Thanks to Seibertronian Survivefan23, we have word that the Bumblebee movie has received its official rating, and that rating is PG-13. While this doesn't come as too big of a surprise and it is a small disappointment to those hoping this movie would end up with a PG rating. Considering every live action Transformers movie so far has been PG-13, the rating description is the interesting part of this PG-13 designation.
As many fans will remember, the previous 5 movies included text related to "intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, brief sexual humor, and language." This film, however, only contains the very brief description "Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence."
So what this means for the movie is that the only reason this has its PG-13 rating is because of robot fighting time. There are no language concerns nor crude humor to be expected from this movie, meaning this movie is hewing more to its Iron Giant styled description and relying more on playful innocent fun for its humor and enjoyment.
So what do you think of this rating? Let us know in the comments section below!
We have a pair of guest updates for you today regarding the fast approaching TFcon USA 2019! The first guest update, and by extension our very first guest announced, is Alan Oppenheimer, who voiced Generation 1 characters Breakdown, Seaspray, Warpath, and Beachcomber! The second guest update is Neil Ross, the voice of Generation 1 characters Slug, Springer, Sixshot, Bonecrusher, and Pointblank! Both voice actors will be doing Q&A sessions and signing autographs during the weekend.
TFcon USA is being held in Los Angeles, California from March 15-17.
TFcon is pleased to announce Alan Oppenheimer the voices of Warpath, Beachcomber, Breakdown and Seaspray in Transformers Generation 1 will be joining the G1 Reunion event happening at TFcon Los Angeles 2019. He is also known as the voices of Skeletor, Man-At-Arms and Mer-Man from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Alan will be taking part in Q&A panels and signing for the attendees of the America’s largest fan-run Transformers convention all weekend long. Alan Oppenheimer is presented by The Chosen Prime.
TFcon is pleased to announce Neil Ross the voices of Bonecrusher, Hook, Sixshot, Slag, Pointblank and Springer in Transformers Generation 1 will be joining the G1 Reunion event happening at TFcon Los Angeles 2019. Fans of the 80s will also remember him as Dusty and Shipwreck in GI Joe as well as Keith and Pidge in the original Voltron series.
Neil will be taking part in Q&A panels and signing for the attendees of the America’s largest fan-run Transformers convention all weekend long. Neil Ross is presented by The Chosen Prime.
DC COMICS ONE:12 COLLECTIVE GREEN LANTERN (JOHN STEWART)
Intergalactic guardian of Sector 2814, John Stewart, is presented in his Green Lantern Corps uniform - intricately detailed and featuring a 3D chest insignia. This figure features a real light-up Power Battery lantern as used by the Green Lantern Corps to recharge their power rings. Activate the light-up feature by placing the right fisted hand in the recess of the lantern. $80.00 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/ ... ails/83660
TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE VOYAGER & DELUXE
Build the ultimate battlefield with Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege toy figures! Siege plunges fans into the epic fight to survive on the final day of the Autobot and Decepticon battle to control Cybertron. https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/search?H ... Brand=1971
GAME OF THRONES VISERION DELUXE FIGURE
McFarlane Toys is proud to announce the lead-off figure to the much-anticipated return of McFarlane Monsters, Viserion. McFarlane Monsters aims to give fans of creatures, monsters, and fiends exactly what they've been wishing for! $26.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/ ... ails/83610
INJUSTICE 2 HARLEY QUINN 1:18 SCALE FIGURE
Based on their appearances in Injustice 2, comes this line of 1/18 scale figures! Featuring full articulation and character specific accessories, these figures stand about 3.75 inches tall. $19.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?S ... ompany=163
PREDATOR 2 CITY HUNTER PREDATOR(INVISIBLE) 1:18 SCALE FIGURE
The City Hunter Predator is a fully articulated figure standing 4.50 inches (11.50cm) tall. This Predator comes equipped with his telescoping spear and smart disc. Also included is a figure display stand and several alternate hands. $19.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?S ... ompany=163
MINI MATERIALS SCALED WOOD & REAL CEMENT FIGURE ACCESSORIES
Premium wood strong enough to hold even the heaviest micro brews or mini cinder blocks made of real cement that can withstand the weight of a person — Mini Materials has you covered! Shrunk down to 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/12, 1/18, and 1/24 scales, these are perfect for scenes with your figures or creating your own tiny world. https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?Company=934
