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IDW The Transformers #49 Review

Date: Wednesday, January 20th 2016 1:30pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Conquerors?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
CONQUERORS: CONCLUSION! The most dramatic action ever taken by an AUTOBOT sets the stage for next month’s mammoth issue 50. Earth and CYBERTRON. OPTIMUS PRIME and GALVATRON. SOUNDWAVE and COSMOS. It all comes together at four billion miles an hour.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
Good question


Story

Here we are, at the end of the big build up everything after Dark Cybertron, through Combiner Wars, across the Transformers universe as we know it, with old gods, fake gods, heroes, villains and conquerors converging into one single spot, one moment in time: Earth, Now.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
Build-up continues...


And to be entirely honest, it falls short of ..well, everything. All of the build up, all of the hype. It feels rushed, glossed over, reasons and motivations don't hold up, the major arcs created for however many past issues are just half-resolved without much else to go on. The various settings and scenes are just glomped together.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
Glomp


I am not sure what John Barber did with this issue, as his big landmarks usually pan out much better. It is likely that issue #50 will develop those shortcomings into something that sticks better together as the piece of a wider, universal puzzle. As it stands, however, the pieces are all mismatched and a little scattered.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
See, there, that is Windblade's character


The characters do, to an extent, still work, of course - but some of them just feel like they're going along with whatever Optimus has decided to do, for whatever reason. Galvatron's side of the story may be the most interesting here, and the repercussions it has among the Decepticon idealists hit hard - but everything else is just - there.


Art

On the other hand, I have no complaints whatsoever with the art. Sara Pitre-Durocher's style is a delight to follow through the various scenes, with some peaks in Skywarp's moments to shine (heh) and there is heavy emotion felt by the various characters - and the readers. The moments with Soundwave and Cosmos carry some serious weight, in light of the events taking place.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
...


The colours are also magnificent, blending fantastically well with Pitre-Durocher's lighter linework. Josh Perez and Josh Burcham are a wonderful team, and bounce off each other's style easily and seamlessly, bringing one of the crispest issues I've noticed in a while.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
Just glorious


Tom B. Long has a lot of playground space in the lettering sandbox, too, to work his own stuff, filling in the various silent spaces with good-looking sounds. Why do letterers never get enough praise? With all that action, we are still able to see what is being said. The covers are also great, with Alex Milne/Perez continuing the massive mural (thumbnailed), Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente dabbling with Victorion's hefty presence, and Andrew Griffith emulating Klaus Scherwinski.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

If I sound disappointed, it's because I am. I had been seriously looking forward to the development, and preliminary conclusion, to this arc - to see what Galvatron was to do, to see how the Autobots would respond, how Soundwave in particular would respond, how the various characters would play out against each other and together, depending on their circumstances. I don't feel we got any of that, unfortunately.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
or Spotlight: Thundercracker


A less coherent, more Soundwave/Cosmos/Skybyte response: Seriously? Windblade and crew are just going along with Optimus' decision? Sideswipe, Alpha Trion and Arcee in a shuttle forever, just to get punked by Brawl and Needlenose? I do hope that the next issue, and All Hail Optimus in general, has more time, and space, to start straightening the puzzle out. I really do.

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

IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs

Date: Wednesday, January 20th 2016 5:16am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Looking for some Transformers comics news to get you over hump day this week? Look no further, as we have the latest solicitations from IDW Publishing, featuring their April 2016 releases in the shape of transforming robots on paper and digital - check them all out below!

Transformers #52
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) Andrew Griffith (c)
ALL HAIL OPTIMUS part 3! OPTIMUS PRIME has declared the Earth to be his territory… but even he can’t go it alone. Now he reaches out across the galaxy to form a coalition—of old friends and older enemies.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers #52—Art Appreciation Variant
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Special guest artist Livio Ramondelli takes us to CYBERTRON and beyond!
Who will stand with Optimus—and who will turn against him?
Part of IDW’s “Art Appreciation Month” promotion!
Variant Cover by Priscilla Tramontano!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #52
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
Megatron vs. Tarn.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #52—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The battle we’ve been waiting for since 2012.
One will stand, one will fall… unless they both fall.
Variant Cover by Priscilla Tramontano!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 (of 5)
Nick Roche (w & a & c)
WEB OF DECEIT! The search for PROWL leads the WRECKERS deep into enemy territory—and that’s where they’re at their best! Unfortunately, with the lives they’ve lived—the pasts they battle to escape—even their best isn’t enough to save everybody.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 (of 5)—Subscription Variant
Nick Roche (w & a) • EJ Su (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant Cover by Priscilla Tramontano!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers: Distant Stars
Mairghread Scott (w) • Corin Howell, Sara Pitre-Durocher (a) • Naoto Tsushima (c)
After the events of “Combiner Wars,” Windblade and Starscream race to recruit the lost Cybertronian colonies to the Council of Worlds—but which of them will control the fate of Cybertron? Collects issues #4–7 of the Windblade series and the Combiner Hunters One-Shot.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-600-3

Bullet points:
“This is not your average Transforming Robot comic book, this is so much more!” –BigGlasgowComic.com
Featuring Windblade!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers Robots in Disguise Animated
Georgia Ball (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)
GO TEAM ’BEE! BUMBLEBEE leads an all-star team of AUTOBOTS to Earth to find rogue DECEPTICONS… but in this all-new story based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series, they’re forced to go up against their old friend, ULTRA MAGNUS. What terrible secret can set AUTOBOT against AUTOBOT?!
TPB • FC • $14.99 • 152 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-565-5

Bullet points:
“For a light-hearted, accessible dose of TRANSFORMERS action, you're unlikely to find anything better.” –WordoftheNerdOnline.com


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers vs G.I. JOE #12
Tom Scioli, John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)
WELCOME TO THE TERROR DROME! As the forces of COBRA plot a treacherous move, OPTIMUS PRIME descends in to CYBERTRONIAN hell in search of the MATRIX. They say the sun also rises… but will it be friend or foe?!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers vs G.I. JOE #12—Subscription Variant
Tom Scioli, John Barber (w) • Scioli (a) • Giannis Milogiannis (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The road to hell is paved with good intentions… and DINOBOTS!
The end is nigh, and the action has never been bigger!

RobotKingdom.com Newsletters #1307

Date: Friday, January 8th 2016 5:14am CST
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): RobotKingdom

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ROBOTKINGDOM.COM Newsletter #1307

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2015 Seibertron.com Year in Review - A Combined Compilation

Date: Wednesday, January 6th 2016 5:32am CST
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Will you look at that? 2015 went. Gone. Poof. No Transformers live-action movie either. The festivities have officially come to a close in most festivity-celebrating areas too. So what did happen this past year? How many changes to the fandom, to the franchise, to the robots? How did the year look compared to our hopes and dreams from the end of 2014?

Join us for our annual roundtable discussion in...

Transformers 2015 - A Year in Review


Transformers News: 2015 Seibertron.com Year in Review - A Combined Compilation


Who will brave the past and bring thoughts to the present? Take a look right here:

Transformers News: 2015 Seibertron.com Year in Review - A Combined Compilation
Burn - SHIZZLESNIT


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william-james88 - Top 5er


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megatronus - The New Yorker


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ScottyP - Definitely Sober


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Counterpunch - Definitely Serious


Transformers News: 2015 Seibertron.com Year in Review - A Combined Compilation
Cobotron - More like CoBROtron


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xRotorstormx - ..wait, what comics?


Transformers News: 2015 Seibertron.com Year in Review - A Combined Compilation
mooncake623 - Sorry guys, I'm on vacation


Transformers News: 2015 Seibertron.com Year in Review - A Combined Compilation
LOST Cybertronian - Aaaaallways watching


Transformers News: 2015 Seibertron.com Year in Review - A Combined Compilation
carytheone - Rookie 1


Transformers News: 2015 Seibertron.com Year in Review - A Combined Compilation
Hellscream9999 - Rookie 2


and


Transformers News: 2015 Seibertron.com Year in Review - A Combined Compilation
Va'al - whodat?






How are we doing it this year? Well, not too different from usual, though we have rejigged the categories a little, and expanded: we look at everything Transformers from the past 365 days. Each and every one who contributed to this piece has something different to bring to the table, so buckle up, tuck yourselves in, and get ready to hit overdrive - it's gonna be a long one.

Categories

Transformers Figure of the Year 2015
Favorite 2015 Transformers: Combiner Wars/Unite Warriors
Favorite 2015 Transformers: Robots in Disguise/Adventure
Favorite 2015 Transformers: None of the Above Figure
Favorite 2015 Transformers Masterpiece Figure (Hasbro or Takara)
Favorite 2015 Transformers Exclusive Figure
Favorite 2015 Transformers Comics-moment
Favorite 2015 Transformers TV/Film-moment
Favorite 2015 Transformers Game

Favorite 2015 Transformers Moment Overall

What you're looking forward to in 2016 for Transformers


Ready? Set... Go!

Transformers Figure of the Year 2015
Other than Alpha Bravo, of course




WJ88 - This was an AMAZING year for Transformers toys. Both Takara and Hasbro felt like they complimented eachother well and fans were ultimately rewarded for their loyalty to the brand with the two companies working together to give the best toys possible with today's restrictions and engineering. Out of the many that I adored, Legends Arcee and Combiner Wars Blackjack were really close to the top but they get the bronze and silver medal respectively with the gold going to: Takara's Unite Warriors Devastator.

What a behemoth of a toy. I just love how Hasbro let Takara design this particular toy for a change, and Takara gave those duties to Shogo Hasui, the designer of all those Masterpiece figures we love so dearly. He did not disappoint. What fascinates me is how this toy can both look perfect and also be really fun to simply play with. For a giant detailed combiner such as this one, you wouldn't expect it to be so easy to take him apart and build him back up and yet every mode looks good. Of course, I can only speak for the Takara version which I opted for since this was the end result the designer was going for. With a toy so fun to assemble and disassemble, having the individual robot modes be their best adds to the enjoyment. The individual toys feel really good, with a nice balance between light and durable, and while the transformation is sometimes simple (not for all of them), it takes nothing away from either mode and just makes it take less time to alternate between the modes. There is also exceptional articulation all around and the combiner technology implemented here to give us a solid Devastator is on a level that has never been reached before. Definitely, this year's best toy!

megatronus - Only one figure got me to play at the Thanksgiving table with parents and in-laws awkwardly looking on like Jane Goodall with a chimp: Titan Devastator.

Devastator's massive, stable, intuitive, and FUN. This Titan specifically (and Combiner Wars figures generally) strikes the perfect balance between toy and collectible. Are there comprises? Yes. Areas that can be improved upon? Sure. But as someone who had Devastator as a kid, this toy perfectly blends nostalgia, modernity, and playability - that's an amazing thing.

xRotorstormx - Oh goodness, this is really a tough one to answer. I think in previous years it would have been a lot easier for me to choose a favorite figure but 2015 seemed to be on fire. I really enjoyed everything that was coming out and it was the first time in a while that I had really started to open the figures I was buying instead of just throwing them into a storage bin when I got home from the store. It seemed like Hasbro had finally gotten on the right path to bring the fun back to Transformers.

For 2015, I would have to say my favorite has been Devastator. It’s super impressive, especially in a display case and the nostalgic factor is wonderful. Hasbro did a great job paying homage to the the G1 Constructicons and its things like that, that really rekindle my love for this franchise.

carytheone - 2015 is the year I jumped into the Transformer collecting game feet first and I still haven't touched the bottom. This year has been a whirlwind of figure acquisition. Combiner Wars has taken a hold of me and doesn't show any sigh of letting go. While I have enjoyed all the combining and non combining figures that have been released; there is one toy that has filled me with wonder and joy like no other. One toy that literally stands above the rest. Combiner Wars Devastator.

No matter which flavor of Devastator you own (Hasbro or Takara), forming the big green guy is pure construction bliss. With the scramble combiners I always start with the torso and work my way around. With Devastator I start from the ground and slowly build my way up until I have a tower of devastation. The individual bots are a little sketchy here and there and the debate over elbows will rage on for some time, the real show however is Devastator himself.

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Burn - 2015 was a fantastic year for Transformers, previous years have been rather "meh" for me as evidenced by previous year reviews. But this year? This year was GOOD! There was a lot to look forward to.

One figure most of all though. Move over! Fanboy coming through! Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus (Hasbro version).

This is how a modern take on a classic character should be done. While we don't have an individual cab transforming into its own robot before combining with the car carrier like the original G1 figure, instead, we have IDW's twist on the old "smaller robot in bigger armour".

