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inflatable dalek
2016-09-10, 01:55 PM
Collecting just about everything it seems:

http://www.transformerscollection.com/


These things usually start with a small trial run in one part of the country before relaunching nationwide with issue 1 if it's a success (and with any bugs sorted out, the Who one had a different cover layout on the issues released during its trial run), the websites never mention this--annoyingly--because they don't want to put off subscribers. Though if you do subscribe during the trial it seems to vary if you get the issues or if they just wait till the national launch (though if you do get the test issues you get the repeated ones in the full launch free).

It looks like, as with the Who and potential IDW Trek ones (though if they're doing this I guess that was a success and will be going nationwide) they book will be chronological when on the shelf but released out of order to spread out the stuff people are going to be most interested in.

The main appeal for me is the idea of behind the scenes info on the American book, hopefully it will be up to the standard of the Classics TFUK stuff (which will presumably be the basis of the behind the scenes stuff in those books), so I can certainly see me getting those.


(All the above assumes there hasn't been a test run I've somehow not heard about. I hope they do something with the front covers tbh, they feel a bit dull)

Brendocon 2.0
2016-09-10, 02:23 PM
It goes against everything I stand for, but I think I really want these. Well, the 80s/90s stuff anyway.

Be interesting to see how they tackle the US#3 situation.

What was the legal situation for IDW's reprints regarding Death's Head?

inflatable dalek
2016-09-10, 03:16 PM
I would assume (though I may use the fact I have A BLOG to try and find out more through their contact details like I'm a journalist of some kind. Which would in no way be an attempt to waggle review copies for at least the test...) they'll be able to reprint the Marvel characters through the same deal that let IDW do it themselves.

Are Hatchet involved in one of the Marvel Partworks (of which there seem to be several, including two comic ones...)? If they've a deal there it's almost a certainty.

Sades
2016-09-10, 03:41 PM
How can I get copies if I live outside the UK or Republic of Ireland?
We are sorry, but at the moment we cannot send copies outside the UK and R.O.I.

Well, balls.

Brendocon 2.0
2016-09-10, 03:53 PM
Are Hatchet involved in one of the Marvel Partworks (of which there seem to be several, including two comic ones...)? If they've a deal there it's almost a certainty.

Oh it's Hachette is it? That'll be fine then. They seem to be basically responsible for distribution of pretty much everything.

Auntie Slag
2016-09-10, 05:07 PM
If you scroll down the Collection page to the 'DELVE INTO THE WORLD OF THE WARRING ROBOTS IN DISGUISE' bit, you'll see they've got Jazz's bio accompanied by a picture of Prowl.

inflatable dalek
2016-09-10, 05:12 PM
Hopefully that'll be something they fix before any print version!

Though one of the flaws with the Who one is it's riddled with (frequently odd) typos. That won't be such a problem with straight reprints of archival comics, but might hit the original content.

Brendocon 2.0
2016-09-10, 05:12 PM
Though one of the flaws with the Who one is it's riddled with (frequently odd) typos.

You're one to talk...

inflatable dalek
2016-09-10, 05:14 PM
You're one to talk...


I'm not charging you 20 a month for this though!

Brendocon 2.0
2016-09-10, 05:17 PM
Only because you've not found a way to yet...

inflatable dalek
2016-09-10, 05:17 PM
I keep hoping people will pay me to stop.

Auntie Slag
2016-09-10, 05:36 PM
There's typos everywhere.

Even though the Cover to Issue Two is Stormbringer, directly underneath they've boldly given it the title 'STORMBRIDGE'.

This truly is the all out civil war between the Heroic Autobots and Evil Deceptions.

Denyer
2016-09-10, 09:53 PM
Surprised they think there's a market given that most of the target audience has it all (or the parts they want) already. Often in multiple.

edit: They've even ****ing spelt Wildman as WLIDMAN in one graphic.

Can't spot when it's due to start?

inflatable dalek
2016-09-10, 10:08 PM
The vagueness is probably due to it being a trial.

