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Robots in Disguise (2015) Menasor Review

Transformers News: Robots in Disguise (2015) Menasor Review
Date: Wednesday, May 24th 2017 6:03pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Kurona

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Fellow board member chuckdawg1999 once again has another new Combiner Force review for us; Menasor being the figure of choice this time! Check out said review of the Aligned continuity's take on the classic gestalt below and tell us what you think on the boards!


Review of IDW Optimus Prime #7

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #7
Date: Wednesday, May 24th 2017 2:47pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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The Heart in the Machine
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
With the Junkion invasion resolved peacefully, Optimus Prime takes a moment to plan the Autobot's next move on Earth.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #7
Look at this panel and smile


Story

As we saw last month, the first arc of the new ongoing series focusing on Optimus Prime - but really on Earth after Optimus annexed it to the Council of Worlds (yay space neocolonialism) - and the rebuilding phase is starting. Quite literally. But is everything as it seems in the newtopia of Little Cybertron?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #7
..then this one, and weep


The usual John Barber device of captions to help the narration along is foregone here, in favour of the established parallels with flashbacks, and actual breathing space in character interactions, starting with Optimus and the President of the US, and Jazz's role in the next issue (but also the past). A change of pace, for sure, and a welcome one given the themes addressed in the book.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #7
lol sex joke


Not only do we have parallels drawn between violence, guns and ostracism (in particular between Jetfire of the past and Optimus of the present), there are some less than subtle political commentaries on discrimination based on appearance or 'build', if you will - without ever getting preachy or entirely overt. More on this below.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #7
Functionism. Casually


In terms of plot advancement, then, there is A LOT happening in the book too. A very nice balance achieved in using the characters and their actions/words to seed where the story might be going from here, with Arcee, the colonist recruits, Jazz - and most of all, of course, Pyra Magna.

Art

Taking the reins from Zama, Priscilla Tramontano shines as the artist on the book - and working on both lineart and colouring for the issue - especially in one specific case I want to address: the faceplateless Optimus. That, right there, is part of visual storytelling: Optimus at his non-warring, non-fighting, but coming face-to-face with his realisation from last issue, and as he speaks to humanity on a more common level.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #7
How accessible does he look, right here?


Not the sole point to highlight about the art, of course, but one I wanted to reiterate nonetheless. Colour-wise, I found it fascinating how Tramontano was able to mimic Burcham's take so far, with the grainier texture, and add some extra light for the superficially lighter tone of the book, like a vibrant comma in the long sentence that is the ongoing series.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #7
(though Rust Dust is missing a little red)


The lack of that many captions, though still some snarky name tags float around, means that we don't have as much from the hands of Tom B. Long - though there is a very good KRUNG if you wait for it. As for covers, we've seen all of them previously, bar Tramontano's own (in the thumbnail), featuring the Junkion-Optimus monument by Casey Coller and JP Bove, and its parody by Andrew Griffith and Josh Perez, plus of course the regular cover by Zama and Burcham. All can be seen in our database listing here!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

There is a lot more that can be said about this issue, for which I have very little time and space - but some of my thoughts on it are bounced off the Twincast in episode 175 of the podcast, due soon. In the meantime, I wanted to point out that of the many interactions we see in the book, I was glad to have something dealing with Arcee, and Aileron's role is still one that I'm intrigued about.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #7
Am I the only one hearing ominous-ness here..?


Pyra Magna is still, however, the biggest presence outside of the titular character, even by just looking at the covers. There is a lot of talk not only about politics but also about faith (again, more thoughts in the podcast episode) in how her and OP interact and confront each other, and there is a lot - a lot - more to come out of this series.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Video Review of Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ultra Bee

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ultra Bee
Date: Tuesday, May 23rd 2017 3:23pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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Fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999 has once more found an early set of an upcoming toy, this time featuring the Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Ultra Bee - the Autobot Combiner of almost the entire Team Bee: Grimlock, Strongarm, Bumblebee, and Sideswipe! Check it out below.

Many collectors aren't going to be into this due to the simplified nature of the figure. I can't tell you that's wrong, but what I can tell you is that Ultra Bee is a solid combiner, that has a unique look that makes it stand out. Yes, the individual figures are simple, but the ritual of transforming them into their limb modes is fun while the figure comes together with a satisfying click at every point.



