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@  CORVUS : (17 May 2021 - 08:41 AM)

"I was gonna buy some Toyhax labels for Earthrise Auto-Whatsit, but since I'd be disrespecting the artistic expression of the designers, I think I'll just forget the whole thing."

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 May 2021 - 06:41 AM)

Like, in general, not going into specific bands or covers. Because I could point out plenty of repainted toys I didn't like as much as the original, too.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 May 2021 - 06:39 AM)

Is a musician covering a song "fixing" it?

@  Nevermore : (17 May 2021 - 05:15 AM)

So, then, isn't redecoing or retooling an existing toy also "fixing" someone else's art?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 May 2021 - 10:07 PM)

A toy is not on the same level as a piece of drawn art, true, but it is 100% an entertainment product.

@  Nevermore : (16 May 2021 - 05:05 PM)

A toy is an object of utility, Comparing that to a piece of drawn art is grossly ignoring the difference between the two. Also, you didn't answer my questions. Try again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 May 2021 - 04:25 PM)

Part of the difference is that those covers are primarily one person's art. Sure, you probably have an inker and a colorist, but the lines and composition are one person. A toy however is a team design at pretty much all levels.

@  Cyoti : (16 May 2021 - 03:52 PM)

toymaking is a collaborative process, you have to make compromises and factories are going to get things wrong

@  tigerhawk : (16 May 2021 - 03:43 PM)

Earthrise had a few holes, Runamuck's legs YIKES!

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 May 2021 - 03:37 PM)

I doubt that say, the designer for Kingdom Cheetor was happy about every bit of unpainted plastic on it.

@  Bass X0 : (16 May 2021 - 03:28 PM)

J Scott Campbell recently had his Spiderman cover "fixed" by someone online. A few weeks ago, someone on twitter "fixed" someone's Sonic the Hedgehog fan art where Sonic, Tails and Knuckles were drawn as humans. Both times and other times, the "fixer" gets called out and criticised as you shouldn't go around "fixing" someone else's art because its rude and disrespectful to the original artist. And I was thinking isn't "fixed your s*** for ya" exactly what toy customisers do?

@  Nevermore : (16 May 2021 - 02:28 PM)

Have you ever changed your car in any way whatsoever compared to the factory configuration, or are you leaving the designer's art unchanged in that case as well?

@  CORVUS : (16 May 2021 - 02:28 PM)

It's best not to ponder it too hard.

@  Nevermore : (16 May 2021 - 04:16 AM)

Bass X0, I really wonder sometimes how you come up with these random tangents apropos of nothing.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 May 2021 - 04:11 AM)

It's collaborative art.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 May 2021 - 04:07 AM)

Toys are subject to budget constraints, so its not like customizing would ruin the designer's vision or whatever.

@  Bass X0 : (16 May 2021 - 03:38 AM)

Isn't customising a toy just "fixing other people's art"?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 May 2021 - 02:58 AM)

Oops, All Berries

@  Sabrblade : (16 May 2021 - 12:47 AM)

Nope, Chuck Berry

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 May 2021 - 10:42 PM)

Nope, Chuck Testa.

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 May 2021 - 10:41 PM)

English needs to revive Chuck Finley in everyday text

@  Xero Prime : (15 May 2021 - 09:09 PM)

English needs to revive Mindy in everyday text.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 May 2021 - 08:07 PM)

English needs to revive book in everyday text.

@  Sabrblade : (15 May 2021 - 04:00 PM)

English needs to revive Mook in everyday text

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 May 2021 - 03:42 PM)

English needs to revive Mork in everyday text

@  CORVUS : (15 May 2021 - 02:21 PM)

English needs to revive Morn in everyday text

@  Nevermore : (15 May 2021 - 12:38 PM)

English needs to revive Gorn in everyday text

@  Sabrblade : (15 May 2021 - 09:46 AM)

English needs to revive Gore in everyday text

@  Bass X0 : (15 May 2021 - 09:45 AM)

English needs to revive Gort in everyday text

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 May 2021 - 06:52 AM)

English needs to revive bort in everyday text

@  Telly : (15 May 2021 - 01:12 AM)

English needs to revive bork in everyday text

@  NovaSaber : (15 May 2021 - 12:15 AM)

English needs to revive dork in everyday text.