Minimus Ambus, the plucky little robot that could. Little whit robot in a bigger robot shell. Put them together and that is one damn fine impressive looking robot mode. My one gripe is the hammer "gimmick". Seriously, who puts rockets as the head of a hammer? ugh.

mooncake623 - Figure of the year for me, goes to Takara legends Ultra Magnus. The Hasbro version is really nice too and I do like the Minimus Ambus it comes with over the Alpha Trion, but the extra Paint apps on the Takara version takes it for me. This Ultra Magnus is everything I ever wanted in a classics Ultra Magnus and I've wanted a great classics Ultra Magnus for a very long time. Every since 2010 when I first started collecting I've had place holder and when this guy was announced they all went up for sale and I couldn't be happier with that decision.

What I also liked about this release is that it is IDW Magnus! which means I needed two one for my classics shelf one for my IDW shelf and I'm very happy to buy all the Magnussssss!

Counterpunch - Masterpiece Ultra Magnus [allowed because it came out after the 2014 review - Va'al] - Magnus walked so hard off the G1 cartoon screen that he proved people wrong and embarrassed them in their lack of attention to detail. Was his bumper really red? You're damn right it was. Thought his gun was white? No sir.

In addition to giving fans what they only thought they wanted in cartoon accuracy, Magnus is the height of Masterpiece engineering and design. Complex and fun, his transformation is especially notable amidst the sea of unofficial MP figures. While there isn't a little white Prime hiding inside a suit of armor, Magnus is faithful to the source material and shows just how well engineering can be done even when confronted with challenges such as Magnus' various appearances, toys, and expectations.

Cobotron - It's been an intense year of collecting for me. Like no other I can recall. I have gotten a ton of amazing toys, old and new. It's hard to pick just one, so I'll pick two. The loophole being, they are the same character.

The year started with a gigantic bang in the form of MP-22 Ultra Magnus. Masterpiece? Like a Da Vinci in plastic perfection. He sports a phenomenal and fully functional vehicle mode, and an even more impressive robot mode. The way he feels in hand is like no other. But the thing that brings it all together is his amazing transformation. I am usually in a hurry to get anybot into robot mode, so the battle can begin. It's rare for me to stop and enjoy the "puzzle", but with this Magnus, I truly love the process.

My other favorite, Takara Legends Ultra Magnus. For years there has been a gaping glaring hole in my Classics collection. It has finally been filled. Much simpler than his MP brother, but no less elegant. Vehicle mode is outstanding, especially crammed with all the Legends scale cars I can muster, and his robot mode is an awesome action figure. Big and imposing. I like the IDW character design route they chose, making him a refreshing modern update. Some have remarked that the hammer gimmick was poorly executed, but I'm so glad his Energon Gavel of Justice has become a mainstay.

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ScottyP - MP-24 Masterpiece Star Saber. Victory's iconic Supreme Commander in a nearly perfect form.

Slightly more wordy explanation follows.

It took me a bit to warm up to this figure. My out of the box reaction was that of disappointment. Thankfully, opinions and feelings can evolve over time - I know this may shock some of you, it's cool. Saber's Transtector is really perfection, and maybe the Brainmaster himself could be or do a little more but I'm ok with what's included. Great poseability, scuplting, and colors. The interaction with the yet bigger Transtector, the V-Star, is also dead on point. The use of extra parts such as the shield to create a flight stand is pretty genius.

The combined Star Saber robot has a presence about it that screams "I am important". Sure, it's a bit tricky to get Saber locked in there, and the sword grip isn't the best thing, but not a lot of poses are truly hindered and it's a blast to transform this guy back and forth once you get used to all the tolerances. I hate picky tolerances, but I don't find these so much picky anymore as I do "I had to take two attempts to learn it rather than one". On the whole, this may not be my personal favorite figure of the year, but if I had to say what The Figure of the Year is, I can think of nothing better to represent the global year in the Transformers brand. Let's 整合!

LOST Cybertronian - Hands down this category belongs to MP-24 Star Saber. The original Star Saber was my introduction to the Japanese G1 family and also my first experience with the Brainmaster gimmick. Let's be honest, the original toy was so spot on that really the only thing they could possibly do to make the Masterpiece better was add articulation. They even went so far as to tweak the Brainmaster gimmick to allow for head rotation.


Outliers:

Hellscream9999 - Considering how much of the CW line that I've collected thus far, no moment has yet to top my initial assembly of Superion.

I have always loved combiners, and the scramble-city figures seemed to really epitomize the idea of what combiners could actually be. I was never able to complete RID Ruination as a child, nor did I get many of the Energon combiners. So, when pictures first arose of a new line featuring an extensive use of scramble-city style figures, I was cautiously overjoyed (as Hasbro's last attempt was still fresh on my mind) - this was what I had always wanted, and I swore I would not miss out on this opportunity; and happily enough, Superion delivers on all fronts.

Utilizing an intuitive robot-torso mode transformation, and sleek, well proportioned limbs, we got the best scramble-city combiner ever made. Not only did it manage to capture the look of the G1 Superion, but it also managed to be a sturdy, well built, and enjoyable toy that really captured the essence of what the line was aiming to achieve. No other combiner has surpassed it, regardless of the version - Superion is perfect.

Va'al - Guess. Go on. Guess. It can't be hard to figure out what me, Va'al, will nominate in this category. Uh-huh. Yep. Our Lord and Saviour, His Helicopter Orangeness: Alpha Bravo. Putting aside the ridiculous campaign I've been single-handedly conducting on the boards (I was never really serious, still am not, but it was so much fun!), I love this little 'copterbot. It's a new character, with pretty much no backstory in the comics, but a fun toy, good modes, a wonderful personality for a piece of plastic, willing to travel over the world with me, and being a thorn in the side of purist fans everywhere - I could not ask for more :x .


Favorite 2015 Transformers: Combiner Wars/Unite Warriors
Will we ever agree? Apparently not


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Va'al - Yeah, this kind of builds on the above, really, but Superion as a combiner was a truly excellent piece of work. The single robots were good, there was coordination in paint schemes and enough difference between each mold. It was an entirely new way of looking at combiners since PCC (who still hold a dear place in my heart), a good update to a character, and a massive presence in the comics (heh). Shame it decided to jump off its shelf at the beginning of December, and broke. I am now Superion-less.

WJ88 - I wanted to pick a combiner for this category and my pick goes to Unite Warriors Superion. This Combiner is far superior (ha!) to the others that came out with how well proportioned it is. It stands tall with a lot of shoulder clearance to pose in any way you want and unlike other attempts at combiners, this one stays well together thanks to the phenomenal port system developed. Mix and matching these quadruple changer limbs is some of the most fun I ever had in this hobby. As for my choice with Takara, well aside from getting all the correct Aerialbots in one go, the slight deco changes in the Takara version mean a great deal to me. This is by far the combiner with the best transformation from voyager figure to torso and the deco takes advantage of that smart transformation by having the chest be different colours. It matches really well with the G1 show (unlike Hasbro which puts red everywhere making it look more like the G1 toy which didn't benefit from such a smart torso transformation). There are also other subtle details Takara weaves in, like extending the paint on the wings beyond the wing hinge to make the wings of the smaller jets longer. This is easily the best combiner of the best scramble city port system ever done in the brand.

mooncake623 - I believe the best Combiner from these lines is Superion. It is all basically the same jet but they all work as a team beautifully. As the first combiner wars team we got I also felt the magic of this line before all the repaints took that away. So I believe it is technically the best one we got and the timing of its release (being the first one) helped it.

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Cobotron - Again, it's so hard to pick just one, so I won't. This whole iteration has been one of the more exciting things to happen to the Generations line in a long while.
Combiner - As much flack as old Uncle Hasby got for this decision, there was one fanman out here waiting the better part of his life for this... Ultra Prime and the '84 Ark bots. I have been dreaming of a combiner made from the classic characters since I was boy. Proof that dreams CAN come true.
Voyager - I already loved Silverbolt's robot mode, but once I had Cyclonus in hand there was no doubt. Great vehicle mode, fabulous bot mode with that great head sculpt and facial expression, and all that PURPLE. And the out-of-left-field Galvatronus torso mode is an absolute feast for my hungry head canon.
Deluxe - Originally I had thought Rook. He kind of stole the show with those boxing gloves. I also really dig Off Road. But straight out of the gate it was Drag Strip who stabbed me in the heart. The alt mode is slick. I love his proportions in robot mode, and that head sculpt exudes "evil jerk". He makes a great appendage, top or bottom. Probably my favorite arm. And the Mirage version kicked me right in the nostalgenitals. Hurt so good!
Legends - It's hard not to say Powerglide, but the title goes to Huffer. For me he is the best use of this mold. He may not have been rocking his signature "hoodie" but in those colors, and with that neat little head sculpt, I find him packed with personality.

Hellscream9999 - Despite my all of my gushing, Cyclonus/Galvatronus was easily the figure I was most anxious to get this year. When images first came out, I immediately took notice of Cyclonus and his mysterious Galvaron-esque designs on what would eventually become the combiners torso. I thought "This was it, this was the torso that would unite my wayward Stunticons after the slight fiasco that was Menasor". I searched hungrily for pictures of the combined mode - that would one day become my first news credit - until he was mine.

Though completing his combined mode lacked the magic that Superion's had, I have enjoyed Galvatronus far more than I have Superion. He takes everything that was amazing on Silverbolt/Superion and ramps them up a notch by being evil - an important point in my books...

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Leaders

Burn - Can I say Ultra Magnus again? HA! Okay just for a bit of variety, and to do something different I'm NOT going to nominate a combiner or any of the teams, instead I'm going to go with Thundercracker. When I first saw the figure I was impressed. Jetfire? Not so much. But the retooling done to produce Thundercracker (and then Starscream and soon to be Skywarp) made a very fine figure.

Like Ultra Magnus, I consider CW Thundercracker to be a great take on a modern figure.

But Burn, what about the Constructicons?
What about them? They're great figures (I don't care about the articulation) and Devastator is damn impressive, but to me they're only good for posing. They're not something I can sit in the lounge chair and tinker with like I've done with many of the figures this year.

xRotorstormx - It has to be the Armada Megatron /Megatron figures… I mean, come on! Who could say no to working tank treads? Talk about the only figure to come out in recent years that turns me into a little kid again driving him all over the house (ha-ha).

LOST Cybertronian - It's kind of funny that in a line where the main gimmick is combining that my pick in this category would go to one who doesn't combine. I am looking at you CW Ultra Magnus. IDW came up with a unique take on Ultra Magnus with Minimus Ambus and this toy pulls it off. I get why G1 purists hate the idea of Minimus Ambus and the Magnus armor but not everything has to be G1 (there is the MP for that). He pulls off both modes nicely. The only real draw back is that Minimus has nowhere to go in alt mode.


Combiners

carytheone - I could just be lazy and slot Devy in here, but I won't. I feel that Combiner Wars is a really solid line and has cemented my interest in the franchise. While there is a lot of samey sameness and repaints I've enjoyed the line as a whole. Each team has their own strengths and weaknesses, but to my surprise the team that has become my favorite is the one with the most repaints, a limb with a busted waist and is the new kid on the block: Bruticus.



I just love this set. The colors just work for me, the mold choices for each bot make sense, and the subtle changes from Hot Spot to Onslaught define a new figure. Bruticus is just a tightly knit combiner: Shoulders lock-in rock solid, the wide thighs fit the wide leg bots, the arms are sleek and that Bruticus head sculpt is spot on. And don't forget his purple lil pew pew buddy that likes to ride piggy back!

ScottyP - Titan Class Devastator. Big, fun, and more intuitively engineered than expected. Holds together satisfyingly. Head sculpts are completely on point. Pick your favorite variation here, they're all fun. This was a pleasant surprise and well worth the money.

megatronus - Individual: Motormaster. I love this voyager mold as the Stunticon leader. The hulking visage fits the character perfectly, with to-die-for detailing. Torso mode falls short, but Motormaster competes for best robot and vehicle modes in all of CW. Really, he just does it for me.

Team: Protectobots. Defensor is less elegant than Superion, but - and this is the key - Defensor collects the 4 best CW deluxe molds in a single combiner. Where the Aerialbots are variations on the same theme, the Protectobots are visually dynamic and differentiated. Then there's Hot Spot, whose wrap-around ladder gimmick might be the best thing ever.

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Outliers:

Counterpunch - Alpha Bravo - Aside from rescuing G1, Alpha Bravo is one of the most important characters in Transformers History. A founding member of the Aerialbots, his contributions to the development of Superion and...

