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In-Package Images of Movie Advanced AD31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime

Transformers News: In-Package Images of Movie Advanced AD31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 10:17pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Robotkingdom.com

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Thanks to Site sponsor Robotkingdom, we get some nice in-package images of AD31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime. Along with the in-package images we also get his bio which is the same as the Hasbro Leader Class release.

Optimus Prime has long believed that freedom is the right of all sentient beings. He has never wavered from his belief, no matter what has befallen him in battle. Once again ready to defend the people of his adopted planet, the unyielding AUTOBOT commander prepares for battle that will allow the AUTOBOTS to reclaim their role as earth's honored protectors.


Transformers News: In-Package Images of Movie Advanced AD31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime

Transformers News: In-Package Images of Movie Advanced AD31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime

Transformers News: In-Package Images of Movie Advanced AD31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime

Mega 1-Step Bumblebee with Bonus Legends Class Stinger Found at Retail

Transformers News: Mega 1-Step Bumblebee with Bonus Legends Class Stinger Found at Retail
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 9:49pm CST
Categories: Sightings, Toy News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): ScottyP

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Twincast podcaster ScottyP found a new Walmart exlcusive Mega 1-step Bumblebee with bonus Legends Class Stinger at a Walmart in Raleigh, NC for $24.97. According to ScottyP the stinger appears to be identical to the single carded Age of Extinction release but Bumblebee is visibly more yellow than his previous release. He also provided us with a nice image of his find which you can see below.

Please send your new sightings to Sightings@seibertron.com or use the Contact Us link at the top of the page. It's always helpful to send a picture as well.

Transformers News: Mega 1-Step Bumblebee with Bonus Legends Class Stinger Found at Retail

BBTS Sponsor News: Super Mario, Acid Rain, DC, Hot Toys, Transformers, GI Joe 50th, Star Wars & More

Transformers News: BBTS Sponsor News: Super Mario, Acid Rain, DC, Hot Toys, Transformers, GI Joe 50th, Star Wars & More
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 4:57pm CST
Categories: Sponsor News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): BBTS

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SUPER MARIO NENDOROID FIGURE - MARIO
The new Nendoroid version of Mario comes with a wide variety of parts including expressions, a Buzzy Beetle, a Boo, a Super Mushroom and much more. This figure is listed at $49.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


ACID RAIN BUCKS TEAM MEMBERS
Bob and Steel have joined the Acid Rain team. Each of these 1:18 scale figures is listed at $27.99 and comes with a variety of weapons and other equipment.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... egory=9966


1/6 SCALE SHI FIGURE
Phicen has taken on Billy Tucci's Shi and released her in the form of this 1/6 scale figure. She comes with a load of weaponry as well as a cloth outfit, flag with pedestal and more. it is listed at $176.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


DC COLLECTIBLES NEW 52 FIGURES
We have four brand new DC New 52 figures for your enjoyment. They include Roller Derby Harley Quinn, Jon Stewart as the Green Lantern, Poison Ivy, and a brand new Joker in a stylish trench coat. Each of these items is listed at $21.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=17429


1/6 SCALE "SLEEPY HOLLOW" MOVIE MASTERPIECE ICHABOD CRANE
Played by Johnny Depp in the 1999 movie, this figure comes with alternate hair, alternate hands and more. It is listed at $234.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


NEW ARH STATUES
Five new statues from ARH Studios have been listed for pre-order. They include Arhian, Hercules, Alexander The Great, Queen of The Vampires and Tarzan, all in 1/4 Scale.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=17471


THE ART OF HE-MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE HARDCOVER
This hardcover collects 30 years of sketches, prototypes and other behind-the-scenes information about this popular line. It is listed at $34.99, $5 off the MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


1/35 SCALE TYRANNOSAURUS REX (KING T-REX)
The new replica by Rebor is listed at $64.99 and includes a movable jaw and removable diorama rock for making your own displays.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


TRANSFORMERS PROTECTOBOTS BOX SETS
We have two new box sets for you. First we have the Emergency Response set featuring First Aid, Groove, and Streetsmart. The second box set we have is the Evac Squad Set which includes Hot Spot and Blades. Each of these box sets is priced at $54.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... gory=10335


"TRANSFORMERS: THE AGE OF EXTINCTION" BREAKOUT BATTLE PLATINUM EDITION BOX SET
This trio includes Scrapyard Optimus Prime, Vehicon and Rollbar, and is listed at $99.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


