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Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift
Date: Wednesday, February 11th 2015 3:16am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews, People News, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Shane McCarthy, Va'al

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Hi! Remember us? We left the interviews with comics creators lagging for a while, as life decided to settle itself, 2014 swept in and we're now ready for Combiner Wars hitting shelves in both paper, plastic and pixel format. But alongside that, we've also seen the return of one of IDW's original Transformers characters, Drift, in the hands of its originator - Shane McCarthy. Read on below for a spotlight on the Australian author of AHM!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift


Va'al - Shane, it is a pleasure to talk to you for a bit, thank you for agreeing to do this! As we've done for the other creators we've interviewed, I'd like to start from the beginning - from your beginning: how did Transformers enter your life, do you remember your first interaction with the franchise?

Shane McCarthy - I absolutely do. Like most kids I was crazy about cartoons and around that time I was all about He-Man. Saturday morning was where it was at and I would get up super early to watch them all. One morning, when He-Man had finished, on comes this cartoon I'd never heard of. It opened with Cybertron in flames and I was immediately hooked. After that it was a mad dash to the toy store. The first one I ever bought was the double pack of the cassettes... Frenzy and Laserbeak I think.



Va'al - And was that also a gateway moment into collecting the toys, or were you able to keep the plastic addiction at bay (or forced to, by external factors)? Did you, or do you still, have the one that got away, or at least a very elusive toy that was really hard to get?

Shane - Well I'd already started my He-Man collection so buying toys was already a habit. What I could afford mind you; my parents would buy me some big things for Christmas (Castle Grayskull) but I had to buy the figures myself. So picking up Transformers was a natural progression.

As for the one that got away. I was crazy about Prime and Soundwave as a kid and got both of those. There's two I never got that I really wanted as a kid. Ravage, because he looked so damn cool and I never saw him again beyond when I had to make that first choice in the store. And Megatron. Although I wouldn't be after Megs these days, the actual toy doesn't look at all that hot to me.



Va'al - Starting to sense a purple pattern here, I must admit. Would you say that Ravage (or any of the other three) still holds a spot in your collector's heart? Did you continue collecting beyond your childhood and teenage years, with new iterations of the same characters?

Shane - I'd say it's really just Ravage these days; I think the concept and the design are really cool. I think I've still got Frenzy around here somewhere, I lost Laserbeak's head though.

I didn't keep collecting, no. My love of the toys spilled over into books and comics. The next time I bought a Transformer was after Beast Wars came out. Like a lot of people I dismissed Beast Wars as some sort of heretical assault on the old classics. When a friend explained how the old cartoons and Beast Wars lined up and then handed me Transmetal Optimus Primal, I was hooked again. That was a seriously cool toy.

Va'al - That often still happens with some fans, good to hear we won you over to the beast side eventually! So as you ventured from screen media and toys into comics, what were your first impressions, what caught your attention in particular?

Shane - You mean comics in general? Conan, haha. My sister bought me one at a flea market to shut me up. It had Gil Kane on art and it was glorious. From there it was into Batman and Superman then down the road the X-Men.

As far as Transformers though I started picking up the magazine format comics, the ones from the UK that Simon Furman was writing. I absolutely loved them. I remember the first story I came in on, I can't remember the issue number though. But basically Prime and Outback were battered and fighting to survive against some sort of ape creatures I think. Classic stuff.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift
via TFWiki


Va'al - That sounds very much like issue #100, Distant Thunder! As an established comics reader, how long did it take from that point to entering the industry as a creator? How was that process for you?

Shane - That's the one! Man, you're good. Alan Davis on cover art too, wow.

How long did it take? Well the link says that comic came out in 1987. My first publication was Batman for DC Comics in...2005 I think so, 18 years. Yikes.

The process was an interesting one. I never even thought of becoming a writer until I was around twenty odd years old. It had never occurred to me. Once the idea struck (or was actually suggested to me) everything clicked in a way nothing ever had before. After that it was a lot of work, effort and training before I broke in with DC.

Va'al - But you did make it in the end, and you've worked on multiple characters and properties since! What I'm wondering, though, is how the IDW gig started - did they ask you to take over from Furman, or did you pitch material to them?

