This issue frightened the life out of young Ralph. It still gives me chills to this day. It's the mundanity of the way the Throttlebots are 'killed' that makes it so scary. Also at the time I had seen how fragile TF brain modules were after Death's Head had easily crushed Shockwave's brain just a few weeks earlier so by now means did I think the Throttlebots were going to survive.
Good story this - such a shame the RAAT stuff ends up in the bin and doesn't go anywhere. This side of Bob's writing I really got into and its a shame that there wasn't the latitiude in the US comic for him to do more work like this.
The first half of this story is really good and the Throttlebots-as-toy-cars is a great gimmick. However as I recall it all falls down in part 2, with the Predacons (the Decepticons' elite hunters) unable to find some toys in a shopping mall.
Also the the cliffhanger ending resolution is really lame - you really want to know what happens with Ratbat and Buster at the end, but it all happens off-panel and in flashbacks. Part One - yay! Part Two - not so hot.
I know this isn't the best place to ask this question but... Was there a Jazz mail away in the UK that had decals similar to the U.S. crispy crush Jazz?
The reason I ask is because I recently went through my toy collection mostly from my childhood and noticed some of my transformers have different stickers to the norm. I have one of the South American prowls ( police is spelt in Spanish) and a Jazz with no martinii porsche stickers, just blank stickers (not no stickers).
Most of my toys I had as a kid or bought from car boots during my teens in the 1990s so can't figure out how I got these.
There was some European overstock that made it over here in the very late 80's early 90's, that's probably the source of your toys (or just people having bought them on holiday). I don't think was a special Jazz send off toy though.
Good to see I'm not the only one terrified of this! Sorry for not being super up on replies folks, doing The Book is taking up a lot of my time.
It might be one of the "Mexican invasion" toys that sprang up here in c1988 - these were officially licensed versions released in Mexico with some interesting colour variations (e.g. IIRC Pipes was a straight recolour of Huffer, Hoist of Trailbreaker) that subsequently got dumped on the British market (and also the continent?) as legally bootlegs but attracted interest as they were big name characters no longer in the official toyline. They had too much lead in the paint, making them dangerous.
Nice solid art from Delbo backed up by Akin & Garvey inks that transition us from style of the Perlin era to the Delbo era. Good lettering from Bill Oakley from what was my favourite period of his work. (He had many completely different styles over the years.)
Barnett wasn’t completely oblivious to the difference to between Autobots and Decepticons prior to this issue; he had heard it from Blackrock, Finkleberg, and finally even Circuit Breaker by this time and must have at least had some uncertainty.
The idea that the Throttlebots can see through the headlights of the toy cars and even speak too is a little unrealistic, unless Barnett somehow installed Transformer parts that were not mentioned. For example he did say that he ran their optical fibres through to the headlights but didn’t say if there were any optical *sensors* at the end of those fibres. We’ll just have to allow it, under the heading of “comic book science.”
Nice touch that Buster is washing a car when we see him.
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
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