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Look at Rescue Bots Optimus Primal and More Product Info from UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Look at Rescue Bots Optimus Primal and More Product Info from UK Toy Fair
Date: Tuesday, January 28th 2014 8:58am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: ScoutBumblebee | Credit(s): IdleHands1.blogspot.com

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The Idle Hands blog has a picture up of the anticipated Rescue Bots Optimus Primal toy, which is supposed to be available in fall of this year. It’s a large-scale figure and transforms from robot to TRex with one touch conversion. It will feature lights, over twenty sounds and phrases, and a working rescue drill.

Transformers News: Even More New Product Info from the UK Toy Fair


Idle Hands is also revealing that they got a look at some sales sheets, which showed a schedule of upcoming toy releases. If this list is correct, this will be a big spring/early summer for releases. See the list below:

  • Movie 4 Dino Sparkers - May 2014
  • Classic Legion Figure Assortment - May
  • Movie 4 One Step Changers - May
  • Movie 4 Power Battlers - May
  • Movie 4 Flip N Change Assortment - May
  • Movie 4 Mega One Step Bumblebee - July
  • Movie 4 Stomp N Chomp Grimlock - July
  • Movie 4 Construct Bots Dinobot Riders - May
  • Movie 4 Construct Bots Dinobot Assortment - May
  • Movie 4 Construct Bots Dinofire Grimlock - July
  • Movie 4 Construct Bots Dinobot Warriors - May
  • One Step Optimus - July
  • One Step Bruce - July
  • One Step Max - July
  • Cab Scout Slug - July
  • Cab Scout Strafe - July
  • Cab Scout Grimlock - July
  • Kre-O Dinobot Charge - March
  • Kre-O Scorn Street Chase - March
  • Kre-O Cell Block Breakout - March
  • Kre-O Grimlock Street Attack - March
  • Kre-O Lockdown Air Raid - March
  • Kre-O Optimus Prime Dino Hauler - March
  • Kre-O Glavatron Factory Battle - March

Additional Transformers: Age of Extinction Merchandise: Water Bottle, Lunch Pack, Laser Tag

Transformers News: Additional Transformers: Age of Extinction Merchandise: Water Bottle, Lunch Pack, Laser Tag
Date: Saturday, January 25th 2014 6:01pm CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Smyths Toys

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The UK Toy Fair may be over, but there is still news to be found in terms of the fourth Transformers' movie accompanying merchandise. This update comes from the UK retailer Smyths Toys, and features the following: a new water bottle, with Optimus Prime and dino mode Grimlock artwork for £4.99; a lunch pack with same characters, but different artwork, for £8.99; a laser tag set in Optimus Prime and Bumblebee decos, for £39.99. Check out images below!

Transformers News: Additional Transformers: Age of Extinction Merchandise: Water Bottle, Lunch Pack, Laser Tag

Transformers News: Additional Transformers: Age of Extinction Merchandise: Water Bottle, Lunch Pack, Laser Tag

Transformers News: Additional Transformers: Age of Extinction Merchandise: Water Bottle, Lunch Pack, Laser Tag

Transformers News: Additional Transformers: Age of Extinction Merchandise: Water Bottle, Lunch Pack, Laser Tag

Transformers News: Additional Transformers: Age of Extinction Merchandise: Water Bottle, Lunch Pack, Laser Tag

Transformers News: Additional Transformers: Age of Extinction Merchandise: Water Bottle, Lunch Pack, Laser Tag

Transformers: Age of Extinction Lockdown's Face Revealed?

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Lockdown's Face Revealed?
Date: Thursday, January 23rd 2014 2:28pm CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Rumors
Posted by: El Duque

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A couple of months ago a member dropped by our forums with a supposed leaked image of Lockdown's face from the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction film. At the time we had little to go in terms of verifying it's authenticity, but after the licensed product reveals that came out the UK Toy Fair we feel its safe to say this is indeed Lockdown! At this point we can confirm that the gray Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 is Lockdown, and comparing the leaked image below to the Lockdown Mashem from the show, this does appear to be his face. As you can see he has a very humanoid face, maybe a little Destro-ish. Our staff member on the scene at the UK Toy Fair, Va'al, also managed to catch a full body glimpse of Lockdown on a mini ad for the Transformers Sparbag. Check him out below.

Transformers News: Re: Possible Robot Mode for Age of Extinction Grimlock?

Transformers News: Re: Possible Robot Mode for Age of Extinction Grimlock?

Transformers News: Re: Possible Robot Mode for Age of Extinction Grimlock?

