Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Nerdversity 101 Podcasts Ltd December 2016 update


No doubt many of you are wondering what's been going on, Yes, it's the 13th December (at the time of writing) and I'm talking about events that happened in October, so what has happened?


To put it bluntly, alot has happened in that period. My old laptop died in september, I got a new one towards the end of the month and have been slowly regaining all my old files and account details that I was unable to transfer over. I've been busy with event and conventions throughout october and november. I've been sick with a horrible cold that's really knocked me for six ever since I got back from comic-con at the end of November too and I've only really gotten over it. Between all that since the end of september to now, and working at 12 audio podcasts and minicasts, I'm just stupidly busy and haven't been able to update as often as I should. For that, I can only really humbly apologise for that.


Rest assured, October's articles are almost finished, meaning I'll only have all of november's to date to finish before Xmas. 

Once again, I thank you for your patience and understanding in what's going on. I humbly apologise for being too busy to update and write as often as I'd have liked. 










Sunday, 11 December 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Crystal Maze Experience 8cm Replica Crystal


In 2015, a group called Little Lion Entertainment put together an IndieGogo campaign to bring back the series as a live theater format. The current location is in London, near King's Cross and is open to the public. The Manchester venue is scheduled to go live sometime next year.


The theater shop released another version of the Crystal replica. At the end of each episode, the host would hand a large crystal to the team members, in it's own presentation box. Inside was written I CRACKED THE CRYSTAL MAZE. In this instance, the crystal comes in a large black presentation box, with the new logo on the top. The inscription says the same.


This is a much larger crystal and it shows. This crystal is large enough to fit in the palm of the average adult's hand. This glass replica catches the light great when positioned just right and has the new Live logo etched into the bottom.

If you are interested in buying one, they can be found here. It would be wise to hurry, as there are only 600 left. 








Nerdversity Reviews: Crystal Maze Experience 2cm Crystal Replica


The Crystal Maze was a very popular TV series and game show back in the 1990s. It was broadcast on Channel 4.


With the Crystal Maze Experience starting off as a crowd funding project and actually meeting it's goal, they have a property near King's Cross Station where fans can pay to have an 8 hour experience taking part in their own personal Crystal Maze experience. Now, to coincide with the Experience, a company called Theater Shop has released this 2cm replica crystal.


Inside the little box it ships in, we have the crystal itself, made of glass. It has the new logo etched into the bottom. It also comes in it's own little bag to keep it in. It looks great and feels great in th hand or the pocket, or maybe just on the shelf as a display item.

If you want one, you can go here. They cost £10 each and there are currently 1500 or so in stock.









Nerdversity Reviews: The Crystal Maze (SU2C)


Stand Up To Cancer or SU2C, is a charity event created and run by Cancer Research. In the same vein as the likes of Comic Relief, SU2C brings entertainment and people donate to cancer research.


On 15th October 2016, SU2C bought back the Crystal Maze. Now, for those that may not know about it, The Crystal Maze was a French concept that was imported to the UK in the 1990s. The concept was a team of 8 people taking part in a variety of timed challenges to win a Crystal. Each Crystal was time allocated inside the dome, where the players had the opportunity to win prizes. Now, to make it tougher, some challenges had automatic lock ins, where if a player touched the ground, they'd be locked in the challenge room. The captain could then choose to buy them out. The oeriginal host was Richard O'Brien of Rocky Horror fame and the second was Ed Tudor-Pole, 


The new line up was Comedian Stephen Merchant as the host, with his shaved head, fresh from the set of Logan. The team of 5 was Rio Ferdinand, Sara Cox, Michelle Keegan, Josh Widdecombe and Johnny Peacock. There was a lot of hype for it and there was talk that even David Tennant would be hosting the series.


So what happened? Well, it was a reasonable relaunch, even if just for one night. It was filmed at the Experience, down in London and sooner or later, that became apparent when the cameras would pan up to show the ceiling, ruining the atmosphere and suspension of disbelief. Despite being a one off, it managed to notch up a respectable 3 million viewers. Will it come back? doubtful at this point. But, it was nice to see Richard O'Brien passing the torch.













Nerdversity Reviews: Decepticons Underground


Ladybird Books were a UK publisher of children's books, based out of Loughborough in Leicestershire. Even though their first books were published in the early 20th century, it wasn't until the 1950s when the books began to gain in popularity, having their heyday in the 60s and 70s. They were the staple of many a child's life in that period.


