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In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee
Date: Friday, December 8th 2017 11:11pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): chefatron

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Chefatron has posted a video review of the entire set of the 4.5" figures part of a new generic line simply labeled "Transformers". This video features Megatron, Optimus Prime, Starscream and Bumblebee. Each of these transform in 3-4 steps but have a very different range of articulation from one figure to the next, as we find out in the video. Megatron and Starscream, for instance have ball jointed elbows which both Bumblebee and Optimus Prime lack. The size between the toys is also slightly different though in general they are all around 4.5", which means between a current day legends and deluxe class toy. Due to their simplicity, they are however at a price point lower than even a legion class toy (a toy half its size).

Another very interesting fact from this video is where it was found, Toysrus. This means that while this line may have been leaked as being for value chains, it can also be found in big box retailers, at least in the Philippines, which is the only place these toys have been found so far. We already posted a pictorial review for Optimus Prime here which includes more comparison images to other toy classes but the video below gives us our best look yet at all these toys and their level of complexity. We have also included screenshots of the video. Let us know what you think!



Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Video Review of Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force One-Step Changer Soundwave

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force One-Step Changer Soundwave
Date: Tuesday, December 5th 2017 9:23pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Qwan | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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Coming to us once again from our good friend, fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999, we have a review of the One-Step-Changer Soundwave for the Robots in Disguise Combiner Force subline! As the final One-Step Changer in said line, the figure seems to be a positive note to close out on, featuring a good-looking vehicle mode, effective transformation and a robot mode remarkably accurate to the character's in-show appearance (albeit with some significant kibble on its back).

Check out Chuck's review and thoughts below, and let us know what you think too, by telling us in the Energon Pub Forums!

All things must come to an end, so to Transformer lines. One-Step Soundwave is the last One-Step changer from the RID Combiner Force subline. While not as flashy or involved as other simplified figures, it does make for a fun desk toy and a positive period to the line.


Machinima Transformers Titans Return Episode 5 REVIEW

Transformers News: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Episode 5 REVIEW
Date: Tuesday, December 5th 2017 2:14pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): Go90

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o.supreme wrote:
Bronzewolf in review 4 wrote:That's right! Somehow we're already half way through the second Machinima Transformers series,


Hate to burst your bubble there Bronzewolf, but there are 10 episodes to this series, your pain is going to have to endure a little longer, were not quite half way there yet.

...what?

westjames/notirish. wrote:There are 11 episodes... 4 is not the halfway point, 5 is.

NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

...

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Machinima Transformers Titans Return Episode 5. Let's get it over with.

We open again on the Metroplex/Trypticon fight, as the giant robot Kaiju charges the City Titan. Windblade checks in on the fighting as Hot Rod arrives and we get something new in the series. Something completely revolutionary...
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
Diagonal split frames!

The dialogue in this scene is especially badly paced. It doesn't flow like a normal conversation, and it's so apparent you can't ignore it. Hot Rod and Windblade join the battle, and Hot Rod actually gets a couple cool shots here that flow really nicely thanks to some pretty good animation!
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
Like this! This was awesome! I know, I didn't expect it from this series either.

Hot Rod realizes the spirit of Starscream is within Trypticon as he and Windblade try to assist Metroplex. The city robot is taken down eventually by Trypticon, however, and Trypticon finishes him off with the most ridiculous scene in the series.
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Hey, guys? Yeah, Godzilla Vs. Gigan called. They want their campiness back.

It appears that Metroplex is defeated as Emissary ejects himself from the Titan's body. As he runs from the battle, Trypticon spots him and eats him, absorbing his Laserblast power. Hot Rod realizes that he must free Emissary as the laser beams fired by the Combiners in the previous episode finally arrive at their target and start falling from the sky. It doesn't phase Trypticon, as he continues to terrorize the city.
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Yep, singlehandedly destroying the city more than Trypicon and Metroplex combined. Good job, guys.

We cut away from the action for a moment to a tank entering the Mistress of Flame's prayer chamber. It's revealed to be Megatron, who discovers the Mistress' body on the floor. She uses the last of the power in her spark to ask him if the combiners were successful in reactivating Fortress Maximus. He says he doesn't know anything about that. She tells him Overlord has returned, and dies.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
Finally, the sarcasm of Megatron has come to save us all.

Back in the battle, Hot Rod makes it inside of Trypticon to save Emissary, and launches back out through Trypticon's eye. He throws Emissary to Windblade as Trypticon bats him across the city. Windblade rushes to his aid and promises she'll send Ratchet to help him.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
Ratchet?? Why can't he be in the show? But...but..

