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Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together

Transformers News: Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together
Date: Wednesday, August 23rd 2017 9:04pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles
Posted by: william-james88

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It has been a slow build with Seibertron showing all the bases connecting together bit by bit throughout this year. However, with Magnus Prime and Overlord out now (in Canada), Titans Return's mega city can finally be completed. Of course, what you see below is just an example of what can be accomplished since the amount of configurations at this point is endless. The pictures below involve all the official bases from the Titans Return line, so every leader figure and the two titan class figures.

This isn't the last of these articles though, there will be a follow up with Takara's exclusive God Bomber added in since he too has a base mode that can connect.

Enjoy!

Transformers News: Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together

Transformers News: Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together

Transformers News: Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together

Transformers News: Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together

Transformers News: Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together

Transformers News: Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together

Transformers News: Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together

Transformers News: Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together

Transformers News: Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together

Transformers News: Pictures of Every Transformers Titans Return Bases Connected Together

First Images of Hasbro Transformers Titans Return Magnus Prime Combined with Takara Legends God Bomber

Transformers News: First Images of Hasbro Transformers Titans Return Magnus Prime Combined with Takara Legends God Bomber
Date: Wednesday, August 23rd 2017 10:19am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles
Posted by: william-james88

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With the Siege on Cybertron set being shipped out across the US this week, there has been one big question: How does Magnus Prime look like combined with God Bomber? Magnus Prime from the Siege set is the very same toy as Takara's Legends Super Ginrai with different paint applications. So Takara's Legends God Bomber works with him for sure, but does the change in deco change anything? Does it still look good? Do the greys match?

Well, the images found below, taken by yous truly, should help. You will see him in both natual light and indoor lighting. I can attest that the grey plastic on God Bomber's chest appears to same to me as the grey plastic on Magnus Prime's thighs. Magnus prime's grey plastic for the trailer is far more grey/silver than the plastic found on Hasbro's Leader Power Master Optimus Prime which is more tan. This works well with the silver/grey paint founs on the boots formed from God Bomber. Hopefully this answers a few questions.

Transformers News: First Images of Hasbro Transformers Titans ReturnMagnus Prime Combined with Takara Legends Godbomber

Transformers News: First Images of Hasbro Transformers Titans ReturnMagnus Prime Combined with Takara Legends Godbomber

Transformers News: First Images of Hasbro Transformers Titans ReturnMagnus Prime Combined with Takara Legends Godbomber
The combiner ports arent tucked in since doing so results in the red pieces forcing the trailer panels to become undone.

Transformers News: First Images of Hasbro Transformers Titans ReturnMagnus Prime Combined with Takara Legends Godbomber

Transformers News: First Images of Hasbro Transformers Titans ReturnMagnus Prime Combined with Takara Legends Godbomber

Transformers News: First Images of Hasbro Transformers Titans ReturnMagnus Prime Combined with Takara Legends Godbomber

Transformers News: First Images of Hasbro Transformers Titans ReturnMagnus Prime Combined with Takara Legends Godbomber

Review of IDW First Strike #2, featuring Transformers, GI JOE, and MASK #HasbroFirstStrike

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #2, featuring Transformers, GI JOE, and MASK #HasbroFirstStrike
Date: Wednesday, August 23rd 2017 9:57am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): IDW

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Review of First Strike Issue #2 - A Hasbro Comic Event -
(or is it 2nd strike now? or Strike 1.1?), it's got a couple of spoils.

“The hardest part of this whole mess is knowing that you’ll be the one to try and stop me.”
“So I see this as my chance to tell you, this isn’t what I wanted,”
wrote the mentor to the student…

-Last time-
Earth was about to be officially ‘welcomed’ to the intergalactic council on Cybertron with Marissa Fairborne being sworn in as the ambassador. Then everything went about the exact opposite of how they all wanted it to. Baron Ironblood and his allies of evil infiltrated the grand event and started to attack the populace of Cybertron. But, what’s the main play here? Surely, even a seemingly infinite group of cyber- wraith red ninja and some rowdy dreadnoks, Iron Grenadiers, and BATS wouldn’t really be threatening for very long, right?

-This time-
“...I hope you take what happens next as a compliment.”

Be a tad leery if you are worried about continuity alignment, released materials, and chronologically happening events. Revolutionaries #8, the final issue, was supposed to be completed before this came out, as was MASK #10, which also hasn’t been released yet. This issue continues to reveal things that might have been uncertain at the end of the Revolutionaries series, or that MASK issue, but none seemingly as big as the ruined revelation issue #1 provided.

Amongst the chaos begun last issue- Baron Ironblood’s force of ninjas and dreadnoks attacking Cybertronians- and the human delegation; the larger plot begins to unfold as the other evil allies involved advance the real threat- poisoning all the inhabitants of Cybertron via the food supply -their energon. A seemingly simple, but effective plan— at least that is their evil hope— using Shazraella (of the evil Micronauts) and her enerchange abilities, and the talisman which was the focus of Revolutionaries, in some as yet, unclear way. Genocide them before they genocide us. If there is anything we find out from Coltan's inner-thoughts its that he's on what he believes is a last possible solution for the Earth's robot problem.

Oh yes, and on the more political side, the Solstar Order gets involved to make things even more difficult, but perhaps not how you might expect. The council delegates all start trying to pin blame, and not do much problem solving. Marissa loosens her sassy ambassador chops on Elita One after taking one too many jabs about being a tiny useless flesh-covered bug. There’s no crying in intergalactic politics Elita! Suck it up! You've been served...*add choice cliche here*

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As Srgt. Savage would say, 'Boo-YAH!'

