Battle Beasts Action Figures Identification Tool with Pictures

Battle Beasts Action Figures Identification Tool with Pictures
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In 1987, Hasbro and Takara’s relationship produced another exciting new line, the Battle Beasts. This line featured multiple one-and-a-half-inch tall figures with minimal articulation. Unlike the running trend for more intricate articulation, these beasts could only move their arms at the shoulder joints. Despite this limitation, they had a unique gimmick to convince fans to collect as many as possible.

The original toy line, Takara’s BeastFormers

The story of the Battle Beasts actually began in Japan, where Takara created a line called BeastFormers. Unlike the American toy line, the BeastFormers was a subline of Takara’s Transformers toy line. Thus, the toys in Japan had either Autobot or Decepticon Symbols. They also had strong connections to the story that Hasbro began with Sunbow and Marvel. Thus, both fractions of the BeastFormers made an appearance in the Transformers Headmasters cartoon in the episode “Rebellion on Planet Beast.”

In the Japanese continuity, the Beastformers were anthropomorphic animals that donned battle armor. They made their home on Planet Beast, where they lived in peace. However, once the Decepticons made contact with the planet, a fraction led by Alligator sided with them. Meanwhile, those who loved their original peaceful society sided with the Autobots. White Leo then became the leader of the Beastformers, who aligned with the Autobots.

Hasbro releases the Battle Beasts action figures

Unfortunately, when Hasbro brought the Transformers line to America, both the connection to the Transformers and the backstory were lost. Instead, the Battle Beasts were only introduced as animal-like warriors with unique elemental powers. Despite the lack of story, the Battle Beasts had a unique gimmick that encouraged people to collect them all.

Each figure had a rub sign that revealed the type of force they were. In turn, each figure could be one of three units: Fire, Wood, and Water. As Japan loves Janken Pon, the equivalent of Rock Paper Scissors, many games and toys use it as a basis. Likewise, the three elements of the Beast Warriors reflected the game. Fire topped wood warriors, who in turn defeated water. Meanwhile, water defeated fire. These figures could potentially have any of the three powers, which increased the line-up from 76 to 228.

The warriors from the Battle Beasts toy line

The first series of toys offered 28 different warriors that could join the battle. This series featured characters like Pirate Lion, Deer Stalker, Gruesome Gator, Sly Fox, and many more. While these beasts had no affiliation in Hasbro’s version, they had been originally divided between Decepticons and Autobots in Japan. Characters like the Autobot White Leo became the Pirate Lion. Meanwhile, the Decepticon Alligatron was transformed into the Gruesome Gator.

The line continued to release new characters for the following two series. Starting with series 2, a new type of warrior, the Sunburst Warrior, joined the pack. This power allowed them to defeat all of the other powers. This power was extremely rare in Japan. It was even rarer in Hasbro’s Battle Beasts, for it was only ever confirmed on Pirate Leo.

While many of these figures came with weapons, they were often not packaged with their proper weapons. Takara specifically made a point of attaching another figure’s weapon to encourage collectors to seek out more sets.

The fourth series brought significant changes to the toys. In Japan, this series was called the Laser Beasts; however, Hasbro called it the Shadow Warriors. Beyond the name change, this series also changed the look of the figures. Instead of relying on rub signs, the figures now had a small orb that revealed the power of the beats.

The comic and toy rereleases

Despite the lack of a story behind Hasbro’s Battle Beats, the toy line eventually appeared in a short-lived comic series. In 1988, Blackthorn Publishing introduced the first of four issues of the Battle Beasts comic book. This series abruptly ended when Blackthorn went bankrupt and closed its doors.

The Beastformers returned again in 2012 when Takara set out to revive the one with the Beast Saga toy line. Announced in 2011, this new series replaced the original elements with land, air, and sea. This revival even gained a Shonen Jump manga and a 2013 anime series.

Identify Battle Beasts action figures with our toy line identification tool

How to use the Identification Tool to find your action figures and toylines

Do you have any vintage toys you are trying to identify? Don’t know the name? No problem! We can help you out with this useful identification tool.

Using our Identification Tool is simple; you can easily search for any toy in your collection. For example, type “jet” into the figure name field and hit search. You’ll see all the toys that are jets. Otherwise, you can try “car” and select the color “blue” and a list of action figures with matching results.

Even if you know the name of your toy but do not know its proper spelling, our tool will help you. For instance, you can type “Wheljck” and still find the results for various Wheeljack action figures.

Our database has an extensive list of toy lines from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. So, you can seek out information about your favorite toy lines and even sublines like Droids or Ewoks. Some of our other prominent lines include, but are not limited to:

Our Identification Tool will help you locate the basic information for each action figure and much more. For instance, you may discover whether or not your action figure came with a sticker sheet or instructions. Our identification tool includes detailed information on which accessories and weapons were included with the toys. We will even help you determine the release date of your toys.

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