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

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #12 - Final Issue #TAAO
Date: Wednesday, August 9th 2017 1:38am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Till All Are One
(Spoiler free-ish)



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

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


Story

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Art

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

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


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

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


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

Thoughts
WARNING: this may contain spoilers

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

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


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

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


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

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #1, featuring Transformers, GI Joe #HasbroFirstStrike
Date: Wednesday, August 9th 2017 1:35am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Strike One
(Spoiler free-ish)



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


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


Story

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Art

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

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

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


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

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

New Video Reviews for Transformers: The Last Knight Leader Class Dragonstorm, Showing Fatal Neck Issues

Transformers News: New Video Reviews for Transformers: The Last Knight Leader Class Dragonstorm, Showing Fatal Neck Issues
Date: Sunday, August 6th 2017 1:04pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): Pancrazi

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The upcoming Transformers The Last Knight Leader Class Dragonstorm is one of the figures people are most looking forward to in the last waves of the TLK toyline, and we now have a couple of videos that give a better look at the figure. One of them is an Asian-language full video review that shows off the packaging, the dragon mode, and the individual robots, and it tops off at just under an hour long.
The other video comes to us via YouTube channel Pancrazi,
and through a tip from Seibertronian Kotori_Sonoda. It's an English video detailing a major flaw in some of the Dragonstorm toys. It's unknown if it affects all figures, but it is definitely something to look out for when considering purchasing the Dragon duo-con. Check out both videos below!



Video Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Allspark Tech Optimus Prime Hound and Drift

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Allspark Tech Optimus Prime Hound and Drift
Date: Friday, August 4th 2017 11:01pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Chuckdawg1999

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Fellow Seibertronian Chuckdawg has reviewed several toys from the new Allspark Cube subline of Transformers: The Last Knight. Check out his review below and let us know if any of these interest you!

chuckdawg1999 wrote:The Allspark Tech line is a series of simplified figures that share a gimmick where the Allspark Cube activates lights and sounds, that are motion activated and specific to the individual figure. Optimus Prime is a required purchase as it's the only one that comes with the cube and charger. Other than that the figures share basic transformation and articulation. Perfect for younger fans.


Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Date: Sunday, July 30th 2017 8:15pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: ScottyP

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When Hasbro announced a new release of MP-10 Optimus Prime for one of their Transformers Masterpiece releases this year, there was some uncertainty with regards to whether this new release would have changes from the previous 2012 Hasbro release of the toy. While some fans speculated about various potential changes, including variations that would bring the toy closer to the original Takara Tomy MP-10, the initial SDCC release and subsequent retail sightings this week haven't yet led to any firm answers to this question.

I picked up this figure yesterday afternoon and have taken a great deal of photos of it, along with comparisons to the aforementioned 2012 Hasbro release and Takara Tomy's MP-10 Convoy. While I'm not an expert toy photographer and found some things in the lighting I'd go back and fix if I did this again, I've taken what are hopefully some pretty clean shots (and left them generally untouched) to help fans decide whether to go after this latest release or track down one of the previous releases of the mold on the secondary market.

For comprehensive galleries that have the (much, much nicer!) Seibertron.com gallery treatment for the previous releases, look here for the 2012 Hasbro Masterpiece Optimus Prime and here for the Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy.

Robot Mode Comparisons

To start with, check out the new release in robot mode.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases


You may have already noticed some slight differences with the 2012 version, but if not, here's a side by side look:
Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime (also yes, I mistransformed the smokestacks. This photo was taken early this morning before coffee, sorry.)

The reds on the releases are almost identical, and under most lighting these will look the same. The application and plan for paint apps is also roughly the same. One thing you may notice on my sample from even this shot and the previous one above is that the passenger side truck window has an opaque finish on it whereas the driver's side one does not. None of the other versions of the toy have this (unless the MP-10A Green BAPE version does, which is the only version of this mold I don't own), and it remains to be seen if this is a consistent design element or a factory mistake on my sample. The other differences you may have noticed are primarily visible from the waist down. With that in mind, enjoy this shot of awkwardly posed toys that helps illustrate these differences a bit closer.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime

The clear plastic pieces in the waist are noticeably different between these two releases, with the latest 2017 version featuring a bright yellow as opposed to the darker, more amber toned 2012 version. The grays of the thighs are also different, with the latest one being a bit brighter shade. The blues are actually a little different as well, but some other shots later will put this on display more effectively.

