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Review of IDW #Revolutionaries #1

Transformers News: Review of IDW #Revolutionaries #1
Date: Wednesday, January 18th 2017 4:45am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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You say you want a..?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE REVOLUTION MAY BE OVER--but the future is just beginning! Ripped from the pages of the hottest crossover of the year, the REVOLUTION team of John Barber and Fico Ossio continue the action! KUP is a CYBERTRONIAN literally older than the universe; ACTION MAN is the ultimate special agent trying to live up to an impossible legacy; MAYDAY is a G.I. JOE leader trying to rescue her first command; and BLACKROCK is a CYBERTRONIAN that thinks he’s a human. It takes the mind-bending clash of ROM versus MAJOR BLUDD and the OKTOBER GUARD to bring this unlikely team together... and the secret they learn threatens to unravel the entire universe.

Transformers News: Review of IDW #Revolutionaries #1
Or just that.


Story

Whatever your thoughts on the IDW Hasbro franchise crossover event, Revolution did happen, and we have now entered the phase titled Reconstruction (but not really). The multiple universes now coexist, and a new book in particular emerged from the rubble: Revolutionaries #1.

Transformers News: Review of IDW #Revolutionaries #1
featuring ALIENS (apparently)!


John Barber takes the helm of this new venture, which feeds off some of the tracks set in pre-Revolution Transformers comics - and the start of the issue clearly shows that, by having its timeline show more TF lore than any other book so far - alongside otherwise series-less Action Man/Ian Noble, and the full return of GI Joe (in some way or another).

Transformers News: Review of IDW #Revolutionaries #1
..and ROM the Space Knight!


Blackrock does mostly steal the spotlight, as we have come to know him in his early days, and after his discovery of his Cybertronian origins - no sass was lost in the transition, no ego was too bruised to recover - and he seems to be working mostly for himself once more; even after the events just happened, the various human factions are not particularly keen to collaborate.

Transformers News: Review of IDW #Revolutionaries #1
Definitely not EDC. Nuh-uh


Then enter Kup, and his partnership with young Action Man operative Ian Noble - if GB is the sass, the duo are the other side of the chemistry that keeps the book together. There are witty exchanges, playing on established TF concepts but not too heavily given the new audience, and the story does not bode badly at all for the future of the ongoing.

Art

My apprehensions about the art, especially when it had to do with non-human characters in the Revolution books, seem to have faded a little here, as Fico Ossio brings out some strong work even in Kup and ROM's designs - though Blackrock's features can still throw me a little off at times.

Transformers News: Review of IDW #Revolutionaries #1
Though there are some ..moments


Similarly, Sebastien Cheng's colours still have that glossy finish that works really well as an eye-catching piece of art, but can get in the way of fully enjoying - and potentially understanding - the more crowded scenes. I do feel, however, that it works perfectly in sync with the lineart, and there are no problems in the issue itself!

Transformers News: Review of IDW #Revolutionaries #1
Is that black unfinished? I like it!


Tom B. Long has his hands full with the art, too, as had happened before - and the task of keeping who's who clear in a book as busy as this is not an easy one, but he does manage to make it the least cluttered as possible. As for the covers, there are a slew of them, from Tradd Moore/Felipe Sobreiro's main, via TF veterans Andrew Griffith/Thomas Teyowisonte Deer and Sara Pitre Durocher's variants (thumbnailed), plus the usual Paul Pope/Kindzierski, Sonny Liew, then Tone Rodriguez/Jordi scuin and Ossio and Cheng's own take - and the retailer exclusive Jed Dougherty/Jason Millet variant, too. Phew.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

I can't shake the feeling that his book is what Revolution could have been/wanted to be, had it not been dumped into one event, one book, one giant mess of clashing factions within a core story (heavily pivoting on Transformers... and ROM the Space Knight): a monster of the week format with overarching mythology; likeably unlikeable characters; hints and nods to the various fandoms, global scope and scale of casts and settings - though with one major issue...

Transformers News: Review of IDW #Revolutionaries #1
Other than this guy's soulpatch


...more traditional GI Joe fans may not like this new incarnation of their team. And that is fine, obviously, but I'd be interested to hear the opinion of readers with feet more in that than the robot pool of things to confirm my suspicion. Not the redesigns, or retakes on the characters, but how the new dynamics work, and who they're pitted against in the series as a whole. That said, I enjoyed the read, and would suggest giving the book a try!

. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: ½ out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:

Full Preview of IDW Titans Return TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Titans Return TPB
Date: Tuesday, January 17th 2017 11:48pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Before we bring you more new news for the IDW Publishing comics, we have a reminder-cum-preview of the trade collection of the Titans Return issues, featuring the one-shot, the two The Transformers numbers, and the two More Than Meets the Eye ones! To get your fill of Headmasters, space racists, Prowl washing dishes, and more dead Titans, head to your comic retailer today.

Transformers: Titans Return
John Barber, James Roberts, Mairghread Scott (w) • Livio Ramondelli, Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Priscilla Tramontano (c)
Once he ruled CYBERTRON with a brutal (and literal) iron fist... left for dead four million years ago, SENTINEL PRIME is back. But in a world where STARSCREAM rules CYBERTRON, OPTIMUS PRIME has invaded Earth, and MEGATRON is an AUTOBOT—SENTINEL doesn’t like what he sees! Collects the Titans Return one-shot, Transformers #56–57, and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #56–57.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-821-2

Bullet points:
“The Transformers: Titans Return is perfect to get readers of all kinds hooked.” –Major Spoilers


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Titans Return TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Titans Return TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Titans Return TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Titans Return TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Titans Return TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Titans Return TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Titans Return TPB

Titans Return Deluxe Krok Review

Transformers News: Titans Return Deluxe Krok Review
Date: Tuesday, January 17th 2017 7:45pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): Chefatron

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The final review for the upcoming wave 4 of Titans Return has been released! Youtuber Chefatron has reviewed the deluxe class Krok figure, who is a repaint of Skullsmasher with a new titan master, Gatorface. Krok, along with the rest of his wave, should be hitting general retain within the next month or so. So check out the review and let us know if you intend to buy this new version of the beloved Action Master with a gator for a weapon in the comments section below!


John Barber and Fico Ossio Talk IDW Revolutionaries

Transformers News: John Barber and Fico Ossio Talk IDW Revolutionaries
Date: Tuesday, January 17th 2017 5:30pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Comicosity

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As this week sees the first issue of the new IDW series post-Revolution, featuring Transformers characters Kup and Blackrock, plus Action Man and GI Joe - and written by continuity wizard John Barber, with art by Fico Ossio - Comicosity were able to have a chat with the two creators to promote thebook and give us a little more information. Check out some snippets below, the full piece here, and look out of our review of the issue soon!

Aaron Long: Revolution merged the Hasbro properties into a shared universe, with Revolutionaries now spinning out of the event. What will readers be seeing in this series?

John Barber: Lots of fast-paced action and big world-building. The Revolutionaries team is made up of Mayday (who’s a G.I. Joe agent), Kup and Blackrock (who are Transformers), and Action Man (who’s English). So they’re already kinda all over the place to start with, but right off the bat they have to team up with Rom and the Micronauts to fight the Oktober Guard and the new Storm Shadow. Nothing’s off the table!

So we’ll be seeing big crossovers between characters, plus we’ll be going all over the world. If you’re a fan of the Hasbro characters—from the comics or the toys or the cartoons—there will be little nods, or returns to places and ideas from all over. Remember when Cobra had a base on the moon? We do. And we’re trying to pull in things from all over the history of the characters—like, I don’t know if anybody was expecting the Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles relaunch of G.I. Joe, but that stuff plays a role.

If you’re not familiar with this weird stuff, no worries—we’re introducing all these ideas, not expecting you’re an expert. But that said, we’ve done our homework.

[...]

AL: The ongoing cast consists of Action Man, Blackrock, Mayday and Kup. Can you dis-cuss how this mix of characters was decided upon to anchor the title?

JB: At the Revolution writer’s retreat, Cullen Bunn suggested that since Action Man’s comic was a limited series, he’d be without a home post-Revolution. (Action Man, not Cullen, who has a nice home). So it might be good to have A.M. looking over what everybody else was doing—like, his mandate might be to monitor everybody worldwide. And Mairghread Scott sort of riffed on that that you could do with it, suggested it could be a little like Global Frequency and have self-contained stories about this world. And I wound up getting elected to write it because I’d done Action Man and sort of knew a lot about where the universe was going. (In the comics, I mean. Certainly not in real life).

So, I thought if we made this a team with Action Man, really gave this a different feel, it’d be a good fit to add the Transformers character Blackrock, who’d just be coming out of the Titans Return story. Blackrock is a tech-CEO who discovered his memories were false and he’s a Cybertronian. He’s Cybertronian, but his alt-mode is basically a human.

I knew we’d want somebody from G.I. Joe, but I suggested we could sort of push things here and use this to develop a new character, or anyway to build up a character Andrew Griffith and I had set up in Transformers, but who’d now be in G.I. Joe. We gave Anya Jones the semi-obscure out-of-use Joe code-name of Mayday, and she’s become sort of the leader of the team—Action Man is still new to the job; Blackrock is new to this life; so Mayday has the experi-ence with aliens and military tactics.

