Transformers Generations 2009 Vol. 1 got released in Japan. I snagged a copy yesterday and I'm glad that I did. It is a feast for Japanese Transformers fans.
This book is very similar in style and presentation to the Japanese Transformers Collection 2007 book. In fact, this book begins where Transformers Collection 2007 left off.
There are 100 pages of photographs, captions (in Japanese), drawings, and a mini comic. The purpose of the book is to showcase all of the TakaraTomy Transformers from the past two years, which was executed very well. You'll find lots of detailed pictures showing numerous angles and gimmicks for each figure. In some cases, may be too much. Everything is printed on high quality paper, which allows magnificent detail to be shown. Each figure gets 1-4 pages. The book covers Henkei, Alternity, Binaltech, Masterpiece, Encore, Marvel Crossover, and miscellaneous figures like exclusives and branded labels, like Music Label.
Alternity Convoy is the first thing you'll encounter when you open the book. A whopping 10 pages are devoted to him. Takara isn't pulling any stops with this little guy's promotion. Too bad his release date couldn't be as determined. Alternity Megatron is not featured in this book.
The Henkei figures cover all of them from Optimus Prime to Dinobot. Japanese exclusives are also shown. Each figure is displayed in 2-5 shots. A frame with the Hasbro version is included for comparison. The only Henkei figures not included were Red Alert, Smokescreen, and the Minibots (they'll probably be in volume 2).
For the Binaltech & Masterpiece section, expect to see: Arcee, Blue Streak, Argent Meister, Convoy, MP US Edition Starscream, MP Thundercracker, and Grimlock. The details of Grimlock include the transformation process. Sorry...can't give away secrets...
The Encore section is another worthwhile feature. The book covers the figures from Ironhide through Hoist. (Optimus, Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave were covered in Transformers Collection 2007). The cassettes and Bruticus were not included, but they will probably be in the next volume.
The miscellaneous figures include: Disney Label, Music Label, Marvel Crossovers, and Encore exclusives. Chrono Label is not included.
Now for the fun part! The reason why this book is called "Generations" is because it connects all 25 years (And if you’ve been paying attention - you'll also know that is the campaign theme on Takara Transformers website). http://www.takaratomy.co.jp/products/TF/25th/25th.html
So, where the first half of the book focuses on the present; the second half focuses on the past. The entertainment begins with G1 Optimus Prime. Have you ever imagined attending an Optimus Prime party? Take every G1 Optimus Prime ever made (legitimately by Takara & Hasbro) and let them strut around on twelve pages. There are over two dozen Primes, and they all want their picture taken. It's like a Prime convention. What is particularly cool about having all the Primes together for a family reunion is that you can see all the big and small variations between each figure, trailer, andor box. Attendees at this party include Diaclone Prime; 1984&85 Prime (first, second, and third runs); Pepsi exclusives, Goodbye Convoy, Lucky Draw, G2, New Year Specials, Commemorative Series, etc?Eunning all the way up to the present. Prime fans might want to get the book just for this alone.
The other cool feature of this book is the concept art. Some very intriguing, old, and outlandish drawings have been pulled from some dusty archive hidden below Takara's HQ. There are drawings of Powered Convoy (Ultra Magnus) with armor resembling Go-Bot power suits; motorcycles for instance, are used for his arms and legs. Other cool drawings include a Robotech looking Prime featuring a different transformation and a trailer that transforms into a combat vehicle; Mirage, Inferno, and Sludge are also included, in addition to a slew of others you wouldn't recognize.
I highly recommend this book if you are into concept art and like referencing Japanese figures from numerous angles.
TFormers.com has received some official images of some Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen figures. Though most of these toys were showcased during this week's ToyFair, one image stands out among the rest - an in-package photo of the un-named Audi R8 Decepticon, long thought to be a reformated Barricade.
Fans now have official word that this is not the case, and that the R8 is a new character who will go by the name of Sideways.
Seibertron.com’s Toy Gallery Section has been updated with the latest two-pack from theTransformers Animated toy line. To view photos of each figure and their combined form, Safeguard, use the following links:
Toyfair, NYC- GI JOE and TRANSFORMERS brands have been together for quite some time. Spawning various cross-overs, fan fiction, and kitbashes, it's usually hard to talk about one without talking about the other eventually. Both brands even have live action movies set for release this summer.
In that vain, site owner SEIBERTRON recognizing that there may be a fair amount of GI JOE fans and collectors on the site as well (myself included), aims to please by doing his usual stellar job with capturing images for us to drool over. This time the products are the new GI JOE items shown at Toyfair in NYC.
You can view the gallery of Toyfair 2009 GI JOE images here including a lot of movie product and a few items finishing up the Anniversary line. Then join in our discussion of all things modern era GI JOE here.
And of course, then you can always go back and check out all things Transformers seen at Toyfair '09, here.
ACToys has images from the new Transformers Generations book. The book features new and older toys along with artwork and concept drawings. A coupon is included for the mail away figure – Henkei Mirage Electrodisruptor version, as was reported here earlier. Transformers Generations will be released in Japan tomorrow.
e-Hobby has just released two of their popular G1 exclusives: Sunstorm & Megatron Black version. Both of these figures were originally issued several years ago. So if you missed out on them the first time around, here is your chance to snag them. Each figure comes with a mini comic featuring that character. Expect online retailers to receive their shipments soon.
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