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Transformers Vault: Showcasing Rare Collectibles and Memorabilia [Hardcover]

Pablo Hidalgo , Peter Cullen
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Book Description

May 23 2011

For the first time ever, Transformers Vault reveals the complete story of the Transformers, everyone's favorite robots in disguise. Loaded with never-before-seen images, this book is a guide to the epic battle between the Autobots and Decepticons, as it began with toys and television, and continued to comics, film, games, and other media. There's something here for all generations, from classic toys that have become sought-after collectibles to the amazing, high-tech visuals of the three live-action films.

Hasbro has opened its official archives, gathering more than 250 images and several featured pieces of memorabilia. Look inside for a sheet of Generation One tech specs with a secret revealer, a rare pencil sketch from comics artist Casey Coller, an unseen character profile for Hot Rod from the 1986 film, an animation cel, and much more. Exclusive photos of Japanese Transformer prototypes, archival development art, and brand-new information about the future of the Transformers make this the ultimate package for every fan.

Praise for Transformers Vault:

Transformers Vault . . . has a permanent place on our coffee table. If you need a unique gift to give your Transformers fan, we recommend this book. . . . they will discover something new every time they open it.”


Transformers Vault is a collector’s case at an affordable price. . . . With original artwork, amazing pictures of rare exclusive Japanese variants and a foreword by the voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, Transformers Vault does not disappoint.”


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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just...wow! June 1 2011
How the heck can they produce a book of this quality and sell it so cheap? I can tell you folks, I've paid a lot more for less before. If you're a Transformers fan of any generation, there's something inside here for everyone to love.

Coming inside a nice hard outer shell, the book slides out easily. Opening it up, it's just a beautiful book. Every page is illustrated in full colour. Peter Cullen (aka Optimus Prime, but you knew that already) does the intro. The book is divided into several chapters, including the toys, the various comics, the various TV shows, the movies, and so on. There are pictures of classic G1 toys as well as their original Takara counterparts. There are photos of prototype toys, including the 1986 version of Unicron that was never produced. What a toy that would have been. There are also Japanese exclusive toys, G2, Beast Wars, and onwards. While one could always wish for a "complete" gallery of every toy, that book would be thousands of pages. This sampling is still very satisfying.

Same with the comics, and TV shows -- there are pages of G1 and G2 comic covers, panels, and character models. The coverage goes right up to the present day, with pictures from a brand new animated series and of course Dark of the Moon.

Best of all are the handful of memorabilia pages. You will find a replica Transformers cataloge that you can flip through, a card of tech specs, and a tech spec decoder. I won't spoil all the surprises, but they are here for you to discover.

Great book. Enjoyable. I am going to have a blast going through this periodically. 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great Dec 31 2012
By kelli.b
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The book is spectacular. It has large, bright color photos and a very detailed history. A great gift for any transformer fan
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok book I guess April 29 2014
By tony
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The box art was done very well
The information inside was ok for that I bought transformers guidebook before and this one gave good info but talk too much on transformers live movies that was not needed and less on past history

On photos not enough
finally quality of book outside well done inside book collector stuff inside damage not sealed done poorly pages damage

so me to rate
2.5 out of 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Transformers History May 25 2011
By Carl Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, I'm a fairly hardcore Transformers fan. I've watched every generation of the TV show, all the toy lines are represented in my collection, I've read the comics from Marvel, DW and IDW, and I've spent more than my fair share of time reading and posting on Transformers message boards. So as a giant Transformers nerd/fan, I can promise you, there is content here you have not seen, and it is good!

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),

From Marvel, to Marvel UK, to Dreamwave to IDW (and the G.I. Joe crossovers too), this chapter does a good job of describing the basic events, and the writers who brought these comics to life. The book does an admirable job cramming over 25 years of mythology into one chapter. Botcon, the official Transformers convention, is strangely mentioned in this section. It doesn't fit in any of the chapters, but I wouldn't have chosen to put it in with the comics. Memorabilia reproductions are limited to one page of artwork, but there is a lot of comic art, and I'm not sure what the advantage would be to having pull out comic materials.

This section explores the writers and voice actors who lent their talents to the shows, and it outlines the major TV plot lines. From G1 to Transformers: Prime, the whole history is discussed. The G1 and Beast Wars shows are given a little more attention than the others, but I consider that appropriate, since these are the shows that most shaped Transformers mythology. Also in this section, there is a two-page spread on the "Mythology of Cybertron," which links ideas from the comics, cartoons and live-action films. Memorabilia reproductions in this section include an animation cell of Optimus Prime, the Japanese poster for the 1986 animated film, and a character model sheet for Rodimus Prime.

