Beast Wars Transformers



Beast Wars: Transformers was Kenner’s incredible reinvention of the Transformers brand, beginning in 1996. Its focus was realistically styled animal alternate modes – a far cry from the vehicles and robotic beasts rendered previously. Placing “Transformers” after the name was quite symbolic of how far this series wandered from the paths beaten by the robots in disguise.

Beast Wars revolutionized everything about Transformers toys. They were divided into two new factions, with new characters and a new story. Instead of being divided into subgroups around a theme or gimmick, toys were divided into price categories called “classes”. Many toys began to use ball-and-socket joints, allowing an unprecedented degree of articulation and poseability. Further, the joints had the benefit of detaching with excessive force instead of breaking or cracking. Detached limbs could be snapped back on with no permanent damage to the figure.

Beast Wars introduced another new concept that would become a standard for Transformers: all weapons could either be stored or used in all modes of the figures. Gone were the racks of extraneous missiles, or guns and rifles piled up behind a row of cars. Many figures had spring-loaded action features or firing weapons that added excitement to fit into the new “play pattern” of kids.

After a couple of themed sets (partly mechanical beasts, mutated beasts etc.), Beast Wars wound to a close in 2000, overlapping its successor series, Beast Machines. The brand was left with a whole new direction, and booming sales to show for it.

 

Basic Class

Airazor
Armordillo
Claw Jaw
Drill Bit
Iguanus
Insecticon
Lazorbeak
Powerpinch
Rattrap
Razorbeast
Razorclaw
Snapper
Spittor
Terrorsaur

Basic Class - Fuzors

Air Hammer
Bantor
Buzzclaw
Noctorro
Quickstrike
Terragator

Basic Class - Transmetal 2

Nightglider
Optimus Minor
Scarem
Sonar
Spittor
Stinkbomb

Combiner - Giftset Only

Magnaboss
Tripredacus

Deluxe Class

Blackarachnia
Bonecrusher
Buzz Saw
Cheetor
Cybershark
Dinobot
Grimlock
Jetstorm
Manterror
Retrax
Rhinox
Snarl
Tarantulas
Tigatron
Waspinator
Wolfang

Deluxe Class - Fox Kids Classic

Cheetor
Dinobot
Rhinox
Waspinator

Deluxe Class - Fox Kids Classic Transmetals

Airazor
Cheetor
Rattrap
Rhinox
Tarantulas
Waspinator

Deluxe Class - Fuzors

Injector
Silverbolt
Sky Shadow
Torca

Deluxe Class - Mutants

Icebird
Poison Bite
Razor Claw
Soundwave

Deluxe Class - Transmetals

Airazor
Cheetor
Rattrap
Rhinox
Tarantulas
Terrorsaur
Waspinator

Deluxe Class - Transmetals 2

Cheetor
Dinobot
Iguanus
Jawbreaker
Prowl
Prowl (Black variant)
Ramulus
Scourge

Fast Food - Other

Beast Wars (Rhinox)

McDonalds Happy Meal Toy

Beetle
Blackarachnia
Dinobot
Manta Ray
Panther
Rhino
Scorponok

Mega Class

B'Boom
Inferno
Polar Claw
Scorponok
Transquito

Mega Class - Transmetals

Megatron
Optimus Primal
Scavenger

Mega Class - Transmetals 2

Blackarachnia
Cybershark

Microverse Playset

Maximal Orcanoch Micro Playset
Predacon Arachnid Micro Playset (Green Accessory Variant)
Predacon Arachnid Micro Playset (Yellow Accessory Variant)

Store Exclusive

Rattrap (Wal-Mart)
Tripredacus Agent (Wal-Mart)

Super Class - Transmetals

Optimal Optimus

Ultra Class

Megatron
Optimus Primal

Ultra Class - Transmetals

Depthcharge (Depth Charge)
Rampage

Ultra Class - Transmetals 2

Megatron
Tigerhawk

Versus Set

Optimus Primal vs Megatron

Video Pack-In

Airazor
Razorclaw
Images needed for this series: 9
Measurement stats: Measured: 300 (Verified: 281, Unverified: 19), Not Measured: 121
Instructions scans needed: 4
Stats Card scans needed: 3