Just for completeness' sake, here are the same two pictures except with Takara's MP-10 Convoy as the comparison piece.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy (And 'no coffee' is still my excuse for the smokestacks and I'm sticking to it)


Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

While many fans are familiar with the differences between Takara Tomy's release and the Hasbro releases, some newer collectors may not be. As seen above, the shades of color are similar yet completely different on almost every part of the toy. In my opinion, the Takara release remains the nicest, cleanest, and most "special" looking Masterpiece Optimus Prime, the Hasbro versions make some notable changes that are definite improvements. These include the painted eyes that help give Prime some much needed expression, as well as the painted yellow lights on the top of the truck cab.

Alt Mode Comparisons

Again, I'll start out with just some straightforward solo shots of the latest Hasbro MP-10 Optimus Prime.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases

Straight away, you may notice the driver side window piece not locking into place. Only this side does this, and this is the worst example of the piece not solidly locking into place that I can find among the 9 (10? Something.) versions of this toy in various colors in my house. Hopefully, this is again just something not done well on my particular sample and not a consistent issue with this run of Optimus. Let your fellow Seibertronians know in the comments if you have a quick fix for this problem!

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases

And now, some comparison images.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime

I put the truck cabs in this odd side by side configuration to help illustrate the subtle difference in blues between the toys. The latest version of Hasbro's MP-10 Optimus Prime is, as speculated, a darker blue - but just barely. This isn't a dramatic difference and may not have been a planned one. In other words, this could just be a happenstance difference in shade caused by a small variance in how much blue polystyrene/etc got put in to the injection molding equipment this time as opposed to that other time. As more collectors get the toy in-hand, we'll have to see if this variation holds true as a rule.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime

Once again for the purposes of being thorough, here are (roughly) the same shots using Takara's MP-10 Convoy instead.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

Most of the same previously identified differences are also evident here, with the choice of paint for the cab lights sticking out quite evidently in Optimus' vehicle mode. You can also see the slight difference in paint on the rear of the waist with Hasbro's use of red as opposed to Takara's use of blue. Please do not let me know which is more cartoon accurate, I'm good without pics of OP's rear.

Trailer Comparisons

Adding the trailer to the cab doesn't make anything jump out as immediately different between the three trailers. Nevertheless, below are images of each version with the trailer attached in alt mode.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
2017 Hasbro MP-10

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

While you may have noticed some subtle changes in each (not helped at all by my not-consistent-at-all placement of the cab and trailer in each shot), some more direct comparisons are helpful in distinguishing the trailers of the toys.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Top: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime, Bottom: 2017 Hasbro MP-10

Taking the two Hasbro version trailers really only yields one difference, that being in the amount of white paint used in the outlines. There's another difference in the paint which is seen just below, but it was hard to capture on camera.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Top: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime, Bottom: 2017 Hasbro MP-10

The latest release uses a gloss paint for the white on the trailer, while the first 2012 Hasbro Masterpiece release sees this in a matte white. Again, this wasn't easy to photograph but the difference is indeed there.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Top: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy, Bottom: 2017 Hasbro MP-10

This same gloss coat/dull coat difference holds when looking at the Takara version's trailer, but you may also note the Takara trailer has smaller, and ultimately cleaner, white pin-striping along the side of the trailer's exterior. There's also a minor touch in how the white paint is applied to the Autobot symbol on Convoy to give it just ever-so-slightly a more "large-eyed-G1-faction-symbol" look.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Center: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

There's not much difference at all between the three trailers when viewed from the back. The paint on the Takara trailer is either a slightly different shade of silver, or on thicker in general. The difference visible here is somewhat due to lighting but is somewhat evident in normal conditions as well.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Center: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

The latest 2017 Optimus Prime release takes the "CE" and product ID tampographs off of the robot interior (as seen on the 2012 Hasbro release) and moves this to the bottom of the trailer. Outside of that, there's no difference in the part of the trailer you're likely never to look at, and this is a smart place to put this information - or at least it beats a very visible inner-Prowl leg.

