Both Transformers and Ghostbusters are celebrating their 35th anniversaries. Later this year, they’ll team-up and mashup in a comic series from IDW Publishing which has already spun off a toy dubbed Ectotron out in July.
At San Diego Comic-Con, Hasbro will release a second figure which features Optimus Prime in a new scheme.
Ecto-35 features Optimus Prime with a white color scheme and a Ghostbusters logo and motto on the side. Add in a splash of green slime. The trailer converts into a base to bust ghosts and comes with supplies like a ghost trap. The packaging even turns into a proton pack!
The MP-10G Optimus Prime Ecto-35 Edition will be available at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and retails for $149.99.
Transformers: Optimus Prime, Vol. 5
Barber (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher, Kei Zama, Andrew Griffith, & Priscilla
Tramontano (a) • Kei Zama (c)
of the Road! The Autobots are faced with multiple threats, one of them a danger
not only to Cybertron, but to the whole universe! Trapped between Shockwave’s
attack and Unicron’s onslaught, Optimus and the Autobots struggle to make sense
of what’s left of their world, as Optimus’ colonist soldiers contend with a
brutal reality–they have no homes to return to. Plus, Shockwave reveals ancient
truths–as an old friend tries to reconnect with Cybertron. Collects the 2018 Annual and issues #22–25, which
conclude the series.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-411-4
PUMA and Hasbro have unveil an exclusive Transformers-themed collection. The PUMA x Transformers range celebrates the two iconic Autobots, Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, their super powers and remarkable built, reimagined into PUMA’s latest RS-X silhouette.
This season, PUMA launches the RS-X sneaker, a reboot of the RS-0 which was built on the classic 80’s Running System (RS) line. Pushing boundaries in futuristic design with retro vibes, PUMA extends their RS range by partnering with exciting brands that take reinvention to the extreme, from the toy, television, telecommunication and motoring worlds. With its bulky design, bold color palette and material mixes, RS-X Transforemrs pushes reinvention further and explores collectibles in and beyond the sneaker culture.
Equipped with PUMA’s patented RS technology on the midsole, the upper is decked with mesh, textile and nubuck overlays. The RS-X Transformers Bumblebee in Quiet Shade – Cyber Yellow and the RS-X Transformers Optimus Prime in Dazzling Blue – High Risk Red are nods to the signature colors of the two protagonists. The RS PUMA branding appears on the molded sockliner while the shoe tongue features the collab logo. The Transformers Autobot symbol fitted on the heel piece accentuate the style.
For the ultimate head-to-toe Transformers look, the collection also features apparel and accessories. Bumblebee and Optimus Prime’s vivid colors continue to appear on the T7 Track Pant and Track Top while the tees feature various iterations of the PUMA x Transformers graphics and all-over prints.
The PUMA x Transformers collection for Men and Kid’s drops exclusively at Foot Locker stores and PUMA.com in Europe on November 22nd and mid-December in the U.S.
Transformers: Optimus Prime #24
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Kei Zama (c)
YOUTH IN REVOLT! As Unicron approaches, Optimus Prime’s colonist soldiers take matters into their own hands. With Autobot forces spread thin, will anybody stand in their way? And—more importantly—SHOULD anybody stop them?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
The battle against Unicron forces Optimus Prime’s colonist soldiers to contend with a brutal reality-they have no homes to return to. But when they make a move against Trypticon, the human-controlled home of the next generation of Cybertronians… can the end be far behind?
Transformers: Optimus Prime #23 could have been an interesting tie-in to the current “Unicron” storyline. Instead of exploring the concept of the end of the world and what you should do, the issue devolves into a typical battle due to misunderstandings. Like the “Unicron” main series, it also has no problem killing characters off, indicating the end is near in multiple ways.
Writer John Barber gives us a pretty typical story of things getting out of hand due to misunderstandings. It all escalates in expected ways and of course there’s that moment of no return. In all of those ways, the comic is pretty lackluster for what’s presented.
What’s interesting though is the exploration of the Cybertronian history and their true nature of destruction. Even though they think they protect, they destroy. It’s a cycle that seems to play out in numerous ways over and over. It’s even manifested in the character Jazz himself. Unfortunately, the protector/destructor duality is spelled out for us. Jazz reminds us multiple times in his dialogue. So, even the interesting aspects stumble in this issue. Add in those who reject Optimus and decide to attack, it all just comes together in a comic that throws a lot into the pot but doesn’t quite make the case for any of it.
The art by Priscilla Tramontano is also a let down. The G.I. Joe characters look a bit too cartoony and their style doesn’t mix well with both their vehicles and the Transformers that surround them. It feels like two different stories mashed together in that way. Tramontano’s style would work really well for a younger reader Transformers/G.I. Joe series, or if the Cybertronians had a similar flow in their style as the humans. The color by Josh Burcham is cool and reminds me of the comics from the 80s that I love so much.
The issue has an interesting idea and set up but never quite lands things. It has to spell things out for the reader or falls into a story that we’ve seen too many times before. As far as a tie-in, this issue falls flat when so many others have been so good. It feels like a wasted opportunity to explore more of the Hasbro universe before things wrap up.
Story: John Barber Art: Priscilla Tramontano
Color: Josh Burcham Letterer: Tom B. Long
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Transformers: Optimus Prime #22
John Barber (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a) • Kei Zama (c)
END OF THE ROAD! Trapped between Shockwave’s attack and Unicron’s onslaught, Optimus and the Autobots struggle to make sense of what’s left of their world. Shockwave reveals ancient truths—as an old friend tries to reconnect with Cybertron.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Transformers: Optimus Prime, Vol. 3
John Barber (w) • Kei Zama, Priscilla Tramontano, Casey Coller (a)
What new future will the Transformers bots face? With Optimus Prime trapped on Cybertron, embroiled in the First Strike event, the Autobots on Earth set off on a mission to find their missing friend, Jazz. But anti-Cybertronian humans are after him as well, and they’re armed with Cybertronian weapons! Collects Optimus Prime issues #11–14 and the Optimus Prime: First Strike and Transformers: First Strike one-shots.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-270-7
Bluefin expands its catalog of Transformers products as it opens pre-orders for the Optimus Prime (Attack Mode) Furai Model Kit from Flame Toys.
This unique (non-transforming) rendering of the stoic leader of the heroic Autobots as he is featured in the hit IDW comic series is the first in a series of Transformers model kits forthcoming form Flame Toys and was designed by the famous 3D modelling company, TRGGER. The figure stands 6 inches tall and features more than 40 articulated joints that provide for maximum poseability. Constructed with high quality multi-colored ABS plastic parts, Optimus Prime features an innovative design that allows for simple snap-together assembly by model builders of all skill levels.
The Transformers Optimus Prime Furai Model Kit from Flame Toys is set for release in October by authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets. Pre-orders are available now; MSRP is $36.00.
Transformers: Optimus Prime Vol. 2
(W) John Barber (A) Casey W. Coller, Kei Zama, Livio Ramondelli (A/CA) Priscilla Tramontano
In Shops: Jan 24, 2018
Explore the aftermath of Optimus Prime and his Autobots stopping an alien invasion of Earth. Diving into stories of war, peace, loss, regret, and redemption, this volume of Optimus Prime gives readers dramatic Transformers stories that spotlight the Autobots’ present and past struggles while setting the stage for future surprises! Collects Transformers: Optimus Prime issues #7-10 and the Transformers Annual 2017.
Transformers: Optimus Prime #12
John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a & c)
With Optimus Prime trapped on Cybertron, the Autobots track down their missing friend, Jazz—and find themselves under fire from humans armed with Cybertronian weapons!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99