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New Fall of Cybertron "Through The Matrix" Trailer, Release Date Changed, Host Migration + more

Transformers News: New Fall of Cybertron "Through The Matrix" Trailer, Release Date Changed, Host Migration + more
Date: Thursday, July 5th 2012 1:02am CDT
Categories: Game News, Digital Media News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): r3devi7, BeastProwl, Morgan, Activision

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Views: 38,851 has uploaded a new trailer for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron titled "Through the Matrix". It appears the release date has been moved up a week to August 21st, 2012! Enjoy the trailer embedded below.

Additionally, the Transformers Game facebook page has confirmed Transformers: Fall of Cybertron will feature Host Migration.



In addition, here are the box images for XBOX360, Playstation 3, and the PC versions of Transformers Fall of Cybertron.




Twincast / Podcast #49 "Rescue Me"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast #49 "Rescue Me"
Date: Monday, July 2nd 2012 10:59pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: Razorclaw0000

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As the staff gears up for our massive San Diego Comic Con coverage in two weeks, the usual Twincast crew, host Counterpunch with Jon 3.0, Tigertracks, Seibertron, and Razorclaw drops the news and some interesting discussion for your listening pleasure.

As always, the episode is available on our RSS feed, via iTunes, and directly.

Topics include:

  • New Hasbro Transformers Prime Voyagers revealed, including Ultra Magnus, Thundertron, and a confirmation of Skyquake
  • New Takara Tomy Arms Micron Releases, particularly Breakdown and Darkness Megatron
  • Fall of Cybertron Deluxes Released in Asia, US not too far behind?
  • CM Corps Minerva
  • Discussion of missed opportunities or surprising absences in figure repaints
  • Discussion, with special guest star Sabrblade, on Transformers Rescue Bots
  • Tokyo Toy Show Exclusives Galleries
  • Ask the Twincast

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Cyber Monday: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Soundwave Image

Transformers News: Cyber Monday: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Soundwave Image
Date: Monday, July 2nd 2012 4:21pm CDT
Category: Game News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Transformers facebook page

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The official Transformers facebook page's Cyber Monday brings us a screenshot of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron's Soundwave. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron hits retail on August 28th! Enjoy the image mirrored below.

Today is SOUNDWAVE Day on Cyber Monday! Check out this HOT new screenshot of SOUNDWAVE firing his weapon from Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. See more character information and pre-order the game at


SDCC 2012 Schedule Saturday July 14th - Sunday July 15th

Transformers News: SDCC 2012 Schedule Saturday July 14th - Sunday July 15th
Date: Monday, July 2nd 2012 10:22am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Event News, Game News, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): SDCC

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San Diego Comic-Con has posted the scheduled for Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th. The Transformers related panels are listed below, and the full schedules for each day can be found at the following:

Saturday July 14th
Sunday July 15th

Saturday July 14th

10:00-11:00 Activision Panel Featuring Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Video Game Talent— Legendary Transformers voice talent and game experts at developer High Moon Studios come together in one epic panel to discuss their roles in the upcoming Activision video game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. Panelists include Peter Cullen (voice of Optimus Prime), Gregg Berger (voice of Grimlock), Nolan North (voice of Cliffjumper), and Matt Tieger (High Moon Studios game director). They'll give everyone an inside look into bringing your favorite characters to life in the making of the video game, as well as answer the questions you've been dying to ask. Room 7AB

11:30-12:30 IDW's Digital-First Comics— IDW is at the forefront of digital comics, bringing special new series to digital before they come out in print. Hear more about the making of digital blockbuster Transformers Autocracy, and learn more about new projects featuring Transformers, Star Trek and Memorial. Join an all-star cast featuring Chris Metzen (World of Warcraft, Transformers Autocracy), Flint Dille (Transformers Autocracy), Livio Ramondelli (Transformers), Mike Johnson (Star Trek), Chris Roberson (Memorial), John Barber (Transformers, G.I. Joe), Lorelei Bunjes (IDW Digital), and Jeff Webber (IDW Digital). Room 24ABC

