This Sunday, Renderform will be attending Victoria's Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair hosted by Cherry Bomb Toys. The company will be bearing axes, both for those who ordered Mastermind Creations' KM-01X and for those attending the show. Check out the information below!
This Sunday, October 16th, Cherry Bomb Toys will be hosting Victoria’s Ultimate Hobby and Toy show in Victoria BC, Canada. I will be present with a table for Renderform at the show with new items for preview and for sale! I have been working with Cherry Bomb Toys and Master Mind Creations to create a limited addition Axe accessory for the KM-01X Commander exclusive for the show. There are various versions, most of them are exclusive to Cherry Bomb Toys and to the show.
Exclusive Versions available through Cherry Bomb Toys only:
RFX-001 – Destroyer Axe (Green) – Limited Run of 200 – Bundled with KM-01X figures only
RFX-001T – Tyrant Axe (Purple) – Limited Run of 50 – Exclusive to the first 50 people to pickup their KM-01X preorders at the toy show on Sunday.
RFX-001E – Envy Axe (Bold Green) – Limited Run of 5 – Lucky Draw item to those who preorder KM-01X.
RFX-001P = Psycho Axe (Deep Purple) – Limited Run of 5 – Lucky Draw item to those who preorder KM-01X.
Non Exclusive Versions available through Renderform:
RFX-001R – Redemption Axe (Fiery Orange) – Limited Run of 150
RFX-001F -Fury Axe (Deep Red) – Limited Run of 150
The two non exclusive axes will first be available for sale at the Victoria Ultimate Hobby and Toy Show this saturday, directly at the Renderform table. 50 sets of each color, plus any unsold from the show, will be available next Tuesday, October 18th, here on Renderform.com.
Each version of the RFX-001 axes comes with one axe and two arm adapters compatible with the Mastermind Creation’s KM-01, KM-02, and KM-01X commander molds, along with a numbered card, with a design to match the KM-01X box. The RFX-001 axe has a 5mm peg, which makes it compatible with various TF figures.
Check back here on Friday evening for a new product unveiling which will go for sale at the Victoria Ultimate Hobby and Toy Show. The rest of the new items will be unveiled officially at the toy show. You can find the Renderform table next to the Third Party groups attending the show. There will be a banner in front of the table, to help identify it.
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Our friends at Cherry Bomb Toys wanted us to pass along this bit of information regarding their upcoming Mastermind Creations KM-0X1 exclusive. Click here for more details on Cherry Bomb Toys and Victoria's Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair.
First, they now have a referral program (click here for more information on the prizes):
Tell a friend about the KMX preorder. If they buy one you get 5 extra chances to win. As well your friend gets 5 extra chances to win any of the sweet prizes.
There is no limit to how many friends you can refer.
The only rule really is both people have to have paid for their preorder by the 16th.
If both people have already bought one, they can just tell us who they refered.
Second, they are having a "scratch and dent" sale:
Also we are having a scratch and dent sale on some of the regular KMXs, $95ea. Some of the boxes had some small dents and scratches on them. The toy inside is still in mint shape, just the box has some shelf ware.
And no you can not buy the sale version and pay extra for the axe.
All 3 versions are selling fast, so don't wait to order
In this issue of SourceNews:
1. CA-05 Causality Backfiery Instock this week!
2. Now up for Preorder: Encore #21 SoundBlaster and #22 Twincast!
3. Now up for preorder: Japanese Transformers Chronicles - EZ Collection Volume 02!
4. Back instock: TFC Toys Exgraver!
5. New Recruits Just In: Tons of Energon and more!
6. Now instock: Henkei Classics C-05 Hot Rodimus - Reissue!
7. Now back instock: PE-11 Perfect Effect Scouting Force Camera Set!
8. Now up for preorder: WST Sixchanger and WST Miliary Transport e-hobby color version!
9. Instock Next Week: Crazy Devy Restock!
10. TFsource Restock!
11. MP-10, MP-09 (re-release) and Chronicles Optimus and Megatron Now Instock!
12. TFsource Popular Restock Preorders!
13. New Source Article by Maz!
14. Newest Instock items at TFsource
15. Newest Preorder items at TFsource
_____________________________________________ 1. CA-05 Causality Backfiery Instock this week!
Fansproject has updated us saying our shipment of CA-05 Causality Backfiery is well on its way and should arrive as early as Monday. We apologize for any delay, but will start processing everyone's preorders as soon as they arrive!
