In case you haven't heard, the book is out: Transformers Legacy: The Art of Transformers Packaging, by Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster, an officially licensed hardcover release of pretty much all the G1 and G2 Transformers package art. If you're reading this, if you're on this site, you are likely a fan of said art. You may be wondering what I think of the book. Allow me to share!
This book has a lot of art. If you can think of it, it's probably in there. From unused prototype art to promotional battle scenes, this volume is chock-full. Of course, the vast majority of fans (including myself) will focus on the first half of the book dealing with the earliest and most familiar Bots and Cons, but all the material is worth perusing. With the exception of Jetfire (no doubt omitted for legal, Robotech-related reasons), I cannot immediately discern any figure that's been excluded.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I got a shit-ton of cool stuff, especially lots of great books. Transformers-wise, Dollface got me a set of unopened vintage Transformers View-Master reels. Of course, this leaves me with the quandary of whether or not to de-virginize and enjoy this set or leave it in its pristine state. (Hint: toys are made to be opened, no matter how long the wait.) I also got this awesome Decepticon-loving shirt:
By now many of you who are interested in classic Transformers box art have probably heard that Jim Sorenson, who has released a couple of books of Transformers cartoon animation models, is planning on putting out a book of G1 box art. Some have asked me how I feel about the whole thing. So here's my thoughts!
First, Jim is an extremely nice guy and without question a big Transformers fan. He contributed more than a dozen pieces to this Archive back in 2005 and 2006, and I'm sure he would have contributed a lot more artwork since then had he not been trying since 2007 to get IDW to do this book. (Makes sense -- why put out on the web for mass consumption the exact thing you plan on trying to sell to people?)
When he first mentioned the book, my first concern was whether this would lead to the Archive getting shut down via a "cease and desist" letter from Hasbro. This site has always been for "educational and entertainment" purposes rather commercial gain, and so long as I'm not selling or otherwise making money off this site, Hasbro seemed content to occasionally use the artwork from here for official or promotional purposes. However, I always feared that if Hasbro decided to somehow monetize the artwork (through a book, for instance) that the Archive would be viewed as a competing resource and their lawyers would finally turn their formerly blind eye my way. Based on the feedback I get from fans, I think the loss off this Archive (which has been online for 14 years) would be very disappointing.