Mini-Comic Report: Transformers Armada vol. 3

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I was supposed to review a toy today, which was written on Saturday. The problem is I was so tired all I wanted to do was sleep and I don’t know why. So here’s another mini-comic review from my other site, BW Media Spotlight, that at least stays with the Transformer and Mini-Con theme of this month. I wish I could have done more.


 

 

With last week’s Mini-Con article over at The Clutter Reports, I thought for this month’s Free Comic Inside I’d take a look at what the Mini-Cons are up to. Plus I said in the last one I would be going back to this series. Hey, I remembered! This is when Dreamwave was still making minicomics for Hasbro, which would continue into the Energon toys before Dreamwave crashed. There is one good thing this round: no more trying to fit three translations of the same sentence into the word balloons.

“Maybe my bad donkey impersonation will stop them!”

No, this time it’s all one language, and luckily for me I got the English one. Let’s see what happens this time.

What are the odds we could get a Star Saber for “Man At Arms: Reforged”?

Transformers Armada vol 3

CREATED BY: Dreamwave

FOR: Hasbro

WRITER: Chris Sarracini

ARTIST: Guido Guidi

COLORISTS: Shaun Curtis, Gary Yeung, & Rob Ruffolo

COVER COLORIST: Ramil Sunga

(geez, even in a mini-comic they can’t have just one colorist)

LETTERING: Dreamer Design

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Transformer Report: Robots In Disguise (2001) Optimus Fire Prime Convoy

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You could say he’s forward-compatible with Mini-Cons.

As part of last week’s Mini-Con article I broke out Fire Prime, the Optimus Prime version of Car Robot’s Fire Convoy. While “Robots In Disguise” probably fits the new toyline better, it’s confusing to have two toylines and a comic called Robots In Disguise that are so disconnected to each other. To avoid confusion, I’ll refer to the original RID line as RID1, and this take on Optimus Prime as Fire Prime, since this is the US toy and thus not Fire Convoy. It’s why I call this guy Fire Prime in my collection to begin with.

Car Robots was not intended to be a toyline and cartoon outside of Japan. It was a filler line as they waited for Beast Machines to gain enough episodes to properly promote the line. For a time you could only get Fire Convoy at Japanese import stores, and I really wanted to get him, at the height of my Transformer collecting, but the price was way too high, and I had bought Japanese Transformers in the past. I think he went for $80, but you have to factor in not only import prices from Japan but bringing them across the country to Connecticut and that the store needed to make a profit.

And it’s a good think I passed. The next intended Transformers toyline from Hasbro was dropped for whatever reason and Car Robot, redubbed Robots In Disguise, was given a US release to take its place before the next intended US line, which turned out to be Transformers Armada, where the Mini-Cons came from. So let’s take a look at Fire Prime to see if he is worth to be a Prime. Click on the images for a larger view of each mode, because he has quite a few.

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The Mini-Con Army

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I love Mini-Cons. Well, I’m not a fan of the current Robots In Disguise versions. They’re just little Transformers that link to certain bigger robots that have an awkward launcher tossed in. But the original Mini-Con concept are some of my favorite things to come out of the Transformers toyline. You may have seen them around my Christmas tree displays and I reviewed one group previously, but now I want to talk about the gimmick itself.

Debuting in Transformers Armada the Mini-Cons are “smart tools” that enhance the power of a larger Transformer, especially the ones in the Armada line because the gimmick was that the little guys would activate certain features on the figures. We’ll come back to that. And until they were re-conceptualized for the current RID line the originals were the coolest things. Little Transformers with a robot AND vehicle mode that could add play value to future Transformers while standing on their own. They were even compatible with a few past Transformers as I’ll demonstrate later. It’s too bad the fiction failed them.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project finale

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Because I don't have enough pictures of these things apparently.

Sick of seeing this yet?

Well, I did it. Part of it. The part I wanted to this week. This project was about organizing the loose comics so I could find what I want out of that group, and I did it. I wish that was it and the comics were now all nice and organized, but that’s not what’s happening here. This mega-project is not the last one for the comics. But it’s another phase done. And I only had to make more work for myself down the line to finish it.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project: Day 4

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I got further today than I was expecting. I was able to get more alphabetizing done today and I started to put the comics back on the racks in their configuration. This time they’ll be in the proper order and I’m adding the graphic novels into the mix. When I redo the longboxes they’ll go in their proper place. That project however is a long time coming.

For example, I had to stop before I got to my larger “universal groups”. Sonic, Star Trek, and Star Wars have to be properly organized because in this case the alphabet doesn’t apply and without the time to read through them all there’s going to be some guesswork here. However, it’s very important to keep the reading enjoyment going.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project: Day 3

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Because I don't have enough pictures of these things apparently.

Guarded by Zoids.

The first batch of magazine rack comics were put into the piles on the tables yesterday. Today I plan to grab the other set. After that I re-alphabetize them and take out the non reviewed comics. Maybe. I may come up with something else, perhaps along the same lines as the paper markers that I use in the longbox. Plus the reviewed comics are stickered like I noted yesterday.

At the same time I’m still doing comic reviews over at BW Media Spotlight and today I decided to pull a five-issue series out of the collection that doesn’t invoke the show it’s supposed to tie into, plus it wasn’t all that interesting. So the culling is still going on. So what new collection report can I make here? I found some comics I thought were someplace else. This just makes me wish I had been able to do this last year as I planned.

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Comic Organizing Mega-Project: Day 2

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Because I don't have enough pictures of these things apparently.

Because I don’t have enough pictures of these things apparently.

If one of the goals of this phase is to separate the comics I have and haven’t reviewed, then it looks like the ones I have on the magazine rack should be included. So that’s tomorrow’s plan (or today’s depending on when you read this), to bring these comics, numerous as they are, into the piles on the table. So how do I know which ones I’ve reviewed and haven’t?

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