G4's Donell "Autobot" Tucker gives you a overview preview of Optimus Prime's right-hand bot, Jazz, in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. Learn about the gameplay mechanics behind Jazz as he attempts to escape from a dangerous mission.
The successor to the highest-rated Transformers game of all time and in development by the acclaimed team at High Moon Studios, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron allows players to experience the darkest hours of the war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS as they vie for control of their dying home world. Fans will fight through both sides of the Transformers' most epic battles that culminate in their legendary exodus from Cybertron. With the stakes higher and scale bigger than ever, fans will embark on an action-packed journey through massive, war-torn environments designed around each character's unique abilities and alternate forms, including GRIMLOCK's nearly indestructible T-Rex form and the legendary COMBATICONS combining into the colossal BRUTICUS. Taking the franchise's competitive multiplayer to all-new heights, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron lets fans go head-to-head in blistering AUTOBOT vs. DECEPTICON matches after creating their own unique characters with the most in-depth, advanced customization ever before seen in a Transformers game.
Hi - Here is a quick update about a big batch of exciting new preorders as well as more cool new arrivals.
TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS 2012 SERIES 01 - CASE, SET, SINGLES
This first wave of 2012 Generations comes from the Fall of Cybertron game, due out in August. The case includes three each of WFC2 Optimus Prime and WFC2 Jazz, along with two of WFC2 Shockwave, and is listed at $104.99. The set of one each of the three is also up, priced at $47.99. Finally, we have singles of Optimus and Jazz, each listed at $15.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Transformers+Generations+2012+Deluxe+Series+01
HOT TOYS - MGS SNAKE EATER VIDEO GAME MASTERPIECE FIGURES - NAKED SNAKE, THE BOSS
Hot Toys has just announced two new MGS Video Game Masterpiece figures. Naked Snake in Sneaking Suit and the Boss are each 1/6 scale and come with multiple weapons, accessories and alternate parts. We have these figures listed at $199.99 each, saving you $15 each off the MSRP for them. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=hot+metal+gear
HOT TOYS - THE AVENGERS - MOVIE MASTERPIECE CAPTAIN AMERICA
Hot Toys is doing an updated version of Cap from the upcoming Avengers movie to go with the rest of the team. He includes both masked and unmasked headsculpts, regular and battle-damaged electroplated shields, alternate hands and more, and is listed at $199.99, saving you $15 off of the MSRP. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=HOT10390&mode=retail
TRANSFORMERS PRIME DELUXE WAVE 04 - CASE SET, SINGLES
The new assortment includes two each of Bumblebee V2 and Dead End and one each of Airrachnid, Knockout, Soundwave and Cliffjumper, and is listed at $104.99. We also have Airrachnid, Bumblebee V2 and Dead End available as a set, priced at $54.99. We also have Bumblebee V2 and Dead End listed singly, priced at $15.99 and $17.99, respectively. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Robots+In+Disguise+Deluxe+Series+04
STAR WARS 2012 VINTAGE WAVE 3 - CASE, SET, SINGLES
A new assortment of Star Wars Vintage 2012 figures has been announced, with figures from every corner of the Star Wars Universe. This case includes returning figures Ep VI Luke Skywalker, Hoth Luke Skywalker, Ep IV Darth Vader, Rebel Pilot Wedge, Bariss Offee and Bom Vimdin, along with new figures Darth Malgus, Clone Pilot Davijaan (Odd Ball), Grand Moff Tarkin, Nikto Skiff Guard, a Female Bounty Hunter from SW:TOR and Galen Marek from TFU II. This case is listed at $119.99; you can also choose to get a set of the six new figures, priced at $89.99. The returning figures are all available as either pre-orders or in stock items, priced at $13.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Star+Wars+2012+Vintage
THE AVENGERS 3.75" FIGURE SERIES 03 - CASE, SET, SINGLES
The long-awaited Hawkeye is finally up for pre-order. This case assortment includes two each of Hawkeye, Reactron Armor Iron Man and a Skrull Soldier, one each of Black Widow, Cosmic Spear Loki and Fusion Armor Iron Man and three of Gamma Smash Hulk; we have this assortment listed at $109.99. You can also choose to get a Set of Hawkeye, Black Widow and a Skrull Soldier; this set is priced at $47.99. In addition we have singles for Hawkeye, Skrull Soldier, Cosmic Spear Loki and Reactron Armor Iron Man listed, priced at $15.99 - $16.99 each; we also have singles of Gamma Smash Hulk and Fusion Armor Iron Man in stock now, in case you missed them. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=The+Avengers+3.75%22+Figure+Series
