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Geekology – Masterpiece Tracks & Road Rage

The Geekology team take a look at the Masterpiece releases of Tracks from G1 and Road Rage from what some know as Neo-G1.

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Episode Review: Beast Wars S01 Ep03 “The Web”

With the pilot episode out of the way, which I’ve already taken a look at in more detail previously, Beast Wars’ first season can commence properly with its third episode, The Web. Now that we’ve been introduced – albeit briefly in some cases – to all of the show’s primary cast, it’s time for the series to start giving characters their own episodes, and as the title implies it focuses on one of the shows 8-legged villains as well as a personal favourite of mine…

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Game Review – Transformers: Battle For Cybertron

Looking at the title, you’d be mistaken into thinking that this is the latest in the series of games from Activision for contemporary consoles, based on the extensive Fall Of Cybertron video game series. Well, although Activision isn’t directly credited in the game, to a degree this is correct as the Generations-based series moves away from consoles to the lucrative online slots genre…

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Could The Transformers Movie Franchise Take A Leaf Out Of Marvel’s Book?

Things have come on a long way for the Transformers movie franchise. It’s been 30 years since the first cinematic outing for Transformers with the animated film back in 1986 which is still held with incredibly high regard by fans across the globe for it’s depth, animation, voice acting and thumping rock soundtrack, it’s the live action movies helmed by Michael Bay that have helped bring Transformers back to a mainstream audience for the last decade.

Despite having four movies under his belt and with a fifth, The Last Knight, in the early states of production, the hard core fans haven’t quite warmed to them as much as the studio would have liked. There’s no denying that they are huge box office hits, have generated millions in terms of merchandise sales and have reinvigorated the franchise and brought Transformers to a new generation of fans who are discovering a plethora of toys, ranges and characters beyond BayFormers but there’s still something lacking…

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Episode Review: Beast Wars S01 Ep02 “Beast Wars, Part 2”

Following on from my review of the opening episode of Beast Wars, the two parter continues where the story left off, with Optimus Primal and Predacon turncoat Dinobot bringing their head-to-head to a close as they challenged each other over the position for the leadership of the Maximals…

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Geekology – Masterpiece Ramjet

The Geekology team take a look at Takara Tomy’s limited release Masterpiece MP-11NR Ramjet.

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Geekology – Arms Micron Leo Prime

The Geekology team take a look at Takara’s Arms Micron Transformers release, AM-28 – Lio Convoy/Leo Prime.

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Episode Review: Beast Wars S01 Ep01 “Beast Wars, Part 1”

G1 was never my thing. Born in 1971, Star Trek and Star Wars were really the two main sci-fi “franchises” that I grew up with and yes, I’m one of those people who actually remember seeing Star Wars (before it was given the Episode IV subtitle) in the cinema. As such, Transformers passed me by first time around and I’d already hit my teens by the time Transformers reached our shores and our television screens.

I had no interest and I didn’t make the conscious decision to watch any episodes of any show until I was “persuaded” to by Sven Harvey, a couple of years after Beast Wars started to air in America and it’s that show that I have to thank to becoming a fan of Transformers. But I digress. Watching that show became a pivotal moment for me. If it hadn’t been for Beast Wars, I probably wouldn’t have given the go-ahead for Infinite Frontiers to start publishing The Cybertronian Times and I certainly don’t think Auto Assembly would have started (or at least not as part of Infinite Frontiers) nor would I have been involved. The rest, as they say, is history.

But that’s in the past. Right now, I’m taking a look back at the series, episode by episode, to see if they have managed to stand the test of time, starting with the pilot…

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Transformation: Opening My Optics To The Rest Of The Transformers World

Up until several years ago, I was a Transformers G1 cartoon fan. I genuinely struggled to get into anything that was not G1 cartoon, or a toy that came from the G1 cartoon. This may not sound like much of a Transformers fan to many of you. The Transformers universe is so diverse now with a history of many different iterations of it, that there’s much for a big fan to enjoy.

I tried to get into Armada but didn’t think it was that good, and despite Hot Rod being my favourite Transformer and never having owned a Hot Rod toy, I even declined to buy the Battle In Space Rodimus and Cyclonus set because the Rodimus toy only had two exhaust pipes on his arms, and for me this was just too far a step from the original Hot Rod’s look. Now however, I actually do own that Rodimus toy (albeit a repaint – which I do think looks more G1 accurate!) and I’ve expanded my love for Transformers to other areas of the universe.

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Game Review:- Transformers – Commodore 64 / Spectrum (Ocean Software)

Gaming has always been my first love, right since the 1970s and despite the high-street presence of the toys and comics and daily serialised screening of the G1 cartoon, I tried to avoid Transformers first time around. However, as someone who was passionate about gaming on the Commodore 64, I was eager to own as many games as possible for the classic 8-bit system so buying the Transformers game from Ocean software when it was released in 1985 was no exception.

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