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BBTS News: Star Wars, SDCC, Bandai JP, Transformers, Suicide Squad & Funko Pop!

Transformers News: BBTS News: Star Wars, SDCC, Bandai JP, Transformers, Suicide Squad & Funko Pop!
Date: Wednesday, May 25th 2016 5:22pm CDT
Category: Sponsor News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Primal | Credit(s): Big Bad Toy Store

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NEW PRE-ORDERS
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STAR WARS EPISODE V 1/6 SCALE YODA
"Do or do not. There is no try." Jedi Master Yoda was the wisest and most powerful of all Jedi. The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Yoda in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. It features two newly developed head sculpts, a specially developed body, finely tailored costume, a range of detailed accessories including a cane, crate container, small lamp, LED-light up power unit, and Dagobah diorama figure base with rocks. $199.99
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NEW BANDAI JAPAN & OTHER IMPORTS
We have just listed some cool new import items including S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider W Cyclone Joker, S.H. Figuarts Sasuke Uchiha and Itachi Uchiha from Naruto, Tamashii Effect Wind in Green & Violet, Star Wars Egg Attack R2-D2 and C-3PO, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hybrid Metal Set of 4.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=21132

TAKARA MP-25L LOUDPEDAL
This redeco and retool of the previously released Masterpiece Tracks features a head sculpt that is reminiscent of the original G1 toy and transforms into a Corvette Stingray. MP-25L LoudPedal comes with a gun for robot mode, a grill-mounted gun in car mode, a Raoul mini-figure and a boom box -- both featuring new color schemes, rear-view mirrors for car mode, and a flight stand. $89.99
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SDCC 2016 EXCLUSIVES
Diamond Comics just announced their huge list of exclusives for SDCC 2016 and it features Ghostbusters Select Marshmallow Peter Venkman, Marvel Gallery Captain Marvel and Unmasked Spider-Gwen, a flocked and scented Pop! Swamp Thing, Marvel Now! Emma Frost White Costume ArtFX+, DC Bombshells Vinyl Noir Catwoman and Noir Wonder Woman figures, Daredevil Minimates, Batman The Animated Series Batman Logo Bust, and so much more!
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... dcc%202016

NECA A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
NECA continues their retro horror figure lineup with the A Nightmare on Elm Street IV: Dream Masters 8” Surgeon Freddy that features removable surgical scrubs with mask and hat, and includes sunglasses and a bone saw for $27.99; and their Ultimate Action Figure lineup with the A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors 7” Ultimate Freddy Action Figure that includes alternate heads and hands, the Elm Street house, a Freddy puppet and removable hat for $24.99
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REAL MASTERPIECE 1/6 KOBE BRYANT TWO PACK
The Kobe Bryant two pack features two unique bodies each with a museum quality head sculpt and 30 points of articulation. The two figures represent his rookie and final seasons and include complete uniforms for both as well as an All-Star MVP trophy and specially developed figure stand. $264.99
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DEADPOOL COLLECTOR’S GALLERY 10” STATUE
Gentle Giant is excited to announce the next statue in their wildly popular Collector’s Gallery lineup—Deadpool! This digitally sculpted, hand-painted 1:18 scale statue features his signature swords, a plethora of projectile weapons, and more! $143.99
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NEW MIRACLE ACTION FIGURE EX – MAFEX
Medicom brings No.032 Joker and No.33 Harley Quinn from the 2016 Suicide Squad movie to life in their MAFEX lineup! Each figure features about 20 points of articulation, stands just over 6 inches tall, and includes character specific accessories, interchangeable heads, and articulated display stands. $49.99 each
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... arch=mafex