This line is the one of the new versions of the Battle Beasts from the 1980's. The figures work with dice and battle fields to turn into a game of warfare, so it offers something for collectors as well as gamers. We have Land or Sea starter sets at $24.99 each, singles (including random boosters) at $7.99 each, a case of 24 random boosters at $179.99, Dice Booster Sets at $5.99 each, a Battle Field at $29.99 and a DX Colosseum set at $59.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=2955&category=8593
TRANSFORMERS MP-11S MASTERPIECE SUNSTORM
Starscream's new mold is already getting another use, to bring the rainmaker Sunstorm into the collection. This import exclusive is listed at $219.99, and is slated to arrive in August. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK11417&mode=retail
TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE LEGION SERIES 04 - CASE, SET, SINGLES
The Legion Series 04 case includes two of Bumblebee with Weapon A2 and one each of Flamewar, Wheeljack, Breakdown, Cliffjumper, Autobot Ratchet and Bumblebee. it is priced at $44.99. We also have a set of Breakdown, Wheeljack, Flamewar and Bumblebee with Weapon A2, and it is listed at $31.99. New singles available include Bumblebee with weapon A2 and Cliffjumper, and each is priced at $6.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=TRANSFORMERS+CYBERVERSE+LEGION+SERIES
TRANSFORMERS CYBERVERSE COMMANDER SERIES 03 - CASE, SETS, SINGLES
The fourth of today's new Transformers assortments includes two of Optimus Prime V2 and one each of Starscream, Dreadwing, Ironhide and Ultra Magnus - this case is listed at $64.99. Sets are available of Ironhide & Dreadwing or Optimus prime V2 & Ultra Magnus; each of these sets of two are listed at $29.99. Finally, we have singles of Starscream and Optimus Prime V2, priced at $12.99 and $11.99, respectively. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=TRANSFORMERS+CYBERVERSE+COMMANDER
TRANSFORMERS PRIME JAPANESE EXCLUSIVE SHADOW ARMS MICRONS
These new microns are made of translucent grey/brown plastic for a smoky effect. The list includes Ciel, the triple blaster, Arue, the sword, Gora, the gorilla and Baro, the throwing star. Each is listed at $54.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Shadow+Arms+Micron
THE WALKING DEAD TV SERIES 02 FIGURES - CASE, SET, SINGLES
This assortment now includes Shane, a civilian version of Rick, the Bicycle Girl Zombie, the Well Zombie and the RV Zombie. These figures are listed individually at $14.99, or at $68.88 for the set of five. We also have a case of twelve (three of each human, two of each zombie), and it is listed at $154.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Walking+Dead+TV+Series+02
MAKE YOUR OWN SUPER-HERO BOX SET
This new kit from Emce Toys (the creators of the Make Your Own Zombie set) have come out with this new kit. it includes three 4" articulated bodies, five heads, paint, capes, brushes, hands and decals for you to create your own superhero figures. This set is listed at $29.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=EMC10016&mode=retail
UNIVERSAL MONSTERS LEGACY BLACK & WHITE BOX SET
This new set of Universal Monsters Select figures includes black & white versions of the Mummy, the Werewolf and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Each set is numbered as part of a limited edition and is listed at $49.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=DMC11771&mode=retail
STAR WARS DARTH VADER IN A BOX STATUE & BOOKLET SET
This set includes a figurine of the Dark Lord of the Sith plus a booklet of sayings and more from the movies. It is listed at $19.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=CHB10016&mode=retail
STAR WARS DEATH STAR BOTTLE OPENER
The Emperor's ultimate weapon can now be yours in the form of this bottle opener. This metal collectible is listed at $17.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=DMC11770&mode=retail
STAR WARS YODA LIGHT-UP LIGHTSABER KEYCHAIN
This keychain-sized lightsaber hilt will shine a light wherever you need. We have it listed at $12.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=UND10515&mode=retail
NEW BANDAI EXCLUSIVES
We have ten new import exclusives up for pre-order. They include an SDX Toushi Double Zeta Gundam figure at $134.99, Saint Cloth myth Perseus Algol Surplice Type at $134.99, Touhou Marisa 1/7 Scale figure at $174.99, Figuarts Zero Ivan Karelin from Tiger & Bunny at $88.99, Joker Billy Custom and Hakaiger from Danball Senki at $26.99 each, Fin Funnel and Full Enhancing sets for the Robot Damashii Nu Gundam at $38.99 and $79.99 respectively and a HGUC 1/144 scale Jesta Tri-Star Clear Version Model Kit at $43.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=9456
