Cybertronian: The Unofficial Transformers Recognition Guide is back!

Cybertronian: The Unofficial Transformers Recognition Guide is back!

Monday, June 29th, 2009 1:38pm CDT

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Yes Jim Sorenson has posted something very interesting on his blog Disciples of Boltax. He posted that the guide "Cybertronian: The Unofficial Transformers Recognition Guide" is being reprinted in Manga style.
To read the original post with photos please click here.

I've just learned that the best English-language guide to Transformers Generation-One toys is going to once again become available. Cybertronian: The Unofficial Transformers Recognition Guide (volumes 1 - 3) are being reformatted as Cybertronian: Unofficial Transformers Guide Pocket Manga #1. This is excellent news! These books are impossible to find and fetch stupidly insane prices on the secondary market. They cover, in exhaustive detail, every Transformer released in the US from 1984 - 1987. All modes and reasonable permutations are present, along with every accessory.

You can see Metroplex 'powered-up' with scramble-city type robots on his arms and legs, or Trypticon connected to Motormaster and Onslaught. Abominus' unusual posability is demonstrated, and you can see every bit of Fort Max clear as day. It's really a terrific volume if you're at all a fan of the classic toys.

The book also goes into detail about merchandise available at the time and provide brief summaries of some of the television shows and comic issues.

Perhaps the ONLY flaw with this book is that to cover the whole G1 toyline, you need to get five volumes. This repackaging mitigates even that problem. I imagine that the 2nd manga compilation will cover V4-5 plus G2, putting all of these guide pages into just two book. At a price of $15, it's far far far too good to pass up. I pretty much can't recommend this book enough. Buy the Cybertronian now!

June 29th Update:

Doug Dlin, one of the authors, informs me that it's actually closer to the Field Guide, which covers the first three years of toys, with some new material added. So, unlike the Recognition Guide, no merchandise and a little lighter on the text. Still, in my mind, it's the photos that provide the real value and those are present. The book should be out in late July, and there should be some at the SDCC. Doug has also graciously allowed me to show the new cover by Kelsey Shannon. Obviously Transformers and all related characters are owned by Hasbro, but this specific cover image is copyright Antarctic Press, used with permission.

He also posts a link to the first volume on amazon.

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Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Re: Cybertronian: The Unofficial Transformers Recognition Guide is back! (944777)
Posted by Metroplex79 on June 29th, 2009 @ 2:20pm CDT
Oh for bootin' up cold!!!

I already have:
-Transmanual 1
-Transmanual 2
-Lee's Guide to Collecting Loose Figures-Volume 2
-Lee's Guide to Collecting Loose Figures-Volume 3
-Cybertronian TRG Unofficial Transformers Guide-Volume 6
-"Warman's Transformers Field Guide: Identification and Values" by Mark Bellomo
-"Transformers Identification and Price Guide" by Mark-Bellomo (the one with flashy cover)

:sad: :cry:

Looks like those books are going to have company...
Re: Cybertronian: The Unofficial Transformers Recognition Guide is back! (944866)
Posted by JazZeke on June 29th, 2009 @ 4:17pm CDT
Sweet. I have the first volume of The Cybertronian Index and that thing is just fun to page through. I just wish they would include picture of the accessories each figure has. For G1 collectors, that would be an invaluable tool.
Re: Cybertronian: The Unofficial Transformers Recognition Guide is back! (944886)
Posted by Windsweeper on June 29th, 2009 @ 4:29pm CDT
I have nearly all of the original editions bar the final Beast Wars edition. They are fantastic books. Pics of the accessories and full versions of the tech specs.

Even mentions the switcheroo between Starscream and Skywarp and shows you how to calculate Scorponok's proper tech specs as opposed to the grossly incorrect ones on the box which gave him a strength of about 2.

There were TF's that I had since childhood and he managed to reveal things about the toys that I didn't know.

Would love to see him continue the series with the likes of Armada and the Movie line. Maybe a special edition that goes into Euro exclusives, Machine Wars or Robotmasters.

Seriously great books, can't praise them enough.

Hard to get though. Only got the edition with Powermaster Prime last year after 5 years of searching Ebay.
Re: Cybertronian: The Unofficial Transformers Recognition Guide is back! (945076)
Posted by OptimusShr on June 29th, 2009 @ 8:26pm CDT
Awesome news! I got the first two volumes but not the others. They are excellent books with lots of great information and pictures. Pick this up if you haven't already, this is a steal at 15 bucks!

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