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Some Power Of the Primes Figures Shipping With Two Prime Masters: Report

Transformers News: Some Power Of the Primes Figures Shipping With Two Prime Masters: Report
Date: Sunday, December 24th 2017 1:50pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles
Posted by: Bronzewolf

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The first wave of Transformers Power of the Primes has made its way to store shelves recently to much anticipation. The roll-out has been quite a success compared to the well-known flaws in the distribution and execution of the previous two lines, The Last Knight and Titans Return. However, just because it went over smoothly on the whole does not mean that there weren't some strange slip ups in the toyline. One of the most central is the fact that some copies of the Prime Master size class figure Micronus Prime and Vector Prime have shipped with two copies of the actual robot Prime Master itself. The Masters are separate in the package, one in the traditional packing slot for the Prime Masters, and the other already inside the Prime Master Suit/Pretender shells. Here's a stock photo of how these new figures are supposed to be packaged:
Transformers News: Some Power Of the Primes Figures Shipping With Two Prime Masters: Report

Several Seibertronians from across the country and the world have run into this situation, ruling out that this factory error is a one off, or that it's location based in some way. In fact, one of our board members, Agamemnon, even madw a visual guide so you can tell if the copy you're thinking of picking up has two Prime Masters inside. You can find his photos below.

Transformers News: Some Power Of the Primes Figures Shipping With Two Prime Masters: Report
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Transformers News: Some Power Of the Primes Figures Shipping With Two Prime Masters: Report
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Transformers News: Some Power Of the Primes Figures Shipping With Two Prime Masters: Report
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Transformers News: Some Power Of the Primes Figures Shipping With Two Prime Masters: Report
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The way the Pretender shell should appear in package (well, the most common at this point, I guess) is the face won't be showing. There is also a gap between the legs


It's unknown how these errors are occuring, but there have been no reports of Micronus or Vector Primes shipping without any Prime Masters at all.
Several Seibertron board members have expressed interest in documenting this strange anomaly, so if you run into any Power of the Primes figure that includes two Prime Masters please leave a comment in the Energon Pub Forums below. There might be some information on your figure that could help us track down exactly what production lot run these errors are coming from!

Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys
Date: Saturday, December 23rd 2017 12:30pm CST
Categories: Site Articles, Editorials, Top Lists
Posted by: william-james88

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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here. Thanks to fellow Seibertronians Black Hat and Insurgent for helping out with this list.


Top 5 Ravage Toys

While Ravage is not always at the forefront of the Transformers Brand (not on mugs, or Christmas ornaments), he has been present and integral at almost every point of the brand (Animated would be the only major incarnation where he isn't present as a toy). And as any major character, he has a new toy every few years, and has thus amassed a significant amount of representations. He becomes a top candidate for singling out his top toys which I now present to you:


5. Alternators Jaguar XK Ravage

It is pretty nuts to think that this original casette bot was part of a line consisting exclusively of bots turning into 1:24-scale accurate representations of real cars from automobile manufacturers around the globe, and even more unbelievable that he had 2 distinct toys in that same line. But it happened and it was quite cool too. Sure, the idea of Ravage converting into a car may be odd, but wouldn't it be perfect if the car he turned into was an actual Jaguar? Sure it's corny, but it's also perfect (or is that purrrrfect) and a great result too. It's also a perfect example of just how different Ravage has been to the rest of characters in both toys and fiction, and yet just as deserving of respect. He really pushes designers and this is easily one of the most ambitious Ravage toys we ever got.

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys


4. Transformers Energon Battle Ravage (Command Jaguar)

Energon was the line that really brought Scouts/Basics into their own, and whilst he isn't the greatest scout of the line (that would be Divebomb) Battle Ravage is still a great toy, and a great Ravage. His Jaguar mode has all the poseability you could want out of a jaguar, with full limb articulation, a ball joint at the base of the tail (which is tipped with a spiky ball!) and even some torso crunch if you use the "automorph". On top of that it looks absolutely sublime, with a neat colour palette that takes classic Ravage and injects a bit of warm grey, Decepticon purple and vivid translucent green, and killer sculptwork (I particularly adore the head and the asymmetrical shoulders). Whilst he doesn't have Ravage's hip rockets, he does have shoulder cannons, with a missile launching rifle and a mini fusion cannon!
He isn't going to fit in Soundwave's chest any time soon, but he works pretty well alongside him as a kind of attack cat. He's just the right size to look dangerous without being huge in comparison to any Soundwave you might have. - BlackHat

