I think this is new, so if I'm wrong, please be kind.
My wife worked the book sale at her school and today picked up for me the new book called "Transformers The Fantasy, The Fun, The Furture" by Erin Brereton.
It's a real neat read. It has pages on G1 to Classics and Alternators, with some Energon thrown in (because of Scorponok), and talk about the upcoming movie, pictures of the actors and movie behinds the scenes photos. It has lists of the top Transformers ever, and they picked some odd ones (G1 Bonecrusher and Titanium G2 Megatron made the top 10 of Transformers ever!)
Their bios are obviously influenced by the upcoming movie. When they list the Decepticon army, it's G1 Megatron, Frenzy, Brawl and Starscream, but then they have G1 MICROMASTERS Blackout (they pulled the art work from the Botch the Crab web site from the looks of it!) and Dreamwave Barricade (anyone tell them these guys have nothing to do with the movie guys?) and Energon Scorponok! They have a mix of IDW, Dreamwave and G1 box art pictures, but with bios and mottos that seem to reflect the upcoming movie.
These is a chapter on G1 vs. Beast Wars comparisons, and a section on gaming showing pictures of the C64 video game and the Armada game.
I notice the book was put together a little too quickly and not proof read. It cuts words in half, starts paragraphs with conjunctions, and cuts off the ends of guns in the art work, but heck, it was a freeby from my wife, so I'm happy.
All through the book I notice art from Dreamwave, Hasbro and IDW (Guido Guidi did the cover art), but these are all his works from past years, nothing original, and no one is credited for art in the book - add to that the prominant "this is NOT an official publication" inside the cover, and I wonder he the artists even got paid for their work.
I'll try to post some page scans tonight.
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I just did a quick search on the book author, and she seems to be a writer of glossy fan collectable books and teen girl magazines. She wrote fan books for Hillary Duff, Nsync and 98 Degrees that I found on Amazon.com
Here is a bio page on her:
Odd that she would be writing a Transformers book. It takes all kinds I guess.