Why do we not have Transformers Encyclopedia reference book yet?

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  1. drmick

    drmick Well-Known Member

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    This would be one of my biggest wants.

    They exist for Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC and MOTUC. Even the Bufyverse is getting one.

    And given the existence of TFWiki it's not as if there would need to be extensive research in advance of the actual writing.
     
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    We kinda have one in the shape of Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook, but that's more of the Hasbro Universe and not Transformers. A Transformers specific encyclopedia would help new readers immensely. The closest thing we have to encyclopedias is the Marvel's Transformers Universe, Dreamwave's More Than Meets The Eye and IDW's Transformers Continuum.
     
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    Part of it is TF is so big and has so many alternates.

    I mean, you do have one for the Animated continuity in the almanacs, but considering a good 'all Transformers' encyclopedia would often have to have 3-5 entries, often big ones, for the same characters, it'd get rather massive and probably hard to follow.

    More specific continuity ones would be cool, like a "Transformed Aligned Encyclopedia" maybe.
     
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    If all the info would just be pulled from the Wiki anyways, why would I want to spend money on a physical book when I have the Wiki for free?
     
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    We do have a reference book it's called the ultimate guide, I mean it was made in 2004 and most of the information presented in it are outdated by today's standards but none the less there already is one in existence.
     
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    That's true.
     
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    Joeis4Jord4n Well-Known Member

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    If they published the Binder of Revelation for public consumption, then we would instantly have an Aligned Encyclopedia.
     
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    A lot of people still like physical reference guides with good production values.
     
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    I would still love to see a revised version of the original Transformers Universe profiles. Compile all the existing extended G1 bios (including those excluded from the original Universe books but had full bios, like Whirl and Roadbuster), hire one artist (Guidi?) to do really nice interpretations of the toy/cartoon/comic designs to go with them. Maybe write a few new ones for well known non-toy characters like Elita One and Impactor. See if there are extended profiles for the Japanese exclusive characters that can be translated.
     
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  10. RNSrobot

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    The Allspark almanac is ASTOUNDING.
     
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    Only if Andy Schmidt would be the editor.

    I mean, gotta keep the quality, yes?
     
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  12. Joeis4Jord4n

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    Oh yeah, how could I forget the Almanac's. They tell you all about characters, locations and events in Transformers Animated.
     
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    The Complete Allspark Almanac, TF Vault, the Covenant of Primus, Dreamwave's MTMTE, IDW's Beast Wars sourcebook, Marvel's TF Universe, Habro Heroes Sourcebook, the Ultimate Guide...
    It's not like if there weren't any options.
     
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  14. drmick

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    I have all of those, but they're just not like the Marvel one. It only deals with the most prominent characters, gives a brief background on their origin, some detais on famous storylines, and their power set.
     
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    Nice idea. I'd like to see neo G1 characters like Acid Storm, Clampdown and Off Road included.
     
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    I still go back and forth about the sort of "post G1 era" characters like Drift being included in a book like this. I'd almost say to put those types of characters (along with newer evergreen additions like Bulkhead, Lockdown, Lugnut, and Knock Out) into some kind of addendum volume.

    In my crazy universe where such books would actually be published.

    And then there's the issue of G2 original characters like Leadfoot or Ransack. So I guess we'd need a G2 volume. AND THEN I would definitely want a Beast Era volume that is actually good, unlike the Beast Wars Sourcebook.
     
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    Will it happen - unfortunately I doubt it..... but if it did I'd buy it!
     
  18. drmick

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    What about a year by year visual chronicle like the DK ones for Marvel, DC and Star Wars? They are excellent.
     
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    There are the Ultimate Guide, the old Transformers Universe from Marvel, MtMtE from Dreamwave, the Ark books... hell, the Cybertronian from whomever put that out for the toys (or the Generations books from Japan), Prime Targets is a guidebook to the cartoon and a lesser extent, the comics... and that's G1 alone. There are lots of Transformers reference books. The multiple continuities probably makes things harder to have one, definitive volume.
     
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    The most recent DC one tries to explain the characters from different continuities. As an outsider I found it hard to understand.
     

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