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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!

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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.


Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers: The Last Knight
Date: Thursday, October 5th 2017 12:55pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88

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Along with Megatron, Dragonstorm might be the most sought after legion class figure from the Transformers: The Last Knight line. It is one of the few new molds in this class as well as the only toy of a fully new character. So I wanted to look more closely at this toy which has a lot to offer, with it being one of the few new toys of a character specific to this film line.

As far as legion class toys, this one is very ambitious in what it tries to accomplish. It's a three headed dragon and only one set of limbs is shared between the dragon mode and robot mode since two of the dragon heads make up the robot arms. That means the front dragon legs and one of the three long dragon necks/heads are not used for the robot mode and must be out of the way. I make no exaggeration when i say that this toy ends up being more complex than Transformers Prime's Beast Fire Predaking, another dragon Transformer. This differs from many other legion class toys by also having coming with a weapon (something even legends class Generations toys don't come with these days), and the wings have two hinges each for them to be articulated and positioned in different ways for each mode. Plus, there is a nice amount of red and gold paint which makes the robot mode look more painted than most toys nowadays.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

He is not without his flaws though. The main problems with this toy are in dragon mode. The way they made this toy, the dragon always seems to be crouching. It makes him look very unintimidating. Plus, the two dragon necks that become arms cannot go very high and match the height of the central head because of the limited opening for the ball joint, which is placed under the heads.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

The robot mode is very well done though. Unlike in the film, the dragon just turns into one robot (as opposed to many knights combining into one dragon), but it is a great looking robot. You can pose the wings in two different ways with them either enveloping his arms like a big cloak or them being smaller and more distant so as to give more focus on the robot. What is really cool about the wings being like a big cloak is that the dragon front legs melt into the wing's design making it look like they are part of it and camouflaging them and giving them a new meaning in robot mode.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

The colours look great, the gold and red really pop and accentuate the intricate sculpting. He has no elbows or kneed but what I always find limits posing the most in legion toys is the lack of a neck rotation which this toy doesn't have either, predictably so. Still it is a solid legion class toys and easily one of the most ambitious I have ever handled. I hope you have enjoyed the pictures!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Legion Dragonstorm from Transformers The Last Knight

Video Review of Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG45 Targetmaster Hot Rod

Transformers News: Video Review of Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG45 Targetmaster Hot Rod
Date: Thursday, October 5th 2017 3:31am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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Once more via fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999, we have another Takara Tomy Transformers Legends video review - this time, featuring the Autobot that almost definitely achieved something: LG45 Targetmaster Hot Rod! Check out the video below, plus some thoughts from Chuck, and let us know what you think in the discussion.

Like Kup, Takara went above and beyond with their release of Hot Rod. Retooling the chest and adding its Targetmaster partner is again the cherry on a tight repaint sundae. Caution should be used pegging the chest into place since cracking may be possible. Highly recommended.



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
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): D-Maximus_Prime @Seibertron

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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
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): IDW

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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
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Video Review of Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG46 Targetmaster Kup

Transformers News: Video Review of Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG46 Targetmaster Kup
Date: Tuesday, October 3rd 2017 5:06am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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Courtesy of fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999, we have a video review of the very recently revealed Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG46 Targetmaster Kup - in comparison with the Titans Return Hasbro version of the figure, and featuring the Targetmaster Recoil too! Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub.

Once again Takara steps up and goes above and beyond Hasbro giving us the best Kup to date outside of a theoretical Masterpiece. The inclusion of Recoil a new mold update to the G1 Targetmaster is the cherry on the sundae. Highest possible recommendation.



Video Review of Transformers Tribute Bumblebee 3 Pack

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Tribute Bumblebee 3 Pack
Date: Monday, October 2nd 2017 8:51pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Chefatron

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Fellow Seibertronian Maverick Prime has just told us that a video review is now up for the Movie Bumblebee Tribute 3 pack. The video review is by Chefatron who compares each toy to their original. It is here that we see how few differences there are on some of them.

Let us know if the lack of differences still warrants double dipping.


