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BotCon 2011 Coverage - Hasbro Toys / Hasbro Brand Team

Transformers News: BotCon 2011 Coverage - Hasbro Toys / Hasbro Brand Team
Date: Saturday, June 4th 2011 1:25pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Seibertron

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Greg Lombardo - Marketing
Billy Ward - Vice President of Marketing for Transformers
Josh Lamb - Design
Bill Rawly - Design


Transformers Dark of the Moon (MechTech)
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Basic idea was they wanted to incorporate an external piece that didn't get in the way of transforming
Early concept was to combine the weapons
Deluxe wave 5 - 32363 Air Raid (color wise looks similar to Cybertron Jetfire)
Armor Topspin 36106
Dark Iron 36107 (Stingray corvette ... BW Quicksilver looking robot mode)
Deluxe Wave 6 to be released shortly after movie release
Voyager Wave 4 - Cannon Force Ironhide (G1 Inspired Ironhide - RED)
Leader Wave 2 Ironhide discussion
Ultimate Optimus Prime 28748 (fall launch) - discussed overall look of Prime, wanted to keep the piece count down)
SDCC Ultimate Optimus Prime - limited edition in a foil sleeve package, only time packaged in trailer mode, premium foil wrapped display box and sleeve, includes G1 sticker sheet for trailer, removable display case
Human Alliance Roadbuster w/ SGT Recon
Post movie reveal - 1 Human Alliance figure will be revealed after June 29th


Transformers Dark of the Moon (Cyberverse)
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Action Sets wave 3 - Shockwave w/ Fusion tank (29738) will be in case this afternoon
Autobot Ratchet w/ Lunar Crawler
Autobot Ark w/ Roller



Transformers Dark of the Moon (Exclusives)
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Showed all four of the TRU Scan Series figures
Cyberverse Battle Pack (homages the D.C. accident with Bumblebee ... got a laugh from crowd)
More deluxes: Elita-1, Bumblebee, Space Case, Autobot Jazz
Human Alliance Leadfoot w/ Steeljaw (Target exclusive)
Deluxe Two Pack w/ Leadfoot and Topspin (Target exclusive)
Walmart exclusives - Optimus Prime (deluxe), Bumblebee (84), Sideswipe (04 homages Lambor's numbering in Takara's G1 line)
Deluxe and Basic Human Alliance Pack (inspired by a black ops decoaration)
Animated Movie 25th Anniversary Edition Unicron, accurate from Animated movie, will be on display later (Amazon)
20 for 20 Toy Promotion - Starts July 25th - Sept 30th, buy $20 worth of toys, send in receipt and receive limited edition exclusive Optimus Prime t-shirt and retail coupons, QR scan or text and get a free music download from DOTM



Transformers Generations / Reveal The Shield
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Addressed issue regarding RTS/Generations
Generations is continuing through entire year
RTS that you had trouble getting they are working to find homes for them



Transformers Prime
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12-1-11 Transformers Prime
Deluxe Wave 2 - Cliffjumper, "awesome looking toy"
Deluxe Wave 3 - Vehicon, Terrorcon Cliffjumper (Have you hugged a Zombie today?)
Voyager - Optimus Prime (36492) "knocked this out of the park"
Voyager - Bulkhead (36490)
Entertainment pack will include Episode 6
SDCC Prime Optimus Prime - the power of the Matrix is yours to hold and wear, Matrix package that you can actually wear.
2012 Sneak Peak - concepts only, work in progress
Cyberverse Ratchet, Wheeljack (swords on back)
Legion Bumblebee (looks like it comes with 4 weapons)
Legion Arcee (looks amazing for it's size)
Prime Commander Class Iron Hide (truck)
Deluxe Soundwave (drawings only), Laserbeak fits right on his chest and can use him as a weapon
Deluxe Ratchet (with blades)
Deluxe Wheeljack
Voyager Starscream (MechTech features with lights after you plug it in to robot - concept only)


Kre-o Transformers
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Summer 2011
More than meets the eye
Kreons
28 Kreons in launch line
16 Transformers Kreons, 12 humans
Tons of accessories!


Transformers Rescue Bots
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New cast of characters
Created group of guys that are specialized in rescue
Kind of an Elite Force
Blades - helicopter
Chase - police
Heatwave - firetruck
Boulder - Construction vehicle
Optimus Prime
Bumblebee


Will be at SDCC and New York Comic-Con

Q&A
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If there was a WFC 2 video game, some of those characters would get toys [sarcasm aluding to we are getting new WFC toys)

TRU Exclusive Cyberverse Scan Series Four Pack Video Review

Transformers News: TRU Exclusive Cyberverse Scan Series Four Pack  Video Review
Date: Wednesday, May 25th 2011 10:04pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Quantum Reflex

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Our own Quantum Reflex has posted a video review of the TRU exclusive Cyberverse Scan Series four pack featuring repaints of four Legends class figures: Universe Bumblebee, ROTF Bumblebee, ROTF Starscream, and Cybertron Starscream. The set also features two new weapons that can be held by the movie-verse repaints. Take a look at his embedded video below.

On a side note, if you are planning on picking this set up it has been spotted at retail.


'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.

BOTFAN Brazil & GI JOE Brasilia Present PLANET CYBERTRON 2011

Transformers News: BOTFAN Brazil & GI JOE Brasilia Present PLANET CYBERTRON 2011
Date: Tuesday, May 17th 2011 3:06pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Toy News
Posted by: DevastaTTor | Credit(s): BOTFAN Brazil & GI JOE Brasilia, Glauber

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We’ve receive a message from our good friends at BOTFAN Brazil about PLANET CYBERTRON 2011, their upcoming Transformers convention in the capital city of Brasilia, Brazil. The event is being co-sponsored by BOTFAN Brazil as well as GI JOE Brasilia, the country’s GI Joe fan club. The convention will take place the weekend of May 28th and 29th at the University IESB, the school's South L2, 613/614, Distrito Federal location.

All the details can be found in the translated press release below.

