Steve-o's Essential Transformers Links
There are already a lot of TF link lists around, but few if any
serve to point people to all the most basic, most requested TF info
in an easy-to-navigate fashion. That's the primary purpose of this
hotlist. Some sites are listed more than once; generally, this happens
if there is more than one big resource there, or if I want to list the
site as a whole as well as one of its features. If there's an
'important' site that you think I've passed over (yours or someone
else's) feel free to
contact me, but don't be
offended if I say "no thanks". I want this list to remain focused.
Also, you may notice (if you pay as much attention to this list as I
do, which you probably don't) that I shuffle sites around from one
place to another from time to time as my idea of what the organization
means changes. Don't be offended by that, either. If I have your
site listed, it means I think it's really good. None of these
categories are more 'prestigious' than the others.
|| Official Sites |
Comprehensive Sites |
Guides and Lists ||
|| Misc. Useful Sites |
News and Media |
Other Sites I Like ||
- Hasbro sites - Hasbro makes TFs. ^_^
- Hasbro - Main website.
- Transformers.com -
Hasbro's main TF site featuring regular product updates,
Q&A with TF staff, character bios, and more. The site also
offers an overview of the franchise's history, and archives
older incarnations of the site going back to Beast Wars.
- Takara sites - Although Hasbro created the Transformers franchise,
they did it by using Takara's toys.
- Takara Co., Ltd -
Main Takara website. In Japanese, natch, except for a
little investment-info section in English.
Generation One - Takara's classic TF website. In
Japanese, but still fun to look through.
Archival home of information about BotCon conventions from 1994
through 2002, plus the independent 2004 show.
Rhino Records and Video - They release lots of TF videotapes
and DVDs, including the movie and boxed sets of TF cartoons.
Dreamwave Productions - Dreamwave is publishing Transformers
comics and doing lots of promotional artwork for Hasbro.
Also check out the
message boards for related news and discussions.
Titan Books - This UK-base company has been releasing collected
editions of old Marvel TF comics. Even the UK comics are now being
reprinted and made available worldwide for the first time!
Ben's World of Transformers (BWTF), run by Ben Yee - If you've
never been here, you're either new to the fandom, or there's
something wrong with you. Ben's World of TF's covers news and
history for all of Transformerdom.
Seibertron.com, run by Ryan Yzquierdo - IMO, the most
well-designed and accessible of the major TF news/info portals.
There is a vast amount of archived information here including
enormous screencap galleries and a searchable tech spec database.
TFU.info, by Anthony "Tonyfitz" Brucale - My preferred online
source for Transformers toy information and photos.
Unicron.com, by the Lukis Brothers - A thorough Transformers
guide covering all lines, organized by year, with pictures of
toys in their packages, and individual character pages with
profiles, screencaps, toy photos, etc. A gigantic section of
customized toys by the Lukis Bros and others. A long link list.
A toy sightings feature where you can see if new stuff has been
seen in your area yet.
The Cybertron Chronicle, by Rik "Silverbolt, Mr. Vertigo
Himself" Bakke - Content, content, content. Among other things,
Rik's site contains more extensive information on the G1 cartoon
than any other on the web, with episode summaries,
transcripts, interviews with voice actors and
staff, and sound clips. Also, everything you
ever wanted to know about the Norwegian editions of the G1
comic book series!
Zobovor's Multi-Faceted TF Site (ZMFTS), run by Zobovor -
Zob has a nearly flawless TF trivia memory, and his site is
nearly flawless as well. This is one of the big ones. Don't
miss it. I won't even bother trying to list what's available
Rob's Electric Escape, by Rob Jung - Good fanfic. The TF Toy
List. TF comics guide. Japanese cartoon guides. News clippings
about Transformers. A movie treatment Rob was asked to write by
a production company. The Trannies (the annual Transformers
awards, run by Rob himself).
Guides and Lists
- Transformers Toys
- Text resources
Toy List, by Rob Jung - A complete guide to TF toy releases
worldwide fron 1984 to the present.
Toy Variations List, by M Sipher - Every variat of every
Transformer toy ever. Plus all the Tonka GoBots and Battle
Beasts for good measure.
- Photo sites
TFU.info, by Anthony "Tonyfitz" Brucale - A toy reference
guide covering the entire franchise with photos, cross references,
and the like. A must-see.
Transformerland - Another new toy guide, TFland has both
a photo archive and a very handy tool for idntifying G1 toys and
accessories based on their date stamp, color, etc..
Botcollector Guide - A searchable index of TF toys with
tech specs, pictures, instructions, etc., for each of them. This
is a work in progress, so there are some empty profiles.
Toy Ark, by Paul Wais - Photos of TF toys. Many, many, many
nice, clear photos of many toys. Each toy's entry in the
database also has some release information, package scans,
Cobra Island's TF Archive - Another site with nice photos of
toys and their accessories, including an accessory identification
tool. Very simple interface. Nice! Also has GI Joe, Battle
Beasts, GoBots, and MASK!
