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Re: Takara Legends Manga Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:57 pm

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Anyone who made fan modes with Repugnus' and Grotusque's Beast Mode heads in Robot Mode should be feeling really good now, as it's now canon! By placing the Headmaster Beastformer in the cockpit (Get On!), tweaking the chest panels on Repugnus and folding over the claws on Grotusque, in addition to using that Beast Head, one can create the "Beastformer Mode".
Oh neat, I didn't catch that the Monsterbots and their Beastformer partners are now Getmasters. Cool.


Not too sure if Doublecross can be one, that would involve totally transforming his upper torso, leaving him with his dragon arms and robot legs.
Yeah, I doubt it's doable for him since his robot arms and beast heads are the same things.
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Re: Takara Legends Manga Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:40 am

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Blue Big Convoy comic scan and summary, courtesy of user Powered Convoy and TFWiki, respectively:

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In a future beyond the 21st century, Cybertron is turned into a technorganic world thanks to Optimus Primal's sacrifice, and with its rebirth Vector Sigma becomes an ultra-computer that governs the planet and creates a new generation of Transformers to protect it. Several of these are "Convoy Type" Maximals, named and patterned after Optimus Primal in honor of his memory, and these end up at the top of Cybertron's hierarchy. However, one of their number—Blue Big Convoy—renounces the notion that Convoys are special and refuses to be part of the Convoy Council, who he accuses of overindulging in the power of their Energon Matrixes. He tells his son, Big Junior, that while he believes peace between Maximals and Predacons is the only way forward, said peace will someday end when the special treatment afforded by Convoys will trigger an uprising by those seeking equality.

Blue Big Convoy and Big Junior fight together in many a battle in defense of peace, until one day when Blue Big Convoy is struck down protecting his son from a force of mysterious energy-seekers. When Junior despairingly asks why it came to this, his father responds that it's because he's a Convoy—a Convoy is nothing special, merely someone who fights to protect others. Before passing away, he asks Junior to take his left arm to replace his own destroyed appendage, then dubs him "Big Convoy" in recognition of his son's ability to protect others as well. Witnessing his father's death because of him leads Big Convoy to adopt a lone wolf nature, unwilling to fight alongside others as he doesn't want them to be hurt. Some time later, while an older Big Convoy is skipping out on Survive's instructions, Vector Sigma summons Great Convoy to tell him the mysterious enemies were likely searching for Unicron's energy. Expecting a new Great War to break out, the computer announces it will prepare for the coming chaos by re-mechanizing Cybertron and asks Great Convoy to focus on educating new recruits.
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Re: Takara Legends Manga Thread

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:39 pm

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Energy-seekers... nice reference to the BW Neo Blendtrons Drancron, Elphaorpha and... however his name's spelled :lol: I'm spotting Air Hammer, Buzzclaw, Terragator and Noctorro. Outside of Bantor, that's all Fuzors accounted for in Japan G1 as the rest appeared in Neo and Season 2.
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Re: Takara Legends Manga Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:26 pm

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When I first heard about the contents of this chapter, I was initially concerned that it had sounded like Vector Sigma undid the Technorganic reformatting of Cybertron so soon after Beast Machines, as though that show had gone through all the trouble it went through to bring about this revolutionary evolution of the Cybertronian race... only for Vector Sigma to just change its mind afterward.

But now that we have a proper summary, I see now that the undone reformatting instead occurred quite some time later, much closer to Beast Wars Neo, giving it a good number of millennia to take effect before the planet was metalized again.
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Re: Takara Legends Manga Thread

Postby Ebonyleopard » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:55 pm

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There's something to be admired with how they managed to retrofit these new toys/characters into their respective continuities.
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Re: Takara Legends Manga Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:37 am

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Backing up to these two, it appears that we never did get to see the TFWiki summaries for these two here in this thread.

https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Legends_Comic:_Bonus_Edition_Vol._EX_(Repugnus)
With the Monsterbots revived by Beast Power from the Three Wise Ones' gem forms, Repugnus is reunited with Hedgehog and reveals that he can now perform a Get On by placing the Beastformer in his chest. This transforms him into a new Beastformer Mode with the power to spray explosive hedgehog needles at the Decepticons, causing Smokescreen and Dreadwing to recognize Beast Power as a threat that must be destroyed. Rattrap voices his defiance, recognizing their way of thinking as the very same that caused the destruction of his world, and the Decepticon duo respond by combining and launching a barrage of missiles at him. Repugnus saves the day and defeats them with his MVP Weapon, the Double Jungle Swords, but when he turns around he sees that Galvatron II has taken down Doublecross and stolen the Gem of Fire.

