Fellow Seibertronians, we have been alerted to several video reviews by Chefatron of the upcoming Transformers Titans Return leader class Soundwave figure and his minions legends class Laserbeak, and Ravage. Soundwave is a retool of leader class Blaster - whose gallery you can check out here for a further look at the figure's base mold - but includes an additional gun, in reference to the G1 figures' 'battery' guns, along with a new helmet and a new Titanmaster. Legends class Laserbeak is a repaint of Combiner Wars Buzzsaw, while Ravage is a repaint of Titans Return Stripes, with a retooled head. So check out the reviews, and let us know what you think of them in the comments below.
Sometimes news slips a little through the net, especially during events like San Diego Comic Con - but as we covered on the Seibertron.com stream for the IDW Publishing panel (check it out again here), ComicsAlliance also went a little further with the three Transformers scribes on the future of the current ongoings post-Revolution event: John Barber, Mairghread Scott and James Roberts!
As we said, a lot was known, but there are some extra tidbits in the interview - which you can read in full here - that may have been missed during the panel. Take a look below!
ComicsAlliance: Since it’s the one that’s set on Earth, it seems like the post-Revolution combined universe is probably going to affect your book more than the others. How do you go about integrating the history of the Transformers on Earth into all of those disparate stories?
John Barber: In a macro sense, the GI Joe comic hasn’t really delved into the deep history of Earth and of the universe the way Transformers has, so there’s not a whole lot of back-time that’s irreconcilable. There were big Earth-shattering events that have happened in Transformers, and to a lesser degree, in GI Joe, so maybe there’s some squinting that needs to be done to make it all fit, but… I mean, we don’t name-check real-world tragedies in the comics with a great regularity. That doesn’t mean those tragedies didn’t happen, or wouldn’t have impacted the characters, it just doesn’t necessarily come up in the midst of a story focused on tracking down Tomax or Galvatron or whatever.
CA: With Ore-13 being such a big part of major Transformers stories like “Dark Cybertron,” is this something that’s been planned for the past few years, or did it just line up that way as something that could be mixed into the larger universe?
JB: That’s a complicated one to answer… Ore-13 is why the Transformers are on Earth. Ore-13 is on Earth because Shockwave put it there. Shockwave put it there (on Earth specifically) because, it seems, Galvatron (inadvertently) crashed the Enigma of Combination on Earth — the Enigma is a super-ancient Cybertronian relic.
So, what that all means is, going forth from “All Hail Optimus,” Ore-13 was playing a role. Revolution sort of focuses that a little tighter, and it made sense to highlight it thematically because it was something Simon and E.J. planted right from the beginning of Transformers comics at IDW, which was the beginning of IDW’s relationship with Hasbro.
So, it’s not like we did “Dark Cybertron” knowing inevitably that three years later we’d have Revolution, but the function of Ore-13 didn’t really change that much.
CA: Considering that More Than Meets The Eye has taken place almost entirely in the far reaches of space, will the restructuring of the post-Revolution universe affect your story, James? Will one of those side-quests take your crew to Earth at some point soon?
James Roberts: Well, MTMTE gets in on the action with a Revolution tie-in featuring the Scavengers, who are kind of the alternative main cast. That’s an Earth-based story. Nick Roche and I are co-writing for the first time since 2010’s Last Stand of the Wreckers, so even if we weren’t getting an opportunity to pit the world’s worst Decepticons against the likes of MASK and GI Joe, it would still feel like an event for us.
Post-Revolution, there are no plans for the main MTMTE cast to travel to Earth… but then that’s unsurprising, considering the situation they find themselves in at the end of MTMTE #55, which marks the end of what we’re calling the Season 2 finale, ‘The Dying of the Light.’
The post-Revolution universe is just that, though — a universe. And there are opportunities, should I wish to take them, to play around in the new, enlarged sandpit even though, as you say, the Lost Light and its crew are far away from Earth.
Season 3, as it plays out in the pages of Lost Light, is going to take everybody in some very strange directions. The quest for the Knights is going to much more at the forefront than it has been to date. There’s an urgency about it now that perhaps wasn’t there before. Different characters — and I’d being careful not to give anything away, because who knows who we’ll be focusing on in the future — will find themselves weighing up their loyalties and their priorities as we start to turn our attention, in small but significant ways, to the end of the quest.
CA: Chronicling political machinations and culture clash through the medium of robots that turn into cars seems like a tricky proposition, but it’s something that’s been at the center of the Transformers books set on Cybertron for quite a while now. How do you approach it to make it work without seeming silly — or at least, unintentionally silly?