1:00-2:00 Cartoon Voices I— Audiences flock each year to moderator Mark Evanier's panels of folks who supply the voices of your favorite animated characters. They demonstrate their craft and tell who they are and how they got into that bizarre line of work, and you'll hear a voice session happen right before your ears. This year's Saturday gathering features Matthew Mercer (ThunderCats, Resident Evil 6), Debi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron, Monster High), April Winchell (Lilo & Stitch, The Legend of Tarzan), Steve Blum (Transformers, The Super Hero Squad Show), Fred Tatasciore (Kung Fu Panda, The Hulk), Jack Angel (Toy Story 3, G.I. Joe), and the legendary Chuck McCann. Room 6BCF

Sunday July 15th

11:30-12:45 Cartoon Voices II— It's the second of two panels this weekend featuring folks who supply the voices of your favorite animated characters. Moderator Mark Evanier will interrogate them about how they do what they do, ask them how they came to do what they do, and make them demonstrate what they do. Their ranks this time will include Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad, SpongeBob SquarePants), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Audrey Wasilewski (The Garfield Show, My Life as a Teenage Robot), Jim Ward (The Avengers, The Fairly OddParents), Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show, Transformers), and Misty Lee (The Garfield Show, Spider-Man). Room 6A

Transformers Generations: Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Optimus Prime Pictorial Review

Transformers News: Transformers Generations: Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Optimus Prime Pictorial Review
Date: Saturday, June 30th 2012 12:02pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, Game News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Kapow Toys

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When the new Deluxe wave of Transformers Generations featuring a trio of new Fall of Cybertron figures started turning up overseas earlier this week most of the attention went to Jazz and Shockwave. Site sponsor Kapow Toys gives us a look at the other figure from this wave, Optimus Prime in his new FOC body. Check out the pictorial review below:

Kapow Toys wrote:
First off yes they have shrunk but I present this argument, the world economy is in the toilet, plastic prices have risen due to the high cost of oil and the cost of living has gone through the roof, something had to give and it appears to be about a quarter of the figure but! they are still roughly the same size as TF Prime figures and DOTM so this its not something new they have sprung on us. In these tough times even the big boys have to protect themselves, chocolate bars have shrunk, there are less potato chips in a bag yet the prices rise, the same rule applies to all no matter how much we dislike it.

On to the toy, some people don't like this design, I love it, I think its a great little action figure if a little weird in the proportions. The transformation is quite basic, something we've seen adopted since DOTM no doubt to entice actual kids back into the hobby after ROTF gate where even parents were stumped using the instructions. He is capable of a lot of poses and is just what you would want from a toy in that he is a pure action figure, two arms, two legs and a gun.

Versus the original there is probably no contest but if you take the rose tinted glasses off and be honest WFC Optimus has his critiques some of which were 1) The Transformation was too hard 2) The legs are a little short 3) His range of motion is not great. Is he bigger and better value? yes of course but if you have only just decided which one to plump for get in there now before prices rise.

The price point will put some off but at the end of the day that's not going to change even if the world does get a little better, once prices rise the very rarely come down, is he worth it ? yes, more so if your a G1 collector seeing as the only things currently on offer are Prime figures or the residual movie toys. What I will add though is this would have totally ruled if it was a Voyager class figure.

Overall Optimus scores 8/10

















Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Achievements / Trophies Revealed

Transformers News: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Achievements / Trophies Revealed
Date: Friday, June 29th 2012 9:03am CDT
Category: Game News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Morgon, exophase

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exophase has revealed the achievement/trophies for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron! Check them out below, G1 fans will recognize a lot of familiar phrases.