Meanwhile, on the planet Earth, Scarlett, the Joes, MASK, Soundwave, and some of the Earthbound Autobots look to find a way to travel to Cybertron to help out those already there. Victorion twins, Skyburst and Stormclash, show their engineering prowess and build their character as they work to get the group to their goal, not entirely completed by the too-quick-in-coming end of the issue.

-Art-
The art by Max Dunbar (lines and inks) are gorgeous! Lots of detail, well-crafted battles with jumbles of red ninjas, BATS, and Iron Grenadiers seemingly everywhere, and yet he makes it work, and it never seems TOO over the top, or any more messy than one would want to portray this chaotic moment. I love most of his panels, be it humans or robots. I thought the first pages were a bit more polished than the last, but I also think that’s nit-picky, of me. The shadows and line work, the clouds, explosions, movement implied, facial expressions, and weapons fire all come off beautifully. Just when you think you might be having some trouble comparing the depth, weight, and size of all the varied characters, low and behold, here comes a panel that helps to make size relationships clear.

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I wonder what I should have for lunch today? Did I turn the lights off before leaving and lock the doors? I've got to remember to pick up my other dry-cleaning after the incursion.

Max couldn’t have accomplished the visual story-telling as well as he has without the colors by Andar Zarate which do very well in making Max’s work come to life. Cybertron is mostly bright, which seemed kind of odd, and Earth was very dark most of the time, being underwater, and at night for most of its action. BUT it all works well together to visually tell the story.

Never forget, Tom B. Long does the art team's letter work and I think it’s almost always a job taken for granted (except when it doesn't work - then you really notice) even though our review team does try to always recognize the entire team’s efforts in the storytelling, as well. I gush on Tom all the time. Ka-thoom, brother, Ka-thoom.

-Writing-
As you can tell, I wanted to focus on the word-smithing a little bit at the beginning of the review. The versatile Mairghread Scott and David A. Rodriguez are crafting a very fun, and action-filled Hasbro crossover here. It’s only the second issue so we don’t know all that the duo have planned for this series, but it’s starting out promising, and doesn’t require the setup that Revolution had to do for the Hasbro-verse. Say what you will about Revolution, it and the individual comics that sprung from it, have already introduced what needed to be done for First Strike, and now we can just get to the evil plots and lots of action! It seems like there’s certainly more coming that not even the ‘poisoning of the well’ is meant to be THE complication and climax of the series. Oh, there’s more coming, but the set up has been really nice.

Transformers News: Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike Thread
Talk to the hand! (I couldn't resist)

I’ve enjoyed reading the expounded mid-combat banter between the Joe forces on Earth and hearing the inner dialogue from Baron Ironblood as he continues to justify his actions of siding with the very enemies whose ideals he fought for so long. So far, he hasn’t really had much strife about it. But I wonder if he and his protege might have a bit of moment soon…one that may turn his thinking again.

Transformers News: Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike Thread

-Add-On- The Origins of Evil Part Two: A Game of Chess-
There’s a secondary story in this issue, just like in the last, that works to explain how this group of evil doers came to side with one formerly super do-gooder, Joe Coltan. Enter Destro- who should probably hate Joe Colton and dispose of him on the spot. So does he? There’s money to made somehow of course…so probably not (and that little 'Colton's still alive' detail). Read it to find out the nitty-gritty. And by the way, there’s a whole other creative team to recognize for this tale that includes pencils by Netho Diaz, tight inks by Walden Wong, and David Garcia Cruz throws down the deep dark colors, of this short, written by John Barber. These pieces have supported the more action-oriented piece of the main story very well, offering the origin of the group that’s attacking Cybertron, and delving into their motivations. It’s a great companion that might have been fine interspersed among the ‘regular’ story, but I’m sure they thought about that, and might have considered what it might do to interrupt the pacing, and comprehensibility of the overall issue(s).

Transformers News: Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike Thread
Show me the MONEY!

-Final Thoughts-
I have really enjoyed the first two issues of this series so far! The art has been superb, the story-telling well-paced, fun, and dramatic, and enough eye candy for Hasbro-universe folks of all kinds to enjoy. I LOVED seeing the VENOM Outlaw, and the Cobra Razorback show up this issue. I just hope that we get to see them in a bigger combat situation later on! Bring on more treats as such.

Transformers News: Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike Thread
I'd like a burger, fries, small soda, oh and a chocolate milk shake, please...

The hardest part of suspending my disbelief for enjoying this series so far is that war torn, experienced vets like Optimus Prime, and Ironhide are retreating (literally running!) from a gaggle of cyber-ninja (a naggle?), BATS, Iron Grenadiers, and those crazy, moralless dreadnoks albeit with some high tech weapons. I know there’s a LOT of those baddies (effectively portrayed visually), and the heroes are thinking of the safety of the Earth delegation, and the peaceful Cybertron populace, but really, Ironhide and his ‘badgeless’, or his new security forces, aren’t a match for this? I understand an initial surprise, and possible panic, but really? Ah well, I’m still going to enjoy it, and I won’t let this bother me too much, as I’m pretty sure the diversionary attack will get quelled pretty quickly in the next issue (combiners? pest control?) and the focus will be on the secondary threat. RECOMMENDED READ for TF fans (it is happening on Cybertron; lots of bots involved)!

Transformers News: Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike Thread

Optimus wants me to give it 5 of 5, but I'm going with...
:HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: 1/2 out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:

Plenty of awesome covers to choose from, but I really enjoy COVER D by Rob Duenas. Very bulky, big detailed figures, and the inclusion of fat tankor and Sigma Six looking weapons…love it! Check out these close ups, and the full image in the thumb nail!