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BOTFAN Brazil wrote:
BOTFAN Brazíl and GI JOE Brasilia present the biggest event ever done by the fan clubs of Transformers and Command in Action in the history of Kodama! Planet Cybertron 2011 features four rooms with toy displays from each series, varied collections, competitions with awards, exhibitions of drawings and films of the series, and even the Market Cybertron. This event will be the first Brazilian event to showcase some of the new Transformers DOTM toy line thanks to a partnership with Hasbro in Brazil!

THE ROOMS

PLANET CYBERTRON
A room theme designed by fans of the famous for most famous series of transforming robots! The theme this year is the TRANSFORMERS MOVIE - 1989 TO 2009 - Revenge of the Fallen. Lots of exhibits, fun, and many contests await all Transformers fans and visitors.

EXPANDED UNIVERSE
A special room for display of collectors and collections of the most varied and curious toys, with the main theme focused on one of the largest Japanese series on display here in Brazil - Saint Seiya!! Also included is an exhibition of drawings and films of superheroes that have delighted fans for decades!

GI JOE (GI JOE BRAZIL)
The newest issue of room BotFan Brazil, dedicated to fans of the series GI JOE and ACTION COMMANDS, a sample of old collections and the latest releases with displays of old and new series. The main theme of the room will be the film GI JOE - THE RISE OF COBRA (2009).

MUSEUM AND MARKET CYBERTRON
This room tells the story of BotFan Brazil from its inception in 2006 up to present day, with over 630 enrolled ones fans across the country! Memorable moments that await all visitors and also the famous Market Cybertron with various toys for sale and/or exchange. If you are interested in a table in the Market, contact botfanbrasil@gmail.com.

The other major attraction will be the Transolimpiadas 2011! Several mad competitions will be held throughout this event. Contest/event details and rules will be disclosed by employees during the day. Sign-ups must be completed 3 hours before each competition.


For more information about PLANET CYBERTRON 2011, contact botfanbrasil@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to you all joining us for the greatest of all events that BotFan Brazil ever!

BOTFAN Brazil team and GI JOE Brasilia Team
President: Glauber Freire
Regional Coordinators: Martinho Borges and Zander Panzini
Office of Communications and Marketing: Milene Mencari and Pollyane



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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Novel Preorder Includes Excerpt

Transformers News: Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Novel Preorder Includes Excerpt
Date: Sunday, May 15th 2011 6:09pm CDT
Category: Movie News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Barnes & Nobel.com

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Barnes & Nobel.com has a Transformers: Dark Of The Moon novel preorder listing for its Nook device. Written by Peter David the listing includes a lengthy excerpt from the novel. The Nook price is $7.99 and is available May 24.

Product Details
  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Sold By: Random House
  • Format: NOOK Book (eBook)
  • Sales Rank: 76,458
  • ISBN-13: 9780345529169
  • ISBN: 0345529162
  • These items ship to U.S, APO/FPO and U.S. Protectorate addresses only.

Excerpt
Cybertron— The War Years
We were once a peaceful race of intelligent mechanical beings. But then came the war between the Autobots, who fought for freedom . . . and the Decepticons, who dreamed of tyranny . . .

I am Optimus Prime, and I remember my world from ages long gone and mourn for what my planet had been. I wonder whether it could ever be restored to the glory that had once permeated every inch of its glorious surface, and I am saddened to realize that the answer is very likely a resounding “no.”

Once . . .

Once the sky above had been a shimmering, cloudless blue.

Once the surface had been a vast stretch of gleaming silver composed of an array of flat metal continents that were interlocked with each other in perfect geometric shapes. Between the continents were vast valleys that served both as the homes of the population of Cybertron and as a place to take refuge should anyone be foolish enough to try to attack our small but hardy world.

We have lost the gleaming. That is our greatest loss: the loss of the gleaming.

The once-silvery world is now burnished and dark and gray, carbon-scored with countless battles that have ranged above the surface, upon it, and below it. The sky is permanently blackened through the haze of smoke that resulted from the constant explosions and battles that had ranged from one pole of Cybertron to the other.

The incessant battles have been destructive to far more than just the exterior of the world. It has suffered on every level. Once Cybertron had been teeming with life, the paragon of scientific research and development in its particular corner of the galaxy. The technological advances were beyond anything that was known for any other race. Nor had its advancements been limited to science. The arts were treasured as well. The residents of Cybertron wrote poetry . . . mostly of the great achievements by their ancestors.

We scream defiant howls of challenge in combat. We scream through the air, inflicting brutal punishment and damage and death upon each other. We scream in pain, and we scream in death.

Once we were a proud civilization. Now our very world is a victim of war, wounded and dying, and the only thing we have left to be proud of is simply surviving from one day to the next. And how much pride can we take in that when we think of all that we have lost?

I tread across the battlefield. To my immediate right runs the edge of a valley that is steeped in the shadow of death. I step carefully around random pieces of deceased brethren. It seems that every day sees the fall of another brave warrior. Will there ever come an end to it? Well, yes, obviously. It will end when all of one side or the other is dead. What would happen then? Would it be possible to rebuild and perhaps restore Cybertron to its former glory? Those very words have been asked by my devoted followers. I nod in confidence, as a Prime is expected to do, and assure those who believed in me that Cybertron can and will survive—has to survive—and it is upon them to make certain that it does so.

What else am I supposed to say? That Cybertron is doomed? Surely they could see that with their own eyes. But they need to believe in something greater than simply endeavoring to survive another round of assaults from their enemies. There has to be more to living than simply not dying. There has to be—and it is my job to make sure that it is provided even though I suspect it may be hopeless. This is no longer a world. It is simply a battlefield with pretensions of something more. Pretensions that will never be realized.

A noise rips through the air above the field, jolting me from my melancholy reverie. I see an aircraft, a large one that is moving far faster than its considerable size would have made seem possible.

I know the craft. I know what it contains and its importance to our future.

There are six Decepticon fighters howling after it.

Out of reflex, I whip my Energon sword into a defensive position. “No,” I say, and then louder, “No!” I wave my sword in a vain attempt to try to draw attention to myself. But the Decepticons are paying me no heed. They have their sights locked on to a far more formidable target.

The aircraft being pursued is far larger than the Decepticons that are chasing it, but the attack vessels have the advantage of both number and speed. Apparently aware of that, the aircraft is determined to shake its hunters rather than try to fight it out. It dives into the canyon that is to my immediate right. Without hesitation, the six smaller vessels dive in after it.

