Monday, July 28, 2014

Titan Transformers UK issue 5.01, July 2014.

"A missed oportunity!"

Hi all !
Arriving not too long ago in the past, the review of the first TRANSFORMERS AGE OF EXTINCTION issue of the Titan series of Transformers comics is here!
Now let's go to the Issue! Plastic bag around it because of of all the extra stuff.

Page 00: The AWESOME cover consist of Optimus Prime riding on Grimlock's back, a scene that is certainly inspired by the latest movie!

The obligatory toy is a Breakdown toy. Each issue there will be shipped with a choice between 2 toys, this time Optimus or Breakdown. More details later.

Also there are 6 trading cards which are based on the previous 3 movies. And a playsheet on how to play,

more info at:

Page 02-03: Index Page.
Page 04-05: Lowdown on Lockdown, Lockdown Profile !
Page 06-09: Part one of the the strip begins.

"Adrift in space and time."
Script: Robin Etherington Art: Horacio Domingues Colour: Nestor Pereyra Lettering: Comicraft

Basically, the story is about Drift and his past with Lockdown when on a Decepticon mission he discovers
what a psychopath Lockdown really is.
There are some nice pieces of dialogue like "That is Breakdown league crazy...I love it !" but really it
feels to me like they needed a story quickly, really quickly to insert into this Movie issue before the
film came out. be continued on page 22  Bad art by Domingues considering that he did better in the past.(but still waaaaaaay better that my art.

Page 10-11: Ancient Terror, Grimlock Profile !
Page 12: Transformers Age of Extinction goodies Competition.
Page 13: Warner Bros Cartoon DVD advert.
Page 14-15: Supercars! information about some cars from the Transformer Age of Extintion movie. Drift,
Crosshairs, Bumblebee(retro), Stinger, Lockdown.
Page 16-17: Autobots (Bumblebee, Prime, Crosshairs) Poster.

Page 18-19: Crosshairs Conundrums-Puzzles and Quizzes.
PAge 20: Massive movie  wordsearch and Transformers trading cards competition.
Page 21: Win Transformers Prime (Orion Pax storyline) Limited Edition Dvd (with trading cards and
Transformer figure.(looks like either Bulkhead, Arcee or Megatron.

Page 22-25: Part 2 of the strip! SPOILERS !
The less said about this strip, the better.

Page 26: Titan Magazines - Transformers subscription - offer advert.
Page 27-29: Lockdown's Letterbox a.k.a. The letterpages, hosted by Lockdown with a little help from
Crosshairs for balance.
Page 30: The giveaway toy lineup for this year.

Page 31: Next issue blurb which looks like a Bumblebee cover. We'll see. On Sale 24th July 2014 !
Page 32: Transformers 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition ! 30 different figurines to collect. with list.

Dissapointing Comic strip overall, let's hope it's better next time! Apart from the cover and the toy it's
below mediocre and a bad first introduction to the Transformers 4 storyline(was there any?)

score: 5.0 out of 10

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Dog Days of Summer!

The Spring/Summer issue of the Transmasters Magazine is now available for viewing! You can check out all the awesome here:

Special thanks to Jay Gutzman for all his great contributions this time around!
(My Crimson Destiny story segment isn't up yet but I'll post when it's ready).

Comments and feedback are always welcome! :)

- Thunder

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Titan Transformers UK issue 4.20, May/Jun 2014.

"Epic final encore!"

Hi all !
Arriving somewhre in the past, the final TRANSFORMERS PRIME issue of the Titan series of Transformers
comics !

Now let's go to the Issue! Slighty bigger because of enhanced outer cover'

Page 00: cover consist of (archive ?) PRIME art of Starscream, and his 'minion'! Free toy is a "Bumblebee
blasterter !" again..... far from original since it's still another variant of the disc shooter/blaster
weapon, but that may change in the future ! You load the projectile into Bumblebee´s stomach and then
launch the little ball by pushing the lever on his back.

Page 02-03: Index Page.
Page 04-05: Transformers 4 Film and Game News page, foreshadowing the future !

Page 06-10: Part one of the the strip begins.

"Starscream´s Beast"
Script: Chris Cooper Art: Andres Ponce Lettering: Comicraft

Who ? Andres Ponce is a penciler and inker for Mirage Studios TMNT, Noble Cause and Firebirds from Image,
TMNT:Fast Forward and Star Wars from Titan Publishing (UK), Bankshot Comics. (actually started with issue
4.19 but I did not review that one.....)

