Amazon Japan have updated with cover images for the upcoming Transformers 30th anniversary special edition CD music collection Transformers Song Masterpiece and the DVD collection of all the show’s many intros, Transformers Music Matrix.
Transformers Music Matrix is a DVD collecting clips of 55 openings and endings across the 30 year history of the franchise. Almost every opening and closing theme is represented – only “Big Bang”, the first Japanese intro theme for Transformers Prime, is unrepresented. There are also some bonus additional tracks, alternate versions of the main intros to the original Generation 1 dub, Masterforce, the second intro and ending to Galaxy Force (Ignition and Growing Up, respectively) and Transformers Go. These bonus versions are almost certainly in respect of the fact that these series updated some of their opening and closing animations mid-season while keeping the same theme song. So other than Big Bang, this DVD seems to be a good representation of 30 years of Transformers cartoons. The cover features a montage of all the main Cybertron commanders from Generation 1 through to Zone.
Transformers Song Masterpiece is a similar deal, except as a four disc CD collection collecting the full-length Japanese songs for nearly every single Transformers opening and closing theme. The only absence again is “Big Bang”. The cover to this one features Optimus Prime / Convoy in a stoic pose, with the rest of the label strongly inspired by the look of the Masterpiece toy packaging.
Both the CD boxed set and the DVD are due to release in Japan on September 17th – the 30th anniversary to the day of the premiere of the airing of the first Transformers cartoon.