  • All Hail You! - Complete Campaign - Hard
  • Ballistic Energon Goodie - Return five heads at once in a headhunter game during a public Multiplayer match
  • Beachcomber - Collect all blueprints
  • Belly of the Beast - Complete Chapter VII
  • Car Wash of Doom - Chapter VI: Destroy all of the homing mines chasing Blast Off before they self destruct
  • Carnage in C-Major - Chapter III: Take out a cluster of five Decepticons using Metroplex's Air Strike
  • Cassetticon Audiophile - Collect all audio logs
  • Chop Shop - Purchase all weapons and perks
  • Club Con! - Chapter VII: Ram a jet (on the ground or in the air)
  • Combaticons Combine! - Complete Chapter VIII
  • Cut and Run - Complete Chapter V
  • Death from Above - Complete Chapter VI
  • Defend the Ark - Complete Chapter II
  • Eye of the Storm - Complete Chapter IV
  • Full Throttle Scramble Power! - Earn MVP in any game mode during a public Multiplayer match
  • Fusilateral Quintrocombiner - Chapter VIII: Melee an enemy through the goal post
  • Grimlock Smash - Complete Chapter XII
  • Headmaster! - Reach max level in a single class
  • Heavy Metal War - Kill 6 different opposing players in a TDM game during a public Multiplayer match
  • I, Robot Master - Chapter IX: Destroy all images of Starscream and his Statues
  • Internal Affairs! - Chapter XI: Hack all of the security terminals before the Decepticons can activate them
  • Invisibility Spray - Chapter IV: Sneak through the Trash Compactor Facility undetected
  • King of the Scrap Heap - Reach max level in all four classes
  • Maccadams Old Oil House - Complete wave 15 in Escalation (DownFall)
  • Master Builder - Fully upgrade all weapons
  • Megatron Returns - Complete Chapter IX
  • Metroplex Heeds the Call - Complete Chapter III
  • Monacus Spender - Spend 250,000 Energon in the Teletraan 1 store
  • Moonbase One - Personally capture all 3 nodes in a conquest game during a public Multiplayer match
  • More Than Meets the Eye - Complete Campaign - Normal
  • Octopunch Scavenger - Open fifteen Armory Recreators in Campaign or Escalation
  • Reconfiguration Matrix - Create a custom character in Multiplayer Estimated
  • Reconstructor - Fully upgrade one weapon
  • Robotopossum - Complete wave 15 in Escalation (Ignition)
  • Rust Marks - Complete wave 15 in Escalation (Ancients)
  • Slap the Grimlock - Chapter XII: Kill a Leaper in the air with an explosive barrel
  • Space Pirates! - Complete wave 15 in Escalation (Oblivion)
  • Starscream's Betrayal - Complete Chapter XI
  • Target Master 2.0 - Chapter V: Shoot a Sniper out of the air with a scoped weapon
  • Teletraan 1 Regular - Rate all weapons, weapon upgrades, and equipment
  • The Battle is Far From Over! - Complete Campaign - Easy
  • The Exodus - Complete Chapter I Estimated
  • The Final Countdown - Complete Chapter X
  • The Harder They Die - Chapter X: Kill five Autobots with a single hover slam attack
  • The Last Stand - Chapter II: Save two Autobots when Optimus is downed by the first Leaper
  • Till All Are One - (Megatron) - Complete Chapter XIII as Megatron Estimated
  • Till All Are One - (Optimus) - Complete Chapter XIII as Optimus Prime
  • Ultimate Menasor - Capture three flags in a single CTF game during a public Multiplayer match
  • Ultra Power Master - Spend 100,000 credits in Escalation
  • What Prime Directives? - Unlock Prime Mode

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Grimlock Faces Agent 47 in MTV Geek! Battle Arena Throwdown Finals: Vote Now!

