USA Today has posted an article describing (and showing, for the first time!) the Fan Built Combiner, Victorion! Comprised of female characters, Victorion will appear first in the pages of the IDW Combiner Hunters comic, which is previewed within. But there are greater plans for the character as well - keep reading to see!
"I don't like to give my characters a lot of breathing room, so Victorion comes into existence about a half-second before a sword flies at her head," she says.
"Naturally, her first concern when it comes to other Transformers is not being killed by them. But IDW Transformers has always been interested in how people navigate a world of shifting alliances, imperfect heroes, and charismatic villains."
The Combiner Hunters one-shot features the aftermath of the recent Combiner Wars saga and feature the female Autobots Chromia, Windblade and Arcee meeting the new Victorion, the result of a recent Hasbro Fan Built Combiner poll designed to create a new female character for toys and comics.
The resourceful and tenacious Autobots who combine as Victorion volunteered to search for artifacts sacred to their culture and religion in the Sea of Rust, an unsettled area on the planet Cybertron that's corrupted by toxic gases. This dangerous atmosphere corrodes armor and has unknown effects on a 'bot's processors and circuits.
"They've been forced to adapt to their surroundings and have learned how to live without much. This makes them extremely resourceful," says John Warden, Hasbro's Transformers design manager.
Like people, each Combiner has its own personality, weaponry and speech pattern, according to Scott. And because the characters, whose names IDW is keeping secret for now, are such a tight unit, they work well in combined form. Consequently, Victorion is more coherent and intelligent than other Combiners such as Menasor and Superion.
The team's alternate vehicular forms include two race cars, a pair of helicopters, a motorcycle and a rescue truck. And Victorion also differs from other Combiners not only because she's female but she can manipulate gravity and has the ability to combine in different configurations. If the copter twins form her legs, she can fly, and when they make up her arms, Victorion can use her gravity powers as a weapon.
The massive lady robot has a big role to play in "Conquerers," the next story line that kicks off in IDW's Transformers series written by Transformers editor John Barber and drawn by Combiner Hunters artist Sara Pitre-Durocher.
Victorion begins to forge a new life for her team, and the six robots ultimately form an interesting relationship with Autobot main man Optimus Prime.
"Optimus is dealing with finding his place in a Cybertronian society that's changing, and Victorion will have life experiences and a world view that's different from Optimus'," says Barber. It all leads into Transformers No. 50 early next year, "where Victorion will be front and center during one of the biggest things we've ever done in Transformers comics."
The breakdown of figures gives us a pretty clear idea of which molds will be in use: the torso is undeniably the Generations Combiner Wars Voyager Hot Spot
mold, the rescue truck mentioned - and some of the details on Victorion's torso match up to Hot Spot's. Not all, as you might expect from the impressive level of remolding seen to date in Combiner Wars. But a Hot Spot torso means that the motorcycle mold is undoubtedly Legends Class Groove.
The helicopters are of course the Deluxe Alpha Bravo/Protectobot Blades
mold. The one racecar that's seen is close enough to be assumed to be the Deluxe Stunticon Breakdown
mold. The last leg is not seen, but if it's a racecar as well, that makes Deluxe Stunticon Dragstrip
the most likely candidate, though with this setup it could be another Breakdown variant for the sake of symmetry. We'll see at San Diego Comic Con!