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Retrospective Reviews - Transformers: Regeneration One #87

Transformers News: Retrospective Reviews -  Transformers: Regeneration One #87
Date: Sunday, April 28th 2013 4:26am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al

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A Key Issue
(Spoiler free-ish)

With volume two of ReGeneration One coming out this Wednesday, we decided to go back and make sure all the issues contained in the trade have been reviewed! Read all the already written ones: ReGeneration One #86, ReGeneration One #88, ReGeneration One #89 and ReGeneration One #90. And now, for the missing one: ReGeneration One #87.

WAR CRY! The conquest of IACON begins in earnest, as SCORPONOK’s game-changing strategy threatens the very nature of what it means to be AUTOBOT... Or DECEPTICON! And HOT ROD begins his own personal odyssey to the very heart of CYBERTRON—where ancient forces are stirring!

Retrospective Reviews -  Transformers: Regeneration One #87
So. That's the plot


So Grimlock has accepted Scorponok's offer, and is on his way to Cybertron. After a demonstration of what the Gene Key can do, at least. He's back in his old body, happy as larry, bashing and gnashing, and he has a plan to carry out.

Retrospective Reviews -  Transformers: Regeneration One #87
Grimlock, you scoundrel

Meanwhile, Optimus decides that he'd rather stay on Earth and think things through, thank you very much. I suppose this could have been a worse decision, but it does seem to slow down things a lot. Every other character on the planet(s) keeps asking 'what would Optimus do?' - apparently, nothing. Just go for a stroll. Good to know.

Retrospective Reviews -  Transformers: Regeneration One #87
But you can abandon everyone on Cybertron. Cool, cool.

And of course, Hot Rod tried keeping everything under control back at home. Even though Grimlock is a bit of a trouble-maker, Scorponok's vanguard has arrived, and there's definitely something going on in the basement.

Retrospective Reviews -  Transformers: Regeneration One #87
O hai Primus

The idea of Scorponok changing the moral compass of all Cybertronians is intriguing, but the execution is a bit puzzling. What exactly does the Gene Key do, and why does it even work? If morality is not a black-and-white thing, as they explicitly said in these issues, surely the result would not be this one? Or would it?


Again, it's Wildman and Baskerville on pencils and inks, respectively, and there's quite a wide cast this time round. Some have complained about the three headmasters not looking like their usual selves, or at least previous incarnations, but they do resemble their toys in this form. The usual concerns about expressions do arise, but there's something particularly off with Perceptor.

Retrospective Reviews -  Transformers: Regeneration One #87

Bove really shines in this issue though, especially when the skies are concerned. Something I didn't notice on the first read: the Cybertronian sky progresses through this story arc, from a very very dark night to something else for its conclusion, following the pacing of the events. A nice touch, JP.

Retrospective Reviews -  Transformers: Regeneration One #87
Pretty lights

The artwork seems to work a lot better in this issue! Yes it's Andrew 'Screaming Robots' Wildman, but the human facial expressions have more of a variety this time, and really help convey what is going on in the story. And I like screaming robots, anyway.

Spoilerish ahead

The issue is enjoyable actually, and it does a lot more than the previous one. There are some concerns both in terms of plot devices and artwork, such as the exact functioning of the Gene Key and Perceptor. Poor poor Perceptor. But overall, the story works.

Retrospective Reviews -  Transformers: Regeneration One #87
Contemporary cultural reference!

There are some extra bits I haven't mentioned in the review, about some other characters still on Earth, of whom Starscream is one and the others are ..well, I'll leave it to you to find out. Overall, not a bad issue, a good read, still fairly slow but appropriately so this time. Let's see what Scorponok has in mind for next month, shall we?

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Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex SDCC Exclusive?

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex SDCC Exclusive?
Date: Saturday, April 27th 2013 9:52am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Robotkingdom

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Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex SDCC exclusive? Site sponsor Robotkingdom has updated their pre-order page for the ACG-CON HK Exclusive version with a description that states it's expected to have the SDCC color scheme. This actually coincides with insider info that we were given prior to Metroplex's big reveal at Toy Fair 2013. As we know from past SDCC's Hasbro isn't afraid to bring out the big guns for their exclusives. Last year Transformers fans got the Fall of Cybertron Bruticus box set and they released the massive Avengers S.H.I.E.L.D. Super Helicarrier. No hints as to what the new the deco will be, but the G1 mold did have one repaint as Metrotitan.

Robotkingdom wrote:Description :
Available in September 2013.

This item is expected to have SDCC Style colour.

More Information will be updated on our website and facebook.

Please note these are merely stock images of the retail release from the Robotkingdom pre-order page and not indicative of the potential exclusive.

Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex SDCC?

Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex SDCC?

Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex SDCC?

IDW Star Saber Designs

Transformers News: IDW Star Saber Designs
Date: Sunday, April 21st 2013 5:43pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Alex Milne

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Transformers artist Alex Milne has posted on FullMetalHerohis designs for the upcoming Star Saber character from the More Than Meets The Eye comics series! The images are fairly small, but are mirrored below.

IDW Star Saber Designs

IDW Star Saber Designs

e-Hobby Magnificus New In-Hand Images, Color Version of Comic Cover, and Bio

Transformers News: e-Hobby Magnificus New In-Hand Images, Color Version of Comic Cover, and Bio
Date: Wednesday, April 17th 2013 8:30am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): e-Hobby

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e-Hobby has tweeted a couple of new in-hand images of their upcoming exclusive Magnificus. They've also updated his profile on their website with a color version of the previously revealed comic cover and his bio.