"TRANSFORMERS: THE AGE OF EXTINCTION" VOYAGER FIGURE SERIES 03 REVISION 02 CASE
The latest Voyager assortment includes Hound, Galvatron, Slog and Autobot Drift (Helicopter). We have it listed at $99.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


STAR WARS CONVERGE SERIES 01 BOX OF 10
Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, R2-D2 and Yoda are all part of Bandai's Star Wars Converge lineup! Although each character is extremely cute and about 2.15" (5.5cm) tall, each is also rich with sculpted detail. They're the perfect size to keep you company at your desk all day long! We have this item priced at $59.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


"A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2" 8" RETRO CLOTH FREDDY'S REVENGE FIGURE
This figure is dressed in Freddy's classic sweater and fedora and includes an alternate head, an alternate hand and custom art. This figure is listed at $27.99, $6 off the MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE MUDCRAB PLUSH
Gaming Heads is proud to present the Mudcrab plush from The Elder Scrolls® Online! Featuring high quality cloth materials and a cute design, the Mudcrab plush will be an awesome addition to your video game accessory collection.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


TIM DUNCAN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTORS BOX SET
Tim Duncan is showcased wearing his white uniform from the 2014 NBA Finals and includes two NBA MVP trophies and five NBA Championship trophies.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


IRON MAN MARK II 1/4 SCALE MAQUETTE
This statue from the original "Iron Man" movie stands 26" tall and stands on a special gantry base. This piece is listed at $479.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


"GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY" FULL SIZE ROCKET RACCOON
This figure stands almost 3 feet tall and is done in foam rubber and latex. It is listed at $334.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


GODZILLA MOVIE MONSTER EX
This new line from Bandai starts off with King Ghidorah, Godzilla 1968, Mecha Godzilla, King Caesar and Rainbow Mothra. Each is listed at $17.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... NSTER%20EX


"BATMAN FOREVER" COWL PROP REPLICA
The third entry in Hollywood Collectibles' Bat-Cowl replica line comes from "Batman Forever". It stands 20" tall with its display stand, and is listed at $599.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


HALO 2 ANNIVERSARY EDITION PLASMA RIFLE FULL SCALE REPLICA
Project Triforce is producing a new Plasma rifle to celebrate the anniversary of Halo 2. This polystone piece is 24.5" long and comes with LED effects. This item is limited to 500 pieces and is listed at $599.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


PLANET OF THE APES LAWGIVER STATUE
This cold cast resin statue stands almost 12" tall, in scale with the recent NECA POTA figures. The statue comes with an attached table with scrolls, and is listed at $59.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


MASS EFFECT 1/4 SCALE TALI STATUE
Tali is shown in her mask and enviro-suit with an Arc Pistol. She is limited to 1000 pieces and is listed at $329.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


1/6 SCALE LADY ACTION COLLECTOR FIGURE
This spy lady from the U.K. comes with alternate hands, a full cloth outfit, multiple weapons and more. She is listed at $144.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


AOSHIMA BACK TO THE FUTURE MODEL KITS
We have reissues in stock for model kits of the Delorean as it appears in Back to the Future I, II, and III. They are priced at $39.99 each.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... a%20Future




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BIG BAD TOY STORE SHARED EXCLUSIVE GI JOE 50TH ANNIVERSARY VERSUS TWO-PACK WAVE 2 SET, SINGLES
The second assortment includes Arctic Ambush and Social Clash. Each Two-Pack is listed at $16.99, or you can pick up the Set of both for $29.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... joe%2050th


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY MARVEL PLATINUM LEGENDS SERIES 01 - CASE, SET, SINGLES
The GotG Case includes one each of Gamora, Rocket, Drax and Nova as well as two each of Star-Lord and Iron Man; this Case is listed at $159.99. The Set includes one of each figure and is listed at $139.99, and singles are listed of Iron Man and Star-Lord at $12.99 each.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


STAR WARS 6" BLACK DELUXE FIGURE SINGLE - SPEEDER BIKE
We have singles of the Speeder Bike set in stock. It includes a display stand and a Biker Scout, and is priced at $44.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


