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Exclusive Review of IDW's Robots In Disguise #1

Transformers News: Exclusive Review of IDW's Robots In Disguise #1
Date: Tuesday, January 24th 2012 10:18am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Psychout

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Robots in Disguise, (a.k.a. "The one with the Decepticons in it") titles this second comic book series to run parallel with More than Meets the Eye, a catchy title, but is the comic as good as its longer named sibling?

Obviously, spoilers aplenty ahead...

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Ah, ah, ah, ah staying' aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!!


It is the Golden age of Cybertron, and peace has returned... Or has it?
Following the other side of the coin - thrust into leadership of Cybertron, up against it with half his friends believed dead on The Lost Light, this story of the little guy struggling to make huge decisions adds a new twist to a faction that has almost always has its stalwart and dependable leader in the past, so its no surprise that Bumblebee is the focus here.

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Turns out the welcome wagon does have that good coffee flavour.


Unlike its longer titled counterpart, Robots In Disguise initially suffers from taking itself a bit too seriously. After the epic-scaled intergalactic nonsense of the Chaos arc, this story begins with a tight focus on the difficult relationship between the Autobots, weary from their millennia-long battle to free Cybertron, and the Nails, those who hold the Autobots equally as responsible for the war as the Decepticons, egged on by Metalhawk. It's an uneasy balance of power where the protectors are regarded as conquerors, and the 'bots decision to use Ratbat's Decepticons as controlled enforcers makes it look worse, even if they are 'contained' under Prowls ever-watchful eye.

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Cybertron's finest in action.


Andrew Griffith's art in the book has a 'familiar' feel to it. 'Bee takes on a design those of you familiar with War for Cybertron would be more accustomed to, Metalhawks stick-figure physique is reminiscent of Starscream from transformers Prime, whilst the Nails and the unnamed background characters seem to comprise of everything from the old school cartoon cuboids right up to Beast-era designs (and thankfully, there is little to none of the awful movie-style segmenting of facial features). Lesser-known characters such as Needlenose and Horri-bull can be easily identified to those who may have only seen them from the old Marvel comics, and the wider shots are well drawn and clear, however that isn't to say that all of it is good - one or two members of the Decepticons (I'm looking you YOU here Skywarp) just look plain weird.

But, whilst the art is familiar and easy, John Barber's story is set to be a slow burner. With the high impact climax to MTMTE this was never going to be an easy sell, unable as this is to blast off to pastures anew. Setting a story on a rebuilt Cybertron was never going to be easy and, as is the fashion in domestic-based stories, civil disorder and terrorism is a theme that everyone understands and rarely if ever has a clear 'winner'.

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94% if you are really honest, eh Prowl?


In recreating a world in this fashion Barber engineers an unforgiving but oft-explored choice: Exactly how far is Bumblebee willing to go to ensure Cybertron's freedom, and how, if at all, can they prevent the existing ill feeling from escalating further into violence and bloodshed? The Decepticons, as are to be expected, are unhappy with their lot and the Nails themselves, overseen by self-styled ambassador Metalhawk, only add to the volatile situation. As the decision Bumblebee makes at the end demonstrates, civil unrest is never a black and white issue, and although the conclusion to this issue did seem a little predicable, its knock-on effects will hopefully bring this story to life.

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Cassettes always have a plan.


This is a longer read. As opposed to the light-hearted jaunt that MTMTE delivers, the long term arc within RID will raise a few eyebrows - and a few hackles no doubt - but with even Cybertron itself fighting its own population one must ask oneself, how much worse can it get for Bumblebee now? Depending on what Ratbat is planning for 'tomorrow night', the answer could well be 'much, much worse.'

Transformers Prime Powerizer Optimus Prime Video Review

Transformers News: Transformers Prime Powerizer Optimus Prime Video Review
Date: Sunday, January 22nd 2012 4:07pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): zenithII

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YouTube's zenithII has uploaded a video review of the recently released in the UK Transformers Prime Powerizer Optimus Prime. Check out his review embedded below.


Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3-D Blu-ray Review

Transformers News: Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3-D Blu-ray Review
Date: Sunday, January 22nd 2012 1:46pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Reviews
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Blu-ray.com

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Blu-ray.com has posted a review of the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3-D Blu-ray, which will be available along with the limited signature edition on January 31st. The full review can be viewed by clicking here, we've posted a few excerpts below.