Decepticons Underground is the final book in the 1988 series of Transformers books and is also the final Transformers book ever published by Ladybird. It was written by John Grant and illustrated by Glenn Steward. There was also a "Tell-A-Tale" version that was released, that came with the book and a cassette tape, narrated by Peter Marinker.

The plot to this book is Concerned with a lack of Decepticon activity on Nebulos, Optimus Prime has Kup arrange a series of long-range patrols to ferret out the villains. As the reports come back in with no success, it becomes apparent that there is one area of the planet that has not been searched: a mysterious region known as the "Nebulos Triangle," where electronics systems malfunction, and Nebulans have vanished over the years. Convinced that the Decepticons are either there or off-planet entirely, Prime dispatches Quickswitch, Scoop and Quickmix to investigate.
When the trio of Autobots enters the Nebulos Triangle, they quickly lose control of their vehicle-mode steering and have to unsteadily continue on foot. They discover the ground to be metal underfoot, and they follow a stream to a massive lake of mercury. While the two Double Targetmasters have no option but to go around the lake, Quickswitch assumes his hovercraft form and heads out across it, only to wind up being sucked into a whirlpool.
Quickswitch lands in an underground cavern and explores it in his puma mode, which can see in the dark. Finding no way out that he can fit through, he converts to drill-tank mode and bores his way out...into a brightly-lit tunnel someone else had made before him! He stealthily creeps down the tunnel and finds that it leads into the Decepticons' secret base. He immediately turns to escape and report his discovery, but in so doing, he dislodges a rock that rolls away and knocks over some fuel containers. An intruder-alert klaxon blares a moment later, and Quickswitch races back up the tunnel, shooting out the lights as he goes.
He makes it out into daylight, and fortuitously Scoop and Quickmix are nearby. Scoop comes up with an idea: While the other two fire their weapons down the tunnel to keep the Decepticons at bay, Scoop uses his excavator mode to gather rocks. After collecting enough, he tells the other two to get away, then he pushes the stones into the tunnel, where they become an avalanche that drives the Decepticons back. Scoop pushes load after load in until the passage is firmly blocked. Quickmix adds to Scoop's plan by having Scoop shovel fine sand and the mineral Nebulite into his mixing drum, where they are mixed with water and cement to create a super-strong, rapid-set concrete. Quickmix pours this over the rocks, which have already begun to shake with the tunneling efforts of the Decepticons. The concrete fills all the gaps and hardens immediately. Quickmix is confident that that will hold their foes a long time, so the trio happily sets off for home.

Thanks to RetroRobotRadio for uploading the audio cassette and scans of the book. For the final book, it's interesting that the Decepticons are simply defeated and imprisoned by being buried, It's also great to see Quickswitch and the Double Targetmasters in Scoop and Quickmix taking center stage in this story. 



Nerdversity Reviews: Autobot Hostage


Ladybird Books was a children's book publisher. First publishing in 1914, Ladybird were most famous for their fairy tale books, as well as educational books. In the 1980s, Ladybird turned their attention to publishing books based on the more popular children's franchises, such as He-Man, Transformers and Action Force.


Autobot Hostage was published in 1988 by Ladybird. The book was the first and one of only 2 books published in that year, for the Transformers line. It was written by John Grant and illustrated by Glenn Steward. Aside from the single book release, there was also a "Tell-A-Tale" version released, that came with a cassette tape, narrated by Peter Marinker. The tape also had music and sound effects.

The plot for the book is While on patrol on Nebulos, Highbrow is captured by Tentakil and brought before Scorponok, who intends to ransom him for Optimus Prime himself. Naturally, though, Prime suspects treachery from the Decepticons, and secretly carries Fizzle and Hosehead in his trailer as he heads out the Decepticons' mountain base. Met on the way by Spinister, Prime hides beneath a rocky overhang long enough to allow Fizzle and Hosehead to slip away unseen, before surrendering to Dreadwind and Darkwing. Scorponok seals Prime in a cave with a mega-voltage electrical field, and reveals Prime’s suspicions to be true – he has no intention of releasing Highbrow, or any of the other Autobots who should come after him.
Out in the mountains, Fizzle and Hosehead discover Highbrow, but he does not react when they call him, or even when they fling rocks at him. Hosehead’s Nebulan partner goes in to investigate and discovers an immobilisation device attached to Highbrow's back; with it removed, Highbrow joins the others to rescue Prime. Hosehead is able to short out the electrical field holding Prime with his water pumps, and Fizzle holds off Decepticon pursuers with a jet of flame from his exhaust. Scorponok opts to fight fire with fire and calls in Cindersaur, but the Firecon’s flame-breath is defeated by Hosehead’s water jets, and the Decepticons are left stumbling around in a cloud of smoke as the Autobots make good their escape.

