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Exclusive Interview with Transformers Animators from Sequence Group

Transformers News: Exclusive Interview with Transformers Animators from Sequence Group
Date: Monday, October 16th 2017 9:49pm CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Game News, Interviews
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): The Sequence Group

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Seibertron.com had the pleasure of conducting an exclusive interview with The Sequence Group, a design and animation firm in Vancouver, who recently animated our favorite franchise, Transformers. Teaming up with Kabam, Sequence helped create cinematic trailers for the TRANSFORMERS: Forged to Fight mobile game. Through speaking to Sequence, we were able to gain better insight into the design of these digital 3D characters, not unlike the live action Transformers films. Due to the interview being conducted in a conversational manner, what you will find below is a description of was discussed, followed by two videos showing the step by step process of creating the cinematics for game studio Kabam.


A Love for Transformers

I was glad to hear how overjoyed the entire team was at the opportunity to dabble in the Transformers franchise. These are all people that grew up with the G1 cartoon and the toys, much like the Forged to Fight team, and they poured their heart and souls into the few minutes we have in the trailers.

Speaking of time, this was their main constraint. Sequence and Kabam initially had longer scenes in mind, especially of the characters emerging from the crash landing, but that had to be cut to make the trailer fit within the tight run time. For those curious about other "deleted scenes", Sequence was eager to show a view from inside the Ark as it crashes, rather than seeing it plummet through the atmosphere.


Level of Creativity in Cinematics Based on a Video Game

I was very curious as to what Sequence’s leeway was in terms of creativity, especially since we are talking about an animated trailer sequence based on a game, based on pre-existing characters and designs.

Ultimately, Kabam had already developed a thorough script and a character roster line up (with design cues for the characters to match up with their looks in Forged to Fight), along with prerecorded voice clips of Peter Cullen. There wasn't any leeway in how Optimus Prime appeared, but the rest was up to Sequence, with a little guidance from Kabam’s talented art department.

Working closely with the Art Direction team at Kabam, a huge range of visual elements had to be strategized for maximum impact; including camera angles, lighting effects, particle effects, basically everything in the way a shot is composed and presented.

The example given to me was Megatron's reveal. The script says when Megatron is revealed and his design was provided by Kabam (using his Revenge of the Fallen body), but it was up to Sequence to make this moment stand out as much as possible. Sequence added extra smoke effects, worked with lighting and established the environment to add a sense of foreboding to his reveal, and that of his Decepticon army. By combining creative concepts between Sequence and Kabam, the two companies found a quick but efficient way to establish who Decepticons are (the bad guys), even to someone who may not know these characters.

While the trailer is very quick, a lot of thought went into making each character feel unique, which is important in a fighting game with different classes and different characters that suit different play styles. Sequence aimed to have each main character walk and move in a particular way, for instance, with supervision from Kabam’s game developers.




Lighting and Challenges with Scale

I wondered if Sequence was given any specific directions. It turns out Kabam wanted to use lighting like in a car commercial, highlighting bot shapes to make the models look as good as possible, since many of these models reflect toys we already have. And that is what Sequence was going for, because as I learnt, having 3D models be simpler and smoother makes them lose a sense of scale. Light needs to bounce off of the material in order to make it look realistic to the human eye, so you have to add as many light sources as possible.

This lighting approach ends up working fine if your goal is an awesome toy commercial, which was the goal in this case, but then I realized the big challenges Michael Bay and company may have had with bringing these characters to life. The importance of lighting and its connection to realism was very revealing to me. I will admit, I do prefer a smoother, simpler look to my Transformers over the extremely busy designs in the Michael Bay films, but this helped me understand the choice behind it.

In animation of any kind, it is the studio artists who can control infinite light sources in fictional 3D space but once you mix in live action, the light sources have to be consistent with whatever else is seen on screen in order to keep the realism that both the CG and live action components of a shot are sharing in the same space. So since the light source is limited by the practical environment (for example, take the shot in the 4th movie where Lockdown hunts down Ratchet), the realism of the scale within the shot has to be compensated by the light bouncing off of as many bot faces and facets as possible, hence the very busy character designs. And in a less technical way of seeing it, it is harder to get a sense of scale with a smooth surface so adding a lot of detail, rivets and plating to any design of a robot helps you see and understand how big it is, even in closeups where there is nothing to compare its size to.

Transformers News: Exclusive Interview with Transformers Animators from Sequence Group


Challenges with Posing and Positioning

Lighting and complexity of design isn't the only challenge when it comes to animating Transformers. The thing is, as explained by The Sequence Group, Transformers don't usually have the same proportions as humans. When keeping the more blocky character designs, which they do in this case, the action can be obscured by a bot's chunky features so it's all about positioning and layout. Since the characters are blocky, certain poses will result in the viewer having a hard time understanding the intended action.

Sequence pointed toward a shot of Bludgeon entering the scene. They wanted to capture the most dynamic angle possible as his sword dropped down. After much discussion, Kabam and Sequence decided on having the camera fall under him and off center, so the audience could see as much of his pose as possible. This is very different than having two humans fighting with swords, I was told, where several clean and readable angles are possible.