KING ARTS 1/9 SCALE FIGURES AND REPLICAS
We have just listed a few more amazing new 1/9 scale items by King Arts including the Iron Man Mark IV Suit Up Gantry, Iron Man Mark IV Armor figure, Iron Man Mark I figure, and the Captain America: Civil War Shield replica. We also have the highly detailed 2.5 inch tall Ant-Man on stone posed figure.
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DC COMICS JUMBO FIGURES
The DC Super Powers version of The Joker, Batman, and Robin are joining Gentle Giant’s Jumbo figure collection. The Joker comes with his ridiculously oversized mallet, Robin features his signature yellow cape, and Batman features his blue and gray costume with fabric cape. The figures are made of high quality vinyl and come in re-sealable blister packaging that features retro artwork. $80.99 each
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GOD OF WAR 3 ULTIMATE KRATOS
This menacing 7" scale action figure features over 30 points of articulation and an incredibly realistic sculpt. Kratos is fully equipped to do battle with the gods themselves with two flaming Blades of Athena, two Cestus gauntlets, and two interchangeable head sculpts based on both the promotional art and in-game models. $24.99
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NEW FUNKO ITEMS
A ton of new Pop! figures are up for preorder including the Big Friendly Giant from the upcoming The BFG movie; Jesse, Cassidy and Arseface from the new AMC series Preacher; classic animated characters like Rick & Morty and Space Ghost; the adorable dragon Elliott from Pete’s Dragon; Jen, Kira & Fizzgig, Aughra, The Chamberlain Skeksis, and Ursol the Chanter from The Dark Crystal; The Green Arrow and two versions of Speedy from the hit CW series Arrow; and the dastardly villain known as Zoom from CW’s The Flash series.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=21083

IRON FACTORY IF-EX15 SOUL REAPER
IF-EX15 Soul Reaper by Iron Factory is approximately 4 inches tall in robot mode and transforms into a hypersonic jet. This highly poseable figure comes with an array of weapons. $39.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail

TITANFALL 20” IMC OGRE WITH PILOT FIGURE
This incredibly detailed and highly poseable IMC Ogre from Titanfall stands 20 inches tall and has over 100 articulated parts, including the fingers! IMC Ogre features real pistons to control movement of the waist and feet, cannon with ammo drum, opening hatch with cockpit that fits the included 6” pilot figure, multiple light-up features, and an articulated tri-missile launcher with missiles. $429.99
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NEW THIRD PARTY FIGURES
The Generation Toy GT-04 stands nearly 7 inches tall in robot mode and transforms into a sports car for $99.99; and the SteelPests Team SPT01 Steel Bug stands 6 inches tall, transforms into a battle tank and is armed with two blasters and a shovel for $54.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=21097

STAR WARS EPVII 18” DELUXE BB-8 FIGURE
From a galaxy far, far away, your favorite Episode 7 droid comes to life from JAKKS Pacific. Inspired by the Star Wars film The Force Awakens film, BB-8 stands 18" tall (in scale to other 31" figures) and is highly detailed. He includes lights, sounds, and spinning dome. Open his chest compartment to reveal a real working tech arm! $64.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail

ASSASSIN’S CREED 2016 MOVIE ITEMS
McFarlane Toys has just announced a couple of cool new items based on the 2016 Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, who experiences the adventures of Aguilar, his ancestor from 15th century Spain. The Aguilar Figure is 7” tall, was sculpted using 3D scans of the actor, features his iconic Assassin robes and weapons and is #12 in the Blue Wave Color Tops Collector Edition line; and the Aguilar’s Hidden Blade roleplay gauntlet features button activated hidden blade play action and includes a cinch cord for a comfortable fit on adult arms.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... eed%202016

NEW REBOR DINOSAURS
Rebor continues their replica dinosaur line with two new babies: 1/18 scale Velociraptor “Stan” and 1/35 scale Utahraptor “Breeze”; and two new 1/6 scale Museum Class Replicas: Compsognathus Longpies “Sentry” and the “Bad Company” Compsognathus Longpies Four Pack.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... 0dinosaurs

DOCTOR WHO ACCESSORIES
Calling all Whovians! Complete your favorite Doctor Cosplay with these new accessories by AbbyShot Clothiers. We have the Seventh Doctor’s Umbrella, the Fifth Doctor’s Celery Lapel Pin, the Sixth Doctor’s Cat Lapel Pin, and the Fourth Doctor’s Painter Lapel Pin.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... 20abbyshot