RICK AND MORTY FUNKO POP!, FIGURES, & MORE
Funko has brought the world of Rick and Morty to life with action figures and Pop! vinyl figures! Collect Pickle Rick in a rat suit as an action figure, or foes and allies as keychains and adorable stylized figures. https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?Brand=9076
MASTER X MX-XVII(H) HERALD
From XTransbots the Master X MX-XVII(h) Herald stands over 6 inches tall, transforms into a car and includes a moped that can fit in back of the vehicle mode. Herald comes armed with two blasters and features tinted windows and real rubber tires. $89.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... ompany=309
KIDROBOT PHUNNY PLUSH
Collect your favorite character as a soft and cuddly 7-inch plush from Kidrobot! Each plush is in a sitting position making it perfect for display on your bed, desk, or shelf and made of soft polyester for snuggling. https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... ompany=365
POP! GAMES: OVERWATCH ASHE
Pop! figures bring your favorite Overwatch characters to life with a unique stylized design, each figure stands 3.75 inches tall and is made of vinyl. Pop! figures are packed in a window box that makes them great for display. $9.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/search?H ... Company=62
NEW JAPANESE FIGURES & COLLECTIBLES
Anime and video game fans: get ready for new and exciting collectibles from series like Fate, Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, Sailor Moon, and so much more! https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/lists?listid=35
BANDAI CHOGOKIN SALE
Bandai Japan brings you collectibles from classic Japanese series like Doraemon, Steel Jeeg, and Mazinger as part of their Chogokin figure lineup. Made of solid materials and beautiful sculpt, each figure makes a wonderful addition to any tokusatsu or anime collection. https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... eries=2882
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS BATTLE DIORAMA SERIES 1/10 ART SCALE STATUES
Venture to a fantasy world with Iron Studios' Dungeons & Dragons Battle Diorama Series 1/10 Art Scale Statues! Each statue is a limited edition statue that comes with a detailed hand-painted base. Connect all the Dungeons & Dragons Battle Diorama Series statues to create a huge 1/10 scale Dungeons & Dragons display! https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... ompany=609
TRANSFORMERS GEN 1 SOUNDWAVE WITH FRENZY BBTS EXCLUSIVE STATUE
The Transformers Generation 1 Soundwave (BBTS Exclusive) statue stands 32 inches tall and features the Decepticon warrior standing upon wreckage ready for battle. Soundwave is armed with his blaster that can be held in either hand and comes surrounded by his minions Ravage, Laserbeak, and Rumble. Soundwave is constructed of resin and acrylic pieces and features LED lighting in his eyes. $1,099.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... Brand=1971
FANTASTIC BEASTS 1/8 SCALE FIGURES
These 1/8th scale figures feature highly articulated bodies standing approximately 9 inches tall. Each figure has a fully realized authentic likeness of their actors, with accurate facial expressions, real fabric clothing, accessories, and detailed skin texture. https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?C ... 2&Scale=69
HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN DEMENTOR 1/6 SCALE FIGURES
This 1/6th scale Dementor collectible figure features an all-new realistic skeletal likeness with articulated fingers, a weathered black shroud costume and a special attachment to simulate the Dementor's Kiss. It also includes a stand for displaying the figure in flying poses. https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... ompany=442
FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER JASON MASK REPLICA
His name was Jason... and this is his mask. Own an actual piece of Friday the 13th history with this 1:1 scale resin replica, cast directly from a film-worn mask! This hand-painted and exceptionally detailed reproduction features elastic harness straps that allow you to wear it or hang on the wall. $34.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/ ... ails/83319
These hard enamel 6-inch FiGPiN XL are amazingly detailed and are able to stand up with the signature FiGPiN rubber backer stands. Each pin comes displayed in front of a collectible backer card and is fully capsulated in the ultra-collectible FiGPiN clear protector case. https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?P ... ompany=777
HAN SOLO DICE
EFX brings you the only officially licensed prop replica of the Han Solo dice from the Star Wars saga! EFX was given access to the screen-used prop, and generated the master pattern from a digital scan and extensive research of the screen-used prop making it the most accurate replica of Han Solo’s iconic dice down to the hanging chain. The EFX engineers, model-makers and artists have painstakingly produced a faithful prop replica of this iconic pair of dice. https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/ ... ails/83543
