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Transformers News: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video

Monday, April 22nd, 2013 11:03PM CDT

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e-Hobby's official YouTube channel has been updated with a video showcasing their upcoming exclusive Magnificus, a redeco of Reveal the Shield Perceptor featuring a brand new head sculpt. The video is in Japanese, but they've been kind enough to provide an English transcript of the video as well.



English translation:
Hello, Transformers fans! This is Andrew from e-HOBBY. Today, I'm going to show you an early sample of Generations Magnificus!

And does it ever look good, with that clear red and silver chrome! This is still a prototype, though, so the final version should have more details that will make it look closer to the sample on our product page. The release is a few months off, but don't forget that reservations end on May 8th!*

Robot mode:
In robot mode, of course the first thing you notice is the retooled head, which is based on the toy version of Perceptor. United Perceptor had a different, kind of friendly-looking face, but for the revenge-bent Magnificus, it's all about the faceplate.

The painted yellow eyes are another important point. If the toy used the built-in light piping feature, it would end up with eyes in the same clear red color as its chest. Magnificus is a little different than normal Autobots and Decepticons, being a lone-wolf type, so I think the eyes are key for him. The back of his head is painted black so that the colors match well.

This is a little different than the G1 Magnificus, but the chest window is colored in clear red. You can open or close it to change the color balance of the figure in a cool way. The chrome parts from G1 Magnificus are authentically recreated with his chest panel and arm dials.

Actually, there's one more big reason that the chest is colored like this, which G1 fans may pick up on right away. Being that he's a former military consul, you would imagine that Magnificus is good at analyzing the abilities of his foes, right? To convey that, the chest is colored so that it can be used as a tech spec decoder!

By the way, I've heard some fans say that they wish Generations Magnificus had some hand-held weapons to choose from. Well, it just so happens that Magnificus's fists use 5-mm holes, a common standard from G1. What this means is that for those of you that own the 2005 release of G1 Magnificus, its rifle and missile launcher can be used here to fully arm the new Magnificus! These weapons here are actually G1 Perceptor's. The Ga'mede figure from the 2005 release also has a very nice size balance when paired with Generations Magnificus.

Vehicle mode:
Now it's time for vehicle mode. There are just as many fine details here are there are in robot mode. The clear parts such as the lights and windows are red, giving him a Nemesis Prime-like impact. The bumper parts are painted in metallic silver, but the details on the treads and grill are gunmetal-colored. To avoid the toy looking plain in black, it's got tons of detailed paint apps.

Finally, there's the license plate... "Mebion" is spelled out "M3810N," so it's convincing as a vanity plate. "MEBION" was the keyword from our first press release, and it was hidden among three glowing red circles. The image for those was these three red lights. It only took about 2 hours for fans to deduce that the new figure would be Magnificus, so I guess we need to make the hint a little more difficult next time...

Comic:
The 8-page comic is still in production, so I can only show you the cover right now, but I hope everybody will be looking forward to it! It's got Ga'mede, and this enigmatic gorilla-like dude here, in a Western-styled story where the bad guys get the spotlight. I think that Decepticon fans will have a lot of fun reading it.

That concludes this video review, but I'll be doing a special review next time, comparing G1 and Generations Magnificus! Until then... IT NEVER ENDS!

*May 8th is the planned cutoff date for orders shipped within Japan. For international orders, please contact our partner, the Official Transformers Collectors' Club.
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Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1481130)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 22nd, 2013 @ 11:06pm CDT
English transcript is in the extended video description.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1481131)
Posted by El Duque on April 22nd, 2013 @ 11:12pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:English transcript is in the extended video description.


Muchos gracias!
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1481133)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 22nd, 2013 @ 11:20pm CDT
El Duque wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:English transcript is in the extended video description.


Muchos gracias!
Thank Hydra for providing it. ;)
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1481342)
Posted by Stormrider on April 23rd, 2013 @ 6:42pm CDT
Thanks for the video review.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1485481)
Posted by El Duque on May 8th, 2013 @ 11:27am CDT
e-Hobby has updated the product page for their upcoming Magnificus exclusive with a teaser from the comic he will come packed with. As you can see in the image mirrored below the comic features Ga'mede and what appears to be the never produced Gorilla Double Pretender.