Last News and Images from 2014 UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Last News and Images from 2014 UK Toy Fair
Date: Thursday, January 23rd 2014 11:09am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Event News
Posted by: ScoutBumblebee | Credit(s): Va'al

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This will be our last update from the 2014 UK Toy Fair. See below for some more toy news, as well as some cool pictures from around the show!

Some information from HTI: They will offer two track sets, subject to approval. One track set will be an Optimus Prime Challenge, consisting of a truck with a trailer and red track pieces with loop. The track will emerge from the front grill, and the goal will be to hit the target that has Bumblebee artwork. Set to include two diecase cars, Bumblebee and Lockdown, the grey Lamboghini (named as Lockdown on the package.)

In addition, a Grimlock track will be offered. It will contain a red track that ends at a Grimlock T-Rex. Cars will go up the dino's back for a jump, and Bumblebee car will be included.

From Sambro International, we have some first looks at upcoming games based upon Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Air Hockey game.

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Close up of character design on air hockey table, including Grimlock, Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee.

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair
Gunship Escape customizable, handheld maze game. Package reflects 12 different mazes to try.

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Sling Slider. Appears to be a game of shooting discs around the play space to get them into one central area.

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair
Twin Pack of puzzles.

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

We will close out with some pictures that were taken around the Toy Fair. You'll see the Optimus Prime truck, photos of the massive display floor, and more.

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Day Three of 2014 UK Toy Fair: More Transformers: Age of Extinction Robot Faces Revealed?

Transformers News: Day Three of 2014 UK Toy Fair: More Transformers: Age of Extinction Robot Faces Revealed?
Date: Thursday, January 23rd 2014 3:47am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: ScoutBumblebee | Credit(s): Va'al

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While it may be the third day of the 2014 UK Toy Fair, it is our second day of live coverage from the floor. We'll be updating you as Seibertron's own Va'al walks the floor and takes in all of the cool new stuff that we’ll see premiered today.

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

First up are offerings from IMC Toys. Available in either Optimus Prime or Bumblebee, will be intercom masks, walkie talkies, and a laser tag gun and chest pad set. Also available will be an Optimus Prime mask with a sound chip and effects. From an interesting poster inside of IMC Toys’ stall—Transformers: Age of Extinction will be the first film in a new trilogy, with the next one due out in 2017, and an animated series to be released in 2014.

More will be posted, as we know it.

RUMOR:
A reliable source at the Toy Fair has informed us that the grey cab-over truck we've seen pictured for months now is none other than Ultra Magnus.

UPDATE:
The following pictures come from the company Character. Pictured are “mashable” Transformers ball-like toys, called MashEms. Six characters are available (we can pick out Drift, Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Lockdown, and Grimlock), and will be blind packed in a plastic capsule. There will be slingshot launcher available in both Optimus Prime and Bumblebee variants. Two series will be available; one for Prime and one for Age of Extinction. Also pictured are Bumblebee Rumble Fists, made of soft material and with sound effects, and sparring bags. Sparring bags were shown in both Optimus Prime and Lockdown variants.

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

While it may be the third day of the 2014 UK Toy Fair, it is our second day of live coverage from the floor. We'll be updating you as Seibertron's own Va'al walks the floor and takes in all of the cool new stuff that we’ll see premiered today.

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

First up are offerings from IMC Toys. Available in either Optimus Prime or Bumblebee, will be intercom masks, walkie talkies, and a laser tag gun and chest pad set. Also available will be an Optimus Prime mask with a sound chip and effects. From an interesting poster inside of IMC Toys’ stall—Transformers: Age of Extinction will be the first film in a new trilogy, with the next one due out in 2017, and an animated series to be released in 2014.

More will be posted, as we know it.

RUMOR:
A reliable source at the Toy Fair has informed us that the grey cab-over truck we've seen pictured for months now is none other than Ultra Magnus.

UPDATE:
The following pictures come from the company Character. Pictured are “mashable” Transformers ball-like toys, called MashEms. Six characters are available (we can pick out Drift, Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Lockdown, and Grimlock), and will be blind packed in a plastic capsule. There will be slingshot launcher available in both Optimus Prime and Bumblebee variants. Two series will be available; one for Prime and one for Age of Extinction. Also pictured are Bumblebee Rumble Fists, made of soft material and with sound effects, and sparring bags. Sparring bags were shown in both Optimus Prime and Lockdown variants.

