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Encyclopedia > List of Transformers books

There have been many publishers of a books (some with accompanying audio cassettes) bearing the name Transformers based on the toy lines of the same name. Most common are Ladybird Books and Kid Stuff. Photo of a Jetfire Transformers toy, from the Classics range. ... Ladybird Books is a London-based publishing company that produces childrens books. ... Kid Stuff is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. ...

Contents

Ladybird Books

Autobots' Lightning Strike

Autobots' Lightning Strike is a children's book and companion audio cassette. It was written by John Grant and illustrated by Mike Collins and Mark Farmer. It was published in 1985.[1]

Autobots' Lightning Strike cover art.

Synopsis

The Autobots are amazed by the power of a thunderstorm and Optimus Prime orders Huffer to build a collector to store the energy given off by the next storm. Laserbeak discovers the lightning rod and informs the Decepticons, but Soundwave mistakes it for a giant transmission antenna. Although Starscream and Rumble attempt to destroy the object, Megatron stops them and leads the Decepticons to the object in hopes of learning what message the Autobots are sending, and who they are contacting. Once inside the base, the Decepticons are caught in the energy of a storm and are forced to retreat. The Autobot plan to use the energy to help them repair their ship and eventually return to Cybertron, leaving humanity with the technology to collect energy from lightning. A shelf cloud associated with a heavy or severe thunderstorm over Enschede, The Netherlands. ... Optimus Prime is a fictional commander of the heroic Autobots and the main protagonist from the Transformers universes. ... Huffer as seen in the animated series. ... Laserbeak is the name given to four fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ... An example of a standard, pointed-tip air terminal A lightning rod (or lightning protector) is a metal strip or rod, usually of copper or similar conductive material, used as part of lightning safety to protect tall or isolated structures (such as the roof of a building or the mast... Starscream is a Decepticon (or sometimes Predacon) in the various fictional Transformers universes. ... Megatron is the primary fictional villain of the Transformers franchise throughout the various Generation 1 series. ... Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers universes. ...


Appearances

Silverstreak (Streak in Japan, Jaseur in France, Ariete in Italy) is the name given to the Transformers character once known as Bluestreak, but for trademark reasons it had to be changed in 2003. ... Gears is the name of a fictional character in the Transformers toy line and fictional storyline. ... // The toy that was to become the Autobot Hound was originally released as part of the Japanese Diaclone series by Takara. ... Huffer as seen in the animated series. ... Jazz is an Autobot Transformers character who has appeared in multiple stories. ... G1 Mirage toy packaging art Mirage is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ... Ratchet is the name of several characters in the Transformers universes. ... Ravage is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Rumble is a fictional character in the Transformers toyline. ... Sideswipe (Lambor in Japan, Frérot in Canada, Freccia in Italy) is the name of three different characters in the Transformers Universes. ... Soundwave is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... The Witwicky family members are fictional characters from the original Generation One Transformers universes, and are the closest human allies of the Autobots. ... The Witwicky family members are fictional characters from the original Generation One Transformers universes, and are the closest human allies of the Autobots. ... Sunstreaker (Solo in Canada, Lince in Italy) is a fictional character from The Transformers. ...

Notes

The Decepticons try to learn about the Autobot's new "communications" device.
  • Because of it's early release, the illustrations of the Autobots and Decepticons look more like the toys and box art than their animated series counterparts.
  • Ravage is refered to as a mechanical hound, not a jaguar.
  • Spike was noted to be a young engineering student in this story.
  • Rumble was depicted in toy-accurate red and black colors.


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Laserbeak's Fury

Laserbeak's Fury is a children's book and companion audio cassette. It was published 1985.[2]