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Transformers News: Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike Thread
Transformers News: Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike Thread

Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited
Date: Monday, August 21st 2017 11:23pm CDT
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: william-james88

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While the US waits for it's own first sighting of Titans Return Overlord (the final Leader toy from Titans Return), I felt like writing some quick thoughts and sharing several images.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

The first thing I wish to point out is that unlike any impression I had before, the helmet is not overwhelming the face. What I mean is that his face still seems to take the bulk of the helmet rather than look small within it. Also, speaking of the face, his lips are quite sexy. Not fully outlined like a comic drawing but he definitely has lips. You can see images of me trying different looks on him, with the helmet raised a bit to see more of his brow as well as him using the Sky Shadow head.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

I also tried seeing which Titan Masters fit best in his chest if one wishes to open the flaps and have everything fully blue. It turns out Scourge has the best Titan Master for the job, Fracas. The blues match quite well. I also tried Highbrow and Trigerhappy.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

The colors are also very good. I feared they would be too bright and take away from the bad-ass I know Overlord to be. He can still look imposing with teal and the blue is a nice deep colour. Speaking of the colours, the glossy paint used for the black and the blue really pops and gives him a nice finish. I especially love how the paint apps for the legs and the chest flaps create a panel lining effect, highlight the sculpted detail.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

He does have stickers though and some were peeling off but I applied some pressure to them and hopefully they stay stuck. They don't seem too out of place but nothing beats tampographs for me.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

While Overlord shares the very same tank mold as Sky Shadow, the upper torso/jet is 100% new. To the point that the base mode is entirely different and rises much higher than Sky Shadow's. Plus, one of his base mode connectors is around his crotch area, which I had never noticed before. Another thing I had not noticed was a reverse crunch joint along with the fact that the nosecone of his already removable jet cockpit is also removable.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

All in all, those who like Sky Shadow are sure to like him. He is big, imposing and had a nice helping of paint where it matters, highlighting some cool detail. He also has probably the best base mode yet from Titans Return with limbs acting as towers (why did Hasbro only figure this out after remaking Fortress Maximus?). I sure don't regret spending the money and I mean come on, we FINALLY have an affordable Overlord for our collection!

Below you will see more images of him in his other modes with Titan Masters Giga (Dreadnaut, who comes with Overlord) and Mega (Ominous, who comes with Sky Shadow) as well as shots of all three Phase Sixers united.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Overlord With Images of all Phase Sixers Reunited

Rediscovering The Joy of Collecting

Transformers News: Rediscovering The Joy of Collecting
Date: Sunday, August 20th 2017 9:21am CDT
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Site Articles, Collectables
Posted by: Burn

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A few months ago, I did something I hadn't done in a while.

I picked up a G1 figure. E-Bay, or Facebook, or forums, I can't remember how I did it, I can't even remember which figure it was, but it stirred something inside of me. The excitement for collecting.

"Didn't you already have that though?"

I thought I did, but without realising, while I had been collecting modern figures, I was simply going through the motions.

There was no thrill of the hunt, because it has simply become easier for me to order them online, more often than not, the Takara Tomy versions, which means waiting for HobbyLinkJapan pre-orders to go up. So with a few clicks of the mouse, the order is placed and I have to wait.

And then the figures would arrive, I'd open them up, transform them a couple of times, and then there'd go on display. The only figure I truly got excited over was Titans Return Triggerhappy, because lets face it, that figure is just awesome.

"But Burn, we've gotten a lot of fantastic figures in recent years!"

This is true, I will not argue this fact. I feel the designers of late have really innovated, and I've enjoyed the engineering aspect of new figures. New figures are great, but, they lack nostalgia. Yes, nostalgia.

"Oh no, he's going to go Geewunner on us. I'm out!"

Hear me out here. I got back into collecting Transformers 15 or so years ago, because of some problems I was having mentally. They reminded me of a time in my life when things were simpler, and I was happier, and collecting Transformers helped me get through a very rough patch in my life.

It was also a time when Beast Wars/Machines had just recently finished their runs and one of aspect of collecting back then was discovering all these new figures and characters, and thanks to ball joints, putting them back together! Many lots were discovered on E-Bay and much fun was had working out what parts belonged to who.

But that was then, this is now.

And not much has changed. When I got that G1 figure all those months ago I was reminded of that aspect of collecting that was a lot of fun. Restoring the figures, bringing them back to life.

And it's this that has helped reinvigorate my collecting. Finding older figures (preferably with all their accessories) and restoring them. That may involve simply replacing their stickers (Toyhax.com is the place for them if you're curious!) or completely disassembling them and cleaning them before putting them back together.

Or in some cases, repairs may be necessary.

Did you know that Titans Return Trypticon was in fact not the first Transformer to have a problem caused by springs? While I can't say for certain he was the first, but I did discover that G1 Pointblank had spring issues.

I picked up a G1 Pointblank in a G1 lot last year, he had a busted door, but other than that he seemed to be in good condition, and he had his little Targetmaster buddy. In July I came across a seller on Facebook who had a few figures I wanted, including a G1 Pointblank. He emphasised that Pointblank had a problem with his left leg.

Transformers News: Rediscovering The Joy of Collecting

See those knee joints? They have springs in them. There's two ratchets with teeth on them, one is molded into the outer leg, while the other moves back and forth as you transform the figure. Those springs allow that ratchet to move back and forth.

The problem is, the spring is constantly pushing the ratchet out, throw in years of age and transforming, and the screw that holds it in place eventually comes free.

But hey, that's fine, the G1 Pointblank I was getting had an unbroken door and that's all I needed to fix up mine!

Imagine my shock when I inspected mine and found the exact same problem with the leg.

To be honest, it probably didn't need to be fixed, he transformed fine, but I wanted to fix it anyway. So I set out to fix the problem, which to put simply, was the screw hole had become threaded.

Solution? Drill a larger hole and fill it.

