That's right we're getting Micromasters Flak and Cratermaker, Cassettes Nightstalker and Ravage, and Battlemasters Blowpipe, Firebolt, Pteraxadon, and Terror-Daxtyl! All as part of the versatile C.O.M.B.A.T. system introduced in Transformers War for Cybertron Seige. Keep your eyes peeled as a few Siege skins have been popping up in game as well.
Also one more quick note before the full update: During these uniquely challenging times Earth Wars on Twitter is offering daily free gifts like extra fuel cells. Just log onto the official Earth Wars Twitter every so day to see if a new gift has dropped. Don't forget Seibertron's own team is always looking for new recruits so look us up and maybe you can join us on the battlefield. Happy gaming out there Seibertronians and take care of yourselves everybody!
Introducing C.O.M.B.A.T. bots!
Bah-weep-graaaaagnah wheep nini bong!
Get your first look at the bots arriving with the new C.O.M.B.A.T. system!
Your troops are ready for a Raid on Cybertron! Take part in this weekend's event and win:
Up to 2,000 Shanix Coins
Up to 3,000 Prime Core Shards
Up to 600 4-Star Shards
Up to 1,500 3-Star Shards
And Bronze, Silver and Gold Squad Core Chip XP*
* Contains a random Squad Core of the mentioned rarity.
Event Type: Alliance Raid Start Date: 27/03/2020 10:00 UTC End Date: 30/03/2020 10:00 UTC Bot Experience: Triple XP Prestiges: 1
How to Participate?
Reach HQ Level 4 and Join an Alliance
Tap the Event button!
Select an Event Battle Zone to fight in!
Win your battle and gather Energy Cells!
Use Energy Cells to attack available Raid Bases
Damage or Destroy Raid Bases to win Raid Points that will unlock Reward Tiers
Use Shanix Coins to purchase unique items from the Shanix Shop!
Event Battle Zones
An exciting new addition will soon be coming to Transformers: Earth Wars. For the first time we will be introducing Battle Masters, Micro Masters and Mini-Cassettes bots as characters you can collect. These bots will act as part of the new C.O.M.B.A.T. system that will allow you to change the weapons of your existing bots or add battle companions to any bot.
These new weapons, based on Battle Masters and Micro Masters bots, will add powerful new attacks to your bots and allow players to totally change how some bot classes behave in battle.
The Mini-Cassette companion bots will be equippable to any character and provide them with a powerful companion with its own unique abilities.
The bonus part of the C.O.M.B.A.T. system is that it can coexist with Power Cores, and a bot can have both a C.O.M.B.A.T. bot equipped and a Power Core!
The following C.O.M.B.A.T. bots will be joining the game first with more to follow soon.
For more information about the C.O.M.B.A.T. system tune into our livestream this week.
Prime League Effects
The time has come to update the extra battle effects in Prime League and also in the new Prime Zone.
The new effects starting from today are the following:
Defenses explode dealing 5x their dps upon death
Defences heal for 15% of damage dealt
These new effects will retroactively apply to any wars in progress during the content push.
Alliance Event: Tug of War
A new Alliance Event: Tug of War is starting!
Starting Thursday 26th March 16:00 UTC until further notice, teaming up with your friends and winning Alliance War Leagues will reward:
And 1,000 Premium Crystal Shards per league
Visit our wiki here for more information and detailed League rewards.
Gather your friends and prove your dominance in this special Alliance Wars event!
Video of the Week
Check out these tips & strategies on how to use Nosecone & Drillhorn with Alpha Prime!
The Autobot and Decepticon Battle Masters have been announced! They may be SMALL in size, but they are BIG in battle capabilities!
And there is so much to talk about that we have decided to move to a weekly livestream. Join us as we talk C.O.M.B.A.T. bots, game improvements, new features and more with some special guests.
Spoiler Free-ish The entirety of issues 5 and 6, distilled into a panel
A flurry of recent releases culminates just in time for a partial shut-down of the comics world* with the conclusion to Transformers: Galaxies' second short arc featuring Cliffjumper. Issue five provided mostly one joke to carry the proceedings and readers of the preview for this sixth issue will know that it carries the torch of this same humorous case of misidentified Autobots. Can that carry the story somewhere meaningful? Read on.
*Transformers: Galaxies #6 is still being released today, this only impacts books scheduled for release from 4/1 onwards
Pictured: the reveal of every new Studio Series Deluxe Class wave
The same writing team of Kate Leth and Cohen Edenfield continue on for this issue and pack in much of the same humor as before, but it manages to work throughout and not approach a level of overkill. Transformers fans are certainly familiar with the concept of slight variations on the same thing and while a critical eye could pierce the humor for that reason, I find the creativity that it took to come up with said variations remarkable enough to give the repetition a pass. If you're just looking to this one for the jokes, there are a few less of them here but you'll Bee happy to know they continue aplenty.
Did we need this?