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Video codec: MPEG-4 MVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
French: Dolby Digital 5.1... (more)

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Four-disc set (3 BDs, 1 DVD)
UV digital copy
DVD copy
Blu-ray 3D

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region A (B, C untested)




It took several months, but Paramount has finally re-released Transformers: Dark of the Moon as a full-fledged, feature-packed Blu-ray 3D presentation that's pretty much everything fans could have ever wanted. The film's previous Blu-ray release remains a standard for video and audio excellence, so the question is whether the 3D presentation can improve on perfection? The answer is, not surprisingly, "no," but the added 3D goodness certainly doesn't hurt the Dark of the Moon experience, either. Unlike some Blu-ray discs that see a slight, but noticeable, drop-off in general quality on the way to 3D, Dark of the Moon's general attributes remain as slick and eye-catching as ever. Fine detail is truly exemplary in this go-round, as it was before. Viewers will be endlessly impressed with the complexities evident on both live and digital elements. Human faces reveal nearly infinite textures. Building façades, heavily damaged debris, and most every element in the movie appears so intricately detailed that any scene rivals the finest the Blu-ray format currently offers. Clarity is stunning, too, which only aids in the transfer's ability to reveal incredible visual wonders. On the digital front, the various objects -- mostly Transformers -- take on so much visible complexity that one can only wonder how much painstaking work went into each creation, not to mention the horsepower required to display it all so pristinely for high definition home viewing. The scratches and dents of Optimus Prime and the rusty, worn, and battle-damaged exterior of Megatron are truly a sight to behold in every scene. Colors, likewise, are fantastic. The movie favors a warm appearance by nature, but it maintains that particular balance throughout. Each hue is incredibly vibrant, with Optimus' blue and red paint job particularly evident. Blacks remains strong, grain is retained where the movie was shot on film, and this is in every way the equal of the 2D release.


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Transformers: Dark of the Moon offers some pretty amazing supplements, including an enthralling and honest Documentary that explores much of the filmmaking process.

Above and Beyond: Exploring Dark of the Moon (1080p, 1:50:46): This five-part documentary examines some of the more critical making-of elements surrounding the film. First is Rising from the Fallen: Development and Design (22:24), a surprisingly candid piece that features cast and crew discussing the faults of the second film and the filmmakers' search for redemption with part three. They speak on new robot design, character advancement, the absence of Megan Fox, and the addition of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Ready for Primetime: Filming Across America (27:50) explores the process of shooting in 3D, the picture's advanced stunt work and filmmaking processes, the challenges of shooting in various locales around the country, set design, stories from the set, a musical conflict between Shia and Michael, and more. Next is Battle in the Heartland: Shooting in Chicago (13:40), a detailed examination of the six-week shoot in the Illinois city. Discussions include the city's cooperation with the filmmakers, the scale of the scenes shot there, the natural challenges of the shoot, and Michael Bay's working dynamic. Attack of the Birdmen: Aerial Stunts (16:08) offers a detailed examination of the challenges of shooting the film's high-flying base jumping scene. Finally, Shadow of the Sentinel: Post-Production and Release (29:30) looks at the hectic challenges of the editing process and Bay's involvement therein, the massive computing power required to construct the film's highly-detailed special effects, the record-breaking sound effects, the film's Moscow premiere, Shia's personal growth through the films, the series' legacy, its future, and more.

Uncharted Territory: NASA's Future Then and Now (1080p, 26:15): As its title suggests, this piece examines the space program, providing an overview of its history, a look at the International Space Station, and the natural evolution of where the program may go.

Deconstructing Chicago: Multi-Angle Sequences (1080p): This supplement is divided into two elements: Previsualizations (17:05) and Visual Effects (18:36). The former allows viewers to watch either the raw previsualizations individually or side-by-side with the final shot. The latter allows viewers to choose between watching "VFX Breakdowns" either individually or alongside the final shot. Previsualizations contains the following segments: Doomsday Plan, Assault on the Humans, Evening the Score, Sam Fights Laserbeak, Brains & Wheelie Left Behind, Osprey Approach, Building Slide, Colossus vs. Building, Sam vs. Starscream, Autobot Capture, Optimus to the Rescue, and Carly Confronts Megatron. Visual Effects contains the following individual clips: Mothership, Assault on the Humans, Laserbeak, Fully Armored, Osprey Approach/Aerial Incursion, Tilted Building, Trapped, Driller Attack, Brains & Wheelie Cause Havoc, Sentinel Prime, City Under Siege, and Carly Confronts Megatron. All Previsualization selections may be played with optional commentary by Director Michael Bay and Previsualization Supervisor Steve Yamamoto. All Visual Effects selections may be played with optional commentary by Visual Effects Supervisors Scott Farrar and Matthew Butler.