Thanks to RetroRobotRadio for uploading the audio book and scans. The book appears to be taking inspiration from the Marvel comics of that year, with Optimus Prime in his Powermaster form leading the Autobots and Scorponok leading the Decepticons, though it's not explained how he went from mindless drone to actual sentient leader. We have a classic Transformers tale in this one, that could have easily found home in the cartoon.







Nerdversity Reviews: Autobots Strike Oil


In the 1980s, Ladybird Books capitialised on the success of children's cartoons and TV shows, by publishing books based on them


Autobots Strike Oil was the final book released in the 1987 series of books. It was written by John Grant and illustrated by Barry Rowell. There was also a version released under Ladybird's "Tell-A-Tale" imprint, that came with the book and a cassette tape. The tape was narrated by Peter Marinker.

The plot to this book is A dwindling supply of lubricants puts the Autobots on the trail of a legendary lake of oil which was lost beneath the surface of Nebulos in a geological upheaval. Hot Rod dispatches Chromedome and Hardhead to search, with Stylor and Duros employing geo-sensors to scan the surrounding territory. Eventually, Duros strikes it lucky and the Autobots unearth the subterranean lake. To hide their discovery from the Decepticons, the entrance to the lake is collapsed, and rather than transport the oil in tankers and drums, Brainstorm conceives a pipeline system to pump the oil direct to the Autobot base. Slowly but surely under cover of night, the Autobots successfully assemble the pipeline, and begin the flow of oil into their tanks.
The Decepticons, meanwhile, have been aware that something has been going on, but, unaware of precisely what, have waited until the completion of the project to strike. Discovering a small section of the pipeline lying exposed in a slender ravine, Cyclonus summons the Horrorcons, who shred the pipe.
Investigating the halted flow of oil, Kup and Highbrow quickly and easily repair the pipe, and Kup collapses a portion of the ravine to hide it from view. But the Decepticons have been lying in wait, and the two Autobots quickly seek cover to avoid their pursuers – unfortunately, the pair stumble into a magnetic desert, where the dust clings to their bodies and weighs them down, and Kup is trapped when he is held fast against a boulder. Heading back to base to get help, Highbrow encounters Crosshairs, who takes the simple approach, blowing up the boulder imprisoning Kup, but this delay allows the Decepticons to pick up their trail. The day is won when the Autobots lure the Decepticons back into the ravine with the pipeline, still coated with oil from when it was severed; the Decepticons lose control on the slippery surface and crash in a tangled heap, allowing the Autobots to escape.


Thanks to RetroRobotRadio for uploading the book and scans. This story is much better than the last one and deals with the Autobots trying to survive with dwindling supplies. Definitely worth checking out.






Nerdversity Reviews: Star Wars Blade Builders


Towards the end of October, the Rogue One merchandise started leaking onto store shelves/ They've proven to be decent sellers all around.


As part of their Rogue One promotion and Super Saturdays Event, The Entertainer had the new Blade Builders set in stock, retailing for £44,99. The box is large and open, showing the blades and the pieces inside the box.


Here's the pieces all laid out. The grip and the two arms are the central pieces. The gold and black blade can be used solo or attached to either the 2 arms or the smaller side pieces. The middle grip piece rotates too. The arms can rotate straight or 90 degrees, meaning there is a lot of room for customising and attaching other Blade Builder pieces.





Nerdversity Reviews: Star Wars Super Saturdays (week 2)


The Entertainer is a toy shop here in the UK. They recently celebrated their 35th anniversary and are well known for being very charitable.


So, it's the 22nd October and we're back at the Entertainer to check out what they have in store for fans. The leaflet says "TAKE ON THE EMPIRE" - Defend the Galaxy with your Star Wars Lightsaber. 


What it meant was that people who were interested could come down and play for a little bit, with the Star Wars Blade Builders set.