She transforms and takes Emissary away, mentioning that they haven't been properly introduced. Emissary already knows who she is, however, as she's well known amongst the Titan Masters. Windblade laughs and says that she's "Quite the fan favorite".

Yeah.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
HAHAHA HASBRO YOU'RE VERY FUNNY WE GET IT

Overlord arrives on the scene, and starts threatening the injured Hot Rod. As he talks, he makes the most bizarre movements in both Combiner Wars or Titans Return. He flails around like something out of Food Fight. I shouldn't be reminded of Food Fight when watching your TV show/Movie. Just as kind of a general rule.
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
Can someone put Disco music over this? Please?

Eventually Hot Rod tries to shoot Overlord, but yet again it does nothing. Overlord then says he has something for Hot Rod, bestowing upon him what appears to be an evil matrix, turning him into what is assumed to be Rodimus Unicronus, although we never see that. It's certainly a twist that I didn't see coming, and is actually pretty intriguing. With that, episode 5 is over.

It's certainly one of the more action-packed, interesting episodes out of the lot so far, but I'm not certain that makes it good. There are severe issues with the pacing of the dialogue, but we've come to expect that by now. There are times when Windblade and Hot Rod are talking where you can tell the two voice overs were recorded at separate times, and there's a lot of emotional disconnect because of it. The animation at times, though, is actually really good. It shows how much of an improvement it's had over the previous series. The mouth movements are tighter, closer to the words actually being spoken, and characters are far less jerky. It's so much better that Combiner Wars, and the series is so much more enjoyable because of it.

Well, that's episode 5! Wanna watch it for yourself? You can find it over on Go90. Please share your thoughts below in the Energon Pub forums! Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? I want to hear it! Thanks for reading, and I'll see you all next week!
Transformers News: Re: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Animated Series Discussion Thread
Mmm, yeah. Now THAT'S finger-licking good.

Video Review of Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG-51 Targetmaster Doublecross

Transformers News: Video Review of Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG-51 Targetmaster Doublecross
Date: Sunday, December 3rd 2017 4:52am CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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As the Takara Tomy Transformers Legends line continues to release figures for the Japanese market that Hasbro released elsewhere, and under different names, we have a video review of their latest offering in LG-51 Targetmaster Doublecross (previous seen as Titans Return Twinferno) courtesy of fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999!

You can see comparisons and differences between the two figures, including the slight remolds and pain changes, and the differences in the Titan Master / Headmaster figure too, plus Targetmaster Haywire. Check it out below!

Doublecross is a nice repaint but I'll be honest, I only picked the figure up for Haywire, Blurr's Targetmaster. Haywire looks really cool and is my favorite Targetmaster mold to date. Since Twinferno, the Titans Return release of Doublecross is warming shelves, I really can't justify paying the premium unless you really want Haywire.



Video Showing Transformation for Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM 05 Barricade

Transformers News: Video Showing Transformation for Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM 05 Barricade
Date: Saturday, December 2nd 2017 11:54pm CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Bruce Dong

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We have some sweet MPM 05 Transformers Movie Masterpiece Barricade news to share with you. Bruce Dong, a Transformers fan, has posted a video of him unpacking Masterpiece Barricade as well as transforming him from car to robot and then back to car again. The video is on Facebook but can be viewed below.

Here we learn a few tidbits that were previously unknown. Firstly, unlike with the similarly scaled Human Alliance version, the saw blade is not integrated within the toy. It is a separate piece that must be attached, in a very similar fashion to Masterpiece Hot Rodimus' saw blade weapon. The toy also comes with a clear stand for the weapon. Also, the weapon does not freely spin. It can rotate but only as long as you are pushing it.

The transformation does not seem as complex as MPM Optimus Prime and seems more akin in complexity to the Human Alliance version.

Below you will find screenshots which include him scaled with the other MPM Movie Masterpiece toys, along with the Chinese language video and additional facts, provided by Hasbro, regarding this product.

Features Barricade’s iconic Rotor Blade Wheel weapon from the TRANSFORMERS film
First Movie Masterpiece figure with a Movable Faceplate, allowing fans to play out their favorite scenes from the TRANSFORMERS film
Figure built with Die Cast Parts & features 170 Deco Ops with 30 Points of Articulation!
Vehicle-mode features Barricade’s accurate, licensed vehicle from the TRANSFORMERS film: Saleen S281 Extreme Ford Mustang Police Car
Product was designed with ILM Movie CAD Files from the Blockbuster film TRANSFORMERS
Figure features most film-accurate conversion to-date!
Item is the 1st Movie Masterpiece Decepticon to hit the market in over 8 years!

