These are all images scanned from various issues of Japan's TV
Magazine (Telemaga), which is a big pile of toy tie-ins the likes of
which would violate FCC regulations if attempted in this country. :) Some of
the images are scaled-down two-page spreads, and even scaled down are pretty
big, so those of you with slower connections be careful.
Man, they're cruising through episodes...or they're running them in a new
order. Other Visits and Code of Hero are featured this issue. It'd be
really weird if they put Code of Hero early, but rewrote the ending so that
Dinobot didn't die. Not to mention really lame.
Other Visits 1: The Metalhunter forms in
this still from the show, but the Destrons and Cybertrons are drawn into the
scene cel-style to make for a more dramatic picture.
Other Visits 2: Cel-drawn struggle between
Metals Convoy and Metals Megatron.
Recolored Leaders: As seen in November's
Comics Bon-Bon, but better pics of the special recolors.
Digimon (Greymon?): Another transforming
Digimon toy. Judging from a few commercials I've seen, these will probably
be coming to the U.S. soon.
Nothing worth scanning this month. No Metals pictures better than I already
have (side note: Metals Ravage is actually packaed as Jaguar, since that's
what Ravage was called in Japan...other details to be corrected once I
actually get a Ravage and do a full review). Microman and Dinozone seem to
Mostly Beast Wars Metals, translations of the second and third seasons of BW,
this month. Not much of interest here.
N64 Metals Game: A screenshot from the BW
Metals game released for the N64 in Japan. As the game is reported to have
"guest appearances" by BWII and BWNeo characters, it's unlikely to be
Toys with Candy: Some statuettes of various
Transmetals and a Fuzor. Note that TM Rhinox and TM Airazor are present,
despite not being in the show.
Microman Combiners: Two Microman
combiners and one Acroyer combiner. Each splits into several vehicles,
weapons or drones, and a Microman/Acroyear 8cm figure can ride in the chest,
wearing the combiner as a powersuit.
Time for a look back on Beast Wars Neo, and there's a collection of 50 images
from throughout the series, of which I scanned a few. Plus, there's new
DinoZone finally, and some fairly nifty transforming Digimon toys.
Hyperconvoy: The leader of the Convoy
Council, Hyperconvoy is depicted on one of the blue and red pages of the
bound-in booklet, so these aren't quite his proper colors.
Cybertron Quarters: Small pictures of
where each of the Cybertrons stay aboard Gung Ho. Most of them make
themselves at home, but not Big Convoy. #44 is Mach Kick's western-themed
room, with crossed rifles over the rough-hewn wooden bed.
(Picture Not Shown): Worth noting, Lioconvoy and Big Convoy are shown
shaking hands and joining forces. On the same page, Galvatron (with
Unicron's spark inside him) faces down Magmatron as the Cybertrons watch from
hiding. I didn't scan this because there's plenty of pictures of all
characters involved, and the composition of the specific images aren't really
Digimon Toys: These two transform kinda
niftily into other forms. I especially like how the angel guy's wings are
made from the shell of his unevolved form.
DinoZone Toys: In robot mode are the three
new characters. Dunno their names yet, or which side they're on, but they
are a Kentrosaur (like a Stegosaur, but with spines), a Pachycephalosaur and
an ancient sea turtle. UPDATE: Jarrod Trout tells me that the names are
Shieldsaurus (turtle), Swordsaurus (Pachy) and Drillsaurus (Kentro). Why
these names? Because they also turn into weapons for DinoTyranno and
DinoBrachio. A shield, a sword and a drill, natch. Giganodragon also gets a
buddy called Nightwing who turns into some winged creature Jarrod couldn't ID
(possibly a Quetzalcoatlus). Pics are in the August issue of Hobby Japan.
DinoZone CG: Artist's renderings of the beast
modes of the three new toys.
The new toy rush is pretty much over for Beast Wars Neo, and this issue
mainly looks at anime versions of the Blentrons and of Killerpunch and
Survive. The Blentrons are minions of Unicron (!), sent to fetch the
Angolmois Energy, which was really Unicron's own power, trapped in Gaea to
keep Unicron from reclaiming it. Yowza. Next on deck for Japan is the Beast
Wars Metals...Transmetals to us. Mostly straight imports (and they
are bringing in the relevant episodes to explain Optimal Optimus), but
Takara must have its exclusives, so there will be a Transmetal Ravage
remolded out of Cheetor. No pictures of that this month, but the rumors are
flying and I figured I should mention it.
Big Convoy Exclusive: A black, gold and
silver recolor being used in a giveaway, limited quantities as always. As I
don't read Japanese, I can't tell you how to enter the drawing. Note that
he's not quite transformed correctly (shoulders sagging). It will also be
available at TRU in Japan, along with a recolored Galvatron sold as Unicron.
Not a lot this month either, mainly anime-style drawings of the second wave,
more trading cards and a lot of pictures of the Transmetal II's which will be
arriving in Japan soon. Yes, you may now rail at Takara for not letting
Hasbro import BWII and BWNeo here.
