Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Device Label USB Ravage

I was initially hesitant with this guy's price tag; ultra class price tag for a dinky lil guy who's G1 version still stands up today amongst better articulated non-bricks? I mean, come on, the universe freebie we got was crap and the alternator is too big for main line stuff.

So anyways I was pretty underwhelmed when I got him...until I found out about the interactive app feature! DESKTOP KITTEH! Its such a frivolous add on and still doesn't qualify the price of admission. But its so much fun to have a 3D Ravage jumping around your screen. Buy this at retail price if you like novelty.

Monday, November 02, 2009

ROTF Bludgeon

This was the toy I had been looking forward most since MP Grimlock and it delivers in spades:

Check out the half rotated turret, revealing the short sword sheath at his back.

His skirt needs messing with but you can get him in some cool poses, despite the non-rotating waist.

How cool is that he can pose pulling out his sword like that?





Thursday, August 20, 2009

That's cuz you a...

These guys may be abomination unto primus...but they're hella fun.

I was thinking of picking up the deluxes down the line but I might find myself contented with the legends version. Seen pics for Arcee, Wheelie and Jolt (Electrify!) and I can definitely live with a legends-only ROTF collection. Gotta get Fallen, Sideswipe and Sideways from the current wave too.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August 09 update: I'm a little teapot...

Just an update on some recent pickups:

Universe Inferno

Like animated magnus, I had put this guy off for some time. He just looked kinda boring but this guy's solid all around actually.

ROTF Legends Prime and Jetfire

Jolt! Electrify!

That bit where he went "let's roll" in the movie was so awesome. Doesn't make sense, but still awesome.

ROTF EZ Devastator

I like this guy despite the horrible face thing but argh! The clashing green bits really kills me. Just keep to the red and yellow, dammit!

The 86 movie for kids gave us "one shall stand, one shall". What does the 2009 live action sequel give us? "Give me your face". Seriously, guys.

Additional pics:

Robit mode group shot. They're so cute! -.-'

Comparison with G1 mini (not WST) KO.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Chee Yang Ong Interview (for Transmy.com)

While Malaysian artists doing work for American comics is not a new phenomenon, the recent issue of IDW's Transformer All Hail Megatron #13 showcased for the first time ever work by a fellow Malaysian in the pages of an official TF comic: Chee Yang Ong. The following is a transcript of an online interview with him:

All Hail Megatron #13 cover

Tell us a bit about yourself; how long you've been working, past/current gig.

I've been working pretty steadily in comics since 2002, I think. Here's a list of my books:

  • George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (Steve Niles)
  • Wake the Dead (Steve Niles)
  • Tag (Keith Giffen)
  • Tag: Cursed (Mike Leib)
  • Second Wave (Michael Alan Nelson)
  • Ward of the State ( Christopher E. Long)
  • The Foundation (John Rozum/Kody Chamberlain)
  • American Freakshow: The Terrible Tale of Slothboy (Niles)
  • Challenger Deep (Andy Schmidt/Andrew Cosby)
  • Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (Andy Schmidt)
All Hail Megatron #13 interior artwork

You're one of the few Malaysian artist in the field (Billy Tan, Tan Eng Huat), how did you get your break?

Steve Niles (the co-creator of 30 Days of Night) hired me to work on Wake the Dead. And that put me through the proverbial door.

Did you do any work locally (Malaysia)?

I did do some comics for a local comic magazine called Komikoo.

Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan

How do you feel and what's it like being one of the few local artist to break into the US market?

It's been somewhat lonely, LOL. There's only a handful of us here who do that and we usually stay at home and work.

Regarding Transformers, are you a Transformers fan?

I WAS a fan, LOL. I used to watch the cartoon all the time and I could sing every tune from the TF movie. But then I grew up and never got back into it. So having a chance to revisit all these characters by drawing the TF comics has been a trip down memory lane for me.

Freakshow interior artwork

Unlike recent fan favourite TF artist you didn't come from the fandom (Don Figueora, Guido Guidi). Nor is your art associated with anime style/mecha subject (EJ Su). How did you get picked up for the gig?

Thanks to Andy Schmidt. I worked with Andy on a comic called Challenger Deep at Boom! Studios. And when he became editor at IDW, he was nice enough to bring me over to do some Star Trek and TF comics.