_____________________________________________ 2. Now up for Preorder: Encore #21 SoundBlaster and #22 Twincast!
These highly sought after Japanese Exclusives include all new repainted cassette bots. Encore #21 Soundblaster will get Enemy and Wing Tsing - which are repainted Ratbat and Frenzy! Encore #22 will get Stripes and Nightstalker - which are repainted Ravage and Steeljaw! Both are set for a February release, preorder both today and save $5 with TFsource Combo Pricing!
_____________________________________________ 3. Now up for preorder: Japanese Transformers Chronicles - EZ Collection Volume 02!
This great set includes 12 blind boxes, each containing one of the following: G2 Prime, G2 Megatron, Bluestreak, Prowl, Hot Rod, Starscream, Skywarp and Hound! these great mini figures are slated for a December release, preorder yours today!
_____________________________________________ 4. Back instock: TFC Toys Exgraver!
The first piece in TFC toys arsenal of construction vehicles is none other than Exgraver himself! The first figure that will form the mighty Hercules! Once you try this first figure out you will definitely want to pick up Heavy Labor, the second figure due out at the end of the month!
_____________________________________________ 5. New Recruits Just In: Tons of Energon and more!
Lots of the popular and larger size Energon figures just in: Optimus Prime, Wing Saber, Ultra Magnus, Barricade and more! Plus popular Armada figures are now up on the site, most are 100% complete so check them out! Transformers recent nostalgia at its finest with many of these great figures!
_____________________________________________ 6. Now instock: Henkei Classics C-05 Hot Rodimus - Reissue!
This hot reissue of one of the most sought after Henkei figures features none other than Rodimus... with only the metallic paint and chromed parts that the Henkei series can deliver on! Goes great with your protector kit... Preorders shipping out NOW!
_____________________________________________ 7. Now back instock: PE-11 Perfect Effect Scouting Force Camera Set!
One of the hottest 3rd party items of the year, this 3 piece camera set is small but packs in tons of detail and ingenuity in the storage of the weapons. Don't have this set yet? Click the link and view Peaugh's review of it right on our TFsource site!
_____________________________________________ 8. Now up for preorder: WST Sixchanger and WST Miliary Transport e-hobby color version!
These great looking miniature figures have a high attention to detail, die-cast parts, and are just inches tall! WST Military Transport is scheduled for a November release, and Six Changer is TBD. Keep in mind delays are always common with Justitoys, but once released the product is worth the wait!
_____________________________________________ 9. Instock Next Week: Crazy Devy Restock!
Included in the restock are popular Devastator pieces such as: CDMW-05, CDMW-09, CDMW-01, and Predakings CDMW-14, we may receive other new items in the same shipment as well but we will definitely be restocking many of the popular Devastator parts soon!
_____________________________________________ 11. MP-10, MP-09 (re-release) and Chronicles Optimus and Megatron Now Instock!
Now instock MP-10 Masterpiece Convoy, MP-09 Masterpiece Rodimus Reissue, DOTM Chronicles Optimus Prime & Megatron! Freshly arrived in our warehouse, we've already started processing and shipping out preorders, if you didn't preorder, limited stock of each remains so order yours today and they will be in the queue right behind the preorders!
Just in in our warehouse: MGT-01 Arcee! If you preordered this popular figure we'll set it back to instock shortly, this great piece includes all new diecast parts and includes a display base to show off her modes and articulation!
_____________________________________________ 13. New Source Article by Maz!
Fresh off the presses: The next edition of Source Articles - Diaclone Car Robots - Part 1! This week Maz gives a breakdown of some of the most sought after Diaclone rarities, the Diaclone cars! From blue and black hooded Fairlady Z (Bluestreak) to the legendary Police sunstreaker, read this weeks issue and find out where many of our Autobot car favorites got their roots!
Become a fan of TFsource on Facebook! We've spent years building TFsource into an online resource for TF fans, and now we have created a page on facebook for our fans. We'll keep you updated on new releases and TF info, as well as any contests or promo's we run, some of which will be exclusively through facebook.
