Transformers Vault: The Complete Transformers Universe – Showcasing Rare Collectibles and Memorabilia

  • Never before seen images
  • Guide to the epic battle between the Autobots and Decepticons
  • Reveals the complete story of the Transformers
  • Hard cover book
  • Limited edition Collectors edition

For the first time ever, Transformers Vault reveals the complete story of the Transformers, everyone’s favorite robots in disguise. Loaded with never-before-seen images, this book is a guide to the epic battle between the Autobots and Decepticons, as it began with toys and television, and continued to comics, film, games, and other media. There’s something here for all generations, from classic toys that have become sought-after collectibles to the amazing, high-tech visuals of the three live-action films.

Hasbro has opened its official archives, gathering more than 250 images and several featured pieces of memorabilia. Look inside for a sheet of Generation One tech specs with a secret revealer, a rare pencil sketch from comics artist Casey Coller, an unseen character profile for Hot Rod from the 1986 film, an animation cel, and much more. Exclusive photos of Japanese Transformer prototypes, archival development art, and brand-new information about the future of the Transformers make this the ultimate package for every fan.

Praise for Transformers Vault:

Transformers Vault . . . has a permanent place on our coffee table. If you need a unique gift to give your Transformers fan, we recommend this book. . . . they will discover something new every time they open it.”

—Wired.com

Transformers Vault is a collector’s case at an affordable price. . . . With original artwork, amazing pictures of rare exclusive Japanese variants and a foreword by the voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, Transformers Vault does not disappoint.”

—examiner.com

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  1. Carl Peterson says:
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    A Comprehensive Transformers History, May 25, 2011
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    First off, I’m a fairly hardcore Transformers fan. I’ve watched every generation of the TV show, all the toy lines are represented in my collection, I’ve read the comics from Marvel, DW and IDW, and I’ve spent more than my fair share of time reading and posting on Transformers message boards. So as a giant Transformers nerd/fan, I can promise you, there is content here you have not seen, and it is good!

    OVERVIEW
    The Transformers Vault serves as an excellent overview of the Transformers history, explored from five perspectives: The toys, the comics, the TV shows, the live-action films, and “The Future.” Each section contains numerous color photographs and at least one or two reproductions of relevant pieces of memorabilia. The book is bound with a gorgeous hardcover, featuring images of Optimus Prime and Megatron in their G1, Beast Wars and live action film incarnations. A rigid slipcover, featuring G1 Optimus and Megatron protects the book and helps it hold its shape.

    TOYS
    This book does an excellent job with the history of Transformers toys, discussing the origins of the toys, the thoughts behind each era (including at least mentions of Japanese market exclusives) and toy innovations. Don’t expect to see photos of every toy, but you’ll see a good variety of quality toy photos. The special part of this section (for me anyway) are the rarely or never before seen development materials, like wax prototypes, concept development sketches, and unused G2 box art. Memorabilia reproductions in this section include a UK toy catalog, and some G1 tech specs (with red decoder),

    COMICS
    From Marvel, to Marvel UK, to Dreamwave to IDW (and the G.I. Joe crossovers too), this chapter does a good job of describing the basic events, and the writers who brought these comics to life. The book does an admirable job cramming over 25 years of mythology into one chapter. Botcon, the official Transformers convention, is strangely mentioned in this section. It doesn’t fit in any of the chapters, but I wouldn’t have chosen to put it in with the comics. Memorabilia reproductions are limited to one page of artwork, but there is a lot of comic art, and I’m not sure what the advantage would be to having pull out comic materials.

    TELEVISION
    This section explores the writers and voice actors who lent their talents to the shows, and it outlines the major TV plot lines. From G1 to Transformers: Prime, the whole history is discussed. The G1 and Beast Wars shows are given a little more attention than the others, but I consider that appropriate, since these are the shows that most shaped Transformers mythology. Also in this section, there is a two-page spread on the “Mythology of Cybertron,” which links ideas from the comics, cartoons and live-action films. Memorabilia reproductions in this section include an animation cell of Optimus Prime, the Japanese poster for the 1986 animated film, and a character model sheet for Rodimus Prime.

