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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (23 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613779437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613779439
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 25.1 x 32.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2014
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I love the Transformers cartoons when I was a kid. The only toy that I had was an Optimus Prime toy (shown in the book) which was a hand-me-down so I don't even know how the packaging art looks like. But this book really reminded me of the good old days of watching the cartoons.

Transformers Legacy large format 296-page hardcover artbook authored by Bill Forster and Jim Sorenson. The amount of work they did in curating 750+ artworks in this book is incredible.

As mentioned in the book, Hasbro did not retain the original art for the packaging back in those days. So the authors had to look for original art, photo negatives, style guides and other sources that could provide the quality that holds up to print. No scans were used because the conditions of old boxes were usually too lousy. As a result, the reproduction quality of the artworks quite good.

To see all these packaging art in one book is quite amazing. There are so many of them. It's quite fun just looking at all the interesting names of the Transformers. Most of the artworks show just the robot versions. Also included are a handful of concept art drafts. There are also a few double page splash art with massive battle scenes of showing transformation in progress.

The few chapters included are quite brief with only introductions.

Chapter 1 starts off with the Classic Era, toys introduced in the 1984 and 1985. Chapter two has the toys from 1986 to 1988 excluding some sub-lines. Hasbro transitioned from toys licensed from Japanese companies to creating their own.

Chapter Three covers Scramble City, the Japanese name for the teams of interchangeable combiners. There are seven groups that form the product lines from 1986 to 1988.

Chapter four covers the Nebulan Era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Michael Edwards on 23 Oct. 2014
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I love transformers but sometimes I feel like I've reached saturation point and I wonder whether I'll ever be truly excited by the brand again. TF:Legacy is JUST what I needed to blow away the cobwebs and bring back my enthusiasm.

The book is so much more than I expected and so much more than a collection of packing art. For starters I was honestly expecting somewhere in the region of 100 pieces... not the 750 which the book just hurled at me with great gusto. I can't even begin to imagine how the authors managed to track all those images down. It feels like a lifetime's worth of work.

The hi-res scans of the original paintings look mind-blowingly crisp; it's evident a huge amount of work has gone into restoring them and they really do look pristine. Some are higher quality than others, granted; but even the lowest quality images are way beyond passable. (A pleasant surprise, as I imagined I'd see some pixellation).

Perhaps not the first thing people will notice, but I've got a huge appreciation for the backgrounds which have been made to sit behind these images. It would have been easy to sit them on plain backgrounds, but the pages have been made to resemble the iconic box art of the various ages of the brand, without detracting from the images themselves which are front and centre. It's clever really. This feels like an art book first and a packaging collection second.

As for the physical book itself, for those who are interested in such things, the quality feels great. Thick pages and a gorgeous hardback cover. It is very heavy though, which may be a concern for parents buying the book for small children.

I really want to list something negative so I don't sound like I'm being overly supportive, but honestly I'm really struggling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C Z Hazard on 22 Oct. 2014
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Just had a flick through Legacy, pretty pleased with it, it seems pretty comprehensive, more so than I was expecting. I've bought too many books like the vault or the ultimate guide which just show a bit of everything but never really show you anything. This is more in keeping with what I wanted. Good size, obscured, clear images of (nearly) all the character art from the boxes of the G1 and G2 era, as well as a few cherry pieces of unused art and packaging samples.

If I had to pick a fault, I would have liked all of the major rear box art pieces from the first few years to have been double page spreads, but it's damn close, and they use the big one on the cover so they new how important they are.

Roll on sequels, I want to see the same comprehensive coverage for the Beast era!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Exodus Prime! on 21 Oct. 2014
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I've waited a long time for a reference book like this.
Transformers Legacy is obviously a labour of love by the compilers/authors and brings together for the first time the excellent packaging artwork for the (predominantly) G1 toy line.
This hardcore book is beautifully presented and ordered logically, with very high quality images of this fantastic artwork from a classic era of unforgettable toys.
This lavish collection of images is essential to any fan of the toys and is a real feast! In addition to the individual packaging art we get a peak at Japanese, exclusive and unused artwork which together makes a superb collection.
This is one reference guide I will pour over again and again.
Essential!
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