Shane - I was approached by Chris Ryall to take over from Simon. He'd been doing great stuff but they were wanting to move in a different direction and asked me what I would do if I took over. With the understanding that it was supposed to be a new direction, one they hoped would also appeal to a wider audience, I pitched All Hail Megatron.

Va'al - And Drift was one of the new, original appearances in the series, before he became his own full-on character, correct? We've seen the pitch for him in the recent IDW Complete Drift volume, actually - how did it feel to introduce an entirely new character to the franchise?

Shane - It was fun. I was already having a hell of a lot of fun working on AHM and it was never on my mind to bring in anything new. However when I was working on the book the idea for Drift popped into my head and I thought, why not? I've said it before but the initial pitch was me just firing off a "what if" email to Chris. He liked the idea but said Hasbro would never go for it. Turns out they loved it. Right away they mentioned the possibility of a figure which was brilliant. Apparently some people didn't believe the figure was true when Chris announced it. I still find that hilarious.



Va'al - He was also not the only lasting outcome of the AHM series, as we're still feeling some of the aftermath of those events in the current ongoings and mini-series (such as the beef between Devastator and Spike, which Costa took a step further, and Barber is currently retreading in The Transformers). How does it feel, as the plotter behind it all?

Shane - It's nice to know it's all still going forward. I don't read the books (unless I'm writing for them) but I would hope that some things have been kept and other things have changed. Like any comic book, when a new creative team comes on they need to leave their stamp. It's important everything isn't thrown out but it has to be something new otherwise what's the point?

Va'al - And that, in a way, brings us to the present day, with you returning to Drift after his presence in James Roberts' writing in More Than Meets the Eye. How does it feel to write the book now, compared to any of the three you were working on back then?

Shane - I have to say it was a mix of weird and fun. James' take on Drift was different to mine and I needed to keep that in mind as I did the mini series. I'd read through Drift's "James" appearances and got a feel for who he was there. After that I needed to think about where I wanted to take him and what I wanted to say with the character taking into account what he meant to me when I created him and what he means to me now after he'd gone through so much since AHM.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift


It kind of felt like seeing a really great friend after they'd been overseas for a while. They're still your good mate but they've got a whole bunch of new hobbies and an accent.

Va'al - Was the inclusion of Ratchet as grumpy but sensible counterpart to him in Empire of Stone something that you built from the MTMTE relationship between the two, then, or entirely your initiative?

Shane - No that was absolutely from MTMTE. I loved the odd couple vibe I was getting from them and knew I needed someone to come calling from the Autobots. It was nice having it be Ratchet, someone who once hated Drift (or was at least seriously annoyed by him). Plus I knew it would make for some fun buddy cop moments.

Va'al - They do have some really good interactions, yes! And what about the other characters showing up, such as Gigatron and super obscure ones like Hellbat and the Micromasters? Are they something you have a connection to, or was it more of an editorial call?

Shane - No those were all my choices. When it comes to finding new, interesting characters that haven't been overused it can get tough so I decided to go to an expert. I went to Twitter and asked a Transformer fan, Sprite, for advice on some underused characters. I knew the kinds of characters I was looking for and she made some great suggestions of who hadn't been used in the IDW universe yet. I had a look through that list and chose the ones I liked the most. Gigatron, Hellbat and Grit all came from that list so, thanks, Sprite.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift


Va'al - Fans really making an impact, then, on all accounts! Some great artists are also showing up at IDW from the fan base, but you've gone with the established team of Guido Guidi, Stephen Baskerville and JP Bove. How are you finding working with them? What do you feel their art brings to the story?

Shane - They're a fantastic team to work with. It's fantastic to be working with Guido again; I absolutely adore his artwork. After having worked together for a year on AHM it was great to get back into those familiar roles again. And JP, what a champ. Fantastic work and a great guy. I had the pleasure of signing with JP when I was at a UK con, the guy's a riot. Stephen is a new one to me but, like the others, I love what he brought to the book. Everyone is excited to be working together and we're all doing our best to put out a book that we love and hope the readers will love too.

