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The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!
Date: Sunday, August 10th 2014 1:31am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Toy News
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Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!

The Return of Transformers SHARK WEEK begins right here!

Our first featured galleries this week are none other than the G1 Sharkticons! These fictional Cybertronian sharks have rows of razor-sharp teeth that can shred their prey to scrap metal much like how real Sharks can tear apart the flesh from their prey with their multiple rows of serrated teeth.

To celebrate the Sharkticons here on Seibertron.com this week, we have updated the galleries for G1 Sharkticon and Robot Heroes Sharkticon. Both galleries have been updated to have larger images than their original galleries. The "large" 800 pixel wide images have all been replaced with larger 1200 pixel wide images for your viewing pleasure.

Make sure you check back tomorrow to find out which gallery will be featured in "The Return of Transformers SHARK WEEK" on Seibertron.com!

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G1 Sharkticon's Tech Specs: Travels in packs with fellow Sharkticons. Fearless and vicious. Loyal only to the master who last fed him. Powerful tail fin allows him to travel at speeds over 150 knots. Carnivorous with a voracious appetite. Possesses several rows of razor-sharp teeth that can tear through solid steel. In robot mode, carries a maceration laser that shoots salt-based corrosive liquid. Also carries a barbed mace.

Shark Trivia from Wikipedia wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shark#Teeth

Shark teeth are embedded in the gums rather than directly affixed to the jaw, and are constantly replaced throughout life. Multiple rows of replacement teeth grow in a groove on the inside of the jaw and steadily move forward in comparison to a conveyor belt; some sharks lose 30,000 or more teeth in their lifetime. The rate of tooth replacement varies from once every 8 to 10 days to several months. In most species, teeth are replaced one at a time as opposed to the simultaneous replacement of an entire row, which is observed in the cookiecutter shark.


G1 Sharkticon (Gnaw)

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!


Robot Heroes Sharkticon

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!

Transformers News: The Return of Transformers Shark Week: G1 Sharkticons!!!

Here's one more thing to add upon today's featured Shark Week character: a video from our good friend and voice talent extraordinaire jON3.0!

jON3.0 wrote:A quick parody I did in honor of Shark Week. Another idea I had based on what Transformers' TV shows would be like. Written, Voiced, Edited and Produced by Jon "3.0" Bailey. Models by BlastardInc and Salvidonblak. Music by "Shuvel."



Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014
Date: Sunday, August 3rd 2014 1:46pm CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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With BotCon and SDCC 2014 in the way, it's been a while since we last rounded up all of the creative Transformers work from Transtopia! But fear not, we have you covered: check out below all the creations posted to Seibertron.com since the last Creative Round-Up, featuring Age of Extinction, Cybertron, Kre-O, Generations and original ideas for characters, as well as comics, pictures, fixes, artwork and more, all below, all in one post. If you see something you like, make sure to let the authors know!

THE HELP DESK

Comics writer and fellow user Verno is looking for willing and budding colourists to help out with TransWarp: Primal - apply here!


CUSTOMIZATIONS

MarcusCole1978 - Cybertron Sunstorm | WfC Swoop

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


-Kanrabat- - Trash Talk and Hot Air | Pyroflash | Rustbucket

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


Blurrz - MTMTE Cover 1B Project

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014

omega666 - GoBot Leader-1

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


NeonPrime - AoE Galvatron

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


Shenron_Customs - Generations Fortress Maximus

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


jcartwork - AoE Leader Optimus Prime | Ultimate Optimus

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


Kapiko Customs - AoE Leader Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


CreeperCon - Unnamed

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


guarayakha - MG Starsaber

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


autobotx23 - AoE Drift

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


FIXES AND MODS

triponthisman - AoE Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


MadeusPrime - AoE Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


BUILDING BOTS

SkyWarpsGhost - Kre-O Menasor

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


Noideaforaname - Kreon Customs

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


SHAPEWAYS STUFF

Tresob - Kreon Upgrades

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


FAN ART

Galvanitro - Vanguard Series

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


The Variable - TFA Sari

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


OptimalOptimus2 - Advanced Combat

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


M3Gr1ml0ck - Untold Marvels G1 UK #261.1

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014



ZeroWolf - Fan Art | Chaotic Order

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


FAN FICTION

Henry921 - MTMTE: False Flags


Apollo-XL5 - Prime Effect | Prime Effect 2


MasterSoundBlaster - The Forsaken Crusade


PHOTO BLITZ


Madeus Prime - Fall of Seibertron

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014


BeastProwl - Another Universe

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, August 3rd, 2014

IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Date: Tuesday, July 29th 2014 5:37pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al

