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Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order

Transformers News: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order

Monday, June 24th, 2013 11:09PM CDT

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Amazon has listed their pre-order the Transformers: The Covenant of Primus. This deluxe edition hardback offers a look into the early history and mythos of the Transformers, features never seen before and newly commissioned art, and comes in an interlocking Autobot symbol case with transforming sound effects. The retail price is listed at $99.99, but is currently listed for pre-order at $48.82 with free shipping. The book is scheduled to release on December 10th.

Transformers: The Covenant of Primus [Deluxe Edition] [Hardcover]

We also have video teaser for the book, take a look below:



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Book Description
Release date: December 10, 2013

The Covenant of Primus delves into the depths of Transformers mythology to reveal the backstory that’s previously only been hinted at.

Encased in an interlocking Autobot emblem that when pulled open emits Transformer sounds, this tome is a gift to humans from Alpha Trion, one of the ancient Thirteen Primes—the first of the Transformers. Little is known about Alpha Trion, and the rest of the Thirteen Primes have been shrouded in mystery—until now. The Covenant of Primus reveals the stories of these ancient heroes for the first time. It chronicles the saga of Optimus Prime and Megatron and covers the full history of the Transformers. Never-before-seen illustrations depict battles, portraits of the Thirteen Primes, and detailed scenes of the Transformers’ world. Offering insight into their origins, the Golden Age of exploration, the great civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons, and much more, this book is the definitive in-world history of the Transformers.

Product Features:

  • Autobot shield case with three-part interlocking manual opening system and three classic Transformers audio effects
  • Hardcover book with newly commissioned cover art, 20 newly commissioned illustrations, and many never-before-seen images from the Hasbro archive


About the Author

Justina Robson was born in Yorkshire, England in 1968 and grew up watching the original Transformers TV series. After completing school, she dropped out of Art College, then studied philosophy and linguistics at York University. She sold her first novel in 1999. Since then she has won the 2000 Amazon UK Writers’ Bursary Award. She has also been a student (1992) and a teacher (2002, 2006) at the Arvon Foundation in the UK, a center for the development and promotion of all kinds of creative writing. She was a student at Clarion West, the US boot camp for science fiction and fantasy writers, in 1996. Her books have been variously shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Best Novel Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Philip K. Dick Award and the John W. Campbell Award. An anthology of her short fiction, “Heliotrope,” was published in 2012. In 2004, Justina was a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke Award on behalf of the Science Fiction Foundation. Her novels and stories range widely over science fiction and fantasy, often in combination and often featuring AIs and machines who aren’t exactly what they seem. She still lives in t’North of England with her partner and three children and a cat.

Product Details
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: 47North (December 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477805990
ISBN-13: 978-1477805992
Credit(s): Amazon
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Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497789)
Posted by Mkall on June 24th, 2013 @ 11:41pm CDT
Preordered! I'm very excited for this book. I can't wait to read up on all the tales of TF yore.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497795)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on June 25th, 2013 @ 12:44am CDT
now if there was a decepticon version id be all over it but theres not so ill pass for now. as cool as that case is i have no room for it nor do i have $50 to spend on a book.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497810)
Posted by Hypershock on June 25th, 2013 @ 2:26am CDT
Wow, i really dig this :D this seems like those Star Wars Essential guides, and those are the kinds of things i'm really into. Bring me this book!!
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497818)
Posted by Sodan-1 on June 25th, 2013 @ 4:36am CDT
YAY!!! Managed to place a pre-order for delivery to the UK. Stupid Amazon UK not having it listed. They'd probably charge £130 for it anyway. :roll:

I can't wait.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497823)
Posted by Arctorro on June 25th, 2013 @ 5:08am CDT
Pre-ordered! Estimated $16 shipping to the Wonderful World of OZ, lets hope that doesn't change...
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497836)
Posted by reluctantyouth on June 25th, 2013 @ 6:46am CDT
Observing my first brain surgery today :shock: :michaelbay: , watched the Metroplex review, and now pre-ordered this awesome collector piece. It is a glorious day to let my inner geek flag fly! Love it! :BOT:
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497844)
Posted by megatronus on June 25th, 2013 @ 8:30am CDT
That is a definite preorder.