Transformers News: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Grimlock Faces Agent 47 in MTV Geek! Battle Arena Throwdown Finals: Vote Now!
Date: Thursday, June 28th 2012 6:14pm CDT
Category: Game News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): MTV Geek

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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron's Grimlock has fought his way to the finals in the MTV Geek! E3 Battle Arena Throwdown! He's facing off against Agent 47 right now, click here to vote Grimlock.


Hasbro Delivers Hottest Special Edition Toys At SDCC featuring Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem + more

Transformers News: Hasbro Delivers Hottest Special Edition Toys At SDCC featuring Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem + more
Date: Wednesday, June 27th 2012 5:00pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Toy News, Event News, Press Releases, Company News, Collectables
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Here is a press release from Hasbro regarding their SDCC exclusives and pricing.


PAWTUCKET, R.I. (June 26, 2012) —In what has become a highly anticipated annual tradition, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is coming to Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, with an array of special edition action figures and toys that are set to be some of the hottest items available at the show. This year, the special edition figures are drawn from the lore of some of Hasbro’s most popular brands, as well as eagerly anticipated movies, animated series and video games.

The special edition items will be available at the HasbroToyShop booth (#3329) at Comic-Con International starting on Preview Night, July 11th (while supplies last), as well as in very limited quantities after the show at Highlights of the range of special edition toys include a one-of-a-kind chance to own JAR JAR BINKS from the STAR WARS films encased in Carbonite, a huge TRANSFORMERS DECEPTICON ‘Combiner’ figure based on the hotly anticipated video game TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON, a fan-favorite Pony character from the hit Hasbro Studios produced TV series My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and even a massive vehicle from MARVEL’s THE AVENGERS franchise!

“The Hasbro brand and design teams greatly enjoy conceptualizing and developing the highly sought after special edition figures for Comic-Con year over year,” said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer, Hasbro. “Each Hasbro item features a fan favorite character or other nod to the most passionate fan bases of our brands and product lines that don’t exist in the more widely available main line. We have a lot of fun developing these toys and are thrilled to be able to provide fans unique expressions of their favorite pop-culture properties.”

The comprehensive list of Hasbro’s 2012 San Diego Comic-Con special edition items features:


(Approximate Retail Price: $14.99 each; Ages: 4 & up; Available through, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
The baddest female ninja around will return in the blockbuster film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, scheduled to hit theaters on March 29th, 2013 in 3D, but first, KIM ARASHIKAGE is making an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con. As the latest G.I. JOE Comic-Con special edition figure, Hasbro will be releasing two 3.75” movie likeness versions of the fan-favorite ninja. The primary KIM ARASHIKAGE figure is dressed in her classic red ninja suit with a double bladed bisentō, while the unmasked variant is wearing a white outfit and wielding a kusarigama.

(Approximate Retail Price: $64.99 each; Ages: 4 & up; Available through, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
After the extreme popularity of last year’s G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS crossover San Diego Comic-Con special edition offering, Hasbro has done it again! In 2012, the iconic G.I. JOE vehicle, the H.I.S.S. TANK, will get a DECEPTICON SHOCKWAVE make-over, including a G1 SHOCKWAVE blaster attachment. The set comes with a 3.75” DESTRO action figure with special edition DECEPTICON deco, a 3.75” COBRA B.A.T. figure with special edition CONSTRUCTICON deco. The set also comes with several ENERGON cubes on a cart, a briefcase full of money, and a small boom box with 3 cassette tapes- better known to TRANSFORMERS fans as the classic alt-mode of DECEPTICON spy SOUNDWAVE along with RATBAT, LASERBEAK, and RAVAGE. Yo, Joe AND Roll Out!