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Ding-dong
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
MINDBOMB! The humans have access to a CYBERTRONIAN mind—but whose is it—and why do they want it? OPTIMUS PRIME and GALVATRON race for answers, as JAZZ faces the consequences of his last trip to Earth.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
*That* thing


Story

We're on Earth again, still, once more, with humans and Decepticons seemingly on one side, and an Optimus Prime-led team on the other, taking a moment of respite and recalibration since last issue's kerfuffle and almost cover-blowing blow-up. And we get to look at some of the cast's members' past experiences, both further back and closer to the now.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Uh.. yes.. sorry


The narrative did not do too much for me, this time round. It felt too much like the moment to regroup, something that has been complained about previous iterations of the comics - and that work well as a trade, less so as a monthly. The character building, on the other hand, was very mcuh appreciated, and goes some way to explain the distended storyline in the issue, and I am particularly fond of John Barber's Soundwave vision.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
I just.. I..


The dialogue is also quite good, with some excellent chemistry between the Autobot team, some mixing, some clashing (and a great moment with Kup and Optimus); even Jazz' internal narration, though some parts feel a little overly drawn, works overall with the 'new' character he's being given in the story - and sets his voice up nicely for the rest of the issue, too.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Awright


Prowl, Optimus, the EDA, Jazz, Devastator, Galvatron -- everything keeps coming back to the Witwickys, one way or the other, and not usually in a good way for our favourite team(s) of Cybertronians. But as much as Barber's revisiting of previous plots to comb the knots is a good strategy, I'm not sure my interested is too piqued with the conclusion of this issue. Though having said that, I realise that pointing it out means it piqued something.. More below.

Art

I still really like seeing different artists working together on the same issue, and in this particular case, personal perspectives, with Andrew Griffith lining the present-day twists and turns, Guido Guidi dealing with troubled Jazz and his broken track and Brendan Cahill donning the purple for some Soundwave/Con flashback time (and some cheeky reference material).

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Looking.. Unique, there, Galvatron


Colourists Josh Perez and Joana Lafuente do an exquisite job a making the transitions work and stand apart as needed, building on the three different styles present in the issue. Perez has a nice palette of grittiness to contrast Lafuente's multitoned sections, especially the Decepticon flashback with its focus on what everyone (most) really covets.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Lettering fun!


Tom B. Long has quite a good amount of fun on this issue, with Galvatron's idiosyncratic and melodramatic style: soundwords and effects abound, and there are many individual voices to play around with. The covers also show this, with Jetfire and D.O.C. on the main Griffith/Perez one, a stunning melancholy Jazz by Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente, and Generations Arcee (!) art by Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr (thumbnail).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

I am still very pleased with Barber's approach to Soundwave, making him into one of my favourite characters in the RID ongoing, fleshing out background and current environments - and on some aspects, Prowl too, after my concerns with the Bombshell incident pre-Dark Cybertron. Jazz, unfortunately, felt more of an interlude with chance to smoothen out some crinkles from the story as we knew it.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
To next month!


As I mentioned above, there are some elements plot-wise that are looking similar to a number of other stories told in the franchise, and I do hope that is not the case for the series - as I know what the creative team are more than capable of. The read is not bad, by any means, though, and is still definitely worth picking up for a (beautiful) look at some Jazz, Soundwave and general bots.

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

IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 Review
Date: Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 5:37pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al, Tigertrack

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Space Balls!
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race—and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive—their version of “peace” does not match our own…

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 Review
Or maybe it does..?


Story

On a completely different note, artistically, thematically, tonally, from the concluding issue of Windblade... This week also marks the beginning of a new Transformers vs G.I. Joe ongoing from the mind and hands of John Barber and Tom Scioli, co-plotting and co-writing the whole run (as far as we know, at least). We've seen issue #0, but come along for a look at the actual start of a new thing right below here.

