More news on the Transformers Figure Subscription Service front today as Fun Publications has posted mock-up picks of “Thrustinator”, the BW Waspinator/BM Thrust mash-up who debuted in comic preview pages yesterday. Rather than being any sort of extensive remold of a newer Waspinator figure (the resources for which are generally out of bounds for club or convention figures), this is a redeco of the original BWII Dirgegun, which was an extensive retool of the original Waspinator toy. Thrustinator does feature a new head, itself a clear combination of the Beast Wars character and his Vehicon General alter-ego.
In their listing for the toy, Amazon Japan has posted some very clear, high-resolution pictures of the upcoming G2 version of Masterpiece Sideswipe. These photos are of a handpainted prototype of the toy, but they show him with his signature giant stubby guns, spiked tires, machete-sword, and best of all giant freaking sneer from Derek Yaniger‘s art in the Transformers: Generation 2 comic book.
More pictures of the toy, including his vehicle mode with both comic-based and toy-based stickers, can be found on Amazon Japan.
Over on the Transformers Club site today they posted 7 preview comic pages for an upcoming club comic, one of which reveals the identity of yet another TFSS 2.0 figure: Thrustinator, who seems to be a Waspinator character based on the BWII Dirgegun toy. There’s also a peek at the club’s version of Rewind and Chromedome, Treadshot, Ironfist, and some others, so it’s worth checking out.
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.
We 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.
James 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:
Hold 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”?
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?