Once Military Affairs Advisor for Mebion, Magnificus was betrayed by an unknown comrade and banished to frontier space. Forced to serve as a gun-for-hire, he has spent long years on the run from bounty hunters with his comrade-in-arms, Gamede. But the pair has finally found a means to achieve their revenge: body data stolen from Perceptor using Gamede's ability to shrink to atomic size! Redesigning his body using this data, Magnificus has successfully mastered the art of "Psychometry", which is the ability to see residual images by scanning objects and other lifeforms. Can Magnificus master this ability and use it to determine the identity of his betrayer?

Physical fitness: 10
Intellect: 10
Speed: 6
Durability: 10
Teamwork: 8
Courage: 10
Firepower: 8
Skills: 10

Re: e-Hobby Teases Their Next Exclusive: Magnificus?

Re: e-Hobby Teases Their Next Exclusive: Magnificus?

Re: e-Hobby Teases Their Next Exclusive: Magnificus?

Hoist, Magnificus, updated Machine Wars deco and more revealed in TCC #50 (now arriving)

Transformers News: Hoist, Magnificus, updated Machine Wars deco and more revealed in TCC #50 (now arriving)
Date: Monday, April 8th 2013 11:32am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Toy News, Event News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: Seibertron

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Earlier this morning I received my copy of the 50th issue of the Transformers Collectors' Club The Official Magazine. The cover homages Marvel's Transformers #22 which featured Menasor with various Marvel characters outlining the sides of the cover. This cover features Depth Charge's mug shot front-and-center with all of the Collectors' Club characters outlining the cover.

Inside the magazine itself, the following pages and information are revealed ...

  • Brian's Bytes and Bolts reveals that the Subscription figures have been delayed from China. They are estimating that the figures will ship right after BotCon. I'm assuming this means that the figures are being shipped over with all of the BotCon exclusives to save on transport costs. Because of this delay, they are unsure when the 2nd installment payment will be due for those of you who went with the payment option.
  • First look at Transformers Generations Deluxe Hoist (available 4th quarter). Hoist is a remold of Trailcutter. He features a new head and trades Trailcutters trailer topper/shield for a tow hook that appears to transform into Hoist's gun. No wings but I think we'll all be happy to have Hoist join our "Classics" ranks. I'm assuming this figure will be packaged with his Spotlight book in the upcoming deluxe/comic packaged series revealed at Toy Fair back in February.
  • The next two page spread features updated decos for the BotCon 2013 Machine Wars set. As far as I can tell, the only difference is Obsidian has undergone a major color change. Whereas he was a bright green with orange (transparent?) rotors, he now sports a color scheme that seems much closer to his Beast Machines cartoon counterpart along with (transparent?) red rotors. This should make many fans happy that Strika and Obsidian will be utilizing colors from the cartoon instead of one being from the cartoon and the other being from the toy.
  • Transformers Generations Magnificus from eHobby is revealed as a club exclusive! Pre-orders will be available at from April 15th to May 8th. Price is currently listed at $90.
  • The comic continues the Beast Wars Shattered Glass theme. It introduces G2 Hero Megatron alongside some of Takara's Beast Wars II characters like the Seacons, Dirge, Thrust, and the Autorollers. Scylla is still female. :D
  • After the comic, we get a one page "The Transformers Menagerie - Part 2: The Dinobots"
  • Profile pages for Beast Wars Grimlock (Maximal) and Beast Wars II Dirge (Predacon)
  • The back cover features another installment of David Willis' Recordicons as well as two installments of Transformers I.Q.

Hoist, Magnificus, updated Machine Wars deco and more revealed in TCC #50 (now arriving)

Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Review

Transformers News: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Review
Date: Tuesday, April 2nd 2013 12:09pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Va'al

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(Spoiler free-ish)

STEALTH ATTACK! Trailcutter has a problem: the Lost Light has been taken over by the Decepticons—and no one else seems to have noticed! Can the Autobots’ defense strategist singlehandedly see off an army of infiltrators? And even if he does, will it convince his crew mates that he's got more to offer than kind words and forcefields?

Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Review


Spotlight: Trailcutter takes place between the events of More Than Meets the Eye 5 and 6 (the Delphi happenings and Fort Max's breakdown-Rung's beheading, respectively). So why haven't we seen any of the events from this issue before?

Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Review
Sticking out like a sore thumb

Ok, so everything else was happening at the time, but surely a massive hull breach and a Decepticon invasion wouldn't go that unnoticed, surely. That is the only negative point though. This Spotlight is a lot more successful than its predecessors in weaving in the Metrotitans plot, whilst still having its own private story.

Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Review
Don't mind us, we're just titanically hanging here, glowing

Plus, it's Roberts. It's funny, there's good dialogue, Whirl's excellent, there's good humour, Whirl is brilliant. There's an in-story explanation for the change of name for the protagonist, the Insecticons (the coloured ones, not the purple ninjas) show up again, there's a lot of references, plus the return of one of my favourite, spikier kind of Decepticons – you'll be hooked, alright. Did I say Whirl is also pretty good? I think I did.

Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Review

In addition, it's a nice refresher after the last MTMTE issue, where tragedy struck. It's good to see Rewind and Chromedome both happy and Ultra Magnus kind of around, and the general atmosphere a lot lighter, even during the Decepticon incursion.