This also gives me another tip regarding recent choices in the Michael Bay films where the robots have gotten much closer to human proportions starting in Age of Extinction with Optimus Prime, Lockdown, Crosshairs and Drift (followed by all those knights in The Last Knight). Perhaps their solution to having clearer action scenes was to make the bot character models more humanoid than ever before in the franchise, instead of limiting possible camera angles.


Difference between Trailer and Game Graphics and Trailer Breakdowns

From a technical aspect, I was curious as to how these trailers differed from cinematics in the game itself. For instance, why couldn't the game's engine be used for trailer cinematics? As it turns out, the difference lies in the amount of light-sources available and the overall quality. If graphics were all in engine (rather than pre-rendered), you wouldn't be able to run the game.

Now here are two videos showing the breakdown of two trailers. You will see how it starts with an illustrated 2D storyboard, then transforms into rough 3D models, and then rendered models, followed by all the environmental effects.





Special thanks to founder and Creative Director Ian Kirby and Executive producer Dan Sioui for the interview as well as Georgia at Grammatik PR for helping this interview happen and connecting us with The Sequence Group.

Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #5 #HasbroFirstStrike #Transformers
Date: Wednesday, October 11th 2017 4:16pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Hanging by Many Threads
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Prison Break! After a daring escape, Optimus Prime, the Autobots, Scarlett, G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. must venture into the heart of Cybertron to stop Cobra’s devastating weapon that will kill every Transformer on the planet!

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the weapon is deadpan banter, obvs


Story

Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez are working hard, there is no doubt about that, with several casts from books they have handled, and even more that they haven't. I have given the books so far a lot of grief too, for the approach to certain storylines and backstories, and I feel that having scheduled readings on time may have assuaged some of those grievances, too.

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Arcee gets it


Which leads me to this: after having finally read the conclusion to Revolutionaries - which in one way or another was the direct lead, next to Optimus Prime (the others were much minor, all things considered) into First Strike - I can appreciate a lot more than in previous issues the various levels of parallels drawn for Baron Ironblood with the other unlikeable DAD in the series, Optimus himself. Plus, I can see a lot more of the humour in the overall script.

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This is good joke


The very big cast was a lot more noticeable this time, but it didn't really put me off (Colton aside) - and it's really quite good to read and see some more flesh being added to Kreiger in the back-up story by John Barber, continuing the Iron axel of evil set-up alongside present events. He was still the one missing a lot of actual characterisation, other than Shazraella's quips, and we finally have some better looks at what he's doing and why he might be doing it.

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#relationshipgoals


The plot armour, as other members of staff have called, around Scarlett is at the point of doing my head in; that I actually really want to know what on earth (/Cybertron?) is wrong with Baron Iron Cotton, and why he decided that the best way to solve his issues with aliens is to adopt standard conservative foreign policy. But with just one issue to go? I hope - and I like to believe that - Scott and Rodriguez are up to the challenge.


Art

The overall art direction for the issue, with Max Dunbar and Ander Zarate taking lines and colours, is the best that I've seen in the crossover so far, and the most consistent in both organic and technorganic designs, and there's a lot of really well brought out visual gags - but I'm still really not convinced about the compatibility of John Wycough inks on Dunbar's lines: they flatten a bit too much, and scenes lose a lot of their impact, even with Zarate's efforts on consistency.

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See, I wanted to fully enjoy this a lot more


Much like my comments for the script, the back story on the backstory of Baron Ironblood's vault of villains is really quite pleasing from a visual perspective too: Netho Diaz, Walden Wong, and David Garcia Cruz do some good work on bringing the odd shiny darkness of Kreiger and his - probably worst of the lot, with Mayhem - tendencies towards whatever he's tending towards.

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That Herr Half-Man to you


Gilberto Lazcano takes the lettering side, and there are some notable placements of speechbubbles to allow the script to shine through - especially with character interaction and comedic timings - and it's good to see some fun in the fontwork too, during louder scenes. The cover used for the thumbnail is one of two coloured by Thomas Teyowisonte Deer, with lineart by Whilce Portacio and the most TF-free of the lot - you can find all of the other variants in our Database entry for the issue, right here, including the excellent Jay Fosgitt one.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

I've said this a lot already, but let me reiterate: I couldn't help but enjoy the story a lot more in this issue after my grievances with last time's, and with Revolutionaries #8 finally sedimenting - for me - some of the parallels being drawn that felt very out of nowhere until now. It's a shame when good writing gets hindered by logistics, and it's something IDW needs to find a way of addressing soon, for the sake of their creators as well as their readers.

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*coff*


With an event and a cast this big (the two are very much related) there's bound to be some seeming inconsistencies or sidelining of characters - Windblade is perhaps the most erratic here - and some cameos that may come across as not ..the most apt - you'll see it directly when you read the book - and I'm still not entirely sold on the main threads running through First Strike. But, if nothing else, I do want to know what has happened, and how it will be resolved. I really, really do.