@  Sabrblade : (14 May 2021 - 09:34 PM)

English needs to revive pork in everyday text.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (14 May 2021 - 09:26 PM)

English needs to revive porn in everyday text.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 May 2021 - 09:10 PM)

English needs to revive þorn in everyday text.

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@  TheMightyMol... : (13 May 2021 - 04:41 PM)

Yeah, my hybrid does that when idling or at low speeds. Otherwise it's almost completely silent.

@  ZakuConvoy : (13 May 2021 - 02:27 PM)

That might actually be a fake noise they make electric cars make so pedestrians can hear them. Some cars even let you pick out what noise they make.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 May 2021 - 11:20 AM)

Actually heard a car with that electric, scifi-hum to it. Made me realize that we kinda are living in the future...

@  tigerhawk : (13 May 2021 - 03:28 AM)

Nearly thirty Studio Series figs including the '86 line. "I won't touch that." I said a few years ago when deluxe wave 5 came to my store for a tenner each. My latest one' is 72 Starscream.

@  Steevy Maximus : (10 May 2021 - 05:22 PM)

God, it's such a pain to have a local email address shut down. So many accounts to update...

@  Bass X0 : (10 May 2021 - 04:43 PM)

"Let's make a bargain, shall we? You ask Primus for help and I'll stop the moment He shows up."

@  tigerhawk : (10 May 2021 - 02:56 AM)

The 1988 G1 line up could all have been done as Titan Master things, I figure the Pretenders could be done as Titan Master Drones and Prime Master shells.


G1-Beast Era Interim Timeline

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 02:57 PM

A timeline to bridge the gap from the end of the G1 cartoon to the Beast Wars prequel comics (Descent Into Evil, the Razor's Edge, Dawn of Future's Past). Hope y'all enjoy.

2007: The Autobots form an alliance with rebels on Nebulos, and the Decepticons ally with the planet's authoritarian regime. During the Nebulos campaign, Targetmaster and Headmaster technology is developed, Binary-Bonding Cybertronians with Nebulans to improve combat performance. Galvatron briefly conquers Cybertron and attempts to destroy the Solar System, but fails, and energy from the Sun comes flooding into the planet. Cybertron is restored and the Decepticons are exiled, with leadership split between Zarak and Galvatron.

2008: Zarak asserts himself as leader of the Decepticons and keeps Galvatron under close watch, to the latter's chagrin. The Decepticons steal a device from the world of Tau-Ursa that can render energon useless as a fuel source, and develop the Nullification Cannon. With this weapon, Cybertron's newly-replenished energon reserves are destroyed, plunging the planet back into the throes of an energy crisis. The Autobots attempt to fix the situation by acquiring a large cache of energon from the world of Metascan Alpha, but are challenged by the Decepticons and the ancient Destructons. The latter foe becomes so dangerous that the Autobots and Decepticons join forces to stop them, ultimately besting their shared enemy. In the aftermath, each side takes half of the energon, with the Autobots using their half to keep Cybertron stable, and the Decepticons using their share to rebuild their strength on Chaar.

2009: In the aftermath of the energon crisis, Optimus Prime commissions a joint scientific effort between the Autobots, Nebulans, and Earth Defense Command dedicated to finding new, efficient methods for conserving and generating energy. Various different substances are experimented with, resulting in several simultaenous projects developing along side each other.

Brainstorm, inspired by the previous Headmaster and Targetmaster technologies, works towards perfecting the Binary-Bonding process with what he calls Powermasters. The process, though complex due to requiring two individuals, provides huge amounts of energy for the Transformer, significantly enhancing combat performance. The drawback is that the Nebulans, due to functioning as virtual living batteries, have to eat enormous amounts of food to stay alive, making the process very fatiguing after the initial boost.