MS: Science fiction has always been a place to talk about human issues that are a bit too touchy to explore with actual human characters. Police brutality, political and religious extremism, government corruption and overreach, bigotry, poverty, crime, these are all things our readers are confronted with every day. To act like Transformers, who are so like us, wouldn’t face the same challenges is disingenuous to the characters. To act like our book is supposed to teach some kind of set morality to our readers is disingenuous to our readers.
Instead we’re trying to build interesting, exciting stories that are real enough to feel like they matter without getting too bogged down in the ‘realness’ of any actual event. Turning into cars and planes is just as big a part of our characters as anything else. And it’s fun! There’s no reason to get rid of it just so we can feel “ripped from the headlines!”
That’s why an artist like Sara Pitre-Durocher is so critical to TAAO. She brings a humanity to our characters that lets our readers decide for themselves what the “right thing” is. But she also draws amazing action that keeps you turning the page. We want you to get an exhilarating story in every issue of Transformers: Till All Are One. If after you put it down, you think back to it when something happens in real life, so much the better.
From the technicolour wizard Josh Burcham over on Twitter, we have a clean look at the Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Revolution tie-in issue cover variant - Nick Roche on the lines, Burcham on the colours of course - due this November (check out the full timeline in the update over here). Feast your optics on Grimlock, a M.A.S.K. character... and ROM the Spaceknight. (In colour and process images!)
It has been a while since we heard of the Platinum Armada of Cyclonus set. It has been available online for a while, not at the greatest price, but now it has hit Canadian retail. It was found in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for $79.99 CAD, which is around $60 USD, so not as ridiculous as other sets have been. For those unaware, this set features a new sweep headsculpt that was never used before. In Canada this is a Toysrus exclusive, while it is a Target exclsuive in the US.
Ask and you shall recieve... Due to overwhelming support for a reissue of Sunsurge, Badcube has confirmed the rerun! Now Fans and collectors alike can rejoice! Be the 1st to preorder with TFSource here -
New preorders available for KFC's Crash Hog & Dumpyard! And that's not all! Don't be in danger of being cancelled or losing your timeslot! Offer expires while you wait, operators are standing by! Preorder today at TFsource:
New updated images from Takara Tomy of their upcoming legends releases of LG32 Chromedome, LG33 Highbrow, and LG34 Mindwipe. All three of the feature new face sculpts, and come with a Titan Master vehicle. Shop Legends Series here:
Enter Ultimetal Ultra Magnus! The impressive 17.75"/45 cm tall figure is made of many metal parts and includes his full removable armor set not included with Ultimetal Optimus Prime! Preorder Ultimetal - Transformers Ultra Magnus - 17.75'' figure here:
S.H. MonsterArts - Godzilla 1995 Ultimate Burning Version now up for preorder at The Toy Source. Fans of the Heisei-era Godzilla works will recognize this fiery rendition of everyone's favorite radioactive kaiju as he appeared in the unforgettable film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. Get it here -
NEW SOURCE INTERVIEW! Flying under the radar like Jazz on special ops mission, it's Jason L's collection. [url=http://tfsource.com/b…/collector-interview-50-jason-logik-l/]Collector Interview 50 – Jason “Logik” L[/url]
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Toys R Us is having their first ever "webisale" for R'Us Rewards members, but it appears the sale is not exclusive to members only. There are some decent sales on some TFs, including G2 Menasor for $70, and G2 Superion for $60.
As we were promised last month, Primitive Skate have now fully released their G1 inspired (and licensed) Transformer skating decks - plus a number of accessories and gear - over on their online shop. You can check out some mirrored images below, and browse for purchase here!
Via the 'lifestyle' section of Deadline Detroit, we get a look and a report on the current filming activities in the Michigan city - and a direct link to The BananaDoctor, who is currently watching the set from an office, as it happens - as we find out that London is in fact, also in Michigan: it appears some of the set dressing is to recreate the UK's capital for fight, chase, and explosion sequences.
Find below a short clip, some images of the set, and some stunt action from Mark Wahlberg and doubles, too, as we find more of the BayBuster car flipping machine, and a sword shows up in Cade Yaeger's hands..!
Catching some of the last strands of news from Wonderfest Summer 2016, we have another Takara Tomy Masterpiece display case from the event, to partner up with the full colour Cheetor (here) and updating by not that much what we saw back here: MP-31 Delta Magnus! Check out the images below, via Autobase Aichi, and let us know what you think of this Ultra Magnus reiteration.
With Wonderfest Summer 2016 having taken place over in Japan, TFYuki was attending the event and plugged some of the new products from the Takara Tomy Transformers area - but also managed to sneak in another look at Lynx Master, the Sky Reign set in the Unite Warriors line. Check out the image below, and let us know if you're headed for this set, the Hasbro one -- or Liokaiser!
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