DESPERATE ACTIONS! As the SPACEBRIDGE reaches across the stars, will anyone stand against STARSCREAM? The answer is yes—but the cure might prove worse than the disease.
Maybe he actually cares! (...)
The IDW Transformers Combiner Wars Mairghread Scott/John Barber crossover arc switches back for its fourth chapter to The Transformers ongoing, and its writer Barber, with the current playing field riddled by ruins, frustrated Cybertronians, understandably scared Camiens, ambiguous pretty much everyone else, and several schemers on the loose, of course.
Quick recap, thanks
If Starscream is made to be the most explicit in his intentions for the future of Cybertron (and its problematic status of 'homeland' or 'centre of the universe') - and he does get to play a lot with all his little, and not so little, secrets - the real focus in this issue is undoubtedly Prowl, and the enormous quantity of turmoil he carries with him.
And Bob, obviously
Baggage that he has carried for a very very long time, admittedly, and always bubbling just beneath the surface. The long conversation, the effective backbone of this book, between Prowl and Optimus Prime, is a very good example of the type of emotional level that Barber can tap into in more serious storylines, and reveals a Prowl with actual feelings, disguised under a veneer of cold calculation.
That's.. quite a list
A possibly slower issue in its first acts, with some expected combiner fights as it progresses, an entirely expected twist at the very end (though one I am very curious as to how it will play out, and well executed nonetheless) and some well staged tension between the various characters used at the centre of the story, and a very good addition to the event so far.
As Livio Ramondelli keeps to interior art duties, we see a massive difference from the previous, supposedly rushed, issue - the lines and colours for the characters, especially in their expressivity (both in body language and facial), are stunningly executed, and work really effectively for the serious tones and rising tides of the story and their interactions.
A mighty fine Windblade, right there
I will have a little moment here, as there is a wonderful chromatic game being played out in the issue, with the big opposition of darkened reds (cells and optics) and blues (Spacebridge and shadows) - with some almost unexpected yellows. And they serve as backdrop for the different scenes, ultimately exploding in a much brighter, much open landscape in the finale, under the aegis of the Spacebridge.
Not shown here - have some sky instead
Tom B. Long provides the usual masterful font and lettering work, grounding the dialogue and the locations in where the reader needs them to be, and gets some fun moments in transitions, too. As for the covers, we get the magnificent Emperor Starscream by Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente, a first half of Ramondelli's Optimus Prime poster cover, and the thumbnailed (perhaps another Marcelo Matere piece? Hasbro - credits please) Optimus Maximus.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
As I've said above, the issue plays a very interesting, if initially slower, game of revealing tensions and starting to prod at them without exploding until the very very end. And it was a strategy that, for me, really paid off - it shows Prowl's inner workings in a lot of ways, without removing the build-up he has received so far, and shows just how much of Optimus' influence can sway the game (and the franchise, really).
It's.. still.. coming.
We get even more on how combiner technology may not just be a technology of combination, but something a little deeper, and the beginnings of some serious power plays on all sides involved in this sudden, strange, large-scale war. And it all plays out across some closed spaces that quickly become uncomfortable for readers and characters alike - though in a good, captivating way. Next, the sort of conclusion!
We have a report for a new Kabaya Transformers kit, found on product website Syokugan-Ohkoku, and written up by a Snakas user as a tentative and possibly embargoed release of a new King Poseidon/Piranacon team combiner! Check out the image below, showing the box art for Snaptrap and the combined mode for the Seacons - and why not take a stroll down memory lane with the Seibertron.com galleries for the 1988 toy right here?
Courtesy of Seibertronian chuckdawg1999 we have another video review for the latest Transformers: Robots in Disguise Warrior class wave: Sideswipe, the teenage swordsbot! Check out the video embedded below for the wavemate of Jazz, and find out your fellow collector's thoughts on the toy - does it pass the bar?
Well, Hasbro can't win them all. Sideswipe has a great looking car mode, two tone paint and all, unfortunately that's where the compliments end. While the transformation is interesting, a flaw in the design prevents the torso from coming together properly and staying together, making posing the upper half of the figure impossible. Perhaps the inevitable repaint will somehow magically stay together, but I'm not holding out hope.
Courtesy of our fellow Seibertronian from Costa Rica Kaliaticus, we have all the details of the new Rovio Angry Birds Transformers mobile device game update! And if you don't believe the write up, you can check out the screenshots that they sent us, mirrored below.
Hey guys! It's your costarrican friend Carlos, aka Kaliaticus, with Angry Birds news. I just installed the latest update, and it's pretty badass. Now you can level your Autobirds and Deceptihogs to level 15. Also, what we've been waiting: you can unlock Arcee and Airachnid. It's got a new way to customize your bots and cons with "materials", but I'm not sure yet of how this works.
And if that weren't enough we have another Black Convoy (of sorts) lighting up Twitter today, E-Hobby Unite Warriors Grand Scourge! He's shown squaring off against Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Convoy (Optimus Prime) who has a Reissue due the end of this June. To see the pics simply look below, and stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all your Transformers News!
Fellow Seibertronian Cyberpath has sent our way some new MP 26 Roadrage pictures provided by Dengeki Hobby. These pictures feature our first look at how the vehicle mode will look like in colour. A picture of the recolored Blaster accessory was also provided. For those who aren't in the know, Masterpiece Roadrage will be a redeco and retool (head and hips) of Masterpiece Tracks.
While we've seen in-hand images of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise Super Bumblebee from Hong Kong, our first US sighting comes from a Toys'R'Us store in Baton Rouge, LA (and via fellow Seibertronian carytheone)!