Base and Repair Bay Mode Comparisons

One of the most well known differences between the initial Hasbro and Takara releases of MP-10 Optimus Prime was the silver paint present within the trailer of Takara's release that was absent on the 2012 Hasbro release. Fans had wondered if the increased price point of the new version for this year was indicative of this paint being restored. The answer turns out to be "yes!"

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
2017 Hasbro MP-10

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
2017 Hasbro MP-10

While the silver on the inner sides of the trailer is present, you may notice in the first shot of the base mode that it seems the silver paint on the mini-figure seats and inside the battle station is not there. The second picture here confirms this. One out of two isn't bad, but at the $160 asking price it feels like a cut corner. Another difference here to note is the canopy on the repair module/battle station command unit, which is much more transparent on this release. As you'll see below, the other versions of Masterpiece Optimus Prime feature a much smokier look for this canopy.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime

Here for reference is the initial Hasbro release of the toy, with the bare gray plastic interior of the trailer clearly visible. The new release does give a great improvement to this with the detail of the molding much more evident with a coat of paint to clean it up. The silver also provides the faintest amount of reflection, creating some contrast in the lines not present on bare plastic.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

Takara's version is still the clear winner for details on the inside of the trailer (and out, in my opinion.) The extra accents along with the nice silver panels inside create a look that makes it feel special, especially so in the "Repair Bay" mode. All three "Repair Bay" modes are pictured below.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
2017 Hasbro MP-10

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

This was always an interesting mode to me, as it's reminiscent of a piloted mech being serviced before takeoff. Of course, given the Diaclone roots of the original Optimus Prime toy, this makes quite a bit of sense. Again, the extra details on the Takara version help this mode to pop, and it's in this mode where the lack of eye paint is actually somewhat beneficial, as it almost gives the look that Convoy is "powered down" while in this bay.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

Just as a parting note on this part of the article - there's even paint inside the cockpit on this one! A very nice touch indeed.

Roller Comparisons

The Roller included with the Hasbro release is blue as opposed to the silver of the Takara Convoy. Which Hasbro release am I referring to? Either of them.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Center: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

The blues are a little different between the two Hasbro versions, with the latest one being just a hint darker. It's not as subtle as the blues of Optimus' legs, but it's not a dramatic difference either.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Center: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

As seen here, the rifles aren't any different. The spring loaded mechanism on the newest release was a little bit looser, especially when storing it in the trailer, but not the worst sample of all the MP-10 based figures that I've seen. This is likely another case where one example of this latest Hasbro MP-10 won't be the same as others. You'll also notice Spike in there, who is the next topic in this look at these several versions of Optimus Prime.

Spike Comparisons

The mini-figures included with these Masterpiece toys are just awful. Spike was the first, and is still as bad now as he was upon first release. This amorphous, vaguely human shaped blob is also included with the newest Hasbro MP-10 Optimus Prime, and is here to haunt your dreams with his no-face.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Center: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

His boots are yellower this time, going from a construction site yellow to full on rainstorm preparation rubber boots. Thankfully, he's still easy enough to store in the trailer forever never to return to flop over lifelessly with his expression that has always been lifeless anyhow. Let's move on to more exciting comparisons.

Matrix Comparisons

If there's ever been a case of an accessory having variation where I don't think it was ever intended, it's with the different versions of the Matrix of Leadership that come with each of these versions of Masterpiece Optimus Prime. They're pictured just below, with the caption guiding you as to what's what.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Center: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

The newest one has a nice brass-orange color around it, much darker than the original 2012 Hasbro Masterpiece release, but still different from the Takara Tomy matrix. I find this to be a fun variation, as this accessory is infinitely pretty to look at in almost every color its been cast in. The clear blues are different as well, and I cranked up the exposure a little in this next shot to illustrate it.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Center: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

No matter which blue you prefer here, I don't think you can go wrong. Blue is blue. The contrast in the latest is nice, with the dark blue going along with the deeper orange. The first Hasbro release has the lightest of the three blue colors, with the Takara version coming somewhere in between them, yet still on the darker side of things. At any rate, it's always nice to see these included, and I hope other upcoming releases such as MP-711 continue to play around with different color schemes for this iconic little accessory.

