From the ever-reliable Million Publishing, it's very much in a similar vein to the Transformers: Generations book. So you know the drill, lots of rather good photos of the toys from the 80's through to 2005 when the book was published. Oodles of design sketches, etc. I have some affection for the 80's Gobots, having owned some of them/played with them as a child and looked at in their own right, taking the rubbish storyline the toys had away, a lot of them are quite smart, if perhaps not as great as Transformers. This is a very nice visual record of the line. I don't have the cash/inclination/space to pick them up but the book does the job nicely for me.
There is also a DVD included, Machine Robo Visual Record, which I have yet to view. But so far pretty good value for money (important for me on a student budget!) and worth sticking an order in if you enjoyed Gobots and/or like Japanese picture books in this vein.
Yes indeed. These types of books are mostly pictorial in nature and so can be followed easily enough in a coffee-table-book-like fashion. The Japanese do them so well and at very affordable prices too. And there are no English language book equivalents anyway.
they are lovely pictures! japanese and mandarin are supposed to be hard to learn...but i'm not sure, its just a bunch of noise most of the time! French I would love to learn properly though and possibly german, spanish is an easy one, yes it is that dreaded "no time to do anything" factor, it can be depressing sometimes.
I learnt a tiny bit of Cantonese several years ago when I had a chinese girl friend. It's a bloody horrible language to learn! Fun to speak, but it's all 'sung', it's not what you say, it's how you say it! I learnt quite a bit of French and Spanish at one point, but 'cos I don't use 'em, I forgotten most of it, esp Spanish which I learnt later in life when my synapse are all set in their ways. Mrs Shockprowl's got German relatives, so should learn a bit of that for visits and the like, but I'd rather re-learn French. What was it Frederick the Great of Prussia said? "German is for soldiers, French is for Gentleman". Words to that effect.
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
Curse you Burns. I am very tempted now to invest in this book. Machine Robo was never a franchise I was more than peripherally aware of, but hearing that the book has design sketches as well as scads of photos of the toys I am rather tempted.
"I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life were fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe." — Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 — A Late Delivery from Avalon