[Credit: Tigertrack is remotely helping out with this review, though all conclusions are my own.]

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 Review
The Seibertron Comics staff


It's still completely out there. Nothing has shifted since Free Comic Book Day, as Barber and Scioli plot the arrival of Cybertronians onto Earth, as the Joes set out to meet a Decepticon delegation headed by Soundwave and the cassettes. Where is Cobra? Oh, they're there. Where are the Autobots? Do is it really matter at this point, with Soundwave taking centre stage?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 Review
Bay or Liefeld?


Plot-wise, there's a simplicity which might turn some people off the book, almost going back to the original cartoon plots from the two series - but in comics form, revelling in the creative spaces left from a stripped down narrative. There are sight gags, wordplay moments, slapstick, and some quite good action sequences, too.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 Review
Er.. action?


The countdown sequence in particular is well thought out, and really shows the decompressed, almost slowed down to the bare minimum approach that the writers are taking. And we end up picking up a plotline started in issue #0, almost to its conclusion, along with what I think is an extremely intriguing ending to the book. Both of them.

Art

Ok. So Tom Scioli is taking care of absolutely everything here, from layouts to lines to inks to colours to lettering, this is his book definitely a lot more than Barber's, and it's his vision of the two franchises that we're seeing, with his artistic tendencies and influences coming into it - and that will work two ways with readers: yes, or no.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 Review
A divisive issue


I can't see a middle ground, to be honest, the style does not allow for it. And I have to say, after getting my head round issue #0, I've come to enjoy this one a lot more than jumping into the cold deep end straight away - though I think another one to fully enjoy it. Credit note: even with Scioli on everything, I do want to make a note towards Chris Mowry's production work on this, especially the page design, and Carlos Guzman on editing, which cannot have been easy.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 Review
A sight to behold


As SDCC is coinciding with the launch of the new series in this first issue, multiple variant covers were to be expected; here's a list of what you can get: Rob Liefeld with Romulo Fajardo Jr, James Stokoe, several Tom Scioli ones, Jamie Tyndall with Ula Mos, interlocking, single, blank, GI Joe dominant, TF dominant - you name it! It's Liefeld and Fajardo in the thumbnail, in case you were wondering.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As we said in the double-team review of issue #0, this series is setting itself up to be completely bonkers, with a method in the madness. I can't stress this enough: it's not for everyone, it does not take itself seriously, but it does it with such a charm and clearly heartfelt research and execution of styles, references and planning that it will at least crack a smile.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 Review
MERP


I am still ambivalent about the artwork, as much as I do like the darker hues and overly filled panels, but it does fit the entire concept of the book from what I take from it - and my opinion quite definitely is not that of the entire comics staff! But if you're into your nostalgia pandering, your cosmic sagas, celebrations and parodying in parallel, this is definitely an issue for you - TF or Joe fan alike.


NOTE: There will be no 'rating' for this series, unless I change my mind drastically next month.

IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Date: Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 5:16pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'alù

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The End, Pt. 1
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE! WINDBLADE seeks out the last refuge she has left, the living city METROPLEX as his malfunctions intensify! WINDBLADE realizes that even if she survives STARSCREAM, METROPLEX himself may doom them all!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Recap? Recap


Story

And so we've had explosions, more explosions, scheming, Predacons, bar scenes, torture scenes, world building, a fantabulous Starscream and so far, a plot that does not seem to want to resolve itself in any way that may have been indicated by writer Mairghread Scott up until this very moment - does it pay off? Is this final issue in Windblade's story, for now at least, a satisfying conclusion? Keep on reading...

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Evidence A: Fantabulous Starscream


Scott writes some magnificent Starscream narrative, alongside Windblade and Chromia's - the latter in particular, especially in this issue - and how the three key players interact on the grand scale stage of Metroplex, Iacon and Cybertron.. and maybe even further than that, as we find out more about Caminusand the Camiens, Metroplex himself, and some continuity-bending that would make Barber blush.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Evidence B: REDACTED


The plot throws us some bones, which turn out to be herrings, of the red kind, pointing in all the possible wrong directions before establishing and setting up the actual endpoint to the story started in issue 1 - which is not actually the end of the issue at all. Of course, the actual clues were there all along, and quite in plain sight, looking back.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
The Reveal


I'm obviously not going to spoil the climax and denouement, but I do have to say that while the apex of the running plot itself was, in fact, almost anti-climactically played out, everything - everything - else happening around it is so astoundingly powerful that it more than made up for it! (So much so I just used an exclamation mark.) But more on that below.