LIVING DEAD DOLLS PRESENTS CHUCKY FIGURE
The LDDP line continues with this 10" Chucky figure from "Child's Play". It comes dressed in his signature overalls and is listed at $27.99, $4 off the MSRP. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=MEZ10787&mode=retail
LIVING DEAD DOLLS 2" COLLECTIBLE FIGURINE SERES 02 - CASE, BOX, SINGLE
The second wave of 2" LDD figurines has been announced. We have these listed by the case of 50 at $189.99 (which is supposed to include the full assortment of 5 regular and 5 variant figures) as well as the Box of 25 for $99.99 and as blind-boxed singles at $4.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=LDD+2%22+Collectible+Figurine+Series+02
SPLICE DREN STATUE
This statue is of the creature from "Splice" in its infant form. This cute little creature is priced at $194.99, $5 off the MSRP. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=SSC11130&mode=retail
DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK POLYSTONE DIORAMA
The remake of the 70's horror movie brings us this diorama of the little nightmarish creatures standing around a pile of letter blocks. This item is priced at $194.99, $5 off the MSRP. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=SSC11131&mode=retail
1/6 SCALE BLACK WARRIOR
This lady sure seems familiar. She comes with pistols, a sword, a knife, a crossbow with multiple bolts, a leather trenchcoat and more. We have this figure listed at $169.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=FFN10000&mode=retail
1/6 SCALE ACCESSORIES
This week was great for 1/6 scale collectors and customizers. We have new clothes, furniture and more from ZC World, DollsFigure and Flirty Girl Collectibles. There are Firearms Collection Sets, Office Chair sets, clothes for male and female characters and more - take a look at the list for all the new options. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=1%2f6+Scale+Accessories
1/6 SCALE FIGURES
ZC World also has some new 1/6 scale figures on the way. They range from biker chicks to mysterious assassins and more, with prices from $95.99 to $111.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=2908&category=8548
NEW EAGLEMOSS FIGURINES
Eaglemoss has announced the latest additions to their Marvel and DC Figurine collections. Marvel gets J. Jonah Jameson and Sebastian Shaw, who are listed at $14.99, and Special Edition Terrax, priced at $29.99. DC Adds Special Edition Giganta at $29.99 and Vixen and Hellblazer at $14.99 each. Finally, the DC Chess collection adds Nightwing as a White Bishop and the Scarecrow as a Black Pawn, and they are priced at $15.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Eaglemoss
FORCES OF VALOR VEHICLES
We have four new listings for U.S. and German vehicles from the Forces of Valor line. The 1:72 D-Day Vehicles line adds a U.S. M10 Tank Destroyer and a German Self-Propelled Howitzer, and they are each listed at $27.99. The 1:32 D-Day Vehicles line gets a German Panther (Panzer) and a German Flakpanzer, each priced at $61.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=714
LITTLE BIG PLANET SERIES 04 - SET, SINGLES
The latest series of Little Big Planet figures includes a reissue of original Sackboy plus two new versions - Pattern and Striped. They are listed single at $13.99 each, or as a set of three for $37.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Little+Big+Planet+Series+04
PIRATES OF THE SPANISH MAIN CARD GAME
WizKids has announced the release of the new version of the Pirates of the Spanish Main game. This new card game involves keeping your fleet secret from your opponents while figuring theirs out and stealing their gold. It is listed at $9.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=NEC11863&mode=retail
DOCTOR WHO TARDIS MEMORY STICK
This 16 GB memory stick stores in a TARDIS case and has the light atop the TARDIS when flashes when the stick is in use. This item is priced at $29.99, $4 below the MSRP. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=UND10517&mode=retail
TOASTERS - SPIDER-MAN, DOMO
These new toasters will sizzle either the Spider-Man symbol or Domo's toothy-mawed face into the sides of your bread, making breakfast something altogether different. Each is listed at $39.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Toaster
PLUSH CLIP-ONS - JASON, FREDDY, SET
Mezco is rereleasing their Jason and Freddy Plush Clip-Ons. We have each listed singly at $6.99, or as a set of two for $12.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Mezco+Plush+Clip-On
Almost one hundred new t-shirts by Trevco have gone up for pre-order. Most of these items are from the Lord of the Rings and Zombies licenses, and you can check them out at the following link. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Trevco
