Saturday, July 25, 2020

Transformers '84: Secrets and Lies #1 Review...


Transformers '84: Secrets and Lies #1


Writer: Simon Furman
Artist: Guido Guidi


Synopsis: In 2019, IDW released a single issue called “Transformers ‘84" that chronicled the classic Transformers back story that happened before the Ark launched into space to defend Cybertron from the asteroid field. This summer, that issue has been followed up with “Secret and Lies” which continues onward with the back story.
    While the original issue followed the Autobots story from Punch’s perspective, issue #1 of “Secrets and Lies” follows the Decepticon side of the story from Counterpunch’s perspective. Shockwave and his scientists labour over “Project Dreadnought”, a plan to create world engines (called “turbines” in the story) to power Cybertron through the cosmos. Starscream and Skyfire ruminate over Megatron’s obsession with destroying Optimus Prime instead of worrying about the greater plan. Counterpunch arrives and tells Shockwave that Megatron demands his presence immediately. Megatron tells Shockwave to plan to take Stanix next so they can take the entire western hemisphere. Ratbat argues they are overstretched already but Megatron dismisses him. Later, a massive explosion sends Cybertron hurdling in the direction of the Stellae Cimeterium–a graveyard of stars. Shockwave suggests they finish the planetary turbines to correct the planet’s trajectory. Megatron says they have time to wait and gauge the Autobots response instead. Later, Ratbat speaks with Shockwave, suggesting perhaps the explosion wasn’t an accident and implies Shockwave did it intentionally, a fact he denies (although it’s obvious to the reader he was behind the incident). The Decepticons watch as the Nemesis, their new battleship designed to combat the Autobot’s Ark, stands ready to launch. The Autobots (Perceptor and the Dynobots), via Counterpunch, discover Shockwave’s treachery and go to the area in question to investigate. Skyfire, Shockwave’s associate, intercepts them there but he is taken out by Grimlock. Shockwave arrives shortly after and stops them in return (except for Perceptor, who hides and escapes his attack). Shockwave is recalled by the Seekers (Thrust, Ramjet and Dirge) to go see Megatron off on the Nemesis. Perceptor signals for backup who come and retrieve his damaged comrades...


Thoughts: This is a competently written story. Having said that, I don’t really find it all that exciting. It feels like we’re just retreading history here without really exploring anything all that interesting. Does it really matter if the Constructicons and Jetfire existed on Cybertron before we first saw them in the Marvel comic? Also, the first issue proposed that Optimus Prime purposely drew Megatron and his warriors off Cybertron to try and give whoever was left a chance to save their homeworld. It’s a different spin on things but not one that I really care for. I prefer the original way instead (a mission to save Cybertron that went wrong). Again, we’re not really covering any new ground storywise here and I don’t find it all that exciting. (After reading the two issues in question I find I’m having trouble even recalling what happened in them. Not a good sign for the future).
    The artwork here is excellent. Guidi does a phenomenal job recapturing Andrew Wildman’s early TF style at its best. The comic is worth checking out for that alone, even if the story itself is not all the exciting.


Verdict: Average.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Transformers Advent Calendar December 03 - Windblade

Hi

I got an advent calendar and thought to just have some fun with

it so I will try to post every day untill

the last day, which is christmas.


Every day should have something, be it a video of any kind,

story in text or even audio, maybe even a review or comic.


Today is day 3 so, and here is a McDonalds Windblade toy to

look at!!!!  Roll Out !!



See you tomorrow !

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Transformers Advent Calendar December 02 - Drift


Hi

I got an advent calendar and thought to just have some fun with it so I will try to post every day untill

the last day, which is christmas.


Every day should have something, be it a video of any kind, story in text or even audio, maybe even a review or comic.


Today is day 2 so, and there is a couple of Drift toys to look at!!!!  Roll Out !!




See you tomorrow !

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Transformers Advent Calendar December 01 - introduction

Hi
I got an advent calendar and thought to just have some fun with it so I will try to post every day untill
the last day, which is christmas.

Every day should have something, be it a video of any kind, story in text or even audio, maybe even a review or comic.

Today is the introduction so, Roll Out !!



See you tomorrow !

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Robots In Disguise MacDonalds Toys March 2017 DUTCH edition

Use Subtitles for description please.
Here is a video I made on 24 march 2017 and edited today because of personal issues.



These were available in the Netherlands in march of 2017. I have translated were I can, but further questions will be answered. The music is a reworking of the Robots In Disguise end theme, I changed it tonewise from a B to a D.
Enjoy.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

RID toys by Dickie

RID toys by Dickie


Robots in Disguise toys by Dickie toys

Recently, I walked into the local lowcost store and saw some Transformers toys ! While being not too impressed with the current Robots In Disguise Cartoon, it only me a whole 2 seconds to decide that I liked these little cars. In the vein of the movie RPM (click link for example) toys from a couple of years ago, they are each about 5 centimeters long and 2 centimeters wide and do NOT transform.
 a Dickie toys advertisement featuring some of the toys



They look nice on my desktop and will be collecting the rest of the series. I have 6 'figures' now, who are the main cast of the show.

Pictures below:

Bumblebee Front and Side(inBox)


Sideswipe Front and Side(inBox) 


Drift Front and Side(inBox)  


Optimus Prime Front and Side(inBox) 


Strongarm Front and Side(inBox)  


Grimlock Front and Side(inBox) 


Here is another overview of my current collection

Back of the card

It has metal parts

Dickie toys are a German company.
Find out more about the Transformers line and others here
Dickie Toys Transformers