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Combiner Wars Starscream beats on DOTM Barricade

Well the new game is out! So all you suckers that dropped mad cash on Earth Wars have a lot of soul-searching to day.

So far I’ve joined alliance RIPT Apparel in hopes to reach the top!  Looking forward to seeing how these two competing mobile games evolve. Remember kids: don’t spend money!

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The Leftovers is the best tv show in existence – catch up before it departs

Skepticism rises: “I thought this was a Transformers collecting blog…”

It’s not often that I choose to make mention of a non-Transformers piece of pop-culture on this spare blog, but this is my only outlet for writing so this is where I have chosen to make my stand; and that stand is that “The Leftovers” on HBO is currently the greatest drama on television of the three years it has been running.

Originally advertised to “Game of Thrones” fans on Sunday nights, the trailers left me uninterested in the what I believed to be predictable story line about The Rapture. I was dead wrong. The first season semi-follows the path laid out by author Tom Perrotta in his novel by the same name, but season two took the express space-bridge to Cybertron when they transplanted their cast to a sleepy Texas town. Without spoiling anything, season 2 was gripping, mysterious, and left you hungry to answers each episode. If season 1 was a B-, Season 2 was a letter that comes before A that the human race hasn’t invented yet.

With future of the show uncertain at the time of season 2’s finale, fans took to the streets dressed as the Guilty Remnant and stalked HBO’s NYC Headquarters with handwritten “renew” signs. This is definitely the kind of fandom action and cosplay I can get behind. It is unclear if the staged cult event had any bearing on HBO’s decision, but it seems execs reluctant compromised to the give the show another season… labeled as the last one.

There must be something freeing about knowing the work you are toiling on has some finality to it. I believe the ending of season 2 manifested from the uncertainty of a season 3 or 4 and resulted in a somewhat acceptable finale if it were to become the end of the story. That is not the case however, and so the ending is even more satisfying, knowing that there is a chance to wrap up the really big mysteries. The writing team has profusely stated we will never get an answer to what the departure actually is… but the upcoming trailer teases us on that very premise.

I recommend watching this artful and excellent trailer, and if you’re on the edge of you seat like me, you must be saying “That phone call, WTF!!!”  Here’s hoping that Nora Durst can get some solace before episode 30.

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Someone fully animated a scene from More than Meets The Eye – Skids vs legistlators

Stop what you’re doing and watch this right now!

So this incredible piece of animation essentially uses the comic panels illustrated by Alex Milne in More Than Meets The Eye issue 2 as key frames for the sequence.  This must have been no easy feat…

The sound and voice acting is from a audio-comic fan retelling of the entire issue by a group calling themselves Team Train Wreck.  Their efforts are also well-received by this Collecticon and it also deserves a focus watch if you’re a fan of the comics. See below.

I’m simply breathless every time I see one of these intense fan creations to augment the already incredible comic book. If anything this just shows how much the core fanbase would love to see the More Than Meets The Eye storyline come to life in animated form.

I give a heart-felt thank you to the fans that are spending their free time contributing to these types of projects and I simply cannot wait for the next batch!!!

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More MPM-3 Masterpiece Movie Bumblebee comparison images

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This thing is definitely growing on me, and I’m getting excited for Movie Transformers again!  Way to go Hasbro!

I am a little miffed why this is labeled MPM-3 when Hasbro never released anything under the movie masterpiece line… just a strange slight of hand there.  The MPM (masterpiece Movie) toyline only ever had two entries in its catalogue, MPM-1 Starscream, also known as Leader Starscream in the Hunt For The Decepticons Line, and MPM-2 Bumblebee, which was a repaint of Battle Ops Bumblebee.

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I have no idea where these images are from, but how did they get ahold of new photos of an unreleased MP figure!?

