Seibertron.com member TJ Duckett has posted video reviews and images of the recently released Transformers Generations GDO Voyagers Potectobot Hot Spot, G2 Megatron, and Powerdive. Check your local Toys"R"Us locations, these guys have been showing up across the nation. Enjoy his reviews and images embedded below.
Eighty-four (84) is a pretty significant number to Transformers fans. All Transformers fans know 1984 was the year that this roller coaster ride kicked off, and many of us haven’t looked back since. Did you know that D-84 was the number of the rare Japanese Destron Abominus giftset? E-Hobby repaint 84 is the wonderfully fun repaint of the minibots into their similar Gobots likenesses. Do you know who Cybertron number 84 is from the Japanese toy line? His significance cannot be overlooked either, considering the fact that he plays a pretty major role in the new Regeneration series at this time. The question I have for you all is: will Issue #84 of Regeneration be as memorable as these infamous 84s are? I’ll take you through some reasons why you might consider purchasing this comic to read and decide for yourself.
REASON #1 -
The importance of Starscream to the storyline.
Starscream has done nothing yet. We know Megatron is paying him the ultimate snub by taking away his voice and making him a subservient ‘zombie’. All the Zombiecons are supposed to be subservient to Megatron, but Starscream is the only one whom he took the ability to speak from. Can you blame Megs? In a ‘redrum’ sort of way, Starscream starts to show the independence, and self-preservation that he is famous for, and that Megatron worked so hard to take away. Starscream makes a move this issue, although it’s very slow, and hard to understand, by the end of the issue the significance leads to more questions.
REASON #2 -
Megatron is batty.
I mean he is. I suppose some might call him VERY FOCUSED. He’s truly showing that he does not care about anyone else, that his only goal is to make himself feel significant again, and he has worked very hard to make sure that has happened. In this issue, Megs is finally seeing his goal come true as his message is sent and received loud and clear. Unlike what IDW has done in the other modern G1series in which they gave Megatron a fairly noble history with clear motivations for his violent behaviors, and shown a clear brotherhood with Autobots that he then fought against, the Megatron in REGENERATION does not seem to have these motivations, or noble history.
REASON #3 -
Wreck ‘N Rule!
The Wreckers are doing what they do best. Lots of rough and tough, special operations, ‘we may never return’ action. One thing that I loved seeing in this issue was the Autobot helicopters taking on the Decepticon jets in an aerial dogfight!
We get to see and learn more about individual Wreckers characters as they work to complete the goals that their two mission groups need to accomplish. Some are very much out of their league. I mean Springer versus Megatron seems like a great fight, but only if I write it. Here? Hmmm... Sacrifice, and loyalty are both expectations that they are all very willing to give to one another.
Optimus Prime Arrives On Earth
Megatron is happy. Optimus is angry. Enough Said?
REASON #5 -
Kup and Ratchet. Fates intertwined? Or Megatron and Ratchet? You need to read the issue to try to start tying this together.
REASON #6 -
Auntie Will Wipe Out Circuit Smasher
Doesn’t happen in this issue, but couldn’t it? Please?
Overall, there are some great reasons to grab this issue and continue reading this series. More reasons than I gave here (the Hot Rod and Grimlock mysteries...). 84 isn’t that special of an issue for REGENERATION, in my opinion. Not like 1984 special, or Abominus Gift Set special, but it does have Springer in it (C-64), and some great action. The art is consistently as it has been so far...good, bad, workable, refreshing, classic... whatever words you wanted to use to describe it earlier, still apply. There are some really great panels, and then some that are, not quite so great, but the style is consistent. You’ll continue your enjoyment of the series because or in spite of it.
Issue 84 of Regeneration hit stores today. Grab it and continue the blast from the past-iness that we are lucky enough to enjoy.
Seibertron.com member TJ Duckett brings us a review of the recently released Hasbro version of Masterpiece Optimus Prime 2.0 exclusive to Toys"R"Us. The figure has been turning up all over the country, check your local Toys"R"Us for this highly anticipated release. Check out TJ's video review and images below:
We have a real treat tonight! A review of the two latest Transformers: Rescue Bots toys, Medix the Doc Bot and Hoist the Tow Bot, by Optimus Prime. Check out the embedded video from our own talented voice actor and podcaster jON3.0 .
