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RIPT Apparel celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Transformers: The Movie

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Triple attack from RIPT!


Did you know that today is a very special day in Transformers history? On this day, August 8th, 2016, 30 years have passed since the theatre release of Transformers: The Movie in 1986. I was but a wee lad when I first gazed upon this film with all it’s glory.  The swear words, the death, the amazingly-animated transformation sequences, and of course, the best of it all, Planet of Death Unicron debuting in the Transformers mythos!

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Uni-TRON!

Here comes RIPT Apparel with some amazing exclusive shirt designs to celebrate 30 years of this amazing piece of animated history that steered the Transformers brand to late-game success.

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Wheelie takes a cue from Napoleon Bonaparte.

All three of today’s designs are exclusive to RIPT Apparel, meaning you won’t find them at any other websites.  They are available until 11:59 PM CST for $11. The price raises $5 on each item featuring these designs until noon on August 9th, so if you’re on the fence, get off of it and pick up one of these amazing designs!

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“Spare me this mockery of breakfast!”

“Quintess-os” created by Obvian.

“The Crossing of Quintessa” created by artist Ninjaink.

“CRON” by Christan Colbert.

 

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MTMTE ends, Lost Light begins!

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I just thought it was time for me to fess up and say that pretty much every major prediction I made this year for Transformers comics was wrong as fuck.  Don’t listen to me. Especially if you listen to Seibertron.com‘s Mainframes Podcast where all we discuss is this comic.

 

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Fans rage over Transformers 5 Hot Rod reveal – world continues turning.

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Hot Rod, now with more Hot and Rod. Digibash by Jake Bleeker.

Last night around 1:24 Central time, the Transfan world was once again set ablaze by one of the first full-body robot reveals of a character in the upcoming Transformers film. We got to see that Hot Rod was finally making his prime time debut in the TF movie franchise. Of course, no one seemed happy about this at all except the Transformers 5 marketing team who was watching agape as their hashtags were propelled into the stratosphere.

One of the best responses about this came from well-established Transformers Fan Sid Beckett, which you can see below.

Ten Years of Human Progress (2006) Anyone seen those pictures of Optimus Prime with flames on? Yuck. These guys can't design for shit. (2016) Anyone seen those pictures of Hot-Rod without flames on? Yuck. These guys can't design for shit.

What a difference 10 years makes.

I’ll save you all any sort of diatribe about why this Hot Rod sucks or is awesome and just leave you with this photo to reminisce of the days of yore.

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Such a varied appearance…

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Sins of the Wreckers concludes today – prediction reckoning SPOILERS

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Can’t touch this!

Sins of the Wreckers concludes today after much anticipation.  The release schedule was not quite as rock solid as the creator originally had anticipated.  If you’re like to know more about the delays, you can check out this personal blog from Nick Roche. Yes Nick, we forgive you!

Well tons of my predictions were WRONG!!!!!!

  • Beast Wars Megaton was not the mastermind of this story.
  • Sideways was not involved at all.
  • Noisemaze was not involved at all, as a character, but just simply a location.

However… quite a few guesses were CORRECT!!!

  • Ostaros was indeed our fan-favorite Springer. What implications this means for the future… well I’ll save that for another blog.
  • Hubcap was in bed with Mayhem and was subverting the Wreckers in order to bring down corruption.
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Words not required

The read was definitely satisfying. The artwork? even greater! Here’s hoping this is not the last Transformers will see of Nick Roche in the near future!

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What is Megatron’s Alt-mode in Transformers More Than Meets The Eye? SPOILERS

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Speak softly and carry a big… gun?

Anyone invested in the last 4 issues of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye will be on edge for the next 30-some days. Luckily Game of Thrones will be well over before the next issue drops, but we were all victim to a Walking Dead-style Season Finale cliff-hanger to muse over.

