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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (25 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600109438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600109430
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yeti on 14 Oct 2011
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Having being a fan since issue 3 of the UK Transformers comic (it would have been since #1 but I couldn't find it anywhere!) I ordered this for nostalgia more than anything. I still have most of the original print run but they are getting worse for wear these days. This is a pretty amazing collection offering a plethora of extra material along side the reprinted stories. From Page 3 with the reprint of the very first page from the first Transformers annual, you know you are in for a special ride.

Following the foreword by James Roberts there are 16 pages of information regarding the TFUK comics, from pictures of the 2 page calendars they ran every month, the posters, free gifts and even the legendary letters page. From there it's to the stories proper. Each story is preceded by several pages of the covers as well as text bringing the reader up to pace on what's happened, why and how it fits in to the timeline. The stories are presented mostly in colour although there are the occasional black and white pages, but they are few and far between. Once the main stories are complete you are presented the original 1986 annual! The comic and prose stories! Fantatsic! There's then a few old adverts from the comics and a few "Interface Fact Files" to top it off.

Overall, I am well impressed by the thought put into this collection. The quality of the reproduction is as good as you could expect for its age and is printed on heavy quality matt paper. This is one for fans, regardless of whether you were there at the beginning or not.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Sinclair on 3 Nov 2011
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Everything in the previous review stands, and I agree with it. There is one point about the presentation of the package that is worth noting, however.

The book is 'US format', so the reproduced comics are in smaller form than when originally printed and the Titan reprints. However, they are even smaller than one may expect, each page having a border around the actual content. The art works out to be about 6" by 8", all in all.

Yes, the extra content is very in-depth, but the quality of the comics within is not quite as high standard as it could have been.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M Jenkins on 16 Jan 2013
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I am in some ways the ideal purchaser for these volumes. I loved the Transformers Comic when I was young, waiting excitedly each week for the next issue (I can't believe that was about 28 years ago!). Over the years my collection of comics have been lost but to now have them available again is fantastic. To look through the book and see the great artwork, some of which I could still remember, and to see the covers reproduced brought memories flooding back.

These are only the UK stories. It would have been nice if we could have had the US stories too, so we could have had the complete linear sequence of all the stories available in the UK comic. However the US stories are available elsewhere. As others have said too, there is also quite a wide border around the comic strips and it would have been nice if that could have been made a little smaller and the strip itself made correspondingly larger.

These are only minor gripes however and basically I loved this book. I will now have to get all the others in the series too:
Transformers Classics UK Volume 2
Transformers Classics UK Volume 3
Transformers Classics UK Volume 4
Transformers Classics UK Volume 5
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig Grannell on 28 Nov 2011
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I'd been hoping for a book like this for some time, having thoroughly enjoyed these comics as a child and wanting to revisit them. Sadly, this book highlights the best and worst of reprint. On the plus side, the book is lovingly compiled. The people behind it clearly have a lot of fondness for the source material, and the retrospective interviews are engaging, honest and insightful. There are also reproductions of the relevant covers from the time and various other bits and bobs.

But everything falls apart with the reproduction of the comics. The moire from scanning isn't too awful, but it's pretty odd to see black-and-white art with yellowed elements (presumably taken from the original art) that would have taken a second to clean up in Photoshop. Worse, though, is the barking mad decision to place the UK art in the middle of the page, with a border around it and then a gutter. In effect, you therefore have two gutters (one from the original UK page and a second in the book itself), and the main meat of the reprint - the actual comic strips - suffer from being reproduced smaller than they need to be; and bear in mind they at best would have been smaller anyway, given the difference in sizes between US and UK comics.

Given that Rebellion seems able to resize its old 2000 AD strips without doing this sort of thing, I don't see why IDW made the decision it did. Overall, the book's still a worthwhile purchase, not least because some of this stuff has never been reprinted before. But I'd be lying if I said I was anything other than a little disappointed with how the actual strips are presented.
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Transformers Classics UK Volume 1 is the first in a series of books providing the definitive collection of Marvel UK's weekly Transformers comic series, which ran from 1984 to 1992. Whilst a few of the UK series best stories have been collected previously, this is the first time that all of the UK originated material has been collected in one place.

This particular volume collects the following stories:

'Man of Iron', in which Autobots and Decepticons travel to England to investigate signs of Transformers life buried below a medieval castle.

'The Enemy Within', where the Autobot Brawn and Decepticon Starscream must do battle to the death to prove their loyalty to their respective factions.

'Raiders of the Last Ark', starring the Arks sentient computer and the first appearence of the Autobot 'Guardian' robots.

'Decepticon Dam Busters', a comic book recreation of episode 2 of the Transformers animated series, which saw Optimus Prime and Megatron battle atop Sherman dam.

'The Wrath of the Guardian/Grimlock': The first UK story featuring the Dinobots, recently recovered by Ratchet from the Savage Land, and returning to the Ark to discover it protected by a rogue Guardian robot.

'Christmas Breaker', starring the human hero Circuit Breaker v's Jazz.

'Crisis of Command', where Optimus Prime must decide how to unite the divided ranks of the Autobots, half of which want to remain loyal to their Autobot ideals, with the other half wanting to create a breed of dedicated Autobot warriors to end their war with the Decepticons, despite the cost to the human population of Earth.
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