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Re: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

UPDATE:
Some information from HTI: They will offer two track sets, subject to approval. One track set will be an Optimus Prime Challenge, consisting of a truck with a trailer and red track pieces with loop. The track will emerge from the front grill, and the goal will be to hit the target that has Bumblebee artwork. Set to include two diecase cars, Bumblebee and Lockdown, the grey Lamboghini (named as Lockdown on the package.)

In addition, a Grimlock track will be offered. It will contain a red track that ends at a Grimlock T-Rex. Cars will go up the dino's back for a jump, and Bumblebee car will be included.

Toy Palace Showcases a Few New Age of Extinction Based Toys

Transformers News: Toy Palace Showcases a Few New Age of Extinction Based Toys
Date: Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 1:01pm CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: ScoutBumblebee | Credit(s): Toy-Palace.com

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On the heels of all of the new pictures from the 2014 UK Toy Fair, we bring you some interesting little items featured on German website, Toy-Palace.com. These items consist of magnets, keychains, and coin banks, featuring Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. They give us another good look at the anticipated appearance of those two characters in the upcoming movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Take a look at the images below:


Optimus Prime and Bumblebee magnets that light up:

Transformers News: Toy Palace Showcases a Few New Age of Extinction Based Toys

Transformers News: Toy Palace Showcases a Few New Age of Extinction Based Toys

Optimus Prime and Bumblebee keychains. Move the arms, and the body turns:

Transformers News: Toy Palace Showcases a Few New Age of Extinction Based Toys

Transformers News: Toy Palace Showcases a Few New Age of Extinction Based Toys

Optimus Prime and Bumblebee Coin banks complete with movie sounds:

Transformers News: Toy Palace Showcases a Few New Age of Extinction Based Toys

Transformers News: Toy Palace Showcases a Few New Age of Extinction Based Toys

Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Date: Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 10:58am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: ScoutBumblebee | Credit(s): Va'al

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Our very own Va’al is, as we type this, checking out the UK Toy Fair. We will continue to bring you updates on what he sees as he sees them, with pictures and descriptions.
At the first stall is Paladone.They are displaying a variety of collectibles for the 30th anniversary. There are two series, one that will be rolled out in April/May; one to be rolled out in October. There will be 30 mini figurines from three generations: G1, Prime, movie (Dark of the Moon.)

There will be 15 characters per wave; each one in blind pack with lenticular card. The cards will combine together into a first generation poster of Megs or Optimus. Pricing for the blind pack is £2, £2.50 for bubble pack, with mini stand included. They will also released as 5 packs.

But the figurines aren’t all. Also on display are a heat activated mug (featuring an Autobot logo with glasses and moustache which disappear when hot liquid is poured in), a hard foam build kit, G1 character pencil eraser set, notebook, water bottle, car magnet (not shown), egg holder and toast cutter Optimus!

Take a look at the images (and updates as we get them!) posted below:

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

UPDATE:Subject to Change
From Winning Moves: We may see the following games available in the next year. They are unofficial and subject to change, but we are hearing they are possible: Monopoly, Risk, Connect 4, Top Trumps - Saga edition (would be heavily based on the four movies and /or G1 animation, and similar to Star Wars trilogy edition products. And if you take a look at the box pictured, you'll note that there is even a picture of Drift featured.

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

UPDATE:
Check out these R/C toys, on display from Nikko:
Word is that there will be five figures. Two that transform will be Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. They'll have lights and sounds; voicechips along with transformation noises. They are expected to retail for $59.99 and $49.99, respectively. They will be boxed in robot mode.

The helicopter is said to be a character, but there is no name at this time.

The other two RC cars shown are Lockdown and Bumblebee, and will not transform.

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Transformers News: Images and Product Info from the UK Toy Fair

Hasbro Confirms New Look and Simplified Design for 'Age of Extinction' Toys

Transformers News: Hasbro Confirms New Look and Simplified Design for 'Age of Extinction' Toys
Date: Sunday, January 19th 2014 7:21pm CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): New York Times

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In an article on the New York Times, Hasbro's chief executive Brian D. Goldner discusses how the complexity of the transformation process in previous toys (think ROTF Leader Optimus Prime) may have detracted from the enjoyment of its intended target audience, and confirms that the new toy lines will feature streamlined, simplified designs (though not all of them, as they keep adult collectors in mind) in both figures and branding. The new products will be hitting the shelves in May, a couple of weeks before Age of Extinction will be released in cinemas - read some relevant quotes below, and the full article here!

Transformers News: Hasbro Confirms New Look and Simplified Design for 'Age of Extinction' Toys


But as the brand evolved over the years, the toys became more complex, some involving dozens of steps to complete a single transformation. In the eyes of Brian D. Goldner, Hasbro’s chief executive, they had lost their magic.