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Transformers News: Re: Images of Instructions for Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-5 Barricade Confirm a 40 Step Conversi

Transformers News: Re: Images of Instructions for Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-5 Barricade Confirm a 40 Step Conversi

Transformers News: Re: Images of Instructions for Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-5 Barricade Confirm a 40 Step Conversi

Transformers News: Re: Images of Instructions for Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-5 Barricade Confirm a 40 Step Conversi

Transformers News: Re: Images of Instructions for Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-5 Barricade Confirm a 40 Step Conversi

Transformers News: Re: Images of Instructions for Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-5 Barricade Confirm a 40 Step Conversi

Transformers News: Re: Images of Instructions for Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-5 Barricade Confirm a 40 Step Conversi


Video Review of Takara Transformers Legends LG52 Targetmaster Misfire

Transformers News: Video Review of Takara Transformers Legends LG52 Targetmaster Misfire
Date: Thursday, November 30th 2017 11:42pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88

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Our ol' pal Chuck has reviewed Takara's Transformers Legends LG52 Targetmaster Misfire with comparisons to the Hasbro version. The biggest difference of ourse is the inclusion of a targetmaster component but there are a lot of differences in the deco as well, as you can see in the video below. For instance, the pink/fuchsia plastic he is molded in is a far more vibrant shade. Let us know which shade you find more suiting to the toy and if you find the higher cost (due to both importing and the extra Targetmaster) is worthwhile for this particular release.

chuckdawg1999 wrote:Legends Misfire continues the trend of Takara adding the classic Targetmaster partner to the classic Targetmasters. Misfire, features a lighter lavender deco than the Titans Return version as well as a fully painted headmaster. Aimless is a fun little figure that transforms into a cool looking blaster.



Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock
Date: Thursday, November 30th 2017 3:49am CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Kevin Liu

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After the initial looks we got in the reviews for both Swoop and Slug from the new Transformers: Power of the Primes toyline, YouTube user Kevin Liu has finally uploaded a video review of the last of the currently available figures from the first wave - though the Leader class Optimus Prime was also reviews, here: Voyager class Grimlock!

The Dinobot leader is shown off in the embedded video below in both robot and dinosaur mode, including a lot of junk in the trunk department - or tail, if you will - and the new addition for the line in the torso mode for Dinobot combiner Volcanicus. Also shown are the the other dino-buddies, Slash included, the Prime Master armor and compatibility, and some size comparisons. Check it out!



Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager Grimlock

Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 [Final Issue]

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 [Final Issue]
Date: Wednesday, November 29th 2017 11:36am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Oh, To Be Young and (Star)Driven
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Bumblebee vs. Rom vs. Starscream vs. the Dire Wraiths! All alliances are off—this is a fight for survival! Torn between her Cybertronian heritage and her Solstar Knight upbringing, Stardrive takes control of her fate!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 [Final Issue]
Rom reference


Story

We reach, with issue five, the last part of this mini-series uniting both Transformers and the Solstar Order of Rom and the other Knights. And I'll admit, I'm both glad the conclusion was as satisfying as it was, and a little saddened that the story is entirely over as far as we're concerned in the current IDWverse. Though it's true, repercussions retroactively are felt through Revolution and First Strike, and we have some continuations elsewhere too, Stardrive's story is currently done with.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 [Final Issue]
Or is it


I had my concerns earlier in the series - issue two specifically, as you can read again here - but since then, both John Barber and Christos Gage have been able to diverge from the potentially platitude-filled plot, into a cosmic cluster-truck of a comic, and a truly enjoyable mini-series that attempts to introduce new characters to old stories, and new stories with established characters.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 [Final Issue]
Bonus: added Star Wars reference


The best part of the combination of the two styles, for me at least, was the amount of fun that they clearly had in filling in the stories. The interactions between the Decepticon team, Starscream included, are some of the best examples of robot-banter that come to mind in recent books, and play entirely into good fanservice and references. And best of all, they don't cause tonal whiplash that can be common in this type of story, as we switch to other scenes in the book.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 [Final Issue]
Astrotrain: the new Waspinator


If there is one major critique I have about the issue, and perhaps the series as a whole, it's its supposedly titular character: Stardrive does have a lot of moments, and she does appear a lot more after the initial qualms I had earlier in the series, but there is still a lingering sense of not having had enough about her, with a not entirely satisfying resolution by the end of it all. Which is a shame, given the potential of her story, and I do want to see more of it.

