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SEIBERTRON.com's review of Transformers: The Movie Prequel #1

Transformers News: SEIBERTRON.com's review of Transformers: The Movie Prequel #1
Date: Tuesday, February 6th 2007 10:50pm CST
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Air Commander Starscream | Credit(s): Hotrod

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Our very own Hotrod has been able to take a look at the upcoming Transformers: The Movie Prequel #1, and has been kind enough to write a review for all of us here on Seibertron.com to read. We are very excited to be able to give you a first glance of this amazing prequel to the Transformers Movie whose release date is creeping ever closer!

The Transformers: Prime Directive

The Transformers: Prime Directive

The Transformers: Prime Directive

Covers for The Transformers: Prime Directive (Live Action Movie Prequel) #1

Transformers: The Movie Prequel #1

Story: Chris Ryall
Writers: Simon Furman & Chris Ryall
Artist: Don Figueroa.
Colorist: Josh Burcham.
Letterer: Robbie Robbins.
Editor: Dan Taylor.
Release Date: February 21, 2007

Plot Summary

For only twenty-four pages of story the first issue of the Transformers: The Movie Prequel miniseries is packed from cover to cover. Right away we know we are on the Planet Cybertron. The planet’s life and energy is dependent on an object known as the Allspark. Both Optimus Prime and Megatron once ruled the planet together until Megatron decided he wanted the power of the Allspark for himself and civil war ensued. Megatron was able to secretly build an army that took the planet by storm. Many who stood in his path fell, however, there are those who still offer resistance and will do what ever it takes to stop Megatron from getting his claws on the Allspark.

The story starts off with Bumblebee, who has blasted off into space from Cybertron in his protoform mode, similar to the one that both the Optimus Prime and Starscream Transformers Movie Preview toys have. While in space Bumblebee begins to explain recent events. The story then flashes back to a fierce battle where Bumblebee, a female bot named Arcee, and a hand full of others are fighting against Megatron’s vast army at Tyger Pax. The odds seem long at best but the brave warriors are not trying to defeat Megatron, they are only hoping to hold his attention long enough for Optimus Prime. Prime is leading another force at Simfur whose mission is to make one last attempt to stop Megatron from gaining control of the Allspark. The plan is to launch it into deep space.

While the battle at Tyger Pax rages on; Megatron arrives more determined then ever to get his hands on the Allspark. However, the Autobots continue to resist until the end. Bumblebee has the unfortunate luck of running into Megatron who is furious and wants information about the whereabouts of the Allspark. Bumblebee is able to hold out, but takes a severe beating that leaves him near death and his voice box critically damaged. By holding out as long as he did Bumblebee was able to buy time for Optimus Prime to launch the Allspark into space.

Soon Megatron realizes what has happened and wastes no time and starts out after the Allspark. The Autobots know that they must get to the Allspark before Megatron so a few brave warriors are chosen to go after the Allspark. Bumblebee, who is not completely healed from his near death encounter with Megatron, is one of the first to volunteer. The race for the Allspark is on.

Art Review

I must admit, the designs chosen for the characters for the upcoming Transformers Movie may not have been the best and left me scratching my head from time to time. However, both Don Figueroa and Josh Burcham have done a stellar job trying to make the Movie designs work. The designs do take some getting use too. They are a radical departure from anything we have seen in the past. It is as radical a departure as Beast Wars was from Generation One, if not more so.

Being visually appealing is one thing that all good comic books should be, and Transformers: The Movie Prequel #1 is visually stimulating. The art really tells a compelling story almost on its own. Also the action seems to flow seamlessly with many good visuals panel to panel. An example of this is when Megatron is thrashing Bumblebee. I found myself studying panels long after I read the text.

Some may find this hard to believe because they do not like the Movie designs, but Don Figueroa and Josh Burcham do an excellent job depicting the Autobots and Decepticons. They made good use of the protoforms for the characters who appear in the movie. They also seem to play with a lot of other designs that seemed to be influenced by other Transformers lore. I think this was the right direction to take; otherwise the images of the characters would be very busy and distracting. Overall the duo did a great job bring the designs to life on the pages.

Another aspect of the art that really stands out is Cybertron itself. It seems really familiar. The art for Cybertron seems to drawl on a lot of elements we saw in Strombringer and the flashback scenes in Beast Wars: The Gathering. Personally, I felt this was a nice touch. Don and Josh did a great job of making the reader grasp the fact that the planet Cybertron is ravaged by war by the color pallet used. The artists make great use of dark backgrounds, which depict a battle torn city left in ruin with all of its grittiness. The familiarity helped me connect with the story more.

Plot Review

The writing team of Simon Furman and Chris Ryall out did themselves with this issue. I must admit I did not have high hopes for this miniseries. I thought it would just be another piece of the Movie media blitz that would quickly be forgotten. Boy was I wrong! Ryall and Furman made this a true Transformers story. They used elements from the Transformers mythos we all know and love, but added some slight spin where they could because of the restrictions placed on the story by the Movie. Though it is not exactly Generation One, it does seem better then some of the recent reincarnations Transformers has gone through the last few years.

The story told is full of substance. Ryall and Furman give us an incredible back story for the Transformers Movie that would otherwise be lacking. Not only that, but there is plenty of action to be found on every page. The fast pace action of the story never lets up until the end. There is never a dull moment. Also, the issue has decent character development, which is a pleasant surprise because character development is not always possible with a miniseries that is part of a larger film. Both writers do a good job developing the main character, Bumblebee. Bumblebee has a lot of depth as a character and you want to know what is going to happen to him next. We see a brave warrior who thinks he should have done more to help his comrade’s cause, and questions why he is called a hero. I for one prefer whole characters instead of dull flat ones who serve no real purpose other then furthering along the plot.

