Transformers Hall of Fame 2015 Class Nominations Open!

It’s time once again to nominate winners for the 2015 Transformers Hall of Fame! But, the HoF is changing this year. We now have three categories that need your nominees:

• FAVORITE TRANSFORMERS CHARACTER (Fictional Robot Character)

This is like the Hall of Fame from previous years.  You can nominate your favorite characters, but there are some rules.

1) No combiners (no combined form, i.e., Silverbolt is allowed but Superion is not)
2) You can not nominate a previous winner.  This includes Arcee, Bumblebee,  Dinobot, Grimlock, Ironhide, Jazz, Megatron, Megatron – Beast Wars, Optimus Prime, Ratchet, Rodimus, Shockwave, Soundwave, Starscream, Ultra Magnus, Waspinator, Wheeljack

• BEST COMBINER ROBOT (Fictional Robot Character)

• BEST MUSICAL ACT USED IN TRANSFORMERS BRANDED PRODUCTION (REAL-LIFE HUMANS)

You can not vote for for Stan Bush in this category.

All polling result lists from each fan outlet will be combined together (each outlet getting an equal voice). The resultant point values will be used to generate the final ballot of three choices for each category, which will be voted upon in May, with details to follow on voting.

The nominees receiving the most fan votes in the final polling will be announced at BotCon, the official Transformers Convention, in St. Charles, Illinois, June 18-21.

Here at ASM, we believe in the sanctity of the ballot.  Okay, not really, we’ll let you vote up to four times:

1) Email your top three nominees for each category to tfhof@asmzine.com . Multiple emails will result in only the most recent email being counted. One email address per person only.

2) Tweet your nominees to @ASMzine with the hashtag #ASMTFHOF. You may use one tweet per category, but duplicate tweets for a category will result in the most recent tweet being counted.

3) Post a comment to our FB wall (http://asmzine.com/FB) with your nominees and the #ASMTFHOF hashtag. One post with all categories; multiple posts will result in only the most recent post being counted.

4) Leave a comment on this blog post.  One post with all categories; multiple posts will result in only the most recent post being counted.

No matter which method, all nominees must be in to ASM by 7:00 AM EDT on Monday, April 20th.

Happy nominating!

Free Comic Book Day 2015 Is Tomorrow!

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This is a repost from last year, with a few minor changes, but the thoughts are still relevant. Support your local comic store!

Yes, it’s time once again for the annual Free Comic Book Day event happening at a Local Comic Book Store near you! If you don’t know where one is, here’s a handy Comic Book Store Locator.  They may have special events going on – check out How to Love Comics’ Directory of FCBD Events and see if your local store is doing something cool.

Is it difficult to participate? Heck, no!  You go to your comic store. You get at least one free comic from a special selection of free comics. You leave happy.  See, there’s even a video explaining how easy it is:

But, like last year, I have a request for you: if you can, please support the comic book store while you’re there.

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Transformers Fans, Get Ready to Celebrate MAY MAYHEM

Tomorrow is the first of May, and do you know what that means?  (Besides everyone online saying “May the Fourth Be With You” in a few days.)

It means we are ready to kick of MAY MAYHEM for Transformers fans!  This month, you and I will be able to celebrate the ongoing Combiner Wars toyline with comics, online participation, new toys, and other fun ways.  The highlight of May Mayhem is the release of two new CW toys – Quickslinger (a/k/a Slingshot) and Brake-Neck (a/k/a Wild Rider), the two toys you need to recreate your Generation 1 experience with Superion and Motormaster.

Two new toys is just the beginning.  Here’s a rundown of what we can expect in May Mayhem:

Mid-May – The celebration kicks off with the latest round of fans’ choice voting for the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame. Who will be a part of the Class of 2015 and join the ranks of Optimus Prime, Megatron, and other legendary TRANSFORMERS? You decide!

May 13 – IDW Publishing releases TRANSFORMERS #41, the latest chapter of their epic COMBINER WARS storyline.

