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Transformers Vault: Showcasing Rare Collectibles and Memorabilia Hardcover – May 23, 2011
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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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|Length: 4:04 Mins|
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.
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),
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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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, but most of the pull out posters and other insert art work were not included. Quite a let down.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
More a reference text than a sociocultural exploration of the subject matter, author Pablo's Hidalgo's The Transformers Vault covers the 25+ years of history of the shape-changing... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thomas Y.
Love it. There were things I learned about generation 1 transformers that I didn't know. The additional pieces (film cell, drawings, etc...) is a bonus. Read morePublished 11 months ago by dino
Thank you very much , what I expected , every detail of the book was known as .Published 14 months ago by Israel
Its perfect. If you are a child of the 80s and want to remember some cool stuff get this its awesome.Published 15 months ago by J Davis
This book contains many nostalgic pic which any transformers lovers would want to have. Looking at the pictures alone would already make this book worth purchasing! Read morePublished 19 months ago by G.T49