Transformers News: Rediscovering The Joy of Collecting

My first attempt failed, but I persisted. Eventually I resorted to removing the spring completely (it's actually NOT really necessary if you intend to display him in robot mode) and using a touch of super glue to hold the screw in place.

G1 Pointblank wasn't the only figure I've worked on recently. I also picked up Sparkabot Guzzle. Great little figure and his sparking figure worked as well. I already had Sizzle, though he wasn't in great condition either, which is where I lucked out and found a seller that had Fizzle AND Sizzle as well. So I could replace my Sizzle and complete my Sparkabots collection!

When they arrived they were a little on the dirty side, so I started with Fizzle. Took him apart, cleaned him in nice warm soapy water, inside and out and reassembled him. Not only was he clean, but his sparking feature worked better than it did when he first arrived.

I then moved onto Sizzle ... and that's where I ran into problems. The heads of the two screws in his legs snapped off, which meant I had to drill them out. Or, I could simply use the legs off my other Sizzle!

Those screws snapped as well, so back to drilling them out. Eventually I got him disassembled, cleaned up and put back together. A set of stickers from Toyhax later and Fizzle, Sizzle and Fo'Shizzle Guzzle and they were ready to rejoin the collection!

Transformers News: Rediscovering The Joy of Collecting

Simple restorations really, but I took so much pleasure in taking old battered figures and giving them a new lease in life.

"You could do that with any era, clearly your Geewunner bias is showing"

It's not bias actually. When I returned to collecting, I collected what was current at the time, meaning I have all the figures I want from Beast Wars through to Titans Return.

That being said, and I say this with a disclaimer that I have only really searched locally (Australia), from my searching on E-Bay, and even what I see on Facebook and forums, there's not much out there from later lines like Armada.

And I feel that is because we are live in times where things are more disposable. It's easier to go out and buy something new rather than to fix it. Kids toys missing an arm? Just throw it, we can duck down the shops and get another one.

And to me, that's disappointing, because the generation that grew up on Beast Wars and A/E/C now have disposable incomes and will be looking to get figures they missed out on as kids.

But where are they? Where are the complete figures? The junkers?

Believe me, if I came across some of those figures I'd snap some up for customising purposes, but they just don't seem to be out there.

Of course I do have some G1 bias, it's what I grew up with, it's what helped me through a dark patch in my life, it reminds me of a simpler time, and I have to admit, I'm pretty damn proud of what I've achieved of my G1 collection and would like to get to a point where I can say "I may not have every G1 figure, but I feel my collection is complete to me".

It's that goal, plus the joy of restoring figures, that has helped me rediscover the joy of collecting, and I know I'm not the only one. Take a look at our Transformers Toy Haul thread. Others are collecting G1 figures. We have an entire thread dedicated to the clunky Pretenders!

I've seen interest from the younger generation who are discovering Marvel UK, and all the characterisations some of the lesser known toys received, or even characters that never received a figure until recently. Like the little wheel that could, Scrounge!

And I have to admit, I do enjoy talking to some of the younger collectors who are discovering G1 and suggesting figures to them and helping them find them. Who doesn't enjoy the thrill of hunting down a figure?

So for once, in what has been a long time, I feel the excitement and joy of collecting.

How about you though? Are you an old fart like me enjoying the hunt for old figures, or maybe you enjoy hunting modern figures, or maybe you're a young whipper snapper delving into the history of Transformers and looking to collect across the eras. Let us know on the forums!

"Oh thank **** he's finally finished waffling on!"

Leader vs Voyager: Which is the Better Megatron Figure from Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the Better Megatron Figure from Transformers: The Last Knight
Date: Sunday, August 13th 2017 9:09am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Site Articles, Editorials
Posted by: william-james88

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In the previous movie toyline, Age of Extinction, the debate was on which was the better Grimlock since he was the only character with two new toys in the collector oriented line in two different classes. However, both were mediocre so it was more of a question of which wasn't as bad. But now with The Last Knight's Megatron, it's the reverse with two really awesome looking toys. But which is best?

I will break it down through categories and pick a winner, based on what I feel and read online from you guys, and then we will all say our preference in the forums. Sound good?

Jet Mode:

The leader definitely wins by having some kibble free wings in jet mode. Having those flame effects in the back is a really nice touch too. it is quite an imposing jet. The back of the jet is also cleaner than the voyager which has the robot shoulders there looking asymmetrical. The fact that the wings on the leader have no kibble underneath them really makes the jet look sleek and adds to the alt mode's distinctiveness from the robot mode. The alt mode of TLK Megatron is a gorgeous jet design and the leader is a better representation of it.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Leader

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Voyager

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Leader

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Voyager

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight



Robot Mode:

This one is a toss up with the leader edging out the voyager by just a bit. The leader has more dedicated parts for the robot mode with the jet kibble relegated to the back and on the arm cannon while the voyager has some fuselage doubling (unconvincingly) as part of the knight skirt and jet wings wrapped around the robot legs. But that also means he has a cleaner back, more alt mode integration (which I can't be mad about) and a cannon that looks fully dedicated to the robot mode. The arms on the voyager are better since the forearms are sleeker. The leader's standard arm pose gives you gorilla arms but you can adjust that with the wrist swivel, which gives you a giant hole and unseemly wide forearms.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight


Speaking of articulation, both give you a decent range. The leader even has double jointed knees if you use a transformation hinge but after seeing the images below you might not use it for the robot mode. The leader does something else that I did not notice until having him in hand, the sleekness of the torso, as it tapers down, is hampered by the backpack. Meaning that you don't get that nice shape at the midsection and instead it looks like those u convincing Power Rangers zords where they draw a sleeker body on a rectangle and make the collector/child pretend it's not there. Also, the leader ends up with a crotch hole ala MP 10, which the voyager does not have. With all these knocks against the leader, you would think the voyager would win this easily but I really like how good the leader's robot mode looks with the face mask and how clean the robot mode is. Point goes to the leader.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Voyager

