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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (May 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896894452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896894457
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are fan and/or collector this book is a must!!!
Paul A. Vincent
It's well written and well researched with gorgeous photography throughout the book.
Tim Janson
I use this book as a guide to purchasing used transformers at Ebay.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
More than years after they took America by storm, the Transformers Toy line seems to be stronger than ever, bolstered by a big-budget Hollywood movie, and toys that just keep coming. What better time for a brand new Transformers price and, far more importantly, an identification guide. The Transformers Identification and Price Guide comes from Krause Publications, a renowned leader in collectibles books.

Thankfully the author, Mark Bellomo doesn't skip over the very rich history of the Transformers BEFORE they made it to American soil. His introduction covers Takara's Diaclone and Microman lines and Hasbro's eventual purchase of the license to that line, and the backstory that was created by Marvel Comics. The guide runs in chronological order, beginning with series 1 in 1984. Each Transformer is show in both vehicle/robot mode in very crisp photography. The book reprints all of the information off the toy's original techspecs including name, function, motto, biography, and techspec ability ratings. Next is a paragraph or two about each figure that gives facts about the toy and the character, and various minutiae about things like joint and sticker wear, collectibility, etc., The book also lists each accessory that comes with the figure which is one of the most important aspects of the book. Finally, three prices are given for each toy: Loose and complete, Mint in box, and mint in sealed box/Mint on Card. Kudos for that although a price for loose figures without accessories would have been welcomed.

In addition to the pictures of the toy in its various forms, all of the figures accessories are also pictured. I cannot stress how important picturing the accessories is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ward on November 20, 2007
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This book is fantastic! It features all of the US released Generation One Transformers up to the Action Masters line (includes Headnasters, Targetmasters, Micromasters, and Pretenders). Each figure has the original tech spec bio, a description of the figure, photos of the figure in each mode, as well as pictures of all their accessories. This book is like the pin-up book for Transformers geeks like myself.

The book is a great resource for USA released G1 figures. I wish it included Japanese releases too, but I can appreciate the in-depth focus of this book for what it is.

Some of the photos are out of focus in some spots, and the book is limited to USA G1 figures, but despite the flaws this is still a 5 star book. I was not disapointed. I love this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SAM on August 29, 2010
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Fast and Efficient!! I am the mother of a 30 year old that had these toys and now I am trying to put the Transformer together. This book is very valuable in getting the right weapon with the right Transformer. What an education.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Frantz 2.0 on April 14, 2008
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This is the best Action Figure guide I have ever seen. It is very informative and very accurate, the author even adds his personal take on most of the figures. And talk about bringing back old memories. I actually bought this book for nostalgic purposes and was very pleased. It was nice seeing all the old Transformers from the 80's in one piece. Makes me wish I knew what happened to all my old ones, man I'd be rich if I would have taken better care of them. Hope Mark Bellomo does a guide book for the rest of the Transformers. If you are looking for the ultimate 80's Transformers Action Figure guide, this is it!
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I loved Transformers as a teenager! I was 14 when they hit the cartoon scene. So, when the toys came out I was riding my bike to Toys R' Us quite often. I ended up with a pretty extensive collection of Transformer toys. Mostly Decepticons as I guess I liked the bad guys better back then. Well I'm now 38 and my 11 yr. old Son got into Transformers mostly from the Rhino Disc DVD release of the TV shows. But, when the movie hit he was hooked. I purchased this book for him to through and see what Dad had in the box in the attic. He catalogged and indentified all my toys. When I got a chance to look at the book I was surprised at how every item was photographed. Including a picture of the easy to lose parts. The guide also includes everything from send away offers to store exclusives. It is well worth the price just for being so complete. But, it's also fun to read and takes you down memory lane. I have enjoyed the father and son time very much.
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By John B. C. Mcgregor on June 20, 2007
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At the end of last year, I bought the G.I. Joe identification guide to help with my Joe collection. I thought that the book was one of the best identification guides out there, so when I heard that a Transformer book was to be released, I bought it right away. Though I have no real desire to collect G1 Transformers now, I had tons of fun playing with them as a kid. The book not only reminded me of all the ones I used to have, but it brought me back to the days when life was simple and fun. The layout is incredible and the detail is second to none. If you collect Transformers, this book is a must have. But if you enjoyed them as a kid, or know someone that loved to play with them, this book is a great as well.
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I just purchased this book and I'm completely blown away by it. I am not a seller or even a hard-core collector, but I'm a long time fan. I saw this book on a bookshelf and found myself flipping through it feeling very nostalgic. It's got tons of great images of the toys in their robot and alternate forms, plus all their accessories, and even some images of alternate boxes and rare variations. The information on each toy covers character information as well as facts about the toys. From what I can tell, this book includes every Transformer figure (no other merchandise) from 1984-1990.

I bought this book mainly for nostalgia, but I can see it turning into a very good resource for my future buying.
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