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Bluefin Expands With the Transformers Star Saber Kuro Kara Kuri die-cast figure and the Bumble Bee Furai model kit

Bluefin expands its catalog of collectibles from Flame Toys as it opens pre-orders for the Transformers Star Saber Kuro Kara Kuri die-cast figure and the Bumble Bee Furai model kit.

The Transformers Star Saber Kuro Kara Kuri is a substantial die-cast accented figure, set for release in May by authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets. The MSRP is $400.00.

The Transformers Bumble Bee Furai model kit will hit retailers in March with an MSRP of $50.00. Pre-orders for both items are available now. Bluefin is the official North American master distributor for Flame Toys.

The Flame Toys Star Saber Kuro Kara Kuri figure is officially licensed and depicts the famed Autobot as seen in the beloved IDW Transformers comic book series. Heralded as the greatest swordsman in the universe, Star Saber ascended from humble beginnings to the esteemed position of Supreme Commander of the Autobots and head of the interplanetary Galactic Defense Force. Star Saber is a member of the powerful sub-group known as the Brainmastersand possess incredible courage, strength, skill and intelligence.

The Flame Toys release is a beautiful rendering standing 8 inches tall and accentuated with LED features along with numerous linkage articulation features and die-cast parts for a hefty presentation that is also extremely poseable. Star Saber comes outfitted with accessories that include a detachable face mask, 2 interchangeable heads and weapons including 2 small swords, a large sword and a shield, as well as a pair of small buster cannons that can be combined into a larger weapon unit.

The Flame Toys Bumble Bee Furai model kit is the 4th release in the company’s line of Transformers Furai model kits. The beloved Autobot hero appears as he is depicted in the IDW Transformers comic book series and 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.

Preview: Transformers: Historia

Transformers: Historia

Chris McFeely (w) • Various (a) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (c)

The year was 2005. The treacherous Decepticons and their heroic Autobot counterparts descended upon the Earth and unleashed a new era of Transformers comics through IDW Publishing. Thirteen years and hundreds of issues later, that universe has come to a close. Join Transformers historian Chris McFeely on a guide distilling the past 13 years of publishing history and remember the masterful storytelling of the first IDW Transformers run.

FC • 48 pages • $5.99

Transformers: Historia

Preview: Transformers: Bumblebee: Go for the Gold!

Transformers: Bumblebee: Go for the Gold!

James Asmus (w) • Marcelo Ferreria (a) • Nicoletta Baldari (c)

There are a lot of things other Autobots can do that Bumblebee cannot—they drive faster, hit harder, fly! But if there’s one thing Bee has over any of them, it’s a bigger heart! When his team’s in danger, Bumblebee comes to the rescue in this fun adventure that pits the Autobots against Starscream’s evil Decepticons!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Bumblebee: Go for the Gold!

All-New Live-Ops Starting December 20 for Transformers: Forged to Fight

Ahead of Bumblebee’s upcoming premiere, Kabam is issuing some all-new live-ops events for their mobile title Transformers: Forged to Fight. The live-ops have begun and here’s what players can look forward to:

The Bumblebee Live-ops runs December 20 to January 3.

  • Special Event Calendar – 14-day duration
    • Awards a 4-Star Bumblebee Cinematic for free
  • Bumblebee Crystal Shards
    • Bumblebee Crystal Shards
    • Available in Alliance Missions, Special Arenas, Arena Special Teams and Raids
  • Bumblebee Crystal
    • Purchasable with Energon or Bumblebee Crystal Shards
    • 2-4* Version: 150 Energon: Chance at 4-Star Bumblebee (Cinematic) and 4-Star Bumblebee (Generations)
    • 3-5* Version: 300 Energon: Exclusive chance at 5-Star Bumblebee (Cinematic) and 5-Star Bumblebee (Generations)
Transformers: Forged to Fight

Movie Review: Bumblebee

Bumblebee

On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

I’m a big Transformers fan having grown up on the original cartoon, played with the toys, read the comics, and still collect the toys (I stopped playing with them, too complicated now). I’ve been a patient fan watching the Michael Bay relaunched films and their progression down the tubes and attempting to get my enjoyment from the animated releases (some aimed at my demographic and some not). So, going into Bumblebee I, as I usually do, hope for the best and expect the worst. Bumblebee it turns out is the best and what we’ve been waiting for.

All those years ago, before the release of Michael Bay’s first Transformers, Steven Spielberg described the concept as “a boy and his car.” That’s not what was released but 11 years later we finally get that vision courtesy of director Travis Knight and writer Christina Hodson.

The duo of creatives have taken some of the best concepts of the original Transformers Generation 1 (ie the cartoon) and infused it with kids classics like ET and Iron Giant.

At its heart, Bumblee is about family. Hailee Steinfeld stars as Charlie Watson who is struggling after her father has passed away and her mother has found a new boyfriend (assuming that they’re not married, it’s never really said) and her brother has accepted the new family dynamic. Charlie is also turning 18 and doesn’t fit in with the kids in her school. She’s rocking 80s to the California bright pop 80s around her. She doesn’t fit in. Enter Bumblebee who has escaped Cybertron to hide out on Earth, protect it from Decepticons, and begin a new beachhead in the Autobot resistance.

Bumblebee has come to Earth after an opening that’s everything fans of the original Transformers have wanted. With designs hearkening back to those designs, it’s a who’s who battle on Cybertron as the planet falls to the Decepticons and the Autobots abandon the planet realizing it’s lost. The opening is a flag in the ground to forget the five live action films that have come before. This one has more in common with the cartoons.