May 22 – AERIALBOT QUICKSLINGER and STUNTICON BRAKE-NECK will be available exclusively through participating online retailers, such as Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com, ToysRUs.com, Entertainment Earth, BigBadToyStore, Diamond Comics and Hasbro Toy Shop. With these two new figures, fans are finally able to complete their G1-accurate SUPERION and MENASOR figures! In addition to these all-new toys, several vendors will be running special promotions on TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS figures, providing fans with an ideal way to complete their collections.

Late May – TRANSFORMERS fans will come together on the official TRANSFORMERS Facebook page (Facebook.com/Transformers) for an exciting new product reveal.

May 27 – The COMBINER WARS battle comes to a head in IDW Publishing’s TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE – COMBINER WARS #3.

That’s good stuff, isn’t it?  I just hope come mid-May I can completely go nuts in a campaign to get Vince DiCola in the TF Hall of Fame.

May is going to be big, Transformers fans.

A Quick Look at Quickslinger and Brake-Neck…. Sort Of

Thanks to the fine people at Hasbro and Hunter PR, I was given Quickslinger and Brake-Neck early so that I could get time with them to give you, valued ASM reader, my thoughts.

However, life as a parent means things don’t go to plan.  I will sadly have to postpone my reviews of these toys until later (I hope to do a full breakdown over the next few weeks), but that being said, I do want to share some quick thoughts:

  • You know you’re going to want to buy these.  For the G1 “purist”, you need these toys to make Superior and Menasor the way you remembered them as a kid…. or adult, I won’t judge.
  • Even if you like the new characters (and believe me, I’m all for introducing new characters), you’ll want these toys.  Extra limbs can be used with Optimus, and I’m sure Cyclonus wouldn’t mind having them either.
  • While it would be interesting to see what Hasbro could have done with all new molds for these toys, what they did do with minor remolds is great.  The headsculpts are quite nice, the decos chosen hearken back to the original toys.

Look for more in the coming weeks!

Dark Horse Celebrates Four-Year Digital Anniversary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark when the digital store celebrates its fourth anniversary starting this Thursday. As a thank-you to fans, Dark Horse announces four special promotions!

Have a free comic on Dark Horse! Beginning Thursday, April 23, Dark Horse will issue a two-dollar credit to all confirmed Dark Horse Digital newsletter subscribers with a registered Dark Horse Digital account! This credit can be used toward downloading a free digital comic or toward the purchase of any bundle or graphic novel.

The very same day, Dark Horse Digital will also be offering 50 percent off all purchases made in the app or through the web store, including thousands of comics, graphic novels, manga, and more! And it doesn’t stop there! Confirmed Dark Horse Digital newsletter subscribers will receive an exclusive coupon for an additional 10 percent off purchases. The newsletter coupon stacks with the web store discount, offering an even greater savings on your entire transaction.

And if that’s not all, Dark Horse will be giving four lucky winners an iPad mini loaded with Dark Horse digital comics! Dark Horse will randomly pick one winner per day over the course of the weekend. The winners will be given the digital collection of their choosing the following week.

To enter to win, all you need to do is download a comic to your collection! And with over fifty free comics to choose from, there is no purchase necessary to be entered to win!

The fourth-anniversary sale starts Thursday, April 23, and ends Sunday, April 26, at midnight PST—so head over to Digital.DarkHorse.com today and sign up for a Dark Horse Digital account and for the Digital Newsletter to maximize your savings!

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011, and has received incredible accolades from the continuously growing worldwide digital-comics fan base. Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership while featuring its most popular and best-selling titles, including Plants vs. Zombies, Halo, Tomb Raider, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Conan, and Mass Effect. Dark Horse Digital regularly hosts weekly sales, discounts, and other special promotions for its reader base. It currently offers thousands of comics and continues to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers, features in-app purchasing and cloud storage through both the Google Play and  iOS apps, and provides a first-class digital-comics-reading experience. Download the free app today!

iPad Sweepstakes Fine Print
No purchase necessary. One entry per person per Dark Horse Digital account per day. Any digital comic entitlement added to a Dark Horse Digital account during April 23, 2015, to April 26, 2015, will constitute an entry to win. Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older as of entry date. Entries only accepted if submitted by 11:59 p.m. (PST), April 26, 2015. Four winners will be selected randomly (as determined at Dark Horse’s sole discretion) from all applicable entries and will be notified by April 30, 2015. Entry constitutes agreement by winners to be publicized and permission to use each winner’s name for the purposes of promotion of the Sweepstakes without further compensation. Sweepstakes void where prohibited. Odds of winning dependent on number of entrants.