The artist is Matt Frank, another new entry to the Transformers series and a welcome one at that. The style is fairly “cartoonish”, so if you're not a fan of Roche or Griffith, this one is probably not for you. There is a lot of lip biting, face pulling, jaw clenching and Whirl doing impressions. And a lot of cameos!

Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Review
Again, just hanging in the background

Lee's on lettering, and I don't really have much to say about it. That's not to say it's not good, it's just not as popping as the newcomers on the other titles – although some of the sound-words are excellent. Thomas Deer on colour duty. Now this, this one's good. There is some Burcham reminiscence in here, with the lighter, “grainier” colours. And they really shine (though not literally, except for the shiny shiny medals) during Trailcutter's solo adventure.

Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Review
Why so blue, guys?

There is something about the comic that can be compared to Nick Roche's work, but as Roche is a one-man-band (including the audience part, at times) I think Frank's artwork really suits Roberts' writing style. So yes, good combination for this Spotlight!

Spoilerish ahead

The story does not take itself too seriously, and it's a nice break from the emotional suckerpunch that was issue 15 (especially now that we've been told that 16 is even worse). Focusing on a somewhat minor character worked out well, and I hope this will work well for the next one, too!

Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Review
And team awesome is awesome

Overall a good, entertaining issue. Easily up with Nick Roche's Spotlight: Megatron, and maybe even better. It's nice to see a relatively new artist and colourist working on a title, and successful ones at that. The story works well, except for its time placement (but that may be just me), and it hints nicely at what's to come – Hoist and ...purple reign? A good read, not perfect, but perfectly enjoyable!

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: and 1/2 out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: Member Interview / Spotlight - Va'al

Transformers News: Member Interview / Spotlight - Va'al
Date: Sunday, March 31st 2013 5:59pm CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Interviews
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): Blurrz

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Hi Seibertronians! I think that once a month is an opportune interval to take a break from the flurry of Transformers news and shine more light on the awesome members of our community. When I initially planned to interview this Autobot, he was only a normal, hard-working maintenance 'bot. However our reigning Magnus has promoted this 'bot to the rank of Prime, so please give a warm welcome to my newest interview experiment subject and coincidentally, newest staff member, Va'al!


Blurrz: HiVa'al! Iwilltrytoslowdownmyspeechsoyoucancomprehendme. Before we dive into deep and thought provoking Transformers talk, let us give our fellow Transformers fans a little information on Spotlight: Va'al. Where are you from? Who is your favorite Transformers character? And lastly, why 'Va'al'?

Va'al: Hi! Well, this is nice. I've never really been interviewed before -- is this going to be my 15 minutes of fame, and then back to obscurity? You know, fame over, finished. Where I'm from is an easy question, it's the answer that's a bit trickier: I'm half-Tuscan, on my dad's side, half-Yorkshire, on my mum's - that's half-Italian half-English, for non-Europeans! But there's Turkish, French, Dutch and Irish blood in me. Grew up in Italy, and moved to the UK in 2008. My screen name is actually a blend of my second name and my first (Alex), and I'm quite proud of it. It gets annoying when websites don't allow apostrophes though. I have to stick an 'h' in there instead. As for my favourite Transformers character... this one's a pickle, I've been trying to figure it out. I always thought it'd be Soundwave, and my collection seems to prove that. But reading the recent More Than Meets the Eye comics series, I discovered Vos. A linguist, a sadist, a Decepticon. After my own spark. Literally. As an afterthought, though, I think The Fallen, deserves an honourable mention. He's a part of the background mythology of the other characters, and he's modelled on various mythemes from different cultures, something I'm particularly interested in. Plus, he's on fire, baby. Member Interview/Spotlight - Va'al

What got you into Transformers? Do you remember your first toy?

I wrote about this in my collection thread, but I'm still trying to locate things in time really. As I was born in 1989, in Italy, I didn't catch a lot of original stuff. First series I remember watching, and following, was Beast Wars; it stopped airing after the last episode of season 1. I was extremely disappointed. I'm sure it was on TV after that, but I never found it again (I finally caught up three years ago).

The thing that really got me back into the toys (I had a few as a kid, especially Beast Wars, though, were the three recent Michael Bay films. When the Revenge of the Fallen toyline came out in the UK, I fell in love with Sideways and Sideswipe, and it just kept going from there. Member Interview/Spotlight - Va'al

My first toy, on the other hand, was a present my dad got me during one of his business trips: G2 Sideswipe, known to me as 'Freccia' ('Arrow'). I loved it, but have no idea where it went. I think my fondest memory of a Transformer toy was Beast Wars Optimus Primal, which my mum bought me on a surprise trip to the toy shop for one of my birthdays. He's still alive and kicking, although missing all his missiles bar one, and only has half a sword left.

That's an interesting point you bring up, as I believe a fair number of us Transformers fans were brought back into the hobby from the Transformers Movies! For those who have yet to dive into your collection thread, what is your favorite Transformers line that you have collected? And why so?

For a while, the only line I was collecting were the movie-related ones: Revenge of the Fallen, Hunt for the Decepticons, Reveal the Shield, Dark of the Moon. Then some Generation started appearing across the UK. I can't remember which one I picked up first, but some of them were absolutely stunning! So different from the movie lines!
Then Power Core Combiners showed up. That was a troubled relationship, to say the least. I bought the Crankcase and Destrons 5-pack on a whim. Played around with him, then decided to give him to my brother for Christmas. As I was wrapping the figures, I had a strange feeling of regret. I put them to one side, and got him something else. The following day I found Bombshock and the Combaticons on sale. I bought a couple more after that, didn't like them that much, sold them again. Then missed them, horribly, a couple of months later. You know where this is going... Member Interview/Spotlight - Va'al

I've said this before, PCCs are not only desirable, they are adorable.