NEW LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT SETS
The DC Bombshells Lithographic Print Set includes 9 stunning prints featuring female DC characters in the Bombshell style by Ant Lucina and the Ghostbusters Lithographic Print Set includes 8 archival quality prints each featuring artwork by a different artist. The lithographic prints in both sets are 12” x 8” and will create a beautiful display on any wall.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ic%20print

GARBAGE PAIL KIDS COLLECTOR TRADING CARDS
This all new collection of Garbage Pail Kids trading cards parodies the current "Golden Age of Television" with all-new genre-based subsets spoofing the top-viewed and most buzz-worthy TV shows. The collection features 220 Themed Base Sticker Cards with 110 A & B names featuring all-new art, Insert Cards, Autograph Relics, Sketch Cards, Printing plates and more! The Collector Trading Cards Box features 24 individual packs that include 5 sticker cards plus 1 bruised parallel and is listed for $129.99. The Trading Card Box features 24 individual packs that include 10 sticker cards and is listed for $69.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ail%20kids

MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR
Re-live the adventure of the hit Nickelodeon show with this collection of figures including the 10.5 inch tall fashion dolls and 5 inch tall articulated figures of Ladybug, Marinette, Adrien, and Cat Noir; and the limited articulation Jump & Fly Ladybug and Cat Noir figures.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ch=LADYBUG

STAR WARS EPISODE VII PREMIUM FORMAT FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER
The First Order Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure continues Sideshow’s adventure in the universe of The Force Awakens. This screen accurate collectible features the sleekly designed armor and helmet of the most feared fighting force in the Galaxy and also wields his blaster rifle. $499.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail

MP-29 MASTERPIECE DESTRON LASERWAVE WITH MEGATRON GUN
The MP-29 Masterpiece Destron Laserwave (Shockwave) is so popular it is being released again with all the same features and accessories, but this version now includes a bonus Megatron Gun! $169.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... arch=MP-29

THREE KINGDOMS SERIES 1/6 GUAN YU AND HORSE
Guan Yu was a general during the late Eastern Han dynasty. He played a significant role in the civil war that led to the change of ruling leadership during the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history. The 1/6 scale figure of Guan Yu features real fabric beard, interchangeable hands, a highly detailed multi-piece costume, and multiple weapons. We also have his red horse that includes a saddle with matching bridle, a harness and a cento.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... s%20series

BLOODBORNE TAPESTRIES
Gecco is pleased to announce a brand new collectible fine art tapestry from the mega hit action RPG Bloodborne. One banner features the Hunter in the cursed city of Yharnam and the other features “Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower”. The splendid artwork is perfectly recreated on the highest quality, thick double-suede polyester, and the fabric captures the color brilliantly. $39.99 each
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... 20Tapestry

NEW JAPANESE EXCLUSIVES
We have ten new Japanese exclusives up for preorder including Garo Special Midnight Sun Monster Figure, S.H.Figuarts Golden Knight Garo, Figuarts Zero Senor Pink, S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla featuring EVA-01 Evangelion colors, and more!
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=21139

STAR TREK 50TH ANNIVERSARY ART PRINT
QMX is honoring Star Trek with the starship Enterprise silhouetted against a blazing yellow sun. Below is this quote from Spock in The Tholian Web (Season 3, Episode 9 of the original TV series): "In critical moments, men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see." Printed on 100 lb. satin-finish paper, this 27” x 40” art print would be a great gift for any Trekkie! $19.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... NNIVERSARY

