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Transformers Devastation Trailer

It’s every bit of Generation One awesomeness without any of those Bayformers ruining my childhood… again. This might actually be the Transformers game we’ve been waiting for.  Continue reading Transformers Devastation Trailer

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Top o’ the Lot: Comic Book Movie Castings

From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.


The one thing I’ve noticed most about comic book geeks and comic book movies is we love trashing movie castings. Before, during, and after the film we pick nits and completely wallop every single Hollywood star who would dare to don the costumes of our most beloved characters. Some of these comic book movie castings, however, were so spot on that it’s nigh impossible to imagine anyone else in the role…even if they play a character that’s been recast. Now, it’s a lot easier to recast characters in ANY comic book movie because it’s really more about the special effects, makeup, story, and direction that makes a movie portrayal an accurate translation, but these actors nailed it so hard in these roles that I simply can’t imagine anyone else in the role. So, without further ado, we get obvious, but not too obvious, and you’ll never guess, Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Comic Book Movie Castings. Continue reading Top o’ the Lot: Comic Book Movie Castings

Top o’ the Lot: Transformers Combiners

From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.


Transformers #39Today is the day! IDW’s long-awaited Transformers Comics crossover event, Combiner Wars, begins today in Transformers #39. Now, I’ve been a fan of The Transformers since the very beginning of the phenomenon way back in the 1980s, and it’s just great that the legacy of the Autobots and the Decepticons is still being written. IDW’s latest Transformers event puts Combiners in the limelight and will crossover between Transformers proper and a brand new Windblade series. If you’re like me and have been a fan of this franchise for decades you already know what a Combiner is, but, for those robot newbies out there, allow me to explain. All Transformers change from robots to another form, usually a vehicle (but sometimes a tape deck) and back. But, some Transformers can merge together to form even larger robots known as Combiners. While there are 2, 3, and more robot Combiner Teams throughout Transformers, this week’s Top o’ the Lot is dealing with only those teams that include 5 or more robots, because those are the ones that will be the main focal point of IDW’s event. So, without further ado, we transform, tsche-chu-chu-che-tsche, and roll out, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Transformers Combiners. Continue reading Top o’ the Lot: Transformers Combiners

The Combiner Wars Loom at IDW

An All-Out Arms Race Takes Hold Of Cybertron!
The biggest TRANSFORMERS publishing event of the year kicks off this March when Cybertron becomes the battleground for the COMBINER WARS! An all-star creative team is bringing along fan-favorite characters and all-new dangers to this battle royale that will shake both factions to their core.

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IDW Continues Transformers 30th Anniversary Celebration

IDW Continues To Celebrate Transformers 30th Anniversary
The Celebratory Year Concludes With New Series!

 

San Diego, CA (November 25, 2014) – 2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS, which has been celebrated thus far with a blockbuster film and critically acclaimed comic series’ from IDW. But the party isn’t quite over as IDW still has some TRANSFORMERS debuts this year! Continue reading IDW Continues Transformers 30th Anniversary Celebration

Transformers 4 Age of Extinction – my full review by Lawrence of America

imagesPASS ON IT! – I know all the fan boys will go see it any way, and I’m sure it will make a ton of money.  Really tho this movie brought nothing new to the table.

SPECIAL EFFECTS – With a movie like this half of reason people go see it is the special effects and they were ok at best.  When stuff exploded (and it did constantly) it often did in an unrealistic way and thus looking more like a fireworks display than a battle.  The cg was almost on par with the first one (I guess).  It felt like they skimped on the sound effects a bit much with of the fight scenes having cheesy background music instead of explosions.   The Deceptacons no longer transform but but the denigrate and reform.  The Deceptacons also look like the “squids” from matrix reloaded when they hover and fly.  ***WARNING The over use of the lens flair effect made some scenes literally painful to watch akin to staring at the sun .***

PLOT / STORY – Really I wasn’t expecting much if any and that is exactly what it delivered.

Overall if you have an itch to see robots fight go rent Pacific Rim and save your self $15.