As TF fans, I feel like we are generally deprived of the omnibus-type guides other, more mainstream fandoms get. Star Wars, Marvel, DC, etc. Art of FOC was the closest thing we had, and that was more about the design, not the substantive mythos. This is a welcome, welcome tome.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497888)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 25th, 2013 @ 10:31am CDT
Just watched the video preview.

WOOOOOHOOOOOO! It uses footage from both the WFC/FOC games and the Prime cartoon together! Homogenizing continuity FTW!
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497927)
Posted by VirusCarnage on June 25th, 2013 @ 12:29pm CDT
Definitely will be preordering this soon
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497933)
Posted by Erailea on June 25th, 2013 @ 1:05pm CDT
Bummed I couldn't snag it at the $49, but I still managed to pre-order it at $60. A bit pricey, I think, considering it's not even 200 pages long, but ah well. The electronic case is probably a hefty part of the price tag.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497941)
Posted by jimclancy on June 25th, 2013 @ 1:39pm CDT
And now it's $60.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497953)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 25th, 2013 @ 2:44pm CDT
jimclancy wrote:And now it's $60.
Weird. It was still 50% off earlier this morning.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497956)
Posted by megatronus on June 25th, 2013 @ 3:02pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
jimclancy wrote:And now it's $60.
Weird. It was still 50% off earlier this morning.


That's how Amazon works. Once a product's preorders spike, they lower the discount/hike the price. They closely watch that activity.

Their wholesale cost is only between 50-55% off retail for most publishers, so the early discount allows them to get some customer data and make sure the book appears in their automation/personalization engine (recommendations: "people who bought X also bought Y").

It's a dastardly machine. Just glad I got my preorder in this morning.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1497982)
Posted by craggy on June 25th, 2013 @ 5:16pm CDT
:( well...even for $60 it's still tempting. much better than the MSRP of $100. Wonder how the shipping will be from US to UK, on something so stupidly large?
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1498021)
Posted by KnightStrike on June 25th, 2013 @ 10:04pm CDT
Well crap. Saw it was $48 this morning and was elated that I would actually be able to afford this since I had written it off wehn they announced the $100 price. I started to pre-order this morning, but was running behind and figured I would get to it after work as I was still debating whether I could fit it in my budget right now. Now its gone from $48 to $60, so now its back burnered for me. May try to work it in the budget later if it doesn't continue to climb in price.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1498023)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 25th, 2013 @ 10:17pm CDT
KnightStrike wrote:Well crap. Saw it was $48 this morning and was elated that I would actually be able to afford this since I had written it off wehn they announced the $100 price. I started to pre-order this morning, but was running behind and figured I would get to it after work as I was still debating whether I could fit it in my budget right now. Now its gone from $48 to $60, so now its back burnered for me. May try to work it in the budget later if it doesn't continue to climb in price.
Thing is, they don't charge you for preorders until the actual release date. So had you preordered it right away, you wouldn't have been charged for it until December, ample time to save up for it.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1498070)
Posted by KnightStrike on June 26th, 2013 @ 6:18am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
KnightStrike wrote:Well crap. Saw it was $48 this morning and was elated that I would actually be able to afford this since I had written it off wehn they announced the $100 price. I started to pre-order this morning, but was running behind and figured I would get to it after work as I was still debating whether I could fit it in my budget right now. Now its gone from $48 to $60, so now its back burnered for me. May try to work it in the budget later if it doesn't continue to climb in price.
Thing is, they don't charge you for preorders until the actual release date. So had you preordered it right away, you wouldn't have been charged for it until December, ample time to save up for it.


True, but I use a debit card and like to have the money on hand when pre-ordering things so I stay in the black on my budget, especially with Metroplex, the Hasbro MP Soundwave, and all the 3rd party items coming down the pike in the near future :) My wallet is developing cash reflux disease! The Covenant is still a much better deal at $60 than $100, I just figured the price would stay where it was longer.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1505129)
Posted by Va'al on July 20th, 2013 @ 12:49pm CDT
I just watched the trailer again. Drooling.