SPIDER-GWEN EGG ATTACK
Beast Kingdom is proud to present the latest addition to the signature Egg Attack line of deformed action figures: Marvel comics Spider-Gwen! Enter an alternate reality, one in which our beloved Gwen Stacey is also bitten by a radioactive spider, giving her Super-Spidey senses. $74.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... 358%2C2359
AGE OF ULTRON HULKBUSTER 1/12 SCALE FIGURE
The articulated 1/12 scale Hulkbuster is a joint effort between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, designed for Iron Man's use should the Hulk's incredible strength prove too great to control. As featured in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Hulkbuster suit can be deployed from orbit, forming a protective shell around the Iron Man Mark XLIII. $519.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/ ... ails/45152
THE WALKING DEAD CARL GRIIMES 1/6 SCALE FIGURES
From The Walking Dead TV series comes an amazing 1/6 scale figure of Carl Grimes! This articulated 12-inch figure features real fabric clothing and a pair of gripped hands for holding both guns and knife. $159.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... Brand=5038
BATMAN NINJA 1/8 SCALE FIGURE
The original pose for Batman Ninja created by character designer Takashi Okazaki has been brought into statue form. The sense of silence is palpable as Batman Ninja waits for his enemies atop the pole sticking out from the water… $142.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/ ... ails/83320
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE VINTAGE WAVE 1
By the Power of Grayskull! Super7 is proud to present the MOTU Vintage Collection, the original Masters of the Universe action figures re-imagined to match the character designs from the animated cartoon! https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... Brand=2603
ONE:12 COLLECTIVE ASH, CATWOMAN, & ALEX DELARGE
The One:12 Collective figure line from Mezco features characters from DC Comics, classic horror films, Marvel, and more. Each figure comes packaged in a collector-friendly box designed with collectors in mind. https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... eries=7537
FANS TOYS FT-29 QUIETUS
FT-29 Quietus from Fans Toys is a highly articulated, fully transformable robot that that stands over 9 inches tall. Armed with a blaster rifle and a pair of katanas, Quietus transforms into a space jet and features a mini robot that is able to transform into an additional weapon. $159.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/search?P ... ompany=387
MEZCO HORROR: THE EXORCIST MEGA SCALE REGAN WITH SOUND
Standing at a menacing 15 inches tall, Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist is presented in a real cloth nightgown from the film. The possessed youth says 6 iconic and hair-raising phrases including “It burns!” and “Keep away! The sow is mine!”. The devil is in the details and each of them have been captured here; from Regan’s untamed real hair to her crazed, piercing eyes and maniacal grin. This figure features 11 points of articulation for dynamic nightmarish poses. $84.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... Theme=5061
APOSIMZ ETHEROW 1/12 SCALE FIGURE
The joint system on the 1/12 scale Aposimz figure has been designed for maximum articulation without sacrificing any detail, the two wings on the back are also articulated allowing for incredible posing possibilities. Etherow’s main weapon, the Ballistic Acceleration Device, is included and can be attached to either arm with interchangeable parts. $79.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?Company=700
MARVEL GALLERY WOLVERINE FIGURE
The X-Men's resident berserker joins the Marvel Gallery line of PVC dioramas! This 9-inch scale sculpture of Wolverine shows the hero in his classic brown costume, perched on a rock formation with claws extended, ready to tear into an opponent. Featuring detailed sculpting and collectible-quality paint applications, this sculpture comes packaged in a full-color window box. $39.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?H ... &Company=3
BACK TO THE FUTURE II MAGNETIC LEVITATING DELOREAN
Kids Logic proudly presents the legendary time machine based on Back to the Future Part II. Meticulously crafted with more than 10 LED light-up features across the body, this magnetic levitating DeLorean is a dream for die-hard fans of the Back to the Future series. Also included in this DeLorean toy set are flame effect parts and two sets of interchangeable wheels. $299.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/ ... ails/24744
KINGDOM HEARTS III BRING ARTS SORA
This action figure of Sora, the protagonist of Kingdom Hearts III, has been re-created with great detail even though it stands at only six inches tall. This easy-to-carry figure is so compact it fits right in the palm of your hands! $69.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?S ... Company=92
DRAGON BALL GALS VIDEL (RECOVERY VER.)