2014 STAR WARS 3.75" BLACK SERIES 02 - CASE, SET, SINGLES, 03 - SET, SINGLES
The Case of 12 includes two each of Yoda (Jedi Training), Luke (Jedi Training), Darth Vader and Wedge Antilles, plus one each of Snowtrooper Commander, Toryn Farr, Ree Yees and Jabba's Skiff Guard. This Case is listed at $114.99; The Set of 4 (Darth Vader, Wedge Antilles, Ree Yees and Jabba's Skiff Guard) is priced at $49.99, and various singles are also available. The Series 03 Set includes Darth Malgus, Starkiller, R5G19 and Hoth Luke (Wampa Attack), and is listed at $44.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... gory=10033


STAR WARS 6" BLACK FIGURE SINGLES
In addition to the Speeder Bike listed above, we have a variety of singles available in this line, including Boba Fett, an Episode IV Stormtrooper, a Clone Trooper and more.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ack%206%22


"A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET" 30TH ANNIVERSARY 7" ACTION FIGURE - ULTIMATE FREDDY
This version of Freddy includes three different heads, an alternate hand, skin mask and more. We have him listed at $21.99, $3 off the MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


MOVIE MASTERPIECE 1/6 SCALE TERMINATOR T-800 BATTLE DAMAGED FIGURE
This figure of Arnold's Terminator includes LED-lighting in the head sculpts, as well as a damaged right arm, alternate hands, a cloth outfit, a shotgun, a machine gun and more. It is listed at $229.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


CAPTAIN AMERICA WINTER SOLDIER 1/6 SCALE COLLECTIBLE FIGURE - BLACK WIDOW
This figure is inspired by her look in the Winter Soldier film. It includes a Scarlett Johansson head sculpt, alternate hands, Widow's Bite bracelets and more. It is listed at $189.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


ASSASSIN'S CREED III PLAY ARTS KAI CONNOR DAVENPORT
Connor stands almost 11" tall and comes with alternate hands, a tomahawk, a bow and arrow, and an Assassin's Blade. This figure is priced at $89.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS LEGENDS 2014 SERIES 01 - SET, SINGLES
This Set includes Cosmos with payload and Swerve with Flanker and is listed at $21.99. Cosmos with payload is available singly at $13.99, and Swerve with Flanker is listed at $9.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ERIES%2001


TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS 2014 SERIES 03 RATTRAP
The popular character from Beast Wars, Beast Machines and the current comic storyline is back in stock. He is priced at $19.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


REFORMATTED R-09 ZINNIA PARAPAX MEDIC
This green robot changes into a futuristic car to fulfill her function as a medic. She is listed at $59.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


PLANET X CAELUS RESTOCK
This figure changes from Pteranodon to robot and comes with guns ad sword. It is listed at $79.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


DX9-D04 ARMOR (AMOR) SET
This upgrade set can attach to a variety of figures. It includes guns, wings and more, and is listed at $44.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


MARVEL LEGENDS THREE-PACK EXCLUSIVES
This box set includes Ms. Marvel, Captain America and Radioactive Man. It is listed at $74.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


SONS OF ANARCHY 6" FIGURE - CLAY EXCLUSIVE
Clay wears his vest and headband in this new figure, which also has alternate hands and a knife. It is listed at $19.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


STAR TREK 1/1 SCALE KLINGON BAT'LETH PROP REPLICA
This 43" long unsharpened replica includes a leather grip and a resin display stand. It is priced at $299.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail

Editorial Vision, Shakespearean Power Plays, and Giant Robots with John Barber

Transformers News: Editorial Vision, Shakespearean Power Plays, and Giant Robots with John Barber
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 1:22pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): WCBR

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Wanting more this week in terms of Transformers fiction? Why not take a read at this lengthy interview with John Barber on WeeklyComicBookReview, editor and writer at IDW on at least, oh, all of the current series featuring robots, including those yet to come. Some snippets below, full piece here! [Note: Thumbnail is RI cover for Transformers #35, by Andrew Griffith. Fitting, non?]

Already well respected for his nearly Quixotic attempts to bring sanity to the Transformers movie continuity, John Barber’s tenure over IDW’s mainline Transformers comics has been viewed as something of a renaissance period for the brand.

Besides writing a tense sci-fi political thriller in the form of Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Barber has also served as the editor of the award-winning Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye as well as the Transformers: Windblade mini-series. Since then he’s added even more to his plate by writing Angry Birds Transformers and co-writing the latest Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series.

