Review: Transformers AOE Leader Optimus Prime

With the movie premiering tonight, Age of Extinction week is almost over! For the final review of the AOE Generations toyline, I’ll be taking a look at the latest $45+ dollar incarnation of the Autobot Leader Optimus Prime, this time based on his new, knightly look from the fourth movie. With the Voyager Evasion Mode … Continue reading

Review: Transformers AOE Voyager Hound

SPOILER ALERT: Ironhide died in the last Transformers movie. And from what we’ve seen of the movie 4 trailers, Ratchet isn’t too far behind. If we’re being honest, Dino, Sideswipe, and the Wreckers probably died offscreen, too. The point is, Age of Extinction is getting an entire new Autobot cast, save for Optimus and Bumblebee, … Continue reading

Review: Transformers AOE Voyager Galvatron

Back in 2009 when Megatron was revived in a new, improved body for Revenge of the Fallen, many fans were wondering why he didn’t go with the traditional Megatron-comes-back-to-life-with-a-new-body plot and rename himself Galvatron. The reason given was that the filmmakers were concerned that a rename would be confusing to viewers, and considering how hard it … Continue reading

Review: Transformers Lost Age AD-11 Dispensor

(If you were expecting a review of Deluxe Slash, I’m sorry to disappoint, but I actually can’t find the darn toy anywhere, and unlike some fans, it’s hard for me to review a toy I don’t have. In the meantime, Japan!) When TakaraTomy announced the “Lost Age” line, their counterpart to Hasbro’s Transformers Age of Extinction toyline, … Continue reading

Review: Transformers AOE Deluxe Strafe (Evolutions 2-Pack)

Like I mentioned in my Slug review, Swoop is immediately recognizable as one of the core Dinobot trio, and… wait, Strafe? Like the G1 Technobot? White and red space jet with big orange guns? Well, that’s kind of an odd name reuse to give the pteranodon Dinobot, but Swoop never did have two heads… but then, … Continue reading

Review: Transformers AOE Deluxe Drift

Diving into wave 2, we start out by looking at a new version of a character whose introduction to the franchise was… controversial, to say the least. Drift made his first appearance in the IDW comic series All Hail Megatron as an original character by writer Shane McCarthy. While Drift himself was primarily a background … Continue reading

Review: Transformers AOE Voyager Optimus Prime (Evasion Mode)

Another Transformers film brings with it another slew of Optimus Prime toys for collectors to groan about. This time around, Optimus at least has an all-new design, which means that the old Revenge of the Fallen Leader figure can’t stand in as well anymore. This new design can be found in toy form in AOE’s own Leader-class … Continue reading

Review: Transformers AOE Voyager Grimlock

Leader (or king) of the Dinobots, Grimlock has been one of the most popular characters in the history of the franchise, largely thanks to Simon Furman’s decision to veer away from the Sunbow cartoon’s “big, dumb, and stubborn” portrayal of the character and make him one of the biggest badasses in the Marvel Transformers comics. … Continue reading

Review: Transformers AOE Deluxe Slug

If you had to nail down a core trio of the Dinobots, it’s generally Grimlock, Swoop, and Slag. (Snarl and Sludge tend to get forgotten, particularly since the latter’s dino mode is now nonexistant.) The problem with Slag is that his name, while a real term meaning “stony waste matter separated from metals during the smelting of ore” … Continue reading

Review: Transformers AOE Deluxe Scorn

After the initial surprise of the Dinobots being heavily featured in Transformers 4, the next reveal that surprised and confused fans were exactly who said Dinobots were. Grimlock as a T. rex was no surprise, and “Slug” (formerly Slag) as a triceratops was also to be expected, but instead of Swoop the pteranodon, we get … Continue reading