In terms of audience, I know from talking to James Roberts IDW's TFUK books sell to people outside of the traditional fandom. People who like UK comics or bought it as a kid who have followed nothing since. They won't own this material multiple times and presumably the whole thing is based on the assumption there's enough of them (and enough Brits who haven't thought of TFs comics in 30 years but would by this if an advert showed up in their Facebook feed) to justify it. There might not be, but that's what the trial proves.

Skyquake87
2016-09-11, 10:51 AM
The Marvel collection seems to have done well enough to be re-issued and/ or still running (really confused by that - the black volumes seem to still be an ongoing concern, but there was a relaunch a couple of years ago of the same series in magenta covers which I also keep seeing about), so I can see that other comic properties might be something Hachette would be interested in.

If I wasn't happy enough with the Titan stuff, I'd probably pick this up. I do wonder how well that Dredd collection fared. I didn't see it anywhere after the initial 5 issues of that.

The behind the scenes stuff is appealing - as it is for the IDW Classics UK books - but I just can't justify buying the same stuff over again for a marginal amount of content I haven't seen before. I hope it does well anyway. Transformers is probably of solid enough appeal, so it should sell moderately well.

inflatable dalek
2016-09-11, 04:34 PM
The Dredd one is still going, these things (especially the more niche ones) usually ust stop appearing in newsagents after a while.

Furman has apparently announced he's editing and that they're not just going to be the first reprints to treat all the Marvel comic as just one series, they're going to try and present the American issues as we saw them, with the appropriate changes (I'm assuming the appropriate dialogue differences rather than splitting things in two and altering every use of "color").

Presumably this will depend on if it does well enough during the trial for them to get a budget that means not just using the recent IDW Marvel US stuff (and as such, how the American issues appear could wind up one of the differences between the trial and the main run, I suspect they'd just go for a straight reprint when testing the water. Of course the first issue will give a good indication with the changes to the stuff about Prime's injury...).

Prowl1984
2016-09-11, 09:03 PM
I collected the Marvel one way back when, i signed up for the original 60 but then they started extending it even further in to the back catalogue towards what should have been the final few months. I had to stay on longer just to finish the initial 60 so i could have the mural completed. They then started exactly the same collection again a year later. On the plus side TF isn't nearly as extensive as Marvel but they could move on to the IDW stuff. I'll grab the first issue in WHSmiths and see if it's worth it.

Saw a thread about it on another site and there was a f*cktonne of hate for IDW for some reason...is this a thing? (Hello again by the way)

Brendocon 2.0
2016-09-11, 09:06 PM
On the plus side TF isn't nearly as extensive as Marvel but they could move on to the IDW stuff

Stormbringer is one of the initial four books. As is DW's War Within.

inflatable dalek
2016-09-12, 06:39 AM
Stormbringer is only just over halfway through the planned run (35 0f 60. That's a good chunk higher than War Within's number though, I wonder if they'll be doing the IDW stuff in that annoying "Suggested Reading Order" they're so fond of?), so it should be going a good way to the MTMTE and RID stuff.

Oh God, ReGeneration One will be in there somewhere...

Brendocon 2.0
2016-09-12, 08:34 AM
I wonder if they'll be doing the IDW stuff in that annoying "Suggested Reading Order" they're so fond of?)

Well if the website is to be trusted, Spotlight: Shockwave is being bundled in with Stormbringer, so I'd guess maybe not?

That said. I'm really not sure about the ins and outs of IDW's silly revised chronological order. I've always found (for the Furman stuff anyway) that the publication sequence was absolutely fine.

Prowl1984
2016-09-12, 10:20 AM
Stormbringer is one of the initial four books. As is DW's War Within.

Ah...i shall likely pass then. I'd be in it to replace my Titan trades and to pick up the DW stuff as i missed that first time round but I've got shelves full of IDW that just doesn't need replacing.

