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Upcoming Renderform Classics Bumblebee Kits: Goldbug, Hubcap, & Bumper

Transformers News: Upcoming Renderform Classics Bumblebee Kits: Goldbug, Hubcap, & Bumper
Date: Monday, August 1st 2011 1:26pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, 3rd Party News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Renderform

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Views: 45,876 member and operator of the garage kit company Renderform, Venksta, has updated the Renderform facebook page with a preview of some of his upcoming Classics Bumblebee upgrade kits. Image mirrored below.

Quick update. I revealed some new kits at TFCon's 3rd party panel. Mostly to show off the next couple of projects. However, my current attention is on getting the outstanding RF-005 orders made and shipped. So I will not be posting the fully gallery of the revealed kits for another week or so, until I got most of the orders shipped. This is to be fair to those waiting, and not make anyone think their order was forgotten. In the mean time, I will share this teaser photo. After the gallery is posted, the final Goldbug photo's will be up a week later, along with ordering.


Auto Assembly Launches New Fanzine - CT Alpha

Transformers News: Auto Assembly Launches New Fanzine - CT Alpha
Date: Tuesday, July 19th 2011 6:26pm CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Auto Assembly

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Here's the latest update from our friends at Auto Assembly:

We're in the last couple of weeks before Auto Assembly 2011 and currently putting this year's edition of The Cybertronian Times to bed. It's shaping up to be another cracking edition, in a similar vein to last year's sell-out edition and we can't wait to let you see it on the day, although we aren't going to be stopping with that and sitting back and relaxing, oh no! There are times when a year's gap between Auto Assembly and new editions of The Cybertronian Times is a bit too long. With that in mind we are putting together a new ongoing fanzine to help tide you over in those months where AA seems just too far away, so later this year we will be launching CT Alpha, an ongoing companion to The Cybertronian Times...

So why tell us now you ask? The answer is fairly straightforward... Instead of just churning something out, we'd like to offer you the chance to help shape the look and feel of the magazine. So at 11:30 am on Sunday 14th August 2011 we will be holding an open forum for you to come along and do just that at Auto Assembly 2011! We'll be discussing the fanzine, and getting your feedback and some of your ideas and if anyone is interested in contributing then they can let us know. Now we know there is lots already taking place at the convention, and and we have a fairly packed event so if you can't make it and still want to pass on your ideas to us, we'll have contact information available on the day for you.

Now there will be all sorts of questions going through your heads right now, mostly about how often it will come out, how many pages and how much is this going to cost me? We are going to have to be coy about some of these details for the time being and more will be revealed at the discussion itself. However, what we can tell you just now, aside from a promise that each issue will have more than 16 pages in it is that the first issue of CT Alpha will be released on 19th September 2011 and will be absolutely free. That's right - FREE!

We are looking forward to seeing you there at the discussion forum at Auto Assembly 2011, and sharing some great ideas with you.

Auto Assembly 2011 is taking place over the weekend of 12th - 14th August 2011 at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham, England and tickets are available from the website now. For more details on the convention, to see a full list of all the guests and activities taking place over the weekend, or to book your tickets, visit the website at

We hope to see you all in August!

The Auto Assembly 2011 Team

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Hasbro Consumer Affairs replacing Kreon Optimus Prime with Matrix

Transformers News: Hasbro Consumer Affairs replacing Kreon Optimus Prime with Matrix
Date: Wednesday, July 13th 2011 3:16pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Seibertron

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For those of you who received the Matrix version of Kreon Optimus Prime with their Kre-O Optimus Prime purchase, but wish to have the regular version instead, this information is for you. Hasbro Consumer Affairs is exchanging the incorrectly packaged Matrix version that many fans received with their Kre-O Optimus Prime construction set.



Here's the process that you have to follow in order to have your Kreon Optimus Prime with Matrix replaced with the regular version:

1. Download the "replacement parts order form" for Kre-O Optimus Prime here:

2. Print out the form.


3. Enter the quantity of Kreon Optimus Primes you need to have replaced (i.e. if you purchased multiple Kre-O Optimus Primes) and complete your mailing information.

4. Mail the form in. In my case, I included a photo of my UPC code.

5. After Hasbro Consumer Affairs receives your form, they will contact you via phone then email you a shipping label to return the incorrect item.

6. Ship the package to Hasbro Consumer Affairs using the label they provide.

I'm currently at step 6 as of today and am waiting for Hasbro to receive my incorrect items in order to ship me the replacement regular version of Kreon Optimus Prime. Once I receive the correct version of Kreon Optimus Prime, I will update this news post to inform all of you.

It is unknown how long Hasbro Consumer Affairs will offer this exchange. Please let us know if you have yours replaced and how long it took for you to receive the correct item.

Good luck Seibertronians!


Transformers News: Featured eBay Auction: HUGE TRANSFORMERS COLLECTION G1, SDCC, TFA, BW, & MORE!
Date: Wednesday, June 29th 2011 2:05am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News, Auctions
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): jon3.0

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Every few days we'll be bringing you some cool Transformers eBay auctions that are worth taking a look at. If you have eBay Transformers auctions, please post them here in our Carbombya Buy/Sell/Trade forum. We'll take a look there first to see if you've got something cool posted that should be featured on Check back in 2 to 3 days for some more featured Transformers items from eBay


Featured eBay Auction #1

Fellow staff and podcast member, jon3.0 (also a man of many voices, has posted a large lot of various Transformers toys and other items that might be on interest to you. Check out his auction by clicking on the links below.

Check out this item from eBay seller manof1000voices. You can view all of this seller's items by clicking here.



Sludge (loose, no accessories, good condition)
Jazz (loose, no accessories, good condition)
Scourge (loose, no accessories, fair condition)
Doublecross (loose with gun, good condition)
Punch/Counter-Punch (loose, no accessories, great condition)
Hot Rod (loose with 1 weapon, PERFECT condition)
Beachcomber (loose, great condition)


Piranacon (loose with all accessories, missing Overbite, PERFECT condition)
San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Blaster (in-box, opened once, complete, PERFECT condition)


Devastator (loose, some accessories, fair condition)
Swindle (green version, loose with accessories, perfect condition)
Rippersnapper (loose, no accessories, perfect condition)


Die-Cast "X-Bot" (black/red sports car, MISB)
Mini Train Combiner set (loose, complete, perfect condition)
Mini Construction Combiner set (MISB)


Turbo (loose, good condition)


red jeep (loose, missing seats, good condition)


Optimus Primal (loose, missing gorilla head and 1 cannon, good condition)
Crocodile Megatron (loose, missing parts, fair/good condition)


Optimus Primal (small version, loose, good condition)


Unicron (2) (loose, missing accessories/pieces, fair/good condition)
25th Anniversary Optimus Prime (MISB)
Ultra Magnus (MISB)
Jazz (mini version, loose, perfect condition)
Generation 2 Megatron (mini version, loose, perfect condition)


Optimus Prime (mini, loose, missing arm, good condition)
Undermine (loose, complete, great condition)
Brakedown (loose, complete, great condition)
Superlink Onslaught


