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Transformers: The Ultimate Guide Hardcover – May 3, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Series: Transformers
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; 1St Edition edition (May 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756603145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756603144
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.6 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviewed with Scott Beatty's Catwoman.

Gr. 6-12. What kind of equipment does Catwoman carry? Where did the Transformers come from? How did Catwoman become who she is? These two oversize, illustration-rich books, on slick paper typical of DK, have all the answers, allowing new readers to come into an established comic character's world without wondering what they have missed. They are also a great way for fans to revisit or understand more about a character's background. In Catwoman the art is lush and varied, covering nearly 65 years of history. transformers uses art to great effect to provide "technical" specs of the robots that readers know and love or want to learn about. Tina Coleman
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About 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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Customer Reviews

Great art work, great information on the characters.
R. Noguera
This is a great guide to the history of the Transformers franchise thru the various generations of toys, comics, and television series.
Richard Mcleer Jr.
If you, like me, are a thirt-something who really enjoyed them back in the day, get this book.
Jason Milner

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Aguilar on June 5, 2004
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on March 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Chipman on May 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a longtime Transfan who hasn't even gotten halfway through this book yet, what can I say but...WOW!!!
I'm well aware of just how comprehensive and attentive to detail DK's series of guide books are - from the Marvel and DC Comics character guides to the Star Wars books, from that super-cool James Bond guide detailing every movie up to 'The World Is Not Enough' to the Lego Book which contained almost every bit of info on the Lego company you could cram into print. But the Transformers guide goes above and beyond to appeal to both the rabid fanbase and those uninitiated in the multiverse of the Robots In Disguise. If you're not a diehard Transfan but are fascinated by that little toy line that became something of a pop-culture phenomenon, then this is the perfect place to acquaint yourself with the Transformers saga.
For starters, the first part of the book deals primarily with the story that started it all - the Generation One saga. And it's pretty expansive. Everything you could possibly want to know about the Transformers - from the geological makeup of the planet Cybertron to the exact inner workings of Optimus Prime and Megatron themselves, to the personalities that make up the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons - is covered here in glorious full-color detail. Veteran TF scribe Simon Furman was the right man to put in charge of cataloguing every little detail, smartly melding elements of both Marvel Comics' continuity and that of the G1 cartoon AND the newer Dreamwave Productions comics into one cohesive timeline. Furman does pick a little at the continuity conflicts and errors that have cropped up in the past twenty years of the franchise, but it's largely unimportant as the most critical elements are still covered.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bobble on February 2, 2005
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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?
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