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The Super Nerdy guide to ‘Voltes V’

Many a Filipino heart was warmed on Jan. 1, 2020 when GMA 7 released a teaser trailer for “Voltes V: Legacy.” The one-minute teaser indicated the network was bringing a live-action adaptation of “Voltes V” to Philippine TV. The teaser became viral immediately, launching a wave of nostalgia and excitement. “Voltes V” is the most …

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Gundam Universe gets into the action figure action

Ever since “Mobile Suit Gundam” (Kido Senshi Gundam) first aired in Japan in 1979 and launched the “Real Robots” mecha animé genre, the Gundam franchise has been closely and almost exclusively associated with the hobby of plastic model-making —colloquially called “Plamo” for “plastic model”—to the point that it earned its own hobby subgenre, “Gunpla” for …

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The ultimate Ultra Magnus

Could there be a more dutiful and honorable Transformer than Optimus Prime? Best known as the city commander of Autobot City in the classic 1986 “The Transformers: The Movie,” Ultra Magnus was even more by-the-book than Optimus Prime. The toy that would become Ultra Magnus began as Powered Convoy in the Diaclone toy line. When …

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Super Toys: The best Bumblebee

“Bumblebee,” directed by Travis Knight and starring Hailee Steinfeld, is the best live-action “Transformers” movie, so it is only right that the movie was accompanied by the best toy based on the live-action Bumblebee. There has never been a better time to be a Transformers collector, as the continuous waves of modern toys, across different …

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Bumblebee begins

In the beginning, he was the smallest and weakest of the Autobots. Today, he is one of the most popular of all Transformers and stars in his own movie, “Bumblebee,” opening Jan. 8, the first Transformer to do so. This is how he did it. The character who became Bumblebee began as a tiny plastic …

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