What NON-FICTION books about Transformers do you recommend?

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  1. batfan007

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    I'm looking to add some books to my library (well the book shelf):eek: 

    The Transformers Vault and Transformers Legacy: The Art of Transformers Packaging are two on my list so far to buy.

    What non-fiction books do recommend to buy for Transformers? Of all types, covering whatever. If it's good, I want to know about it.
    Toys, cartoons, essays, collecting, whatever.
     
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    Wow, that sounds really neat.

    May have to pick that up.

    Any recommendations of my own, hmmmm.

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    This is a pretty damn good book, if you'd like to get into making your own comics or even just want to learn how to draw in general. I still want to put mine to good use someday. It goes through a lot of the important steps into making a visually pleasing story.

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    I have a few books from this series, but their Transformers book is one of my favorites. There's a lot of really interesting thought-provoking stuff in it, that makes good food for thought.
     
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    Yeah I read a lot of books on comics history, and so of course I love animation history and/or the companies involved the product/toys etc.
    Thanks, I'll read that one for sure.

    Are there are any really good Diaclone books out there, I mean not just pics, or collectors guides, but anything else at all?
    I've been reading wikis, fan web pages etc, and I'm hungry for more.

    And thanks for your suggestions Novaburnhilde, I'll look into those ones too.
     
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    Dorling Kindersley should do an encyclopedia one day for one of the TF universes, the Bayformers universe most likely.
     
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    Have you read any of the books concerning the show's themselves, or just the franchise in general?
     
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    What books? That's why I started the thread.
    If you know any please list them. Anything and everything.
     
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    It's a great coffee table book with a lot of lovely scans/toy photos/screenshots, but you have to be prepared for what you're buying - most of the information within it can be found on the TFWiki (as with any kind of encyclopedia-style book nowadays) and while the extras are neat, some come across as very desperate (especially the trimmed G1 screenshot on acetate as an "animation cel" and the duplicate Revenge of the Fallen premiere ticket).

    It's also slightly disappointing to see the (sadly inevitable) imbalance when it comes to how the different iterations of the franchise are represented - expect to see a lot of G1, Movie and new-for-2010/2011 content, a little Beast Wars and Animated and not much at all of the Unicron Trilogy and especially RID.

    Not to say it's a bad book, like I say, it's a lovely piece to gawk at, but I'm just pointing out the shortcomings.
     
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    Need more Transformers related books.

    Star Wars and Star Trek have different kinds of books, showing their characters, cross-sections of various ships, illustrations, books about various locations mimicking hard-cover, encyclopedia format (although they are fiction).

    For example, Star Wars has this illustrated book showing the different worlds in Star Wars and they make it such so that it looks like it is told from the point of view of the tourist/scientists/spy telling the features/characteristics of the place and their observations.

    would love to see a Transformers books, if it is really good and well thought out and everything i imagine it to be and those of the ones contributing on the fan fiction explaining such, about Cybertronian scien and technology, Cybertronian anatomy and physiology & the worlds associated with Transformers and their culture, civilization, tradition, etc (Velocitron, Junkion, Destron, Nebulos, etc.) or a book showcasing the various cities on Cybertron.
     
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    I'd add Transformers Generations 2004 Deluxe and Visualworks to the list of must-own books (or mooks, in this case). One's a fantastic resource, the other a repository of cool art from across the brand.

    If TF 2004 is out of the question then I could settle for Mark Bellomo's TF Guide. Ignore the price guide component and the commentary (it's mostly 'Dreamwave said this about this character') and it's a pretty neat little guide.
     
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    Well, I have the Art of Prime and Allspark Almanac (in addition to Transformers:Vault) that I liked a lot. Was not interested as I thought I'd be in the Legacy book though.
     
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    Really any art book. The Complete Allspark Almanac has TONS of stuff on Transformers Animated, especially some info regarding the series' future if it had been allowed to continue.

    The Art of Prime is an excellent source book for model sheets and visual reference for Transformers Prime. As a 3D artist, I can't recommend it enough.

    A bit pricey and something you'll have to order from Japan, is Transformers: the Visual Works. It's all Generation 1 artwork, by My God, the details and the colors! The character work is superb and there are a few alternate stylizations throw in as well.

    The Ark Volumes I and II (or better yet, the Complete Ark) has virtually every character reference model for the Transformers G1 and JPN G1 series, plus a few alternates like Jetfire as opposed to Skyfire.

    Lastly, Transformers Legacy: The Package Art book is beautiful, especially when you start advancing through the years and the characters start resembling more highly detailed version of their animation models. That's gold right there.
     
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    Don't know if this is what your looking for but I found this on my school's database under transformers and toys:

    Hasbro: The Next Chapter in Storytelling | License! Global

    In case if you need a bibliography for future reference:

    LISANTI, T. (2016). Hasbro The Next Chapter in Storytelling. License! Global, 19(3), 102-111.
     
  18. Xabungle

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    If you read Japanese, the best resource is:
    Takara SF Land Daizenshuu,
    タカラSFランド大全集
    ISBN 4063300862, 9784063300864

    If, like me, you don't read Japanese, it is still the best offline resource available.
    Good luck.
     
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    Transformers: The Fantasy, the fun, the future.


    Heh.