https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Legends_Comic:_Bonus_Edition_Vol._EX_(Grotusque)
Using the Gem of Fire's power to manipulate Beast's environment, Galvatron II begins causing a natural disaster, all the while elated that he can unlock a beast mode of his own if he gets his hands on all three gems. There are too many Decepticons for Repugnus to handle, so he asks Grotusque to contact Platinum Tiger in his self-imposed exile within the Holography Mirror, a task the self-loathing Monsterbot reluctantly pulls off. He pleads with Platinum Tiger to come back, telling him they can fight their inner demons together, and the Beastformer accepts and returns to form Grotusque's head. Blocking Galvatron's attacks with Platinum Tiger's trademark barrier, the two perform a Get On and unlock Grotusque's Beastformer Mode, granting them the strength to defeat the Decepticon leader and reclaim the Gem. As the Decepticons retreat, Platinum Tiger returns to worrying about the corruption within him, but after being reminded that he was the one who taught Grotusque not to fear himself, he takes his own lesson to heart and agrees to remain on Beast and work on overcoming the curse together with Grotusque.
 
All's not well that ends well, however, as now that the Decepticons have learned of the existence of the gems, someone is very interested...
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Re: Takara Legends Manga Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:11 pm

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Oh, sweet mother of mercy, there have been some major manga updates published for the new Big Powered set.

First, we got not one but TWO online chapters that lead into the toy pack-in issues:

https://takaratomymall.jp/img/goods/4904810119975/comic01.pdf
https://takaratomymall.jp/img/goods/4904810119975/comic02.pdf

Here are my best interpretations of the two:


Comic 01

In the year 2038, the three components of Violen Jiger, possessing the original bodies of the Powered Masters, work to turn a distant planet into "Unicron Neo", which is based directly on the Beast Wars Neo Unicron toy prototype. This is during the post-G2 era of 2038, during Galvatron II's reign as leader of the Decepticons.

We then cut to a flashback to 2030, during the events of the Train Wars when The Fallen was attacking Cybertron in his design that was based on that of Generations FOC Ruination. G2 Smokescreen is a witness of these events and is in the body that he would have had if his toy had won in the poll that led to Goshooter's new toy getting made instead. Anyway, G2 Smokescreen has some mental problems from the Binaltech GT System (which enabled one Transformer to operate from multiple bodies simultaneously). G2 Smokescreen keeps hearing the voices of GT Units 01, 02, and 08 in his head, which I guess would make him 07 since one of the voices calls him that (these were all numbers that the four variant releases of Binaltech Smokescreen had). This would mean that G2 Smokescreen is actually G1 Smokescreen after having suffered from multiple personalities and turned bad as a result. He then gets attacked by "Double Goshooter" and is knocked away. He wakes up later having been rebuilt into his proper G2 jet body and meets Dreadwing, who gets him up to speed on things.

Back in the present, Unicron Neo appears above Planet Chaar where he attacks the Decepticons. Galvatron II engages Unicron Neo and recalls what he had learned on Planet Beast about the potential of Beast Power (which was shown in the previous manga that advertised Repugnus and Grotusque). Unable to stop Unicron Neo, Galvatron II uses Solitarium to escape, traveling back in time to the 20th Century, when the first Trypticon (from Scramble City) is currently being built, and where he meets G1 Megatron and will go on to have more adventures there as Megatron's City Commander.

Unicron Neo reformats the damaged Dreadwing and Smokescreen in new forms based on their Tokyo Toy Show 2010 toys (which are redecos of ROTF Mindwipe and Skystalker) to make then into servants. They and rest of the G2 Decepticons on Chaar are recruited to serve Unicron Neo. Meanwhile, aboard Broadside, Optimus Prime (in his MP-10 body) and Megatron discuss the Legends World and the possibility of reestablishing the Cybertron Alliance. But Unicron Neo suddenly appears behind them.

Optimus is shocked by this, especially since Unicron was last seen dead in the Triple Z Point. A character from the Generations books, named Screenshot, is also with Optimus. Unicron Neo heads for Planet Zone, and so do all the other Supreme Commanders. On Zone, Violen Jiger attacks all the Micromasters, demanding Energon Z from them. He unleashes Metrotitan, who has undergone the same "Titan Power Up" that Metroplex underwent back during the Metrowars. Galaxy Shuttle goes on the defense, assuming his Zone Base Mode. Grandus and Sky Garry also appear, along with Metrobase, who has likewise undergone the Titan Power Up. The real Powered Masters arrive and Dai Atlas assumes his Zone Base for the Micromasters to use. The Micromasters swarm over Vion while Phaser and Groundshaker, being "G1 Microns" (Mini-Cons) now, use their Targetmaster modes with Roadfire and Sonic Bomber.

The Micromasters then reveal that they used Schaffer Energy with Plasma Energy to make Plasma Schaffer Energy, which they then use to combine into Micron Target Modes with the cry of "Energy In!" (using their Siege toy weapon modes). The Sky Patrol Team (in their United EX bodies) use these new weapons, but Eagle Eye won't help, saying that he's named "Hawking" now.

