ISSUE 4: March/April 2009
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Allegiance: Decepticon (Terrorcon)
Difficulty of Transformation: Easy
Color Scheme: Yellow-orange, light purple, off-white, bluish black, silver, and some metallic bronze, dark blue-green, dull red, and transparent pale blue-green
Powerlinx ports: 2
Sharkticon's vehicle mode is certainly unique-- it's in a similar style as Energon Scorponok's, given that it's a vehicle in the shape of an animal. In this case, a submarine in the shape of the shark. And it looks quite cool, really. There's four little rotatable guns on the top and sides; a transparent bridge area on the top center of this mode that looks very stylized and even has minor fins on the side; and there are what look like little torpedo launchers in between the rear fins. Plus, there's LOADS of mechanical and paint detailing all over Sharkticon, so this is definitely not a dull figure. As for the color scheme itself, it's quite appropriate; white, bluish black, red, silver, and yellow give it a bit of a "war-like" feel while still seeming rather aquatic, and the purple fits in fairly well as well, though I think perhaps a medium blue would have been a bit better. Admittedly, Sharkticon does have a few visible robot extras, but they still mesh at least fairly well with the rest of the mode, and don't stick out like a sore thumb. For one thing, the robot fists are rather visible on the back end of Sharkticon, and the robot legs are on the bottom of this mode (the bottom fins stick out of the sides of them), but again, both mesh very well with the overall shape of the mode, so minimal points are deducted for that.
Like other Energon Decepticons, Sharkticon has a "hyper mode". Like most other hyper modes, it's nothing much-- just the sides of the mode opening up to reveal two missile launchers-- but it does look fairly cool, and it's kind of a neat idea that half of the entire toy splits apart to reveal more weapons. A neat little gimmick.
Sharkticon's robot mode is also very good, with nice proportions, colors, and detailing. It also has a very unique look to it- it's curved and stylized at some points, while being sharp and angular at others. It all comes together very well. The robot head looks especially original- he's got a large, sloping, angular forehead over a black faceplate and blue optics. It actually looks somewhat like X-Men: Evolution Magneto's face-- definitely evil. Some may be worried about the fact that a third of the vehicle mode is on Sharkticon's back, but don't be- it doesn't affect his stability, it doesn't get in the way of articulation much, and the hyper mode missile launchers can be deployed under his shoulders anyway to give Sharkticon some firepower. Speaking of articulation, Sharkticon has quite a lot of it; he can move at the head, shoulders (at two points), elbows, waist, hips (at two points), knees, and ankles. And the joints are nice and tight. So pose him all you like, folks. Oh, and of course, Sharkticon's Decepticon spark crystal is in the center of his chest in this mode.
Sharkticon is a great toy in both modes, and has a great color scheme, hyper mode, proportions, and paint detailing. He does have a few visible robot extras in vehicle mode, but it's not that big of a deal at all. Ties with Slugslinger for the best Energon deluxe, in my opinion. (Although admittedly, Slugslinger would have pulled ahead slightly if he was more stable.)
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Taken from this thread at the BWINT Forums.
fan fiction stood out from his other works, a fairy tale with a Beast
Wars twist. Or rather, a memoir from a warrior of vengeance merged with
a story of treachery and bloodshed.
story is mostly done in a series of diary entries, written by a recruit
called “Depthwing”. He tells us of his training and his experiences.
In-between these journals, a classic “Little Red Riding Hood” tale
is told. However the fairy story goes back to one of its original yarns,
where there is no cover up of bloodshed as little Red finds.
yet it links the two characters, Depthwing (Or in later chapters,
Depthcharge.) struggles to return home, only to find that anything and
everyone he knew is gone and destroyed. The same happens to little Red,
tricked by the wolf and returns to find her mother dead before being
you can tell by now, this is a Depthcharge and Ramage/Protoform X story.
And yet, the way that Depthcharge is written and how we can even begin
to imagine what it must be like for him is told simply by retelling a
fairy tale that echoes his story.
weaves his story well, by making it so that we know that there are two
stories being told and how well matched they are.
unlike the title, this story does not have a happy ending but a
bittersweet one. One in which blood is spilt. This story was a good
steady read and I’ll be reading more of his stories in the future.