In our second piece of third-party Sixshot news for the day, MasterMind Creations have revealed a prototype image of their upcoming homage, Terminus Hexatron. Up until now the figure has only been seen in a series of computer generated images. The prototype along with other upcoming MMC designs will be on display at this year's Victoria Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair.
MMC is proud to announce to be a guest attendee to the 8th Victoria Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair dated October 16th.
Prototype of Terminus Hexatron will make his debut in the show, attendees will be able to thoroughly see the first design of our Reformatted line. Along Hexatron there will be more our upcoming designs shown in the event.
We're less than a month away from Cherry Bomb Toys' 8th Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair located in Victoria, Canada. Not only will the show be housing Mastermind Creations' KM-01X Knight Morpher Commander, as well as dozens upon dozens of dealers, but the convention will also feature representatives from other prominent members in the Transformers third party industry. Also making an appearance will be customization expert Encline Designs. If you're a Transformers fan in the Province of British Columbia or the Northwest United States, then Victoria will be the place to be on Sunday, October 16th. Need more incentive?
The Strathcona Hotel located in the heart of downtown Victoria is offering special room rates for any people out of town trying to make their way to the convention. Downtown Victoria is not far from the Pearkes Rec Centre, where the convention is being held.
Single Bed $45 CDN
Double Bed $55 CDN
Must say you're "coming for the Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair by Cherry Bomb Toys and want the Conference Rate".
For more information regarding Victoria's 8th Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair, click here.
Mastermind Creations has joined forces with Cherry Bomb Toys to release a "lucky draw" version of their upcoming Cyclops (aka Hearts of Steel Skockwave). This will be a one of kind piece featuring an alternate color scheme to be announced at a later date. To be eligible to win one must pre-order their exclusive KM-01X. Winners will be selected after Victoria's Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair, which is being held October 16th. Visit their website for full details.
Lucky Draw Rules:
1/ Everyone who pre-orders the KM-01X will be entered to win.
One entry per KM-01X, so if you order 2, you get two chances, etc.
Pre-orders must be paid in full to get in on this action!
2/ Prizes will be drawn after Victoria's Ultimate Hobby & Toy Fair on October 16th before we ship out the KM-01Xs.
3/ Cherry Bomb Toys will pay any additional shipping if you win any of the lucky draws.
4/ Cyclops will be shipped at a later date depending on the mass release of the regular version which will be around Christmas 2011. This is a one of a kind factory paint job which will be announced at a later date. Shipping will be covered by Cherry Bomb Toys for this Cyclops by Mastermind Creations.
5/ We will be refunding 2 lucky pre-orders their shipping costs!
6/ All draws will be picked by random.
7/ The Mystery Axes from Renderform are awesome! 10 of these will be two exclusive colors that are ONLY for this Lucky Draw! They will be numbered!
EggBods are joining in on the battle between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS with the new TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON EggBods!
Based on the new Paramount Pictures live-action movie from director Michael Bay, and executive producer Steven Spielberg TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, there will be three new EggBods to collect, including the fearless Eggtimus Prime, evil Eggatron and everyone's favourite Bumble Egg.
Mix 'n' match the TRANSFORMERS EggBods with one another to create crazy new characters like Prime Bumble or Bumbletron, or swap them with Classic EggBods such as Captain Hard Boiled and make characters like Captain Eggatron!
According to the Eggbods' Transformers page, these figures were awarded the 2011 Best New Toys at Toy Fair for the Pocket Money Category. I'm not sure if that's specifically for the Transformers Eggbods or for Eggbods in general.
These figures can be purchased in the US and Canada at Garden Ridge and Michaels or in Europe at Toymaster, Toys R Us, Hamleys, Smyths, and The Entertainer. For locations that carry Eggbods products, click here.
