Transformers

Soundwave Statue

by Alan Rapp on November 6, 2019

in Toys & Collectibles

Soundwave Statue

Transformers fans can now pre-order this 9.5in. Soundwave Statue complete with swappable arms and Rumble for the low, low price of $230.

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Bumblebee

by Alan Rapp on April 15, 2019

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Bumblebee
  • IMDb: link

Bumblebee movie reviewLook at that, a Transformers movie that doesn’t completely suck. While throwing caution to the wind and creating plenty of continuity errors with the current Transformers movie franchise, Bumblebee is a mix of old school Transformers and the suckage known as the Michael Bay films that forces a human story into the center of each film. Easily the best of the franchise, that’s still not saying all that much. Still, for what it is, Bumblebee provides some fun.

Opening on Cybertron, the story shoehorns in several fan-favorite cameos, while explaining Bumblebee‘s arrival on Earth and the loss of his voice. Taking place before the events of the first Bay Transformers movie, Bumblebee is centered around a tomboy named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) who discovers her clunker of a VW Bug is actually a robot from space. Sent to Earth to prepare it for the Autobots arrival (something he actually doesn’t do), Bumblebee is followed by Decepticons searching for Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and the rest of the Autobots. The film also throws in John Cena as a soldier in a secret government organization conned by the Decepticons into locating their prey.

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Transformers #2

by Alan Rapp on April 2, 2019

in Comics

Transformers #2 comic reviewOther than the introduction of a few more Generation One Transformers, not much happens in Transformers #2. Bumblebee continues showing Rubble around Cybertron, while also briefly discussing the current political situation. Their journey takes them to Wheeljack who lightens their day once more.

The other familiar face that shows up is Prowl who arrives on the crime scene to start investigating the death of Brainstorm and the sabotage. Other than letting us know that Prowl is a bit of a dick who may be respected but is not well liked by the other Transformers, not much other happens as the investigation is slow to get moving.

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Transformers #1

by Alan Rapp on March 19, 2019

in Comics

Transformers #1 comic reviewFor their latest Transformers comic, IDW enlists writer Brian Ruckley and artist Angel Hernandez to wind back the clock before the Transformers ever came to Earth and before the birth of the Decepticons. Transformers #1 offers two plot threads. The first involves Bumblebee and the newly-created Rubble traveling across the surface of Cybertron to a transmission station. Along the way they are joined by Windblade who is the first to notice something seriously wrong when they trio reach their destination.

The other plot involves two of the most famous Transformers, although one is still going by the name Orion Pax who meets with Megatron prior to a rally that could threaten the peace which Orion Pax is tasked with upholding. While far from enemies, there is obvious tension between the two over the role of the government.

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The Transformers: The Movie

by Alan Rapp on September 20, 2016

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: The Transformers: The Movie
  • IMDb: link

The Transformers: The MovieSet 20 years in the future after the events of the show’s Second Season, 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie is memorable for killing off several major characters, introducing new concepts into the canon, and (despite its flaws) remaining the best theatrical Transformers movie. The strength of the film comes in it’s opening act during the Decepticons’ attack on Autobot City on Earth. Making way for new characters such as the energetic Hot Rod (Judd Nelson) and the crotchety Kup (Lionel Stander), the sequence kills off several original characters including Prowl (Michael Bell), Brawn (Corey Burton), Ratchet, Ironhide (Peter Cullen), and Optimus Prime (Cullen).

The death of Optimus Prime is a seminal moment for those who grew up with the toys, comics, and cartoon series. With the Matrix of leadership passed on to a brand-new character in Ultra Magnus (Robert Stack), the Autobots attempt to survive unaware that an even greater threat in the world-eating Unicron (Orson Welles) is looming. Taking the battered Megatron (Frank Welker) and remaking him into his lieutenant Galvatron (Leonard Nimoy) along with new soldiers, Unicron hopes to crush the Autobots.

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