Laserbeak's Fury

Synopsis

Megatron had Soundwave send Laserbeak to learn more about the humans, despite Starscream's protests that humans were weak and insignificant. Observing a windmill, Laserbeak came into contact with power lines, became trapped in cassette form and was found by some humans. Both the Decepticons and Autobots monitored Laserbeak's radio report. Hound and Spike were sent to investigate. When they discovered the Decepticons observing the windmill, they called for backup. Optimus Prime assembled a battle unite of Ironhide, Sunstreaker, Windcharger and Cliffjumper, leaving Ratchet in charge of their headquarters. Meanwhile, Laserbeak was taken to a disco, where playing him re-energized his circuits and he flew off to rejoin the Decepticons. Sparkplug explained to the Autobots the windmill's technology, as Megatron was interested in a mechanical device that didn't generate a magnetic field. A battle broke out over the windmill, in which Starscream panicked when he learned the windmill was immune to his null rays. Rumble destroyed the windmill during the battle and the Decepticons retreated, with no new technology to take. Optimus Prime expressed his regrets over the destruction that occurred. Megatron is the primary fictional villain of the Transformers franchise throughout the various Generation 1 series. ... Soundwave is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... Laserbeak is the name given to four fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ... Starscream is a Decepticon (or sometimes Predacon) in the various fictional Transformers universes. ... A Dutch tower windmill surrounded by tulips A windmill is an engine powered by the wind to produce energy, often contained in a large building as in traditional post mills, smock mills and tower mills. ... // The toy that was to become the Autobot Hound was originally released as part of the Japanese Diaclone series by Takara. ... The Witwicky family members are fictional characters from the original Generation One Transformers universes, and are the closest human allies of the Autobots. ... Optimus Prime is a fictional commander of the heroic Autobots and the main protagonist from the Transformers universes. ... Ironhide is the name of five different characters in the Transformers universes. ... Sunstreaker (Solo in Canada, Lince in Italy) is a fictional character from The Transformers. ... // Transformers: Generation One (1984) Windcharger (Charger in Japan, Rapido in Canada, Lampo in Italy, Camaro in South America) was one of the original toys in the Transformers line when Hasbro started producing them in 1984. ... Ratchet is the name of several characters in the Transformers universes. ... Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that blends elements of funk and soul music. ... The Witwicky family members are fictional characters from the original Generation One Transformers universes, and are the closest human allies of the Autobots. ... Rumble is a fictional character in the Transformers toyline. ...


Appearances

  • Cliffjumper
  • Hound
  • Ironhide
  • Laserbeak
  • Megatron
  • Optimus Prime
  • Rumble
  • Soundwave
  • Spike Witwicky
  • Starscream
Cliffjumper and Sparkplug in Laserbeak's Fury.

Notes

In this story's accompanying book Cliffjumper was depicted in his yellow variant, not his usual red one.
Cliffjumper is the name of several characters from the Transformers line of toys. ...


Kid Stuff

Satellite of Doom

Satellite of Doom is a book and audio story. It was published in 1985.[3]

Satellite of Doom

Synopsis

In the 1985 audio and book adventure Satellite of Doom Megatron and Soundwave kidnap thousands of humans and force them to bury tons of coal in the desert. Sealing the humans in the cave they set off high temperature explosives that turn the carbon in the coal and humans into a gigantic diamond lens that they plan to launch into space. Bumblebee discovers the Decepticon launching site and Optimus Prime sends Skyfire to take it out, but he fails. Megatron launches the lens into space and uses it to focus the sun's rays and melt the shale in the Rocky Mountains into oil. Optimus again sends Skyfire to stop the lens and Prowl instructs Ratchet to build extra fuel tanks for the Autobot jet's trip to space. Despite his best efforts the diamond is unharmed and Skyfire burns up on reentry of Earth's atmosphere. As the boiling oil threatens to kill millions on the West Coast, the Autobots build a mile long mirror to reflect the lens rays back on it, shattering it. The Autobots launch an assault on Megatron's base, but the Decepticon leader and Soundwave escape in their drilling mole machine. Megatron is the primary fictional villain of the Transformers franchise throughout the various Generation 1 series. ... Soundwave is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... Bumblebee is the name of a fictional character from the various Transformers universes. ... Optimus Prime is a fictional commander of the heroic Autobots and the main protagonist from the Transformers universes. ... Jetfire is the name of two fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... Prowl is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Ratchet is the name of several characters in the Transformers universes. ...

Skyfire and the Satellite of Doom!

Appearances

  • Bumblebee
  • Jetfire
  • Megatron
  • Optimus Prime
  • Prowl
  • Ratchet
  • Soundwave
  • Sunstreaker
Optimus Prime and Sunstreaker take out the Satellite of Doom!

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Notes

  • During this adventure Jetfire is known by his animated series name Skyfire. He is also depicted in his animated series form, not that of his toy.
  • During this story Skyfire is killed.

iBooks

With the revival of the Transformers comics by Dreamwave Productions in 2002, a new trilogy of novels (Hardwired, Annihilation and Fusion) appeared written first by Scott Ciencin and later by David Cian. The first book was written by Ciencin, while the latter two are written by Cian. In this period a short story anthology entitled Legends, edited by Cian and Steven Roman, also appeared. Dreamwave Productions is a Canadian art design studio and comic book publisher, best known for their multiple Transformers comic book series. ... Scott Ciencin is an American author. ...