BACKSTAGE PASS ITEMS
A number of new items are up for pre-order from a new vendor, Backstage Pass. We have fleece blankets, drinking glasses, shot glasses and more from licenses like Beavis and Butthead, KISS, DC Comics, Ghostbusters, Fraggle Rock, TMNT and more - take a look at the new items at the link. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Backstage+Pass
MAD ENGINE T-SHIRTS
We have nineteen new entries for Mad Engine t-shirts. They fall under the Star Wars and Avengers licenses, and are priced at $12.99 to 17.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Mad+Engine
Cool new items including T-800 Brain Chip Replica, Gorn, Rocky, Weapons and much more - check out the entire list http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=hollywood+group
PREDATORS 7" FIGURE SERIES 05 - CASE, SET, SINGLES
We have some leftover stock after filling our pre-orders. The set of three includes the Stalker Predator, the Guardian Predator and the Snake Predator, and they are priced at $49.99, $7 off the MSRP. We also have the case of 14 which includes four of the Snake Predator and five each of the others, and it is listed at $211.99, saving you $54 off the MSRP. Finally, we have extra singles of the Stalker and Guardian Predators, and they are listed at $15.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Predators+Series+05
KISS ACTION FIGURES - 8", 12"
Our shipment from Figures Toy Company has arrived. We have the set of four 8" KISS figures in stock, priced at $94.99. We also have the 12" figures in stock - they are listed singly at $69.99 each, or as a set of four at $269.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=KISS+Action+Figures
STAR WARS 2012 VINTAGE WAVE 02 REVISION 02, WAVE 02.5, WAVE 01 - CASE, SET, SINGLES
We have the new Wave 2R2 Case in stock - this assortment includes Nom Anor, Ep III Aayla Secura, Kithaba, Dr. Evazan, Rebel Pilot Wedge and Ep III 501st Clone Trooper. We have them listed as a set of 6 for $79.99; they are also available in the case with older figures, and it is listed at $119.99. We also have a number of single figures from these wave in stock. If you missed out on the Episode I versions of the Naboo Royal Guard, Final Battle Darth Maul, Final Battle Obi-Wan, Final Battle Qui-Gon, Padawan Anakin, Darth Sidious, Battle Droid or other figures, or other figures like Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and others, this is a great chance to pick them up. We have these figures listed at $7.00 - $13.99 each. Finally, we have the Wave 02.5 Set of 7 in stock. it is listed at $84.99 and includes Bespin Han, Gamorrean Guard, ARC Trooper Commandeer, Rebel Fleet Trooper, Logray, Bom Vimdin and Bariss Offee. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Star+Wars+2012+Vintage
We have received a couple of FX lightsabers in a recent shipment. Darth Vader's FX Lightsaber with Removable Blade is listed at $119.99, and Mace Windu's FX Lightsaber is listed at $99.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=FX+Lightsaber
TRANSFORMERS PRIME ROBOTS IN DISGUISE DELUXE FIGURES
We currently have a number of RID Deluxe figures in stock. The Series 02 Set of two includes Ratchet and Arcee, and it is listed at $39.99. We also have singles of Ratchet, Arcee, Hot Shot and Knockout ready to go, priced at $17.99 - $21.99 each. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=2819&category=8342
TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME DUAL MODEL KIT RESTOCK
This set includes an articulated frame and a whole set of armor pieces to assemble your movie Optimus Prime figure. We have this import set listed at $174.99. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK11248&mode=retail
REAL ACTION HEROES SEVERUS SNAPE RESTOCK
This import figure from Medicom includes a cloth outfit, Snape's wand, alternate hands and more. We have this figure listed at $199.99, $30 below the MSRP for the piece. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=MED10556&mode=retail
Thanks for your interest in http://www.bigbadtoystore.com and be sure to check out some of the many cool new items shown above.
Joel & The BBTS Crew
Matt Tieger has decided that what he wants in his next game is a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex from outer space who fights with a sword and a shield and breaths fire. And is a robot.
What he wants, in other words, is Grimlock, the Dinobot. All that stands in his way is the company who owns the Transformers, Hasbro, and they've decided that Grimlock (and the rest of the Dinobots) are being retired.
According to Hasbro, the Dinobots will not be in any Transformers movies. They will not be in any Transformers games. They will not be in any Transformers anything. They are finished.
