Transformers: Age Of Extinction – Leader Class Optimus Prime Review

I enjoy the Michael Bay movies. There. I said it. However, with each movie, I make an empty promise to not buy as many of the toys this time around. Of course I break that promise every time.

Usually what leads me to break that promise is a sense that I have to complete a line or I really like the characters design. This time my motivations were a little more childish and petty. It was Christmas Day and my cousin’s young son had a Transformer that I didn’t. That was unacceptable to me so I sought one out.

Lo and behold, no more than a week later, I held in my hand Age of Extinction Leader-Class Optimus Prime. And I have to say, in-hand he looks a lot better than he does in pictures. Sure, he has the same issues but some things just look better when they’re right in front of you and this figure is one of them.

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My Favourite… Character – Rodimus

When presented with as open-ended a question as “describe your favourite something-or-other to do with Transformers”, one can find their mind quickly becoming as blank and featureless as the void Unicron was so fond of back in the old Marvel days. And so, after a good deal of back-and-forth and trying to be all clever-clever (my favourite non-Furman issue of Transformers UK!) I decided to keep things simple. My favourite character.

Except that’s not simple, because my favourite character is Hot Rod. Sorry, Rodimus Prime. Sorry, just Rodimus. Just Rodimus.

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Are There Any Good Transformers Slots? Let’s Take a Look…

These days, almost every franchise has at least one iGaming counterpart that fans and novices alike can enjoy. The Batman empire has at least six different slots on the go, while Jurassic Park, Game of Thrones and even shows like X Factor all have their own slots. Of course, this got us thinking about the possibility of a Transformers slot existing somewhere out there in the World Wide Web.

After all, our Auto Assembly inspirations are the very pinnacle of high tech and have reached every corner of the media world. There are movies, comic books, television series, toys, conventions, webisodes, spin-offs and almost everything else you can think of – so why not a slot.

Well, never fear fellow Autobot allies as there is indeed a Transformers slot out there that you can go and play (for free, might we add) right now.

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Transformers Toy Review: Titans Return – Deluxe Class Sergeant Kup with Flintlock

I don’t know what it says about me, but two of my favourite Transformers characters are Ironhide and Kup. The two cantankerous, bashed up old warriors. Both have similarities in their characters and both have had some pretty naff toys over the years although Kup can claim to be coming out ahead in that respect, if only by a tiny margin.

Ironhide finally got the figure he deserved last year with his Masterpiece release. Although I would love to see Kup get a masterpiece toy, I’m excited for what we’ve gotten this year. I’m happy to present Titans Return Deluxe-class Sergeant Kup.

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Making the Most Of Your Transformers Display

Adult collector conundrum 1: I love the things that I collect, I’ve got limited space to display them as it is and know I’ll want to get more in the future.

Adult collector conundrum 2: If I cram loads into my display case I can proudly display my collection, but none of them really stand out because there are so many in there.

These are the thoughts I had when I looked at my Transformers display recently. In particular my G1 toys bothered me, because they are in general smaller than the Masterpiece toys, they leave a lot of wasted space above them when they are in a display case…

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Transformers Toy Review: Titans Returns Broadside with Blunderbuss

The Generation 1 triple changes have been some of my favorite characters: Astrotrain who changed from a realistic NASA space shuttle to an old fashioned train was a cool contradiction of technologies. Octane was a fun anti-hero who, although he was a Decepticon, played the part of hero due to being hunted down by Galvatron. Springer was basically Han Solo, and thus was cool through his use of quips said with a smirk. And so on, and so on…

But then we have Broadside.

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Transformers, Roll Out! How Hasbro’s Robots took over the World

People of different ages from all over the world fell in love with the Transformers as early as September 17 1984, when the first episode of the 30-minute American animated TV series was launched. It did not take long before Transformers: The Movie was seen in cinemas in 1986 but grown-up fans wanted more, and filmmakers were listening.

A little over two decades later, the live action film titled Transformers debuted in 2007, followed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and the soon to be shown Transformers: The Last Knight. But it’s not just on television or in the movies that our favourite Transformer characters can be seen; they are practically everywhere. Read on for some of our favourites…

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10 Most Irritating Bay Movie-verse Characters

I see myself as something of an anomaly among  Transformers fans. I grew up with G1 and I like the Michael  Bay movies. What?! You heard me.

For what they are, I find them quite entertaining. That’s not to say I don’t recognise some of the huge issues that the movies have. No movies perfect. That’s just a fact of life. There’s always room for improvement and with this film series in particular. One of the many gripes people have with these films, is the way some characters are written or performed. For this list, I wanted to call out the most irritating characters in the Michael Bay Transformers movie-verse. Before I start, I want to be clear on a few things. This is my opinion. I do however, openly welcome discussion on the subject.

The other thing I want to be clear on is that this is in no way an attack on the actors in the roles. Whatever the reason for character being irritating, it all comes down to a series of choices made by the film-makers leading up to that performance. The last thing I want to do is unfairly bash a performer since I’ve seen most of them give solid performances elsewhere.

So, in no particular order, here are the most irritating movie-verse characters.

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Combiner Wars – Legends Class Powerglide Toy Review

When I was a kid, I had one Transformers VHS tape. It contained two episodes that I watched over and over again because that’s all I had until a few years later when my step-brother came along with more. Those two episodes were season three’s ‘Call Of The Primitives’ and ‘The Girl Who Loved Powerglide’ from season two. Because of this, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for ol’ Powerglide.

I was chuffed to bits when I saw that the Combiner Wars line was going to include a legend-class Powerglide. The next task; trying to get one in the UK, where distribution is insanely poor and uneven. Well, I managed to get one on the secondary market through a Facebook community.

What a great little figure. Hasbro have been releasing some damn fine figures in this scale lately. Now before I get all nostalgic and pop on my rose-tinted glasses, this is by no means a perfect figure, just that in my estimation it’s the best representation of the character that I’ve seen.

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Titans Return – Deluxe Triggerhappy Toy Review

Here we go with another Deluxe Titans Return review. This time I’ll be looking at Decepticon Triggerhappy and his Titan Master partner, Blowpipe. This figure came in wave 3 and what a pleasant surprise he was. I was born too late and missed the first coming of the Transformers. I got the tail-end of it. One of the toys I had was Targetmaster Triggerhappy. I have fond memories of that toy and how awesome it was. When he was announced for this line, my head just about exploded.  I was instantly transported back to childhood. My little fingers would get caught in some part of his transformation. It hurt but I kept going back to it cos it was just a damn good toy.

Now fast forward nearly 30 years and Hasbro have just about revisited every other character in their growing roster of updates, now it’s Triggerhappy’s turn. The result is a more than adequate deluxe figure with an incredible ingenious transformation process that looks great in both modes all while incorporating the latest gimmick. Sometime Hasbro still impresses.

The jet mode is fantastic looking and armed to the teeth. It’s so sleek and has barely any robot parts hanging out. Ok, if you turn him over you can quite plainly see his legs but when an alt-mode is pulled off so incredibly well at this scale, it really doesn’t matter. It replicates the colours of the G1 toy almost perfectly with its dark blue hull, grey cannons and gold-coloured fuselage (if that’s the correct term).

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