Nerdversity Reviews: Decepticons At The Pole


During the 1980s, Ladybird Books took a leap from their usual books on Children's fairy tales and educational books, to publishing books based on children's cartoons.


Decepticons At The Pole was published and released in 1987. The book was written by John Grant and illustrated by Barry Rowell. In this new timeline, the Autobots and Decepticons appear to have moved to Nebulos from Earth and takes place in the future. In these books, Hot Rod and Cyclonus are the new leaders. It was also released under Ladybird's "Tell-A-Tale"line, which came with the book and a cassette tape, narrated by Peter Marinker.

The plot in this book is Lacking enough energy to assemble a major offensive operation against the Autobots, the Decepticons investigate the natural energy sources of Nebulos, learning that the planet derives the vast majority of its power from a steady stream of cosmic radiation emitted by a pulsar at the edge of the galaxy. Under the supervision of Aimless, a gigantic energy interceptor is assembled at the North Pole, where the pulsar energy is at its most concentrated.
Concerned over the lack of Decepticon attacks in the last few weeks, the Autobots soon discover the villains' plan, and learn that it will mean the death of Nebulos itself if the Decepticons deprive the planet of its steady flow of cosmic energy. Hot Rod begs Cyclonus to stop, but the Decepticon brushes off Hot Rod's warnings, forcing the Autobots to take action. A task force led by Brainstorm distracts the Decepticons guarding the interceptor, while the small Nebulans attach demolition charges to it, bringing the structure crashing down.
Beginning their scheme again, the Decepticons move their entire base—Scorponok—to the North Pole to ensure the interceptor will be adequately protected. Well aware of their enemies' movements, the Autobots enact "Operation Heatwave", formulated by Brainstorm, to put a stop to their energy theft. Taking up strategic positions around Scorponok, the Autobots offer Cyclonus a chance to give up, but when he refuses, they open fire on the permafrost with thermal lasers, melting it into mud and slime. As Decepticon warriors struggle to fight back through the mire, the interceptor collapses and explodes, releasing all the captive energy. When Scorponok himself begins to sink, the Autobots leave their foes to rescue themselves and head back to base.

Thanks to RetroRobotRadio for uploading the audio book and the scans to youtube. This book is the start of the final series of books that feature the headmasters and targetmasters on Nebulos. These books don't seem as strong as the others, but still, worth a listen







Nerdversity Reviews: Decepticon Hideout


Ladybird's heyday for books was in th 1960s through to the 70s. In the 1980s however, Ladybird turned to publishing books based on popular children's cartoons


Decepticon Hideout was the final book released in the 1986 series. It was written by John Grant and illustrated by Graham Potts. It's set in a micro-continuity, based on Target:2006. The book was released single and as a "Tell-A-Tale" version, that had a cassette tape, narrated by Peter Marinker.