Cthulhu Tales cover

Your style and orientation has so far been towards genre/pulp comics, e.g. horror/scifi. How do you feel transitioning towards more mainstream subject and a different kind of audience?

It's been challenging. And it keeps my job fresh and interesting. At one point I think all I was doing was zombies. But now, I'm all over the place. I like it.

We've only seen a single story by you so far but there seems to be precedence in your work which evoke early UK Marvel. Your style could easily be mistaken by somebody who's worked for 2000 AD and the way you combine toy/cartoon aesthetic. Conscious or incidental?

Hmmm.... A bit of both? LOL! I'm not sure. I think it's because I read the old TF comics. I've never read the Dreamwave run or before I started drawing TF, the IDW run. But I didn't consciously go out and try to emulate the old comics either.

Chucky cover

Any more upcoming TF work?

The Bumblebee miniseries with Zander Cannon.

Favourite TF character and TF story you would like to draw most.

Soundwave! I guess that already tells you what TF story I want to draw.

All Hail Megatron #16 cover

Chee Yang Ong's Deviantart account: http://chubbychee.deviantart.com/
Chee Yang Ong's art blog: http://chubbychee.livejournal.com/

Interview by K.A. http://plastikjaya.blogspot.com/

Exclusive sketch for Transmy :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

ROTF: post-movie update (and a magnus that can deal with it now)

Just an update on some recent pickups:

Legends ROTF Jetfire

i actually thought it was funny when it was revealed that they were making jetfire into a crotchety old guy for ROTF. With a cane, even! But then when I saw him onscreen I thought he was actually kinda cool. Looking forward to the leader version - his supermode with prime is looking awesome - but I'm really impressed how well the design translates into legends scale.

ROTF Ravage

...is actually my first deluxe toy from ROTF, which basically means I passed up wave 1 entirely. I'll get sideswipe and sideways eventually but I was actually stoked about this guy since his last good toy was the alternator (the 2nd one! Stupid cat head) - the universe version was crap. I don't even mind the one eyed drone look. If only they gave him an actual Alt mode.

TFA Ultra Magnus

they actually did it. They made an ultra magnus toy thats badass. "don't try to be a hero, optimus. Its not in your programming." badass. Until he gets owned by shockwave anyway.

ROTF Depthcharge

I've always loved scout class toys and they really did a good job with this batch of early ROTF toys. I really dig the detail they put in the shoulder design, how the launcher when not deployed integrates seamlessly. Also, a boat tf that isn't a shellformer. Heck, I even like his tard hands. Derp.

By the way, the movie itself was a lotta fun. Helped that I watched it at a fan screening. Robot heaven, suckas!

Monday, July 20, 2009

DFT01 mini comic for sgcollect

I hardly do commissions but when a buddy at Sgcollect invited me to do this I couldn't say no. It's kinda funny since I have no love for the character, especially Mary Sue types (Strong silent type, badass with swords? Come on.) but I gotta admit, I enjoyed the idea of hijacking the origin of somebody else's character out of spite ;p

I went for cheesy 80's action flick feel, with the inane banter and anti-heroic quips. Actually feel kinda proud of that "I hate your guts" line. TIME TO DIE!!!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Animated Ends...Revenge is Coming!

Just a li'l update of recent purchases. Catching up with some Animated; I'm liking both Soundwave and Shockwave more than I expected. Gonna miss looking forward to the show during weekends.

The new movie's coming up and I'm excited about that, got preview tickets booked and everything (23rd June! Woo!). Not digging the toys so much...except these guys! I mean, come on. It's a forklift and a bi-plane. How can you not get into them, ya soulless bastard.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Jurassic (Front) Yard

I love taking outdoor pics. Only thing preventing me from taking more are the weird stares I'd get from bypassing pedestrians. It's actually quite tricky to take these pics. You have to really get low on the ground to get these angles and even then you can't use the viewfinder; the bottom of the camera is an inch or two from the ground, it's just not physically possible, so you're basically shooting from the hip.

The first 3 pics are old, featuring Cybertron Jackshot - hehe - and Undermine, the last 2 are new, Masterpiece Grimlock, Universe Overkill and Cybetron Undermine again. Both shots are actually in my front yard. Think I'll let it grow out a bit more like in the 1st 3 pics. The shrub makes for nice diorama. A nice... shrubbery!