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We're always looking for the next BIG toy to put on the shelf, but what about the little 'formers? Those tiny bits of plastic depicting our favorite Transformers characters can be a lot of fun to collect. What's quite remarkable is the quantity and quality of toys you will find, especially from Japan. Where, gashapon (capsule toys) and other types of tiny collectibles are extremely popular. For this week's Far Out Friday, I am going ape with a look at some of the Beast Wars Optimus Primal small toys from Kabaya, Takara and Hasbro. See them all in the image gallery below.

Beast Wars the TV show and Beast Wars the toys frequently didn't quite line up when it came to the look of the characters. Now that Beast Wars has earned a place in the Masterpiece line, that reality is starting to become a challenge as the show designs have to be reverse engineered as functional toys. But Beast Wars didn't always look the way we know it, with stylized, emotive characters that cheat their way between forms. At one stage of development, things were very different. Keep reading to find out more.

This bit of news was announced during the Hasbro Transformers product previews that the next Prime in line will be none other than Optimus Primal! This is not a great surprise considering all the attention the he has gotten with the new Masterpiece figure and recent reveal of a Beast Wars cartoon revival. Not that I am disappointed, I thinks its just Prime! Read on to see the official work from the group page.

An interesting news story has just surfaced that we are choosing to classify as a RUMOR until we find corroboration: a site called Entertainment Unlimited has posted a story claiming that Beast Wars is scheduled to make its return in late 2018 as a Netflix Animated Series! Marvel Comics writer Jason Aaron is said to be the scripter for the series, and a character list is given - though, given some of these characters one has to assume that this is an all-new continuity and not some kind of continuation of the original. (Which is slightly inevitable since, y'know, Beast Machines. Keep reading for the list!

Joining UK fans for the very first time, we are pleased to announce the incredibly talented Venus Terzo, Beast Wars Blackarachnia, will be attending TFNation 2017! Blazing a trail for the multi-layered female characters who followed in her path, Blackarachnia’s long journey, from Beast Wars’ ruthless, self-serving, rebel Predacon to the Maximal-aligned Beast Machines force of nature, has seen the character achieve a special place in fan’s hearts.

As has become his annual holiday tradition, voice actor David Kaye has posted a Christmas video of himself performing the song "Blue Christmas" as the immortal Beast Wars Megatron! This is Kaye's sixth such video, with possibly the highlight being Megatron's duet with Powerpuff Girls voice actress Tara Strong performing "Bubbles, It's Cold Outside." Keep reading to see this year's video!

Thanks to Youtube stop motion artist youheidx, we've got a quick, fun video showing off Tripredacus - the original Tripredacus from the 1997 Beast Wars lineup. The second year Beast Wars Ultra figures were both combiners, offering three figures dancing around the Deluxe size in a $20 box. Hard to imagine these days, isn't it? Tripredacus in its time held a reputation of being very difficult to transform and combine thanks to its engineering, making the attempt at creating a stop motion with it just that much more impressive. But we'd say this one worked out just fine. You can see for yourself in the video embedded below!

Prime 1 Studio is proud to present PMTFBW-01: Optimus Primal from Beast Wars: Transformers. Optimus Primal is one of the most prominent and well-recognized Maximals in Transformers history.

MP-32 Masterpiece Optimus Primal (or Beast Convoy) is a stunning achievement in recreating the animation model of Optimus Primal. But let's step back and look at the original toy that inspired that 3D model, and discover the masterpiece behind the Masterpiece. Click here to head over to the review page to find video, plus the text and photos version as we highlight this classic!

We don't know who created this animated .GIF - if you did, please contact us or comment so we can credit you! - but it's extremely impressive, showing off how true to the animation Masterpiece Optimus Primal's transformation truly is. But it gets better! If you're looking for MP Primal for yourself, Allspark reports that Amazon Japan is now offering international shipping! It still requires you to make a separate account from your main Amazon account, but even so, it's worth checking out! Keep reading for more info.

RAC continues our look back at Beast Wars with a trio of Basic Beasts from 1996! Terrorsaur, Snapper, and Insecticon all share an auto-transformation gimmick unique to this year of figures. Other features include weapon storage and a multitude of ball joints. And they all hold up pretty well! Click here to read the review!

With the 20th anniversary of Beast Wars happening as we speak, it's a good time to look back at the series and toyline that revitalized Transformers and helped make the franchise what it is today. And where else to start but with the yellow kid-appeal character? Thanks to a donation of toys from BaCon, RAC takes his first look at the original Deluxe Cheetor, one of the first four figures in the Deluxe size class that persists to this day! Click here to read the review and see the photos!

For the 20th Anniversary of Beast Wars, TFormers looks back at the toyline that expanded and revitalized the Transformers universe. First up is Cheetor, one of the first figures in the first wave of Deluxe class figures - the size class that by one name or another remains the backbone of the Transformers line today! Keep reading for a 58-image gallery of everyone's favorite yellow cat.

Beast Wars turned 20 years old this year. Specifically back in April when the anniversary of the original airing of "Beast Wars" parts 1 and 2 occurred. But, there was the entire summer then to wait before there was more - or even a repeat of the "Beast Wars" two parter. It left the question of what to expect from this show. On September 18th, we got the first answer, with the debut of the first new episode in the show's regular syndication airing. And so, keep reading, as today we look back on the 20th anniversary of "The Web"...

Just after we brought you a gallery of G1 Optimus Prime statue photos from prime 1 Studio at SDCC, we have an image of a prototype from Wonderfest for Optimus Primal! This statue goes for a heavily textured appearance with loads of sculpted fur, interspersed with various mechanical details - and of course, a dismembered Waspinator incorporated in to the base unit. Not to mention it has some super bright light up red eyes! Click through to see the photo, thanks to Chohenken.

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