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Leader

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight



Gimmicks:

The leader clearly has more gimmicks than the voyager. All the voyager has is light piping (eyes and "gills"), which is something absent in the leader figure and actually works well enough on the voyager. You get a cool evil look with it. Now the leader's gimmicks are both its pro and con. Yes, the facemask is really cool but for that to work you end up with a really derpy looking mouth when the mask isn't deployed. You also get a weak spring loaded feature for the front of the jet to come undone and it is as annoying as Leader Optimus' spring loaded swords. Sometimes too much is like not enough and I would rather not get a gimmick than a poorly executed one. The face mask is still cool but the fact that I hesitate to transform the leader just because of how annoying that bit will be means I prefer the voyager for keeping things 100.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight



Facesculpt:

As just said, the retracted chin on the leader doesn't look good and makes him look more derpy than menacing. Almost reminds me of Sloth from the Goonies. Voyager wins this one.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Voyager

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Leader

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight


Paint/Deco:

The voyager wins here by a landslide. Both toys go for a very different look with the silver deco and I fail to understand why. The voyager uses the silver as a way to subtly add to the layering of the armour. Its a nice effect that seems to only work on the naked eye. What is baffling is that the leader uses silver paint to instead give a weathered or battle damaged look. It is blotchy and not uniform and looks random.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Leader

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Leader

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Leader

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Voyager



Arm Cannon:

Oddly enough, I find the voyager's a tad bit too small. It's maybe movie accurate but it doesn't look very threatening. The Leader's is way too big. The fire effect is super cool and I am able to pose him the right way so that the weight is evenly carried across the toy, but it still looks very big. I give both of them major props for avoiding the partsforming route.

In the end, the Voyager wins here but not by much.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight



Transformation:

This is the big one. I much prefer the Voyager's transformation since I much prefer unfolding panels instead of the panel forming and massaging you have to do with the leader (in the back portion of the jet). There is more of a shell aspect with the leader which the voyager doesn't have since almost every part of the robot mode is reused for the jet mode. Also, the first step they give you for the leader is to transform the nosecone from the cannon which is a terrible idea. It will surely keep getting undone as you keep transforming since it is spring loaded. The voyager is really a joy to convert from one mode to the next. Nothing gets in the way too much and there isn't anything annoying. It is also far more intuitive and there is no need to exert pressure anywhere. My leader already has some stretch marks where the nosecone tabs into the forearms.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight



While the voyager wins out most of the categories it is still a tough call when the ones the leader wins is when it comes to the best looking modes. In the end, its all about what you want best. If you will be transforming these often, the voyager is the way to go. But if you just want to pose him, the leader works better since he is far more screen accurate. However, you wouldn't be able to pose him with anyone since the only other toy in his scale in this line is the inaccurate Optimus Prime leader. Still, I can't say this pic below isn't awesome and I don't regret getting both.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations
Date: Saturday, August 12th 2017 8:14am CDT
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Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

While many fans loved the complexity of the Revenge of the Fallen line, parents were not as enthused and eventually, the Age of Extinction Toyline came with a publicized push by Hasbro to simplify the transformation process of Transformers toys. They claimed it was both to bring it back to the brand’s basics and to be more appealing to kids and this idea of toys being simpler has stuck in he current collector landscape. While I love my complex transformations as much as the next fan, I actually thought this was all smoke and no fire. Not simply because complex and articulated Transformers didn’t disappear, and not just because we’ve had one step Transformers since G1’s Twintwist and Topspin, but because I believe easier Transformers can sometimes yield great designs that are just as hard to pull off as more complex transformations. An easy transformation doesn’t necessarily mean that the engineering is lacking and sometimes overcomplicating a transformer can yield terrible results (which is what the majority thinks of Universe Galvatron). All I want to show with this list is that there can be great style and a lot of fun resulting from easy transformations and I wanted to give the best examples of that. My only rule here is that it had to be less than 5 main steps (not including posing) to see the robot mode. This isn't necessarily about simplified toys or one steps, that could be another list of its own. Here, I was looking for awesome toys that you could transform extremely fast that even a young fan with a small attention span would appreciate and marvel at.

5. Transformers Animated Activators Seekers

These are one step transformers, for the most part, and are a lot of fun. The seeker mold has the best robot mode of this class, which makes up for the sub par jet mode, and it is loaded with articulation for that size. It really reminds me of the spring loaded Best Wars Basics which had just as much articulation as the deluxes. With all the lovely ball joints, this seeker mold even puts more recent attempts at Legends sized seekers to shame in terms of the amount of articulation and poseability.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations


4. Transformers G1 1984 Optimus Prime (Convoy)

When Hasbro said they were taking the property back to basics, I thought of what that meant and looked at my G1s. I could totally see what they meant. Transformer toys of the past were far easier than what they became in the ROTF line (hyperbole, right? But that’s the point) but I think they still look great in their own way. I grew up with the beautifully articulated Beast Wars figures and yet I can still see the great style of G1 and appreciate them as the fun toys they are. Blocky maybe, but it really sells the robot esthetic and even better, the robot in disguise aesthetic with the great alt mode integration of the early licensed diaclone toys. Optimus Prime (Battle Convoy) is the best example of this, and he transforms in just 4 steps (which includes part forming).

1.Bring down the legs and feet
2.Pull out the arms and shoulders
3.Flip the head
4. Plug in some fists (if you still have them)
And voila!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

It’s simple but really smart, especially the arms taking part of the front of the truck with them, giving Optimus a slimmer figure in the abdominal area that lines up with where the legs begin. And while he looks like a blocky robot, the alt mode is impeccable with no notion of robot kibble (it helps that his hands are just accessories). Also, let me reiterate, less than 5 steps!