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys


3. Transformers G1 1984 Ravage (Jaguar)

I just really like how even over 30 years later, this toy does the job and does it well. They achieved a really cool looking beast mode from a casette tape and the simplicity in design makes any overcomplicated version of it feel redundant and uneccesary in a way. The playability is still fun. For almost every other character, the original toy is lacking in some way but here instead we have a design that can test the sands of time to the point where designers made sure the Masterpiece Soundwave would still be compatible with this lean mean killing machine.

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys


2. Transformers Beast Wars Metals Ravage (Jaguar)

Best Ravage to me is X-9. Takara's Beast Wars Ravage. Yes, he's a remould of TM Cheetor, but dang he's so good. Dual pistols, that double as hip missiles in beast mode, great proportions in both modes, poseable and shiney black plastic. Mmmmm.... such a great cat. - Insurgent

This also happens to be a pretty good interpretation of the Ravage we saw on the show, which in itself is one of the most intriguing and fun versions of Ravage in all of fiction.

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys


1. Transformers Device Label Ravage (Jaguar)

I feel the only Ravage that matches the G1 version in terms of elegance would be the Device Label Ravage. It is as brilliant an update as I could imagine since, with him transforming into the new technology we now use to share information, the thumb drive. Like with a micro cassette, this alt mode, lets us have a lean mean killing machine but the designers even found a way to give him a bit more mass. While the G1 versions ends up being a tad flat due to the design and alt mode, here we get a better proportioned mechanical jaguar that we come to expect from beast Transformers. He gets a nice wider stance that helps posing him and making him stand. Basically, to me, he ends up looking more the part of what I would want for Ravage within my collection while still keeping a similar theme or style in both modes.

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys


Honourable mentions: Transformers Masterpiece Ravage (Jaguar)

Surprisingly, I don't have much to say. I don't have any problems with him but in the end, he doesn't stand out that much. He isn't much of an update to the original G1 ravage who still does the job quite well and doesn't reinvent enough, unlike the Device Label one, to stand out either. Of course, that's because he must be as close to the cartoon as possible, but even then he ends up not looking anymore cartoon accurate than the G1 version with his odd kibble in the front legs and awkward looking hips. But regardless, still worth a mention.

Transformers News: Top 5 Ravage Transformers Toys

#Transformersmas 2017 Transformers Photo Challenge Week 4: Holiday Traditions

Transformers News: #Transformersmas 2017 Transformers Photo Challenge Week 4: Holiday Traditions
Date: Friday, December 22nd 2017 11:42am CST
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles, Transtopia, Contests
Posted by: Bronzewolf

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And just like That, we've reached the final week of the 2017 Seibertron Transformersmas Holiday Photo Challenge! It's not over yet, though! We do have a few final days before Christmas, and that means we need a new theme! Last week we covered cooking, and got some great entries (or entrées?). Be sure to check out our favorite submissions of the past week down below!

This week, however, we turn our attention to...

Holiday Traditions!

Share what you and your family (and your Transformers) do for the holidays! Decorating a tree, hanging stockings, leaving cookies out for Santa, the possibilities are quite endless! Also, if you celebrate a different holiday other than Christmas, this is the perfect time to share your Traditions, as well! Lighting a Menorah or an Advent wreath, or spinning a dreidel. Non-Christmas winter holidays are not only allowed but encouraged!
Pick four winter holiday Traditions to share with your TFs, and post them once a day down below! You can also share your submissions on social media with #Transformersmas.
We can't wait to see what you come up with for the final theme of Transformersmas!

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And now, our favorite submissions from the past week:

THE BOARDS:

CowboyNinjaD with A New Eggnog Recipe
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Fires_of_Inferno with Winter Pun-derland
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Va'al with Cooking with Blot
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge

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Keelo1027 with Say Fa La La!
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Remember to post your entries below to be featured in our final Transformersmas Article!

