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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Slp edition (May 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810998688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810998681
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 11.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pablo Hidalgo is the managing editor at StarWars.com and the author of G.I. Joe vs. Cobra: The Essential Guide. Peter Cullen provided the voice of Optimus Prime in the original Transformers TV series, the 1986 animated film, the new TV series Transformers: Prime, and all three live-action films to date.


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An expert on a variety of genre obsessions, from classic animation to shape-shifting robots, Pablo Hidalgo started writing about fantastic subject matters professionally in 1995 as a freelance author for roleplaying games.

In 2000, he changed careers from a visual effects concept artist and digital compositor in Canada to a full-time Star Wars authority at Lucasfilm Ltd., working with their marketing department. Since then, he has overseen the development of websites, co-authored several books and developed a number of online comic books and strips.

He lives in San Francisco.

Customer Reviews

So my answere is YES buy this book it is just that good.
Edward Kenway
The book is great quality and the hard case it slips into is a blessing for displaying it.
Cobalt Crimson
It brings back wonderful warm memories of my childhood, and the eighties.
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115 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Carl Peterson on 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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stop Motion Maniac on June 27, 2011
Format: 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete on October 25, 2013
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This was a great way to step back in time and remember how happy I was as a kid to watch Transformers and then immediately play with the toys after the show was done. This book does a great job with explaining the different layers of Transformers through the years, and the graphics are phenomenal. The little extra's in the book are definitely going to be framed and placed on the wall of my house.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregson W. Lodge on October 31, 2011
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The other reviews I read about this book before purchasing it were right on the money. This is a top-notch publication, with plenty of thought and care put into the design, layout, and most of all, the content. Everything Transformers, with an emphasis on the original series from the 80s in terms of toys and comics. But have no fear for those who entered this world after the Golden age of Transformers, there's plenty here for you too. From Beast Wars to Transformers Animated to the first two feature films, the "newer" Transformers also get their share of publicity inside this hardcover book. The outer case looks great, and serves to really preserve the hardcover book inside. There's lots of reading, but I haven't started that yet. The pictures, blueprints, maps, and extra additions have caught my attention so far. Looking forward to delving deeper soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Teach on March 4, 2014
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My son and I just received our copy of the Transformers Vault book, much to our delight. It was packed in bubble wrap, but not otherwise sealed, which I found a bit odd. Upon flipping through the book, my son was the first to notice some of the collectible inserts were missing. He was so bummed about the tech spec sheets not being there. We also found a couple of the pages were glued together and couldn't be separated without them tearing.

We're returning the book and have ordered a replacement. I have to believe this book was either a defective copy or was previously owned and returned. We intend to update this review when the replacement arrives. Our fingers are crossed.
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