After a three year hiatus, the Seibertron.com member interviews are back. However the sides have changed. No longer is he the interviewer, but now the interviewee. Say hello to a prominent member of Seibertron.com, Counterpunch! Joining the site back in 2003, he's filled the forums with his astute critique and praise for our beloved Transformers. He's more than just the Ebert of Seibertron.com, he's also the host of the Seibertron.com Twincast/Podcast. Collection wise, Counterpunch has a knack for not just buying what he likes, but he has the ability to turn rather obscure toys into staples for other collectors. Luckily I was speedy enough to catch the Autobot disguised as a Decepticon disguised as a Decepticon acting as an Autobot. The transcript is readable below for all Cybertronian dialects.
Blurrz: Transformers by Michael Bay. It's brought in so many fans, and has rekindled many older fan's interests in this hobby. Of course that's not the only thing that's been different since 2007. What do you think has changed in the past four years in regards to the Transformers franchise, in regards to Transformers toys, and most importantly in regards to Transformers and you?
Counterpunch: Hrm, well, I think that in the past few years we have seen two really important things happen to our hobby and toys.
I think the first thing is that Transformers engineering has evolved by leaps and bounds. Figures aren't just two modes with incidental articulation along the way. Dramatic improvements in the realm of articulation and characterization are present in even the smallest toys. Take for instance Classics Prime who was just on the inside of this revolution. It's a fine toy, but look at all the things we can improve on now; ankle joints, integrated kibble, head movement, overall character cues. Compare that to something like Generations Tracks where you really need to scour for some kind of issue to point out. We are seeing some of the best engineering ever in modern Transformers in large part due to innovations from the movie line and Animated. I love that we're getting better toys, and really interesting ones at that. I just wish we were seeing some figures keep a relative scale, better.
The franchise is big time now and I think that is the other important thing. The old rules do not apply. We see odd ball obscure characters in plastic for now (Straxus, Thunderwing, etc) much like how Star Wars gets a figure of everyone in Mos Eisley. There was a time when we'd never see a figure or character due to this or that reason. Old opinions held true on things right up until the point that they didn't. Generations Thundercracker is a great example. I'm glad this toy got made and that I got to be wrong four years ago that we'd never see it. Anything can happen now and that's great for fans.
As for me personally? Four years ago I was still down with buying any and everything. Since then I have tightened up my scope of collecting quite tightly. I am able to enjoy a show or comic without instantly needing to own a piece of it. I've always been a completist with Armada, Energon, and Cybertron, even down to the variations between US and Japan. In this time I've been able to let stuff go and retain only the better version of things. Part of that has come from really running out of room and still wanting to display stuff well, part of that has come from a sense that, maybe I over did it for a while there. I'm also a lot more relaxed in general about stuff. I still jump into shout about in toy discussion from time to time, but these days I try and save it more for the Twincast or organizing local collector meet ups.
Blurrz: Now you talk about watching a show without any desire of needing to own a piece of it. Is that truly possible? Hypothetically, if Transformers: Prime toys were on the shelf today, and you were to watch the show, how would you resist not being able to pick up a Wheeljack or a Skyquake at your local Target?
Counterpunch: Actually, I'm really looking forward to the toys from TF Prime. So, I'll address this in a different way. Animated and Beast Wars are both good shows that were really influential. I can appreciate them for what they are. That being said, I hate Beast Wars toys. Heh, I hate the proportion of shell-former style transformations, the odd way arms and legs dangle under an animal mode, the way that parts are supposed to fit in a spot but have no guidance or tab to do so, animal head blaster arms, etc etc. For a while, I bought those toys despite my feelings about them because I liked the show so much. When it came time to weigh what I really wanted to display and what I did not, those lost out every time and so they were sold off.
Animated is kind of the same, but I actually like those toys. I just don't need them when compared to Classics (and eventually Prime).
Blurrz: Before we continue on more current affairs, let's jump back to the past, an IDW Origins: Counterpunch if you will. What started you with Transformers? What was your first Transformers toy?
Counterpunch: I think my actual first Transformer may have been G1 Powerglide. My memory is a little hazy about that. I do remember that my neighbor got Optimus Prime and I was insanely jealous of him for that. I hounded my parents for one of those and one weekend I was taken out to get one. Two days later, the child of one of my mom's friends broke Prime and my replacement was Thrust.
So, if anything, the two most influencing factors on my early collecting were jealousy and revenge. Man I was pissed.