Seriously. The uproar over Alpha Bravo and the way that fans owned the strange way in which he was inserted into the mythos makes him the defining toy of the line for me. Is Alpha Bravo a great toy? Not especially. Has he been well treated in the corresponding fiction? No. But he's ours and now and forever, when fan rage threatens to tear us apart, when history is being re-written, when we just can't understand far-fetched corporate mandates backed by half-assed marketing, we have an option.

We can always get to the 'choppa and Alpha Bravo will take us away.

(Va'al approves of this choice.)



Favorite 2015 Transformers: Robots in Disguise/Adventure
THE DINOPILE


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WJ88 - The TAV line was very good to us this year with Takara using it as a catch all line helpîng fans get rereleased figures (animated Dinobots and United Frenzy/Rumble) as well as giving us new toys fans wanted (voyager Grimlock and leader Prime). However, none of this awesomeness compares to their Drift. This mold rocks. The alt mode is super sleek giving way to a gorgeous robot mode which takes pride in its Samurai callbacks, including some great facial hair (which Takara had the kindness to paint). I love that two sided chest panels which is a very efficient way to have new robot mode detail while using the alt mode kibble. This transformer reassures me that a simpler transformation doesn't mean lazier engineering and in fact ups the stakes. Along with the Combiner Wars figures, Hasbro and Takara have proven that there is just as much wit and originality in streamlining transformation and making these toys fun for both older fans and new young fans. Also, that Takara deco on TAV Drift is super sweet!

Cobotron - Back to basics for this little line. So much simple = so much fun.
I've had fun with all the Warrior Class toys. Crushed on Strongarm enough to even customize her paint, but Drift is the real winner. A lot of things in that figure take me back to my fondness for the Cybertron line, but with better articulation. That Tron-esque alt mode is a joy to look at, and he's just a fun figure to play with.

Then you have Takara over here, doin' their "thang". Optimus Prime taco Supreme Mode is pure win. The interactivity with the other size classes is a hook I will bite on anytime. He brings a unity to the entire line, and with that sword, and that sweet sweet deco, he does it with style.
With Battle Grimlock, Takara is the first to prove to the world that, yes, indeed a turd CAN be polished!

LOST Cybertronian - Takara pulled out the surprise of the year with the heavily retooled Battle Grimlock. Despite the hollowness of the base figure, this is one sexy RID Grimlock. Thank you Takara for going the extra mile to bring us a voyager sized RID Grimlock that takes more than 3 steps to transform.

Va'al - Despite the size, despite the scary marks created by the odd elbow joints, despite the loitering arms in robot mode: Warrior Grimlock. It's a fun little fidgety figure, with a good paint scheme, great character in the series and comics, and enough to make me want to sneak it in to any photos I take of the flat (or beyond). DINOPILE AHOY!

ScottyP - TAV-33 Optimus Prime Supreme Mode. There's so much playability in this mold - "just complex enough" transformation, a library of sounds and phrases so extensive you'll think you're learning Japanese, tons of accessories, can haul other toys in the trailer, other toys can have a tailgate party in the trailer, Mini-con compatibility, and this version gets the nod for the slick deco.

xRotorstormx - While none of the Robots in Disguise figures really stood out for me, I thought that the Minicons were the best. It was a nice idea for Hasbro to bring back the concept of removing parts from spurs!

carytheone - Well this is a line that completely caught me off guard. At first glance I thought they looked a little too Playskool to me. Compared to the Combiner Wars line the Robots in Disguise figures all looked like they had weird chunky smooth plastic. I picked up Bee on a random sale to test the waters and with each figure I got more and more hooked. After spending so much time drenched in Combiner Wars, it was refreshing to have a unique transformation for each figure. Crazy as it may sound the stand out from this line is Mini-con madness.

Mini-cons; who knew those little simple figures with no articulation would grab so much of my attention. Gotta catch em all fever maybe? I find their simple auto-morph transformation fun to fiddle with and they compliment the warrior figures perfectly.



mooncake623 - I'm going to go with legion class fixit. It's a cute little toy, and fun to mess around with. It's also the only RID figure I brought but it's a fun one.

Burn - To be honest, I've only collected the Autobots. The Decepticon characters in the cartoon have been an embarrassing joke (not that the Autobots have been much better) and I've just never liked them. So instead, I stuck with the Autobots and only the Deluxe class. With one exception.

Fixit

He's a fun little figure. There's no need for him to be overly complex, and he is far from that. A one-step Legion class figure suits him perfectly! Plus he's probably the best character on the show.

Hellscream9999 - I honestly don't know if this is breaking the rules of the list, but as I got Fracture at the beginning of December, I think that qualifies him to be on this list :-s

Having enjoyed all of the new :CON:s that RID brought to us, I was disheartened when only one of them made it to normal retail release... So, needless to say, when the opportunity arose to nab this new Lockdown, I pounced - and received what could only be described as an exceptional figure.

Beyond being yet another successful motorcycle Transformer (an excellent trend of late), he has incredible poseability, an awesome multi-purpose weapon, and absolutely oozes character - as if he had just jumped out of the show to collect a bounty on my head. He's an amazing Transformers character, and an even better toy, what more do you want?

Outliers:

megatronus - Transformers Adventure is definitely an island of misfit toys as well as a line of hidden gems and second chances. That said, one really stands out: TAV29 Grand Vehicon General.

I'm not an Arms Microns fan, and passed on that Vehicon General, so I jumped on TAVs. PRID Vehicon is a modern classic, and TAV reprises this all-star with a winning deco that (bonus!) hides the ugly, terrible, no-good faction sticker in robot mode. I've been waiting for this figure a long time, and it's satisfying to have him, especially since it brings back the best of TF:Prime.

Counterpunch - TAV Ultra Magnus - An unexpected and incredibly welcome update to the TF Prime Beast Hunters Ultra Magnus, this is my favorite figure from the line. Beast Hunters Magnus was a well intentioned reuse of the TF Prime RiD Optimus. Yet in a line where the show and toys so closely follow one another, you really had to squint to accept the old G1 toy colors on this figure as he sat amidst your other TF Prime figures.

This simple redeco offers show accurate coloring and a more accurate and detailed Forge of Solus Prime accessory. Sometimes plastic color and a few dabs of paint application make all the difference. This is one of those times. I fully expect this figure to be lost amidst the shuffle of Combiner Wars excitement and in a few years to be going for 2-3 times its currently (very) affordable price.




Favorite 2015 Transformers: None of the Above Figure
or, Go Platinum




LOST Cybertronian - How do you get me to buy a new release of G1 toys I already own? By releasing them in a new deco. That's right I am talking about the delicious Platinum Edition Blitzwing and Astrotrain set. I feel for those that wanted a straight reissue of the original figures but those wouldn't get a second look from me. Hasbro took a chance on these guys and they look deliciously gaudy.

Cobotron - The absurdly outrageous Platinum Triple Changers Astrotrain and Blitzwing, or Bomb Pop and Cherry Danish as I like to call them. But why Cobs? Because they are pure ridiculous whimsy.

mooncake623 - Platinum edition Trypticon! I've always wanted a G1 Trypticon and the fact that I can get a brand new minty one from Amazon for around $100 bucks was amazing! I also can't believe they kept those loud electronics in there. Having him set up next to my G1 Metroplex in City mode was something I've always wanted to do.

ScottyP - Platinum Edition Seeker Squadron. A woefully under-appreciated set. First reissues of Ramjet and Thrust in the US ever, really nice touches on the decos that are subtle enough to not mess with the aesthetics of the toys, and sharp looking metallic sticker sets that actually stick unlike the Commemorative Series decals.

WJ88 - I feel so lucky that the Transformers brand keeps rereleasing older products (like Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers does). As I extend my knowledge on the brand (I grew up on Beast Wars thinking there was nothing before that), I get the need to get acquainted with what came before. With the Platinum line, I get to have band new minty fresh G1 toys without having to break the bank (and without feeling guilty to take them out of their packaging). I got most of the G1 reissues this year and my favourite is the Platinum Perceptor and Blaster set, especially Perceptor. It is an amazing toy to own to get a taste of the brand's history, seeing how this was supposed to be a vehicle/mech for Microman toys which would pose as a normal sized microscope not to arouse suspicion on earth. I love how that disguise extends to it being a working microscope (which Hasbro took full advantage of in this release) and how you can still use all its Microman features which were not included in the instructions (either now or back in 1985), like turning him into a tank, that rolls beautifully, for toys to sit on.

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Counterpunch - Takara Legends Windblade - I feel the need to point out this figure. With the growing ties between media and figures, especially figures who are prominent in the fiction and our collective discussions, it strikes me how frequently careless Hasbro is. I don't know or understand the reasons why the Hasbro version of Windblade could not get her basic color scheme or deco correct, but once again I am looking to Takara to correct it.

Legends Windblade gets the overall color palette for Windblade correct and dramatically improves her face deco. The Windblade mold is full of engineering issues, but she's an important character and she deserved better. When every bit of fiction she's in has her very clearly appearing one way, it would be nice for the majorative audience of that fiction to not have to import at twice the price in order to get an accurate figure.

I know. I know that's how it's always been, but it needs to improve.

Va'al - You know, I had almost forgotten that Windblade is part of 2015. I had pre-ordered it so long ago, and it was all before I moved flats, it just always existed on my shelf/box/desk. As many on the boards know, she's part of my trinity along with Grimlock and Alpha Bravo - so it's only fitting really that she'd show up here too. The Takara version is soooo nice, and a lot more accurate to the IDW design, face in particular.

Hellscream9999 - This was a top contender for figure of the year, but Nightbird Shadow wins this category hands down. No matter how I tried, I could never reconcile Generations Arcee running around with all of those weapons while wearing that smile on her face; Nightbird Shadow takes that irreconcilable image and runs with it - and then slits your throat when you're not looking.

Nightbird is a stunningly realized re-tooling of Gen. Arcee, based on a bit character in one episode of the G1 cartoon, and I couldn't love her more than I already do. Sporting the no-nonsense femme-fatale ethos of Arcee, but in a much more appropriate ninja guise, Nightbird is just an incredible figure that I knew I had to have. She sports a pair of newly-tooled sai and head that just capture a magic for me that I never got with Arcee, plus, her sai remind me of one of my favorite Dynasty Warrior's 8 characters: Wang Yi, so there's that too.

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megatronus - AoE Black Knight Optimus Prime. This overseas TRU exclusive Scourge-style redeco of the AD31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime is a double whammy. The best transformable version of Age of Extinction Optimus, with a sexy black, teal, and red premium paint job? Yes, please.

Burn - Like every year, because this is about the only chance I really have to pimp them to the masses, is Kabaya. This years "big" release were the Seacons. Fun little figures that combine into a much larger King Poseidon, sure the articulation is lacking, but they're different and a fresh change from all those fancy articulated RID and CW figures you kids have these days.

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xRotorstormx - Prices aside, I really like the new waves of Loyal Subjects figures. They seem to be a bit more durable, way more posable and the colors are bright and look amazing on the shelf compared to older waves.

carytheone - This one was hard, I had to peer around my collection looking for something that was released in 2015 that wasn't CW or RID related. After a couple disappointed google searches showing the release dates were 2014 I spotted TAV15 Lockdown. An old mold I know, but it was a new experience to me and possible the gateway into collecting Animated figures. So by default Lockdown gets it, but that's not to say he isn't a good figure. I had a lot of fun transforming, posing, photographing and just letting him get into trouble on my shelves. The deco is superb and I just love the matte paint. Lockdown is a tall, slender and menacing bounty hunter.


Favorite 2015 Transformers Masterpiece Figure
(Hasbro or Takara)

Smoke, mirrors, drama - Hasbro vs Takara!




ScottyP - MP-18B Bluestreak, because it's about time this deco happened again.

Cobotron - The MP release I was most excited for, post Magnus was MP-18B. Bluestreak is my guy. Has been for 31 years. It was the toy accuracy of 18S that pulled me into the Masterpiece line hard. With my adoration for the Takara SF Land diaspora, and it being my absolute favorite character, blue Bluestreak and his nod to pre-Transformers history made him a must have. I hold a funny resentment towards Prowl for always stealing the spotlight from Streak, so the even more toy accurate details his mold carries were a surprise treat for me.

I'm gonna catch heat from Billy Jim for this, but Exhaust smoked Wheeljack. I can't nail it down, but there is powerfully evil and habit forming magic inside that collectible. Plus the fact that I bagged him in the wild, in the U.S. of A., made for my most thrilling hunt of the year!