Art

I'm not entirely sure what more I can say about Sarah Stone's artwork that I haven't commented upon in the first three reviews. But this issue does highlight what it is I really truly enjoyed in this début run for the new artist: her characters' expressions. We get anger, concentration, satisfaction, smugness, despair, hope - we get rounded personalities captured in linework, by way of faces, bodies and interactions.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Evidence C: Intense


All of that is before you even consider the excellent layouts and panelwork, with some truly experimental, slightly non-linear (dat final page), but not bordering into abstract just yet, pages, splashes and spreads. Then you get the colours. And the contrasts of light, of monochromatic blocks versus all-white or all-black backgrounds - something showed off on the cover, too.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Evidence D: Words, panels, revel


Chris Mowry's lettering does some masterfully crafted complementary work to the already great artwork, rendering Scott's sounds and words vividly on the page and in characters' heads and voices, and beautifully fitting between Stone's lines, with fonts, hues, colours and fading effects alike. And just to keep us guessing, two Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr covers, one with Windblade, one with Chromia (see thumbnail).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

A truly magnificent ending to what is clearly, obviously, just the beginning of a long long story to unfold in the Transformers universe, from MTMTE to Primacy to Empire of Stone to RID - where we'll see Windblade again not too far in the future - which, as I said, if it does tone down the plot resolution, it does so by amping up absolutely everything else, with a personal reaction that hit as far as Soundwave's arc in RID, or the C/R one in MTMTE.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 (Dawn of the Autobots) Review
Evidence E: AMPING UP


Sometimes, as a comics reader, one should just revel in the pure aesthetic, sensory pleasure of a book as object, of the colours as feeling, of the story as layout, of the words as sounds. This comic has allows all of that, and sets up something so big it will make several people complain. But I, and I suspect many many more, do not care. At all.


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

New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon
Date: Tuesday, July 1st 2014 12:41pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Site Articles, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Mindmaster | Credit(s): Seibertron.com

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Continuing to pick up on the Dinobot-palooza that is Age of Extinction, we here at Seibertron.com would like to present to the general public galleries of Dinobots! ...and a tiger. These four new entries are Dark of the Moon Dualor, Rav, Triceradon, and Catilla!

The first three are homages to Generation One Dinobots Grimlock, Swoop, and Slag, respectively, and are redecoes of Classics Mini-Cons Terrorsaur, Swoop, and Knockdown, respectively. Catilla is a redeco of fellow Classics Mini-Con Snarl. Check out the preliminary images below, and if they tickle your fancy, view the full galleries by clicking either each toy's gallery link or any of the images!

Dark of the Moon Dualor

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon


Dark of the Moon Rav

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon


Dark of the Moon Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon


Dark of the Moon Catilla

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

Transformers News: New Galleries: Dark of the Moon Mini-Cons Dualor, Rav, Catilla and Triceradon

New Galleries: Takara Tomy Transformers Encore Hoist and Trailbreaker

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Tomy Transformers Encore Hoist and Trailbreaker
Date: Tuesday, July 1st 2014 12:26pm CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Mindmaster | Credit(s): Seibertron.com

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With the great Age of Extinction still upon us, let's take a few steps in time and revisit some Generation One Encore reissues! Today's subjects are Autobots Trailbreaker and Hoist! Notable differences between the original pair and the Encore pair include cartoon-accurate visors on the Encore pair, as opposed to the red visor seen on the original Trailbreaker and yellow on the original Hoist. As usual, view the preliminary images below, and if your interest has been piqued, view the full gallery of each figure by clicking on any of their images or links!