1/6 SCALE GANGSTERS KINGDOM HEART II BENSON
Dam Toys GK013 1/6 scale Gangsters Kingdom “Heart II” Benson is built on a 12 inch action figure muscle type body and includes a ton of accessories like a fur coat, black leather pants, wallet with chain, machine guns, pistols, knuckle dusters, sunglasses, necklaces and bracelets, and even a sofa with a “tiger fur” blanket! $165.99
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NEW ARRIVALS
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MYTHIC LEGIONS FIGURES AND ACCESSORIES
These 6 inch scaled, beautifully detailed and highly articulated action figures from the Mythic Legions line by Four Horsemen come in collector friendly blister-card packaging with a variety of interchangeable weapons and accessories. We have the full line available including the Standard Figures, Legion Builder Figures, the Deluxe Barbarian Builder Set, Weapons Packs and Figure Stands.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... %20legions

NEW BANDAI JAPAN
A few highly anticipated figures from Bandai Japan have arrived this week including the S.H.Figuarts Freddie Mercury in his iconic yellow jacket from the 1986 Live at Wembley Stadium concert and featuring head sculpts created using digital facial printing technology that brings each expression to life; the Dragon Ball Z S.H.Figuarts Beerus the Destroyer, complete with interchangeable yawning face, head, and hands; and the S.H.Figuarts Lupin the 3rd and Fujiko Mine from the popular Lupin the Third manga.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=18640

KRE-O G.I. JOE BUILDING SET EXCLUSIVE
Join the battle against Cobra with this Kre-O G.I. Joe building set! You can literally assemble an elite G.I. Joe fighting force led by Sgt. Slaughter, and then take the fight to Destro and the Iron Grenadiers. This set also includes a bonus Triple ‘T’ Tank to help Slaughter’s Marauders win the battle! With Kre-O G.I. Joe sets, building is half the battle! $39.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail

ONE:12 COLLECTIVE STAR TREK SPOCK
Spock, one of the most iconic and enduring characters from the original Star Trek series is joining the One:12 Collective lineup! Spock is wearing a real fabric uniform and features incredible sculpted details that capture the likeness of Leonard Nemoy as Spock. With alternate head, alternate hands, and multiple accessories, this figure is sure to “Live long and prosper” in your Star Trek collection! $70.00
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LDD SERIES 31: DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
A rustle in a dark corner, a bump in the night, a noise under the bed can all cause such a fright. These are the things of bad dreams and plight, we strongly suggest you Don’t Turn Out The Lights. The Living Dead Dolls newest nightmarish series is based on the things that make us afraid of the dark and features five dolls who exist only in the twilight: Umbral, Kreek, The Dark, Bea Neath, Thump. Each doll is 10 inches tall with 5 points of articulation, real cloth clothing and is packed in their own coffin complete with death certificate. Case of 5 is $124.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... 0dead%2031

NEW THIRD PARTY
TW-C03 Burden and TW-C04 Allocater are part of the latest combining figure from ToyWorld that will be an incredible 20 inches tall when all six robots are combined! These construction vehicles feature very nice detailing including rubber wheels, LED lighting, movable vehicle tracks and shooting weapons. $99.99 each
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=18325

44th Annual J. P. Morgan Conference: Hasbro CEO Speaks

Transformers News: 44th Annual J. P. Morgan Conference: Hasbro CEO Speaks
Date: Wednesday, May 25th 2016 12:47pm CDT
Categories: Press Releases, Company News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Primal | Credit(s): J. P. Morgan Conference

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Convening for the 44th Annual J. P. Morgan Conference was the Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, who gave a nice speech about how well Hasbro is doing as well as some Highlights of their future plans. We have quoted some of the general Transformers points below.

You can listen to the recording in full HERE

Brian Goldner wrote:Nerf is currently the number 1 revenue maker, with Transformers being in second behind it.

Hasbro has started making a new cinematic universe, where the micronauts among others shall be brought to the big screen, and many new Brand names will be brought out. The universe shall begin around 2018/2019.

Hasbro-owned Mobile Game Developer Backflip Studios shall be cranking out some new games such as Earth Wars, which is also part of a new 360 Degrees Ways to Play which integrates toys and games, among other things. Games will also be less violence-related and more adventurous.

Frustration-Free Packaging is being researched for for online retailers.

The Fan community is now noted to be a major contributing factor to the toyline, as now over 20% of products are purchased by people over 16 years of age.