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

Seibertron.com Transformers Photo Challenge #18: Bot of the Wild

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Transformers Photo Challenge #18: Bot of the Wild
Date: Wednesday, October 11th 2017 11:57am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Contests
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime

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Welcome fellow Seibertronians to another round of the Seibertron.com Transformers Photo Challenge. Every challenge has a theme and suggested guidelines to follow. To participate, just post your pictures in the discussion below. The TFPC is just about having fun and is for all skill levels.

To find some inspiration, or to continue the fun of posting your figures in all kinds of fun places and poses, check out our Awesome Pictures and Poses Thread.

This photo challenge will take advantage of the great outdoors. Titled Bot of the Wild, this challenge calls for members to take a figure into the wild, and take some photos of said figure enjoying the great outdoors!

The rules for the challenge are simple:

1) The photo must be outdoors and involve something in nature. Picture can be in a city, but must not only include city buildings as the backdrop.

2) Any figure is game, including simple toys, generations toys, Masterpieces, 3rd party, and so forth.

3) There are no submission limits, this is all about having fun with your figures, any time, anywhere!

Fellow Seibertronian Burn and I will start things off with 3 pictures from yours truly and a massive step up in the game thanks to a video from Burn.

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Transformers News: Seibertron.com Transformers Photo Challenge #18: Bot of the Wild

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Transformers Photo Challenge #18: Bot of the Wild

Burn:


Now it's time to challenge your fellow Seibertronians to setup their bots and show you what they got ;)^

Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus
Date: Monday, October 9th 2017 2:24pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): D-Maximus_Prime @Seibertron

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Around 10 days ago or so, Amazon.com had a listing for Robots in Disguise: Combiner Force Team Combiner Galvatronus for the retail price of $29.99. That listing has since gone away, but yours truly was able to get a hold of one of the figures before the price skyrocketed, and with the figure now in hand, I would like to tell you all how the team combiners truly are an underrated gem in Transformers.

We will start with the individual robots first, before getting to the combined mode at the end. Up first, the arm bots and the female fliers of the group: Cyberwarp (yellow) and Skyjack (green). These 2 figures are interesting because they are very different from the Ultra Bee and Menasor arm limbs, which all use the exact same skeleton but with different parts. These 2 ladies actually roll up into their jet modes, and in robot mode they have a rake-ish jet nose behind their heads. The coloring is nice on them, even if there isn't much in the way of paint. The robot modes are alright, better than the other arm bots, and the jet modes are pretty cool as well.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Next up are the leg bots, the big bruisers Riotgear (red) and Treadshock (green). These molds transform the exact same as the Menasor leg bots, but they are a lot bigger and I really like the vehicle modes. These things are big wheeled bulky bruisers, and they remind me some of Bulkhead. I really enjoy them both, and I really with the Menasor legs were this size. Menasor would looks so much better with the bigger legs.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Up next is the torso bot, Cyclonus. Continuing his new combiner abilities, first granted by Combiner Wars Cyclonus/Galvatronus, this Cyclonus is a great torso bot, probably the most convincing of the 3 torso bots. The jet mode is pretty sleek, and the purple is rich and a really nice plastic color. Robot mode is pretty good too, though he continues the Motormaster trend of not having actual hands, and his robot mode head is a bit low in this mode. Overall though, he really isn't that bad, quite a decent, spiky bot with an interesting transformation.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Here we have Cyclonus with his team. I think they look pretty good together, and it's kind of cool to see a Hasbro combining Cyclonus finally get a team, since only the Takara Unite Warriors line had given him a team so far. These were some good choices, and overall I think this is the best of the 3 in terms of individual team members.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

And now we finally get to the combined mode, which is a pretty sweet looking thing. Cyclonus has his shoulders swivel up and a new super Cyclonus head slams down over top of his regular head. I really like the legs on the combined form, and they are definitely my favorite of the line. The arms are cool looking, but the hands are a bit of an issue. They are really nice and spiky, but when he holds his gun, he can't really close his hands, so it looks weird for him to hold his weapon.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Speaking of the gun, here it is. It is a pretty decent mold, and he stands out as the other 2 combiners only have swords, so it's the only ranged weapon given to a combiner in the line. It can be held in robot mode and stores on top of Cyclonus in jet mode. It can peg into that same slot for jet mode in combined mode on Galvatronus' back, but mine will not stay.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Finally, here we have Galvatronus with Menasor and Ultra Bee. Check them all out together!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force Galvatronus

In summary, the Combiner Force subline really has been an underrated line. The crash combiners have been really fun, and the team combiners are pretty great too. All 3 definitely have something new and interesting to offer, and for smaller $30 combiners that aren't that complex and can't pose much but still transform, don't have leaning or stability issues. and can be combined and decombined quickly, they are pretty good.