3. Transformers Beast Wars Terrorsaur

To be frank, I could have picked any of the basic beast wars figures since they are all as good and as smart, so feel free to substitute this entry with your favourite of the basic spring loaded beast wars one step figures. Terrorsaur is a tad more special than the others to me since he was my first Transformer and, along with Rattrap, this was the only class to have a toy of the show character. And while I did complain about the size as a kid, I didn’t complain about the transformation (and no one complained about the show accuracy in the beast wars line, it wasn’t part of the fandom’s lexicon yet and I was just glad my Terrorsaur didn’t have a mutant head). The transformation was actually pretty smart and I believe it even beats the more recent Pretodactyle mold we got, Age of Extinction’s Strafe. Unlike Strafe, Terrorsaur’s head isn’t visible in Beast Mode even if you flip him to see the undercarriage, and the robot hands are hidden as well, transforming into the beast mode feet. I still find that hand transformation ingenious to this day. It’s so simple how the beast mode feet are panels that just flip onto the forearms and disappear in robot mode. You can count that as a step if you are so inclined, since it’s a great step, but he is principally a one step transformer since the entire robot mode comes to view once you unhook the beast mode head and let the spring do the work.
And voila:

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations
Transformers Beast Wars Iguanus (Crazybolt) Gallery


2. Transformers Beast Wars Cybershark

He was my favourite to transform as a kid because I marveled at how fast it was to go from these two totally distinct beast and robot modes. Unlike Terrorsaur above, there wasn’t a spring involved, this was a deluxe, and neither his arms nor legs appeared in robot mode. His fully articulated limbs only appear in robot mode and you get there in just 3 steps once you remove his tail (which you also must do with the three step Robots in Disguise Grimlock).
1.Open the shark’s underbelly/shell
2.Flip the newly revealed legs to the front end of the toy
3.Flip the shark head down
And voila:
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

A beautiful robot mode with some decent alt mode integration (the shark’s head!) with one of the best headsculpts and decos of the beast era. He is also full of weapons and hidden projectiles (the sharks’s head!). This is by no means a design that lacks engineering, or inventiveness, especially considering that the beast mode is a realistic shark that has no arms or legs. And yet it’s super simple and fun to transform. I didn’t feel cheated then and I sure don’t feel it now. For a simple comparison, the Transmetal II version was made far more complicated to transform and the result doesn’t hold a candle to the initial cybershark who is far more sleek, giving him the look of the swift, sharp and skilled killer he is (or was in my imagination).


1. Transformers Cybertron Hot Shot (Excellion)

This figure is astounding compared to today's toys in terms of heft, deco and sculpting. It's a deluxe class figure with an excellent amount of articulation, but do you know how many steps it takes to transform it? Only four. Five if you have to turn his head for it to face the right direction.
1. Pull the rear of the car back.
2. Flip the rear vents up to form the robot feet.
3. Swing the sides of the car out while pulling them down, splitting the front of the car.
4. Rotate the cockpit, and accompanying top of the car, 180.
(5. Turn the robot head around if it's not facing the right way)
And voila!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

This can be performed in 10 seconds, with no hyperbole. And that's it. The transformation is so simplistic and elementary, yet results in an impressively articulated figure with some fun non-inhibiting gimmick features. The simplicity in the toy is a result of the robot mode using the very same parts from the alt mode but in a way that the kibble is no longer visible, giving way to a robot mode with detail that was never found before.
Just look at how little of the alt mode shows up in the robot mode:

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

And yet, the robot mode uses parts from the car mode, making him still sleek with a nice amount of bulk and heft. This toy simply amazes me. I love the alt mode being a Cybertronian Lambourghini. Design is two fold; it is the look of the figure as well as its engineering. And this guy works that way. The simple engineering means you can have a swift conversion from 2 modes that look nothing like one another. Think about it guys, this is what Hasbro is trying to hard to achieve right now with simplistic transformation. But this is it done right. It is truly a figure for all ages (it's my 11 year old cousin's favourite toy, she usually finds transformers too complicated).
And the style of the figure is something to behold. Speaking of head sculpts, this is probably one of my all time favourites, there is so much detail and sculpting. You have four colours playing off one another on this head design with different kinds of plastic as well, giving it a unique look while also hearkening back to a very old school robot look. And speaking of hearkening back, his gimmick is that he becomes an homage to Hotrod.

Sure, he isn't perfect. He has a big buttflap, the doors don't retract across his arms and the legs are quite bulky but to me this is just part of the design and intention to make him quick to convert while using as much as the kibble as possible in the robot mode (ie the legs ad doors).
This was the last line before the movie happened, and the very last states side line which used Takara for design and not just engineering. It was like a last hurrah for the classic transformer design, yet flipped on its head (or upside down, as is the case with this toy). It's just great.

And once again, check out that headsculpt!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #12 - Final Issue #TAAO

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #12 - Final Issue #TAAO
Date: Wednesday, August 9th 2017 1:38am CDT
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Till All Are One
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Starscream makes his most desperate move yet in order to protect himself from Elita One's rising power. But for once the master of manipulation's only choice is to make himself helpless to another. Good thing no one's got a grudge against Starscream, right?

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #12 - Final Issue
Ulp, as we say


Story

We've arrived at the final issue on my favourite of the three Transformers ongoing comics series from IDW Publishing, at only 12 numbers in total, and with a lot at stake in terms of the story itself. A series, I'll remind us, that fully reintroduced the mythological Primes to this version of the TF universe, with Solus via Caminus (in its previous incarnation), Liege Maximo via Titans Return, and peeking into Micronus' mind via the Revolution tie-in.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #12 - Final Issue
oh, hey, Solus


And it's that concept, those issues dealing with minds that bring us back to the present, as we find ourselves inside Windblade's realm, her mind palace, the Cityspeaker's inner city - and her vicious battle of the wills with Vigilem's own mind, trying to take control, by exploiting the aid of Starscream who begrudgingly stepped in (or in it, depending on how you want to look at it).

