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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; Slp edition (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810998688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810998681
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hasbro is one of the largest and most successful makers of toys and board games in the world, and has been an innovator in the creative development of beloved franchise such as G.I. Joe, TRANSFORMERS, Clue, Magic: The Gathering, Monopoly, and more. Hasbro was involved in the development of all three live-action TRANSFORMERS films.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Since 1984, Transformers has taken the world by storm. Whether it be a toy franchise, animated series, comic or even a motion picture, the Robots in Disguise have remained vast, colourful and larger than life.

Even though Hasbro has reinvented their franchise time and again, generation after generation, the history of Transformers has always remained the same at heart; cool and exciting, fresh and innovative, deep and captivating, and armed with the most memorable characters in all of fiction. The premise has remained virtually the same; warring factions of robots (mostly the Heroic Autobots against the Evil Decepticons), able to transform their bodies into all manner of disguises, devices, vehicles, beasts, forms and weapons. Yet each incarnation - Generations 1 and 2, Beast Wars/Machines, Robots in Disguise, the Unicron Trilogy, the live-action movies, Animated and (most recently) Prime - introduced new and original concepts, which has allowed both franchise and fan base to grow and evolve in awe-inspiring ways.

Marvel Comics and DC Comics have both been subjected to the `Vault' Treatment; a great big book summing up the history of a fictional universe, from original ideas, to text accounts, to concept sketches, promo arts, reproductions of memorabilia, stills from animated shows and the movies etc. For fans, it was a godsend, a thing of perfection that not only provided a new learning experience, but also a PIECE of the entire scope, making readers truly realise the sheer effort of what went in to establishing decades of history.

Transformers is a natural fit for this kind of presentation, and immediately I must say that Hasbro, Abrams Publishing and the author Pablo Hidalgo have done sterling work in making this Vault edition an outstanding masterpiece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon Hall on 4 Jun. 2011
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Whilst Japanese Transformers fans have been spoilt with a succession of glossy, well produced Guidebooks and reference works from Beast Wars Universe to Transformers : Generations and more, the west has been strangely bereft of such weighty tomes, with only 2004's patchy Ultimate Guide (which wasn't quite) and 2010's superb Transformers : Animated Almanac which focused on the superb (but sadly overlooked) recent cartoon of the same name. For a long time, I've wanted something approaching the quality of the unofficial Cybertronian Guidebooks that matches the insight and knowledge of the tfwiki.net. Finally, we have it in the shape of Pablo Hidalgo's excellent tome.

The book is exhaustive, covering the Transformers origins in Japan amongst half a dozen toylines and a reinterpretation of G.I. Joe (which us in the UK remember as Action Force). Every major toyline is covered, including the interesting developments in Japan and Europe once the original toyline ceased production in America in 1990.

Hidalgo writes in a clear, informative fashion that belies an obvious enthusiasm and interest in his subject matter. The involvement of Hasbro in proceedings doesn't prevent Hidalgo pointing out some of the lines less successful diversions and failings (the highly contentious Action Masters,Beast Machines, Animated). Each of the main incarnations of the brand are given plenty of page space, with just enough information to keep you informed and interested, without boring you with the whys and wherefores.

The book is illustrated with some nice toy shots, illustrations and photos of the brand's 27 year history, and there's nice pull out 'interactive' features ( I particularly loved the tech specs and decoder!).
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As soon as I saw this item I couldn't wait to get my hands on one. Having previously been given two "Vault" books as gifts I expected this to be something special, and I wasn't disappointed. For anyone who can remember the Transformers cartoons from the 1980s,indeed for any Transformers fan past or present, this book is a must, as it traces the history of Transformers from their original creation in Japan, the enormous success they enjoyed when produced by Hasbro Toys, the numerous cartoon series they have spawned and the current live action movies which have made them big business once again. As with any "vault" this is filled with drawings and promotional materials that you can take out and examine, although some are a little tricky to get back into the slots provided for the in the book. The book is lovely quality and would make a great gift as the whole book comes in a sturdy slipcase which protects it and prevents you from losing all the little bits of memorabilia.
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By E. Ramshaw VINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2012
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now i know i cant write a huge review based on knowledge of transformers as some have and for that i apologise but as others have done this already there is i suspect no need.from a non fan point of view even i thought this book was interesting and had a good read myself, i purchased this for my husband who was a huge fan in his childhood and he loved it to bits, i had a job to get him to put it down to speak to me or to let me have a look ! he said it really transported him back to his playful days and he really enjoyed seeing some of the photos of old models he had owned and all the little add on bits which made him chuckle. superb quality book encased in a hardboard outer which is a nice touch. well worth the money to see that smile on the transformers fans face.
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