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Transformers Animated: The AllSpark Almanac [Paperback]

Jim Sorenson , William Forster , Marcelo Matere
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Sept. 1 2009 Transformers Animated
Transformers Animated: The AllSpark Almanac is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind atlas to an amazing new universe. Discover behind-the-scenes secrets directly from the show's creators. Marvel at the gorgeous settings where Autobots and Decepticons do battle. Admire the show's dynamic and unique aesthetic. This full-color volume is packed with over 250 pages of bios, character models, episode summaries, interviews, and more!

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5.0 out of 5 stars great book Sept. 4 2009
Format:Paperback
this is a must for the Transformers Animated fan on your gift list. Lots of pages and it's big.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't own this, you don't like Transformers. Aug. 20 2009
By David M. Willis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The AllSpark Almanac is easily the greatest supplementary material for a Transformers series on God's green Earth. To say this 220-page, full-color book is a mere labor of love falls short of the reality. It goes far beyond the stages infatuation, love, engagement, and marriage, and straight to the raucous honeymoon. Every page is packed with information, whether it be its high-quality color character models, turnarounds, transformation sequences and promotional images; or the full-bodied mass of story information, presented mostly in an "in-universe" fashion, forged from the individual voices of the characters themselves. So not only is the AllSpark Almanac a wealth of Transformers knowledge, but it's a hoot to read. And for those of you who are geekier about your Transformers than most, you will delight at all the obscurest of references to Transformers-past squeezed into the margins. (And I do mean obscure.) Not only does the book chronicle the first two seasons of Transformers Animated, but it expands on the universe - not sloppily, but solely in the spirit of the series itself. To put it simply, the AllSpark Almanac is Transformers in purest book form.

You will want to lick it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best English-language Transformers reference book ever made Aug. 20 2009
By Matthew Greenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Buy this book. It's what you're looking for.

Books like these are why hobbyists enjoy their hobbies. A lovingly comprehensive tome of all things Animated--detailing every character, every event, every scene, even every nameless background extra--and with great "Easter Egg" references to the last 25 years of Transformers mythology. Whether you're a new fan or old, or if you just really loved this cartoon and its highly enjoyable blend of science-fiction and humor, you will adore this book. There is no other fan resource in the English language like it--and frankly I suspect if some of the Japanese guides were to be translated, they'd turn out to be not as good as this either. For goodness' sake, it's only like $15, if you're interested enough to read up to this point in my review then, trust me, it's what you want and it's worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely compliment to a lovely series Aug. 21 2009
By Matt Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"TRANSFORMERS: ANIMATED" is a bit of an enigma for the Trans-fandom. The youth-oriented stories, the drastically unique character design and the fact that Optimus Prime, OPTIMUS PRIME, mind you, is a rookie are just a few of the divisive elements that put a lot of folks on the defensive, as is the way of the exotic animal known as "fan."
Still, Animated is perhaps the most fresh, innovative and loving take on the franchise since BEAST WARS, and the Allspark Almanac is all that wrapped up in a deliciously thick and lavishly adorned book.
It was very clever of the writers to make each character bio not some dry piece of textbook writing, but rather a stylized and often opinionated "interview piece" written by ANOTHER character of the show. Case-in-point, Bulkhead writes Bumblebee's bio, Blackarachnia writes the Dinobots' bios, and Starscream...writes his own bio, in a delightfully snide manner. The book is also chock-a-block with character illustrations, concept sketches and environment paintings, not to mention episode summaries via character perspectives and other fun little goodies that fans won't see coming. Most interesting are the original character designs for the show's first incarnation, TRANSFORMERS: HERO.
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book, and I desperately, DESPERATELY want an addendum to cover the stuff from season 3 that didn't make it in. Oh, and I want a season 4.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art book? Check. Reference book? Check. Coolest thing to read from IDW since they picked up the TF license? YEEESSSSSSSS. Aug. 23 2009
By Tiffany T. Wong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you were one of the dismissive fans of "Transformers Animated" when it was first announced back in 2007 and still are, even though it ended, then picking this book up might actually change your mind. If you were those fans that came to enjoy - in others' case, LOVE - "Animated" when it finally aired on Cartoon Network (and other stations depending on location), then this is one of those MUST-BUYs Transformers materials. Transformers in-jokes and references to some of the obscurest parts of the franchise's history, anecdotes and bios from the characters' perspective (and one or two from those outside that particular -verse), references to not just Transformers but almost every other geek/nerd-related aspects (such as anime and video games)... Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster pretty much put petal to the metal on putting this thing together. Done? In the words that Animated Swindle and Stan of the "Monkey Island" series would definitely say: "but wait, there's MORE!" Not just episode summaries or bios written from the characters' perspective, there's also sections that are set as if not within the -verse that covers character and background designs, early concepts, and other how-things-work (you'll understand once you read it).

Parts of your body/self will either thank you (your inner child/geek/nerd/TF fan gleeing giddily) or want to kill you (your brain for the overload-to-explosion and your stomach for laughing like a loon in some parts) for purchasing this.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You know you want it. Aug. 21 2009
By J. Son - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There was a little Transformers Animated mini-calendar for sale around the 2008 Christmas season that had a different piece of background art from the cartoon for every month. The images were really beautiful, and since then I was hoping for a book of some kind for TFA. This book is -awesome-. There's art everywhere, and the whole thing is written from the viewpoint of various characters. There's pages and pages of character models, some early concept art, and blurbs from the guys who worked on the cartoon itself. It covers seasons 1 and 2, and I can only hope that there'll be one more book to cover 3.
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