Highbrow, having a disdain for organics, instead pursues Nucleon as an alternative to energon, although initial tests show that Transformers infused with Nucleon lose the ability to change forms. The benefit, however, is that the energy spared from not transforming super-charges the body in robot mode, making users feel stronger, faster, more alive. For this enhanced activity, those who underwent the process were known as Action Masters.

Perceptor, meanwhile, advocates a down-sizing process in order to conserve energon, rather than replace it. His tests provide promising results, with down-sized Transformers known as Micromasters performing with increased speed, strength, and agility, albeit at the expense of size and endurance.

The last sub-project, under the direction of Skyfire, proposes the most radical plan; using information acquired from the EDC on Cobra's Synthoid process, Skyfire's team developed Polydermal-Grafting, a process that provides Transformers with an exo-suit composed of organic tissue, allowing the Cybertronian within to mimmick the appearance of other humanoid species. These "Pretender" exosuits are capable of digesting organic matter and converting them into fuel, which the Transformer within can then process.

Optimus, willing to test each of the four results in the field, gave the go ahead for volunteers to undergo the processes, and in time, Powermasters, Action Masters, Micromasters, and Pretenders could be seen amongst the Autobot ranks. The best results in battle came from the Powermasters, their strength magnified ten-fold by the Binary-Bonding process. Following them were the Action Masters, who, while physically enhanced, required external vehicles for transportation, resulting in the project not gaining much traction among the rank and file soldiers. Micromaster technology proved itself useful for espionage and non-combat roles, while Pretenders were used exclusively for espionage and surprise attacks. The Autobot advantage does not last long, however, as the Decepticons are eventually able to reverse engineer the Powermaster, Micromaster, and Action Master tech from captured POWs, while the schematics for Pretenders are delivered by remnant Cobra agents in a last-ditch effort to avenge Old Snake. Soon enough, they make their own counterparts, albeit on a more limited scale due to lack of resources. The result is the start of a scientific and strategic arms race between the two factions, each side introducing new types of special forces to the field in the hopes of gaining an advantage.

2010: Autobot City is converted to a civilian center, and humans are allowed entry to live and work. The Decepticons, meanwhile, spend their time constructing wave upon wave of new, specialized Made to Order Soldiers (MTOs) on Chaar, eating up much of the energon they acquired from Metascan Alpha. Seeking to expand and gain more resources, Zarak and Galvatron send these new units across the galaxy, waiting for the order to overrun nearby worlds and use their native populations as slave labor, with the support of local proxies willing to collaborate. Once their forces are all in place, the attack signal is sent out from Chaar, and the Surge begins, escalating the Great War to new heights as the entire galaxy becomes a battleground.

The Autobots retaliate by dispatching their own special forces teams, allowing for greater effectiveness on alien worlds with unique climates. Laser Rods, Sparkabots, and Illuminators dual across the stars, from the scorched worlds of the Pyrovar Sector to the undersea fortresses of T'muk. In the far east of the galaxy, Decepticon Stormtroopers and Skyscorchers lead a devastating campaign across the Falcon Nexus, and are only stopped by the efforts of the God-King Horus and the Autobot Axelerators and Aquaspeeders. Fierce fighting like this continues all across galactic space, rallying many formerly-neutral parties to the Autobot cause.

2011: In response to the Surge, Optimus Prime and his diplomats hold several peace conferences with the other galactic powers. After many months of taxing political maneuvering, the conferences culminate in the formation of the Galactic Peace Alliance, a coalition of space-faring nations dedicated to ending the Decepticon threat once and for all. The formation of a cooperative united front drastically improves the strategic planning against the Decepticons, and the Autobots and their allies begin pushing the enemy back, liberating worlds and sending their foes into a state of constant retreat. To better aid in the fight against the Decepticons and their proxies, Optimus Prime undergoes the Powermaster process, and unveils his new form at the Battle of Mirtonia. There, Optimus decimated the Decepticon Space Fleet, and slew Admiral Skyquake, leader of the fleet and head of the vicious Predator subfaction. Unbeknownst to anyone, the ghost of Starscream lurked nearby, and after the battle, he possessed the corpse of Skyquake for his own devious ends.