In more recent times, the TRU reissue of Ultra Magnus was what got me back into collecting. I bought it on a whim and it's been downhill since then.
Blurrz: Talk about emotions! Unbeknownst to many of our readers, you are also a collector of popular toys in Japan, particularly figmas, and anime statues. What started you off on this wild tangent away from Transformers collecting? What are the similarities and differences between the Transformers fanbase and the fanbase that collects Anime-based media? And the kicker, since being immersed in this new pop culture, have more funds been put into Transformers or Anime toys?
Counterpunch: Well, I've always quietly collected Street Fighter merchandise on the side. It was really just a series of logical jumps. Gashapon (bubble and trading figures) toys led to Revoltech and Figma, those led to pvc statues, etc. Oddly enough, the first episode of the Twincast was a major contributor to all this. The guest for that episode, Touya was a writer for Tomopop at the time and in the course of doing my research I ended up liking their page a lot. Pictures from that, recommendations from their podcast, and a growing circle of friends really broadened my collecting experience.
As for similarities, I don't think there are any. The rest of the toy collecting world seems to think Transformers fans are rabid nutjobs. The circles for purchasing are different. The reasons for buying, other than motivated self interest, are different. There's little sense of needing to complete a line or cast in the anime figure world. That's due largely to multiple manufacturers, stylistic differences, scale differences...a whole slew of things we don't have to account for when buying Transformers. The only real similarity is that both hobbies are passionate about their particular brand of plastic.
With your last question, I will kind of admit something here. This side hobby of mine pretty much rescued my love of Transformers. To explain, let me start by saying that about a year or so ago, I was in a real rut with TF toy collecting. It was a matter of open wallet, collect toy, shelf toy, repeat. I was playing catch up, always. There was no appreciation for what I was getting, it was mechanical. A lot of collectors go through this I think. But once I took a break by branching out into other genres, not just anime, but game influenced media too, I was able to look at Transformers in a new light. I was also more importantly able to say "no", perhaps first starting with the Campaign Microns for Spoilsport and Caliburst. Those were terrible and not even an approximation of their intended characters. So, I firmly decided to pass and use the money for toys that would be more "fun". Since then, I've just had a better perspective on what my money is actually purchasing in terms of paid out enjoyment.
Specifically as to the funding, it's probably split equally right now. I buy more Figmas and Revoltechs than Transformers because Hasbro and Takara are producing boring product right now, but I buy more expensive Transformers to compensate.
Did all that make sense or just make sense in my own inner monologue?
Blurrz:..Yes. Wait, I'm supposed to be asking the questions here! Sometimes I think I'm talking to Punch..
Now among the mass amount of toys that you have within your household, you also have a wife who not only supports your hobby, but also enjoys it. Explain to us how awesome that is.
Counterpunch: So, yea, my wife is not only very supportive of all this, but to varying degrees, is into this stuff as well. She actually likes the Transformers cartoons better than I do and I usually rope her into cooking when we have local collector gatherings at my place. She's down with the anime statue collecting and that has become our shared hobby. It's become fun because I'm usually the one doing the purchasing, but with that stuff, she gets on the hype train as well.
I think it's important to at least have genuine understanding of the hobby from your significant other. That's the baseline. If they're down with it as well, even better. I think you have to compromise a lot too. You need to be aware of when your hobby is becoming a problem or even a distraction to your partner. I see a lot of "You love me and my hobby or you don't really love me." kind of attitudes from people and I think that's wrong. In the end, it's all just stuff. Who ever you're with should want to be with you and you shouldn't really change that to be 'you and your stuff'. At the same time, if your significant other doesn't understand your hobby, maybe they don't really understand you either? It's the big question for a collector. Finding the line is key. Honesty with yourself and them is the first and most important step.
But my wife? She's top-tier. She bought me G1 Star Saber for my wedding present. I win.
Blurrz: Sorry fembots, this bot has been taken for life!
There's a popular phrase that's been going around the forums, and that is 'I've been Counterpunched' which originates from you. What is this new strange phenomena?