IDW Optimus Prime #14 Review

Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #14 Review
Date: Wednesday, December 20th 2017 10:27am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): IDW

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Twas the Night Before Unicron
A Seibertron.com Spoilerish review of IDW's Optimus Prime #14


OK, so to start things off with, this was a difficult story for me to get my head around. When I first read this issue, I had to take a step back, wonder what I just read, take a few more moments, and reread. And even then, I still wasn't sure of what I read.

Take a few moments to read some other staff inputs, and some more sense it made.

Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #14 Review
Not a creature was stirring, not even a Goldbug


Now, that is not to say that this is an issue that is very confusing. It's not an issue where we are jumping around time, not one where things are jumbled, not one where the writing is bad. The story itself is a really good read and another great installment for the Optimus Prime run. It's just an issue where, much like last issue, there is a lot of stuff going on. It is dense in its content. And most of that is saved for the final few pages, where a reveal throws all kinds of continuity dense implications to us.

Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #14 Review
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St Prowl would soon be there


Now that we got that out of the way, here are some actual thoughts. The opening pages with Prowl and crew, it felt cool and yet unique. Here we have a crew of misfits essentially, those who have not been accounted for over the past few years, mostly. Wheelie and Garnak once again make a triumphant return, the Throttlebots, and Stardrive, not to mention all of Prowl's tech. The one oddball thing about this whole section: what on Earth is Prowl gathering everything for? And why this crew of characters? It does make me smile some to see Prowl is still up to his old ways, even if it does feel a bit weird following the ending of Titans Return.

Cut back to Cybertron: the whole section feels just a bit wonky, but it still works out for me. This is the first part that gave me some pause. The way the characters fight each other feels a bit weird, but bringing together characters developed in different stories for this section will do that to you. I did enjoy the Trypticon "reveal" part though, and jokes about Dinobot child resemblance made me smirk several times. The writing with the Dino-crew is a great story in and of itself to follow.

Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #14 Review
The protoforms were nestled all snug in Trypticon, with visions of Dino jokes in their heads


Arcee had some good moments in there, as did Prime. With Till All Are One coming out with some big new story developments, it was fun to see Starscream interact with both Bumblebee and Bludgeon. I'm interested to see where the Dinobots go from here too, along with Sandstorm.

As for the final 2 pages, that is a reveal I didn't see coming, but one where things make all kinds of sense, and they make me worry about what is about to happen next. Taking 2 of the biggest... pricks/pains-in-the-back characters and now showing them to be in cahoots with each other is interesting and a take that is setting up even more tension prior to the Unicron story to come. Barber is probably the only one who could handle this whole set up, and as far as I am concerned, he is nailing it, and he is setting us up for some truly fun stuff to come.

Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #14 Review
When out in Iacon there arose such a clatter


The story was helped a lot by Livio Ramondelli and his art, and as I and others have said, his art has improved greatly. I really enjoyed the scenes he was drawing, and there are distinct close ups that he nails perfectly, such as Arcee and Prowl. Everything Trypticon is awesome in this story too. I give props to Livio for continued improvement, his art has become something that is quire enjoyable to follow.

Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #14 Review
With a little old driver, so tiny and quick, I knew it must be Centuri-nick


And Tom B. Long continues to do great work with the lettering. I am especially appreciative of the inverted speech bubble colors. He helps add that mysticism that Bludgeon is helping to set up.

As a close friend of mine likes to say: "long story short": this is a great book, and one that nicely compliments issue 13 as a 2 part continuity-heavy saga leading up to the Primes and Unicron. Things are being done, they are being done right, and they are being done enjoyably, with no major complaints on story, art, or otherwise.

Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #14 Review
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight: Great comics to all, and to all a new Sideswipe!


The story has moved, old continuity points are being sewed up, and we are getting set for a big year next year with comics. And I am glad this crew continues to be a flagship for the comic run.

:MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: 1/2 out of :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL:

Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017 #TAAO

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017 #TAAO
Date: Wednesday, December 20th 2017 12:59am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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A Good Ending
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Elita One, Windblade, and Starscream fight to gain ultimate control of Cybertron! Dark secrets will be revealed in this series finale!

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017
The Galadriel effect in full force


Story

I gushed a lot of my appreciation for a story and a series like Till All Are One once already, in my final review of the ongoing series a couple of months back - you can read that review here, if so inclined, but I want to quote myself to make a major point about this annual:

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.


Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017
Look at where we started..


In my original conclusion to that line of thought, I said that I wished we'd had more time to appreciate, encounter, and explore what lies ahead of all of them much sooner than we actually would. And in that respect, the Annual delivers on changing my mind entirely, just as it revolutionises the stage and status quo of the series' setting - I actually want to see it even more, now.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017
My face at multiple times in the issue, all in one panel


As it is an issue that I think is best experienced in its entirety and lack of information, I do not want to go into any detail about the plot or the characters here, but I will say that there is a culmination of an incredible number of plots - from the very start of the series way back when it was just Windblade - and one of the best developments in the Hasbro shared universe, as a consequence of First Strike's effect on Cybertron and Cybertronians.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017
plus, more Combatico-- ok, Vortex


I can't really speak of a 'happy ending', not in the strictest sense of the term, and there are some very heartfelt joyful moments, but (and I'm pretty sure I'm tapping into my thoughts of other media that has come out this month) this long, utterly enjoyable and satisfying read has gone from the 'best ending' TAAO could've had (issue #12) to A Good Ending. A good ground to build a much positive, much wider, much better universe.


Art

There was no other way to conclude the story without artist Sara Pitre-Durocher, who has been involved in the franchise for so long people tend to forget just how much material she's covered in her work, be it comics or packaging art. And what we have here is a testimony to that proximity, with nods to the first Windblade series in opening sequences, revisitations of the glorious Starscream of issue #12, and perhaps the happiest, tiredest, positively relieved Windblade, but also several Cybertronians that have populated the stage this far.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017
Remind you of anything?


And the feeling of light, the legeresse and relief that come with some of the aspects that are not to be understated - can never be underestimated - throughout the story, among the different inhabitants of the story and the city, could not be possible without the amazing lighting work that Joana Lafuente brings in her colours. The symbolism of dawns and dusks is one that runs all through the TFverse, but we see it here as a full revolution - and you may take that however you want.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017
Embrace the dawn


In Scott's letter in the backmatter of the issue, the writer acknowledges Tom B. Long's excellent contribution to the issue and the work on the series as a whole, something I was glad to see as a fan of the letterer's work across the board - no less in this annual, where some of the more poignant moments are silent, and handled with extreme masterful care. There is only one variant cover - by artist JN Wiedle - to the main Pitre-Durocher one (which is so full of callbacks that I cannot even), and I've used it to spotlight the thumbnail. Both are glorious. Both deserve visibility. Look at them, and enjoy.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

This is a story of leadership. We have three potential leaders, all of whom are actually, surprisingly, fitting possibilities for this new Cybertron. All three are potential stories to be told about a city, a planet, a civilisation - and by extent, an entire universe that involves more than just the Transformers. One of these is the winner, one of these is the loser, one of these wins something else entirely, and we have the immense pleasure and privilege of being along for the ride with at least two out of three. Pay attention to the dialogue. Pay attention to the words, including the author's letter in the back of the issue. It's all there, all along.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017
The creative team, probably


I've had comments on the pacing of the book, that it feels a little rushed in parts - and while I can recognise that, I do not think it detrimental to the story, at all. If anything, it heightens the sense of frenzied anticipation for the events taking place, the urgency of it all, and the buzz of a build-up with finally a resolution that can lead to a different future from the pasts and presents we have known in the stories of Transformers so far. And for that, I have to thank the writer, the artists, the colourists, the letterers, the editors.

So thank you, again.

. :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: out of :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON:

Machinima Transformers Titans Return Episode 7 REVIEW

Transformers News: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Episode 7 REVIEW
Date: Tuesday, December 19th 2017 2:52pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): go90

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So, we've finally reached the seventh episode of Machinima's Titans Return animated series. Last week was miles away from the best episode we've gotten thus far, so does this week's fare any better? Let's find out and dive deep into Episode 8 of Titans Return.

Before we get into the episode we're greeted with a title card that presents the name of this episode.
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You heard it. We really should.

After that we get a 30 second long establishing shot of the Basilica shooting its laser at Trypticon. 30 seconds for a shot like this wouldn't be awful, except the whole episode is only around 11 minutes long. Take out the intro and title card, you get closer to 10. On top of that, the shot is of something we already know is happening, thanks to it being established in the last episode. This could have easily been cut to half the time at least.