Bumblebee Variant Found in Transformers: The Last Knight Premier Edition

Transformers News: Bumblebee Variant Found in Transformers: The Last Knight Premier Edition
Date: Friday, May 19th 2017 7:41am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): ScottyP

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Seibertronian podcaster and database master ScottyP has been helping us validate some rumours about the deluxe Premier Edition Transformers: The Last Knight Bumblebee figure: apparently, there are two versions of the toy, one with yellow, one with black (cue Childish Gambino homage). Check out the rundown below!

ScottyP wrote:I'd heard some rumors about a deluxe Bumblebee variant, so I took a look for myself and yep, there is one. Behold - launch day purchase on the left, today's purchase on the right:

Transformers News: Bumblebee Variant Found in Transformers: The Last Knight Premier Edition

Transformers News: Bumblebee Variant Found in Transformers: The Last Knight Premier EditionYou can see the black paint not only gets onto the roof, but portions of the rear of the vehicle as well.

Transformers News: Bumblebee Variant Found in Transformers: The Last Knight Premier EditionIn robot mode there's no difference that's really noticeable. The shades of yellow are my lighting setup being crappy/me being not great at pictures. Trust me on this, the yellows are the same despite what it might look like here!

Transformers News: Bumblebee Variant Found in Transformers: The Last Knight Premier EditionHowever, when it's in the package, the roof pieces are left flat on the back. I've posed these oddly to show you how you can identify the variant in the store. The easiest way is to look at the rear piece, as the black "leaks through" a bit even when viewed from the front. The roof panel itself can be helpful in this but it isn't as reliable.

Given that the assortment codes are the same, I don't know of any other way to identify them while in the store, outside of being a total prick and opening the package in the aisle (do not do this.)

Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
Date: Wednesday, May 17th 2017 4:35am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): IDW

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GI JOE #5 Review


Previous:
Seeming sorcerer supreme Crystal Ball and the always destructive Dreadnoks have been causing trouble. The Joe team has been infiltrating different cults and anarchic organizations investigating how the growing world anarchy events tie together, and if they involve dire wraiths, Rom, Cybertronians, or *GASP* the rise of Cobra again. Now the Joe team has taken Crystal Ball prisoner, but only after he seems to have magically unleashed some nasty creatures from under the Earth.

This Issue:
The Joe team, which also consists of Decepticon Seeker Skywarp, attempts to learn more about the monsters and to drive them back to where they came from before they can do some serious damage. Skywarp, luckily, is about the size of these menaces, so he’s getting more front line action. Rock ’N Roll’s guilt becomes the focus for Crystal Ball, Doc faces her heritage, and Scarlett shares a big secret with Roadblock, who shares it with someone else…

Brought to you by these hard working creative types:
Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)

The Art:
As you’ve probably noticed if you own the issue, or have taken a look at the preview, the art takes center stage here, with artist Aaron Conley along with colorist Lovern Kindzierski taking over the duties for the issue over regular Giannis Milonogiannis. Milonogiannis' style has been something for a reader to get used to, as it’s pretty different than what has been done in the past -much more stylized, but still fairly realistic.

With Conley in, we get something even more stylized, and perhaps maybe even more jolting to Joe readers. Conley’s style seems to be inspired by Christopher McCullough’s animated show, ‘The Venture Brothers’. This style may feel more jarring to some, others may welcome the change, or the reference to the show’s style. It seems very stylized and un-realistic, but GI JOE has become much less realistic and much more SCI FI as of late as it intertwines with the HASBROverse’s aliens, robots, and other properties. It’s also only a one off mission, so Giannis will be returning next issue, although Conley will still continue to do covers and other IDW series.

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
Didn't know Brock Sampson was on GI JOE too, did ya'?

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
And it's Roadblock's birthday. Time for cake!
Yay!



My take (GI JOE fan):
There’s a lot for a GI JOE fan to like. It’s nice to see some underutilized characters appearing, like Stretcher, and to see that the book’s cast will not only be the small group that we were initially introduced to. The addition of Skywarp, and the push towards much heavier sci-finess may be too much at the moment, especially with the art, but this new Joe mag is still trying to figure out where it fits within the HASBROverse -as its Crown Jewel.