The people at Hasbro, in other words, tell Tieger that Grimlock will be done away with.
This is the story of how he tried to change their mind.
Matt Tieger wanted to be a paleontologist when he grew up. And a marine biologist. And an artist. But mainly: Paleontologist. He loved dinosaurs. Knew all of their names. He wanted to dig their bones out of the Earth and tell their stories.
By the time he went to college, he'd changed his mind. He wanted to be a marine biologist again. He studied marine biology. Then, just shy of a Ph.D from Rutgers, he changed his mind yet again and left to make videogames.
Now Tieger works as Game Director for High Moon Studios, the company behind 2010's Transformers: War for Cybertron. For Matt, it is the best job in the world. Particularly because he is now in charge.
His new game is the sequel to War for Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron, and what Tieger wants more than anything is to let players be the leader of the Dinobots.
"As a fan of Transformers," Tieger told Polygon, by phone. "Grimlock is, if not my favorite, in my top three favorite Transformers of all time.
As Tieger explains it, it goes like this: "It's all about loyalty in the Decepticon.
"Megatron is obviously in charge of the Decepticons, [and has] three lieutenants: Shockwave, Soundwave and Starscream (which by the way is very confusing to people who are not big Transformers fans because they're all Ss), but it's all about loyalty.
"Soundwave is loyal to Megatron above all things.
"Starscream is loyal to Starscream above all things.
"Shockwave is loyal to Cybertron above all things.
"So Shockwave's plan is:
"'We're not going to leave Cybertron. I'm going to save it. I'm going to search the cosmos, find a world that is teeming with what I can covert into Energon (the Transformers energy source). And I'm going to suck that planet dry and ... use it to reboot my home.'"
PAGE 1: We’re seeing for the first time in the IDW continuity First Aid and Delphi. Was this always the plan to bring them both in here and the look of them in this grave situation?
JAMES ROBERTS: Well, First Aid made his first appearance—along with Pharma and Ambulon and Delphi itself—in the short story “Bullets,” which I wrote for inclusion in the Last Stand of the Wreckers trade (it’s in the new hardcover edition, too). But you definitely don’t need to have read “Bullets” to enjoy issues 4 and 5 of MTMTE—the first three pages set everything up for readers new and old. But to answer your question, part of the fun of writing MTMTE is getting our heroes—the crew—meet other characters on their travels. When Cybertron was transformed at the end of the Chaos storyline, it brought a lot of Cybertronians back home; but there are still lots of characters out there, waiting for their moment.
ALEX MILNE: A lot of characters still out there? Oh man I can't wait to see what will be coming up in the later issues of MTMTE. I hope fans will like the look that we have given Delphi. I know I talked it over with Josh—I wanted the interior of the complex to have a very Arkham Asylum feel to it. Specifically the medical ward from the game. I really do think that Josh did an excellent job in pulling that feeling off. I guess the whole look of Delphi consists of 2 things. The outside, where we see the planet and the base, is one. This look is cold, but somewhat comfortable. By looking at the base from the outside, you wouldn't get the sense that anything is wrong. Then the interior, which at times looks nightmarish. I wanted it to have that feeling as you went along that you will really be yearning for the outside again.
JOSH BURCHAM: Thanks Alex! Yeah, it was a lot of fun helping create the look of Delphi’s “visual identity.” Obviously most of the hard stuff, like designing how the base looks and getting across what type of world it is and the terrain it consists of, was already done by Alex but I had a good time trying to come up with a way of reenforcing all of that with color. Every place, every planet has its own feel and its own color scheme to kind of help push the notion that “hey, this is a different place now.” And it’s not just to let you know where you are geographically but there’s an element of getting across a “feeling” to these locations too.
PAGES 2 and 3: More new bots in Ambulon and Pharma and setting the scene for what’s going on inside Delphi. Was the disease influenced at all by the Cosmic Rust we saw in the cartoon and what were Ambulon and Pharma based on?
JAMES ROBERTS: Hmm, it’s hard to answer these questions without giving away too much. Sorry! Let me just say that something very, very bad has happened on Delphi, and Ratchet’s about to walk straight into it! I’ll just say that this story marks a major turning point in the life of the Autobots’ Chief Medical Officer…
ALEX MILNE: I’m not going to give away anything about them either. The only thing I will say is that when you look at Pharma, it's clear that he’s a jet of some sort.