(Integrity Toys/Ages 14 and up/Approximate Retail Price $125/Available through Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)
Under license from Hasbro, fans will have a truly outrageous time when they see JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Special Edition doll: HOLLYWOOD JEM! The fully articulated HOLLYWOOD JEM doll stands 12 inches tall and features rooted pink hair and stunning long eyelashes. Looking fabulously fashionable in capri pants, black high-heel pumps, and a shiny gold-toned jacket (complete with shoulder pads!), HOLLYWOOD JEM is ready to rock the stage. As the leader of JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, the HOLLYWOOD JEM doll comes complete with a microphone and silver chromed microphone stand. When the tour is complete, fans can display their doll proudly using the included doll stand. Each HOLLYWOOD JEM Special Edition Doll comes with a certificate of authenticity and a souvenir postcard with artwork from the original JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS line. Following the convention, a limited number will be available on


(Approximate retail price: $49.99 each; Ages: 4 & up; Available through Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
Collectors will have a chance to get their ADAMANTIUM claws on these X-FORCE figures in 6” scale for the first time! Featuring ARCHANGEL, WOLVERINE, and PSYLOCKE in outfits from The Fall of Archangel story line, this set comes in a collectible display box with exclusive art by well known comic artist Clayton Crain!

MARVEL UNIVERSE 3.75” MASTERS OF EVIL Special Edition 3-Pack
(Approximate Retail Price $29.99; Ages 4 & up; Available through, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
Fueled by a raging need for vengeance against CAPTAIN AMERICA, BARON ZEMO hatches a masterful plan. Not foolish enough to face the AVENGERS alone, he strategically forms one of the most powerful groups of villains ever assembled. The MASTERS OF EVIL 3-Pack includes BARON ZEMO, RADIOACTIVE MAN and TIGER SHARK all appearing in 3.75” scale, and united for a singular purpose: destroying EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES. The villains can also be seen fighting against THE AVENGERS in the exclusive art by Joe Quesada on the SDCC exclusive THE AVENGERS HELICARRIER. (sold separately).

(Ages 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price $129.99; Available through Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
Get ready to explore Hasbro’s biggest SDCC release yet! Featuring an exclusive deco, this S.H.I.E.L.D. SUPER HELICARRIER is over 4 feet long! In addition, it features 9 working projectile launchers for taking out enemies such as the Masters of Evil (sold separately). This special edition vehicle also features exclusive CAPTAIN AMERICA and MARIA HILL 3.75” figures and specially commissioned box artwork by Joe Quesada.


MY LITTLE PONY 2012 Special Edition Pony
(Approximate Retail Price $19.99; Ages 3 & up; Available through the MY LITTLE PONY Fair & Convention, and the Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
The popular special edition MY LITTLE PONY figure, available this year at the MY LITTLE PONY Fair and Convention and San Diego Comic-Con, is sure to be a fan favorite in 2012! Inspired by the animated series “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic,” this gray, Pegasus pony features rooted blonde hair and a cluster of bubbles for a cutie mark. Following both conventions, a limited number will be available on

(Approximate Retail Price: $79.99; Ages 4 & up; Available through Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
Pretend to visit an alternate reality with this incredible package of seven 3.75” STAR WARS figures—one figure from each film in the Saga, and one figure only available in this collectible set. Each figure is individually carded with packaging that pays tribute to a “lost” line look that Kenner considered before going with their classic black-and-silver look! This Comic-Con special edition pack will be fans’ first chance to get the “lost” packaging, available this fall as variants in the STAR WARS VINTAGE COLLECTION line. In addition, this special collector’s pack will be the only place to get an exclusive treat for fans— a 3.75” carded JAR JAR BINKS in CARBONITE, which will be hidden in the center of the packaging and can be revealed by raising it through the “CARBONITE CHAMBER” top of the case. The other figures included are a standard JAR JAR BINKS (EPISODE I), CLONE TROOPER LIEUTENANT (EPISODE II), SHOCK TROOPER (EPISODE III), SANDTROOPER (EPISODE IV), PRINCESS LEIA (EPISODE V) AND DARTH VADER (EPISODE VI).


