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Combiner Wars Wave 4 Extended Bios for Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker

Transformers News: Combiner Wars Wave 4 Extended Bios for Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker
Date: Thursday, August 13th 2015 6:34pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032

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The last time we posted extended figure bios, we received rather positive feedback and we wanted to provide that service again, so here they are for your enjoyment! (You can see our previous biography posting: here.)

Seibertron has provided scans of the biographies from the wave 4 Deluxe Class cardbacks, so we can see what's up with Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker and their new combiner capabilities.

Without further ado:

Transformers News: Combiner Wars Wave 4 Extended Bios for Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker

Transformers News: Combiner Wars Wave 4 Extended Bios for Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker

Transformers News: Combiner Wars Wave 4 Extended Bios for Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker

Transformers News: Combiner Wars Wave 4 Extended Bios for Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker

Transformers News: Combiner Wars Wave 4 Extended Bios for Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker

Transformers News: Combiner Wars Wave 4 Extended Bios for Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker

Transformers News: Combiner Wars Wave 4 Extended Bios for Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker

Transformers News: Combiner Wars Wave 4 Extended Bios for Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl and Sunstreaker

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IDW Transformers Vs. GI JOE #8 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs. GI JOE #8 Review
Date: Wednesday, August 5th 2015 12:29pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): IDW, Tigertrack

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Transformers Versus GI JOE #8

Filling in for Va'al this week because he's a super-busy, super-desired, and super-successful dude, it's me, reservist-and former news admin, and comic reviewer Tigertrack. (I hope you check this out any way).

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs. GI JOE #8 Review


“I feel not unlike a small boy, waking from a bad dream to find reality not much of an improvement.” -John Byrne

Story so far:

Okay—Despite what we told you last time, it turns out GI JOE is real…and they’re the last line of defense against the Decepticobra alliance. With battlefronts on Earth and Cybertron, hope seems a a losing proposition—until Optimus Prime returns!.

Recap:

In our last episode, Scarlett in paradise...lost and then found, and Bumblebee's head is returned!

Spoiler free review:

This issue continues to tell the story of the seemingly mad reality that Earth and Cybertron are in as Koh-Buru-Lah has started to cause havoc on Earth with the Decepticobras battling the Joes, and Cybertron has started to look more and more like a certain planet-eater that is feared from Transformers religion—that is also bearing down on the Earth with conflicts on it, and in it, as well.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs. GI JOE #8 Review


Using creative layouts and lettering, and exaggerated characterization often inspired from sources both familiar and those you will have to do a bit of research on, Tom Scioli continues to drum out a very wide mix of feelings for us; from fun and silly, to horrific and mind-boggling, unreal to all too real.

We are now 8 issues in, and if you’re still with this critically-acclaimed series, you’re probably past your personal feelings about art and layout, and just trying to enjoy the ride and appreciate all the work and creativity that has actually gone into this series. And of course...Transformers. You’ll continue to be surprised in this issue in several ways… I won’t spoil them all, but a couple of my favorite moments involve Omega Supreme’s unexpected entrance into the fray, heralding the return of the Astro-train (I love this silly, but cool design :-P ), and the commentary about a love-it or hate-it classic generation one gimmick(most of 'us' dislike it anyway)! Some perfect examples of fun/creative ways to rethink what has been thought before.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs. GI JOE #8 Review


Ramifications from Issue #6 are continued as we see GI JOE take full responsibility for the protection of the Earth, violently wrenched from government control in issue #6 by FLAGG! Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron after retrieving Bumblebee's body from GI JOE--Cobra Commander celebrates on Earth with his disciples over a feast of...Snake Eyes? In this issue, we also seemingly learn the fates of favorite sons Billy and Bumblebee...and of course, one shall stand and one shall fall...

There’s plenty of human and robot action in this page turner, although as in previous issues, some of the leaps between chapter breaks are a bit too profound! The changing from Cybertron to Earth in separate sections/chapters can be a little jolting and confusing, unless you have followed along from previous issues and know who is where and use some powers of inference.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs. GI JOE #8 Review


There are also a few rad splash pages that just leave you a bit awe-struck…in a good way mostly…and a surprise ending that no one ever saw coming.


