So just who kidnapped Prowl? – Sins of the Wreckers mysteries


Head of the mysterious shadow organization known as Spectretron

Nick Roche’s Sins of the Wreckers has finally been unleashed upon us resulting in showers of praise, rejoicing, and my most favorite, biting questions!  I don’t need to waste anyone’s time recapping the plot because if you ended up here from a Google search, you are already deep in the rabbit hole.  So just who could’ve possibly kidnapped our favorite asshole, Prowl?  Let’s identify some likely suspects!  Clearly if any of the crap written below is correct, these are spoilers so read at your own risk!

Suspect 1: Noisemaze

The first question one has to ask before trying to identify a suspect is whether or not the character behind this is someone we’ve seen before in the IDW-verse, or not. IDW has been on a terror lately pulling characters from previously non-G1 canon into the fray such as Knock-out, Bulkhead, and more. The trend may be continuing with more modern and under-developed characters in order to create some fresh new villains for the Autobots and Wreckers, similar to how Lockdown has been elevated to super-villain status thanks to “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.



Choosing Noisemaze as a potential culprit behind Prowl’s disappearance is kind of a lazy assumption based solely on the use of his name as a location instead of a character. Anyone reading that line on the most colorful page of the comicbook instantly conjured up visions of this guy.  Is he likely the owner of that shadowy visage?  No, but because of the wordplay, Noise-y here gets an honorable mention.

Suspect 2: Tarantulas

With all the newly introduced beast-formers such as Blackarachnia and Rattrap in the Transformers ongoing, the lack of certain notable characters was noticed more than the ones that did appear. Many of the more treacherous characters were missing from their ranks and specifically the covert evil scientist double-agent Tarantulas on TFwiki who infiltrated the Predacon ranks for the Tripredacus Council.


My spidey-senses are off the charts!

Perhaps this would be a non-beast-affiliated version of Tarantulas more akin to how the TFCC has recently released the character… a few times now. That would make it possible for his traditionally jangly silhouette to match the bulky shoulder profile of the quick glimpse we got from Prowl’s point of view.  However Tarantulas rarely works alone.  He is typically working for someone else in charge and speaking of that man in charge…

Suspect 3: Hubcap

It feels so very in-character for creator Nick Roche to leave a giant glaring clue right out in the open for us to gush over after the series is finished and in this case, I believe it to be the ever-so-unlikely timid and polite administrator Hubcap. His posturing is wonderfully rendered by Nick and with such grace that it stood out to me. How did this guy get in the position he’s in? What’s his backstory? Nice of you to ask, because it delivers us another juicy piece of the puzzle: motivation.


The Keyser Soze of Transformers?

The only historical data we have on Hubcap is that he was friends with the ill-fated Pipes. I say ill-fated because he was sent to an early grave by Overlord who was on The Lost Light.  The reason he was on The Lost Light in the first place was because of a covert operation Prowl conducted and has yet to be reckoned with for.

It does seem like a stretch, but there is plenty of back story to dive into for Hubcap as the issues of this comic continue.  There’s even a mention by Roadbuster about special “frequencies” going on in his brain. Frequencies that could perhaps make a lot of… noise?  So much so that his mind could resemble… a maze?

If you really think about Hubcap, there’s a lot of questions that we don’t have the answers to yet. How did he get to be on the operations side of the Wreckers?  Does he want to be there, or was he stationed? Is he more of a threat than he seems?

Hubcap certainly appears to be the least comfortable with his armaments on the closing spread, but could this be another red herring to make him seem even less threatening? Is he the Darth Darth Binks of the IDW Universe?!  There’s four issues left, so enjoy the ride!

Suspect 4: Sideways

Along the same thought-lines as Noisemaze comes the vaporous and deceiving Sideways.  Did you know that Noisemaze was his Japanese name? It all starts to make sense now doesn’t it…


It’s time for someone to get an updated toy!