Scorponok (loose, missing accessories, perfect condition)
Yellow Optimus Prime Powerlinx leg (drill) (loose, fair/good condition)


Optimus Prime (large version, loose, missing accessories, fair/good condition)


Mirage GT (loose, missing accessories, perfect condition)


Megatron (loose, missing accessories, perfect condition)


Hound (loose, missing doors/weapon, great condition)
Sideswipe (loose, complete, great condition)
Meister/Jazz (loose, complete, great condition)
Tracks (loose, complete, great condition)
Smokescreen (loose, complete, good condition)


Cybertronian Optimus Prime (2) (loose, missing pieces, fair/good condition)
Blackarachnia (3) (2 loose, 1 missing weapon, perfect condition, 1 MISB)
Optimus Prime Bumper Battler
Bumblebee (loose, missing accessories, great condition)
Activators Bumblebee (loose, good condition)
Activators Bumblebee (loose, missing arm joint, fair condition)
Activators Bulkhead (loose, missing left arm, fair/good condition)
Activators Megatron (loose, missing right thigh/leg, fair condition)
Lights & Sounds Bumblebee

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Bumblebee (loose, missing accessories, fair condition)
Barricade (loose, complete, perfect condition)
Voyager Starscream (loose, missing accessories/pieces [right leg, tail wings], good condition)
Jungle Bonecrusher (loose, missing accessories/left arm, good condition)
Ratchet Battle Bumper (great condition)
Optimus Prime Battle Bumper (good condition)
Optimus Prime (kids' version, loose, missing projectile, fair/good condition)
Target Exclusive Storm Surge (3) (loose, may be missing accessories, great condition)
Target Exclusive Air Raid (2) (loose, missing parts/accessories, good condition)


Human Alliance Skids/Arcee (MISB)
Deluxe Desert Brawl (loose, missing accessories, pieces, good condition)
Road Rival Showdown 2-pack Beachcomber and Deadlift (MISB)
Jolt (2) (loose, perfect condition)
Bumblebee (3) (loose, missing accessories, fair/good condition)
Mixmaster (loose, missing head/projectile, great condition)
Skids (2) (loose, missing accessories, good/great condition)
Gears (loose, missing accessories/arm, good condition)
Ice Cream Mudflap (loose, no accessories, missing parts, good condition)


"Leader" Bumblebee (loose, no accessories, great condition)
Jolt (loose, no accessories, great condition)
Yellow mini-crane (part of small Devastator?, loose, good condition)


Human Alliance Shadow Blade Sideswipe (MISB)
Terradive (MISB)
Powercore Combiners
Combaticons (loose, complete, perfect condition)
Windburn with Darkray (Darkray missing legs, otherwise complete, great condition)
Hot Rod (from 2-pack, loose, complete, perfect condition)


Transformers Volume 7: The Return of Optimus Prime VHS (used)
GI JOE: Valor vs Venom VHS (MISB)
Star Wars Crossovers Han Solo (loose, missing parts, good condition)
Revenge of the Fallen Bumblebee Bubble Blower
miscellaneous parts and accessories


Trakker (re-issue, MISB)
Zartan (re-issue, MISB)
Counter Intelligence Scarlett (re-issue, MISB)
Cobra Disguise Flint (re-issue, MISB)
BATT trooper (re-issue, MISB)
Cobra Eel (re-issue, MISB)
Duke (re-issue, MISB)
Croc Master (re-issue, MISB)


GI JOE starring Snake Eyes and Transformers: Generation 2 #140, 141, 142
Transformers: Generation 2 #1
DW Transformers 1 (3 covers)
DW Transformers 2 (3 covers)
DW Transformers 3 (2 covers and 1 duplicate)
DW Transformers 4 (2 covers)
DW Transformers 5 (3 covers)
DW Transformers 6 (2 covers)
DW Transformers 8-10 (1 cover each)
All Hail Megatron 1, 6, 8 and 10
DW Transformers Armada 1, 2 and 3 (2 copies of 3)
IDW Transformers 0 (2 covers)
IDW Transformers 1 (3 covers)
IDW Transformers 2 (covers B and C)
IDW Transformers 3 (covers B and C)
IDW Transformers 6 A
IDW Transformers 7 A
DW Transformers The War Within #1 and #2
IDW Transformers Beast Wars 1 (covers A and C)
IDW Transformers Beast Wars 2 (covers C and D)
IDW Transformers Transformers Generations #1 (covers A and B)

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Transformers News:'s review of Transformers Dark of the Moon: A Fan Perspective
Date: Tuesday, June 28th 2011 7:08am CDT
Categories: Site News, Movie News, Reviews, Event News
Posted by: Seibertron

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Views: 238,288's review of Transformers Dark of the Moon: A Fan Perspective

Dark Side of the Moon

I saw Transformers Dark of the Moon tonight. I am not a professional reviewer. In fact, I strongly dislike writing reviews of any sort. Yet from time-to-time I am strongly inclined to share my thoughts in hopes that some of you might want to hear what the owner of one of the largest Transformers fansites has to say. So without further ado, here's what I've been writing for the past 5 hours.

First and foremost, if you don't want to read any spoilers, just stop reading this review. I don't hold back anything in my reviews. It's all here that I was able to jot down since midnight. If you want to be spoiled, please be my guest and read on ...

I'll cut to the chase right off the bat before I go into comments that only us Seibertronians will enjoy reading. If you're looking for the next Academy Award winner or Oscar winner for best picture, go see something else so we don't have to hear you complain about Transformers Dark of the Moon. If you are just looking for a great, fun summer blockbuster with TONS of action, lots of special effects, a pretty girl, some very cool cars (and robots too), and destruction galore -- you should, without a doubt, see this film. If you're a Transformers fan, then this is 100% required watching in my book.

Is this the best film in the world? No. Is it another very enjoyable summer blockbuster? Of course it is. Are there some problems with the storytelling? Yep. But hey … it's Transformers, it's not Revenge of the Fallen, and it was a fun couple of hours watching exciting craziness unfold before my very 3d weary eyes. While Transformers Dark of the Moon didn't surpass the first Transformers film from Michael Bay, it was better than Revenge of the Fallen. However, it shared some of the same flaws from which the previous movie suffered.

As I have said for the past four or five years, I think Michael Bay was the perfect person to be the director of the first Transformers live action film franchise. I liked some of his previous movies such as Bad Boys and Armageddon. Michael Bay is well known for delivering what he promises. He makes larger than life fun movies that appeal to a very large audience. I truly believe that it was his vision that helped introduce our beloved Transformers to people not as passionate about them as are we. The Transformers are a toy line that have overcome many obstacles over the years and have reached the point of becoming a household name and a billion dollar film franchise.

