Lots of folks on my timeline are very excited about the new Bumblebee trailer this morning. I certainly concede that it doesn’t look very Bay, which is of course a wonderful thing. I also acknowledge that the robot design’s styling leans more towards G1 (he’s a Beetle!) than the wretched Bay aesthetic. At the same time, my relationship with the live-action Transformers movieverse is so deeply wounded after the horrors of the Bay movies that it will take more than a trailer for a new film looking less Bay-like for me to be able to assume any position of positivity.
But, yeah, of course I hope it’s good. I want to enjoy Transformers films because I love Transformers. And I love films. I don’t enjoy hating Transformers films. And I don’t enjoy the polarising effect they’ve had on the fandom.
Fanstoys’ Transformers: The Movie range grows further, and with an MP I’ve been dying for. I do wonder though when the adulation for this company will start to wane. Its first release, Quakewave, was a classic, but sadly still probably the best figure the company has released.
I concede that Fanstoys Grinder is the ‘better’ fit on the Masterpiece shelf (and he sits on mine), especially when among his Fanstoys brothers. But for me the official MP (in this instance the Hasbro V1) remains the ‘better’ realisation of the Autobot Grimlock.
I shall not yet again go on about my overwhelming dislike of the Bay films. However, I think this take on a Megatron that is both recognisably G1 but also more anatomically human is fascinating – and infinitely preferable to the hideous aesthetic we saw in the films.
Why is the IDW Transformers: The Animated Movie not on Comixology? I absolutely adore Don Figueroa’s Transformers work, as I do Guido Guidi’s. And you have no idea how much I wish Joe Madureira had done some Transformers.
This battle damaged version of Wei Jiang’s MPP10 is absolutely incredible, especially for the price. I presume it’s hand painted as the finish is superb. They’ve absolutely nailed that rusty, faded red and blue, too. The contrast with vanilla MPP10 is an absolute joy.
Here’s a snippet (by me) from a wider conversation about the current plot/direction of IDW’s Lost Light Transformers comic series. It’s a subject close to my heart for reasons that hopefully I’ll be able to divulge at some point in the who-knows-when-or-if future:
“Typically is most fiction the ‘bad’ guys are characterised by the oppressive rulers – think The Empire/First Order from Star Wars, to name one of countless examples. The ‘good’ guys, meanwhile, are the freedom fighters (Rebels/Resistance) who seek to assert individuality. On that reading, in a lot of TF fictions the Autobots are the establishment elite and the Decepticons fight for freedom from that rule. In the case of Transformers there are of course a thousand other nuances which upend this argument, although none of that presents a big a problem as the fact that what each side is actually fighting for is frequently vague and undefined. These things, however, are definitely a problem that Roberts has identified and attempted to tackle, at least from what I have read.
“And spot on about the robots being humanised – always have been, and have to be really. Which again leads to another problem. With humanisation comes the natural veer towards human problems – relationships, procreation, mortality. None of which is addressed by the basic TF narrative model. I personally find it impossible to conjure a compelling TF universe that, as a result, doesn’t take all of these elements into account and try and construct the universe around them. Which is actually ideal as it gives the writer tremendous freedoms to sculpt something original that serves whatever their narrative goals may be.”
One of the things I’m most enjoying about MP-39 Sunstreaker is exploring how his differences from MP-12 so ably demonstrate the evolution of the Takara Masterpiece.
Having MP-39 alongside MP-12 really highlights how much the Masterpiece line has evolved, even since the MP-10 ‘reboot’. These modern releases have clearly been influenced by the third party market, with higher part counts, greater posability and, of course, an elevated price. I still love MP Sideswipe (and in some ways perhaps prefer the simplicity of the old MP cars, possibly?) but there’s no denying that Takara has taken the 3P model and proved that it can still lead the market. MP-39 is leaps and bounds ahead of Badcube’s Sunsurge, undoubtedly.