Transforming Conversations, Universe Expanded, and Action Figures Not Included
More progress on various book projects!
- Universe Expanded, my current book project, is now live on Kickstarter. Take a look at the project page to see how I'm focusing... Read more
Transforming Expectations Now Available, Action Figures Not Included Launched
For all who missed out on the Kickstarter project for the sequel to Transforming Collectionsthe book is available now at BattleGrip. The finished book came in at 112-pages and... Read more
New Book Project is Live!
Thank you, everyone, for making the Transforming Collectionsbook project a success last year. Now it's time for the sequel, with the Transforming Expectations Kickstarter project live and ready for... Read more
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 ... Read more
Transformers Seekers Upgraded!
There are two different sets of unofficial upgrade kits for the Hasbro and Takara Transformers Seekersand I've now shot and posted pics of both of the sets. The Hunger... Read more
Transforming Expectations Update
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... Read more
New Transforming Expectations Pages
I've made slow progress over the last few weeks. Between SDCC and the trip to Hong Kong and China there hasn't been a lot of time to work on Transforming... Read more
Transformers in Hong Kong!
I'm in Hong Kong for work (leaving for China in about an hour) and had time to shop. Lots of Japanese Transformers toys, a large number of Hasbro releases, and... Read more
Transforming Collections Now on Amazon!
If your friends have been wanting a copy of the book then please direct them to the Transforming Collections page at Amazon. There aren't many copies available, but hopefully everyone... Read more
Impossible Toys' Tetra Squadron Review and SDCC Information
Anyone interested in these unofficial Cybertronian Seekers can get a look at two of the toys -- including photos -- in my recent reviews. Not-Skywarp review, not-Thundercracker review. Thanks for... Read more
Impossible Toys' Tetra Squadron: Question About the New Book
I've been working on the next book, Transforming Expectations, and today I've been snapping photos of Impossible Toys' Tetra Squadronand trying to think through how to handle these... Read more
Revised Transforming Expectations Pages
I've gone back and revised a few of the pages I've already shown. Below you can see the original pages (top) and the new pages (below); and for the spread... Read more
Books Shipped, Final Report, and More Transforming Expectations
As of yesterday, 99% of the books have shipped out. I'm down to dealing with one international shipment (I have to break the bundle of four books into... Read more
All Books Packed and Another Transforming Expectations Sample
As of a few moments ago the last copies of Transforming Collectionswere packed and in the car, ready for their trip to the post office tomorrow. I'll post an... Read more
More Books Shipped and the First "Transforming Expectations" Sample Pages
After the post office opens in a few hours 80% of the books will be on their way. The rest should leave this weekend, which will mean I then get... Read more
84 Packages Shipped!
Roughly 100 books are in the mail system and working their way toward you guys. Many of these are wrapped in two sheets of foam and then packed in an... Read more
Books Have Arrived! (Plus: SDCC, GenCon, and PDFs)
I returned home last night from the licensing show in Vegas (I hate Vegas) to stacks and stacks of boxes. Huge thanks to my wife, Gina, for moving all of... Read more
Surveys Away and Book Finishes Wednesday
I've now sent out all of the surveys. Please respond as soon as you can because the printer tells me they finish everything on Wednesday, which means I may have... Read more
Book Update: Printing Completes Next Week!
The printer confirmed with me today that printing will complete next week. Next step is arranging getting the books and then the shipping starts! That means the Kickstarter survey --... Read more
Proofs Are Approved!
The page proofs arrived last night and I have now finished reviewing all of the pages and the book is approved! I could have reshot every pic -- I discuss... Read more
Book Printing Update
Files and deposit are with the printer and my fingers are crossed in hope that everything turns out wonderfully. I'm trying to work out a physical proof step so I... Read more
Off to Print!
After far too many unexpected delays, the final piece of Transforming Collectionsis in place and the files are heading off to the printer tomorrow morning. Then it's time to... Read more
Project Update and Cover WIP
I'm pushing to complete the book and send it to print next week, but losing the last week to a business trip means the coming weekend will be a real... Read more
You Wanted More?
Okay, so it's pretty clear that I've gone completely insane. Thanks, team, for the e-mails and private messages about the book. While this will never be a complete reference to... Read more
Do you want to contribute to the book?
