There have been a number of Generation 1 collectors guides over the years. Since I own most of them. I was a little skeptical to hear about another one coming out. What more could there be in this age of the internet and 8 zillion sites online about GeeWun? I am glad to say, I was wrong. The Transformers Identification and Price Guide by Mark Bellomo exceeds. It is a book chocked full of all the toys from 1984 on through to the end of the line in 1990 with series 7. More than just a volumized trip through yesterday. This is a big thick book with page after page of pristine Transformers toys photographed and neatly organized into the proper series and sequence. It's really quite breath taking - as you look at the book you will begin to hyperventilate over how many of these toys you need for your collection. You have been warned. :D
The book by Krause Publications, is a laid in out a large 8.5" x 11" soft cover format at a retail price of $24.95 US / $30.00 Canada. The cover of the book has a red G1 Autobots motif and really sweet lenticular image of Optimus Prime that switches between robot and truck mode. The book is more than a quick reference guide. Filled with over 1200 photos, it presents images and details of each figure grouped into a compendium of toys organized by year and series. Additionally, extra details offer the reader character tech specs, notes specific to each figure as well as estimated secondary-market valuations on the Transformers figure in and out of the box.
What I really like about the book is the author presents each toy in manner that is appealing to both the fan and collector in me. Mark Bellomo identifies and documents the nitty gritty details for every Transformer. He tells us stuff like which ones had die-cast and plastic variations in their production runs. He breaks down valuations by loose or in box, functional electronics and not (where applicable), and more like background data on the voice actors behind the characters and other bits of wisdom you'll find throughout the guide. I know I learned a bunch of stuff just writing this review. ;)
|Date||July 19th 2007|
|Score||(10 out of 10)|
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