Trading Cards: Left column: Hydrar, Hardhead
and Crazybolt. Middle column: Bump, Sharpedge and Archadis. Right column:
Mach Kick, Rockcrusher and Randy.
Killerpunch: A clearer picture of Killerpunch
launching his head shows that he has a SPARE HEAD underneath! Not only that,
but his tail is not a gun, it's a shield-axe sort of weapon.
More Killerpunch: As this view shows, not only
does the "spare head" give KP a usable right hand, but his beast head can be
stored on his back and out of the way. Between this, the loss of the tailgun
missiles and the new shape of the tail weapon, Killerpunch solves most of the
"stuff in the way" problems of his cousin Guiledart.
Slim pickings this month. This issue is devoted to the arrival of Mach Kick
and Archadis, and doesn't really have much more beyond what BonBon had on the
Archadis vs. Mach Kick: I scanned this
picture of the two new toys because it's the first I've seen where it's clear
that Mach Kick's tail isn't a solid molded piece.
Toys With Candy: Kabaya toy kits of Big
Convoy and Magmatron. There's others in the set, but they were shown on
monochrome pages, and weren't really worth the bother of scanning.
Bird Launcher: Another bit of merchandising
which will probably show up in the cartoon somewhere, this launcher fires a
bird or something like a bird as a glider. NOTE: I've been informed (by BW
Ratbat) that Break has already used the gun in the anime. As I was kinda
suspecting, it's used like the Speed Racer bird, as a messenger.
This issue has the first decent pics of the second wave toys, but the bulk of
the BW Neo pagecount is devoted to a "Who's Strongest?" evaluation. Best
weapon, best blade, best non-blade hand weapon, best odd power, etc. The
picture to the right is from the last page of the issue, which has various
characters flying kites and doing general springtime stuff.
Wave 2 toys: Top row is Mach Kick (horse)
and Archadis. Second row is Sharpedge (saw shark) and Hardhead. Third row
is Bump (Armadillo speedbump and physicist) and Bazooka. Three new toys, two
remolds, one recolor. It's hard to say for sure, but I think Mach Kick's
tail is made from hair, not a solid molded piece.
More Wave 2: Some different views of
Hardhead, Mach Kick and Archadis in robot modes. Note that Hardhead's got a
radically different color scheme here. It might be a photography quirk, or
this might be a case of the color scheme differing between prototype and
final model...don't know if this one's final or proto, though. UPDATE:
Neither. There's a THIRD color scheme out there which seems to be the final
one, with a mostly dark blue body and light teal claws and chest. There's
also a new gimmick that pops up a part of his head when you drop his jaw.
Stampee: One of the entries in "weird
power," Sling's trap with its favorite target. Stampy just can't catch a
break, can he?
This issue focuses on the BW Neo leaders, Big Convoy and Magmatron. However,
I have quite a few pics of them already, so I kept this batch to a minimum,
finding other things to scan. Have you ever dreamed of having a creation of
yours become an official part of the Transformers line? Move to Japan,
then. Not only is fan-created character Star Upper (from a Comics Bon-Bon
contest) in the Color Game Boy game, but it looks like the three new molds
for BW Neo come from a contest resolved in this issue of TV Magazine.
Archadis and Mach Kick for sure, and Bazooka maybe.
Big Convoy Attacks: Various attacks the
big guy can use. Leg missiles, batons, sonic tusks.
Magmatron Toy: "Orgy Mode" at the top, then
Pteradactyl, Allosaur (you can tell because his foreclaws have three digits
and aren't pathetically puny), Elasmosaur (from the realllly long neck) and
finally the robot mode.
Magmatron Attacks: Some of Magmatron's
favorite attacks, including the Elasmosaur head bite and tail sword.
Color Gameboy BW: Halfway decent
screenshots of the fighter game for the Color Gameboy. I hear it's a pretty
good fighter game as the Gameboy goes.
The Winners!: Winners of a contest in TV
Magazine to create new characters for BW Neo. Archadis and Mach Kick were
chosen to become toys, and I also scanned a design which looks a LOT like the
upcoming Bazooka. I do think the creator of Archadis needs to date more,
however. The ol' claw-brassiere trick. Also, here's some black & white outlines of Archadis and Mach Kick next to the
winning drawings. And yes, I'm guessing there were age classes or random
winners. Update: Doug Dlin tells me that the names given by the kids were
not used for the toys. So Takara kept naming rights and exact appearance,
probably simplifying things legally.
There were a LOT of BW Neo pictures in this issue, and I tried to pick just
those I felt were important or added something to what's already on this
page. Hence, I left out a lot of cel-style pictures. Also, there was some
Dinozone stuff, but it was just showing recolors (new badguys are just
recolors of the good guys...how cheap is THAT? I mean, they only HAD one
real bad guy as it was!).
VS sets - I magnified the images from the back of the issue that showed
the "VS" sets of the new toys, in robot and beast modes. The third modes
aren't shown in this issue.