Cliffjumper
2016-09-12, 06:36 PM
Not entirely sure I'm up for forking out 20 on material I already have, especially as behind the scenes stuff will bleed into the Waki, Transformation, etc. and probably actually isn't all that interesting, especially as the guy with a habit of revising history to make himself look more awesome is editing.

One of those odd things that's only of interest to people who already have most of it; really think the nostalgia will fade once you're talking a tenner a copy. Trust me, I have the good fortune to work with people who order the bloody things.

Wouldn't actually be surprised if this one doesn't make it past regional; it's usually about the third issue that people start doing the maths and work out how much their subscription is likely to actually cost versus rounding up the Titan trades; the main reason the Marvel one got through was that a fair percentage of the books reprinted aren't actually dirt cheap in other formats whereas there are Forbidden Planets out there using copies of Showdown as coasters.

inflatable dalek
2016-09-12, 07:41 PM
It does seem a surprising one to go for, I suppose it depends how much residual fondness there is for the comics outside the traditional fandom. Presumably, unless they're insane, a full launch should tie into the next film in June so we won't know for a while.

Mind, the Trek one's website is still up and letting you take orders despite the four issue trial now presumably being over, but they've missed the really obvious attention grabbing launch point of the 50th.

Cliffjumper
2016-09-12, 08:14 PM
T2006 will do brisk business, especially if they're really smart and bundle either the IDW film adaptation or a DVD copy of the film in for a first issue freebie. But you're not going to get much nostalgia appeal in War Within or Stormbringer; personally think they should have picked either IDW or Marvel, not sure how many people who casually read the weekly thirty years ago are going to be much other than baffled by new comics which have nothing to do with the old.

WW is especially baffling - an unfinished prequel to unfinished stories which will probably be skipped seems more like the editor trying to do the writer a favour by putting some royalties his way in a big-selling early issue.

It's a bit of a shame as an Ultimate TF UK book just covering the Marvel stuff with some common sense stuff like annuals, G2, full colour US reprints, dumping Earthforce in one solid block at the end and maaaaybe finding money to at least finish off colouring Raiders would be tempting and if done in a similar way to the Titan stuff but with the UK material integrated (start off with big epic Unicron stuff and then G2 before looping around to the dodgy early material when the subs are in would have actually been pretty tempting and probably more likely to ensnare.

Transformers still isn't hugely remembered as a comic title here either; the cartoon seems to have imprinted a lot harder considering its' spotty showings.

inflatable dalek
2016-09-13, 07:29 AM
I can see the logic of doing The Origin of Optimus Prime as one of the early ones, though equally there's a couple of IDW stories that could equally fit the bill (either one from the writer of Transformers The Movie or even the pretty damn awesome Chaos Theory if they wanted to show the real start of his journey). I think WW I is fairly standalone as well though isn't it?

Doing it and Stormbringer in the test run was probably a mistake though. Something more recent would have made more sense to give a good cross sample of everything being offered.

A lot of people do seem to want just a Marvel one, and I wonder if that'll undo it. Would the 20ish issues that'd take be too small for a part work? I can certainly see a lot of people picking and chosing just those if it goes beyond the trial.

And speaking of the trial, I assumed this announcement was for something forthcoming, but the TFW thread has an inhand pic of the T:2006 book, so it's out in the test area already (though they don't say where the test area is!).

Sadly the thread has mostly been taken over by someone very angry at the term "Generation One" being used for anything other than the Marvel comics because OBVIOUSLY GENERATION ONE ENDED WHEN GENERATION 2 STARTED, THAT'S HOW GENERATIONS WORK DUH.

Brendocon 2.0
2016-09-13, 07:55 AM
God I hope the partwork includes the UK G2 comics just to piss people off.

inflatable dalek
2016-09-13, 07:58 AM
If the first US G2 book has the Joe crossover and Ghosts in it, Fleetway could well be used to add some weight to the second...

Brendocon 2.0
2016-09-13, 08:08 AM
As far as I can remember, the first official use of the term "Generation One" was on Takara's SCF range in about 2000.