Sideways is an especially delicious suspect for the ringleader because of what his existence always seems to be a precursor to: Unicron. IDW has been very careful not to open the lid on the Unicron can for the past 10 years and with good reason. The coming of the Beachball of Doom if oft times used as the final moneyshot of a series and is the penultimate event that ever seems to happen in a Transformers saga.  It is truly difficult to out-do a titanic demon planet god once you’ve done it but if they ever do go down that road, it will most likely be incredibly drawn out and be a very long con.  Sideways could be a great way to start sowing the Unicron seeds.

How would Sideways feel as a villain without Unicron?  There are plenty of ways to skirt that issue and have him exist beyond being an agent of the Chaosbringer.  For instance, perhaps he is a NAIL that has gone rogue.  Maybe he’s a creation of the Quintessons instead. He could be form an entirely different race of robotic beings. The options are there and I would be delighted to see this slippery fellow join us on journey of Sin.

Suspect 5: Megatron (Beast Wars)

This is the big one.  I don’t have a lot of proof for this, I just feel this would be an amazing way to introduce a huge villain that could really shake things up in the IDW universe.  We’ve lost Megatron to the Autobots, but as Yoda said “There is a another.” Galvatron is turing out to be a sort of despot villain but what about a terrorist from a lost colony looking to reclaim their homeworld? Could that be the origins of IDW Beast Wars Megatron?  It would certainly seem topical for today’s social issues and elevate the big purple dinosaur to Phase-sixer level fear status.


You want it to be me, yesssss…

If I was writing this story, I’d want access to some really awesome characters that have been waiting in the wings. Nick didn’t come back to this just to let Springer of the leash, he wants to really put another mark on the Transformers comics and after what he and James started with Overlord, I am positive they have a taste for greatness.  Beast Wars Megatron would be, in my opinion, one of the last major “Oh no you DIDN’T!” fangasm characters left to appear in the modern Transformers era.

The only problem is… what is his name?  It certainly won’t be fucking Megatron, but this would also be a wonderful opportunity to put his name on the map!

Suspect 6: Entirely new characters

It’s also entirely feasible that Prowl’s captor(s) is someone we’ve never seen and it will be a completely new character like Turmoil or Rung. If that’s the case, I’m not going to sit here and bore you with my made-up fan fiction characters because that would be more torturous than putting me in a metal box to melt my way out of.

I hope you enjoyed the read and here’s to waiting for the next issue!


Titans Return with… Headmaster Astrotrain


Nasty, nasty boys

New York Comic Con is happening RIGHT NOW and last night’s Hasbro Transformers panel was anything but underwhelming.  All the thunder was stolen from the night before when we saw amazing figures like Deluxe Skullsmasher, Hardhead, Leader Blaster, and most impressively, Voyager Galavtron with a tiny Megatron Headmaster (named Nucleon).

The masters are back!  They are trying to consolidate all the different types of little ‘master’ partners by giving them the even more confusing name “Titan Masters”, which really has nothing to do with the Titan scale toys we’ve grown so fond of.  Hey, whatever.  Decisions have to be made and the final product looks like a ton of fun!

The boring thing about last night was their big reveal: Voyager Sentinel Prime who is comic-book orange and takes flight and rail as a triple-changer that looks eerily similar to our big gray and purple friend above.  Better jettison some weight.


MP9 Masterpiece Rodimus vs New Masterpiece Hot Rod


Who wore it better?

A friend of mine posted this image to Faceballz today and we started discussing it.  I love you Hot Rod, but you’ve got a bit of Optimus Primal disease.

I’ve taken the liberty to re-adjust the proportions of his waist-down and head to match his upper body.  It looks heavenly, but we can wish in one hand…


Not the Hot Rod we want, but the Hot Rod we deserve.

If anything, this has brought to light just how incredible MP9 really was, in terms of concept and design.  The production quality did suffer, but it was a very ambitious Masterpiece figure that I hope will begin to grow on people because the figure had really incredibly accurate vehicle and robot modes.  The modes were to a level that I really don’t feel many Transformer toys can match.

Here is another comparison look at MP9, the new Hot Rod, and our dream-version of Hot Rod front and center.  Le sigh.


