Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Old dutch editions of Transformers DVD's 001: Generation 2 DVD, Transformers Deel 1

 Old dutch editions of Transformers DVD's


The first DVD is a Generation 2 DVD, Transformers Deel 1 (Part1) Bought at a dutch Bart Smit toyshop in 2003 or 2004.
It has three episodes on it (More than meets the eye 1,2 and 3) and is very nice to own.

Here are some screenshots from the menu structure: 
"Deel" means Part
"Speel alles" means Play All
"Hoofdstukken" means Chapters
"Ondertiteling" means Subtitles
"Aan / Uit" means On /Off

More than meets the eye Deel 1 
"Deel" means Part
"Hoofdmenu" means Main menu.
"Verder" means Next

More than meets the eye Deel 2
"Deel" means Part 
"Terug" means Back
"Hoofdmenu" means Main menu.
"Verder" means Next

More than meets the eye Deel 2
"Deel" means Part 
"Terug" means Back
"Hoofdmenu" means Main menu.

As with all the dvd's I discus, I expect there will be limited availability.
I was going to encode all or atleast some G2 episodes from videotape
but this saves time and effort seeing as I probably wouldn't get such a good quality
from a VHS after 8 Years of watching.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. See below to look at a fullsize of picture both sides of the package.

It's been a while since I posted something, I hope this marks the start of a new tradition.
Happy 2016 !
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone

Writer: Shane McCarthy
Artist: Guido Guidi (pencils), Marcelo Ferreira (additional pencils, issue four), Stephen Baskerville (inks)
Format: TPB (collection of mini-series)
Price: 19.99 USD/24.99 CAD
Available: Now (Fall 2015)

Cover by Sarah Stone
Summary:  DRIFT RETURNS! After leaving the Autobots in disgrace, he’s now alone on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy—until RATCHET shows up to try to bring him home! Also contains bonus content including creator interviews, behind-the-scenes info, an art gallery, and more!

Comments:  I read the Trade of Drift: Empire of Stone. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it (I'm just not a fan of the current crop of TF comics IDW is putting out). The art is reminiscent of Regeneration One (same art team) and features more traditional Transformers artwork (as opposed to the neo-G1 style employed in the MTMTE series).
  The story is fairly straight forward--Drift is on his own and still doesn't quite understand where he fits in it all. When Ratchet shows up, they get pulled in to a battle against Gigatron and his forces, a group bent on controlling an ancient weapon Deadlock (Drift) and Turmoil discovered centuries before on a forgotten world.
  The story introduces us to Gigatron in this continuity (although, sadly, he's mostly represented as a brute with little real character beyond what the story requires). We also meet the Decepticon Grit (an obscure Micromaster Combiner character!) who gets a bit more to do.
  Drift still feels like a Gary Stu in this story. He's unbeatable physically and his only real dilemma is a crisis of conscience. I didn't mind it too much though since it worked for the story being told. It also didn't really feel like Ratchet got much to do in this story other then be a sidekick (but again, this worked in context of the tale being told).
  The story's simplicity is what makes it work. It's a good versus evil morality tale and it doesn't try to aspire to some more complicated end. It knows what it wants to accomplish and takes us there with no real deviation. This can be a bad thing if the story isn't told well, but this one works very well for what it is so I enjoyed it.

Verdict: Very Good. Check it out!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Transmasters Rule Sign

I posted this to Pinshape because it is easier to upload there with my phone than to Thingiverse. There are links back to our blog and main site.

Hope you like it.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


I don't know how many of you still like, remember the symbol, but here's a couple of items I designed for a 3D Printer:

Transmasters Checker-Coin

Transmasters Fan Club Ring

I wear a size 10 ring so you may need to scale down depending on your fingers.
Hope you like them, and even if you don't have access to a 3D Printer you could always
try your local 3D Hubs printer.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Transmasters Magazine is back!!!

It's been a while but the latest issue of the Transmasters Magazine is up and ready! Check out the Late Winter/Spring 2015 issue here:

Featuring toy reviews by myself and profiles by Jay Gutzman you can't go wrong! (This issue's a bit lean but I wanted to get it out already. I hope to have the Summer issue ready in about August).

- Thunder

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: Transformers: Punishment

Transformers: Punishment

Writer: John Barber
Artist: Livio Ramondelli
(cover by Livio Ramondelli)

Available: Now
Price: $5.99 (cover)

Summary:  OPTIMUS PRIME RETURNS TO CYBERTON! And someone is killing Decepticons. PRIME teams with WINDBLADE to uncover the identity of the vigilante… but the answers will uncover darker secrets than anyone expected!

Comments:  This story was a whodunnit set on Cybertron basically. When Optimus finds out Decepticons are mysteriously ending up dead in the ghettos of his homeworld he sets out to track down the killer and bring them to justice. The Decepticons dregs don't trust him nor does Starscream. Fortunately, he has the help of Windblade, the speaker for Metroplex.
   The art is typical Ramondelli. Stylish but sometimes difficult to make out exactly what we're supposed to be looking at. He has gotten better as time has gone by but I would prefer a more conventional artist for interiors.
   The actual story is okay. The resolution isn't the biggest shocker. In fact, it's fairly by-the-books in that respect. The story does touch on some of the darker aspects of the War... how everyone is ultimately a victim when they're expected to kill one another over ideology. We get a few character moments but most of them seem forgettable in the grand scheme (nobody really changes in any significant way in the story).
   As I've said previously, I am tired of the peaceful Cybertron setting. For several years we've gotten a "things-are-at-peace-but-for-how-long?" scenario. To be honest, I'm sick of it. Stuff needs to eventually hit the fan and change. Continually teasing the uneasy peace becomes tired after a while. Starscream needs to do something nefarious--or the Decepticons need to rise up--or an outside force needs to destabilize things already. The status quo is, quite frankly, boring. Even Dark Cybertron seems to have done little to make much of a lasting difference (yes, a couple of characters died. But, for how long?)

