1992 first - its full of reprints and uninteresting tat and has the worst cover. But Another Time & Place is so amazing that this pushes it to the absolute top and beyond.
1988 second for the Headmasters text stories as well as Ark Duty - I wish there were more stories set before the Movie (as in the few years just before - I know there are plenty set before chronologically...)
3rd choice is the first one for its toy-centric art.
Best cover has to be 1991 though with Jazz & co.
Edit: Are the dates correct on these? I know they came out in a certain year but were always advertised as being the following years annual. I.e. the Headmasters one was out in good time for Christmas 1987 but was advertised to be the 1988 annual.
Post by Andy Turnbull on Dec 28, 2020 13:31:55 GMT
State Games narrowly edges out the Headmasters story for me, but yes that lead up to the Movie period was curiously neglected in the Marvel UK comic annuals afterwards. It's a nice bit of space to play with, especially the driving off of Cybertron. How did that come to pass?
Post by Grand Moff Muffin on Dec 28, 2020 13:39:12 GMT
Apart from 'Another Time & Place', my favourite text stories are those in the first annual. I loved the Prowl/Bumblebee dynamic in 'Hunted', with Jumpstarters thrown in, and I really loved the concept of 'Missing in Action', in which Tracks gets badly damaged and stuck in car mode, and used as a bank robbery getaway vehicle. Marvel UK did it first, before 'Shooting Star', 'Plight of the Bumblebee' and 'Showdown' did variations on the same theme. It's a perfect TF plot.
The double-page spread of the Autobots on the Ark in the first annual was also always a winner.
The Headmasters text story is great judged in isolation, but two thirds of it is just describing events seen in the comics, which makes it score less well compared to genuinely original text stories.
Little is known about this goblin beyond its dual role as an offensive weapon and teapot.