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Leading you deeper into the world of third party Transformers toys and accessories. The sequel to Transforming Collections!
Leading you deeper into the world of third party Transformers toys and accessories. The sequel to Transforming Collections!
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Last year I ran a Kickstarter project for Transforming Collections -- project page here -- a printed introduction to third party Transformers toys and accessories. The final book came in at 80-pages and turned out great . . . but there are always more toys and now it's time for a sequel.

NOTE: If you're unfamiliar with the third party scene I recommend checking the first project for an overview . . . and then come back here and grab both books before they're gone!

 Format

Just like Transforming Collections, Transforming Expectations will be an 80-page 8" x 8" full-color hardcover book. My plan is to print the book at the exact same printer I used for the first book so that the two of these fit together perfectly as a set on your shelf. Same cover and paper stocks, exact same processes -- Photoshop and InDesign, with final files delivered to the printer as PDF -- and a better level of final control over the finished pages since my photography and editing process improved as I assembled the first book.

Contents

In addition to photos of third party Transformers toys and accessories, Transforming Expectations will include sections on retooling, product packaging, and even the comics and collectible cards of the third party toys. The idea is to offer some examples of what the third party manufacturers have been producing and not to provide you with a complete catalog of every box or comic out there. 

Some of the toys already photographed for the book include pieces from FansProject, iGear Toys, Impossible Toys, and Mech iDeas.

Scheduling

Transforming Expectations is set to ship to the printer in late April for a release to backers in June of 2014. It is possible the book will finish earlier, but I do not plan for that to happen.

Risks and challenges

I learned a lot during last year's project and this time around have set a more realistic delivery date AND have completed more pages of the new book before even launching the project. My life is constantly packed with travel and business, but the delivery date of June, 2014 -- combined with an established format and experience creating "Transforming Collections" -- should make it possible to successfully deliver the book during the promised month. Fingers crossed!

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    Book Fan! One printed copy of "Transforming Expectations" delivered to your home. Supporters outside of the United States add $15 shipping.

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    Two Copies! Two printed copies of "Transforming Expectations" delivered to your home. Supporters outside of the United States add $20 shipping.

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    Books One and Two! You missed out on "Transforming Collections?" No problem!!! You get printed copies of both "Transforming Expectations," the new book, and "Transforming Collections" delivered to your home. Supporters outside of the United States add $20 shipping.

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    Content Sponsor! One printed copy of "Transforming Expectations" delivered to your home AND you sponsor three page spreads in the book; your website address and logo will be added to those spreads. Logo and website address due within one week of the closing of this Kickstarter project. Supporters outside of the United States add $15 shipping.

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    Advertiser. One full-page ad on the last page in the book. 300 dpi 8" x 8" CMYK ad is due by December 1, 2013. If you need assistance with the ad that can be provided. Also, one copy of the finished book shipped to your US address. Supporters outside of the United States add $15 for shipping.

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    Retailer supporter! Retailers, this one's for you!!! Ten copies of Transforming Expectations that you are able to sell to your customers. Delivered to any US address; not available outside of the US because of the weight of the books.

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