Anyway, moving on. The reason we have this big of an establishing shot is because we're just in time for the arrival of Victorion (or, the super combiner version of her), and the following string of sequences completely baffles me. So first, Victorion materializes right in front of Trypticon, with the basilica's laser passing right over her head. She randomly calls for Overlord, even though there's nothing saying he's even remotely close to her, and somehow doesn't notice the giant robot dinosaur behind her, or the giant laser beam firing at it, and gets launched across the city by Trypticon's fire breath. I didn't think is was possible to get ambushed by a 150-story kaiju, but here we are.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
He's right behind me, isn't he.

To add some sort of insult to injury, she then comes back with the line that they "almost forgot about" Trypticon. What?! You almost forgot about Trypticon rampaging through the city?! Sure. I don't know if this is just a poorly-executed taunt, but the line isn't delivered that way. It's just confusing. In fact, on my first watch, I couldn't believe this was actually the plot they chose to go with. I'm still in total disbelief.

Victorion then tries to fight Trypticon, taking a huge swing with her sword, slicing through a building, just to find Trypticon casually walking to the complete other side of her. Seriously, in one shot he's directly in front of her, and then in the next he's just waltzing around on her left.

Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
What the f*** is HAPPENING?!?

Also, I'm completely glossing over the fact that somehow a combiner made of combiners just looks like a giant Victorion, because we have bigger fish to fry.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
She's just a cosmic girl, from another galaxy...

Moving on from the Victorion fight for a moment, we also have Windblade still strapped up to Fort Max. Something is obviously going wrong, as Emissary tries to talk to her, and keeps telling her to disconnect from the system. It doesn't make a lot of sense, as he's the one at the freakin' controls! Seems like he'd be more in a position to help her disconnect. Meanwhile, on the outside she seems to be in pain, she is actually making contact with the titan city. In the brief discussion, he asks, very appropriately, why he should trust her. Why she wouldn't at least mention that Emissary sent her is beyond me, but she apparently convinces him anyway.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
We interrupt Titans Return to bring you "Contact"

A very sudden transition cut later, we return to the Chorus of Prime's chamber, where Optimus decides to hand the Matrix of leadership over to Perceptor for safe keeping, as he believes that's what Trypticon is there for. He tells Perceptor to just run, and takes him to the outskirts of the city. He accepts, and promises he won't let Prime and Cybertron down.
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"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of Metroplex City. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across all of Cybertron."

Back with Windblade and Emissary, the ground starts shaking, and they realize their attempts have worked, and Fort Max is finally waking up again. She transforms and they take off. Fort Max finishes his transformation as well, and they take off, headed to stop Trypticon.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
He'll save Windblade in a second, first Emissary needs to do his daily aerobics workout.

This episode severely dipped into "So bad it's good" territory. Like, at least I enjoyed myself watching it. I laughed more at the ridiculousness of the entire thing then I have the entire past two shows. I do have to say, though, I'm really enjoying the color palette they chose for this show. The mix of glowing purples, oranges, and then the bright neon blue is very ascetically pleasing. They really did capture that 80's feel.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
If you slowed these episodes down and replaced the audio with some Vaporwave, it would work 100 times better.

I look forward to seeing Trypticon and Fort Max fight, as it seems the Titan V Titan fighting is when this series is at it's best, at least in the earlier episodes.

As the next episode won't be out until just after Christmas, happy holidays to all of you, and thanks for reading! Please share your thoughts on the episode down below, and your thoughts on the review/my opinion. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Let me know! See you next week!

#Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge Week 3: Cooking!

Transformers News: #Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge Week 3: Cooking!
Date: Friday, December 15th 2017 1:55pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles, Contests
Posted by: Bronzewolf

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We're already on to Transformersmas 2017 Week 3! It seems like the first half of the month flew by, and we're getting extremely close to Christmas already. Last week we challenged you to celebrate your favorite Holiday Movies with your Transformers, with some truly incredible results. Some of the best submissions we've gotten in the two years of doing this challenge. (Check out our favorites down below, and enter your Transformersmas photos below to be featured in next week's announcement article! Make sure to look over our announcement article for all the rules of the challenge!)

But anyway, we're moving on to Week 3. This week's theme is...

