We can always rely on Chuck to give us the reviews for the newest toys and once again he delivers. Here is what he has for us this time: One Step Drift, Fracture and the highly anticipated Thunderhoof.
With each subsequent wave the RID One-Step changers keep getting better. Drift is a nice scaled down version of the Warrior Class mold while Thunderhoof is a great representation of the animated design. All three are highly recommended but if you only buy one Fracture is it due to how tightly the Motorcycle mode comes together.
Fellow Seibertronian and toy reviewer chuckdawg1999 has shared a video review showing off the last ofthe Transformers: Age of Extinction Power Battlers - and its redeco into the Takara Tomy Adventure line. Check out below the embedded clip for Claw Crush Junkheap (of which youcan see our own galleries here) and TED-05 Junkion, identical in all but the name and the colour palette!
The final figure from AOE is a Power Battler, that's really hard to find! Junkheap has a really fun chest claw gimmick that's unobtrusive and works with the toy. Junkion is the same character only in blue; it's also much easier, and cheaper to find.
Seibertronian Madeus Prime has let fellow members in on FastFoodToyReviews video of Happy Meal RID figures! Included in the 8 figure fast food collection is Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Sideswipe, Fixit, Clampdown, Underbite, and Fracture. Look below to see the video and keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for all your Transformers News!
As we have seen with previous news pieces, the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series will be accompanied by an IDW Publishing comic, featuring writing by Georgia Ball and art/colours by Priscilla Tramontano. The introductory short story will be written by senior editor John Barber, and released for Free Comic Book Day (today! 2nd May!). A preview of the first three pages of issue #0 can bee seen here - and check out our quick review below!
The foundation for the story is firmly rooted in the established status quo of the animated series, and recapped in the credits page of the issue (with art by Travis Sengaus and colours by Tramontano): Bumblebee is sent on mission to Earth by the 'spirit' of Optimus Prime, is followed by Strongarm and Sideswipe; they encounter Fixit and a crash-landed prison ship full of Decepticons, including Grimlock, now a Team Bee member. The series follows their search for the escaped prisoners, and the help they get from humans Russell and his father.
Recap! Exclamation mark!
John Barber writes a light-hearted, if initially quite perilous plot for the humans involved, as a fire threatens to destroy a park by Crown City. The Autobots track the culprit down to Decepticon Flamefeather, and attempt to contain, restrain and detain the Con, and remain hidden to the human population.
The target is obviously the same as the TV show, with similar gags (Bumblebee's unsuccessful slogans), dynamics (Strongarm and Sideswipe bickering), punchlines (anything with Grimlock) and general action sequences with the Con-of-the-week formula - but there is also quite an intriguing twist at the end, which might have some older fans interested, and the jokes (both visual and textual) work quite well on the page too.
The art, both colours and linework, is by newcomer to interiors but Transformers veteran Priscilla Tramontano - and she shines, truly. The expressivity of the characters, the contrasts between backgrounds and forefront, the action sequences; everything is executed really well, and brought together in a visually appealing and exciting package, bound to interest new readers.
Oh hey Prips
The colours do very much the same job, distinguishing between almost 3D and almost 2D shades for different elements on the page, with wonderful addition of Chris Mowry's lettering bringing the sass to the spunkiest characters, and the STOMP to Grimlock, as was needed.
There is also a fun and unexpected additional section after the RID comic, with Barber and Tom Scioli joining up for a 'comic book funnies' centerfold page, based on the Transformers vs G.I. Joe ongoing hit series. Megatron's activity corner is a treat. And some extra advertising for Combiner Wars, the continuing RID series and other IDW properties.
The creative teams behind this have been clear about their target and intentions, as to how the comic series will relate to and link with the TV show, and it works quite well in this introductory issue. As I said above, the humour of the show is transported successfully to the page, and bodes well for the future, with Georgia Ball taking the reins next month.
I got my optic on you, RID
It's a fun little romp (stomp?) through the surroundings of Crown City, and Tramontano's debut makes it so attractive that I'll be following the series even just out of visual interest. But that final page reveal is bound to also leave a couple of questions that the show so far does not seem to be able to do. A fun issue to pick up for free, and definitely one for the younger readers!
Having saved the universe—kind of—the Lost Light crew deal with the fallout in a manner befitting the gravity of the situation. Kind of.
..with a hearing
If last issue of More Then Meets the Eye gave us a look at the inner workings of the Decepticon Justice Division, this month we get a full return to the core, and the heart, of the Lost Light and its ever evolving crew, with all the weak joints that might need fixing among its members.
The general backdrop for the issue is the aftermath of Brainstorm's 'adventure', in the form of the first internal affairs the trial has seen. A general backdrop, however, that leads into the focus of the story: the crew's reactions, especially chief medical officer Ratchet. Of course.
