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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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Fiction – Prime Target

This was it. Weeks of meticulous planning have led us all here, to this point right now. A single lapse, a moment of confusion, indecisiveness or just plain bad luck could destroy everything we’ve worked so hard to achieve. It was almost in my grasp. I reach out, willing my fingers to comply with my commands but everything stops. All my senses (and half functioning hearing) suddenly go into overdrive when I hear the creak which ricocheted like a gunshot up the stairs.

This wasn’t going to end well.

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Get Down With Jazz In The Cybertronian Times!

Right back to the early issues of our fanzine The Cybertronian Times the publication had a letters section. Whether our readers have wanted to comment on the fanzine itself or anything to do with all aspects of Transformers, we’ve always encouraged reader interaction in all ways with us. Just like the old Marvel G1 comics with their letters page, we’ve had our host for our letters. While Marvel may have turned to everyone’s favourite Dinobot with Grim Grams, we’ve handed control over to a certain high-speed, laid back Autobot…

Every issue you can send in your letters (okay emails in this modern age) to Jazz Jives! and we’ll try to publish as many as we can in each issue. If you have something to say about The Cybertronian Times, or want to get something off your chest about what’s happening in the world of Transformers, just drop us an email to contact@autoassembly.org.uk with Jazz Jives! in the subject line. You’ll be able to spot the letters section in future issues thanks to the great new logo design by our artist Paula Griffee!

If you missed the last issue, you can download it FREE at http://www.autoassembly.org.uk/Fanzines/TheCybertronianTimesIssue17DigitalEdition.pdf and our next issue will be available soon. To have a chance of seeing your letter in Issue 18, make sure it reaches us by the end of March 2016!

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Geekology: MP10 and Year Of The Horse

The Geekology team take a look at 4 of the releases of the MP-10 Convoy mould – MP-10, MP-10B, the UK release of Masterpiece Optimus Prime based on the mould and the Year Of The Horse Platinum Optimus Prime, at the request of an Auto Assembly attendee!

The original G1, G2 and black variations of the first Optimus Prime ty also appear for the sake of comparison and to explain one or two things.

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The History Of Transformers Video Games Part 1 – The 80s

It’s not just toys, television shows and comics where the Transformers franchise has been dominant for over 30 years. For almost as long as the brand has been in existence, we’ve been treated to a plethora of video games for almost every major platform. In this ongoing series, we’ll be looking at this chequered history of Transformers in gaming right from the very beginning. Accompanying this series, we’ll also be taking a more in-depth look at most of the games we’ll be talking about in separate reviews but more on this another time… This time, we’ll go right back to where it all began, back in the 1980s…

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The Cybertronian Times Issue 18 Preview

Work is well underway on the next issue of our Transformers fanzine, The Cybertronian Times and we felt that it was time to give you all a sneak preview of what’s coming up… As you all know, 2016 is the 20th Anniversary of Beast Wars so naturally we’re going to have some coverage of the ground-breaking show. We’ll have a special piece of pin-up artwork from our in-house artist Paula Griffee and this time it’s a piece requested by YOU, our readers, featuring Jazz and Tarn.

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Geekology: 1985 Triple Changers Plus!

The Geekology team take a look at the united colours of G1 Astrotrain & Blitwing (and eHobby Overcharge.)

This video covers the original 1985 releases of the two Decepticon Triple Changers, and the various different coloured Takara/eHobby and Hasbro reissues from the last 10-15 years.

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