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Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1485482)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 8th, 2013 @ 11:32am CDT
Imminent Beast Wars Transmetal Optimus Primal repaint/retool, anyone?
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1485490)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 8th, 2013 @ 11:56am CDT
Wow. Crazy obscure reference! Makes me wonder if they might release these guys as part of the 30th anniversary or something.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1485492)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 8th, 2013 @ 12:00pm CDT
gothsaurus wrote:Wow. Crazy obscure reference! Makes me wonder if they might release these guys as part of the 30th anniversary or something.


I wouldn't bet on it, but I would like to see an attempt at a modernized Pretender (Thunderwing and Black Shadow are out of the question).
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1485497)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 8th, 2013 @ 12:11pm CDT
Yeah, unless they were vintage style figures, I'd probably have no interest in a new "line" of pretenders. I think in the era of HeMan figures, you could get away with awkward, muscle-bound mustached guys and walrus-dudes and bugs wearing belts. Twenty years later, all that gets a raised eyebrow from this guy. Nostalgia would be the only thing to get me to bite.

That said, if the original toy was the same size shell (which it reportedly is)... the TWO interior bots would have to be about cassette-bot sized. That by itself makes me a lot more interested. A modern version would have a real Soundwave and his minions kinda feel, I'm guessing. That might be a selling point.

But yeah, the original gorilla toy looks pretty cool for his sculpt. Too bad it never came out. Was one of the better molds. Black is definitely the better of the two colorings.

Unreleased spider looks kinda silly, IMHO. Okay. No "kinda" about it. Flat silly.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1485506)
Posted by Seibertron on May 8th, 2013 @ 1:07pm CDT
El Duque wrote:e-Hobby has updated the product page for their upcoming Magnificus exclusive with a teaser from the comic he will come packed with. As you can see in the image mirrored below the comic features Ga'mede and what appears to be the never produced Gorilla Double Pretender.

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Well that's just frikkin' awesome. Man I'd love to get my hands on the Gorilla Pretender. I'll take a modern day update to a figure we never got as well.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1485529)
Posted by Flux Convoy on May 8th, 2013 @ 2:35pm CDT
I like that Ga'Mede is in the comic. What I don't like is that he isn't included with Magnificus. My two cents is that it's kind of a jerk move.
:BOT:
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1489278)
Posted by El Duque on May 21st, 2013 @ 11:57pm CDT
e-Hobby continues to tease the release of their upcoming exclusive Magnificus. They're now posted several more pages from the exclusive comic that will come packed with the figure. As previously reported the comic appears to feature the never released Gorilla Double Pretender. It also looks as though G2 Eagle Eye is in the mix. Images mirrored below.

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Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1489280)
Posted by Mkall on May 22nd, 2013 @ 12:06am CDT
Eagle Eye. Interesting.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1489281)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 22nd, 2013 @ 12:08am CDT
And they're in Iron Town from episode one of Transformers: Victory.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1489284)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on May 22nd, 2013 @ 12:31am CDT
Hah, I was just about to say Hawk.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1489320)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on May 22nd, 2013 @ 7:33am CDT
MINDVVIPE wrote:Hah, I was just about to say Hawk.


Which would be his European name ;) Nice cameo there. I wouldn't be surprised if e-Hobby used the name of his canceled Japanese release, Hawking.

And it looks like Scrash is rearing his ugly head in the last panel.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1489330)
Posted by MagnetarPrime on May 22nd, 2013 @ 8:54am CDT
I really like this Magnificus Exclusive figure. I pre-ordered from BBTS as soon as I saw it, according to their site it is estimated to arrive May 2013 so it should not take too long. :grin:
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1489450)
Posted by Stormrider on May 22nd, 2013 @ 6:30pm CDT
Pretty cool. Is that an antimatter energy cube he is holding in the last clip?
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1523265)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 11th, 2013 @ 11:02am CDT
Arise dead topic!

Just received an email notification from Fun Pub that my e-HOBBY Generations Magnificus I preordered through the Club Store has shipped!

Censored version:
DO NOT REPLY to this email address as it is an automated shipping computer. If you have a question concerning your order, please email Admin2@FunPubInc.com.