Cooking!

This time of year is synonymous with cooking and baking, so have your Transformers whip up something in the kitchen and post the photos below! Of course, you can go the traditional route of Christmas Cookies, Fruit Cake, and other classic Christmas recipes but this is also a great time to start showing off your culture's traditions if you or your family don't celebrate Christmas! Show us traditional dishes from your religion/culture, as well!

Now let's feature our favorite submissions from the past week!

THE BOARDS

Sigma Magnus with The Getaway Discovery (Comic)
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Kurthy with The Obigitory Die Hard Reference
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge

Bee's Girlfriend with Rewind and the Minibots (Comic)
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge

D-Maximus_Prime with Frozen...Sparks
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge

Va'al with Home Asaurus
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge

Bronzewolf with The Santamus Clause (Comic)
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge

INSTAGRAM

Keelo1027 with Baking Cookies
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...

Then, finally, truly in a league all its own:
Fires_of_Inferno with A Christmas Carol (Comic)

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This is by far the most amazing entry we've received this year, and probably the best we've received in the history of Transformersmas. Fires_of_inferno takes us through the trials and tribulations of Ebenezer Starscrooge, in this 7-part, 79 installment (practically shot-for-shot) remake of the classic Christmas tale. It's unbelievable, and to do it justice, we'll link to the seven parts below. Extremely good job, Fires_of_inferno, you win this week.
PART 1
PART 2
PART 3
PART 4
PART 5
PART 6
PART 7

That's all our features for this week. Enter your cooking photos below, and then check back next week for the final theme of Transformersmas 2017!

Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review
Date: Friday, December 15th 2017 12:15pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: william-james88

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While many are enjoying their deluxe and legends class toys from Power of the Primes, which have been fine for the most part, the voyagers are definitely the most divisive toys from the line. For a reason that still boggles the mind, Hasbro never did reveal that Voyager Starscream could turn into a torso, nor is that torso mode found in any promotional or stock images. This simply added more mystery to a toy that many were lukewarm about. So below is a pictorial review to help you see what the toy is all about.

Jet Mode

The Jet mode is as serviceable as Silverbolt's was. It is still a robot hiding under a jet (even more so than Silberbolt). Unlike Silverbolt though, we are treated to a staggering amount of foil stickers. While they don't look anywhere near as good as paint, I did not find this to be the main flaw with the toy. It does give more of a sense that this is a toy for an audience much younger than me (which is exactly what it is), but none of it was peeling and the application was fine, with lines meeting up.

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

I remember Hasbro stating that they really tried to have that exact shade of off white plastic fans associated with Starscream back when they released the Combiner War leader figure. However, I always found the end result rather dull. The plastic is a tad bit lighter/brighter here but not by much. The red and blue are much brighter though and make me realize how the colours on the leader figure look faded.

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

You can open the cockpit to place a Prime Master or Titan Master (it's more made for them in their "cube" mode). I don't find it to be a great look. You can place the smaller figures all across his jet mode though.

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

A big issue I have with this toy is a design flaw with two robot leg panels which fold down so that the legs (which make up the back of the jet) can recede closer to the jet body. These panels each have a peg for them to stay secure to the knees in robot mode. Howver, them being symetrical means they end up protruding at the same spot and hit one another in jet mode so it looks like the jet is permanently split in the back. To me, this is a much bigger mishap than the use of stickers.

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Robot Mode

The conversion from jet to robot is more complex than I thought and by that I mean that it isn't just 3 steps. There is a nice moment where you have to pivot the wings 180 degrees. I always love when Takara gives us transformation with big movements like that, it makes the transformation feel more dynamic.

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

The end result isn't great though. This mode is where the biggest flaw with figure comes into play, the proportions. Having his forearms be the same colour as the armour gauntlets was a bad idea. He looks like Popeye. The feet are giant too, plus he has a small head. These proportions have given a false sense of scale in the past (he is smaller than I imagined) so I have several comparison images below to give a sense of scale. I don't know about you, but he really seems to not mesh in style with any of the other toys we would line him up with.