The special effects were absolutely truly amazing. I hope nothing I say in this fanboy "review" plays down the fact that this movie is an amazing feat of technology. The destruction of Chicago is an incredible technological achievement. It looked like they destroyed the city. And it wasn't far away or brief shots like Battle: Los Angeles. It was complex digitally animated (?) extremely detailed and extremely believable mass destruction bestowed upon the city I've called home for the past 9 years. It was truly amazing to see what they did to this city. The Transformers themselves seemed to be more detailed, but in a good way. I didn't have much difficulty telling who was who, even when they were fighting. There even seemed to be some improvements to the facial expressions on some of the robots. There was a moment with Optimus Prime's face that I remember seeing that I thought, hey that's cool that they got him to make that face, and the same with Ratchet in another scene. Academy Award winning movie or not, I think the special effects teams on this movie should get all sorts of awards. Kudos to all of the people who worked on special effects for this film.

If you wish to read the rest of my thoughts, simply highlight all of the text below by using your mouse, touchpad or by clicking "ctrl" + "a" on your keyboard to highlight all of the text.

Houston, we have a problem

A lot of the problems I had with this film was the fact that there was just too much going on. You shouldn't have to read the novel adaptation to understand what exactly was happening during the film. I think the overall story was good. It just needed to be tightened up, and some time that was given to other scenes could have been used to develop some of the characters.

Speaking of characterization, the Transformers continue to serve more as plot devices than actual characters that you know and love. There are few scenes which show the Transformers interacting on their own without humans and many of them get little character development. I love the Transformers characters, I've grown up with them, but without the bond that I have with these characters through three decades of reading the comics, watching the cartoons, and collecting the toys, I don't understand how the general movie going audience is supposed to have a bond with these characters (aside from Optimus Prime and maybe Bumblebee). It is my hope that now that the general world wide audience has been well introduced to the concept of the Transformers brand, that we can movie into a film franchise where the story can be told more from the Transformers' perspective(s) and less from the humans'.

The Chernobyl scene seemed like the they went through a lot of trouble for us, and the Autobots, to find out that the humans had a piece, or pieces, from the Ark on the moon. I get that they were trying to show us that the Russians had tried to harness the power, which caused the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, but it just came across as really forced to me and a very unnecessary scene.

Human Characters and Actors

Overall, the acting was pretty good. I don't recall thinking that anyone had any overly cheesy lines, or poor acting. The only one that really stood out to me was John Duhamel's Lennox. I wasn't a big fan of him in ROTF and I had much the same feeling about him in DOTM. It might have nothing to do with his character and is just how the writers are depicting him. I liked him in the first movie, and I've liked him in other movies that I've seen him in. Tyrese Gibson's Epps was better portrayed in DOTM than ROTF. Shia was much the same … I liked him in all three movies. I think he's a good actor. As much as I love John Turturro's "Agent" Simmons, I just felt his involvement was either too forced or unnecessary. I felt like he didn't really bring anything to the story. Yeah, he wrote a book, yeah, Bill O'Reilly interviewing Simmons because of his new book was entertaining, but not needed. If you felt his involvement was forced in ROTF, you'll definitely feel that way here.

The ever so beautiful Rosie Huntington-Whitely filled her role, and her tight dresses, perfectly. The Transformers film franchise triumphantly shows the world that all you need is some pretty t-and-a to play the out-of-his-league love interest for Sam Witwicky which could've continued to have been played by Megan Fox had she been able to keep her mouth shut. As a fan, I was happy to have Rosie onboard as Carly, who was the love interest of Spike Witwicky in the original 1980s animated cartoon series. I could've done without the gratuitous underwear/butt shot as she was walking up the stairs. Nice to look at in a men's magazine, just 100% unnecessary in a Transformers flick especially in the first ten minutes or so (though I'm sure many would argue that it's the same demographic).


I was both surprised and disappointed at how small John Malkovich's "Bruce Brazos" role was. His eccentric character went unused through the second half of the film. I thought that he and Patrick Dempsey were miscast and should have had the other's role. Malkovich could've played a perfect live action Dr. Arkeville, which would have been a very nice nod to the Transformers mythos. He even looked the part in my book. It would've even fit in perfectly with the whole "humans working for the Decepticons" plot. Patrick Dempsey's "Dylan Gould" was quite the villain surprisingly. Dempsey was definitely "McBadAss" in this film, and not so "McDreamy".


While I always enjoy the onscreen presence of Sam's parents (played by Kevin Dunn and Julie White), I felt the inclusion of Ron and Judy Witwicky was completely unnecessary for the story. Their roles were merely there for the comedic inconvenience and embarrassment that they cause their son.

Pleasant surprise "cameos": real-life Buzz Aldrin, Nixon, JFK, President Obama, and Fox News' Bill O'Reilly.

Toned Down Humor – Smaller Funny Bits

The sexual humor that many found offensive in the previous two films was significantly reduced in this movie. No more lubricating jokes, no more masturbation jokes, no more boxer jokes, no dog humping, no robot humping, no racially degrading comments. There was an oral sex innuendo from Carly to Sam, and a comment from Sam's mom about him being well-endowed, and a brief comment from Brains about Carly's panties or underwear drawer or something, but all of those comments were fairly brief and didn't seem to distract from what else was happening in the scene.

There were no words like "pussy" or "bitch" in this movie, which made me feel a little squeamish in ROTF. Either Wheelie or Brains says "dickhead" if I recall correctly, but it seemed rather appropriate.


The Sound of Music and the Music of Sound

Steve Jablonsky's music score for DOTM continued to please me. Nothing struck me as out-of-place, but at the same time nothing caught my attention emotionally like "The Arrival" from the first film's score. I was glad the "corny" music from the first and second film (cue the music from when Sam arrived at the lake in the first movie) was absent from the third. I'm looking forward to purchasing Jablonsky's score when it becomes available on CD. Linkin Park's "Iridescent" was present in the film if I recall correctly, and I think the Goo Goo Dolls "All That You Are" is as well.

The sound quality of the film seemed great. I don't recall my ears hurting nor do I feel like I was ever having difficulty understanding anything. I don't recall a G1 transformation sound, hopefully someone catches one and can point it out. No complaints here from me about the audio.

Cartoon References or Coincidence

Several elements of Dark of the Moon reminded me of the fan-favorite three part cartoon "The Ultimate Doom". In that story, the Decepticons enslave mind-controlled humans and bring Cybertron into Earth's orbit via a space bridge. In Dark of the Moon, fearful or deceived humans are working for the Decepticons who want to bring Cybertron to Earth in order to use our planet's resources to repower their homeplanet. Very similar concepts.

One other similar concept that seemed pulled from the cartoons, was the Autobots' exile from Earth. While this scene seemed huge, and the Autobot shuttle looked magnificent, I couldn't help but feel that Megatron's Master Plan pulled this exile concept off better somehow … or at least with more emotional attachment. The whole scene should've felt more powerful in my opinion.