Va'al - It is receiving its fair share of praise so far - but with only one issue left to the series, do you have any other plans in mind for Drift or the Transformers universe in general? Anything we should be looking forward to?

Shane - Not currently no. I'm really glad John [Barber] dropped me a line asking me to do this, it was a blast, but currently this looks like it's it for Transformers. Not to say something won't pop up down the line, IDW is over the moon at how well Drift is being received so you never know.

Va'al - That's a low - though hopeful - tone to be ending this chat upon, however - is there anything you'd like to say to the fans and readers out there before we bid our goodbyes?

Shane - Just a huge thank you. Thank you for reading and thank you for writing in. It's great to know people have enjoyed AHM and Drift.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift


Va'al - And thank you, Shane, for taking the time to talk to us for this interview - it was great to find out more about your journey as a fan and a creator. Best of luck for future endeavours, and we'll be on the lookout for Drift #4 later this month!


You can find out more about Shane McCarthy's multiple creative lives at his website, SMAcTalk, and on Twitter. IDW Transformers: Drift - Empire of Stone is regularly reviewed on Seibertron.com - join the discussion here!

You can also read Shane's thoughts on Age of Extinction Drift here - and find out more about the latest incarnation of the character in animated series Robots in Disguise here and here.

IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Date: Tuesday, February 10th 2015 2:21pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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In Which Duke Drives Optimus Through a Sea of Quintessons
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Synopsis
IT GETS CRAZIER! The biggest space battle ever grows to universal proportions! Will the G.I. JOE team and the AUTOBOTS make peace—before COBRA and the DECEPTICONS end the war… the bad way?!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
One Woman Army


Story

I realise we have fallen behind on reviewing this series, and we will come back to fill in on the missing issues of the first volume of Transformers vs G.I. Joe. However, after a decent hiatus, the cosmic series by Tom Scioli and John Barber is back with its fifth issue, and we're here to remind you how amazing it is!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Maximize!


We're on Earth and Cybertron, as the latter moves closer to the former at the hands of Megatron, and G.I. Joe and Cybertronians alike are attempting to deal with the impending catastrophe - although each in their own way, with suspicion, and not all plans are working together, at all.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Who nose what might happen


One of the main storylines we follow is that of Rodimus, as the attempts to regain control of Metroplex and the Autobot troops, his clash with one of the G1-est Grimlocks in a while, and the consequences of giant robot egos meeting each other's match, Megatron included, for the first time seen as potentially fallible.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Clash of Kings


The writing is fantastically scattered across the pages and cosmic stage that Scioli and Barber have set up, and even then, there is a lot more coherence than in the first couple of issues. The interactions and uncomfortable alliances between humans and Cybertronians lead to both amusing and fairly tense scenes, and definitely worth following around.

Art

Tom Scioli's double act as writer and artist still delivers in a fantastic correspondence between, arguably, intention and execution. He is not trying to do anything, he is not attempting to capture elements of *something* - this is his style, heavily influenced by early comics art, and it is something to amaze at, every time.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Have a Metropolygon


Every corner of every panel, even the round ones, has something going on, from the little tags identifying new characters to the Quintesson vinetacles, to the sheer amount on miniature scenes taking place across a single page, plus all the colour work, you can spend hours on an issue alone.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Three Are One


The addition of Chris Mowry's stellar lettering and design work make sure that all is in its place and with its own voice, too, and that the package matches the contents, with echoes of those comics art influences showing up in the book as book. Plus, to catch eyes from everywhere, we get an impressive array of covers by Scioli, Nick Pitarra/Megan Wilson on Soundwave and Slither and the thumbnailed Derek Charm [plus a slightly more questionable one by Jamie Tyndall/Ula Mos].


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The marvellous incoherent cohesion of the multiple overlapping scripts and plots is what makes this series so appealing to many readers who are not generally into Transformers or G.I. Joe fictional universes. It's fine to get lost, we're actually invited to do so, and there's more to gain from it, if you want to.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #5 Review
Laughing one's head off


We get references to Transformers lore, battles of wit, humour and ridiculous amounts of action, and it still feels as though we're being pulled through a story that doesn't care whether we're paying attention or not - much like the rest of the universe. This is a series that does exactly what it wants, and what it wants is to have fun with the medium and the casts. We're along for the ride, so buckle up.