Rating:

Ultimately, if you’re still reading this series, you’ll continue to enjoy it, as I am, probably despite your personal feelings toward what should be done here or there, or how characters are or are not being treated with respect to your understanding of them from other media. The art and layouts are interesting and fun, and the fact that Barber and Scioli take time at the end of each issue to discuss the creative process and inspirations make this an enjoyable series for those who have a real taste for comic book history and wanting to know the inner workings on creating and publishing a book. And of course, there are Transformers too, some re-imagined and re-mixed in ways that were not thought possible before. I’m to the point where I can enjoy this for what it is…and I was very much against this after the very first issues. It’s gotten much less childish and random, and grown much more complex and a bit more dark--and still a bit random though.

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IDW The Transformers #44 Review

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #44 Review
Date: Wednesday, August 5th 2015 3:50am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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You Weren't There, Man
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
LOVE AND HATE! Two emotions only inches from each other—and TRACKS and NEEDLENOSE have felt them both. On opposite sides of an eons-long war, what happens when they meet again? And what’s ARCEE up to on CYBERTRON?

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #44 Review
Solved. Next!


Story

John Barber takes a slightly different turn with this month's issue of The Transformers, while still keeping up the Combiner Wars aftermath threads, and dipping into some of the material unearthed with the Combiner Hunters one-shot. And we get to sort of see some old friends, too.. read on to find out more about #44!

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #44 Review
Um.. burn? I guess?


It may seem a little odd at first to have Arcee framing the story, as it initially focuses on Tracks and Needlenose, as synopsis, previews and advance material readily suggest. I mean, ignoring the very first flashback page, of course. But if there's something Barber is good at, it's blending multiple linear (or not) stories into one.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #44 Review
Yeah, I mean, jeez


And there is one particular story that he adds in to the side which is bound to raise some eyebrows, wrinkle some brains and worry some worriers. Though thinking about it, it's not that out of place for what and how the character has been established previously, in this very series, even though there is a new twist to it this time round.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #44 Review
Here's a hint..


And with Needlenose and Arcee, we have a double-sided look at where this series might be going, as the vacuum left by Megatron, the vacuum left by the civil war, leads into yet another shift in the precarious status quo of the various events of the past couple of publication years. Where to? We'll have to wait and see.

Art

The linework is actually a lot more linear, and definitely well-suited to the story, than we might expect. Andrew Griffith does a mighty fine job in offering both exterior and interior shots, for an otherwise very static issue - in terms of action (though there are some hectic moments). And the final page is everything, once you realise.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #44 Review
Static as in tension


Josh Perez' colours are magnificently accompanying the grimdark - I mean it in the best way possible! ok, bleak, bleak! - setting for the issue. Inside and out. There are some truly stunning passages slower moments in the narration, and it all just works, beautifully.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #44 Review
BROOD


Tom B. Long gets some fun parts too, adding signs and sounds where the locations really needed some, and keeping the dialogues and fonts in check across the board. I will never stop being amazed at how easy he makes it look. We have seen the two main covers in the past, featuring a self(ie)-keen Tracks and Needlenose by Griffith and Perez, a melancholy Arcee with Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente, and the entirely appropriate and adorable tumbnailed RI variant by Agnes Garbowska.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I was writing the review for Combiner Hunters, I kept saying, and made clear in the piece too, that I hoped to see further development from Arcee's lines in further issues of the ongoings. I really did not have to wait that long, as Barber takes the step a couple of inches further in this issue, and surrounds it with an extremely well-taut series of lines across Cybertron (mostly).

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #44 Review
Because I'm Bba-- Arcee


It takes a seriously impressive variety of previous storylines that have been somewhat suspended as corporate did its thing, and may be a hint towards IDW authors being able to write their own stuff and redevelop it for a while yet. Which can only be a good thing, whatever the voices say.

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Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015
Date: Sunday, August 2nd 2015 5:09am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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As Sunday comes round, and brings August with it, Seibertron.com is happy to present its latest instalment of the creative round-up! Gathering all its output from the Transtopia section, the fortnightly feature is made to give a glimpse of the artwork, paintjobs, build, mods, fixes, customs, stories, comics, photos and anything else Seibertronians come up with - check out the collection below, and leave a comment in the individual threads if you like what you see.