Overall, Galvatronus to me is the more creative in terms of individual team members, while Menasor has the best overall combined mode and combined mode head and Ultra Bee is personally the coolest of the 3. They are all good figures, and between them cost less than a regular Combiner Wars combiner. they also gave us our first and second ever 5 bot combiners (Drift as a sword in the show counts!) that have both male and female transformers in them, which is pretty neat!

Final conclusion: pick up at least one of these guys. They are worth it, and they are lots of fun.

:CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:

Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok
Date: Monday, October 9th 2017 1:26pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): D-Maximus_Prime @Seibertron

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As many of you remember, last Thursday, Hasbro dropped a surprise bombshell on us with the revealing of a Titans Return Grotusque complete with Titan Master Fengul and Scorponok, rounding out the Monsterbot trio and the quadruplet of diecast Titan Masters. Yours truly was able to get a hold one of these figures, and I would now like to tell you why Grotusque is one of the best deluxes of Titans Return and why Scorponok is fun too.

For the official Seibertron galleries, you can check out the reveal gallery and the display gallery. You can also view G1 Grotusque for comparisons to his original form.

We will start with the bot mode, and I apologize now for the lighting of the images.

Bot mode is gorgeous, and very well painted. The bot mode is fun to look at, with the puffed out chest area complete with the beast mode lower jaw area proudly standing front and center. The colors are really loud and great on this figure, with the shoulders getting some surprisingly good attention to detail. He even has that little triangle dead center of his chest.

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

The head sculpt is pretty good, though I wish it was a little closer to the G1 toy's flirty/pouting face, but it is still nice regardless. He still does look grumpy though!

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Now this mold is a retool of Titans Return Twinferno, his fellow deluxe Monsterbot. The retool is very obvious in the lower part of the body, with everything from the waist down being the same as Twinferno, just in new colors. The wings are also the same, as are the guns. The arms, head, and upper chest area, however, are new, and it really helps him stand out from his Monster-mate. The Titan Master's body is also the same, though the head is new (to be seen later).

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Now up first for comparisons, here we have the Monsterbot trio together at last! While it is a bummer that Repugnus is not a deluxe as well, he still looks cool enough, and you can always play musical chairs with the heads!

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Transformation on the lower body is the same as Twinferno, but the upper body has some nice new tricks. The arms are pretty basic, rotating 180 degrees at the bicep and having some flip out beast claws, but the new beast head is where the transformation shines. the lower jaw folds out of the upper chest while the upper beast head flips up over from the back.

And the result is a pretty great beast mode! Now anyone who likes Monsterbots will remember: they are supposed to be ugly as sin, it's part of their thing. They are supposed to be ugly monsters that scare people, and this guy does it very well. His beast mode is great in it's ugliness, looking so good yet so bad all at the same time. A great beast mode, the mode where he really shines!

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Also of note, the beast head has tabs on the side for his guns. While they can store on his back like Twinferno, you can also mount them on the beast head. This is more for robot mode storage, but it's a really funny thing you can do in beast mode!

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Here we have the Monsterbots in beast mode, and all 3 shine together here. They are a perfect team, and I am really glad I got to complete the team.

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Lastly, we'll take a brief look at Scorponok, who finally got his release, and Fengul! The robot mode for Scorponok is the same as Ultra Magnus and Thunderwing, and is once again diecast. It looks pretty nice, and I enjoy the colors. Fengul is based on Daburu, Twinferno's Titan Master, but with a new head based on a saber tooth tigers, which is yet another battle beast reference! The paint work on Fengul is really good too, the best of the line.

Below, you can check out Fengul, and then a comparison with the 3 Monsterbots and Scorponoks Titan Master robot modes.

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

And finally today, Scorponok in head mode. It's a nice head, yet feels a bit too small, like this was a head that really needed the voyager treatment with the things deploying on either side to beef it up. The Head looks really funny on Grotusque, but really works with Tidal Wave!

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

Transformers News: Pictorial and Video Review for Transformers Titans Return Grotusque with Fengul and Scorponok

In conclusion, this whole set is a great pickup. Grotusque is the best of the Monsterbots here, and is really one of the best deluxes of the whole line. I really enjoy this figure, everything about him is dumb, fun, ugly, beautiful, and he should be a figure people actively hunt down.

Scorponok is pretty cool too. While he is not my favorite Titan Master, he is still really cool, and will be a great addition to his larger generations toy when we finally get one.

While this set was only available for about an hour on HasbroToyShop last Thursday, it will be available again online soon, much like Arcee, so keep your optics tuned for all the latest Grotusque and Scorponok news here!

:BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:


Also, thanks to Stuartmaximus, we have word that Peaugh uploaded his video review for the Grotusque set, if you would like to check that out as well.


Top 5 Best Transformers Beast Wars Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Beast Wars Characters
Date: Friday, October 6th 2017 10:35pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, 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.


