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1997 Transformers Toys

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1996's Beast Wars brand granted new life to the Transformers franchise, despite changing its course forever. The line continued into 1997, growing with new characters, toys, games, and cartoon episodes. Takara also introduced Japanese Beast Wars, using its own selection of toys from the previous year, including some slightly modified decos.

As the success of the Beast Wars line grew domestically and abroad, Kenner stuck to the same formula as the previous year, using standard size classes to group its releases. Kenner also introduced two gift set only combiner teams to Beast Wars, sold at the Ultra class price point. Meanwhile, Takara chose to package their selections in windowed boxes, each custom fit to the figure inside, resulting in a huge variety of sizes and shapes.

A footnote to the success of Beast Wars was the Machine Wars series, which was distributed only through KB Toys stores. The series was comprised of only 12 figures, including modified versions of Europe's G1 Predators and Turbomasters, and four new flip-change basic class molds, created in the style of early Beast Wars basics. With such narrow release, and no supporting fiction, Machine Wars was over before it began, and quickly faded to obscurity.

 

Beast Wars

Basic Class

Airazor
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Claw Jaw
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Drill Bit
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Lazorbeak
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Powerpinch
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Razorclaw
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Spittor
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Combiners - Gift Set Only

Magnaboss
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Tripredacus
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Deluxe Class

Bonecrusher
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Cybershark
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Grimlock
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K-9
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Manterror
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Retrax
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Mega Class

B'Boom
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Inferno
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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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Beast Wars (Japan)

Basic Class

Airazor
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Convobat
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Kuwagiger
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Megalligator
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Rattle
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Terrorsaurer
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Deluxe Class

Black Widow
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Buzzsaw
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Cheetus
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Cybershark
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Dinobot
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Howlinger
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Rhinox
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Shadow Panther
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Tarans
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Tigatron
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Waspeeter
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Mega Class

Inferno
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Scorpos
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White Claw
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Ultra Class

Convoy
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Megatron
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Versus Sets

Amazon Showdown: Convobat vs. Megaligator
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Brutal Showdown: Dinobot vs. Tarans
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Showdown at the Amazon: Convobat vs. Megaligator
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Showdown at the North Pole: White Claw vs. Scorpos
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Showdown in Hell: Cybershark vs. Inferno
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Showdown in the Darkness: Howlinger vs. Buzz Saw
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Showdown in the Deep Forest: Tigatron vs. Blackwidow
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Showdown in the Sky: Airazor vs. Kuwagiger
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Showdown in the Wilderness: Rhinox vs. Shadow Panther
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Showdown of the Quickest: Cheetus vs. Waspeeter
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Showdown of the Strongest: Convoy vs. Megatron
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Showdown on the Rocky Mountain: Rattle vs. Terrorsaurer
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Volcano Showdown: Armor vs. Snapper
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BotCon / OTFCC / Timelines

Convention Figures

Fractyl and Packrat
BotCon '97
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Fractyl and Packrat
BotCon '97
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Super Hybrid Model Galvatron
BotCon Japan 1997
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Super Hybrid Model Galvatron (Lava Bath)
BotCon Japan 1997
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Pre-Registrant Bonus

Super Hybrid Model Galvatron (blue)
BotCon Japan 1997
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Machine Wars

Basic Class

Hoist
KB Toys Exclusive
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Hubcap
KB Toys Exclusive
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Megaplex
KB Toys Exclusive
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Megatron
KB Toys Exclusive
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Mirage
KB Toys Exclusive
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Prowl
KB Toys Exclusive
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Skywarp
KB Toys Exclusive
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Thundercracker
KB Toys Exclusive
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Mega Class

Sandstorm
KB Toys Exclusive
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Soundwave
KB Toys Exclusive
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Ultra Class

Optimus Prime
KB Toys Exclusive
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Starscream
KB Toys Exclusive
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