(Approximate Retail Price: $24.99; Ages 5 & up; Available through #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
The DARK ENERGON will be flowing through San Diego this year with the release of this special edition Deluxe scale TERRORCON CLIFFJUMPER figure. Featuring a special “TRANSFORMERS zombie” deco, this figure looks just like he did in the Darkness Rising storyline of Hasbro Studios TRANSFORMERS PRIME animated series. This figure comes with a DARK ENERGON shard and a DARK ENERGON chest attachment in a special edition clam shell packaging designed to look like his head.

(Approximate retail price: $99.99 each; Ages: 5 & up; Available through Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
The TRANSFORMERS DELUXE BRUTICUS COMBINER San Diego Comic-Con special edition set features the fearsome DECEPTICON, BRUTICUS in a special CYBERTRONIAN deco as seen in the eagerly anticipated video game TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON from Activision. BRUTICUS is formed when all five Deluxe scale ‘combiner’ action figures in the set link together. The COMBATICONS characters BLAST OFF, VORTEX, DECEPTICON BRAWL, SWINDLE, and ONSLAUGHT each have three modes: robot, vehicle and a third ‘combiner’ mode to link together. This special edition set also includes removable packaging resembling a silhouette of the DECEPTICON logo that becomes a display case for the BRUTICUS figure.

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About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”Learn more at © 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

As we reported earlier this month, you can find our gallery of official pictures of Hasbro's SDCC exclusives below. wrote:Our friends at Hasbro have supplied us with the official images of the their exclusives for this year's SDCC. Not just the Transformers exclusives, we've got them all: G.I.Joe, My Little Pony, Star Wars, and Marvel. Click here to view the full gallery of SDCC 2012 Hasbro exclusives.

This year's Transformers exclusives include:

  • The Transformers/G.I.Joe Crossover H.I.S.S. Tank Shockwave set, which features Destro, a Constructicon deco B.A.T., Tiny Soundwave with cassettes, and more.
  • Transformers Prime "Rust In Peace" Zombie Cliffjumper in special packaging
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Bruticus Giftset in game accurate deco












Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #6 Creator Commentary

Transformers News: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #6 Creator Commentary
Date: Wednesday, June 27th 2012 3:20pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Transformers facebook page

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The official Transformers facebook page has posted the creator commentary for IDW's Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #6. Writer James Roberts, artist Nick Roche, and colorist Josh Burcham share their thoughts on the first five pages. Mirrored below for those with facebook access.

PAGE 1: Fortress Maximus in a therapy session with Rung. It looks like the beating he suffered at the hands of Overlord in Last Stand of the Wreckers isn’t something he can get over easily, or quickly. There’s still a lot of darkness there.

JAMES ROBERTS: He possibly came off worse than anyone else at Garrus 9 [the prison in LASOTW], even those that died. Firstly, it was his responsibility to stop the facility falling into enemy hands, and he failed miserably, and Fort Max is someone who takes his responsibilities very seriously. G9 fell and his officers died. Secondly, he wasn’t just trounced by Overlord, he was thrown into the crowd of inmates and all-but ripped to shreds, so he suffered a monumental physical pounding. Thirdly, he ended up minus his arms and legs, hooked up to the door of the Aequitas chamber, being used by Overlord as a living lock pick. So the poor guy’s suffered physically, emotionally, psychologically… you name it.

But Maximus is the kind of Autobot who bottles all this stuff up, internalizes it; and it gets expressed in other ways. Like tearing Decepticons apart.

NICK ROCHE: Nice cinematic opening there, and interesting that it’s one of the few occasions in this issue that we leave the ship. It’s almost the only time there’s space to breathe – literally and figuratively – before story boxes us in. The title hints at the internal nature of the story, as will become evident after you buy the full issue following the mesmeric properties of these five pages.

The last panel on Page 1 was fun too; really happy I got to draw Overlord once more. This is one of those instances in the script where it’s labeled as one panel, but James then asks for four or five different action beats within one image! He’s sly, you see. But it worked out well, I think. I like these little montages, and this one especially felt like I was filling in a blank within Last Stand of the Wreckers. And people lap that stuff up. Thankfully.

