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The Unofficial Guide to Vintage Transformers: 1980s Through 1990s

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The Unofficial Guide to Vintage Transformers: 1980s Through 1990s

J.E. Alvarez

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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.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 811 color and b/w images | 240 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354410 | Binding: soft cover


J.E. Alvarez is a human being who occasionally has “feelings.” In the almost twenty years since completing the first edition of this book, Alvarez pursued a career in the toy and entertainment industry. 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. J.E. Alvarez can also speak Spanish and ride a bicycle at the same time. His greatest fear is coming face to face with a zombiefied T-Rex.