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WJ88 - I greatly disliked the first attempt at Masterpiece Starscream (MP 03) and thus was never enamored by the idea that the new Masterpiece Starscream was a retool of that same mold. So I stayed away with no regrets. This year however, Hasbro gave me an offer I couldn't refuse with the Masterpiece toy being just about the same price as the Leader Seekers that were on the shelves at the same time (which were just simple Jetfire retools/redecos). I gave it a shot and loved it. There are problems it can never fix unless they make a new mold from the ground up but that doesn't stop it from being the best ever effort by Hasbro to have an MP in North America. Let me run by some quick points of why this one was awesome:
- Trilingual box, making it available all over North America (FINALLY!)
- A price which made it worth waiting for the Hasbro version
- Improvements over the Takara version like more paint (silver on the sigils), nicer colours (personal opinion) and mostl importantly, a tighter connection between the pelvis and torso.

mooncake623 - Tracks was great, StarSaber cool but surprisingly simplistic, but the winner has to be It has to be Toys R Us Starscream for the simple reason that you can get a $200 Takara figure in the States for $60 bucks. That is just amazing value.

carytheone - This is another category where the figure wins by default. I only grabbed one MP this year and I feel it was a pretty good one. None other than the master plotter and wannabe usurper himself, Starscream. Another old mold that I don't really need to elaborate on. I will share my experience with him though. He shipped in alt mode and that was a nerve-racking transformation into a bot. MP Starscream is dead sexy as a plane and poses great in bot mode. Bonus, he comes with a exhaust stained booger pilot!

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megatronus - I was tempted to pick MP11-SW Skywarp because completing an MP11 Seeker trio was such an exultant moment. Still, MP of the year has to be MP23 Exhaust.

The hype and drama surrounding Exhaust's glorious release was unparalleled; I'm thankful we got this figure at all, even if in a somewhat abridged form. It's amazing how a white, red, and green redeco of white, red, and green Wheeljack could be so different than, well, Wheeljack. Plus, in my head-canon, Exhaust is basically an MP Vehicon who can help fill the Decepticon ranks with multiples. Good thing they've gotten so cheap.

LOST Cybertronian - Takara made a ballsy move by announcing the legal shitstorm that is MP Marlboor Wheeljack Exhaust complete with Marlboro trademarked markings. No other Transformers toy in my memory has caused this much trouble. That alone makes Exhaust Masterpiece Transformer of the year. Even though in the end Takara relented on the deco but this is still one sweet figure with a beautiful head sculpt and new accessories that make it stand out from Wheeljack.

xRotorstormx - Wheeljack of course! Not only has wheeljack been my favorite character since the G2 cartoon sucked me in to Transformers, the paint scheme and mold was exactly what I had envisioned a masterpiece version to look like.

Honorable mention: MP23 Exhaust – for the love of drama!

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Burn - You'd think after the fanboy rant above the answer would be obvious wouldn't it? Well no. As good as MP Ultra Magnus was, I was left a little disappointed. Overall, I found this year to NOT be a year for Masterpiece figures.



Favorite 2015 Transformers Exclusive Figure
In (and outta) da Club


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megatronus - Club Subscription Krok and Gatoraider. It's pleasing to finally see a character that does this mold justice - Megatron and Dreadwing deserve larger figures, but it's like this mold was made for Krok. The head sculpt is perfect, the colors pop, and the way Gatoraider combines with Krok's stock weapon to form a full-fledged rail gun is magnificent. 10s across the board.

As a side note, I'm a fan of the way the Club has been handling Action Masters generally - just look at Sherbert, I mean Circuit, for an example of another job well done.

ScottyP - Transformers Collectors' Club Figure Subscription Service 3.0 Krok with Gatoraider. Cool mold, absolutely fantastic new head sculpt, stunning paint job, and an Arms Micron partner that's appropriate and helps it correctly homage the source material. A+ execution.

xRotorstormx - Honestly, I was pretty impressed with this year’s TFCC Subscription Service. The choices they made were unique and that is what keeps things interesting for me. Out of all of them, I loved Serpent-OR. I was never a G.I Joe collector but loved the cartoon and Serpentor was always a favorite of mine. I have an original Serpentor figure siting on my desk and it was amazing, when that figure arrived, how cool they looked standing next to each other.

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Counterpunch - eHobby Grand Scourge - This figure is everything that an exclusive should be. It is tempting to those who are unaware of the backstory by virtue of its appearance and it is a welcome and happy call back to a figure that always should have been but never was.

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Grand Scourge was a planned or at least optioned redeco of Energon Optimus Prime. Unfortunately, it was only ever available in a small model kit format that most collectors have no real knowledge of. More than ten years later, we have a viable Grand Scourge who can reside with our modern collections or who can go back and haunt your Energon shelves with equal parts glory.

The real challenge thrown down by this bad boy, is putting together a team of bots to make up his combined form...

mooncake623 - All the Black Optimusssss. Transformers Legends LG-EX G2 Black Convoy (Nemesis Prime) Tokyo Toy Show 2015 Exclusive, Transformers: The Lost Age Black Knight Exclusive - Optimus Prime, Transformer Unite Warriors Decepticon Grand Scourge. Just love adding new ones to the collection.

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LOST Cybertronian - BotCon 2015 Oilmaster: Whether you love them or hate them, FunPub has done some extraordinary retools in the last couple of BotCons (see also 2014 Scorponok). This year they went above and beyond the call of duty by taking an unreleased G1 Double Pretender concept and giving it a modern update. The fact that they had a newly sculpted Pretender Shell created is beyond awesome and cements Oilmaster for Transformers Exclusive of the year.

WJ88 - I don't get many exclusives since I am more about the engineering of the toy and exclusives are usually just redecos but I did get Cloud Shockwave and he is pretty awesome. It is so strange how a difference in deco alone can turn an ok toy great. The Whirl mold looks amazing in purple and it totally works for a classics Shockwave with the creepy claws and single eye.


Let's take a break, shall we? Have a video that has made many a fan send submissions to the news staff, but never actually made it to the front page.




Favorite 2015 Transformers Comics-moment
More than Meets the Knowing


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ScottyP - More Than Meets The Eye #44: The Not Knowing. See my review/gushing fest for why. Honorable mention to Sins of the Wreckers #1 which was also really damn good.

Counterpunch - MtMtE #44 - Megatron seeing a symbolic representation of the death and chaos he has wrought. The potential for Megatron to grow as a character and to play a new role in upcoming conflict is ripe. I hope it bears fruit.

WJ88 - The final shot of MTMTE 44 when Megatron gets a clear picture of how many deaths he has caused. It had no lines, just the excellent art and that was all that was needed for this perfect character moment.

carytheone - Well I started late on this one, I've been binge reading in-between long breaks and now I'm about 5 or 6 issues behind. It's hard for me to pin down just one of the crazy antics that happen in More Than Meets the Eye. It's all the little interpersonal relationships that really stand out to me. If Rodders and crew are heading out, sign me up. I love a good quest.

Burn - At the start of the year, More than Meets The Eye ... not so much now. It's good, but the humour has been replaced with "everyone has to be in a relationship", and I could watch Days of Our Lives for that.

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megatronus - This is undeniably the age of the antihero, and so I clearly choose the most Mad Max-esque Transformers comic to date: Redemption #1.

War is ugly. War is sin. And absolution isn't at the bottom of an Engex bottle. This issue finds the Dinobots taking on an odd job: transporting something deep into the Sea of Rust for the Camien Torchbearers. In the process, Slug reflects, does the antihero thing, and otherwise kicks ass. We meet some surprising adversaries, with a twist.

So, yes - standard. But the gritty, atmospheric art by Livio Ramondelli and the equally gritty Dinobots set this series apart from the cleaner lines and themes of the other ongoings/mini-events. I'm excited to see where this one goes.

Va'al - The dark horse that is Minimus Ambus. Proof below.

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Favorite 2015 Transformers TV/Film-moment
Rescuers in Disguise




WJ88 - Robots in Disguise is a fun show. While it is a bit young for me, I do love the design for the Decepticons. It is fun to see the show creators be this original in the Transfomers brand again.

xRotorstormx - I never enjoyed sitting at my computer watching shows so unfortunately I was only able to see 2-3 episodes of RID (come on ... 6:30am on a Saturday??) . Even though I was not the target audience of the show, it was entertaining.

carytheone - Getting up before daylight to catch Robots in Disguise. RID came aired Saturday morning at 5:30 AM in my neck of the woods. I set an alarm and would drag my groggy butt out of bed, fix a bowl of cereal and plop down in front of the TV in my jammies. I did that for a couple weeks until I found out I could binge watch all the episodes on the internet. While it lasted I chased that dragon and enjoyed the ride.

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Burn - I wanted to enjoy Robots in Disguise, and it was good. But honestly, for another year, Rescue Bots was easily the most enjoyable series on TV.

megatronus - Rescue Bots! Season 3 hit Netflix a few months ago, and I binge watched like none other. It's been a long time since we've gotten a show that's human-centric, with the Transformers an interesting part of the scenery in an immersive, convincing world. Season 3 was a slight change, as we saw a huge number of Transformers-centric stories in this human-centric show - and it made for great viewing.

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ScottyP - Q-Transformers. I have no idea what's going on. I love it.




Favorite 2015 Transformers Game
Go Big or Go Bust




LOST Cybertronian - Transformers: Devastation is button pounding excitement. The game looks gorgeous with its cell shaded G1 aesthetic and is very fun to play.

xRotorstormx - Devastation, hands down! Seeing that Japan has gotten a few G1 inspired games over the years, it was nice to finally have one released stateside. I didn’t get it right when it came out, only got it only a few weeks ago, but the game play is really fun and keeps me entertained (which is REALLY hard to do now a days!). I thought the character selection was really neat and refreshing instead of seeing just the same old popular characters. Looking forward to more games like this!

Counterpunch - Transformers Devastation - How is this even a question? It could have only been better if it was longer or included Bayonetta.

ScottyP - Transformers: Devastation. Partly by default, but there were mobile titles to choose from. Oozes the G1 cartoon in the best way, and fun too! Please, someone, officially release the soundtrack.

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Worth mentioning: ScottyP's round-up before the Devastation release here!

carytheone - I didn't play the mobile, browser or the one console/PC release this year. As a gamer I hang my head in shame. I did however pick up a bunch of older Transformer games this year. Even though I've already played/finished War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, I found them on clearance and decided to pick up a copy. I played these games years ago before I was back in the TF fold.

It was a fun experience to play the story again with a different perspective.I picked up a couple TF games for my 3DS as well. TF: Prime and TF: Rise of the Dark Spark. TF: Prime is just WfC and FoC lite, but Rise of the Dark Spark is a completely different beast on 3DS. It's a turn based strategy game with 2D sprite graphics and a little 3D battling bots thrown in for flavor. TF: RotDS on 3DS is my TF game of the year. It's a fun and surprisingly hard game, definitely worth the $5 spent.

megatronus - I don't have a game console at the moment ( #-o), so I can't speak to this one too much. I hear great things about Devastation... do the Fan Votes count? Honestly, that's as much of a game as anything I've seen, and not just because many fans suspect Hasbro is 'gaming' the process (see what I did there?).


Favorite 2015 Transformers Moment Overall
Bunch a' soppy bots


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WJ88 - There are two elements of the year that really made it amazing:

I just loved seeing Takara in action all year. I like Hasbro but Takara just has this secret formula with the fans since we are its dedicated market. Everything we could ask for they gave. I wanted an updated Beast Wars Blackarachnia and got it. I wanted elbows on my Devastator and got it. I wanted more size classes in the Robots in Disguise line (like for Grimlock and Optimus) and better paint apps (since some were appaling) and got that too. Also, quite randomly, I wanted the Rumble and Frenzy tanks along with Animated Swoop and they rereleased them as well. The week-end of Botcon 2015, while Hasbro was showing some good stuff, in a totally different show at the other end of the world Takara brings out their improved Devastator along with MP Optimus Primal, MP Ironhide, their new trio of female robots and their Leader Optimus for robots in Disguise/TAV. In that Botcon week-end, my thoughts were just about Takara, I would have never expected that.

The other cool stuff of the year was discovering all these affordable reissues. As a newer collector (longtime fan though) who was born in 88, G1 doesnt come easy. Especially in nice condition with all accessories. But this year with the platinum line, I got a bunch of beautiful fresh and minty G1 toys for a price that gives me no guilt in opening the box and playing with them. Speaking of reissues, it is this year that I discovered the Sonokong releases of many Takara products. Korean company Sonokong distributed a bunch of Japan exclusive toys in their local market and those releases (which comes in amazing boxes) are really cheap. So I was able to get a bunch of figures I would have never thought of owning for the price of retail or less (like Big Convoy, Sky Garry and a bunch of others). This was really a year of finding affordable ways of getting brand new vintage toys and I couldn't be happier.