Transformers: The Last Knight will continue the storyline of Age of Extinction, while the Bumblebee movie is set to focus on Bee and most likely will be a standalone.

Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Beast Wars Comics

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Beast Wars Comics
Date: Wednesday, May 25th 2016 12:21pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Toy News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Primal | Credit(s): Wolfman Jake

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You may remember that time a few days ago when we showed off the new Legends Waspinator, Rattrap and Rhinox courtesy of our very own Wolfman Jake. Well, after showing off the new figures, the Wolfman was kind enough to even take pictures of the comics that came with said figures and present them to us. So, without further ado, here are the comics that came with Legends Rattrap, Waspinator and Rhinox! Check them out below, and let us know what you think of them in the comments section. And expect some translations to come along here very shortly as well.

Legends Rattrap
Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Beast Wars Comics

Legends Waspinator
Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Beast Wars Comics

Legends Rhinox

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Takara Transformers Unite Warriors Rook / Nosecone Retool Comparisons

Transformers News: Takara Transformers Unite Warriors Rook / Nosecone Retool Comparisons
Date: Wednesday, May 25th 2016 7:54am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Primal | Credit(s): Figure King Magazine

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Thanks to Seibertronian Cyberpath we have a new image from Figure King Magazines showing off Rook with his retooled parts that are to be included with Nosecone, part of the Unite Warriors Set. All the retooled parts are in different colors and it also shows that the drill can function as a hand held weapon. Check out the image mirrored below and let us know what you think in the comments section, and as always stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all your latest Transformers News and Galleries.

Transformers News: Takara Transformers Unite Warriors Rook/Nosecone Retool Comparisons

IDW The Transformers #53 Review

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #53 Review
Date: Wednesday, May 25th 2016 6:15am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: ScottyP | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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You're ridiculous, Sky-Byte


Spoiler Warning! The contents of this review may, and likely will, spoil significant parts of this book, and possibly others in the IDW Transformers meta-series. "Trade paperback only" readers should wander away now! This is your one and only warning.

Synopsis and Credits
ALL HAIL OPTIMUS part 4! It's all-out war as OPTIMUS PRIME's forces move on GALVATRON's DECEPTICONS—with Earth caught in the middle! Unusual alliances have formed… and secrets will be revealed.

Full creator credits can be found in our Vector Sigma Database page for this issue.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #53 Review
Skydiving Poetry Slam


Story
The story of All Hail Optimus continues with this week's release of The Transformers #53 from IDW Publishing, otherwise known as the book just about every Transformers fan is still calling Robots in Disguise. We join our heroes, I guess, back on Earth where they just did a thing and got attacked by humans and Prime lost an arm or something. Oh, and then he blackmailed some peace seeking Decepticons into joining what amounts to an Optimus Prime led invasion force using some wicked, cunning, downright messed up appeal to Soundwave's more logical side. That part of issue number 52 last month was really good, so I was excited to dive into this next chapter.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #53 Review
Still a fascinating pivot.

The story of Optimus Prime's descent to the dark side of The Force has been really fascinating to witness. While I still foresee some shenanigans on the horizon with a certain police car, if I go with the benefit of the doubt and Prime's head isn't being messed with (this book hasn't earned this benefit over the years, but I'm feeling generous) the subtlety of the character work has been pulled off pretty brilliantly. The normally consistent Optimus has become quite unpredictable, with each new move feeling more desperate even if the end goal is probably as ambiguously defined to this character as it is to readers.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #53 Review
A far less interesting pivot.

On the other hand, we have the leader of our "bad guys" for this arc in Galvatron. Galvatron has been a character in IDW that has been all over the place literally and figuratively. Right now, he feels about as inconsistent as ever. The wise, cunning, eugenics-endorsing guardian of Primus' will (albeit a possibly twisted version of it) has, for reasons I honestly cannot figure out, become an "80's Cartoon Supervillain" to borrow the words of your regular comics reviewer, Dr. Va'al.

