There’s more to “Pre-Transformers” than Diaclone, Microman and Takara, and there’s definitely more to them than just being predecessors to Transformers toys. The figures we looked at last week in Pre-Deluxe – Part 1 included Takatoku and Bandai Valkyries from SDF Macross, the Mugen Calibur and Ovelon Gazzette from Dorvack – proper toy lines in their own right with animated series to boot. Now, while the remaining figures on our list didn’t enjoy an animated series, they deserve mention and recognition. This week we look at Armored Insect Battalion Beetras by Takatoku – the toys that would become Deluxe Insecticons – and briefly, Toybox’s Mechabot-1 (pre-Omega Supreme) and the Astro Magnum by Toyco (Pre-Shockwave).
A HERO FALLS -- AND ONE RETURNS! The struggle in the DEAD UNIVERSE heats up as ORION PAX -- the ’bot who was once OPTIMUS PRIME -- and RODIMUS struggle with the legacy of PRIMES! Meanwhile, the Lost Light is under attack in deep space -- and SHOCKWAVE and the terrifying NECROTITAN threatens CYBERTRON! Keep reading
From out of the past, and Rodimus Prime's visions of doom, Jhiaxus arrives on Cybertron! Will he justify Primus' warnings, or will we see the first Jhiaxus across all of the Transformers continuities who is a nice, cuddly guy? "The War To End All Wars (Part Two)" is written by Simon Furman with pencils by Guido Guidi, inks by Stephen Baskerville, and colors by John-Paul Bove. Continue to full review
The Autobot/Decepticon alliance moves against Shockwave, while Nightbeat invades Cyclonus's privacy during a break on the long march to the center of the Dead Universe. "Finest Hour", chapter 5 of Dark Cybertron! Written by John Barber and James Roberts; Art by Robert Gill and Livio Ramondelli, with colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr and Livio Ramondelli. Read the full review
UNDER FIRE! AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS unite to battle a common foe… but will it be enough to stop the DARK CYBERTRON prophecy from coming true? SHOCKWAVE's plan reaches fruition—while in the Dead Universe, secrets are revealed!