As the man behind one of my favorite shared universes in comics, I’ve been eager to meet Mr. Barber for some time. Little did I know how deep we’d get into the current Transformers line-up.

Mr. Barber was incredibly gracious with his time and considerable knowledge so please enjoy and, if so inclined, check out the newly renamed The Transformers #35, on sale today!

[...]

N: One thing that I was definitely curious about is that one of the weird figures for IDW in Transformers has been Galvatron, in that you couldn’t fall back on a G1 interpretation.

B: Yeah.

N: But so he was kind of Nova Prime’s Starscream for a while and then he kind of had this very ‘glorious leader against D-Void’ period. What made you settle on ‘Galvatron the Barbarian’ for your take?

B: I was kind of intrigued by the story that Simon [Furman] had set up of these characters being of a different age, y’know? These people that were there, that took off on the original Ark? I just kind of latched onto this idea of, ‘what was society like before they had the Golden Age?’ For me, it went back to doing the Robots in Disguise Annual and I had this idea of like Game of Thrones with Transformers, of this idea of these different tribes. And I played with that actually a bit in the movie universe stuff, but it was different in the main line stuff.

And Galvatron was one of those characters, kind of like Soundwave, where even within the IDW universe different writers had radically different takes on where he was. So, thinking about how you can sort of unify those, what kind of person would do all that stuff? And I came to the idea of ‘what if Galvatron’s kind of Conan’ and you had this guy who’s kind of really a rough guy, really a barbarian, but who becomes king?

“Galvatron was one of those characters where different writers had radically different takes. So, thinking about how you can sort of unify those, what kind of person would do all that stuff?”

I mean the story of Conan isn’t just Conan the Barbarian. There’s all these eras of Conan as he goes on; he eventually is King Conan. And the idea that Galvatron kind of went through all that, so he’s been different places in his life, appealed to me. And, in [issue #34] we’ll get kind of a larger grasp of how those early days with him and Nova functioned. We’ll be seeing some stuff, that I think may be surprising to some people, that we sort of hinted at. There’re definitely some hints that have been going on, but some of the ancient Cybertronian lore and history is gonna come up.

But, in short, it’s kind of the idea of this guy who, in his own mind, he’s noble, but it isn’t the usual nobility you get from a villain because he’s really, really brutal and he’s- he’s- like he’s genuinely not a nice guy, y’know, where, Soundwave, to me, he’s the good guy Decepticon.

N: Yeah.

B: Like he’s the guy that genuinely believes in the Decepticon cause and everything they had to do that was bad was a compromise that he had to make to a greater end goal, where Galvatron isn’t like that. He’s less compromising, but much more brutal and, like, the underlying…like-

N: He doesn’t feel like a guy who’s like thinking very much into the future.

B: Yeah. Like he does in his way. So, there are moments where you’re going to see him kind of doing stuff toward a larger goal, but it’s a very distinct, direct barbarian way of doing it. He’s not doing the Machiavellian playing guys off of each other the way Starscream does. Even when he does like straight up lie, his duplicity is a little more honest.

[...]

Just taking a step aside from Robots in Disguise for a second, I was just curious. You are not only a writer, but you’re an editor for IDW.

B: Yes.

N: As someone with that very unique experience, what do you think that -whether it be professionals, aspiring, anywhere in the process – what do you think that writers need to know about editors and editors need to know about writers? You have seen both sides.

B: That’s a good question. Ideally, everybody’s out to make a good comic. And there are good fits with writers and editors, y’know?

It’s funny because I have friends on both sides of the table. So, every once in a while you’ll sort of hear somebody, a friend of mine, complaining about, y’know, that editor didn’t work out. Then there’ll be people who are having a great relationship with that editor. So it’s like any other relationship in life. There are fits and there are non-fits.

When you’re putting a creative team together for a comic, it’s sort of like putting a band together, y’know? Like everybody has to get along. You have to know what parts everybody’s playing and what everybody’s doing. On the Transformers books we’re really lucky, everybody gets along really well, I think, between James, me, Mairghread, Chris Metzen, Flint Dille, plus like Alex Milne, Andrew, Livio, Sarah, everybody; we all interact really well.