Parts Identification Aid, by John Runski - Photos of toy
accessories for, well, just about every toy from G1 and G2.
Fred's Complete American Variants Page @ Fred's Workshop -
A nice companion to M Sipher's text lists (above), this site is
another guide to toy variations, complete with many photos.
- Transformers Cartoons
G1 Cartoon Guide, by Rik Bakke - The "Cartoon Dossier", part
of Rik's Cybertron Chronicle, is an extensive G1 Cartoon
guide. It features an episode guide with summaries and
transcripts, as well as a guide to the show's writers and voice
actors. The voice actor guide is meticulous, including even
incidental one-line characters. Also, make sure you check the
interviews with actors and staff in the
Sixty Astrominutes section.
Classic G1 Cartoon Episode Guide, by Aaron Marsh - A briefer
cartoon guide than at the Chronicle, all in one file. This is
one of the most-plagerized TF resources on the web.
Japanese TF Cartoon Guide, by Rob Jung - Summaries of all
the G1 TF anime (Headmasters, Masterforce, Victory, and Zone)
and Beast Wars Second. Probably the second most-plagerized TF
resource on the web.
TF Voice Actor List, by Dave "Zobovor" Edwards - Covers
all American TF series, available as a single long list by character
or by actor. (For G1, Rik's coverage is more extensive, but not as
quick to navigate.)
- Transformers Comics
TF Comic Guide, by Rob Jung - Summaries for every TF comic
released in the United States: old and new, Marvel and
Scorponok's UK TF Comic Site - Lots of content! Among other
things, Scorpy has a quick and complete archive of TF cover scans
(including UK issues) and lots of interior pages like TF-related
Transformers Universe archive, hosted by the
Nordic TransFans Association - Transcriptions and art scans of
all the old Marvel comics Transformers Universe
Polyhex: UK Comic Scans @ Arc of Cybertron - Now that so
many of the old TF comics have been reprinted, most of the old
scan sites have been taken down to support Titan's reprints.
A few stories have still not been reprinted, though, and you
can find some of them here.
Transfans.com Comic Scans - Some comic scans, US and UK, are
still available here as well.
- General / Multi-Pronged Guides
Unicron.com, by the Lukis Brothers - The Lukis TF guide is
on the left side of their front page. View the line (toys and
otherwise) by year.
Ben's World of Transformers, by Ben Yee - Like the Lukis Bros'
site, the guide is in the navbar on the left. Just choose the
Transformers line you want to know about, and be whisked away to
episode and toy reviews, tech specs, pictures, etc..
TF Database by Tom "Cliffjumper" Prankerd -
A wide variety of information is available here, including long
FAQ lists for G1 comics and the JTF lines.
Prime Saber's TF Page - Contains lots of information about all
TF lines. This is one of the better places to read up on Japanese
G1 Transformers. Prime Saber has info about the cartoons and toys,
with a nice collection of pictures.
Transformers Encyclopedia, by Stan Lui - Currently covering
the G1/G2 cartoon and comics, and the BW cartoon. Articles for
this encyclopedia are usually extensive, especially the character
bios, which give a full history of the character in each
Artifacts List - "Artifacts" are any merchandised TF item
other than an actual Transformer toy. Stuff like toothbrushes,
sleeping bags, notebooks, etc.. Raksha has an extensive list of
items from G1, G2, and the Japanese BW2.
- Beast Wars through Car Robots Artifacts List, by Richard Mistron - This
list was re-found by Richard after it went missing for a while, so
it's not complete, but it's better than nothing! It covers TF series
from BW through the Japanese "Car Robots".
TF Quote Lists, by Rob Powers - Covering all generations
and media formats of Transformers, plus quotes from the
Misc. Useful Sites
- TF Fanfic
TF Lexicon, by Charlotte Brogden - A huge fanfic
Tranfic Base, by Vulcana - Also a megasite which is huge and
full of fanfic. Between these two sites, if you can't find it,
it probably doesn't exist.
- Rare Toy Info: Diaclones/Pre-TFs, international TFs, etc..
- Devvi's Car Robots, by Daniel
"Devvi" Vink - Lots of rare and pre-TF toy info, focusing on
Diaclone. (Note: seems to be gone again... Devvi's site comes
and goes a lot as his interest waves and wanes.)
- Pre-Transformers Page, by
Jeroen Zuiderwijk - Back from the dead! This is another extensive
pre-TF page with lots of pictures.
Decepticon Detention Center, by Ben Munn -
Lots of big pictures of Diaclones and rare Transformers. (Look
especially in the "archives" subsection of the TF area.)
Skywarp.co.uk, by Morg -
Another site with lots of photos of rare toys, plus a lot of info
about Mexican G1 Transformers.
Dave's TF Page - Dave Van Domelen is one DVD that isn't
encoded with movies. Dave writes excellent toy reviews and
posts news as well. He's also a great kitbasher.
Transformers: The Movie Unofficial Fansite, by CJ Stankiewicz -
By far the greatest TF:TM website ever, finally back from a long
hiatus! TFTM.net is bursting at its pores
with original content, information, and a great fast-loading
design. Pay special attention to the carefully maintained
"video releases" list.
