OTS-08 Sunsurge (Sunstreaker)

by Alan Rapp on October 2, 2015

in Toys & Collectibles

OTS-08 Sunsurge (Sunstreaker)

Making up for Takara’s oversight in not creating a Masterpiece version of Sunstreaker to go with their Masterpiece Sideswipe, Bad Cube offers OTS-08 Sunsurge now available for pre-order for the low, low price of $105.


MRTM-02Y – Gundog

by Alan Rapp on September 17, 2015

in Toys & Collectibles

MRTM-02Y - Gundog

Hound never looked so good. You can pre-order your own Make Toys’ MRTM-02Y – Gundog for the low, low price of $90.


Transformers MP-25 – Masterpiece Tracks

by Alan Rapp on September 6, 2015

in Toys & Collectibles

Transformers MP-25 - Masterpiece Tracks

You can pre-order your own MP-25 – Masterpiece Tracks for the low, low price of $79.95.


Transformers vs. G.I. JOE #1

by Alan Rapp on August 4, 2014

in Comics

Transformers vs. G.I. JOE #1By any definition Transformers vs. G.I. JOE #1 is a mess – one hell of a god awful mess. Written by Tom Scioli the story (such as it is) is a non-linear attempt to throw in as many characters from both franchises into a single comic without any attempt at all to create plot to tie the various panels together. Jumping wildly from one set of characters to another the comic reads like a giant finger to actual storytelling or some kind of poorly designed logic puzzle the creator actually needs your help to solve. In fact the comic makes so little sense IDW felt the need to include writer’s notes for every single page (taking up far too many pages of a $4 comic book) in an attempt to explain what the hell is going on.

If the story is crap the visuals aren’t that much better. Although I don’t have an issue with John Barber’s nostalgic throwback-style art of some of my favorite characters from both franchisees, I was very much distracted by the attempt to make the comic look like faded newsprint of an 80s comic on glossy current comic stock. The attempt to make the comic feel vintage actually makes it look incredibly cheap and (even more) half-assed. Pass.

[IDW, $3.99]


Transformers: Age of Extinction

by Alan Rapp on June 27, 2014

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • IMDb: link

Transformers: Age of ExtinctionI’m not a fan of Michael Bay‘s Transformers movies. In fact I’ve hated every single one. Transformers: Age of Extinction is not an exception, but on the sliding scale of horrific awfulness that is the Bay Transformers franchise it’s the least objectionable of the lot. Lazy, inane, and almost completely without merit, the latest Transformers film didn’t so much anger me as leave me increasingly confused and apathetic to the “storytelling” that was unfolding before my eyes.

The first film ruined a beloved childhood toy and cartoon franchise by centering the film not on the transforming robots themselves but a lazy 80s teenage sex comedy between Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox and lots of (pointless) robot porn. The sequel lowered the bar with a plot that makes Highlander 2: The Quickening sound plausible involving Transformer reincarnation and various inanity including a sexbot, racist robots, more American flag waving, and even more (pointless) robot porn.

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