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #12 - Final Issue
can you tell it's hers?


Now, Vigilem is more clearly defined in this issue, even more than previous ones, and he's a truly nasty piece of work. The manipulation we've seen so often in the series comes very naturally to him in Mairghread Scott's script, and he's made to be more and more unlikeable by the frame (to me at least; casual ableist slurs don't help, either) - as opposed to the initial framing of his story through Metroplex.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #12 - Final Issue
Some things never change


But Starscream and Windblade are without the doubt the in undisputed protagonists of the story, one aiding the other, in ways you may not expect going into the story at first. We find out more about both, a lot more about at least one, and some interesting facets to at least another, in conclusion to this part of the story that will, yes, have repercussions - but mostly, it'll leave with a number of smiles across readers' faces, and words to be heard for those who are listening.


Art

When talking about Vigilem as a character, and Windblade's mind as a setting, one cannot ignore the sheer scale of what the script demands in terms of visual transposition. Sara Pitre Durocher creates worlds within worlds, designs within designs, concepts hammered out, and strips some layers bare of their visualisation, only to bring more to the surface. What she does is magnificent.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #12 - Final Issue
I can hear myself wink in that paragraph


And what the colours of Joana Lafuente add to the artwork beneath is just even more so, creating the same dark atmosphere of this reality that we had seen previously, but making sure that the right hues permeate the whole scene, with only three real moments of pure light (one of which seen in an image below, as a reflective flashback). You will want to wait and enjoy the other two.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #12 - Final Issue
Have a CHOOM instead


The banging work of Tom B. Long, who is dealing with some panels with extremely crucial dialogue placement and overlap, is still the cherry on the sundae that is the visual aspect of these books, and I appreciate every single Choom, Crnnk, and Clang. The thumbnail for this review is the cover variant by regular artist Priscilla Tramontano, also depicting a facet of this story. All other covers can be found in our database entry right here, with the ominous, main Pitre Durocher one, and the triumphant variant by ZeroB.

Thoughts
WARNING: this may contain spoilers

And so, we have reached the end of an excellent and undervalued series until too late for it to continue in another form - no blame given, no fingers pointed, it just happens - and with it, there are still several questions left to be answered: Airachnid's sudden introduction and now homeless development; Bumbleghost's nature and existence; Starscream's true nature other than being Starscream; Elita-One's crafty struggle for power and popularity; Blast-Off's deal and manipulation; Vigilem, the other Titans, and their Primes. Any one of those could have warranted another full arc, and some may indeed be addressed in First Strike, the Annual, and any new series dealing with Cybertron, of course.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #12 - Final Issue
And more Sasscream/Tracescream


I am saddened to see the current creative team not continue further in this incarnation, though, and I'm sure (from what I've seen online) that this is the case for many readers. Scott, Pitre Durocher, Lafuente, Tramontano, Long, and rotating guests and editors have done something exceptional with their exploration of politics, post-colonial issues, guilt, power, loneliness and most of all, control. Mind control, political control, military control - Starscream's fears run deep, subordination fits tight on all the characters involved, and in constraint, some exquisite creativity and artwork can be born.

For the sake of fairness on the single issue, however, I'll also say this: with the sudden ending to the book, the timeshifting of IDW's scheduling, and all else happening in the Hasbroverse, Till All Are One #12 gave us the best story it could probably and possibly ever deliver; it gave us a resolution between Starscream and Windblade that is not a conclusion; it brought elements together that no other book had really done so far; it redeemed characters without offering them salvation. I wish we'd seen what path lies before them much sooner.


. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: - out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Review of IDW First Strike #1, featuring Transformers, GI Joe #HasbroFirstStrike

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #1, featuring Transformers, GI Joe #HasbroFirstStrike
Date: Wednesday, August 9th 2017 1:35am CDT
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Strike One
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
The crossover of the year is here! Earth is finally ready to officially join the Cybertronian Council of Worlds and appoint their first representative to the Council. Too bad the ceremony is interrupted by a massive explosion and the forces of COBRA! Now it’s up to Scarlett, Optimus Prime, G.I. Joe and the Autobots to save two worlds!


Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #1, featuring Transformers, GI Joe #HasbroFirstStrike
Because it worked so well last time...


Story

It begins. For a long while now IDW Publishing and the comics media mill have been promoting the first full crossover (since Revolution, anyway) for the various Hasbro properties licensed to the comics world: this is where we start, with issue #1, by Mairghread Scott and David A. Rodriguez - which also contains an additional story - The Origins of Evil, Part One: Redcliffe Club, written by John Barber. I'll talk more about this below, in summary.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #1, featuring Transformers, GI Joe #HasbroFirstStrike
Tone set


The first thing to note is that, due to IDW scheduling issues, this beginning of a brave new world in the Hasbro Universe is actually spoiling at least one of the series that lead up to it (Revolutionaries, in case you were curious), and probably needs a little more context from both Optimus Prime and GI Joe to actually reach the starting point we're at.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #1, featuring Transformers, GI Joe #HasbroFirstStrike
...wait for it...


That is obviously no fault of the writers, and what they do offer in terms of plot is actually a satisfying approach to a crossover: easing in the various factions, with GI Joe and Transformers taking the first brunt, rather than crashing all of the properties at once. The villains of the piece are set up, and the coda story does some more to attempt round-off the major players on this side too, if briefly so.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #1, featuring Transformers, GI Joe #HasbroFirstStrike
note: this gag is excellent


The better part of the story though, and the only one that can be fairly judged this far, is most definitely how the various characters are built up and interact with each other - Skywarp and Scarlett's Joes are clearly the stand-outs here - something that a recent interview had probably clarified, at least for me. We'll have to see how the wider game is played, now that the initial set-up has begun.