Transformers Encore Trailbreaker

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Tomy Transformers Encore Hoist and Trailbreaker

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Tomy Transformers Encore Hoist and Trailbreaker

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Tomy Transformers Encore Hoist and Trailbreaker


Transformers Encore Hoist

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Tomy Transformers Encore Hoist and Trailbreaker

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Tomy Transformers Encore Hoist and Trailbreaker

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Tomy Transformers Encore Hoist and Trailbreaker

Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Seibertron.com Review - SPOILERS
Date: Thursday, June 26th 2014 8:37am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Paramount, First Gen

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Seibertron.com long-time member First Gen was able to catch a viewing of the highly anticipated (by many) Transformers: Age of Extinction movie, and took some time to write a thorough, lengthy review of it. However, much like on Crosshairs and Drift's alt-modes - there are spoilers throughout the entire piece, so stay away if you'd rather not read them! Carry on if you will.


*SPOILERS BELOW THIS LINE*


First Gen wrote:Hey Seibertronians, First Gen here. This evening I had the honor to attend and advance VIP screening of, and now will provide you with a full out, detailed review of the highly anticipated fourth installment to the Transformers movieverse, Age of Extinction!

Directed by return Director Michael Bay, with a script by Ehren Kruger, AOE brings all the known features you can expect of a M. Bay film to the screen, while giving our beloved Robots in Disguise a little more face time than in past installments. But let me make this point clear, this IS a Michael Bay film, and yes, this will tick off some of you fans out there.



SPOILER ALERT!!!! Do not read on if you do not wish to have the film spoiled prior to viewing it.




The film opens with a shot of prehistoric Earth, and what appears to be a Cybertronian fleet approaching its atomosphere. It is a time when dinosaurs ruled the land, and things are about to change. We see non Cybertronian life forms shooting, what appear to be bombs onto the lush green world, then a wall of fire exterminates all life that enters its path.

Flash forward a couple epochs later, to what we can only assume is present day in the Arctic. Dr. Darcy Tirrel, played by Sophia Myles, is walking towards what appears to be a dinosaur skeleton, but only its made of metal. The foreman of the site, played by Glenn Keogh, states that they've made the discovery of a lifetime.

Enter Cade Yeager, played by Mark Wahlberg, a former research and development specialist in everything robotic from his own research facility, which has been reduced to a scrap metal salvager and old electronic repair man. He's out with his partner/ employee Lucas, played by TJ Miller, trying to salvage old equipment from a rundown movie theater when he happens upon an old cab over engine truck, just there, in the middle of a theater, which apparently the owner wasn't aware of when Cade asked how much he wanted for it.

While Cade barters with the theatre owner we get our first look at Chicago today. Signs stating to "Remember Chicago" can be found everywhere, but now the great city is the home to RIS, a research facility thats doing more than just research, and the Cemetary Wind Team, a group of humans who are trained to hunt down and destroy Transformers. The CWT was on the hunt for their next victim when they picked up a reading on a possible location. Using little surveillance copters they call Minicons, they locate their suspect and prompltly blow him out of his hiding space. The transformer in question is Ratchet. Following Optimus Primes orders, Ratchet went into hiding as the Hunt for the Decepticons became the hunt for all Transformers. With the help of a Decepticon named Lockdown, the humans put Ratchet down as Lockdown quizes him on the location of Optimus Prime. Ratchet refuses and pays with his spark. Lockdown does not appear to be taking sides with Decepticon or Autobot, having his own cryptic agenda that we never get a straight answer to.

The film then introduces Cade's daugther Tessa in the only way Michael Bay knows how to portray women. We then discover that the truck Cade purchased was actually a transformer. Cade and Tessa argue over what to do about that while Lucas suggests they turn it in for a reward to help with the mounting bills and eviction notice that Cade has acquired. Before they can come to an agreement, the CWT is on them looking for Optimus Prime. Prime is holed up in Cade's barn, but when he hears that the CWT is going to kill Tessa to learn his whereabouts, he busts out and dispatches of the team holding them hostage and tells them to run. In the distance, what appears to be a driverless Rally car pops up and does some pretty skillful driving manuveurs to simeultaneously dispatch of the CWT thats in pursuit of the group and pick them up. No, its not an Autobot, its Shane, Tessa's non existant boyfriend played by Jack Reynor. A super Bay car chase ensues as suped up muscle cars and Lockdown in his vehicle mode give chase. Prime fights off Lockdown and saves the group, but not before Lockdown turns Lucas into a statue of ash.