By: Razor One
Rise of Aurora
stood in front of Aurora, guilt, self loathing, and the desire to make
amends fighting a fierce three way war in his spark.
had used her as a pawn, lied to her, concealed his true self and
befriended her under false pretenses. And for what - Simply to prove
that he was right and his rivals were wrong.
he could have found a hundred ways to rationalise what he did, the only
consolation could come from the one he had wronged, from Aurora herself.
took a deep breath.
was the only way to make them see… I’m Sorry.”
not that,” she said, her voice cracking, “Why did you lie to me?”
and quite suddenly he couldn’t bear to look directly at her as the
guilt welled up within him - and he did the only thing he could – he
am an Elder,” he said flatly, “If I go out amongst the people
wearing the face of Maximus, then I am recognised, accosted, petitioned,
and heckled, as would any of the other elders. We wear masks to achieve
anonymity and walk amongst the people not as elders or superiors but as
one of them.”
no excuse to lie to me!” hissed Aurora, a frothing anger rising to the
surface for the first time. “I thought we were colleagues, friends
were teacher and student!” he snapped suddenly enough for Aurora to
wince. Turning to face her once more, he added more softly, “But yes;
We were friends. But above that, and beyond that, I am a patriot.”
lapsed into a steady silence, gathering his thoughts. Aurora waited
patiently; although she was starving for knowledge, Maximus had taught
her that patience was as valuable as acting on instinct.
I am a patriot above all else. I love my people, the Maximals, and for
that I would do what I did to you again and again and again if it were
what is a Maximal then, Moxi-… Maximus if you go about acting
predacon?” finished Maximus.
nodded, now more curious then angry, yet the anger hadn’t in the least
silently conceded her point. He was well and truly in a bind.
hope to learn what it is to be Maximal. I hope to define it, to set the
record straight so that the next generation of Maximals will know who
and what they are. We are so young, have lived for such a small measure
of time that I find that even I am still discovering just who and what a
maximal is. And… I think you can help me.”
you?!” asked Aurora incredulously.
exclaimed Maximus, “I need a fresh perspective; one not jaded by
decades of life spent in spurious pursuits. I need… a blank slate,
still finding its way; an empty cup that fills itself over time. You
could help more people then you can imagine, Aurora, if you help me.”
know what I think?” asked Aurora, a bitter taste in her mouth, “I
think you’re a fool. You’ve betrayed the trust and the friendship we
turned and walked towards the exit of the room, stopping briefly before
crossing the threshold and looking back over her shoulder.
you may think, Maximus, I will not be your little ‘social
experiment’. Goodbye.” Her final word was laced with contempt.
stood there, alone in a darkened room and could only wonder at the
labors he had lost.
had lapsed into a brief vacillating silence as though lost in her past.
then?” queried the Delta Scion
was knocked out of her reverie by the interruption.
then? It doesn’t sound like the story is finished.”
that’s because it isn’t. It took me months to forgive him. And even
then the circumstances that lead to-“
wailing klaxon broke Aurora’s sentence. Red emergency lighting
instantly filled the makeshift cell.
One Emergency, Aurora to the command center”
blared out through the base intercom.
have to finish this later” said Aurora as she hurried out of the room.
tore down the corridors and doorways of Theta at breakneck speed. Her
life, indeed, all the lives of those under her command, could well
depend on her being in the right place at the right time as she was
needed there. She couldn’t hope to delay even for a moment.
burst into the control room and practically sprawled into the
mountainside that was her second in command, Cryo.
she blurted out faster then she gave even herself credit for. Though she
was loathe to use military abbreviations, time was of the essence.
forces approach, three from the north, one from the east and one from
the west,” Cryo Responded in the deep emotionless baritone that had
earned him his name.
doesn’t track. Callisto only has five soldiers, we have one locked up
in the basement, where’d that extra come from?”
Callisto procured additional reinforcements?”
from where?” Aurora huffed in frustration. She had to get a grip.
“Look, never mind that. Mobilise everyone into defensive positions we
have to knock them back.”
once.” Said Cryo and steeled himself to do her bidding.
tracked down the intercom system and activated it.
is Aurora, Code One Emergency Confirmed, the base is under attack, I
repeat, the base is under attack!”
lay bound and chained in her cell, unmoving save for the odd shift and
shuffle to make her wait for Aurora’s return more comfortable. The
assault on the base didn’t concern her in the slightest. She had,
until recently, lead such assaults in Callisto’s name and knew the
Maximal base to be nigh impregnable if properly defended. She would
simply have to wait.
door to her cell cracked open. Through it stepped a bot painted black
and white, wiry and tall, he had small aerodynamic fins built into his
legs and arms indicative of a flight alt mode yet his body was bulky
enough to indicate ground combat armor. Unusually for a transformer, he
had the stylized picture of an Eagle emblazoned across his chest.
knew her enemies well, and this one was unmistakable.
One.” Said Delta
and I have unfinished business,” said Razor with barely constrained
contempt, “Are you ready to die today?”
didn’t even hesitate.
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