Bumblebee is lost on Earth. Separated from his fellow Autobots, he’s more ET than anything else. A military is pursuing him, he’s scared, lost, and afraid. Knight and Hodson have made sure to focus on the heart of it all, emphasizing this is a story of two outcasts coming together in friendship and forming a new family in a way.

The conflict is both Decepticons who are in pursuit of Bumblebee and the US military who mistaken him for an enemy after a series of mistakes. The film falls into tropes in a way but delivers them in such a way it feels more of an homage at times to films that have come before than anything else. The idyllic suburban homes remind us of a certain setting for an alien who also wanted to phone home, including the lock down of the home due to the threat. The pursuit of the military and want by the military to use these aliens as weapons reminds us of another animated robot film.

The film is an homage in a way diving deep into its 80s setting in both movies it winks at and everything we see. There’s cassettes, old televisions, the music, so much will take you back and that includes the robots themselves.

Is any of the film new? No, not really. What we see on screen is nothing new but it’s done at a level that’s so good, we can forget that and just enjoy the fun. And that’s exactly what the film is, fun. It never forgets what it is and pokes fun at itself (with John Cena delivering one of the best lines as far as that). It also has a lot of heart as well. And that’s where the film soars. There’s touching moments, just like those classic films. The family dynamic, the situations presented, they’re all something we can relate to. There’s something here for everyone to see themselves in.

A lot has to do with the casting who beyond Steinfeld and Cena include the underrated Pamela Adlon as Steinfeld’s mother, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. as Memo, the love interest for Steinfeld, Jason Drucker as her younger brother Otis, and Stephen Schnelder as her mother’s new love interest. They’re the main humans and behind the scene there’s an impressive voice cast that includes Dylan O’Brien as Bumblebee and Justin Theroux, Angela Bassett, Peter Cullen, and more. The list of Transformers present is long and fans will go wild trying to see them all. But, it’s the humans that bring the film down to a level we can relate to a grounds it in so many ways.

Bumblebee is one of the best blockbusters of the year and an unexpected triumph. It’s everything we’ve wanted in a Transformers film and shows how off the mark the original five were and are. This screams Spielberg in both its plot and its heart. It’s one of the best family films of the year and hopefully the start of something special going forward.

Overall Rating: 8 out of 10

IDW Relaunches Transformers this March Focusing on Cybertron’s Spiral Into Chaos

IDW Publishing proudly announces that a brand-new Transformers series will debut in March 2019 that will explore the very moment when a glorious, peaceful Cybertron begins its downward spiral into chaos.

Available twice monthly, IDW’s Transformers comic will be written by Brian Ruckley, author of the Godless World fantasy trilogy, and illustrated by Angel Hernandez and Ron Joseph.

In this new Transformers comic, IDW will explore Cybertron in ways never seen by audiences before – delving into an idyllic society, peaceful for thousands of years, as it faces the most momentous event in its history: the mysterious end of a single life. Through the eyes of young Bumblebee and his friends, fans will witness conspiracies forming, harmony giving way to conflict, and the very fabric of Cybertronian civilization tearing itself apart.

The debut issue of this new Transformers comic will be available with multiple cover variants, by artists Gabriel RodriguezAngel HernandezCasey W. Coller, and Freddie E. Williams II. Issue #2, also available in March, will feature covers by Nelson DanielRon Joseph, and Jeffrey Veregge.

Transformers Forged to Fight – Jetfire Trades his Lab Coat In

Seeing friend turn foe and Decepticon’s threatening the balance of all sentient life, Jetfire trades his lab coat in as he officially makes his way to Kabam’s Transformers Forged to Fight!

A scientist first and foremost, Jetfire was famous for his many exploits in outer space alongside his partner Starscream. With the galaxy now engulfed in war, Jetfire soon found Starscream had turned away from the pursuit of truth and joined the Decepticon ranks. Reluctantly taking up arms against his old friend, Jetfire eventually sided with the Autobots in their quest to protect all sentient life.

The bot’s intel report is here if you’d like to know about this character’s abilities and stats.

Preview: Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 8

Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 8

John Barber, James Roberts, Shane McCarthy (w) • Alex Milne, Andrew Griffith, Guido Guidi (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)

Rodimus leads a team of Autobots into Cybertron’s past, pursuing the Decepticon double-agent Brainstorm, who plans on killing Orion Pax before he can become Optimus Prime. Meanwhile, on Earth,Prowl is left in command gathering his allies, the Constructicons, to search for the one human he holds a grudge against, Spike Witwicky. Then, Drift returns! After leaving the Autobots in disgrace, he’s now alone, on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy.

Collects Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye issues #35-40, Transformers: Robots in Disguise issues #35-38, Transformers: Punishment, and Transformers: DriftEmpire of Stone.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 400 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-372-8

Preview: Star Trek vs. Transformers #3

Star Trek vs. Transformers #3

John Barber & Mike Johnson (w) • Philip Murphy (a & c)

Klingons and Decepticons lay siege to a remote Federation dilithium mine—and the only thing holding them back is the shaky alliance of Captain Kirk and Optimus Prime. But what dark secret is buried beneath the ground… and can this uneasy partnership withstand the revelations?

32 • 32 pages • $3.99

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Central Jersey – Local Business Sends 400 comic books to troops and families – Fantastic to see things like this.

The Beat – Image’s Infidel Film Adaptation Secures its Director – Can’t wait for this!

 

Reviews

ICv2 – The Book of Ballads and Sagas

Mandatory – The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

The Beat – Die #1

Comics Bulletin – Doomsday Clock #8

Talking Comics – Ironheart #1

The Outhousers – Nightwing Vol. 6

The Beat – Paradiso Vol. 2

The Beat – Punks Not Dead

The Outhousers – Transformers: Unicron #5

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