Thank you for all of the feedback -- both comments posted here and private messages -- and I hope the book is shaping up well enough to make all of... Read more
Thanks for all of the feedback and encouragement on the PDF! I'll get a revised file ready for supporters in the next day or two, but for now I wanted... Read more
An Interview with Headrobots
A few short interviews with third party companies and designers are being included in the book, and as I get closer to the end I thought I'd share the Headrobots... Read more
The End is In Sight!
I'm going to miss delivering the PDF to all of you for review tomorrow, but with the end right around the corner I fully expect each of you to have... Read more
Eleven More Photos Complete and Jesse Moore Artwork
I'm now closing in on the end of the book and can see having everything ready for review on March 1st! It has taken far longer than any of us... Read more
Dallas Vintage Toy Store Visit
I spent yesterday afternoon at the Dallas Vintage Toy Store snapping almost 200 photos of third party toys with official toys to help round out some pages in the book.... Read more
I'll be visiting the Dallas Vintage Toy Store later this week to use some of their stock for photos in the book. The guys at the store have been kind... Read more
Justin Gammon's Shafter Art Complete
Justin Gammon of Weirdo Toys has completed his Shafter illustration for the book . . . and it's a beauty! Justin's goal was to create a classic-styled painting of Shafter ... Read more
Photo Reshoots and Project Update
Slow progress over the last few weeks, but I have managed to complete more pages. At this point I'm working on the final twenty pages of the book -- that'll... Read more
Now Accepting Pre-Orders
If you know someone who missed out on the Kickstarter project and wants a book then please direct them at the pre-order info. I'll take pre-orders until the book is... Read more
Project Report: One Week Delay
I'd rather not have to say this, but reviewing everything this morning I have to admit that I am a week behind on the project. My plan was to turn... Read more
Comparison Photos: Yes or No?
While snapping photos of iGear's unofficial Brawn, Hench-- review posted today -- I started wondering if it would be a good idea to include a few photos in the... Read more
Hercules vs. Giant Page Comparisons
Thanks for all of the feedback, guys! It is sounding like most of you would rather see the unofficial Constructicons given fewer pages in the book so that there can... Read more
More Pages and Another Test Spread
One final upgrade to the book: I've expanded the physical page size to 8"x8" and added eight more pages to take the book all of the way to 48-pages. And... Read more
Hardcover . . . and More Pages!
Okay, after discussions with others (including our Resupply Depotbackers) the decision has been made to go ahead and proceed with the hardcover option. I know that we didn't meet... Read more
Two-Page Spread Test
This concept shows two facing pages. I've written more about this at battlegrip.com -- Transforming Collections Page Spread Test -- and you can see a larger version of the image... Read more
The project closed successfully, just nailing the $6,250 stretch goal in the final moments. So in the end we're getting a total of six stickers . . . plus a... Read more
Justin's Mini-Warrior Shafter Sketch
Less than seventy minutes until the project closes and Justin Gammon has sent over his rough sketch of iGear's Mini-Warrior Shafter (review at BattleGrip), one of the third party Transformers ... Read more
Shooting the Sh#t Podcast and the Final Twelve Hours
Thank you to C-Mac for having me on his podcast during the final hours of the Transforming CollectionsKickstarter project. Listen to the podcast here, and keep an eye on... Read more
Final 24 Hours, Last Master Collector Bonus, and a New Review
We're down to the final hours of the project, with Transforming Collectionsset to close in less than 24 hours. With your help the book has been improved with bigger... Read more
Welcome Our Fourth Artist, Matt Doughty
And having passed the $5,000 stretch it's time to announce our fourth guest artist, Glyos System (Onell Design) creator Matt Doughty! Matt is a great guy and an incredible concept... Read more
$5,000 Stretch Goal Unlocked!