Introduce the rest of the Autobots. All four of them. Yes, four. Hound, Crosshairs, who comes off as a real jerk and not Autobotish at all, Drift, the samurai Bugatti, and of course fan fave Bumblebee. These four are a ragtag group that don't particularly like each other. Drift almost kills Bumblebee for assuming leadership while Prime was MIA. Prime puts an end to the foolishness and gathers up the bots saying they've got one more thing to do then they're done with the human race. This takes us to KSI and we meet Joshua Joyce, played by Stanley Tucci. Joyce is in kahoots with CWT team leader and former CIA operative Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammar) and they want to harvest the material Transformers are made of, calling is Transformia. They are melting down the carcasses of the bots they've killed, which include Leadfoot, Ratchet and Megatron. Using the DNA code and data that the still kicking Brains can decipher from the dead bots, they're making their own Transfomers. And if you've put two and two together already, then you figured out that Galvatron is a man made transformer. Galvatron was supposed to be modeled after Optimus Prime, but for some reason, a reason the technicians don't understand, he still resemble Megatron.

The other TFs they created with this Transformia were meant to mimic the real thing, like the Stinger that was said to be an upgrade to Bumblebee. Bumblebee would use that fact later on in the movie to make a humorous crack on not going for knock offs. They show how the man made transfomers transform, which reminds me of the T1000 from Terminator 2. Its not genuine transformation, which really put a damper on the coolness of the Cons. And unlike real Transformers, these human versions have no spark. Prime and the Bots infiltrate KSI to find out whats going on there, then end up just leaving when Joyce tells them to stop and wake up essentially. Attinger tells Joyce to dispatch his Transformers to dispose of Prime. We get our first shot of Galvatron and Stinger in action. Another Bay chase ensues, Galvatron does not completely obey the remote control commands of the humans and actually speaks to Prime while they fight. Enter Lockdown, who blasts Prime, cause Lockdown is pretty bad ass in this movie, moreso than Galvatron or any other threat, and he again talks to Prime in the cryptic talk of the Creators and hauls him off to add to his "collection" of legends, while taking Tessa as well. Cade and Shane and the bots manage to get on Lockdowns ship, save Tessa and Prime by detaching a piece of the ship before Lockdown goes into hyperdrive. A few star trekkish references were made about space.

Another huge battle ensues claiming alot of Chicago once again. Robot dogs at the call of Lockdown are seen which seem like the Terrorcons. We then learn that Megatron was actually downloading his own essence into Galvatron and letting the humans think they controlled him and the other decepticons they were creating. We then learn about the Seed. The Seed is actually a massive bomb that destroys all the life in its path and turns it into Transformia. Joyce bartered with Lockdown for it in exchange for Optimus Prime. Destruction is laid to Chicago again and with this Joyce relocates RIS to Hong Kong. When Joyce gets there, he receives a call from Cade, pleading with him not to release the Seed as it will bring the end of humankind. Joyce has a change of heart and becomes a fugitive from Attinger, running from the CWT.

Then Galvatron just decides to become self aware and do some blue magic glow thing to "awaken" the rest of the Decepticons. There's 50 of them. Being so outnumbered, Prime goes to the Legends room in the ship that was detached from Lockdowns, and we finally get to see the Dinobots. None of them have names, they were only referred to as The Legends, and they weren't in the ice in the Arctic, or even on Earth. Prime beats Grimlock into submission telling him to either for for him or die. Then Prime rides Grimlock like a horse for the next ten minutes of screen time the Dinobots get. Cade does ALOT of fighting in this movie, using a Cybertronian weapon he figured out how to use by yelling at it. Prime is once again bested by Lockdown, and only with the help of Bumblebee, Cade, Tessa and Shane is he able to finally beat Lockdown. Galvatron says something about being reborn then runs away.

The film ends with Prime releasing the Dinobots to freedom in Hong Kong then doing his normal outro, sending a message to his Creators, telling them to leave Earth alone and that he was coming for them.




Overall the film has some fun moments and entertainment value, but clocking in at over two and half hours, this movie had so much going on with so many subplots and ridiculous continuous set up for future films, it really took away from what it could have been. The bots look great, but some of the CG looks really NOT real. The movie did an Amazing Spiderman 2 and just had too many villians. Despite screen time, Bumblebee seemed to only be there to appease the fans and Primes weak, desolute attitude is not becoming of a Prime. Throughout all that, the film tried to make the same humorous cracks and situational comedy takes that didn't go over as well as with the first films. Cade and Tessa continuously bicker about family issues and who takes care of who.