I start running, desperate to keep the larger air- craft in sight and perhaps provide aid if it is remotely possible.

This particular valley is a maze of towers and outcroppings. The larger aircraft darts into their depths, threading the needle of obstructions as the smaller ships follow behind, fast and hard.

The common wisdom would have been for the aircraft to try to gain even more speed. Instead it slows abruptly, twisting sideways to avoid blasts from the pursuing vessels while permitting a couple of them to get closer than they had expected, faster than they were prepared for. The aircraft flips its wings quickly, first in one direction and then in the other, slapping the pursuing vessels broadside and sending them crashing into the canyon walls. They erupt in balls of flame. Flying shrapnel is hurtling in all directions, cutting through yet another vessel, riddling it with holes and destroying its ability to maneuver. It flips end over end and strikes a tower, bending around it with a screech of metal.

On flies the larger aircraft, picking up speed, diving even lower into the canyon. Two more ships go after it.

It should have been impossible for the large aircraft to accomplish what it does next. It fires its reverse thrusters, and the ship flips over 180 degrees. It is suddenly flying backward, staring directly down its barrels at the ships pursuing it. The airship fires off a few quick shots, blasting aside the two ships, sending them colliding into each other. Then it flips back, narrowly avoiding smashing headlong into an outcropping before zipping around it and going faster than ever.

It is everything I can do to keep up, to be able to see what is happening. Five of the six pursuers are gone, and I allow, just for a moment, hope to swell within me.

Then I recognize the remaining Decepticon fighter, and dread fills me once more.

It is Starscream, leader of the air command. I know all too well that once Starscream is locked upon his quarry, he will never give up. In fact, he probably could have destroyed the target at any time. To Starscream, this is more of a game than a challenge.

But it is a game that he is still going to win, and furthermore, it is a game that he is tiring of.

“Starscream! Stand and face me!” I shout.

It is impossible to determine whether Starscream hears me. If he does, he ignores me. He probably even chuckles to himself inwardly at the desperation of my plea, a desperation that I could scarcely keep out of my voice.

With the section of the canyon coming to an end, there is nowhere else for the airship to go. Now it is simply going to be a matter of speed. The airship angles straight up a split second before reaching the end of the trench, hurtling vertically toward the outer atmosphere. Starscream does not slow a whit as he goes after it.

I have never felt more helpless. My grip tightens in frustration on the Energon sword. I can only watch as the battle plays out toward what seems an inevitable conclusion.

Higher and higher speeds the airship, and suddenly it puts on a burst of speed that threatens to leave Starscream behind. There is what sounds like a howl of outrage from the Decepticon, or it might just have been the screech of the air being rent asunder. Either way, for one glorious moment, it seems that a miracle might well occur and the airship will manage to elude its pursuer.

I should have known better.

Starscream locks on and fires. A single pulse from his cannon catches the aft wing of the fleeing ship.

The result is instantaneous and catastrophic. The blast tears off a stabilizer. It sends a shudder through the airship, and seconds later the cargo door blows open. Debris spills down from it, tumbling to the dirty gray surface of Cybertron like metal rain. The airship tries to compensate but fails completely. Instead, with no control at all, the airship spirals off into the darkness of space, the distant stars gleaming at it silently.

With his job done, Starscream banks sharply away. Again it could well be my imagination, but I think I may have heard mocking laughter as Starscream departs.

The Decepticon wouldn’t even do me the simple courtesy of facing me in battle. Either he is worried that I would destroy him or, more likely, he is arrogantly convinced that he would destroy me.

Which means he wants me to live. He wants me to be saddled with the awareness of what had just happened and my helplessness at preventing it. He wants it to eat at me, to make me dwell as long as possible upon the catastrophe that had just befallen the Autobots.

Disappointment hangs heavily upon me. I am all too aware of the importance of that ship that had been blasted away into space. It represents a horrific loss not only to the Autobots but to Cybertron itself.

I am not one to give up, ever. Yet three words go through my mind, three words that I dare not utter lest one of the other Autobots hear me and fall into despair to hear their Prime speak so.

And those three words are: we are lost.

Earth—1961

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Doctor Aaron Brooks had come to a conclusion: He was wasting his life.

How in the world he had wound up in the Mojave Desert, staring at a bunch of screens that were in turn linked to row after row of radio telescopes, looking for . . .

Nothing. He was looking for nothing.

He glanced around the room at others who were just like him. Half a dozen scientists who had gone into various fields, such as astronomy or theoretical physics. All of them had once been young students, looking forward to careers of accomplishment and exploration.

And one by one, they had wound up here.

If they were anything like Brooks—and he knew they were—they had joined up with the same ambition to do something remarkable: to be the very first to find a signal from outer space that was a sign of intelligent life elsewhere. There was little doubt that it would be the greatest moment in humankind’s history since the invention of the wheel.

Yet as year rolled into year, Brooks had monitored magnetic beats from pulsars or the background radiation left over from the big bang itself, searching for one signal out of a billion. He had felt the enthusiasm he initially had for the project slowly, steadily being sucked out of him. The most depressing thing was watching the same realization creeping over the other scientists in the control room.

Ah, the control room: crammed with the latest technology, lined with screens and instrumentation that could chart everything and anything that came within the considerable range of the telescope array. Once it had seemed vibrant and alive to him. Now it just seemed sterile. It was where dreams of close encounters went to die.

He was going off shift soon. The setting sun was casting its red glow across the desert, and soon Aaron Brooks would witness yet another day of disappointing emptiness come to an end. Just one more, the latest dropped on the stack of—

That was when the center lit up.

A Klaxon sounded, so deafening that Brooks leaped straight up out of his chair, mashing his knee on the underside of the console. He grabbed his earphones and shoved them hard against the sides of his head. He needed to hear the signals for himself, even as a message scrolled across the lit screens with as much dispassion as if it were listing stock market prices:

ufo detected. collision course

Aaron Brooks was the team leader, his predecessor having dropped dead two months earlier (of boredom, some had morosely joked). Even though everyone knew what to do, even though they all had trained for a situation just like this one, still every eye turned to Brooks. They seemed to be seeking confirmation from him—or perhaps they were hoping that he would shake his head, laugh, punch a button that would shut down the alarms, and inform them that it was a false positive or a test or even just a sick joke to shatter the ennui. They would all yell at him if that last one were the case and then would mutter that they knew the whole time he was just messing around and they hadn’t been fooled, not for one second.