Galvatron has gone from Beast Machines Megatron mixed with Armada Galvatron, with the full on David Kaye voice accompaniment, to the bizarre, shrill voiced G1 Season 3 version of the character with a higher pitched Frank Welker madman voice. It's been a quick pivot that is hard to follow and it's been one of the most disappointing aspects of this arc thus far. Sometimes there are shades of it all being a ruse, like during the excellent fight scene with Arcee earlier in the arc, but trust me when I say that really goes out the window in this chapter. See: Cobra Commander Level Cheesy Plan.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #53 Review
Please, make it end.

This book is in dire need of a bad guy with motivation, and he's standing right there making me want to punch him in the face. Just by standing there. I legitimately dislike this character. I read every issue of The Transformers rooting for him to die in the worst way possible. That has little to do with this exact issue of the book, but the fact that he's in there taking up space while the plot wanders in odd directions around him reeks of either poor planning or plans changed by someone in an office in Rhode Island.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #53 Review
Seeds of intrigue, perhaps?

There definitely is some planning going on, with characters that we know will be front and center in the Titans Return toyline (and presumably, story arc) getting some choice moments in this issue as well. Barber manages to get these characters in through smart, unobtrusive methods that a non-toy collector reader won't be caught off guard by. Yes, Mindwipe is around and yes, he's getting a toy soon but were he not, I don't think I'd read the book any differently.

While the majority of the Synergon™ is strong in this book, there are some moments towards the end (including the last page) that warrant mention, though I'll stop short of spoiling them. I'll just mention that I was interested in getting some official canon to go behind some more recent Transformers toy releases, this looked like it was going to deliver, but I ended up with disappointment instead.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #53 Review
Stay tuned next time for more Wacky Races!

Just like some members of Optimus' crew, this book alternates between serious and cartoonish, dramatic and funny, and even has a plot that advances forwards and backwards. I honestly can't say that the plot of this arc feels like it's moved forward much at all, and it's really falling victim to the trade paperback format pitfalls that IDW had previously done a tremendous job at avoiding. The glacial pace of progress continues to be just that for this part of the larger story, whether that feeling is intentional or not.

Art
The art is handled in this issue by Priscilla Tramontano with colors by Josh Burcham and letters by series regular Tom B. Long, and it's definitely a highlight of this issue.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #53 Review
Maybe they just want to report about your silver arm?

From wisely used effects like those found in this panel, to purposeful stylistic differences in the pencils/inks based on the environment in which the action takes place (more on this shortly), the book has a style that is sure to please a majority of Transformers fans. It alternates between serious detail and cartoon-like sketchiness freely, and in some cases you may not even notice the jumps.

There was one case where I was first jarred by the changing depiction of certain characters from panel to panel, and that was with the Combiner characters once they go underwater. Initially, I thought this was just a product of deadlines being a thing that exists, with art that just had to get done at some point, and I was disappointed. Later, I thought this may have been a stylistic choice meant to evoke the original Transformers cartoon series. Upon investigating that train of thought further, I noticed that all of the details in the underwater scenes are more "cartoon-like", for better or worse. At least it's consistent with this, even if I'd prefer some more detail. It seems to fit with the back and forth tonal nature of this issue as well, so that's another thing going for it.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #53 Review
One great, moody page

Burcham's colors lend more to the tone of the story than perhaps the words themselves in this issue, with multiple instances where he takes what could be more instances of inconsistency and makes them a harmonious, fun to look at product. Between work here and on Sins of the Wreckers, comics fans continue to get a look at a colorist at the top of his game.

Final Thoughts
While the plot's overall direction and progress disappointed me, with this issue ending at a point of rising action just like the last countless many issues of this series, the art and many of the character beats pick this issue up from a potentially boring place.
Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #53 Review
Why not Zoidberg Tidal Whale?

