DeNA, the company behind Transformers: Legends, is set to release another Transformers themed mobile device game called Transformers Rising. Closed beta testing in the Chinese market is expected soon. Hopefully an English version will follow. Check out the screen cap mirrored below courtesy of 2P:
2P wrote:Transformers Rising takes the story of The Transformers as the background. Players will have the chance to act as the leader of Transformers base to fight. Except inheriting the gameplay of Transformers Legends, the new mobile game will be infused into the elements of EDU and SIM games. Besides, you can experience not only the traditional PVE and PVP modes, but also two new feature modes – 'Scramble for Skill' and 'World Boss' in the game.
2P wrote:Transformers Rising will start CBT soon. But DeNA hasn't revealed the time yet. Moreover, the game only supports Chinese currently. English version could be later.
Courtesy of Instagram user terry_mcfly we have a short video clip that Chevrolet is showing at the New York International Auto Show 2014, which features their vehicles from the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction. The vehicles include 2014 Chevrolet Camaro (Bumblebee), 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray (Crosshairs), Chevrolet TRAX (unknown Decepticon), and Ultimate Sonic RS (Shane's race car). The video can be viewed by clicking here.
Courtesy of Japanese site Game Watch, we get a nice look at some further images of the exclusive figure prototype Mega Drive Megatron, and a video showing off the transformation! Also from the site, via Google Translate and some tweaking, is a report of the sessions that have taken place so far, with a somewhat detailed description of the various launches, including Mega Drive Megatron itself. Check them all out below!
Takara Tomy Arts business meeting, a possible variant "Mega Drive Megatron" appeared! And items that can make pudding without breaking the shell, unique products jostling and "motivation button".
Held April 16, 17
April 16, Takara Tomy Arts held a "Takara Tomy Arts, summer business meetings" in Tokyo and Sumidasangyoukaikan. Session lasting until the 17th. This event is intended for the media and distributors, and will exhibit and introduce products Takara Tomy Arts being released between June and September.
It's Takara Tomy Arts deploying a large number of unique items such as "funny series" eat fun food, but greatly push the "purine whole Turn Turn funny egg" that can make a pudding without breaking the shell of the egg this time was doing. We would like to introduce that attempts to challenge that this is a variety in the high spirits of 3 year old children and "motivation button", also a unique feature of the show.
And attention of the biggest business meeting of this time, was introduced before the exhibition of the possible sample variation that variations in Megatron Transformers from mega drive of "Mega Drive Megatron". Since I was allowed to take in a movie where to variations specifically, I'd like a look.
Variant system is finally revealed as "Mega Drive Megatron"
The simple design is reminiscent of the first generation Megatron "Mega Drive Megatron". Toward the launch, that was brush up on modeling of the face part.
"Mega Drive Megatron" is an item that is first exhibited in the 2014 Winter Wonder Festival, has been a great deal of attention. Very cool concept, such as puns early type of Mega Drive was released in 1988, that variations in "Megatron" is the villain of the Transformers, and of realizing in retro somewhere "dark". It's work. At present, price and release date are unconfirmed.
During the business meetings, a possible variant model of mega drive Megatron is exhibited, it was possible to make variations in practice. I seen that the compact body of early type mega drive to expand, continue to transform into robotic waist is drawn. For the prototype, and it will select the material thinking and durability future of this Exhibit.
You have to check the details of the mega drive Megatron again this time, cartridge or are stuck neatly into the chest, three button controller of early type are also included, initial type mega and become wing is 2 Tsuniwaka the deformity at the time It is full of feelings that smile would float unintentionally to anyone who is in contemplation drive. A colored soon, I want to see the mega drive Megatron characters of gold "16-BIT" is shining.
The Seibertron.com staff have spotted an interesting lot of sales on electronic marketplace eBay, namely from Taiwan based seller megalopolitan. They appear to have prepared a whole bunch of listings of upcoming Kre-O play sets from the Transformers: Age of Extinction movie, which include: Cell Block Breakout with Bumblebee, Evasion Mode Optimus and Vehicons, Dinobot Charge with Drift and Vehicons, Galvatron Factory Battle with Bumblebee, Optimus, Galvatron, and human scientists, Grimlock Street Attack with Gold Knight Optimus Prime and Vehicons, Lockdown Air Raid with Lockdown, Hound and Sideswipe, Optimus Prime Dino Hauler with Ratchet and Vehicons, and Scorn Street Chase with Crosshairs and Vehicons. Will some of these scenes be featured in the movie itself? Only time will tell - in the meantime, check out the images mirrored below!
We mentioned a while back that Andrew Wildman, who had already posted part of his thoughts on the end of IDW Publishing's Transformers: ReGeneration One, would go back to them, and expand. Now, on his blog, he has done just that! Check out the unedited version of the afterword present in the book itself, in the way in which Wildman first wrote it below, and head to his blog for even more amazing work.