So it's got about 16 years of being used to refer to the characters from pre-1993. Which is what the DW and IDW stuff is, so I really don't see the problem.

It's not as if they're padding it out with Energon, Hearts of Steel or The Gathering, is it.

They're going to pad it out with Energon, Hearts of Steel and The Gathering, aren't they?

inflatable dalek
2016-09-13, 08:11 AM
I'm still not sure how there's that many books between War Within and Stormbringer so you never know...

EDIT: Wouldn't actually be surprised if the Beast Wars stuff is high on a list of things to add to any extension of the original run if it's still doing well enough...

Brendocon 2.0
2016-09-13, 08:28 AM
I'm still not sure how there's that many books between War Within and Stormbringer so you never know...

War Within's v28 and Stormbringer's v35, yeah?

v29 The Dark Ages / whatever there is of Age of Wrath
v30 the first DW mini
v31 War & Peace
v32-33 DW's ongoing/Micromasters
v34 Infiltration? Or whatever the hell they do for sequencing the IDW flashback stuff. Megatron Origin? Who the **** knows.

But basically it looks about right to me.

inflatable dalek
2016-09-13, 08:50 AM
Dreamwave: There's more than you'd think!

Assuming they stick some of the Joe crossovers in the gap between Marvel and Dreamwave (and a two book G2) and yeah... most of that gets filled fairly easily.








A hardback Micromasters folks. What a world to live in.


And even if the trial fails, it's kind of cool Target: 2006 got onto at least some newsagents shelves again alongside the 30th birthday of its first issue.

Brendocon 2.0
2016-09-13, 09:29 AM
So long as they cover the Ladybird books, it's all good.

Tetsuro
2016-09-13, 10:49 AM
There's typos everywhere.

Even though the Cover to Issue Two is Stormbringer, directly underneath they've boldly given it the title 'STORMBRIDGE'.

This truly is the all out civil war between the Heroic Autobots and Evil Deceptions.
I dread the "remastered" part if it's gonna bring us another profile of Streetwise "dutitutty reoording" the most seemingly insignificant details.

Or "fixing" purple Soundwave. Why does that need "fixing" anyway? Is presenting the comics as originally printed that much of a bad thing? I'm not asking them to print it on crappy paper too, but this is the kind of mentality that gives us a Predator blu-ray where everyone and everything looks like they're made of plastic.

inflatable dalek
2016-09-17, 08:26 AM
After an initially odd email exchange (something seemed to get lost in their first reply as it was just one lower case nonsensical sentence) I got a reply to my arm chancing request for an interview about the book that said they won't be looking into any promotional stuff for 2-3 months. So it looks like a post-Christmas launch if the test does well enough.

inflatable dalek
2016-10-03, 12:12 PM
People who subscribed are starting to get the first two issues apparently.

As I was in Manchester for a wedding and I thought it would make a good Christmas Quiz prize I picked up the second issue over the weekend. Probably the least interesting of the test issues in terms of content (all off the shelf IDW stuff that doesn't give much of an indication of how they'll handle archival stuff), but the book itself really is a nice chunky hardback. If they sort out the spine art and the some design niggles (wrong endpieces being the big one here) this could be quite a good collection.

Based on how many copies they had a week after it came out I'd suspect it's not going well enough to go nationwide though.

https://twitter.com/InflatableDalek/status/782589280954806273

https://twitter.com/InflatableDalek/status/782589782241181697

Brendocon 2.0
2016-10-03, 12:26 PM
People who subscribed are starting to get the first two issues apparently

Yeah, just picked mine up from the sorting office during my lunch break. Proper thoughts to follow after work.

Brendocon 2.0
2016-10-03, 08:35 PM
Top work in getting the inside front cover art swapped for Target 2006 and Stormbringer.

