pub forum!

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-11T Thundercracker Discusson Thread

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-11T Thundercracker Discusson Thread

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-11T Thundercracker Discusson Thread

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-11T Thundercracker Discusson Thread

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-11T Thundercracker Discusson Thread

Figure King #210 Scans - UW Devastator, MP Ironhide, Diabattles, Adventure, QT

Transformers News: Figure King #210 Scans - UW Devastator, MP Ironhide, Diabattles, Adventure, QT
Date: Tuesday, July 28th 2015 2:20am CDT
Categories: Media, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Powered Convoy

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Fellow Seibertronian Powered Convoy, also an active member over at fellow fansite the Allspark, has sent us some high-resolution scans of previously revealed or seen coming items from Takara Tomy's stables and their licensees, courtesy of the Figure King magazine issue #210. You can check out the images mirrored below, featuring Diaclone Diabattle, MP-27 Ironhide, Q Transformers, UW Devastator and more!

Transformers News: Figure King #210 Scans - UW Devastator, MP Ironhide, Diabattles, Adventure, QT

Transformers News: Figure King #210 Scans - UW Devastator, MP Ironhide, Diabattles, Adventure, QT

Transformers News: Figure King #210 Scans - UW Devastator, MP Ironhide, Diabattles, Adventure, QT

Transformers News: Figure King #210 Scans - UW Devastator, MP Ironhide, Diabattles, Adventure, QT

Transformers News: Figure King #210 Scans - UW Devastator, MP Ironhide, Diabattles, Adventure, QT

Transformers News: Figure King #210 Scans - UW Devastator, MP Ironhide, Diabattles, Adventure, QT

TFcon Toronto 2015 Charity Auction raises $10417.40 for Make-A-Wish Canada

Transformers News: TFcon Toronto 2015 Charity Auction raises $10417.40 for Make-A-Wish Canada
Date: Tuesday, July 28th 2015 2:12am CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFcon Toronto

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We receive news from TFcon Toronto that their charity auction really went down a treat last weekend! They were able to raise a whopping $10417.40 for Make-A-Wish Canada, and that is all thanks to the fans attending and bidding - so they've sent the informative and thankful post below, for everyone to read and share in the warm glow.

TFcon is very proud to announce that our 2015 charity auction was able to raise $10417.40 for Make-A-Wish® Canada. We are very proud of everyone in our community that contributed to make this amazing feat happen.

Make-A-Wish® Canada creates magical moments for children between the ages of 3 and 17, living with life threatening medical conditions, through granting a child’s one true wish. Make-A-Wish® strives to create hope, strength and joy by giving a child a much needed respite from being sick, allowing them to experience the wholesome enjoyment of just being a “kid” again.

Because the entire family experiences the diagnoses, treatment and day-to-day challenges of caring for a child with an illness, the entire family is included in the wish experience. Make-A-Wish® likes to make sure their families do not have to lift a finger or spend a dime. So if you think of the cost of sending a family of 4 to Disney for a week from the car that picks them up to park activities, souvenirs as well as food and medical insurance the average cost of a wish is $10,000. So that means, because of the TFcon Toronto 2015 charity auction a child will have their wish come true!

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #121 - SDCC 2015
Twincast / Podcast #121:
"SDCC 2015"
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Posted: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015