Always busy (and grumpy)
Ratchet is shown by James Roberts as a primus motor of the crew, particularly its higher officers, but also the more marginalised, unheard and unsung voices so far. He operated with tactical and surgical precision, trying to cure, fix and mend whatever relationships seem to be not working on the ship, in an attempt to mend his own failures, of a sort.
Superscraplets, a terrible blight
The relationships, though not always as savoury as they could be (Getaway, what are you doing?), are one of the other major tenets of the series, and it was a fantastic opportunity to take one issue to wrap up some of the current plots, seed some more and bring up as many emotions as possible. While also, coincidentally and casually, leading into Drift: Empire of Stone, and past stories in the IDWverse.
The artist for the issue is a regular single-issue contributor - and one who deserves all the possible praise for his work here: Brendan Cahill. The characters' emotivity is wonderfully rendered in their almost organic facial expressions, body language, and interactions aboard the equally wonderful settings of the Lost Light. And giving a hand or two (ten fingers) to develop the style of one of the creative, visionary, shy Lighters.
Joana Lafuente's colours not only highlight the stellar artwork, they also keep a sense of continuity with previous Lost Light scenes and art, and adding the personal shades (from lilac rooms to corridor greys) complementing the going-ons inside both the ship and its inhabitants.
And even if there is less space this time for Tom B. Long's letters to have fun, they are always there, helping scenes, dealing with Roberts' script, keeping out of the way of the artwork, making noises pointed out when necessary. In terms of covers, Cahill and Lafuente shine yet again with the Brainstorm-centric variant (thumbnail), as Alex Milne and Josh Perez take an emotional Ratchet to the fore, and Nick Roche and Burcham show a more light-hearted 2015 Tailgate in B.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
If you're looking for a long look at Brainstorm's actions and their reception as a plot point, this is not the issue for you. This is an issue that digs into the raw stuff underneath all that, how the 'human', emotive responses of almost every member of the crew resonate and interact with each other, shifting the dynamics and preparing for the road to #50.
And it's a touching, moving issue, with moments that wrench, twist, punch, induce smiles, grins and the potential tearing up - unashamedly so, mostly positive, but all undoubtedly powerful. It does it with the visuals, with the textual, with the story and most of all, the characters. Flawed characters, feeling characters, 'human' characters and -- wait, what did Ravage just do?
Andy of Kapow Toys fame passed along a note showing off his video reviews of the upcoming (and very soon to be released) Quickslinger (A Slingshot redeco and remold of the Firefly/Fireflight mold) and Brakeneck (A Wildrider redeco and remold of the Dead End mold) Combiner Wars figures!
These are the first in hand views of this duo since promotional images of them were shown over a month ago, and now we get to see them in action as well.
we got some reviews of the new Brake Neck and Quickslinger up!
1) Brake Neck
That's not all, oh no! We have our very own Seibertron.com galleries of these two coming Thursday, so you can see them in glorious high resolution, the same you've come to expect from Seibertron.com, always.
Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
Fellow Seibertronian, chuckdawg1999, has provided us the first video review of the upcoming Platinum Edition Blitzwing and Astrotrain. This set has been a hot topic amongst fans seeing as it's a reissue no one was expecting, and a couple of molds that haven't seen much love as of late, as well as a color scheme that is quite striking and bizzare.
Here's what Chuck had to say:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Platinum Editions have been around for a few years with varying degrees of desirability. This set, featuring dramatic repaints of Blitzwing and Astrotrain, probably falls somewhere in the middle. While I and many others would've preferred paint schemes closer to the original animation models, I can appreciate what they were going for with tributes to the Duo-Cons and Multi-Force. Fans of unique paint schemes will be all over this but I can only recommend it for $50 or less.
To see the molds as they once were, you can see the galleries of Astrotrain and Blitzwing in their G1 skins, then decide which version is right for you.
Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
We've seen in-hand images of the Takara Tomy Asia Premium Series Ultimate APS-01U Optimus Prime - and now, thanks to fellow Seibertronian Transformermegazord, we also get the chance to look at this Bayverse Autobot leader on video! Check it out embedded below, do you think it deserves the Ultimate monicker? Let us know in the Energon Pub.
We recently got in hand images of Cyber Commander Optimus Prime, which is already out in Brazil, and now it is time to see some more from his 11 inch classmate, Bumblebee. Not only so we have some in hand images from TFW member Osenator, but he also provided a video detailing the articulation on the figure and how it differs from Optimus' articulation.
Fellow Seibertronian blurrprime has a new video review for an upcoming Robots in DIsguise figure: Legion class Fixit. Blurrprime was kind enough to post it in our Review Forum where you can find a truckload of toy reviews. Did this review convince anyone who was on the fence for buying this little guy? Let us know in the Energon Pub (the boards).
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