Hints have been dropped over the course of the last 50 issues to many of the on-going mysteries, but sometimes the biggest hints are in between the cracks. The solution to the riddle can be right in front of us by looking at the things that AREN’T said.

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Alex Milne almost ALWAYS includes an alt-mode in his initial character sketches

For instance, the second ‘season’ of MTMTE thrust us right into the thick of it with Megatron aboard The Lost Light with a new body. The fact that this is a new rebuild for Megatron has been mentioned sparingly seems like a hint. There’s also a lot of fan backlash and criticism about how More Than Meets The Eye is a story about Transformers that “don’t transform”. While at base level I can admit that the transformations are of almost third level importance compared to the character and world building of this story, it may have been an intentional choice on the author’s part. Could there be some big twist regarding the omittance of Megatron’s alt-mode?

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Robots in Disguise & Dark Cybertron Megatron rebuild by Andrew Griffith – Definitely a tank.

The general theories are that Megatron’s body is just a slight tweak to his Robots In Diguise / Dark Cybertron appearance where he was most definitely a battle tank of sorts. This design was his most recent configuration prior to the events in MTMTE, and so it could be said that all we are seeing is a new artist’s take on the current design.  Sure, maybe…

But then why didn’t we see a sketch of Megatron’s alt-mode in Alex Milne’s initial design reveals?  He typically likes to show fans some of the cool design work he does for these books, which he’s mention is done off the clock.  When he revealed the new Megatron, there wasn’t an alt-mode sketch.  No one thought jack shit about it at the time, but I’m raising an eyebrow or two.

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Your guide to IDW Megatron’s ala yours truly. Enjoy!

What does this mean?  Of course I don’t know, I could just guess but I’m getting really sick of being totally wrong.  I will close with this interesting tidbit that harkens ALLLL the way back to Escalation issue 5.  Fellow MTMTE-fan and Seibertron.com podcaster Scotty P sent me a private message pointing out some eerily similar Megatron Moments to something that happened in MTMTE 54…  you be the judge, I’ll be the jury, and James Roberts?  The executioner.

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Dichotomy, full circle!

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The Combiner Wars Machinima cartoon series ain’t dead!!!!

Black guns? Purple Lights? Green Lights? Who gives a shit!

A day after surmising on Bottalk that the Machinima Transformers Combiner Wars animated project was lost in development hell, we are treated to a nice screen-cap tease from Hasbro and friends!

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Hey, I wonder if Windblade is going to be important to this show?

An announcement was made by Hasbro today that a prelude series to Transformers: Combiner Wars will be launching on various channels including YouTube and Facebook next week on June 28th!  Holy cow, it’s really happening! This series will include four episodes and is mean to prepare fans for the real deal.

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Windblade apparently likes to stand on Computron, I mean Betatron!

From the images provided, a few things can be surmised, specifically Starscream whose body appears to be based on the leader Combiner Wars toy, the current comic version, G1, and specifically the Cyber Battalion figure seen below.  Black guns?? Hello!

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Not only am I hard to find, now you suckers are gonna want me!! Life is pain!

The full show is set to debut on August 2 on whatever the shit go90 is. I’m sure that we are bound to see this via other channels. In the light of the new Voltron reimagination on Netflix, I’m wondering if Hasbro wishes they could go back to the negotiating table. This series could’ve slayed many dragons if it were on Netflix.

Tommy like wingy – on his arm

I’ve actually just realized that the Slipstream-looking purple Windblade repaint pictured on Menasor’s arm is actually a brand new character named Maxima!  Check her our in badass glory below.

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Oh, and if the fact that 50% of the 6 images released so far for this series feature Windblade doesn’t make you roll your eyes, then you’re in luck!  It appears we are bound for much wind and much blades come August.  I can’t wait!

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Warp One: ENGAGE!!

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#whoistarn – A new challenger appears!! MTMTE issue 54 SPOILERS

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Say it ain’t so!

More Than Meets The Eye issue 54 is out! The battle ensues!