Starscream is miffed with the Predacon Beast complaining that he gets no respect, so he decides to build
his own Beast ! The beast looks very similar to Generation One Tantrum, part of the Predaking combiner.
Starscream then can't seem to control him and not even the Insecticon drones can stop him when he
declares: I am a Supreme Beast and you have been judged unworthy. The sentence is destruction ! be continued on page 20  Great art by Ponce.

Page 11: Titan Magazines - Transformers subscription - offer advert.
Page 12-13:Soundwave's Stumpers-Puzzles and Quizzes.
Page 14: Transformers goodies Competition.
Page 15: Adventure time Magazine advert .
Page 16-17: Bulkhead VS Breakdown factfile clash.
Page 18-19: Decepticons (YES!) Poster.

Page 20-22: Part 2 of the strip! SPOILERS !

After a small standof between Starscream and Tantrum, Starscream tricks him into oblivion. Meanwhile
Predaking has sensed his kin which makes Megatron suspicious. Megatron finds the wreckage and questions
Starscream. Starscream simply, with the aid of his cctv skills, tricks a decepticon drone into oblivion !
After that he continues plotting......

What a rushed and crap ending.

Page 23: Jackie's Jokes ! Humor page.
Page 24-25: Mega Movie Motors! information about some cars from the Transformer movies.
Page 26-27: Awesome Movie Quiz ! Concerns the first 3 films !
Page 28-30: The letterpages, hosted by Megamouth Megatron(HAIL!) (PRIME version) with a little help from
Arcee (also PRIME version).
Page 31: FBI Fuzzlers! - more puzzles (also one with Tantrum).
Page 32: Ratchet Recall ! Spot the Difference !
Page 33: Next issue blurb which looks like Movie 4 cover. On Sale 27th June 2014 !
Page 34: StarWars CloneWars Comic advert.
Page 35: Tantrum Terror Maze !Help Starscream escape his rampaging creation !
Page 34: Decepticon Dead Zone!  - Cut careful with scissors. to be used with special gift !

Dissapointing Comic strip scriptwise, art was better than last time! Too bad the strip didn't live up to
my standards.
score: 5.7 out of 10

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction Soundtrack

Transformers: Age of Extinction (score)

Composer: Steve Jablonsky

Available on iTunes ($11.99 US/Can); ($8.99 USd)

Track Listing:
1. Decision
2. Best Thing That Ever Happened
3. I'm an Autobot
4. Optimus Is Alive
5. Cemetery Wind
6. His Name Is Shane and He Drives
7. Hacking the Drone
8. Transformium
9. Galvatron Is Online
10. Your Creators Want You Back
11. The Final Knight
12. Punch Hold Slide Repeat
13. The Presence of Megatron
14. Galvatron Is Active
15. Have Faith Prime
16. Hong Kong Chase
17. The Legend Exists
18. Dinobot Charge
19. That's a Big Magnet
20. Drive Backwards
21. Honor to the End
22. Leave Planet Earth Alone
23. The Knight Ship

Total Running Time:  1:17:40

   I purchased the instrumental soundtrack to the recent Transformers movie, Age of Extinction, and decided to share my thoughts.
   It appears that this time the soundtrack is only a digital release (last time it was digital first then also got a CD release later on). There also doesn’t appear to be a pop song soundtrack this time around (like the first three movies got). Although there is at least one Imagine Dragons single  (“Battle Cry”) floating around from the movie.
   As with his previous efforts, Steve Jablonsky’s music is grand and orchestral. It befits an epic storyline full of action and excitement. Unlike the last times though, this soundtrack sounds slightly more dynamic then the last. The opening cue, Decision, breaks with the epic fantasy themes he usually employs, sounding more aggressive and interesting then the previous trilogy got. Or to put it another way, it gets to the point rather then feeling like it’s killing time by doing the sprawling space fantasy epic themes in the previous films.
    This soundtrack also has more of an ethereal, electronic-like feel to it. No doubt it was scored by a full orchestra but there’s a bit more synthesizer snuck in there this time around which is a good thing.
    Given the emphasis on this film being a soft reboot of the core concept, they could have just as easily gotten someone new to score it. Break with the old and try something truly new. What we get instead is more of the same, with strains of the new tossed in. I like it but they could have done so much more had they wanted to go all out.
    All and all, a good effort. A solid release and worth checking out if you like instrumental soundtracks.

Verdict: Good.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Transformers on Roku

This is the screen shot of the Hasbro Studios channel on Roku. It is a free, ad supported, public channel available for Roku owners. You can get the G1 and BEAST WARS series on Netflix; however, this channel has the other TRANSFORMERS series like ARMADA, ANIMATED, CYBERTRON and ENERGON. So far, I have only seen one episode and the lag is tolerable. It also carries the other Hasbro TV shows like GI JOE and MY LITTLE PONY.