Top 5 Best Beast Wars Characters

I don't know if I will ever have a list of the "Top 5 Transformers TV Shows" because there isn't that much competition and to me the only real discussion point would be why Beast Wars is better than the G1 Sunbow show. That's because if I were to write that list (which I don't plan to at the moment) Beast Wars would trump G1, for sure. So I will cut to the discussion right away and tell you why: the characters. Beast Wars has the best Transformers characters we will ever see on TV and I want to give a breakdown of the ones I like best, so here it goes!


5. DepthCharge/Rampage

I for the two rivals duking it out until their death. I also love the Batman/Joker rivalry and this it is the most prominent and legendary rivalry in all of fiction (anyone dare go against that?) and the Deptcharge/Rampage rivalry seems to take direct inspiration of that. The temperaments of the characters involved in both rivalries is very similar too with an obsessed lone wolf badass hunting down an agent of chaos. It's a fun dynamic and very fun archetypes and I am glad that they were part of Beast Wars.

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4. Rhinox

Part of me wanted to put Rhinox at number 1 just to make a statement. He is by far the best maximal character with all the best attributes you can think of. He is the smartest on the team, while also having brute strength and insane firepower. He has all that it takes to be second in command, which he technically is, and yet we don't think of him that was due to his humility and much gentler side (which is an amazing contrast to his arsenal and size). He is the ultimate support to the team and from beginning to end (especially end). I don't know how much is just coincidence or good planned out writing, but Rhinox also ends up being the only character in the entire show to retain his organic beast mode until the end. It shows how that character was quick to accept this new organic life (a lot like Tigertron) and kept exploring it and welcoming all that it had to bring.

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3. Blackarachnia

As mentioned in the best female characters of all time in the Transformers franchise, she is one of the characters with the most depth in any Transformers fiction. The reason why she is still only third place on this list is because she lacks a certain gravitas that number 1 and 2 have. But please remember that Beast Wars has the best written characters we will ever be given on a screen so being top 3 is just as good as being number 1.

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2. Megatron

It is impossible to express the joy of watching this villain on the screen. He reminds me of Hans Gruber and other villains which just reek of charisma. He knows he is bad and is loving every second of it and that is so infectious to the viewer. I love his assurance too, its very seductive, just ask Ravage. We almost want to see him succeed in his plans and that is the marking of a perfect villain.

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1. Dinobot

Unlike almost every other Transformers character, Dinobot doesn't seem to have a predetermined personality based on his allegiance. That is also what makes Beast Wars such a smart show. We see around the end of the second season that the Predacons are not a simple analogue to the Decepticons. They are another clan with different values and ideals. While Megatron has ambitions similar to the previous bearer of that name, it only makes sense that his lietenants share similar aspirations. However, Dinobot shows us that evil is not a hardcoded trait in this world anymore. I love how he never chooses to be a maximal but simply
Dinobot, to me, is not just the best Beast Wars character, he is the very best character to come out of Transformers.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Beast Wars Characters

Honourable mentions: All of them, with the exception of maybe Scorponok and Tigerhawk who didn't really do much for me as a kid and even less so now.

Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod
Date: Wednesday, October 4th 2017 11:05am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles
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Around this time last week, Walmart.com placed an in-stock listing for their exclusive deluxe class Hot Rod figure from Transformers: The Last Knight. I was one of the lucky people who were able to purchase and ship the figure before it went out of stock over the next few days. I received my figure Monday, and have thoroughly enjoyed the figure, so I figured I would share some thoughts with you guys on why he's a good pick up from the line.

We'll start in robot mode, and truthfully, this may be his weakest point. His robot mode is not that bad, it just doesn't have too much exciting stuff going on. He has some beautiful paint work though, and I feel as though the figure is just right in terms of paint applications. The legs are beautifully done, and the orange and silver pop nicely with that smokey black color. My only real complaint of the overall robot mode look are the legs below the knees, which are the exact same as Age of Extinction Lockdown's legs, and don't match up with his movie model that well.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Looking at the headsculpt down below here, it is a nice headsculpt, and is quite movie accurate. It feels a little on the small side though, as if his head is sort of lost between his large shoulders. It does have some nice paint work though, as the whole figure does, and I am satisfied with it. It's sort of cute even.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

While he isn't the most posable of Autobots, he can still throw down a good move or 2, but the arm kibble can hinder his movements some. I also really wish he had come with his time gun, as it was a cool weapon. Even so, I still imagine him shouting "I will stop the time!" in his french accent while pointing in some dudes general direction.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

For the first comparison, here he is with the Age of Extinction 2-pack Bumblebee, as I do not yet have the new The Last Knight Bumblebee. Overall, the 2 look pretty good together, though I really look forward to seeing him with the new Bumblebee.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Also for fun, here is Hot Rod with the aforementioned Lockdown, and also with the Dark of the Moon Roadbuster and the Universal Studios Evac figures, all of which share a similar Transformation scheme to Hot Rod. These 4 figures together are an interesting team, and certainly show how some figures can transform similarly while still being drastically different.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