Unicron Neo transforms into robot mode starts attacking Planet Zone. Then those two weird monster creatures from the Zone opening appear (I'm guessing they came from Unicron Neo) and attack Dai Atlas. The other Supreme Commanders arrive to help. Fortress turns into Fortress Maximus and Cog (in his Siege toy body) combines with him to form Weaponizer Fortress Maximus. He engages Unicron Neo, but Optimus tells him that the Matrix needs to be used to stop Unicron. Suddenly, Mini-Cons appear in their glowing forms from Armada, with Dragoyell explaining that they were the Mini-Con toy collection of Armada Megatron, having since become real Transformers.

Armada Thrust then appears and explains his new membership with the Aerialbots. The Mini-Cons then all combine into the Unicron of Light (colored like the new Encore toy). The Mini-Con Dead End then links with the bulk to use the "Cosmo Springer" attack, blasting a hole in Unicron Neo, who just smiles...


Comic 02

We open with a flashback to 2021, just after the Unite Warriors comics ended with Optimus dying again and Roller looking after his body. Suddenly, a Vok probe appears and steals Optimus's body.

In the present, 2038, the disabled Unicron Neo reveals his true identity: Dark Nova! He defeats the Unicron of Light and explains his origin, which ties all the way back to the Vok! He is actually the two Vok who were killed with Tarantulas in the Beast Wars episode "Other Victories", and have taken eons to revive. As Dark Nova, he took the form of Unicron because he is a symbol to the Transformers (referencing the Vok having taken Unicron's form back in the Beast Wars episode "Other Voices") and created Violen Jiger to acquire the Zodiac energy for himself and to stop the resurrection of Optimus Prime (since Optimus is a symbol of hope for the Transformers). He ultimately wishes to the destroy the Transformers so that the Beast Wars may never come to the pass.

His mentioning the Beast Wars prompts Optimus Prime to mention Optimus Primal (whom he had met previously back in 2004 during the events of RobotMasters). Dark Nova then transforms into his never-used-until-now "Robo Mode" (which was only seen in a catalog image), and unleashes Vok Novaroids on the planet (which resemble Movie 1 Protoform Optimus Prime's comet mode with Vok faces). Jetmaster retaliates with Novabots while the Supreme Commanders fight on. Dreadwing and Smokescreen combine into their Double Jet Mode while Dai Atlas and Roadfire become Land Powered to fight back.

Suddenly, what looks like Universe Razorclaw appears (seemingly from the two monsters from the Zone opening) and introduces itself as a Vok Galaman. It defeats Hot Rod, God Ginrai, and Victory Saber all at once, but Optimus then takes it on using his Matrix's Reconfiguration powers to assume Go-Bot Mode, his Missile Trailer Mode (in which he uses his "Double Wheel Torque Megaton"), and his Battle Convoy Mode. He tries to use his "Seibertonium Sword", but is impaled by Dark Nova. Having expended much of the Matrix's energy, Optimus is tossed aside.

Reinforcements arrive in the form of Eldedroids, with Daniel leading the charge. We then get some information about when Alpha Trion rebuilt Optimus from Orion Pax and when Optimus Primal died destroying the Vok's planetbuster. Shaoshao Li (in her Targetmaster form based on Siege Firedrive) mourns for the dying Hot Rod, but suddenly a Matrix-like device appears inside his chest and revives him as Rodimus Prime (upgrading him into resemble his POTP Leader toy), much to Shaoshao's delight.

More Matrixes appear inside the chests of Fortress Maximus, Grand Maximus, God Ginrai, Victory Saber, and Dai Atlas, which are revealed to each be an Energon Matrix! All of them raise each Matrix to the sky, shooting up a massive blast that flies off elsewhere.

We then cut back to another earlier flashback to when Roller joined the Battlestars in finding the missing body of Optimus Prime. They tracked the body to Planet Lucifer, where they met resistance Galaman and Novaroid forces. Roller was killed in the battle, but Optimus's body was found and revived with Zodiac, becoming Star Convoy while Roller became Star Convoy's treaded component.

Back in the present, the Matrix energy blast finds the defeat MP-10-bodied Optimus and strikes him, upgrading him once more into his previous Star Convoy form. He regroups with Dai Atlas and borrows his Zone Powered Cutter to bisect the Vok Galaman. Optimus then turns into his upcoming MP-44 body and uses his trailer to load Dai Atlas as a Drill Rocket. Dai Altas is fired at Dark Nova and penetrates the massive alien's malformed body.

But then Broadside arrives with Soundwave and Weirdwolf, who informs every about something to do with Megatron. Dark Nova then reveals a horrific sight as his head then takes the form of Megatron, becoming the Star Giant once more!





