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Transformers: Identification and Price Guide Paperback – May 9 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (May 9 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896894452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896894457
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 21.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #707,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 27 2011
Format: Paperback
Mark Bellomo is the man when it comes to GI Joe and Transformers. Every picture inside (and there are hundreds and hundreds, all full colour) is from is own personal complete collection. Every figure from the North American G1 line is included from 1984-1991. Every figure's file card and tech specs is transcripted inside. In addition, Bellomo adds his own details -- character traits from the comics and TV series, comments on the figures, variations, etc.

The only thing about this book that I don't find terribly useful is the price guide. While only a few years have passed since this book was published, as a collector, I'd have to be incredibly lucky to find any of these figures for the prices inside. eBay is now a more useful pricing tool.

I can literally leaf through this book for hours. It's fantastic. Not only does it bring back a lot of memories, but it's a great guide book for piecing together a complete figure.

I hope a second edition comes -- I would like to see G2 added.

5 stars.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa36bd9e4) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
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HASH(0xa36d9444) out of 5 stars AN ALMOST PERFECT TRANSFORMERS REFERENCE Sept. 13 2007
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
More than years after they took America by storm, the Transformers Toy line seems to be stronger than ever, bolstered by a big-budget Hollywood movie, and toys that just keep coming. What better time for a brand new Transformers price and, far more importantly, an identification guide. The Transformers Identification and Price Guide comes from Krause Publications, a renowned leader in collectibles books.

Thankfully the author, Mark Bellomo doesn't skip over the very rich history of the Transformers BEFORE they made it to American soil. His introduction covers Takara's Diaclone and Microman lines and Hasbro's eventual purchase of the license to that line, and the backstory that was created by Marvel Comics. The guide runs in chronological order, beginning with series 1 in 1984. Each Transformer is show in both vehicle/robot mode in very crisp photography. The book reprints all of the information off the toy's original techspecs including name, function, motto, biography, and techspec ability ratings. Next is a paragraph or two about each figure that gives facts about the toy and the character, and various minutiae about things like joint and sticker wear, collectibility, etc., The book also lists each accessory that comes with the figure which is one of the most important aspects of the book. Finally, three prices are given for each toy: Loose and complete, Mint in box, and mint in sealed box/Mint on Card. Kudos for that although a price for loose figures without accessories would have been welcomed.

In addition to the pictures of the toy in its various forms, all of the figures accessories are also pictured. I cannot stress how important picturing the accessories is. While I am fairly knowledgeable about Transformers, I cannot just look at most accessories and tell you whom they belong to. Often coming across odd lots of weapons at garage sales and flea markets, the book is invaluable in matching the part to the figure.

Credit again to Bellomo for also explaining long and complicated history behind Jetfire as well as giving the famous Jet two full pages of coverage including photos in robot mode, jet mode, jet mode without armor, and Gerwalk mode, as well as a picture of the figure mint in the box and even close-ups of wing variations. The mail-away figures such as the Omnibots, Powerdashers, Reflector, etc., are also covered. Each of the various Gestalts (Devastator, Superion, etc,) are also pictured, as is one of my favorite Transformers, Sixshot, in all six of his modes.

The book is 254 pages long and doesn't waste an inch of space. It's well written and well researched with gorgeous photography throughout the book. Is it perfect? Well, not quite...I honestly think the prices for MISB/MISP figures is a bit low, based on what I've seen these toys go for at places such as eBay. Also, I would have loved to see Generation Two toys included. The G2 line is regularly overlooked which is unfortunate since there were some very nice toys included in the line. Finally, I would have loved to have seen some coverage of the Japanese variants such as Twincast and Soundblaster, but ok, I guess that might be wising for a bit too much.

There haven't been many books put out about the Transformers toy line but this one is easily the best and most detailed. Indispensable for Transformers collectors!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36d9498) out of 5 stars An excellent G1 figure resource Nov. 20 2007
By J. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fantastic! It features all of the US released Generation One Transformers up to the Action Masters line (includes Headnasters, Targetmasters, Micromasters, and Pretenders). Each figure has the original tech spec bio, a description of the figure, photos of the figure in each mode, as well as pictures of all their accessories. This book is like the pin-up book for Transformers geeks like myself.

The book is a great resource for USA released G1 figures. I wish it included Japanese releases too, but I can appreciate the in-depth focus of this book for what it is.

Some of the photos are out of focus in some spots, and the book is limited to USA G1 figures, but despite the flaws this is still a 5 star book. I was not disapointed. I love this book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36d9774) out of 5 stars The Best TF guide out there... April 14 2008
By B. Frantz 2.0 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best Action Figure guide I have ever seen. It is very informative and very accurate, the author even adds his personal take on most of the figures. And talk about bringing back old memories. I actually bought this book for nostalgic purposes and was very pleased. It was nice seeing all the old Transformers from the 80's in one piece. Makes me wish I knew what happened to all my old ones, man I'd be rich if I would have taken better care of them. Hope Mark Bellomo does a guide book for the rest of the Transformers. If you are looking for the ultimate 80's Transformers Action Figure guide, this is it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36d966c) out of 5 stars Fast and Efficient!! Aug. 29 2010
By SAM - Published on Amazon.com
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Fast and Efficient!! I am the mother of a 30 year old that had these toys and now I am trying to put the Transformer together. This book is very valuable in getting the right weapon with the right Transformer. What an education.
HASH(0xa36d9858) out of 5 stars Transformers: Identifcation and Price Guide, More than meets the eye!!! Aug. 5 2007
By Alexander Nevermind - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved Transformers as a teenager! I was 14 when they hit the cartoon scene. So, when the toys came out I was riding my bike to Toys R' Us quite often. I ended up with a pretty extensive collection of Transformer toys. Mostly Decepticons as I guess I liked the bad guys better back then. Well I'm now 38 and my 11 yr. old Son got into Transformers mostly from the Rhino Disc DVD release of the TV shows. But, when the movie hit he was hooked. I purchased this book for him to through and see what Dad had in the box in the attic. He catalogged and indentified all my toys. When I got a chance to look at the book I was surprised at how every item was photographed. Including a picture of the easy to lose parts. The guide also includes everything from send away offers to store exclusives. It is well worth the price just for being so complete. But, it's also fun to read and takes you down memory lane. I have enjoyed the father and son time very much.