Transformers: The Ultimate Guide: The Ultimate Guide

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Transformers: The Ultimate Guide is a detailed look at the fantastic world of these mechanical marvels. Follow each character's history and witness the amazing evolution of the Transformers, from physical structure and weaponry to personalities, alliances, and important battles. Detailed illustrations show exactly how each character "transforms" from warrior robot to high-powered vehicle. Special feature spreads cover all aspects of the Transformers' world and include specially commissioned maps and detailed city...
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Overview

Transformers: The Ultimate Guide is a detailed look at the fantastic world of these mechanical marvels. Follow each character's history and witness the amazing evolution of the Transformers, from physical structure and weaponry to personalities, alliances, and important battles. Detailed illustrations show exactly how each character "transforms" from warrior robot to high-powered vehicle. Special feature spreads cover all aspects of the Transformers' world and include specially commissioned maps and detailed city plans of their home planet of Cybertron, descriptions of the giant space ark in which the Transformers traveled to Earth, major wars in Transformers history, and much more.

Explains and illustrates the history of the Transformers as toys and as television and comic-book characters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756603144
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Transformers Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 12.34 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Furman cut his comic book teeth editorially on Scream! - a junior horror title published in 1985 by IPC Magazines - and Captain Britain Monthly (for Marvel UK). His first script work appeared in the UK Transformers comic, for which he wrote numerous stories before taking over the script duties on the US Transformers book with issue #56.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    This is great!!!

    My son loves Tformers and we gave this book to him on his sixth bday. This book is fantastic. So complete and thorough. He loves reading about the Tformers from back in the day. Even my husband and my son's uncles love this book it takes them back....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006

    NOT QUITE ULTIMATE BUT VERY GOOD!

    Over twenty years after arriving on American soil the Transformers continue to be one of the most popular toy lines. But more than just a toy line, with some dozen different animated series counting both in the states and in Japan, as well as multiple comic book series, the Transformers also has a rich and colorful history. The Transformers Ultimate Guide covers the toys, comics, and animated shows in this 144 page book that begins with a history of Cyberton and the eons long battle between Primus & Unicron, the light and dark side of the same coin. The book is written by long time Transformers writer Simon Furman. We'll learn of the very first Transformer named Prima, and the civil war on Cybertron, led by Megatron against the unsuspecting Autobots. Sentinel Prime was the first Autobot leader and would be killed by Megatron, and pass on the Matrix to the Transformer who become known as Optimus Prime. A timeline traces the Autobot/Decepticon war right up and including their eventual crash on Earth millions of years ago. The book tries to provide a little bit of everything but with only 144 pages there has to be some shortcuts taken. The book provides profiles on the major Transformer characters including Optimus, Megatron, Shockwave, Jazz, Bumblebee, Starstream, Ratchet, Skywarp, and Soundwave complete with stats and notes on personality and weaponry. These profiles are interspersed throughout the book where they fit in with the TV shows chronology. Other Transformers featured are the Dinobots, Constructicons, Headmasters, Primus, Unicron, and Pretenders. The book covers all of the American Transformers TV shows by season but rather than provide a detailed guide to each episode it instead spotlights the most notable episodes from each season. While it would have been great to have complete episode guides to all the shows, such a guide would end up being pretty massive considering the first Transformers show ran for 98 episodes alone. When you toss in Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Armada, Energon, etc..., one can certainly respect the decision to only spotlight a handful of episodes from each season. The bottom line is that with these certain episodes summarized along with a season synopsis you don't feel short changed. The one thing I would have loved, though, would have been some coverage of the Japanese animated shows and the Japan exclusive toys, especially since they are so readily available today thanks to the Internet. The guide also looks at each of the Comic Book series' including the original Marvel Comics 80 issue run, the Generation 2 series, the UK versions, and the recent Dreamwave revival. Again the book provides a synopsis of key issues. Next we get a whirlwind tour through the Transformers toy line including a rare glimpse at some of the very early Takara Diaclone and Microman toys, such as the mini-Megatron and going right up through G1, G2, Beast Wars, RID, etc... The photography is very well done. Is it an Ultimate Guide? Well it is very good but to me the ULTIMATE guide would detail every episode of every animated show and show all the toys. I know it's a pipe dream as such a book would have to be massive. But for a good sampling with excellent art ad photography and a concise history of the Transformers, it does a very good job and is a must have for any Transformer fan. Reviewed by Tim Janson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    Transformers the Ulitmate Guide!

    Transformers the Ultimate Guide is the ultimate guide! This Transformers book gives you a-lot of information about all generation of Transformers! The book gives you pictures, text,summaries and information about the Transformers: Generation 1, Transformers: Generation 2, Beast Wars,Beast Machines, Transformers: Armada, & Transformers: Energon! The book summarizes all the cartoons, the comic books, and the Japanese toys into one book! Transformers Generation 1 is the most popular of all the generations and is covered more in the chapters then others. This book is written by fan favorite UK comic book writer, Simon Furman! He writes great dialogue and information about everything related to the Transformers! Highly Recommended! A+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2004

    Absolutely Fantastic!!!

    My 6 year old son is a big fan of Transformers. He's enjoyed the Armada and Energon Series, but loves the original series from television in the 1980's. This book is full of backstory, amazing pictures, and shows transformer toys in the United States and Japan since their beginning (Generation 1 toys through Energon). Some really amazing features! Both my husband and I found this book very interesting, and of course, so did our son! It's like a Transformers Reference Volume for any Transformers fan. It truely is THE ULTIMATE GUIDE!

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