His Transformation is alright, nothing overly special. But the arms are a nice new trick, and one that I haven't seen before, so I like that little bit of ingenuity. But it is when we get to the alt mode that this figure really shines. The alt mode is perfect. Simply perfect. The vehicle mode is dead sexy and is so smooth and really doesn't look like it should be a robot. It is up there on my list for best alternate modes of any transformer I own, it is that good. The painted rims and the little bit of orange highlighting really helps the figure pop in this mode, and the translucent smokey windows are really cool, just enough so you know they are windows but not enough to really show anything inside. Amazing.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

And here we have him with Bumblebee. The pair do look good together, and they scale pretty perfectly with each other. Again, I cannot wait to get the TLK Bumblebee to go with his brother in arms.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Here he is alone with Lockdown, as they both share a similar vehicle mode, and I have to say they did a much better job with Hot Rod. The coloring, the windows, the slightly larger size, it all looks much better with Hot Rod. They made it work.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

And to continue with the early comparisons, here is the comparison of Hot Rod with Lockdown, Evac, and Roadbuster. And the same scheme but very different toys line applies here too, it is an amazing look.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

And finally, a picture of Hot Rod with the main Autobot cast. Minus the Cogman I have yet to get and the Sqweeks I only just realized I forgot to include (whoops!). And he makes a great addition to the team:

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Overall, this is a pretty good figure. Alt mode is an absolute stunner, Transformation is pretty good with some original tricks, and the robot mode is pretty good too. My one thing about this toy is it doesn't overly follow his on screen appearance, seeing as how his on screen self was closer to Bumblebee with regards to where the alt mode parts went, such as having car door wings, but the figure is still a pretty good representation of the character. There are no regrets picking him up. He is a fun figure, and if you have the chance, you should check him out too.

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Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
Date: Wednesday, October 4th 2017 4:54am CDT
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Processor Over Matter
A Seibertron.com review of IDW ROM Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3


Synopsis

Crash-landed on a mysterious planet and pursued by both Decepticons and Dire Wraiths, the Solstar Knights and Autobots will have to set aside their differences in order to save themselves!


Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
ROM: voice of every character in Hasbro Crossovers so far


Story

After the good story starter of issue 1 and then the stall out of issue 2, we are mostly back on track with a pretty good issue 3 of the Transformers vs ROM. The story progressed, we got some great characterization, and we got a good setup for the final 2 issue run.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
Sata totally should have surfed on the little yellow rolling disk


Firstly, the positives: Ultra Magnus, at least in this past incarnation of himself, is a great character in the book, and may be the best overall. Following this incarnations actions, such as his dismissive attitude towards organics, how he feels about the Solstar order, and overall how he is such a hardnose to everyone around him, it really is quite a journey. and I love me some Magnus smack talk (or at least I think it was smack... he could be dead serious).

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
Wonder if he was taking "Talk 'em to death" lessons from Prowl


Livia is also a pretty great character to follow, and overall I am enjoying the 3 non-transforming Solstar knights we have featured. They each have some good characterization to them, though Livia with her points of view on Wraiths, Cybertronians, and how a planet needs to be razed because Wraiths have set down is interesting to read and follow.

Keeping with the knights, I enjoy this issue from ROM's perspective, though it felt like it did bog the issue down a few times, like the issue should have moved forward that extra step instead of giving that panel or 2 to ROM where it wasn't necessarily needed.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
Stardrive and ROM: voices of reason


It was also good to get to Stardrive more, and she does finally regain her share of the issue. I enjoy her as a character, how she tries so hard and feels the pain of her 2 worlds colliding and her simple desire to help. Now mind you that last page is surely setting up the last 2 issues, and it will also set up her fate. It was not what I was expecting to happen, but then again I really should have seen something like that coming. Also, I liked how the actual act of Transforming is used here. It's good to see that seemingly sometimes forgotten aspect of Transformers get overlooked.

One last note is I love the Wraith/Con talk. The Wraiths are creepy and the cons are very distrusting and overall disgusted by the Wraiths, and it is fun to watch how uncomfortable they are with each other. Snarkscream is perfectly suited for his role here, and I continue to hear Steve Blum every time Screamer speaks. The comments thrown around by both sides make me smile too.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
the Blum is strong with this one


Art

Art work for the series continues to be run by Alex Milne, and once again his art has done some justice to the series. One thing that has been stated in past reviews for the series and is worth restating here is his ability to draw the technical, the organic, and find ways to blend the 2. In a series where half the name is robotic and the other half is organic coated in chrome armor, and where the current setting is an organic planet, this attention to detail is key, and Milne continues on with that balance.