Transformers Characters

My personal favorite character, Soundwave, is still Frank Welker's Dr Claw voice minus the voice processing we all know and love from the original cartoon. Soundwave was one of Megatron's right hand "bots", standing by his side during what will be a very memorable on screen moment that had all three big time Decepticons in the same scene standing side-by-side (Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave). While I was initially disappointed to hear that he transformed into a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in DOTM, his role as Decepticon spy was served just as well by going undercover posing as Carly's car, which her Decepticon loving boss gave her as a "gift". His robot mode looked awesome and he has an awesome moment battling the Autobots before he gets slagged.

Laserbeak speaks, to which I feel indifferent about it. I kept having moments of nostalgia from the Japanese version of the original Transformers cartoons when Laserbeak and Ravage would speak. He's a cool little character that really kicks some butt in this film (albeit mostly humans, more about that later). He transforms into a multitude of objects in the movie. It'd be neat to see Hasbro come up with some other toy versions of Laserbeak. He even transformed into a small human sized red Bumblebee-looking robot to pose as a playmate to a daughter of one of his victims. There was an awesome nostalgic moment when Laserbeak rested/landed upon Soundwave's right arm. While he doesn't look exactly like the Laserbeak of old, I think this is a great representation of this character in live action form.


Mirage was named Dino (pronounced "dee-no"), who looked very awesome. I mean, what Transformers fan doesn't love having an Autobot that transforms into a sexy, red Ferrari 458 Italia? Sucked seeing him share onscreen time with Sideswipe, who's basically the same character, when a red sports car should have been Sideswipe all along.

Wheeljack was named Q (Cue? Que?), who was a very disappointing addition to the Autobot roster. It wasn't so much the characterization (or lack thereof; who's onscreen role could've easily been given to the Autobot weapons specialist Ironhide), but the head design basically looked like a robotic skull with Albert Einstein's facial features and hair. I'm assuming they were trying to convey that this is an Autobot scientist or a really smart Transformer, but I'd like to think that most of the movie going audience is above having things shoved in their faces like that. The original Wheeljack has such a unique head design that it was a shame to not see that translate to the big screen. If you didn't like him either, don't worry, Soundwave executes him later in the film during a rather tense moment when it seems like all is lost to the Autobots.

For as big of a deal as it seems everyone has made about the Autobot subgroup known as the "Wreckers" (Leadfoot, Roadbuster, and Topspin), they really had minor roles for the most part. They were part of the crew working alongside the humans on the Autobots ship which they were exiled in, and the other major part they had was going with Bumblebee into the city when they ripped apart a Decepticon pilot who had crashed, and saving Optimus Prime when he got tangled in some wires after battling the Driller that was attacking the falling skyscraper Sam and the other humans were trapped in. I didn't think I'd like how Leadfoot looked onscreen, but he was easily one of my favorite product placements in the film. While I couldn't pinpoint any connection with the Wreckers voices, I can assure all of you that they did NOT have redneck voices which was a huge relief to me.


Ratchet was in it considerably more than ROTF, however he still had few lines. Same voice actor as far as I could tell from the first film. He also seemed to have a modified face, but I'd have to get another look at it. He was with Optimus when they went to the Ark.

Sideswipe had at least one line, perhaps more. I felt like his onscreen time was replaced with that of Mirage Dino.

Sentinel Prime, voiced by Star Trek's Leonary Nimoy (who also voice Galvatron in the 1986 animated Transformers film), was one of the few Transformers to receive some characterization. His character underwent a harsh transformation from being Optimus Prime's predecessor and hero to being one of the major antagonists in the film. His ideals seemed to align more with that of Megatron and his Decepticons than with the heroic Autobots. He seemed far more concerned with saving the Cybertronian race and planet, which seems like all movie Megatron has wanted. There was no foreshadowing of Sentinel's betrayal. After bringing Sentinel back online, there was a nice moment where Optimus tried to give the Matrix to Sentinel, but oddly Sentinel declined. It seems like if he was inevitably going to betray the Autobots, that he should have taken the Matrix. His death at the end of the movie was very fitting, though I think it sucked seeing the heroic Optimus Prime killing his Autobot mentor.


Sentinel's betrayal wasn't the moment that I wasn't expecting. It was how Sentinel viciously attacked the Autobots, and killed Ironhide! I didn't see that coming. I hadn't even heard any rumors of that happening. It was the only moment during the film that I was shocked at. I was especially shocked since Hasbro has heavily promoted Ironhide by having at least five toys of this character available at retail by the release date of the film.

Still no voice for Bumblebee! If you're wondering why he's holding his hands up to his head in the trailer, it's not because the sound is too loud … it's because his holding his hands up before he's almost executed by Soundwave and the Decepticons. Very tense, cool scene.

Shockwave's character was a waste to me. He looked awesome. He looked evil. But without even a full line (he said something at the Chernobyl scene but I think it was just "Optimus Prime" or something very basic), there was zero characterization. He could've just been another drone for all we know, well, a drone leading other drones. I was hoping for just a couple of lines to Megatron about something being logical or illogical, something that says that this is the character we've known and loved over the past 27 years. He was killed during the Chicago battle.


I wasn't sure what to make of Starscream in this film. His character had been reduced to the worst traits of Starscream. Cowardly, whiny (?). He had two moments in the film that should have been more monumental and awe-inspiring … when he single handedly takes out the exiled Autobots' shuttle and when he takes on the sky divers by the Willis tower in the skies over Chicago. One of my favorite scenes in the Transformers film franchise is in the first movie during the final battle when Starscream takes on the other F-22 Raptors going back and forth between his robot mode and jet mode. That scene is one of the best uses of their ability to transform in the film. I was waiting for that "wow, that's so cool" moment to hit me with either of those scenes but that moment never happened.

The rumors about the cowardly villain Starscream meeting his maker were unfortunately true. Thankfully, he didn't get taken down singlehandedly by one of Epps buddies, which was the rumor we heard last summer. Disappointingly, he was taken down by Sam, who used a grappling hook device given to him by Q. Sam used the weapon to attach the hook to one of Starscream's eyes, which damages it. Starscream is ranting about his eyes and not being able to see. All I kept thinking during this scene is … can't Transformers "see" without their eyes. Seriously … how else would they "see" when they're in their vehicle modes if they didn't have alternative methods to see? If Starscream had just transformed into jet mode, would he have been able to "see" again? Starscream deserves a much better death scene than this. Fortunately, we have his far superior death courtesy of Galvatron in the 1986 film.

Ever wonder what happened to my favorite police car Decepticon Barricade? He went M.I.A., literally, during the final quarter of the first film, was M.I.A. for the entirety of ROTF, but finally makes a miraculous return during the Chicago battle scene. I was very happy to see him return. If I saw correctly, it looks like he received an update or two to his character model. It'd be nice to see some comparison shots of this. My happiness at Barricade's return lasted only momentarily as he was destroyed shortly thereafter.


Skids and Mudflap were indeed missing from the film. I didn't even see them as additional robots during the scene where the Autobots were exiled from Earth. I didn't miss them though I do think they would have served as great cannon fodder.

Optimus Prime gets the movie version of his battle axe that reminded me of the axe he had during the Hoover dam battle against Megatron in a G1 "More Than Meets The Eye" cartoon episode.