In- and Out of Package Image - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG-05 Whirl

Transformers News: In- and Out of Package Image - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG-05 Whirl
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 5:55am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFYuki

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We've seen some terribly mistransformed Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Whirl before - so how about a nice shot of the Japanese LG-05 counterpart to Hasbro's Generations release of everyone's favourite homicidal watchmaker? Check out the mirrored image below.

Transformers News: In- and Out of Package Image - Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG-05 Whirl

Takara Tomy Lost Age Carnivac Micron Campaign Images

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Lost Age Carnivac Micron Campaign Images
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 5:51am CST
Categories: Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Takara TF

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A quick update on the Takara Tomy Carnivac Micron Campaign, courtesy of the Takara Transformers Twitter account. Check out below two mirrored images of the little Steeljaw stand-in with the One Step Changer Lockdown for comparison!

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Lost Age Carnivac Micron Campaign Images

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Lost Age Carnivac Micron Campaign Images

Hasbro Toy Shop Free Shipping on Hot Holiday Toys, including Transformers

Transformers News: Hasbro Toy Shop Free Shipping on Hot Holiday Toys, including Transformers
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 2:41am CST
Categories: Company News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): HTS

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Like most other big toy retailers, Hasbro US did not shy away from putting together a list of 'toys that your kids will definitely absolutely love, pinky promise'. The Hot Holiday Toys list includes a grand total of three Transformers items: Playskool Rescue Bots Optimus Primal, Age of Extinction Mega One-Step Bumblebee, and Stomp and Chomp Grimlock - if any of these catch your fancy, use the code 'HOLIDAY' at check out for free shipping!

Transformers News: Hasbro Toy Shop Free Shipping on Hot Holiday Toys, including Transformers

Transformers: Universe - Jagex Confirms Possible Layoffs

Transformers News: Transformers: Universe - Jagex Confirms Possible Layoffs
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 2:27am CST
Categories: Company News, Game News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): GII

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Via the website gamesindustry.biz, we have some unfortunate news hailiing from Jagex, the company behind the Transformer: Universe MOBA online game. It appears that the company is in talks regarding having to let go a number of its employees, as a result of a company-wide downsizing. This follows the news of the current CEO Gerhard leaving by the end of this year, too. Read some more below, and the full piece here.

UK studio Jagex has confirmed that it is currently in a consultation process with the staff assigned to its Transformers Universe project. Some will find new roles on other Jagex games, others face redundancy.

"It is with regret that we can confirm some members of the Transformers Universe team will now be facing the possibility of redundancy. The proposed downsizing comes as the product reaches a new stage of development in its life cycle with a view to refining specific areas of gameplay for a live environment," the company told GamesIndustry.biz in a statement.

"Proposing to lay off staff is not something reached without due care and consideration and comes, in this instance, only at the end of a long period of deliberation. We remain grateful to all members of staff who will be affected by this process, and would like to thank them for all of their work on the game."

IDW Transformers #35 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 2:12am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: ScottyP | Credit(s): IDW, ScottyP

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Days of Deception
Or: Setting Up The Chess Board
(Spoiler free-ish, for the first few parts)



Synopsis
Days of Deception begins! PROWL and the CONSTRUCTICONS hunt the world's deadliest game-three humans with a history of fighting CYBERTRONIANS! Lines are drawn as human and machine alike are drawn into-the ONYX INTERFACE!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
But does it know why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch?


Story

When we last left Robots in Disguise, a history lesson from Alpha Trion had concluded, with Optimus Prime wondering just what, if anything, out of what was learned that he should keep as a secret to the rest of his crew. Transformers #35 drops the subtitle and picks right up where we left off, and we check in with some old human "friends".

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
The pink helps out with camouflage when he takes his 12 year old sister to the mall


Of course, Prime and his crew are keeping a close watch on the humans, given their recent alliances with Galvatron's earthbound Decepticon crew. The interactions between Prime and the various crew members, and between said crew members themselves, continues the subtle but deeper-by-the-issue characterization that's been prevalent in the past several issues of Robots in Disguise that was sorely lacking in the book's earlier days.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
Still so sassy!


Barber's tone indeed keeps up with what we've seen out of the past several months, injecting humor where needed and the right amount of snark (or lack thereof) in certain characters. You may also be surprised to see some returning faces not seen since Dark Cybertron, but then you'd look like a fool. Transformers is, after all, written by John "Continuity" Barber himself, and in his world, characters don't just exist to sell toys. At least, not in the long haul.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
Even Galvatron's got jokes these days


By the end of the issue, pieces are in place for verbs to start happening. However, in typical Transformers style, you'll be left hanging for another month to find out just what those verbs are.