. :COBRA: :COBRA: :COBRA: :COBRA: out of :COBRA: :COBRA: :COBRA: :COBRA: :COBRA:

Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015
Date: Sunday, February 8th 2015 6:47am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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How did you January treat you? Well, we hope! And in either case, why not treat yourselves to some creative work from the Transtopia section of Seibertron.com? Below you will find a round-up of all the fanart, fan fiction, customs, paint jobs, photos, and other products of the buzzing minds of fellow Seibertronians. Check them out, and leave a comment in the original threads if you're so inclined.

THE HELP DESK

Shockwave7 is looking for some help with tools to be used for kitbashes - leave your tips here!

Meanwhile, OmarJT82 is wondering whether someone might have advice on types of chrome paint here.


CUSTOMIZATIONS

Joshimus - AoE Leader Grimlock

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


guarayakha - Manga-Style Windblade

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


DEANO85 - Lockdown/Que Headswap

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Kapiko Customs - MP10 Metallic

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Twitchythe3rd - Aligned Nemesis Prime

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to_ti - Transformer Tumbler Batman: The Cybattron

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Mykltron - MP Ultra Magnus

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Rated X - Classics Exhaust

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


BUILDING BOTS

Noideaforaname - Kreon Customs

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


alanyap - Future Flymech

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


SHAPEWAYS STUFF

GlauG - Shapeways Thread

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


FAN ART

amurowes - Abominus vs Dinoking

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


M3Gr1ml0ck - Transistor comic

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Galvanitro - Transformers: Vanguard

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Rainmakers - Little Bots | Heavy Metal War Transformers

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


OptimalOptimus2 - Calling All Autobots

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


FAN FICTION

Apollo-XL5 - Prime Effect 5: Chapter XXII


Henry921 - MTMTE: False Flags


Simplify - Politiformers Part III & IV

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015
Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015



PHOTO BLITZ

Madeus Prime - Flipside

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


keelo1027 - Cooking with Grimlock | Funny pics

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 8th, 2015


ozzyfreak424 - TFTM Matrix Scene

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dirk2243 - Adventures of the Kreons

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SW's Silverhammer - Random TF Pictures

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Henry921 - Revenge of the Photocomic

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Va'al - A Life of Va'als

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IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
Date: Wednesday, February 4th 2015 2:50am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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That Rung a Bell
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Synopsis
DESPERATE MEASURES! Four million years ago, as CYBERTRON teetered on the brink of all-out war, a group of Autobots decided it was time to take matters into their own hands. Everyone concerned would subsequently agree that this was a very, very bad move...

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
Off to a good start


Story

As More Than Meets the Eye continues its solitary trajectory through space (on the Lost Light) and time (through the IDWverse as we know it) we follow up on Rodimus and his team in search of duplicitous Brainstorm, his evil plan and whatever he might be up to in Cybertron's past - will history change forever?

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
Percy impressed - good or bad?


Writer James Roberts had stated a while back that Elegant Chaos would be the third and final chapter to his Cybertronian trilogy, after Chaos Theory and Shadowplay. This issue dissipates all doubts about the execution of that promise, as we look once more into previous (past) storylines to develop the current (present) one, by literally revisiting them from another angle.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
(future?)


The device is extremely amusing and satisfying (and touching, at times, when Whirl, Chromedome, Rewind, Cyclonus, Rung, and Tailgate are involved), for a good deal of the book, but sometimes feels as though there is still too much stalling given the previous issues in this arc. The time travel plot does feel much fresher here, however, which can only be a good thing.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
EVERYTHING IS FINE


There are a number of twists, yes, towards the very end. I would not call the 'major' reveal entirely surprising, and the parallels present in the issue with Chaos Theory and Shadowplay only aided in finding all the similarities with those scripts and books - but it is very satisfyingly executed nonetheless, with some great secondary developments along the way.