Salt in the wound.


Join Masterpiece Shockwave and Hot Rod on their 3 week Machu Picchu hiking trip – bring a back pack!


First time hiking, guys?

Divine powers continue to wash us over with delights as new full-color photographs featuring Masterpiece Shockwave and Masterpiece Hot Rod hit the web today. It’s of note that TFsource posted grainier versions with “DO NOT COPY” plastered all over them.  I lol’d.

The full photos displaying the accessories and alt-modes are just as glorious as the initial reveal a few days ago.  There’s just one aspect shared by both of these guys that I can’t help but mention and that’s the absolutely enormous backpacks. It looks like these dudes independently graduated college and heading out on a quest to ‘find themselves’ in a foreign land. I suppose neither took the time to watch or read “Wild” either.

Backpacks aside, both of these are just simply awesome additions to the Masterpiece line.  Shockwave appears to have a lot of customization available such as options of styles of hands (clear or opaque), his own “Shockwave” gun, a detachable hose, and you can even omit his cannon-hand!


Look at the hands!!!

Hot Rod still looks a little bit like two different sized robots cut in half and re-attached at the waist.  He also appears to be following a bit in the footsteps of Masterpiece Rodimus Prime with his accordion style chest transformation.  Well, we just can’t have it all and I cannot wait to get these guys in hand.  Great work TakaraTomy!


MP27 is Laserwave or Shockwave – God hath smiled upon thee this day


Praise be, praise be.

In a stunning turn of events, it appears today we have been given concrete proof that there is a God. For some strange reason, the only news outlets reporting this momentous and unexpected revelation are Transformers Fan websites.

More on this story at a 11.  Back to you Roddy.


Hasbro’s MP Bluestreak holds a secret – New Masterpiece Megatron coming?



Well hello there Mr. Tron, and Cron… and you too Bumblebutt


My coworker and I just received our MP Bluestreaks from Toys R Us and the packaging contains some mighty interesting line art.  Anyone familiar with these types of ‘diagram’ drawings in the packaging knows they almost always reflect real product.  In this packaging, you can see Optimus in his MP-10 rendition.  The interesting things of note here are a brand new slavishly G1 Megatron (with huge feet!), a slightly beefed up Bumblebee that is at least reminiscent of the Masterpiece figure, and my personal favorite, a G1 Unicron in planet mode!  The Unicron is the most surprising and least likely to be based off a toy.  In fact, it almost looks exactly like Floro Dery source material.  The other bots though?  Your guess is as good as mine, but wouldn’t it just be nice, for once, to be right??


Combiner Wars Victorion has been revealed


This pretty much sums up fan reaction to Victorion. Colorscheme: Accurate! Thanks Allen for this funny tidbit.

All I’ll say is that I was expecting all the female characters we know and love to become the parts that combine into Victorion.  I was NOT expecting a bunch of inverted-Seacon-colored genericons.  I didn’t like this idea to begin with and am definitely not stoked on the results.  Oh well, kudos for trying something new.

combiner wars victorion

The bitch is back! Photo from Seibertron.com


Quintessons finally get some t-shirt love – The Five Face

Guilty or Innocent?

Guilty or Innocent?

This tee at RIPT Apparel today hits all the right buttons: All five of them.  Who doesn’t love a minimalist sharkticon in place of a Trademark symbol?  Will we see this tee showing up at Botcon 2015?  Only time will tell.


Identity of MTMTE Tarn revealed!

Identity of Tarn revealed


Oh and while we’re at it, Fun Pub is doing a SMASHING job of running Botcon.

That was sarcasm!  They fucking suck!


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. trailer released today – The Return of Megatron!!

For those of you who don’t know, the original design of G1 Megatron, or Microchange Gun Robo to be more specific, came from a 1960’s show called “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

Who knew that years later, even this stuff would be rebooted into a modern era film?  The even bigger question is this: Will the true form of Megatron return!?  According to the screen cap below, the answer is a resounding “It’s hard to tell exactly, but it looks like it may be!”


Welcome to 2015, Mr. Tron