And finally, RobotKingdom has scans of the three pack-in manga issues included with the Big Powered set:

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Due to the low quality of these scans making it very hard to make out exactly what's happening in these three, I'm not going to attempt to summarize these events. But, from what little I can make out of these three chapters (aside from the fact that the Powered Masters simply fight Violen Jiger's Powered Master-bodied components and then go after Dark Nova to try to save Megatron), the combined form of Roadfire and Topspin is "Wing Powered", Dai Atlas combined with Twin Twist is "Drill Powered", and the combined form of all five Powered Masters (Dai Atlas, Sonic Bomber, Roadfire, Topspin, and Twin Twist) is "Ultra Powered".

Also, it looks like Dai Atlas, Sonic Bomber, and Roadfire were all originally created by Megatron using Vector Sigma, and were originally "Poweredrons" before they would be called Powered Masters.

And there's something about the Powered Masters' having Powered Engines, and Roadfire has an attack called "Zone Powered Hammer".
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New Takara Legends LG-EX Big Powered Manga Scans

Postby RobRobRobRobRob » Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:29 pm

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The Transformers Legends LG-EX Big-Powered Box set has finally been released, and as usual for a Transformers Legends release the figure comes packed with a short manga issue. This time, however, the Legends Manga released two additional full manga chapters to accompany the release! Thankfully for us, fellow Seibertronian Sabrblade has been so kind as to provide an interpretation of these chapters. In addition, our friend was able to discern which figures are featured in the issue, both released-and-unreleased, ranging from the title Big-Powered figures to MP-44 Optimus Prime to even Movie-Style Protoforms. Be sure to take a read below and stay tuned to Seibertron.com for more Transformers news and reviews.

Sabrblade wrote:
Oh, sweet mother of mercy, there have been some major manga updates published for the new Big Powered set.

First, we got not one but TWO online chapters that lead into the toy pack-in issues:

https://takaratomymall.jp/img/goods/490 ... omic01.pdf
https://takaratomymall.jp/img/goods/490 ... omic02.pdf

Here are my best interpretations of the two:


Comic 01

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In the year 2038, the three components of Violen Jiger, possessing the original bodies of the Powered Masters, work to turn a distant planet into "Unicron Neo", which is based directly on the Beast Wars Neo Unicron toy prototype. This is during the post-G2 era of 2038, during Galvatron II's reign as leader of the Decepticons.

We then cut to a flashback to 2030, during the events of the Train Wars when The Fallen was attacking Cybertron in his design that was based on that of Generations FOC Ruination. G2 Smokescreen is a witness of these events and is in the body that he would have had if his toy had won in the poll that led to Goshooter's new toy getting made instead. Anyway, G2 Smokescreen has some mental problems from the Binaltech GT System (which enabled one Transformer to operate from multiple bodies simultaneously). G2 Smokescreen keeps hearing the voices of GT Units 01, 02, and 08 in his head, which I guess would make him 07 since one of the voices calls him that (these were all numbers that the four variant releases of Binaltech Smokescreen had). This would mean that G2 Smokescreen is actually G1 Smokescreen after having suffered from multiple personalities and turned bad as a result. He then gets attacked by "Double Goshooter" and is knocked away. He wakes up later having been rebuilt into his proper G2 jet body and meets Dreadwing, who gets him up to speed on things.

Back in the present, Unicron Neo appears above Planet Chaar where he attacks the Decepticons. Galvatron II engages Unicron Neo and recalls what he had learned on Planet Beast about the potential of Beast Power (which was shown in the previous manga that advertised Repugnus and Grotusque). Unable to stop Unicron Neo, Galvatron II uses Solitarium to escape, traveling back in time to the 20th Century, when the first Trypticon (from Scramble City) is currently being built, and where he meets G1 Megatron and will go on to have more adventures there as Megatron's City Commander.

Unicron Neo reformats the damaged Dreadwing and Smokescreen in new forms based on their Tokyo Toy Show 2010 toys (which are redecos of ROTF Mindwipe and Skystalker) to make then into servants. They and rest of the G2 Decepticons on Chaar are recruited to serve Unicron Neo. Meanwhile, aboard Broadside, Optimus Prime (in his MP-10 body) and Megatron discuss the Legends World and the possibility of reestablishing the Cybertron Alliance. But Unicron Neo suddenly appears behind them.