Kup was originally going somewhere else, or so I thought, but then it turned out Kup wasn’t really going to fit into that other series, and I thought he was too good a character to lose track of, but he wasn’t really essential to what Kei Zama and I were going to do in the Optimus Prime comic… but with about a half-second’s thought, I realized Kup’s an old soldier, and the idea of getting him together with this young, mostly-inexperienced team was just the thing Revolutionaries needed.

FO: Well, when I came on board the cast was already set. And I think they picked a great set of characters. Plus it feels a lot more tightknit and relatable than Revolution. Working on a smaller cast allows us to develop these characters more, and John is writing them awesomely. For my part, I focused on working more detail into their design. I got the chance to redesign Blackrock and it´s definitely a new look for the character, closer to his cybetronian nature. And well… I got carried away and kept going with Mayday: new armor suit! We did keep her hairstyle though… Nah, in all seriousness I wanted them to look the part of a lead character. Action Man´s design was pretty awesome already.

[...]

AL: Fico, with Revolution and now Revolutionaries you’ve penciled the vast majority of Hasbro characters. Are there any particular characters or a particular group that you get the most excited to work on?

FO: Well… It´s hard not to get excited to draw Blackrock with the new design. I also enjoy drawing Mayday a lot. I really feel it´s important to have a strong female character, and I very much love paying attention to every detail on how we portray her to reinforce that. She rocks.

Action Man has the best lines, John is really bringing life to all these characters so it’s hard not to enjoy drawing all these characters.

And lastly, I´m always exited to see them pop out of the pages with Seba’s colors. He is doing a fantastic job, as always.

Transformers 5: The Lask Knight RC Sqweeks Toy Revealed

Transformers News: Transformers 5: The Lask Knight RC Sqweeks Toy Revealed
Date: Tuesday, January 17th 2017 1:41pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Press Releases
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): Yahoo Movies, Hasbro

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After the recent reveal of the new Transformers 5: The Last Knight Shadow Spark Optimus Prime, we have another TLK toy to share with you! Today we got confirmation of the RC Sqweeks toy from Yahoo News Here's the official product description!

"TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT RC AUTOBOT SQWEEKS

(Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Fall 2017)

Introducing AUTOBOT SQWEEKS, the newest TRANSFORMERS character from the forthcoming film, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. This small Autobot with a BIG heart rolls out to join the heroic fight to save planet Earth from the devastating Decepticons and their leader Megatron. Fans can take home the movie magic with SQWEEKS remote-controlled bot, featuring motorized motion, speech from the movie and light up eyes to bring him to life. With a remote control, fans will be able to instruct SQWEEKS to dance across the floor and even talk! Requires 6 AA batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com."

And here's some product shots!

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Transformers News: Re: Transformers: The Last Knight Toys Discussion Thread

Transformers News: Re: Transformers: The Last Knight Toys Discussion Thread

Transformers News: Re: Transformers: The Last Knight Toys Discussion Thread

Transformers News: Re: Transformers: The Last Knight Toys Discussion Thread

What are your thoughts on the new RC toy? Will you be picking one up in the fall? Let us know in the comments below! Also, if you want to see an actual product demo, Yahoo Movies has a video doing just that over on their announcement article! Go check it out here!

New Images Masterpiece MP-11ND Dirge

Transformers News: New Images Masterpiece MP-11ND Dirge
Date: Tuesday, January 17th 2017 8:39am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): TakaraTomy

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Takara has released a pair of new images for their upcoming Masterpiece Dirge figure. The new figure is still based on the original MP-11 seeker mold with new wings and a new head, and can be seen below lined up with the other 2 members of the conehead/1985 seeker gang. Check out the images below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Transformers News: New Images Masterpiece MP-11ND Dirge

Transformers News: New Images Masterpiece MP-11ND Dirge

Writers Bob Budiansky and Bryce Malek on Creating the Transformers

Transformers News: Writers Bob Budiansky and Bryce Malek on Creating the Transformers
Date: Tuesday, January 17th 2017 3:42am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): The Guardian

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After last month's appearance in UK news outlet The Guardian of the Transformers comics, in their current IDW incarnation ('Kiss me Chromedome' if you missed it), we have another article and interview - with comics writer Bob Budiansky and animated series writer Bryce Malek!

While a lot of the material is most likely not new - board admin Burn, who notified us, remembers seeing most of it previously - the fact that the Transformers are in mainstream news coverage once more is worth celebrating enough, especially as we lead into a Paramount movie year and this has little to with it at all, being about the origins of the franchise's fiction. Check out some snippets below, and the whole piece here!