Beyond that I'm geeking the **** out over having a UK format hardcover of 2006 that presumably has the pages in the right order (hi Titan) and any thoughts beyond that are just noise right now.

inflatable dalek
2016-10-07, 04:02 PM
My sub finally arrived! Turned out they hadn't written the flat number on the address so it's spent a week under a postman's arm with him wandering the block knocking on random doors (I'd entered it properly on the site though).

The T: 2006 book is indeed lovely and looks so good as a chunky hardback. It's a bit unfair on Stormbringer but seeing all that old stuff presented like this is going to get you in the gut far more.

Though if it doesn't get to series/you only want this first one the American content will seem a bit random. And the behind the scenes stuff is shamelessly just UK focused, anyone wanting insight into Arielbots Over America will be sad.

inflatable dalek
2016-10-27, 06:38 PM
And with the trial now over (though it looks like a lot of subscribers--myself included, didn't get the full run due to demand exceeding the printing. No one was charged for anything yet, but it'd be nice if these things were made clear when signing up...) apparently it's showing up in Diamond solicitations for the new year.

Which is a surprise, but not an unpleasant out.

Brendocon 2.0
2016-10-27, 06:52 PM
And with the trial now over (though it looks like a lot of subscribers--myself included, didn't get the full run due to demand exceeding the printing.

How do you mean didn't get the full run? They've only released two so far. Or do you mean you didn't receive both books?

No one was charged for anything yet, but it'd be nice if these things were made clear when signing up...

Yeah, this confused me. The invoice said the next books would be sent after payment is received, but the due amount was zero and the next shipment isn't due yet anyway. All very muddied.

inflatable dalek
2016-10-27, 07:07 PM
All four issues have been out in Manchester now, with the final containing a note clarifying it was the last trial and to stay tuned. No subscribers (at least on TMUK) seem to have received the second package though.

With the Who partwork I think it normally works out that you get the package between the two issues being released to shops, though it can vary a bit either way.

Brendocon 2.0
2016-10-27, 07:13 PM
Based on when I received the first batch I'm not expecting the second package until next week. The fact I've not paid anything yet is the only question mark over it...

Ryan F
2016-11-14, 10:50 PM
I signed up for the subscription but didn't receive any of the trial issues - guess I'm one of the unlucky ones who'll end up waiting for the full launch to get anything... sigh.

Skyquake87
2016-11-15, 07:07 PM
hello ryan! hope you're well :)


Partworks! whoop

inflatable dalek
2016-11-18, 03:37 PM
Is Skyquake drunk?



Anyway, the other two issues in the trial have turned up (bloody Halfshell being right), though still missing the flat number on them. Though when phoning up to get the address corrected the man on the phone I spoke to confirmed it's going nationwide, possibly before the end of the year (though he wasn't entirely sure about that).

As for the two books, a quick glance makes me think:

The Edge of Extinction one is very nice, good chunky hardback with Rhythms through to the titular story, so basically not far off being that best of book Titan did a few years ago. I can see this being one people who aren't otherwise interested grab.

Plus all the UK covers are present, the only book with American Marvel issues where this was the case. I think this was the last issue in the trial, so hopefully that's something that's been tweaked as they've gone along and the proper series will do it for all.

The Primal Scream one is a little odder. As I've said before, I can see the logic of getting the "Drawn to be colour" strips in the trial by hook or by crook so that if it didn't go through they'd at least have had the treatment. But there's no sense in either Fall and Rise... or especially the clear prologue to Time Wars Cold Comfort and Joy being there. It's very odd and distracting and means the attempt to "Do" Marvel in the proper order has already faltered.

Not sure why the new colours are very much in the American Marvel "Dots" style rather than what the UK used to do either.

[I haven't had chance to read the surrounding bonus material yet, so maybe all question will be answered there]


Quick Edit: I do think they've made a bit of a mistake with the issues chosen for the test being so Marvel and Furman heavy. It doesn't give any real idea of what people who aren't already buying all the comics might expect from the backhalf of the series, nor what a "Modern" (Stormbringer is ten years old!) TF comic is like. Any Brits going "Well I'd loved what I had as a kid, but I'm not sure about this other stuff" won't have anything to sway them here.