Later figures you might expect in a line called Masterpiece Movie were under Hasbro Asia only. So whatever guys, do what you want, just give us these awesome re-imagined figures!MPM3-masterpiece-movie-bumblebee-comparison-vehicle-car

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Leader Dark Spark Optimus Prime Revealed at Hong Kong Toy Show

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Guess who’s back, back.. back again, gain…

The second toy from the upcoming “The Last Knight” toyline was revealed at the Hong Kong Toyfair along with Masterpiece Movie Bumblebee. This time it is Shadow Spark Optimus Prime! We can surmise that this represents the evil Nemesis Prime version of Optimus that we’ve seen battling Bumblebee in the trailers thus far.  The color scheme is a little… weird, but the more depressing thing is that this is our first repackaged redeco from a previous movie line popping up.  We have a redeceo of Age of Extinction Leader Optimus Prime on our hands, complete with bizarro non-canon sword!

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Holy box art, Batman

Also revealed is the massive change in packaging which is focusing on box art instead of the toy! I guess  the robot characters were finally deemed to matter? Also notice that stupid logo for “Transformers: The Last Knight” is still in effect and this is also dubbed as part of a “premiere line.”

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Transformers Premium Movie Toy line revealed – Bumblebee displayed in Hong Kong

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Premium Bee

Today at the 2017 Hong Kong Toy Fair, Hasbro revealed the first of supposedly many Masterpiece Movie toys.  Of course Bumblebee is the first and it’s claimed to be an all new mold. But is that true?

Let’s take a look!

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Only the best giant Bumblebees of all time.

I have to admit that I was skeptical at first. A lot of the features of this ‘new mold’ of a giant Bumblebee looked awfully familiar.  After doing some quick analysis though, I am happy to announce that this new Bee is indeed all new! Very nice! Transformers designs truly do age like a fine wine after ten years.  Will this be the penultimate Bumblebee toy?  Chances are yes, at least this is the best we are likely to get for a very long time.

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Battle Ops / MPM2 Masterpiece Bumblebee on the left – 2017 Movie Masterpiece Bumblebee on the right.

The movie masterpiece line is expected to drop in July of 2017 and Bumblebee price starts at $79.99.  More to come surely!

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Topspin looks great… as Misfire!!

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I’m baaaack! – Digibash by Air Hammer

With photos of Titans Return Topspin surfacing and the reviews looking great, many are wondering who he might be redeco’ed or remolded into.  One very exciting possibility is Targetmaster Misfire whose loud pink color scheme has stood out over the years amidst his Decepticon allies. With rumors of a “Scavengers” comic story circulating, and Krok coming in wave 4, could wave 5 be full of rummaging Decepticons?

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Titans Return Wave 4 deluxes in the flesh – Quake, Krok, Topspin

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Fancy meeting you guys here.

The cat is out of the bag and the final mysteries of Titans Return wave 4 have been revealed!  Krok and Quake are redecos of Skullsmasher and Hardhead, as expected.  The colors are looking very nice on these end of era G1 bots.

If you want to see the full line-up, including Topspin, check out this minuscule image below.

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The gang’s all here, headless!

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Shia-watch 2016: Shia Labeouf got married and somehow we missed it.

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Hunk’a hunk’a burnin’ love

Merry Christmas, Collecticons!

I was awoken today when my girlfriend informed me that our very own Shia Labeouf was wed recently. The fact that I learned this from somewhere outside of the Transfandom shocked me so this Collecticon felt it was time to inform the rest of us.

In an (according to Shia himself) accidental turn of events, his wedding was live-streamed to the world.  You can view the live-streamed wedding below.

The reason my girlfriend informed me of this was because she is in holiday lethargy mode and was reading a list of people married in 2016. Go figure, this happened back in October!

All in all, congratulations guys and let’s hope we see this happy couple resurface in Transformers 6: The Search for Even More Money.

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Titans Return Orion Pax and Dion by Air Hammer

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Digibash by Air Hammer

Here’s another wishful thinking digibash now that Kup has been revealed to be an upcoming Titans Return figure.  Bring on the giftset!!