Every one of these men, wearing the unofficial uniform of black slacks, white short-sleeved shirt, and thin necktie, was a professional. None of them was going to outwardly panic. There would be no throwing of papers into the air, no screaming of, Oh, my God, we’re all going to die! No one was going to soil himself or vomit up the tacos he’d brought in for lunch. Nevertheless, Brooks said firmly, “Stay on task, people. We have a job to do.” Even though it may well be that no one is going to be alive to know whether or not we did it. “Station One, confirm contact.”

“Confirmed,” Ralph Simmons said from Station One, and rattled off what his sensor apparatus was telling him.

Methodically, Brooks went from one man to the next until all six weighed in with identical readings. Then Brooks turned to Kelly—tall, bookish, the seismolo- gist who knew this stuff cold and could come up with conclusions without having to run numbers through computers—and simply uttered two words: “How bad?”

“If it hits us? Very. Bad,” Kelly said with his typical understatement, adding the second word as if it were an afterthought.

Brooks turned to Newman, the expert when it came to tracking collision courses. “Is it going to?” Brooks had looked at the same numbers as everyone else, but there were still variables: too many plus or minuses within the margin for error to be certain. Newman was the only one who might have a lock on it.

Newman wasn’t looking at him. He was running the numbers. He wasn’t inputting anything or even writing anything down; he was just staring.

Then, slowly, he turned and leveled his gaze on Brooks.

“Too close to call,” he said.

Dead silence.

“Nobody breathe,” Aaron Brooks said in what he realized might well be the last order he ever gave.

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(The object—or, as half a dozen men would now describe it, the contact—hurtles through space, as it has for uncounted years. It is a dead thing, frozen and dark. All this time, all this way, it has managed to avoid falling into the grip of the gravity field of any astronomical body. Despite the vastness of space, this has not been as easy a feat as one might think. If it had endeavored to accomplish this by design, such a task would have been formidable. Since it has transpired by luck, it is nothing short of miraculous. It seems to be a compelling argument for the notion that there is some unknowable, unseen being who is guiding matters along—although whether it is because of some grand master plan for the betterment of the universe or just perverse personal amusement, it would be impossible to say.)

(Whatever the reason, though, luck has obviously run out for the object; a collision is imminent. And the target appears to be a blue/green sphere dead ahead, the third sphere in orbit around the Type G2V star hanging a mere 93 million miles away . . . a vast distance under most circumstances but a mere stone’s throw in astronomical terms. Moving at 33,000 miles per hour, when the object hits—depending upon where that should occur—the results will be catastrophic. If it hits the water, tidal waves or an underground seismic event will certainly result. If it strikes land, then the outcome will be a crater the size of several cities and perhaps another seismic event, possibly enough to split or sink a continent. Or it might not even reach ground. It could well superheat in the atmosphere to in excess of 40,000 degrees Fahrenheit and explode with a ferocity two hundred times greater than an atomic bomb. This had happened before, ripping apart eight hundred square miles of Russian forest, leaving 80 million trees flattened in a radial pattern.)

(Except this object might well detonate above a major city, leveling hundreds—even thousands—of skyscrapers and snuffing out the lives of millions of people. There are only so many times that a single planet can escape cosmic catastrophe.)

(Closer it comes to the blue/green sphere, and faster, and yes, it is going to be a city, a city that a group of scientists in the Mojave are powerless to warn because it’s going to take too long and an evacuation would require hours, perhaps a full day, and they have only minutes left. All they would have time for is to pray to the deity that has seemingly abandoned them to a random and capricious fate.)

(And then a small, silver-gray mass of rock—that doesn’t have anything on its plate except affecting the tides and serving as inspiration for both romantic poets and suckers for werewolf legends—puts itself between the blue/green sphere and the intruder. With no atmo- sphere in which the intruder can superheat, with no population to die, it has nothing to lose. It is an undead soldier throwing itself upon a grenade to save the troops.)

(Mission accomplished.)

(A journey that began oh so long ago is brought to an abrupt and terminal halt.)

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“Lunar impact!” Aaron Brooks shouted. He didn’t bother to poll the other men but instead simply called out, “Confirmations?”

“We have impact!” “Lunar impact, confirmed!” “Way to go, baby!” The shouts were coming quickly, overlapping one another, laced with cries of relieved laughter and all the tension that they had managed to keep bottled up in the face of an impending crisis. They were clapping one another on the back, congratulating one another as if they themselves had somehow managed to move the moon directly into the intruder’s path.

Brooks sagged into his chair, his chest heaving, putting his hand to his head and realizing that his hair was now drenched in sweat. As he waited for his pulse to return to something approximating normal, Newman walked straight over to him, all business. Brooks wasn’t surprised at Newman’s detachment. The man lived and breathed numbers and had ice water in his veins. To him, the object striking the moon was an interesting outcome to a mathematical exercise in trajectory and nothing more.

“It’s not a meteor,” he said with certainty.

Forcing himself to take a slow breath and then exhale just as slowly, Brooks said, “So when the computer’s saying UFO, it really means . . .”

“Yeah,” Newman said. “The telemetry leaves no question. Whatever that thing is that hit the moon, it’s not a meteor or a fragment from a comet or anything that’s understood by anyone, except maybe those lunatics out at Area 51. We have a genuine unidentified flying object.”

“So you’re saying there may be an alien corpse lying on the far side of the moon right now.”

“Or several alien corpses. Or maybe . . .” His voice trailed off.

“Or maybe what?”

“Or maybe alien weapons.”

“You,” Brooks said immediately, “read too much of that sci-fi crap.” But even as he said it aloud, the truth of Newman’s speculation burrowed into his imagination and promptly began to eat away at what little peace of mind he had left.

