Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette

Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 8:49am CDT

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I received my first delivery yesterday morning, so I've decided to pen a little review for you lucky people.

I'll start off by saying that I've bought the full subscription, with the intention of continuing to see this through right to the very end. I currently have a DeAgostini 'Build the Millennium Falcon' subscription that'll be finishing up in December, and this is half the price of that, so it'll fill that gap quite nicely. This means I'm entitled to get the 5 free subscription gifts, and issue #3 free. I started my subscription with issue 1, so I'll be receiving the first of the free subscription gifts with my second delivery.

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The contents of my box is follows:
1 copy of volume 6 - Target 2006 (Marvel UK)
1 copy of volume 36 - Stormbringer (IDW)
1 leaflet

I was surprised here, immediately, as I was expecting to get both a book and a magazine for each issue. The book being purely the comics, and an accompanying magazine for each with all the features mentioned in the ad. In actual fact, these features are all contained within the volumes themselves. I'm a little bit mixed in my feelings on this, having them interspersed with the story is a little invasive, but not so invasive that they're placed in the middle of the stories. It also helps that the features are usually tied directly to the main stories as well, so rather than digging out the magazine and then matching volume, it's all in the one place. I do feel that the books would benefit from a contents page however, as it's difficult to find where specific issues and features are within the books, but seeing as this would've required printing numbers on the pages, I can see why they avoided this.

The leaflet details much the same as what was on the website, but with a nice little added bonus which I was not expecting: it folds out into a massive poster of some beautiful painted '84 G1 promo art. The artwork in question is a really interesting a curious piece as it features Bluestreak and the Constructicons in their Diaclone colours, along with a neat little cameo by a police decco Lamborghini, which I assume must be Clamp Down? He's missing the super-charger engine to be police-streaker. At any rate, this picture is a relic in itself of a time very early in the brand's history, before the character models, and toy colours were finalised. I'm going to have a real hard time finding a frame big enough for this bad-boy, but it is definitely going up on the wall.

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Onto the books themselves. I'm immediately impressed by the size of them. They're large, thick, hardback volumes much bigger than the glossy, floppy collected edition volumes I'm currently used to collecting. The paper inside is of a nice thick matte finish stock, that has sort of a waxed paper feel to it. The construction of them is definitely of a level of quality that exceeds expectations. This, for me, instantly justifies the price of admission, as it works out at about £10 each, free delivery, for each of these, fortnightly. So £20 a month if you're paying by direct-debit.

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The cover art is a little plain, but it's uniform across the volumes. Featuring one character prominently, with faded out image below the title featuring art from the pages of the comics within that particular volume. It definitely helps to tie the volumes together as one coherent set. The wide spines also help deliver the large mural-style artwork shown a bit more coherently as well.

It's important to mention a particular detail of the spines at this point, the numbering system. You won't get Volume 1 first. The books are arranged in order of original printing. That means Getting Target 2006 and Stormbringer for the sake of story and era diversity across the collection gives us Volume 6 & 36 respectively. It also means if you're in it for the long run, you won't see the spine art slowly printed sideways across your shelves, rather, it'll appear in slivers and slowly fill out over the course of 120 weeks.

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Moving on to the content. The quality of printing in the books is flawless. I'd wondered if they'd attempt to create a stepped colour print, giving that sort of misaligned layers feel that the colours of the original comics might have had in hand. But no such nostalgia bombs here. Everything is clean and crisp. Incredibly, we not only get the full story advertised on the cover, but we also get bonus issues in the mix. Target 2006 contains the original Marvel UK #78-88 run of that story-line, as well as including Marvel US #21-23. We even get a few of the non-story pages from the original comics, for example 2 full page biographies on Ultra Magnus and Galvatron. Stormbringer collects that miniseries, along with the Spotlight issues for Soundwave, Shockwave, Hot Rod and Nightbeat. This starts to explain a little bit of the thickness.

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I must mention that also included are newly coloured stories, which have only ever been printed in black & white before, only, I'm not quite up to scratch with my education in the Marvel comics, so I couldn't tell you which ones these are. I would have thought they'd stick out like a sore thumb, but either, there are none in these 2 volumes, or every effort has been taken by the colourist to make sure that the new inks match the style and tones of the original colourists.