    LIVE ACTION FILMS
    The Michael Bay films are discussed in this section. Being that there are only two released movies to discuss, I didn’t find the written information as interesting, but were are plenty of gorgeous photos to keep me interested. Transformers: Dark of the Moon gets a spoiler-filled mention and even a few drawings, but nothing too revealing. The only memorabilia reproduction in this section is a Revenge of the Fallen movie premiere ticket.

    THE FUTURE
    This section is an intriguing look at Aaron Archer’s design for shaping the Transformers universe. His aspiration is, apparently, to unify the entire Transformers mythology into one story line, without the need for future reboots or retconning. It sounds ambitious, but I think it’s wishful thinking. All major franchises go through cycles, and each storytelling team (rightly I think) wants to do their own thing with characters. At any rate, if you’ve played Transformers: War for Cybertron, you’ve gotten a taste of this “all-inclusive” story line.

    OVERALL
    I think this is a fantastic book, worthy of ANY Transformers fan. There might be content you don’t care about, if you’re a die-hard G1 fan, or if you’ve only seen the movies, but I promise you, there is also content you will really enjoy. While I’m sure some minor inconsistencies will eventually be found, his book provides an accurate, comprehensive history of the entire Transformers legacy.

    My only minor complaint about the book is that the memorabilia reproductions are sometimes hard to get back into their sleeves (particularly the Japanese movies poster), they require holes in the pages (often over images) and they are likely to distress the pages of the book. But I do enjoy them, and I appreciate that the publishers have found creative ways to integrate them into the book.

    My other comment is in regards to Amazon’s packaging. My book came in a…

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  2. Stop Motion Maniac "Elroy Jetson" says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome title with lots of extras, June 27, 2011
    This review is from: Transformers Vault: The Complete Transformers Universe – Showcasing Rare Collectibles and Memorabilia (Hardcover)

    Transformers Vault: The Complete Transformers Universe Showcasing Rare Collectibles and Memorabilia is one of those titles that enjoy flipping through again and again. It’s published by Abrams and is roughly (slightly taller) the same dimensions as the Chronicle/Insight Art of… titles. The hardback book comes in a really sturdy cardboard slipcase that features relief printing of the Optimus Prime artwork and the Transformers lettering. The Transformers lettering is silver leaf/metallic. The book features a nice spot varnish of artwork and is about 160 pages and free of printing issues. The pages are a nice heavy paper stock.

    The book is divided into the following chapters:

    The Toys That Started It All
    World Building in Comics
    The Transformers on Television
    Big Robots, Big Screen, Big Hit
    The Future
    Afterword: Generation After Generation

    The book has some nice features such as:
    -Rare foldout catalog that introduced the Transformers to American children;
    -Red acetate tech specs decoder and removable tech specs for Sunstreaker, Trailbreaker, Inferno, Wheeljack and Smokescreen
    -An unreleased sketch by comics artist and fan favorite Casey Coller and final artwork created from the sketch (removable)
    -Removable animation cel of Optimus leading the Autobots in episode three of the first season of The Transformers
    -Removable rare artwork for the official poster for the 1986 release of The Transformers: The Movie
    -Rare premiere ticket to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in center flap

    If you are a Transformers fan there is no question that you should pick one of these up. Highly recommended.

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  3. Lex Luthor says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    Autobots, Roll Out!, January 25, 2012
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    This quite possibly has to be the ultimate book on Transformers lore. This is one of the few books out there that attempts to chronicle the history of the Transformers from the days of Diaclone up to the Bayverse live-action movies. This nostalgic look at where Transformers started and where they have yet to go is one of the most complete histories I have seen of the franchise. It comes packaged with all kinds of extra goodies, like a film cel, original sketches, and original tech specs. The book comes in a handsome. hardcover slip case and the overall presentation of this book is quite simply, gorgeous. This is a must- have for any true, die-hard Transformers fan and collector. At the price Amazon is offering for this gem, I couldn’t recommend this book highly enough.

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