Rob's Pile of Transformers: Links
For a long time, I've noted that the typical newcomer to the on-line fandom might have a hard time finding a particular bit of information on Transformers, even if it was easily available on the web. What if you were looking for a tech spec? An instruction booklet? An intro to the UK comics? A plot summary of a G1 episode? Where would you turn?? Well, look no further. The links below cover just about every facet of Transformers past and present. Enjoy!
Official Information Sources
- Hasbro's Official Transformers Page
The official site, from the company that brought us the whole shebang. Contrary to popular belief, they rule.
- Takara's Transformers Page
Takara is the Japanese company that actually manufactures the toys for Hasbro. These guys are pretty cool, too.
- Mainframe Entertainment
The computer animation company in Canada that produced the entirety of Beast Wars and Beast Machines.
Site run by the chief story editor for Beast Machines.
- Fox Kids
The station that currently airs Beast Machines.
- The Engine: Industrial Strength
Site produced by Simon Furman and Andy Wildman, the writer/artist team
that produced most of the UK comics and most of the US run's final 20 issues.
It's primarily home to their current (non-Transformer) online story venture, "The Engine: Industrial Strength".
Unofficial Information Conduits
Ben Yee's page covers in thorough detail every Transformers line to come out since Beast Wars debuted, and is the most reliable source on the web for new information.
- Dave van Domelen's Beast Wars pages
If Ben's page doesn't have it, Dave's does. Excellent reviews of new TF toys and info on upcoming stuff.
- BotCon Home Page
BotCon is THE convention for Transfans. Jon and Karl Hartman and Glenn Hallitt are the organizers, and all Transfans should sing their praises. No, Botcon can't be held in your home town next year.
These guys have hosted two big Transformer conventions in Europe, and their page has lots of other goodies too.
- Lukis Brothers page
Another good source for pix of upcoming toys. Also has amazing images of toys altered to resemble their cartoon incarnations.
- Raving Toy Maniac's web site
Sometimes has info on upcoming Beast War toy releases.
Basic Transformers Information
toy catalogue scans
toy box art
toy ID & pix archives
toy sticker repro labels
toy commercial downloads
cartoon downloads (G1, BW, BM, Japanese series)
Cartoon summaries and reviews
US comic scans
UK comic scans
The Transformers FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions file for newsgroup alt.toys.transformers and for Transformers in general, maintained by Steve Stonebreaker. If you are new to on-line Transfandom,
READ THIS DOCUMENT BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE.
- Transformers Links Index
As Steve-o puts it, it's like Yahoo! for Transformers.
- The Complete
Transformers Listing Page
Links to tons of TF web sites. This was once a useful resource. Now it's a clogged mishmash of haphazardly grouped links.
- More than meets the eyes!
Iggy Drouge's huge listing of TF links. Badly out of date, alas.
- The Electric Escape
Rob [Jung]'s Transformers Page.
Features the Transformers Toy List, the infamous Trannies (online fan awards), terrific fanfic, an introduction to the Japanese cartoons, summaries of the entire US comics run, and lots of miscellaneous tidbits. Stay and poke around the rest of his site, too. Very content-heavy, just the way I like it...
- King Weasel Productions
M Sipher's site, featuring the Transformers toy variations list, and his kickass Transformer mugshots.
- Botch's Transformers Box Art Archive
This page has a vast collection of package art scans from G1.
- Windcharger's Boxart and Super-Deformed Archive
- Transformers Generation One Instruction Scans
Scans of the instruction booklets.
- International Transformers Tech Spec Archives
By the same fellows who bring us Botcon, here's the definative collection of tech specs & bio cards from the toys.
- Prime Saber's Transformers Index Page
Lots of information on the various Japanese TV shows and toy lines, from G1 up to the present.
- European Catalogues
From the Ark Archives maintained by Phule, scans of the European toys.
- Ravestrike's Sticker Reproductions
Deltastar's Sticker Reproductions
Both these guys manufacture high-quality replacement sticker sheets for various G1 toys, so you can fix up your battered old childhood toys.
- Arc of Cybertron
The definative listing of Transformer comic scans on the web, run by Senex Prime and James Wilson. From here you can find links to both the US and UK comic runs in their entirety!
- The Transformers Multiverse
Tengu's page has all the Transformers Universe profiles, not to mention the hysterically funny Badass Transformer of the Month page. Brawn lives!!
- Transmasters UK
This UK fanclub has fanfic, artwork, and fanzines, but best of all there's a thorough guide to the stories that appeared in the UK comics! The guide is incomplete at present; however it's slowly but surely getting there.
Charlotte Brogden's site is a clearinghouse of sorts for fan fiction. Tons of fanfic links to stories on her site and others.
Cool Fan Sites
- Dan Khanna's Robot Art
Professional Transformer drawings. Must see!
- The Protoform Project
Neale Davidson's Beast Wars fanfiction. A series of long story arcs that manage to (for the most part) fit seamlessly between episodes. Definately worth a read. Files are zipped, unfortunately.
- The World's Worst Fanfic Archives
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder what the hell they were smoking. And then you'll wonder where you can get some.
- The TF Militia
These people are diseased. I mean that in the nicest possible way.
- Walky's TF Pitstop
Fan-drawn TF illustrations in a very distinctive style. And his BotCon report has better pictures of me than I do. Don't miss the shrine to Straxus, or the infamous Diapered Fort Max!
- Skyjammer Enterprises
Transfandom's first all-online 'zine. Lottsa good stuff.
- The Critic's TF Comic Reviews
Alt.toys.transformers' most exacting reviewer unleashes his literary fury upon Simon Furman's US comics run and various Beast Wars episodes. He's harsh, he is without mercy, and he'll have you begging for it. His reviews raise a lot of good points.
Things I'd like to see:
Site linking to and reviewing on-line TF dealers, both importers and used resellers.
Site linking to multiple reviews of TF episodes.
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