Hellscream9999 - Putting 3/5 of Superion together after hunting for his components all of January. Though I only had enough limb-bots to give him a pair of arms, all I could do was sit at my desk and swap his limbs around all day - after longing for a nice update to the scramble-city combiners for so long, sitting there, holding the realization of my dreams was absolutely magical.

megatronus - I got to join the Podcast in early 2015 after a lengthy trial at the end of 2014, and it's been a blast. The job is harder than it sounds, but hopefully I'm getting better! That's just a lead up to my actual favorite moment: TFcon Charlotte. I got to go to my first Transformers convention, with mooncake623, and met most of the folks I record with. I'm thankful for the opportunity & experience, and look forward to more shows & conventions!

mooncake623 - TFcon Charlotte was pretty awesome, it was great meeting everyone and spending time talking and drinking and buying toys.

xRotorstormx - Botcon, is always a highlight of my year. In the beginning it was all about the special guests and toys but over the years it has become a family gathering. I love being able to travel around to different locations each year but walk in the door and see all my friends. No matter what happens leading up to the convention, we always make the best of it and have a blast. It is always nice to be around people that share similar interests and you can have conversations about what you are really passionate about.

Counterpunch - I have 100% enjoyed the bizarre and fun nature of the Takara Legends comics. In terms of parody, these have made me smile and kicked my imagination into high gear more than anything else. The remainder of my response will now be pictures I find to be amusing:

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ScottyP - I'm going to edit my earlier longer answer here and just pick one. So I'm in the parking lot of Toys R Us and this dude in a shirt, tie, and black slacks wearing a back-pack while carrying a book in one hand and MMC Feral Rex in the other walks up and asks if I'd seen the light and heard about our lord and savior, Third Party. I punched him in his face and he burst into a pile of coins. I used them to walk in and buy a Masterpiece Starscream. It was a fun time. I think a car ran over the Feral Rex, then it disappeared and got sent back to a spawn point.

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Burn - I'm going to throw this in here much to Va'als chagrin as it's not really a "Transformers moment", but hear me out. The Seibertron.com forums.

Yes there's been a few problem members, but in all honesty, there's been a batch of new members come through who have gone absolutely ballistic and really defined what a "discussion board" is suppose to be about! So much so I've found myself at times barely able to join in the conversations because by the time I wake up or get home from work, any where from 2+ pages have been added, and that's a lot to catch up on!

So that's my moment for the year. The great discussions that have taken place on the forums. Don't think I'm going soft though, check your signature sizes and bloody stay on topic! :-P

carytheone - My favorite TF moment of the year is all the time spent on Seiberton making new friends and becoming a news staff member. It's been a blast getting to know everyone and goofing off on the various boards. Even though I've learned a lot about my new favorite hobby, I still feel like a complete noob when the heavy hitters come around. It's been an amazing experience and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Cobotron - This whole damn year has been one giant Transformers moment for me. I joined Seibertron in September of 2014. In 20 years of collecting I've never really had anyone to share/talk about the hobby with. I do now! The past year has been a real thrill cutting it up with the peeps in here. I've been inspired to build an Ark diorama, try a custom paint job, create some TF-centric art, and learned to digibash. I've completely overhauled my displays and for the first time ever have all my Transformers, and other Takara goodies on display in the Collect-O-Tron (where I push my secret Microman agenda :-P ). I've made some really great friends via the forums over the past year and am elated to be a part of this awesome community. I must have been drunk on Transformers fun when I said yes to Burn's recruitment to be a Forum Moderator.

So like the Chief said, play nice, check your sig size, and for Primus's sake, stay on topic!

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Va'al - This, after not too much thought, would have to be the secret mission that myself and Seibertron went on, as we met for the first time in London in November! There was much nerd talk, a lot of robots, several moments of fond memories, a meeting with Simon Furman, the SUPER SECRET STUFFS we can't talk about, and a little more nerding out. It was a good couple of days, with some good people, in a very surreal but pleasing situation. 10/10, would do again!

(Note to the photo: I then proceeded to eat Simon Furman, as Burn suggested, of course.)


What you're looking forward to in 2016 for Transformers
DON'T LET YOUR DREAMS BE DREAMS


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Va'al - Nah-hah, this one is a ponderous question. My interest in the toys has been waning for a loooooong time now, and I keep chipping away at the collection in one way or another. I am, however, intrigued by what the anniversary of Beast Wars might bring to the table, other than what we have already seen.

I am even a lot more interested in Victorion, after the wonderful work done with her by John Barber, Mairghread Scott, and Sara Pitre-Durocher in the comics - plus I have a combiner-less shelf now! That, and the continuation of the IDW multiverse with Till All Are One.

Burn - Titan Masters and Titans Return have me wary. I want Powermaster Optimus Prime, and of course, I want Fortress Maximus. But others...not so sure about.

What I am looking forward to a lot though is what Takara will be doing in regards to their version of the Combaticons. Will we be getting a new Blast Off? Here's hoping ...

xRotorstormx - Titans Return! If Hasbro can continue down this path of bringing us fan favorites, I think this will definitely keep the spark alive in fans young and old.

LOST Cybertronian - I am excited for Masterpiece Shockwave and Powermaster Optimus Prime. Both look like great contenders to be on this list next year.

WJ88 - This year wasn't so hot on MPs and I didn't buy a single one from Takara since none appealed to me particularly. Next year however, looks to be amazing with MP Primal and Shockwave. Also, Hasbro has commented that they will be doing more G1 reissues and I can't wait to see what they pick. I have so few G1 toys that this is very exciting to me. It's like having another line full of new toys to buy and experience.

megatronus - MP Shockwave. Shockwave!!!!! I've been waiting for this robotic cyclops for aeons, so needless to say, I plan on acquiring him immediately. Beyond my irrational desire and compulsion, he's important for 3 reasons:

(1) Shockwave himself: he'll fill out Decepticon ranks (my 'Exhaust = MP Vehicon' head-canon can only go so far), and will look amazing doing so. I'm sure the wait will be worth it.

(2) Like Titan Devastator, Shockwave represents something in terms of Hasbro and Takara's battle with 3rd Parties. Or not. But the comparisons are inevitable.

(3) By the time of Shockwave's release, all 3 of Megatron's main lieutenants will have assumed modern MP form. That's either a lead up to the Decepticon Leader himself, or a mega-letdown.

Counterpunch - Masterpiece Shockwave. I should have a more complex answer, but I don't. Titans Return will carry on as any mainline does. The movies will do their thing. A new show will probably get started, but MP Shockwave...

I'm eager to get a hold of it and get some official leadership on my Decepticon shelves. I also hope that it inspires a viable Voyager Class Generations Shockwave. Someone needs to keep their glowing yellow eye on that ball...

Cobotron - All of it? I'm really excited for the coming Masterpiece releases like Shockwave and Ironhide/Rachet. All of Titan Returns and its play-packed gimmicks. I'm a sucker for little dudes riding/piloting bigger dudes, populating even bigger dudes. I am really looking forward to Takara's Grand Galvatron. He is just such an interesting and entertaining concept.

Speaking of little dudes driving big dudes, I am super excited for Takara's Diaclone reboot, Dia Battles. This plays into my love for all things pre-Transformers Takara history. I'm also very interested to see how Hasbro's Micronauts/Transformers crossover plays out.

Hellscream9999 - Well, if anyone knows me at the most basic level, it should be a little obvious (like Va'al + Alpha Bravo) it's...

. :michaelbay: SKY REIGN :michaelbay:


Yes! The big, bad dino-bird-shuttle-thing is back in all his glory, except instead of being some sort of duo-con/combiner, he's packing a torso mode for a combiner that has the visage of an angry Egyptian god for a head, how can you not love that?

mooncake623 - Toy fair I always look forward to Toy fair.

carytheone - With all the fun I've had with Combiner Wars, I'm very excited to see how Titan Returns plays out. HeadTitan Masters really don't do much for me, but base mode sounds interesting. The most exciting part of Titan Returns is that the figures don't combine, so here's to bots with unique transformations.

But what has me the most intrigued is the Transformers Machinima series. Very little is know at the moment, so it's easy to hang positive exceptions on the series. I put toys above the media it's based on, so hopefully the art style will be there and spawn some cool figures.

Last but not least; what I'm looking forward to most in 2016 is hanging out here with all my new robrobuddies!

ScottyP - The same thing I look forward to every year - having fun. That's what it's all about.


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Very much so, ScottyP, very much so. There are other thoughts to be thunk on 2015, and you can find the Twincast Podcast episodes doing so here and here - for your auricular pleasure. But that's pretty much it from us, we want to know what made your 2015 the Transformersest there is! Was it a toy, a line, a comic, a book, an episode, a grail achieved, any at all robot-related? Pull up a chair in the Energon Pub, ignore the two Tankors at the back, and let us know what you thought. Feel free to use the categories, or just spill out your inner cogs - we're all robuddies here.

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2016 is going to be a Beast...

Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!

Date: Wednesday, December 23rd 2015 9:37am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
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“I'd argue there isn't actually a lot of nostalgia here. I'd argue that every page, every moment is built on innovation. And Tom's looking to the past for some of the cues, but what he's actually building is what comics will be like in the future, not the past.”

“I think every page, every panel of this comic is Tom on a tightrope without a net, and he's trying a complicated jump that he's never really done before.”

-John Barber in a COMIC BOOK RESOURCES interview



I don’t think truer words have been spoken about this title…
Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
Or there's that.

THE SYNOPSIS (what’s the, so far)-

OPTIMUS PRIME returns—-in time to fall to Megatron. Now the undisputed ruler of Cybertron, the Decepticon leader has impaled the planet Earth. The surviving G.I. Joe team remains on the alien planet, confronting a harsh new reality: there is no hope.

THE STORY-
Subtle reminder: each issue of TF VS GIJOE is meant to be read as a stand alone adventure, but there is a string and overall story running through. Last issue was an issue about Destro’s past, nay his entire family history, and how it was effected and changed by the ark even with the Transformers lying dormant.

This issue picks up a bit after #8… when that very big thing happened to Earth with those very long spikes coming from Cybertron. Oh and that other big event where you-know-who bad guy seemed to destroy the just-returned-savior good guy. Believe it or not it's all about change though. Adapting.

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
We are BORG...

In this installment, the Joes are learning how to survive on their new home. Cobras and Deceptions are celebrating their victory and alliance. There’s some history explained and a cool prose only story included at the end.

ART-
Tom Scioli provides it all—lines, inks, colors— with unique perspectives, and daring visuals to push the story boundaries. Often criticized, and rarely understood, Scioli continues to work his vision channeling so much from resources obscure and not obscure.

Of note, though, is the fantastically detailed, gorgeous subscription variant cover of a gargantuan Metroplex done by Ulises Farinas. Just pick-your-jaw-up-off-the-floor awesome!

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
I serve the will of the Primes...


MY THINKS-
Contains spoilers
Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!SPOILERS...sad face

I’ve been critical. I understand the criticisms. But something about this being an otherworldly ‘What If’, ‘Elseworlds’-type, ‘Deviations’ if you will story… makes it all okay, and (mostly) acceptable. I read comics for enjoyment, and this series, never seems to fail in surprising me--although, I'm not sure I would characterize how I interact with this series so much as 'enjoyment'. I love to read the mainstream stories much more than this. But this has its place for me, and maybe it has found its place for you. I read on to see what Tom and John can come up with—what they 'cook' up—. And after I have my own thoughts, I like to read their banter on what inspired their choices when it's done.

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
I seem to remember it differently. I got a V.A.M.P., Starscream, and Prowl that year. It was the best though.

Speaking of cooking up, this issue doesn’t disappoint, it's a gourmet feast for the eyes and mind. With a few, ‘oh-no-you-didn’t’ moments that may just have you shaking your head, one we already saw in the preview—Megatron becoming a connoisseur of human flesh now…and the poisoned feast…W..O..W! There's also clever dialogue dropping some excellent one-linersn for easing those hard to take moments.

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
We all knew that there were Autobot and Decepticon chefs and bakers, right? CONFEKTOR...bake!

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
Hit and Run is one of my all-time favorite Joes, stating the obvious.

For me, the most interesting parts of this issue came near the end. I’ll try not to spoil it for those reading the series, but there are some really thought-provoking Transformers history moments presented with verbal and visual references that any fan of the brand, and pre-brand will embrace with a sense of interest and a little awe… at least I did.

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
I'm a chef too...I cook up life!


