Seibertron.com member chuckdawg1999 has uploaded a review of the exclusive Kreon set from this year's BotCon. The set gives us Kreon representations of the five characters featured in this year's Machine Wars: Termination box set; Strika, Obsidian, Hoist, Skywarp, and Megaplex. Check out this review embedded below.
Although there isn't a lot here for the price this is a fun little set that I can recommend for the fan or to complete a collection.
Seibertron.com member chuckdawg1999 has shared a video review of Takara Tomy's Transformers Generations TG-20 Ratbat. This figure is a great redeco/retool of the previously released Scourge mold that gives us Senator Ratbat prior to becoming one of Soundwave's minions. Check out his review below.
This is a fantastic repaint/remold of a fantastic mold. The metallic paint with a new head really makes this feel, and look like an entirely new figure. Highly recommended!
Seibertron.com member chuckdawg1999 is back with another video review, this time he gives us a look at the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Cyberverse Legion Jet Vehicon. Check out his review embedded below.
One of the last *sniff* *sniff* new mold Legion figures from the Beast Hunters line. Does the Air Vehicon measure up to his bigger brother and the other Cyberverse figures? Find out below!
Seibertron.com member chuckdawg1999 has shared a review of the TFCC 2013 Club Incentive Figure, Depth Charge. Check your mailboxes, he's currently arriving!
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Here it is, the membership incentive figure for 2013 from the Transformers Collectors Club. Is Depth Charge worth hunting down? Does it live up to the legacy of figures past? Find out below!
MEGATRON—DEFEATED? Never! The DECEPTICON leader battles through SHARKTICON hordes, while on CYBERTRON, OPTIMUS PRIME struggles to unite his people—and GRIMLOCK and his rogue DINOBOTS go on a rampage!
Oh dear, Ratchet's worried
We left the whole cast last issue in the middle of a refinery job, among Dynobots, Autobots, Decepticons and passer-bys. And Megatron being a 'really tough guy, no really, he's super bad-ass' on Junkion, with Pentius literally in tow.
The cavalry, for once, arrives at the beginning
That's exactly where we start off again in this issue, very suddenly. All the plots, Megatron exluded, seem to clash together and work alongside each other in this second issue, which sees the Dynobots as catalyst for most of the events.
The Megatron plot is still developed, though only minimally, and I think the story benefits from the subsumed parallel storyline here - we get a much better luck at Optimus Prime's struggle with Cybertronian powers and bringing order back to the planet.
I wonder where this will go
The story definitely works better than the previous one, in my opinion, and I believe it's due to fewer Megatron scenes. The ones that are present seem to develop the character a little, rather than dump qualities on him, which is a definite welcome change.
I'm not sure I can find more to say about Ramondelli's work, in general, but this issue has highlighted some of his bigger strenghts. He works really really well with light/dark contrasts, vaguely organic-looking creatures and savage characters and landscapes. And there's some really good panel storytelling too.
How to use a white panel successfully
But my favourite part of the comic, I have to admit, is the lettering. Seriously, Tom B. Long's magic is ..magic. The work he does, especially with the soundwords, is incredible. I have never seen such beautiful KRA-KOOM, SHRONNG and GRAAING-KREENGs.
Point in case
So yes, aesthetically this issue really does shine (or not, as it's mostly dark to go with the tone), and the Ramondelli-Long pairing works really well, with the latter really building on the former's own colouring. And there's some big beasties that look quite beastly in there, too.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
I enjoyed it a lot more than the previous one! The pacing works, the artwork is good, the lettering is amazing and it all blends in perfect synergy. I'm not sure what is so different from the previous issue, but it works.
I would suggest picking this one up, but you do need to have read the previous print issue for it to make any sense, due to its abrupt start. Issue 2 has definitely raised my expectations, and sets up what's to come in an intriguing way. Pleasantly surprised.
Thanks to YouTube reviewer Peaugh, we get a look at the three members of the Transformers Go! Samurai Team, alone and in different combination modes. Take a look at the videos embedded below, and discuss the figures in the forum!
Maybe Univerze Like Wazzzpinator? (Spoiler free-ish)
THE DEATH OF A WORLD! Gorlam Prime—the entrance to the so-called DEAD UNIVERSE—holds many secrets… and now ORION PAX—the ’bot who was once OPTIMUS PRIME—pries its secrets loose. But will it be too late for CYBERTRON?
Guest starring: Waspinator!
We're back to looking at Orion Pax' quest after Jhiaxus and Bludgeon, as started in Syndromica. And we actually get a little more agency from the gruesome truesome, not not to mention a good look at what their plans are actually about. Sort of. But the issue features a small but good cast of old faces, bringing everything together so far.
The gang's all here
In the light of recent BotCon Beast Wars toy announcements, the presence of Waspinator is an interesting addition, and Barber manages quite successfully to give him his own idiosyncratic speech pattern without badly damaging the intelligibility or pace of the dialogue - not a small feat!
I felt like we finally get a connection with the 'Prelude' Spotlights and Annuals, too, linking the Metrotitan plot (and the first appearance of Waspinator and Bludgeon in the series) to the main storylines - though not taking it back to Cybertron, yet.
Because it is Waspinator after all
The use of Waspinator is a good one, as he's not just tragicomic relief, Orion Pax seems to have a vague idea of what is going on, there's a fairly nice battle scene, and we get to find out what might happen next. But the ending really bugs me. Not saying what it is, but I found it disappointing.
The artwork for this issue, deviating from the so far established Ramondelli-Orion Pax combo, is done by Dheeraj Verma, who also worked on the Fall of Cybertron comic. And I have to say, despite a lot of people being quite vocal against it, I really enjoyed it. Yes some characters look different, but that's the whole point of having different artists!
Look at Bludgeon, look at him!
The artwork really shines, though, thanks to the colouring work of Joana Lafuente. The whole issue has a great feel about it, keeping the familiar smokey tones and hues we've come to associate to the Orion Pax issues so far in Ramondelli's own colours - just clearer this time, and working perfectly with the linework.
And that scenic shot..!
The lettering by Chris Mowry is good as usual, and some of the soundwords are really excellently executed. One character in particular has a really good speechbubble, but I will not spoil it here. All in all, I really liked the artwork: it's new, it's different, it works. We'll see if Verma comes back later in the series, but I hope so, personally.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
Overall, the story holds together pretty well, as we get back to Orion Pax' personal mission chasing Jhiaxus/Bludgeon, and catching up with Wheelie, Garnak and Hardhead (and others). The addition of Waspinator is a nice touch, and the artwork is great, with some gorgeous backgrounds and colours.
Revelation: Megatron is a petty child
My problem with this issue? The ending. Again, I'm not going to spoil it for anyone, but I felt that the conclusion was disappointing after an otherwise enjoyable read, finally moving away from the usual status quo conflict. Do pick it up though, as it ties up nicely some loose ends, and it just looks beautiful - and it sets up the next step really well.
Thanks to Seibertron members PurdueAv2003 and chuckdawg1999 we have video reviews of the first figure released in TFCC's subscription service. To keep from spoiling it for those who want to be surprised when it arrives in your mailbox we won't mention the figure's name, but the reviews can be found below.
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