Once again, fellow Seibertron.com user chuckdawg1999 brings us a video review of Transformers figures, and this time it's the turn of the Target exclusive Age of Extinction Silver Knight Optimus Prime and Grimlock! Check out the chrometastic redecos of Dark of the Moon Deluxe Optimus Prime and Fall of Cybertron Voyager Grimlock, including a G1 Predacon sword, in the embedded video below - and make sure to flag these up in the Sightings section and forums if you come across them!
This is the first set I've gotten from the Target exclusive Age of Extinction line. Both Grimlock and Optimus Prime are decked out in nice shinny chrome, especially Prime who is practically covered in Silver. Grimlock features the same accessories from the FOC figure while Prime comes with a G1 Predacon sword. I highly recommend this set especially if you missed out on getting either of these figures.
We only just reported a retail sighting of the Transformers: Age of Extinction two-pack Evolutions Grimlock set, and fellow Seibertron.com user grimdragon2001 has already uploaded a video review to share with us! Take a look at the embedded clip below, and see how the two figures, the Energon Grimlock and new movie Voyager counterpart compare in their new tweaked decos.
Thanks to YouTube user Nemesis Prime, we have a nice, in-depth video review of the upcoming Hasbro reissue of MP-03 Grimlock! The video review can either be found here, or can be viewed below, as we've mirrored it here for your viewing convenience!
Fellow Seibertron.com user _shaddow_ were lucky enough to receive a package containing Takara Tomy Transformers: Lost Age Movie Advance Line AD-14 Jolt, and kind enough to share some images of the repaint and their thoughts on the figure, including some comparison shots with previous versions of the character! Check it all out below.
The packaging, with some superb art of Jolt :
In car mode, with comparisons with his other versions. The blue plastic used on the figure is absolutely gorgeous.
And here is the robot mode, nothing different from the mold's first release, just the two whips, which look really good on him.
Apart from loose hips, the figure is really good. It also has a slight paint issue on the right eye, but I will fix it myself. Pretty terrified to pop the balljoint of the leg out to reinforce the hip, though. In conclusion, I must say that the figure is a bit too fiddly for my tastes, but it looks pretty darn good, and I don't regret my purchase, even if it's overshadowed by the glorious Evasion Optimus.
Fellow Seibertron.com user and YouTube reviewer Tambeyoda has received like many others, the Transformers Collector's Club Subscription Service Figure 2.0 Barricade with minicon/micron Frenzy, and has shared a video review! Check out below this purple and black redeco of Transformers Prime: Beast Hunter Prowl, and let us know what you think in the TCC SSF thread.
Seibertron member Transformermegazord has uploaded a couple reviews for the upcoming Transformers Generations Rattrap and Tankor. The videos have been embedded for you. If you want to see how Rattrap compares to the original, check out our comprehensive Beast Wars Rattrap gallery.
As the Transformers Collectors' Club exclusive Transmutate continues to arrive in mailboxes, Seibertron member Optibotimus has reviewed the latest release from the Club. Check out the embedded video review and if the figure peaks your interest, you can order it at the TFCC store.
DETONATION BOULEVARD! Who is MARISSA FAIREBORN—and why does she want OPTIMUS PRIME dead?! And more importantly… how did she start working with on of the AUTOBOTS deadliest enemies…? Dangerous allegiances form, thanks to the terrifying shape the CYBERTRONIANS have twisted planet Earth into!
They did sort of screw up last time..
Where did we leave off last month? Optimus Prime and some Autobots arrive on Eart(h) in search of Alpha Trion, seek help from Thundercracker (who lives in a hangar and writes fanfiction screenplays and has a dog called Buster. They find out he's already been contacted and told about Megatron by the Decepticons, now led by Galvatron and Soundwave. And the humans are in it too. Full time.
Josh Boyfriend, in the metal
With this, John Barber goes a little deeper into how the Earth/Decepticon alliance came to be, showing short scenes from the aftermath of All Hail Megatron, and the first re-encounter with a now 'military' Faireborn and the new Decepticon faction - and Soundwave's highly diplomatic and cunning statements, somehow keeping Galvatron at bay long enough.
Other main players in the issue are Jetfire and EV-A D.O.C. dealing with the ship, as they are still evading Earth's defenses and attempting to repair the damage so far, the fun, green bunch of the Constructicons, also on the ship, and everyone's favourite tableflipper, schemeplotter, mindcontrollee and reluctant greenbot himself - Prowl.
Overall, Barber delivers a significantly slower issue, with a lot of explaining and setting up: Soundwave and Galvatron setting up their 'plan', Marissa Faireborne setting up Earth's current state, Jetfire setting up the Constructicons, and them setting up Prowl's backstory, in a way - but the dialogue and chemistry with the latter two/seven is brilliant, as is Jetfire in fact, and Soundwave really shines.
There were complaints during some RID and Dark Cybertron about multiple artists on the same book, but I think that Guido Guidi and Brendan Cahill work really well with Andrew Griffith's core work. Guidi gracefully takes us through Faireborn and the Decepticons' dealings before we reach the present day, and Cahill carefully creates some Cybertronian past scenes with Prowl, among others. Griffith, on the third hand, handles well the 'today' bits, with the final pages packing a magnificent, gigantic punch.
As for the colours, Josh Perez takes egregiously care, as usual, of the present day scenes, while Joana Lafuente looks masterfully after the flashback sequences, be they on Cybertron or Earth, each working really quite well with the three artists. Tom B. Long on lettering, meanwhile, has a field day with the soundwords and section titles in the issue.
CHAGA RUANK glowww
And now, a note on the covers: other than being absolutely amazing, the Constructicon variant is Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente's work, while the ongoing incentive featuring Optimus, Rodimus and Hardhead (thumbnail) is Marcelo Matere's lines and John-Paul Bove's colours (and not Tramontano, as some digital issues might claim)! Aren't they pretty? So pretty.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
We get to see Prowl developing into ..something intriguing, at the moment, Soundwave's actual leadership-behind-the-Galvatron, Earth's almost justified hatred of the Cybertronians, Arcee's new alt-mode AND SOUNDWAVE'S TOO and some really nice action scenes and dialogue moments, with highlights pointed out above. Yet it somehow feels a little slower that the opening issue, and its other two companions this month.
It's really not that much, and there are panels and lines that really pick everything up again, but I feel the flicking between timeframes for different characters, though quite clear and signposted, got in the way of much needed conversation between Faireborn, Jazz, Optimus and the rest of the main cast - maybe in the coming issues? The issue looks great, nevertheless!
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