The plot for the book is As Hot Rod and Spike relax with an automotive magazine, and Hot Rod wishes that he had a set of bronze-chrome wheel trims, the city of Metroplex suddenly comes under Decepticon attack. The enemy force is only a small one, and is easily fought off, but Ultra Magnus grows concerned over the ease with which the Decepticons were able to penetrate their defences, suspecting a base of operations within the immediate vicinity. When Onslaught arrives to transport his wounded comrades away, Bumblebee is assigned to tail the Combaticon in hopes of discovering where the Decepticons are operating from.
The trail leads Bumblebee and Spike to an industrial estate on the outskirts of a nearby town, where the Decepticons are discovered holed up in a newly constructed factory. Bumblebee is about to report back with this information, only to wind up bumping into a pile of oil drums and drawing attention to himself. Chased by Swindle, he hides amongst the wrecks in a nearby scrap yard, and gives his Decepticon pursuer the slip.
Spike, meanwhile, has gone looked for wheel trims for Hot Rod, and heads into the scrap yard in hopes of finding them amongst the spare parts. The manager, Mr. McNulty, helps Spike look, and when Spike saves him from being buried under a collapsing pile of junk, he hands the wheel trims over free of charge. Heading back out into the yard, Spike has to search a while before he finds Bumblebee, but the little Autobot is so busy running systems checks that he fail to realise he’s next in line for the car crusher! Spike attracts the crane operator’s attention, claiming that there’s a phone call for him, and he and the oblivious Bumblebee head back to Metroplex.
Now aware that the Decepticons have a base within striking range of their own headquarters, Ultra Magnus calls upon Spike’s father for advice in dealing with the situation, given the large human presence. Sparkplug recommends giving the Decepticons a taste of their own medicine, by having the Autobots slowly sneak one-by-one into the industrial estate over a period of weeks, establishing their own base within an abandoned factory there, to strike back at the Decepticons when the complex is closed for the summer.
When the time for the attack comes, the Autobots successfully take their enemies by complete surprise, and Grapple smashes down the doors of their hideout to allow the fight to continue. Spike watches from afar, but when, in the shadows of the factory, he mistakes a large heating unit for a Decepticon, his father gets another idea. Hooking the heater to a chain, the two humans send it speeding into the middle of the Transformers’ battle, drawing all of the Decepticons’ fire to this seemingly unstoppable new “Autobot.” Blasting their way out of the back of the factory, the rattled Decepticons scatter, allowing Spike to nab a few of them with the scrap yard’s electromagnet, while Galvatron and Ultra Magnus engage in a one-on-one battle. As Galvatron gets the upper hand, Spike comes to the rescue by activating a nearby crane, striking down Galvatron and most of the Decepticons with its wrecking ball, before turning it on a damaged warehouse and collapsing the structure on top of the villains. Battered and beaten, the Decepticons retreat to their main base, and the Autobots head back for Metroplex – except for Hot Rod, who stops halfway and returns to free the Decepticons still hanging from the magnet, before rejoining his comrades and being presented with his new wheel trims by Spike.
As the adventure winds down, Ultra Magnus laments the property damage their battle caused and Huffer and puts the Autobots to work rebuilding the factory that was destroyed. Huffer is overzealous in his work, however, and restores the formerly-damaged factory to pristine condition, meaning that the Autobots have to knock part of it down again!

Thank to RetroRobotRadio for uploading this audio book, along with scans. This book is an interesting one to say the least. There's some great moments, but it's not the best. 







Nerdversity Reviews: Galvatron's Air Attack


During the 1980s, Ladybird Books released a series of books based on The Transformers.


Galvatron's Air Attack was released in the second series of Transformers books. It was published in 1986 by Ladybird, written by John Grant and illustrated by Richard Dunn. The basic premise of these 2 stories takes place shortly after Target: 2006. It would be released under the "Tell-A-Tale" line, with a cassette tape, narrated by Peter Marinker.

The plot for this story is Supplies of Cybertronian materials like cybernite necessary to repair damaged Autobots are running low in the city of Metroplex, and the Autobots are unable to return to Cybertron to replenish them. Kup recalls a battle fought in a valley on Earth that left wreckage strewn all around, and with Ultra Magnus’s permission, leads a squad to investigate, hoping to find any useful materials. While searching, however, they are attacked by a squad of Decepticon jets, but manage to force them back by firing upon them from the narrowest portion of the gorge, where the flying Decepticons cannot reach.
Concerned as to how the Decepticons became aware of their movements, Ultra Magnus has the Aerialbots investigate the possibility of a new Decepticon surveillance system. The team fail to locate anything from the air, and merge into Superion to gain even greater height. Reaching the fringes of space, the super robot picks up a faint radar signal—the Aerialbots have just discovered Decepticon Space Station Argon, one of three Decepticon spy satellites able to view the entire Earth at once.
Ten hours later, Soundwave completes and activates the station’s refraction shield to conceal it from prying Autobot eyes, specifically those of Cosmos, who has been dispatched into space to investigate. Cosmos does, however, detect the radio transmissions running between the stations and the Decepticon base. Using Cosmos’s recordings, Hound is able to deduce what the villains are up to, and Kup and Spike put together a plan to stop them.

After ten days of construction work, the Autobots complete an electrical transmitter that unleashes a megavolt charge into the atmosphere, generating a display of Northern Lights that blows out the Decepticons’ radio transmissions. Hound poses as Soundwave and sends transmissions to space stations Argon, Krypton and Xenon, instructing them to relocate to new co-ordinates. Galvatron can only watch as the three space stations, invisible to each other due to their refraction shields, collide and explode, raining down all the Cybertronian materials the Autobots will need for a long time.


Thanks to RetroRobotRadio for putting up the audio book.The first story in this is great, dealing with Galvatron making spy satellites. Well worth checking out.









Nerdversity Reviews: Transformers - The Movie (Ladybird)


Ladybird Books was a publisher of children's books. They started publishing in 1914. Their heydey was the 50s through to the 70s. 


