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Extensive In Hand Galleries of MP -11 Starscream

Transformers News: Extensive In Hand Galleries of  MP -11 Starscream
Date: Friday, March 30th 2012 9:19am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, Collectables
Posted by: GetRightRobot | Credit(s): Alfes2010 from higekumatoytoy.blog

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There is a large collection of in hand pictures of the New Masterpiece - 11 Starscream that examines the many changes made to the original MP Starscream, now online. The photographs detail the new features of the toy and they go beyond a new tail fin assembly. Alfes 2010 has posted multiple galleries showcasing the new paint, head, weapon system and coronation kit with tons of pics and comparisons to the first MP SS and MP - 10 Optimus prime. Some of the images have been mirrored below but I encourage anyone on the fence to visit these thorough and informative galleries from Alfes 2010 on higekumatoytoy.blog:

Packaging and Jet Mode
Robot mode and Articulation
Coronation Kit
Comparison to orignal MP SS

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FWI-02 Battle Cannons and Blades Kit Video Review

Transformers News: FWI-02 Battle Cannons and Blades Kit Video Review
Date: Friday, March 23rd 2012 12:19pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, 3rd Party News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): caked-up

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Seibertron.com member caked-up has posted a video review of Fans Want It FWI-02 upgrade set for Transformers DOTM Leader Class Ironhide. Check out his review embedded below.


TFCC 2012 Membership Incentive Figure Runamuck In-Hand Images and Review

Transformers News: TFCC 2012 Membership Incentive Figure Runamuck In-Hand Images and Review
Date: Wednesday, March 21st 2012 4:12pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, Collector's Club News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): BWTF.com

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BWTF.com has managed to get a hold of this year's TFCC membership incentive figure Runamuck and posted in-hand images as well as a review. We've mirrored a few of the images below, more images and the full review can be viewed by clicking here.

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Seibertron.com reviews IDW Transformers: Robots In Disguise issue 3

Transformers News: Seibertron.com reviews IDW Transformers: Robots In Disguise issue 3
Date: Tuesday, March 20th 2012 12:08pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Psychout | Credit(s): IDW, Psychout

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Spotlight: Wheeljack

SPOILERS!


With the hectic business of setting the scene on Cybertron out of the way, Transformers Robots In Disguise reaches its third issue and it’s Wheeljack’s turn to be the star, in what is essentially a stand-alone issue, but the political machinations of the planets new governing body are never far away…

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...Bay's Turtles reboot really has turned them into aliens!


Firstly though, let's discuss the art. With any visual medium, there is a fine balance between detail and clarity and for one to work the other must be just right, and vice versa. Unfortunately, Griffith and Perez have missed the mark a bit here. In a bizarre effort to make their characters actually look their 6 million years of age they have made some minor alterations to characters such as Prowl that really stand out, but only kept them for a portion of the book. Looking at Prowl’s face and helmet, the micro-detail added in certain shots, but left out in others, is a bit bewildering and largely distracting. Dirge is also affected by this (as are various other aspects of this issue,) whereas Metalhawk appears to be fine without it, as is the equally as old Bumblebee. I’m all for realism in my cartoon space robot adventures, but consistency is a must, and its sudden halt makes little sense.

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Now you see it ... Now you don't.


Josh Barbers story itself is entertaining. A well woven story arc expanded with a self-contained event, the staple of the bigger Marvel arcs back in the day, this one focuses on Wheeljack. Returning to his tried and tested role as creative and scientific genius, 'Jacks is tasked with puzzling out why parts of Cybertron are spontaneously exploding killing Autobot and Nail alike, whilst those around him fall to their existing prejudices as one side blames the other for these giant explosions wreaking havoc to the re-growing planet.

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He has a clipboard! What else do you need to do SCIENCE?


Also (re-)introduced to the comic are the Aerialbots and the Conehead Dirge, last seen kicked through a space bridge back in AHM#7 and none too happy about it either. These returning characters allow Barber to expand on the feelings of those who just can't let go of the great war, and in exploring Silverbolt's blinkered treatment of Dirge and his inability to let millennia of war go, it demonstrates that even the 'good guys' will still hold grudges long after the war is ended.

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7zark7 has had better days.


This is a good, but not spectacular, issue. I truly dislike the introduction of 'generic' characters just to kill them in the second scene (and MTMTE is also guilty of this) as I think it lacks impact and imagination, especially when there are so many characters to choose from and IDW were quite happy to kill off known characters in the last two issues. Correction: It would appear Barrel Roll does previously exist, albeit as a Minicon from 2010.
Looking past personal gripes though, in trying to weave a complicated and lasting story, Barber has succeeded on many counts - the subtext of Starscream's involvement with Bumblebee's government leaves us puzzling over his real motives, the disagreements within the Autobots themselves continue to add depth to the story and Wheeljack is his usual likeable self, all of which give us an enjoyable tale, but you just can't help but feel slightly let down on those few minor but hard to ignore details.