Optimus is shocked by this, especially since Unicron was last seen dead in the Triple Z Point. A character from the Generations books, named Screenshot, is also with Optimus. Unicron Neo heads for Planet Zone, and so do all the other Supreme Commanders. On Zone, Violen Jiger attacks all the Micromasters, demanding Energon Z from them. He unleashes Metrotitan, who has undergone the same "Titan Power Up" that Metroplex underwent back during the Metrowars. Galaxy Shuttle goes on the defense, assuming his Zone Base Mode. Grandus and Sky Garry also appear, along with Metrobase, who has likewise undergone the Titan Power Up. The real Powered Masters arrive and Dai Atlas assumes his Zone Base for the Micromasters to use. The Micromasters swarm over Vion while Phaser and Groundshaker, being "G1 Microns" (Mini-Cons) now, use their Targetmaster modes with Roadfire and Sonic Bomber.

The Micromasters then reveal that they used Schaffer Energy with Plasma Energy to make Plasma Schaffer Energy, which they then use to combine into Micron Target Modes with the cry of "Energy In!" (using their Siege toy weapon modes). The Sky Patrol Team (in their United EX bodies) use these new weapons, but Eagle Eye won't help, saying that he's named "Hawking" now.

Unicron Neo transforms into robot mode starts attacking Planet Zone. Then those two weird monster creatures from the Zone opening appear (I'm guessing they came from Unicron Neo) and attack Dai Atlas. The other Supreme Commanders arrive to help. Fortress turns into Fortress Maximus and Cog (in his Siege toy body) combines with him to form Weaponizer Fortress Maximus. He engages Unicron Neo, but Optimus tells him that the Matrix needs to be used to stop Unicron. Suddenly, Mini-Cons appear in their glowing forms from Armada, with Dragoyell explaining that they were the Mini-Con toy collection of Armada Megatron, having since become real Transformers.

Armada Thrust then appears and explains his new membership with the Aerialbots. The Mini-Cons then all combine into the Unicron of Light (colored like the new Encore toy). The Mini-Con Dead End then links with the bulk to use the "Cosmo Springer" attack, blasting a hole in Unicron Neo, who just smiles...


Comic 02

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We open with a flashback to 2021, just after the Unite Warriors comics ended with Optimus dying again and Roller looking after his body. Suddenly, a Vok probe appears and steals Optimus's body.

In the present, 2038, the disabled Unicron Neo reveals his true identity: Dark Nova! He defeats the Unicron of Light and explains his origin, which ties all the way back to the Vok! He is actually the two Vok who were killed with Tarantulas in the Beast Wars episode "Other Victories", and have taken eons to revive. As Dark Nova, he took the form of Unicron because he is a symbol to the Transformers (referencing the Vok having taken Unicron's form back in the Beast Wars episode "Other Voices") and created Violen Jiger to acquire the Zodiac energy for himself and to stop the resurrection of Optimus Prime (since Optimus is a symbol of hope for the Transformers). He ultimately wishes to the destroy the Transformers so that the Beast Wars may never come to the pass.

His mentioning the Beast Wars prompts Optimus Prime to mention Optimus Primal (whom he had met previously back in 2004 during the events of RobotMasters). Dark Nova then transforms into his never-used-until-now "Robo Mode" (which was only seen in a catalog image), and unleashes Vok Novaroids on the planet (which resemble Movie 1 Protoform Optimus Prime's comet mode with Vok faces). Jetmaster retaliates with Novabots while the Supreme Commanders fight on. Dreadwing and Smokescreen combine into their Double Jet Mode while Dai Atlas and Roadfire become Land Powered to fight back.

Suddenly, what looks like Universe Razorclaw appears (seemingly from the two monsters from the Zone opening) and introduces itself as a Vok Galaman. It defeats Hot Rod, God Ginrai, and Victory Saber all at once, but Optimus then takes it on using his Matrix's Reconfiguration powers to assume Go-Bot Mode, his Missile Trailer Mode (in which he uses his "Double Wheel Torque Megaton"), and his Battle Convoy Mode. He tries to use his "Seibertonium Sword", but is impaled by Dark Nova. Having expended much of the Matrix's energy, Optimus is tossed aside.

Reinforcements arrive in the form of Eldedroids, with Daniel leading the charge. We then get some information about when Alpha Trion rebuilt Optimus from Orion Pax and when Optimus Primal died destroying the Vok's planetbuster. Shaoshao Li (in her Targetmaster form based on Siege Firedrive) mourns for the dying Hot Rod, but suddenly a Matrix-like device appears inside his chest and revives him as Rodimus Prime (upgrading him into resemble his POTP Leader toy), much to Shaoshao's delight.

More Matrixes appear inside the chests of Fortress Maximus, Grand Maximus, God Ginrai, Victory Saber, and Dai Atlas, which are revealed to each be an Energon Matrix! All of them raise each Matrix to the sky, shooting up a massive blast that flies off elsewhere.

We then cut back to another earlier flashback to when Roller joined the Battlestars in finding the missing body of Optimus Prime. They tracked the body to Planet Lucifer, where they met resistance Galaman and Novaroid forces. Roller was killed in the battle, but Optimus's body was found and revived with Zodiac, becoming Star Convoy while Roller became Star Convoy's treaded component.