Well, as long as you have your kidneys! It is interesting to get the perspective of fans who aren't exactly in the heartland of the Transformers fandom. Do you feel like the Hasbros in Europe are providing enough content for the fans who want to keep up with their fellow fans in North America or Asia? If there is one thing you could change about the way the company works in Europe, whether that be distribution, toy content or something else, what would that be?

I've spoken to several other European fans, from Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands and, of course, the UK. And no, I don't think there is a particularly good service. Entire waves not arriving, surplus of earlier waves at the cost of later ones, store exclusives, even distribution within the same country! And the prices are pretty ridiculous too.

If I were to change something, just magically change it, I'm not considering any real-life application here, it would probably be distribution. I'd like to ensure that the different branches across Europe have similar stock at similar times, rather than the current situation: if I go visit my girlfriend in Manchester (north of England), I will find a lot more selection than here in Norwich (south-east). As soon as I go back to Italy to visit family, they're still a series or two behind, even.

However, I only realised all of this once I joined Had I not been wanting to keep up to date with the franchise, I never would have known, and possibly never cared, either.

I'll have a go at what you said though: do you really think that the "core" of the fandom is in the US or Asia? For the toys, maybe, but in terms of comics... Simon Furman, Andrew Wildman, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche, Livio Ramondelli (although he now lives in L.A.), Guido Guidi, James Roberts. All from Europe, and at the core of the current, and in my opinion, extremely successful, three series! Member Interview/Spotlight - Va'al

Good insight! I think it would be incorrect for fans in general to underestimate the European contributions to the Transformers brand! Let us get one more toy-related question in before we head into more comic-heavy discussion. What is your Transformers toy holy grail?

Ah. Er... Hm. I'm not actually sure I have one, as of now. I'm getting to a point where I feel like quitting collecting the toys for a bit, to save some extra money while I'm still getting some for my studies. And that thought tends to push out most of the others!

I really like the mythology currently being explored by both the animated series Transformers: Prime and the comics series, and the focus on the different origin stories of Cybertron and its inahbitants. It's not really a grail, more of a "I'd like to see a figure of...": Nova Prime and The Fallen, and possibly the Decepticon Justice Division.

(Although I am patiently waiting for Maketoys to deliver their stand-in for The Fallen... and it's PCC compatible! Double win!) Member Interview/Spotlight - Va'al

There's a Transformers fan who has yet to read IDW Transformers comics. What issue or series do you hook them with, and why?

How did you guess I'm into the comics? The easy thing would be to start with the "official" jumping-on point of the two most recent series, Robots in Disguise and More Than Meets the Eye. Maybe even The Death of Optimus Prime, to get some pointers about how previous stuff ended and the series begin. And a lot of fans seem to prefer either one or the other, whilst still reading both (and they do call to each other, every now and then). The problem with recent IDW stuff? It's all connected. The writers are quite explicitly trying to patch up some continuity troubles from the previous series, and most of the Spotlight comics are set back then too. So if you haven't read any of the IDW stuff, I'd cheat, and suggest the IDW Omnibus reprint of Dreamwave's The War Within, published as Transformers: War Within. Simon Furman, Don Figueroa and Andrew Wildman shaped a really good prequel to pretty much the whole story we all know. Shame it was never finished (although I do have the first three issues of the third part of the story, plus the scripts and summary of the ending). It does introduce The Fallen, though. Member Interview/Spotlight - Va'al

Good ole' Dreamwave! So lets move along to the current side of Transformers comics, mostly looking at Robots In Disguise and More Than Meets The Eye. I'm rather sure if we started discussion on the series itself we'd end up writing a novel, so sadly I guess instead off looking at each series at a whole, I guess I'll just rephrase this question, first focusing on RID, what was your favorite issue in RID so far, and why?

These may contain spoilers, if reader's haven't caught up with the series yet!

As much as issue 14 contains a gigantic turn of events, I still think that issues 12 and 13 work, on a different level. The build-up is insane: Prowl is recovering from being blown up, disappears and reappears beefed up; Wheeljack is trying to keep everything under control, unsuccessfully (and he quotes Ghostbusters); Megatron returns, gets almost blown to pieces by the Autobots, then is taken in for recovery by Wheeljack and Jetfire; Starscream gives a heck of a speech, only to find out that no one cares, especially not the Decepticons; Arcee reveals herself to Blurr and his bar clientele (including a Sky-Bite/Jazz spoken word-music double act). And that's just issue 12!

Special mention goes to the Annual, especially for the flashback sequences drawn and coloured by Guidi. Wow.

(As an aside, and I know not everyone will agree, but I really enjoy how Griffith is trying to give characters their toy counterpart look, where possible.)

RID's sister comic, More Than Meets The Eye. Favorite issue so far, and why?

For this one, there are three big contenders: issue 6, with the introduction of the Decepticon Justice Division; issue 12, exploring the various relationships between the characters on the Lost Light; issue 13, because it's stupidly fun. Oh wait, 7, too. But Shadowplay is amazing as well. Blast.