Art

Now, the artwork. As mentioned, the script reuses lines from Chaos Theory and Shadowplay - and the same holds for the visuals, as Alex Milne's work from The Transformers #20 and MTMTE #9 is re-proposed as part of the larger mosaic of the old-but-new story, and it all works fantastically well, even and perhaps especially with the noticeable differences in style. And the new facial expressions are priceless.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
Happy Whirl!


And the credit also goes to the combined efforts of previous colourist Josh Burcham, and the current regular Joana Lafuente, with the latter finding a great balance of hues to highlight the pacing of the two timelines in one without making the difference too obvious or jarring. It is a thing to behold.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
*speechless*


Tom B. Long's letters, especially the ones used when Whirl is involved, capture perfectly the moment and tones of the scenes they feature in, and a joy to trace in backgrounds and captions. While the Milne/Josh Perez A cover captures the and Nick Roche/Burcham introduce some new arrivals, so to speak, in the B cover, the thumbnailed Kotteri anniversary cover is a great representation of the lighter MTMTE vibe.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As far as the aesthetics are concerned, MTMTE #37 is a magnificently laid out, formally and structurally arranged piece of comics art. Reusing old material in such a way that it works with the new was extremely well done, and the multiple angles help with the tone and themes of the arc's script. And what is new is very very new, in such a way that there are no feelings of 'shortcuts' in material.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37 Review
#38, here we come


With the plot doing what it does, the stories weaving as they do, and the art blending as it can, what really stood out, once again, were some of the interactions between the very extended cast of the book. Not only the usual suspects, or even the ones present on the page, but there is some very good dialogue that meshes wonderfully with the pre-existing scripts, and gives it that little boost which really encourages a reader to go back and revisit older material. In light of next month's big bang finale. Maybe.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: - out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock
Date: Sunday, February 1st 2015 6:01am CST
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Fires_Of_Inferno

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Why not have some more Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers reviews for the weekend? Thanks to fellow Seibertron.com member Fires_Of_Inferno, Canada-dweller with easier access to the figures for now, we take a look at Dinobot leader Grimlock in his brick form, including some thoughts and size comparisons - check it out below!

Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:I have been asked to post my review of Battle Changers Grimlock here. So I shall! :D

I was surprised to find Kre-O Battle Changers Grimlock at my local Toys R' Us during my Boxing Day toy store rampage.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


Grimlock was released in Canada in late 2014, although they are listed as not being available until Spring 2015. Hasbro seems to be doing some wacky things with their release dates when Canada and the UK get releases BEFORE the US does. Grimlock is an 82 piece set who's colours more match the Age of Extinction toy than the G1 toy. This doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. He stands roughly 10cm (4in) tall in dino mode, and there's no storage for his weapon, unless you want to stick it in his tiny dino hands (which I do).

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


Grimlock transforms exactly as you'd expect him to. The head and sides of the dino mode are attached to the same spinal component and all fold back and down. His lower portion swings forward to form legs and feet, and the dino legs twist at the knee to form his robot arms. Pretty standard in terms of a recognizable G1 accurate Grimlock transformation!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


His robot mode stands just shy of 9cm (3 1/2 inches), and looks exactly how a Kre-O Grimlock should! Again, the colour looks more like AoE Grimlocks' colours, but that doesn't bother me one bit. The helmet actually bothers me a little more with the fact that, instead of using a new helmet design, they use one of the generic Kre-O helmet designs. I guess I can't be TOO mad at that since it still looks like the guy, though.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


The face and torso have tampographed details while the sword, shoulders, and the grey pieces on the sides of the shins have stickers. They're alright stickers, I was honestly reluctant to put them on at first, because I thought he'd look better with them off, but nah, he looks better this way! The articulation is surprisingly awesome! I wish all regular Transformers were as bendy as him!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


In relation to other Kre-O figures, I'd say he's the right size! They come up to about thigh level to him. I'm one of those nut bars who like things to be a certain scale to each other, and I think this scale works for Kre-O Grimlock!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review - Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers Grimlock


I saw Optimus, Bumblebee, and Starscream at the Toys R' Us as well. I knew Grimlock was also going to be released with them, but I didn't see him until after I started digging. He was buried in the back of the shelf. Good thing I found him or I might have had to settle for getting one of the ones I was less enthusiastic for. First world problem averted! :D :KREMZEEK:

Pick him up when you see him. After seeing Bumblebee and Optimus, I'd say this one is definitely the winner of the first wave. Hopefully there'll be more releases after this. I'd love to see Megatron given the same treatment!

