Marking the return of a name long lost to the franchise, Motormaster has been what many were waiting for: An option for the non-Silverbolt Voyager mold that wasn't Optimus Prime. The status as the core of Menasor may be a driving factor in any general preference of one instance of the figure over another, but as it turns out there's still a lot to offer here even for people who already bought Optimus. Continue to the review!
The inevitable conclusion! Will Drift's alliance with Gigatron be enough to survive the stone army and stop Hellbat's scheme? Will Grit finally get revenge and prove himself a real Decepticon again? Will anything be learned from this experience and referred to again in the future? Probably not. Drift: Empire Of Stone
part 4, written by Shane McCarthy, breakdowns by Guido Guidi, pencils (pages 5-10) by Marcelo Ferreira, finishes by Stephen Baskerville, with colors by John-Paul Bove. Read the full review
Things get hairy as Trypticon and Fortress Maximus both come gunning for Metroplex! Can the Autobot/GI Joe alliance stand firm against the Decepticobra forces? Tunnel Rat's Fantastic Journey To The Center Of Fortress Maximus
is written by Tom Scioli and John Barber, with art, colors and lettering by Scioli. Continue to full review
Following a near-miss, the time travelers lose the trail of Brainstorm after another jump drops them at the tipping point of one of their history's most important moments of change - but Orion Pax is nowhere to be found. "Elegant Chaos, Part 2: Stet" written by James Roberts, with art by Alex Milne, and colors by Joana Lafuente. Read the full review!
Lastly(for now) Marcus Goh has posted an image-heavy review of Year of the Goat Optimus Prime! GoatConvoy is a reuse of the G2 Laser Optimus Prime mold, later used for Scourge and e-Hobby Ultra Magnus. It sports faction symbolless discs here, and something about the hot energon pink projectiles is really appealing. Keep reading for selected images and a link to Mr. Goh's full review!
Hellbat exposits the depths of his villainous nefarity before ordering the deaths of Ratchet, Drift, and the late-arriving Grit in the chamber of the dormant stone army! Drift: Empire of Stone #3, written by Shane McCarthy, breakdowns by Guido Guidi, finishes by Stephen Baskerville, colors by John-Paul Bove. Read the full review
Rounding out the Wave 1 combiners is Ultra Prime! In terms of proportions and articulation, Ultra Prime suffers a bit in comparison to Superion, but is still a stable, articulated combiner of massive proportions. The mold won't see its full potential until it becomes Menasor in the coming months, but it's not bad. Continue to full review
Blackrock explains the unknown origin of civilization, while Prowl tries to put the past aside and work with Spike to achieve the goal they vaguely share. Meanwhile, Galvatron tries to convince Arcee that Prowl may not have anyone's best interests at heart other than his own. "The Onyx Interface Part Two: ON
" written by John Barber, with art by Andrew Griffith, and colors by Josh Perez and Thomas Deer. Keep reading
Optimus Prime's Cybertronian vacation is interrupted before it begins as a string of violent murders strikes the ghettos outside Metroplex, and only he cares enough to see justice served for the dead Decepticons. Transformers: Punishment
, written by John Barber, illustrated by Livio Ramondelli. Read the full review
Now that we've looked at all the Deluxes, there's only one thing left to do: break out the Voyagers and combine everything! Superion is specactular. A big, solid figure with good articulation and a massive gun. Which would be cause for a high rating if he weren't
full of tinier men. Continue to full review
They sure make some weird looking jets nowadays. RAC concludes the Combiner Wars Wave 1 Deluxe reviews with an even odder man out than Alpha Bravo: the displaced Stunticon Dragstrip! If this is an indicator of the quality of the remaining Stunticons, we're in for a treat. Continue to full review
And now, the new guy! Alpha Bravo is subbing for Slingshot to make the Aerialbots less boring, and he largely succeeds. His chopper mode and arm mode have a few light hangups, but by no means is he a bad toy. Continue to full review
Previously known as Fireflight, Firefly's the only Aerialbot RAC owned as a kid, because it was the one with actual color. How does he stack up to Skydive, and how does he limb? And what is that gun of his? (SPOILER:
It is totally a flamethrower.) Continue to full review
Time to look at the Combiner Wars Deluxes! Skydive is up first, giving us the first look at the unified Combiner Wars engineering. Robot, Jet, Arm, Leg... how does he stack up in all those modes? The Road to Superion begins now! Continue to Full Review
While Superion's review will come later, Silverbolt still has to stand on his own as a toy. How good is he at doing that, both metaphorically and physically? How did they handle Superion's gun with the big, silly wings on the sides? And what does a ratcheting joint look like from the inside? RAC answers all these questions and more in today's Combiner Wars review! Continue to full review
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