Ok, focusing on just one issue. I'd say 12. It expands on Tailgate, Cyclonus, Whirl, and especially Chromedome and Rewind. It was really moving, and I'm not embarassed to say it, the way in which Chromedome talks about Rewind's past and how he found him. Really good character development. And useful to the plot, in the light of issue 14, which I've only just read.

But Shadowplay - That's a story by itself. That is something that needs reading. Takes up from where Chaos Theory left, and wow, does it have a kick and a half.

(Again, special mention to the Annual, for its further look at the mythology behind Cybertronian culture.) Member Interview/Spotlight - Va'al

They are certainly a series that fans can get into! This is probably not talked about much, despite him being such a dynamic character - with Megatron's resurrection/reappearance in our two Ongoings, what role do you see Orion Pax/Optimus Prime playing in the near future? Is he a character that belongs back with the rest of the cast, or should he remain an outcast? In a related note, any comments on the art of Ramondelli?

Ah, yes. I was initially disappointed with his return so early in the series, but I do like that he's doing his own thing at the moment! He's chasing Jhiaxus and Bludgeon, dangerous characters, who are chasing Shockwave's plans. That's three of the sharpest, most dangerous Decepticon minds he's after. I think he has his hands full as it is, to be honest. Having said that, his stories do appear in the same series as Megatron, but with Overlord back again in MTMTE, the Decepticon leader also might have his hands full.

Ramondelli's work is something very different from the rest of the artistic cast. His cover art is superb, Autocracy was executed brilliantly, and I enjoyed every moment of it, and I'm really looking forward to the Monstrosity TPB. Chaos, on the other hand, was a bit confusing at times. He does shine on spreads and splash pages though, and he's excellent at talking with fans. And he does all his work on paper (then scans it and colours it)!

We touched on this prior, so let us say you get a cushy job at Hasbro R&D, you are assigned character selection for 2014 Generations Waves 3 and 4. We already know you love the DJD, so they're Wave 3. Who is in Wave 4?


So we have Tarn, Vos, Helex, Tesarus and Kaon (with The Pet!) as wave 3, with Vos and Kaon as Deluxe, and the other three as Voyagers. I think we need some love for Rung, Swerve, Tailgate and Rewind. But throw in Metalhawk and Jhiaxus, too, from Robots in Disguise. And I suppose Prowl, at this point, is a must.

But for some real fanservice, you want Overlord. Deluxe size tank, Deluxe size jet, Voyager(ish, probably a little bigger) robot mode. Member Interview/Spotlight - Va'al

Do it Hasbro!

Time for word association, I give you a phrase, name or a word and you respond with one word of your choice!

-2009-2011 Ongoing Series


-Power Core Combiners


-Holomatter Avatars

Spot on

-Transformers 4


-Hasbro Masterpiece Soundwave w/ 5 Cassettes

..if only

Looks like this wraps things up. Thanks for sitting in on this one Va'al. Any last words for the community?

It was fun! Thanks for the opportunity.

Last words: Read the comics - love Power Core Combiners. Member Interview/Spotlight - Va'al


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Transformers: Monstrosity Interview - Dille and Ramondelli

Transformers News: Transformers: Monstrosity Interview - Dille and Ramondelli
Date: Thursday, March 21st 2013 11:02pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s):

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Courtesy of we have an exclusive interview with Monstrosity creators Flint Dille and Livio Ramondelli.

Transformers: Monstrosity Interview - Dille and Ramondelli

In 2012 IDW went digital with Transformers: Autocracy, the story of Optimus Prime’s ascent to greatness and leadership of the heroic Autobots. Now the follow-up series is about to be unleashed and once again we travel back in time to a darker, dirtier and altogether more dangerous Cybertron than the one we’re used to… and that’s saying something!

Co-writer Flint Dille and artist Livio Ramondelli give us an insight into Monstrosity!

“The Decepticons are defeated. Zeta is gone. Optimus Prime is in control, but what you realise is that keeping the peace is sometimes harder than winning the war” – trust Flint Dille to find a cloud in every silver lining! It shouldn’t come as a surprise to any longtime Transformers aficionado; this is the man who killed Optimus Prime just half an hour into the original animated Transformers movie, only to oversee his return as an crazed robotic-zombie for a third season episode!

In fairness, Flint was still involved when Optimus Prime returned again in more triumphant fashion towards the end of the animated series’ run;

“Optimus is a great character, but what people tend to forget is that great characters often have times of incredible adversity, inability, unpopularity – how will Optimus hold up? Monstrosity is about what happens after the war – it can go well or it can go badly. It seems like it should go well…”

Seems like, eh?

Parallels are often drawn between Optimus Prime and other real world heroes, and Flint notes similarities between Monstrosity’s stand-up citizen and another great from history, who himself was in the Oscar spotlight recently.

“I recently watched ‘Lincoln’ and I can only speculate on what would have happened if he’d lived, but reconstruction wasn’t pretty. Monstrosity takes place in a world that needs to be rebuilt; not a hopeless world, but a world kind of teetering on the edge of both renaissance and oblivion, kind of like the real world today.”

Transformers comics have been enjoying their own renaissance period in recent times under IDW’s stewardship and artist Livio Ramondelli has certainly played his part in making the stories look as striking as they have done, with Autocracy in particular having a quite distinctive look – chunky yet detailed action-packed panels, with quasi-painted style colouring particularly effective at setting the tone. Explosive reds and dramatic golds, moody blues, contemplative natural greens and soothing, cleansing whites – would Monstrosity continue along a similar vein?