2012: With the Decepticons on the retreat and the most intense fighting over, the Autobots and their allies take the opportunity to rebuild their damaged territories and establish lasting friendly relations with one another. When not fighting the Decepticons or spearheading galactic peace efforts, Optimus takes the time to tell stories of the war to a young boy named Tommy Kennedy, who's family moved to Autobot City two years ago. The boy takes a special interest in the Transformers, and Optimus satiates his curiosity with tales about the war and occasional adventures to the stars.

2013: With the Decepticons contained and the situation on Earth stable, Optimus takes the opportunity to go on sabbatical and entrusts command to his highest ranking officers, Jazz, Pyro, Rapido, Thunderclash, and Ultra Magnus. Under the quintet's leadership, the Decepticons are decisively beaten across GPA space, an undercover terrorist plot led by the Decepticon Clench is foiled, and world hunger is ended. Optimus, after several months of convening with Vector Sigma, his old mentor Alpha Trion, and the Allspark, returns with new wisdom and the Recreation Matrix, a device that allows him to reformat his body as well as those of his comrades.

2014: As Galvatron and Zarak squabble for leadership, the Decepticons become increasingly fragmented, splintering into their own sub factions as communication with Chaar begins to breakdown. First the Predators revolt, then the Breastforce, Squadron X, and finally, Clench (who had escaped his Earth-bound prison in Dallas, Texas following a failed attempt to assassinate the President) and his army of dissident Decepticons (basically, every G2 Decepticon). This marks the end of a unified Decepticon army, and for the rest of the war, internal conflicts, and even full-blown civil wars, would plague the faction. Unbeknownst to anyone, it was Starscream who was fanning the flames of disunity, as the treacherous Air Commander was the one who first convinced the Predators to rebel, posing as their late leader Skyquake by pretending to have survived his injuries and returned to seek revenge for being abandoned. In reality, Starscream hoped that by getting the Decepticons to war with each other, the leaders of each faction would be killed, allowing him to seize command.

Meanwhile on Earth and Cybertron, the Autobots, EDC, and GPA are planning their own next moves. Wanting to capitalize on the opportunity, they reach an agreement. The Autobots, with the Galactic Peace Alliance behind them, will embark on the Machines Wars, a massive crusade to eliminate the Decepticon splinter groups and end the war once and for all. Optimus Prime personally leads the force, but tasks Jazz, Ultra Magnus, and Rapido to watch over the home front.

2015: Dr. Fujiyama restarts his Nightbird program, and promptly creates an army of killer ninja robots. Daniel and Wheelie are killed during the battle to the destroy the machines, sending Arcee into a deep depression. Fujiyama is subsequently disgraced and sentenced to life in prison. Meanwhile in deep space, Optimus and his fleet engage in heated battle with the Breastforce in the Death Zone, eventually storming the group's Warworld and capturing the majority of the enemy forces, with the exception of Deathsaurus himself, who escaped with a small cadre of guards, scientists, and two Insecticons.

2016: Just as Prime's forces finished a legendary battle with Squadron X on the outskirts of Nahl Space, Clench's army launches a surprise attack on Cybertron. They only push as far as Moon Base 4, however, when Ultra Magnus's home guard arrive and the offensive stalls. The subsequent battle saw some of the harshest fighting in Cybertronian space since the Rebirth, and left the moon a desolate, scarred wasteland. The battle was ultimately won, however, when Optimus's forces arrived, and the Autobot leader, in a stunning display, resurrected Ironhide, Ratchet, and Prowl as Powermasters using the Recreation Matrix. With this morale boost, coupled with the wave of reinforcements and Ironhide's valor, Ratchet's medical support, and Prowl's tactical genius, the Autobots overwhelmed Clench's forces, and captured nearly his entire army, incarcerating them on Moon Base 3.