Scrambled City, by CrazySteve -
This is a really ecclectic site. There is kitbash and toy
modification info, scans of old ads for TF toys, an HTML "Find
Your Fate" book with toy-photo illustrations, and more.
Cybercon Expo - A promising new TF convention. It's not
official in any way, but it's still a great opportunity for a
bunch of TF fans to get together.
News and Media Archives
- News and stuff
Transfandom.com - A collaboration of a few sub-sites which
features lots of archived material to browse and a good
The Allspark - Although mostly known as the pre-eminent TF
discussion board, Allspark has a news-oriented frontpage.
Seibertron.com - A news section, as well as boards and a big
TF World 2005 - Similar in purpose to the others,
although 2005's board area gets more focus than on the other sites.
Their main page posts news, just like the others.
TFormers.com - This is a multi-purpose site with a focus on
TF news, much like the others, although the layout is a little more
like Slashdot, with comments from readers on the news articles.
Ben's World of Transformers - Less news-focused than the
others, but BWTF updates regularly with toy and episode reviews,
pictures, and the occasional scoop like an interview.
Altered States Magazine, by Phil Zeman and friends - The
fandom's online magazine. Unlike the other news sites, ASM
does not update daily. However, when a big event like the
annual Toy Fair occurs, their coverage is top notch.
The Transformers Archives, by Brendan Reilly - A really big
archive site with tons of media and information, including lots of
G1 comic book scans.
TransFans.Com - Very similar to the pre-facelift TF Archive,
but with different gigantic heaps of content. Transfans has an
old fashioned page design that's about as exciting as my
own, but there's no waiting for big graphics or scripts.
The Transformer Collector, by Chris Bucci - Focuses on
toy info, including an archive of box scans.
Box Art Archive, by Botch - Beautifully prepared scans
of character artwork from Generation One toy boxes (American
and Japanese). The images have been painstakingly cropped free
of their background and are of exquisite quality.
Seibertron.com - Probably the biggest available collection
of TF screen captures is at this site.
- Toy Instruction Scans
G1 Instruction Scans, by Jim Wilson, hosted by TF Racetrack -
Many many scans of G1 instruction booklets, with links to more
instruction and toy part sites.
G2 Instruction Scans, by Jose "Rapido" Negron - Rapido's site is
entirely devoted to Generation 2, and among other things, has
instruction scans for that line.
BW Instruction Scans, by Mirage @ TF Racetrack -
Exactly what it says. Make sure the check out the rest of
TF Racetrack, too.
BM Instruction Scans, by Mirage @ TF Racetrack -
Also exactly what it says.
RID Instruction Scans, by Mirage @ TF Racetrack -
Even more that is exactly what it says.
Radio Free Cybertron - Run primarily by Brian Kilby, RFC is
a Transformers radio show with recurring columns, special
reports, news, reviews, etc.. RFC has sadly been on an irregular
schedule for a while now because of events in Brian's life
off-net, but all the old shows and their TF:TM movie parody are
archived. Check 'em out.
The Rest of Steve-o's Friends and Favorites
TF Pulp, by Hydra and Derik Smith - Dedicated to printed
Japanese TF material like manga, TV Magazine features, and so
on. Lots of fun, obscure stuff to be found here.
Rob's Pile of Transformers, by Rob Powers - Good fanfic,
funny fanfic. Long and detailed essays and reviews. The TF
Background Music List. Character tribute pages. Scavenger's
Horde of Mindless Drones (including Postcards From General
Scavenger). The Giant Lists of Transformers quotes.
TF Generations, by M Sipher - Lots of goodies here, like the
TF Variations List, scripts from the TF MSTings at BotCon,
the popular Mugshot Gallery (hundreds of closeup portraits of
TF characters in original artwork by Sipher), repaints of
HOC figurines, and translated scans of the "Linkage" minicomics
that come with Japanese Micron Legend DVDs.
Walky's TF Pitstop, by David Willis - Walkertron / Walky
has lots of fun stuff to look at, including fanfic, humor,
kitbashes, and those cute cartoony TFs he draws. Also be sure
to visit his daily comic strip,
Obscure Transformers Page, by Jhiaxus and Monzo - Featuring
many obscure bits of G1 Transformers, from characters you've
probably never heard of to the random tools that come out
of TF's wrists in the cartoon.
Metalface Network, by Rich Garner - Rich, along with
JuQuan Williams, created a customizable card game called
"Battlecards" which was adapted by Hasbro for their BW and
Armada card games. They are hoping to get their original,
G1-themed game marketed, so check it out!
Skyflight's Laboratory, by Burt Ward - Nice variety of TF
stuff here, including kitbahes and marketplace and ATTCMod
Happy Fun Page, by Jameel al Khafiz - The Mighty MegaBee's
website is where you'll find the TransFan Code.
This page created by Steve-o Stonebraker
Content last changed on 2004-November-07.