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Sins of the Wreckers Issue 3 iTunes preview – here are the details (spoilers)

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Don’t even try to tell me these aren’t the same guy

Bombs are dropping!! For Prowl, this is more than just a figurative saying as we take a look into his past.  Nick Roche writes us back into the infancy of the big war with the Decepticons and borrows some nuggets from James Roberts well-weaved plot titled “Shadowplay”, part of More Than Meets the Eye. There was lots of deception going on back then, and the Autobots and the corrupt senate were right in the thick of it.  The recent characterization of Prowl is coming to head as we learn more and more about the skeletons in his 7 million year-old closet.

We finally get a look at Mesothulas, Prowl, and one very conspicuous and silent bot which I am going to go ahead and call out as pre-war Hubcap.  Here he is:

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Oh don’t mind creepy old me.

A new theory appears!

Mesothulas could potentially be a combination of BOTH Sideways and Tarantulas.  Funpub pre-Beast Wars Tarantulas was a motorcycle after all, and the character we see here definitely has bike parts.  The head sculpt seems to feature aspects of of both of Armada Sideways’ heads as well as the mutant heads from the toy of Tarantulas and Blackarachnia, as indicated below.

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Images totally ganked from tfu.info

Is the excitement building for you? Is Mesothulas going to be IDW’s Tarantulas, Sideways, or something… else?  Hopefully we learn more in the short wait for issue 3!  THIS Collecticon is sure looking forward to it.

Check out the 3 page preview here.

 

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Prowl’s captor gets a name… or psuedonym?

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Are your spidey-senses tingling yet?

The iTunes preview of “Sins of the Wreckers” issue 2 came out today and boy did it not waste any time!  We are back in the Noisemaze with Prowl and we get a name for his captor, although it doesn’t appear to be his current name.  “Mesothulas” is what Prowl calls him, a new name.  We also are treated to some cool visuals of a mummified Prowl in what appears to be a giant spider web.  Did you know that “Mesothelae” is a sub-order of the Arachnid Family? Sure seems like someone I’ve heard of before

Knowing how these stories are often constructed, I didn’t expect the reveal of Prowl’s captor to be so obvious, but maybe there is more going on than we can even suspect yet. Whomever has him appears to be the victim of one of Prowl’s schemes from very early in the war, and probably post MTMTE: Shadowplay era.

See all the preview of the pages for yourself at Seibertron.com.

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

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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”.

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Evvvvil

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.

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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.

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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…

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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 IDW ever goe 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 from 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 turning out to be a 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.

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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!

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Masterpiece 16 and 17 – Prowl and Smokescreen. Where’s Silverstreak?

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More Autobot car brothers coming our way, thanks TakaraTomy!

Today Big Bad Toy Store broke the news about the next set of Masterpiece Transformers, which look to follow suit of Sideswipe and Red Alert: Prowl and Smokescreen!  Also mentioned recently was a repaint of Sideswipe into Tigertracks.  I guess we can expect a Deep Cover or Clampdown really soon as well.

So what else could this mean for future Masterpieces?  Of course Silverstreak… or maybe even, just maybe… a real BLUE Streak…

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A girl can dream, can’t he?

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TakaraTomy Transformers 2010 Primus

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Why so blue?

This little news story seemed to slide under the radar for most folks but TF2005.com has reported a redeco of Cybertron Primus as the 5th 2010 campaign exclusive. Wow, do we really need another super expensive redeco!??! At least Unicron came with a sweet new head. At least Cybertron appears to be silver this time, but a better decision would’ve been to make it a Golden Age of Cybertron Primus. You can’t win ’em all.

The figure will be a Toy Hobby Market exclusive, just like Corpse Convoy. The price is 9450 yen which transfers to about $105. This might be the first 2010 toy that I pass on.

Oh yeah, white Animated Prowl too.

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The Animated Prowl you always wanted.