Megatron says something to the affect of "what would you be without me" to which Optimus replies "Let's find out." and he proceeds to kill Megatron.

Random Scenes and Thoughts

The scene on the highway en route to Chicago turned out very cool. You might remember this as the scene where the infamous accident happened last summer in Hammond, Indiana that left Gabriela Cedillo, an extra in the film, permanently brain damaged and paralyzed. I meant to see if there was any mention of her in the credits, I'll have to look again tomorrow night. The "Dreads" were a very cool group of Decepticons. I really like their overall look, which is odd because I'm not a big fan of dreadlocks. Their unified and unique look just really stands out to me. I wasn't sure what to make of their "Mexican stand-off" with Ironhide and Sideswipe, but they seemed pretty cool in my book.

I felt confused as to why the Decepticons space bridged to Washington, D.C. then proceed to travel to invade Chicago. Why not either space bridge directly to Chicago or invade D.C. instead? The D.C. scene did give us a nice moment at the Lincoln Memorial where Megatron blows off President Lincoln's head, and the proceeds to remove Lincoln's statue so that Megatron could sit in his chair. One of the Decepticons scans a WM garbage truck after arriving in DC (I want this Transformer!).

Lots of humans get killed in this film. The Decepticons have a weapon that just kind of vaporizes a human after it blasts apart. In one scene, we see a human skull roll toward someone's foot after they were killed. Pretty graphic and intense. Not something I'd recommend for the kiddies to see.

I felt very uncomfortable when the Wreckers tore apart a Decepticon pilot. I just kept thinking "Autobots wouldn't do that!" Kind of reminded me of some of the Abu Ghraib situation a few years back.

The Autobot ship did indeed look awesome. Massive. They missed the opportunity to call the ship something like "Omega Supreme", maybe Hasbro will give us an Omega Supreme toy out of it just yet, but I wouldn't count on it. Someone in the film mentions that there are 9 Autobots, but I can't 11 if you count Wheelie and Brains (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Topspin, Roadbuster, Leadfoot, Dino, and Que) who were aboard the ship if I recall correctly. The shuttle scene was a good scene, it just seemed to lack the emotion that such an important scene should have … especially when Starscream takes out the ship after it launches and apparently kills all of the Autobots aboard.

The whole Cybertron coming to Earth plot seemed a little much to me for the general movie going audience to understand. Without showing the full planet of Cybertron in DOTM, it seemed like it was a lot to ask people to understand that "Cybertron", the Transformers planet which much of the audience has never seen before, was being transported to our orbit. As a fan, I had a very difficult time seeing the large object that was coming through the space bridge portal as Cybertron. It seemed so unmonumental and so unnecessary to a Decepticon invasion of Earth that I felt distracted by that entire plot element (though it's what united Sentinel with Megatron). In addition, I couldn't tell what Cybertron's fate was. It looked as if Cybertron had imploded upon itself when the space bridge was destroyed yet without any dialogue in the film or concern from any of the Transformers, it's fate was left uncertain to me.


After seeing more of the same storytelling problems from ROTF creep into DOTM, I can't help but feel that it's time for Michael Bay, Shia, and the rest of the crew to move onto other projects and make way for some new, fresh ideas to brought into the life of the Transformers films. I'd like to see what someone else can do with the Transformers now that they have proven that it's a successful toy-to-film franchise. I'd also like to see what other types of films Michael Bay wants to make as I can't believe that he would want to be best known for making the Transformers films. I think the movies are very entertaining films for what they are. No one claimed these would, or should, be Oscar award winning movies. The people who have worked on these films have done an amazing job, considering the source material started out as a toy line so many years ago.

No need to stay until the very end of the credits.

Honorable 3D Mention

Why no mention from me about 3D yet? To be blunt: I'm not a fan of 3D. Not at all. I see it for what it is … a ploy to give people something special at the theater that they can't get elsewhere and to make it more difficult for the bootleg "market". I'm looking forward to seeing DOTM in good ol' fashioned 2D. When I watch a 3D movie, I feel like I'm staring at those posters that doctor offices had back in the early 90s where you have to cross your eyes to see the hidden image in the picture. I also can't stand wearing glasses in the theater. It's just not my thing. Did this movie seem like a technical achievement in the 3D field? I can't judge that as I haven't seen any other movie in 3D except for James Cameron's Avatar.


3D doesn't make me feel like I'm part of the movie at all, if anything, it makes me feel disjointed from the film because of how many times I notice the "3D" layers. It's extremely distracting and I don't recall ever thinking when viewing a 2D movie that I wished it had been in 3D. I keep thinking of that Best Buy "buy back" commercial where the girl is calling the guy a "silly head" because he bought a 3D TV instead of a 4D TV. I'm hoping 4D gets here soon because I can't stand this very "forced" 3D craze.

I hope someone important in the movie industry read my thoughts about 3D.

Meet The Press

I wanted to take a moment to personally thank Paramount for hooking me up with a Press pass for tonight's show at the AMC River East in downtown Chicago. I had the pleasure of meeting famed movie critic Roger Ebert this evening, who sat directly behind my wife at tonight's showing. It was a great experience and quite an honor. It was also a very fitting moment since Roger Ebert had mentioned in his explanation about his review of Revenge of the Fallen.


On a personal note, I think I'd prefer seeing a movie like DOTM with a regular audience any day. The press guys didn't laugh or gasp or anything during the movie. Either they thought DOTM sucked or they were all way too busy writing down notes on their pads of paper. To me, a big part of going opening night for a movie, or even some time during the opening week, is to catch the buzz that radiates through a movie theater that is excited about a film. I think it's unfortunate that the press people didn't get to experience this movie with the regular movie going audience. I'm looking forward to seeing DOTM on Tuesday night with family and friends and people from who I know will be geeked and excited about seeing this film ... and are there to have fun and have a great time.


So you might be wondering exactly what I thought of this movie and what my recommendations are. I know I picked apart a lot of the movie above. I'm very, very passionate about Transformers. I'm also very protective of how we, the fans, see our Transformers. I just want our experience to be shared by everyone else. I want people to know why we like and love these Transformers characters. I gave it a 4 out of 5 on my Netflix account just now. If it wasn't a Transformers flick, I'd give it a 3 out of 5 mainly due to feeling that the story was confusing at times or incoherent. The special effects and technical achievements in this film were simply amazing … stunning even! They should win awards left and right for what pulled off with Chicago and for making huge leaps with the computer animation for the robots which continue to look better and better.

As I said at the beginning of this review, if you're a Transformers fan, you've got to go see this film so that you can tell the rest of us what you think about it. Don't base whether or not you see this movie based on my review. It's a fun movie. Go see it. You be the judge and tell us what you think after you see it.

