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The Unofficial Guide to Japanese & International Transformers(TM) [Paperback]

J. E. Alvarez
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Jan. 15 2001 Schiffer Book for Collectors
Welcome to the world of Transformers! These immensely popular robots in disguise originated in Japan, and the United States has only been one destination on their worldwide tour. Learn about fascinating variations between the Transformers of Japan, America, and Europe through hundreds of gorgeous color photographs of Transformers from all over the world. This in-depth guide delves into such Japanese toy lines as the Headmasters, Masterforce, Zone, and the Return of Convoy. There is discussion of many of the European figures including the Turbomasters, Predators, and the Obliterators. Also appearing are early Pre-Transformers like the Diaclones and Kronoforms. Fun to read, and with current market values in each caption, this is the book collectors have been waiting for. Transform and roll out!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Prime reading Sept. 1 2004
Since 1999, Mr. Alvarez has done a great job of providing both the curious observer and hard-core fans a visual guide to the Transformers toy mythos. This addition is a particular triumph because of the wealth of photography of rare figures, both those whose presentation vary dramatically from their North American release and those never released outside of the Japanese market.
It really is a teaser for the community, to leave fans salivating for these rare items.
While the visuals are first rate and Alvarez does an admirable job of walking the reader through the significance and timing of each release, it's clear he is no writer. A lot of his writing borders on the banal, although he does a better job of conveying the message in this edition than he does in others in this series. But as this is really not intended as a great writen masterpiece, the superb organizational job more than compensates for the prose here.
This is a must-have for anyone with a passing interest in Transformers toys.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of pictures... and that's it Jan. 28 2003
By VIOSCA - Published on Amazon.com
I bought the two guides and I don't see any improvement from one to the other.
A lot of pictures, some trade prices but that' s it.
I expected some explanations but for an "unofficial guide", there is not even a word about the previous transformers (diaclone, kronoform, etc) and/or all the fakes you can find.
There is also no chronology and more over as a european transfan I didn't see something about the european special releases.
In others words: it's every thing but a reference.
You would find much more info by surfing on personnal web sites.
I gonna keep the two books cause there are very nice pictures in them but it's very disappointing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good history lesson, but an uneventful book. Oct. 12 2003
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What I learn was the Transformers were put together by Takara from combining many different toy manufacturers line in Japan. Later in the early 80s a storyline was conceived through the cartoon series and a seperate comic from the existing toy products. This simply mean the story had very little to do with the early toy design. The problems I had with this book is it is not a very good as a toy catalog nor did it described the history in great detail. The writing is not very deep nor long, it just give you a lot of surface information that make you ask for more questions. Each chapter writing contents averaged only about a page long. There are no in depth analysis on the individual toys at all. For the image qualities: The photographs were horrible. The photographers need to learn about lighting and angle. You get a lot of pics of Transformers' boxes, unsharp close-up, reddish tint, redundancy, and a lot of white empty area. As a history book there is not enough for you to own this book, more of a library checkout. Takara's own "Welcome to the World of Transformers" as a toy catalog is much better. There is writing for each toy products and the photo is very professional, but it is in 95% Japanese's' text. I am somewhat happy with this book, but can not recommend it to a casual fan and it was done very generic.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book about Japanese Transformers ever! May 19 2001
By N. Kok - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for those interested in Japanese and International Transformers! J. E. Alverez gives an insightful detailed summary of All aspects of international Transformers toys. He divides each section into individual chapters based on their series and release date. He goes into detail all aspects of Transformers from the pre-Transformers era to the Transformers released in Europe and Japan. He makes chapter summaries of all the Japanese Transformers series, From Fight Super Robot Lifeform Transformers, TF:2010, Headmasters, Masterforce, Victory, Zone, Return of Convoy, and Operation Combination. Like his first book he also has photographs of miscellaneous Transfomers items such as coloring books, model kits, toothbrushes, and etc., Buy this book! Its not only for collectors of the toys, It's for everyone and anyone interested in the subject of Transformers! Buy it! Its worth what you spent on it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book Aug. 8 2001
By Mark Baker-Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Lots of pictures to drool over, and lots of information that I did not know previously. If there are omissions in this one, I am not equipped to point them out. The price lists are still here, and I still consider them unneccessary. Don't use them as a guide if you're looking for a deal ...This is a minor quibble. This is a must have book for the Transformers fan.
4.0 out of 5 stars not enough details Aug. 21 2013
By daniel shoemaker - Published on Amazon.com
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While this was helpful in identifying these specific Transformers and had great background information it didn't have the details that I thought it would have. It doesn't show the small accessories that go with the individual "Bots" which is what I was most interested in and a lot of the examples are in the original package so you can't see much detail in that aspect either. Overall I think this is a book of nostalgia and not as much a reference.
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