Back in the present, the Matrix energy blast finds the defeat MP-10-bodied Optimus and strikes him, upgrading him once more into his previous Star Convoy form. He regroups with Dai Atlas and borrows his Zone Powered Cutter to bisect the Vok Galaman. Optimus then turns into his upcoming MP-44 body and uses his trailer to load Dai Atlas as a Drill Rocket. Dai Altas is fired at Dark Nova and penetrates the massive alien's malformed body.

But then Broadside arrives with Soundwave and Weirdwolf, who informs every about something to do with Megatron. Dark Nova then reveals a horrific sight as his head then takes the form of Megatron, becoming the Star Giant once more!

And finally, RobotKingdom has scans of the three pack-in manga issues included with the Big Powered set:

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Due to the low quality of these scans making it very hard to make out exactly what's happening in these three, I'm not going to attempt to summarize these events. But, from what little I can make out of these three chapters (aside from the fact that the Powered Masters simply fight Violen Jiger's Powered Master-bodied components and then go after Dark Nova to try to save Megatron), the combined form of Roadfire and Topspin is "Wing Powered", Dai Atlas combined with Twin Twist is "Drill Powered", and the combined form of all five Powered Masters (Dai Atlas, Sonic Bomber, Roadfire, Topspin, and Twin Twist) is "Ultra Powered".

Also, it looks like Dai Atlas, Sonic Bomber, and Roadfire were all originally created by Megatron using Vector Sigma, and were originally "Poweredrons" before they would be called Powered Masters.

And there's something about the Powered Masters' having Powered Engines, and Roadfire has an attack called "Zone Powered Hammer".
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There's cross-continuity reference porn and then there's..this. Holy ****. :shock:
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Everyone who sees this news post make sure you read my provided interpretation summaries very carefully, as things do get pretty nuts in these five manga chapters.
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Postby william-james88 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:39 pm

Skritz wrote:There's cross-continuity reference porn and then there's..this. Holy ****. :shock:

Everyone is in this comic!!! Even dreadwing and smokescreen. In 2 different toy incarnations!!!!
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Postby Skritz » Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:41 pm

william-james88 wrote:
Skritz wrote:There's cross-continuity reference porn and then there's..this. Holy ****. :shock:

Everyone is in this comic!!! Even dreadwing and smokescreen. In 2 different toy incarnations!!!!


Man I wouldn't even know where to start when it come to explaining how much continuity references there are, as well as toy designs featured. This is beyond absurd.
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Postby Sabrblade » Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:12 pm

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More refined summaries of the two online comics from TFWiki:

https://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Road_to_Legends%27_Revival_Chapter_4:_LG-EX_Big_Powered_Prologue_Part_One
Shortly after hijacking the bodies of the Powered Masters, the Violen Jiger trio conquer a remote planet and put the Powered Masters' abilities as space pioneers to work in reviving "him" by remaking it into a powerful mechanical world to rival the Z Planet—Unicron Neo!

In the 2030s, Smokescreen is cheering The Fallen on during his attack on Cybertron, having gone insane and become a Decepticon after use of the Genetronic Translink System left him with several different minds occupying his body. He is defeated by Goshooter and Shūta while distracted by voices in his head telling him to stop, but is saved and restored in a new jet body by Dreadwing. Dreadwing explains the rise and fall of the Cybertron Alliance that occurred during Smokescreen's slumber and that the inability to end their conflict has made him give up on the future of the Transformer race: he now intends to bring about lasting peace by destroying all Transformers, a goal that Smokescreen sees as his chance for atonement.

In 2038, the two have joined Galvatron II's army, but Smokescreen is defeated again when Unicron Neo attacks them on Chaar. Demanding to know why Unicron has turned on him, being the one to bring him to this world to begin with, Galvatron is told that he serves no purpose given his defeat at the hands of the Monsterbots—his discovery of Beast Power will suffice and Unicron will now acquire that power himself. Galvatron escapes destruction by biting into a piece of solitarium on his person and traveling to the 20th century Earth, where he joins Megatron's army. Unicron Neo turns his attention toward Smokescreen and Dreadwing, reformatting them into new bodies and demanding their loyalty, which they gladly provide in accordance with their goal.

Elsewhere, Optimus Prime has been informed of the Legends World happenings and contacts Megatron, applauding him for his role in creating a world where Autobots and Decepticons built enough trust in each other that they kept it secret for 15 years. Megatron in turn offers to reestablish the Cybertron Alliance so the two factions can rebuild the Legends World, but the conversation is interrupted when the Decepticons are attacked by Unicron Neo. Informed that Violen Jiger has attacked the Z Planet and that Unicron is heading there as well, Optimus Prime departs to Z with Star Saber, Fortress Maximus, Grand Maximus and Ginrai to support the Powered Masters already on their way.