Geek Den Odds and Ends: The Many Faces of Optimus Prime

Geek Den Odds and Ends

We’ve all got them! Those nicknacks and memorabilia that help identify us as the geeks we are. Action figures, statues, busts, replicas, posters, all old and new alike, it doesn’t matter. It’s the stuff we love that shows people just how much we love our stuff. Well, I have a whole room full of the stuff! I call it the Geek Den, and it’s too full of awesome not to share some of it with you from time to time. This is Geek Den Odds and Ends, and this installment is all about Optimus Prime.

No Geek’s collection is complete without some toys and action figures. They are basic staples of most collections, and, luckily, The Transformers fit into both of these categories. Is it a toy truck? It is an action-figure? It’s Optimus Prime! He’s both! I’ve collected several Optimus figures over the years. I’m not sure exactly what the appeal is, but he’s an awesome character, a really fun toy, and immediately recognizable on a shelf no matter which form he’s in. Here’s the rundown.

The Original Optimus Prime G1 1985

Optimus Prime 1985 Truck Optimus Prime 1985 RobotThis was THE one to have when I was a kid. Sure, there were Decepticons figures that had a much broader appeal, but, in the very early stages of The Transformers toys, Optimus was THE Autobot to have sitting under your Christmas tree. That’s how it was for me. I remember having a moment similar to that of The Nintendo Sixty-FOOOOUUR Kid and I’m certain that, like that kid, I knew my sister was never going to touch this thing! This version of Prime is definitely a better truck than it is a robot, and his robot mode is a very rudimentary design. In these early figures, however, that simple design is  part of the appeal. I’m very surprised that I never lost those removable fists or Roller. But, honestly, the trailer turned Autobot base was way cooler than the robot version of a really great truck toy. But it’s Optimus Prime! And this G1 version was, and remains, an awesome piece.

PowerMaster Optimus Prime 1988

PowerMaster Prime Robot PowerMaster Prime TruckI’m hoping by now that you know that Optimus Prime died in Transformers: The Animated Movie. If not, well, you do now! Go see that film, you won’t be sorry. You may not have known that Optimus Prime actually returned from the dead after that movie (Transformers WAS a part of Marvel Comics at the time) and, taking advantage of the event, a new and improved Optimus Prime was released, PowerMaster Optimus Prime. This was released in 1988 and it did away with the transforming trailer/base combo, in favor of giving Optimus himself a bigger, better robot mode. I have to admit, I didn’t care for the change. Sure it was different, but that doesn’t always mean better. The robot mode was cheap, using grills on the front and back to get around actually putting some creative design into the figure, and his truck mode wasn’t even close to the greatness of the original or an actual semi-truck for that matter. I cared about this figure so little that I’ve lost most of the trailer, and the weapons, but it’s still an Optimus Prime, and it’s still in my collection.

Optimus Prime Voyager 2006

Optimus Prime Voyager 2006 Robot Optimus Prime Voyager 2006 TruckWe jump decades into the future, and while I may have stolen this Prime from my kids at some point, it was only AFTER they completely lost every other piece of this quite beautiful addition to the Geek Den. The Voyager Prime was a futuristic take on classic G1 Prime, and it accomplished that goal very nicely. The hard, boxy lines of the Classic were replaced by subtle curves and angles, and that’s about the only change at all. And it was great! There was no trailer at all, but Optimus had an arsenal at his disposal that looked really menacing in robot form, but was hidden nicely in truck mode. My favorite part of this toy is the robot form, that, while staying very close to the original G1 version, adds, again, wait for it, actual points of articulation! In a toy-line that tended to put the focus on the creativity of the transformations instead of the quality of the action figure itself, it was a breath of fresh air for the character.