Counterpunch: So, my Transformers collecting buddies like to play a bit of in real life trolling on one another when it comes to purchases. The game goes like this, find a figure, buy the figure, and see who else you can get to buy said figure from hype alone. Bonus points for getting people to buy import figures, shitty figures, odd-ball forgotten figures, anything that makes someone go "damnit, I never wanted that until now...". Well, during the time when Henkei came around, my buddy Geekee1 first did this to me with Henkei Starscream. Being big on imports myself, I got most of the Henkei line and in reverse did the same thing to nearly everyone we hung out with. I got a certain amount of infamy for this kind of crap, which in the end is just a fun way of paling around with other collectors.
"Counterpunched" I think was Razorclaw's term. Don't think I'm immune to it either, plenty of people have got me to buy stuff that I was happy to pass on. Except Delicon...I'll never buy World's Smallest Transformers, buddy. Ever.
Blurrz: Somehow I think this would end up into a very interesting drinking game..
Methods of collecting Transformers have evolved over the years. From wandering aimlessly from shop to shop, to pre-ordering figures online or simply hoping your network of fellow collectors can bail you out, what method do you see yourself relying on these days?
Counterpunch: I do most of my shopping online now. Regular release stuff I find as I do my regular shopping or weekend trips. Places like Target where you have easily obtained exclusives through DPCI numbers I will hit up on my lunch break.
I found that I would waste a lot of time going about hunting for toys, so I stopped. Whatever I pay extra in shipping, I make up in time saved and gas.
I understand why people still go around hunting but it's only really worth it for regular releases and early waves in a given line.
Blurrz: There's a big decision many collector's will have in the upcoming year, and that is whether or not to renew their membership with the Transformers Collectors' Club or to join up with them. What was your opinion on this year's club exclusives Side Burn, TFA Cheetor, G2 Ramjet and the upcoming Runamuck, Runabout and SG Drift?
Counterpunch: The TCC is something I wholeheartedly endorse. I've been a member since it began. I always tell people that they should sign up for it. The Club makes great toys. G2 Ramjet was really well done. Other club toys from the past have been great. Cheetor...not so much. Occasionally something goes wrong in their communication with the factories and their product suffers. They have reasons for that, but at some point, that kind of stuff needs to stop. Punch, then Cheetor suffered due to poor co-ordination with their production factories. Businesses should learn from their mistakes and sometimes I feel that the Club only learns from its successes.
On a more kind sounding note, Sideburn is very nice and I really, REALLY hope that they are smart enough to continue making car brothers now that they have one. I think the upcoming toys may be the best yet. All three sound great to me. Some of my buddies are tired of the SG stuff and in a way, I understand that. I mean, if you don't have the 2008 BotCon set, why would you want SG Drift?
I find myself saying, "The Club is great, the toys are great!" and meaning it, but at the same time having to be honest with myself and others by pointing out some of my perceived flaws. There's far more good than bad. If anything, I simply wish they were more agile in adapting to their consumers which, I admit is hard with our fans. Oh...and get this headsculpt thing figured out. They need better consistency with sizing and detail.
Blurrz: The Quintessons wish to erase the Alternators toyline from the history books. You are the Alternators defense attorney. How do you win?
We settle out of court. They drop the law suit, we give them a minor part in the Kiss Play Broadway Show.
Blurrz: There's a point in time where collectors like you and I strive to obtain a very important figure or figures. We call it the holy grail. Care to explain what the holy grail is to our newer readers, and what is/was your holy grail?
Counterpunch: Well, this is a term that gets over used in the fandom. People tend to call the latest and greatest of their wish-list items a "Grail". I know I'm splitting hairs over the term, but a grail item should be something so rare, so beyond your price range, or so completely necessary to your collection that you'll nearly never find them or you can call years of searching over.
A grail is something that you can not find at Wal Mart or Target. It's not a matter of saying you have to spend a lot to find something, but whatever it is, there should be actual work involved in finding it.
I have had two grail items over the years. The first is Shining Unicron aka Unicron of Light. It was a Lucky Draw figure that runs a few thousand dollars and I honestly doubt I'll ever really have the leverage to get one. Maybe someday if the opportunity arises after we move to a permanent location. The other is to own a full set of the Micron Legend DvD Microns. As of writing this response, I am perhaps two or three days away from actually completing this goal. When I first started, I wasn't sure I would find them all as I was so far behind on this one...but the good will of other collectors is helping me to actually make this one happen. I'll tell all on the next Twincast.
