Sunday, October 18, 2015

My Love Affair With Collectible Toy Books, Art Books And More! (Street Fighter Robotech Transformers Diaclone)

I've always loved looking at toys in books, catalogs and even advertisements. For as long as I can remember anyhow. What started as "wishlisting" out of Christmas catalogs and toy pack-in brochures moved on to movie and television art and design books and then onto collector created toy guides. I still recall my first exposure to art books based of a property I loved, Star Wars. While I was told I was too young for such books when they were first published in the 80's. The next big knock to my senses was when I got my hands on, and was able to buy, the Robotech Art 1.  The Robotech series had a profound effect on me. It wasn't just cool looking transforming robots like In Transformers, it had a good story too. A real story, which I'm sorry to say Transformers just did not have. Although I still love Transformers deeply. Having the art book to go with the Robotech show and toys I was buying was fantastic. A few years later when my buying habits become more "collecting" I found a local comic store using a toy price guide. I had seen a few toy guides by this time, but most were grainy, crappy black and white newspaper print guides. This was a deluxe, hardcover guide with a good amount of color pages. My brothers and I would ask to look at the guide whenever we were at the shop. Sadly they couldn't get a copy for us. That is until an updated edition hit in 1992. We were ecstatic, we looked at that book for hours and hours. That book was Tomart's Price Guide to Action Figure Collectibles. While we could not have cared less about the pricing aspect of it, we did love the break down f toy lines, and a look at stuff we had, or were never able to get. To this day this book still sits proudly on my shelf.
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I was able to eventually grab all the Art of Star Wars reprint books in the early 90's. But a return to Transformers and a huge amount of my hobby funds being put into Japanese imports since 1991 is what really took over my collectible bookshelf space. Two books that need to really be mentioned are the first book of just Transformers collectibles I bought, and my first internet purchase ever made.
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In 1994 I was supposed to go to the first BotCon show. A buddy and I saw the ad in Tomarts (or was it AFD?) and thought it would be fun.A mix up of schedules meant we missed the show. But when word of another show in 1995 came I was in for sure. In just a little time I found Fumihiko Akiyama's booth, and there was some great stuff. For someone who had only a glimpse at the world of Japanese Transformers before now, I was blown away. One thing I knew I had to have was his fan guide about the toy released in Japan, aptly titled The Transformers In Japanese Missions. The book is filled with info as well as pics of the toys and some of their packages. It's an early ancestor to the Transformers Generations guide.
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It was in 1995 that I also picked up my first import guide online. Up to this point my books had all been purchased at Japanese bookstores or comic shows. My interest in Street Fighter at a high led me to buy the Magnificent World Of Chun-Li. I'd love to say it was from Kimono My House, but did they have a web presence then? Anyhow, the book is a wonderful look into the art of the Street Fighter Movie. And while it is indeed mostly focused on Chun-Li is does go into other areas.
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As years went on my collection of Street Fighter art books and comics grew and grew. I still need to track several books down that I've wanted. There's just something about this franchise that captured me early on and never let go. I'm glad though that my collecting has been pretty much limited to books, because I'd go broke trying to buy all the toys and figurines featuring SF characters.
As I moved in to the end of the 90's my focus remained on tracking down rare and hard to acquire books from Japan. Mostly books about toys and collecting. That mission has never actually ended, but let's just say it has been given less priority these days. And in doing less book buying, I have either been delayed in buying some books or missed them completely. One book I couldn't think I would miss, and should have bought intermediately was the Transformers Visualworks art book. The fact that it took me a few years after release to get that book is shameful given how much I admire the artists within in. When word that another art book on Transformers was coming I figured I'd better not wait quite as long this time and be forced to pay over cover price.
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