Videl from Dragon Ball Z is shown here after recovering from her battle in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament! Although her outfit is somewhat the worse for wear, she's now full of energy and ready to return to the ring, punching a fist upward with a big smile! $129.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/ ... ails/76608
In this thrilling Fortnite edition of the Monopoly game, players claim locations, battle opponents, and avoid the Storm to survive! The gameplay, design, and components of the board game include elements inspired by the video game including Fortnite locations and loot chest cards. Instead of Monopoly money, players earn Health Points (HP). $19.99 https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/ ... ails/80087
I Need a Hero (to Save Me Now) A Seibertron.com semi-spoilerish review of IDW Tranformers: Unicron #6
EARTH WAR! With Unicron's ultimate goal revealed, the shaky alliance of Autobots and Decepticons is all that stands between Earth and the planet-eater. Heroes will rise-and fall-as Optimus Prime journeys into the dark heart of Unicron for the final confrontation with evil. At stake: the soul of a universe.
I'm just a step away
I'm just a breath away
Losin' my faith today
Fallin' off the edge today
And so the story ends. The finale comes, and the universe shakes, rocks, rattles, and rolls. But the question is, did the conclusion finally bring the show to justice?
Well, let's discuss this shall we?
I am just a man
For starters, let's talk about our main cast. Aileron is here, and she does her part, but there is nothing really spectacular. Arcee is her typical badass self, but really doesn't need to do much to be a part of the action. She's there, and she does what she does best. Windblade and Bumblebee are also sort of just here, not really doing too much to the overall story despite previous prominence. Which is OK, all of the named characters have had some moments to shine, so their lack of doing much is forgivable.
Especially when you consider our big 3: Soundwave, Starscream, and Optimus Prime. To me, this story finally got Starscream back in line with what Till All Are One had set him up to be, and finally seems to shake loose from the later Barber runs and revert back to what IDW appears to have wanted him to be, and that is a good thing. He and his seekers got some really nice moments together and individually, so I appreciate this. Soundwave continues to pull the heart apart, and I love his part in the conclusion of this story, very well done. And Optimus is not quite Optimus. His retraction of the faceplate and the fact that he never wears it again after he gets ready to go to orbit to fight Unicron is very telling, as is the (near) conclusion of his storyline. He is Orion once more, the masks, as he puts it, are gone. He is who is he is, and he helps smooth a few of his bumpy points.
It's just another war
Just another family torn
Just a step from the edge
Just another day in the world we live
We also had some other nice character moments, from all corners of the Transformers and the Hasbro Universe in general. Action Man gets in a good shot, the seekers are great, the Dinobots do a nice part, the return of a fan favorite character by Mount Rushmore was awesome to see, Prowl, Stardrive, and Rhinox with their moments of light, and even some Sharkticons and Junkions. The wind down pages in particular, with several important character interactions, was done very nicely as well, a good bookend to the series.
Who's gonna fight for what's right
Who's gonna help us survive
We're in the fight of our lives
And we're not ready to die
But for every good moment we had, there seemed to be a dim bulb preventing the light from fully shining. Slide is without a doubt the worst part of the book, and the worst part of IDW's Optimus Prime run if I'm honest. She ended up as such an unlikable character that I feel didn't deserve the storyline she ended up getting. The continued random cameos of Maximals that don't really do anything and don't really get any development besides Rhinox in any way was disappointing. Unicron himself and how he relates to his creator, and indeed his creator in general were lacking. The way Bludgeon, Monstructor, and the Dinobots resolved felt like a bit of a mess.
But most importantly, several moments in the book that were supposed to be huge just didn't ring. They sort of thudded. Starscream, the Maximal's victims, and Unicron's creator fall heavy in this category. They needed some more oomph. And the climatic finale itself needed some extra bits in the final resolution, as I feel the true climatic moment was with Soundwave, not with Unicron or Orion.
