I've never liked the Transformers. The franchise didn't get its hooks into me as a kid, and while I've tried to give it a shot as an adult, it never really clicked. But now, with a recommendation from almost everyone I know and a well-timed Humble Bundle sale that left me with three years worth (and counting) of IDW's More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise comics, I'm going on a quest to see if these comics can turn me from someone who has never cared at all about Optimus Prime into someone who uses words like "Cybertron" and "alt-mode" with alarming regularity. And Primus help me, it's working.
This week, we're heading back to 2011 for "Chaos Theory" and the first meeting of Optimus Prime and Megatron!
We've seen a lot of "chibi" Optimus Prime figures in our time, but it looks like Hong Kong toymaker Kids Logic is going to take the cake for coolest lil' Transformers Autobot leader of 2014. Due out this month, the 6" figure features a signature "super deformed" sculpt without sacrificing the kind of articulation and detail fans are used to seeing from Hasbro and Takara's much taller offerings.
Hasbro and Takara's larger Transformers Optimus Prime figures have been sporting Autobot Matrix of Leadership-storing chest chambers for years now, but Action Toys' upcoming UM-1 Ultimetal Optimus Prime digs even deeper by giving toy fans a look at the Generation 1 version of the heroic leader's entire anatomy from the inside out via removable plates. Turns out robots-in-disguise are full of their own mechanical guts and black stuff.
I usually leave the fashion posts to Bethany Fong, our expert purveyor of all posts regarding sartorial splendor. But frankly, when I see a guy dressed as Grimlock, I call dibs. The folks at 80s Tees, just in time for Halloween, are providing Transformers fans with Optimus Prime and Grimlock inspired hoodies...
A few weeks back, we took a look at Amanda Visell's Wood Idols, a series of hand-carved, hand-painted wooden statues of pop culture icons. This week, Vissell's back with more, and they somehow manage to be even more awesome that first round...
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