Also important is how the artwork handles the Dire Wraiths, which can be difficult considering the whole "organic transformer" sort of ideal behind them. But once again, the artwork is able to handle the transformations and that sort of infestation style the wraiths have in stride.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
Taking lessons from the Fallen


Coloring is handled this issue by Josh Perez, who also does some very nice work, but with an ever so slight critique: the warmth of the environment throughout the issue. The issue makes many remarks on how cold the planet is, yet the coloring portrays a slightly warmer planet than described, with the sky using brighter colors than maybe a dimmer winter evening would usually have and the surrounding landmarks featuring a neutral green that should have been several degrees cooler to properly show the chill of the surrounding landscape.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
See? The explosion blends in more than it super heats it


Lettering is handled by Shawn Lee, and the lettering is done well. One thing I love about the series is how anything associated with the Wraiths has the inverted speech bubble coloring and the font styling. It really helps them stand out and adds another layer of just how bad they really are.

If you're interested in the variant covers, you can find them all in our database entry here. In the thumbnail is the one by Casey Coller!

Final Thoughts

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
No... don't remind me


After going slightly off-track with issue 2, I feel issue 3 gets us back on track wonderfully. It was an overall good issue, but yet nothing wholly special. It didn't have that wow factor that left an impression on my mind and memory. But, I will say that with 2 issues to go, I feel this is the best crossover event that has happened thus far, I'd say better than the criminally underrated Revolutionaries series (which was great, honestly!). I look forward to seeing the end of the series, and I hope the final 2 issues can slam this thing home. This has great potential, good writing, great art, and a chance to hold the crown of best crossover event so far. Just avoid too much talk, add some action, and some sort of defining moment to end the series, and BANG! you got it!

Score
:SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: 1/2 Out Of :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS:

Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
Date: Wednesday, September 27th 2017 4:37pm CDT
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Shut Up, Optimus
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis

Captured by Transformers! Even with the Autobots on their side, G.I. Joe is in trouble! Starscream doesn’t trust anyone, much less armed humans who show up during Cybertron’s darkest hour and he’ll do anything he can to keep G.I. Joe under control—including let COBRA get even closer to their goal!

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
Agreed.


Story

We continue our exploration of the wider Hasbro Universe as the First Strike event reaches the second act in its first issue over at IDW Publishing, as writers Mairghread Scott and David A. Rodriguez attempt to bring together and make no one kiss from the various feeble alliances at hand - and Starscream is tired.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
So very tired


The momentum we had seen in the previous three issues seems to have waned a bit by this fourth issue, as the charge of the story is shifted to the two major factions colliding on Cybertron, now that politics and policy take over the immediate response to Ironblood's threat. Which was to be expected narratively, but I think also drags the pacing a little too much - which may be rectified in the next two issues.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
and we all stumble


Look, I like a good dissection of Optimus Prime's character and saviour complex, and I have always enjoyed how Scott included that in her look at religious issues in Cybertronian and its colonies' culture, but one sequence in this issue that once more to that felt a little redundant after the parallels drawn with Scarlett and Soundwave last issue. Either that, or more could've been seeded earlier in the event, if this is going where I think it might.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
buuuuuuuurn


As for characters in general, there are some good moments and snippets for individuals - but Scarlett, like Optimus, unfortunately takes a little too much too far too heavy of a burden for the story and the personal/political side of the event. The back-up story (at the hands of John Barber), on the other hand, was particularly enjoyable, and once more Mayhem steals the scene now that Shazraella is fully introduced (who finally clicks with her WoK drive, too).


Art

Max Dunbar (pencils) and John Wycough (inks) take the lead story's art duties, with Ander Zarate on the colouring side, and I am not entirely conviced, I'll admit. Dunbar's style still feels as though he's trying to adapt to the different moments in the story, but rather than finding a lead motive, it just falls into looking like other art depending on the sequence - not helped by the jarring contrast of heavy inks on an otherwise much lighter touch everywhere else in the issue (Wycough is only pages 3-9), meaning that the Cybertronians in trial are a bit too static for a full appreciation of the exchanges.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
See? The inks are just drowning everything else in her face


As for the small chapter of backstory at the end, on the other hand, the collaboration between Netho Diaz (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), and David Garcia Cruz (colours) meshes really nicely - and not unnecessarily darkly - with Barber's short script, bringing some good spotlights onto Shazraella and Mayhem, still my favourites by far, and the compositions that the difference in scales allow for such a short frame of story space.

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Gilberto Lazcano takes on the lettering duties in the issue, and I find no faults in his approach to the captions and dialogues, but it takes a long while to see full creativity with the soundscape of the more action-based scenes later on. The cover chosen for the thumbnail is a good summary of the main thread running for the most part of the issue, by talented Alex Ronald and Thomas Teyowisonte Deer -- and all other covers, of which there are many, can be found in our updated entry database right here.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

There have been comments about this event that I strongly disagree with, but I have to admit that this particular issue did not do well what the previous three had handled really quite nicely, by adding some forced parallels, stilted dialogue moments, and pairing them with some not particularly strong visual results to carry the story forward - meaning that a particularly important moment for TF readers may be lost in tonal overbearing.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
basically, #same


I'm not saying it's a bad issue, but it does have its severely dipping moments that it most definitely could not afford at this stage of the event, and by the nature of the event itself, too. Enjoy the Mayhem, enjoy the Starscream, enjoy the jabs at Optimus - and appreciate the difficulty of balancing all of the characters involved. But if this were to be entirely Scarlett's story and her relation to Colton, the issue sunk a bit too far into itself to make any other emotional connection work for me.