Who's gonna fight for the weak
Who's gonna make 'em believe
I've got a hero (I've got a hero)
Livin' in me
Art duties were very heavily scattered with this book, bringing in artists from almost all the main IDW ongoings over the past few years, including Alex Milne, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Kei Zama, and Andrew Griffith. While there were noticeable shifts between most of the artist changes, with Zama using her more monstrous features, Milne his pointy-ness and detailings, and Griffith's and Pitre-Durocher's smoother and less complicated look, there was never a feeling of real disconnect, thanks to the efforts of David Garcia Cruz and Joana Lafuente. While they did give some coloring liberties to pages with certain artists, calling back to said artist's previous books and color stylings, such as Zama's pages having a more dark, metal look while Pitre-Durocher's was more clean, smooth, and bright, They did a pretty good job of keeping the look and feel of the book consistent while still giving each artist that special spice of uniqueness. Tom B. Long also continues his work of letting the art be enjoyed to its fullest extent while giving us the important dialogue needed for the story.
A hero's not afraid to give his life
A hero's gonna save me just in time
I need a hero to save me now
I need a hero, save me now
I need a hero to save my life
A hero'll save me just in time
So in conclusion, this story fell somewhere in the middle ground. The story wasn't particularly bad overall, but it certainly felt like it lacked the excitement factor, the big push, that big wow moment that it really needed to be spectacular. The characters in the book and their screen time were handled pretty well, we just needed some characters to shine more in their moments (Starscream) and others who really needed to be given fewer pages and didn't feel like they got more than they deserved (Slide). Soundwave for me was the shining point of the book, which says a lot seeing as what role others played in the grand scheme of things. We also needed more of that expanded universe, the little shots were nice, but I feel we could have used a bit more of the Hasbro Universe itself, especially seeing as how ROM has played such a small role in this issue considering he started out the book as one of the seemingly more important characters.
But most importantly, we got a new take on Unicron, but it didn't quite live up to expectations. The destruction he caused and the look were impressive, but what he ended up being was a bit disappointing. I feel like we could have gotten a lot more from this badass villain who was the end. I feel like the moments inside him would have done very well for a personality of his own to shine through, but we did not get that. And considering how big of a deal he was, I wish we could have gotten a bit more from him.
And the series itself feels like that overall. It had potential, but for some reason, the big moments just never got quite the flare they needed. It needed something more, a bit more life to it, and maybe a bit less of the Main Cast and a bit more of the small moments, like Blurr's moment, but for others. It also needed a bit more of Unicron, and maybe a bit better executed finale. But overall, again not bad, just not quite up where I wish this book could overall have been.
1/2 out of
This final Review of Unicron #6 features the Skillet song Hero, a personal favorite of mine, and the fitting end to this book.
As I tried but ended up not being able to work it into a single issue review, I decided to make my personal favorite song of all time the theme song for the series itself, and I feel this song in a way encapsulates how several characters felt in the series, never giving up in spite of overwhelming odds, and keep their faith. The theme song for the Unicron series is: Feel Invincible, also by Skillet. As it is the theme, I have also linked the video below for listening without leaving this page:
With the new Metroplex Theme Deck hitting online vendors and hobby shops alike on November 21st,the Official Transformers Trading Card Game Facebook page has put up card scans of the exclusive cards contained within the set. We have mirrored them here along with the thoughts of fellow Seibertron user, #Sideways#.
Metroplex Alt Mode
#Sideways# wrote:So here he is, the star of the show: Metroplex's city form. It shows us how everything works in terms of deploying his three small dudes, and it shows us the first 25 star character in the game. In this case, you have to transform him from his robot mode to vehicle form to deploy one of three characters: Slammer, Scamper and Six-Gun. You can go from one character, to four characters in a game -- tall, to wide.
You'll notice two things about Metroplex straight off in terms of his stats: He has abysmal attack, moderate defense and an unbelievably high HP of 35. This makes him the absolute thickest transformer in the game, having 14 more HP than the previous record holder of Cosmos, with 21. But just being hard to kill isn't the name of the game; if that was the case, Insecticons wouldn't be the best deck in format, now wouldn't it? More on that later.
In short, this is the most unique character we've ever seen, and it's not just because his card a nearly a foot tall. Metroplex is the first "deployer" character we've seen, and it makes him very good at doing one thing: Showing how Soundwave or Blaster might work in the future.
Now, you might think that Metroplex is really good, that you'll get out a ton of small dudes and rush down your opponent. The problem with that theory is that you can only transform once in a turn, meaning you have to have a Rapid Conversion or Roll Out in your hand every single turn of the game or you'll fall behind. Trust me when I say, this is not a feasible thing.
This mode is the bread and butter of Metroplex, contrary to what you might think given his robot form.