CUSTOMIZATIONS

MarcusCole1978 - IDW Nova Prime

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015


chonosmoon - IDW Nightbeat

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Omega-Supreme - FP Bombshell

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Hitokirikai - CW Rodimus

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015


Rated X - Classics Pointblank

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015


kennum1 - The Constructicon team

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015


BUILDING BOTS

Mythic_Gears - LEGO mini models

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Zeek99g - The Bounty Hunters

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015


Noideaforaname - Kreon Customs

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015


SHAPEWAYS STUFF

GlauG - Shapeways Thread

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Tresob - Legendary Updates

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MisterNewUzer - TFA Roadbuster Conversion Kit

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015


FAN ART

Bill9000 - Encyclopedia Cybertronia

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015


MisterNewUzer - Animated Roadbuster

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amurowes - Transformers the Movie 2 art

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015


Verno - TransWarp: Primal #1

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015


Klejpull - Artworks

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FAN FICTION

Cmdr. Trailblazer - Transformers Masters


PHOTO BLITZ

Test your metal, mettle and film knowledge with the Name That Film photo game! Latest screenshot offered, and already answered, below - new one coming soon.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - August 2nd, 2015


Madeus Prime - Invasion of the Daleks

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keelo1027 - Pics | Cooking with Grimlock

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IDW Transformers: Combiner Hunters One-Shot Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Hunters One-Shot Review
Date: Wednesday, July 29th 2015 1:53am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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What's On The Box?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
COMBINER WARS FALLOUT! Because you demanded it—WINDBLADE and CHROMIA team up with ARCEE to put an end to the menace of the COMBINER WARS—but will they end each other first?!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Hunters One-Shot Review
Snark off!


Story

The one-shot that unofficially accompanies the SDCC exclusive Combiner Hunters box set, obviously sharing its title, is also the first introduction, and so far only look at, the team of character that form and become Victorion, the first all-female Transformer combiner - and you can sort of place it during the Combiner Wars arc, between Windblade #3 and The Transformers #42. If you want.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Hunters One-Shot Review
And some more Chromehide, obvs


Mairghread Scott takes the helm in this insert issue, really, dealing with some not entirely consequential events (as the title unfortunately might suggest) in terms of the overall narrative - for now, at least - and at the same time, some very well-placed exchanges between the main characters of Arcee, Chromia and Windblade.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Hunters One-Shot Review
Like, whatever, I guess


Specifically, Arcee's reaction to Victorion's appearance/arrival. One panel in particular, which I will not spoil here, makes clever use of her IDW backstory to explain and give an actual, good reason to resist Combiners in general, and actually side with Galvatron on the issue (see The Transformers series), and furthers her development with another big step.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Hunters One-Shot Review
Not pictured here


Of course, not to be forgotten, are the Camien team of Torchbearers, their added piece to the combiner puzzle, and how they deal with the sudden change in their team dynamic - though with not enough time to develop some seriously intriguing stories that emerge from the experience. I do hope we see a lot more of Victorion and her individual components, there is much more to say.

Art

Sara Pitre-Durocher, whom we have only seen up to this point working on some pretty well-received cover variants, is the artist for the issue - and her work is absolutely magnificent, and definitely the highest of highlights of the book. Her expressions and proportions, her poses and layouts, the interactions of the characters are stunning. Truly.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Hunters One-Shot Review
Sigh


In addition, the way that her line-work and Yamaishi's colours blend so effortlessly, really helps convey the feeling of the general atmosphere of the Sea of Rust, and the lighter pause between the phases of the Combiner Wars. There's the sense of something lifting from the heavy reality of the duties of the characters involved, especially as the story progresses.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Hunters One-Shot Review
OH FZZT


Something which is also helped by Tom B. Long's lettering work, as he gives some added voices to the characters varying in sizes, tones, volume and size (again). And he creates a great title page. We also get a slew of cover variants, including the sizable main Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente one seen in the preview, the futuristic Livio Ramondelli B cover, the SDCC Pitre-Durocher exclusive, and the excellently apt James Biggie Pan Cybertronian Spaceways incentive in the thumbnail.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Whatever else this one-shot is doing, it's with no doubt a promotional comic to accompany both the Victorion reveal and the Combiner Hunters Arcee, Chromia and Windblade. And that feels like a bit of a shame, really. I am confident that we will revisit the events at some point in Till All Are One (probably), but right now.. it just sort of happened. Which is unfortunate, given its title.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Hunters One-Shot Review
But hey, Victorion!