At that moment, Brooks’s aide, an attractive young British woman—Carla Spencer—came running up to him and pointed at a blinking red line. “Mr. Webb’s ready to take your call now,” she said breathlessly. “They kept trying to put me off, and I told them they would bloody well speak to you now if they cared about the future of their bleeding planet.”

Brooks couldn’t help himself; he laughed. Spencer, normally brimming with British reserve, chuckled in response as she realized how she’d come across. Brooks felt as if he were truly seeing her for the first time. He had always been a single-minded workaholic, and there was nothing that focused someone on matters other than work more than a narrowly averted catastrophe. He reached for his receiver, but just before he pushed the button to connect it, he said, “You wanna go out for a drink after work?”

“Desperately,” she said.

He nodded, then put the phone to his ear and, just before he started talking, decided that perhaps boredom was underrated after all.

Transformers DOTM Reviewed (Update: No Twins)

Transformers News: Transformers DOTM Reviewed (Update: No Twins)
Date: Saturday, May 14th 2011 12:30pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Rumors
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Ain't it Cool News, rich prime, Connor A

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Capone of Ain't it Cool News had the opportunity to view Transformers DOTM in it's entirety and has posted the film's first review. While the version that was screened was in 2-D the reviewer states the movie's 3-D potential is "very clear". He also states the movie looks surprisingly complete considering it doesn't come out until July 1st. He has tried to keep his review free of major spoilers, but naturally there are some spoiler-ish details so read on at your own risk. We'll hit some of the high points below, to read his full review click here!

Update: After the Ain't it Cool News review started making waves in the Transformers community regarding the twins director Michael Bay posted the following in his Shoot for the Edit forum:

After the internet posting of a nice review by someone who saw Transformers Dark of the Moon, the writer had not been clear on one thing. He misstated that the Twins are in the film. They are not.

So I am offering a $25,000 REWARD to anyone who can find them performing in Transformers 3, on July 1, when the movie opens.

Michael


Capone has subsequently updated his review with the following regarding the twins:

[Hey, everyone. Just to be 100 percent clear, I'm not referring about the "The Twins" here; they are most definitely not in this film. I'm talking about Wheelie (Tom Kenny, who also voiced Skids in REVENGE OF THE FALLEN) and other similar smaller robots, who act like streetwise teenagers.]



The Chicago battle:
  • over an hour long
  • intense
  • lots of civilian deaths

The Twins:
  • they are in the film
  • they've been toned down from ROTF

Megatron:
  • very creepy
  • still has is disfigurements from ROTF
  • little spider-like robots crawl in and out of his head wound that he casually picks away
  • in surprisingly good spirits

Sentinel Prime:
  • left Cybertron in the Ark filled with technology he thought would eventually save their planet
  • voiced to "perfection" by Nimoy
  • retrieved and revived by Optimus Prime

Sam Witwicky:
  • has graduated college and is now living with new girlfriend Carly
  • not happy that he is not employed by the government
  • his boss is played by Malkovich
  • Ken Jeong is co-worker
  • his parents are in the film, but minimally

Carly:
  • Sam's new girlfriend (obviously)
  • often in the tightest of cloths
  • often filmed as though she is in a Victoria's Secret show
  • better than Megan Fox in the reviewer,s opinion

Dylan (Patrick Dempsey):
  • Carly's boss and possible competition for her attentions
  • has a penchant for world domination

Agent Simmons;
  • has written a book about the Transformers on Earth
  • now a rich eccentric
  • trying to not get pulled back in to the game

Moon landings/alien technology:
  • the first and every Moon landing since has been in response to the Ark crash landing
  • Autobots are not amused that technology meant to save their race has been sitting on the Moon all this time without their knowledge
  • Chernobyl accident was caused by experimentation on retrieved alien technology

Bottom line: Best of the three!

Crave News - 1st May 2011

Transformers News: Crave News - 1st May 2011
Date: Sunday, May 1st 2011 9:24pm CDT
Categories: 3rd Party News, Toy News
Posted by: Mach | Credit(s): Crave

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Crave News 05-1-2011: Decreased Prices on Select Listings Through April
Greetings from Crave!

We have had a string of last minute deals go up. Through the rest of April the following listings are on sale at decreased prices. If you like what you see, be sure to visit Crave to see what else is currently for sale!

Lowered Prices Through April:
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Ironhide
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Series: Unicron Trilogy, Energon
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Huffer w/ Cali-Burst
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Series: Power Core Combiners
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Searchlight w/ Backwind
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Optimus Prime
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Bombshock
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Ratchet (Cybertron Mode)
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Jetblade
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Gathering at the Nemesis (Megatron, Soundwave, The Fallen)
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Shanghai Showdown (Skids, Mudflap, Demolisher)
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Starscream
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Bulkhead (w/ Headmaster)
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Transformers Heart of Darkness Issue #2-"Dear Stars Above!"- Now with Spoilers

Transformers News: Transformers Heart of Darkness Issue #2-"Dear Stars Above!"- Now with Spoilers
Date: Tuesday, April 19th 2011 3:31pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): tigertracks 24, IDW Comics

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“The horror, the horror!”

-Joseph Conrad, 'The Heart of Darkness' circa 1902


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While this comic series (#2 in stores Wednesday!) will probably not make it into quite the same literary acclaim that the predecessor novel has, it looks to be exploring a character in a new, deeper and more exciting way. Will this book lead us into deeper thinking and understanding for people’s inner demons and parallel said book’s themes of what’s dark in and around all of us? We’ll have to read it to find out, but from our beginning two issues we can see that Galvatron has taken a very introspective look at himself, and his new relationship to the universe.

Accomplished veteran writing duo, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, step into the Transformers universe and take their shot at iconic characters Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, and Arcee in this mini-series about Galvatron’s return to Gorlam Prime and the dead universe, and what he finds waiting for him there. We had a taste of what they could do with our favorite robots in Transformers Infestation #’s 1 and 2, and in Transformers Heart of Darkness they continue their set up of Galvatron as a major mover and shaker in the months to come.



Recap Issue #1 leading into Issue #2 Summary (SPOILERS!!!):

Galvatron feels called to Gorlam Prime and finds it devoid of life forms, as if there were a mass planetary exodus, or some sort of genocide. He and his recently reborn minions (sort of re-establishes what Galvatron did in Transformers Ongoing Coda #14 using the ‘Heart of Darkness’ and what happened to him after Optimus Prime flung him into the nega-energy core thingy).