Monstrosity picks up shortly after Autocracy, and so the planet will look very similar to how it did in the previous series, featuring the same sort of colour palettes,” explains Livio.

Although the story will definitely take us to some new locations – the characters will go to areas of the planet we’ve never seen before, and so the design of those environments will certainly look strikingly different, they’re going to discover a side of Cybertron that isn’t just cities. Also, there will be a major location in Monstrosity that is neither Cybertron nor Earth, and it definitely has its own colour palette, amongst other monstrous properties!”

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Transformers Generations Scamper Image

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Date: Saturday, March 9th 2013 9:08pm CST
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Amidst all the excitement swirling around the announcement of Titan Class Metroplex during last month's Toy Fair everyone managed to miss a small image of Scamper! During the Transformers panel of Hasbro Media Day we were shown an image of the Legends Class Scamper figure that will come with Metroplex, but photography is not allowed during that portion of the event. Later that day in the show room Hasbro's Jerry Jivoin was showing off Metroplex's packaging, which naturally displays the Scamper mini figure. YouTube user Atamaiidotcom has uploaded a video of that briefly reveals the little guy. The image isn't great, but it should give everyone an idea of what Scamper will look like.

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The G1-focus of the Generations line returns with the announcement of Blitzwing and Springer as triplechangers in the upcoming wave. They are listed as a Set of 2 at $44.99; Springer is also available singly at $24.99. ... %20Voyager

Takara is also releasing versions of these two Voyager figures. As with other Takara releases, we expect these to have different decoes, with metallic paint and more. These two figures are listed at $59.99 each. ... 3%20Import

Official images for MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Bluestreak have been put up on the site. ... asterpiece

This assortment includes Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, and each comes with a transforming targetmaster-type helper - Roller and Blazemaster, respectively. This Set of pairs is listed at $21.99. ... ode=retail

Series 03 of this new show's Deluxe line includes one each of Bumblebee and Wheeljack and two each of Storm Razor, Ratchet and Dreadwing. They are listed as a Case of 8 for $114.99; the three new figures (Storm Razor, Ratchet and Dreadwing) are also available as a Set at $51.99. ... eries%2003

The Series 02 Case assortment of Cyberverse Commander figures from the Beast Hunter line includes one each of Bulkhead and Predaking and two each of Optimus Prime, Trailcutter and Hardshell, and is listed at $74.99. Bulkhead is also available singly at $10.99, and Trailcutter and Hardshell are avail as a Set of 2 for $27.99. The Wave 2R (1) Case assortment includes two each of Optimus Prime, Predaking, Trailcutter and Hardshell and is priced at $74.99 as well. ... eries%2002

The Cyberverse Legion Series 02 Case assortment contains three each of Bumblebee, Soundwave and Prowl, with two of Hun-Grrr and one of Smokescreen, and is priced at $74.99. Prowl, Soundwave and Hun-Grrr are also available as a Set of 3 at $24.99, and Prowl and Soundwave can also be ordered singly at $8.99 each. The Series 2 Revision 4 Case includes two each of Hun-Grrr, Prowl, Soundwave, Airachnid, Twinstrike and Smokescreen, and is listed at $74.99. ... eries%2002

These new items include non-transforming figures of the Rescue Bots and smaller human figures to share their adventures. The Case assortment includes three of Optimus Prime & Cody, two each of Heatwave & Kade and Bumblebee & Graham and one of Chase & Chief, and the Case is listed at $49.99. These four figure pairs are also available as a Set of four, priced at $34.99; we also have singles of Optimus Prime & Cody, Heatwave & Kade and Bumblebee & Graham, with each pair listed at $7.99. ... 0Wave%2001

The new energized versions of the figures continue to be released. This assortment includes Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Blades and Boulder, and is listed at $54.99. ... ode=retail

Two new series of Bot Shots are on the way. 2013 Series 01 includes four of Stunt N Speed Bumblebee, three each of Stunt N Speed Ironhide and Stunt N Speed Shockwave and one of Sunstorm; This Case is listed at $64.99. Series 02 is also listed at $64.99 and includes one each of Stunt N Speed Bumblebee, Stunt N Speed Ironhide and Stunt N Speed Shockwave, three of Beast Hunters Optimus Prime and two each of Scourge, Brawl and Cliffjumper. They are also listed as a Set of 7 (one of each) at $37.99, with singles of BH Optimus, Brawl, Cliffjumper and Scourge at $5.99 each. ... ot%20Shots

Keith's Fantasy Club will soon be releasing an evil blue cassette rhino transforming figure. He has red eyes and chromed parts, and is listed at $21.99, $2 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

This upgrade kit works with what appears to be Leader Class Prime, and adds jets, wings and gun to him. it works in both robot and vehicle modes and is listed at $84.99, $15 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

Two new waves of Movie Legends figures have gone up for pre-order. Wave 0.5 Revision 2 includes three each of Ep III Clone Trooper, Ep III Shock Trooper, Ep VI Darth Vader and Ep III General Grievous; they are priced at $109.99 for the case, or you can get one of each figure in a Set of 4 at $39.99. The Wave 1 Revision 2 Case includes three of the Ep III Shock Trooper, two each of Ep I Darth Maul, Ep I Battle Droid and Ep I R2-D2 and one each of Ep III Clone Trooper, Ep VI Darth Vader and Ep III General Grievous, and is listed at $109.99. ... %20Legends