It really looks as if though they were trying to set up the next two films instead of leading into the next film. This is definitely a film you'll have to see more than once just to catch everything thats going on.

Overall, I rate AOE 2 1/2 stars out of four. Go into this with and open mind and no expectations.




A huge thank you to Jose Cruz and http://www.OurTiempo.com for allowing me to view and review the film. You can follow them at http://www.twitter.com/OurTiempo and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/OurTiempo for your chance to score free tickets to advance screenings.

That's all I've got for you Seibertronians. Keep your optics locked to Seibertron.com for all the latest info in the Transformers universe.

IDW Transformers: Punishment Motion Comic Review

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Date: Wednesday, June 25th 2014 2:31pm CDT
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Mere hours after the official announcement of the IDW Publishing Transformers: Punishment motion comic on Madefire, here at Seibertron.com we are able to present you with the third comics review of the week, courtesy of the collaboration between Mkall (words) and ScoutBumblebee (images) - check it out below!

I’d like to start this review off by saying that I typically do not get the premise behind motion comics. To me, they often feel like someone thought of a good cartoon but didn’t have the resources to do it properly. Most of them that I’ve seen aren’t much better than comic art manipulated with Adobe Flash Studio. I’m sure that there are better examples out there, but I have not exposed myself to them.

IDW’s foray into this medium with Transformers: Punishment, while not dissuading me completely of my notions of motion comics, shows me that there is a way to do it better. It’s far from perfect, but I’ll touch on that later.

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Transformers: Punishment is written by John Barber and drawn by Livio Ramondelli. Two powerhouses in their respective fields come together to make this book look as nice as it reads. Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron because for whatever reason, Galvatron on Earth just doesn’t seem like that big a deal to him? He arrives and immediately decides his original reason to visit isn’t as important as some murdered d-list Decepticons. He sets out to find the killer in a style that feels very familiar to MTMTE’s Shadowplay series; where the hero (Optimus, in case it wasn’t clear) spends several issues chasing a criminal, and lots of collateral damage happens en route.

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The feel of this story captures very succinctly the atmosphere that IDW’S Robots In Disguise series has been trying to capture; that everyone is trying to come to terms with what they did during The War. There is a lot of Prime narration and introspective that puts a lot of this in context as we begin to see that the Autobots may not have been as heroic as 30 years of propaganda have lead us to believe.

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This story is led by Optimus as he investigates. This disappoints me as I was really looking forward to seeing more of Starscream, who in this story is actually a heroic character. There was no sneer to the voice that I imagined in my head as I read his lines. He is generally honest in his desire to see justice done.

There are other characters too. Slug and the Dinobots serve as the needed muscle and occasional foil for Optimus. Windblade is always in the background to counter Prime’s ‘millions of years of fighting has changed us’ mantras, which seem to occur once every issue. Sandstorm is the most curious addition to the story. Whereas the Dinobots are all too willing to fight and kill, Sandstorm does so because it’s all he ever knew. Prime confronts him and attempts to get him to change and move past what he did. Will he do so? I suppose that’s what was meant at the BotCon panel when it was stated that these events will reverberate in the main comic lines.

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The Decepticon presence in this book is minimal (unless you include cadavers). The Firecons appear more to stir the pot than anything else. I would’ve enjoyed seeing more cons as protagonists. Starscream is for all intents and purposes a good guy and Barricade only speaks when there’s exposition to deliver. This is certainly an all-Autobot tale. The overall story arc is nothing unique. It’s been told before in other stories wherever war and violence have affected cultures. The killer(s) didn’t surprise me, but they may surprise you if you are new to the IDW comics.