New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate
Date: Thursday, January 29th 2015 9:57am CST
Categories: Media, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: william-james88

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As hinted in the Legends LG-09 Brainstorm gallery posted yesterday, we now have galleries available for Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate. You can use these to compare with the Hasbro versions and see what the differences are. Since these are only sold as a full set from Takara, some collectors have one or the other already and may be wondering if these are worth the double dip.

Click any of the images below to be taken to the full gallery to see Swerve, Phaser, Tailgate and Groundshaker.



Transformers Legends Swerve

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate


Transformers Legends Phaser

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate


Transformers Legends Tailgate

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate


Transformers Legends Groundshaker

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate

Transformers News: New Galleries: Takara Transformers Legends LG-08 Swerve and Tailgate

IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #3 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #3 Review
Date: Wednesday, January 28th 2015 2:41pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Rock-Solid
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE STONE ARMY! The secrets of DRIFT’S past become his present-day problems… and RATCHET’S none too happy about being dragged along!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #3 Review
Oh Ratchet


Story

We've arrived at the third chapter of the four-issue mini-series following Drift, after his exile from the Lost Light, and in case you hadn't noticed... Drift is an ex-Decepticon turned Autobot with issues, gone ultra good then riddled with guilt and in search of redemption - and the search leads him to a place from his past. Got it?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #3 Review
Got it


What Shane McCarthy brings to the table in this issue, other than some usual Animated-esque-via-MTMTE Ratchet sass, is a fairly decent twist on the situation as it currently stands, despite some predictable behaviour from the characters involved. Though the plot may have seemed clear from early on, we get a slightly different look at it by this point.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #3 Review
Ratchlock


So if you're expecting a complicatedly weaving plot entwined with multiple layers of social commentary, this is not your port of call. What we do get, though, is yet some great interactions between pretty much all characters involved, some fairly twisted motivations reminiscent of 'bad guys' already encountered in this development of the IDWverse, and some very nicely staged action.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #3 Review
Care to tango?


What I am still waiting for, really, is a clue as to how all of Empire of Stone will impact not only More Than Meets the Eye, as the solicits keep telling us, but also the wider Transformers fiction established at this point - and this issue, in Hellbat and the Stone Army, possibly hints at it all, at last.

Art

If the action is greatly staged, as Guido Guidi and Stephen Baskerville have shown us in all collaborations so far, this issue really cranks it up a notch. There's a magnificent slow build of smaller to wider layouts as the action escalates, with some truly stunning full splash pages showing off the scale of what the characters are actually playing against.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #3 Review
Oh. Ok


Not to forget the gloriously gritty look of the book, and the stark contrast with some much sleeker, cleaner visuals for the main background characters under Gigatron's so-called command. John-Paul Bove's colours make sure those are not traits to be missed, and we should revel in his marvellous deployment of pigmented layers.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #3 Review
Indeed


With so much action still running through so much of the issue, and the interior monologues that Drift uses to narrate and expose the story, Tom B. Long's lettering has plenty of time and space to shine - though parsimoniously used, the touches add some good voicing to exasperated characters. Cover A is a wonderfully expanded and context-free panel from the issue itself, by Guidi and Bove, while Ratchet takes the spotlight in Sarah Stone's glorious variant - see thumbnail!


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The main draws of this issue, and so far the series as a whole, come down to a handful of things: first, the seriously stunningly mapped out action sequences and fight scenes, thanks to the fantastic work of the visual team working on McCarthy's script. Every issue just looks absolutely stunning and almost tangible in its grainy stoneness.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #3 Review
Ok, that got me


But the possibly even bigger incentive, and one that has taken me three issues to fully grasp (heh), is the development of the relationship between Drift and Ratchet, not only as a means for the former to come to terms with his own identity issues, but for both of them to grow from where they set out with that moment as Drift left the Lost Light crew.

