Transformers

Get the lowdown on the Robots in Disguise. Open the funky foil jacket and enter the fantastic world of the mechanical marvels and discover the history of Transformers as toys, television, film and comic-book characters. From Optimus Prime to Keller, follow every robot’s story: their origins, abilities, weapons, and exactly how each Transformer changes from robot to vehicle mode. Enter the giant space Ark and explore an in-depth plan which takes you right inside. Find out how the Transformers’ war began in Cybertron’s distant past, and how they came into being, plus much more. This is a transforming read for any fan.

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  1. Bruce Aguilar says:
    48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    More Than Meets The Eye, June 5, 2004
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    Bruce Aguilar (Hollywood, CA) –
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    Every Transformer fan, new and old, needs to have this book. People who are only familiar with the newest incarnations can learn how it all started and long time fans will appreciate having a complete chronological account of the phenomonon. The book starts right where it should – before the original toy line or TV show and eplains the history of the Transformers homeworld Cybertron and the beginning of the war between the Autobots and Decepticons. What follows is a detailed examination/explanation of EVERY incarnation of the Transformers up to and including Energon. Character bios, selected show synopsis, toy descriiptions and inner workings of key players are all covered and supported by detailed artwork and photographs. Multiple pages are givin to the Japanese toy line and continunity as well as the US and UK comics, including the latest from Dreamweave. What more could you ask for?

    Before reading this book I was skeptical about it’s ablity to cover the entire Transformers universe with the detail it demands. Now that I’ve read all 141 pages, it has become a jewel in my Transformer collection. For once the title “Ultimate Guide” has been used appropriately!

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  2. Gord Wilson "alivingdog.com" says:
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Robots in Disguise, March 27, 2006
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    Gord Wilson “alivingdog.com” (Bellingham, WA USA) –
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    I was skeptical that this book could deliver, but on opening the cover was immediately drawn in by its graphic spreads and the marriage of art and type. No one could hope to chronicle the multifarious incarnations of Takara’s transforming toys; but someone has. No one could untangle all the plot threads weaving through the saga of Cybertron; but someone did. No one could possibly provide an engrossing account of Hasbro’s marketing variations or its Sunbow division’s many animated series; no one except Furman, himself an astute observer and able author of Transformer comics.

    Amazon’s low price shifts this book from its intended specialty audience to the wider fringe fandom with some tangential interest in its subject: Seen the transformers movie, or the Armada series or owned an original Optimus Prime. Transformers raised the bar for toys, transforming action figures into complex and intriguing robots, and for cartoons, giving all those blocks of steel individual personalities. Furman’s guide will delight the cognoscenti among collectors while opening for the casual reader Takara’s transforming world.

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  3. Bobble says:
    32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    You lost me at “Ultimate”, February 2, 2005
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    Bobble (North Carolina) –

    When looking at an item such as this you have to factor in three things:

    1. Transformers (or any toy, TV show, movie, etc. with a fan base) is personal. Not everyone will like everything all the time and what one thinks is fantastic another will hate.

    2. A writer makes promises to his/her reader that should be kept. Mr. Furman tried, but fell flat. Let me explain with some selling points from the back of the book: “Cross-section artworks of the inner mechanics of the TRANSFORMERS”. Yes, both of them..there is only 2 such drawings in the entire book (Prime and Megatron) and there are fairly forced explainations of the inner workings. “Extensive reviews of the toy lines, TV series, and comic book chronologies”. These are extremely brief..2 pages for the TV series season one (12 episode recap with scarcely more than a paragraph each), 2 pages for season 2 (12 episodes, again the same), 2 pages for the Marvel series (issues 1-37). 37 comic issues in 2 pages is an “extensive review”??? Add to this a quote from page 8: “The saga has spawned many inconsistencies and divergent storylines, but now, at last, the one true history can be revealed”. Guess what Furman was referring to…yep, Furman’s comic script. A tad biased and not really appropriate for a guide that covers all storylines. Another troubling section is the toy coverage seeing that all this *is* based on toys. Let’s take Generation 1 for example, only 16 characters are shown in toy form (multiple Primes and Megatrons). Many of the toys actually show paint and sticker wear. This may be a bit unprofessional since it is the “ultimate” guide and they can’t get a First Aid with a readable decal?

    3. Finally the question: What generation are you? 77 pages are devoted to G1 – G2 and 64 pages are Beast Wars and beyond. People that don’t like Beast Wars will be bored with almost half the book and the same for people uninterested in G1. If you are a fan of both then you probably already know 98% of the material presented.

    Hope this helps and I apologize if I was harshly negative, but people do expect something top notch when the word “Ultimate” is tossed around.

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