After seeing some stills from the Hasbro Twitch presentation, we are now able to bring you a video of the full event! Seibertron.com was able to get up to the second row from the designers themselves as they spoke about Transformers and what is to be coming soon. Unfortunately the room was loud and the microphones were not working fully, so the audio might be a bit tricky to hear, but you should be able to get all the important stuff you need from the video. Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Even across countries and timezones, the Hasbro Transformers panel is still a thing that we can attend, thanks to the livestream from New York Comic Con 2016 - and here is a summary of what went down during the robotic half hour in NYC!
- Showing off the Transformers: The Last Knight Optimus Prime voice changing helmet just revealed by Hollywood Reporter, with some of the voice clips, and some talk about Optimus in general.
- Talked about the process from movie to toy, what appeals to newer generations (with mentions to the 1986 animated movie, and the new Shout! Factory remastering).
- Dipping into the Machinima Combiner Wars animated series to segway into Prime Wars trilogy as a toy-first element (pretty much) Combiner Wars, Titans Return. Driving into Deluxe Twinferno, Perceptor (who is a working microscope!) - and finally, Sixshot.
- Sixshot: compared with G1 version, showing off the poseability, Phase Sixers name-dropped, Black Shadow brought out for comparison too. Shown how it splits in half for tank + jet sections, and Titan Master.
- Trypticon revealed! Well, his leg anyway (with ratcheted ankle tilts). Release is Fall 2017.
It begins. With New York Comic Con 2016 underway in the Big Apple, we have our first official product from the upcoming Paramount movie Transformers: The Last Knight, due in cinemas in summer 2017. The news comes from the Hollywood Reporter, who unveil the latest voice-changing helmet from Hasbro, of course modelled after the latest incarnation of Optimus Prime, though all we have so far is a simple image mirrored below. Stay tuned for more to come, possibly during the livestream from New York!
Transformers fans who have spent years wishing that they could roll out just like Autobot leader Optimus Prime get some good news this New York Comic Con, with Hasbro unveiling an Optimus Prime Voice Changer Helmet at the event to tie-in with next year's Transformers: The Last Knight release.
The helmet, which features 21 button-activated sounds and phrases from Transformers lore, will not be available until Spring 2017 but fans can see it in action — and more importantly, hear it in action as part of the #NYCCLive livestream at 1:15 p.m. ET Thursday.
The Voice Changer Helmet — the most sophisticated yet released by Hasbro — is the first announced collectible for next year's The Last Knight movie, which is currently in production for a June 23, 2017 release. Perhaps one of its phrases might explain what Optimus is doing hanging out with dragons in early promotional images for the movie…
New York Comic Con runs through Oct. 9 at the Javits Center and other locations in New York City.
TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT OPTIMUS PRIME Voice Changer Helmet
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Spring 2017)
“Autobots, we are here… and we are waiting…” These epic words from OPTIMUS PRIME have inspired millions of TRANSFORMERS fans from around the globe to join the cause and fight for the freedom of all sentient beings. Now fans can issue the AUTOBOT call to arms themselves with the TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT OPTIMUS PRIME Voice Changer Helmet. This First Edition helmet leads the charge as the debut collectible for TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, allowing fans to don the helmet and change their own voice into the iconic intonation of OPTIMUS PRIME. In addition to the power commanding OPTIMUS PRIME voice feature, the helmet comes loaded with 21 button-activated TRANSFORMERS sounds and phrases, including a screaming Cybertronian battle riff. Requires 3 AA batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.
Directly from Hasbro over at New York Comic Con 2016, we have a reminder that they will given the spotlight for NYCCLive - a streaming service organised by the event - for their Transformers panel taking place. You will be able to tune in via this link, and the panel takes place at 1.15 to 1.45 pm ET - so make sure to pop by!
After the several photos sent to us directly from the Hasbro area at New York Comic Con 2016 for the upcoming Robots in Disguise line and its new Combiner Force direction, we have the official images from Hasbro themselves, featuring the likes of Bumblebee, Sideswipe and Strongarm, with newcomer Activators Stuntwing, Great Byte and Trickout. Check out the renders below, showing off the combined modes as well as the indivual ones!
UPDATED with images for the second version of Bumblebee and Strongarm, Optimus Prime, plus new character Skysledge, Stormhammer and a sample of combinations!
In other official images news from Hasbro's reveals at New York Comic Con 2016, we go into the Transformers Titans Return line (yet sometimes appearing as Titan Wars, for some reason - this may be a mistake) and the new Titan Masters, Legends, Deluxes, Voyagers and Leader class figures: from Repugnus and Shuffler, to Brawn, to Twinferno and Perceptor, to Triggerhappy and Getaway, plus Broadside and Blackshadow. Check them all out in their renders below, and compare to the floor pics here and here!
We have yet another update from the ever-approaching TFcon Chicago, taking place later this very month! The newest guest announced is Matt Moylan, famous for the LilFormers fan work, but also for his stint working at Dreamwave productions. Find out more info below!
TFcon is pleased to welcome Matt Moylan to TFcon Chicago 2016. He is best known to Transformers fans as the man behind LilFormers and a former editor and post production manager for Dreamwave Productions. You can meet him in the TFcon Chicago 2016 artist alley all weekend long.
ROM—A MURDERER?! That’s what OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS think—and right or wrong, there’s only one outcome: all-out war! Meanwhile, G.I. JOE turns to the one person who can save the world from ultimate destruction—MILES MAYHEM!