Also, is it just me, or is there a snippet from the Star Trek (2009) main theme at 00:34?
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1505278)
Posted by Arctorro on July 21st, 2013 @ 4:57am CDT
Va'al wrote:I just watched the trailer again. Drooling.

Also, is it just me, or is there a snippet from the Star Trek (2009) main theme at 00:34?
It is kinda hard to not drool while watching that! :D

Didn't notice anything at 00:34, though I am usually very distracted at that point :-?
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1505286)
Posted by Va'al on July 21st, 2013 @ 5:24am CDT
Covenant Trailer:
http://youtu.be/M9syJ-c-L0c?t=33s

vs

Star Trek Theme (Michael Giacchino):
http://youtu.be/EMu5jP2-c5U?t=37s
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1505611)
Posted by craggy on July 22nd, 2013 @ 6:56pm CDT
it's on Amazon.co.uk right now.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1505617)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 22nd, 2013 @ 7:15pm CDT
craggy wrote:it's on Amazon.co.uk right now.
For sale or pre-order?
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1505667)
Posted by Va'al on July 23rd, 2013 @ 12:57am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
craggy wrote:it's on Amazon.co.uk right now.
For sale or pre-order?


Pre-order: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transformers-Co ... ant+primus
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1505714)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 23rd, 2013 @ 9:41am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
craggy wrote:it's on Amazon.co.uk right now.
For sale or pre-order?


Pre-order: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transformers-Co ... ant+primus
Thanks.

Amazon.com's the less expensive route for me.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1533096)
Posted by Ω Sentinel ζ Prime on December 3rd, 2013 @ 3:59pm CST
So who got this? It came out today. Dish.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1533099)
Posted by Va'al on December 3rd, 2013 @ 4:29pm CST
Ω Sentinel ζ Prime wrote:So who got this? It came out today. Dish.


10th of December, says on mine. :-?
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1533109)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 3rd, 2013 @ 5:27pm CST
Va'al wrote:
Ω Sentinel ζ Prime wrote:So who got this? It came out today. Dish.


10th of December, says on mine. :-?
Literally just checked my preorder right before coming to this page by sheer coincidence. :shock: But yeah, mine says Dec. 10th as well. One more week to wait.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534126)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 9th, 2013 @ 9:58pm CST
In Transit : On Schedule
Expected delivery: Thursday, December 12, 2013, by 8:00pm

Your package has left Amazon facility and is in transit
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534175)
Posted by Va'al on December 10th, 2013 @ 4:27am CST
Courtesy of Seibertron.com users Asepticon and Sabrblade, we now have confirmation that the collectable book-with-box Transformers: The Covenant of Primus, which brings together reams and reams of Aligned continuity material, from art to concepts to mythology, is starting to ship! For those of you who have pre-ordered it, keep an eye out for a delivery - for everyone else, take a look at the trailer again, or check out what one of the contributors Ken Christiansen had to say about it here.

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Thank you for shopping with us. We thought you'd like to know that we shipped your item, and that this completes your order. Your order is on its way, and can no longer be changed. If you need to return an item from this shipment or manage other orders, please visit Your Orders on Amazon.com.


In Transit : On Schedule
Expected delivery: Thursday, December 12, 2013, by 8:00pm

Your package has left Amazon facility and is in transit
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534195)
Posted by Dead Metal on December 10th, 2013 @ 7:28am CST
I cannot wait, this will be amazing to read/ gaze at.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534196)
Posted by megatronus on December 10th, 2013 @ 7:30am CST
I've been looking forward to this - so happy I locked in a fantastic preorder price!
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534197)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 10th, 2013 @ 7:34am CST
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534279)
Posted by Va'al on December 10th, 2013 @ 1:23pm CST
Courtesy of Seibertron.com member Mkall, we have some more information on the Covenant of Primus, including some photos! As reported earlier, the item is on its way for most who pre-ordered, so look out for deliveries soon. Check out what Mkall has to say and show below, including a 'mysterious last page'!

Author: Justina Robson

Artists: Ken Christiansen, Emiliano Santalucia, Livio Ramondelli, Casey Coller

There is a switch on the underside to control volume of the sound: High, Low, and None.