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Including Metalhawk's constant disregard for Wheaton's Law.


The weakest of the three books so far, although this is still a great improvement on many of the stories of the past few years and so I can confidently say that those who are into this RID series will still enjoy, although probably not love, this issue.


Correction: It would appear Barrel Roll does previously exist, albeit as a Minicon from 2010.

BTS-05 Wave 2 Savage and Nightfang Video Review

Transformers News: BTS-05 Wave 2 Savage and Nightfang Video Review
Date: Tuesday, March 20th 2012 6:58am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, 3rd Party News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): ProtoRetro

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YouTube member ProtoRetro has uploaded his video review of BTS-05 Savage and Nightfang. These cassettes are meant to homage G1 Ravage and Rabat and are compatible with BTS-04 Sonicron or G1 Soundwave. Check out the review embedded below.


Transformers Prime McDonald's Happy Meal Toys Video Reviewed

Transformers News: Transformers Prime McDonald's Happy Meal Toys Video Reviewed
Date: Wednesday, March 14th 2012 9:39am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): mitchsantona and Thetoymuseum

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Seibertron.com members mitchsantona and Thetoymuseum have posted video reviews of the Transformers Prime McDonald's Happy Meal toys. There are eight figures total: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Bulkhead, Megatron, Starscream, Breakdown, and Knock Out. These are non-transforming figure, but each features a gimmick. Check out their reviews embedded below.




Seibertron.com Reviews IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #3

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Reviews IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #3
Date: Tuesday, March 13th 2012 3:42pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Psychout | Credit(s): IDW, Psychout

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Close Encounters of the Robocarnivore kind.

When you ask Google what "More the Meets the Eye" means it helpfully tells us "it is the second full-length studio album by Dutch pop and dance singer eliZe, released on June 26, 2009." Hmmm. Jeeves, however, is more helpful:
"What you see is not always what you are getting..."
Much can be learned from this.


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What kind of nerd collects model spaceships!?


This is the 3rd issue in an ongoing series and, just like the previous issues, it is dialogue driven, fast paced and an excellent read, but you already knew that as you bought issues 1 and 2 so know what to expect.

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Can anyone else not stop staring at his chin?


This series' main advantage - focusing solely on a contained group - allows the individual quirks and personalities to shine. It's clearly not an accident that many of the characters featured in this arc have had limited appearances (if at all) in previous books as this allows James Roberts freedom to really flesh out his creations, to nurture and guide them as they react to the perils of being lost in deep space. Incredibly, he still manages to further develop the better known characters, Rodimus being the most obvious example - the brash, impetuous hero willing to take that risk because he knows he really is that good, is a welcome change from his post-AHM petulance and selfishness, and how most will have imagined him for many years whilst being left disappointed until now.

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There is so much awesome in these two panels I don't even know where to start!


Alex Milne uses his art, attention to detail and ability to set a dramatic scene to compliment the story perfectly, directing your attention to the smaller details such as Tailgate's transformation jam, Brainstorm's short but important scene and the contents of Skid's right hand - explained almost entirely through the art, using visual clues to compliment a story that doesn't require weighty narrative as your eye automatically searches them out.

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Ventilation shafts: Expert level plot devices.


Where am I going with this you may ask? The clue is in the title. On first glance, MTMTE is a comedic jaunt through space. Rodimus' response to the news of the ship's unwanted guest and the unlikely Chromedome and Rewind double-act are both executed effortlessly, as are all the light hearted interactions between the various brash and bold Lost Light crew members, but scratch beneath the surface here and there is a much deeper tale to tell with subtleties and hints that, upon closer inspection, show there is definitely more to this comic than just a shallow comedy romp through space – and not just Drift's new 'enlightened' philosophy. Brainstorm's briefcase. Skid's memory gaps. The Duobots' actions in the engine room. Rung's part in ...well, everything.
All these little details cued up and ready to be answered.

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You could try asking Michael Bay?


In an effort to avoid too big a spoiler, I won’t go into too much detail on the 'Sparkeaters' but for many of you there will be a clear - and no doubt intended - parallel with what is arguably one of the best sci-fi/horror movies ever made. This only serves to further raise the expectations for the series, and I really hope Roberts has this planned to the finest detail, as it would be a tragedy to see the story get lost in the minutiae.

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Not pictured: Homer, Barney, Lenny or Karl


Without doubt though, this is a superb comic, entertaining, enthralling, exciting, and certainly much more than meets the eye.