With the largest of the rebel factions taken down, the Autobots set their sights on their final objective...Chaar. Before the fleet sets out for the Decepticon capital, however, Optimus ordered for scouting craft to make two trips; one to Nebulos, and another to Earth...

2017: With the Autobots closing in around them, Galvatron and Zarak are forced to momentarily put aside their petty squabbles and attempt to mount a defense against the oncoming storm of enemies. The situation on Chaar is dire; energon shortages, lack of manpower and weaponry, and a sorely outmatched battle fleet that scarcely had the energy to operate. In the midst of these frantic preparations, however, Soundwave unveiled a miracle; for eons, Decepticon scientists had been attempting to crack the secrets of transwarp space, and now, they finally had a functioning prototype. Though unable to travel through time like intended due to resource shortages, Soundwave's prototype would be able to open a portal across space, allowing for the Decepticons to escape Chaar before the GPA fleet arrived.

Cyclonus and Soundwave argued that they should use the drive to flee far across the universe, beyond the Autobots' reach, and begin the Decepticon Empire anew. Galvatron would not hear of it, however; he viewed all talk of fleeing as cowardice, and instead ordered that the drive be installed inside Scorponok, so that he could lead the Decepticons in a last-ditch surprise attack on Cybertron. In the mad warlord's mind, the Autobots would be caught off guard, and without their fleet to support them, the Decepticons could retake the planet and continue the war from a position of strength. Zarak, for his part, agreed with Galvatron, the past few years robbing him of much of his calculating personality and good judgement.

Despite their leader's unwavering confidence, Cyclonus and Soundwave were skeptical. The latter ran the battle simulations repeatedly, and every outcome ended in failure. Soundwave, however, was adamant that it was their duty as Decepticons to follow their leader to the gates of hell, even if it meant the end. Cyclonus wasn't so sure. To him, the war was clearly lost, and the only way the Decepticons could possibly survive is by escaping, or surrendering. With Galvatron and Soundwave set on the plan, however, there was no way to evade the Autobots, leaving only one option available: armistice.

On the eve of the assault, as the last bastion of the Decepticons prepared for their death ride, Cyclonus contacted Cybertron under an encrypted frequency, reaching Ultra Magnus. Though initially skeptical of Cyclonus' motives, Magnus was left stunned by the Decepticon's frantic warning. It wasn't long before Magnus left to scramble his forces and establish a hasty defense, but before the transmission ended, the Autobot told Cyclonus to surrender as soon as possible to the Autobots once the battle commenced. In all likelihood, he would be negotiating on his factions' behalf. Cyclonus nodded silently.

Meanwhile on one of Chaar's moons, Starscream and the Predators listen in on the conversation, and the Air Commander orders his duped forces to set course for Cybertron...
The battle commenced on September 17th, 2017, with the entirety of the Decepticon forces emerging above Iacon through a transwarp portal. Soundwave had advised beginning the campaign above Kalis instead, as the city held Cybertron's energon reserves, but Galvatron was confident that by claiming the planetary capital, they could seize the Autobots' largest industrial center and manufacture more transwarp drives, allowing the Decepticons to hit their enemies anywhere, at any time. Though the communications officer attempted to sway his leader's thinking, Galvatron would have none of it, utterly convinced of his own strategic genius. Soundwave, loyal to the end, complied.

Even with Cyclonus' warning, Ultra Magnus had no idea where the Decepticons would begin their assault, and so had divided his forces to try and protect the planet's most vital cities. Iacon, being the Autobot capital, was the most heavily defended, with the forces there under Magnus's direct command. Even with this advantage, however, the Autobot garrison found itself sorely outnumbered. The majority of the Autobot forces were campaigning with Optimus, and Magnus had no clue how long it would be before the fleet could return to the planet and provide support. Until then, Magnus reasoned, he'd do his damndest to hold the line.