STAR WARS 2013 CLONE WARS CASES - Wave 4R4, Wave 2R2, WAVE 1R3, WAVE 4R5, WAVE 2R3
These five new Case assortments are listed at $114.99 each and have a variety of figures such as Anakin, Obi-Wan, Plo Koon, Cad Bane, Yoda and more - check them all out and grab your favorites. ... ars%20Case

A variety of new Star Wars Fighter Pod items have been announced by Hasbro. These include Launcher Sets with figures at $23.99 each, or as a Set for $44.99, C3 Vehicle Packs with figures at $16.99 each or as Sets of 2 for $31.99, Battle Packs at $11.99 each or as Sets of 2 for $21.99, Four-Packs at $6.99 each or as a Case of 12 for $74.99 and Single Blind-Bags at $3.99 each or as a Case of 24 at $74.99. ... egory=9318

Five new collector watches have been announced by Underground Toys. These include Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, R2-D2 and Luke Skywalker, and each is priced at $199.99. ... rs%20Watch

The Star Wars Angry Birds franchise has two new assortments up for pre-order. The Foam Flyers Case of 4 is listed at $43.99 and includes Chewbacca, Pilot Luke, Darth Vader and Stormtrooper, while the Power Battler Set of 3 is priced at $32.99 and includes Han Solo, Pilot Luke and Darth Vader. ... ry%20Birds

The latest announcement from McFarlane Toys gives us the lineup for the new wave of Walking Dead TV figures. This Case assortment includes 12 figures, with one or more each of Andrea, the Governor, Carl Grimes, Riot Gear Zombie and Riot Gear Gas Mask Zombie. The Case is priced at $159.99, and we also have them listed as a Set of 5 for $69.99. If you are looking for single figures, each is listed that way as well, and they are priced at $14.99 each. ... %20tv%2004

Like Season 3, this box set brings the brothers back together, and we have the set listed at $26.99. ... ode=retail

The vehicle set from the third series of Gatchaman will soon be available to collectors in the form of this EX Gokin set from Fewture. Each vehicles contains die-cast content, and all five together can form the Gatcha Spartan ship. This set is listed at $349.99. ... ode=retail

The MonsterArts line grows with the 1964 version of Godzilla. He is currently priced at $69.99. ... ode=retail

In addition to the 1964 Godzilla listed above, we have a number of new import exclusive items. Among them are a Robot Damashii Parts Set for Gundam Sandrock and Gundam Heavyarms at $49.99, Chibi Arts Cure Peace at $89.99, a new 7-11 1/144 Scale Strike Freedom Gundam Exclusive at $38.99, Getter Robo G Ex Gokin Getter Poseidon, Liger and Dragon at $536.99 each (as well a the set with bonus weapons at $1609.99) and more.

These four new Case assortments are a great way to catch up on any missed 3.75" figures. Each Case has 8 Comic Two-Packs, like Iron Man & Mandarin, Dr. Strange & Silver Surfer, Colossus & Juggernaut and more, and each Case is listed at $149.99. ... %20Battles

Many new Spider-Man items are up for pre-order. They include 6" Ultimate Core Figures in Cases, Sets and singles, Power Webs Feature Figures, Power Webs Racers, Ultimate Spider-Man All-Stars, and Spider-Man Fighter Pods Blind Bags, Starters, Launchers and Vehicles. You can see all of these new items at the link. ... egory=3002

The latest Get the Pets assortment includes a Lion, a Mongoose, a Giraffe, an Angora Bunny, a Dolphin and a Skunk. This Set of 6 is listed at $24.99. ... ode=retail

Bandai is making S.H. Figuarts of the original Red and Green Rangers. These figures are coming out as a part of the 20th Anniversary, and each will include their weapons from the show. These figures are listed at $44.99 each. ... %20Rangers

In addition to the Power Rangers Figuarts releases, Bandai has a number of figures on the way this month. These include Saint Cloth Myth EX Aries Mu at $74.99, Super Robot Chogokin Grendizer at $53.99, S.H. Figuarts Masked Rider Odin & Golden Phoenix at $48.99, Robot Spirits Gundam Heavyarms Kai at $45.99, Figuarts Zero Monkey D. Luffy (Battle Version) at $34.99 and more, all listed at the link.

The latest of the Halo 4 Deluxe figures is Didact. He is covered with gray and orange armor and is listed at $29.99. ... ode=retail

This 11" x 12" piece is a duplicate of the Trophy Wall seen in "Predator 2". It has attachment plugs for up to 8 different skulls from various figures during the past three years, and includes a large dinosaur-like skull to start you off. This set is listed at $64.99. ... ode=retail

This new replica is designed to be able to be worn as a vest, jacket, or both at once. It includes adjustable gauntlets, molded leather detailing, removable sleeves and collar and much more. It is available in sizes XX Small through XX Large, and each is priced at $724.99, saving you $25 off of the MSRP. ... ane%20Vest

A wide variety of new Pop items from Funko are up for pre-order. We have figures, vehicles and more in licenses such as DC Comics, Batman, "Back to the Future", TMNT, Disney, "Planet of the Apes", Sonic, "Kill Bill", "Pulp Fiction", "Alien", Predator", "Scarface", "Robocop", Marvel, Watchmen, "The Wizard of Oz", The Big Bang Theory, Masters of the Universe, Kevin Smith Movie Figures, Ace Ventura, "The Big Lebowski", Mass Effect, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, WWE, "Child's Play", "It", Saw", "Army of Darkness", "Scream", My Little Pony, "Man of Steel", The Walking Dead, A Game of Thrones, Michael Jackson, Star Wars and "Thor: The Dark World". You can see these new items at the link. ... unko%20Pop