Ax Comparisons

As expected, this latest release also includes an energy ax accessory. There's not much to say about it, so let's get to the comparisons.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: Takara Tomy MP-10 Convoy

The ax included with this most recent Hasbro MP-10 Optimus Prime got big somehow, especially compared to the original Hasbro version. That bottom point of the blade looks like it could hurt - were this not made of soft plastic. Hopefully, this is made of some material that will hold up over time if stored within the trailer. It'd be unfortunate if plasticizer migration struck there, as it recently has on poor Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Class Bludgeon.

This, uh, this one joint piece Comparisons, I guess? And a conclusion.

While transforming each of these into truck mode, I noticed one final odd variation. The newest version of this toy has a blue color to a piece that's not really visible in either mode once transformed. It's the painted diecast piece that sits just behind the truck's grille that is used to clip the torso to the lower body securely in robot mode. Being very hard to photograph in a reasonable way, I went with the only logical choice and made a terrible attempt at a heroic mid-transformation pose to show it.

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime Images and Comparisons to Previous Releases
Left: 2017 Hasbro MP-10, Right: 2012 Hasbro MP Optimus Prime

Do you see it in there? Not a big thing, but it is still one more difference. Hopefully the paint on it holds up well, as I also noticed the red starting to chip away from that part while transforming my 2012 Hasbro Prime.

This newest Hasbro Masterpiece Optimus Prime release is a great opportunity for fans that missed out on this toy for one reason or another before. It takes many of the good elements of the first Hasbro version, adds in a slight bit of the Takara Tomy Convoy's flair with the silver paint, and should satisfy most fans that don't yet own this mold in its originally intended color scheme of red and blue. If you've got the Takara version already, I don't think this is different in enough ways that I can call improvements to warrant a purchase almost as much as that one likely was for you. The Takara Tomy Convoy still feels like the most polished of these toys, even though I'd love to see them put it out with colored eyes like the Hasbro versions have. This is just my opinion, of course, and hopefully with the images above and this accompanying article, you'll now have enough information to decide if it's time to double-dip.

If you have the first Hasbro release, this one's definitely not recommended. It's more expensive and for all practical, not-crazy-person reasons, it's basically the same outside of the inner paint for the trailer. If you're like me though and really only wanted it if there was at least one solid, measurable, distinguishable different characteristic between the two, then have no fear and head on over to your local Toys R Us and grab one while you can, or see if it comes in stock online. Don't forget to use our Sightings Section and local Sightings Forums on the Energon Pub to let your other Seibertronian friends know if you see it out and about!

Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire
Date: Sunday, July 30th 2017 11:48am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
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As you may remember, we had a pictorial review of Titans Return Windblade a few days ago. Today, we have another review, this time of her wavemate, Misfire, from yours truly.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Titans Return Misfire is the first figure of this character since the original toy in 1987 (not counting a Kreon Micro-Changer in 2014 that was an Autobot for some reason). Thus, unlike Windblade, there aren't many other things to compare him too other than his mold-mate Triggerhappy, so you'll be seeing them side-by-side quite a bit. However, in this case, using the term mold-mate is a stretch, as the two share few parts: Only the legs, elbow joints, shoulder joints, and Titan Master.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Speaking of the Titan Master, let's start by taking a look at the little guy. Other than the face on his back, Aimless is identical to Blowpipe, Triggerhappy's Titan Master. However, Aimless has a greater variety of color, and his face is painted. Like other Titan Masters, Aimless can sit in Misfire's combined guns, though there is no practical way to mount this to the vehicle mode.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Now then, on to the jet mode. I was always thought this was a neat design, so I'm glad it was given all this retooling. As great as Triggerhappy's jet mode is, it just wouldn't fit for Misfire. The cockpit for the Titan Master is one of the most secure of the entire line, and while many have whined about making non-Headmaster characters into Headmasters, I really like the gimmick in vehicle mode. Unfortunately, there is no landing gear. My only real complaint is that the tail of the jet doesn't tab in as securely as I would like. One odd thing I did notice was the lack of any obvious thrusters. Though, given how the top of the shoulders seem to be shaped like intakes, I would assume the forearms serve as the engines. Oh, and the wings have weapon storage, but I don't care for it.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Now, onto the robot mode! The transformation isn't as simple as Windblade's, but it is not as complex or inventive as Triggerhappy's either. Whether or not that's a good thing is up for debate. Personally, I will be displaying the two and Slugslinger together, with Triggerhappy as leader. Thus, having the two underlings share a simpler transformation seems fitting to me. As expected for Misfire, he is very, very pink. However, he does have an impressive amount of paint on him to break up the colors, and the nosecone, wings, shins, and shoulders have tampographs. While his headsculpt is not IDW-accurate like some would hope (especially considering the precedent of IDW-based designs in this line), it's still an okay face that's more based upon his cartoon appearance. However, some of the details are less distinct due to the paint, and once put alongside the rest of the line's heads, the design becomes a bit generic. I'm not sure why they went with lilac 'skin' and Overlordy lips. As seen earlier, he comes with two guns, and while they're pretty nice guns, I find myself setting them aside more often than not. I had the same mentality with Triggerhappy, oddly enough.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