Movie Optimus Prime 2009

Movie Optimus PrimeMovie Optimus Prime RobotThis is another one I stole from the kids’ Christmas stocking. Go ahead, call me a villain, but I didn’t TAKE this from them I saved it from them. The last thing I wanted to see was a part here and a part there strewn across the playroom floor, as some frustrated minor decides to rip an arm off instead of finessing it into place during transforming. And, boy, is this a frustrating Transformer! It took me about an hour to transform this toy the one and only time I decided to do so, and I couldn’t imagine you’d want this thing in the hands of a grade-schooler. See, I’m kind of like a hero now, right? Say what you want about those movies, but this is an awesome toy that would have only come about through those films. The detail in the truck mode makes it almost unrecognizable that it would be able to change into anything, but the robot mode is uniquely a robot; full of articulation and robot elements. It’s by far the most complex of ALL the Tranformers in my collection, and that includes Combiners and Sixshot. The great thing about this version of Optimus Prime is that, while it’s quite different from his original look, this movie version is STILL a unique representation.

Well, that’s it from the Geek Den for today. There’s plenty of other representations of this toy to explore if you so desire. Check the TransformersWiki for more love, and share your pics or stories about this legendary character and toy.

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Top o’ the Lot: Decepticons

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From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.

I’ll make this short and sweet. As we continue through our series of Tops o’ the Lots Decepticons Symbolrevolving around my personal favorite ’80’s cartoons, I ran through my fav Autobots last time, so this time it’s all about the bad guys. The energon hungry, power striving nemeses of Optimus and the gang were by far the better group of toys, and made for some really good love-to-hate villains. So, without further ado, we attack Autobot City on Earth, steal the Matrix of Leadership (despite us having no idea how the hell to use the thing), and hate our own teammates just as much as we hate the “other guys”, as we round out another biased and skewed list in the Top o’ the Lot: Decepticons.

Honorable Mention: Reflector

ReflectorBecause he’s not a single robot, and that’s the only reason he gets honorable mention. I could have went all sort of ways with this one – the Insecticons or even one of the Combiner teams would have worked here – I really liked the 3 Amigos of Spectro, Spyglass and Reflector ToyViewfinder because they were really cool toys (that will be a recurring theme on this Lot). They may not have had much going on in either the comic OR the cartoon, but they were there, and the sheer creativity that went into this toy gives him, um, them a mention in the Top.

5. Tyrypticon

TrypticonJust like most of my other favorite Decepticons, Trypticon makes the list simply because he was really fun to play with. His three modes included a city, a mobile battle-station, and, the freakin’ coolest, a robot version of Godzilla that could even walk thanks to a battery-powered motor. Ahh, the ’80’s had the best toys! Although he was created to match the Autobot city, Metroplex, and it was awesome to see him fight the Dinobots, under the monster was layers of subtle story-telling depicting a torn and questioning character. That was deep for weekday after-Trypticon Toyschool TV in the 1980’s, I assure you. My favorite moment, however, was when Starscream stole his eye, and it’s priceless moments like that, and just a whole lot of coolness, that put Trypticon on this list. Speaking of Starscream…

4. Starscream

StarscreamStarscream wasn’t a very cool toy to play with as far as Transformers go. He basically had the same recognizable style as all the other Decepticon jets – like, Thundercracker and Skywarpbut Starscream had something those other wannabes didn’t have: Initiative! If he wasn’t outright trying to ruin Megatron’s attempts to get ahead, he was talking trash on the plan the entire time; and usually right to Megatron’s face in front of the other Decepticons. That takes balls bigger than Devastator’s from that one movie I swore I wasn’t going to mention. Forget about THAT version of the robot known as Devastator forever, and know the TRUE Constructicon Amalgam.

3. Devastator

Almost as much as kids love dinosaurs, leading to the creation of the Dinobots, kids just can’t get enough of heavy construction equipment. It’s weird as hell, but it’s Constructiconsan undeniable truth. So, it only makes sense that the Constructicons would be such a popular series of Transformers. It doesn’t hurt that the entire group of Transformers ALSO transforms into a giant uber-robot called Devastator. Again, this was simply and beautifully a very, very cool toy. Robots that changed into things were great, but give kids a bunch of robots that change into things AND make it so those robots also change into another robot and you’ve got something special. He may have begun a whole series of Combiners to come down the road after him, but Devastator paved the way. You got to respect the original, but I have a real problem with originality in the next entry in this Lot.

2. Megatron/Galvatron

MegatronI know there are huge Galvatrondistinctions between these two characters, but it’s really hard for me to put one above the other. Attitude: Draw; Alternate Mode: Has to go to Megatron, his gun mode is just cooler than Galvatron‘s and his tank mode is barely worth mentioning; Galvatron ToyVoiceover: Leonard Nimoy inches Galvatron over the legend Frank Welker’s work on Megatron. It’s too damned close to call! Megatron put it to Optimus Prime in ways Galvatron was never able to, but Galvatron caused trouble for the Autobots in ways Megatron could have only dreamed. Megatron may have had the Megatron Toyclassic lineup of Decepticon cohorts, but Galvatron had Cyclonus, Scourge and his team The Sweeps. I refuse to make any distinction whatsoever when it comes to rating these two characters. It would just be unfair to both characters. What’s really unfair is my Number 1 slanted and biased choice for this Lot.

1. Soundwave

Soundwave and FriendsI just can’t help it. I love Soundwave! He was a robot that changed into an audio cassette recorder (for you kids, that was like an iPod that only worked with weird plastic things called cassettes. Soundwave had (kind of) working buttons, and a belt clip that came off where the batteries were supposed to be, but, NO, there weren’t batteries in there, it was lazer cannons…he was the bee knees! I still have my G1 version despite him being well worn from playing with him in my youth. Now, Soundwave was cool in his own right – Soundwave Cartoonimpersonal, loyal, logical, mysterious – but that’s not why he makes the Top. Maybe I’m being just as cheap with this choice as I was the Honorable Mention pick, but the tape deck makes the Top Spot o’ the Lot because of the tapes. Little tapes that went INSIDE Soundwave and ejected just like the show?! O.M.G. It was awesome! His own little personal army tucked inside his chest cavity. When I hear it out loud it sounds really lame, but it sure wasn’t lame at the time, and it’s still awesome enough to put the “uncrasimatic bore” in the tippy Top o’ this Lot.Soundwave and Friends Toys

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Top o’ the Lot: Autobots

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From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.

As a thirty-something who doesn’t really care anymore (if 40 is the new 20, by the transitive property I’m like a teenager) I have no problem admitting that after school Autobot Symbolcartoons in the 1980’s were a huge factor in defining my level of geekness. Although that’s where most of my adoration for Transformers found its genesis, early Marvel comics and the amazing full-length feature Transformers: The Movie did a great deal more to solidify the toy brand turned promotional cartoon as my younger self’s go-to 30-minute animated funtime, and was placed in primary position on my presents list to the red clad fat man. With so many different aspect forming my love for GoBots bigger, better robot brothers, my slanted and skewed picks for the Top Autobots is extremely slanted and skewed, but I have my reasons. So, without further ado, we transform Autobot City, pull the Matrix of Leadership from our chest cavity (eww!) and Light Your Darkest Hour, as we run through Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Autobots.

Honorable Mention: Jetfire/Skyfire

SkyfireWait! A flying Autobot? Who’d a thunk it?! Logically, the fastest moving Autobot, and usually the first one to get to the fight, it always seemed to me that with at least 4 or 5 Decepticon Jets on the opposing side he should have never stood a chance. His portrayal in the cartoon was unique, but his Marvel Comic story was just plain old awesome! Created by Shockwave and turned do-gooder? He’s may be as true as they come now, but that gray area give Skyfire only a mention in this Top, not to mention the severe lack of Rolling Out ability.

5. Perceptor

One of my favs from the 1980’s Transformers: The Movie, as well as one of the prides of Perceptor Toymy personal collection leftover from those “good old days”, Perceptor was, in a single word: Weird. He was a scientist (which was really cool), who changed into a microscope (which is probably the strangest thing ANY Transformer has ever changed into), but also has some crazy third form that was supposed to be some kind of half-track missile launcher…whatever! Perceptor was really cool, because he was a brainiac nerd, he had a completely out of place British accent that actually worked in a some silly way that only my 8-year-old self could understand, he turned into a freakin’ microscope! And the microscope even kind of sort of worked to an extent…but not really. Still, he makes the Top simply because this list is slanted, biased and skewed, and he remains one of my favs.

4. Omega Supreme

Omega SupremeOne of the tings that always bothered me about the seemingly never-ending war between the Autobots and the Decepticons was the overwhelming tactical advantage the bad guys always had over the good guys. I guess that was supposed to be part of the appeal; it’s always easier to root for the underdog; but I always thought the Autobots should have had some bigger guns (despite building the Dinobots, see below). I think that’s why I’ve always been such a big fan of Omega Supreme. He’s the big hitter the Autobots need! In robot mode he can keep up with the like of Devastator himself; with a plasma gun for an arm and everything; and his vehicle Omega Supreme Toymode was an oddly cool combo of a tank, a railroad track, and a rocket ship. A what a awesome toy this made! Being cool in an odd way, and uniquely badass for an Autobot, puts Omega Supreme launching into the number 4 spot in this Lot. But, when you need a true warrior, you call on the next robot on our list.

3. Ironhide

IronhideLoyalty. It’s the mark of any good Autobot, and Ironhide carried it like cubes of energon. Although he most most significant in his role as a warrior and a team leader in many occasions, Ironhide is best exemplified in his capacity as Autobot leader Optimus Prime’s most loyal bodyguard. Sure, he transformed into an ’80’s style soccer mom grocery getter, and famously bought it in the movie with “Such heroic nonsense”, but Ironhide came off as the quintessential soldier that no other Transformer, Autobot or Decepticon, just didn’t quite meet. And, in a story based upon a grand robot war, he was a steady sail on a ship that required a mass appeal and not just an ongoing war story. While I didn’t cry nearly as hard when Wash died in Serenity, I WAS almost 20 years younger when I bawled about Ironhide’s passing. But I’m over it; *sniff*; yeah, I’m over it.

2 Bumblebee

BumblebeeOut of all the Autobots; or the Decepticons for that matter, few are as recognizable as Bumblebee. Maybe it’s the fact that the VW Beetle is such a recognizable vehicle, or the fact that Bumblebee didn’t come off as a holier-than-thou dogmatic bore or a megalomaniac dictator, but rather as a honest-to-goodness young grunt in a war he’d rather not be fighting in, for a reason he doesn’t quite understand. He acted as a “little brother” character that most young children could relate to, best friend to the human Spike and his dad, and quickly became a mascot for the entire toy line, although I never did figure out what was up with Bumblebee2those tiny horns on his head. You can keep your all growed up Goldbug, the horrible movie version Camaro, or any of the other so-called Bumblebee’s, there’s simply only one, and he’s a Beetle Bug. Does it hurt the character that my first real car was a ’72 Super Beetle Sedan? Nope, which is why he sits in the number 2 spot in this Top o’ the Lot, leaving only a single favorite to go.

1. Grimlock

GrimlockI truly don’t know what it is about kids and dinosaurs, but there certainly something there. Rugrats go crazy for giant, extinct monsters with hard to pronounce names. So it made sense when Wheeljack and Ratchet decided to add some brute force to the Autobot lineup. Although his almost immediate betrayal of the Autobots and subsequent rethinking of that betrayal, only compounds just how stupid Grimlock really was, hey, he was the smartest of the Dinobots, and that counts for something. While he was originally going to be part of the same origin as the rest of the Autobots, and that origin was explored fully in the Marvel Comics storyline, Grimlock’s G1 cartoon origin Grimlock-Toyis still the best, and I strongly recollect dragging my mom to my local KMart soon after his premiere. I’m not sure what ever happened to my figure, but I miss it. I really miss it. Me, Gaumer, miss action figure! 😦 And with a soon to be released movie starring the T-Rex turned robot, Grimlock’s stardom should get back to Super-stardom by year’s end. Did I mention the comedy relief in the movie? He’s just an all-around cool character, and my favorite, earning Grimlock the Top spot in this weeks Top o’ the Lot.

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