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TFCon Toronto reports that Garry Chalk, voice actor of Optimus Primal (Beast Wars, Beast Machines) and Optimus Prime(Transformers: Armada, Transformers: Energon, Transformers: Cybertron) will be making an appearance at the convention this year! Chalk will be at the con for the entire weekend, attending Q&A panels and holding autograph sessions. Keep reading for details!



If a TV show is very lucky, it will have during its lifespan some singularly defining moment that completely alters the way the entire work is viewed from then onward. If it's fortunate to the extreme, that change of audience perception will even be a positive one. As one of the most important contributors to the overall body of Transformers fiction, Beast Wars was graced with such a moment, when, on this day twenty years ago, March 9th, 1998, the episode Code of Hero debuted in US first run syndication. Keep reading...



Its not every day we get a new animation from the folks at Robot Chicken. They've made a handful of wonderful shorts featuring many of the beloved, Generation 1 characters. This time, we get the fan favorite, Beast Wars Megatron. Voiced by none other than David Kaye himself. The video also features Scorponok and a somewhat rare non-show Maximal character, Polar Claw.



Honestly, RAC should probably have saved this one for near the end, because this is one of the most important ones. Cincinnati' s Kenner Products got into the toy business alongside the Baby Boom, and ultimately wound up defining action figures and play for the Baby Boomers' children in the 1970s and `80s. But their contribution to Transformers would come later, as a division of Hasbro, in the late `90s. Keep reading for more!



Transformers Forged to Fight Releases the beast with the introduction of the Beast Wars Maximal leader, Optimus Primal joining the game play. The Maximal starship Axalon, commanded by Optimus Primal was pulled into a Transwarp Portal while in pursuit of a Predacon warship. Stranded on ancient Earth, Primal and his crew of Maximals fought the Beast Wars to preserve the timeline and protect all life in the galaxy. Read on for the full details.



The other day, Optimus Primal voice actor Garry Chalk gave his first-ever Christmas address - getting into a tradition that Beast Wars Megatron actor David Kaye has upheld for many years now. Today, Kaye responds with his own How The Grinch Stole Christmas song adaptation! But where Chalk went with the classic from the 1966 animated special, Kaye went to the live-action film for "Where Are You, Optimus?" Keep reading to see!



For many years now David Kaye, voice actor for Beast Wars Megatron, has released an in-character Christmas address or recitation on YouTube. Finally, after all these years, Optimus Primal voice actor Garry Chalk responds! Singing "You're A Mean One, Megatron," Chalk riffs on "Mr. Grinch" and reveals a side of his repertoire as a performer that there was little room for in Beast Wars: he's quite the singer. Click through to see - and hear!



Happy Halloween! Today we've dug up the Halloween Horrorcons, the one and only attempt Hasbro ever made to make Halloween-themed Transformers toys. Who were they, what were they, where were they supposed to be available... and why don't you have any? We'll take a look at that after the jump.



Thanks to lord ginrai we have a first look at a page from this month's issue of Figure King Magazine, but as it happens, what's important right now is not what's in this issue, but what will be seen in next month's issue: Masterpiece Dinobot! A small teaser showing the beast mode of a grey prototype is used to promote next month's feature. While we have seen some early looks at the design of the next Beast Wars Masterpiece (see links below), this image does seem a bit more refined. We've got the new images for you in the full post, so come in and have a look!



Though I cannot speak for all of us here at TFormers, I am myself not a statue person. But this certainly makes me think twice. Prime 1 Studios has posted to Facebook showing their stunningly beautiful statue depicting Megatron as he appeared (more or less) in the first season of Beast Wars. The dino parts are a fair bit more detailed and "realistic" but otherwise this is a love letter to the original cartoon model. About the only fault I might find is the dismembered Dinobot on the base. The price for this is $1149, or $1199 for the exclusive version with the extra face option. Click through for mirrored photos!


