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Transformers Animated: The Allspark Almanac, Vol. 2 Paperback – July 13, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600106838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600106835
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim is a super-secret spy, has a motorcycle, marooned in space, meets Hercules ... or not ...

He's been a long-time fan of science-fiction literature in general and Transformers in particular. His guidebooks are well regarded by the fan communities for their exhaustive attention to detail. Reports of his incarceration in another dimension should be dismissed as the unfounded rumors they are.

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Also informative about the series and what would have happened if it had continued.
wachey
The first definitely impressed me with its fun method of presentation and in-depth look at the series.
Zomus Prime
Be that as it may, this is the best Transformers book I can remember buying in recent memory.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany T. Wong on July 10, 2010
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To sort-of quote Yuuto Sakurai/Kamen Rider Zeronus from Toei's "Kamen Rider Den-O", "Let me say this to start..."

...I LOVE THIS BOOK.

Once again, Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster - plus the folks that worked on "Transformers: Animated" - comes through with another almanac that's chock-a-block filled with references to Transformers and non-Transformers materials that many can spend DAYS researching over. Some are rather easy to spot if you know your trivia (that could probably rival "Cash Cab"), while others requires a good deal of working the gray matter to puzzle out.

The first volume, Transformers Animated: The Allspark Almanac, covers the first two seasons of "Animated" and fans were immediately left clamoring for more. This volume covers season 3 of "Animated", characters that appeared on-show briefly or were planned but never implemented, and expands on things that might've been only mentioned once in the show. In addition, a glimpse at what would've been the thirteen episodes that would've made up season 4 had the show never been canceled, answering some wild-mass guessing questions all the while creating more. In-jokes, obscure references, A BOARD GAME, even a CROSSWORD PUZZLE (that albeit had a few glitches), and more stuff than you can shake a stick at.

It's not just the numerous references that is given, there's also sections that are in a behind-the-scenes fashion, such as storyboards with deleted scenes that never aired and Animated touching shores in Japan, as well box art as done by artist Marcelo Matere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Michael Chan on July 17, 2010
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Transformers Animated was one of the best iteration of the Transformers brand not just a great tv series but also the quality of the toys that were made and there hasn't been anything better since. I have a 3 year old boy and a 2 year old girl who jump into dance and song when they hear the opening credits. Our collection of Transformers Animated figurines has been collecting dust until I received the new Almanac which sparked renewed interest in Transformers Animated in my son who's now playing with his Bulkhead and asking 'Where's the Headmaster?'.

Now about the Almanac, the best parts for me were the bits about actually making the series, the concept toys that were never made and then what could have been for season 4.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenifer L. Hanson on July 15, 2010
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Transformers animated Is amazing! With more profiles of the heroic Autobots and evil Deceptions. They a lot give background information on the new characters form session 3, and give names to the characters that where just in the background. Even the ones Derrick Wyatt did for fun! show summers form session 3 tolled in the form of instant reports, personal journals, and news paper articles. There's even a section on how the toy is are made. All in all a great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve K on July 14, 2010
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I received my copy in the mail today. The book is incredible. It features art and bios of every character who appeared in the series (even the background characters seen on Cybertron who appeared on screen for a few seconds!). It's sad to see the concept art and plots for the 4th season that will never be produced.

IDW needs to produce a graphic novel to complete the series as intended.

Highly Recommended for any Transformers Fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Owens on December 29, 2013
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A must have for anyone who has interest in the Transformers Animated Universe. It's so in-depth that it's practically a season in of itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gawl on September 4, 2013
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Behind the scenes artwork and bio information along with trivia with bits and pieces by the characters of TF animated. A must have for any Transformers fan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zomus Prime on March 4, 2013
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Excellent! I purchased this and the first Volume simultaneously, but made to read through in order. The first definitely impressed me with its fun method of presentation and in-depth look at the series. This volume continues, but better! It explores many more characters, mostly those who were seen only briefly or for specific episodes (which was a great treat). It expands even fruther into TF:A topics, and acts as a fantastic volume for any fan of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry J Mazzoni Jr on January 28, 2013
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Whether you enjoyed the first volume or were just a fan of the show and the corresponding toy line, I highly recommend this book to you. Not only does this volume go into great detail on the final season of the show, which has yet to be release on DVD, there are some amazing insights and details from the creators as to what would have potentially happened in a fourth season of the show.

If you a Transformers fan who ever wonders what goes into the creative process and the multitude of decisions behind your favorite Robots in Disguise, this is the book for you.
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