Verdict:  Average. Worth checking out if you like the current IDW continuity but not really a must-buy.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Best of The Week

Comics Alliance features best of the week artworks from fans and this one was from early last year by Corey S. Lewis ( Click here to see the original article..

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: Transformers: Windblade TPB

Transformers: Windblade

Writer: Mairghread Scott
Artist: Sarah Stone
(covers by various artists)
Price: $17.99 USd
Format: TPB (collected edition of previous mini-series)
Available: October 2014

Summary:  In the aftermath of Dark Cybertron, Windblade takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from - and what does her secret mean to the future of the Transformers?

Comments:  I have to admit I didn't really read Dark Cybertron so I'm missing a few story beats, like when Windblade and Chromia showed up. But this story pretty much references their appearance (at least generally) so I wasn't totally lost.
   I was pleasantly surprised by this story. Windblade's back story isn't greatly expounded upon but we do get some hints as to her past. From the story, Windblade is depicted as being a sensitive soul. One who is delicate in her nature but also committed to protocol and doing her sworn duty. Chromia, by contrast, is brash and outwardly strong. A born warrior. A counterpoint to Windblade if there ever was one. To be perfectly honest, they could've done a bit better with these characters, looking for more depth in both. But I understand this is a comic story and there's only so much time for such things.
   The story is decent and even takes a couple of unexpected twists along the way. (I am sick of the current status quo in IDW. I wish they'd get back to the war already and stop this peaceful Cybertron schtick. I feel it hurts the overall storytelling but that's an argument for another time). Starscream would seem to be Windblade's nemesis but not all is as it appears...  We also get a lot of the RID extended cast in this, with appearances from Blurr, Slag, Octane, Waspinator, Tankor, Rattrap, etc.
   The artwork fluctuates between good and cartoony at times. I know cartoony seems to be the current style in comics in general but I am really sick of seeing it. When Stone does straight art the result is much more satisfying in my estimation.The mini-series also had an impressive array of cover art, some of which was really good.

Verdict:  Good. Worth checking out if you missed it in mini-series form earlier.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Transmasters Magazine, Fall 2014 now available!

Battered, beaten, delayed time and again, the Fall issue of the Transmasters Magazine claws its way to the top, ready to do battle! Watch it destroy all comers here:

(The toy pics in the toy reviews: They should auto-resize in IE browsers. Mozilla based browsers may need to click on the image to resize it. Just letting you know. :)

Hope you enjoy this issue! :)


Friday, January 02, 2015

Review: Transformers Monstrosity

Transformers: Monstrosity

Writers: Christ Metzen and Flint Dille
Artist: Livio Ramondelli
(covers by Livio Ramondelli)
Price: $19.99 USd
Format: TPB (collected edition of previous web series)
Available: December 2013

Summary:  In the early days of the war on CYBERTRON, OPTIMUS PRIME puts everything on the line to unify the planet-but not everyone agrees that this new Prime should be in charge! Meanwhile, the fallen DECEPTICON leader, MEGATRON, begins a journey that will change everything.

Comments:  Monstrosity is the follow-up to the Metzen/Dille story, Autocracy (also a IDW web comic to begin with). Where the first series chronicled the rise of Optimus Prime in the midst of Cybertron's darkest time, its sequel comes off as feeling like it's meandering with no ultimate point. We eventually get to see Trypticon rise and wreak havoc against our heroes but the rest of the story seems scattered... Megatron is exiled only to survival his trials and return. Optimus struggles to lead the various factions under his command and fails miserably in the end to conquer his greatest challenge to date.
   Other then Trypticon being the titular "monstrosity" the story doesn't seem to know what it wants to do. There's not much thematically pulling it all together (contrast this with Autocracy's themes of power corrupting those who possess it). Megatron is challenged and rises above while Optimus has naysayers and self-doubt and ultimately is revealed to be nothing more then a leader with a dream of unity and peace. The thing is, Optimus should be Megatron's equal and while Megatron uses his sheer cunning and will to achieve his ends we should get to see Optimus use his own skill set to succeed. To use him as a whipping boy just dishonors the heart of a character who should be a heroic inspirational leader. There's hints of it in there but ultimately Optimus seems to achieve nothing substantial storywise.
   Ramondelli's artwork is improving as he goes but there is still the odd occasion where I view a panel and have no clue what it is I'm supposed to be looking at. The very first reveal of Trypticon, for example, left me confused. Only the later descriptions of the creature lead me to realize what it was.
   Another annoyance is the robots referring to themselves as "gentlemen" repeatedly (human terminology for robots really distracts me away from a TF story. I also disliked James Roberts usage of a "cyber-aneurysm" in Last Stand of the Wreckers). Grimlock speaks normally in this story too for some reason.
   The story also implies that the Dynobots have dinosaur modes because of the creatures under Cybertron's surface while an earlier tale (Spotlight: Shockwave) stated they got them from Earth when they chased after Shockwave. Presumably the early era of IDW is still in-continuity so I'm at a loss to understand how this makes any sense.
   Megatron encounters a Quintesson (is this the first time we've seen one in IDW?) and somehow uses his Spark to power himself up on planet Junk. I've never seen Sparks referred to as power sources--they're an analogy for souls. This story detail made no sense to me.
   After their first attempt, I found Monstrosity to be a poorly told disappointment... Perhaps the forthcoming Primacy will be more pleasing? 

Verdict:  Average. A pass for me personally... some decent dialogue and mostly good art elevate to an "Average" rating.