With new threats looming in the wake of recent events, Starscream turns his focus back to creating a powerful defensive base to protect himself, and maybe Cybertron as well. And all it will take is changing the mind of one enemy - with a bit of specialist help. "The Price of You" written by Mairghread Scott, art by Sara Pitre-Durocher, colors by Joana Lafuente. Read the full review right here!
On pre-war Cybertron and present-day Earth, the battle is over. But for how long? And who will be the first one to take up arms? "The Next Day/And The Next"
is written by John Barber with art by Priscilla Tramontano. Click here to read the review!
Brawn was surprising, both because Titan Master Brawn had already happened, and because Legends-class Brawn ended up being SO GOOD. Oh sure, it''s not perfect, but its problems are only minor, and most can be fixed with a paint brush (or Gundam Marker if that''s more your speed). Now we just need his destined recolor/retool to be made... Click here to watch the review!
Titans Return Legends wave 4 featured the expected recolor of wave 3's Bumblebee in Roadburn - a renamed Throttlebot Chase. ...along with a reship of Bumblebee. Good job, guys. It was my first exposure to the mold, as I had chosen to skip Bumblebee and wait for the next character. Overall, I'm happy I didn't buy it as another 'Bee, but the design still isn't firing on all cylinders. Watch the review right here!
As one of only three new molds across all the price points for Premier Edition Wave 1, Berserker was under a lot of early pressure to be an ambassador for his toyline, particularly proving that the new toys lived up to the increased MSRP put to them. Whether that attempt was successful, well, that's for the video to tell... Click here to watch the review!
Having already touched on Turbo Changers, Tiny and Knight-Armored, it time to turn trilogy with the Turbo Changer Optimus Prime from The Last Knight. This Turbo Changer is what otherwise is called a One Step Changer. And in a lot of ways ends up being better for that comparative simplicity. Thanks once again to Hasbro for sending this our way! Click here to watch the review!
All hail the useless one!
Functionist Universe Rung is back in the hands of Team Rodimus - and it turns out he might not be so useless after all. Dissolution, Part 5: Modes Of Production
is written by James Roberts with art by Jack Lawrence and colors by Joana Lafuente. Click here to go to the review!
The "Armor Up" or "Knight Armor" Turbo Changer Bumblebee was another of the items Hasbro sent our way with our sampler box of items from The Last Knight's toyline launch. This is the larger Turbo Changer pricepoint for the movie line, all of which will feature flip-out masks, representing an "armored up" state. This could be a fun thing if you like having something easy to casually mess with, except that some of the engineering feels like it gets in the way of that "easy play" concept. Watch the review here!
Continuing to draw from the box of Transformers The Last Knight goodies Hasbro sent our way, we've got a video looking at two more Tiny Turbo Changers. This time it's both Lockdown and Crosshairs, letting us thoroughly examine the variations on super-deformed-car-to-robot. We've also learned a little more about identifying which figure is in which bag. I talk about that some in the video, and we'll have a more detailed guide coming up shortly. For now, click here to watch the review!
A major crisis has just passed, and Cybertron has survived again. But the administrative backlog as well as new political demands and at least one more world-ending disaster on the horizon might just make Starscream regret all those zombie Titans being thwarted. "Heavy" written by Mairghread Scott, art by Sara Pitre-Durocher, colors by Joana Lafuente, pages 9 & 10 colors by Sara Pitre-Durocher. Click here for the review!
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!