Blurrz: No need too, the Iacon paparazzi already snagged pictures of your set!
Time for the lightning round! I`ll give you a this or that question and give me your answer and a sentence or two explaining why.
Punch or Counterpunch?
Counterpunch: Counterpunch aka Spacepunch. Without this component of his personality, he's just Jazz or Bumblebee.
Blurrz: Hot Shot or Cheetor?
Counterpunch: Hot Shot. Cheetor is always a bitch. Hot Shot is pretty bad ass by Energon and a certified bad ass by Cybertron.
Blurrz: Takara 2010 Unicron or Primus?
Counterpunch: Takara 2010 Primus. Unicron had too many production flaws and the Amazon version is going to cannibalize anything special about the Takara Unicron.
Blurrz: Rei Ayanami, Asuka Langley, or Mari Makinami?
Counterpunch: Asuka. I always felt bad for her. I think she has the most heartfelt admissions in EoE.
Blurrz: Henkei! Henkei! or United?
Counterpunch: Henkei...100%. United is a pale imitator to the throne. Henkei showed me that you don't have to be satisfied with average.
Blurrz: Wait, what do you mean you have to go back and spy on Megatron? Fine. Any last words to your fellow Seibertronians and adoring fanfembots?
Counterpunch: Just...be excellent to one another, to steal a line from some excellent dudes. Make friends and ignore people that get too angry. Laugh off everything you can. If your hobby becomes work or stress, step back and re-assess the situation.
With a pair of great comics preceding Transformers: Ongoing #24, it's fair to say that this issue had it's fair share of expectations. Not only that, but the comic was the start of IDW's well-advertised arc, Chaos. The previous issues featured flashbacks and art by Alex Milne. Ongoing #24 deviates from that state, with the artwork being the biggest change many will notice. Livio Ramondelli takes the helm for Ongoing #24, as well as three future issues, #26, #28 and #30. While this review is meant to focus on #24, I feel that it's a good time to look at Ramondelli's art. Many have been rather critical on the change of artwork, as this is a drastic change from what we've seen in the previous 23 issues. However, I feel that the naysayers are a bit overcritical. Ramondelli's covers for Best Of Megatron and Best of Optimus Prime are top class. This is his first Transformers issue. There's also the concept that we're finally back at Cybertron. What better way to set a tone than to use Ramondelli's art, which I think conveys the oppressed feelings and melancholy the Autobots would have if Galvatron were in control of their home planet.
Chaos. We're in it. How did we get here? The matrix was given back to Optimus Prime on Prime, who immediately set course for Cybertron. He explained to his troops that Galvatron was still alive and has been amassing an army on Cybertron. Cut to #24. Galvatron and his brethren show up on one of the Autobot's most important facilities, Kimia. By the time the Autobots show up, it's no longer under their control.... the consequences of the capture will be known once you read the issue.
They're scared. Who you might ask? The Autobots. It's been a very long time since the Autobots have been outnumbered. In fact, in the entire Ongoing session, there really hasn't been a massive army versus a massive army. That's seemingly going to change.
What's rather odd about the Autobots first arrival on their birthplace is the selection of Transformers accompanying Optimus Prime. Or to me, maybe it's just one. Yes, Ironhide and Sideswipe were the last Autobots to be on Cybertron. But Drift? I know he's the IDW posterboy, and perhaps it's so that we won't forget that Drift exists, but I think there were much better candidates on the Autobot ship.
It's hard to be highly critical of Transformers #24. Yes, Chaos does look promising, but this issue isn't much of a standalone piece, but more of a setup for hopefully greater things to come.
Name: KNIGHT MORPHER Commander-X (500 pieces limited)
Product Code: KM-01X
Release Date & Event: Oct 16 2011 exclusive in Victoria's Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair
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This Commander is a twisted, mirrored image from a parallel universe, where Knight Morphers are bent on destruction to further their empire of EVIL, while fending of the heroic Eliminators. Now with access to a new universe, this fractured version of Commander can expand his villainous empire further than he ever dreamed, starting with the down fall of this universe's heroic Knight Morphers!
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