Metroplex Robot Mode
#Sideways# wrote:Here's the big man himself in his robot form, and his stats only slightly improve. His defense drops, sadly, and his attack is boosted to an average six, but the biggest thing one might notice about him is his ability: Flip two of each pip and your opponent's characters are all force tapped, dealing one damage to each of them in the process.
That sounds powerful.
It sounds powerful.
When you have all three of your small characters out, it is, for sure, but that will seldom happen in a game. But here's the thing: Tapping all of your opponent's characters compared to tapping just one (ala Skrapnel) is bad. When you have all characters on a single side tapped, then the side with characters still untapped have to attack -- in this case, you. All of your characters will then attack at once, leaving your opponent to attack with a character of their choice next turn.
This helps your opponent more than it hurts them. In a deck that plays heavily damaging characters and support characters alongside them, for instance Optimus Prime -- Battlefield Legend with two support cars, you want to attack with the heavily damaging character the most. By tapping all of your opponent's characters, you're allowing them to untap all their characters at the beginning of their turn including their highly damaging characters.
If it simply tapped one or two characters, then you would be denying them an attack with that high damaging character while simultaneously leaving it open to attack -- tapping all characters means they still get to attack with their damaging character over and over again.
But that wouldn't be a problem if you had a higher attack stat. With such a low attack (and defense), you won't be able to take too much ground despite your high HP and ever-increasing numbers. Now, why is that? Let me explain by showing you the rest of what comes in the Metroplex set to support him.
#Sideways# wrote:Come on and SLAM! And welcome to the JAM!
First up we have another super unique card, and that's Slammer. Slammer isn't a Transformer, especially since he doesn't have a robot form, but he is useful. Slammer spreads one damage when you deploy him from beneath Metroplex, but more importantly, gives Metroplex Bold 1 passively.
But that's not all about him that makes him interesting: With Slammer, you might notice four things: One, he has the lowest HP in the game, but he also has some of the upper echelon of defense in the game as well -- but neither of those are the most important. The most important things about Slammer is that he is a Tank, and that he is four stars. This means that you can play him, Demolisher and Megatron -- Living Weapon all in the same deck and capitalize on Tank synergy.
Slammer's most use might just come from Megatron, instead of the city from which he came.
Scamper Alt Mode
#Sideways# wrote:There isn't too much to write home about with Scamper's vehicle mode, but there are two things that I really like about this. One, he gives Metroplex Bold 1 -- which is almost never a bad thing -- and two, he is a four star Car. This makes him an easy fill-in for wide Car lists, allowing you to play four Cars and to take advantage of Turbo Boosters as well as Start Your Engines. Of course, in a Metroplex deck I wouldn't advise over-emphasizing Scamper's Car status, but in a Car list, he's an easy fit despite his abilities only activating if you have Metroplex.
Scamper Robot Mode
#Sideways# wrote:His robot form is also something that only activates with Metroplex, but the effects he has are very, very good. Scrapping a weapon or armor is an excellent ability to have in your pocket, especially with how important Force Field is to swinging entire games. Scrapping weapons isn't as important (especially seeing as Grenade Launcher scraps itself after use), but I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
His stats are, again, nothing to write home about, but you wouldn't expect him to carry games, anyway.
Six Gun Alt Mode
#Sideways# wrote:"No one dared to make a slip..."
So Six-Gun is probably my favorite character out of this whole thing, simply because he has the most useful abilities out of all three of his comrades. Moreover, he has the best stats out of all his comrades.
His gun mode has the ever-useful ability of indirect damage, he has four stars, and the highest HP out of all his friends. But this really isn't the business end of this guy. Even though his indirect damage is useful, his robot mode is actually slightly better.
Six Gun Robot Mode
#Sideways# wrote:"... The ranger there among them had a big iron on his hip."
With four damage as his base attack, he's the highest damaging character of Metroplex's three small deployers. Sure, he has zero defense, but if there's one thing I've figured out, nine times out of ten, all three of them are going to get fragged in one hit anyway. One of the best parts about him, though, is that he can be the exception to that rule through the use of Force Field. He is the only one that has five HP, meaning that Force Field will be able to activate and save him from certain demise.
Of course, don't expect his four attack to save the game for you -- it's just useful to have a guy who won't instantly detonate as soon as your opponent gets a good look at him.
