Before he was Drift, he was Deadlock. Before he was the sword-wielding Autobot spiritualist we all know and love, he was a gun-toting Decepticon enforcer who made life hell for any Autobot that crossed his path.
Thunderclash is quite possibly the most popular Autobot in history, much to the chagrin of some other Autobots who shall remain nameless. *cough* Rodimus *cough*
Using the Transformers Combiner Wars Battle Core Optimus Prime as the base, this set from Reprolabels finally brings this popular character to life!
Get a set of your own: http://toyhax.com/for-classics/1891-labels-for-cw-battle-core-optimus-thunderclash.html
Trailcutter generates force fields and saves the day. That’s what he does. Is it too much to ask for a little recognition?
Hoist is just a mid-ranking maintenance engineer who takes each day as it comes. He is also the star of the wildly popular More Than Meets The Eye (MTMTE) comic book AND the mascot and namesake of this website and the related YouTube channel and Facebook Page (and Twitter account, etc.). A maintenance engineer’s work is NEVER done.
Ultra Magnus is the Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord and First Officer of the Lost Light. His fantastic Combiner Wars figure finally fills the hole in everyone’s collection for a classically styled Ultra Magnus while also giving a nod to his appearance in IDW Comics’ More Than Meets The Eye (MTMTE) by having Minimus Ambus be the load-bearing bot inside the armor.
Lots of cool new Transformers toys were revealed at the New York City Toy Fair this past weekend! Combiner Wars was well represented and we even learned of a couple of new Robots in Disguise Warrior (Deluxe) Class figures!
As the Old Year ends and before the New Year begins, I thought it would be fun to look back on the bots that were added to my collection over the past year. Some of these may have been released in years prior, but they didn’t get to me until 2014. Let’s get started…
What you love about MTMTE. What keeps you coming back for more?
You mean besides giant alien transforming robots? Ok. How about the humor, drama, great art and most especially, the easter eggs/subtle hints of things to come.
In issue #1, we got our fist clue. It wasn’t hidden. In fact, it was the last half of the last page. The list of don’ts.
Then there was the whole “Nineteen Eighty-Four” mantra of the giant yellow robots that we find out later (much later) are actually Legislators, sent by Chief Justice Tyrest to apprehend Skids. We first meet Skids and the Legislators in issue #2.
Then we get another clue, dug up by Tailgate, in issue #5 that, perhaps, “Nineteen Eighty-Four” might refer to Section 19, Subsection 80, Paragraph 4 of the Tyrest Accord that is an unimportant section that Ultra Magnus glossed over, which is a HUGE indication of just how unimportant it is if Ultra Magnus skipped it.
Then, it wasn’t until issue #20 that we finally find out that that Tailgate’s instinct was correct and that Skids was, in fact guilty of violating Tyrest Accord section 19 (80) 4.
That is 18 issues between the set up and the payoff. A time period of over a year! It’s things like this – the subtle clues and hints that you don’t even realize are important at the time that makes one pay attention to every little detail because you never know what is going to be important in a year and a half and what isn’t. This also make re-reading the series so much more satisfying because one can pick on these things during the second third or twentieth time reading the series.
It is truly a great series, arguably the best Transformers fiction ever, and I hope it continues for a long, long time.
One thing you wish would happen, regardless of how unrealistic it might be
I want to see an epic titan battle. Wait. We got that.
I want to see Optimus Prime being awesome! Oh, got that too.
I want to see some fembots! What? They’re already here?
OK, fine. How about Megatron as an Autobot? No way that’s going to happen! You’re kidding me. It’s really going to happen?
Fine. I want to see what is in Brainstorm’s briefcase. Oh, and I want to see if he’s going to put the point-one-percenter spark that he took from Luna 1 in it.
A Voice That You Associate With A Character
From this crowd (and of those who have speaking lines) the only ones that I usually read with a particular voice are Cyclonus, Perceptor, Ultra Magnus and Ratchet – their G1 voices. I also ALWAYS read Optimus Prime with Peter Cullen’s voice.
There are other that I would read in their G1 voice because it was so distinctive but they either haven’t had speaking roles yet (like Cosmos, Powerglide and Inferno) or aren’t in this comic, yet (like Megatron, Starscream and Ironhide).
Amazingly, I don’t read Hoist as having an English accent like he was portrayed in G1 even though that made him so unique. It might also have a bit to do with the fact that he hasn’t had a lot of scenes and his Spotlight was too fast-paced and action-packed for me to think of any particular voice inflection.