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Hisashi Yuki has shared a real blast from the past on his Twitter account, TFYuki. He’s posted up some of the original pen concept sketches for Beast Wars Second Galvatron. Beast Wars Second (or BWII as some know it) diverged from the US Beast Wars continuity and introduced a host of new characters. Galvatron was the Destron leader in this series, a triple changer who possessed dragon and drill tank forms. These sketches show the earliest ideas of Galvatron, from the first concepts that Galvatron with the drill as one of his arms to the finalized design.

Check them out attached to this post. [Read more…]

1999

1999 was the fifteenth anniversary of the Transformers brand, an occasion that went largely unmarked save for a recognition at Botcon 1999 (which was also the fifth anniversary of Botcon). Beast Wars reached its climax, concluding with a finale written by long time Transformers comics scribe Simon Furman, and the toyline carried on and developed the Transmetals theme with Transmetal 2s. Japan meanwhile got a double-whammy of new series this year with a dub of Beast Wars seasons 2 and 3 as “Beast Wars Metals” as well as the Japan-only series Beast Wars Neo, which had its own toyline populated almost exclusively with new and Japan-only toys. [Read more…]

1998

1998 arrived and Beast Wars entered its third year. This was the year that the Beast Wars series truly came of age, with episode after episode that continually show up on fan’s “favorite episode” lists, and some of the very best toys of the Beast era, the Transmetals. Japan meanwhile took their own path once again with a new cel-animated series “Beast Wars Second”, complete with some new Japan only toy releases. [Read more…]

1997

1997 arrived and the Beast Wars entered their second year. The toys developed and became more complex, dropping some elements such as battlemasks and flip-changers, but also bringing back limited triple changing and combiners. Transformers returned to Japan once again with “Beast Wars: Super Robot Lifeform Transformer”, both as a toyline and also for the first time in seven years, a cartoon (albeit a dub of Mainframe’s work heavy on adlibbing). Amid all of this, the first Botcon Japan was held, and Kenner experimented with bringing back vehicle Transformers with the Machine Wars… [Read more…]

1996

With the demise of Transformers Generation 2, the Transformers brand once again faced oblivion, and this time, it looked like Transformers might disappear from store shelves worldwide. Hasbro decided to take a gamble and hand the brand over to their subsidiary, Kenner, who had made the Star Wars and Super Powers lines in the 70s and 80s, and was doing well with Batman at the time. The result was a complete rebooting of the Transformers franchise. Cars, jets and other vehicles gave way to realistic animals with molded fur texture. Subgroups disappeared and line-wide size classes were established. Articulation on a level with the Cyberjets and other later Generation 2 designs became the norm.

The Beast Wars had begun. [Read more…]

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We here at TFW2005 are very sad to learn that voice actor Campbell Lane – the voice of fan-favorite character Beast Wars Rampage – has passed away.

TFW2005 offers its sincere condolences to Campbell’s family and friends. Please feel free to leave your own condolences in the discussion thread.

Rest in peace, sir. 1939-2014 [Read more…]

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The Transformers Collector’s Club round out the first year of the Transformers Figure Subscription Service with Ultra Mammoth! Ultra Mammoth is a redeco of Beast Wars Neo Big Convoy, who was originally developed as a Japan only mold, and was later redecoed as the Transformers Universe Nemesis Prime. Ultra Mammoth though, as the name suggests, is a Beast Wars version of Ultra Magnus, and he looks the part with Ultra Magnus’ red white and blue deco.

Being a redeco of Big Convoy also means that Ultra Mammoth is exceedingly well armed, with flip out tonfa under his arms, a huge bazooka that is longer than Mammoth is tall, two missile launchers on the ankles and more missile pods molded into the shoulders. And given that this mold was originally a Beast Wars Ultra class toy, it’s reassuringly big. The deco is top-notch, and brings the character to life exceedingly well. And while yes the missiles on the leg panels are remolded, and therefore the launchers cannot conceal in beast mode while loaded, that’s a small point and one that is forgiveable enough, given how excellent everything else on this toy is. See for yourself, and check out our gallery:

Transformers Figure Subscription Service Ultra Mammoth Gallery

Overall Ultra Mammoth is a great toy to round out what has been a promising first year for the Transformers Figure Subscription Service. Once the initial hiccups were resolved and the figures started to make it into the hands of fans, they proved to be some good and well thought out exclusive redecos. This fan very much looks forward to the promise of an even better second year. [Read more…]

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This year’s membership renewal freebie from the Transformers Collectors Club was Depth Charge. Depth Charge was a Maximal from Beast Wars, who journeyed to Earth in pursuit of his nemesis, Protoform X, aka Rampage. In the same style as Fun Publications’ past Beast Wars “Dawn of Futures Past” Botcon exclusives, Depth Charge here is realized with a vehicular mode, using the Hunt for the Decepticons Terradive mold.

Timelines Depth Charge is a great figure and really works well on the mold. This is a straight-up redeco – there is no new head tooling or anything involved, just new colors – but the deco works so well that there is no questioning that this is a version of Depth Charge. The jet mode also perfectly recalls the manta ray alternate mode of the original Beast Wars Depth Charge, and even the trident accessory, with its connotations of the sea, works well with this toy.

Timelines Depth Charge is an amazing deco on an already great toy and is worthy of a place in any collection, either as a stand alone piece, or as a companion piece to the Botcon 2006 Dawn of Futures Past set or next year’s Transformers Collectors Club exclusive, the aforementioned arch-rival Rampage!

Check out our gallery and see why this fan is raving about this toy!

Transformers Timelines Depth Charge Gallery [Read more…]

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Following up on the addition of Beast Wars Season 1 on Netflix a short while ago, Netflix has updated yet again with the addition of the second season to it’s streaming library; joining the first season of the show, the original Generation 1 cartoon, and the first season of Transformers Prime.

STAFF UPDATE: Feedflicks.com and streamingsoon.com are also reporting that Beast Wars Season 3 will be available on Netflix on June 9th and Transformers Dark Of The Moon will be available on June 30th. [Read more…]