The Art of Cybertron (1080p): Still galleries depicting Autobots, Decepticons, Environments, Weapons and Gear, and Ships.

The Dark of the Moon Archive (1080p): Another grouping of extras that branches out into five smaller pieces. First is 3D: A Transforming Visual Art (3:06), a brief conversation with Michael Bay and James Cameron about the value of 3D. Moscow World Premiere (2:29) takes viewers to Red Square and the green carpet for a glimpse into the film's massive premiere. Birdmen Featurette (2:28), another look at the high-flying stunt performers, covers much of the same material as previously seen in Attack of the Birdmen: Aerial Stunts. Next is Cody's iPad (2:07), a brief feature showing Michael Bay helping out one of his biggest fans. Finally, The Sound of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' (9:17) explores the picture's incredible and dynamic sound engineering.


The Matrix of Marketing (1080p): This collection offers viewers the opportunity to watch both the film's teaser (2:34) and theatrical (2:32) trailers and browse a collection of Transformers posters, style guides, promo items, and concession items.

Transformers Prime Voyager Class Megatron Video Review

Transformers News: Transformers Prime Voyager Class Megatron Video Review
Date: Sunday, January 22nd 2012 12:42am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): spiderprime23

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You knew it was only a matter of time before someone uploaded a video review of the newly released Transformers Prime Voyager Class Megatron. Check out the video courtesy of YouTube's spiderprime23 embedded below.


Transformers Prime Cyberverse Commander Optimus Prime Video Review and Variant Head Found

Transformers News: Transformers Prime Cyberverse Commander Optimus Prime Video Review and Variant Head Found
Date: Saturday, January 21st 2012 11:06pm CST
Categories: Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Beno, TFW2005's Moriarty

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From our friend Beno (YouTube's BM8709), who sent us the the video reviews of Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Deluxe Cliffjumper and Bumblebee, has posted a review of Cyberverse Commander Optimus Prime. His review is embedded below, enjoy!





There has also been a variant of this figure found. TFW2005's Moriarty happened across a version with no mouth plate!

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Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Deluxe Wheeljack Video Review

Transformers News: Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Deluxe Wheeljack Video Review
Date: Saturday, January 21st 2012 10:14am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): TheRc203

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Has your brain melted down with all the virtual flood of Transformers Prime toy info from the last couple of days? No? You want more? Well then check out the video review of Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Deluxe Wheeljack embedded below courtesy of YouTube's TheRc203!


Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Soundwave and Laserbeak

Transformers News: Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Soundwave and Laserbeak
Date: Saturday, January 21st 2012 9:51am CST
Categories: Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: GetRightRobot | Credit(s): Majora22

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With the an onslaught of releases from Argos, youtube.com member Majora22 has also posted a 2 part video review. This time it is Transformers Prime Robot in Disguise Deluxe (Revealer) Soundwave with drone (Laserbeak). Although he passes on transforming him in front of the camera, he has shared robot mode and vehicle mode. So without further ado:




Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Deluxe Bumblebee review

Transformers News: Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Deluxe Bumblebee review
Date: Saturday, January 21st 2012 6:06am CST
Categories: Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Beno

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Beno, the nice chap who reviewed Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Revealers (Deluxe) Cliffjumper yesterday, has posted another figure form the same line and size class. Revealers Bumblebee!
To watcht eh review ether click here or watch it embedded here in the article:


Transformation of Bumblebee and Cliffjumper:


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Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Deluxe Cliffjumper Video Review

Transformers News: Transformers Prime "Robots in Disguise" Deluxe Cliffjumper Video Review
Date: Friday, January 20th 2012 4:20pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): BM8709

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Wow, that was quick! After seeing our news this morning that the new Argos catalog featured advertisements for new Transformers Prime figures YouTube member BM8709 rushed out to his local store and managed to snag one of the new mold "Robots in Disguise" Deluxe Cliffjumpers. Check out his review embedded below or check out his channel here!



Transformation video for Cliffjumper and Bumblebee:


Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Issue #1 Review

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Issue #1 Review
Date: Friday, January 20th 2012 12:45am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Editorials, Reviews
Posted by: GetRightRobot | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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I would like to start this review by addressing the artwork. Nick Roche and Josh Burcham have a wonderful and dynamic style. It brings glimmers of the gritty style from LSOTW which is, personally, a good thing. I'm sure people will be divided on some of the character designs which seem to mesh several iterations together. A more animated styled Rodimus and War for Cybertron Bumblebee look better together than I would have envisioned. With that being said:

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I have recently had the privilege of reading IDW's More Than Meets the Eye issue 1, and I have to say WOW. The plot continues from the stand alone issue: The Death of Optimus Prime. The story so far: the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons is over, and after the matrix is used to purge its polluted core, the planet Cybertron reverts to a primordial state and sends a message to thousands of non-affiliated transformers: “come home”. The planet is once again teeming with life and chaos. As the newly appointed leader of the Autobots, Bumblebee must manage a populace that not only despise the Great War, but its warriors, Autobot and Decepticon alike. The planet is now inhabited by former enemies and civil unrest over an "illegal occupation of Cybertron" by the Autobots, and the political scene is set.

