Today’s book pick in the 2017 PopCult Gift Guide is another book about toys, and it’s a doozy. This is a revised edition of what many collectors consider to be the bible for Transformers, The Unofficial Guide to Vintage Transformers: 1980s Through 1990s.
In the almost twenty years since completing the first edition of this book, J.E. Alvarez prety much “turned pro.” He served as a creative consultant for fiction and toy designs for the Official Transformers Collectors Club and official collectors convention known as Botcon for several years. Alvarez was later recruited by Hasbro to become a full time member of their Transformers and G.I. Joe design teams. As Creative Manager for both brands he contributed to films, television series, toys, other merchandise, and overall brand fiction and creation. Semi-retired, he now spends most of his time at home raising his two children. Besides his passion for the Transformers brand, he enjoys collecting other properties such as Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe, Aliens, and LEGO.
For many years, the Transformers have been a staple of pop culture. As new and old collectors seek to enhance their knowledge of this toy line, this book provides a wide view of the Transformers action figures from their earliest incarnations, their journey through the 1980s, and culminating with the Beast Wars in the 1990s. Extremely well researched, this guide provides information on the development of the figures while explaining their key features, along with showcasing many figure variations. Featuring images of figures both in and out of package, yearly product listings for easy reference, and pricing examples for many key items, this book is a great tool for reintroducing yourself or getting familiar with these toys from the past.
The absolute perfect gift for any Transformers collector, The Unofficial Guide to Vintage Transformers: 1980s Through 1990s should be available to order from any bookseller by using the ISBN number, or you can go directly to the publisher and snag a copy there.