Hardwired

Set in the Dreamwave continuity at a point between their first and second Generation One miniseries, Hardwired followed Prime, Megatron, Jazz and other Transformers as they were abducted by a mysterious alien race known as the Keepers and forced to fight in gladitorial combat. On Earth Starscream took command of the Decepticons and took over Las Vegas, leaving Grimlock (not trusted due to his actions in the first miniseries) to lead the remaining Autobots to stop him. The novel ended with the abducted Transformers returning to Earth - with Bluestreak and several humans possessed by the Keepers. Starscream is a Decepticon (or sometimes Predacon) in the various fictional Transformers universes. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ... Grimlock is the name of three fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Silverstreak (Streak in Japan, Jaseur in France, Ariete in Italy) is the name given to the Transformers character once known as Bluestreak, but for trademark reasons it had to be changed in 2003. ...


Annihilation

In Annihilation, Megatron attempts to reclaim his leadership of the Decepticons, but is defeated by Starscream and Devastator as Prime attempts to rally the Autobots. Megatron walks out of the Decepticons with a band of devoted followers to ally with the Autobots against the Keepers (who now possess many of the Autobots and Decepticons). They defeat them, but Megatron claims his "favour" for helping the Autobots - to become the next Matrix bearer. The Constructicons toy packaging art The Constructicons (known as the Buildrons in Japan and the Escavators in Italy) are a group of fictional characters from the Transformers universe. ... The Autobot Matrix of Leadership (or Creation Matrix) in the fictional Transformers universes, is a talisman of legend, passed down from Autobot leader to Autobot leader. ...


Fusion

In Fusion, Prime gives Megatron the Matrix, unwilling to break his word of honour, as the possessed Autobots and Decepticons return to normal. However, the Keepers are not yet defeated and plan to return to Earth via a warpgate as the US military tries once more to destroy all the Transformers. In the end the Keepers are defeated when Megatron's reprogrammed Omega Sentinel, turned good by exposure to the Matrix, sacrifices itself and Devastator to close the gate. Omega Supreme is the name of two fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. ...


Legends

A short story anthology edited by Cian, Legends offered 13 short stories from all eras of Transformers up to that point - G1, Beast Wars, Beast Machines and Transformers: Armada. Written by such writers as Simon Furman, David Bischoff, John Miller and others, the stories included an amnesiac Starscream learning what it means to be an Autobot, a first person viewpoint of Megatron's actions in Beast Machines, and a special story where Optimus Prime, the first and third series incarnations of Optimus Primal and Armada Optimus Prime meet in a limbo realm (interpreted as a bar) during their various deaths. Beast Wars TV series logo Beast Wars: Transformers (Beasties on YTV) was a Transformers toyline released by Hasbro between 1995 and 1999. ... The Beast Machines TV Series Logo. ... Simon Furman is a comic book writer, particularly associated with of a number of notable Transformers comics for Marvel UK, Marvel US, Dreamwave, and most recently, IDW. He also wrote the final episode of the Beast Wars: Transformers cartoon, the Transformers Ultimate Fan Guide, and several convention exclusive comics and... David F. Bischoff (1951–) is an American science fiction and television writer. ... Many men have the name John Miller, including: John A. Miller (1847-1941), an amusement park entrepreneur John Miller, the co-host of 20/20 John Miller, false Billy the Kid John Miller, member of the United States House of Representatives 1985-1993 John Franklin Miller (Washington), member of the... Megatron is a fictional character, and the main antagonist, from the Beast Wars and Beast Machines animated series and toylines, part of the Transformers multiverse. ... Optimus Primal (Convoy, later Beast Convoy to differentiate him from the original Convoy, Blackjack in some European markets) is a fictional character from the Transformers toyline, and the leader of the Maximal forces and the main protagonist in the Beast Wars television series. ... The Optimus Prime of the fictional Unicron Trilogy, consisting of Transformers: Armada, Transformers: Energon and Transformers: Cybertron is the leader of the heroic Autobots and the main protagonist of the trilogy. ...


Ballantine Books

Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday

Main article: Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday

To promote the upcoming live action movie, Ballantine books released a prequel novel set in 1969. The plot revolved around a human craft reverse engineered by examination of the frozen Megatron being sent into space and encountering the Autonots and Decepticons. Originally scheduled to be written by Cian, the novel was written instead by Alan Dean Foster. [4] Transformers is a 2007 live action science fiction film conceptually based on the Transformers franchise and toy line. ... Megatron is the primary fictional villain of the Transformers franchise throughout the various Generation 1 series. ... Alan Dean Foster (November 18, 1946, New York City) is a prolific American writer of science fiction and fantasy novels and movie novelizations. ...


References

  1. ^ (1985) Autobot's Lightning Strike. Ladybird Books. ISBN 0721408958. 
  2. ^ (1986) Laserbeak's Fury. Ladybird Books. ISBN 0721409431. 
  3. ^ (1985) Satellite of Doom. Kid Stuff Records & Tapes. 
  4. ^ (2007) Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday. Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49798-7. 

 
 

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