In a slight narrative turn to prevent the entire story from becoming a joke, Cliffjumper does team up with one of the alien inhabitants to accomplish his goals. While this part of the structure made sense for carrying the plot where it needed to go, there was a bit of lingering that made the issue feel ever-so-slightly, and I really mean slightly stretched out. Maybe it was the nine-panel page repeating a sequence of narrative captions from issue five that caused me to feel this way, as they extended the length of reading time for what should have been a fast-flowing sequential action scene without adding anything to the story's themes that most readers couldn't have figured out on their own already.
Deathsaurus knows to practice good hygiene
Despite the Spotlight: Cliffjumper vibes which didn't work for me, the character building here for Deathsaurus was well done. This is definitely not the "Victory" incarnation or is it the More Than Meets The Eye war general. While that could have been said after issue five, Galaxies #6 makes this continuity's version of the character much more clear. Alex Milne's contribution to this via his line art can't be denied, as the facial expressions he gives to the character in both modes helps convey his tone quite effectively.
Underrated series, I agree
Milne is joined this time by David Garcia-Cruz on colors, and while the quality doesn't take a dip there's also just enough inconsistency between the two issues to be noticeable. Cliffjumper is more red in issue 6 than in 5, the landscapes and interiors aren't the same grays and in something only noticed by putting the files side by side, Deathsaurus' alt mode's "eyebrows" are colored in by Garcia-Cruz whereas Perez left them white. I'll concede that last point is a bit picky, but hopefully the other things aren't as noteworthy on a printed copy. Jake M. Wood and Val Lopez combine for a "letters and design" credit and do well navigating a script that varies between too busy and just right. Tom Waltz and David Mariotte's touch here seems to have kept most things in order and progressing in a tidy way throughout, but the nine-panel page mentioned earlier in this review really should have leaned in more to the high-level of skill Alex Milne delivers with visual storytelling rather than rely on the amount of words that it had.
The three cover options provide an "A" cover by Milne and Perez, which serves as this review's news story's thumbnail image. Another readily order-able "B" cover by Bethany McGuire-Smith is also available though in a rare turn given her usual quality work this cover frankly looks unfinished, to me. George Caltsoudas shows that at least someone understood the "horns and guns" nature of Cliffjumper with the ten-copy retailer incentive cover for this issue. As always, you can also find all the cover images, full credits for the issue and a list of all the characters that appear in the book through our Vector Sigma Database page for Transformers: Galaxies #6.
Verdict Deathsaurus sums up the first dozen or so issues of the ongoing
Transformers: Galaxies #6 is still a very good comic but not quite as fun as the first half of the story from issue 5. The continued fantastic humor and art are held back to a small degree by an attempt at adding emotional gravity that felt somewhat superfluous, though it did take the story where it needed so it's tough to call it any super serious detriment.
Put together, this short two-issue story arc provides an ample dose of entertainment featuring robots and levity at a time when at least the latter is sorely appreciated. Cliffjumper lives up to the jokes about him to some degree but shows a little of his mischievous streak by the end and Deathsaurus gets enough characterization to know he'd probably call me a peon for giving the score below, so the strong production and characters leave me feeling this is a job well done.
Thanks to regular early reviewer TonTon Reviews, we have a fun preview video of sorts. It features the elusive Constructicon Overload, set to be released in the Leader Class Assortment later this year. The video is only barely longer than a minute, but shows Overload transforming from truck mode into his robot mode, with the promise of a full length video to come.
So now that we've gotten a taste of the final Devastator component to be released, are you looking forward to this figure? Let us know what you think!
Thanks to a Facebook post by Transformers author Jim Sorenson, we have some interesting news to bring to you. It seems that a potential redeco of the Seeker mold, which went as far as having box art created, has had a name all along. Fembots and gentlebots, say hello to....
....G2 Blackout! The name of a G1 Micromaster, several Minicons in the Unicron Trilogy, and a Decepticon in Animated, the name has probably most notably been applied to a Decepticon who was the first Transformer to appear in the live-action movie continuity.
G2 Blackout got as far as having packaging art made, and even having an assortment number, as this photo shows. Whether or not this packaging art was meant to represent the toy referred to as "Black Death Starscream" is unknown, but feel free to speculate away below!
If anyone is interested in this book for you to peruse during those long hours of quarantine, it's available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions. Click this link to order it in whichever version you choose.
You read that title right; due to COVID 19, Diamond, the company that has the monopoly for distributing comic books, will no longer be sending books to comic shops or anywhere else starting next week. There is very little more anyone knows, the big one being if the release dates change or not, meaning whether or not these books will still be released digitally. But for print copies, there is currently no date for when any book that should be released next week will be made available.