About Dark Horse Digital
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. In 2011, the company that revolutionized the comic industry proudly presented its groundbreaking digital-publishing program, Dark Horse Digital.

Dark Horse Digital offers its most popular titles at an unprecedented value, while providing the highest-quality reading experience possible. Single-issue comics are priced as low as just $0.99, and there is also an extensive list of free introductory #1 issues. Additionally, DH Digital’s “bundles” group together story arcs spanning multiple issues into affordable packages, allowing readers to get all the issues that comprise a complete narrative, starting at just $3.99 and up. And through cloud-based technology, Digital Store purchases can be read and enjoyed online on your computer or, mobile browser, and through the Dark Horse Bookshelf apps, available on iTunes App Store and Google Play.

To get started, simply log on to Digital.DarkHorse.com or download the app to create an account, and begin building your collection today.

Mezco Presents Mortal Kombat X Series 2

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I know I haven’t talked much about Mortal Kombat on ASM. Truth is, I loved the original few games. Kitana and Sub-Zero? Those were my jam in the MK2 middle of a sandwich with MK1 and Ultimate MK3 as the… horrible analogy gone even more wrong. Anyway, suffice it to say, I plunked many a quarter into those games back in the day, but I didn’t keep up after I left college and didn’t have easy access to arcade games, nor a home console powerful enough to play the later versions.

But when I saw these pics from Mezco, I instantly thought two things: 1) Holy cow, things sure look different in Mortal Kombat X than I remember and 2) I wonder if I could still kick butt with Kitana. (Answer: No.)

Still, I may have to start looking at these MK figures that Mezco is putting out. They look rather nice, and the scale is great. Read more about it in the press release after the jump.

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Funko’s Final Star Wars Celebration Exclusives

Star Wars Celebration starts tomorrow, and we’re getting caught up on these Funko announcements.  At booth 1410, you will have the opportunity to buy a lot of awesome Funko Star Wars merchandise!  We already showed you some of the exclusives; here are the rest!

hikarigreedoVerdigris Greedo Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure

Limited to 500

hikarifettMatte Black Boba Fett Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure

Limited to 1000

hikariicetrooperIcey Storm Trooper Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure

Limited to 750

hikariclonetrooperStar Clone Trooper Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure

Limited to 1000

super7stormtrooperFunko x Super 7 Super Shogun: Shadowtrooper

24″ tall, features a left fist launcher and wheeled feet

super7fettSuper Shogun: Boba Fett

24″ tall with wheeled feet and features a wrist and jetpack launcher

Man, I wish I was going to Star Wars Celebration…..

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Funko Announces First Star Wars Celebration Exclusives

Funko has announced that they will be at Star Wars Celebration in just a few weeks, and if you are going, you can find them in booth 1410.  And, of course, it would be a Funko convention showing without some cool exclusives! Here are the first five exclusives, and two more announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

E-3P0

Unmaksed Vader

R2-Q5

Shock Trooper

R2-R9

Comic Review: “Jem and the Holograms” #1

[AHEAD BE SPOILERS!]

Jem and the Holograms #1 is a modern take on the classic 1980’s cartoon.  The inherent problem to solve, though, is that Jem pretty much is the 80’s personified.  Can you take the basic concept of a female band with the glitz and glam, the flash, the keytars, the hologram and translate into something viable for readers three decades later?  That is what Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell try to do in this debut issue.  Do they succeed?

Well, at the end of the issue I found myself wishing it was double-sized because I didn’t want the story to end.  I’d say that qualifies as a victory.

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Hasbro Bringing G1 Combiner Members Back — In Spirit If Not In Name

When Hasbro first showed the Combiner Wars Superion and Menasor, many fans lamented the loss of Slingshot and Wildrider. However, Hasbro is bringing these characters to our shores (much like Takara Tomy will do for Japan)… although trademark loss means each has a new name.

So meet Brake-Neck and Gunslinger! In the upcoming weeks, we will learn which online stores will stock them in May.

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