JOSH BURCHAM: Heh, I wish I could extrapolate more on your question but like the others, I’ll leave it to you to find the answers within this and the next issue! Heck, I wish I could comment to some degree on these characters and their color schemes but a lot of that was already kind of laid out for me. Alex and James are very particular about the details when they go to creating their respective parts of the book. I guess for me the main goal of this spread was to keep pushing that green “medical ward” color scheme throughout the panels. (And, boy, Alex sure does design some awesome looking ’bots doesn’t he? Really digging Pharma’s design! Not every day we see a jet medic-bot so it’s a nice treat seeing the Transformers universe expanded, even in little ways like these characters and these kinds of locations!)
PAGE 4: Swerve opens a bar and Ratchet starts realizing his own mortality. I guess it’s really being leading up to this? Just how much of the Lost Light has been designed at this stage?
JAMES ROBERTS: Ratchet’s not been himself since we met him in issue 1. The kindly, young-at-heart doctor of old has changed—he’s less kind, less patient, and in many respects has had enough. Why? Well, that’s what issues 4 and 5 are about. I decided Swerve needed his own bar about five seconds after putting words in his mouth for the first time. But the idea that the Lost Light should have its own social hub was there from the very beginning. There needed to be a place where the crew can congregate, argue, laugh, ingest too much engex, brawl, hide… you get the idea. I think issues 1 through 6 of MTMTE each introduces at least one new location. Alex has outdone himself in terms of designing the interiors. He really makes it feel as if we’re writing a TV show or a film, and these are the set designs. It also makes for fantastic visual continuity.
ALEX MILNE: Hmm, that’s a good question. When I was brought onboard for this project and knew I was going to be working on interiors I started to layout the ship so I would know where things were in relation to each other. I would say that at this point in time 80% of the ship is laid out.
I have a general floor plan I work off of, and I have plotted out section for the bridge, engineering the bar and so on. I have left areas open for things that James might throw my way. I like to think of this as if I was working on star trek or another really cool science fiction show.
JOSH BURCHAM: Yeah, totally! It’s a great deal of fun getting to visit all of these new planets and meeting up with long lost characters. It’s exciting and also challenging, creatively, trying to come up with how all these different places look and feel. Always trying to make them feel familiar and yet alien (and also distinct from each other!) all at the same time is a lot of fun, and seeing how intricately planned out and detailed Alex is on his locations just serves to fuel my own creativity.
And Swerve’s bar. I mean, come on. I can see so many memories coming out of this place in the future. What a fantastic idea!
PAGE 5: Ratchet and Swerve discus this “message” hidden for them to find, getting us to Delphi and they start becoming friends. Has anything in the series so far taken any of you guys by surprise in how the stories and overall arcs are evolving?
JAMES ROBERTS: I’ve got a very firm idea of where the overall story arc is heading. Each of the main characters have their own arcs as well, some of which have yet to begin. In translating these overarching or slow-burning storylines into actual issues, yes, I have been struck by how certain characters gel with each other, and tweaked future stories to exploit that. I’ve been pleased by how many characters seem to work well in pairs: Skids and Swerve, Tailgate and Cyclonus, Ratchet and Drift (I didn’t say “get on” in pairs), Rodimus and Magnus, Chromedome and Rewind, etc. As the voyage continues we see friendships begin and end. As I’ve always said, you live the story through the characters, and the crew of the Lost Light will always be at the heart of this book.
ALEX MILNE: Surprises. Each book is a surprise for me. A wonderful and at times twisted surprise that gives me tingles up my spine when I read it.
For me, each issue that James writes is better then the last, but then when you read them all in one go you see how they all start to tie together to make one great story. It’s a real treat to read and be a part of. I seen a lot of people who have said I don't get why this was said, or this was done. I think we have to have a bit of patience and see how the story unfolds. The stores are so dense and at times and interconnected in ways we don’t see until they happen.
I'm positive the payoff will be worth the wait! Also, Skids is awesome. Just had to put that out there.
JOSH BURCHAM: Ya know what’s funny is that it really doesn’t surprise me at all how much I’m falling in love with all of these characters. James is a fantastic writer! That much was evident when I was working with him on Last Stand of the Wreckers. I know I’m just having a blast getting to know them more and more with each passing issue. There’s a distinct difference between just knowing of a character and really getting to know that character, and James just does such a great job letting us in on how these characters live for 22 pages! And Alex, too! Alex has the big job of putting James’ words to life and he’s just been doing such a great job showing us who and how these characters are! It’s an honor to be working with such a talented team!
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