“We’ve made incredibly sophisticated robots,” he said, “but it can be like a 1,000-piece puzzle.”

Enthralled by the special effects in three big-budget “Transformers” movies that enabled the robots to convert in a matter of seconds, Mr. Goldner decided the toys needed to return to their roots. So he challenged his design team to reconceive them. Now, on the 30th anniversary of the brand, Hasbro is revealing a new look for the toys, including simple maneuvers that will complete a transformation with the push of a button or flick of the wrist.

The remake of the line, which includes new branding and packaging, is meant to coincide with Paramount Pictures’ release of the fourth movie in the franchise, “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” Retailers will get their first look at the line in London this week at Toy Fair, an annual industry trade show.

“Our retail partners, they are getting very excited,” said Joshua Lamb, the senior design director for the toy line. “This rethinking of the brand is setting the stage long-term.”

The toys are expected to land on retail shelves in May, a few weeks before the release of the movie. Hasbro says it will build on the promotion for the movie with a marketing campaign of its own that will include ads on television and in theaters as well as on digital platforms, like mobile and social media.
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Hasbro will continue to make complex Transformers for adult fans who have collected the toys since their inception 30 years ago. But the new design is intended to re-engage parents and children, who found the transformations too challenging.

IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!
Date: Friday, January 17th 2014 5:55am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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Thanks to the lovely people over at IDW Publishing, we have the fairly spoilerrific, action-packed, multiple-teased and teasing solicitations for the Transformers comics in the aftermath of Dark Cybertron! Also out in April is Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster's new venture - Transformers: Legacy. Check it all out below.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!


TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #28: DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS

John Barber (w), Andrew Griffith (a), Casey W. Coller (c), Andrew Griffith (vc), Livio Ramondelli (vc).

EARTHFALL! The AUTOBOTS return to Earth--with OPTIMUS PRIME in command! But what brought them back--and what terrifying secret do the humans hold? A bold new era begins here!

32 pages, $3.99.

Bullet points:

• OPTIMUS PRIME LEADS THE AUTOBOTS ON EARTH!?
• The perfect jumping-on point for new readers!
• Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS!
• Variant interlocking cover by Livio Ramondelli!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!


TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #28: DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS

James Roberts (w), Alex Milne (a), Casey W. Coller (c), Livio Ramondelli (vc), Alex Milne (vc).

CERTAIN DEATH, HERE WE COME! MEGATRON assumes control of the quest to find the Knights of Cybertron--a quest that has never before been so urgent, so personal, and so likely to end in tears. An incredulous Lost Light crew is left asking the same thing you are: how exactly did it come to this?

32 pages, $3.99.

Bullet points:

• MEGATRON LEADS THE AUTOBOTS IN SPACE!?!
• You read that right—MEGATRON joins the AUTOBOTS!
• The perfect jumping-on point for new readers!
• Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS!
• Variant interlocking cover by Livio Ramondelli!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!


TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE #1: DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS

Mairghread Scott (w), Sarah Stone (a), Casey W. Coller (c), Sarah Stone (vc).

WHO IS WINDBLADE? In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from--and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS? A powerful new chapter in the TRANSFORMERS saga begins here!

32 pages, $3.99.

Bullet points:

• WINDBLADE takes CYBERTRON by storm!
• Winner of the FAN BUILD BOT POLL—in which fans voted to create an all-new TRANSFORMERS CHARACTER!
• Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS!
• Learn the secret history of WINDBLADE, CHROMIA, and NAUTICA!
• Variant interlocking cover by Livio Ramondelli!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!


TRANSFORMERS: DARK CYBERTRON, VOL. 1

James Roberts, John Barber (w), Phil Jimenez, Andrew Griffith, Brendan Cahill, James Raiz, Atilio Rojo, Livio Ramondelli (a), Phil Jimenez (c)

Shockwave makes a move millions of years in the planning--an ultimate strategy to remake Cybertron and destroy both the Autobots and Decepticons! Collects Dark Cybertron #1, More Than Meets The Eye #23-25, and Robots In Disguise #23-24.

152 pages, $19.99.


Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!