Art

Alex Milne really gives in - as we started seeing in the past numbers - to his technorganic leniencies, as Vekktral!Magnus is pretty much centre-stage for the entire issue, and the reason around the rest of the cast to rally and find their own resolution to their respective plots, with some really exciting choices in the Magnus side of the story, and some fantastic action sequences all the way through.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 [Final Issue]
Borders literally bleeding into panel


The colouring, perhaps, is what is the newest addition to the visual style, and what sets the recognisable Milne hand from other Transformers titles so far - in the best way possible, of course! Josh Perez has been amazing for the entire series, and the gradual sunset in this issue just proves it - plus the addition of Priscilla Tramontano's work to cap it all off towards the end, and I am one visually satisfied reader.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 [Final Issue]
The choom is back!


Tom B. Long on the side of production and lettering has some truly excellent moments too, balancing the work of the artists in such a way that the fonts chosen and the words placed do never cover what the focus should be, and instead draw attention to them. In terms of covers, the one in the thumbnail is the splendid Nick Roche / Josh Burcham action portrait, while the other two (previously seen in news stories) can be found as always in the Database entry for the issue here.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The new approach, for this side of IDW comics at least, of going plot-first was an interesting one - especially given the position that this series would occupy as a generic prequel to a lot of current galactic politics in the Hasbroverse - but it turned out to be an excellent one too. Milne's detail-oriented artwork provided a playground in which Barber and Gage could easily work their stories once the framework was established, without burdening the art with too much exposition.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 [Final Issue]
FURMANISM KLAXON


And as a result, with the effort of the entire visual team, we get a comic that is extremely enjoyable as a piece of art (read: it's pretty to look at), and successful in doing what it had to do: establish the links in the universe that had to be established after the universe had already been set years ago. Barber's contribution was perhaps the most valued in keeping the threads tidy, but Gage had no small feat either, and they synchronised very well.

There are some flaws, such as the second issue's slump, and the trade will undoubtedly prove a much smoother reading overall - and what is perhaps the best outcome of the series is that both target readerships probably got enough page-time each to satisfy being 'lumped together' feelings that inevitable rose at the start. We do find out a lot more about the Order, and the Dire Wraiths are better established as antagonists throughout, and even through the humour - at times almost surreal - there are some really touching moments. Do yourself a favour, and give this series a read!

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Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #11

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #11
Date: Wednesday, November 29th 2017 6:31am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: ScottyP

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That Plotter's Club
A Review of Transformers: Lost Light #11

Free of any explicit spoilers, but be forewarned some are implied.
Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #11
Next time on Dr. Katz...

Lost Light 11 picks up right where we left off, still on the book's namesake ship with a crew collectively known as "The Mutineers". If issue 10 was about First Aid, then this chapter is best described as being about Getaway. The latest captain is the focus this time around, in a very densely plotted, continuity rich installment. The expected James Roberts character work is accompanied by Jack Lawrence, Joana Lafuente, and Tom B. Long on (most) visuals, and series followers anxiously await more detail and resolution to long lingering questions. Does this latest entry of Lost Light deliver the goods? Read on to find out!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #11
He's like The Love Boat, but worse

Transformers fans have been chomping at the bit to hate Getaway at every turn. While it's a small disappointment to see a direction chosen that really does feed this contempt, there's a commitment to the decision that comes through on the page. Getaway is caught up in his own b.s. in such a complete, deep, hopeless way that the Megatron parallels seen both in word and deed weren't something I found to be a detriment - though as another perspective is valuable, it should be said that some on site staff feel the parallels might be a bit too on the nose.

Lost Light 11 shows Getaway managing a complex plan with constant obstacles tripping things up, with a desperation taking hold informing some less than scrupulous choices. One lie leads to another, with existing personality traits perpetuating a supercilious attitude that steadily gets worse. The emotion of doubling-down on a bad decision comes across as genuine, and while reading the book there's still a feeling that somewhere within the repressed secret agent style exterior is at least a faint tinge of regret with a side dish of remorse. Nothing feels cartoon-like with this villain work, and that's very welcome. Even Getaway's darkest moment in the story (well, a few come to mind) were closer to "James Bond is about to do something very bad that he shouldn't but whatever, he's James Bond" than "Megatron is going to blow up Sherman Dam, oh no!"

