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Transformers Beast Wars

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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

Air Hammer
Fuzors
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Airazor
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Armordillo
Bantor
Fuzors
Buzzclaw
Fuzors
Claw Jaw
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Drill Bit
Iguanus
Insecticon
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Lazorbeak
Nightglider
Transmetals 2
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Noctorro
Fuzors
Optimus Minor
Transmetals 2
Powerpinch
Quickstrike
Fuzors
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Rattrap
Razorbeast
Razorclaw
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Scarem
Transmetals 2
Snapper
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Snarl
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

Combiners - Gift Set Only

Magnaboss
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Tripredacus
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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
Cheetor
Transmetals 2
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Cheetor
Fox Kids
Cheetor
Transmetals
Cybershark
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Dinobot
Fox Kids
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Dinobot
Dinobot
Transmetals 2
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Grimlock
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Icebird
Mutants
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Iguanus
Transmetals 2
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Injector
Fuzors
Jawbreaker
Transmetals 2
Jetstorm
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K-9
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Manterror
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Poison Bite
Mutants
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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
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Rattrap
Fox Kids
Transmetals
Rattrap
Transmetals
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Razor Claw
Mutants
Retrax
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Rhinox
Rhinox
Fox Kids
Rhinox
Transmetals
Rhinox
Fox Kids
Transmetals
Scourge
Transmetals 2
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
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
Blackarachnia
Transmetals 2
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Cybershark
Transmetals 2
Inferno
Megatron
Transmetals
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Optimus Primal
Transmetals
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Polar Claw
Scavenger
Transmetals
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Scorponok
Transquito

Microverse Playsets

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

Optimal Optimus
Transmetals
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Ultra Class

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

Versus Sets

Optimus Primal vs. Megatron
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Video Pack-Ins

Airazor
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Clawjaw
Europe Exclusive
Transmetals
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Razorclaw
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Spittor
Europe Exclusive
Transmetals
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