. :CON: :CON: :CON: ½ out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:

IDW Publishing The Transformers #37 Review

Transformers News: IDW Publishing The Transformers #37 Review
Date: Wednesday, January 21st 2015 7:57am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Va'al, IDW

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Pink'n'Purple
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE ONYX PROTOCOL! As PROWL confronts SPIKE over the human’s betrayal, the mystery of G.B. Blackrock and the Onyx Interface deepens. Meanwhile, Tokyo becomes a battleground as Arcee faces the Constructicons… and Galvatron!

Transformers News: IDW Publishing The Transformers #37 Review
Or not


Story

In issue #36 of the Transformers ongoing, we had the different factions setting themselves like pieces on a chessboard (with chases and explosions, of course). We also found out Prowl's real - for now - feelings towards Spike, and how much the two may or may not be very similar beings. All in an effort to locate the Enigma of Combination, and prepare for the Combiner Wars event.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing The Transformers #37 Review
He gives good recaps too


And despite Prowl and Spike being once again key players in this issue, John Barber makes two other characters really shine: leader but not quite of the Decepticons Galvatron, and Autobot but not sure Arcee. Their disputes, their interactions and Galvatron's slow game are a thing to behold.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing The Transformers #37 Review
Such wit


We also return to some wider concepts forming the basis to the current situation on Earth, and Blackrock's personal goals and stakes in the whole thing, but so far, not as fully realised as the robotic side of things - until the very end, that is, when the worms are out of the can.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing The Transformers #37 Review
Oh hey Kup and Sideswipe


It's nice to see a progression towards a conclusion of the arc before the beginning of the next one, without the feeling that one is being rushed or cramped for the other. Nice to see a couple of secondary characters take a little bit of light too, but the main action, because action it is, is what you're here for in this issue.

Art

Regular artist Andrew Griffith takes the full burden of the artwork this time round, and a heavy burden it is. He performs brilliantly, too, with some fantastic panel layouts, and his Arcee and Galvatron really capture Barber's script underlying the interactions.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing The Transformers #37 Review
He's impressed


Effects obviously aided by not one but two colourists: Josh Perez and Thomas Teowisonte Deer, whose styles are different enough to be noticed, but without ever interfering with the artwork's aesthetic. Plus, we get some fantastic sky/ground transitions.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing The Transformers #37 Review
KangabooBoomerang!


Tom B. Long's lettering is wonderfully placed, adding exactly what is needed to the various scenes, and remaining specifically absent in others, which is to be appreciated given their context. The covers are magnificent too, and bring in another fan artist for the 30th Anniversary cover - Kotteri (thumbnail) - alongside Griffith/Perez for A and Nick Roche/Josh Burcham for the bluesome B.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I mentioned above, there is something still a bit slow in an otherwise very well-paced issue, featuring some wonderful action of both the verbal and physical kind - allowing a decently sized playground for the visual team to try out their skills, be they layouts, body language or colours.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing The Transformers #37 Review
Motion blur!


What I am concerned about at this point, however, is the reasoning behind Blackrock's schemes, as well as the role that Prowl and Spike will actually play in the upcoming major arc of Combiner Wars, and what actually is Galvatron's personal gain from it all.

. :CON: :CON: :CON: 1/2 out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:

Buyer Beware! MP10A Bape Convoy KO Guide

Transformers News: Buyer Beware! MP10A Bape Convoy KO Guide
Date: Wednesday, January 14th 2015 10:21am CST
Categories: Knock Offs, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): shajaki

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Fellow Seibertron.com user shajaki has spent quite some time figuring out all the differences between the Takara Tomy MP-10A Bathing Ape Convoy and its unfortunate knock-off counterpart. As some collectors may still be on the hunt for this redeco, we're sharing with you all the guide put together to figure out whether you're looking at the real deal or not - check it out below!

Alright folks! I have been driving myself nuts over this figure. At first because of the cost. Then because of the picture perfect KO. I've been researching a bunch over the past few days, and feel I have enough findings to finally make this thread. so here we go!

