The Transformers Legacy Boxart book will melt your mind…

By Shawn Robare

On the heels of my Transformers Afterburner toy acquisition from this past weekend I wanted to take a second and point to the super rad new book about to be released, Transformers Legacy: A Celebration of Transformers Package Art.


One of the things that really gets me excited about finding toys in their original packaging (or “with” in the case of Afterburner) is that I get to get a real up close and personal look at the accompanying artwork that I loved staring at as a kid.  It puts me right back into my 10 year-old shoes as I was walking up and down the toy aisles of my local Albertson’s or Lionel Playworld.  I used to love going grocery shopping with my mom late at night on a Friday or Saturday as I could just obsess over all the toys for an hour or so as she went about her business.  I wish I could afford to pick more vintage stuff MIB on mint on card, but I win the lottery ten or fifteen times that just isn’t going to happen.  Luckily publishers are starting to come around to the idea of archiving this wonderful art, as is the case with the Transformers Legacy book being put out by IDW in May…

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I’m pretty stoked to get my hands on this tome of amazing airbrushed robot madness, and from the sound of it, at 300 pages with with interviews and essays with/by the original artists this book sounds like it’s going to be pretty exhaustive.  I’m really curious to see what Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster have put together.  Honestly, this sort of thing is the culmination of the whole 80s nostalgia boom.  I mean when we’re getting nice hardcover editions of toy box art from our childhood you know our generation is running things! Seriously though, I hope this is just the first of many such volumes.  Since IDW is also doing a bang up job with the G.I. Joe license as well I hope we’ll get to see that artwork in a similar format.

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Transformers Legacy is set to be released on May 6th, and you can pre-order it at Amazon right now!

  • jeremyJB

    The 80’s was just a special time for toy box art. Here’s hopping GI-Joe and He-Man follow suit with similar tomes.

    • Yeah, I know they put out a short-run book on MOTU toy prototypes and production art, but I agree a nice collection of all the vehicle and playset art (as well as the magazine covers and weird stuff like the Christmas Wrapping paper) would be awesome. I heard the guy over at 3D-Joes was compiling a Joe art book…

  • Douglas A Bodine

    I used to stare at the art for Soundwave. My most loved character of all the Transformers. I don’t know how many trips my original Soundwave made with me across the country. He was my travel buddy and I couldn’t go anywhere without him.

    • Awesome memories! I loved him as well and used to time myself to see how fast I could transform him!

  • Ben Rollier

    That is amazing! I’ll definitely have to pick this up.

    • Yeah, I can’t wait! Pre-Order price guarantee = Awesome. Waiting for pre-ordered books to ship = Suck.


    I just watched the latest episode of The Goldbergs S1E12 and it is has some serious 80s bedroom scenes and Toys, including, Transformers and Castle Grayskull. His older brother asks ” what you rather hold, Boob or a Dinobot? and the episode is dedicated to Megatron. It also shows actual Home video scenes he filmed as a kid in the 80s. Awesome Recreation of the 80s era.

    • Yeah, I keep getting pointed to that show, I need to watch it for sure!

  • Jason Kaphingst

    Very cool! Going to have to check this out for sure – Yeah, 80’s toy packaging was something special. That’s why I’ve been re-carding all my GI Joe Figures – found this site online where you can get GI Joe and Star Wars Figure packaging, and the price isn’t too bad. I’ve gotten a few nowand they are really nice looking. These are gonna look sweet when I get a full set hanging on my wall.

    • Yup, those replacement cards are pretty rad. I’ve been thinking about augmenting my 25th anniversary figures with a handful of the ones that didn’t have the throwback packaging like Sci-Fi, Lifeline and Airtight, by putting them in these repo cards. Who have you repacked so far?

      • Jason Kaphingst

        So far I’ve done Snake Eyes, Blowtorch, and I have Barbecue ready to go, just have to find a replacement Axe for him, i lost mine. Then i think im going to purchase cards for Lowlight and Beachhead next.

        • Cool. I never had Blowtorch and Barbeque as a kid but I coveted the crap out of them. They’re now two of my favorite 25th anniversary figures for exactly that reason. Also, love Lowlight. He was my stand-in for an X-Men Cyclops figure before Toybiz started making them in ’91…