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Transformers: The Ultimate Guide [Anglais] [Broché]

Simon Furman

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 More Than Meets The Eye 5 juin 2004
Par Bruce Aguilar - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Every Transformer fan, new and old, needs to have this book. People who are only familiar with the newest incarnations can learn how it all started and long time fans will appreciate having a complete chronological account of the phenomonon. The book starts right where it should - before the original toy line or TV show and eplains the history of the Transformers homeworld Cybertron and the beginning of the war between the Autobots and Decepticons. What follows is a detailed examination/explanation of EVERY incarnation of the Transformers up to and including Energon. Character bios, selected show synopsis, toy descriiptions and inner workings of key players are all covered and supported by detailed artwork and photographs. Multiple pages are givin to the Japanese toy line and continunity as well as the US and UK comics, including the latest from Dreamweave. What more could you ask for?
Before reading this book I was skeptical about it's ablity to cover the entire Transformers universe with the detail it demands. Now that I've read all 141 pages, it has become a jewel in my Transformer collection. For once the title "Ultimate Guide" has been used appropriately!
13 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Robots in Disguise 27 mars 2006
Par Gord Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
I was skeptical that this book could deliver, but on opening the cover was immediately drawn in by its graphic spreads and the marriage of art and type. No one could hope to chronicle the multifarious incarnations of Takara's transforming toys; but someone has. No one could untangle all the plot threads weaving through the saga of Cybertron; but someone did. No one could possibly provide an engrossing account of Hasbro's marketing variations or its Sunbow division's many animated series; no one except Furman, himself an astute observer and able author of Transformer comics.

Amazon's low price shifts this book from its intended specialty audience to the wider fringe fandom with some tangential interest in its subject: Seen the transformers movie, or the Armada series or owned an original Optimus Prime. Transformers raised the bar for toys, transforming action figures into complex and intriguing robots, and for cartoons, giving all those blocks of steel individual personalities. Furman's guide will delight the cognoscenti among collectors while opening for the casual reader Takara's transforming world.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This IS The Ultimate Guide!!! 13 mai 2004
Par Joshua Chipman - Publié sur Amazon.com
As a longtime Transfan who hasn't even gotten halfway through this book yet, what can I say but...WOW!!!
I'm well aware of just how comprehensive and attentive to detail DK's series of guide books are - from the Marvel and DC Comics character guides to the Star Wars books, from that super-cool James Bond guide detailing every movie up to 'The World Is Not Enough' to the Lego Book which contained almost every bit of info on the Lego company you could cram into print. But the Transformers guide goes above and beyond to appeal to both the rabid fanbase and those uninitiated in the multiverse of the Robots In Disguise. If you're not a diehard Transfan but are fascinated by that little toy line that became something of a pop-culture phenomenon, then this is the perfect place to acquaint yourself with the Transformers saga.
For starters, the first part of the book deals primarily with the story that started it all - the Generation One saga. And it's pretty expansive. Everything you could possibly want to know about the Transformers - from the geological makeup of the planet Cybertron to the exact inner workings of Optimus Prime and Megatron themselves, to the personalities that make up the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons - is covered here in glorious full-color detail. Veteran TF scribe Simon Furman was the right man to put in charge of cataloguing every little detail, smartly melding elements of both Marvel Comics' continuity and that of the G1 cartoon AND the newer Dreamwave Productions comics into one cohesive timeline. Furman does pick a little at the continuity conflicts and errors that have cropped up in the past twenty years of the franchise, but it's largely unimportant as the most critical elements are still covered. And there are some elements injected therein that even a Transfan would crack a smile at: Macadams Old Oil House, for one (complete with a transforming bartender who more or less looks like an Old West barkeep in robot mode), and even a chapter outlining Optimus Prime's many deaths and resurrections (I'm not sure, but I think only Dracula has come back from the dead more times).
But there's more. The book also covers the ill-fated Generation 2 segment of the franchise, the Beast Wars days and Beast Machines, Robots In Disguise and even the Armada-Energon continuity, all with the same depth and informative style, although not nearly as much as G1 given the rapid succession of these later series. And apart from character schematics, historical data and episode synopses galore, the book also hits upon the toys themselves, detailing some of the greats and even touching upon their Japanese upbringing in lengthy exposition. It allows for a great sense of prehistory to the Transformers franchise, explaining how the original G1 line was culled together from figures included in a multitude of toy lines released in Japan by Takara.
The comic book continuities are not left out, either, making up quite a bit of the foundation of the G1 backstory. Publishers and entire story arcs are referenced here, as are some of the defining personalities who helped flesh out an ever-growing mythology - from original TF writer Bob Budiansky to innovative TF artist Don Figueroa. There are segments dealing with both Marvel's American comic and its UK counterpart (both written, at one point, by Simon Furman, which gives him further credential for bringing this thing together).
But I would be remiss if I did not mention some of the more tantalizing, more mystic aspects of the Transformers saga brought up in this volume. Specifically, the origin of Cybertron itself, and of the everlasting duel between the heralds Unicron and Primus. Their struggle adds something not expected in a toy brand involving robotic characters: a defined mythology to their world. The Transformers' religious reverence for their origins highlights another dimension to the saga that, in the big picture, may enable the unseasoned reader to understand why these big lugs continue to ignite the 'sparks' of countless legions of fans.
When they say the Transformers are 'more than meets the eye', you'd better believe it...and if you don't, get this book. Kids will be drawn in by the outstanding graphics, and the young-at-heart who enjoy all things sci-fi and fantasy-related will not be disappointed. It's worth ever penny.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 You lost me at "Ultimate" 2 février 2005
Par Bobble - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When looking at an item such as this you have to factor in three things:

1. Transformers (or any toy, TV show, movie, etc. with a fan base) is personal. Not everyone will like everything all the time and what one thinks is fantastic another will hate.

