Two issues in one week! The Falling
continues with "Chapter 3: The Ground" and "Interlude: The First Who Was Named," both written by John Barber and lettered by Tom B. Long. "The Ground" has art by Kei Zama with colors by Josh Burcham and "Interlude" has art by Sara-Pitre Durocher and Livio Ramondelli, with colors on Pitre-Durocher's pages by Burcham. This review does not contain the major spoiler for Optimus Prime #17 that can be seen in the Issue #18 preview!
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Few would guess the last piece to be reissued from the original Transformers Generation 1 series would be the music scores. Even though the original cartoons have been reissued, updated and restored multiple times. Fans that have been asking for copies of the Original Sound Tracks (OST) masters have finally gotten theirs, on vinyl of all things. IF, they were fast enough to buy one of the 2,000 copies that sold out in less than 10 minutes. The good news is a second pressing is in the works.
Thanks to Jay over at TNI, we have a look at the new Transformers: Power Of The Primes Deluxe Dinobot Combiner Volcanicus figure from Hasbro. You need the Voyager Class Grimlock and the Deluxe Class Slug, Swoop, Snarl and Sludge to be able to form this combiner.
IN A WORLD where Starscream hires Thundercracker to produce a totally factual, historically-accurate account of his life and experiences to bring the people of Earth to love him, only one thing will stand in their way: ...reality. "Thundercracker in: STARSCREAM: The Movie" Written by John Barber, art by Priscilla Tramontano and Andrew Griffith, with colors by John-Paul Bove and Josh Burcham. Click here to read the review!
Soundwave has spent his life either struggling against overpowering voices all around him - especially those of Primes. Now that a full quarter of the twelve original Primes stand on Cybertron, Soundwave isn't happy - nor is he sure who he can trust. The Falling, Part 2: Another Mine
is written by John Barber with artwork by Kei Zama and colors by Josh Burcham. Click here to go to the review!
After a lot of crazy things happening all in a relatively short span of time, it seems like life is finally starting to settle down, with efforts to smooth tensions between Cybertron and Earth being foremost in Optimus Prime's mind. I'm sure nothing could possibly turn up to get in the way of that! "The Falling, Chapter 1: Surfeit of Primes" written by John Barber, art by Kei Zama, colors by Josh Burcham. Click here to read the review!
Battleslash is built more solidly in robot and vehicle mode than Roadtrap
, and has more steps in its transformation. ...but that transformation is designed more than a little annoyingly, the vehicle mode doesn't great, and the Prime Master seating is even more of a joke than Roadtrap. Find out more about all of these things, and which remade Duocon I like better: click here to watch the video review of Battleslash!
I've been complaining of late that Generations has lost the imagination it once had, falling back on simply remaking, instead of reimagining
. That is most certainly not true for the newest interpretation of the G1 Duocon Battletrap, who has been split to become two separate, new characters who combine with each other. As the (admittedly unwitting) answer to my challenge, I just had to try to score these legends figures early, and so here we are today looking at the first part of the pair, Roadtrap. Does he have a leg to stand on? Watch the video review of Roadtrap
and find out!
We've followed Robot Politics through to its natural conclusion through Robots In Disguise
on to Till All Are One.
What's the next logical step? Add wizards, of course! Transformers Vs. Visionaries
#1 is written by Magdalene Visaggio with art by Fico Ossio and colors by David Garcia Cruz. Click here to read the review!
The Mutineers Trilogy concludes in "The Plotter's Club, Part 3: Journey's End", which was written by James Roberts, featured art by Jack Lawrence and Andrew Griffith, and was colored by Joana Lafuente, John-Paul Bove, and Priscilla Tramontano. I must advise you that this review will have implicit, if not also explicit spoilers for the story, because I can't convey my thoughts and feelings about it without giving away the ending and/or details to some
degree. Interpret that as you will, and click here
if you wish to read the full review!
The Cybertron general election is close at hand. The frontrunner candidates are Elita-1 and Starscream, options not giving a lot of people feelings of confidence. Meanwhile Windblade has returned to her life and is given a hero's welcome back to the council ...until she takes it upon herself to air the biggest secret thy'e holding out to the general population. "The Chosen One" written by Mairghread Scott, art by Sara Pitre-Durocher, and colors by Joana Lafuente. Click here to read the review!
Hey, it's Stardrive from ROM vs. Transformers
! ...and she's working with Prowl. ...and is part Dire Wraith. This will all end well! The Dead Come Home (part 2 of 2)
is written by John Barber with art by Livio Ramondelli. Click here to go to the review!
We close out Deluxe wave 1 of Power of The Primes with perhaps the best figure from it: Swoop! While hardly a stranger to updates in various forms, this Swoop really stands out for doing a lot of things right as a standalone toy. While there are some plastic tolerances that don't quite work, that mainly presents in the combiner modes and so can be largely ignored if you choose. For me, Swoop was a surprise hit in an assortment I expected to be completely underwhelmed by. Sometimes it's nice to be proven wrong. Click here to watch the video review of Power of The Primes Dinobot Swoop!
We're past halfway now with Power of the Primes Deluxe Wave 1, and in today's review we're bringing you Dreadwind! Notable for bringing some Combiner Wars wave 1 in to our Power of The Primes, upon closer examination there may be fewer reused parts than you'd think. More importantly, retooled Aerialbot or not, it came out quite well and makes a decent take on the character. It might have been nice to get as a Voyager, but you can't argue with this deco at any size class, and the price definitely beats the Botcon exclusive. Click here to watch the Power of The Primes Dreadwind review!
You got your Dire Wraith in my Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord! No, you got your Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord in my Dire Wraith! ...no, it's definitely the first one, and it's trying to kill everything that's not a Wraith. Will anyone survive the combined forces of Cybertronian science and Dire Wraith magic? Rom vs. Transformers: Shining Armor
#5 is written by John Barber & Christos Gage, with art by Alex Milne and colors by Josh Perez & Priscilla Tramontano. Click here to go to the review!
Okay, but the thing is, as bad as this has been for all the rest of you, you need to understand that this has been really difficult for GETAWAY
as well. You should really stop and think about that before you judge what he's done, because he's tried really hard to deal with all of this as best as he possibly can under the circumstances. "The Plotters Club (part 2): Filling In The Blanks" written by James Roberts, art by Jack Lawrence and Alex Milne (pages 6 and 7), colors by Joana Lafuente and Priscilla Tramontano (pages 6 and 7). Click here to read the review.
It's nice that after almost 12 years of Classics and Generations (yes, really) we're finally at the point to be able to get a full set of Dinobot updates. Slug, or if you prefer him by his original performance name, Slag is not a super strong showing in this effort, but if it represents a baseline standard all the others will at least meet, if not exceed, then I don't think we have much to complain about. Except the obvious, like being Deluxes instead of Supreme Class or other unrealistic nonsense like that. Click here to watch our video review of Dinobot Slug!
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I don't think Jazz was really done any favors by having to become a combiner limb in the latest interpretation, though for the most part the execution of that feature in the toy went just fine. But there are some engineering problems, joint tolerance issues, and more really detracting from this toy. Which is a shame given how I really like where the vehicle mode went and I so wish I could feel the same about most of the rest of it. To find out all the details, click here to watch our review of Power of The Primes Jazz!