Returning to where the trans-dimensional portal was found deep below the surface of Gorlam Prime, Galvatron displays new strength, and a narrow determination to find out how Gorlam Prime’s fate ties in with the dead universe, and his newly reconstructed self. This area was a focus for Nightbeat, Hardhead, Jhiaxus, and the micromasters in the fondly referred to ‘-tion’ series (Infiltration, Escalation, Devastation, and Revelation) and a pivotal nexus for crossing between the universe and the dead universe.

The previous portal was a giant lake-like area, but Galvatron and company find it has changed in its state from liquidish lake to a floating energy sphere. And besides the new spherical portal, they have found the tortured, and ruined pieces of Jhiaxus, who Arcee was busy ripping apart the last time we saw her (end of Revelation) to get revenge for Jhiaxus’ experimenting on her and creating her female form (Spotlight Arcee and the -tion series).

Galvatron uses the Heart of Darkness (anti-matrix) to re-create/re-animate/re-power/re-construct Jhiaxus, as he did Cyclonus, and Scourge. Through Jhiaxus he hopes to learn the fate of the people of Gorlam Prime, and how the spherical portal came about.
However, before too much can be shared, an unlikely pair of super-charged Autobots comes out guns blazing to protect the sphere. These two Autobots being none other than Arcee and Hardhead and they beat Galvatron down something fierce!
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The series started off with a a pretty big bang, at least in the story development department. Abbnett and Lanning seem to have a pretty good grasp on the direction they want Galvatron to go, and the pace and speed they want he, and the other characters to make their important realizations.

Issue #2 continues this with more Galvatron introspection as he finds his way into the dead universe through the portal. However, the dead universe, heart of darkness, power of the anti-matrix or what not, has become somewhat of a crux for him. He seems to have lost a bit of his own independence in favor of the power that the dead universe has bestowed upon him. In fact, he relies on this power to re-animate himself, and his comrades, and himself again...so he has felt his own mortality, but is granted the power repeatedly to beat death for himself and others.

Speaking of powering up and beating death, Arcee and Hardhead seem to have become super-powered in their stay at Gorlam Prime. A few shots and they take down Galvatron, dealing him mortal wounds before he even blinks. Then they scare the bejeebus out of Jhiaxus, Scourge, and Cyclonus, as they beat them down. Scared s_itless, Cyclonus, Scourge, and Jhiaxus try as they might, seem to have no desire, will, confidence, or strength to beat these two Autobots. Having seen what was done to Galvatron, the ‘deadheads’ basically give up.

And then Galvatron gets better. And he does his best to destroy Hardhead and Arcee. They bear his best shot well, but are weakened, and panicked. Smarter heads prevail and Hardhead sends Arcee to warn her fellow Autobots about Galvatron, the dead universe, Gorlam Prime, and possibly ultimate doom.

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Very quickly the cowardly deadites turn into confident soldiers and Galvatron very non-violently probes Hardhead’s mind to find out what has happened to create these changes in Gorlam Prime and the portal. Cyclonus and Scourge chase Arcee into an ancient-er area of Gorlam Prime, an underground city with sculptures of beings with Autobot matrix-like symbols on their chests.

Arcee is quickly overcome and as the chase concludes, she falls (is helped by cannon fire) into the abyss supposedly to her doom.

Galvatron enters the sphere entirely, encountering an entity called... U - N - I...just kidding, it was called D-Void and it is coming to feed on the sparks of sentient robotic beings (Gorlam Prime inhabitants were the appetizer), and finds Cybertronian sparks to be the richest flavor-- the best part of waking up--.

Galvatron vows to raise an army and defeat it. He exits the portal knowing his new goal, crazily trying to blast his new nemesis within the portal. Will the Autobots believe him and help? Will the Decepticons join Galvatron’s idealistic campaign?


My Take on the Writing:


I am intrigued by the series. Let me set this straight, I am intrigued by the characterization of Galvatron in the series, his devotion to finding out what his new purpose is, how it relates to what D-void might actually be, and considering how this will lead into CHAOS!

However, the writing falls somewhat short when dealing with the character formerly known as Cyclonus, and other supporting cast members. It’s true in Galvatron’s AHM Coda issue, Cyclonus felt beaten, and ready to just give in to the dead universe, but Galvatron and the Heart of Darkness cured him of this, and he recommitted himself to Galvatron, and being his ‘seeker’ (along with Scourge).. his lieutenant. But he does not seem to be the confident, adept, and powerful warrior that we saw in Revelation, or briefly in Coda. The character who didn’t bat an eye at single handedly taking on a ship of Autobots, or traveling between the real universe and dead universe to do tasks for Galvatron is absent, replaced by a bot who is unable to deal with dead universe enhanced Hardhead, his new situation, or the new Galvatron.

The dead universe crew seem to all be a bit sniveling and cowardly, more so than I thought we had seen based on INFESTATION and the previous material in the ‘-tion’ series.

However, it is a relief to see events, characters, and plot points re-addressed in this new series. The exposition by Galvatron can seem a bit uncharacteristic at times, but this is probably the best written version of Galvatron we have seen in fiction thus, far. Many times better than the Marvel Galvatron, or the cartoon Galvatron, he is separate from Megatron, and the inevitable meeting has to have other people than me happily anticipating a major throwdown for Decepticon leadership.

Writing has me on board. Abnett and Lanning are doing a good to great job. Galvatron’s internal dialogue is nice to read, and shows the level of introspection he is having, rather than just ‘rah! and crazy’, Autobot destroying, and power hungry, but some of the dialogue seems rather, out of place, or dated (uncharacteristic) sounding.

Artwork:

Artistically, though this series blows me away...in how poor, uneven, and inconsistent it is.

I would be very hard-pressed to find a time when there was such a mismatch in artistic quality with writing quality, although I am sure it has happened. But, and this is going to sound harsh, I feel like you could match Ulises with Shakespeare and people would not want to read the comics because the art was that bad.