Seibertron.com Reviews IDW Transformers: Autocracy #5

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Reviews IDW Transformers: Autocracy #5
Date: Tuesday, March 13th 2012 3:09pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Psychout | Credit(s): IDW, Psychout

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Alpha to Zeta.


Transformers Autocracy, the online-based comic from IDW is now into its 5th issue, and things are finally starting to fall into place. Having been blown up in Nyon and letting Soundwave escape into the Decepticon controlled Kaon province, Zeta Prime has given Orion and his team a final chance.

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I'll take 'Rhetorical Questions' for $800


To prove they are worthy to be the Autobots' elite they must track down and bring to justice a dangerous terrorist called Hot Rod, but – as is always the way with these missions – things are never what they seem. As a reader we already know that Hot Rod is no terrorist, and we know that he won’t be killed in this story, so initially this issue seems a bit... pointless, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. What transpires will likely be the turning point everybody has been awaiting, explaining why these much loved Autobot legends acted this way until now, seemingly so out of character from their 'modern' counterparts, an oft-used but well employed trick here by Metzen & Dille, as they realise this historic tale in a far more subtle fashion than the clumsy Megatron:Origin that came so long ago.

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Um... minor niggle, but they do know Condors haven't evolved yet, right?


The newest addition to the cast, Hot Rod has a minimalist but recognisable design that could almost be regarded as too simple coming mere moments after the latest MTMTE issue has him in glorious technicolour detail, but in this context it works and despite his garish colour scheme he fits the comic's aesthetic. Again, Livio Ramondelli’s artwork is stunning and atmospheric and the ending reveal is nothing short of spectacular, as you can almost see the gears moving inside Orion’s head as he wrestles with his conscience whilst Zeta's plan goes into action.

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Sh*t just got real


Only available in E-format on PC and iPhone/iPad, this inexpensive and enjoyable story comes recommended mainly for the completionist and those who really want to know where it all began, as it may be a bit too 'arty' for those used to the more colourful and clearer designs of the two main ongoing runs, but if you have stuck by the series this far then you won't be disappointed.

IDW Transformers: Autocracy #5 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Autocracy #5 Preview
Date: Tuesday, March 13th 2012 12:21pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): IDW, El Duque

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From the fine folks at IDW Publishing we have a preview of Autocracy #5, their digital format comic. Enjoy the preview below.

Transformers: Autocracy #5
Chris Metzen, Flint Dille (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a)
12 CHAPTER DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE SERIES! THE HUNT IS ON! ORION PAX's strike team follows he trail of a young rebel into the ancient ACROPLEX! But what they find there is more than a single dissident—it's a secret that will shake CYBERTRON to the core!



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IDW Transformers: Autocracy issue 4 review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Autocracy issue 4 review
Date: Monday, March 12th 2012 5:50pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Psychout | Credit(s): Psychout

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A Tale of Two Leaders

SPOILERS!


Here it is – the issue we have been waiting for, and it does not disappoint. Having been captured by Starscream in an attempt to stop Soundwave escaping with knowledge of Zeta Prime's new weapon, Orion Pax is brought before Megatron and he is every bit as intimidating as you would expect him to be. Sitting like an emperor on his throne, basking in the attentions of his servants, Ramondelli’s Megatron reveal is a delicate balance between his ancient-era tank style altmode and his traditional G1 form, instantly recognisable and utterly menacing, and the conversation he has with Orion in the bar is certainly the same.

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Pffft. Groupies!


But let’s not overlook Metzen and Dille’s smaller details. The initial panel of the local citizen pledging himself to Megatron’s cause, the vandalised Autobot symbol on the wall and the terrified bartender taking cover during Pax and his team's escape keep the mood dark, Nyon no longer belongs to the Autobots. Small details such as this are vital to the setting of the scene for what’s to come and an indication of how things must get worse before they can get better, and the follow up with Zeta Prime is no different.

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A sneak peek at the 3D glasses for Transformers 4?


Megatron’s decision to allow the fleeing Autobots to escape is the key point in this story. Having planted the seed of insurrection in Orion’s head, he allows him to take what he has learned to Zeta himself, where the comic takes on a different tone altogether. We have already discussed that this Prime is a dictator – he rules the planet and will retain his grip by any means, as Swindle well knows from issue 2. Unsurprising then, is his treatment of Pax in his debriefing, critical and dismissive, unaccepting of excuses and unwilling to have his decisions questioned -- this is a leader set up for a fall, unlike Megatron who is set up as a potential victor.

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This guy is just up in everyone's grill today.


Offering Pax and his crew one last chance, Zeta hands them a final mission: to return to Nyon to make an example of an insurgent whom readers will instantly recognise. The question is, will Orion's loyalty to the Autobots really stand up to this test?

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