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I've posted before from Visionaries, a sadly short lived 1980's toy line/cartoon and comic.

This weekend is "HasCon", the official convention of Hasbro toys, sort of alamganating every property they have and those included in their deal with IDW

So IDW has revealed images of their revamps of the line over at AVClub

And, courtesy of writer Magdalene Visaggio and Argentinian artist Fico Ossio, they've had a bit of an overhaul, designwise... a bit less "junkyard Camelot" chic, a bit more Mad Max...

This is what they used to look like

This is the new look for Leoric, leader of the Spectral Knights (the good guys)

They used to have staffs rather than shields (Though as shown in the link to my old post, they eventually gave shields to Virulina and Galadria to sort out the power imbalance) and the staff/shield didn't display their totem animal, that was on their chestplate, with the staff carrying the image of the acquired spell (Leoric's power was Wisdom, with the totem of an owl, for example)

And here he is in casualwear (for a rather prescribed value of "casual")

I'm glad they're goping for a more diverse ethnic mix (The Visionaries toy line and cartoon was entirely white people)

And this is his totem form, the "inner animal" shape that all the Visionaries can assume

Well, that's certainly a bit more... glam rock album cover, than his traditional lion form (but I suppose if he's from an alien world, this might be a lion analogue)... it also makes me think "Digimon" for some reason...

And here we have three of the Spectral Knights; Arzon (Totem = Eagle, Spell - Knowledge), Witterquick (Totem = Cheetah, Spell - Speed) and Ectar (Totem - Fox, Spell - Protection when using his vehicle the Lancer Cycle)

Galadria (Totem - Dolphin, Spell - Healing) and our first Darkling Lord, Cindarr (Totem - Gorilla, Spell - Destruction)

Oh look, her costume appears to include randomly exposed skin for no reason... that's disappointing.

Two more Darkling Lords - Lexor (Totem - Armadillo, Spell - Invulnerability) and Cravex (Totem - Spider, Spell - Fear)

And the first (and only) lady of the Darkling Lords, Virulina (Totem - Shark, Spell - Disease)

Virulina again, and the new look (VERY new look) for Merklynn, who appears to dropping the "Wise old bearded guy" look like a hot potato.

I dunno, I appreciate the redesigns (Reminds me a little of what Sophie Campbell did with Jem), but I sort of like the old "suit of armour" look, which did evince the "Knights" aspect a bit more, but these are certainly striking.

And Ossio has shared the stages of one of the covers for the series that will introduce the Visionaries into the realm of the IDW verse "Transformers Vs Visionaries"

Given that Visionaries centres around the notion of technology ceasing to work on their homeworld, and magic coming to the fore again, I do wonder how they'll work in the Transformers-verse, but we shall see.

Date: 2017-09-10 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
This look pretty nice, I would be willing to read some of those.
as for the "technology not working anymore" part, I think you could handwave it away by saying that, while most of their function don't operate as they should, a Spark is a specific exception to the rule or something.

Date: 2017-09-10 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
yeah... that could really work... you could have a bunch of cybetronians develop new transformations that allows them to be on Prysmos and... mmmmhhh...

Date: 2017-09-10 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
-Since I could imagine beast-modes working on Prysmos-

Weeelll... some TF side-fiction has suggested the 'bots have found ways around the "no-tech" rule.
Swindle of TF: Animated wanted to do some business with the Darkling Lords (because hey, new customer base!)
Maybe because them and their tech isn't native to Prysmos, it's not afflicted by the kajigger.

And hey, IDW's TF continuity has a whoooole planet of beasies, just sitting there going unexplored.

Date: 2017-09-10 03:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] devastron
It was done very early on. The Dinobots had to adopt beast modes to land on primitive Earth due to the raw energon. The synthetic flesh would protect them. At the same time though Shockwave had figured out a way to shield himself from the effects. and this was shortly after the Ice Age, it is quite likely that they have more standard protection against that sort of thing now.