In search of Energon Z, Violen Jiger wreaks havoc on the Z Planet together with Metrotitan and the Metrosquad, revived and powered up from resting on Titan, but the Micromasters are hardly defenseless: not only is Galaxy Shuttle similarly revived and stronger than ever, but Sky Garry, Grandus and Metrobase are all present. Dai Atlas arrives and leads the Micromasters in a counterattack, with the small bots swarming over Vion while the Mini-Cons, Micromasters who attained weapon modes in a plasma energy accident, form weapons for Sonic Bomber and Roadfire. The Micromasters have since mastered plasma energy in order to create Schaeffer Energy, which allows them to combine together into new weapon modes for their larger comrades on the Air Patrol. A former member of the team, the traitor Hawking, taunts them and announces the arrival of Unicron Neo, who has acquired Beast Power and now looms over the planet.

Unicron Neo tears into the Z Planet together with his Decepticon loyalists while also spawning new beast warrior minions, though they are dealt with by the handy arrival of Optimus Prime's reinforcements. Fortress gets ready transform the Maximus, causing much concern about his health issues, but he reveals that he's solved them thanks to Cog, his new butler who serves as a life support system by connecting to the Maximus alongside him. The new "Weaponizer Fortress Maximus" takes on Unicron Neo while Optimus Prime prepares to open the Matrix, only to be stopped by the sentient toy Transformers of the Legends World who warn him that the Matrix is a last resort and that they have their own power to bring to the fore. They combine together with the Mini-Cons into what Armada Thrust identifies as the Unicron of Light, a green Unicron that goes toe-to-toe with Unicron Neo and blasts a hole through him with his Cosmos Bringer cannon. However, while Unicron Neo seems defeated, a smirk emerges his face...

https://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Road_to_Legends%27_Revival_Chapter_5:_LG-EX_Big_Powered_Prologue_Part_Two
Some ten years after 2021, Roller is informed that Dai Atlas has recovered the Zodiac, the one thing able to revive Optimus Prime, only for Prime's body to be spirited away by a mysterious capsule right in front of him.

In the battle for the Z Planet in 2038, Dai Atlas remembers who was responsible for the theft while also posing as Unicron... it was Dark Nova, who now emerges from Unicron Neo and tears the Unicron of Light apart. Dark Nova explains that he took the appearance of Unicron because it is the thing Transformers most fear, as his people have done before: Dark Nova's true identity is none other than a Vok, and his plan is to eliminate the Transformers now so that their descendants cannot travel back in time and ruin their plans on ancient Earth by protecting the Transformers' symbol of hope, Optimus Prime. For this sake the Vok created Violen Jiger to search for the Zodiac as well as the first Dark Nova, and though that one was defeated, he was just one of two Vok and the second one will not repeat his mistakes.

Dark Nova transforms into planetary robot mode and unleashes Vok Novaroids on the Transformers, who fight back with reverse-engineered Novabots and the successive generations of Autobot leaders present. Smokescreen and Dreadwing remain loyal to Dark Nova as their goals still align, and use their combined mode to clash with Roadfire and Dai Atlas's Land Powered mode. Meanwhile, the two defeated new beast warriors coalesce into a Vok Galaman, an immensely powerful beast warrior who defeats Fortress Maximus, guns down Hot Rod, smashes Ginrai's transtector to bits and manipulates the weather to strike Victory Saber down with a lightning bolt. Optimus Prime won't go down so easily, catching the Vok Galaman off guard by rapidly changing bodies with his Reconfiguration Matrix, but before he can finish the job he's impaled by Dark Nova who absorbs his Matrix energy and discards him. Dark Nova proceeds to dig into the Z Planet for its Energon Z while Violen Jiger presents him with the Zodiac, only to be interrupted by several Eldedroids, mass-produced Optimus Prime-lookalikes controlled by Daniel and Flip Sides. They warn Dark Nova that the very name "Optimus Prime" is a symbol of hope, and even if they fall today, someone like him will always rise and embody his ideals, ready to sacrifice their life in the battle against evil. Inspired by their speech and realizing he's a Prime too, the mortally injured Hot Rod is able to call upon the power of his Energon Matrix and reformat himself into a new Rodimus Prime body. Fortress is spurred on by his brother, Ginrai's transtector is repaired by a Synapse, Victory Saber refuses to fall while his heart of justice still burns, and together the Autobot leaders all release the wisdom within their Matrices towards Optimus Prime.

Years prior, Roller joins the Battlestars to help find Optimus Prime's body, feeling responsible for it disappearing on his watch. He is killed on Lucifer while drawing enemy fire so the other Battlestars can complete the mission, and his remains are placed next to Prime's during the resurrection in hopes that he can be revived as well.