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Overall I liked the story, despite some distractions both artistic and technical. The writing is good, and the more open nature of this medium allowed the artwork to move the text along and a good speed. I wish this was a 6th issue to allow for more interaction between Optimus, Starscream, and Windblade. This was a fantastic opportunity for old vs new Autobot interaction but it was always cut short because there were more bodies to find.
The artwork in this was done knowing it was for a motion comic, and it shows. Sparks fly, laserbeams cut the air, fires burn with intensity and the lighting is dynamic. My main issue is that because it’s a motion comic, there is motion for the sake of it. Sometimes the impact of comic art is to show movement in a static frame. That’s because it relies on the reader’s imagination to fill in the details. Such impact is lost to me when there’s a tiny bit of motion and the impact isn’t as big as your mind is telling you it should be. The soundtrack gets disconcerting after a short time, especially when shifting between scenes there is no fade in/out. I like the inclusion of the sound effects, such as the transforming sound and the guns blasting away, but it’s lost in the often overpowering driving beat of the music.

I got this because it was free, and I would suggest the same to anyone who enjoys these comics. Personally though, I would’ve paid to get it in paper.

IDW Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #30 Review

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Date: Wednesday, June 25th 2014 4:04am CDT
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O Captain! My Captain!
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
EVACUATION! Is it possible for a starship to object to its captain? That’s what the AUTOBOTS are asking MEGATRON as the Lost Light becomes the most dangerous place in the universe!

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Swerve, trusting the captain


Story

Everything is going amiss. Or missing. Or disappearing. On the Lost Light, that is, as we've seen so far since issue #28. And there's that coffin issue, a possible ghost, scheming and plotting and antipathies and Swerve, serving as a recap device on the first page. But that's not all going on, of course - and some things are being found, or found out.

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Dun dun duuuuunn


At the same time, six months previously, the Megatron trial is coming to an end, though not necessarily as we saw it going in the first place, as some rogue 'loyal' Decepticons attempt to 'rescue' the defendant in the middle of the Luna 2 arena. And the beginning of some trialling (heh) changes in the legal process.

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Clean up the bodies


Now, the end of the trial left me with mixed feelings: on the one hand, James Roberts' Megatron gains some truly great character work, but on the other, it felt, as I have mentioned before for other arcs, as if things were hurried on the lead into the rest of the plots and narratives (though not as much as the Overlord ending). On the third hand, however, so many characters are explored, from Rodimus to First Aid, to Getaway, Tailgate and even Riptide and Nautica, with a bit more of Optimus and Prowl, too. And it counterbalances it all.

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There are feels emotions


Overall, then, while the 'conclusion' of the trial, on its surface, left me wondering, everything else around it makes the entire issue so developed and multifaceted that I can look over that small step I was hoping for in Megatron's story (see previous reviews for more on this, too).

Art

I will not gush on Alex Milne's artwork, but there is a lot to say about how the line- and panel-work in the issue really fits the story being told, with some excellent white-out frames, several massive spreads and splashes, and brilliant facial expressions with some manga-esque influences throughout the entire, beautiful book. And it all graces both the trial and the Lost Light scenes, equally and consistently.

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Picture, words, worth


And the colours. The colours. We get to see some astonishing space-scapes from Joana Lafuente, and some fantastic lighting complementing the tone and layout of the artwork and panels, with some truly powerful dark/light contrasts for emotional moments. In addition, Tom B. Long's lettering is used to enhance only the moments that really need it, but really shines in the arena fight and scattered through the final act.

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There is a ridiculous number of covers, and yes, they're all excellent. From the Milne/Lafuente main one to Nick Roche and Josh Burcham's subscription, to the thumbnailed Guido Guidi and John-Paul Bove magnificent Megatron (fitting, really) and the convention exclusive My Little Pony crossover by Tony Fleecs. Whew.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

I have an issue with Roberts' endings, clearly, as I didn't think this packed the punch it could've - regarding Megatron's sentence and closing remarks, at least. But everything else really, really makes up for it, from a twist early on, to the characterisation of the big bad bot, to the development of the main plotline and the creation of more bonds, some of which potentially destructive for established others.

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I.. um.. I.. well


And it all looks absolutely superb, from lines to panels to colours to letters to expressions to space - oh the space - and it has twists, plots, endings, beginnings, the RodPod, covers, Swerve's introdump/recap and 'bomps'. Not only that: it looks like, as of the next issue, we will return to early MTMTE, too - space horror. Grab the popcorn and/or your leg.


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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #101 - Talkin' 'Bout My Generations
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