There are truly some beautifully rendered pieces in the book like the his cover works. But most of the bots within the pages of the book are simply horrible to bad in their details and proportions. Chain-chin Cyclonus. Piston-Nostriled Jhiaxus. Plier-head Cyclonus. Super-legs Arcee. MP-09 handed Cyclonus.

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The artwork is very...disturbing is not the correct word. I guess I just want to know where Ulises got his commission from. He has a web page with his art on it, he’s been hired to do different things, but for some reason, his style, his work just is not translating really well to this form of art. He’s a newcomer to Transformers, but his art seems much better suited to flesh and bloods, rather than robots.


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From Issue #1 to Issue #2 he has improved a lot in his consistency, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Issue #1, I needed to look to see if other artists were credited for doing any of several of the pages, issue #2 I did not feel like that--it was much more even.

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I just cannot fathom why there are some fantastic draw dropping pictures of Hardhead and Galvatron, and then there are some of Cyclonus, Scourge, Arcee and others that look like they were drawn by a much, much, much lesser hand.

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And who am I to judge? Just a consumer who knows what he likes, has a little bit of art school training, many years of comic book reading and enjoying, and once thought he might illustrate comics. Looking at this, I need to get my portfolio in order, I might be able to find me some work out there.

Keep working Ulises, IDW is giving you your chance and you are making improvements. I hope you make the most of it!

Final Thoughts:


Overall, I believe you, a Transformers comic book fan and reader, should give this series a look. Two issues of four down, it’s very intriguing, and looks to more than likely be leading into the CHAOS which is happening this starting this summer. It also relates itself very clearly to previous story arcs, characters, and plot details, bringing back some things that perhaps you did not know you should care that were still dangling. Some loose ends are getting tied up, which for long term readers is quite a rewarding feeling.

I haven’t enjoyed much in Transformers lately, but I found this to be a worthy read.

The art will be hard to take for many when you first look, but as I stated, there are certainly some gems amongst the rabble, but every series is far from perfect in the creative areas, just as hacks like myself are far from perfect at writing, drawing, and creating items to share with our communities.

Check out the five-page preview here!

Transformers Heart of Darkness #2 is due in stores Wednesday, April 20th!

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Teaser for #3's cover. I told you Ulises can draw covers.

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Let's Celebrate 20,000 News Posts!

Transformers News: Let's Celebrate 20,000 News Posts!
Date: Wednesday, April 13th 2011 4:08am CDT
Category: Site Articles
Posted by: Blurrz

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“Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments” - Rose F. Kennedy

Night-time super-hero and day-time news crew member El Duque finishes tagging and sprucing up a story about a video review of United Frenzy and Rumble. He clicks the submit button, and tada, Seibertron.com has reached one of it's greatest milestones, 20,000 news posts!

It's amazing to think that back when Seibertron.com was born, we were just a very a small fish in a big sea. Fast forward over 10 years, and this site has been blessed with so much, that's it's nigh impossible to explain it in words. I wouldn't believe anyone who would have told me 10 years ago that our community would be hooked on video reviews of grown men fiddling with toys, that we'd be getting incarnations of Rumble and Frenzy left, right and center, that Transformers would be turned into a live-action trilogy, and that toy collectors around the world would be knee-deep in toy line after toy line of Transformers.

Despite the good times, the bad times, and everything in between, we wouldn't even be close to putting up 20,000 news posts if it weren't for you guys! To every single member of the forums, our wonderful sponsors, and the hard working people behind the Transformers scenes, we salute you. Seibertron.com would like to thank everyone on the news crew, past and present, who have helped to contribute to this phenomenal milestone. Over 94 different members over the past 10 years have helped contribute to this total! And of course, you guys should certainly thank the rest of my current colleagues on the news staff for keeping this site alive and breathing! We salute Down_Shift, Razorclaw0000, RodimusConvoy13, Nekoman, Diem, El Duque, Dead Metal, DevastaTTor, Mach, Lost_Cybertronian, TCracker, and tigertracks_24!

Of course, like Rose F. Kennedy said in the quote above, it's about celebrating the moments, not always the milestone itself! Can you recall what your favorite Seibertron.com news post was? Which story was the first one you read on the site?

For those interested, here's some popcorn-worthy stats....

Some of our most notable headlines;

Number of news stories featuring the character..
  • 1) Optimus Prime - 3,069
  • 2) Megatron - 2,534
  • 3) Bumblebee - 1,675
  • 4) Starscream - 1,673
  • 5) Soundwave - 812
  • 93) Blurr - 262 :)

Number of news stories featuring the Transformers related word...
  • 1) Seibertron - 6,719
  • 2) G1 - 2,547
  • 3) Energon - 2,347
  • 4) Cybertron - 2,199
  • 5) Autobot - 1,983
  • 6) Decepticon - 1,862
All-Time News Leaders
  • 1) Seibertron* - 2,083 Posts
  • 2) Hotrod - 2,014 Posts
  • 3) Blurrz* - 1,146 Posts
  • 4) Alex Kingdom - 1,089 Posts
  • 5) Tigertracks_24* - 993 Posts
*-Still addicted to plastic crack active

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So there you have it folks. Cheers to 20,000 news posts, and many more!

Thank you everyone,
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Transformers Rising Storm #02 Review!

Transformers News: Transformers Rising Storm #02 Review!
Date: Thursday, March 31st 2011 9:19am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Movie News, Reviews
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): idw

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So I get to review something again, this time it's Rising Storm #02, a comic set in the Movie Universe, it's a prequel to Dark of the Moon.

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In Frank Miller's world, that's what all cops are like.

Naturally this is chock full of spoilers.

So it starts off with Megatron monologuing to Optimus Prime, only Prime isn't anywhere near him which means that he's monologuing to an imaginary Optimus Prime.
It sounds a lot like every other monologue Megatron has held in the Movie Universe, and just like all those before them, it's the exact same monologue, just slightly rewritten to include new characters and things that have happened that didn't exist the last time the monologue was spoken. And boy does it sound stupid and strange this time round.
So let’s get to the parts that are new:
This time when Megatron left, Shockwave was left behind on Cybertron so that he could show that he's the best at what he does, and what he does is killing Autobots. I would like you to write this down, it's important for a later part of the comic/review, Shockwave freaking loves killing, loves it, he clearly has a swell time doing so.