Check out the photo proof for the giant three-step toy below, priced at around $50, and make sure to flag it up in our Sightings section and forums to help out other collectors if you come across one yourself!
______________________ 5. Now Instock - BadCube OTS-04 Wardog!
New preorder up - BadCube OTS-04 Wardog! Highly articulated and MP scaled, this guy is HUGE! Update from BadCube, you'll want to check out the arsenal that comes with this guy! Huge photo gallery and preorder yours at TFSource here:
TFsource's Spring Cleaning Sale continues with nearly 200 Transformers & 3rd party items up to 75% off! Check the sale out here: TFsource Spring Cleaning Sale
Now up for Preorder - MMC Grandus Hexatron! Mastermind Creations brings us a limited edition release of R-01G Grandus Hexatron! The figure features new sculpting for the robot & beast mode heads, new chest wings & badge, and a metallic finish! Preorder yours here:
______________________ 8. New reveal from Fans Toys - FT-13 Mercenary!
New reveal from Fans Toys - FT-13 Mercenary! FT13 Mercenary will have diecast parts on chest and robot feet. And it will come with optional chest cover and insection feet, same as FT12 Grenadier. Early Bird Pricing - Preorder by 6/30 to lock in early bird pricing and save $8! Preorders up here:
TakaraTomy announces the Zoids Masterpiece - MPZ-01 Shield Liger figure! The MPZ-01 Shild Liger features an electronic walking feature, sound clips, and light-up features! For more details, check out the video on the item's TFsource listing! Preorder yours today at TFsource:
New preorder up - X2 Toys - MP-22 Ultra Magnus - Blaster & Shoulder Upgrade Kit!
This kit includes 2 x shoulder joints that improves range of motion on your MP-22 and 1 x blaster add-on parts as shown! Preorders here:
We're happy to announce another new preorder listing from DX9 Toys, D03C Cocomone! A recolor/remold of their D03 Invisible figure, she is a great companion piece to the UT-D01 Salmoore figure! Preorder yours today at TFsource:
______________________ 13. Now up for preorder - Iron Factory's City Commander!
Now up for preorder - Iron Factory's City Commander! You'll want to check our Facebook page for Kuma Style's amazing photography of Iron Factory's City Commander! We got to demo a sample recently and it's a very solid piece, preorder yours at TFsource here:
______________________ 14. Now Instock - Fansproject's Lost Exo-Realm LER-03 Volar & Velos!
Now Instock in the TFsource warehouse: Fansproject's Lost Exo-Realm LER-03 Volar & Velos! Volar includes the bonus blue body, which allows you to choose between the blue chest & red chest for your figure! Order yours today:
______________________ 16. Now up for preorder - Make Toys - Citizen Set 01 With Trench Covers!
The latest in the Make Toys Citybot line, Citizen Set 01 with Trench Covers! Figures come in vehicle & robot modes, and are intended as an accessory set for Make Toys' Utopia figure! Preorder yours today at TFsource:
Now instock at the ToySource - Star Wars Black Deluxe Series 2 - Han Solo w/ Tauntaun & Speederbike! While these Tauntaun may not keep you warm, at least they don't have the odor they're known for! Availalbe by the sealed case or separately at the ToySource:
Now Instock - Lost Planet Figures and Vehicles! You can now pick up Lost Planet 4" Scale Figures Vagabundo and EX Nevec, along with the GTF-13M Evax Vehicle. You can check out all of the Lost Planet items on theToySource here:
New Preorder up: Beast Kingdom Toys' Egg Attack - Avengers: Age of Ultron - Iron Man Mark 43! The Mark 43 includes 30 points of articulation, full-body engraving, working LEDs in the head & Arc Reactor, interchangeable hands & thruster accessories, and display stand! Preorder yours today at the ToySource:
New Bandai Tamashii Preorders Up! We've put up a bunch of new preorders from Bandai Tamashii! Robot Spirits, Saint Seiya Cloth, S.H. Figuarts, FiguartsZERO, Soul of Chogokin and More! Check them out here:
The DBZ collection continues with Ultimate Gohan! Ultimate Gohan is based on his appearance in the Buu Saga, clad in the classic orange & blue gi worn by his father! He also features a special energy effect, alternate hands & face parts, and a special stage & support parts for the energy effect! Preorder yours today at the ToySource:
We have two more preorders up for fans of S.H. Figuarts Super Mario: Fire Mario & Diorama Set D! Fire Mario includes Mario, Fire Flower, Fireball, alternate hand - holding a fireball, and display stand! Each set shown can be combined with others, to form an even larger display; including Bricks, "?" Blocks, Warp Pipes, Coins, enemies, & more! Preorder these & other Super Mario sets at the ToySource here:
TruForce Collectibles bring a strong first release with their Mega Man X figure! Mega Man X features die-cast armor, LED functionality in his X Buster, swappable face & hands, customizable effect parts, & over 30 articulation points! Preorder yours at the ToySource today:
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Comics and entertainment website Newsarama have received their usual exclusive from IDW Publishing, allowing us to post our own full preview of next week's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #41! Check it out below, though beware of some spoilers, and head back here next week for the Seibertron.com review.
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #41
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
“Dear RODIMUS and crew… It’s my funeral tomorrow and I’d love it if you could all be there. Refreshments will be provided. Please R.S.V.P.—THUNDERCLASH”
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
The return of the greatest AUTOBOT hero of all time —THUNDERCLASH—which is great news!
But he’s dying—which is terrible news!
Variant Cover by Kotteri!
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