There’s some heavy humanity as Doc wrestles with her and her dad’s alien history, some downright creepiness with Crystal Ball’s sorcery and interactions with Rock N’ Roll, and moral and humane lines involving prisoners. These are balanced off with some silliness as the good guys' banter- which even Skywarp seems to be learning to enjoy. With the giant inner-Earth creatures being the more violent form of Sunbow’s old favorite Fatal Fluffies (albeit much bigger), it’s overall a fun issue. The art to me betrays some of the serious feelings incumbent in the issue. Is it what Joe fans really like? I’ll have to ask some… but this Joe fan is mostly tolerating it, albeit willing to continue to give it a chance.

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
In the show, cute turned into...

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
...RWOARRRRR!!!!!!!

My take (Transformers fan):
If I were a big Skywarp fan, I know I would have to tune in much more to this book. This issue contains probably the most we’ve seen of the bot in a long time. He’s almost fully operational, but does not currently seem to be able to teleport. His addition to this team as the only Transformer, and one pushed into being an ally mostly against his will, seems awkward for him-true to his previous character. You can tell he’s not a fan of humans - still bearing the same smugness and holier-than-thou attitude toward the ‘insects’- but he seems like he ’s beginning to feel somewhat better about his predicament- less of a prisoner.

He seems to have some grudging respect for a few members of the team, and plays nicely with most of the rest. He also seems like he’d like to jet (pun intended) at the first opportunity - or does he? At this point, he does not seem to do much reflection on the past, or his relationships with the Decepticons and seems almost content in his new role.

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
You can tell, Skywarp does really like them. They're still alive.

One wonders if more interaction with the other Cybertronians is in his future (how can it not be?)… will he at some point have to confront Thundercracker? Will he be willing to escape if given the opportunity? Where would he turn if he did — Starscream and Cybertron?

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)

Final:
I cringe somewhat when asked to do GI JOE-related reviews. I feel like I represent a fandom that I do not know that well anymore. I’m such a Sunbow cartoon GI JOE fan first, and that’s where most of my love for the franchise came from. I apologize if I ever misrepresent any GI JOE group. Like Transformers fans, Joe fans have their passionate and yet different kinds of fan cliques.

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
The right of might...wow!

I hope Joe fans are giving this comic a try. I’m fairly certain it won’t be a ‘purist’s’ (GI Joe geewunner) first choice, but it may provide enough so far to garner some interest and possible support to see in what direction it’s headed. The spread of Joe throughout the different HASBROverse books is new, and maybe exciting, with Zartan and Cobra showing up in MASK, Joes in Optimus Prime and Rom, and Revolutionaries playing around the edges of Transformers, Joe and Adventure Team history; it seems to be a fun time to be a fan of several franchises.

And, like I said above, if you’re a Skywarp fan, it looks like it’s time to start paying attention…

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
...they can't keep you in this comic as the only Transformer forever!

Video Review of Titans Return Seaspray

Transformers News: Video Review of Titans Return Seaspray
Date: Tuesday, May 16th 2017 2:11pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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Fellow Seibertronian Chuckdawg1999 has done a review of Transformers Titans Return Seaspray. Here is what he has to say about the figure:

chuckdawg1999 wrote:Seaspray is an awesome Legends Class figure. The style is very close to the classic G1 character, with updates in the right spots. I can't recommend this figure enough.




Update:

chuckdawg1999 wrote:Folks I made a mistake Seaspray CAN hold a Titan Master in Vehicle mode


Review of One-Step The Last Knight Megatron and Berserker

Transformers News: Review of One-Step The Last Knight Megatron and Berserker
Date: Monday, May 15th 2017 2:17pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Kurona

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More and more Last Knight toys keep coming out, and more and more reviews to go with them! Courtesy of fellow board member chuckdawg1999, we have a review up containing the One-Step versions of both Berserker and Megatron! Check out his review embedded below and feel free to share your opinion!


Video Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Steelbane

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Steelbane
Date: Saturday, May 13th 2017 9:50am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Optibotimus

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Via fellow Seibertronian -Kanrabat- we have a video review - courtesy of Optibotimus - of the wave 2 deluxe figure from the Transformers: The Last Knight Premier Edition line Steelbane! Check out the dragon/dino/knightosaur (a wyvern, most probably) in both modes in the embedded clip below, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub.



Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
Date: Thursday, May 11th 2017 8:36am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Transform like an Egyptian
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis

BLAST FROM THE PAST! In the deadly catacombs beneath an ancient pyramid, Joe Colton—the original G.I. Joe—found something far worse than any curse or boobytrap. He found the Decepticon Soundwave... scouring Earth for Cybertron's salvation. Their meeting remained classified—until the Revolutionaries crashed headlong into the modern-day results!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
Cameo 1!


Story

This is a very late review indeed, but one that I had promised myself I would get back to once life had stopped being so busy this side of a keyboard, and before the next issue. So apologies, first of all, and I hope you'll forgive the weird scheduling of it all. Call it 'doing an IDW' if you want. Onwards!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
Cameo 2!


The third issue of the strangely appealing Revolutionaries series, or, the Adventures of Action Man and Kup in the Hasbro Universe (and I Guess Some Other Characters Too) delves into some very old and obscure Transformers stories, along with some cinematic classics, and actually delivers a decently satisfying book in its long flashback format - with a bit of a pleasing twist or two towards the end.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
Cameo 3!


John Barber nicely works in a lot of backstories for teams we'll probably never really encounter, and still make the various universes fit into the very complex timeline of both GI Joe and Transformers comics (in their IDW incarnation, of course), while also fully revelling in the references and easter eggs scattered throughout the book. It's good to see the fun being had, and the results show.

Art

Ron Joseph's art is an interesting take on what is going in the book, as I felt that the style suited the entirety of the characters really well - especially with the flashback work framing of the story - except for the one entirely non-organic character: Soundwave. Or rather, his head. I have no criticisms anywhere else, but the head/face for the Cybertronian just felt a little off.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
But you also get these beauties


Colourist Sebastian Cheng, usually working with Fico Ossio on a much glossier look, does some pretty impressive colour works on here, keeping the sandy, dusty, grainy feel of both the setting in space (Egypt) and time (the past) in a significantly different approach to other books he works with. Very pleasing indeed.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
also some nice purples


The usual caption devices, both in narration and exposition, work really really well here, and Tom B. Long makes sure of it, along with some crafty sound effects and production. As for the covers, they are all easily accessible via our database page (along with full character roster too, here), but the one highlighted specifically in the thumbnail is another take by Joseph and TF vet JP Bove on the issue's contents.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Once again, I find myself having to say 'if you're not reading the crossover-y titles, it's fine' but with an issue such as this one, and if you've been an IDW reader for Transformers and/or GI Joe - and trust John 'Continuity' Barber, plus Hedgecock and Mariotte both assisting on editing work - you'll probably enjoy it even if just for the hunt the hints games you can play throughout. It's a step out of the current Talisman story, but still about that story.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
Confirmed: Kup is a fan of Josh Boyfriend


With MASK not doing too well editorially, Miles Mayhem gets a bit of a shine here; Micronauts have a cameo (see above, second image); Soundwave is at his snappiest; the ending made the whole thing fit into the current Revolutionaries timeframe, and we have some major hints as to what may happen in the next issues too. Seriously, take some time to give it a chance.

. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: ½ out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:

Robots in Disguise New Strongarm and Heatseeker One Steps Found in US and Video Review

Transformers News: Robots in Disguise New Strongarm and Heatseeker One Steps Found in US and Video Review
Date: Wednesday, May 10th 2017 10:50pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, Sightings
Posted by: william-james88

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The new One Steps part of Wave 15 have been found in the US. This wave includes the new Strongarm mold and Heatseeker. They were found at Target in Huntington Beach by TFW2005 user OCProwl.

If the new Heatseeker tempts you, you can also check out a video review of him below, courtesy of Panda Prime productions.

Transformers News: Robots in Disguise New Strongarm and Heatseeker One Steps Found in US and Video Review

Transformers News: Robots in Disguise New Strongarm and Heatseeker One Steps Found in US and Video Review

Transformers News: Robots in Disguise New Strongarm and Heatseeker One Steps Found in US and Video Review

Transformers News: Robots in Disguise New Strongarm and Heatseeker One Steps Found in US and Video Review


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