That said, this book needs to resolve some plot threads soon, and find a more consistent voice. Solicits make me think it's going somewhere at long last, but I've been fooled by those plenty of times before. The more cartoon-styled look is not on accident, as the story reads like a Saturday morning show in many parts as well. I don't mind that, and it's a ton of fun, but what happens when this book wants me to take it seriously again? There are points within this issue where that seems to be the case, but it's a difficult, almost jarring shift in mood. That's probably intentional, and while I appreciate the inherent goofy side of Transformers and like the fun ways this issue uses that side, this feels like a weird place in an arc that was almost all serious business up to this point for that to come into the picture.

I'm conflicted by this issue, as there are parts I love and parts my eyes will just wander over when I pick up my physical copy this afternoon. I'll give this two different ones since different readers will likely find very different levels of appreciation of The Transformers #53

For readers looking for drama and serious plot advancement:

. :BOT: :BOT: and 1/2 - out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:


For readers that like a fun tone interspersed with a looser overall plot:

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

Transformers: The Last Knight Video Game Trademark Filed

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight Video Game Trademark Filed
Date: Wednesday, May 25th 2016 5:37am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Game News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Primal | Credit(s): Transformers At The Moon

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Thanks to fellow staff member Dr. Va'al we have received word that with Transformers: The Last Knight now set to be the 5th live action film's title, Trademarking the name has begun. The newest Trademark to be filed by Hasbro is for a Video Game under the name Transformers: Last Knight (trademarks exclude the word "the"). What this means is that should the trademark be accepted, we can expect a Last Knight video game to be coming out sometime in the near future. Check out the actual trademark application below.

Trademark Details
Trademark Source: USPTO
Mark (in words): TRANSFORMERS LAST KNIGHT
Serial Number: 87043216
Filing Date: Thursday, 19th of May 2016
Status: New application will be assigned to an examining attorney approximately 3 months after filing date.
Status Date: Monday, 23rd of May 2016
Registration Number:
Registration Date: Wednesday, 30th of November -0001
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Current Location: NEW APPLICATION PROCESSING
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IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review
Date: Wednesday, May 25th 2016 2:49am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Dr Va'al

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Choices
(Spoiler free-ish)


Synopsis
THE DYING OF THE LIGHT part 4! Twilight’s last gleaming! The end is nigh. No chance of escape. No last-minute reprieve. But nothing loosens the tongue like imminent death, and the crew of the Lost Light use their final hours to say what—until now—was unsayable.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review
Geddit? lights dying?


Story

The Light keeps dying, slowly, inexorably, irreparably, and we are witnesses to the events as they unfold, as James Roberts allows them to, and we are left without choice (other than not to read the story, of course) - in a manner very similar to the characters in this issue, faced with choices, the illusion of such, and a lot of emotions.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review
Average MTMTE reader


And with a lot of emotions, come a lot of storylines: we have Nightbeat's intrigue with the hollow planet, and his co-opting of Rung, we have whatever Minimus Ambus and Brainstorm are doing, we have Ratchet and Velocity, Nautica and her group, Chromedome recovering, Megatron being repaired, the DJD just waiting, Whirl and Cyclonus. I could go on.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review
New mystery; where are Rung's glasses?


Don't get me wrong, though, there are some stellar character moments for pretty much all of the cast members in the book. And it also manages to deal quite nicely, and deeply (and on multiple fronts) with big themes such as addiction, the overwhelming fears running through the whole cast of the issue, friendship and love, and the pain that the latter two can bring as side effects.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review
Not pictured: your gut


There's ..a lot in here. And not all of it necessarily meshes that well together. We see it in the opening preview, with Nautica's otherwise very touching moment as she sees the end coming - a moment which feels too short taken within the frame of the whole issue, and that is a real shame. But more below.