The Michael Bay films are discussed in this section. Being that there are only two released movies to discuss, I didn't find the written information as interesting, but were are plenty of gorgeous photos to keep me interested. Transformers: Dark of the Moon gets a spoiler-filled mention and even a few drawings, but nothing too revealing. The only memorabilia reproduction in this section is a Revenge of the Fallen movie premiere ticket.

This section is an intriguing look at Aaron Archer's design for shaping the Transformers universe. His aspiration is, apparently, to unify the entire Transformers mythology into one story line, without the need for future reboots or retconning. It sounds ambitious, but I think it's wishful thinking. All major franchises go through cycles, and each storytelling team (rightly I think) wants to do their own thing with characters. At any rate, if you've played Transformers: War for Cybertron, you've gotten a taste of this "all-inclusive" story line.

I think this is a fantastic book, worthy of ANY Transformers fan. There might be content you don't care about, if you're a die-hard G1 fan, or if you've only seen the movies, but I promise you, there is also content you will really enjoy. While I'm sure some minor inconsistencies will eventually be found, his book provides an accurate, comprehensive history of the entire Transformers legacy.

My only minor complaint about the book is that the memorabilia reproductions are sometimes hard to get back into their sleeves (particularly the Japanese movies poster), they require holes in the pages (often over images) and they are likely to distress the pages of the book. But I do enjoy them, and I appreciate that the publishers have found creative ways to integrate them into the book.

My other comment is in regards to Amazon's packaging. My book came in a cardboard box with inflatable padding, but the book itself was loose in the bottom - no shrink-wrapping or anything to keep the corners from getting dinged up. My book survived pretty well, but it's certainly not in pristine condition. Amazon's price can't be beat, but if you want a copy of Transformers Vault as part of a serious collection, I'd suggest picking this book up at a brick and mortar store.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome title with lots of extras June 27 2011
By Stop Motion Maniac - Published on Amazon.com
Transformers Vault: The Complete Transformers Universe Showcasing Rare Collectibles and Memorabilia is one of those titles that enjoy flipping through again and again. It's published by Abrams and is roughly (slightly taller) the same dimensions as the Chronicle/Insight Art of... titles. The hardback book comes in a really sturdy cardboard slipcase that features relief printing of the Optimus Prime artwork and the Transformers lettering. The Transformers lettering is silver leaf/metallic. The book features a nice spot varnish of artwork and is about 160 pages and free of printing issues. The pages are a nice heavy paper stock.

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
The Future
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time machine Oct. 25 2013
By Pete - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great way to step back in time and remember how happy I was as a kid to watch Transformers and then immediately play with the toys after the show was done. This book does a great job with explaining the different layers of Transformers through the years, and the graphics are phenomenal. The little extra's in the book are definitely going to be framed and placed on the wall of my house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving the 80s! Oct. 31 2011
By Gregson W. Lodge - Published on Amazon.com
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The other reviews I read about this book before purchasing it were right on the money. This is a top-notch publication, with plenty of thought and care put into the design, layout, and most of all, the content. Everything Transformers, with an emphasis on the original series from the 80s in terms of toys and comics. But have no fear for those who entered this world after the Golden age of Transformers, there's plenty here for you too. From Beast Wars to Transformers Animated to the first two feature films, the "newer" Transformers also get their share of publicity inside this hardcover book. The outer case looks great, and serves to really preserve the hardcover book inside. There's lots of reading, but I haven't started that yet. The pictures, blueprints, maps, and extra additions have caught my attention so far. Looking forward to delving deeper soon!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Either Defective or Previously Owned March 4 2014
By Edward Teach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My son and I just received our copy of the Transformers Vault book, much to our delight. It was packed in bubble wrap, but not otherwise sealed, which I found a bit odd. Upon flipping through the book, my son was the first to notice some of the collectible inserts were missing. He was so bummed about the tech spec sheets not being there. We also found a couple of the pages were glued together and couldn't be separated without them tearing.

We're returning the book and have ordered a replacement. I have to believe this book was either a defective copy or was previously owned and returned. We intend to update this review when the replacement arrives. Our fingers are crossed.
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