For those of you following the Battle of the Bastards on Sunday, Wednesday delivered just as brutal of a fight but the massacre didn’t pan our exactly as expected. One little-scrutinized tidbit that this Collecticon noticed was a harkening back to dirty deeds done by Mr. Movie Bumblebee.  Could it be?  COULD IT BE THAT TARN IS MOVIE BUMBLEBEE IN DISGUISE?!?!  Transformers may never be the same again!

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Finally, a unicron shirt we can all be proud of from RIPT Apparel

I would be doing the world a dis-service if I didn’t spread the word about these incredible RIPT Apparel exclusive Generation 1 Transformers t-shirt designs for only $11 starting on June 8, 2016 at 12:01 AM! These designs will only ever be available at RIPT so you should purchase them today before the price jumps almost double!  The artist for both cool designs is Atomic Rocket.

Awesome Unicron Transformers graphic tee retro shirt

A place everyone wants to visit. Click here to purchase until June 9, 2016

 

Both of these incredible illustrations will be available on t-shirts, hoodies, onesies, tank tops and other products.  Just check out RIPT Apparel.

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Important news regarding Titans Return Wheelie

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That is all

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#whoistarn Preparing our fallout shelters for More Than Meets the Eye’s season 2 close (spoilers)

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Blood bath of spoilers below

Issue 53 of Transformers “More Than Meets The Eye” just came out. It was a doozy and if you were on the front lines for #holdthedoor, then you had a pretty emotional week in pop culture story telling. James Roberts has weaved 53+ issues of mind melt and it’s all been a set up for the next issue, number 54. While it’s true that the eminent battle royale has been promised since issue 50, the last panel of 53 indicates it is actually going to happen. How will the preview panels be served up? Will it open with a two-page slaughter spread like when Overlord was let loose, or will the issue open with the battle’s aftermath?  The latter would surely enrage the blood-thirsty readers ready for battle. There is plenty to surmise, but today, my fellow Collecticons, we are focusing on one topic, and one topic only. #whoistarn

SPOILERS BELOW!

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Whomever is responsible for this really made my day

This isn’t the first time Tarn’s identity has been under investigation, oh no.  I would like to claim the origination of the Roller = Tarn theory, from a post back in 2012, but that’s not the important thing.  What’s important is that one of the major screw ball theories as to Tarn’s Identity was nixed from the record as of this week!

Tarn is not Dominus Ambus.

We learn the shocking truth about why Dominus Ambus was ‘disappeared’ via an emotionally-driven reveal featuring Chromedome, Rewind, and a turbofox. We get not one, but two incredible answers to some of MTMTE’s biggest questions. Dominus, who some fans had already suspected of possibly being the shadow-like Agent 113, is in fact that very entity and was planted by Prowl amidst the Decepticon Justice Division. Not only that, he’s been on panel in the story multiple times, but hidden in plain sight. Literally no one saw this coming, and no one has been looking harder than me.

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He’s been around the block

I’m going to cement the original TFwiki description of “The Pet” in history before it is drastically altered: The Pet is the nameless companion of Decepticon Justice Division member Kaon. Formerly a wild turbofox turned Sparkeater who has been partially domesticated by the D.J.D., he’s really more of a “sparkchewer”, to be honest.

A prevailing theory, considered by many including myself, was that Dominus had turned sides and become Tarn, or even better yet, was using his load-bearing powers to conceal himself WITHIN Roller’s shell of a body to give us a double sucker punch.  Instead, we have been treated to a super triple sucker punch, and Roberts is the winner. The load-bearer powers did come into play, much like the Minimus Ambus reveal of old, and the circular nature of the entire plot was an applause-worthy long game. How will Rewind and Chromedome fair in the fallout of this revelation?  It’s tough to know if they’ll even survive to find out…

The Original Ultra Magnus

Yeah, I’m gonna need to know a little more about this corruption, thanks.