But one of the more interesting abilities on this card is his Bold ability, giving Metroplex Bold 2 when you transform Six Gun. Of course, you might notice some themes here -- stacking Bold to improve on Metroplex's damage potential and to pop his ability. This is even more more apparent with Height Advantage, the next card we're going to look at.
#Sideways# wrote:It's over Anakin -- I have the high ground!
Height Advantage is essentially Supercharge but for Titans, with a blue pip instead of the more useful Orange pip. This card is essentially a middle ground between Dino Chomp and Supercharge, and it definitely belongs in your list if you're playing a Titan
Protected by Metroplex
#Sideways# wrote:"I've got a lot of plans to do tonight, and dying isn't one of them!"
This card is strictly okay. It's essentially a Heroism with more moving parts, which makes me dislike it, but if you're playing a list with plenty of orange, you can't really go wrong. Plus, redundant cards in lists isn't actually a bad thing, especially with low draw power. I prefer playing Heroism on Metroplex instead of multiple of Protected By Metroplex on my smaller characters, but the end result is similar enough that it doesn't really matter.
Rally the City
#Sideways# wrote:"Alla till mig!"
Rally The City is one of my favorite cards to come out of this set. When you have this card in your hand at any time, you can use it to replace itself at worst. At best, you can use it to draw four(!) cards. This is a powerful, powerful card when you have enough time to set it up, and the premiere draw support with Metroplex.
#Sideways# wrote:So, all in all, I would say that Metroplex is niche. It seems super powerful, but the problem is the set up time. It doesn't send everyone out at once when you transform Metroplex, it just sends one at a time. This makes it very easy for your opponent to punish your slow play by dominating each one of your small characters as soon as you put them on the battlefield.
Another problem Metroplex has is that 35 HP isn't actually all that much when your opponent can attack you several times more than you can, especially early game when Metroplex is alone.
What it has going for it is the Dinobot levels of damage that you can potentially pull off when you have all of that stacking Bold. But then, wouldn't playing Dinobots just be easier? Stacking Bold, dealing a lot of damage, tanking a lot of damage, that all sounds familiar, doesn't it?
There are such things as redundant cards in the game, but when it comes to redundant decks, I often find that the most consistent one takes the cake -- or the one that can do more damage more consistently, and that would be Dinobots.
I mean, you even play a card that is essentially Dino Chomp in Height Advantage. Maybe it's just me, but it just seems like Dinobots with more moving parts and less consistent draw.
Playing an all blue deck doesn't make it any better, either, since all of that Bold is doing absolutely nothing. You'd live forever, but you're trying to kill your opponent with the firepower of a low-battery flashlight. But all of that is my opinion, anyway, what's yours? Let me know in the comments below!
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More good news for all those looking for leader Optimal Optimus. Our own Seibertronian Bodrock found him at his local Target in Beaverton, Oregon. He says they also had "Rodimus, Optimus and Unicronus, but only one Optimal", which makes sense since Optimal Optimus comes repacked with Rodimus.
He was $45 USD. While this final leader class toy from POTP was also available at Walmart.com and Hasbro Toy Shop, him being found at a Target store means that every single release in the mainline has been available at retail, with multiple options to purchase (where and how). This is better than every other Transformers toyline of the recent past, where final waves and figures were often skipped.
This means that Hasbro's decision to have sublines last only 1 year did have a positive impact on distribution. This bodes well for Siege and the rest of the new War for Cybertron trilogy.
Most Transformers War for Cybertron Siege toys have now been found in the US. You can view all the DPCI codes to help you locat the particular figure you wish here. For those who are still on the fence, we have some great galleries at your disposal which show what you can accomplish with the figures. You can see them here:
We have the gallery for the Transformers War for Cybertron Siege wave 1 Micromasters ready now. These are individual galleries for Storm Cloud, Visper, Flak, Topshot, Roadhandler and Swindler. They are sold in pairs for $9.99 in the US and can currently be found at Target.
While these are a new take on the G1 Micromaster concept, Hasbro did weave in some homages outside G1 such as Storm Cloud and Visper's combined mode which resembles the dark Star Sabre from the Unicron Trilogy. Each of these Micromaster pairs can combine to create a weapon, some more successful than others.
You can click on any image below to be brought to the full gallery.
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