Some of you may have heard the Transmissions Podcast where - among many other things - they discuss Transformers Regeneration One #100. Its always interesting to hear what readers and aficionados make of the work one does. They really get under the skin of the whole issue with story, art etc. They mention right at the end that I am going to be saying more about my thoughts and feelings around Transformers. And I will. As much as they discuss the content of the book and also acknowledge the fact that we all had a chance to say something in the extra pages that the book had, they don't discuss what we said. Maybe at some point they may or maybe that will be covered elsewhere. For those of you who have not read any of that extra material, below is my piece. Slightly different from what you will have read in the book though. This is the unedited piece. Hasbro asked for some changes to be made to what I had written before it went to publication. Some of you may spot them. I am happy with the changes that they asked for but I thought it might be interesting to show exactly what I wrote, grammatical errors and all...
As you will see, as far as I am concerned it is all very great to read, enjoy and discuss all the events of the story but with Transformers there is definitely More Than Meets The Eye.
It Never Ends?
There we are then. That’s it. All done and dusted.
It seems amazing that we ever got to this point. This comic book that has - in one form or another - been there for so long. As many of you will know I first drew Transformers back in the dim and distant 1988. at the time I was working on whatever anyone was throwing at me. I was young(ish) and had a growing family to feed. At that time Transformers was just another paid gig. It very rapidly became more than that as it became the thing that opened to the door to Marvel Comics. Once in that door Transformers suddenly became a victim of Marvel’s decision to not do toy books anymore. No matter, I was in and had the opportunity to move through the ranks at Marvel and the pleasure of working on some of the characters that I had grown up with such as Spider-Man and the X-Men. Those jobs came and went but after all these years it is still Transformers that comes knocking at the door. When something is that insistent and becomes for many the thing that defines you it is always worth having a look under the hood. See what’s really there. What is it about this book that it seems to have attached itself to me?
Then I saw it;
When IDW asked me if I wanted to do some interior art for a Transformers book I said no. When they asked me what it would take to get me to do some interior art for a Transformers book I pondered the question and responded that I would only do it if I could work with Simon and if we could have the opportunity to do something that really had some weight to it. Out of this and Simon’s parallel conversations with IDW the idea for RegenerationOne was born.
I am going to break the flow here to give out a few acknowledgments. We have gathered a great team together for this journey. Guido has done a great job stepping in when I had to step away, JP Bove’s interior colours have perfectly captured that synthesis of being a bit like the old stuff but definitely new and fresh and I think now stand alongside the amazing Mr Nel Yomtov for the amount of uninterrupted output of pages. Jason Cardy’s cover colours have given cinematic impact that have pulled readers in like a movie poster outside your favorite multiplex. Stephen Baskerville, what can I say. A consummate professional. No matter what I throw at Stephen he unfailingly does his thing and makes these books look the way they ‘should’. As for the words, well a huge acknowledgment to Jim Shooter and Bob Budiansky for creating this beast. Without them we wouldn’t be here. We may well be creating a book about battling robots but for sure it wouldn’t be this one. And lastly, Simon Furman. My long time partner in crime. The man who not only brought me into the Transformers hold but who, as a result of that opened the door to many a subsequent opportunity. Thanks Mr F, my acknowledment and respect to you.
So there we were. The idea to finally complete the Transformers story was not only an opportunity but a privilege. What needs to really be gotten here is that this book is the conclusion of the definitive Transformers storyline. Let me just emphasise that. THIS book is THE CONCLUSION of THE DEFINITIVE TRANSFORMERS STORYLINE. It is not possible to over emphasise that. Back in 1983 something huge that has become part of popular culture began. At Marvel Comics Jim Shooter and Bob Budiansky wrote a treatment for Transformers. There was nothing before that other than some ill defined toys. That treatment became the Marvel Transformers book and that storyline - the definitive one - fell silent in 1991, reared its head again in 2012 and the no kidding, final conclusion of that whole storyline is what you now hold in your hands.
But what really makes this concept resonate and give it its longevity is the fact that this is NOT a book about robots. quite the opposite. The term 'robot' was first used in the 1921 play ‘R.U.R. Rossum's Universal Robots’ by the Czech writer, Karel Čapek. But these were human clones devoid of emotion. Transformers are if anything the opposite of that. They are sentient beings. They may be mechanical in their structure but they contain very human emotions and concerns. They are also from one source, The Matrix (later called The Allspark). This original singular source is what binds them and gives a unifying purpose to their lives. These themes are key to the popularity of Transformers in that it is an expression of much of what defines us as human beings. It has its roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, Enlightenment, Pantheism and subsequently many themes of Modern Philosophy. And that is what made me want to do this book. That is why we love it. A book about cool robots? yes, but about so much more. Its about us. About you and me. About the human condition. Its about separation, loss, pain, conflict and the pursuit of unification and oneness. Throughout its long life its always been there in that now familiar mantra; ‘Till All Are One’.