As for original features, Vol. 6 Gives us and introduction with a little information about the goings on behind the scenes at Marvel UK at time of original print and a cover gallery of all the issues contained within. Then we get a few pages of editorial on Transformers the Movie, which actually includes a review written by Grimlock from when he was still running Grim Grams, back in the day. We also get a few brief character profiles of the full original wreckers line-up and finish up with another 3 pages on the history of Marvel UK and a short spotlight on Marvel UK artist Geoff Senior.

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Vol. 36 has an introduction written by Simon Furman, an editorial on the creation of the IDW universe, then a whole lot of pages from inside the sketchbook of Don Figueroa, showcasing character models and alt modes he designed for the early IDW run.

There's a lot here. A whole bunch. In terms of what you're getting for your money, these volumes are above and beyond value, and I heartily endorse it to anyone who's on the shelf to at least give the first issue a shot at the trial price.

Final Score:
:WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: / :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS:


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Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1830048)
Posted by Wheeljack808 on October 2nd, 2016 @ 11:59am CDT
I cannot begin to describe how irritated I am that thus is UK exclusive.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1830090)
Posted by Easy Tiger on October 2nd, 2016 @ 4:24pm CDT
They've made the same mistake on the bios that they've made on the website!

Jazz's bio has a picture of Prowl. Hopefully this isn't indicative of the quality control throughout.

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Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1830092)
Posted by Kurona on October 2nd, 2016 @ 4:32pm CDT
Mine hasn't arrived yet. Maybe they do Scotland later than England?
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1830166)
Posted by Prime Nova on October 3rd, 2016 @ 1:43am CDT
It is available in a few different areas - with oversea details on the inner page. But not covering US. But you don't get the cardboard backing.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1830206)
Posted by Mangamike on October 3rd, 2016 @ 8:03am CDT
OMG I really wish they would release this in the US, I have been wanting something like this for a long time.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1830207)
Posted by MemphisR56 on October 3rd, 2016 @ 8:10am CDT
Edited my review, because it still contained typos, grammatical errors and gratuitous mis-use of commas as pauses. It's still grammatically awful, but at least I'll be able to live with it now.

I care about these things. >:oP

Good spot on the Prowl photo where it says Jazz. I completely overlooked this one. :lol: In all honesty I didn't even read through the leaflet, because it just looked lifted 100% from the website, even in terms of page layout.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1830210)
Posted by Kurona on October 3rd, 2016 @ 8:23am CDT
Arrived just under an hour ago.
Been reading through Stormbringer and it's really wonderful. I haven't much to say yet - only read through Stormbringer 1 and the preceding spotlights - but I've gotta say I was pleasantly surprised with the hardcover; wasn't expecting that. It's just so beautiful and gives this sort of... premium feel.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1830227)
Posted by MemphisR56 on October 3rd, 2016 @ 9:32am CDT
Kurona wrote:Arrived just under an hour ago.
Been reading through Stormbringer and it's really wonderful. I haven't much to say yet - only read through Stormbringer 1 and the preceding spotlights - but I've gotta say I was pleasantly surprised with the hardcover; wasn't expecting that. It's just so beautiful and gives this sort of... premium feel.


Same here, the size and weight of it in hand was really a pleasant surprise.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842415)
Posted by Va'al on November 21st, 2016 @ 4:40am CST
Fellow Seibertronian MemphisR56, who provided us with an excellent review of the Hachette Definitive G1 Comics Collection, has some odd and disappointing news from the subscription service, which we're reporting in full below. The message accompanies the second delivery of the subscription service, and seems to claim that the project is currently on hold, though not definitely cancelled - but still, this seems to go against what we had known from the initial news of the run. Read along, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub.

The smaller than expected box came with no free gifts, just 2 issues,
A note was enclosed, here's a write-up, verbatim:

"Dear Subscriber,

Thankyou for subscribing to Transformers the Definitive G1 Collection.

The limited four-issue run has now come to an end, and we will be looking at the level of interest before making a decision about whether the collection will be launched nationally in the near future.

We would like to thank you for supporting Transformers the Definitive G1 Collection limited run. Your account has not been charged and we are enclosing some additional issues for you free of charge.

We hope that this is to your satisfaction and please look out for exciting titles coming soon from Hachette Partworks.

