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Mark Bellomo's The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Transformers Action Figures Pre-Order

Postby Va'al » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:50 pm

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Mark Bellomo, who has officially worked for Hasbro and IDW - for the latter, he edits and annotates the reprints and collections of the Marvel US Classics comics - has also released a number of book to do with the toy collecting side of the Transformers fandom. Most recently, he has prepared The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Transformers Action Figures Paperback, which is due this July 5, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com. If vintage toys are your thing, and you'd like the opinion of a long-standing collector on some of the earlier robots, this might just be your cup of Energon tea!

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Re: Mark Bellomo's The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Transformers Action Figures Pre-Order

Postby Amelie » Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:53 am

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Nice to see the thin-nosed G1 Prime gun for a change. Not extending Megatron's cannon arm, however - *shakes head* :-D

Totally getting this as a birthday prezzie next month :)
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Re: Mark Bellomo's The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Transformers Action Figures Pre-Order

Postby Viollustre » Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:12 am

Bellomo's Transformers: Identification and Price Guide remains a holy grail of mine. Since I could not afford any actual vintage G1 TFs, the next best thing was the book containing every single one of them! The clean images and witty commentary really translated that nostalgic feeling of collecting the 80s originals to younger fans of the franchise.

If this could match up to his previous work, as well as mention the IDW canon, I'd be tickled pink!
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Re: Mark Bellomo's The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Transformers Action Figures Pre-Order

Postby Sabrblade » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:26 am

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Is this an official guidebook published under license by Hasbro, or another unofficial one?
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Postby Emerje » Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:43 am

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Sabrblade wrote:Is this an official guidebook published under license by Hasbro, or another unofficial one?


I'm thinking if it were official it would be "the Official Guide" instead of "the Ultimate Guide". Probably use an official logo, too.

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Postby Sabrblade » Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:11 am

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Emerje wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Is this an official guidebook published under license by Hasbro, or another unofficial one?


I'm thinking if it were official it would be "the Official Guide" instead of "the Ultimate Guide". Probably use an official logo, too.

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Simon Furman's "Transformers: The Ultimate Guide" was official.
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Postby Ratbat » Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:56 pm

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In December, I placed my order (via Amazon.com) for The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Transformers Action Figures (scheduled to be released in July). :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Mark Bellomo's The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Transformers Action Figures Pre-Order

Postby Emerje » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:23 am

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Sabrblade wrote:
Emerje wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Is this an official guidebook published under license by Hasbro, or another unofficial one?


I'm thinking if it were official it would be "the Official Guide" instead of "the Ultimate Guide". Probably use an official logo, too.

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Simon Furman's "Transformers: The Ultimate Guide" was official.

Sure, maybe the title alone isn't enough indication, but there was no question of that being official being a DK book with official logo.

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Postby Sabrblade » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:35 am

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Emerje wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Emerje wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Is this an official guidebook published under license by Hasbro, or another unofficial one?


I'm thinking if it were official it would be "the Official Guide" instead of "the Ultimate Guide". Probably use an official logo, too.

Emerje
Simon Furman's "Transformers: The Ultimate Guide" was official.

Sure, maybe the title alone isn't enough indication, but there was no question of that being official being a DK book with official logo.

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Hence my asking if this one is official or unofficial, since it isn't as obvious and since Bellomo has done both official and unofficial TF works.
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Re: Mark Bellomo's The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Transformers Action Figures Pre-Order

Postby Emerje » Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:51 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:Hence my asking if this one is official or unofficial, since it isn't as obvious and since Bellomo has done both official and unofficial TF works.

He did, what, one official art book and around a dozen unofficial price guides including two other Transformers books. I really doubt this one is any different.

Still going to say the logo is the biggest giveaway. While unofficial books will use official and unofficial title fonts, it's unlikely an official Hasbro book would use an unofficial font like that.

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Postby Sabrblade » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:21 pm

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Emerje wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Hence my asking if this one is official or unofficial, since it isn't as obvious and since Bellomo has done both official and unofficial TF works.

He did, what, one official art book and around a dozen unofficial price guides including two other Transformers books. I really doubt this one is any different.
He contributed to every single volume of IDW's reprints of the Marvel G1 comics.
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Postby Emerje » Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:25 am

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Emerje wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Hence my asking if this one is official or unofficial, since it isn't as obvious and since Bellomo has done both official and unofficial TF works.

He did, what, one official art book and around a dozen unofficial price guides including two other Transformers books. I really doubt this one is any different.
He contributed to every single volume of IDW's reprints of the Marvel G1 comics.

That's great, but that's also considerably different work from the dozen or so unofficial guide books he's written.

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