The articulation is pretty much the same as Triggerhappy's, so you can get them in all the same poses. Due to the angled nature of the feet, you may need extra support to keep him on one foot, however. Most of the leg joints are a bit looser on Misfire, but that's mostly because my copy of Triggerhappy has very tight joints all around. Misfire is also compatible with most 3mm figure stands, so you can get him in flying and aerial poses.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

All in all, it's a pretty fun figure. While he was never going to top Triggerhappy, Misfire is still a good toy in his own right, and I can't wait to have Slugslinger and complete the trio.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Deluxe Misfire

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Video Review for Transformers: The Last Knight Infernocus Combiner

Transformers News: Video Review for Transformers: The Last Knight Infernocus Combiner
Date: Saturday, July 29th 2017 11:37pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): Cheftron

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Youtube Transformer Reviewer Cheftron, (who has been a front page regular as of late because of his early looks at figures), has recently posted a video focusing on the new Transformers The Last Knight Combiner Infernocus! This is our best look yet at the gestalt, who's limbs come from the Transformers Prime Abominus toy, and features a brand new center robot to form the chest. This figure has flown considerably more under the radar compared to other recent movie figures, with very few in-hand images and sightings, so this review is a great resource to help decide if you want to pick him up when he hits retail in the coming weeks. Check it out below!

Review of IDW Hasbro Universe's Revolutionaries #6

Transformers News: Review of IDW Hasbro Universe's Revolutionaries #6
Date: Wednesday, July 26th 2017 6:23am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: ScottyP

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Power and Glory and Feelings
A Review of Revolutionaries #6

Primarily Spoiler Free, but you might find your own if you're in a bad mood
Transformers News: Review of IDW Hasbro Universe's Revolutionaries #6
A real panel from the book that you will actually take seriously. Buckle up for a trip.

With the yearly mega-event First Strike fast approaching, the book intended to bridge the gap between last year's Revolution and said event hits its sixth installment this week. Originally solicited for a May release, it looks like this series won't quite hit its ultimate eighth issue before First Strike, barring a rapid fire release schedule. After reading Revolutionaries 6, this is an acceptable scenario. Sure, it won't be fun to have plot details spoiled, or other things partially unexplained, but if the seventh and eighth issues of Revolutionaries are anywhere close to as good as this one is then no one's going to care about those other factors.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Hasbro Universe's Revolutionaries #6
We now return to The Transformers (feat. Action Force as your backup strip)

While this is an ensemble book, and the ensemble does play around in this issue and do their monthly actioning and adventuring, make no mistake that this issue could also easily be titled Spotlight: Atomic Man. This shouldn't make you turn away if you're a fan of Transformers that doesn't like fun peanut butter in your chocolate. On the contrary, if you fit those qualifications (and even if you don't), Officer Reeses yourself down to the comic shop or over to your digital platform of choice and read this now. The Saturday morning cartoon fun is interlaced by a gripping story of a boy that becomes a hero that becomes a man that becomes lost. In one issue, Atomic Man goes from "one of those Adventure Team guys in the flashbacks in that Revolushunries book" to a fully defined character, and it's hard to put this one down halfway.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Hasbro Universe's Revolutionaries #6
"How would G.I. Joe fancy a team-up with M.A.S.K.?"