Bob Budiansky [...]

A lot of the names came from my own experiences of pop culture. Ratchet, a medical robot, was inspired by Nurse Ratched from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Ironhide came from the old TV show Ironside. I was trying to humanise them, give them relatable qualities, such as “this guy likes jazz”. People ask how I came up with so many personalities in a weekend, but at Marvel we were creating new characters every day. That was the job.

One name I’m proud of is Megatron. Back in 1983, the threat of nuclear war felt very real – and destructive force was talked about in megatons. At first, Hasbro rejected it for sounding too scary. Gently I said to them: “Well, he’s the main bad guy. He’s supposed to be scary.” Luckily, they changed their minds.

Bryce Malek [...]

Some writers pitched really inappropriate stuff for a kids’ show, such as the Transformers meeting space prostitutes. Oddly enough, no one ever provided us with any of the toys – we worked from photocopies of designs. I actually went out and bought a few but I never got Optimus Prime. He was too popular. You could never find one.

IDW Revolutionaries #1 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #1 iTunes Preview
Date: Monday, January 16th 2017 6:47pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): iTunes

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iTunes has provided a preview of the upcoming IDW Revolutionaries #1. This new book features Kup, G.B. Blackrock, and Ayana Jones AKA Mayday from Transformers along with Action Man and some more characters from other Hasbro properties. The book will pick up where Revolution left off crossover wise. Check out the preview below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

THE REVOLUTION MAY BE OVER--but the future is just beginning! Ripped from the pages of the hottest crossover of the year, the REVOLUTION team of John Barber and Fico Ossio continue the action! KUP is a CYBERTRONIAN literally older than the universe; ACTION MAN is the ultimate special agent trying to live up to an impossible legacy; MAYDAY is a G.I. JOE leader trying to rescue her first command; and BLACKROCK is a CYBERTRONIAN that thinks he’s a human. It takes the mind-bending clash of ROM versus MAJOR BLUDD and the OKTOBER GUARD to bring this unlikely team together... and the secret they learn threatens to unravel the entire universe.


Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #1 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #1 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #1 iTunes Preview

Robots in Disguise Activator Combiners Strongarm with Trickout and Bumblebee with Stuntwing

Transformers News: Robots in Disguise Activator Combiners Strongarm with Trickout and Bumblebee with Stuntwing
Date: Monday, January 16th 2017 3:45pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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Seibertronian chuckdawg1999 has provided us with 2 of his latest reviews for Robots in Disguise figures, this time in the form of Activator Combiners Strongarm with Trickout and Bumblebee with Stuntwing! These figures operate using Dark of the Moon era Stealth Force, with the vehicle mode exploding into battle mode, just this time the gimmick is minicon activated. These figures have also started to show up at retail as well. Check out Chuck's reviews below!

This set is an interesting package. Drawing upon elements once found in MASK, Strongarm is a simplified transformer that springs up into a monster truck type vehicle. Trickout, Strongarms companion, is a fun little truck that serves its purpose. Most collectors will pass on this set, but kids will love it and it makes a fun desk toy.



Bumblebee and Stuntwing make a nice little pair in the Combiner Force sub-line of RID. Bumblebee's transformation is less involved than Strongarm's although, the activated vehicle mode isn't as fun. Stuntwing is a fun little minicon and makes a great blaster.


TFcon Toronto 2017 Update: Michael Bell Attending

Transformers News: TFcon Toronto 2017 Update: Michael Bell Attending
Date: Monday, January 16th 2017 2:15pm CST
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): TFcon Toronto

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The folks over at TFcon Toronto have confirmed for us their first guest: Michael Bell, the voice of G1 Brainstorm, Bombshell, Gort, First Aid, Junkion and Scrapper, who also voiced Sideswipe and Swoop in the Transformers: Devastation game. Check out the bio below and remember to schedule your visit to TFcon!

Thanks to TFcon Toronto 2017 sponsor The Chosen Prime we are happy to welcome back the voice of Generation 1 Prowl, Sideswipe and Swoop Michael Bell to TFcon Toronto 2017. The voices of Bombshell, Brainstorm, First Aid, Gort, Junkion and Scrapper in the same series, he then returned to the characters of Sideswipe and Scrapper for the video game Transformers: Devastation. Fans of the 80s will also remember him as the voice of Duke in GI Joe, Lance in Voltron, plus Grouchy, Lazy and Handy Smurf in The Smurfs.

Michael will be taking part in Q&A panels and autograph sessions with the attendees of the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention all weekend long.

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