Books about art is to observe the evolution of your favorite characters: where did their projects come from, what and when it changed and how things achieved a state that you finally saw on the silver screen.The Art and Making of Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy is something more: it is not enough to compile all production graphics for the series, it is a full chronology of the history of the anime Siege, Earthrise and Kingdom Transformers.In this respect, I cannot review it as a book about art – because this book is simply not a book about art.It’s a story.Nevertheless, this is a difficult to review story because it is about producing the series.
The story begins with the presentation of the concept in Hasbro, in which the idea of the Transformers series is considering, which serves as a prequel to the original series from the 80s. Although this story angle has been slightly examined in comics, fans have never been able to see in animation before.After all, the Hasbro team is able to connect with Netflix and Studio Polygon, where the idea is developed, characters are selected and the path is prepared to restore the cast of the beast during their 25th anniversary.
This is a story that we see at all later stages: conceptualization of key characters and their redesign, justifying certain choices of the plot and character’s actions, the evolution of the Cybertron world, which exists in this anime and a brief view of people who enlivened the series.Although it is expected that directors and producers will participate and offer promotional speeches to promote the program, you can also look at many people on the ground floor who dealt with nuts and screws of the series.A special distinction is due to key staff members, such as Suichi Kohno from Polygon, who was responsible for learning the physics of conversion processes of individual characters based on their toys.
During production, special attention is paid to every detail;For example, many ranks for the cast were explained, and the Quintesson Deseeus emblem is broken to demonstrate its individual elements and what they represent.There is also a whole chapter dedicated to building a world, showing small details of the series, from propaganda posters in the universe made by Autobots and Decepticones to inspect the music score.And of course there is a gallery of all toy versions of the characters from the series.
If the whole performance was exposed, everything that is left would be a look into the future. While many blocks of insight from the production and the companies we receive in the book were fascinating, it would be double if interviews with various key employees were conducted to delve into some aspects of the series deeper. What’s more, it would be fascinating to see what Hasbro, Polygon and Netflix took out of this program; The book discusses the ease with which three studies were able to communicate at all stages. What the production team learned from this experience and how they use these lessons in the future would also be a real treat. It would also be nice to hear from key characters about what a series means for them. Considering that many shows rotate around promoting toys, it would be nice to see many stages of transformer production, from the conceptualization of the conversion process, through engineering, to serving tricks along the line.
So the question remains: is the art and making of transformers: war for cybertron trilogy a good book? As for the compilation of key conceptual graphics for the Cybertron War trilogy, this is: it is a wealth of production materials that every fan of the series would like to get. When it comes to serving as a chronicle of the production of the series, yes: it gives a key insight into many decisions and changes that occurred behind the scenes, as a result of which fans of the series fell in love. Although it would be interesting to see a further discussion about the legacy and the future of the Transformers series, this history of the Cybertron Trilogy production is as complete as the fan can hope. Although I will risk that this book does not contain too much insight for ordinary animation fans who are simply looking for an insight into the production process of the series, transformers fans can gain a lot, even if they did not watch programs that are the chronicles of this artbook and where these new toys come from with them collection.