Transmasters Magazine. Issue #8, FALL 2010


Welcome to the fall issue of the Transmasters Magazine. Things are getting colder outside but this issue will warm you right up with Transformer-y goodness!
    I got several new Deluxe toys recently both War For Cybertron stuff and some Generations too. One thing that struck me about these is that they’re all in-scale to each other (as are most of the other Classics/Universe/Generations toys). This reminded of when I was a kid and just discovered Transformers. I remember buying a lot of the mini-bots at the time. I loved how they were small and easy to carry around. You could take them to school or wherever else you wanted to and conceal them easily (as opposed to something like Sky Lynx).
    I like the larger stuff too but I think I prefer the Deluxe and Mega/Voyager sizes best for Transformers. Some smaller stuff is also good–especially if you love the characters the way kids did in G1. Everyone knew who Bumblebee, Warpath or Huffer was. Is that still true for today? Somehow, I don’t think so.
    On the flip side, does anyone really salivate over the thought of a Supreme class toy? Other then Unicron I honestly can’t think of one I’ve ever wished to own–although I understand why Hasbro does them. After all, as one-off Christmas gifts for the kids they’re seen as a sure thing by parents and Hasbro is more then happy to make some extra bucks. In return, they can always sink that money into producing more and (hopefully) better toys in the future.
    The mini-bots were awesome due to their uniformity of size and their distinctive personalities. But really the same is true of a lot of G1. A lot of the more recent series go by so fast and contain so many characters it’s hard to keep track of them all. Sometimes something like Animated comes along and surprises us all but we also get series like Energon or Cybertron where a lot of it was just a blur of generic characters.
    Will Transformers: Prime be a hit or a miss? It’s too early to say yet but time will tell. It always does. Six months or a year from now we’ll either be celebrating the addition of an exciting new chapter to the Transformers universe–or decrying it for what it didn’t do.
    I hope you enjoy this latest issue. Comments are always welcome, be they praise, criticism or just general questions. Contributions are also welcome!

Til All Are One!

                                    Cover artwork by Peter Phelps

REVIEW: Recent TF toys!
COMIC: Me and Vegatron
Knock-Off Korner
REVIEW: TRNS-01 Valkyrie
COMIC: Rise of the Power Core Combiners (by Johan Piest) 
Comic Round-up
ART: WFC Megatron and WFC Soundwave(b/w art by Peter Phelps)
STORY: Legacy of Darkness

Unless noted, this issue was produced by Tony "Thunder" Klepack. Contributions for future issues are welcome and encouraged!

(Some stock graphics were designed by Peter Phelps. Thanks to him for his many efforts).

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