TV Magazine: Transformers 2010, Part 1 of 7

“TV Magazine: Transformers 2010, Part 1 of 7”
Article: Hydra
Formatting/Photoshop: Might Gaine
Source: TV Magazine, Dec 1986

Hydra’s comments

Imagine the shock that Japanese kids must have felt when they read the December issue of TV Magazine: Guess what, all those Transformers we were showing last month? Most of them are gone. Convoy? Yeah, he’s dead. It’s also 25 years in the future now. But don’t despair. You can have this bright orange Cybertron hunchback leaping out at you instead! Contrary to popular belief, it was explicitly stated that Convoy is dead and Megatron missing right here at the beginning of the series. Merry Christmas, Japanese kids!
The punch of the mostly horrendous movie character box art is at least softened by Magami Ban’s depiction of their alternate modes, which look great with the fine details he’s put in. Galvatron, Predaking, and Arcee have character art that’s obviously not by whoever did the box art. Naturally Arcee has no box art, but one has to wonder if Galvatron’s box art just failed too much at looking anything like the animation model? Perhaps being the major character he is, he wasn’t depicted as if in a funhouse mirror the way the other characters were.
Although they do give a nice summation of major events from season 1 and 2, the B/W pages are a little sad considering that many of the characters depicted will rarely be seen again.
On the ad gracing the back of the magazine, we can see Metroplex drawn in the “five different perspectives mashed together” style that would later be adopted by Dreamwave. He’s depicted showing a tiny (enormous?) Optimus Prime toy to Trypticon, who in turn has a stealthy Megatron perched on his back, hoping that people will forget he doesn’t exist anymore. Good times.