Matt Trakker and Gloria Baker make the Hasbro Universe "Total Brand Awareness" roster for this one, and they serve their purpose well. Author John Barber shows his chops in making sure things fit together through them, at least in a small degree, by nailing the dynamic that's been built between the two characters in the actual M.A.S.K. series. Add in some interactions between them, Mayday, and Stalker, and you have a nice bit of crossover that helps smooth over the wider narrative of the universe while it's at it.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Hasbro Universe's Revolutionaries #6
Seriously though Shark has one purpose and that's it.

They really are just there for fun and to move things along, at least on a high level, because outside of Atomic Man another character absolutely shines in this one, and that's Action Man. Ian Noble continues to be treated more like 007 than A Real American Hero (Imported By Palitoy) and here, it really works. Through a clever twist in one of the Agnes Garbowska drawn "Mikey Powers" scenes, Action Man serves as a linchpin to the issue's plot that takes place through the non-flashback sequences featuring the art and colors of series regulars Fico Ossio and Sebastian Cheng, respectively.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Hasbro Universe's Revolutionaries #6
I love parallelograms

The art throughout varies wildly, but this is for very, very good reasons. As mentioned, Ossio's work takes up the "Main" story and while there are a few of his panels that left things to be desired, with Agnes Garbowska (who many fans may know from IDW's My Little Pony series) lending back up pages in the first half of the issue, his style is balanced out into smaller chunks that I personally find more digestible. Eventually, Ron Joseph takes over for these back up pages and provides his style to these in two different but still effective ways, and it has the same net positive impact on the storytelling. One page even plays around with a real Adventure Team toy advertisement from Marvel Comics' Man Thing #20, published in August of 1975 (This information was retrieved from a blog post at www.ferretpress.com. This ad is ten years older than me, I wasn't going to recognize it on my own!)

There are four covers available for this one, including the primary cover by Robert Atkins with colors by Simon Gough that's shown in the thumbnail for this review. As always, you can find the full list of covers, credits, and characters that appear in this issue in our Vector Sigma Database Entry for Revolutionaries #6.

Verdict
Transformers News: Review of IDW Hasbro Universe's Revolutionaries #6
Reaganomics!

I kind of want to check in on John Barber and make sure he's ok, given the dark and almost brutally melancholic nature of this issue and Optimus Prime #9. However, I also kind of don't because he's on an absolute roll and there'd be fear of disrupting his mojo. Mr. Barber continues here with telling gripping, meaningful stories in this Hasbro Universe that take what could be meaningless monthly serial beats and elevate them through genuine emotion. If pressed, one could definitely find parallels between the "Life of Sideswipe" and the life of Atomic Man presented here which is just incredible.

Seibertron's staff of comic book reviewers has been giving out a great deal of very high scores lately, and I promise you we aren't turning into IGN - the output of the past several weeks has just been that darn good. Pick this one up even if you haven't given Revolutionaries a shot, but be prepared to feel feelings.

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

Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
Date: Wednesday, July 26th 2017 2:06am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Back on Track
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE HUNT IS ON! Ever lost something and spent forever looking for it? Try visiting Troja Major, the lost property capital of the universe. Just bear in mind that it's better known by another name: the Howling Town. And the Autobots are about to find out why.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
...


Story

I was reminded by other comics staff that we've had a number of voices already on reviews this far, for the new iteration of Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, but mine was not the one that has appeared yet for Lost Light. It's probably time then, right? Back to the story?

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
JRo I swear..


One of the issues I've had with the series, much like its predecessor, is the use of the medium of comics as a serialised narrative - they read really well as a collected trade (read volume 1 in one sitting, believe me), but sometimes take odd steps as single issues. This book, however, does not do that, and in fact plays the field extremely well as a morsel of a wider story yet to happen, and previous ones being closed or at least addressed.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
The Quest! It is Back!


