The latest reboot of the Transformers is upon us, and as listeners of Dueling Review can tell you, the first ish takes place entirely in the past of Cybertron.  We don’t see the alternate modes of Megatron, Bumblebee or Optimus Prime Orion Pax in this issue, but we can presume they’re not a Walther P-38, 70s-era VW Beetle or a Freighliner cabover, which is a worry.  Major Spoilers EiC Stephen opined that if they’re NOT in the familiar transformation modes, they’re just not going to appeal to old-school fans, leading to today’s TSCHE-CHU-CHU-CHU-TSCHE query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wants to stress that that is the canonical, official spelling of the transformation noise, per Hasbro, asking: Are the Transformer truly the Transformers to you if they have different Alternate Modes?


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