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Now a reason for the odd proportions is that his arms hide the combiner ports. And to that I say "so what?!" Silverbolt's did as well but you don't see him with giant gauntlets. And those giant gauntlet flaps dont even cover anything since the combiner hole ends up being in his inner wrist so there is no point to his arms looking this big aside from the designers wanting to do something new and different. While I will always give an A for effort, the result and actual grade is far from spectacular. And plus they expect you to add the combiner feet to make even bigger gauntlets. Thanks, but I will pass. The null rays are nothing to write home about either. They just seem there like it was in their contract and they didn't find a way to get out of it in time.

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

I really dislike those feet stickers. They definitely make this toy look like something from Imaginext. The head is also very generic. We have had tons of Starscream heads but they always find some way to invigorate them, like the Ghost Starscream head we got in Untie Warriors or the one we got in Robot in Disguise. But here it really is simply generic. And so is the combiner head for that matter. Which leads me to...

Torso mode

Firstly, the transformation into torso mode is stellar. It is by far the most involved transformation we have ever gotten from a combiner torso and it has a unique look which doesnt seem to be just a leftover from other modes (like Volcanicus). Plus it has a fun homage to movie Stasrcream's Doritos body and is incredibly solid. I still stand by the fact that the best torso is Silverbolt's (well, technically for me it's Galvatronus, but you catch my drift) but his chest can become undone. With Starscream, it's rock solid. Plus you can tab in the null rays for storage in an elegant manner. There is the idea that you can also plug in his enigma of combination and well, you will see the results below. The face is quite dull though, as generic as his robot mode face, and the crown seems to have the same contract the null rays got. But it is cool to have the cockpit form the chest, making him look like a bigger version of himself. I think that is very witty and gives a lot of sense to the smaller fake cockpit we see in his robot mode.

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Power of the Primes Voyager Starscream Pictorial Review

There are of course flaws with the combiner mode, but not necessarily the torso. The combiner feet are far too narrow and while I appreciate the ankle tilt, him being so wide at the torso makes me avoid spreading his legs since it looks off and the lack of ratchets at the robot mode elbow makes him harder to pose properly. Adding the extra hands to the back of the feet is something I do not recommend. Firstly, with so much kibble in the front of his torso and most legs having more bulk in the front, he has more of a tendency to fall forwards, so there is no point to enforcing heels. Plus, you have to be really parallel to the feet or else you will just make any stance more unstable. So basically, adding them only raises the possibility of him being unstable while never adding to the stability.


All in all, I don't think I will keep this toy, but there is a lot of potential with the torso mode which is why I am still going to pick up Elita-1.

Machinima Transformers Titans Return Episode 6 REVIEW

Transformers News: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Episode 6 REVIEW
Date: Tuesday, December 12th 2017 3:45pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): Go90

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Another Tuesday, another episode of Machinima's Titans Return animated series! We're on to Episode 6 now, which, in complete honesty, is the worst one yet. But let's delve into the new episode and figure out exactly why! Here's Titans Return Episode 6!

We open with a (pretty cool?) shot of Trypticon, who's still raging through the city completely unopposed now with the death of Metroplex in the previous episode. This shot pans out to reveal Optimus Prime returning to the city, driving into the Basilica to meet Perceptor. We very quickly cut to the Combiners back at Fortress Maximus. They've just watched their laser beams disappear in the distance, headed toward "Metroplex City". The redundancy does not escape me. The combiners discuss their next plan, and have I mentioned that I hate Menasor's voice? Yeah, I hate Menasor's voice.
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Megatron tells them that Metroplex City is a total loss, and the combiners respond by trying to beat the daylights out of him, calling him a "Betrayer" and a "Vile Traitor", etc. Didn't he help you just a little bit ago? You know, when Starscream took over your bodies? He helped rescue you! All the combiners are just so randomly hostile, it looks really strange. Megatron explains the Mistress of Flame has died, which just aggravates the Combiners more, as they believe he was the one who killed her.

Back at the Basilica, Perceptor and Optimus learn the same macabre fact, stumbling upon the Mistress' body in the Prayer chamber. They don't know who the killer was, as Perceptor gains no new evidence from studying her wounds. They leave her body in the prayer chamber, turning their attention to the more pressing matter of the Titan Dinosaur stomping though the city. They return to the basilica's controls. The dialogue here is clunky, again, as we've come to expect, but it just goes to show that most of the time errors like this aren't the voice actor's fault. A lot of times it's the direction they're given or the editing the tracks receive in post. You can have big celebrities like Wil Wheaton and voice acting legends like Peter Cullen and still have your dialogue be awkward.