Over All

Over all I would say Transformers: The Movie Prequel #1 is a winner for many reasons. First is the writing. This issue contains some super writing from Simon Furman and Chris Ryall. They were able to give us more in this one issue then we sometimes get in several issues in other series. Furman and Ryall did such a good job that I would love to see Ryall do some more work on Transformers outside of the Movie Prequel. I would seriously suggest picking this issue up when it comes out. it is a real page turner. We all read books where we struggle to finish. Trust me, Transformers: The Movie Prequel #1 is no such book. I was actually a little disappointed when I got to the end, because I now have to wait for the second issue to come out in March. Another reason I would recommend this comic, it the art. The art is everything you would expect from talents like Don Figueroa and Josh Burcham. Trust me they do not disappoint. So when February 21st roles around you should seriously consider picking up Transformers: The Movie Prequel #1, you may be surprised.

New CGI Rendered Image of Movie Frenzy

Transformers News: New CGI Rendered Image of Movie Frenzy
Date: Tuesday, February 6th 2007 5:24pm CST
Category: Live Action Movie News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Harbx.com

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It seems like the flood gates of for images of the Transformers from the upcomig Transformers Movie is open. Today a new image of one of the bots has surfaced. Harbx.com has posted a new CGI rendered image of Transformers Movie Frenzy. The new images show Frenzy in robot mode and is clearer then previous images of the character. Check out the new image by clicking here.

Movie Preview Optimus Prime and Starscream Listings on Wal-Mart's Website

Transformers News: Movie Preview Optimus Prime and Starscream Listings on Wal-Mart's Website
Date: Tuesday, February 6th 2007 5:12pm CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Store News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Wheeljack35, TFormers.com, and Walmart.com

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It looks like the Transformers Movie toy craze has begun. Today Walmart.com has posted listings for both Transformers Movie Preview figures Optimus Prime and Starscream. Both figures were listed as in stock earlier today but are now listed out of stock. Also the page for Optimus Prime will no longer display.

Fast Action Battler Ratchet First look!

Transformers News: Fast Action Battler Ratchet First look!
Date: Tuesday, February 6th 2007 3:45pm CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: GetterDragun | Credit(s): SKowl, Moliquiqui

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And the hits, just keep on coming...

E-Bay user Moliquiqui has posted an auction for what appears to be Fast Action Battler (FAB) Ratchet.

Check out the auction here.





Rumble and Frenzy Earphones for Soundwave MP3 Player!

Transformers News: Rumble and Frenzy Earphones for Soundwave MP3 Player!
Date: Tuesday, February 6th 2007 3:37pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: GetterDragun | Credit(s): Bigbadtoystore.com

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What's the perfect item to compliment your Soundwave MP3 player, why Headphones! And who other should these headphones transform into then RUMBLE and FRENZY!
While there are no pictures available, BBTS has these up for pre-order!

http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK10702&mode=retail

Cover Revealed for Movie Prequel TPB

Transformers News: Cover Revealed for Movie Prequel TPB
Date: Tuesday, February 6th 2007 2:03pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Live Action Movie News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.amazon.com

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The cover to the Trade Paper Back of IDW's prequel story to the upcoming Transformers Movie, appears to have been revealed on the shopping site Amazon.com. Below is the cover that is featured on the orderpage of the TPB.


Flat Year For US Toy Market

Transformers News: Flat Year For US Toy Market
Date: Tuesday, February 6th 2007 1:47pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.toynewsmag.com, Transformers @ the moon

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The Toy News website reports that overall retail sales in the US market increased only slightly (up 0.34%) and generated over $22.3 billion in 2006 compared to $22.2 billion generated in 2005, according to new figures released by NPD. However increase in sales in expected over 2007.

"In 2006 we identified a number of indicators which pointed to future growth for the toy industry. I'm pleased we're seeing these growth indicators beginning to reflect in the retail sales figures and we look forward to watching this progress in 2007", said Anita Frazier, NPD industry analyst.

"With movie releases such as Transformers, Spider-Man 3, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the action figure super-category should realize gains in 2007", Frazier added.

Yahoo! To Give Transformers The Star Treatment?

Transformers News: Yahoo! To Give Transformers The Star Treatment?
Date: Tuesday, February 6th 2007 10:28am CST
Categories: Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.post-gazette.com

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www.Post-Gazzette.com reports that Yahoo! is planning to give several brandnames, including Transformers, the star-treatment by creating "Brand Universe" sites. The multi media website will showcase a pop-culture potpourri of TV shows, movies, video games and celebrities on 100 different Web sites that Yahoo plans to create later this year.

"We are totally open to driving a result that makes a partner want to work with us,", said Vince Broady, the Yahoo executive overseeing Brand Universe. According to the article, this will be done in an effort to bolster their own brand. Although the article doesn't say, it will be likely that the site will follow with the release of the Michael Bay Transformers Movie also later this year.

Transformers Movie Blackout toy in package Image.

Transformers News: Transformers Movie Blackout toy in package Image.
Date: Tuesday, February 6th 2007 2:58am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Air Commander Starscream | Credit(s): Taoboa.com auction

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A new auction has surface at the Taobao auctions website. This time the auction is for a boxed Transformers Movie Blackout figure. You can see some out of box pictures here.



You can see the auction here.

Botcon 2005 Exclusives Ironhide and Ratchet galleries now online.

Transformers News: Botcon 2005 Exclusives Ironhide and Ratchet galleries now online.
Date: Tuesday, February 6th 2007 2:52am CST
Categories: Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Air Commander Starscream

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The Botcon Exclusives section of the Seibertron Toy Gallery grows by 2 tonight with the additions of Botcon 2005 Ironhide and Ratchet. Both figures are remolds of Energon Tow-Line. So check out these 2 great new galleries with over 130 pictures in each!

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