Video Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Strafe, Plus Entire Dinobot Team

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Strafe, Plus Entire Dinobot Team
Date: Friday, September 29th 2017 3:30pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): PrimevsPrime

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Fellow Seibertronian PrimevsPrime has sent us a link to their video review of the Transformers: The Last Knight deluxe class Strafe figure - pretty much a straight repaint of the Age of Extinction Dinobot! You can check out the clip below, and scroll even further down for a full luck at the entire dino-tastic team in their robot and beast modes from the TLK line, too!





Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
Date: Wednesday, September 27th 2017 4:37pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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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.

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


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.

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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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IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
Date: Wednesday, September 20th 2017 3:46am CDT
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Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Wife of Karza
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
The final chapter! Baron Karza has conquered Earth! Only the Micronauts and the Transformers stand against him! Little do they know that a new enemy—a much more dangerous enemy—will rise to challenge friend and foe alike! And one hero makes the ultimate sacrifice!

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
metahumouuuur


Story

We reach the final issue of yet another series (miniseries in this case) which was meant to lead into the First Strike crossover - but as has unfortunately been the record with IDW Publishing in the past year or so, scheduling did not allow this (or Revolutionaries, or Optimus Prime) to reach their full conclusion before the event. Which kind of dampens the book, really.

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
Still, Acroyear as a pirate


That said, this fifth chapter is still solid in its story overall, and does well enough to give a conclusion to the miniseries that capped off the Micronauts reintroduction to the Hasbro universe, in the hands of Cullen Bunn and Jimmy Johnston - at least from a plot level. The Transformers cast is well used, and there are some very good uses of time messing tropes throughout.

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
Plus Oz is still Oz


See, the big issue with the book is not the story, but the script itself: specifically, the way in which the dialogue and narration suddenly decide that all the words written needed to sound like a drawn out movie style Optimus Prime that does not know how to properly use the contractions or any type of speech pattern that does not sound less robotic and droning on than the ones used by the humans in their speech patterns.*

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
was that a funny..?


However, even with the bizarre awkwardness of that part of the writing, there's enough to enjoy overall for readers who were following the humour of Oz Rael and the Micronauts in general, and the surprisingly good roundedness of dangerously by-the-numbers villains in Baron Karza, and the real protagonist of the issue: Shazraella.

*credit for this sentence goes to ScottyP


Art

Andrew Griffith, a veteran of Transformers since the complex movie designs, is great to see working on some robots that are not just the Acroyears - but the excellence of switching through an immense number of designs in one long sequence is something truly commendable. I am in awe.

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
Why is that drill positioned there, though?


Ron Joseph's interlude in time, much shorter here, looks pretty amazing on wider scale, but one particular close up is quite.. disturbing as an image, and I'm not sure what I make of it. But if the art is what provides the basis for the time shifts and ripples, the colours by David Garcia Cruz are what give it the extra shine that was needed to make the magic work - and boy does it work, with both artists.

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
That is a cool effect


Tom B. Long on letters has his hands full with a number of variations of the fonts in the various characters' mouths, along with the tricky balance of the time rips and disturbances, but he does an excellent positioning of it all, as usual. The cover used for the thumbnail is by Ray Dillon, but you can find all of the other variants in our Database entry for the issue, right here.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

This was confirmation that Micronauts has always been a series that definitely deserved a lot more attention in the run-up and aftermath to Revolution, and with the general regard of the editors and publishers to allow for it to fit within the scheduling of the various tie-ins and events surrounding it. Bunn and Johnston did good, and it's a shame we couldn't get them to work in sync with the rest of the books.

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
Shush, BK


And when I say this, I do mean both the issue and the miniseries as a whole - it'll be interesting to see the continuation of the various characterisations in other books post First Strike, and the ways in which Shazraella will play her part in the event itself (as you will have seen in FS3 this week already, really) and even Baron Karza's return later on. Also, more light on what was stripped from his Enerchanged form and sent travelling through time. I'd like to know that for sure, given its oddly familiar design..

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