Art

This issue features regular Transformers artist Andrew Griffith, colors by Josh Perez, and lettering by Tom Long. Unlike our esteemed comics editor Va'al, I'm not a great art critic, technically speaking. That said, I enjoyed the contrast of styles between the human-focused scenes vs. the scenes with our robotic cast. The sharp lines and vibrant colors of the Cybertronian crew are in distinct contrast to the almost mushy look of the human characters. The monochrome toned clothing featured on them throughout (at least mostly) helps with this as well.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
So you think KFC is still open?


If I had to nitpick one thing with the art, it's that the humans aren't always the most convincing looking. Some of them feel a little rushed. Let's be honest though, if any of us were working on a comic book about Transformers, we'd probably rush through the pencils and ink on the human cast as well. Of course this isn't a blanket statement by any means, as Griffith shows that he can not only convey emotion through our favorite giant alien robots, but through the faces of good 'ol humans as well.


Thoughts
Full blown spoilers ahead

No really, full on spoilers below. This is your last warning.





This issue is very much a case of a fact that impatient readers lament on a regular basis - to play a game of chess, you have to get the board set up correctly first. While this may just be a game that leads to another game, that "another game" being Combiner Wars, it's one that ought to be played. Plot points left dangling at the end of the Costa run, and even by the transition into All Hail Megatron, may finally get addressed. At the very least, we know what's going on with Jimmy Pink and what his motivations are for siding with that darn dastardly Spike.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
What a gang of pals.


By the end of the issue, we've got Prime and Soundwave moving into their places, Galvatron setting some of his plans into motion, and human characters doing things. That's really all I can say to that story arc so far, they're just doing stuff. It's very cool to see Prowl and his friends start their pursuit of That One Guy that probably deserves to be stomped by a 'bot boot, but something about this human plot feels like it's been inserted just to wrap up some old plot lines and lead the main characters to their Macguffin for the next trade paperback. I don't actually hope to be wrong on that, which may be part of what frames my opinion there. Earth based stories in Transformers are cool when they focus on Transformers with the humans as a sideshow, character building device, or symbolic element. This succeeds in that so far, so I can forgive simpler details on why said humans are doing what they're doing.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
Counterpunch sent me a movie that started like this once


Also, for all the great stuff going on with Prowl, there are some hints that - get this - something's manipulating his mind. If that seems familiar, well, it should. We've seen that movie and we know how it ends. I'm hoping there's some fun and creative end game that these hints are going to lead to. The shades of grey that Prowl demonstrates, along with his foil in More Than Meets The Eye in Megatron, has been a great thing to witness and hopefully this creative team avoids going into full blown Cerebro-shell gimmick land this time. His interactions with Optimus Prime in the past handful of issues have been something to remember and didn't feel cheap, so here's to hoping that they don't end up that way in retrospect.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
Me too, little buddy


It'd be hard to give this issue any kind of "right around average" score. Scores are a bit silly anyway on totally subjective reviews such as this. While I certainly have some fears for the future after reading it, these also may be totally unfounded. The actual content is very enjoyable, and if you've been reading Robots in Disguise you can't afford to miss out on Transformers #35 simply due to the amount of set up that happens.

That said, this is part one of something bigger, and it certainly feels that way. It does its job well in that regard, but if you're looking for some pay off, this month is not the time you're going to get that satisfaction. I recommend this as part of a whole, though if you haven't been keeping up and don't intend to, this is a hard one to recommend to a casual Transformers comics reader.


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For the regular IDW reader, this shouldn't be missed




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For the occasional reader, this is just a poke above average

Optimus PRIMAL reviews Rhinox! (NEW PRIME reviews SERIES!)

Transformers News: Optimus PRIMAL reviews Rhinox! (NEW PRIME reviews SERIES!)
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 12:30am CST
Categories: People News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): jON3.0

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Fellow Seibertronian, fan and voice actor extraordinaire, jON3.0 has posted another comedy review, and this time, Prime takes a back seat so Optimus Primal can take aim at Rhinox!
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Optimus Primal has taken over PRIME reviews for a fun look at Transformers Generations Rhinox!


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