Rum-Maj's plans are disrupted by the Sharkticons' sudden change of heart. As the battle comes to its conclusion and the lives of Junkions, Cybertronians, and Earthlings hang in the balance, Optimus Prime reflects internally on how he got here, and whether he's changed as much as he might like. "New Cybertron, End: Feel Safe Without Regret"
is written by John Barber with art by Kei Zama and colors by Josh Burcham. Click here to go to the review!
The Titan-ship Carcer is not what it appears to be. With Windblade interfaced directly with its brain, its true nature is revealed. But neither she nor the infiltration team accompanying her could know just how bad that truth is, or why the other Titans went to such lengths to bury it forever. "Rubicon" written by Mairghread Scott, drawn by Sara Pitre-Durocher, colors by Joana Lafuente. Read the full review!
War with the Junkions! As the new visitors finally move against the Autobots, Optimus Prime rallies all the forces at his command to stop an invasion before it starts. But it may be Soundwave alone who has the power to bring this to an end, as he puts old teachings in to use once again. "New Cybertron, part 5: Future Glories Lost," written by John Barber (with quotations by James Roberts), drawn by Kei Zama, colors by Josh Burcham. Read the full review!
(beware, review may contain higher spoiler content than usual)
Relive the greatest moments of the epic tale, direct from the pages of the hit comic to the silver screen! ...and then back
into this dimension and thus back onto comic pages. The Transformers vs. GI Joe: The Movie
is written, drawn, lettered, and colored by Tom Scioli. Click here to go to the review!
Optimus Prime and Pyra Magna meet at the singularity in the ruins of Crystal City to (hopefully but probably not successfully) settle their differences. As Starscream eavesdrops, Prime talks about the friends he lost in that place, including the story of how he met Bumblebee. Pyra Magna in turn has a story to tell, about how the Torchbearers' current incarnation came to be. "Ghost Stories" is written by John Barber with art by Priscilla Tramontano and colors by Thomas Deer, Josh Perez, and John-Paul Bove. Click here to go to the review!
Cosmos, Rumble and Frenzy run in to the Junkions' Sharkticon collection during their infiltration mission, bringing their intelligence gathering to a quick end. Outside, where no one can see what's happening, Pyra Magna reflects on her doubts towards Optimus Prime, mirrored by Aileron's growing discomfort with the colonial soldiers shows of blind devotion. Meanwhile in the past, Orion Pax grows disillusioned as he sees more and more clearly the corruption of Zeta Prime. "New Cybertron, Part 4: Dance Among The Shadows" written by John Barber, art by Alex Milne, colors by Josh Burcham. Read the full review!
Topspin is the standout of this wave. Fantastic design ideas and aesthetic choices, with really excellent transformation engineering make this toy shine on all counts. The only issues present are relatively small, and seem to be a result of the materials not quite playing right with the design. I could easily see later uses of the mold being effectively perfect! You can find our video review, with accompanying text and photos right now on the
Titans Return Topspin review
page, so go give it a look right now!
Perceptor goes to considerable lengths to recreate as much of the experience of the G1 toy as possible. From having a working (kind of) microscope mode, to a third mode one might describe as a tank - even though that one goes undocumented for the retail release - a lot of effort was expended. That gives it an unusually high play value, but also makes some things go a bit strange. Head over to the Titans Return Perceptor review
page to see our video, text and photos coverage of the toy and find out all about it!
It's the start of wave 4's new molds! And Kup is the one I care least about. Which is not because it's a bad toy. It's just mostly not an interesting toy, and I take issue with that. It does have a nice transformation to fall back on at the very least! Go ahead and check out our Titans Return Kup review
page, where you can find our video review, text, and photos from our gallery of over 150 images. And keep watching for more coverage of Titans Return Deluxe Wave 4!
Next up on our coverage of Titans Return wave 4 is the assortment's other recolor Krok. Putting an obscure character on a mold nobody would have seriously called for this application becomes an amazing success story by a beautiful execution of deco - even moreso than Quake! It's amazing! AND it fixes a lot of Skullcruncher's problems! Head on over right now to our Titans Return Krok review
page, featuring video, text and photos coverage, including our full gallery!
We've got Titans Return Deluxe Wave 4 in hand, and we're kicking off with a look at the surprisingly excellent recolors filling out this assortment of five figure. Quake & Chasm take the already outstanding early Titan Return Hardhead mold and give you an amazing deco option to have it with. Yes, I do indeed like this one. Head on over right now to ourTitans Return Quake review
page, featuring video, text and photos coverage, including our full gallery!
Kickback is a nice toy with just enough new complexity introduced to the G1 transformation. It's the intangibles that drag it down just a bit... like how well it fits in with the other two Insecticons and how well its Titan Master interaction works (see:grasshopper-shaped footbath
.) None of that sinks a great toy... but by fixing either or both of those things it could be just that much better. Click here to read and watch the review!
In the past, Orion Pax and Prowl go with Jetfire to meet with a representative of the Decepticons to try to learn the truth about Hefter and why he may have been killed. In the present day, while Optimus Prime is on Cybertron addressing the Council of Worlds, the Autobot City team contemplate the proposed alliance with the Junkions - while Soundwave initiates a plan to uncover their secrets. "New Cybertron Part 3: Behind My Bleeding Back" written by John Barber, art by Kei Zama, colors by Josh Burcham. Read the full review!
Bumblebee's okay. He's flawed, but unlike Wheelie most
of the flaws don't interfere with the ordinary operation of the toy. With the still-truly-excellent Classics Bumblebee mold out there, though, it's a bit tougher to forgive some of those flaws... Click here to read and watch our review of Bumblebee!
Sixshot is the most anticipated Leader Class release in Titans Return - until Overlord, anyway. But it made a big impact when it debuted at a show in mid-2016. In hand, well, it has its ups and downs. It's not really beholden to the linewide gimmick of Titans Return which some will see as a distinct benefit. But it's also trying to do a lot within a very strict budget, and that's something that rarely turns out beneficial. Click here for the review of Sixshot
featuring video, plus text and (lots of) photos!
First contact! Optimus Prime greets Earth's latest offworld visitors, the highly eccentric and extremely modular Junkions! But the GI Joe unit under the command of Zilong Qian wants a shot at the new visitors as well. Offering friendship and exchange of knowledge and technology for access to Ore-13, the Junkions come in peace... (shoot to kill, shoot to kill) New Cybertron Part 2: A Lonely Pillar On The Plain, written by John Barber, art by Kei Zama, colors by Josh Burcham. Read the review!
It's Metroplex versus an army of undead Titans, and everyone on Cybertron and within the Council of Worlds is giving everything they can to help him! ...except for one person, and Starscream is very much not happy with them. Desperate Times
is written by Mairghread Scott with art by Sara Pitre-Durocher, and colors by Joana Lafuente. Click here to go to the review!
Optimus Prime allows several colonists to join his efforts on Earth. But a
mission involving Cybertronian derived technology goes poorly, requiring
Optimus to intervene personally and again witness for himself that the world is
anything but accepting of the future he envisions. Recalling his days as Orion
Pax, super-cop, he reflects on a Cybertron unaccepting of the future its
then-Prime held in mind for it. "New Cybertron Part 1: To Walk Among The
Chosen" written by John Barber, art by Kei Zama, colors by Josh Burcham.Click here to go to the review!