The planetary guns roared to life as the Decepticon fleet emerged from transwarp space, tearing in to the small number of dropships and shuttlecraft ferrying soldiers to the surface. The guns eventually fell silent, however, following a swift attack by Scourge and his Sweeps. Upon making planetfall, the Decepticon forces stormed out of their landing craft while Scourge and his fliers attempted to achieve air superiority. Scorponok, still in city mode, was converted to robot form, and began storming the Autobot defenses alongside Predaking, Bruticus, and Abominus. The Protectobots and Technobots did their best to combat the enemy gestalts, but Computron and Defensor found themselves sorely outclassed by the enemy's ferocity and fire power.

Magnus, meanwhile, was rallying Rapido and Jazz's forces to Iacon, forming several defensive rings within the city in an attempt to contain the Deception onslaught. The first of these rings fell apart, however, when Scorponok destroyed the High Council Pavilions, securing the city center and forcing the Autobots to fall back. Predaking, meanwhile, laid waste to the planetary archives, destroying much of the ancient records and vast libraries that defined Iacon as a city of knowledge. The Custodiobot was found weeping in the ruins of the Hall of Records. The second line held in northwest Iacon, however, as Defensor fought Bruticus to a standstill, obliterating large portions of the city, but halting the giant's advance. Computron wasn't so lucky, as Abominus quickly bested the slow-acting Autobot, sending him careening through the eastern portion of the city.

Seeking to push through the second line and take Magnus' command post aboard the mobile Autobase, Predaking and Scorponok fought side by side in a pincer maneuver, cleaving through the Autobot lines, albeit with heavy resistance. Once they broke the defenders and charged to surround the base, however, Magnus rigged the mobile-base crawler to self destruct and bailed, catching the Decepticons unawares and leaving the Predacons in critical condition, forcing them to be sent back for repairs. Even with this momentary victory, however, Magnus knew that his defenses were perilously close to breaking. If the Decepticons breached the final defense layer, they'd be able to pour out and overrun the northern cities, allowing them to either entrench and continue the war in ernest, or raze the cities before capitulating. Kalis in particular was worrying, as the city held what remained of the Autobot energon reserves.

The Decepticons, however, were facing issues of their own. More and more desperately needed soldiers were being rendered unfit for combat, and their limited energon supply was dropping fast. If they couldn't break the Autobots here, they'd be starved out and forced to surrender or die. Galvatron ignored the situation, however, and continually urged his forces to attack with all their strength, even martialling the wounded to the front, proclaiming that, "Victory will be ours, no matter how many of us fall! For every one of you who dies, take ten Autobots with you!" These delusional ravings were only cut short when word came in that Cyclonus and his armada had surrendered behind enemy lines, sending the warlord into an enraged frenzy that left the Protectobots on the brink of death.

To make matters worse for the invaders, Jazz and Rapido's forces had finally arrived to provide Magnus' garrison with much needed support, and Brutius was defeated by a joint effort between Jazz and Skyfire, who had dropped several mines from the air to weaken the giant. The situation in the sky was going no better for the Decepticons, as Cyclonus' desertion left Scourge's forces severely outnumbered as Skyfire and the Aerialbots rallied. In spite of the worsening situation, however, Galvatron and Zarak clung to hope, ordering all able forces to converge on the weakest part of the final defensive line. A victory here would be the last hope for the Decepticons to achieve a breakout, and both sides knew it.

The ensuing battle was apocalyptic, an all out slug-fest between the hardened veterans of the once grand Decepticon Empire, and the noble forces of the heroic Autobots. Magnus and Galvatron came face to face as Scorponok struggled against the unwavering Autobot rear-guard, and the two faced off personally for the second, and final time. Magnus, though a capable warrior and experienced field officer, was no match for the sheer wave of destruction that was Galvatron, and though he put up a good fight, the Autobot ultimately couldn't prevail, falling to his knees as energon poured from his wounds. Just as Galvatron was set to deliver the final blow, however, the sky lit up as Optimus Prime and the GPA fleet arrived, unleashing a rain of hellfire on the Decepticons below. Magnus was able to escape Galvatron's clutches, and the Decepticon advance, so close to breaking the paper thin line of Autobot defenders, was halted as wave upon wave of soldiers arrived to push the energon-starved Decepticons back.