Product distributed by Diamond and slated for an on-sale date of April 1st or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. For the time being, however, we have been able to develop procedures with our teams at the distribution center in Olive Branch, MS to safely continue fulfillment of direct ship reorders for the retailers who are able to receive new product and need it to service their customers. It’s unlikely that orders will be filled on the same day they are placed, and these plans are subject to change if any point we no longer feel that we can safeguard our teams while fulfilling orders.
Product distributed by Diamond UK and slated for an on-sale date of March 25th or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. Further updates with regard to reorders and other Diamond UK-specific information will be communicated directly to their customers as information becomes available.
This of course concerns anyone reading the Transformers comics. IDW, who publishes these comics, also had a statement, which you can read below.
To Our Partners Throughout the Comics Industry,
Last week, we sent out a statement to the comics community in which we pledged our support for the Direct Market during the current health and economic crisis. We’ve been keeping a very close eye on the public discussions taking place in forums and on social media, and the sentiment from retailers is abundantly clear:
It’s time to take action.
In light of Diamond’s statement today, our immediate steps to offer relief for our retail partners are:
For the next three months, IDW will be offering 60-day no-fee returnable terms for all items on Final Order Cutoff (FOC) corresponding to the weekly on-sale dates from March 18th to June 24th.
IDW is announcing the suspension of May releases corresponding to OSD dates from May 6th to May 27th.
IDW will reduce its overall publishing line for products originally scheduled through July, with a focus on releasing our biggest projects in special editions to help drive traffic to stores through the summer.
With these measures, our hope is that we can lessen the immediate financial risk that retailers face for IDW products, and give retailers a much-needed break for their monthly budgets.
These are first steps. As the situation continues to unfold, we’re certain to initiate additional programs to help our retail partners. It’ll take insight from and coordination with shop owners, Diamond, and our publishing peers to shape a comprehensive strategy for the industry to move forward.
As a special note to our Creative Partners:
We know that you’re likewise feeling the pain of the current circumstances. Trimming our line through the summer in support of the Direct Market retailers will undoubtedly impact creative workflow for the short term. We fully appreciate the difficulty that this presents to freelancers. It’s our expectation that — in the long term — the Direct Market will bounce back as a result of these steps, and we can all continue the good work of making quality comics on the other side. Our Editorial team has been reaching out to creators and licensors with these latest updates, and we’re here to help in any way we can: answering your questions, listening to your ideas, etc.
We have new images of everyone's favourite missile bird bot, Doubledealer. These images come from Dorkside Toys and give us our best look yet at what the figure will look like on the shelves. This transformer has four modes rather than three like in G1. Not only does it transform into a missile launching vehicle, bot and bird (with a much better missile placement) but he also has a base mode this time. We can see it below. The image of him in packaging gives us a good idea of his closer to voyager height in robot mode, since there is a lot of extra room in that leader class box.
Toyworld's TW-C07A Constructor is a deluxe edition release of the mighty construction combiner! This deluxe version includes polymetallic caterpillar, roar head, and a mini Whiskey Jack figure. All six figures transform from construction vehicle to robot and back, and combine together to form the mighy combiner Constructor! Preorder at TFSource:
Shots of Generation Toys upcoming GT-99 Gravity Builder Limited Set (Electroplated Version). The limited set features new special electroplated finishing in some parts and a more cartoon-accurate deco. Preorder it here:
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While all of Canada is in quarantine, Walmart is remaining open and some fans have stopped by the toy aisle while getting groceries. From these visits, several fans have brought back sightings of both the Megatron and Hotlink box sets which are part of Walmart's exclusive line of Siege repaints for the Transformers Netflix Series. Here is a specific sighting from Alex, over at Cybertron.ca, who found these in Calgary:
Today I went to the Deerfoot WM. There were 2x Netflix Megatron and 2x Netflix Hotlink (Bought 1 Hotlink).
Megatron looks really good, nice silver paint and plastic with shading done in silver paint on his legs.
Hotlink is great, dark grey plastic with shading in both metallic purple and pale purple (almost lilac) paints. He's not as dark as seen on stock images.
Targetmasters (Heatstroke and Heartbrun) are unimpressive, what you see is what you get.
Now, while sightings can be exciting news, please remember that this is a time of crisis and it has been advised to only venture out if need be. Stay safe fellow fans!
Everyone's favorite Autobot mad-scientist, Wheeljack, is the first figure to get the ol' Seibertron.com gallery treatment of the highly anticipated Transformers War for Cybertron EARTHRISE product line. Deluxe Class Wheeljack is like a mini-Masterpiece figure that has a G1 cartoon style in robot mode and a G1 toy look in vehicle mode, complete with various decals that homage the Lancia Stratos Turbo racecar.
The Transformers War for Cybertron Earthrise products have been popping up at various retail chains like Walmart, Target and Best Buy throughout the past month. Make sure to share your sightings with your fellow Seibertronians in our sightings section and sightings forums.
We will be posting more Earthrise galleries over the course of the next couple of weeks. Keep checking back for more! In the meantime, you can click on any of the images below to view the full gallery.
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