TFCC Shows Off Rewind With New Head Sculpt For 2014

TFSSRewindPerhaps not a big surprise to anyone after they showed off the turnarounds for a Nick Roche-designed Chromedome head, the Transformers Collectors’ Club has unveiled another figure planned for the Subscription Service next year: Rewind!

The toy itself is based on the Transformers United Rumble and Frenzy toys, so no massive Deluxe-size Rewind towering over things.

The head sculpt was also designed by Nick Roche, and it’s very loyal to his MTMTE design including a little camera on the side of his helmet.

Sadly Fun Pub seems to be having trouble with their own site today, so if you want more information on this toy it’s off to their Facebook post with ya.

In Stores Today – 9/4/2013

…a big fat nothing.

Seriously, not even any super-limited graphic novels this time.

But if you’re going to the store there’s a big crazy X-Men event starting up, and something’s going on with DC’s villains, and Death’s Head fan Kieron Gillen’s creator-owned book Uber has an issue out today.

Or you could reread one of the three books that came out last week.

Trans4mers News Roundup!

TRANSFORMERS-AGE-EXTINCTIONWe here at Iacon Underground aren’t prone to salivating over the live-action Transformers movies, but with a steaming pile of news having just been plopped on the internet about Transformers 4 (sadly not officially “Trans4mers”, though you’ll never stop people from calling it that) it’s worth a quick wrap-up.

First off, the name: The fourth installment of the movie franchise will be called Transformers: Age of Extinction. So no big departure from the series’ history of obtuse subtitles there.

The extinction of what, you may ask? After a week of rumors, leaks, and reports from the set, Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has confirmed that the Dinobots will finally be making an appearance this time. Considering they’ve been rumored for every Transformers movie since the first one, I’m surprised it took this long for someone out there to notice how much pop culture as a whole loves them.

There’s also a continuing focus on China as shooting continues, with more US locations covered in Chinese signs and di Bonaventura confirming the Dinobots to the Beijing News as well as reassuring them that “The world’s coolest, most exciting cars will appear in the film, including Chinese vehicles…”. Is Transformers: Age of Extinction following the current American action movie trend of pandering to overseas audiences?

And Transformers: Age of Extinction is still aiming for a June 27th, 2014 release. Mark those calendars! – but mark ’em in pencil.

Review: More Than Meets The Eye #20 [Spoilers]

TF_MTMTE_20_cvrAJames Roberts. The man giveth with one hand, and then taketh away with the other.

Over the course of its run, More than Meets The Eye has offered us plenty of mysteries and tantalizing hints, some of which were answered early on and others that have remained, to tease and tickle our imaginations.  As some mysteries got their explanation, new ones were planted for future story lines. In this issue we are offered the resolution to one of the mysteries that has been around since the very beginning of this comic’s run:

What’s the deal with Skids and his memories?

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Preview ‘n Review: More Than Meets the Eye #20 [Spoiler Free]

TF_MTMTE_20_cvrBHold on tight, guys: We’ve reached the penultimate issue of More Than Meets The Eye‘s “Season 1” ender Remain In Light, and the plot’s not gonna slow down for laggards! Unlike Getaway and his playful “bomp”s, this issue pulls no punches, and the end left me slack-jawed, shell-shocked, and envying people who wait for the trades and don’t have to go a full month between issues.

The bulk of the issue focuses on revealing one of the mysteries that’s been in the background of the story for most of the series’ run: What was Skids doing before he showed up, what happened to his memories, what’s the deal with that gun he keeps forgetting he’s holding, and why is he being chased by giant robots accusing him of “thought crimes”?

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Linkin Park Soundwave Now Available Online

LinkinParkSoundwaveIf you like your toys to shatter into a cloud of golden glitter after a decade in storage, then this news is for you: The limited edition Linkin Park Soundwave, complete with matching Ravage, Lazerbeak, Buzzsaw, and Ratbat, is now available in LA-based SURU’s online store for a mere $150.

Based on the original G1 Soundwave mold, the special Linkin Park Soundwave is made almost entirely from gold plastic with a few gold chrome accents and is ready to use weaponized rap rock against all who oppose Megatron’s rule. Can you get $150 of enjoyment out of this toy before the plastic completely disintegrates?

Death’s Head Makes His HeroClix Debut

DeathsHeadHeroclixGame Trade Magazine has images from the upcoming Invincible Iron Man HeroClix set, and as some had theorized (well, me and my roommate, at the very least) the set will include Death’s Head!

WizKids Games, makers of HeroClix, ran a poll last year to let fans choose an upcoming character and Death’s Head beat out characters like Silver Sable, Hellcat, and Annihilus to become a HeroClix mini. The Freelance Peacekeeping Agent has been a thorn in Iron Man’s side lately thanks to British writer Kieron Gillen, who like so many of his generation in the UK grew up with Marvel UK’s Transformers comics, so it makes all kinds of sense to include him in this set.

The only downside is Death’s Head here is in his lowly human-sized form, forced on him by the Seventh Doctor, so no 30-foot DH HeroClix action for us. Still, it’s a great figure, yes?

TF Prime: Season 3 now on Netflix!

The title pretty much says it all. I don’t have The Hub anymore, so I haven’t seen any of this season. Therefore, anyone who spoils it in the comments will be fed to the Sharkticons.

I’m blocking out some time to binge-watch the season on Saturday night/Sunday morning. I do hope you all will join me. Feel free to discuss the season, spoilers and all, in the forums!

TFCC Reveals Second Subscription Figure For 2014

TFSS BarricadeThe Transformers Collectors’ Club has just revealed the second of their 2014 Subscription Service toys: Barricade, based on the Beast Hunters Prowl mold! A mock-up of the toy has been posted over on their site for the toy reveal, including a vehicle mode. This is, understandably enough, not one of the TFSS toys getting a new head sculpt for next year.

Chinese legislators try banning TF – in 1989!

Just something I found while digging through the Lexis-Nexis article database, which might help explain the current upsurge of TF activity in the Asian market…

The Associated Press

February 19, 1989, Sunday, AM cycle

Legislators Urge Ban Of U.S. Television Cartoon

SECTION: Business News

LENGTH: 270 words

DATELINE: BEIJING

Twenty Chinese lawmakers have condemned a futuristic U.S. television cartoon as poison and urged the government to ban broadcasts of “The Transformers” and its toy characters, a report said Sunday.

The legislators “believe that the absurd ideological content of ‘The Transformers,’ especially its promotion of war as something good, will poison the next generation,” said the official People’s Daily said.

“The Transformers” is a futuristic cartoon about robots who can alter their shapes to become cars, planes and weapons, and who battle other evil robots.

The official Xinhua News Agency said it has been shown on Shanghai and Beijing television in translation, and several publishing houses have issued picture books of characters from the cartoon.

U.S.-made toys of the cartoon characters also have been sold in China for the “excessively expensive” price of about $$270 per set – nearly as much as the average Chinese worker makes in a year, the news agency said. The toys are sold in the United States by Hasbro Inc.

The legislators who objected to the program and toys are members of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, which meets periodically between annual sessions of the full congress.

The reports did not say if any government department had responded to the appeal or if the legislators planned to push for the whole congress to take some action on it.

The congress has had a real voice in drafting and approving laws only for the past few years, but legislation still is proposed by government ministries or the ruling Communist Party, not individual legislators.