is a publishing company that runs the Transformers Collectors Club and G.I. Joe Collectors Club under licensefrom Hasbro. Besides releasing comics, Fun Publications releases exclusive toys and runs conventions for their clubs.
Fun Publications also publishes a serial comic distributed as part of the official Transformer's Collector's Club magazine There are six pages to the comic in each magazine, which together "make one complete story arc" by the end of the year with 36 pages in six months. The full strips from the first two years were distributed by IDW as Transformers Cybertron: Balancing Act
. The 2010 story is called "The Coming Storm" and follow after the events of the 2009 Timelines story.
In addition to releasing comic books and magazines Fun Publications Timelines
series has also produced prose stories, licensed toys and video media.
The Timelines Landquake toy proved extremely popular. Critics of the comic have said that the stories play directly to the fans of the Transformers conventions and stories center around the toys being introduced each year.
After the Transformers convention license was acquired by Fun Publications, they issued a new series called Transformers: Timelines
, a series of stand alone tales. The first comic was released in 2005 with a story called "Descent into Evil", staring a group of updated classic Autobot and new characters fighting the evil forces of Deathsaurus and his Insecticons
Insecticons is the name given to a sub-group of fictional characters in the Transformers Universes, referred to as Insectrons in the Japanese version. The name was also used for several fictional characters in the Transformers Universes...
. As would follow with each year's story, some of the characters appearing would be released as exclusive figures at Botcon.
Their 2006 BotCon tale, Timelines: Dawn of Futures Past
, acts as a prequel
A prequel is a work that supplements a previously completed one, and has an earlier time setting.The widely recognized term was a 20th-century neologism, and a portmanteau from pre- and sequel...
to the Beast Wars
Transformers: Beast Wars is a Transformers toyline released by Hasbro between 1995 and 2000, and a Daytime Emmy Award winning full-CG animated television series spawned by it that debuted in 1996...
; and was distributed by Diamond in November 2006.
A sequel to the Marvel Comics Generation 1 story called "Games of Deception" was the centerpiece for the 2007 comic. The story centered around the Decepticon Bug Bite's attempt to take over the Decepticon forces of Megatron. This story features the Transformers: Classics
toy line as well as this year's Botcon exclusive toys. The text story Wreckers: Finale Part II
was also released.
The 2008 comic takes place in the "Shattered Glass" universe, in which Classics Cliffjumper
Cliffjumper is the name of several characters from the Transformers line of toys. His name is usually associated with an Autobot whose toys are often red repaints of Bumblebee toys.- Transformers: Generation 1 :...
is hurled into an alternate reality where the Decepticons are heroic while the Autobots are evil tyrants. The text story Gone Too Far
was also published.
The story released for Botcon 2009, called "Wings of Honor" was set millions of years ago on Cybertron, a prequel to the Sunbow animated series. This story featured the Autobot veteran Kup
Kup is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universe. All are older Autobots who are members of the Elite Guard. Wired Magazine once nominated him as one 12 most ridiculous Transformers of all time...
in early days, as well as the club membership exclusive figure Dion. The text story Eye in the Sky
is released, set on Shattered Glass Earth.
The 2010 Timelines comic called "Generation 2 Redux" was among the top 25 sold small publisher comics in November 2010. This story featured a new generation of Autobot and Decepticons made on Earth led by the Autobot Spark and the Decepticon Clench.