At the same time, Starscream and the Predators arrived, catching Autobots and Decepticons alike off guard. Using the element of surprise to their advantage, the group made a beeline for Nova Point, where Optimus Prime and Galvatron were dueling. Prime, adorning his powermaster armor, was locked in single combat with Galvatron, battling the mad tyrant as Iacon burned around them. Their dual was legendary, initially beginning with a volley of weapon fire, destroying entire buildings in their wake. Laser rifle fire clashed with particle beams, rocking the planet to it's very core. As the battle wore on, however, the fighting devolved into grueling, hand-to-hand combat, a melee of fists and energy blades.

As Prime and Galvatron continued their death match, the Autobots launched a massive counteroffensive against the beleaguered Decepticons, pushing them farther back into the city. Scorponok, the Decepticons' greatest weapon, found himself unable to support his comrades in the fight, for Fortress Maximus had assumed robot mode, with Spike Witwicky and Cerebros at the (literal) helm. The battle between the two giants, set against a backdrop of total war, leveled what was left of Iacon's infrastructure, leaving the once-grand city a smoldering ruin as the larger-than-life titans warred. What ultimately won Maximus the fight, however, was the Decepticons' crippling energon shortage, which quickly left Scorponok unable to function in his robot form. Try as he might, Zarak could not keep his titan from collapsing, allowing for Maximus to deliver the killing blow; wielding his great sword, Maximus sliced Scorponok in two, ending the city-bot, and Zarak with him.

On the ground, Galvatron was faring no better than his army. In raw power, Optimus couldn't be beat, his powermaster form giving him the needed edge to thrash Galvatron. As he was laid bare on the edge of Nova Point, the warlord could only watch as his forces were pushed further and further back, too energy starved to continue fighting. His combiners, beaten and bloodied, fell apart, their component soldiers rushing to escape the oncoming Autobot horde. In the air, sweeps were dropping left and right, blown out of the sky by the Autobot fleet. And then, to the left, he saw a looming shadow grow larger; Scorponok's bisected corpse was falling, crashing beside Nova Point with a deafening boom. Optimus paid it no mind; he was focused only on the enemy before him. Energon axe deployed, Prime walked towards Galvatron with finality--this was the end. Though he looked for an escape, Galvatron found none, for there was only steep cliffside to his back and sides. No way out. Without a word, Prime raised his axe, poised to end this, end everything, with one final blow. Below, fighters on both sides stopped to watch, some with joy, others with despair. Galvatron's optics opened wide with fear as Prime began to lower his arm...

...only to be blasted back by a wave of energy fire. The Predators, with Starscream in the lead, were barreling straight towards him, sending the powermaster reeling backwards. Before he could even realize what was happening, Galvatron was pinned to the ground by the mighty boot of Starscream, controlling the corpse of Skyquake like a dark puppetmaster. Faceplate retracted to reveal a twisted, maniacal grin, Starscream looked Galvatron dead in the optics, and the latter knew who had come to slay him.

"S-starscream? Is that you?"

"Here's a hint!"

Galvatron--Megatron--was dead. And for one glorious, shining moment, Starscream reigned supreme, holding the fallen warlord's partile cannon aloft for all to see. The victory was not to last. What Fortress Maximus had failed to know before ending Scorponok was that the experimental transwarp drive was still within the fallen titan, and became damaged to the point of critical malfunction. Temporal energy began leaking from the drive, encompassing Nova Point in a blue haze as spacetime struggled to remain coherent. Finally, a blinding light shone across the battlefield as the drive exploded, expanding in a rapid timestorm that swallowed Starscream, the Predators, Galvatron, Scorponok, and Optimus in a wave of liquid un-reality. When the dust settled and smoke cleared, Nova Point and everyone on it was gone.
Following the explosion on Nova Point, the Battle for Iacon came to a swift end. Leaderless and energon-starved, the Decepticons fell apart, with small pockets of soldiers laying down their arms before Soundwave gave the final order to surrender. The Autobots subsequently flooded into central Iacon, detaining the weary Decepticon forces and tending to their wounded. Only the Predacons escaped captivity, fleeing through the sewers and vanishing into the Cybertronian wilds. Ultra Magnus and Cyclonus signed an armistice the following day, and negotiations for peace began. Due to the reality-bending effects of the timestorm, no one at the battle was quite sure what happened to Optimus Starscream, or Galvatron, and all sorts of rumors spread as to their whereabouts and ultimate fate. In Prime's absence, however, he was presumed dead, and the Autobots assembled an emergency council composed of Ironhide, Prowl, Silverbolt, Hot Rod, Jazz, and Ultra Magnus, who assumed control of the faction indefinitely. To many of the troops on the ground, however, who was in charge didn't matter--to them, the Great War, at long last, was over.