AND THE BONUS-
At the very end of the issue we get a nice bonus, instead of the normal Barber and Scioli back and forth breaking down pages and giving us the behind-the-scenes, we get a short-story called ‘Black Cybertron’ (along the lines of the now infamous Wreckers story,‘Bullets’) involving Ravage, Snake-Eyes, Shockwave, and the cassettes. A journey into Hades or is it the workshop of Daedalus? Either way, it shows the length that some will take for a loved one...loved one...really? Expect the unexpected.

FINAL THOUGHT-
If you’re still with TF VS GIJOE, you know what to expect, and that’s to not know what to expect! This issue doesn’t disappoint, but adds a great morsel for consumption at the end.

B.I.O - Believe in Optimus!

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
A teaser for an image you just have to see!

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IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada

Date: Wednesday, December 16th 2015 1:17pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
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Directly from IDW Publishing, we have a list of covers and synopses for their Transformers titles being released in the new year: check out below the full info about what's what in March 2016! And if you notice the absence of Sins of the Wreckers, fear not - Nick Roche has confirmed via Twitter that there is a delay, and it has been accounted for. As you were.

Also, a word of warning: there may be spoilers for books between now and March in the synopses below.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers Deviations One-Shot—GEM OF THE MONTH
Brandon Easton (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
In a World… Where OPTIMUS PRIME Never Died! One would stand and one would fall… and we all know OPTIMUS PRIME fell. But how would history have played out if he hadn’t? Would the AUTOBOTS have still stood triumphant in their darkest hour… or would UNICRON have reigned supreme?!
FC • 40 pages • $4.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers Deviations One-Shot—Subscription Variant
Brandon Easton (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Bullet points:
Extra-length one-shot!
Find out what happens in a world… where Optimus Prime never died!
Writer Brandon Easton (TV’s AGENT CARTER) writes his first TRANSFORMERS comic!
Art from rising star Priscilla Tramontano!
Part of IDW’s Deviations 5-week event!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers, Vol. 8
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli, Andrew Griffith (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
The COMBINER WARS are over, and OPTIMUS PRIME faces the aftermath. Meanwhile, ARCEE confronts GALVATRON; SOUNDWAVE and COSMOS come face to face; TRACKS and NEEDLENOSE meet up again; and JETFIRE and KUP lead a team to investigate the mysterious ONYX system. Collects issues #42–45.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-585-3

Bullet points:
“Combined with strong art and entertaining character development, (these) philosophical ideas…make Transformers…a solid comic.” –Comic Book Resources


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers: Armada Omnibus
Chris Sarracini, Simon Furman (w) • James Raiz, Pat Lee, Guido Guidi, Don Figueroa (a) • Guido Guidi (c)
The DECEPTICONS, feeding off the energy of captured Mini-Cons, are about to begin a hostile takeover of the TRANSFORMERS' home planet, CYBERTRON. Do OPTIMUS PRIME and the heroic AUTOBOTS stand a chance of defending the planet against these super-powered villains? And will the Mini-Cons ever get their freedom back? The action is so explosive that the shockwaves will shake not only CYBERTRON but even planet Earth right down to the core. All 18 issues of Transformers: Armada are collected in this omnibus.
TPB • FC • $29.99 • 416 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-563-1

Bullet points:
Back in print!


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Transformers #51
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
“ALL HAIL OPTIMUS,” part 2! OPTIMUS PRIME is here to save the Earth—whether the Earth wants saving or not. A hostile world reacts the AUTOBOTS’ incursion, as GALVATRON gathers his forces. But is OPTIMUS alone in his head…?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Transformers #51—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Bullet points:
War of the World!
OPTIMUS PRIME—threat or menace?!
Nobody likes being told what to do—not even by a 60-foot tall talking truck!
Variant cover by Livio Ramondelli!


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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #51
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
"If you want to break someone—mentally, physically, emotionally—wait until they're happy. Let them live and love and thrive. Once they recognize the value of a life well lived... THAT'S when you move in for the kill. Because you can't take anything from someone who has nothing to lose." --Tarn
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #51—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The hunt for MEGATRON continues!
The Decepticon Justice Division will stop at nothing to bring the former Decepticon leader down!
Variant cover by Livio Ramondelli!

IDW The Transformers #48 Review

Date: Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 1:17am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Bleep Bloop Woof
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
CONQUERORS, part 3! It all comes down to this… the fate of the AUTOBOTS, the survival of the human race, and the existence of a post-war CYBERTRON depends on the two greatest heroes in TRANSFORMERS history: BUSTER the dog and D.0.C. the drone.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
Wassup, dog?


Story

We've had two parts of this new storyline already in the ongoing The Transformers series from IDW Publishing, and John Barber has chosen to take a peculiar type of break while not putting anything on hold. At all. But how does the strange POV issue work, you might ask? Find out some thoughts below.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
The dialogue is riveting


It's impossible to escape the similarities with the Eisner-winning Fraction/Aja Hawkeye issue of Pizza Dog with this chapter of The Transformers series, and for a comics fan, this works suprisingly well without falling too much into heavy-handed homage. (Much like Redemption and Fury Road, really.)

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
Whine?


Having two points of view, undoubtedly, helps the narrative to flow, and switches between two characters that have found their way into the fandom and the new followers of the series. Buster, as an Earth dweller close to Thundercracker, and D.O.C. as a Cybertronian AI close to the Autobots do both bring a new perspective on the characters surrounding the otherwise main cast.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
So insightful


Which leads quite nicely to the crux of the story, really, and something that I am obviously not going to spoil here, but has a lot to do with several theories that many fans have been speculating on for a while now, revolving around long-established lore and recent developments in ..well, everything.


Art

I have to commend Griffith on the clear work on an otherwise extremely hard script to master in terms of layout. The smaller amount of dialogue and narration means that most of the story has to be told with the visual component of the medium, and he does a stellar job with the frames and angles from both character perspectives.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
Good transitions, too


The same perspectives are maintained, solidly, throughout their different takes in the book, by the magnificently subtle (though not that much once you realise) colour palettes and coding for the two. In the case of Buster in particular, Josh Perez' chromatic contrasts and blending of greys is just really well done, and makes the foreground even more prominent and incisive.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
Points in cases


Also to be commended is the work of letterer Tom B. Long, as Buster and D.O.C. occupy two very different styles of font, tone and voice, which are worked incredibly well with a truly complex script for human dialogue during the Buster segments. The covers, on the other hand, have very little to do with the issue, though are pretty excellent in both the Archie tribute by Andy Pepoy and the Alex Milne/Perez triumphant Starscream (thumbnailed).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Is the reveal present at the end of the book that surprising? No, not really, not at this point in the series. Is it pleasing? Yes, actually. It's brought about in a satisfying manner, with some good power and attention grabs, and a sustained if lighthearted narrative throughout the whole issue.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
Narrative, right here


The real treat, however, is how the book looks, from the layouts and art to the colours and lettering. Griffith, Perez and Long work wonders together to really convey the multiple angles and pairs of eyes/optics through which we're looking at this small world growing bigger and smaller in equal measure. If you take anything from this, it's a treat for your own image processors.

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Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys
Date: Saturday, November 28th 2015 12:30pm CST
Category: Top Lists
Posted by: william-james88

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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.

Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys


While waiting for the Masterpiece Ironhide to drop, I thought it would be a good time to look at all the good Ironhide toys we have had in the past. What is funny about Ironhide is that his initial figure is one of the most unappealing to a Transformers fan (especially a child). The toy itself doesn't have a head. Instead, it has a weird face on a sticker stuck on a seat behind his windshield. This is of course because he is a re-purposed figure from a line where little figures would pilot these mecha toys but while this is fun for toy history buffs, it is a weak consolation to a kid who just sees a toy which looks nothing like he does on the show. His next few toys were also pretty bad and he still doesn't have a decent classics toy to this day. However, he does have some good toys under his diaper belt and here they are:

5. Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Ironhide

While this is not the Ironhide I see when I think of the character, it is a good toy none the less. The fact that he is a pickup homages his movie incarnation but he still retains his signature red colour from his G1 self and has a head which gives us our youngest rendition of the character yet. He also has a fun Autobot belt buckle which brings out the sculpted belt unlike the previous use of the mold. Also, this mold makes an awesome leg for a combiner. I just love that built in knee pad. All in all, he makes for a better stand in than the previous attempts at the character for an updated figure of the G1 character and is part of the best attempt at a combining gimmick the brand has ever had.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys


4. Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Recon Ironhide

Oh man, would you look at this thing! It is bad to the bone. While people have a problem with the Ironhide Voyager mold, I never found it that bad. It definitely gave us a more complex toy. I always preferred the versions which hid his arms and this is one of them. The full load of weapons could hide anything, just look at the pictures below. This is Arnold Schwarzenegger's Commando in toy form. Plus, this was the very first toy to integrate the c-clip system where you could clip on new guns to different toys (like clipping Generations Darkmount's guns onto Generations deluxe Warpath).

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys

3. Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Ironhide

I really like this toy. Sure, it is easier than every other movie leader since Revenge of the Fallen, but I am not complaining about being able to go from one beautiful looking truck mode to an amazing looking robot quickly. He is by far the best looking movie Ironhide to have next to ROTF Prime on your movie shelf and he has some great gimmicks. He has two sets of guns that can pop up while in truck mode (and end up being deployable from his robot arms) and some hidden armament in his legs, including a really sweet knife when he likes to get up close and personal. Along with that he has his big leader electronics gimmick (is it normal that I miss those?) where his chest open up to reveal a giant cannon barrel which spins and lights up. While he has some negative points, the only one that bothers me aside from the obvious undercarriage kibble is that the truck sides just bunch up under his robot arms. It isn't the prettiest sight but it does add some much needed bulk. While people can dislike movie figures all they want, I feel nostalgic for nice hefty Transformers Leader figures who had a bunch of fun electronics and sublime detail. I mean think about it, you get fully retractable weapons in both bot and alt mode, a gun and big knife hidden in a leg scabbard ala Robocop, great paint apps for a retail release and a battle mask!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys


2. Transformers Prime: Cyberverse Ironhide

This is fun design, incorporating Ironhide into the Prime line and aesthetic. This design is actually phenominal since it brings so much together at once. He is a great amalgamation of the G1 and movie look in a more animated aesthetic with the headsculpt and clear chest (G1 cues) working with the pickup truck alt mode and dual cannons (from the Bay films). Also I would like to point out brilliant the transformation is. While the Arms Micron deluxe Ironhide relied on a fake chest, the Cyberverse version actually has the truck's windshield be the robot's chest. It is impressive to see great alt mode integration on a toy which has so much new details in robot mode. Remember when I spoke of an animated aesthetic? This toy's amalgamation (along with the deluxe) also references a shelved design for Animated Ironhide who was supposed to join Optimus Prime on earth and have an earth mode. That is a lot going on for such a little fella.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys


1. Transformers Animated Ironhide (Armorhide)

This is a near flawless toy. I find it absolutely brilliant how the cartoon made it that both Ironhide and Ratchet share the same basic mold (which has been the case since 1984) but since Ratchet is now on earth and has an earth vehicle mode, you end up with two visually different characters. The toys do that well. Sure, there is a Ratchet who shares the same mold as this toy but I love how Ironhide makes the mold his own (as he always has). The perfect toon accurate headsculpt really helps. The design of this toy is incredible since it was made after the stylistic cartoon character models were done and it imitates that style perfectly. Also, through this mold, you get one of the most creative designs for a cybertronian vehicle. I love how they were thinking outside the box for this one, giving it almost an animal look (like a tortoise) adding some sentience and otherworldly functionality to the vehicle mode. The weapon storage in vehicle mode is also perfectly executed with simplicity and helps fill out the look of the vehicle. It's a smart design that looks just like the cartoon and has great nods to the G1 character. Sounds like pure win in my book.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ironhide Transformers Toys

Honourable mentions: My lists usually always look at toys that were released at retail, especially since I care more for the toy itself and thus the mold as opposed to the character it represents. In this case though, the character it represents is a big deal and Ironhide is no stranger to redecos since that is what he started as. So I will include his Botcon 2005 Exclusive toy here, even though I am not a big fan of the mold itself. Fellow Seibertronian Sabrblade says it best:

Sabrblade wrote:It's still arguably the best Classics-style Ironhide toy there is in terms of resembling the character and [is] a good toy overall.