First: The box
Down there are some pics of the legit box. Now, I work in a chemical plant. And any given thing we have (received or blended by us) has a "lot" or "batch" number mainly to keep track of when and where things are made. Well apparently toys are no different. If you check on the bottom of the MP boxes (or elsewhere on any other TF) you'll find the lot number. I surmised that while they (the KO'ers) have counterfeited the box, they didn't go so far as to stamp the box with that number like Takara did. Turns out I was right.

Transformers News: Buyer Beware! MP10A Bape Convoy KO Guide

Transformers News: Buyer Beware! MP10A Bape Convoy KO Guide

Transformers News: Buyer Beware! MP10A Bape Convoy KO Guide

Transformers News: Buyer Beware! MP10A Bape Convoy KO Guide


You'll see that the bottom right of the box (of the legit Takara version) has a stamp with "G1214". And if what I know about lot number is true, the 14 at the end probably means "made in 2014", but I digress. I think most figures of the same type and mold will have the same lot number, especially on such a limited run like this. So all legit MP BAPEs should have that number.

Below this, is the bottom of the KO box (I'm not bothering with other angles cause they're the same as the legit). You'll notice a couple differences, mainly that there's no bar code, and no lot number stamp. And BOOM. You just confirmed a sealed BAPE to be a KO. ;)

Transformers News: Buyer Beware! MP10A Bape Convoy KO Guide


SECOND: The Figure
The legit BAPE uses the MP10B (Black Convoy) variation of the mold, which has the (molded) Autobot insignia removed, so both shoulders are smooth and clean. The left shoulder is where said insignia should be, but the BAPE logo is there instead, and the right one has nothing.

Transformers News: Buyer Beware! MP10A Bape Convoy KO Guide


The KO was molded from one of the original MP10s, and thus has the molded Autobot insignia on the left shoulder. so in turn the bape KO has something on each shoulder. the bape logo is on the opposite shoulder it should be, because of the molded insignia is obviously still there.

Transformers News: Buyer Beware! MP10A Bape Convoy KO Guide


In closing, I hope this helps cause I wasn't able to find this info anywhere else. Being able to tell if something is a KO or not is pretty easy in hand, but in the age of internet buying you really have to be careful. And while most people selling these KOs clearly state what they are, it doesn't mean there won't be someone trying to pass one off as the real deal.

Happy (safe) hunting everyone!

Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015
Date: Sunday, January 11th 2015 8:47am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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And we're baaaaaaaaack..! Yes indeed, the new year has definitely started by now, and the holiday period has given a lot of Seibertron.com's creative minds and restless hands the right amount of time to get ideas flowing into plastic, ink, paper, digital, celluloid - you name it. We got it. Check out below the first Transtopia round-up of 2015!

THE HELP DESK

OmarJT82 is looking to tighten up some joints - leave any tips you have right here!


CUSTOMIZATIONS

Klejpull - IDW Tailgate Replica | IDW Rodimus Replica

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


EnJaySee - Auceps Prime (Bumblebee) Custom

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


MarcusCole1978 - AoE G1 Slag | Generations Arcee | FoC Grimlock

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015



BUILDING BOTS

alanyap - Lego Triplechanger Stormracer

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


zodconvoy - Kreopaloosa

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


SHAPEWAYS STUFF

[url]GlauG[/url] - Shapeways Thread

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


FAN ART

amurowes - Transformers The Movie 2 Cast

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


BeastProwl - Art Thread

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


OptimalOptimus2 - Advanced Combat 4

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


morhobots - Category 6

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


[url]GalaxyConvoy[/url] - TF Videos





FAN FICTION

Apollo-XL5 - Prime Effect 5: Chapter XX


Stormtalon - Transformers Prime Proving Grounds Part 2


patrick.timothy - The Transformers The Movie 1986 Fanfic


PHOTO BLITZ

Madeus Prime - Flipside

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


keelo1027 - Cooking with Grimlock | Funny pics

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


SW's Silverhammer - Random TF Pictures

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015


Va'al - The Amazing Adventures of Dennis and Bruce - A Conclusion

Transformers News: Creative Roundup - January 11th, 2015

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #114 - Brainmasters
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Posted: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015