Date: 2017-09-10 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
It does speak to IDW's confidence in Visionaries succeeding on its own that they start it off with a tie-in to Transformers, doesn't it?
(Although... given G.I. Joe and MASK, they could probably use the help. Even if it is a disappointing approach to take.
Though showing Ironhide being "killed"... that's probably not going to help at all...)

Digging the redesign on Leoric, even if they could maybe have stood to make them look more "knightly".

And no sign of Cryotek? Can't imagine why that would be at all, noooo...

Still, hoping this is good and it succeeds.

Date: 2017-09-10 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Rom wasnea. It'd been going a few months before Revolution started.
And Joe, of course, which'd been happily failing on its own for some years already.

And it's more they have every other property opposed to the TFs.
Gets kind of wearing.

Date: 2017-09-10 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
I read that first line as "everything else from Micronauts to Jem" for some reason and I was like "holy crap, they actually did a Jem/TF crossover!?"

Date: 2017-09-10 03:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
-It does speak to IDW's confidence in Visionaries succeeding on its own that they start it off with a tie-in to Transformers, doesn't it?-

Hey, Marvel Transformers had a Spider-man tie in in the third issue, it's tradition ^^

Date: 2017-09-10 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
Also, YAY for argentinian artist!

Date: 2017-09-10 01:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thanekos
Transformers vs. Visionaries, Saturday at 8:30 on Cybertron, $3 in advance, $4 at the door.

Date: 2017-09-10 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tripodeca113
Maybe the Inhumanoids will be next.

Date: 2017-09-10 02:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] riddler13
Oh goodness, I so remember those.

Date: 2017-09-10 03:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] devastron
The Hasbro IDW-verse is rapidly becoming 'What latest toyline can we introduce to beat up on the Transformers?'

Revolution at least made some sense, but First Strike has been an embarrassment for the Transformers. I don't really see the Visionaries on being on this power level either, and showcasing them murdering a personal favorite of mine isn't making it better.

Date: 2017-09-10 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
It's just the cover.
Ironhide's probably not going to be killed for shock value in the actual comic.

Date: 2017-09-10 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
So they're just making comics for all the 80s toy lines? Guess I can look forward to Centurions.

Date: 2017-09-10 04:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
What I want them to do is take another stab at Battle Beasts.

Date: 2017-09-10 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] remial
well, the Battle Beasts were a spin off of one of the japanese Transformers series...

Date: 2017-09-10 09:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bj_l
God damn it, IDW. Can you just STOP this shit? I'm getting ready to drop Lost Light just in anticipation of it getting dragged into all this crap permanently.

Date: 2017-09-10 02:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bizarrohulk
Gotta love the fact that IDW's idea to update the look of 80s characters is apparently to add Tron lines everywhere...

Date: 2017-09-10 06:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shakalooloo
Is there a supporting re-launch of the toyline? Without that, who's going to read this comic? The original Visionaries comic performed the worst of all Hasbro's properties, not even getting properly finished before being cancelled - they were two gems to go on their magical fetch quest at the time, so we never got to find out if Merklynn survived.

I mean, Rom and Micronauts don't have toys currently for sale, do they? And their titles are being merged due to low sales? How is that Hasbro thinks they can establish support for a line solely by using a comicbook?

Date: 2017-09-10 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jmacq1
They don't (think they can establish support for a line solely by using a comicbook). Hasbro's working on getting a "Cinematic universe" off the ground, and if/when that attempt comes, it's not going to be based on the IDW-verse (though it may borrow some design elements and easter eggs from it).

This is more about putting/keeping this stuff out into the public consciousness on any level at all. Nobody at Hasbro or IDW expects that these comics are going to return these lapsed franchises into mainstream prominence, but for the moment while they try to get those movies off the ground, it's better than nothing.

Date: 2017-09-10 07:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] theflames
Very busy looking, nothing iconic about it.


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