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #11
Talking for too long rarely does go well

Despite the tight focus on Getaway, there are still other central elements to the story that provide satisfying perspective on events while moving the plot forward. Thunderclash provides a warrented presence that feels natural while framing chosen past events through a new set of eyes. This lends an accessibility to the book that I think is effective. Admittedly, I'm so deep into Fanboy Land at times with this series it's also possible that the continuity is so deeply entrenched at this point into my subconscious that this issue could be totally inaccessible and I wouldn't even know it, so bear this in mind. Exposition does occur but isn't too heavy for too long, and literally reprinted pages from a past issue are placed in appropriately to help catch up new or casual readers without taking any space from anything else. In other words, if hearing about reprinted parts worries you, there's no cause for concern because there are still 20 new story pages in the issue.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #11
"Atomizer, I think I see your tiny house over here!"

Thunderclash isn't the only perspective that comes as a welcome part of the story. As many will recall, in More Than Meets The Eye #50 Getaway was the apparent driving force behind a mutiny that left Megatron and "Team Rodimus" stranded and at the mercy of three terrifying villains: Overlord, the Decepticon Justice Division, and an army of 500 other Decepticons commanded by Deathsaurus. The crew of maybe-complicit-maybe-not mutineers was comprised of several Autobots that many fans couldn't bear to see in that position. After all, Hoist has a Rodimus Star! Riptide and Hound seem so nice! Perceptor couldn't have been in on it, he's Perceptor! Blaster!? He's too cool! Grapple lifts things!

Without giving things away, readers waiting for the endless speculation on certain character motivations to end should be pleased with this issue. Not every question gets answered, but there's a lot here to keep fueling, say, your posts here on the Energon Pub Forums about why Hound did nothing wrong for many weeks to come.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #11
Find someone who looks at you the way Joyride looks at Thunderclash

It took quite a while to figure out what to critique here, but it's probably fair to say that some subtlety in the book's political commentary would have been welcome. One of the moments in question almost comes across as an unintentional gag, whereas a touch of nuance could have helped convey a more focused message. Then again, perhaps given the situation at hand, the lack of even trying to hide swipes at today's real world attempts at hegemony is exactly what was called for.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #11
Uh oh, not those meddling kids again! Just kidding, it's really not like that.

Jack Lawrence is once again the main line-work artist for this installment, and this may very well be his best output yet. The considerable cast roster experiences one twist after another turn after another meeting around the furniture, but at no point do the facial expressions feel inappropriate or overdone. The tight environmental focus provided by the setting, that being the interior of the Lost Light itself, might help some readers notice the exemplary body language conveyed more than in earlier installments. Joana Lafuente's colors provide a brightness to the proceedings that help establish tone appropriately in the less than bright moments, with nothing ever coming across as washed out or out of focus. Tom B. Long's letters are indeed swoon-worthy, with no question as to which speech bubble comes next despite the presence of a high word count.

This week brings four covers, with the three order-able versions coming through the stalwart, steady teams of Lawrence and Lafuente, Nick Roche and Josh Burcham, plus fan favorites Alex Milne and Josh Perez. The thumbnail to this story features the Lawrence cover, for the sole reason of it having a "Getaway Star". As always, you can find images of all of those covers and full credits for the issue in our Vector Sigma Database page for Transformers: Lost Light #11, but do note it does contain a character appearance list that will spoil some of this issue's surprises!

Verdict
Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #11
Or a faint signal? No? Aw, ok.

Everything comes together in Lost Light #11 to yield a tight package that accomplishes so much in 22 pages that it's astounding. This series is on an upward trajectory and continues to surprise just when everything seems figured out. Only a couple small things are holding me back from assigning our rare, vast, predatory bird known as a perfect score for this installment, one of them being a lingering concern that some readers are unlikely to catch many of the details that make the story magic for me. I don't think anyone should skip this one due to that, just know that it might not have as much impact if your familiarity with the series has slipped or isn't there to begin with.

Between this and last week's Optimus Prime #13, Roberts and franchise co-creator John Barber are hitting a stride not seen in quite some time. As a long time reader, my excitement for the coming months is at a fever pitch once again, and it's an excellent time to get on board with IDW's Transformers comics.