JOSH BURCHAM: You are correct sir! (in his best Ed McMahon impression)… Ha ha. Nah really, I think what I’m loving most about this issue, and what we see here on this and the next couple pages, is the fact that we see what had happened to Max does in fact affect him. I love that we get to see these ’bots as more than just mindless war machines but as actual characters with feelings and emotions and problems, not unlike ourselves. It’s an interesting dichotomy for sure! We have these huge giant warring creatures, completely mechanical in nature, but who can think and feel much the same as us. I really love that we get to take some time and see/explore that aspect of these characters. I really do think that’s one of the main reasons Transformers has gone on as long as it has and has such a dedicated fanbase. It’s one of the endearing qualities of the franchise for sure! It’s almost like they’re more than meets the eye! *ba dum tsh*

PAGE 2: Fort Max thinks about what happened to him on Garrus 9. Was it always the intention to go to the events in Wreckers and explore what we didn’t see before, and was it hard to find gaps to tell more parts of that story?

JAMES ROBERTS: It was not my calculated intention, no, but it was one of those connections that seemed to make sense. And I like it when events in previous stories spark new stories – it’s the opposite of pressing a re-set button every issue. To my mind, the current TF comics universe is the first serious rival [in comics] to the hallowed Marvel continuity in terms of the amount of story material and the depth and interconnectedness of the stories themselves, and if you can create new stories by sparking off events in old stories it helps give the impression that the likes of MTMTE and RID and Autocracy all serve to push forward one epic storyline.

Was it hard to find gaps in Wreckers? Nah. You can always find gaps if you look hard enough. And certain gaps may be bigger than you realize (he says cryptically).

NICK ROCHE: More LSOTW additions here – my prime reason for working on this issue, to be honest! I got all sweaty and panicky and territorial about someone else working with James (and Josh) on what is almost a “deleted” scene from that series. It just made sense creatively to get us together for snatches such as this. It’s worrying to think James and I could probably write a whole other series exploring the atrocities that occurred within Garrus-9 before the Wreckers arrived. It wouldn’t be big or clever, but it’d be a lot of gruesome fun.

JOSH BURCHAM: Well I’m certainly glad for the opportunity to revisit the story lines in the Wreckers books! And I’m even more excited that we’ve been able to bring back the band who made it happen for this issue! It’s been great fun having to revisit old pages for references (color-wise)!

*re-united and it feeeeels so goooood!*

PAGE 3: Swerve’s bar seems to have become the main focal point for fun on the Lost Light. Presumably we’re going to have a lot more happening there as the series goes on. And what makes you want to go back there and play with the characters in that setting?

JAMES ROBERTS: I love Swerve’s bar! You need a place where the crew of the Lost Light can just hang out and socialize. You can match up different combinations of characters, and they can talk and laugh and argue and fight. As in real life, an environment like that can provide the backdrop for everything from a practical joke to a brawl to a death threat – or just be the place where our heroes relax. As the series progresses, different sets of characters will have adventures away from the Lost Light, and I like the idea that they always eventually end up in Swerve’s bar, recounting what happened.

Alex Milne did an amazing job designing the bar (seriously, he designed it like a film set). Nick did the impossible and made a supremely complicated group scene work, and Josh surpassed himself by infusing the whole sequence with a warm pub glow.

NICK ROCHE: This was a tricky scene for me, as I have never been in a bar, apart from the one I was born in. But as the boy Roberts sez, Dutch Rubs and Tweaked Noses to Alex for so succinctly designing the environment. It really helped in choreographing a scene in which so many characters talk across one another. In addition, I haveta say that Tailgate and Swerve are as much fun to draw for me as they seem to be for James to write. I’m just really pleased with the proportions and shape on those characters and will happily return for an issue just starring them in an adventure where they get jobs as ice-cream salesmen.

