Toy Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Leader Optimus Prime

NAME: Optimus Prime ALLEGIANCE: Autobot ALTERNATE MODE: Western Star truck cab CLASS: Leader SERIES: M4: #001 CO-SELLS: Grimlock COMES WITH: Sword of Judgment, Vector Shield OPTIMUS PRIME has long believed that freedom is the right of all sentient beings. He has never wavered from his belief, no matter what has befallen him in battle. Once again ready to defend the people of his adopted planet, the unyielding AUTOBOT Commander prepares for the battle that will allow the AUTOBOTS to reclaim their role as Earth’s honored protectors. It wouldn’t be a Transformers movie without Optimus Prime leading the Autobots. Optimus gets another makeover in

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Toy Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Voyager Grimlock

NAME: Grimlock ALLEGIANCE: Autobot ALTERNATE MODE: T-Rex CLASS: Voyager SERIES: M4: #002 CO-SELLS: Optimus Prime (Evasion Mode) GRIMLOCK is the ultimate wildcard.  The DINOBOT leader has the power to decide the fate of Earth almost singlehandedley. His ferocious strength makes him a devasating force in battle.  If that strength can be focused and harnessed for good, it could be enough to turn the tide. If not, it could be what seals Earth’s doom. Fans have been calling for his inclusion ever since the first movie was announced. “We want Grimlock!” they shouted, loudly and repeatedly. Supposedly those same fans were told that

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Toy Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Dinobot Slug

NAME: Dinobot Slug ALLEGIANCE: Autobot ALTERNATE MODE: Triceratops CLASS: Deluxe SERIES: M4: #003 CO-SELLS: Bumblebee, Crosshairs, Scorn This fiery warrior hates taking orders, unless it means he gets to destroy something. He’ll level anything in his path with a fit of white-hot dino rage. Ah, poor Slag — got caught in the vortex of Trademark Loss. But since this isn’t the Generation 1 character, having a new name isn’t such a bad thing. (Never mind the fact we’re getting a G1-decoed minicon Slug at some point….) The Dinobots in the new film are unlike the Dinobots of old. No longer

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Toy Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Deluxe Drift

NAME: Autobot Drift ALLEGIANCE: Autobot ALTERNATE MODE: Bugatti Veyron Grand Vitesse CLASS: Deluxe SERIES: M4: #006 CO-SELLS: Strafe, Dinobot Slash AUTOBOT DRIFT used to fight for the DECEPTICONS. Now, he wields his swords against them, alongside the heroic AUTOBOTS! When I first saw Drift at Toy Fair 2014, I was unimpressed. Part of it was my lack of affinity for the Generation 1 new character that was introduced a few years ago. Part of it was his goofy head design. After getting the toy and playing around with it for a while, I admit it – my opinion’s changed. This

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Comic Review: “Transformers: Windblade” #1

In the world of comics, something new is always heralded as a big thing.  It could be a new story, a new writer, a new art team, a new mini-series, a new #1 issue of a long running series — or even a combination of several of the above.  Publishers will do their best to say that New Stuff makes for a comic Worth Reading.  (Sometimes they all but scream it in your ear.)  The problem with this is that bringing New Stuff has been done so often that there’s a big potential for a letdown. Looking at The Transformers: Windblade

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Advance Review: “Liberator: Earth Crisis” #1

Comic Capsule Comic: Liberator: Earth Crisis Issue #: 1 (of 2) Story: Salvation of Innocents Price: $3.99/$3 digital (click to purchase) Release Date: March 12, 2014 Publisher: Black Mask Studios Written by: Matt Miner & Earth Crisis Art by: Javier Sanchez Aranda Colors by: Joaquin Pereyra Letters by: Crank! Cover A by: Menton3 Cover B by: Rod Reis Cover C by: Amancay Nahuelpan Cover D by: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, colors by Doug Garbark Note: Graphic images, profanity – not for young kids. Mild Spoilers Below I first heard of Matt Miner and Black Mask Comics when I saw his booth at C2E2 2013.  After reading up on him, I

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Toy Review Advent Calendar: The Bot Bringing Presents to All Good Little Children

Well, this review is part of the Toy Review Advent Calendar, and I love Transformers, so of course I would pick a Transformer with a holiday theme. No, I didn’t choose a robot from any of the Marvel UK comics Christmas issues — I speak of course, of the bot that brings gifts to all girls and boys — Wreck-Gar! You don’t believe me? Oh, do you not remember “Transformers: Animated”? Wreck-Gar decided to play the part of Santa Claus and deliver garbage to all the kids in the episode “Human Error” Well, his spark is in the right place, at

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Comic Review: “Code Monkey Save World” #1

I’ll be honest; I remember hearing about Code Monkey Save World months ago, and then it fell off my radar.  It wasn’t until this morning that writer Greg Pak tweeted about it that my neurons reassembled themselves and made me think, “… oh, yeah, based on one of my favorite Jonathan Coulton songs.”  Greg was kind enough to provide a review copy for me. Folks, don’t fall into the same trap I did and forget about this comic.  This comic is fun.  No, wait, let me bold and allcaps that — it’s FUN.  If you’re a Jonathan Coulton fan, you’ll undoubtedly understand

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