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Date: Thursday, November 19th 2015 2:12am CST
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
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NEW DIAMOND SELECT
Twelve awesome new items have been added to our selection from Diamond Select Toys including Batman the Animated Series Busts of Batman and Robin, X-Files Classic Minimates, Muppets Minimates, Back to the Future Minimates, iZombie Select Live Moore Exclusive, Predator Bust Bank, Superman Logo Cookie Jar, an Incredible Hulk Model Kit, Captain Marvel Femme Fatales Statue, MLP Trixie Bank, and a Green Lantern Battery Bottle Opener!
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NEW KOTOBUKIYA STAR WARS AND MORE
Kotobukiya’s Star Wars Episode VII ArtFX+ lineup keeps expanding with the all new Statue Pack that includes C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 as they appear in the upcoming film. The 1/10 scale figures assemble easily and quickly with snap-fit assembly and the box set is listed for $99.99. They have also expanded their beautiful Bishoujo line with Lucky Cloe from Tekken for $59.99 and Sniper Wolf from Metal Gear Solid for $69.99
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FT-16 SOVEREIGN
Fans Toys has just announced their new force of evil – FT-16 Sovereign. More details coming soon. $154.99
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PREMIUM SCALE STARSCREAM
The treacherous Lieutenant of the Decepticons, Starscream soars the ranks in Premium Scale and features an extremely detailed sculpt and paint application including Cybertronian tattoos! Starscream stands 16 inches tall and features over 75 points of articulation including articulated fingers, realistic weathering effect, interchangeable Missile Cluster Arm and LED light up eyes. $409.99
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NEW EAGLEMOSS
We have 17 new offerings from Eaglemoss this month including a Xindi Aquatic Ship and the S.S. Raven in the Star Trek Starships line, and a Penguin Variant Batmobile and Black Widow Bike from Batman Automobilia. In the Marvel Chess series, find Bastion Black Knight, Donald Pierce Black Pawn, Nimrod Black Rook, and Shadowcat White Pawn; representing the DC Best of collection is Catwoman and Green Arrow; expand your collection of The Hobbit figures with Dwalin and Dori; and from Marvel Fact Files we have Special Edition Groot, Jessica Jones, Avengers, Wolverine, and Cosmic to choose from.
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NEW BATMAN STATUES
The first of four new statues we have just listed is from the new DC Comics Designer Series and is based on the artwork of Andy Kubert for $104.99; joining the Black and White collection is a Batman statue and a Robin statue designed by Carmine Infantino and listed for $69.99 each; and we have a Batman bust from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns priced at $44.99.
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MONDO 1/6 SCALE TMNT
Michelangelo, the laid-back partier of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is available for the first time in 1/6 Scale! Based on the original Eastman and Laird comic book, Michelangelo features 25+ points of articulation, interchangeable heads and hands, with weapons and accessories taken right from the pages of the comic book! $149.99
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ALIENS LIFE SIZE EGG WITH FACE HUGGER
Transform any room into a deadly alien breeding ground with this Life Size Xenomorph Egg - complete with its own eerie lighting and life size facehugger! As seen in the 1986 horror classic Aliens, this full-sized replica stands almost 36 inches tall, and articulated flaps with a wire armature allow you to actually open the top folds of the egg. $439.99
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REFORMATTED R-11 SERAPHICUS PROMINON
Seraphicus Prominon stands 7.5 inches tall, comes armed with a pair of swords and transforms into an armored truck for $84.99. Upgrade Seraphicus Prominon to a fully armored mode with the Power Cradle that can also transform into a trailer for an early bird price of $119.99. We also have a set of figure and power cradle with early bird price of $199.99
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PLAY ARTS KAI CLOUD STRIFE
The highly anticipated Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children makes a return appearance to the Play Arts Kai lineup! The figure is meticulously sculpted and painted and includes a display stand, interchangeable hand parts, a total of seven swords and a cloth cape with bendable wire for unparalleled posing possibilities! $119.99
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POWER RANGERS THE MOVIE LEGACY MORPHERS
It's Morphin' Time! When Ivan Ooze is accidentally released by some construction workers, the teenagers with attitude use their trusty Morphers to become the famous superheroes! This Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie Legacy Edition Morpher Case features the Blue, Red, and Pink Ranger's Morphers, beautifully made of die-cast metal and plastic. Each morpher comes with two Power Coins. We have the set of 3 for $179.99 or get the Red Morpher for $54.99
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PLATINUM EDITION TRYPTICON
Trypticon doesn't just want to defeat his enemies - he wants to completely obliterate them from existence. Add the ultimate Autobot foe to your Transformers adventures with this Platinum Edition Trypticon figure! This 3-in-1 Decepticon bot-stomper is bad enough in dino mode, where he actually walks toward the target of his rage. When the battle is truly joined, he can convert to battle station mode with 2 cannons. But that’s not all! He converts to city mode, with loading ramps for the included Decepticon Full-Tilt and Brunt figures! $179.99
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1/6 SCALE CHAMBER OF SECRETS FIGURES
These 1/6 scale figures feature the fully realized authentic likeness of Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy as seen in the movie "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” with accurate facial expressions and detailed skin texture. Both figures come with a broom and Quidditch accessories. The figures are $199.99 each or you can get them in a set for $379.99
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FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER ARTFX+
The First Order Stormtrooper stands at the ready, blaster in hand. The First Order Stormtrooper features magnets in the armored feet for added stability on the included base. $44.99
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YAMI YUGI FIGMA FIGURE
From the popular anime series "Yu-Gi-Oh!" comes a figma of Yugi Muto's alternate personality, Yami Yugi! This figure stands nearly 6 inches tall and includes the Millennium Puzzle, Duel Disk, removable cape, a hand of cards, alternate facial expressions, alternate eyes and a figma stand. $64.99
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EVIL-LYN BUST
The next release in the Masters of the Universe collectible bust series by Tweeterhead is Evil-Lyn! The intelligent and fearless evil sorceress helps Skeletor as his second-in-command. This 7 inch tall collectible bust features seven Swarovski Crystals. Evil-Lyn, the beautiful dark magician is a perfect addition to your Masters of the Universe collection! $89.99
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JUDGE DREDD’S LAWMASTER
Heavily armored, supremely weaponized and with its 4000cc V8 KT23 engine the Lawmaster is designed to dominate anything else on the streets of Mega-City One. Digitally modeled and specifically designed to interact with the One:12 Collective Judge Dredd figure, the Lawmaster features 5 distinct sounds, multiple light-up features, free-rolling rubber-slick tires, turning handle bars, built in handcuff storage pod and a light-up Synitron GK13 onboard computer display. $125.00
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DNA DESIGN DK-01 UPGRADE KIT
This upgrade kit comes with new hands, face plates, and other add-on pieces for a certain combining construction figure. $46.99
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KLINGON BAT’LETH FOAM PROP REPLICA
Add extra authenticity to your costume with this soft foam replica of the most honorable weapon of all, the Klingon Bat'leth! Modeled on an actual prop used on screen in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the foam construction makes it perfectly safe, even at a massive 4 feet long - yet the detailed paint deco is so realistic you may mistake it for a lock of Kahless' own hair dipped in lava and twisted into a weapon to make empires tremble. $49.99
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WONDER WOMAN ART OF WAR STATUE
Wonder Woman, a symbol of strength and empowerment for women everywhere, comes to life like never before in this exclusive ART OF WAR statue produced by an all-star, all-female creative team including designer Amanda Conner, sculptor Karen Palinko, painter Kim Dullaghan and art director Janice Walker. This fierce God of War is ready for action! $69.99
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1/6 SCALE ANIMAL SERIES BRITISH BULLDOGS
These super realistic 1/6 scale Bulldogs are made of high quality resin and feature vivid hand painting and include a real leather dog collar and metal leash. These little guys come in four colors and would be a great addition to any 1/6 scale figure collection. $29.99 each
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STAR WARS STAR CARS
These stylized 3 inch die-cast cars by Takara are designed to resemble favorite Star Wars characters including Kylo Ren, First Order Stormtrooper, Captain Phasma, BB-8, and Chewbacca. $9.99 each
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THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO
We have added a bunch of new items from Thunderbirds Are Go! Including the Fab 1 and Thunderbird S vehicles with sound for $24.99 each, the Die-Cast vehicle Gift Set C for $22.99, the Die-Cast Vehicle Omega Set for $32.99, The Mole Remote Control Vehicle for $42.99, the 1/144 Scale Thunderbird 2 with Thunderbird 4 model kit for $44.99 and the 1/72 Scale Thunderbird S model kit for $39.99
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STAR WARS METAL FIGURE COLLECTION
Three new figures have joined Takara’s Metal Figure Collection including #013 Darth Maul, #014 Rey, and #015 Chewbacca. Each figure stands just over 3 inches tall, features moveable head and arms, and they all include some plastic parts. $11.99 each
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DISNEY HYBRID METAL FIGURATION
“Always let your conscience be your guide.” Jiminy is a small cricket with wise, humorous, and optimistic characteristics, always making jokes to amuse himself while teaching Pinocchio the values of life, morals and the danger of temptation. Jiminy Cricket includes interchangeable hands, 2 umbrellas, interchangeable faces, his signature top hat and a display stand. $109.99
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1/4 SCALE SERIES OF THE EMPIRES FIGURES
The Teutonic Reload Knight joins the Series of the Empires figure lineup and features a highly detailed suit of armor that includes chainmail, underclothing, figure body with head, double handed long sword, dagger, belt, interchangeable hands and more. $367.99
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ALIEN BIG CHAP MINI FIGURES
Collect and trade these Big Chap Mini Figures to complete the full set of six different poses: hanging, sitting, prone, squat, headstand, and yoga. Each box includes two randomly packed 2 inch tall, non-articulated mini-figures that feature highly detailed sculpting. $8.99
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1/8 SCALE TSUKIGANE MAIA ANI STATUE
This statue of Tsukigane Maia is based on the anime series Aquarion Logos The pilot of Vector-02 is frozen in time as she runs headlong into danger while looking back at you over her shoulder with a stern expression on her face. Maia wears her distinctive outfit consisting of white shoes, cutoff jean shorts, and a light pink jacket tied over a white shirt. Tsukigane Maia stands just over 8 inches tall as she races forward, balanced beautifully on a specially designed display base. Make sure you capture Maia before she runs away for good! $79.99
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DRAGON BALL STYLING FIGURES
Trunks and Chi-Chi are joining the Dragon Ball Styling lineup! The Trunks figure features an interchangeable right arm and sword with scabbard and Chi-I Chi features an interchangeable head parts (with and without helmet). $13.99 each
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BATMAN BRASS STATUE
Batman is captured in this timeless, high-end statue. Cast in brass, the statue is shipped in its own custom wooden crate and includes a pair of handling gloves. This 20 inch tall statue of the caped crusader is strictly limited to 100 pieces, so order yours today. $3999.99
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1/6 SCALE CHINESE ARMY FIGURES
Three new figures representing the Army, Navy and Air Force have joined the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Honor Guard figure line by Damtoy. These highly detailed figures feature the DAM 2.0 Narrow shoulders body type and come with loads of accessories. $139.99 each
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2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 1/6 SCALE FIGURE
Academy award winning 2001: A Space Odyssey was the highest grossing North American film in 1968 due in large part to its pioneering special effects, imagery, and relevant themes. The Dr. Dave Bowman 1/6 Scale figure features the likeness of actor Keir Dullea with over 40 points of articulation and includes his red astronaut suit with accessories for $379.99; and we also have a blue astronaut suit with accessories for $279.99
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UNIVERSAL SOLDIER 1/6 FIGURES
These figures of Andrew Scott and Luc Deveraux from Universal Soldier feature the DAM Action body and come with a host of uniform parts and accessories. $199.99 each
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POP! EXCLUSIVE SWAMP THING
Swamp Thing gets the Pop! vinyl treatment in these PX Previews Exclusive figures in regular and Glow-in-the-Dark versions. $11.99 each
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PERFECTION SERIES SPHINX ALTERNATIVE
PS-01A Sphinx Alternative is primarily the same figure as the PS-01 Sphinx, but this version will not include a parachute and the blue color of the PS-01A is slightly lighter than original PS-01. PS-01A Sphinx Alternative stands 6.5 inches tall in robot mode and transforms into a racing car and features some die-cast parts. $87.99
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POP! FALLOUT 4 FIGURES
The highly anticipated Fallout 4 series is coming to Pop! vinyl. The game's main character, Sole Survivor and his loyal companion Dogmeat, take on the post-nuclear world 200 years after the Great War! You may need to utilize the T-60 Power Armor to take down the ghoulish John Hancock! $9.99 each
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STATIC ARTS GOLLUM