The book will include four original illustrations of third party toys! I've already revealed two of the artists -- Jesse Moore and Charles Marsh -- and now I'm happy to... Read more
$124 and a Junkion Upgrade
At this point we are only $124 away from the $5,000 stretch goal to add original artwork to the book. With any luck at all we'll pass that goal in... Read more
WIP Unofficial Insecticon Artwork by Charles Marsh
Charles Marsh, known as Monsterforge to toy collectors, is set to be one of the artists on Transforming Collectionsif we meet the $5,000 stretch goal. And since Charles is... Read more
Extra Books and an Alicon
I've had a few requests from backers who want three or four books; two books at the Master Collector($25) reward level just isn't enough for some of you. That's... Read more
$4,000 Stretch Goal Unlocked and More Blogger-In-Arms Rewards Available
Thanks! Yesterday was one of the better days for Transforming Collectionsand we blasted through the $4,000 stretch goal, adding two more stickers to the project. The $5,000 stretch goal... Read more
Thank You, Master Suppliers!
Preparing for the book, and with huge thanks to our Master Suppliers, I've now placed an order for a few third party pieces I don't already own. Before the... Read more
Second Bonus for Master Collector Supporters
Are you pledging $25 for the Master Collectorlevel? If you are then in addition to two copies of the book, the sticker that we've unlocked, a PDF copy of... Read more
An Amazing Week
Thank you, everyone, for making this project perform so much better than I expected. This week we've had several new backers join us and we're now less than $400 from... Read more
Second Iron Army Review and First Bonus for Master Collectors
My review of the second set of WWII-inspired Combaticons is now online at battlegrip.com.The Iron Army Tiger vs P-51 Mustang brings us another tank and plane to add to... Read more
$3,000 Stretch Goal Unlocked and New Reviews Online
Thanks, everyone! We've unlocked the $3,000 stretch goal -- the book is now 28-pages long! -- and are working toward the next goal: Two more stickers! With less than two... Read more
"How Much is the Hardcover?"
I've had a few questions now about the hardcover mentioned under the stretch goals with the most popular question: "How much does it cost to order the hardcover?" Well, the... Read more
Interview with Vangelus at TFW2005
Special thank you to Vangelus for having me on his WTF @ TFW podcast. For everyone who wants to listen to the interview you can find it at: http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/wtf-tfw-transformers-podcast/657958-wtf-tfw-supplemental-38-talking-transforming-collections-sept-12-2012-a.html
In the... Read more
New Reward Level and iGear's UFO
As I've mentioned before, I will not be offering Transforming Collectionsas a physical book after this Kickstarter project closes. But since I've had a few people ask if the... Read more
Unofficial Deluxe Insecticons and Book Organization
First up is the news that FansProject's repaints of their not-Insecticon toys as classic Deluxe Insecticonsis a limited edition set . . . exclusive to TFSource and available... Read more
Unofficial Transformers Devastator Stop Motion Video
I had absolutely nothing to do with the creation of this video, but when something is this impressive I just have to share it with everyone. If you're at all... Read more
New Promo Video
I've put together a new short video showing photos of unofficial Transformers toys and mentioning some of the upcoming stretch goals. Please consider sharing this and don't forget to tell... Read more
Sticker Unlocked, New Stretch Goals, and a New Site
First up, thanks to all of your support we have now unlocked the free sticker for all pledges of $12 or more and we're now working toward the next stretch... Read more
Video Interview with CollectionDX and Art Prints for Eighties Cartoon Fans
Thank you to Josh and Adam at CollectionDX for having me on the show this week. We discussed the project and third party Transformers toys and they kindly invited me... Read more
Two Interviews Online
We're less than $400 from our next stretch goal -- an illustrated sticker! -- and I'm hoping we'll crush that in the next week and then dive right into reaching... Read more
Printed Book Limited to Kickstarter
I've had a couple of private messages asking about when the book will be released to stores and I have to say that I have no plans to offer the... Read more
Now With Bigger Pages!
Our first stretch goal has fallen and the book has expanded to 7.5" x 7.5" in size. Response over the last 24 hours has been insanely great with more people... Read more
We're Over 100%!
Thanks, gang! We're now at 120% of our funding and working toward our first stretch goal: bigger pages! I am amazed at the spike that we've seen today -- thank... Read more
88% Funded and New Transformers Reviews
Only 12% to go until we reach our goal and start working on the stretch goals! Thank you, everyone, and if you haven't yet please share this project with your... Read more
69% Funded and "Eyesight" Review
First, thank you for backing Transforming Collections. As we enter the second day I'm amazed to see that the project has already reached 69% of its goal; it's looking... Read more