The ranks of the surviving Autobots has been tremulously split by the decision to stake out into the galaxy in search of The Knights of Cybertron. The brash revolutionary Rodimus, has convinced 208 Autobots that their time as warriors is over. That their sacrifice has been made and that it is time to seek out glory that has been lost. Promises of Cyberutopia and the ancient Knights of Cybertron are enough to convince many former Autobot warriors to join the crew of The Lost Light.

Included in this exodus are familiar faces, like Ratchet, the Autobots Chief Medical Officer. Finding no fit time to inform Bumblebee of his decision to leave, it is during the autopsy of a "Burning-Monk" protestor that Ratchet confides in Bumblebee the truth of his aging. Bearing witness to a being who transformed himself for weeks, constantly, until it killed itself, Ratchet admits he, like so many warriors, are aged, and tired. Being war torn for countless cycles, Ratchet has decided to join the Lost Light in hopes of not only repairing lost Cybertronians, but in hopes of finding his replacement - a new medic to take up his title.

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One by one, Autobots board the Lost Light. Bumblebee and Prowl find themselves bitterly watching the launch. The crew includes Ultra Magnus, Drift, Chromedome Brainstorm and many more Cybertronian patriots. This ill fated ship, The Lost Light, takes on their first three injured 'bots even before launch, when Chromedome, Ratchet and Rewind stumble across an encounter between Whirl and Cyclonus! Unbeknownst to them, the brawl between ancient enemies erupted from a case of mistaken identity. Cyclonus, who appears to embrace the peace between the two factions, detects a very familiar energy signature, belonging to Scourge. As he pauses from his flight, he discovers something very strange. Twisted in the style that Roche and Roberts established in Last Stand of the Wreckers, Whirl, the exiled Wrecker, is found talking sweetly and openly to the spark fragment of one of the Sweeps. In a demented desecration, Cyclonus finds himself invading Whirls private world. Enraged, the former Wrecker pursues Cyclonus, all the while ignoring his pleads for peace. Shortly after Cyclonus attempts to defends himself, he his slammed to the ground, offline, with his aggressor ready to finish him off. This is where Ratchet and the others discover the brutally one sided conflict and attempt to step in. Whirl has lost his connection to reality. He is mad and aims to confront those who intervene, when up from the ground, comes an explosion. Poor little Tailgate had fallen through unstable ground trying to reach the Lost Light before take off. The fall disabled him from moving, so he decided that an energon explosion might help his chances of rescue.

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In a behavior I would not have expected, Prowl and Bumblebee have plotted some sort of interference for the crew of the adventure ship. An explosion immediately after take-off hurtles the doomed ship through space and time, tearing the ship open. Many Autobots are hurled into space. A nearby remote planet is chosen to set down onto to make repairs and to begin retrieving the lost crew members. Rodimus is only in the very beginnings of his great quest and he faces the hardships of leadership and loss once again.

At the end of the book, is a series of cryptic, and static filled messages. Warning of future shortcomings and wrong decisions made by the leader and crew of the Lost Light. With no indication that the message was received, it may not have mattered at all.

This series is set to run parallel with fast approaching, Robots in Disguise. MTMTE will continue to follow Rodimus and the crew of the Lost Light. While RID will transcribe the on-goings of Cybertron and the civil unrest and intrigue that besets the remaining Autobots and their new leader, Bumblebee. Both series are years in the making as they continue the story of Generation One by bringing us to the end of the war. The return to Cybertron. And it is not the golden paradise one might have imagined. Rather, it is an unstable place with a new government and a mass of inhabitants that know very little of the struggle. The stage is set for political blowout in a post war world full of former enemies and new threats!

In conclusion: awesome. I have come to expect nothing less. This series my not be for everyone, however, I found it appropriately politically charged. Given the election and the US troop draw down, the book seems to emulate much of our current society. It also had several references for you G1 fans.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #96 - Age of Extinction
Twincast / Podcast #96:
"Age of Extinction"
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Posted: Monday, July 7th, 2014