John Barber & Mike Johnson (w) • Philip Murphy, Jack Lawrence
(a) • Derek Charm (c)
When Kirk, Spock, and the entire crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise investigate problems at a remote mine, they’re met with an explosive battle between powerful warriors who change into vehicles from the 20th century! As the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons rages, it’s up to Kirk to decide—does he violate the Prime Directive and interfere in a war that’s raged for millennia? And how will the Klingons complicate the issue? It’s cartoony fun between two of the most popular science fiction franchises in the world!
Bluefin expands its line of Transformers products with a pair of stunning new model kits from Flame Toys.
Based on IDW’s Transformers acclaimed comic series, Flame Toys’ officially licensed releases of the Bumblebee Furai model kit and the Megatron Furai model kit will add eye catching and unique additions to any ardent fan’s personal collection. The Flame Toys Bumblebee Furai kit is available now; the Megatron Furai kit will debut in July.
Flame Toys Bumble Bee Furai Model Kit
MSRP $50.00 · Available Now
The Flame Toys Bumblebee Furai model kit is the 4th release in the company’s line of Transformers Furai model kits. The beloved Autobot hero appears stands 5 inches tall and offers extreme poseability with over 50 points of articulation. The model kit features high levels of detail and simple assembly, making it ideal for beginners, and also an excellent base design for advanced builders to create a custom rendition. Notable accessories include a detachable helicopter engine and rotors. MSRP for the kit is $50.00.
Flame Toys Megatron Furai Model Kit
MSRP $50.00 · Available July 2019
The Flame Toys Megatron Furai model depicts the powerful leader of the Decepticons with a modernized design as seen in IDW’s Transformers comic series. Standing just over 6 inches tall, Megatron features his signature fusion arm cannon and offers exemplary articulation with over 40 moveable joints. Constructed from differently colored ABS plastic injection runner parts and simple a snap-together assembly, the kit is ideally designed for both beginners as well as more advanced builders. The Flame Toys Megatron Furai model kit will debut in July; MSRP for the kit will be $50.00.
Collectors and fans are invited to explore the full line of Transformers releases from Flame Toys that are distributed and available from Bluefin.
Transformers continues its celebration of the 35th Anniversary brand campaign ‘More than Meets the Eye‘ with an all-new video from one of the creative minds behind the franchise, Hasbro Senior Designer John Warden, as he discusses how he is ‘More than Meets the Eye’ with his involvement as a youth volunteer at a farm on weekends.
More than Meets the Eye has been the call to action at the core of the Transformers brand for over 35 years and is reinforced across all elements of the franchise. What makes a person More than Meets the Eye could be a hidden talent, a charitable action or something that celebrates individuality. Anything that embodies the notion that individuals have the strength to become something MORE than what others expect.
Optimus takes the spotlight! Even a bot as wise as a leader of the
Autobots needs guidance now and again, so Optimus turns to Codexa—a
Cybertronian who has grown into the very planet itself. Will she help Optimus
settle his problems with Megatron or will she lead them both to ruin?
Transformers #5 is an improvement on the previous four issues but still falls short of being enjoyable. Written by Brian Ruckley, the issue bounces around the various characters involved with the murder mystery as well as peals back some of what Bumblebee has been up to.
This is an issue I want to like and a series I’m attempting to enjoy. Transformers #5 though bounces around a bit too much never quite focusing enough on one plotline or character.
Ruckley delivers an issue that’s an improvement on the previous. It still falls short in entertainment. The issue is a piece of the larger narrative and in that way it is one of the strongest released so far. The structure of the issue is interesting as well delivering some scenes that feel out of place and not needed and others that feel out of order or could have benefited from not being broken up into various segments.
This is most evident in Rubble’s story. Instead of the breaks in his narrative, the issue would have been stronger focusing just on his story and building up the tension and fear better. As is, the ending feels a tad out of place and not the impact it was going for. Instead of terror and dread leading to sadness the overall delivery is that of melancholy.