A package was shipped to you on 10/15/2013 via U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail to the following address:

***************
***************
***************

Invoice Number *****

Package Description Magnificus w/ Comic (pre-order)

The following optional services were used: None

The package's Delivery Confirmation ID is ******************************

To check the delivery status of your package at any time please visit:
https://www.endicia.com/Status/?PIC=*** ... **********
or the U.S. Postal Service's web-site:
http://www.usps.com/shipping/trackandconfirm.htm

Shipping Department
Fun Publications Inc

***********************************************************************
NOTE:
This e-mail was generated by Endicia Internet Postage (http://www.Endicia.com)
at the sender's request. DO NOT CONTACT Endicia if you have any
questions about the shipment or the package delivery. Please contact
the sender of this e-mail or the U.S. Postal Service if you have
questions about the package delivery.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1523280)
Posted by Mkall on October 11th, 2013 @ 11:49am CDT
NEAT. I'm excited for this guy.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1523290)
Posted by Autobot032 on October 11th, 2013 @ 12:16pm CDT
We previously reported on eHobby Magnificus, which is a redeco of Reveal The Shield Perceptor. (You can preorder yours here for $82.00)

Now, fellow Seibertronian Sabrblade alerted us this morning to an email he received the collector's club store telling him his eHobby Magnificus has been shipped! He had this to say:

Sabrblade wrote:Arise dead topic!

Just received an email notification from Fun Pub that my e-HOBBY Generations Magnificus I preordered through the Club Store has shipped!

Censored version:
DO NOT REPLY to this email address as it is an automated shipping computer. If you have a question concerning your order, please email Admin2@FunPubInc.com.

A package was shipped to you on 10/15/2013 via U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail

Package Description Magnificus w/ Comic (pre-order)

Shipping Department
Fun Publications Inc


It's safe to assume more and more emails will be showing up, the next one could be yours!

Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1523306)
Posted by megatronus on October 11th, 2013 @ 2:03pm CDT
$82 + shipping is a bit pricy. Maybe if he were $50.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1523308)
Posted by Autobot032 on October 11th, 2013 @ 2:15pm CDT
megatronus wrote:$82 + shipping is a bit pricy. Maybe if he were $50.


Indeed. The chrome is pretty, though.
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Posted by megatronus on October 11th, 2013 @ 2:17pm CDT
Autobot032 wrote:
megatronus wrote:$82 + shipping is a bit pricy. Maybe if he were $50.


Indeed. The chrome is pretty, though.
=P~
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1523360)
Posted by Metrosuplex on October 11th, 2013 @ 6:21pm CDT
Congrats Sabr! :APPLAUSE: Hope you enjoy it! :x

megatronus wrote:$82 + shipping is a bit pricy. Maybe if he were $50.

I kind of agree with Megatronus here. But even $50 is a lot for what's otherwise a repaint. Ehhh, I'm just peeved it's not a microscope proper, really, so I went 3rd Party. #-o
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1523383)
Posted by ausbot on October 11th, 2013 @ 10:47pm CDT
I'm happy with my G1 E-hobby version. I love evil versions of good characters, I'd love a series of evil clones like Bumblebee, Jazz, and Grimlock. (Yes I realise shattered glass, I mean all done in the black and teal "nemesis" type color)
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1523537)
Posted by Bouncy X on October 12th, 2013 @ 7:30pm CDT
you must read my upcoming comment in the voice of this guy for full effect :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdQQjfDUBLY


ha ha ha, his name is magnificus because he changes into a magnascope and he's very impressive...ho ho ho.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1523716)
Posted by Flashwave on October 14th, 2013 @ 12:12am CDT
Got my e-mail too, wanted to post something that night but it never happened, finally get something news worthy too.. if he follows the shipping times for TFSS fir me, I should have mine Wednesday with Jackpot due tomorrow!

It is funny/ironic/intriguing to compare his price with the TFSS installments, and even Airrazor but if that's EHobby's price...
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1524383)
Posted by megatronus on October 17th, 2013 @ 7:31am CDT
It's too bad most of United Perceptor's metallic red paint ends up on his backpack in robot mode.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1524429)
Posted by Seibertron on October 17th, 2013 @ 12:46pm CDT
The comic book that came with Magnificus was really interesting. It featured Oilmaster, the given name to the prototype Pretender Gorilla from the 80s that we never got. G2 Hawk/Eagle Eye was also featured in the comic oddly. It's not a great read because of the translation, but the artwork and the characters featured were fascinating. I've wanted "Oilmaster" since I saw his prototype at BotCon 1996 or TransCon 97 but now I really want him.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1524435)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 17th, 2013 @ 1:12pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:The comic book that came with Magnificus was really interesting. It featured Oilmaster, the given name to the prototype Pretender Gorilla from the 80s that we never got. G2 Hawk/Eagle Eye was also featured in the comic oddly. It's not a great read because of the translation, but the artwork and the characters featured were fascinating. I've wanted "Oilmaster" since I saw his prototype at BotCon 1996 or TransCon 97 but now I really want him.
Is yours the e-HOBBY version or the TCC version? Cuz the latter will have a proper English translation.