More Transformers Alternity

Transformers News: More Transformers Alternity
Date: Wednesday, June 22nd 2011 5:22am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Pottermus_Prime, Kapow-Toys

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Remember Alternators and Binaltech? You know those awesome 1/24 scale licensed Transformers? Remember how sad you where when the lines got cancelled? You might also remember how the line was revived with 1/34 scale figures under the name of Transformers Alternity.
Kapow-Toys reveal through heir forum, that Transformers Alternity will be continued, with two new listings for the Nissan Fairlady and Suzuki Swift molds. Click here for the original posting.

However, we have a bit of something extra to add to this, our own sources tell us who these figures and others may be:
  • Fairlady (Megatron) remold into Galvatron
  • Suzuki Swift (Bumblebee/Cliffjumper) remold into Goldbug
  • Nissan GT-R (Optimus Prime) remold into Dai Atlas
  • Mitsuoka Orochi (Seekers) remold into Banzaitron
But we can't confirm these as of yet.

BotCon 2011 Coverage - Transformers: Prime Packaging

Transformers News: BotCon 2011 Coverage - Transformers: Prime Packaging
Date: Friday, June 3rd 2011 8:01pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Cartoon News, Toy News, Event News
Posted by: Anonymous.

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Good evening Transformers fans! Coverage from BotCon 2011 begins today with site creator Ryan and his eagle eye camera, taking snaps of the upcoming Transformers toy line,Transformers: Prime! While these figures were on display at the 2011 Toy Fair, this is our first offering of the packaging for the line. We have 42 images for your viewing pleasure of Transformers: Prime - Bumblebee, Arcee and Starscream. Check out the full gallery by clicking the links or pictures in this post.


Keep it at for more BotCon 2011 coverage!

Transformers: Vault review and the first public image of Prima

Transformers News: Transformers: Vault review and the first public image of Prima
Date: Saturday, May 28th 2011 9:46pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Toy News
Posted by: Mkall | Credit(s):

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Transformers At The Moon has posted a fairly lengthy review of the upcoming book: Transformers Vault. This is certainly not the Toy-book many of us thought. Indeed there are pictures of prototypes, unreleased figures, comics and some tidbits on the future of the Transformers Brand!

Also of note is the first picture of Prima, one of the Original 13 Transformers from which the title of Prime originated. Some of the 13 were revealed during Botcon 2010. See a small smattering of images below and be sure to click here for the full review. You will not be dissapointed





BBTS News: Hot Toys Superman, Cars 2, Bandai, Star Wars & More

Transformers News: BBTS News: Hot Toys Superman, Cars 2, Bandai, Star Wars & More
Date: Friday, May 27th 2011 11:20am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
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Hi - Here is a quick update from about some
new arrivals and another huge batch of new preorders!


The long awaited Hot Toys Superman figure is finally up for preorder! We
have them available $15 under MSRP at $194.99. This figure comes with a
Fortress of Solitude base and the sculpting is simply fantastic. Don't
miss out on this one ... ode=retail

Another great figure from Hot toys - the Resident Evil: Afterlife Alice
features great costuming and a ton of weapons - check out mini Milla
Jovovich here at $154.99 ... ode=retail

The full lineup of toys, playsets and die-cast cars from Mattel is now up
for preorder. Case assortments and a variety of single items are
available here. We have preliminary images for quite a few items:

Very cool limited edition exclusives - black versions of Optimus Prime and
Megatron - pick up the set at a very reasonable price for import
exclusives at $84.99 ... ode=retail

We've located a nice supply of older Takara Microman figures - all of them
are priced at or below original Japanese MSRP so there are some great
deals out there. Take a look at the 20 or so available items here: ... egory=3957

A cool Takara model that won't be making its way to the US as a domestic
release - Preorders available at $174.99 - take a look here: ... ode=retail

Medicom introduces its own 1/6 Scale Jack Sparrow and it looks great!
Figure includes speech chip and accessories - priced well at $264.99 ... ode=retail

Bandai brings us another addition to the extremely popular D-Arts line,
this version features Megaman X sporting his full armor, preorders up at
$39.99 ... ode=retail

Introducing Saint Cloth Crown, an all new high-end 1:6 scale (approx
30cm/12") Saint Seiya figure series that emphasizes size and detail.
Figure is constructed with ABS, PVC, POM and diecast materials. A 1:6
scale Saint Seiya figure with diecast parts! The first item will be Saint
Cloth Crown Sagittarius Seiya complete with golden wing span, armor and
object parts, as well as interchangeable face x 4 (Aiolos screaming/normal
and Seiya screaming/normal), interchangeable hand parts. Armor
ornamentation is brilliant in 1:6 scale. Check out this and other new
Saint Seiya items on this menu:

An excellent looking new figure from Max Factory, highly articulated and
with some cool gunfire accessories. Take a look at this cool import here
- $56.99 ... ode=retail

The Stormtrooper Premium Format figure captures every detail of the iconic
armored soldiers from the original 'Star Wars' film, A New Hope. Each
piece is individually painted and finished, each with its own unique
quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow
Collectibles product. Crafted in 1:4 scale, this dynamic figure features a
real fabric bodysuit and hand-cast trooper armor. The Stormtrooper Premium
Format Figure is the perfect addition to any Star Wars display. ... ode=retail

An excellent new Sandtrooper figure from Sideshow - One of the coolest
features of this figure is its pairing with the 12" Dewback featured on
the next listing - preorder now at $124.99 ... ode=retail

This awesome accessory figure measures in at a whopping 30" long and is
sure to dominate whatever shelf you display it on. Grab the Sandtrooper
listed above as well ... ode=retail

Crazy Devy's new Menasaur head features switch activated LED eyes -
preorder now at $31.99 ... ode=retail

The second wave of Tech Specs will complete the 1985 lineup - preorder now
at $29.99 ... ode=retail

A partner piece to the red devil horns, this one is also priced at $29.99,
it includes 2 guns and a new head ... ode=retail

The latest wave available singly at $13.99 or $99.99 per case of 8 with
chase figure. ... egory=7696

This case is priced at $89.99 and includes a chase figure, singles are
also available: ... egory=7699

We've been able to locate a small supply of the exclusive DC Universe wave
14. The set of 7 is available at $154.99 - set includes: 1 each of
Kamandi, Obsidian/Todd Rice, Tyr, Gold, Hourman, Zatanna, Green Lantern
Alan Scott ... ode=retail

More exclusive DCU figures - this set of 2packs is available for $74.99
and includes 1x Hawkgirl & Gentleman Ghosts and Superman & Parasite ... ode=retail

Dai-Guard, the popular anime protagonist and one of the key super-robot
characters in second Super Robot Wars Z video game title appropriately
joins the ranks of the Super Robot Chogokin series. Preorder now at
$57.99 ... ode=retail

War, astride Ruin amid the broken skulls of the fallen of the apocalypse.
War and Ruin are lit from below by high intensity LEDs, and Ruin glows
with an unholy light through his eyes and the runes and cracks in his
skin. Priced $50 below MSRP - check it out here: ... ode=retail

Another nice set of announcements from Bowen, including the Previews
Exclusive Annihilus statue - check them all out here: ... wen+Marvel

