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Transformers Beast Wars

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Start | Continuity: Beast Wars | Beast Machines →
Japan Equivalent: Beast Wars (Japan) and Beast Wars Metals

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 with varying prices, toys were divided into discrete price categories called size classes. Basic figures usually featured spring-loaded transformation gimmicks, while Deluxe figures made up the majority of the line and represented most of the main characters. Larger figures comprised the Mega and Ultra classes, while Super class was reserved for a single complex electronic figure.

Most of the 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. Beast Wars was also the first series to abandon any sort of user-applied sticker decorations, using only tampograph and paint operations to convey a sense of detail.

After a couple of themed sets (partly mechanical beasts, mutated beasts etc.) to bring further excitement to the animalian robots (and refresh store shelves in corporate purchasers’ eyes), Beast Wars wound to a close in 2000, overlapping its successor series, Beast Machines. The brand was left facing a whole new direction, and had booming sales to show for it.

 

Basic Class

Air Hammer
Fuzors
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Airazor
Armordillo
Bantor
Fuzors
Buzzclaw
Fuzors
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Claw Jaw
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Drill Bit
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Iguanus
Insecticon
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Lazorbeak
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Nightglider
Transmetals 2
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Noctorro
Fuzors
Optimus Minor
Transmetals 2
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Powerpinch
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Quickstrike
Fuzors
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Rattrap
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Razorbeast
Razorclaw
Scarem
Transmetals 2
Snapper
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Snarl
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Sonar
Transmetals 2
Spittor
Transmetals 2
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Spittor
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Stinkbomb
Transmetals 2
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Terragator
Fuzors
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Terrorsaur
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Combiners - Gift Set Only

Magnaboss
Tripredacus

Deluxe Class

Airazor
Transmetals
Airazor
Fox Kids
Transmetals
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Blackarachnia
Bonecrusher
Buzz Saw
Cheetor
Fox Kids
Transmetals
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Cheetor
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Cheetor
Transmetals 2
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Cheetor
Fox Kids
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Cheetor
Transmetals
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Cybershark
Dinobot
Fox Kids
Dinobot
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Dinobot
Transmetals 2
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Grimlock
Icebird
Mutants
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Iguanus
Transmetals 2
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Injector
Fuzors
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Jawbreaker
Transmetals 2
Jetstorm
K-9
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Manterror
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Poison Bite
Mutants
Prowl (black)
Transmetals 2
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Prowl (white)
Transmetals 2
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Ramulus
Transmetals 2
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Rattrap
Transmetals
Wal-Mart Exclusive
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Rattrap
Fox Kids
Transmetals
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Rattrap
Transmetals
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Razor Claw
Mutants
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Retrax
Rhinox
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Rhinox
Fox Kids
Rhinox
Transmetals
Rhinox
Fox Kids
Transmetals
Scourge
Transmetals 2
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Silverbolt
Fuzors
Sky Shadow
Fuzors
Soundwave
Mutants
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Tarantulas
Fox Kids
Transmetals
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Tarantulas
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Tarantulas
Transmetals
Terrorsaur
Transmetals
Tigatron
Torca
Fuzors
Tripredacus Agent
Transmetals 2
Wal-Mart Exclusive
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Waspinator
Fox Kids
Transmetals
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Waspinator
Fox Kids
Waspinator
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Waspinator
Transmetals
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Wolfang
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Fast Food Premiums

Beast Wars (Rhinox)
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McDonald's Happy Meal

Beetle
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Blackarachnia
Transmetals
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Dinobot
Transmetals
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Manta Ray
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Panther
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Rhino
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Scorponok
Transmetals
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Mega Class

B'Boom
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Blackarachnia
Transmetals 2
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Cybershark
Transmetals 2
Inferno
Megatron
Transmetals
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Optimus Primal
Transmetals
Polar Claw
Scavenger
Transmetals
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Scorponok
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Transquito
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Microverse Playsets

Arachnid (green)
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Arachnid (yellow)
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Maximal Orcanoch Micro Playset
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Super Class

Optimal Optimus
Transmetals

Ultra Class

Depth Charge
Transmetals
Megatron
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Megatron
Transmetals 2
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Optimus Primal
Rampage
Transmetals
Tigerhawk
Transmetals 2

Versus Sets

Optimus Primal vs. Megatron

Video Pack-Ins

Airazor
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Claw Jaw
Europe Exclusive
Transmetals
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Razorclaw
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Spittor
Europe Exclusive
Transmetals
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