TRANSFORMERS LEGACY: A CELEBRATION OF TRANSFORMERS PACKAGE ART

Jim Sorenson, Bill Forster (w)

Remember the thrill of tearing open the wrapping on Christmas morning, discovering a brand new TRANSFORMERS toy in a shiny new box? While the toys were amazing in their own right, what made the packages stand head-and-shoulders above the competing action figures on shelves was the stunning box art. Transformers: Legacy collects hundreds of beautifully airbrushed paintings from the iconic first decade of The Transformers. Essays and interviews from the original illustrators give unprecedented insight into the process behind the art. This book is chocked full of extras, including never before seen artwork from toys that never were, original design sketches, catalog artwork, and more.

300 pages, $49.99.

Bullet points:

• The Transformers art book that you've been waiting for all these years! From the archives of Hasbro, Takara and private collectors!

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #25 (DC6) Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #25 (DC6) Review
Date: Wednesday, January 15th 2014 2:22am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al

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Plateau
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis

A HERO FALLS—AND ONE RETURNS! The struggle in the DEAD UNIVERSE heats up as ORION PAX—the ’bot who was once OPTIMUS PRIME—and RODIMUS struggle with the legacy of PRIMES! Meanwhile, the Lost Light is under attack in deep space—and SHOCKWAVE and the terrifying NECROTITAN threaten CYBERTRON!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #25 (DC6) Review
...terrifying


Story

And here we are, halfway through the BIGGEST EVENT OF THE EVER HISTORY OF EVERYTHING, according to the solicits since at least two years ago. And I feel like we've hit a bit of a lull, though not an unwelcome one in the issue itself, rather in the plot - unevitable? Maybe. Let's read on.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #25 (DC6) Review
Eye eye, cap'n!


We're back to the three storylines, following the Lost Light crew inside Metroplex, the boxed lot in the Dead Universe and Starscream's (barely) Cybertron. While the first two actually advance a little, the latter in particular seems to not do much other than re-establish the threat of the Necrotitan and Starscream's connection to it. And a little bit on the 'outcast' faction, I suppose.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #25 (DC6) Review
And drop in Tankor! Hi Tankor


The other two plotlines, on the other hand, do a little more, with the biggest parts played out in the Dead Universe, especially towards the end of the section. We get some interesting goings-on with the otherwise static situation of the trapped characters, and exchanges are made between Nova Prime and his (ex?) heir Orion - and other things happen.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #25 (DC6) Review
No, Rodimus, we're not


The final page brings us a fairly big revelation about one of the other players in the story, though see below for more on this. The lull is expected, at this point in the series, and it realy could be worse, and there are still some good moments of characterisation if not plot advancement. I did like the snuck-in addition on Slug's name-change, too.

Art

We're back to three separate art styles, with James Raiz on the Lost Light/in Metroplex' body, Livio Ramondelli in the Dead Universe and Atilio Rojo on Cybertron. And I have to say, I have no major complaints this time round (bar one)! Raiz in particular really shines in this issue, with thinner inks and some crazy panel work; Rojo's lines are a lot nicer too, and really work with the setting; Ramondelli is suited to the DU, until the last page reveal - it took me a while to figure out what was going on, and it detracted from the reveal itself.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #25 (DC6) Review
Escher-ing in the new year


Josh Perez does is still doing some pretty amazing work, blending into both Raiz' and Rojo's style, and still keeping in tone with the er.. tone of the story being told. Some of the nuances are really cool, especially tha dark/light fade-ins. Ramondelli's colours are also good, as I've said many times before, really suit the Dead Universe - even with the proviso above.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #25 (DC6) Review
Hardhead is quite the thinker, clearly


Gilbert Lazcano appears to be the regular letterer for now, and I really like some of his more creative moments, like the issue's title page and the Dinobots' speech. All in all, the issue looks good, but that final page really did not do it for me I'm afraid. The two covers by Phil Jimenez and Brendan Cahill are great though, especially the latter!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I've been saying throughout, we've hit the plateau, and it was to be expected, really. Some of the characters (Getaway, Astrotrain, Dinobots, Flatline) get more of an occasion to take the spotlight, even if just for a little while, but the introduction of Tankor so suddenly does feel a bit odd, and blatantly a toy advertising device.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #25 (DC6) Review
Yeah, sounds about right


I wasn't as bothered with the three different styles this time either, except for that final page (OH I was very annoyed for a bit), and the Escher style scenes are excellent, as are some of the bigger splashes and spreads, with the added bonus of really good, mood-setting colouring too. Next?

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



PS: What is going on with the Dinobots' names..? Isn't the big one Sludge? Why is he called Snarl? Just bad speech-bubbles? Halp.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #174 - Autobot Jedi Newtypes
Twincast / Podcast #174:
"Autobot Jedi Newtypes"
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Posted: Monday, May 8th, 2017
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