Can't find Hero Mashers Soundwave and Slug anywhere near around you yet? Keep an eye on HasbroToyShop, they just recently put up listings for these two as coming soon which means they will be available for purchase in the not so distant future. And Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
Thanks to FuRyu blog's on livedoor.jp we get some new prototype images of the Furyu Lost Age Bumblebee Statue. Furyu specialize in making detailed statue of characters from various anime and they already have plans on making the Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime figure reported here. We've mirrored the images below for your viewing pleasures and Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
Another piece of news today from the people over at DeNA - but this time, it's Transformers: Age of Extinction! Check out below for even more information about their official mobile game based on the movie, and its first episode called The Hunted. Also mirrored are some images for your enjoyment!
DeNA has launched the first major update for TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction – The Official Mobile Game. To date, players have won more than 4.7 million boss battles, cleared over 100 million objectives, and defeated more than 1.8 billion enemies. The free game update features new iconic levels from the film including Hong Kong and Lockdown’s Ship, a new challenging boss, Stinger, the epic assault feature, the Chain Attack, and the introduction of Special Events Series to the game.
The Hunted Survival Missions is the first in the series of Special Events in the TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction game and promises big in-game rewards for high scoring players. Tied to a unique series of stories, each Special Event will be available for a limited time and will have players testing their skills as they take on waves of enemies in an attempt to survive as long as possible and score the highest on the leaderboards. The Hunted Survival Missions will be available in the TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction game beginning today, Thursday, September 11th through Wednesday, September 17th.
About The Hunted Special Event:
It’s been five years since the Battle of Chicago. The AUTOBOTS are in hiding and being tracked down by the bounty hunter Lockdown and his minions. The chase is on, survive as long as possible in this endless runner and be victorious against Lockdown and his cronies!
DECEPTICONS ASSEMBLE! The war for CYBERTRON begins in earnest! MEGATRON brings together the deadliest of his troops for an unbelievable assault on the AUTOBOTS—and the TRANSFORMERS’ world is shaken to the core!
So here we are again, in the time before time on Cybertron (and other worlds in the post-Expansion mess-up), effectively a second before the ignition of the the great war that will shape the history of the Transformers as we have pretty much always known them. As envisioned by Chris Metzen and Flint Dille, with input from artist Livio Ramondelli too - issue #2.
Oh, you're that guy!
The biggest thing to take away from the previous issue, as you might remember, was the slight inconsistencies wit hthe established IDW universe, particularly in the role played by newly rediscovered Omega Supreme. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case once again, as not only is Omega's tale cemented and bolted down to the streets of Iacon, but we also get a look at some peculiar takes on pre-Earth stories, as the Decepticon upper echelon round-up their army, preparing for battle.
Above all, the presence of the Predacons on Canis Tor, in their pre-Earth, pre-Stormbringer - but apparently not pre-beast modes. As much as this is a fairly serious continuity blip, it does seem to me that the explanation is simply to feed in to the Combiner Wars stories in which Predaking may or may not feature. A 'recent' continuity if you will, for newer readers. But still.
Nonetheless, the comic is not a bad read! The narrative choice of a big set up run across the universe beyond Cybertron is a nice touch, and it's plenty of fun to take a look at a number of eventually gestalt teams in their daily life before the war hit. It's a fun romp, with a definite G1 feel to it - but you do need to suspend a bit more than disbelief.
Even with the Predacon glitch, Livio Ramondelli's work on the different planets and environments in which the Decepticons find themselves is plenty of fun, and well variegated. From the light, warm jungle of Canis Tor to the grungy, sulphuric Magmara Nine, Ramondelli paints an enjoyably diverse universe populated by the Cybertronians.
Yes, even there
And he does so without losing the darkness of tones over at Autobot command (and in the Presidium, for that matter), both in layouts and colouring, with Optimus realising what decisions he must and must not make in order to ensure the survival and defence of what he cares for. And the brooding begins.
Chris Mowry's lettering, is extremely enjoyable, with some very well placed translucency, and colours mimicking or complementing the artwork beneath and around it. And it's fun, even shrouded in the dangerous terrain of the issue's plot. We've seen most of the covers already (Sarah Stone's variants are here and here), so the thumbnail includes a convention exclusive this time!