I'm not sure how far forward it's going, but surely Wreckers (though I suppose that's not that recent any more) or early MTMTE or RID would have been a sensible addition.

Brendocon 2.0
2016-11-18, 05:08 PM
Anyway, the other two issues in the trial have turned up (bloody Halfshell being right

I DO NOT KNOW WHO THIS HALFSHELL PERSON IS BUT THEY SOUND VERY INTELLIGENT AND PROBABLY USUALLY CORRECT.

Ahem.

Saw this post earlier, pulled my grumpy "Well MINE haven't arrived" face, only to get home just now and they're here. Hooray! Much more sensible packaging this time out, too, as the first shipment was two books in an oversized box whereas this is in actual form-fitting wraparound cardboard.

Complete with a covering letter saying the four issue trial is over, which is interesting as it's the first official thing I've seen that actually says it's a trial.

So have none of us actually been charged for the first four issues then? Presumably nobody's received the free gifts that were advertised either? This is all very confusingly structured.

It's very odd and distracting and means the attempt to "Do" Marvel in the proper order has already faltered.

YOU ARE WRONG THIS IS DEFINITIVE FURMAN HELPED ORGANISE IT AND THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY NOW ahem. Sorry, went a bit Wikidiot for a moment there.

I'm not sure how far forward it's going, but surely Wreckers (though I suppose that's not that recent any more) or early MTMTE or RID would have been a sensible addition.

I'd imagine there's an agreement with IDW to not do anything that's still "in print" as part of the trial. Especially if none of us have paid for the stuff...

inflatable dalek
2016-11-25, 04:45 PM
I DO NOT KNOW WHO THIS HALFSHELL PERSON IS BUT THEY SOUND VERY INTELLIGENT AND PROBABLY USUALLY CORRECT.

A lot of posters here would agree with you.

Because most of them were his alt IDs.

So, fully confirmed to be launching now with pre-orders at places like Forbidden Planet up.

Towards the bottom of the main website page there's also now a link to a questionnaire (and it's telling that the options for how you read issue 1 don't include a subscription!) asking for feedback from those who have and haven't picked up the trial. It's a good way of suggesting (sensible) changes for the main run. Mine was mostly about the covers and keeping on top of Marvel story order as much as possible.

Ryan F
2016-12-14, 07:38 PM
Huzzah! I didn't get any of the trial issues, but I do now have the first two 'proper' volumes, which appear to be starting to roll out now.

Just had a skim through the Target:2006 book...

Page 132 promises "Transformers US #21-22", but what follows is a full three issues, US#21 to 23.

The US issues are presented more-or-less how they were originally printed (but with the dotty colouring fixed). Surely the point in presenting the US and UK books in the correct order is so they can be read as a single story, in the proper context?

In order to smooth over the continuity cracks between the UK and US stories, the US books were usually edited (US#16-24 were especially affected) for their UK printing. But rather than the UK edits of the American stories, we get the familiar US versions. So further down the line we'll get continuity cock-ups like Razorclaw visiting Earth for the first time twice (in 'Prey' and 'Gone But Not Forgotten'). We'll also likely get appearances by Skids when he's supposed to be in limbo (he was often painted out of the US books for the British reprinting), and Skids will inexplicably take ages to travel from Wyoming back to the Ark, because we won't get the extra explanation for his absence (from the events of "Target:2006") that was added to the UK printing of "Showdown". Presumably we'll also get the unedited version of "Totaled", which will mean that Starscream will effectively escape from the Autobots twice (in "Totalled" and "Stargazing"), despite only being captured once. Ugh.

Also, shouldn't "The Gift" (UK#93) be slotted in between "Heavy Traffic" and "Decepticon Graffitti"? Where has it gone? We get covers galleries for the UK comics and full page covers for the US issues, but annoyingly the UK-exclusive covers for the American stories (such as the cover for UK#94) aren't present.