I also need to congratulate James on picking a cast with so few actual facial features and then cooking up such amazing sparky and sparkling dialogue for them! Luckily, Rung’s eyebrows take up a lot of the slack in the Emotional Display Department in this book.

JOSH BURCHAM: Why, thank you James! Credit has to go to Swerve, though, since he’s installed that dynamic lighting system. The mood lighting can go from night-club to cozy pub in the flash of an optic! Keeps a colorist, like me, on his toes!

PAGE 4: Tailgate is clearly (not) having fun learning the Autobot code with Ultra Magnus while we learn a little more about Rewind and Chromedone. Can we assume that the entire back story for these central characters is fully worked out and ready to be told at some point?

JAMES ROBERTS: You certainly can. I’m conscious that it’s a big cast and that each character needs his chance to shine. I think virtually all of the main cast have secrets, and we’ll be finding out more about them as the series progresses – sometimes the information will be delivered piecemeal; other times you might get a big hit of important backstory. Chromedome and Rewind come under the spotlight in issues 9 to 12, and there’s some big, big Magnus stuff coming up.

With issue 6, however, I deliberately went for an ensemble vibe – it has an end of season feel about it, where lots of people have cameos. Pretty much everyone we’ve met in the previous six issues crops up in this story – not just the core cast, but the likes of Trailbreaker and Pipes and First Aid. And there are lots of callbacks to events, some big, some tiny, that happened in the first five issues.

NICK ROCHE: Seven panels, including two flashbacks, and a skipload of dialogue? You don’t get this value for money every day, darlings. It’s wonderful to see in these recessionary times an effort made to give more content to the discerning reader. But will MTMTE keep you warm at night or feed you? You can definitely use it for swaddling on a park bench, and staples hold massive nutritional value, so yes. But it’s also great that this series (and it’s fair to say, Robots in Disguise) are happy to eschew the once-trendy decompressed method of storytelling. And scenes like this really help sell to the uninitiated that, to the creative teams, the Transformers are characters first and shape-changing toy robots second; this bar chat exists for good reason, and the pay-off will be well worth you sticking around for.

JOSH BURCHAM: Foreshadowing!!! *dun dun dunnnn*

I guess one fun little tid-bit I could add is that for that last panel there; I had a lot of fun color-homaging the Transformers: Animated show, whenever they showed bits of Cybertron. (Love that show!)

PAGE 5: Magnus finally finds out about the bar and Fort Max “mingles”. The impression here is that things are about to get a little more complicated.

JAMES ROBERTS: Lots of things come to a head this issue, yeah, and Magnus finding the bar is one of them. With Trailbreaker, I wanted to get away from this idea that he’s “Mr. Forcefield” – something I’ve absolutely contributed to, because in Chaos and in MTMTE issue 3, that’s what he did: generate force fields. I like that he has self-esteem issues, and I think he’s the type that, when his inhibitions slip, has quite a few issues he needs to work through. He’s going to keep cropping up; his story’s not over.

NICK ROCHE: What I tried to do here was have Magnus literally be the party pooper, insomuch that you don’t get one clear look at his face. He’s not a character to be identified with in this instance, so keeping him obscured and in shadow distances him from the fun, carefree atmosphere in the bar. He’s a spectre at the feast; a boogieman that hates to boogie. Also, I like to think that he has, secreted away in various body cavities, different-sized restraining devices and handcuffs for the disparate Transformer shapes that exist on board the Lost Light. And that he polishes them every night before bed.

JOSH BURCHAM: Well I, for one, and certainly glad to see Trailbreaker get more page-time! (Even if he is a bit off his rocker here!) Trailbreaker was always a favorite of mine from G1. Kind of an unsung hero who never really got his due (unless he had to, like ya said, throw a forcefield around). Again, it’s fun and interesting to explore that emotional side of these characters!

Transformers Generations: Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Shockwave Video Review

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