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Intent on keeping their worlds apart, Prowl leads Devastator to Caminus to force the Cybertronians back home so he can collapse the space bridge and prevent Caminus from being destroyed by Cybertron's negative influences. "Mistakes And Mayhem", story by Mairghread Scott and John Barber, written by Mairghread Scott, illustrated by Livio Ramondelli. Continue to the full review
Optimus Prime struggles against the Camien perception of him, which threatens to undermine Starscream's political authority. But as he begins to understand more what both sides are expecting of a union between worlds, Optimus begins considering other options. "The Possible Light", Story by Mairghread Scott and John Barber, written by John Barber, and illustrated by Livio Ramondell. Read the full review
Offroad sure has some identity problems. At Toy Fair, Hasbro's designers confirmed the toy was designed with intent to be the Triggercon Ruckus. But that name wasn't available, and at that point they were questioning if Ruckus even should be a Stunticon anyway. So, apply new name and... color it to resemble Wildrider. Because at this point, heck, why not? And while all of that is weird, we're barely getting started... Keep reading!
Dead End is the Stunticon I expected to like. Going by the stock photos and later when people overseas were getting them ahead of the US release and we got more and better pictures, Dead End just looked the most together. I didn't have the immediate distaste for Breakdown like many seemed to, but Dead End really just hit the notes for me better. I don't think I realized before I had them just how similar the two were, though. Read the review!
It's funny, this is probably the first Breakdown toy made to be G1 Breakdown since the G1 toy. It's funnier still that this comes out about a year after the most recent Fun Publications take, also in G1 colors. Needless to say, the market got a bit flooded by those by the time this started coming out. And you know, combiner functionality regardless, I think the response is justified. Read the review!
Confronted with the reality of Megatron's defection and call for dissolution of the Decepticons, Tarn and the Decepticon Justice Division must decide where they fit in the new order, and if their directive still carries meaning. "The Permanent Revolution" written by James Roberts, Art by Hayato Sakamoto, with coordination by Phase6, and colors by Joana Lafuente. Read the full review!
Third Party
You may notice this isn't going to take the same form as a standard review, but this is far from a standard item. Bootlegs of third party transforming robot toys are not a new concept. But typically those took the form of attempts to closely imitate the original product to actively capitalize on it. But this is a different field. It's taken a long time - longer than I expected, but bootlegs based on third party figures have finally hit the level of cheap no-brand merchandise, and it's kind of amazing. Read the full review!
Third Party
Personally I'm not a big fan of the misleading type of April Fool's Day prank. I'd rather just do something silly. So today, we have a review of a landmark figure: the first third-party figure to be knocked off and sold in an Easter basket at US mass-market. Appearing in baskets at Walgreens, Robot Warrior Series Airplane Model began live as Fansproject Explorer, which in turn was based on Combaticon Blast-Off. Continue to full review
With Caminus under attack by Menasor, reinforcements are dispatched from Cybertron to assist in the defense of the Camiens, including Starscream's "secret weapon" - Superion! "The Sum And Its Parts" Story by Mairghread Scott and John Barber, written by Mairghread Scott, art by Sarah Stone. Read full review!
I was pretty surprised to find out this would be joining the Leader Class toys. Still, it sort of fills a need. Hasbro got away with the Classics Nerf-Gun style Megatron at retail once, but apparently could never do so again. And while we had the Deluxe Megatron last year, that was far from a typical G1 representation, not to mention being quite tiny. I kinda feel like they might have overcorrected with this though... Read the full review!
Angry Birds
The fate of Piggy Island hangs in the balance as the final push to stop the Eggspark's influence on the Angry Birds' world begins! It all hinges on the Deceptihogs actually following instructions. ...oh dear. "Hard Boiled" is written by John Barber, with art by Marcelo Ferreira and colors by Nikos Koutsis, with guest illustration by Livio Ramondelli. Continue to the review!
A newly functional space bridge gives Starscream a target, a relic offers weapons of mass destruction, and a hot night on Cybertron ignites a new war. "Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo" story by Mairghread Scott & John Barber, written by John Barber, illustrated by Livio Ramondelli. Read the full review!
Transformers Cloud has had its moments. Its history in general has been ...inconsistent. You go from almost mind-numbingly mundane to surprisingly amazing to... well, you've seen Shockwave; sometimes what they do just plain doesn't work. But Rodimus was one of those moments when they were firing on all cylinders. On paper this is something that should never work, but when you get it together and have the final product right there, it's some kind of magic. Keep reading!
The Fan-Built Bot was designed well in advance of the character's supporting media being produced. And as tends to happen some divergence occurs when the media catches up. Especially when the character is interpreted by an artist such as Sarah Stone who has a distinct style which she brings to her Transformers work. Hasbro's release couldn't try to line up with that, but TakaraTomy had some extra time to tinker with it before releasing it in their confusingly named Legends line. Read the full review!
Blackjack was designed with intent to be the Battlecharger Runabout (likely with a future recolor to be Runamuck) but that was abandoned, reportedly because it was felt that the character didn't make sense as a Stunticon. (Oh, and they still couldn't use the name after the last time they tried to, but that probably didn't have much to do with it.) Anyway, one new deco later and now we have an updated Micromaster. Honestly, the figure is probably more interesting looking like this than it would have been as Runabout OR Runamuck. Keep reading!
Huffer shared some space with Windcharger as a recolor nobody really wanted. The mold is so much Optimus Prime that to try to give it a different head and pass it as a character who is expected to look much different seemed to be asking the impossible. Plus the design of the figure had never been all that well regarded. But I learned that we were wrong about Windcharger, and I think we were wrong here too. Read the full review!
If you want a Powerglide that doesn't tower over the majority of your other Classics-style Autobots, looks like the original toy and cartoon design, and got released in the correct colors on the first try, you're in luck! And all you had to do was wait seven years. The effort of making Autobot Mini-vehicle characters in the current Legends size class carries on this year, getting in to more remakes to try to update as many characters to this uniform size as possible. Windcharger might not have necessarily needed it, but some will definitely agree Powerglide did. Keep reading
A seeker mold is effectively a license to print money, at least in ideal circumstances. The original Classics seeker was used over 30 times, and even the Fall of Cybertron seeker hit the Core Three in pretty short order. There is no surprise at all that the Legends got pressed forward to be Thundercracker, and if Skywarp held any surprise it was just that it'll be coming as soon as it is. While I may have hit seeker fatigue from the Classics model, with this mold I am completely okay with numerous reuses. Continue to the review!
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