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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.

Hasbro today announced that it has signed publishing agreements with becker&mayer and IDW Publishing, and reached agreement in principal with Little, Brown Books for Young Children, to create and publish collectible gift books that blend unique storytelling with exclusive art based on the TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY brands. Books will begin to arrive into the marketplace for the summer/winter season, and expand upon the robust publishing program for both of these brands.

Transformers: Exiles is out in stores today! The second book by author Alex Irvine continues where Transformers: Exodus leaves off. This one goes deep into the core of the rivalry between the factions. Unveiling the origins of the conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons. The book explores the explosive events that unfolded before Optimus and Megatron arrived on Earth. Could this be the story we have all been waiting for? We will be reading this book with much hopes for More than Meets the Eye.

A new series of Transformers children's books will launch starting with the Switching Gears in October from Ryder Windham. The book is a brand-new series and "Secrets are uncovered in the Nevada desert when a boy witnesses two Transformers arrive on Earth." Mr. Windham is a veteran of children's books for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchise. No further information is available at this point, but the book is set for and October 31st and will span 224 pages. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

The Transformers Vault book has been billed as the book that "reveals the complete story of the Transformers, everyone's favorite robots in disguise." A video by publisher Abrams Books is providing a minute overview of the book is out just in time for you to decide whether or not you should buy the book from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer. Based on this preview, this book is looking quite impressive. The book is by Pablo Hidalgo with a Foreword by Peter Cullen with a price of $35.00. Read all about the book in our previous report and take a look at the video embedded after the jump.

Looks like there's an officially licensed by Hasbro book coming our way. Transformers Vault: The Complete Transformers Universe reveals, for the first time ever, a comprehensive history of the Transformers. Written by Pablo Hidalgo with a foreword by Peter Cullen. This book will be released May 20, 2011 for about $35 MSRP, Amazon has it for $18.80 right now. Check out more details about the book after the jump.

From Disciples of Boltax by Jimtron: As promised, the last part of the Hasbro Briefing Binder. These pages were loose and in the front of the binder. The most interesting bits here are the more finalized character model for Chip Chase, which I featured yesterday on the blog as an Ark Addendum, and a section on the 1985 products coming down the pike. In addition to the usual suspects, four (yup, four) Dinobots, Shockwave, Insecticons, Constructicons, etc, we get a look at Roadbuster and Whirl among other G1 rarities. Read all about it now at boltax.blogspot.com.

Today is Tuesday, and that means an Ark Addendum. I was in the middle of a series on the Predacons, but I thought I'd interrupt it to bring out some a-listers. Today we're covering Chip Chase and Carly, last name unknown. Carly's heads have previously shown up, but I didn't have a full body model for her until recently. This model, btw, is courtesy of 'lexmc via kjeevahh,' who won the Transformers Bible from the Ron Friedman auctions and was kind enough to share this image with me. Check out all the Carly and Chip action now at boltax.blogspot.com.

Jim Sorrenson has a new Ark Addendum update for your viewing pleasure. Behold the transformation of Triggerhappy! This week's Ark Addendum veers away from the Masterforce backgrounds that Jim's been covering, to showcase another lovely transformation. Yup, it's Triggerhappy, Decepticon (nee Destron) Targetmaster supreme. Check it out now at boltax.blogspot.com

Jim Sorenson has updated his blog Disciples of Boltax with the fifth and final Ark Addendum regarding the Destron base from the Masterforce series. Why not head over to Jim's blog and check it out at http://boltax.blogspot.com/

Amazon has posted a new pre-order page for the novel "Transformers Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron" by Alex Irvine. The update includes an extensive summary of the story as well as changes to the length of book as just 288 pages now. Read the story of the story of Optimus Prime and Megatron before they were enemies!

Just in is news that Del Rey books will be releasing a new science fiction novel based on the Transformers property titled "Transformers: Exodus." The book is being written by author Alex Irvine. What's quite interesting about this book is it is over 350 pages long. So this looks to be something of epic proportions, not just another kids book. One can only ponder the possibilities.

Jim Sorenson has posted the cover of his upcoming book The AllSpark Almanac onto his blog Disciples of Boltax. The cover was originally unveiled on Amazon when the online store began taking pre-orders. Marcelo Matere is responsible for the cover. The book is due out August 15th from IDW Publishing and will be 212 pages in length.

After a sneak peek, the details on the Hasbro Sketchbook Volume 1 (2008) (Approximate Retail Price: $9.99) have been revealed. The Hasbro Design Team has assembled an 80-page bound inaugural sketchbook, featuring art from the designer’s personal sketchbooks and straight from the drawing boards. This sketchbook will only be available at Comic-Con 2008. Supplies are limited. Stay tuned to TFormers and ENI for this and more great news from the the convention!

HPG, the licensing division of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), has signed a broad array of licensing deals with top tier global publishers that have significantly expanded Hasbro’s already robust publishing program, converting more than 25 Hasbro game and toy brands, such as LITTLEST PET SHOP, TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL and MONOPOLY, onto 55 million book titles for adults and children since 2001. These new deals, paired with Hasbro’s many existing agreements, will begin to fill retail shelves worldwide this fall with an assortment of books, from novels to comic books and activity sets. Read More

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