As a UK publication, it would make far more sense to get the UK edits of the US comics, just so the whole thing flows better. An example from this volume would be on page 4 of "Heavy Traffic", where it states that Prime was wounded in issue #19 - in the UK edit, that wound was as a result of being hacked at by Zenag in UK#100 - you see why this is going to get a little bumpy for readers new to the series?

Oh, and on page 214, there's a factual error as well, when it states that Transformers UK sold 200,000 copies per week. Thanks to my super-secret research, I can confirm that's bollocks. It actually sold 103,000 copies per week at its peak.

The confusion comes from the fact that each individual comic sold would tend to be read by a number of people, as kids lent or gave their comics to siblings or school friends. It was calculated that, on average, each comic sold would be read by two-point-five people. Marvel (and other comic publishers such as Fleetway or IPC) would therefore take the actual circulation figures and apply this 2.5 multiplier to give a total readership that did exceed two hundred thousand on occasion. So whilst the readership was arguably 250K-plus, the actual number of copies sold was less that half that figure.

Dalek, if only they'd hired us as editors, eh?

Oh, and hello to you too, Skyquake!

inflatable dalek
2016-12-14, 09:14 PM
Having just checked, no charge on my account yet. Presuming I'll be getting the first four again (which would seem to be standard and fits with not having been charged for the trial) coupled with no advertising or mention of the book's formal launch (though the website has been revamped a bit, no more "Andrew Wlidman") that all seems odd. Especially as the Who one normally comes in parallel with the newstand release of the first of the two issues you're getting.

Shame it sounds as if there hasn't been time for any feedback from the trial to be put into effect. The Trek one had a much longer gestation period (it trialed before this and won't be starting till January!) and did shift some things, such as changing the subscriber bonus books.

Were the free gifts all present and correct?

EDIT: Actually, you should have gotten three books as Primal Scream comes free with anyone whose sub includes issue 2 (and the Who partwork had a similar deal and three issues in its first delivery), is this perhaps your trial sub finally being sent out?

DOUBLE EDIT: I should say I mean your Hachette account rather than asking you to check your bank!

Ryan F
2016-12-14, 10:12 PM
Huh, yeah, I suppose these must be trial issues, then. No sign of issue 3, no free gift, and the paperwork inside the box contains an invoice for 0.00.

Weird I'm only getting these now, ages after everyone else and so close to the actual release date.

Also, very surprised these arrived in a box, considering the Dr Who partwork books are posted in just a wraparound bit of cardboard, Amazon-style.

inflatable dalek
2016-12-18, 12:28 AM
The website has become just an announcement it's coming soon, looks like they'll be rolling out at least the PR for it in the next few days.

inflatable dalek
2016-12-20, 09:05 PM
Quick out the door on the way to work copying and pasting of another post done this morning quickly on my phone:

Website revised for launch (they still don't know who Jazz is!).

Video (presumably for TV) advert!

Slight changes to the free gifts (including an odd but actually entertainingly left choice of cover to turn into a "Tin plate"!).

Same covers and spine art :(

Premiym sub added, but whilst with other partworks this tends to be bonus books, here it's art prints. Not worth it for me, YMMV.

Auntie Slag
2016-12-20, 11:53 PM
Is there a chance to buy this casually, say if I just want Issues 5 and 13? I only ask because they keep mentioning subscriptions, premium subscriptions, elite subscriptions, simpatico maximus subscriptions etc. I just want the ones Gears appears in.

Brendocon 2.0
2016-12-21, 09:01 AM
Is there a chance to buy this casually, say if I just want Issues 5 and 13? I only ask because they keep mentioning subscriptions, premium subscriptions, elite subscriptions, simpatico maximus subscriptions etc. I just want the ones Gears appears in.