As for the story itself, it serves as a prequel to the United EX fiction, being set one year before both it and Operation Combination, in the year 2034 (since Op Com and United EX take place together in 2035). ;)
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1524441)
Posted by Seibertron on October 17th, 2013 @ 1:36pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Seibertron wrote:The comic book that came with Magnificus was really interesting. It featured Oilmaster, the given name to the prototype Pretender Gorilla from the 80s that we never got. G2 Hawk/Eagle Eye was also featured in the comic oddly. It's not a great read because of the translation, but the artwork and the characters featured were fascinating. I've wanted "Oilmaster" since I saw his prototype at BotCon 1996 or TransCon 97 but now I really want him.
Is yours the e-HOBBY version or the TCC version? Cuz the latter will have a proper English translation.

As for the story itself, it serves as a prequel to the United EX fiction, being set one year before both it and Operation Combination, in the year 2034 (since Op Com and United EX take place together in 2035). ;)


It's the e-Hobby version, but it has English in it and Japanese text above it. It'll be the same comic you get. It's just not that great of a read, just like the terrible Shattered Glass Soundwave/Blaster set's comic. Good artwork, interesting read, but not that great of an English translation in my opinion.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1524444)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 17th, 2013 @ 1:43pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Seibertron wrote:The comic book that came with Magnificus was really interesting. It featured Oilmaster, the given name to the prototype Pretender Gorilla from the 80s that we never got. G2 Hawk/Eagle Eye was also featured in the comic oddly. It's not a great read because of the translation, but the artwork and the characters featured were fascinating. I've wanted "Oilmaster" since I saw his prototype at BotCon 1996 or TransCon 97 but now I really want him.
Is yours the e-HOBBY version or the TCC version? Cuz the latter will have a proper English translation.

As for the story itself, it serves as a prequel to the United EX fiction, being set one year before both it and Operation Combination, in the year 2034 (since Op Com and United EX take place together in 2035). ;)


It's the e-Hobby version, but it has English in it and Japanese text above it. It'll be the same comic you get. It's just not that great of a read, just like the terrible Shattered Glass Soundwave/Blaster set's comic. Good artwork, interesting read, but not that great of an English translation in my opinion.
Well, as mentioned, the TCC one will have a proper English translation instead of bilingual Japanese/"Engrish" text. ;)

The SG Soundwave/Blaster TCC one had a good translation too. :-B
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1524450)
Posted by Seibertron on October 17th, 2013 @ 2:11pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Seibertron wrote:The comic book that came with Magnificus was really interesting. It featured Oilmaster, the given name to the prototype Pretender Gorilla from the 80s that we never got. G2 Hawk/Eagle Eye was also featured in the comic oddly. It's not a great read because of the translation, but the artwork and the characters featured were fascinating. I've wanted "Oilmaster" since I saw his prototype at BotCon 1996 or TransCon 97 but now I really want him.
Is yours the e-HOBBY version or the TCC version? Cuz the latter will have a proper English translation.

As for the story itself, it serves as a prequel to the United EX fiction, being set one year before both it and Operation Combination, in the year 2034 (since Op Com and United EX take place together in 2035). ;)


It's the e-Hobby version, but it has English in it and Japanese text above it. It'll be the same comic you get. It's just not that great of a read, just like the terrible Shattered Glass Soundwave/Blaster set's comic. Good artwork, interesting read, but not that great of an English translation in my opinion.
Well, as mentioned, the TCC one will have a proper English translation instead of bilingual Japanese/"Engrish" text. ;)

The SG Soundwave/Blaster TCC one had a good translation too. :-B


I somehow doubt that they are doing different print runs when the Japanese version actually has English text in it. When you get yours, scan a page or panel if you don't mind so that I can compare.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1524490)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 17th, 2013 @ 5:54pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:I somehow doubt that they are doing different print runs when the Japanese version actually has English text in it. When you get yours, scan a page or panel if you don't mind so that I can compare.
I'm not too keen on scanning, but I do have my SG Soundwave/Blaster issue on hand, and I say that it has no Japanese text in the speech bubbles and reads quite legibly. It even includes everyone's speech quirks like Soundwave's righteous dude slang and Blaster's German accent.

On the front cover in the bottom-left corner are the following credits for the SG Soundwave/Blaster comic:
Story by Jesse Wittenrich
Art by Hidetsugu Yoshioka
Translation by Andrew Hall

I'd imagine that the TCC version of the Magnificus comic would similarly feature coherent English-only speech bubble text with no Japanese.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1524710)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on October 18th, 2013 @ 10:21pm CDT
The comic is definately the same as the eHobby print, with Japanese text in the voice bubbles and small print English translations below.

Also, my Magnificus has a bum right leg. It's too loose, so whenever I try to stand him up, his right leg just collapses back down and makes him topple over. I'm talking specifically about the joint that would hold the leg in place when fully extended for robot mode, as opposed to collapsed for vehicle mode. The left leg fuctions as intended.

UPDATE:

Superglue fixed the problem! :) And yes, it does still transform. The glue didn't freeze the leg in the extended robot mode configuration.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1525063)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 21st, 2013 @ 2:19pm CDT
Just opened my Magnificus from the TCC. I'm saddened to see that the comic is just straight up the e-HOBBY version when the TCC release of SG Soundwave vs. SG Blaster went the extra mile of having a fluent English translation with no Japanese text. :-(
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1525072)
Posted by Seibertron on October 21st, 2013 @ 3:19pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Just opened my Magnificus from the TCC. I'm saddened to see that the comic is just straight up the e-HOBBY version when the TCC release of SG Soundwave vs. SG Blaster went the extra mile of having a fluent English translation with no Japanese text. :-(


I received the e-Hobby version of the Shattered Glass Blaster and Soundwave set from BigBadToyStore.com. The comic had the same English text you described without the Japanese text. I'm assuming that's the only version of the comic that exists just as this version is the only one that exists for Magnificus.

I still stand by my original statement that both of these aren't great reads, even though the artwork is magnificent.
Re: e-Hobby Exclusive Magnificus Video (1525130)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 21st, 2013 @ 11:48pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:Version of the Shattered Glass Blaster and Soundwave set from BigBadToyStore.com. The comic had the same English text you described without the Japanese text. I'm assuming that's the only version of the comic that exists just as this version is the only one that exists for Magnificus.
For real? :shock: I had no idea.

Well, now I feel sorry for any Japanese consumers who bought that set and don't know English fluently enough to read the comic. :oops:

Seibertron wrote:I still stand by my original statement that both of these aren't great reads, even though the artwork is magnificent.
I'd have to agree, now having read the comic myself. Though, I can't really recall when an E-HOBBY pack-in comic has been all that great anyway. It's kinda their shtick to produce one-shot TF comics that are isolated cases of randomness and fanwank. ;)

Though, with some additional insight to the behind-the-scenes details of this comic, it does become a fit more fascinating. Like, you already pointed out Oilmaster being the canceled gorilla Double Pretender, but aside from him, there's G2 Eagle Eye, who here is rendered with G1 Micromaster Eagle Eye's head, indicating the two to be one and the same in this story, which means that the G1 Autobot Micromaster defected to the Decepticons at some point. This defection also explains why Eagle Eye is absent during the United EX stories, in which all three of the other Air Patrol members made an appearance (Tread Bolt is Jetmaster, Blaze Master is Choppermaster, and Sky High is Airmaster).

The setting of the story, Iron Town, was featured in episode 1 of the Victory cartoon, being the old western town planet we first see Star Saber in.

And most importantly of all is the appearance of "Skyquake". I put his name in quotes because Magnificus only thinks that it's Skyquake, but it isn't. In reality, it is none other than the Decepticon High Regent known as Scrash, the uber-obscure Decepticon leader from the Operation Combination figure.

There's also some minor nods to other things, like Magnificus referencing Metalhawk when Eagle Eye identifies himself as "Hawk". Or Eagle Eye using the term "guzzler" to refer to standard-sized Transformers like how Micromasters used that same term in the same fashion (which makes this another reference to Eagle Eye's having once been a Micromaster). Or mentioning Mebion, which was Magnificus's hometown on Cybertron.

It's true that this comic isn't all that special from a storytelling standpoint, but all these little things that were put into it do help to bring out some extra goodness from it. :D



Though, regarding the SG comic story, it helps to have read the TCC Shattered Glass prose stories (HIGHLY recommended, BTW) and the "Invasion" comic to better understand it, as it was written to tie in to those. ;)
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