Amazon have updated a new listing for a new “What Is the Story of Transformers?” book scheduled for release this year.
This book is part of the What Is the Story Of? series by publisher Penguin Workshop and aimed to young readers (8-12 years, 112 pages). Read on for the official product description:
Who HQ brings you the stories behind the most beloved characters of our time.
“Autobots, Transform and Roll Out!” Drive along with some of the fiercest fighters ever in this biography of the Transformers that will have young readers ready to jump into action.
Since the 1980s, the Transformers toy line has been defining the lives of children with its mighty heroes. But the Robots in Disguise have morphed into much more than just a toy line! This biography for young readers tells the incredible story of the tiny toys that became blockbuster movie stars, comic book heroes, and more. Ride along with Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron as you learn the history of the Autobots, the Decepticons, and their legendary battles.
Written by Brandon T. Snider this book is scheduled for release on December 6, 2022. You can pre-order it here, and it’s available in paperback, hardcover or Kindle edition.
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I think there’s a certain degree of perception of it as a “placeholder” series only there to make sure there was something on the air and store shelves after the failure to launch of TransTech.
Not that I agree with it, considering it gave us a great toy line and some memorable characters. I just wish more from it got updates beyond Scourge and Sky-Byte.
"Return to greatness".
I never really understood this. I feel like RID01 is more well-regarded and remembered than, say, RID15 or Beast Machines, or even Energon. (though that usually gets lumped in with the UT despite its shitiness)
It also doesn't really line up. Transformers was neither unpopular nor unsuccessful at that time. The movies weren't a "return" to anything, just a huge boon and spike in TFs already rising popularity. If anything it capitalized on greatness.
That's kind of my issue with these TF "information" books and stuff. It's not really telling us, or even the general public, things we don't already know. Leaving out obscure and lesser known entries feels contrary to the entire idea of informing people on a subject they may not know the basics of.
The only things Hasbro really cares about is G1, Beast Wars, the movies, and I guess Armada.
Seeing them refer to the movie era as "Return to Greatness" makes me think they feel like the movies are the only worthwhile thing from that era…
I’m not surprised to see that RiD2001 was left out, as it’s something of the franchise’s red headed stepchild (despite significant toy line success), but the omission of the Aligned continuity is a bit weirder.
That explains why I thought it looked very “G1 manga”. I just recently got the G1 manga from Viz and I kept thinking the Megatron from that image looked like it was pulled straight from the cover of the first Viz volume but I couldn’t find an image inside the manga that corresponded to the one found in WTSOTT.
The folks from the TFWiki Discord have identified these "references" for that image:
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Bumblebee, Starscream, Megatron (body):
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Starscream in mid-transformation:
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Apparently, their main source was Screenrant, so explains a lot.
Written by the guy who did the Kre-O encyclopedia and some rescue bots kids books, among many other kids books.
That 'G2 Megatron' pic is certainly something of an unforced error.
I feel like an information book with inaccurate information kind of fails at its sole purpose.
Since I highly doubt they'd be covered on the 4th page before TFTM, great to see RID shafted once again.
Apparently a considerable portion of the artwork in this book is swiped from a large variety of sources, sometimes to hilarious effect.
I kind of suspect they used an image search for those.
Particularly if you searched for "Super Robot Life-Form Transformers". Which nearly every Transformers series through Armada is some variation of in Japan except for Car Robots and Animated. But if you search for that without the "Legend of the Microns" subtitle, you get almost exclusively G1 images and a lot of manga. (The Beast Wars series leave off the "Robot".)
Great story. I'm very impressed with books and publications like this.