Cyrano wrote:Anyway, he's a very nice Transformer. It's a wonderful tablet, even if the screen does look a little shattered. Just like the real thing, his glossy screen is prone to picking up fingerprints.
He has nice, nonfunctional volume, power and lock buttons on the sides
And a headphone jack...
...That can snugly fit an actual pair of 'phones! It's very snug though, so I wouldn't do it often.
He has a pretty convincing camera in the back
But the rest of the back is pretty much just the best robot pancake you've ever seen.
For the transformation, the bottom part comes off
The back of it stores the two guns
...Which can combine stick together into a bigger gun.
The rest of the bottom part transforms into a little robot animal buddy. I've heard it called Laserbeak, but I think it looks a lot more like Ratbat. The tablet's dataport is a bit of a stretch as a face, but it's also kind of cute.
A chunk of the screen is also removed for transformation, which is then a shield for the robot. The inside has some nice sculpting, with bits that look like processors, etc.
The rest of the tablet transforms quite nicely. The robot is pretty thin, as expected, but adds extra bulk in pretty much all the right places to still feel like he has enough substance.
He's remarkably well articulated too, although a little quirkily. Lots of swivels and hinges, many of which are ratchety. His legs especially have a ton of range, including some of the most flexible ankles I've ever played with. He's well balanced too, thanks largely to his sizeable feet.
His biggest articulation limit is that his head doesn't move. In order to make it three dimensional enough, it's actually formed of three slabs. It's pretty fun and satisfying in the transformation, but definitely makes him less expressive.
Thanks to smart placement of the connection parts for the bottom part of the tablet, Ratbat can also connect to Soundwave's back as a pair of wings/fins/whatever. It looks nice and it's good to have the extra interaction.
Here he is alongside Device Label Soundwave and Vector Prime. Most of my robots are packed right now from a recent-ish move, so I didn't have any other Soundwaves handy.
That's all the pictures I took! If anyone has any questions or wants to see anything I didn't single out let me know!
We are very pleased to welcome artist Sara Pitre-Durocher to the Chicago guest list this year.
Sara has worked on IDW’s Combiner Hunters one-shot, The Transformers 46, 47 and 49, and is now the primary artist on the new ongoing comic book Till All Are One. While she will be attending all weekend, details on her signing times and where to get prints and commissions will be announced at a future time.
TFcon is proud to announce that Richard Newman will be appearing as a guest at this years convention in Chicago. Known to Transformers fans as the voice of Rhinox in Beast Wars, Tankor in Beast Machines and Vector Prime in Transformers Cybertron. Mr. Newman will be taking part in Q&A panels and signing for the attendees of the America’s largest fan-run Transformers convention all weekend long.
Due to the high demand for TFcon Chicago 2016 the Hyatt Regency O’Hare has added additional rooms to our hotel room block. If rooms become not available at the host hotel you will have the option to book down the road at the Aloft Chicago O’Hare.
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Operation: Sins of the Wreckers
TFNation 2016 may be just four days away but do not fall into the Decepticon trap of believing we are all out of surprises. There’s one nearby… real nearby…
We are thrilled to confirm that in collaboration with TFN guest Nick Roche, we are able to bring you the “Sins of the Wreckers” trade paperback, ahead of its release!
Somebody has kidnapped Prowl… but does anybody want him back? After a five year wait, it’s time to call upon the Wreckers once again in this highly anticipated sequel to “Last Stand of the Wreckers”.
Nick will have a limited number of the books available at his stall. So if you wish to grab the book before it hits stores AND get it signed by the writer and artist himself, this is the perfect opportunity!
If you are not lucky enough to nab a copy from Nick then fear not, TFNation will also have a run of books on hand. We will be giving them away all weekend as part of our free door prizes and various competitions we will be running! Why? Because we are so happy that you have all supported us through our first year, that we wanted to share the Wrecker love with you.
Four days people – get ready to Wreck and Rule at TFNation 2016!
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Where All Are One
In partnership with Read More Comics, the Tampa Bay Toy Expo (Tampa, FL) will be offering a unique exclusive designed by the creative team at CAE Studios/Big Pond Comics for our October 1st event. This variant cover for IDW Publishing's REVOLUTION #1, features those classic 1980s properties from Hasbro that many of us grew up with and enjoyed on television each afternoon. Including Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K, Micronauts and ROM: The Space Knight; this exclusive is truly 'Beyond Your Wildest Imagination'.
Fans attending the TAMPA BAY TOY EXPO will be able to purchase this exclusive and have it signed by the entire creative team, including Martin Dunn, Javier Lugo and Aly Kat (Dunn).
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Hasbro is committed to leveraging its beloved brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAY-DOH, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and our newest franchise HANAZUKI to Create the World’s Best Play Experiences. At Brand License Europe 2016, Hasbro will continue to bring our stories to life across multiple mediums including entertainment, publishing and branded experiences. Hasbro will also showcase a successful range of High End Fashion from industry taste-makers, as well as a broad range of consumer products including Toys & Games, Back to School and Apparel & Accessories at this year’s show.
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Transformers fans will gather in Wichita, Kansas this weekend for TFExpo 2016, at the Hotel at Old Town in Wichita, Kansas. Special guests include fan-favorite Transformers voice actors David Kaye and Michael Bell, as well as IDW Comics artist Casey Coller and toy reviewer Optibotimus. Our guests will be meeting fans, holding Q&A panels and signing autographs throughout the day.
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary weekend of Transformers: The Movie, the historic Wichita Orpheum Theatre is holding a theatrical screening of the movie Friday night at 8pm. Movie attendees will be able to shop from vendors for souvenirs and see their favorite childhood memories on the big screen once again! A special appearance by Michael Bell is planned at this event. Tickets are still available at wichitaorpheum.com.
For TFExpo, the convention will be open from 2-5pm on Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday (doors open one hour earlier on Saturday for pre-registrants). For advance tickets or more information please visit tf-expo.com. Captured Prey is giving a free Titan Master to the first 25 people in line Saturday Morning.
See you at TFExpo 2016!
After successful fundraising efforts last year, TFExpo 2016 is proud to announce the return of the TFExpo charity auction! This year's auction will be held prior to the showing of Transformers the Movie on Friday at the Wichita Orpheum. TFExpo Special Guest Michael Bell will be on hand to help emcee, which should be a lot of fun. Various goods are being donated for the auction, but we can announce a VERY big one right now:
Titans Return Fortress Maximus!
That's right, thanks to a very generous donation from our friends at BigBadToyStore, and thanks to TFExpo 2016 sponsor Optibotimus for arranging it, TFExpo will be auctioning off a brand-new Hasbro Fort Max!
This year's auction benefits K-9 Karma Animal Advocates Inc., a pet rescue here in Wichita. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go directly to this great organization. For more information on them visit ksdogrescue.com, and for more information on TFExpo visit tf-expo.com!
TFcon is very pleased to welcome Alex Milne to the TFcon Chicago guest list this year.
Alex is best known for his work as the primary artist for IDW’s fan favorite Transformers: More than Meets the Eye comic book. He will be attending all days and offering prints and commissions to attendees all weekend long.
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