The art doesn’t help matters either. A trio of artists work on the issue as they have in the past and their differing styles are standing out more. Anna Malkova, Angel Hernandez, and Sara Pitre-Durocher all would be great on their own. Together though, the styles don’t quite work anymore. At times it also doesn’t quite match the tone either. Opening pages have a more cartoon like quality which doesn’t work for Megatron’s serious nature and moment. That transition to the next segment and art style becomes more abrupt due to the mismatched nature of the start. With a bi-monthly comic, picking two artists and switching off would make for a stronger comic visually or banking issues with one artist and switching on the next arc would have been the best overall.
Transformers #5 is absolutely an improvement on the series moving the murder mystery forward and adding more political intrigue. Still, the issue’s pacing and narrative structure works against it creating an experience that again falls short of what was and what could be.
Story: Brian Ruckley Art: Anna Malkova, Angel Hernandez, Sara Pitre-Durocher Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Tom B. Long Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
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Brian Ruckley (w) • Angel Hernandez &
Cachet Whitman (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
The investigation into the mystery of
Cybertron’s first murder continues! Windblade closes in on answers, Rubble
finds a job that suits him, and Bumblebee… well, Bumblebee has a secret that
could lead to chaos.
Prowl and Chromia are investigating the disappearance of a missing scientist in the wilds of Cybertron when a mysterious figure crosses their path. Who is he and what does he know about the disappeared scientist? And where is Bumblebee disappearing to at all odd hours?
Brainstorm is dead and the search for his killer continues. There’s also political unrest brewing. All of that is set upon the background of a forging and Brainstorm’s funeral.
Transformers #4 can be summed up with one word… dull. It slows the story down even more so taking its police procedural genre and turning it more into drama. This wouldn’t be bad if there was some emotion and excitement about it at all. Writer Brian Ruckley has taken all that has made the previous volume so interesting and sucked it out in four issues. The glimpses of a solid story before the Transformers Civil War are teased and then put to aside focusing on mentorship and a murder mystery. Its result is just a slow plodding story that you want to get to the point.
The art by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Angel Hernandez, and Andrew Griffith is as solid as always and though there’s differences in their styles none of it stands out enough to create a bump in the reading experience. Still, having one artist consistently on an issue would help the series overall.
From what was an amazing run to this, this new volume is a drag of a story facing pacing issues. The series plays out more as a drama and police procedural than anything else delivering a drab experience that’s a struggle to enjoy beyond playing spot the bot. A “Bold New Era” is exactly what it’s not.
Story: Brian Ruckley Art: Sara Pitre-Durocher, Angel Hernandez, Andrew Griffith Color: Joana Lafuente, Josh Burcham Story: 6.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass
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In honor of the 35th anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS franchise, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) today revealed a new brand campaign that celebrates how we’re all MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE. The MORE THAN MEETS THE EYEcampaign will activate fans, celebrities and the creative minds behind the TRANSFORMERS franchise to embrace and showcase how they are MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE through videos. For 35 years MORE THAN MEETS THE EYEhas been associated with the TRANSFORMERS brand and is reinforced across all elements of the franchise.
To kick off the campaign, a video featuring Angela Bassett, who starred in 2018’s critically acclaimed BUMBLEBEE film, debuted revealing how she is MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE. In the video, Bassett mentions that besides being a Golden Globe Award recipient, she is also a graduate of Yale College and Yale University. In BUMBLEBEE, Bassett voiced the Decepticon character SHATTER.
The MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE video campaign will be promoted throughout 2019 – with new videos dropping every month. Fans can expect to see familiar faces – both new and old – who have greatly impacted the franchise over the last 35 years. From individuals involved in the creation of the 1986 Transformers animated movie, to Transformers game designers and comic book creators, a wide variety of people have been tapped to contribute to this campaign.
Each video that is part of this campaign will feature the same call to action – “how are you MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.” Using #MorethanMeetstheEye, we’re asking fans to post videos to social networks that showcase how they are MORE. Whether it’s a hidden talent, a charitable passion, or a hobby, we’re looking to hear how they are MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.
Brian Ruckley (w) • Angel Hernandez & Ron Joseph (a) • Sara
Prowl and Chromia are investigating the disappearance of a missing
scientist in the wilds of Cybertron when a mysterious figure crosses their
path. Who is he and what does he know about the murdered scientist? And where
is Bumblebee disappearing to at all odd hours?