In short, killing = FUN to Shockwave.
OK did you write it down or at least memorized it?
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Shockwave is the only constant in Transformers, he's always badass.

So We see Shockwave killing Chromia, then the AllSpark cries out because humans have started touching it, Shockwave is the only one who can hear it and leaves Cybertron in an EXGTREAMLY fast space ship to go and play Chris Hansen.

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Take a seat.

Oh he also leaves Dreadwing in charge of the one eyed drone army.
He causes the Tungasta Event and gets captured by the Soviets just like Megatron, just you know Megatron was captured by the USA.
Megatron later finds and reactivates Shockwave, who impatiently asks when he can finally start killing himself some Autobots, Shockwave F**king loves killing, Megatron brings Shockwave to his nest; yea let’s call it a nest. In this nest are a few Decepticons loyal to Megatron and Hatchlings. It's implied that Starscream now has his own faction of Decepticons, let’s call them Clup Starscream. The hatchlings, like the annoying children they are, demand to be fed., Shockwave again states his desire to kill Autobots, Megatron then waffles on about his plans that involve killing a few Autobots they don't need, and that there's plenty of time for fun later.
Now get out your note from earlier, what was it?
Ah yes, Shockwave thinks killing is fun.
This makes his next line, absolutely hilarious:
“Fun is not logical.”
Oh so he's suddenly in G1 mode and forgot that to him killing is the embodiment of fun? Awesome.

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So if Megatron's the mum, who's the dad is it Shockwave?

Then Shockwave says he too has a pet, because Megatron is caring for hatchlings, Megatron then states that Hatchlings are more than just pets. He then calls:
“Hatchlings, come it's feeding time.”
This is probably followed by nap time, so Megatron’s like a mother taking care of her babies now, pretty funny actually.
Up until now this comic does not feel like an Issue 2, but more like an issue 1, you know like the beginning. But now in the last third of the comic we cut to a scene involving Bumblebee, Sam, Wheelie and a robot I first thought was a Fridge. This scene actually feels like it continues something. Turns out that the Fridge, is actually not Frenzy but a drone like Wheelie by the name of “Brains”. The whole scene involves Sam moving and shouting all EXTREAM. There is a somewhat funny part where Sam asks why Wheelie isn’t in the room he looked him in and if he broke the door again, Wheelie says no, and we see that instead of the door - he broke the wall.
Bumblebee is freaking annoying in this scene, yea I know he’s supposed to talk via sound clips from the radio like in the movies, but it just doesn’t work in comic form. Comics unlike movies are a purely visual media and do not have the ability to use sounds to distinguish different voices. So Bumblebee sounds like he’s brain damaged, instead of cute.
There is a scene of Optimus Prime going on a mission, telling “The Three” that they cannot come, because they are girls or something. The Three are Arcee, Chromia, and Elita-0ne. They are the three that are one, the one that is three, so they are all one person, while still being different persons – and yes, my head did just explode.

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It's alive!

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Must open door in an EXTREAM! way

We cut back to EXTREAM Sam and company. Club Starscream, including Barricade (he's not dead!), suddenly attacks and demands to be given “The Brain Unit”, I guess that’s Brains. Then a battle ensues, Bumblebee gets captured by a Decepticon I first thought was Starscream. This guy then gets killed by Wheeljack, who states that is friend Mirage is now no longer invisible. Then there is some shooting.
During this battle Megatron continues his monologue to Optimus Prime, seriously, get a Blog.

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What the hell is going on, who are you people, what's wrong with your FACE


So that was the story, let’s get to the criticizing part, like the last time I’m doing the art and the writing part separate from each other.

So we’ll start off with the art first, since that’s the first impression you get from a comic. The art is done by Carlos Mango, who was also responsible for the previous Transformers Movie tie-in comics Tales of the Fallen and Nefarious. The line work is actually pretty good, well most of the time anyway. However, when there are multiple characters in a panel, the art goes all fuzzy as in everybody and everything looks the same. This is also partly the fault of the colourist. Who uses dark flat colours for everything, the colours are also not detailed, meaning that they only cover the main colours of each character, Wheeljack for instance is white. Just plain white, maybe it’s a very light grey but it’s still just this one colour, nothing brakes it up, no dark grey gears no nothing – just white. Also the colours are also just flat, no lighting, or shades. This and the at times fuzzy line work let everything blend together letting you not care for what the hell is going on.

I give the artwork as a whole 4 from 10 stars, had the colours been better it could have been 7 stars, since I do like most of the line work.

Now on the writing itself. It's all over the place, it's not particularly bad, but it's also not great. Keeping in mind that this is issue #02 of a miniseries I'm going light on it, since these kind of stories tend to work better when read all at once, and the fact that I did not read issue #02. But this is also this comics downfall. You see, beginning with page one 3/4 of the comic are dedicated to what feels like the beginning of a whole new story, while the remaining ¼ is a continuation of the previous issue, but by the time you get to it, it just comes out of nowhere and makes you feel like there's been a mistake at the printers and they accidentally mixed up two separate comics. Then there is Megatron's awful monologue, it starts off someone cool and interesting but once you reach page 4 and you realize that it's mostly just stuff we've already heard in previous Movie comics and that it just won't stop it just starts annoying you.
I do like what John Barber is trying to do here, and give him kudos for it. So what is it that he's trying to do? Well, he's trying to get rid of some of the more glaring inconsistencies and questions that exist in the Movie Universe, and tries to stay consistent himself, unlike other writers who have been assigned to task of continuing a Transformers comic property. The characters are the same as we know them from earlier stories, well except Shockwave (who changes in the comic itself for no apparent reason, maybe that's just the way he'll be in the movie) and Jolt, who actually has a personality now.

I give the writing 5 of 10 stars.

As I said previously this is just part 2 in a 4 part story, and therefore believe that once this is finished it will be a good read and make a lot more sense. The story and art both have potential, it just needs better, shinier colours and seriously needs to drop the unnecessary Megatron monologues.
So all in all it has 4.5 of 10 stars.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #102 - Hidden Mickeys
Twincast / Podcast #102:
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Posted: Sunday, October 5th, 2014