That said, some of its scenes were really well-thought and executed by Scott, and what does happen is well done, well drawn, well coloured by Pitre-Durocher and Yamaishi - if anything, overall, I am definitely looking forward to future collaborations between the two, as they clearly work well in synergy, and a freer hand at the plot should yield much higher results!

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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.

Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys
Date: Friday, July 24th 2015 11:22pm CDT
Categories: Editorials, Site Articles, Top Lists
Posted by: william-james88

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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.


Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys

I was totally thrown the first time someone told me a transformer had "VHS". I then learnt it was an acronym for "Visible head syndrome" which is when a Transformer's robot head can be seen in alt mode. Sometimes, it isn't noticeable at first glance, but there are times when it is just bad. The worst part is usually how they try to "cover" it, which is usually quite laughable. Lets look at the worst cases of the robot head found on the alt mode.


5. Generations Fall of Cybertron Seeker mold

People seem to really like this mold and I never understood why. Sure, it's accurate to the game but that doesn't mean it is an amazing design. G1 Ironhide was accurate to his debut appearance in Marvel comics and nobody finds that awesome.
Back to these FOC seekers, the robot head is right there, literally center stage for all to see. The face is just flipped on the other side but that doesn't in any way help hide his head which is just a black square front and center. It doesn't blend in with anything and doesn't seem part of the alt mode at all. It is just a vestigial part of the robot, and it happens to be his head. There are many jet transformers where the head is just brought under the jet and we call those lazy, so what's this?

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys


4. Transformers (2007) Megatron Gallery and Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Megatron

These are both dumb to me. I get that the movie and "aligned" universe take hints from one another and one of them is the boldness of Megatron to have his robot head be exposed in alt mode. I would assume he has optics elsewhere than his head, and this also throws the robots in disguise idea out the window but OK, he wants to be bold. He wants to stick it to the man by exposing his head, fine. So why is there this minute and poor attempt to still "hide" it? In both of these movie toys, there is this ever so small panel that is placed over his exposed face. This, to me, just adds insult to injury. Sure, the idea of a voluntarily exposed robot head is dumb to me and takes away from the robots in disguise idea where you wonder what the point of transforming is, and results in very lazy and uncreative alt modes and engineering, but at least it's justifiable in terms of the creator's intention. Trying to then hide that voluntarily exposed head and have it both ways doesn't make a lick of sense and just results in an even lazier looking alt mode and a terrible case of visible head syndrome. And we are only at number 4.

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys


3.Transformers Beast Machines Blastcharge

This guy's visible head is just sad. Like the seekers above, the only "attempt" to hid it is by turning it around to hide his face. But it's worse than Starscream since it isn't in this neat little kibble bed, filling up the alt mode. Instead it is just an extra piece of kibble hanging off the truck's butt. It looks totally out of place and can be spotted a mile away. It's like the engineers got to a point where they had this nice alt mode but were stuck with a left over piece of robot they just couldn't fit anywhere which lead them to set it down randomly. And once again, that extra piece is the head!

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys


2. Transformers Energon Ironhide

This guy is like those earlier mentioned Megatrons only worse due to his exposed face not being intentional (he wants to disguise himself right?). They even have his helmet tilt down ever so slightly to hide his eyes but that doesn't take anything away from having his head and face right there in front of you on top of the truck. This is laughably bad, and I can only think of one toy worse than this.

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys


1. Transformers Beast Machines Silverbolt

How could Beast Machines Silverbolt beat Energon Ironhide? Not only is there nothing done to hide the head in any way, which is not boldly meant to be exposed, but it is placed right between his legs! He becomes a literal d%&khead. This was one of the easiest number one picks ever.