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
I grinned, almost uncontrollably, throughout the entire first part. Yes, it's silly, yes, it doesn't really do much, and yes, it doesn't fit any more in the IDW continuity, there's plenty of name-dropping and some inconsistencies that don't really hold up to the wider universe, and to the story itself (even within the single issue). But I was grinning so hard it didn't really jar on the first read.
If you can get past that, the issue is an enjoyable read, preparing us for a very very big conflict about to burst at the seams, and we get some very nice double-page spreads to help us position the scale of all this. A very difficult issue to place, as, by itself, is perfectly fine, and only encounters big issues once it's placed on the bigger picture - but as I said, it's grin-worthy, with no doubt.
The lovely folks at IZ Reloaded were recently in Singapore for SGTCC, and took a good look at the exhibited full colour version of the upcoming Hot Toys licensed G1 Optimus Prime (Starscream version) - check out the clip they sent us below!
Spotted at Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2014 (STGCC 2014), is this Hot Toys Optimus Prime (Starscream Version) Collectible Figure from the classic and highly popular THE TRANSFORMERS GENERATION 1.
The Optimus Prime (Starscream Version) collectible figure stands approximately 30cm tall featuring a highly detailed mechanical structure and remarkable painting applications with distress effect, a pair of Starscream's wings, weapons, and a rocky ground diorama base with Autobot logo.
Another update from the DeNA Mobage Transformers Legends mobile game, announcing their new 'More than Meets the Eye' episode, live from today! Check it out below.
BUMBLEBEE and CLIFFJUMPER are returning from an energon scavenging run, unaware that their progress is being monitored from the sky. With a single blast from his weapon, SUNSTORM, DIRGE, BITSTREAM and HOT LINK begin their chase, eager to take the AUTOBOTS’ energon for their own purposes.
The cat and mouse game continues through the valleys of Cybertron, as the DECEPTICONS rain down destruction from above. The AUTOBOTS, outnumbered and outgunned, race desperately towards their one remaining sanctuary – Iacon.
Will the DECEPTICONS destroy the AUTOBOTS’ last hope? Or will BUMBLEBEE and CLIFFJUMPER be able to escape with their precious cargo? Find out on TRANSFORMERS: LEGENDS – “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE”!
In further Transformers YouTube news, the channel have updated another Behind the Scenes featurette. LAst time we saw the creation of the Dinobots, this time the focus is on the Cavalry Charge from the Age of Extinction movie - check it out embedded below!
The Transformers YouTube channel has been busy these past few days, posting a number of new clips! The first three, embedded below, are demo videos and a Designer Desk one, focusing on the gigantic Stomp and Chomp Grimlock, the Mega One-Step Bumblebee and the ConstructBots line. The Designer Desk video focuses on the Wal*Mart exclusive Showdown Collection, which includes the two legion size Bumblebee and Stinger, and Deluxe Generations Strafe. Check 'em all out below!
Transformers Toy Designer, Ramon Campos and Marketing Director, Jerry Jivoin, showcase the Stinger versus Bumblebee Showdown Collection, available exlcusively at Wal-Mart.
Transformers: Age of Extinction Grimlock Stomp & Chomp product demonstration shows how the BIGGEST dinobot ever transforms in 1 step, has lights, dino sounds, hidden weapons and an Optimus Prime figure to help activate dinobot action!
Transformers: Age of Extinction Construct-Bots product demonstration shows how it's easy to build and convert with all new action features.
Transformers: Age of Extinction Mega 1-Step Bumblebee product demonstration shows how you can flip it fast between robot and vehicle modes.
Paramount Pictures' latest communication confirms the official home release date for Transformers: Age of Extinction may be September 30th, but you can also pre-order the Digital HD and Blu-Ray 3D versions for the September 16th! Check out the image below, and make sure to take a look at all the various retailer exclusives here.
In further Hasbro Transformers Generations news today, we bring you another video review from Seibertron.com board member chuckdawg1999, this time talking us through a Legends figure: Gears and Targetmaster Eclipse! The little guy is a repaint of the Swerve mold, with new headsculpt, while the partner's a simple redeco of Flanker. Check out the embedded clip below!
One of the fun things with the Generation line is seeing how repaints/remolds can get turned around. Case it point, way back when Gears was the original figure while Swerve was the remold. 30 years later with Swerve being a more popular character we see Gears as a repaint of that Legends figure. Surprisingly the joints are a little bit tighter so take care moving them around, other than that this is a fine figure worthy of your collection.
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