Before we get into the main series that was published in 1986, Ladybird released an adaptation of Transformers The Movie. It was adapted by John Grant. Rather than use artwork like the others, they used screen captures from the movie. It's a loose adaptation of the movie, with some changes. Such as Laserbeak being hidden inside the console which Ironhide sits at, at the start of the movie. Unicron is described as snow-capped in planet form. Deaths are also scaled back too. It was released under Ladybird's "Tell-A-Tale"line, with a cassette, narrated by Peter Marinker,

 

Thanks to RetroRobotRadio for uploading the cassette adaptation for people to listen to. The adaptation of the movie is actually a pretty good one, given it's done in 52 pages and it does skip over or shorten a lot of scenes.





Nerdversity Reviews: Laserbeak's Fury


Ladybird Books was an extremely popular publisher in the UK. They published many books in their 80 years, ranging from children's fairy tales, to educational books. During the 1980s, Ladybird published a series of books based on popular children's cartoons.


Laserbeak's Fury was the final book to be published in the 1985 series of books. It was written by John Grant and illustrated by Mike Collins. It was also released under Ladybird's "Tell-A-Tale" line, which included a cassette tape, narrated by Peter Marinker.

The plot of this story is Seeking to exploit the Autobots' fondness for human beings, Megatron has Laserbeak sent out to observe and learn more about them. While following a farmer’s family on their drive home, however, Laserbeak collides with a set of overhead power lines and his transformation unit is de-energized, trapping him in cassette form. His transmission to the Decepticon base is severed, but his final report intrigues Megatron – a mechanical device with zero magnetic response, considered to be impossible by Cybertronian standards. At the same time, Hound has been listening in on Laserbeak’s signal for the Autobots, and a concerned Optimus Prime has his last known location pinpointed so they can investigate themselves.
The next morning, two electrical engineers arrive at the farm to repair the broken power lines, and discover the cassette-mode Laserbeak lying in the grass. Attempting to play him in their truck’s tape deck, they find he gives only out a series of beeps, and toss him back into the field again. Not long after, the farmer’s son and his dog find Laserbeak and take him home, but the boy promptly tosses the cassette onto his bed and forgets about it. However, the boy is also responsible for arranging the music for a local dance at the village hall, and when his mother finds Laserbeak, she adds him to the box of music tapes, which are soon taken to the hall.
Spike and Hound soon arrive on the scene to investigate the mysterious “zero magnetic energy mechanism,” which turns out to be an ordinary windmill. Spike also discovers Megatron, Soundwave and Starscream observing the windmill and village from the woods nearby, and radios Optimus Prime and an Autobot battle unit, who arrive as the sun sets.
Meanwhile, in the village hall, the dance is in full swing, until the DJ randomly grabs Laserbeak from the box of cassettes and slots him into the system. After a series of beeps, the system explodes, as its energy recharges Laserbeak and he erupts in robot mode. Panicking the dancers as they flood out into the streets, Laserbeak is fired upon by a villager with a shotgun, leading to more and more armed villagers attacking him and chasing after him as he flees into the woods and meets up with the Decepticons there. The infuriated Decepticons prepare to attack the humans, but, aware of the danger, the Autobots make their presence known to draw the Decepticons’ fire. A mighty battle ensues, during which the villagers watch on in amazement, unaware of the giant robots but able to see their weapon discharges bursting around the windmill. During the fight Spike accidentally releases the brake on the windmill's mechanism and (equally by accident) trims the sails to catch the breeze. Now in motion the sails smash into Laserbeak, and Megatron jumps to the conclusion that the windmill is a weapon that the Autobots have turned on them and orders it to be disabled. Starscream is distressed when he discovers his null ray has no effect on it, leading Soundwave to a hasty decision – hoping that shockwaves can disable it, he deploys Rumble, who goes too far and destroys the wood and stone structure with his piledrivers. With the windmill gone, the Decepticons retreat, and the next day, Optimus Prime laments its destruction, and is fearful that humans may have seen them. Spike allays his fears by showing him the morning paper, which tells of a freak electrical storm that destroyed the windmill... and the appearance of a winged demon at a disco!

Thanks to RetroRobotRadio for putting up the audio, along with book scans. For the final story in the 1985 series, this a good finish. We have Laserbeak and Hound as the main characters and the Transformers not understanding how Earth based technology works, in this case, a windmill.