Peaugh did it again and reviewed the upcoming Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons deluxe Hailstorm figure. Hailstorm is a homage to the G2 comic only character Mindset, you can watch Peaughs review by clicking here or right here on seibertron.com!
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He may be minor but his figure certainly isn't. Animated Rodimus Minor is due to be released by Takara as part of the 2010 campaign and by Hasbro as a store exclusive but we get a sneak preview thanks to another of Peaugh's excellent video reviews.
Peaugh has once again got the scoop on a new figure; this time it's the forthcoming Generations Darkmount figure. This figure is Straxus from the Marvel comics way back in the eighties in all but name, but this is the first time he's had a figure of his own.
Peaugh has uploaded a video review of Power Core Combiners (PCC for short) 2-Pack Huffer. For those that do not live in Australia or Singapore this will be the first time to get a look at this figures engineering as the PCC line has not been released in the US yet.
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Much to my surprise, the Transformers Collector's Club Dion arrived in the mail for me today. I very gleefully opened my little white box to a figure that’s interesting no doubt. But is he worth twenty to forty dollars? Read on for my thoughts:
Dion’s namesake traces back to an episode of Generation One, where the Arielbots traveled back in time to a Cybertron in the past. Dion was a Autobot dock worker they met, but if you know Generation One, I probably need go no further. Dion would receive a Japanese E-hobby exclusive based on him as a redeco of Wheelie, but this new Dion uses Universe (2008 - 2009) Hotshot’s mold, or more precisely, the Japanese Henkei version. He is also part of the Elite Guard, and is intended as a part of the 2009 Botcon “Wings of Honor” set.
With that said, Dion is a pretty sharp little car. The paint applications are very detailed, although as indicated by stock photos, he has one flaw: On each side of the car there is a Autobot insignia that is placed closely to the door hinges. As such, the upper corner of the emblem is missing. It’s a little bit glaring, as this is somewhat of a focal point on the toy. The side windows are also painted, but it is a color very close to the rest of his windows and blends nicely.
This was my first experience with the newer Hotshot mold, so I was unfamiliar with his conversion from alternate mode to robot mode. On a somewhat humorous note, the transformation begins with his head between his legs, although it is surprisingly not too difficult regardless. I find it’s a much smoother transformation than some of the other figures from his era, such as Sunstreaker, requiring less “massaging” or so to speak.
It’s very much a subjective assertion, but in robot mode he’s just pleasing to look at, and for once I feel his visor is very cool looking. Best part: it’s clear, so you can see his face through it. Speaking on the mold details, the sculpt is highly detailed, but what’s also nice is that there are enough paint applications to really bring out everything. He does however have a lot of kibble, especially on his shoulders, but it doesn’t hinder him much in terms of articulation, which is one of the nice parts of Henkei tooling. The other nice part is the inclusion of guns, which in the case of this mold aren’t chrome for the first time.
He also comes with Cop-Tur, who is a little more novel than Dion is. Cop-Tur would be one of the few Go-Bots references we’ve seen recently which includes Fracture, Deadlift, and the unreleased Backtrack. He is very interesting in that respect and a creative use of the tooling.
Unfortunately, Cop-Tur stops being good past that. The mold itself isn’t the best, with problems including that he can’t even stand up straight. To stand the figure you practically have to hunch him over like an old man, due to the proportioning of his weight. He is very top-heavy, and to make matters worse his feet are like small stilts. Because of the few parts he is made of, it doesn’t ever feel like you’re done transforming him, and speaking in general, the mold is a total downgrade from the original Jolt that came packaged with Armada Hotshot. He’s a nice bonus, but that’s about it.
My last complaint would be that he doesn’t look good on Dion at all. It’s more a problem with Dion’s mini-con port, but he looks very simply tacked on. There’s little reason to ever combine/ powerlink them since it would just take away from Dion’s general look.
My closing remarks: Dion himself is a great toy, and a nice way to work Hotshot’s likeness into a “Neo-G1” collection. He has flaws, but most are a carryover from the tooling used. All in all, I recommend him to collectors of Classics style toys, and also to the people who are into novelty Transformers.
The part of Vincent Price, known as Dr. Richard Morgan, will now be played by Ironhide. Or if you prefer, Will Smith’s Dr. Richard Neville in “I am Legend...” is now being portrayed by Ironhide. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
Up for a review is the second issue of IDW’s new miniseries, TRANSFORMERS: IRONHIDE. This issue is due to hit comic retailers tomorrow (Thursday) because of the U.S. Memorial Day holiday on Monday messing with shipping schedules.
Mike Costa spins a mysterious tale here, taking charge of the lovable, gruff Ironhide, and putting him through his paces mentally and physically. But did someone forget to tell Mr. Costa that Ironhide died in issue #1 of THE TRANSFORMERS ongoing series? You might remember it made the news in ‘USA Today’ even!
I suppose, one must have faith that Costa has a plan for this use of the newly dead, instead of a character that is known to still be in the world of the living, or at least not dead yet (“I feel fine!”). It does seem to have purpose as Ironhide is as Cybertron is: hard up/dead/lifeless, and yet, here he is on Cybertron, supposedly alive and this issue, facing the only other living thing on Cybertron that we know of...THE SWARM, previously left destroying Autobots, and ruling the planet in ‘All Hail Megatron’.
