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Update #86 - For backers only

Electronic Stickers! (First Five)

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Update #85

New Book Project is Live!

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Thank you, everyone, for making the Transforming Collections book project a success last year. Now it's time for the sequel, with the Transforming Expectations Kickstarter project live and ready for your support.

I hope to see all of you join me in creating this new book about third party Transformers toys and accessories.


Update #84

Information and a Question About the New Book

I've now submitted the Transforming Expectations project to Kickstarter and expect to launch the project in the next week. The basic format and size is planned to be identical to Transforming Collections and as of today I have finished over 30 pages for the new book.

The project goal is set at $7,500, which comes close to covering what was spent to publish the first book and I hope is an achievable goal. A single book -- US delivery -- this time around is $25 since I'm only producing the book if it can be at least 80-pages and match the same footprint and hardcover format as Transforming Collections. The delivery date is set for June of 2014.

There is a reward level which offers both Transforming Collections and Transforming Expectations for anyone who missed out on the first book.

  • Question: Should I set a stretch goal for the new book where if we meet that goal I expand the page count to 96? That would be at $10,000. Should there be a second stretch goal -- $15,000 -- to expand to 128-pages? Or does everyone want the new book to be exactly the same page count as the original?

Thanks for all of your support and encouragement on the first book. I hope you enjoyed the first volume enough to join me in creating the sequel.

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Update #83

Transformers Seekers Upgraded!

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There are two different sets of unofficial upgrade kits for the Hasbro and Takara Transformers Seekers and I've now shot and posted pics of both of the sets. The Hunger Upgrade pics went online a few days ago, and I've now finished posting pics of the Dr. Wu Vanguard and Rear Guard upgrade sets. Of course both sets will appear in Transforming Expectations . . . which is coming to Kickstarter in the near future.

I hope you guys are enjoying these pics and watching as the new book comes together. If you have any questions or suggestions I'm happy to answer/listen as appropriate.

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Update #82

Transforming Expectations Update

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I've been traveling a lot lately and, I hate to say, have found myself far more stressed than usual. Between too many hours working, a few very intense trips that drained my energy, and the frustrations of someone hacking the battlegrip.com website I'm just not at 100%. 

And I still have a few more books to ship to some of you; lost packages and long days mean I'm a few weeks behind and I think I'm down to three of you who have reported missing books. Three isn't bad compared to the hundreds who have their books, but I do apologize for the headaches and hope that using delivery confirmation will solve the delivery problems.

All of that said, though, I have started trying to relax a little by photographing toys and returning to work on Transforming Expectations. I would like to launch the Kickstarter project in the next few weeks -- especially since I'm coming to the end of nonstop journeys for this year -- and thought I'd let all of you know that it's coming.

Enjoy these new pages for now. The X-Transbots Glider page features all new pics since the photos in my review from 2011 -- http://www.battlegrip.com/?p=34448 -- had the legs transformed wrong. Plus I got my hands on a 1985 Powerglide so I just had to photograph the two toys together.

One last note. If you have friends who have seen your copy of Transforming Collections and would like one of their own then you can always point them at Amazon -- http://www.amazon.com/Transforming-Collections-Philip-Reed/dp/1626204969/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378728583&sr=8-1&keywords=transforming+collections -- where our retail level backers are selling the book.

Expect more pages in the next few weeks!

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