Seibertron.com member Azrail has shared a pictorial review of the highly anticipated Transformers Prime Voyager Class Ultra Magnus. Enjoy his review below.
Hello Seibertron! Here is a look at Transformers Prime: Ultra Magnus. Voyager Class.
He is the last Autobot Voyager release for 2012 and is being released with Thundertron or Skyquake case mates.
HUGE thanks to Andy at Kapow Toys - http://www.kapowtoys.co.uk in the UK! Speedy and excellent service as always and a real good price too.
The box as usual highlights how much more paint they used on the prototype compared to the final figure! This is becoming one of the real annoying areas to me. He should have some extra red on his chest and a silver waist. It would help break up all the blue.
Magnus is a great Voyager figure. Much better than RID Optimus and Bulkhead as the Powerizer gimmick is not a distraction... but it is pointless.
He has transparent blue arms, chest piece, shoulder and neck areas. Pointless as there's no way his weapon or any others I think will make his arms light up. His chest area goes all the way though to a window on his back so you can shine a light through him. His chest is made up of false side doors.
His back is primarily his cab roof. Magnus doesn't suffer from the hollow leg or arm areas many of the RID figures have. I didn't transform his leg wheels correctly in this view but it's still acceptable.
He has very nice articulation. I find the shoulder ball joints too loose though. Ball joint shoulders and legs, waist, arm swivel, elbows, wrists, swivel thighs, knees and feet.
He has yellow eyes painted over the light piping. It still works and I prefer the eyes this way personally. The head is on a ball joint with good movement. It's actually stuck a panel on the back of his head.
Magnus has 3 missiles on each shoulder. I don't believe they are removable. They maybe but I don't want to break them.
He comes with a missile and a Light-Up Battle Hammer Mechtech Blaster. It's really too large. The Hammer piece makes it look odd and the weight of it brings the arms down.
The Hammer mode is the gun flipped out and lights up green. It does have a tab to lock it into place though. His missile can fit on his arms, shoulders or the gun itself.
I can't say I am a massive fan of Magnus with a Hammer anyway and prefer other weapons.
The transformation is really simple and fun. His wheels wrap around his legs or you could leave them like the Cyberverse has them.
He converts into a mobile gun truck and this is where the Powerizer weapon really fails!
This is how it is supposed to attach, but it doesn't. The pegs just don't fit into the holes and the hammer gets in the way. You can flip it over and it looks better but a bit wobbly due to the weight.
You can max him out with weapons like the City Commander ones which really help. Some say he should have a white cab. I'm not too sure but this is TFP Magnus not G1 so it doesn't have to.
Again Hasbro really went tight on paint compared to the box! No silver smokestacks looks terrible and there are rear areas missing too. I will be painting these myself soon.
All in all Ultra Magnus is a nice figure and worth buying. A good scale and a lot of poses you can do with him. Add some paint, replace the weapon and it's much improved.
I shall be posting some comparison pics below. I hope you liked this review, please ask quesions and leave feedback on ways I can improve my next review. Have fun!
Some comparison pictures.
The 2 versions. The Cyberverse one shows the different way the legs look.
The Cyberverse alt mode has a different colour scheme on the cab and more silver. I think the weapon works better too.
FE Prime is a little taller than Magnus but the RID version almost the same size.
Magnus scales pretty well in alt mode. A little longer than Prime but not as tall which he should be in real life.
Group shot with some Autobots.
Magnus all beefed up for war! He's as long as GDO Hot Spot but not as high.
Events in this Annual follow the events of what happened in ‘More Than Meets The Eye ANNUAL 2012’. While one particular character and plot point is shared, ‘Robots In Disguise ANNUAL 2012’ can be enjoyed independently or vice versa, but really would you be reading one and not the other? I thought not.
Expect some spoilers to be shared here, but ultimately, you should still be able to go and enjoy your copy and still have some surprises. Grab it at your comic store this Wednesday.
I don’t think that a reader can make much of a case that IDW writers, illustrators, and creative teams are not pushing limits, thinking things through, picking up loose plot points, and honoring what came before. They pick old unfinished references and build on them more than the brain-twisting LOST did with its every episode a few years back (what you don’t remember LOST?). The intrigue and details are there for a reader to not only read and enjoy, but pay attention to all the subtle nuances, the dropped hints, and character building.
