A lot of things, like the date and the page count, are still up in the air. However, here's what has already been decided on:
2: The extras will be substantial. We're talking essays and interviews with the original artists, modern repaints of vintage artwork (think eHobby exclusives), unused box art, production sketches for box art and more.
3: In terms of scale, we've got more then 300 images in hand, and more than 150 additional pieces pledged. I'd like to get those numbers up, so if you are a collector of the originals, drop me a line!
This is the big one. Transformers box art. Tell your friends.
Many of you are asking what pieces I'm looking for. While there are many I'd like to have, here are the biggest omissions so far:
US Astrotrain (Train Mode)
Bumblebee, Jackpot, Rollout, Skyfall,
Sprocket (bot), Wheeljack (bot), Optimus Prime (Bot only), Prowl (both)
Banzai-Tron, Devastator, Krok, Shockwave, Treadshot
Starscream (both), Axer (both)
Laser Optimus Prime, Dinobots (color variants, possibly Italian only), Windrazor, Laser Cycles (both), Autobot Cyber Jets, Auto-Rollers (both), Sideswipe, Gobots (all). I'd also like the watch artwork. Unused G2 artwork, especially from the tail-end of the line, would also be very cool.
Dino cassettes: Graphy, Noise, Dial, Saur
Sparkdash: Hardspark, Hotspark, Wildspark
Battle Patrol (Micromasters)
Super Car Patrol (Micromasters)
Virtually all, but especially at least one of the battle murals from the back. Pyro and Clench are personal favorites. I find the Rescue Force and the new Scrapper art pretty cool too.
Catalog and Puzzle:
There was a bit of catalog and puzzle artwork created in the same style around this time frame, I'd like to feature some in the book.
Diaclone / Microman:
Diaclone and Microman artwork is also of interest. Omnibots, Bumper (that is to say, MC-04 Mini CAR Robo 02 Familia 1500XG), Kronoformers, Powerdashers would be high on the list of priorities. I'm also partial to Powered Convoy, and the blue Blaster Microman artwork.
I'd like to get my hands on the micromaster combiner back-of-the-box artwork that's in a kind of cartoony style, especially from the Combiner boxes. Oddities, like the Tyco sets, are also of interest. Any unused package art, guys that never actually came out or alternate variants for guys who did, are of keen interst.
There are also some that I have decent quality pics of but I'd like to upgrade, mostly from 87:
Terrorcons minus Hun-Grrrr
Japanese Computron, Strafe, Lightspeed, Afterburner
If you have originals or transparencies for any of these guys, you could help me out a lot and get your name in the book.