Art

Alex Milne is the main artist on the book, though the Whirl/Cyclonus sequence is actually the talented hands of Hayato Sakamoto, and it shows. Not just the parallels, but the issues that come across in the script in terms of pacing are visually redeemed (for me at least) by punching the 'meanwhile' technique is a truly spectacular way. And one panel, that one panel, THAT PANEL, is almost painful.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review
Not showing it of course


Joana Lafuente's gradual transition in colour palettes, from the arrival on the beautifully lit Necroworld to now

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review
Inevitability sucks


Tom B. Long takes the letters and makes sure we know exactly where to look, what to hear, and how loudly (or softly). In a text that so much unsaid finally spoken, the indication is needed, welcome, and part of the emotional package. The covers, on the other hand, do very little to hint at anything happening inside this book, though great they are! Priscilla Tramontano brings a much happier Swerve memory (thumbnail), as Josh Burcham and Sakamoto show off the threat that awaits, and Milne and Josh Perez look at that thread from our side of the fence.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Reader, I cried. Much like the issue in this series that provided the template for the culprit image, I felt the same build up on the page, in the characters, and inside my emotional chamber, as I was led to the resolution of that particular arc. It doesn't end there, of course, but if I have to talk about one moment, that is the one that stuck. The art, as I said above, is mostly to blame.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review
...ready?


There are, I repeat here, some severe pacing issues, trying to fit in a number of personal narratives that just do not survive the composition, either coming across as rushed, disjointed or even shoehorned in - which the visuals do wonders with. It's a collection of character moments, beautiful, each unique in their own way, and well-done taken separately. But we need the climax. It is time.

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New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor Grimlock and more

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor Grimlock and more
Date: Wednesday, May 25th 2016 2:46am CDT
Categories: Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Dr Va'al

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Our latest Seibertron.com galleries come from the Transformers: Robots in Disguise series, and its One-Step simplified sub-line, making us reach the second milestone in such a short time frame - over 400.000 images uploaded!

The galleries, which you can access below by clicking on any of the images, feature Decepticons Springload, Quillfire, but also Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor Grimlock, Bumblebee and Sidewsipe. Check them out!

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Bumblebee (66 images) - One-Step

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G


Transformers: Robots In Disguise Sideswipe (66 images) - One-Step

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G


Transformers: Robots In Disguise Springload (78 images) - One-Step

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G


Transformers: Robots In Disguise Quillfire (74 images) - One-Step

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G


Transformers: Robots In Disguise Gold Armor Grimlock (90 images) - One-Step

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G


Transformers: Robots In Disguise Patrol Mode Strongarm (65 images) - One-Step

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 1-Steps Springload, Quillfire, Patrol Mode Strongarm, Gold Armor G

Early Video Reviews of Titans Return Blaster, Rewind, and Wheelie

Transformers News: Early Video Reviews of Titans Return Blaster, Rewind, and Wheelie
Date: Tuesday, May 24th 2016 8:08pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Hellscream9999 | Credit(s): Goktimus Prime from youtube.com

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Fellow Seibertronians, courtesy of fellow user Starsaber468, we get a nice look at the upcoming Leader class Blaster figure along with the Legends class figures Rewind and Wheelie in the form of video reviews. While Blaster's is in Chinese, it offers a fairly comprehensive look at the various features. The other two are in English. Check them out and let us know what you think of them in the comments below.

Blaster:

Rewind:

Wheelie:

TFSS 5.0 order period extended until Friday

Transformers News: TFSS 5.0 order period extended until Friday
Date: Tuesday, May 24th 2016 6:14pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Primal | Credit(s): Collectors Club

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Thanks to the Collectors Club itself, we have word that the final Figure Subscription Service has been extended until this Friday at 11pm. We have mirrored the message below for all to read. As you may remember, we have mentioned before that the Subscription is open to all previous members, so if you are included in that list, order up!

The Transformers Figure Subscription Service (TFSS) 5.0 order period has been extended until Friday at 11PM central time.

You can order your TFSS 5.0 until then. Please note, there is no limit on the number of subscriptions you can purchase as the TFSS is built to order.

You can either pay in full or by installment. Also, everyone that completes the full TFSS will also receive a BONUS 7th deluxe figure! This bonus 7th deluxe figure features a head sculpt not yet released at U.S. retail.

Thank you for your support! This is it! The last Transformers FSS! Don't miss it.

- Brian

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #145 - May Mayhem
Twincast / Podcast #145:
"May Mayhem"
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Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016