Art

Max Dunbar is at the helm here for the issue - and I can't help but wonder why the art doesn't feel up to his usual standards. There's nothing horribly wrong, but something in the designs for the Transformers in particular, especially on profile shots, and every other odd panel just don't line up with his usually stellar work on Micronauts. Perhaps a tighter deadline for the big event?

Similar issues can be held up to Netho Diaz (pencils) and Walden Wong (inks), though I wonder whether having lines and inks applied to the main story, and leave the back-up to a single artist may in fact be a solution to the problem. Again, it's not bad, it's just not overly consistent, and I can it putting readers off.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #1, featuring Transformers, GI Joe #HasbroFirstStrike
..eep


In terms of colours, Ander Zarate - Dunbar's partner in crime on Micronauts - is doing well to bring some of the sheen of Till All Are One for Cybertron, but perhaps uses a little too much lighting on the faces of the characters, and Scarlett suffers the most in close-ups and wider shots alike.

Similarly for David Garcia Cruz on the Barber-coda, some of the colours used on the heavier lines makes jawlines and facial features a little too flat at times (Baron Ironblood in particular), something that seems to happen with these books with a regular frequency.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #1, featuring Transformers, GI Joe #HasbroFirstStrike
There are good moments too!


Veteran on robotic lettering Tom B. Long takes on this issue too, and the captions that some find irritating in other books are actually the best solution (and placement) in an event like this trying to attract new readers - and there's a pretty spiffy Kachoom to marvel at, too, before a BUDDABUDDABUDDA.

Covers? There are many. The one spotlighted in the thumbnail is the variant from Sara Pitre Durocher, showing the robot side of the event from a crowd perspective - as most of the other artists chose the character spotlights instead. You can view them all in our Comics Database, as usual, and choose your favourite.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Much like the case of Revolution, the visuals do not shine kindly on the artists involved, as all of the people working on here are usually a pleasure to see on the page. The pressure of the event, the scheduling issues, editorial shortstaffing - I am most definitely giving the benefit of the doubt to all involved for the first issue, but I can see this heading in a similar direction to the previous project, in terms of art, meaning that creators will feel much better when the five issues are over.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #1, featuring Transformers, GI Joe #HasbroFirstStrike
I'm also down with just a series of Skywarp/Roadblock's fashion commentary


As for the story, however, there are no real complaints from me so far. The issue is most definitely a GI Joe story set-up, that just happens to use the setting of Cybertron - and that is not a bad thing! Easing into a crossover is a much better plan than expected, and I am glad this approach was taken. I am definitely interested to see how the other franchises will be brought in, at this stage, and that's the best outcome that could've happened, really.

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

Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage
Date: Saturday, July 29th 2017 9:09am CDT
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Top 5 Transformers with best weapon storage

The title is pretty self explanatory. Sadly, as you might guess, there are no G1s on this list.


5. Transformers Generations Arcee


It's a good thing I got the Takara version simply because its instructions showed how to store the weapons in alt mode. You had to guess for the Hasbro version, since they didn't say. And that's a pity since the weapons storage is really smart. Arcee comes with several weapons for a deluxe figure, including two guns of different shapes and sizes. They can both be stored at specific spots under the car mode but the best part of this is that the smaller gun also helps you tab the hands so that everything is solid under there.

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage
Transformers Legends Arcee Gallery


4. Transformers Cybertron Vector Prime

Vector Prime is a Transformer toy that just keeps giving and giving. Never mind him having an intricate design and excellent paint, and being a great toy all around, he also has really awesome weapon storage. His minicon is also a spaceship/blaster and there is a perfectly shaped indentation on his vehicle mode to store him. The best part though is the sword. It is big and can be stored on the side of the spaceship. The little detail that just brings it over the top is how his sword has a nice artisinal hilt to drive home the ancient theme and it sticks out of the side of the ship when the sword is lokcked in. For this not to look out of place, there is a molded in hilt detail sticking out on the other side of the ship, completing the uniform look and totally hiding the sword since that extra hilt detail now becomes a detail of the ship.

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage


3. Transformers Generations Scourge

Scourge is known for his big wings and Hasbro gave them a lot more functionality with this toy, by having them open up to store his two weapons. I also like how you have to transform the weapons a bit to have them fit properly within his wings. It looks even cooler on the translucent versions of this mold where you can see the guns there as if he is passing through an airport scanner.

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage


2. Transformers Beast Wars Rhinox

I had this toy as a kid and the weapon storage was the best part of Rhinox. I loved how it makes you become a mini MacGyver taking random bits from here and there and then putting them together to give him a chaingun of doom. It was even more fun than actually transforming the figure. Plus his tail became a weapon as well.

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage


1. Transformers Beast Wars Optimus Primal (Beast Convoy)

This monkey the Boss when it comes to weapon storage, bar none. He's got two swords stored in his back, heightwise, and two springloaded shoulder cannons that spring out from his backside. These cannons have missiles, which are also stored inside the figure's back behind his head. But that's not all, he has more weapons up his sleeves, literally. One of his forearms has a springloaded double barreled blaster and his other forearm stores a mace shaped like a skull! This Maximal leader is a one man army all on his own and if he gave in to his Gorilla Warefare side we all know the Predacons would have been history and the beast Wars would have been over quite early on.

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage


Honourable Mentions: Lots of Beast Wars; Dinobot, cheetor, all do it very well but it's nothing compared to Rhinox and Optimus Primal

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