2018: With Iacon destroyed, the Autobots immediately began work on a new capital city, which Hardhead and the engineers dubbed 'Cybertropolis.' Spike Witwicky returned to Earth to live out his days with Carly, and Cerebros and Fortress Maximus settled on Nebulos along with the Nebulan warriors who had aided the Autobot head and target masters. With the war seemingly over, they thought it was time to begin anew on Nebulous and rebuild in the wake of the devastation wrought by the Hive, of whom the surviving members of which were incarcerated for trial on their home planet. The affected Autobot and Decepticon headmasters were reconstructed back to their old selves, and went their separate ways.

Back on Cybertron, Perceptor and the newly-formed Ministry of Science were in awe of a wondrous new development; with the planet at peace, Vector Sigma had begun producing life again--in a new form. From the depths of Cybertron came what Perceptor dubbed 'protoforms,' liquid living-metal bodies made up of microscopic nanobots. These bodies each came with a spark, and when the spark and nanobots connected, the protoform took shape as a fully formed Cybertronian. What made the process even more amazing was that the bodies of these new transformers, due to being composed of shifting nanobots--affectionately referred to as nanites--could adopt virtually any alternate mode they desired.

Though still highly experimental, Perceptor, Highbrow, Chromedome, and the rest of the Ministry theorized that, using these protoforms as a base, a combination of micromaster and pretender technology could be implemented within new Cybertronians, making them fuel efficient and capable of assuming a nearly limitless range of alt modes. These new transformers would be the next great evolutionary leap in the species' history, a combination of maximum potential with minimal energy expenditure, a process that was, in a word...Maximal.

The Decepticons, meanwhile, were facing the wrath of Autobot justice. Under a joint-effort from hundreds of intergalactic races, the most high ranking and infamous Decepticons were tried on Moon Base 3, with the likes of Soundwave, Clench, Motormaster, Onslaught, and Scourge, to name a few, testifying before an audience of millions. For their crimes against the species, many of the Decepticons tried met their end by firing squad, and the rest were sentenced with infinite imprisonment. There were, however, some who alluded Autobot justice; the Predacons, who had hid in the archipelagos of the hazardous Sea of Rust for several months, launched a surprise attack on the Ministry of Science in Harmonex, capturing half a dozen protoforms and stealing a ship, heading off for parts unknown. Elsewhere, Deathsaurus and his Insecticon army stalked the edges of the cosmos, hiding out on remote worlds in the galactic rim. Rumor among scouts was that the Decepticon remnants were reorganizing, preparing to continue the war out in the wild, untamed reaches of the cosmos. But those were just rumors, and as far as the galaxy was concerned, the war was as good as finished.

So convinced were they of peace that the member nations of the Galactic Peace Alliance, following the Trials of Luna 3, formally disbanded their coalition, though friendly trade relations and mutual defense pacts remained as links between the galactic powers. What none could've anticipated, however, was the conflict that had yet to come. It was the dawn of a brave new world, and as the era of Autobots and Decepticons came to a close, so too began a new era...an era of beasts.

*Segway into Descent Into Evil, Razor's Edge, and Dawn of Future's Past time-period. Razorclaw rebels, Pred/Decep Alliance forms, Decepticons bail, Preds surrender, Pax Cybertronia, Theft of the Golden Disk, Beast Wars*

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