Seibertron.com message board member Chuckdawg1999 has provided us a video review of the Takara Tomy Toys "R" Us exclusive "Rusty" Optimus. This redeco and remold of the Evasion Mode Optimus mold features a plastic with the color of a white chocolate with "rusty" paint apps strewn about throughout the mold. This Optimus also features a head with a faceplate instead of the exposed face of the original.
You can see the video review below:
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Once again coming at us from Hisashi Yuki on Twitter, we get some comparison shots of the third part of the prototype for Masterpiece Star Saber - and it's Yuuki no Brain, Brainmaster of Courage! Check out the images showing the tiny figure alongside its predecessors and some other size comparisons.
Continuing in the stream of clips from the gigantic, exclusive and rare collection of old Transformers gems, including unreleased items from Hasbro and toy prototypes, eBay seller z75sales has uploaded another video showing the unboxing of further material during the inventory, featuring Gobots, G2 figures, Dinobots, and mock-ups. Check out the clip below, and let us know what you think of it all!
SLAUGHTERHOUSE! The crew of the Lost Light are used to past decisions coming back to bite them, but nothing—not even an ULTRA MAGNUS-certified crash course in the law of unintended consequences—could have prepared them for the horrors of Sector 113. Be warned: this issue is not for the easily distressed—or the easily heartbroken.
In space, no one can hear you...
We've seen parts of the Lost Light slowly disappear. We've seen members of the crew do the same. We've seen Ravage, openly, finally revealing himself to the crew. We've seen Megatron's position questioned by several of the older cast, and the new additions being more lenient. We've seen the horrors of Overlord, the DJD, the fighting pits, the mines and Empurata. Now, welcome to Slaughterhouse.
Carrie on, if you will
Premise: More Than Meets the Eye is already dealing with time paradoxes and multiple planes of existence, and has done so in its first season and during Dark Cybertron (that was the whole point, actually). So why not take it further? James Roberts, indeed, does, and gives us a glimpse of what might be, could be or potentially will be/has been depending on the observation point - and it ain't pretty.
Eyes Without a Face
In fact, it's horrific. As the title might suggest, it's slaughter. And even if we know something's not really happening, or not as we know it, it does not detract that much at all from the impact of the scenes. The scenes with Overlord so far are nothing compared to what we see in this issue. And actually, we don't really see it happen, wading as we do in the aftermath of the perpetrator(s)' rampage.
The Chills Have Eyes 2
The stand-out moment of the entire book for me, however, is a long scene between Megatron and Ravage, in which we learn more about both of them, about the Decepticon ideal and loyalty, about Megatron's true nature, and Ravage's presence on the ship. And we see some old friends. Quite a few of them. So to speak. And some very nice interactions between Nightbeat and Nautica, as they discover a briefcase's contents. So to speak.
As the issue was being drafted and inked, Alex Milne took to Twitter to add a running commentary of the horrors he was made to draw for the issue - and he was right. There is nothing pretty here, it's a splatter film in panels, on printed/digital pages. It's a Helex Chainsaw(hand) Massacre with excellent photography and art direction. It even has some formal experimentation to match the temporal paradoxes.
Dial D for.. Death
To make the art work so much more, Joana Lafuente adds some amazing effects in her colours. Most of the ship is adumbrated, shadows shifting in the background, with the only sources of light coming from optics, quantum foam, emergency lighting - until the very end, when power is restored. And the difference in tones is gigantic, and stunningly executed.
The abyss looks into you..
Similarly, the lettering touches that Tom B. Long brings to the issue, used sparingly once again, but to their full effectiveness when in their more creative moments, add to an already eerily tense, situation. And the lower case, almost rounded title font is brilliant in its contrast with the content. As for the covers, we've seen all three now, and how fitting it is to have the Coller/Bove variant, and the realisation of what cover A is actually showing.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
Roberts does not hold back on the horrors and emotions running through at high voltage throughout the book, even though some may complain about the warped time nature somewhat detracting from the full impact - but it's powerful enough visually to overcome those (fairly apt) critiques. Milne and Lafuente have created a carnival of sparks, a morbid feast for desensitised optics, and one that is bound to stick with readers for a while.
This issue of MTMTE, much like its RID counterpart this month, reminds us of the many genres that the Transformers comics can span in their fiction, and lands squarely in full-blown cosmic horror, from splatter to gore to psychological thriller - via a couple of Doctor Who references, time warping and well-placed interactions between characters. On an unrelated note, ever noticed how the 1-2-3 Transformers emoticon looks a bit like the puppet from Saw..?
A small but significant update on the collaboration between Hasbro and 3D printing company Shapeways, thanks to a tip from fellow Seibertron.com user Autobot Genocide. It appears as though the initial licensing agreement worked better than expected, and Makezine reports the new initiative of allowing fan-made material to be designed and printed for a fee - check out more here and below!
Hasbro and Shapeways want you to profit from your fan-made artwork based on Hasbro toys.
The announcement is an expansion of the two companies’ new partnership; last month they launched a joint venture to allow select independent artists to post and sell their My Little Pony creations on their new collaboration site superfanart.com. The companies would split the revenue from art sales based on the kitschy, popular colorful horses.
"It was clear to me when we were only doing original work that the next big step is derivative work,” says Shapeways’ cofounder and CEO Peter Weijmarshausen, explaining the movement into a new area for the company. He also explains that the project came together relatively quickly, moving forward in just the last few months after some initial discussions with Hasbro at Maker Faire earlier this year. “Hasbro has the attitude to enable rather than disable,” he says.