2. A writer makes promises to his/her reader that should be kept. Mr. Furman tried, but fell flat. Let me explain with some selling points from the back of the book: "Cross-section artworks of the inner mechanics of the TRANSFORMERS". Yes, both of them..there is only 2 such drawings in the entire book (Prime and Megatron) and there are fairly forced explainations of the inner workings. "Extensive reviews of the toy lines, TV series, and comic book chronologies". These are extremely brief..2 pages for the TV series season one (12 episode recap with scarcely more than a paragraph each), 2 pages for season 2 (12 episodes, again the same), 2 pages for the Marvel series (issues 1-37). 37 comic issues in 2 pages is an "extensive review"??? Add to this a quote from page 8: "The saga has spawned many inconsistencies and divergent storylines, but now, at last, the one true history can be revealed". Guess what Furman was referring to...yep, Furman's comic script. A tad biased and not really appropriate for a guide that covers all storylines. Another troubling section is the toy coverage seeing that all this *is* based on toys. Let's take Generation 1 for example, only 16 characters are shown in toy form (multiple Primes and Megatrons). Many of the toys actually show paint and sticker wear. This may be a bit unprofessional since it is the "ultimate" guide and they can't get a First Aid with a readable decal?

3. Finally the question: What generation are you? 77 pages are devoted to G1 - G2 and 64 pages are Beast Wars and beyond. People that don't like Beast Wars will be bored with almost half the book and the same for people uninterested in G1. If you are a fan of both then you probably already know 98% of the material presented.

Hope this helps and I apologize if I was harshly negative, but people do expect something top notch when the word "Ultimate" is tossed around.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 NOT QUITE ULTIMATE BUT STILL VERY GOOD. 28 avril 2006
Par Tim Janson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Over twenty years after arriving on American soil the Transformers continue to be one of the most popular toy lines. But more than just a toy line, with some dozen different animated series counting both in the states and in Japan, as well as multiple comic book series, the Transformers also has a rich and colorful history. The Transformers Ultimate Guide covers the toys, comics, and animated shows in this 144 page book that begins with a history of Cyberton and the eons long battle between Primus & Unicron, the light and dark side of the same coin. The book is written by long time Transformers writer Simon Furman. We'll learn of the very first Transformer named Prima, and the civil war on Cybertron, led by Megatron against the unsuspecting Autobots. Sentinel Prime was the first Autobot leader and would be killed by Megatron, and pass on the Matrix to the Transformer who become known as Optimus Prime. A timeline traces the Autobot/Decepticon war right up and including their eventual crash on Earth millions of years ago.

The book tries to provide a little bit of everything but with only 144 pages there has to be some shortcuts taken. The book provides profiles on the major Transformer characters including Optimus, Megatron, Shockwave, Jazz, Bumblebee, Starstream, Ratchet, Skywarp, and Soundwave complete with stats and notes on personality and weaponry. These profiles are interspersed throughout the book where they fit in with the TV shows chronology. Other Transformers featured are the Dinobots, Constructicons, Headmasters, Primus, Unicron, and Pretenders.

The book covers all of the American Transformers TV shows by season but rather than provide a detailed guide to each episode it instead spotlights the most notable episodes from each season. While it would have been great to have complete episode guides to all the shows, such a guide would end up being pretty massive considering the first Transformers show ran for 98 episodes alone. When you toss in Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Armada, Energon, etc..., one can certainly respect the decision to only spotlight a handful of episodes from each season. The bottom line is that with these certain episodes summarized along with a season synopsis you don't feel short changed. The one thing I would have loved, though, would have been some coverage of the Japanese animated shows and the Japan exclusive toys, especially since they are so readily available today thanks to the Internet.

The guide also looks at each of the Comic Book series' including the original Marvel Comics 80 issue run, the Generation 2 series, the UK versions, and the recent Dreamwave revival. Again the book provides a synopsis of key issues. Next we get a whirlwind tour through the Transformers toy line including a rare glimpse at some of the very early Takara Diaclone and Microman toys, such as the mini-Megatron and going right up through G1, G2, Beast Wars, RID, etc... The photography is very well done.

Is it an Ultimate Guide? Well it is very good but to me the ULTIMATE guide would detail every episode of every animated show and show all the toys. I know it's a pipe dream as such a book would have to be massive. But for a good sampling with excellent art ad photography and a concise history of the Transformers, it does a very good job and is a must have for any Transformer fan.

Reviewed by Tim Janson
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