Kind Regards
Hachette Partworks Ltd."

Very saddening. At no point during the run was it implied this would be a limited run to gauge interest so I can only surmise that there weren't enough subscriptions or sales on the first 2 issues for it to be a financially viable project and they've dropped it. But then again, you never know, right? Sometimes these partworks companies will rework the product and bring it out better than before for a second try.

I really wanted that coffee mug. : /
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842416)
Posted by Kurona on November 21st, 2016 @ 4:47am CST
Was wondering why I wasn't getting any more issues... that's a shame.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842417)
Posted by Danxdub on November 21st, 2016 @ 4:51am CST
There was an extra note in the inside cover of one of my volumes saying the same thing but offering a "free gift" for subscribing as a thank you if you sent in your proof of purchase.
Maybe that's the subscriber gifts?
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842421)
Posted by MemphisR56 on November 21st, 2016 @ 6:13am CST
I'd kept my issues sealed so I hadn't noticed, but sure enough, it was inside the cover of Vol. 18.

"Dear Reader,

Thankyou for purchasing transformers the definitive g1 collections.

This limited four-issue run has now come to an end and we will be looking at the level of interest before making a decision about whether the collection will be launched nationally in the near future.

As a thankyou for supporting the transformers definitive g1 collection limited run, we would like to offer you a free gift. To recieve this free gift, simply send proof of purchase of the issues to the address below. Please remember to include your name and address.

Transformers collection
PO BOX 77
Jarrow
NE32 3BR

We hope that this is to your satisfaction and please look out for exciting titles coming soon from hachette partworks.

Yours faithfully,

Hachette Partworks

Alternatively,if you wish, we can offer you a refund on the issues you have purchased. Simply send proof if purchase to the address above. The above information relates to the UK only."

Well, i'm gonna be turning the house upside down looking for my reciepts : /. Wonder if they'll accept a printout of my confirmation emails. Good thing I kept them.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842423)
Posted by wwelliott on November 21st, 2016 @ 7:09am CST
Well, I'm rather miffed! I've never even seen the first volume - chased them up a couple of times, and was told most recently that I'd not received anything as they'd run out of stock. I'd hoped that at least meant that the full run would be viable, as it is looks like I'll get nothing.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842430)
Posted by BotsNotPlots on November 21st, 2016 @ 8:49am CST
First time posting as I thought I'd share my experience with a previous Hachette series.
A few years ago Hachette released a few issues of Marvels Mightiest Heroes and then stopped. I looked everywhere to get more than the single issue I had. Then, a year or so later the series began again, with the same issues and cover art, but with DIFFERENT spine art.

I think these initial issues are actually testing the water, so maybe expect the full series in a year? The downside is if anyone has already got the first four issues and they want the complete spine art, then chances are they'll have to rebuy them.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842431)
Posted by wwelliott on November 21st, 2016 @ 9:03am CST
Ah - After I posted on here earlier I emailed them to ask what's happening. They've said that they will send me the four issues that have already been sent out - when they launch nationally! So hopefully this is still happening. No more info than that though.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842435)
Posted by DR0hNO on November 21st, 2016 @ 9:21am CST
when did the collection start? becuase ive not seen a single issue in WHSmiths or outher newsagents at all.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842444)
Posted by BotsNotPlots on November 21st, 2016 @ 9:55am CST
I think it was some kind of pilot scheme, so would have only been in a select few places, as well as the online site.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842447)
Posted by MemphisR56 on November 21st, 2016 @ 9:58am CST
DR0hNO wrote:when did the collection start? becuase ive not seen a single issue in WHSmiths or outher newsagents at all.


I know fromthe the deagostini sets that sometimes they reease test runs only to certain parts of thethe country. Maybe this is just that, orso it's only been releasedrelease as an online subscription so far.

Did anyone find issue 1 at least at brick and mortar?
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842473)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on November 21st, 2016 @ 11:28am CST
Didn't even know this had started. Hadn't seen any issues.
Re: Review - Transformers: The Definitive G1 Comics Collection Subscription by Hachette (1842495)
Posted by dragons on November 21st, 2016 @ 1:40pm CST
Glad I couldn't subscribe I be ticked find this out those people better get refund or keep making new books

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