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Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Date: Sunday, September 24th 2017 8:15pm CDT
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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.


Top 5 Best G1 Combiners


Continuing the lists spotlighting combiners, while awaiting their return in Power of the Primes, we now look at G1. It is still very much the golden age of Combiners, when looking at the sheer number alone. They came in all shapes and sizes, some could scramble, some couldn't, some came to the west and some remained in the east. Let's do this! You can view the 2 previous combiner related lists here and here.


5. Transformers G1 1987 Raiden

While Devastator may be far more iconic, Raiden has been by his side in the Diaclone line before the Transformers toyline even existed and it is a real pity we never got this in the west as I personally belive he is just as good as Devastator with a cool train motif. All the trains connecting together, which later train combiners like Six Train fail to do, is a really nice touch too. We often don't get to see the individual bots when speaking of Raiden so I will take the time to show them below. You will see that while they are simplisitc as all G1 combiner components are, they are diverse in their looks, mirroring the diversity of the train cars.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Getsuei Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Getsuei Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Kaen Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Kaen Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Shouki Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Shouki Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Yukikaze Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Yukikaze Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Seizan Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Seizan Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Suiken Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Suiken Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era


4. Transformers G1 1985 Devastator (Devastar)

I don’t think I need to say much about this iconic combiner. He was the first afterall. I really like how uniform he is with the green colour and the construction vehicle theme. The only set back this toy has is the large amount of kibble (here meant as the extra pieces) needed to complete the combiner mode, such as the breastplate, the head, the forearms arms and hands, and the hips. What’s fun though is that some of these parts can fit on the construction vehicles for added firepower.
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era


3. Transformers G1 1986 Defensor (Guardian)

The Scramble City combiner were quite the revolution. While the combiner madness started with Devastator, these guys took it up a notch so that any smaller robot could be either an arm or a leg. Not only that, but they were interchangeable from different sets. Which meant that what served as an arm for Superion could be a leg for Abominus. Kids were encouraged to make their own combination, which is awesome. There were less extra pieces than with Devastator, but you still had to add (and not lose) hands and feet as well as breastplates and the bigger head. While this pic represents the Scramble City concept, Defensor is the better one simply because he had his combiner head was integrated with the larger robot forming the torso (Hotspot). So you wouldn’t lose the most important part of your combiner. Also, I love how Defensor illustrates the goofy and fun concept of these combiners by having a bunch of vehicles from different scales combining together. You have a motorcycle, a helicopter, a police car and an ambulance. And while they looked to be a different size from one another on the show, their robot modes were all the same size and they got even bigger when the combined. We paid it no mind and had fun with it instead by being able to play with an array of different vehicles without having to scramble.
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era


2. Transformers Victory Liokaiser

As you might see, the trend on this list is to show how combiners evolved through this era having less extra parts every time. The culmination to this was with the late era combiner Liokaiser, who had only one piece of extraneous kibble you needed to keep: his helmet. The hands and feet were all integrated. This toy also had a really interesting theme. Instead of it being based on the alt modes, it was based on the robot modes which all had animal themed heads/helmets. Sadly, this toy never came out in the west, here’s hoping it gets reissued someday.
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era


1. Transformers G1 Predaking

F%#K YEAH PREDAKING! Don’t you just hear the heavy metal pounding through your brain at the sight of this guy? This was the biggest combiner of the entire era, as you can see below with him standing next to Devastator. Also, he was made up of robotic versions of beasts found on earth, giving us some of our first (or is it THE first?) Transformers with mammal alt modes. They were really well done too. What I find amazing about these beast modes is that many of them do not reuse their animal limbs for their robot modes, which plagued the Beast Wars line (especially for mammals). These beast modes look amazing too, very solid, and even better than their robot modes (except for Rampage). Using the combiner feet as Tantrum and Headstrong's back-mounted cannons is a great effect and totally works, to the point where this looks to be the accessorie’s primary purpose. The unified and yet varied colours works well together and I just love the extra touch of being able to unclip the eagle wings from Divebomb and attach them to the back of the combined form. It gives him that extra edge, making him look like an avenging angel from hell. Get the reissue while you still can at affordable prices!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era


Honourable Mentions:

Hasbro has never released Landross while Takara has done so twice (the last time was well over a decade ago) and I feel it is about time the west gets a taste of this beauty. While he is now considered a micromaster , Landcross is a bit more special than the rest. For those who don't know, Landross is a G1 combiner made up of 6 vehicle members. However what makes Landcross so special is that each member can combine with another member to make up to 30 different smaller combiners (check ou all the possible combinations on the back of the box below). It is very similar to what the Energon Powerlinx deluxes and voyagers could do but aside from combining two together for a larger robot, you could also combine all six.
Oh, and the six robot guns can be combined into a large weapon, always a fun bonus.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

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