Anyway, they finally get the Basilica's defenses up, and they attempt to slow Trypticon down.
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This is just straight up Godzilla at this point.

They return to the chamber of Primes, where Hot Rod had given up the Matrix of Leadership, and we get more scenes with the Chorus of Primes. Yay.
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"Asdkfhdlkierjml, jsdkfhguinegnkjfjg, Optimus Prime."

Yes, the Chorus of Primes returns to the series, just as indecipherable and completely non-understandable as the last time. Prime reclaims the Matrix from the chamber, once again truly becoming Optimus Prime.

The Combiners are still fighting with Megatron when Windblade and Emissary come in to save him, breaking up the fight. Brace yourselves, it gets really corny.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
"What the Headlight are you Junkpiles doing?" Really? Really? You just said damn in the last episode, I don't think Hell is really off limits.

They demand to know who really killed the Mistress, and Megatron pulls up literally just footage from the last episode. Emissary questions why he didn't just show them this footage before, and while he definitely has a point, he and Windblade just arrived seconds ago. There is no way he knew what was happening.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
Oh, look, Megatron downloaded Go90!

Victorion uses the Enigma of Combination, uniting the combiners again. They disappear, traveling to the city to help stop Trypticon. Then, for whatever reason. Windblade is hooked up to Fort Max. There is nothing mentioned about this leading up to it, if I remember correctly. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but this plan comes out of nowhere! She links with Fortress Maximus, and is appears something has gone wrong. Emissary yells for her to disconnect, but she doesn't hear him. On that cliffhanger, the Episode ends.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
Oh God, she's regenerating! Who's going to be the next Doctor Windblade?!?

This episode really feels boring and drawn out. It made 11 minutes really feel like 20, and really started to look like a bad Godzilla/Kaiju overdub. Between the mostly-inaccurate mouth movements, bad timing and pacing, and, you know, the actual Kaiju. Don't get me wrong, it is still leagues better that Combiner Wars, but it still leaves much to be desired.

Thanks for reading my review of Episode 6. If you want to watch it yourself, you can find it over on Go90. Do you agree with me? Am I completely off base? Please let me know and share your thoughts down below! I'll see you next Tuesday with the release of episode 7!

#Transformersmas The Transformers Holiday Photo Challenge Week 2: Holiday Movies!

Transformers News: #Transformersmas The Transformers Holiday Photo Challenge Week 2: Holiday Movies!
Date: Thursday, December 7th 2017 11:07pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles
Posted by: Bronzewolf

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...and just like that, we've moved on to Week 2 of the 2017 Transformersmas Holiday Photography challenge! Last week we covered winter sports, and we got a ton of great submissions (find our favorites down below!), but now it’s time to switch focus to this week's theme!

Holiday Movies!!

Everybody has a favorite holiday movie that they watch religiously every year, whether it's old standards like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer or Miracle on 34th Street, modern favorites like Elf or Polar Express, or unconventional (and slightly overused) picks like Die Hard or Batman Returns. Pick Seven iconic scenes from your favorite Holiday films and recreate them with your Transformers! Let your TFs have the starring role, and share the results in the Energon Pub Forums below! We can't wait to see what you come up with!

And now, without further ado, here's our favorite photo submissions from the past week.

THE FORUM BOARDS:

Fires_of_Inferno with Whirl's Skiing Trip!
Why fly, when it's snowing and you have built-in skis like Whirl does!?


Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge


Bronzewolf with Minibot Curling!
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge


Va'al with Knitting!
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge



TWITTER:

@Tainkirrahe with "The Arrival of the Christmas Spirit", a Transformersmas Comic Adventure!
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge


@jessebusen with Carolling!
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge


Ironhidensh with Iceskating!
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge



INSTAGRAM:

Keelo1027 With Ornaments!
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge


ric3master with Decorating the Tree!
Transformers News: Re: Transformersmas 2017: A 25 Day Holiday Photo Challenge


To be featured in next week's theme announcement, post your Transformersmas photos below, or using the hashtag #transformersmas on Twitter and Instagram!

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