_____________________________________________ 2. Now Available For Preorder - GCreation Shuraking SRK-01!
Enter Shuraking - one of the largest combiners ever created! This figure is 10.3" long and stands an impressive 8.6" tall in robot mode! SRK-01 is approximately Voyager size and scale. When all five dinos combine together Shuraking will tower over all opponents! Preorder yours from TFsource:
_____________________________________________ 6. TFsource New Recruits!
We've received some new recruits into the warehouse! Now's your chance to pick up some vintage G1, Japanese Transformers Prime, and more! Don't forget to check out the site for restocked figures as well, and be sure to sign up for the Personal Assistant on any currently out-of-stock item; so that you don't miss out! Check out all of the new recruits here:
_____________________________________________ 7. Now Instock at TFsource: The Loyal Subjects Series 2!
Now Instock at TFsource: The Loyal Subjects Series 2! This Series features many more popular G1-inspired characters, including the chase Skywarp & Talking Optimus Prime! Order yours today, while supplies last:
Now instock TFC Star Cats sets! Dinosaur team and rescue team! These arrived in the warehouse yesterday, preorders are processing and shipping out, if you haven't ordered yet they're still available here: http://tfsource.com/star-cats/
Now available for Preorder - Transformers Generations Leader Class Jetfire! Includes swappable faceplate, removalable guns & engines; so that you can choose your favorite incarnation of this character! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
_____________________________________________ 12. 3rd Party Customs Update!
Now Up for Preorder - Professor Heisenberg Royal Arsenal Add On Weapons! Professor Heisenberg, new to the third party world, conjures up his second offering, another add-on kit to go with Feral Rex. This set includes G1-inspired weaponry designed to increase the fire power of Feral Rex! Preorder yours today at TFsource:
New 3rd party figures by Badcube! Old Time Series - OTS-02 Brawny and OTS-03 Backland - Set of 2 Figures. These figures are MP scaled (check out the photos on the site) and each features die-cast parts, ratchet joints, thick and durable plastic, rubber coating on the tires and more! We've just received some great new photos of Badcubes Brawny & Backland, check out these MP scale and size comparison of these guys! Additionally we now can sell these individually as well as in a set,so preorders are up for both singles and sets! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
New review up! TFSource sponsored reviewer Peaugh breaks down MECH iDEAS Gauntlet and Piston - check out the review here: http://tfsource.com/mech-ideas/gauntlet/. Simply scroll down the page and click play to watch his review right on TFSource!
Now back instock - Before & After Six Sigma - Red Arm version! Instock at TFsource here:
Now Instock - S.H. Figuarts Naruto! In addition to Naruto, we have S.H. Figuarts figures from many other popular series; such as: Dragonball Z, Super Mario Bros., Sailor Moon, Megaman, Kamen Rider, Persona, Power Rangers, and more! You can order yours today, at the ToySource:
New Bandai Tamashii Nations Luigi & Playset Preorders UP! Includes everyone's favorite green plumber and an all new diorama with piranha plant plus the legendary red turtle shell - preorder yours today!
NEW SOURCE REVIEW! Check out TFSource Sponsored Reviewer' Peaugh's review of Dai Stack here on TFSource: http://tfsource.com/kfc/dai-stack/ Simply scroll down the page and hit play to watch. Instock soon!
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We recently reported on the new release of the Beast Machines Complete Series DVD set from Shout! Factory, scheduled for this coming 2nd September. Seibertron.com was able to obtain an early copy for review purposes, so here we are, sharing it with you! Check out below a list of all the contents, and a selection of images showing off the product.
Season One Disc 1
Master of the House
Fires of the Past - with audio commentaries
The Weak Component - interviews with series developer Marv Wolfman and story editor Robert N Skir
Season One Disc 2
Revelations Part I: Discovery
Revelations Part II: Descent
Revelations Part III: Apocalypse
End of the Line
Season Two Disc 1
In Darkest Knight
A Wolf in the Fold
Home Soil - interviews with voice director Susan Blu and voice actor David Kaye
Season Two Disc 2
Sparkwar Part I: The Strike
Sparkwar Part II: The Search
Sparkwar Part III: The Siege
Spark of Darkness
Endgame Part I: The Downward Spiral
Endgame Part II: When Legends Fall - with audio commentary
Endgame Part III: Seeds of the Future - with audio commentary
This just in via the Asahi Shimbun and their translation team: Polygon Pictures, the CG studios behind Transformers Prime, Beast Hunters and the upcoming Robots in Disguise series, were awarded four Daytime Emmys during last night's 2014 ceremony, two of which robot-related! Check out below for more information, and head here for the whole story.
Meanwhile, "Transformers Prime Beast Hunters" won in two categories.
Yasuhiro Motoda was given the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Character Animator), with Jose Lopez honored with the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Character Design).
The full-CG "Transformers" animated series is based on the "Transformers" robot toy line, which marks its 30th anniversary this year. The previous season, "Transformers Prime Beast Hunters" was named the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program at the 39th Daytime Emmys.
It seems Hasbro Studios are trying to shake things up a bit in their corner, hiring a new, and seemingly well-established, head of development in Josh Feldman. He has development credits for the X-Men series and the Fantastic Four movies, as well as already working with hasbro on Magic: The Gathering, for FOX. The full piece at Variety can be found here, but check out a snippet below!
“With his tremendous experience in brand-focused film storytelling, Josh is ideally suited for this role as we look to expand our feature business,” which includes a third “G.I. Joe” film, Davis said. “His focus will be on both our franchise and new brands in live-action and animation, and Josh will work closely with the studio’s TV development, brand, design, digital and licensing teams to deliver full storytelling integration across our brand blueprint.”
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