Gollum, the strange yet lovable creature, makes his first appearance as a Static Arts mini! While paying close attention to bring out Gollum’s unique personality, the vivid colors of the paintwork is characteristic of the Static Arts mini style, and the skin and hair are very realistic. With a skinny body and a doe-eyed expression, this Gollum statuette is “spooky-cute” - a “preciousss” addition to any collector’s line up! $57.99
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STAR WARS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
This stellar collection contains the unforgettable John Williams scores to the entire Star Wars saga to date on 10 CDs and 1 DVD, including a bonus CD featuring exclusive Interviews with John Williams and Harrison Ford, a fold-out poster/booklet (using an old poster image from Lucasfilm library) and 3 stickers, and the DVD Star Wars - A Musical Journey, a collection of 16 music video clips (more than one hour of content) from the Star Wars films highlighted with selected themes from John Williams's scores. $69.99
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EPISODE VII 3D DECO LIGHTS
Let the Force illuminate your room with these cordless, battery operated lights based on the new Star Wars epic, The Force Awakens. Easy to install on any wall, these lights use environmentally friendly LED bulbs that are never hot to the touch, and provide a dramatic accent whether they're switched on or off. We have many to choose from including Boba Fett, C-3PO, Death Star, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Millennium Falcon, Stormtrooper, Darth Vader (helmet or lightsaber), and Yoda (head or lightsaber). $44.99 each
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NIPAKO NENDOROID
From a planet many light years away from Earth known as Planet Kougu, comes a princess who loves the subculture on Earth - Nipako! The character is a personification of plastic model nippers created by the metalworking town of Tsubame-Sanjou in Niigata prefecture - her real name is Celine P. Nippern, and now she is joining the Nendoroids! A 1/144th scale Nipako runner kit is included for her to try and put together, as well as a special stand to hold your hobby nippers! $49.99
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BATMAN ARKHAM GAMES MYSTERY MINIS
There's been a security breach from Arkham Asylum! The Arkham Mystery Minis are on the loose and The Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Scarecrow are causing mayhem! Will Batman, Nightwing, and Robin be able to stop them? The figures are 2.5 inches tall and are available in a Box of 12 for $69.99 or grab a random single for $6.99 each.
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SAILOR MOON LIFESTYLE GOODS
Show the world your love of everything Sailor Moon with these new Lifestyle items including a Denim pouch in Pink or Blue for $15.99 each, Sailor Moon or Tuxedo Memo Pads for $5.99 each, 4 styles of the Guardian Journal for $6.99 each, 5 different Guardian Ball Point Pens for $8.99 each and 6 different Guardian Memo Pad in a Tin for $6.99 each.
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TONY TONY CHOPPER COIN BANK
Chopper from One Piece is ready to guard your spare change! Tony Tony Chopper is seen sitting and ready to accommodate your coins. If you like the world's most famous morphing deer as a mascot, you absolutely need this bank. $31.99
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DOCTOR WHO SPEAKERS AND HEADPHONES
These officially licensed wireless Bluetooth speakers and headphones are built for Whovian’s, collectors and audiophiles alike, and feature the meticulous cosmetic craftsmanship and incredible sound quality you expect from the engineers at Massive Audio. In the Bluetooth Speakers we have Dalek Sec for $99.99, Tardis for $119.99, Assault Dalek for $129.99; as well as a set of Tardis and Dalek Sec for $219.99 and a set of the two Daleks for $239.99. The headphones come wired for $69.99 or wireless Bluetooth for $99.99 and come in either black with the Doctor Who logo or white with the Tardis.
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SEGA ALL STARS DAN LI STATUE
"Get up… I'll allow you to die like a warrior…" First 4 Figures is proud to reveal Shenmue's lead antagonist and Ryo's nemesis: Lan Di. Lan Di is stood arrogantly beckoning, captured in the tense moments immediately after retrieving the Dragon Mirror, and immediately before the brutal demise of Ryo's father. This statue has been cast completely in high grade polystone, and is painted to exacting standards to capture the exceptional and intricate details of Lan Di's design. $229.99
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TERMINATOR GENISYS T-800 BUST
This bust features the battle damage from Terminator Genisys after the fight scene between the 1984 Terminator and the Guardian in Griffith Park. The bust is 14 inches tall and features an LED light-up terminator eye. $349.99
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BUCK ROGERS STARFIGHTER
This model of the Buck Rogers Starfighter is 1/24th scale, cast from the original studio scale patterns. This piece comes with a stand and is fully wired to light the engines and the interior console. $749.99
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STAR WARS WACKY WOBBLERS
The Force Awakens Wacky Wobblers lend a classic style to an exciting new Star Wars chapter! C-3PO is a fastidious and worry prone protocol droid longing for more peaceful times; Princess Leia keeps him in the frontlines of the galactic conflict; Flametroopers carry incendiary weapons that can
transform any battlefield into an infernal blaze; Kylo Ren is a dark warrior strong with the Force and commands First Order missions with a temper as
fiery as his unconventional lightsaber; Finn is a trained warrior desperate to escape his past; and equipped with sleek armor and powerful weapons,
the Stormtroopers enforce the will of the First Order. $12.99 each
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WARCRAFT STATUES
This amazing line of collectible statues by Gentle Giant celebrates the release of Warcraft the movie. These incredible statues based on the massively multilayer online role-playing game are brought to life using cutting edge 3D sculpting and printing and are hand cast and hand painted. Start your collection with Gul’danfor $538.99, Orgrim and Durotan for $403.99 each, and Lothar for $268.99.
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RED SONJA PREMIUM FORMAT FIGURE
“Whatever the battleground, whatever the foe, I shall never falter! So swears Red Sonja!” Since her fearless debut in 1973, Red Sonja has redefined the fantasy genre with her fiery temper and ferocious ability to best any man or beast in combat. Standing 20 inches tall in a magnificent dynamic composition, Sideshow’s Red Sonja She-Devil with a Sword Premium Format Figure captures the legendary warrior-woman at her best – forging her own path, leaving only death and destruction in her wake. $549.99
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MARILYN MUNSTER MAQUETTE
The bombshell niece from The Munsters joins the Maquette lineup from Tweeterhead! Marilyn Munster is the only non-ghoul member of the Munster family. The sixth scale Maquette features Marilyn holding Spot's collar and includes a bust the character sculpted in The Munsters episode "Prehistoric Munster". $224.99
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SHIRE POST MINT COLLECTIBLE COINS
These collections and sets of coins from The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and The Hobbit are struck from real brass, copper, or iron. We have many sets to choose from with prices ranging from $24.99 to $39.99.
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STAR WARS SIGNATURE STEINS
Chewbacca is the latest character to be crafted into a decorative stein by Underground Toys. The Chewbacca Signature Stein stands an impressive 9 inches tall and can hold up to 22oz. of any beverage. Crafted in the highest quality ceramic with painstaking attention to detail, the innovative design features a head-hinged lid with genuine pewter thumb lid. $44.99
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NIGHTS KING BUST
One of the most dramatic moments in season 5 of HBO's adaptation of Game of Thrones is when the Night's King, demonic leader of the White Walkers, raises the fallen wildlings in the aftermath of the massacre at Hardhome. Arms raised as if he is a conductor orchestrating a crescendo, his otherworldly blue eyes demonic as they challenge Jon Snow, it is a pivotal moment in the award-winning saga. Drawing on the skills of sculptor Dave Cortes, Dark Horse has captured this moment in all its detail. $109.99
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DC COLLECTIBLES NOW IN STOCK
Batman The Animated Series Batman, Riddler, Poison Ivy, Penguin, and Batgirl have arrived and are ready to join your collection; Batman Arkham Knight fans can finally get their hands on Commissioner Gordon and Robin; if you are addicted to the CW hit television series Arrow, then the 6” Arsenal figure is for you; and in the DC Comics Icons 6” series we have Mister Miracle, Green Arrow and Deadman. All these great figures are in stock now for $21.99 each. But wait, there’s more! Nightmare Before Christmas collections will not be complete without the Jack & Sally 12” Doll Set that features real cloth costumes with the figures packed together in a coffin shaped window box for $89.99
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MX-II ANDRAS
The second figure in the Master X series, MX-II Andras, stands 9 inches tall in robot mode and transforms into a space vehicle. Andras features three LED components including the eyes and includes a Rimfire Target Mini Warrior, a clear figure stand, a laser gun, instructions and a bio card. $159.99
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VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI THOR
The Mighty Thor Odinson, heir to the King of the Gods, is descended to the human world of Midgard and his godly aspect has been captured in this Variant Play Arts Kai figure! Thor features highly detailed ornamental armor, and his mighty hammer Mjolnir has been exaggerated in size to convey the sense of power it imbues. The alternate facial expressions, optional hand parts, lightning effects, and figure stand allow for a variety of dynamic poses.
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1/4 SCALE PREDATOR 2 FIGURES
Standing nearly 20 inches tall, each 1/4 scale Predator 2 figure features multiple points of articulation and accessories including netted attire and an extending spear. The case of 2 includes the Warrior Predator and the Masked City Hunter Predator. $209.99
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ULTIMATE LEATHERFACE FIGURE
It's Leatherface like you've never seen him! This figure is based on his appearance in the 1983 side-scrolling game, stands 7 inches tall and has over 25 points of articulation for great poses. He comes with vinyl apron and chainsaw accessory and his special paint deco reproduces the game's stylized look. $21.99
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FANTASY FIGURE GALLERY WONDER WOMAN
Standing tall and defiantly, armed with her Lasso of Truth, her golden tiara and indestructible bracelets, Princess Diana of Themyscira reaches for her sword and makes her way amidst the rubble to once more face her foe! Lovingly crafted as envisioned by world renowned fantasy artist Luis Royo and brought to stunning life in 1/6th scale by Shin Tanabe, this statue is a must have for Wonder Woman and DC Comics fans alike! “Of all people you know who I am. Who the world needs me to be… I'm Wonder Woman.” $229.99
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GATCHAMAN G-2 ACTION FIGURE
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman is a five-member superhero team composed of the main characters of several anime that feature recurring themes involving conservation, environmentalism, and the responsible use of technology for progress. The Gatchaman G-2 figure stands 7 inches tall and is made of plastic and die-cast parts in the G-2 color scheme. He comes with alternate hands, a wing shuriken, and display base. It also has light up features (batteries included). $79.99
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EPISODE VII 3.75 INCH TWO PACKS
Choose your side in the battle between the Resistance and the First Order! Each Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2-Pack features two 3.75-inch action figures with five points of articulation, and comes with accessories and projectile weapons. Series 02 includes BB-8 with Unkars Thug & Jakku Scavenger, R2-D2 & C-3PO, and Rebels Darth Vader & Ahsoka Tano in a Set for $49.99
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MAKE TOYS GUNDOG
MakeToys continues their Re: Master series with not one but two Gundog figures! MTRM-02N features a light green paint job and MTRM-02Y features a dark green paint job. Each figure stands 6.5 inches tall in robot mode and transforms to jeep mode. $89.99 each
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PULP FICTION TALKING FIGURES
Finally…the Pulp Fiction figures we have all been waiting for! These 13 inch tall talking figures by Beeline Creative feature 7 to 12 authentic and EXPLICIT movie quotes, custom tailored movie accurate clothing, and character specific accessories. We have Vincent, Jules, and Jimmie in stock and ready to join your collection! $44.99 each
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S.H. FIGUARTS WAR MACHINE MARK II
This awesome figure of War Machine Mark II as seen in The Avengers Age of Ultron features die-cast and plastic parts with a heavy gun metal gray metallic and matte finish. He comes with alternate hands, palm effects, leg effects, a back mounted gun and a shot effect. $99.99
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Unlike what the internet will tell you, the "new" Robots in Disguise line has its fans. One of the main compaints from this line, however, was the problem with Grimlock's scale. He towers over his friends on the show but Hasbro's line doesn't go beyond the warrior/deluxe class for the more traditional collector figures. This is why Takara's Transformers Adventure Battle Grimlock figure is probably one of the most sought after figures from the corresponding line in Japan since it is a retool of the Voyager class FOC Grimlock. There is a lot of retooling done and you can see the breakdown of this toy through the three reviews below. We have two from fellow Seibertronians, EbeforeI and Chuckdawg1999 as well as an extra long one from Emgo. Enjoy!


ebeforei wrote:Here is my detailed review of the Takara/Tomy Transformers Adventure Voyager Class TAV30 Battle GRIMLOCK - A heavy remold of the Voyager Class Fall Of Cybertron Grimlock... this actually REALLY WORKS to make the figure we should have gotten to begin with.

http://www.youtube.com/ebeforeinet


chuckdawg1999 wrote:Leave it to Takara to take a good, existing Grimlock mold and turn it into something great. Takara basically rebuilt the FOC Grimlock from the ground up, giving us a new shell and head. If you're really into scale then this figure will fit perfectly into your RID display.




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