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys

In two weeks you will get the Best cases of Visible Head Syndrome, see you then!

Honourable Mentions: He might be loved by all, and might possible be one of the best Transformer toys of the first decade of this new millennium, but Galaxy Force Optimus Prime still has a very exposed noggin. It is stark blue against a full red cab, instantly taking away any illusion. I mean come on, the G1 toy found a way around that. But hey, it’s Cybertron / Galaxy Force Prime, I couldn't put him on this list. But I will give you a picture!

Transformers News: Top 5 Worst Cases of Visible Head Syndrome Among Transformers Toys

IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
Date: Friday, July 24th 2015 7:46am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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(Top of the) DINOPILE!
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
GO TEAM ’BEE! BUMBLEBEE leads an all-star team of AUTOBOTS to Earth to find rogue DECEPTICONS… but in this all-new story based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series, they find more than… they bargained for! (You thought we were going to say “meets the eye,” didn’t you?)

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
DINOPILE


Story

After the Free Comic Book Day almost one-off issue by John Barber, new writer Georgia Ball has taken on the task of keeping this series up and going, with a new angle on the almost over first seasons of the new animated show Transformers: Robots in Disguise. And the angle is probably the closest we'll ever get to some continuity with Prime - but how does the rest of the series look with its first issue down? Read on!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
Good old days


What readers need to keep in mind is that this comic series is aimed at a very similar target audience as the cartoon, and will not be playing into the wider TFverse that most of the other IDW titles are exploring right now. That said, the vibrancy and humour of the series is deftly transposed from screen to page, even with the monster of the week formula that only worked for so long in the show.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
Genericon #1234


What Ball's writing brings, along with some really silly jokes (which I loved, I won't lie), is also an interesting look, perhaps even better than the show did, at Bumblebee's discomfort with his position as leader, the unruliness of his 'team' - and the feeling of utter betrayal arising from the final scenes in the book.


Art

A lot of the work done by Ball's script, both on the lighthearted and serious sides of the coin, is wonderfully heightened by Priscilla Tramontano's excellent visual rendition, showcasing a variety of expressions, body language interactions, panel dispositions and layouts, and just a general sense of *fun*!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
Is it..?


Tramontano's colours, too, are sleek, stunning and fun, the characters are fun, are obviously having fun, and so is the artist/colourist! We get references to the wider IDWverse (with MTMTE's My First Blaster making an appearance early on in the issue), and some always excellent lettering from Tom B. Long, who can play around with a lot more sounds than usual. And two great tone-catching covers, by Tramontano and Travis Sengaus/Josh Burcham (thumbnailed).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Given the target audience, the timescale of the comic compared to the show, and what the FBCD issue had set up, this is an excellent debut for a younger reader series, one that ensures to keep the light side of the dynamics between the characters on the show, pokes some fun around at things, and includes the excellent Grimlock and running gags - including the no-nonsense general recap - without driving them into the ground.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 Review
The Decepticon sticker! The Blaster! The teeth!


Ball and Tramontano are set to bring a fresher look at some of the moanings of the older readership, with the ending of both issue #0 and #1 just enough to keep us intrigued while the actual target fully revel in the (I'm running out of words to say) fun! Worth picking up for a new reader, for the art direction and colours, and always worth it for the bouncing dialogue, . And dinobot.

. :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: out of :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT:

IDW The Transformers #43 Review

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
Date: Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 5:45am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Jupiter Condescending
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
COSMOS UNLEASHED! A misunderstood AUTOBOT. A DECEPTICON space station. Cut off from their allies, SOUNDWAVE and COSMOS come face to face… alone.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
Uh-OH


Story

We have been following the side-adventures of Cosmos, in his new, but not as upgraded as it seems, body, new paintjob, new sass. We have also seen glimpses of what Soundwave is up to on Jupiter, and how it might shape the future of what's left of the Decepticon movement - what happens when the two meet?

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
Yeah, ok, expected


John Barber takes a very different approach to how the scenario might have unfolded just a couple of years back, with Soundwave in the driving, silent, cunning - even diplomatic - seat of the action. By placing Cosmos as our window into the Decepticon commune, we gain an entirely different, humorous side to the events.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
Floaty and Big


And Cosmos is not the only relief in an otherwise potentially establishing-heavy issue of politics and ideologies. Barber has found his stride once again, and this title easily sets itself back to the shared vision of an intrigue-based, backstabbing-driven, turning and twisting to avoid debris, broken promises and head into future settings.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
...