We have also listed new Wacky Wobblers from TMNT, "Man of Steel", DC Comics, "Thor: The Dark World", The Big Bang THeory and more, which are all available at the link provided. ... %20Wobbler

Alice's daughter Calie has become the next protagonist in the new Grimm Fairy Tales comics from Zenescope. CS Moore has also created a figure of her in a black version of her mother's outfit, and she comes with accessories such as a cupcake, a knife and some roses. This figure is listed at $19.99. ... ode=retail

This new pink version of the Evangelion unit will make an appearance in the upcoming third movie. It has a triangular helmet with multiple green eyes, and is listed at $49.99. ... ode=retail

This piece shows a Lycan (werewolf) from the "Underworld" movies standing atop a stone wall's corner. It measures 23" tall and is listed at $329.99. ... ode=retail

This new 15" statue has Dawn in a light green outfit with roses on her boot and a keyring in her raised hand. She stands atop a skull pedestal and is listed at $224.99. ... ode=retail

Hank Pym's creation is shown here sitting on a metallic throne, contemplating one of the helmets of his creator. The piece measures over 12" tall and is listed at $349.99. ... ode=retail

We have listed new 3d Figural Mugs of the First, Second, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors at $21.99 - $22.99 each. We also have the Paint-Your-Own Ceramic TARDIS Money Bank and Paint-Your-Own Ceramic Dalek Money Bank, each listed at $29.99. ... egory=3552


We have received the rest of our shipment of the Transformers Ultimate Gift Set. It includes a blue redeco of G2 Optimus Prime, a new deco version of Jazz plus Legion versions of Thundercracker and Motormaster. This set is priced at $29.99, saving you $10 off of the MSRP. ... ode=retail

This Case assortment includes Luke Skywalker, Darth Malgus, Bariss Offee, Bom Vindin, Grand Moff Tarkin, Galen Marek and more. We have the Case of 12 listed at $119.99. ... ode=retail

Naval Security Expert Topside comes with multiple weapons, a display base and other accessories. He is priced at $39.99. ... ode=retail

This 12" tall version of Mazinger Z features a good amount of die-cast content and removable outer armor with detailed inner workings. It comes with a hanger bay for play and display, and both the figure and the base have lighting effects; Mazinger also has sound effects and music from the show. Both the sounds and lights are controlled by a wireless remote control. This fantastic set is listed at $374.99, saving you $65 off of the MSRP. ... ode=retail

Mastermind Creations has gone through these and verified that the elbow and other sections are solid. It includes the transforming mini sub just like the original, and is listed at $179.99. ... ode=retail

The new version of the original series' Enterprise is based on the remastered version of the television series. It measures 16" long and includes additional details, light and sound effects. ti also has a removable display stand, and is listed at $49.99, saving you $10 off of the MSRP. ... ode=retail

This version of the Enterprise also measures 16" long with light effects, but includes sound effects from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" instead. It is listed at $59.99, $10 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

Commander Kruge's ship from "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" is now available to join your collection. It measures over 12" long, includes light, voice and sound effects and comes with a display base. This ship is listed at $69.99. ... ode=retail

KITT speaks 7 different phrases and also has six different sound effects in this 1/15 scale package. He measures 13" long and includes a 3.75" figure of Michael Knight, and is priced at $59.99. ... ode=retail

This one-man ship is used for close-ranged attacks on enemy ships in the Mass Effect game series. It makes a great gift for fans of the series, and is listed at $29.99. ... ode=retail

The second assortment of "Prometheus" figures includes David with alternate heads and the Deacon with a dissected head and other accessories. We have them listed as a Set, and priced at $34.99, $5 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

This 8" plush version of the foul-mouthed teddy bear from the recent comedy speaks 12 different phrases. We have him priced at $14.99. ... ode=retail

This piece has the wasp in her original look "floating" above a curved clear display base. It is listed at $74.99. ... ode=retail

The new 12" statue of Deadpool shows him in the black and gray outfit he wore with the underground X-Force team. He wields automatic weapons in each hand, with a trusty katana on his back. We have this statue listed at $229.99. ... ode=retail

A small quantity of this figure assortment from a number of years back has arrived at our warehouse. We have the Set of 4 (Butterball, Angelique, Surgeon and Skinless Julia) priced at $59.99, with singles of Angelique and Butterball priced at $18.99 each. ... egory=1043

We have received a small shipment of some older Marvel Minimates, for those that may have missed them the first time around. The X-Factor Set includes Iceman, Beast, Marvel Girl and Cyclops in their outfits from the beginning of the series, and is listed at $19.99. The "Hostile Takeover" Minimates Exclusive Box Set includes the Iron Man and Iron Monger armors from their final battle as well as Playboy Tony Stark and Raza; this set is also priced at $19.99. Finally, we have the two-pack of Silver Centurion Iron Man and Classic Iron Man, and it is listed at $10.99.

This figure shows Wild Tiger as he appears in the Top MaG outfit at the beginning of the series. This figure is listed at $57.99. ... ode=retail

The main gundam from ZZ Gundam includes beam sabers, a double beam rifle, and alternate hands. We have this figure listed at $60.99. ... ode=retail

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