I got my first real computer in 1995 and it was a big day in my life. No longer would I have to use a shitty second hand one that only operated through DOS, this new one had Microsoft Windows. I was 11 years old and couldn’t wait to explore the wonders of dial up internet. One of the first things I remember doing was saving a 3 1/2 inch floppy disk full of original Transformers G1 box art. Retrospectively, it was a pretty odd thing to do. You might say it was that day that the Biff you’re reading today was born.
I’ve always loved this particular art from a young age, perhaps because it was almost a more “realistic” version of the Transformers cartoon counterparts. In my mind this is the version of what these robots in disguise actually looked like. Legacy: The Art Of Transformers Packaging is a labor of love made by fans Bill Forester and Jim Sorenson who scoured the world for the most comprehensive box art they could scan. It seems that somewhere along the way IDW (who currently publishes Transformers and other Hasbro licensed properties) saw the merit behind this book and decided to publish it. The book itself is huge true hardcover coffee table book. The text is minimal, but that’s ok. It leaves more room for the main attraction, the art.
Transformers is a big part of what makes me the Evil Geek that I am today. As a kid in the 1980’s the G1 cartoon was mandatory viewing and the concept alone was enough to really stretch out my imagination. While of course I collected the toys, retrospectively they didn’t always resemble their cartoon counterparts. One thing the toys did have though was the box art and despite the occasional odd proportion here or there it’s these depictions of the characters that became in my mind their definitive representations.
In this post, I’ve decided to collect and present to you a small sampling of the best (and my favorite) Autobot and Decepticon box art.