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.
It has been far too long since we last spoke. Unfortunately, I have nothing but bad news for you, as I review this summer’s blockbuster, Transformers: Age of Extinction. I spoke about this movie quite a bit a couple weeks back on our podcast, but I figured that I’ve settled down a little bit and could expand my rant! How can a summer blockbuster have anything negative associated with it, you ask? Well, the answer to that question and more other frustrating things about this movie are awaiting you.
A brief bio-graphical history of my love for the Transformers
It was 1986, a rainy day in Astoria Queens. I was really, really bored. After annoying the crap of my parents, they took to me to the local video rental store to get a movie. When I walked in my eyes were focused on the children’s section and I ran over as fast as I could, anxious to see what I could find. They I saw it. It was a volume set of the first 9 episodes of the Transformers cartoon. I took home those 3 VHS tapes, loaded them in my VHS player, pressed play and instantly fell in love. From there I was hooked. My love for the Transformers started with the G1 series and spread to the toys, comics, other cartoons, video games and most recently the live action movies. There aren’t many things that I am very knowledgeable or passionate about in this nerd multi-verse we live in, but I do know Transformers and I know when to call something out for the disappointing load of garbage that it is.
That being said
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Duck and cover, Evil Geeks, because this week Greekimus is going off! Our resident Transformers fanboy unleashes the nerd rage upon the latest installment of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise. C-Mart also talks the Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX sneak preview and then it’s some good old fashioned nerdery as the guys talk the latest geek news. It’s Big Evil, C-Mart, Greekimus Prime and Martian Luthor Kang on an all new Transmissions From the Evil Lair!
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.
Today’s Evil Geeks Disassembled gives us our newest podcast; The Animated Show… and as the title suggests, we talk cartoons! Our pilot episode has Big Evil and Greekimus Prime talking about two of their favorite toons that had their runs cancelled too early: Young Justice and Avengers; Earths Mightiest Heroes. So if you’re into toons then sit back and geek out with us…
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Do you love giant robots from the 1980’s? Do you love nerd art? Of course you do or else you wouldn’t be here. If you live in the Philadelphia area and are planning on going to the Wizard World Comic Con (May 30 – June 2) the crew over at Acidfree Gallery will be releasing these exclusive posters for the event: