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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

Airazor

Armordillo

Bantor
Fuzors

Buzzclaw
Fuzors

Claw Jaw

Drill Bit

Iguanus

Insecticon

Lazorbeak

Nightglider
Transmetals 2

Noctorro
Fuzors

Optimus Minor
Transmetals 2

Powerpinch

Quickstrike
Fuzors

Rattrap

Razorbeast

Razorclaw

Scarem
Transmetals 2

Snapper

Snarl

Sonar
Transmetals 2

Spittor
Transmetals 2

Spittor

Stinkbomb
Transmetals 2

Terragator
Fuzors

Terrorsaur

Combiners - Gift Set Only

Magnaboss

Tripredacus

Deluxe Class

Airazor
Transmetals

Airazor
Fox Kids
Transmetals

Blackarachnia

Bonecrusher

Buzz Saw

Cheetor

Cheetor
Transmetals 2

Cheetor
Fox Kids
Transmetals

Cheetor
Transmetals

Cheetor
Fox Kids

Cybershark

Dinobot
Transmetals 2

Dinobot

Dinobot
Fox Kids

Grimlock

Icebird
Mutants

Iguanus
Transmetals 2

Injector
Fuzors

Jawbreaker
Transmetals 2

Jetstorm

K-9

Manterror

Poison Bite
Mutants

Prowl (black)
Transmetals 2

Prowl (white)
Transmetals 2

Ramulus
Transmetals 2

Rattrap
Fox Kids
Transmetals

Rattrap
Transmetals
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Rattrap
Transmetals

Razor Claw
Mutants

Retrax

Rhinox
Fox Kids

Rhinox
Fox Kids
Transmetals

Rhinox

Rhinox
Transmetals

Scourge
Transmetals 2

Silverbolt
Fuzors

Sky Shadow
Fuzors

Soundwave
Mutants

Tarantulas

Tarantulas
Transmetals

Tarantulas
Fox Kids
Transmetals

Terrorsaur
Transmetals

Tigatron

Torca
Fuzors

Tripredacus Agent
Transmetals 2
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Waspinator
Fox Kids

Waspinator
Fox Kids
Transmetals

Waspinator
Transmetals

Waspinator

Wolfang

Fast Food Premiums

Beast Wars (Rhinox)

McDonald's Happy Meal

Beetle

Blackarachnia
Transmetals

Dinobot
Transmetals

Manta Ray

Panther

Rhino

Scorponok
Transmetals

Under-3

Mega Class

B'Boom

Blackarachnia
Transmetals 2

Cybershark
Transmetals 2

Inferno

Megatron
Transmetals

Optimus Primal
Transmetals

Polar Claw

Scavenger
Transmetals

Scorponok

Transquito

Microverse Playsets

Arachnid (green)

Arachnid (yellow)

Maximal Orcanoch Micro Playset

Super Class

Optimal Optimus
Transmetals

Ultra Class

Depth Charge
Transmetals

Megatron
Transmetals 2

Megatron

Optimus Primal

Rampage
Transmetals

Tigerhawk
Transmetals 2

Versus Sets

Optimus Primal vs. Megatron

Video Pack-Ins

Airazor

Claw Jaw
Europe Exclusive
Transmetals

Razorclaw

Spittor
Europe Exclusive
Transmetals