They'll probably turn up in random newsagents or bookshops. I'd expect Forbidden Planet to stock them. Failing that they'll probably turn up on eBay. You should be fine, squire.

inflatable dalek
2016-12-21, 09:50 AM
The Who one has a page on the website you can order specific issues as they come out, presumably it'll be the same for this (handy way of finding out what's coming as well).

Plus of course, the usual suspects as Brend says.

Auntie Slag
2016-12-21, 10:51 AM
Thank you, that's good to know. I'm quite keen to get Stormbringer and Chaos Theory. If they reprint the new TF comic prior to it splitting into MTMTE and RID, that would be pretty cool too. The weird art intrigues me & it was right around the time I started noticing them on the shelves, but not enough to actually buy them.

inflatable dalek
2016-12-26, 08:58 PM
Had an email on Christmas Day (!) announcing the start of the proper run. Test subscribers should note you have to give them your payment details again as they don't keep them for data protection reasons. I also got a new subscription number.

It claims issue 1 will be published on 28th December, but I can't realistically see it at homes or in shops before new year.

There's also going to be a signing in Orbital Comics on the 14th January to celebrate the launch: https://twitter.com/orbitalcomics/status/812364099950706690.

Jeff Anderson added since that tweet.

Brendocon 2.0
2016-12-28, 05:06 PM
It claims issue 1 will be published on 28th December, but I can't realistically see it at homes or in shops before new year.

Well it's on the Diamond shipping lists for today, which should be in UK comic shops tomorrow. Assuming said shops have ordered it, obvs.

Auntie Slag
2016-12-28, 05:17 PM
Yeah, and I caught the advert for it on TV twice today; once during the Muppet Movie and again during something on ITV. They only mixed up Soundwave with Thunderwing, but otherwise it was a top notch advertisement.

Transformers; warrior robots in women's clothing. Issue 1 only 1.99

inflatable dalek
2016-12-28, 07:57 PM
It is indeed in shops NOW.

Obviously early issues will be easy to get nn newsagents, but as the series goes along this'll be the link for ordering individual books you can't otherwise find: https://www.hachettepartworks.com/transformers-the-definitive-g1-collection

inflatable dalek
2017-01-03, 06:14 AM
Turns out the first two issues and keyrings were allocated onro my account on the Hachette website on the 30th. Based on how it normally works with the Who partwork (the January issues of which were allocated at the same time) it should turn up this weekend. Bar any extra delays from New Year.

When I have a sec I'll start a thread to talk about the series as it goes along in the TFGD forum.

Brendocon 2.0
2017-01-03, 04:40 PM
Turns out the first two issues and keyrings were allocated onro my account on the Hachette website on the 30th.

See this is the point where I want to complain about being charged for stuff they've already given to me for free, but the intro offer means the price is nominal, plus there are freebies that are probably worth more than the charge, so I must begrudgingly accept that it is a Good Deal so far.

inflatable dalek
2017-01-03, 06:18 PM
The odd thing is, I didn't believe the trial subscribers who were told they weren't going to get charged for the proper issues either (well, that is to say I believed they were told that, I just didn't think the person at Hachette who told them this had a clue), but according to the website, the charge for these is 0.00 as well. Which doesn't really make sense and suggests someone got confused, but I have no complaints.


Thread for general discussion on the series (though obviously any big news--extension, cancellation, Prowl actually turning out to be Jazz) can still go here:


http://tfarchive.com/community/showthread.php?p=761971#post761971

YoungDoctor
2017-01-04, 06:34 PM
The odd thing is, I didn't believe the trial subscribers who were told they weren't going to get charged for the proper issues either (well, that is to say I believed they were told that, I just didn't think the person at Hachette who told them this had a clue), but according to the website, the charge for these is 0.00 as well. Which doesn't really make sense and suggests someone got confused, but I have no complaints.


Thread for general discussion on the series (though obviously any big news--extension, cancellation, Prowl actually turning out to be Jazz) can still go here:


http://tfarchive.com/community/showthread.php?p=761971#post761971

My account is showing the same.