DST now continues the line based on the '80s cartoon series, The Real
Ghostbusters! Based on the character designs from cartoon, this specialty
market exclusive four-pack includes Peter Venkman in his uniform, Winston
in uniform, Staypuft (evil), and the set exclusive Lewis Tully! Preorder
now at $15.99 ... ode=retail

The hit Ghostbusters statue line continues with the iconic statue of
Liberty! Lady Liberty has stood as a beacon of hope and freedom for
countless immigrants and lost souls looking for a better life on our
shores. For decades she has been both icon and protector of freedom in New
York Harbor... and when the ghosts got tough, she moved into action!
Coated with positively-charged Ectoplasm, piloted by the Ghostbusters,
Lady Liberty strode confidently through the streets of New York in the the
hit follow-up to the classic Ghostbusters movie. ... ode=retail

Medusa - as she has never been seen or imagined before! We dare you to
resist looking at this beauty... but beware though she may look different,
her look will still turn you to stone! Standing nine inches tall, this
Jean St. Jean sculpt (based on an Uriel Canton design) Preorder now at
$39.99 ... ode=retail

The hit DST bank line continues with our first ever Clone Wars-themed bank
release! Cody is one of the most iconic and popular characters on the
Clone Wars animated series, and now this galactic hero and commander makes
his bank debut! Available at $19.99 ... ode=retail

Back again due to popular demand! Hundreds of figures later, DST is once
again giving the fans something to carry and store their Minimates! This
lightweight cardboard carry case is ready to go, capable of holding up to
36 (or more if you double up) Available at $18.99 ... ode=retail

Series 38 celebrates the Shadowland saga featuring Daredevil! This series
includes Spider-Man and Iron Fist, Elektra and the new, darker Daredevil,
White Tiger and the exclusive Hand Soldier, as well as the short-packed
Classic White Tiger to go with the army-building Hand Soldier. ... ode=retail

Gentle Giant presents 2-1B, the proficient Surgical Droid who joined the
Rebel Alliance in an effort to assist the Republic as a medic. This
1/6-scale high quality mini-bust was painstakingly researched and compared
to multiple reference sources in the Lucasfilm archives. Limited to 1980
pieces and up for preorder at $71.99 ... ode=retail

Cool new blasters - the set features 1x Cad Bane, 1x Captain Rex,1x
General Grievous ... n+Blasters

Hasbro announces a variety of new case assortments for the 2011 Battle
Pack lineup - check out the full selection of new cases and singles here: ... +Star+Wars

New vehicle figure packs are now available - $69.99 per case as well as a
variety of singles - take a look here: ... S+I+Figure

A fun new remote control vehicle from Hasbro - preorder now at $44.99 ... ode=retail

Round 5 introduces two new lines of Bruce Lee figures - we'll be listing
sets and singles later once more info is known - check out the cases here: ... E+LEE+CASE

Joining the Sideshow Collectibles Marvel line is the Nick Fury Comiquette,
depicting the famed leader of the SHIELD. Presented in 1:5 scale, each
piece is individually painted and finished with its own unique quality and
detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles
product. Wielding his classic pistols and complete with a switch-out right
hand holding a magnum revolver, the Nick Fury Comiquette is the perfect
addition to any Marvel display. - Preorder at $264.99 ... ode=retail

Joining the Sideshow Collectibles Marvel line is the Madame Hydra
Comiquette. Each piece is individually painted and finished with its own
unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow
Collectibles product. Presenting the viper vixen in approximately 1:5
scale, The Madame Hydra Comiquette is the perfect addition to any Marvel
display. Preoder now at $264.99 ... ode=retail

In this exclusive set from Underground Toys we present the Classic
Sontaran: Commander Linx and his iconic Sontaran space ship along with the
Third Doctor in Green Jacket and Sonic Screwdriver. Preorders available
at $59.99 ... ode=retail

Awesome new artwork from Jerry VanderStelt - choose from 5 different
Giclees each a bit under MSRP ... ngs+Giclee

Cool new Busou Shinki exclusives from Konomi - limited preorders available
at $124.99 each. ... +Exclusive

Another very cool 1/6 scale figure from Project BM by Medicom - preorder
now at $249.99 ... ode=retail

A variety of fun collectible figures, cookie jars, salt and pepper shakers
and more. Some of these licenses are very cool yet under-represented in
the collectibles world, take a look here: ... 1&browse=1

Includes Removable Hat and Alternate Demon Head. Motion Activated! Figure
speaks two trademark phrases and plays two nightmarish sounds:"Welcome to
my Nightmare", "The only thing to fear is fear himself", evil laughter,
and the sound of blades scraping. ... ode=retail

The first 1/6 Scale Black Rock Shooter figure that we have carried -
Medicom has done a nice job with this piece - take a look here - preorder
price is $274.99 ... ode=retail

A variety of new Dark of the Moon Legion series revision cases - pick out
the case that best suites your needs - $44.99 each ... 2+Revision

Acme Archives brings us a bunch of cool new artwork from POTC and Cars 2 -
check them out here: ... 9&browse=1

A bunch of cool new collectibles from Film Cells is now up for preorder.
Each features actual frames of the film strips and they come in a variety
of sizes and price points. ... 2&browse=1


GI JOE 2011 SERIES 03 - SET, SINGLES (Blowtorch, Gen. Hawk, Cobra
Commander, Jungle BAT)
This extremely popular series is now in stock in limited quantities. We
also have some series 04 left, but both are expected to sell fairly
quickly. $44.99 per set or $84.99 per case ... +Series+03

We've restocked the Diamond Select Toys version of Thor - available now at
$18.99 - this movie-accurate Thor figure includes Marvel Select's standard
16 points of articulation. As an added bonus, the figure comes packaged
with a display stand based on the mythical rainbow bridge that can be
combined with the base from the Loki movie figure to form a diorama! ... Thor+Movie

Amazons and enemies - Wonder Woman, Donna Troy and Cheetah - are the
second wave in an all-new, super-cute line of mini-figures, affectionately
known as "mini-comis." Based on the larger Ame-Comi Heroine PVC Statue
line, these miniature Ame-Comi PVC figures are all brand-new sculpts!
Wonder Woman hefts her axe over her shoulder, while wielding a sword in
the other hand, Donna Troy strikes a bullets and bracelets pose, and
Cheetah coyly cleans her claws and paws. ... +Series+02

Includes one each of Lightning Fury Thor and Heimdall ... +Series+02

Japanese text book with info on all the latest Takara figures - priced at
$29.99 ... ode=retail

9 of the first 10 TF United figure are back in stock - fill in any holes
in your collection here: ... ers+United

The Hot Toys vinyl figures based on the recent movie with Johnny Depp - in
stock now: ... ango+Vinyl

Cool general display stands for a wide variety of figures - take a look
here: ... ng+display


Have fun at your desk or on the couch with these addictive magnetic toys.
Super strong rare-earth magnets can be molded into countless shapes and

The next round of cute mini DC figures is now in stock - series 3 is
available at $29.99 ... ode=retail