As he lays dying again, Optimus Prime remembers Roller's sacrifice and steels himself to keep fighting just as the Matrix energy reaches him, restoring his Reconfiguration Matrix and allowing him to change into Star Convoy with a transformed Roller in tow. Dai Atlas gives him a ride to Dark Nova and lends him his Energon Matrix-powered Zone Powered Cutter, which Star Convoy uses to bisect the Vok Galaman. Dark Nova is unconcerned given he has the Zodiac on his side, only for Optimus Prime to turn his trailer into a ramp and launch Dai Atlas like a drill rocket that pierces straight through Dark Nova. There's no time to celebrate, however, because the Decepticons arrive and urge them not to destroy Dark Nova as he has consumed Megatron! Indeed, just like last time Dark Nova combines with Megatron, changing shape to become the Star Giant!
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Calling it now: next chapter will have Q-Transformers, Animated, Aligned, Car Robots, and Cyberverse characters show up. Also, is there a previous chapter explaining why Shaoshao is suddenly in her Siege styled body instead of her original Legends body?
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Re: Takara Legends Manga Thread

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:32 pm

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Decepticon Stryker wrote:Calling it now: next chapter will have Q-Transformers, Animated, Aligned, Car Robots, and Cyberverse characters show up. Also, is there a previous chapter explaining why Shaoshao is suddenly in her Siege styled body instead of her original Legends body?
Nope. We're just supposed to assume that either A) her Targetmaster suit got an upgrade between chapters, or B) it's meant to be the same suit but is just drawn to look like the Siege toy instead for the purpose of advertising the newest toy.

Similarly to Option B, all the vintage Micromasters present are drawn to look like their old 1990s Zone cartoon/toy designs, and only get drawn like their Siege toy designs when they assume the combined weapon modes of the Siege toys.
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Yay!Star Convoy got to do something outside of those storypages.
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Postby Albatross250 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:01 pm

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Dark Nova consumed Megatron again?

Also what happened to Roller? did he became Micro Carrier and can speak?

was a bit confused at that part. 8-}
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Postby Sabrblade » Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:59 am

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Albatross250 wrote:Dark Nova consumed Megatron again?
Looking back over the two prologue chapters, I think I got this figured out. I initially thought that Optimus was aboard Broadside's jet mode, but it was actually Megatron and his crew who were, with Optimus instead being aboard Battleship Maximus. This means that Dark Nova must have taken Megatron when he, disguised as Unicron Neo, appeared behind Broadside and attacked him then.

This also explains how and why Optimus gets to Planet Zone long before Broadside finally shows up with Soundwave's group.

Albatross250 wrote:Also what happened to Roller? did he became Micro Carrier and can speak?

was a bit confused at that part. 8-}
The bits with Roller are flashbacks set years earlier during the beginning of the Return of Convoy fiction, when Optimus's dead body was stolen by the first Dark Nova. Roller accompanied the Battlestars in recovering Prime's body, but got himself killed in the process. His remains were laid next to Optimus as Sky Garry revived them both with Zodiac, turning Optimus into Star Convoy and Roller into the Micro Carrier.
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Re: Takara Legends Manga Thread

Postby Skritz » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:37 am

Man all this insanity make me wish Transformers had anime again. Sure, it wouldn't be as niche or as nerdy but this kind of manic super robot style is something I've come to realize that I miss after years of decrying it circa the Unicron Trilogy, which was the time I was off Transformers and only caught glimpses of Energon on TV after looking at RID 2001 and going 'this is weird and kiddy'. >:oP

Now here I am wishing Legends EX and other insanities had an anime so we could see G1 Optimus, Rodimus Prime, God Ginrai, Victory Saber,(maybe?) Optimal Optimus and Dai Atlas shouting hot blooded nonsense against some derpy villain.
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Postby X43 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:56 pm

Not sure what's going on in this comic, but OMG I LOVE IT!!!!

This comic is crazy super Funtime!!!

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Postby Skritz » Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:50 pm

I've been wondering, given that the Legends manga showed things such as the Overlord Tera 'combination' made from two Overlord and given that Roadfire is a TR jumpstarter retool does it mean these combinations can be done in toy form using the shared engineering?

If so then two of my favorite TR deluxes got even better. :-D
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Skritz wrote:I've been wondering, given that the Legends manga showed things such as the Overlord Tera 'combination' made from two Overlord and given that Roadfire is a TR jumpstarter retool does it mean these combinations can be done in toy form using the shared engineering?

If so then two of my favorite TR deluxes got even better. :-D
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Postby Sabrblade » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:29 pm

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And with these prologue comics, we finally have a name for those two weird monster creatures that appeared in the Zone opening.

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They are... "shin yajū senshi" (新野獣戦士), which in English simply means... "new beast warriors".

That's all, folks.
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