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Rattrap
4 stars
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9 stars
Golden Disks
10 stars
10th Anniversary Megatron
7 stars
Big Convoy
10 stars
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9 stars
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Thanks to lord ginrai we have a first look at a page from this month's issue of Figure King Magazine, but as it happens, what's important right now is not what's in this issue, but what will be seen in next month's issue: Masterpiece Dinobot! A small teaser showing the beast mode of a grey prototype is used to promote next month's feature. While we have seen some early looks at the design of the next Beast Wars Masterpiece (see links below), this image does seem a bit more refined. We've got the new images for you in the full post, so come in and have a look!


Though I cannot speak for all of us here at TFormers, I am myself not a statue person. But this certainly makes me think twice. Prime 1 Studios has posted to Facebook showing their stunningly beautiful statue depicting Megatron as he appeared (more or less) in the first season of Beast Wars. The dino parts are a fair bit more detailed and "realistic" but otherwise this is a love letter to the original cartoon model. About the only fault I might find is the dismembered Dinobot on the base. The price for this is $1149, or $1199 for the exclusive version with the extra face option. Click through for mirrored photos!


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.


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.


Comic artist Matt Frank, who is well known for this Godzilla and other popular cultures posters. Follows up his amazing Unicron poster with two new prints just for BotCon 2016. Fans of the Beast Wars will be in for a big treat with two different offerings celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Beast Wars cartoon. Read on to see the images below for the full views, you will be glad you did.


TakaraTomy has released a few new images of MP Optimus Primal and one of Unite Warriors Bruticus in their weekly Beast Wars Anniversary video! ...unfortunately, they're once again back to region-locking those videos to Japan. But fortunately, Autobase Aichi has posted some stills, detailing Primal's swords and his articulated fingers! Keep reading to have a look.

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Japanese retailer Nico Nico Chokuhan has updated their Beast Wars II DVD box set product page with box art and mass over incentive cards. The behemoth eight-dvd box set will release in October 2011, with a selling price of 29,400 yen (~$383 USD). Orders over 100 will receive two IC cards - one featuring Lio Convoy and Megatron and the other is the DVD box art.


Shout! Factory is planning to release Beast Wars Season 2 and 3 on DVD in the same set, according to a report from TV Shows On DVD. Citing retailers, the website reports that the 4-disc set will release on October 4th for a price of $29.93. Aside from the episodes, bonus content includes "'Remembering The Spark' Featurette, a Reunion of members of the Voice Cast where they look back on voicing the Maximals and Predacons of Beast Wars; Original Making Of Beast Wars, an Art Gallery, and Original Character Models.


USA Today have posted an interview with Shout! Factory DVD producer Brian Ward. The interview covers the new Beast Wars DVD release and how the 90s cartoon stands up to the Transformers past, and present incarnations. Just like the the Autobots and Decepticons, there are some factions that have developed around this series. Read the full interview on the Transformers Beast Wars DVD now at USA Today. You can order the Complete Beast Wars Setes boxed set now at shoutfactorystore.com.


Shout! Factory is on a mission to re-release all the Transformers cartoons. Starting with Generation 1, they have moved on to the Beast Wars series with the release of Season 1 DVD set that will be coming to stores nationwide on DVD June 7th 2011. There will also be a Beast Wars collector box set available on the same date sold exclusively by the Shout! Factory store. Tformers takes a look at what is in side the first release of the popular CGI cartoon that Shout! Factory sent us for preview after the jump.


Following up on news and from Shout Factory! on new Transformers DVDs, we have official confirmation via Twitter that they will in-fact be re-releasing the Beast Wars and Headmasters later this year. These will be offered in two sets with four DVDs each. Check out the orginal post from their newsletter confirming these releases after the jump.


According to the a Tweet on Brian Ward's twitter page, Shout Factory! will be reissuing the Transformers Beast Wars cartoons on DVD again: "Got back from a meeting where I learned of several titles going on the schedule. My 10- & mid-20s-year old selves are jumping w/joy." and then later: "So...uh...who knows a little something about TRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS? Anybody?" If you've not gotten your fill of the CGI cartoon, here is your chance as we expect this to be the definitive collection.

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