Small shipment of MOTU figures from Mattel are now in stock for
international customer - $34.99 each ... egory=5230

A great new statue from DC Direct - exclusive 1:4 scale museum quality
statue series. Featuring mixed media elements from resin to fabric, the
numerous textures add visual interest to the already stunning scene. In
stock at $269.99 ... ode=retail

Fans of the late Michael Jackson will want to collect the Michael Jackson
Collector's Figures as the memorable musician is brought to life as the
"Beat It MJ" or the "First Moonwalk Michael." Each 10-inch collectible
replica, with a Jackson Estate-approved likeness of the iconic singer, has
37 points of articulation and replica fabric clothing, and comes with a
figure stand, a unique base, and collectible diorama packaging. ... ode=retail

The latest in the DST hit role-play replica line is here! For all of those
Star Trek fans that have been waiting over 25 years to have a communicator
that accurately recreates one of Kirk's most memorable moments on film,
then your moment is here! Open this up and hear "KHAAAAN!!!" as many times
as you like. ... ode=retail

Perfect for completing your Captain America collection by adding to the
armies of Hydra for your display. Display included Production will be
limited to a one time numbered 500 case production run and allocations are
likely to occur. Included in this display are; Hydra Pilot, Hydra
Infantry, Hydra Flame Thrower, Hydra Soldier,and Red Skull Hydra Uniform. ... ode=retail

Another big shipment of Film Cells has just arrived, these are really cool
and worth checking out if you need some fun & classy displays to hang on
the wall or at the office. ... 2&browse=1

Thanks for your interest in and be sure to check
out some of the many new items mentioned above.


Joel & The BBTS Crew

'The Road to Chaos' - Transformers Ongoing #19 Reviewed

Transformers News: 'The Road to Chaos' -  Transformers Ongoing #19 Reviewed
Date: Tuesday, May 17th 2011 8:46pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): tigertracks 24, IDW Publishing

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Lots happening in the Transformers universe.

Galvatron and company are around the ‘live’ universe becoming more powerful and with purpose. The Autobots are in the most disarray that you can imagine them ever being in--- and making choices that lead to serious, SERIOUS ramifications.

Megatron is simply toying with Optimus Prime, and Optimus Prime is showing an extremely frustrated side that one would rarely remember seeing before from the freedom focused noble-bot in even the most dire of circumstances.

But we’re leaving this scene for another corner of the TF-universe. A corner not seen in more than a few issues (at least six!). A section that can only make fans scratch their heads, and imagine what could possibly happen next. Enter Rodimus.

After being ‘ka-boomed’ by Megatron’s super-charged rail gun in the climax of Ongoing issue #13, we catch up with Rodimus floating dead in space with the matrix. He achieves planetfall, and crashlands on a planet that this reader has to say, he didn’t think he would see again with the way events had been going, previous events getting lost in favor of, and sometimes seemingly replaced by newer directions recently.

But in an effort to perhaps reach out to loyal readers, or maybe it was the plan all along, IDW has been returning (finally!) to previously set plot points, and events once again. Plot points that may have been going somewhere in the previous creative crews‘ minds‘ eyes, but were seemingly lost when they left. The newest example of revived plot points, Rodimus landing on the very same planet that holds FAN FAVORITE, should have been First Ballot hall-of-famer, rhyming, wildbot of Cybertron....Wheelie!!!!

*Pauses for cheers to die down*

Last seen stuck on this far away planet thanks to Spyglass, and his Reflector crew, with a 99.999999% chance of never being rescued (fudged that number a little bit), and ominously living near some ruins containing hieroglyphs of a familiar alien race, WHEELIE is once again reunited with a fellow Autobot after quite a long time. The Autobot is fortunately for him, no longer dead ("I feel happy!"), as the matrix is now imbedded into Rodimus’ chest plate like it was always meant to be there, and sparks life back into him.

Rodimus remembers Wheelie immediately upon meeting up with him stating, “You’ve been MIA for almost as long as I can remember. From since just after I got recruited to the Autobots.”

That seems like a long time ago indeed. It’s so long in fact, Wheelie does not even remember being an Autobot.

This issue is otherwise fairly boring. Setting up for the next, much more grand event, where these two young Autobots are going to make their return to Cybertron, and confront a very familiar foe, this issue mainly provides, well, not much. There’s some small piece concerning three other aliens on the planet, but it is quickly put to bed in favor of getting us to the next issue’s ‘will-be-awesomeness’. Yes, Wheelie and Rodimus are going to, thanks to the unlimited power of the matrix and the three disposable aliens, be able to escape the un-escapable planet, and arrive on Cybertron just in time to be a part of this summer’s CHAOS event.

Wheelie rhymes. Rodimus expounds on his injuries, and his new life, and his previous life, vowing to never leave a fellow Autobot behind...again. And Wheelie plays music now. ‘Nuff said?

The Story:

...Is forgettable. This inconsequential issue will quickly be lost in the excitement of this summer’s huge CHAOS events. The two weary Autobots seem to be a bit less than benevolent in their dealings with the three aliens...a streak that seems to be on par with recent Autobot events.

Some might say this could be one of the most annoying issues ever containing both whiny Rodimus, and rhymey Wheelie, but overall the creative crew handled the two well, making sure to focus more on the positive aspects of each, rather than the more negative pieces of them that the fans have come to on some cases...loathe.

The dialogue is smooth and clean. I really wish if IDW changed something from G1 ‘as we know it’ that they would have kept Wheelie from rhyming. The Wheelie-logue drives me bonkers. Thankfully, it is not overwhelmingly done here. I’m just worried now that Wheelie’s back on cast, that his dialect will quickly make its way to the ‘drives me up the wall when I read it‘ category. But Wheelie calls Rodimus dumb to his faceplate, so it can’t be too bad right?

The Art:

---Is Phenomenal. But I’m a Guido slappy. He renders and lines like the pro we know here creating some very beautiful portraits of Wheelie and Rodimus. His alien grunts are excellent as well, reminding me of Skeletor’s hench-lackeys from Masters of the Universe. And the alien ‘general’ seems to have a bit of a cthulhu in his family tree at some point. I have to say, I think Guido stepped it up. His lines on the robots seem more angular and straight, his figures more detailed and less cartoonish. HIs backgrounds detailed, and immense.

The inks, and colors are superbly done, as well.

Honestly, I thought the whole creative team did a really nice job with this issue. ‘It is what it is’ as the oft overused phrase goes. A simple re-introduction tale, setting up a lot bigger event. We get some characterization, and exposition, but not a lot of action. It’s cool though, because the excellent art will keep your eyes and mind quite busy.

Transformers Ongoing #19 is in stores Wednesday, May 18th, be sure to check it out yourself. If you still need more convincing, just check out the 7-page preview, and that should be the deal breaker. See you next time gentle-bots.

Credits to Mike Costa, Guido Guidi, Joana Lafuente, Chris Mowry, Carlos Guzman, and Andy Schmidt.

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Twincast / Podcast #136:
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Posted: Saturday, January 30th, 2016