As we know, James Roberts takes his time on the series to get to know the characters, and characters here are a very important part of the plot: what we discover about Nautica and Velocity, their interactions prior to the Lost Light, wouldn't have made sense while Megatron was still in the picture - but what he does well here is to not sacrifice plot for character development, at all.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
Casual Character Trivia


And in terms of highlights, this book has fallen into the category of what Transformers comics can do now, from a socio-political perspective, in terms of identity, representation, and delving further into human issues while using sad gay (can we finally change this to queer?) robots in space. And yes, I'm talking about Anode and Lug, and what we learn about both of them.


Art

After a full arc and a breather, we see a different artist taking charge of a very important issue, plot wise among the rest, and Priscilla Tramontano has some excellent leads in terms of visual continuity with Lawrence's art, while still keeping very much to her own style and approach to the characters.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
including Krombopolous Michael, from Rick and Morty


With a change from the usual, Joana Lafuente joins Tramontano on colours, perhaps also aiding in the continuity, but also providing an extremely vibrant and diverse cast of organic presences on Troja Major, taking the best pages out of Lucas' books and making the marketplace as cantina-esque (but well lit) as she can.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
Also, sir, are you a Dire Wraith?


In a universe where several characters are identifiable by their speech patters, and those speech patterns are to be made visible, a letterer like Tom B. Long makes sure that we can glean more from the page that you might read at first glance, while also enjoying the sounds of the new setting! Meanwhile, the cover for this review's thumbnail is the variant art by Alex Milne and Josh Perez, very much about the grief aspect of it all, but also more pertaining to the plot of the issue than you might think... All other covers can be found in our database entry right here, including Roche/Burcham, Tom Whalen, and the main Lawrence/Lafuente

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

What do you know? We're back looking for the Knights of Cybertron! For real! As I said above, the overarching plot is not sidelined for the characters or subplots, but rather the two work well together in the issue, and we get to find out more about The Quest that started all those 50+ issues ago under another title altogether - but what we find may not be what we were looking for, especially if it was answers.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
:smile:


That said, my allusions towards the scene featuring Anode and Lug warrants a couple extra words here, while still wanting to leave it to readers to appreciate: it has some nice callbacks to the last Optimus Prime issue, and Sideswipe's understanding of the new reality; it has a well-developed approach to the issue at hand, sign of good research on the team's behalf; it helps sediment

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade
Date: Tuesday, July 25th 2017 11:02pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88

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After this wave being out in Asia, it has finally reached the west and we have a pictorial review of one of the most anticipated figures in this wave, Windblade.

This new Windblade sits at different extremes makes her end up quite average in the end. Compared to previous 1 blades I would say this is the best-looking one. She has as much paint as I would need especially in her face, which is gorgeous, with a really nice Sarah Stone look and the best detail we have seen so far in the west.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

I like how slender yet tall she is, she stands perfectly fine and has a decent heft to her. She is four more fun to pose than any of the previous Winblades and her alt mode is also slender (unlike the chubby RID one) and doesn't have gaps the same size as the first one (yet there are some gaps still there). So in all these points she is definitely the best of the three so far.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

However when it comes to other aspects she ends up at the end. For instance, the weapons. I know that Hasbro really wants to integrate the Titan Masters into these but adding that to a sword takes away the slender aspect of the weapon. They end up looking much bigger than you would be used to and definitely odd. Plus, that you can do with a Titan master doesn't look good anyway as you can see in the image below. that combined form which sits on top of the cockpit just ends up looking silly.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade


I also have a major issue with the fact that this is the third wind blade and they are still sticking to a very similar transformation where once again to hands are left in the open. I realize that it's because they want more slender four arms for a female robot which means that you can hide yours within the within the forearm you can try something else. That would have added a lot of innovation to a toy which ends up being very plain in the transformation department.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

The transformation is my main beef with toy, it is very very simple. The fact that the head does not need to be hidden removes some steps and ingenuity. And since the hands are not hidden you end up losing that transformation step to making both Scourge and Highbrow, who have a similar transformation, seem a tad bit more complex. So the added fact that this is a reused and simplified transformation along with the fact that if uses a similar transformation to previous Windblades make that aspect of the toy very dull.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Titans Return Windblade

But I won't fault that the final toy looks good I just wish there was a little bit more to her

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