And then, of course, you have the human factor, predominantly with Blackrock, his type of humour, his take on things, and his own, personal scheming - though yet to be confirmed as if working with, for or in spite of Soundwave's plans. There is definitely something afoot, and clues are being sown..

Art

We know Andrew Griffith's skill with imposing characters, statuesque Galvatron, stoic Soundwave - and adorable Cosmos, in his smaller, more compact and contained presence among the bulkier Decepticons. And of course, the wonderfully sharp 'Decepticon bird hecklers' Buzzsaw and Laserbeak in the opening scenes. And of course, just the general design of *everything*.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
SPAAAAAAAA---


The scenes taking place in the wider scope of the Solar System are magnificently executed colour-wise by Josh Perez, too, who masterfully balances the inside of the various sets appearing in the issue with the much more vast landscape of space surrounding them.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
----AAAAAAAAACE


Lettering duties, once more in Tom B. Long's capable hands, remind us that there is no sound in space, but plenty in spaces within space, Big or Floaty as they may be - and the dialogue is perfectly measured for the different interactions. As for covers, both the main Griffith/Perez and Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente help in capturing the tension between the major players in the issue, while the previously seen James Biggie RI variant is just pretty too look at. Very much so.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Perhaps a slower issue, in pacing and advancement of the overall plot - whatever that may be at this point, because I really have no idea, and revel in this feeling - but one that pits two unlikely characters against each other, only to have a very unexpected, deep, meaningful exchange of power and influence. If anything could make me want to see more of Cosmos, this is it.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #43 Review
It still hurts, doesn't it..?


Barber's writing of Soundwave has always been a personal favourite, and Griffith/Perez's visual rendition definitely adds to the stunning scenarios laid out by the script. The space scenes are wonderfully rendered, in both linework and colours, and the long conversation between Soundwave and Cosmos highlight just how deep the former's ideas run, and how hurt he has been. Heart of gold, indeed. Or is it?

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

Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015
Date: Sunday, July 19th 2015 6:18am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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Another edition of the weekend features of Seibertron.com, and we round up all the creative output of the Transtopia section on the boards! Featuring a slew of art, comics, customs, paint jobs, modifications, original characters, kit bashes, scratch builds and more than that, all packaged in one multi-post for your viewing convenience. Make sure to comment if you like what you seen, either on here or the individual threads - appreciation makes the cogs of this wheel turn smoothly, after all.

THE HELP DESK

Fellow Seibertronian herculesbeetle has been wondering how to best achieve a Wreck-Gar custom with the Animated influence - if you have any tips, head here to help them out!


CUSTOMIZATIONS

Klejpull - Overlord Replica

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grimlockprime108 - RID15 Ruckus | Warmonger | Marvel Comics Brainstorm | RID15 Ironhide | G1 Skullgrin | Cobra Elite B.A.T.

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Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


Jones - RID Strongarm | DOTM Megatron

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Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


chonosmoon - IDW Pharma

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Omega-Supreme - ROTF Optimus Prime | Metroplex | Omega Supreme

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Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


Cadet Longarm - Cadet Longarm

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[url=/energonpub/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=100729[list=][/list]]carytheone[/url] - CW Rodimus

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SHAPEWAYS STUFF

GlauG - Shapeways Thread

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FAN ART

Hired Goons - Lost Light Insider App

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SillySpringer - TinkerCAD art

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amurowes - Transformers the Movie 2 art

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BeastProwl - Art Thread

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M3Gr1ml0ck - Profile: Boomdox | Metroplex Team Files

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Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-up - July 19th, 2015


PHOTO BLITZ

Test your metal, mettle and film knowledge with the Name That Film photo game! Latest screenshot offered, and already answered, below - new one coming soon.

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Madeus Prime - Wanted

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SW's Silverhammer - Alpha Bravoshock

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #124 - Dogfight
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Posted: Sunday, August 30th, 2015