Let’s start by reviewing my original predications, now that Dominus is out of the running. One idea I had was that the Original Ultra Magnus is still alive, but has been turned from his nobel Autobot-ness into the worst of the worst. This would definitely fit with the line exchanged between Tarn and Megatron in issue 52 about how Megatron “turned” him. Many surmise he is talking to Roller and that he was trying to emotionally damage Optimus Prime by turning his old friend. That’s an easy guess, but I believe there are additional levels.  Whomever Tarn was, obviously had a lot of clout and dissent towards the Decepticon cause.

What we don’t know is WHEN this corruption happened in the history of the great war.  Was it recent?  The beginning? The DJD, to me, have always seemed like a late-war creation. A bit of a desperation move by Megatron because his soldiers were questioning the cause. Has this Tarn ALWAYS been the Tarn?

Another indication is the brutal slayings on the Quantum duplicate Lost Light. Minimus Ambus had an expectionally grisly death and if may have been at the hands of the original Magnus, laying waste to any pretender that followed.  If this were the case, what will Tarn’s reaction be to Maximus Ambus? We’re sure to find out shortly.

Terminus

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Just where did he go?

Who is the real creator of Megatron? Apparently Terminus, who played the encouraging coworker of Megatron-Miner-Type on Messatine, was integral to the creation of “Towards Peace.” He appears briefly in flashback form during an important moment in Megatron’s past. Brainstorm time jumps deep within Messatine at this moment, and everyone evacuates, leaving the fate of Terminus nebulous. We learn later that Terminus was the one spreading the gospel of Megatron by hiding it in the bodies of dead miners that were shipped back to Cybertron.  Talk about some heavy reading material!

His name comes up sparingly and usually any resolution is cut off by a sudden event. Dramatic effect? Foreshadowing? Nothing? There is definitely more than meets the eye here. Megatron appears conflicted with any mention of him. Is it that Megatron feels responsible for his ‘death’? Or is there more?  Only Megatron, Rung, and Tarn himself have ever mentioned his name in the story and that triumvirate makes for a very exclusive club.

Sentinel Prime

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Let’s be honest, this prediction would be totally awful if true.

This is the most “big business” move of all the options and would totally stink of a Hasbro take-over of the narrative. We’ve already been told Sentinel is coming back. He’s in the new toy line and Hasbro just announced lots of new initiatives, company-wide. This could also mean a major shift for how they’ve been working with vendors like IDW, and perhaps want more synergy between their toys and the stories being told. Let’s really hope not, because Sentinel would have an awful lot of ‘splainin’ to do once the mask is off.

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Big purple is back!

Yeah yeah, I know I’ve been predicting Beast Wars Megatron’s IDW debut as a massive climax reveal in Sins of the Wreckers, but I think that theory is now squashed due to reading way too far into some dialogue I miss-interpreted. I’m not counting it out, but there also might be a chance for this guy to actually be the man behind the mask. He is fanatical, he has eloquent speech patterns… the parallels continue but I think the man below said it best:

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Musings by @colinwarhurst

Roller

And of course, there’s good old Roller. Prime’s old pal. The solider left behind. The easily-addicted all-American football-brawler that got lost along the way. There are countless threads tying Roller to being the original identity of Tarn, but I won’t discuss them because it’s old hat at this point. With the reveal of Dominus Ambus being part of the DJD, I feel that Roberts has even more incredible tricks up his sleeve and while Roller would be perfectly satisfying, I want JR to turn the knife! Blow my mind, make it hurt!

A Lake

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A little too serene for our Tarn

What’s in a name?  Probably not much in this case but I did think it was interesting that Tarn means something that I was not yet aware of. The obvious answer is that the city he is named after had a large Cybertronian lake nestled next to it. What could that mean, fiction-wise? I haven’t the slightest but since Dominus Ambus meant Master Walks. With a linguistic trick like that, this is worth a stab!