This issue drops us in with some fantastic retro art courtesy of Guido Guidi. Meant to do more than just remind a reader of ‘TRANSFORMERS ISSUE #1 in a 4 Issue Limited Series’, Guido actually talks about some of his choices in a section at the end of the annual, and his creative intentions with these ‘pages from the past’. The drawings, the shading, and the color choices all harken to early days of comicdom, and yet still differs itself enough from Wildman’s work in REGENERATION so as not to be confusing (they are both very noticeably homaging two different styles and periods in MARVEL’s original Transformers).
The contrasting styles between the art in the flashbacks, and the art in the present (or flash forwards if you prefer) in this issue makes for a nice eye-catching visual effect. But it’s purpose for the story is clear too. One never has to guess, or even wonder if he is currently reading about events in the past or the present, it is very clear thanks to the choices made with the art.
What we have story-wise is what THIS reader has been wanting more of; more information involving Cybertron’s history, Nova Prime, and the original Ark’s crew. One new interesting piece of plot we did not know until now was that Dai Atlas was amongst those who were closely aligned with Nova Prime before the destined space journey. But how did Dai Atlas end up being where he was with Crystal City when Drift found him and his followers? Why didn’t he suffer the same fate as the others from Nova Prime’s journey? You’ll have to read to find out. What’s really fun though is seeing Dai Atlas in all his ZONE glory including facial hair!
But wait good fellows, the Nova Prime story is not all that’s going on here. On present day Cybertron, as the Autobots and Decepticons are searching for Ironhide and the Dinobots, Blurr comes across a fantastic discovery, and of course, it’s one that Prowl wants to keep covered up to keep everyone safe--and to keep it out of Con hands. But Starscream, being Starscream, won’t allow that to happen. And like the teaser already gave away, Starscream ends up the better for his nosy intrusion.
The inclusion of and new history for the city-formers is very welcome as well. Who they are and why becomes more convincing than the previous histories that we had on them. Their size is not their only strength now, their importance, not merely being a base/city. The fact that they are ancient and hold many secrets adds a depth to the under-used Metros: Plex and Titan that previously really only existed in the imaginations of hungry fans.
While the Prowl and Starscream subplot doesn’t pay off much in this issue, it’s most certainly going to see ramifications in the near future in the RID regular series. One wonders if Megatron were a possibility, if Prowl would somehow coerce him to take Starscream out for good (not that Megs really needs to be coerced). Maybe it’s time for Prowl to get Arcee on Starscream’s case.
The really exciting piece of this story is the flashback pieces that include so many big players from Simon Furman’s run... It’s where the action is at as Omega Supreme battles monsters to once again protect Crystal City and its secrets. Nova Prime talks so benignly, and then appears to be less benign and more fanatical. It was quite weird or awkward to see group shots of Galvatron, Nova Prime, Cyclonus, Dai Atlas, and Jhiaxus. It’s ‘Legion of Doom’ like. And I have to say, I still dislike Jhiaxus movie inspired robot mode (although, I almost have my self convinced he modified himself based on seeing visions of another universe).
The fact that this and the previously released MTMTE annual take a big (huge) step in giving us more Transformers history to sink our teeth into really makes them worth owning. The story arc related to the present bots is annoyingly unexciting in the RID annual, and I hope it pays off in a bigger way down the road -- or in the next issue. RID seems a bit stuck right now, although the exploration outside of Iacon has helped to make things a little more interesting, but ultimately, something more needs to happen. The election needs to get under way, and Starscream needs to be ‘voted’ in. The cons need to use what they know about Prowl, and Prowl needs to spring his trap- or whatever he has planned. While little things have happened, we have not gotten really any large revelations from RID yet, and it needs a bit of a pay off to keep up with MTMTE (in my opinion of course).
I hope you’ll find this story to be as enjoyable as I did. The history pieces with Nova Prime, Dai Atlas, and Omega Supreme, and the tie-ins to previous material make it very, very interesting to read. The story happening in the present with the Titan, Prowl, Metalhawk, and Starscream is much less so. It’s just more of the same.
Kudos to IDW for not being afraid to out the ‘big guns’ in a big way. I hope we get to see more Metroplex and Alpha Trion soon to tap into the excitement generated by these two annuals.
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Seibertron.com sponsor Kapow! Toys has posted via Youtube a video review of the Asia exclusive Henkei Ultra Magnus. Check out this late entry into the Henkei line and all of its "chromey goodness" embedded below.
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