I love the artwork of the 13 Primes, there's a couple full-page spreads but not as many as I would've liked to have seen. As far as I can tell, it's all new to this book; nothing reused from other sources. Some of it seems very IDW-inspired, but I suspect that's because some of the artists have worked on both projects.

Table of contents:
1.The Thirteen Primes
2.The Expulsion of Unicron
3.The War of the Primes
4.The Age of Evolution
5.The Age of Origins
6.The Age of Wrath
7.The Golden Age
8.The Age of Rust
9.The Great War
10.Exodus
11.Earthfall


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Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534280)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 10th, 2013 @ 1:26pm CST
The Age of Rust? Would that be what the era of the Caste System was called, I wonder?
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534282)
Posted by ScottyP on December 10th, 2013 @ 1:45pm CST
Looks so cool. Very excited for this release!
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534284)
Posted by Mindmaster on December 10th, 2013 @ 2:03pm CST
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Sabrblade! JelZe! We need you!
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534285)
Posted by Mkall on December 10th, 2013 @ 2:03pm CST
Someone needs to make posters of the 13 Primes. The art is seriously bad-ass.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534286)
Posted by megatronus on December 10th, 2013 @ 2:05pm CST
C'mon Amazon... ship mine already...
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534287)
Posted by Dead Metal on December 10th, 2013 @ 2:08pm CST
How about a size comparison? Damn, I want to read this now.

And if they do prints or posters based on the art, I want that Unicron.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534288)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 10th, 2013 @ 2:11pm CST
Mindmaster wrote:Image

Sabrblade! JelZe! We need you!
You need us? We need Chris McFeely! ;)

Looks to at least be "Ancient Autobot" text.

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Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534297)
Posted by Va'al on December 10th, 2013 @ 3:01pm CST
Mkall, does it show the Thirteenth Prime properly, or did they do a mystery thing about that too? And what do we see Megatronus both pre- and post-Fallen mode?
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534308)
Posted by Hypershock on December 10th, 2013 @ 3:42pm CST
awwww man, they gave you the cybertronian version instead of english, send it back!
lolz
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534309)
Posted by Mkall on December 10th, 2013 @ 3:42pm CST
It's not "The Thirteenth Prime." His name is Thirteen (always italicized) and yes, we do have an image of him.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534310)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 10th, 2013 @ 3:42pm CST
Okay, after some repeated attempts to crack this code, I don't think it's Ancient Autobot, guys.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534312)
Posted by Va'al on December 10th, 2013 @ 3:49pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Okay, after some repeated attempts to crack this code, I don't think it's Ancient Autobot, guys.


Yeah, same. The symbols don't fit. 8-}
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534313)
Posted by Va'al on December 10th, 2013 @ 3:50pm CST
Mkall wrote:It's not "The Thirteenth Prime." His name is Thirteen (always italicized) and yes, we do have an image of him.


Aha! Good good.

And about the Fallen?
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Posted by Sabrblade on December 10th, 2013 @ 3:54pm CST
Va'al wrote:
Mkall wrote:It's not "The Thirteenth Prime." His name is Thirteen (always italicized) and yes, we do have an image of him.


Aha! Good good.

And about the Fallen?
I don't have the book yet, but based on the pics of the Primes in this book that we saw glimpses at before, I'm gonna guess that the book will have the pre- and post-Fallen pics of Megatronus that were shown at BotCon 2010 and 2011.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534316)
Posted by 2scraplets1kup on December 10th, 2013 @ 4:00pm CST
SPOILER ALERT, whoa on the amazon.com page, you can get it for 59.99 now free shipping, and when you "look inside" at some of the pages, it says in the Afterword who the 13th Prime was? WHHHAT that doesn't make sense though...
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534317)
Posted by Va'al on December 10th, 2013 @ 4:06pm CST
Just got my confirmation email.
It's going to Italy. From the US. I'll get in January. When I'm in the UK.

Oh, well.. :(

And WHOAH. Scraplets is right! D:
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus Hardcover Available for Pre-Order (1534320)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 10th, 2013 @ 4:14pm CST
Judging from you guys's reactions, I don't even have to look to know who it is. >:oP

And now (still without looking) I'm bummed that it's evidently true. :BANG_HEAD:

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