You've seen the new Transformers: Age of ExtinctionVoyager Grimlock. You've seen the new Deluxe Scorn - are you ready for the third and final Dinobot from the first wave of movie universe toys? Check out below the mean, killing purplesaur Triceratops that is Slug, in both his dino and robot knight mode. The figure comes with two sword/lances and plenty of horns, and the galleries, accessed by clicking on any image below, also have comparison shots with previous incarnations of more or less the same character!
WHO IS WINDBLADE? In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from—and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS? A powerful new chapter in the TRANSFORMERS saga begins here!
So, that was it for Dark Cybertron. Things happened, characters died (for now), and other, new names showed up across the Transformers board. Make sure to check out the latest Twincast Podcast for some further thoughts on all of that too! Somewhere along the line, we encountered three apparently gendered, and of female gender, characters, introduced by John Barber and James Roberts during the crossover: Nautica, Chromia and Windblade. And here begins the story of the latter two, and their coming to terms with the new Cybertron, eons after their departure.
Eons ago, I tell you
Mairghread Scott is at the writing helm for the first issue in the (as yet) mini-series of four, and she shows the same flare for dialogue that early issues of the Prime: Beast Hunters comics run had. The main cast, Starscream, Windblade, Chromia, Ironhide, Rattrap, even Metroplex and Blurr to an extent, all have their own voices, and interact actually quite well - good humour, nice set-ups and overall decent action, too.
Chromia is one tough cookie
I've seen complaints about Windblade's naivete towards Starscream in particular, but I believe that is what makes the comic work so well. The readers, mostly, *know* what everyone on Cybertron is already like. We know them, all of them. Chromia and Windblade have yet to learn, and believe you me, by the end of the issue they have an idea of what awaits them.
As a first issue with entirely new characters dealing with an unknown scenario, it definitely hit all of the buttons I wanted it to. It does world-building with Caminus and the home and roles of Windblade and her companions, links it all in to the current continuity, and it doesn't feel stretched or shoe-horned in. Add to that the good dialogue and actually good monologue too, and you've got me very interested. And oh the bar scenes.
Now, the artwork. We knew it was going to be quite different from what we've seen so far in the franchise, and we saw how good it could be from the covers - but newcomer Sarah Stone hits it so far out of the park that it comes all the way back and slams you in the head. Artfully. There's character expression, and excellent panelwork, good personality to the designs and the art really fits Scott's storytelling.
Ironhide looks so.. glum
The colours, you might ask? It's still Stone, working her magic through lighting, shading, gloss and darkness. The blackouts running through, the different environments, the switches between settings and moods - Stone gets them all perfectly in her colours, with some amazing stuff happening while inside Metroplex and during the random power cuts. And that one page. Wait for that page.
I mean, come ON
Really exceptional lettering work by Chris Mowry too, with some particularly creative and poignant effects in the 'after' sequences (you'll see when you read it). Other than Stone's subscription cover, we get some excellent stuff from Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente on A, and Livio Ramondelli on the interlocking incentive one too!
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
So, is it a buy? Yes. Gods yes. You will not regret picking this one up, especially after the strange feelings that came with Megatron's return all the way back in Robots in Disguise #12. Transformers: Windblade in this one issue has done what RID wanted to when it started: political intrigue, games of exhaust fumes and chromed steel, one of the sexiest, most devious Starscreams to this day, and all with *two* entirely new characters added to the mix.
Onwards, for more!
And then, just to top Scott's writing off, we get the icing of Stone's artwork and colours, with some nice little decorations from Mowry. The story is frustrating, anger-inducing, enticing, funny, intriguing and full of excellent moments of backstory without hamfisting it out or sledging in hammers. You'd do yourself a disservice by not picking it up, it's a beautiful piece of work.
Building up on the Age of Extinction hype put forth by February's Toy Fair, Seibertron.com is proud to present its latest addition to the Age of Extinction fray: Dinobot Scorn! This Deluxe-class fella, along with fellow Dinobots Slash and Strafe, is a new entry to the universal Dinobot roster, transforming into a red Spinosaurus with a optics of a homicidal maniac heroic Dinobot. His robot mode bears a passing resemblance to Beast Wars Megatron, with his right arm being formed by his dino mode's jaw and his left arm comprised of aforementioned mode's tail, in which his hacksaw-like sword is stored.
No image for the book, but we do have the previously reported ice trays and card holders - and if you're interested in the latter, site sponsor TFSource have sent us their own preorder listings for the two versions, for $29.95 each, here: Optimus Prime and Megatron.
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