Dr. Robert Morgan wrote:“This is Robert Morgan. If somebody can hear me, answer me. For God's sake, ANSWER ME.”
Do you see a relationship?
Ironhide travels in and out of ‘reality’ as we get glimpses of his past. Last issue, we saw him as Prime’s bodyguard, this time, he’s working security for the Cybertronian Raceway races.
This issue, besides taking us deeper into Ironhide’s internal mental toils (Where is everyone? Why am I alone?), and struggles as the ‘Last bot on Cybertron’, delves deeper into what is going on on Cybertron right now...this issue lays a bit of a surprise on us at the end. Don’t want to give it away, but it certainly advances the story and pockets the two already known mysteries, and introduces another that as of yet, we have no idea as to how it relates to the others, but we assume it must.
The art is really well done. Colors and line work all support the story parts, whether they are the dark, broken, lifeless Cybertron, or the bright, shiny memories that play through Ironhide’s head as he attempts to keep from going insane. There’s plenty of eye candy in the flashback scenes, looking for Cybertron forms of well known, and obscure characters, and how these characters interacted with Ironhide.
This is certainly a new play for an Autobot that everyone probably looked at as a fairly one dimensional character--I know I did. Costa is doing amazing work writing a dead bot! What he is doing with this dead man (or is he?), and how it relates to Cybertron’s state, and our ‘other’ new plot point, well, there’s a few more issues to get those answers. And we want them.
Better than the TRANSFORMERS ongoing, and a lot better than the BUMBLEBEE mini, this series is definitely a must for those like myself, who like getting more TRANSFORMERS history to fill in our gaps, and characters are portrayed fairly classically.
This is probably the next best thing to Last Stand of the Wreckers. It can compete with that series in story. It’s not as action packed, but it is turning psychological in its treatment of a very strong character all of the sudden finding weakness in not knowing, and being alone...a fear that many people can relate to. The art is well done, and classic G1 Cybertronian designs, which is what many folks liked about LSOTW.
Richard Morgan wrote:“December 1965. Is that all it has been since I inherited the world? Only three years. Seems like 100 million.”
For some reason this movie quote seemed appropriate, but I could not come up with the words to relate it to Ironhide. Dr. Morgan (Neville), and Ironhide certainly have a lot in common...
You can view the multi-page preview here, and then drag yourself to your local store and strip one off the shelf! You won’t be sorry.
A Seibertron exclusive: Board member Diem has been fortunate enough to get his hands on the Alternity Seekers, Starscream and Skywarp and has posted a review with videos!
Diem wrote:First up, the packaging. As usual, the packaging is excellent and fits in nicely with the other Alternities. The instruction sheet includes the Tech Specs and Power Plans for each character. It also includes a text-only story and information on the car mode, the Orochi.
Speaking of the Orochi it's certainly an unusual-looking car. Far less well-known than the Nissans or Suzuki, the car has a very streamlined and organic appearance. The various vents and lines make it look fairly jet-like by car standards. There are a lot of nice details like a tiny rubber radio antenna and the car's badge. Sadly, the opening parts aren't too exciting. Opening the doors reveals a steering wheel that turns and car seats but the rest of the interior is pretty obviously composed of robot parts. Even more tragically you can see through the floor of the car. Opening the bonnet reveals not even a fake engine but only the back of the robot head. Opening the boot reveals only more robot parts.
Intrestingly the figure has a second alt mode, sort of. The rear wheels can be folded up to reveal tiny wings. It's similar to G1 Tracks' flight mode but not as good. The Engrish instructions refer to this mode as "Flight From" which seems appropriate for Starscream.
The transformation from car to robot is sophisticated but not too complicated. His doors and door frames have a tendancy to fall off their ball joint and his number plate bends up to become a heel on one foot and also often falls off ( and it's annoyingly small). Other than that there are no real issues.
When it comes to Alternity Bumble I feel that his "G1-ness" was to the detrement of the figure but in this case it's impressive that Takara managed to force so much Seeker-osity into a carformer. The homage details are everywhere, whether it's the leg fins, the wings, the shoulders or the guns. The robot form is detailed, distinctive and posable, and makes a strange balance between blocky G1 designs and modern mecha aesthetics work well.
Skywarp is treated well here. His car mode is a homogenous purple but his robot mode adds some black and lilac to the mix and generally keeps his traditional colours. His head suffers from a small amount of Dull Surprise but is otherwise a nice sculpt.
Starscream however has a more unusual appearance. His pale grey has been totally replaced with white. This makes him look more like Jetfire than anything else. The other strangest point is his headsculpt which, as you've probably seen doesn't look very Starscream-y. Even a fan of originality like me thinks it's a bit too.
The robot has a couple of other flaws too. The wings look unsymmetrical, the figure when viewed from behind looks just plain ugly, the car doors end up as useless and obnoxious kibble that falls off easily, and his car mode antenna ends up on his inner leg which looks really bizarre.
That said, these figures are certainly not bad by any standards. I heartily recommend Skywarp, and Starscream is good if you can get over his non-traditional looks.
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Kapowtoys have uploaded the first video review of the upcoming Generations deluxe Drift.
Drift is of course based on idw character of the same name.
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