See? Absolute Mayhem
If the first issue of Revolution - reviewed by Tigertrack here - showed where the ubersharedmashup universe crossover event would find its flaws, the second issue in the run is still not able to pick up the good bits for long enough to satisfy a regular reader of Transformers. Bear with me...
..as I puma reviewer hat on
As Rom the SpaceKnight provides the catalyst for the event, and even though Micronauts is probably doing a better job at connecting the wider mythology so far, even with just one issue (see my review of the other titles involved here), the insistence on the 'everyone is the bad guy of someone else's story' is really not landing yet. Yes, the Dire Wraiths are creating confusion, and Miles Mayhem is clearly furthering his own goals, but still, something feels very much off.
why can't we all just get along
Where John Barber and Cullen Bunn do have a knack for stories and dialogue - and we know the continuity skills of Barber are second to none, especially with the IDW Transformers-verse, so there is plenty to play around with for the both of them - unfortunately though, there just isn't enough space right now, and where they instead tend to shine is in the other titles that make up the event as a whole, at least at this point in the game.
Kup gets it
With that in mind, some of the interactions, especially between human and non-human factions, feel stilted, sometimes even forced - notable example is the MASK introduction, too short, too contrived and underplaying a potentially meaty development, in concept and story; also, the opening dialogue with the Joe team, and the decimate incident - with the best part of the book only coming towards the very very end.
I do not dislike Fico Ossio's work, in any way at all. The designs for humans and robots, robots in particular, are visually stimulating, intriguing, and a new direction which I approve of for something so flashy like a franchise crossover. They're bold. But therein lies a flaw: the emotive aspect of non-organics in particular suffer from the linework of the rest of the character. Arcee and Windblade, and to an extent Kup, particularly feel this.
The colours still fit that 'HEY YOU LOOK AT THIS BOOK AIN'T IT COOL' vibe that IDW has been relying on for the crossover, in its multiple covers and big previews across major entertainment news sites too, and Sebastian Cheng does very good things with the vibrancy chosen - though I can see how some might find it too 'light' in some scenes.
This, however, is a very cool shot
Regular Transformers veteran letter Tom B. Long has a heck of a job keeping the dialogue and sounds at bay - and that last word is actually a totally unintentional pun for the amount of explosive fontwork that we find in the book: the explosions and loudness are very much present all the way through. Commendable indeed that it is this clear!
As for the covers, there are so many variants offered, as is to be expected from such a wide-scale project, that I am not sure I can master up enough words to mention them all. Make sure you do look out for them though, as there are some true gems in there, from Christiansen and Guidi, to Easton and Baltazar, via toy and minimal variants (see thumbnail by James Biggie), there is bound to be something to appeal to everyone.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
I will follow the event through to its end, but what I see so far is not entirely convincing as a way to get older fans of the Joe and Transformers franchises hooked for long enough to warrant the arrival of three new properties. Book-wise at least. Where Bunn and Barber do work well, still, is within the smaller titles that lead into this wider crossover, unfortunately.
Scarlett also gets it
That said, the building of the world around Revolution, both through reusing parts of the more cosmically inclined lore of the Transformers, or the making things align in the Microverse parts of the story. Visually, my issues are outlined above, but it is not a bad looking book, at all! And overall, we do have a slight improvement with the wider cast now fully present in the line-up for the event - here's hoping to the next three issues finally able to lift off the ground in the scale of what the premise has promised comics readers.
. ½ out of
Bonus Content: A handy reference guide from Tigertrack, which still fully applies two issues in!
Who should try this?
Casual 80’s childhood guy or gal all grown up: Hell yeah! You’d probably get a kick out of this with Transformers, GI JOE, ROM, ACTION MAN and coming up… Micronauts, and MASK! My childhood hath been brought back alive again! If only VISIONARIES would make an appearance! Ore-13 won't mean anything to you, but you don't need it to.
IDW Transformers Familiars: You may be a bit more hesitant. 'Our guys' are a focus for sure, but we’re not quite sure how they will come out when this all shakes out, and there was a lot of awesome stuff to like going on before this. They are the elder statesman and most successful comics of the bunch, and readers are not interested in losing the awesome ground that we have gained over recent years. There seem to be inconsistencies with current comic continuity, but not so huge that it can't get cleaned up. AND... we do get this ORE-13 thing to finally seem to finally, finally, shake out in full, so there's that!
IDW GI JOE Familiars: You may just feel good that GI JOE is coming back, again, but are probably frustrated that GI JOE is coming back, yet again, seemingly rebooted, yet again (I’m not as good and up on my IDW GI JOE). I feel very badly for hardcore JOE fans. I really hope this helps to get them the great fiction that they deserve (and hopefully more of a toy line too).
OTHERS: Tons of action! Aliens, robots, human elite army operatives, and end of the planet Earth peril, plus some cool new sophisticated TECHIE vehicles. Recognizable big name characters. Sounds like a try out to me! It reads like the big boys crossovers so far, with satisfactory art, I'd give it a go.
The other video round-up from the Hasbro preview night at New York Comic Con 2016 focuses on the Transformers: Robots in Disguise - and the Duocon-like Combiner Force sub-line as revealed here and here - featuring the likes of Drift, Stormshot, Bludgeon, Blastwave and the regulars Optimus Prime, Sideswipe, Strongarm and Bumblebee. Check it out embedded below!
After the numerous New York Comic Con 2016 floor images and initial gallery coverage here on Seibertron.com - all of which you can find again here, here, or specifically for Leader class Sixshot and Voyager Broadside and Leader Sky Shadow/Blackshadow - we also have a video rounding up the Titans Return section of the Transformers area in the Hasbro room. Check it out embedded below!
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