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Review: Transformers Titans Return Chromedome

With its 57th issue next this week, the critically acclaimed Transformers comic series More Than Meets the Eye is finally ending (and then continuing in Lost Light, but still). Even though the comic started almost five years ago, it still feels like a new part of the franchise. It seems not too long ago that … Continue reading


Review: Transformers Titans Return Alpha Trion

Alpha Trion is one of those weird G1 cartoon characters who never got toys, despite being fairly prominent in the franchise. In the cartoon, he was basically the Obi-Wan/Merlin type character who served as Optimus’s creator/father figure/mentor/wizard. A3 has popped up in most continuities since then, remaining a highly iconic (if minor) figure in the … Continue reading


Review: Transformers Titans Return Highbrow

As I’m moving into wave 2 of Titans Return, you may be wondering why I didn’t put up a review of Scourge, despite showing him in my Galvatron review. The explanation is simple: I really don’t like Titans Return Scourge, so much so that I have very little positive to say about him and have … Continue reading


Review: Transformers Titans Return Skullsmasher

I’m loving the Titans Return line so far. With a few exceptions, the figures and the Headmaster gimmick are excellently-engineered, look great, and are fun to play with. My only issue with the line is that so many of the toys are characters I just don’t care about. The focus of Titans Return is primarily … Continue reading


Review: Transformers Titans Return Blurr

It’s easy to forget just how much of an impact the 1896 Transformers animated movie had on the franchise as a whole. 30 years after its release, the characters it introduced have persisted as fan favorites and mainstays, some even surpassing original ’84 characters in popularity. You’ve obviously got the big ones like Hot Rod/Rodimus, … Continue reading


Review: Iron Factory IF-EX11 Evil Lord

Back in my Doombringers review, I mentioned how Legends scale toys were becoming a popular market for third party products, headlined by the companies DX9 and Iron Factory. DX9’s War in Pocket line seems to be focusing on G1 cartoon characters, with their products offering multi-packs of Legends-scaled figures. On the other hand, Iron Factory’s … Continue reading


Review: Transformers Titans Return Hardhead

Just to be up front, with a few exceptions, I don’t have a whole lot of personal attachment to the original Headmasters. I think the concept is really silly, the fictional justifications are nonsensical, and the characters don’t really stand out to me. The few exceptions are characters like Nightbeat, Chromedome, and Brainstorm that are … Continue reading


Review: Transformers Titans Return Galvatron

There are some characters, it seems, that are just doomed to have poor toys. Sometimes it’s an issue of impossible character design, where the cartoon model or fictional appearance cannot physically exist as a toy. Other times it’s just bad luck. For 30 years, the most prominent character suffering from this streak was G1 Ironhide. … Continue reading


Review: Transformers Titans Return Sentinel Prime

First off, my apologies for the long hiatus! My excuse this time is a combination of an increased work load over the summer and my desire to work on a better review set-up. Also, I was getting seriously burnt out on writing Combiner Wars reviews. I’ll certainly go back and put up reviews for┬áBruticus, Optimus … Continue reading


Review: DX9 War in Pocket Doombringers

The third party unofficial Transformers market has evolved quite a bit over the years. What started as simple upgrade kits evolved into full-on Classics-style figures, then became flooded with combiners, and now the trend seems to be Masterpiece-style figures. If there’s a consistent pattern to be found, it’s that once a certain type of toy … Continue reading