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Bonus! James Roberts' soundtrack suggestions for this issue:
  • The Stone Roses - "I Am the Resurrection"
  • Longpigs - "Lost Myself"
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Machinima Transformers Titans Return Episode 4 REVIEW

Transformers News: Machinima Transformers Titans Return Episode 4 REVIEW
Date: Tuesday, November 28th 2017 4:02pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): go90

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WOAHHH WE'RE HALF WAY THERE, WOAH-OH! LIVIN' ON A PRAYER.

That's right! Somehow we're already almost half way through the second Machinima Transformers series, Titans Return. The episode brings new threats, the loss of old freinds, and the appearance of some new ones. So, heat up some Turkey Day leftovers, and let's dive into the fourth episode of Transformers Titans Return!

We open with the Mistress of Flame in her Prayer chamber, where she prays to the original 13 Primes. This scene, again, is sort of teasing the next animated series, Power of the Primes, with the name dropping of the Primes and the use of their symbols on the floor. I'd prefer this method of tying the shows together over throwing it in at the last second like the previous series did with the Titans.

Her meditation is interrupted by who she thinks is Megatron, but is really Overlord, a new addition to the series. It is then we are introduced to one of the biggest issues with this episode...

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...SPLIT FRAMES!!!

They're so bizarre and out of place, and haven't been used at all in this show (or the previous show, if memory serves), but are suddenly in every other shot. They're not very well framed, either, with the direction of each section being really confusing and not focused on a specific thing. They're quite distracting and I hope this isn't a running change.

Anyway, back to the plot. Overlord arrives, bringing his extremely goofy voice with him. It's this weird sort of Colonel Sanders/New Orleans accent mix that is just so ridiculous for this character it almost kind of works.

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He sounds like he's about to play some ragtime in the steamship down by the Bayou,
or offer the Mistress a 5 dollar Fill-Up


The Mistress tells this new threat he's not supposed to be in the sacred chamber, and then just gets punted across the room. She retrieves her hammer and just starts wailing on him to no avail. It is by far the funniest moment of the series so far, and, matching Overlord's character overall, is just ridiculous and incredible at the same time.

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This is the equivalent of that old Cartoon cliche where the bigger character yawns while holding the smaller character back with a hand on their forehead

She finally gets one good hit in, but then returns to the inconsequential wailing. She calls in some security drones, but their shots do nothing. I understand what kind of fight scene they were going for here, sort of a Star Wars-like "Bad-ass new villain character comes in and just dominates other character who makes their final stand against him" scene, but it just doesn't work. Whether that's because I'm unable to take it seriously, or some of the direction, lines of dialogue, and movements are just a beat or two off, I don't know. I think it would have been a more emotional scene had we actually seen the Mistress getting injured. Every time she gets tossed around, she just gets back up, looking good as new. Some damage here or there, some energon dripping our of her mouth, anything like that would have gotten the emotion and tone I think they were trying to convey across.

Overlord tosses the Mistress into the light of the Prayer Chamber, which electrocutes her, and she eventually dies, in a pool of Energon, on the floor.

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Ooh, she's smokin' and crispy, just like my Nashville Hot chicken tenders, with 11 herbs and spices!

While this is all going on, it's revealed that the missile launched by Fort Max actually has Emissary inside of it. He jumps off the rocket and takes control of Metroplex, telling the titan he's here to help. Metroplex says he's too late to aid in the battle, but Emissary insists, giving him LASER EYES. No, seriously

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All I want is Metroplex with frickin' LASERS coming out of his eyes.

While the battle rages on anew, the combiners are still working to fix up Fort Max. Computron discovers that, while all his weapon systems are functioning, his Transformation cog is destroyed. Victorion decides to fire all weapons systems at Trypticon, even though they have the potential to hurt or kill Metroplex in the process. While the lasers are sill soaring through the air, the episode ends.

This episode was...interesting to say the least. I'd be inclined to call it the worst episode so far, but I honestly don't think it is. I mean, sure, it's goofy and ridiculous, but it at least feels like there's something actually happening. That's a quality that past episodes have been lacking, and I've mentioned that all through-out the reviews. When looking at the episode as a whole, the pacing is by far the best of the series. Everything chugs along, with a satisfying amount of action, conflict, and story. New characters are making their way into the story which is a nice change, as well. Very little felt awkward or unnatural. The split screens were annoying, yes, but they're tolerable. It will be interesting to see where the plot goes from here.

...and that's episode four! Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving, and I'll see you in December following the release of episode 5! Thanks for reading!

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