VS29: Longrack and Guiledart: Longrack seems
to be more of Mega size, and is the second in command of the Cybertrons as
far as I can tell. The third modes of the other Cybertrons are weapons for
him to use, and his third mode is a sort of cannon emplacement. Guiledart
has a camoflage mode in which he, er, plays EXTREMELY dead. Gnawed corpse
VS31: Stampy and Sling: Stampy the rabbit
uses his ears as swords. Sling the dimetrodon can turn into a sort of
beartrap mutation of the venus flytrap flower as his camoflage mode.
VS32: Break and Dead End: Break the penguin
seems to be a semi-recycling of the Stunticon Breakdown, especially since
he's paired with the ammonite Dead End. Dead End doesn't seem to have a
VS33: Rockbuster and Hydrar: Simply repackagings of the video-pack
Razorclaw and Lazorbeak. No differences discernable from these pictures,
although it's possible tiny details were added.
VS34: Randy and Crazybolt: Recolors of original assortment Regular Beasts
Razorback and Iguanus.
Trading Cards: This installment finishes out the BWII set and starts the
BW Neo set. They're backed, as always, with blue&white techspec cards and
drawings of the beast modes. I tried scanning them, but they looked pretty
cruddy as scans. Oddly, the techspecs have 7 stats, not the usual 8.
Batch 2: 5: Stampy, 6: Break (with beast
kibble vastly "Romitized"), 7: Heinrad, 8: Magmatron, 9: Guiledart, 10:
Sabreback, 11: Dead End, 12: Sling, 13: Destron Carrier "Dinosaur" (or
Dynasoar, or other permutations to play on words)
Heinrad: The time-controlling Cybertron,
shown also in his beast mode and using his time control power. Note the
Sling: Another view of the toy to give a
better idea of how his fin looks when closed. It also shows his robot mode
to be a bit iffy.
Deadly Flowers: Cel-style pictures of
Sling's and Sabreback's flower-like weapons.
The February TV Magazine brings in pictures of Beast Wars Neo! Plus, it has
some pictures from the finale of BWII, but stops short of the Final Fate of
Galvatron. Fortunately, I picked up Joy Kindergarten, TV Magazine's
younger viewer mag. And it has very little BWII, but it has it where it
counts. (Note: Doug Dlin suggests Happy Kindergarten as a more
accurate translation.) UPDATE: There's a picture I missed scanning, and will
try to get around to soon. It's a picture of next month's cardboard toy, a
Big Convoy model. He has a BIG gun, formed from the trunk and spine of his
Toys with Candy - Grainy little picture,
hopefully I'll find better later on. Transforming (take apart and put back
together) candybox toys of Kid, Diver, Scuba, BigMos, Tonbotto and Mantis.
Recolors! - Recolors of the original BWII
Cybertron crew, in seemingly random colors, just to get another set of toys
out while BW Neo is warming up, I guess. Lioconvoy in Germany! Pastel
BW Neo Cybertrons (animated) - Those BW Neo
toys that aren't remolds will have Sparks like Transmetal II toys. Top row,
Deluxe Break (Penguin) and Basic Corahda (Cobra). Middle rank, Heinlad
(Raccoon with watch in his stomach) and Ultra Big Convoy (Mammoth). Bottom
level, Deluxe (Mega?) Longrack (Giraffe) and Basic Stampy (Rabbit). Not
pictured are Basic Rockbuster (Video pack Razorclaw), Basic Randy (Razorback,
slight recoloring). Thanks to Greg Guillory for the size information on
these and the Destrons. Oh, and the Cybertrons will have red sparks, not
green, according to Greg's information.
BW Neo Cybertrons (mostly CGI) - CGI art
presumably from the boxes. Big Convoy is in animated form, possibly because
his packaging wasn't ready in time. Around him, clockwise from upper left,
are Heinlad, Corahda, Break, Longrack and Stampy.
BW Neo Destrons (animated) - Top down,
they're Deluxe Dead End (Ammonite), Deluxe (Mega?) Guiledart (Triceratops),
Ultra Combiner Magmatron (Allosaur, Plesiosaur and Pterodactyl) and what I'm
pretty sure is Basic Crazybolt (Iguanus, possibly with removable frill). Not
shown are Deluxe (Mega?) Sabreback (Stegosaur), Basic Sling (Dimetrodon) and
Basic Hydrar (Lazorbeak, same colors). UPDATE: Nope, it's Sling, not
Crazybolt. The Dimetrodon's back fin opens up into the shield.
BW Neo Destrons (mostly CGI) - Magmatron
cel-style for same reasons Big Convoy is. Counter clockwise from upper
right, Guiledart, Dead End, Sling and Sabreback.
Joy Kindergarten (Or "Kindergarten Fun")
Lioconvoy and Magnaboss Card - This trading
card is a good example of the way Joy Kindergarten is pitched to younger
children. The next two pictures are, perhaps, bad examples.
Gaea Force Summoned! - Lioconvoy and
Liojunior bring forth the essence of Gaea from their Matrices, manifesting as
a lion formed from green energy. The GaeaLio is also shown in TV Magazine,
but in a harder to scan picture (he's on a crease).
Galvatron's Final Fate! - This may be
considered a "spoiler" for BW II. Do not view this picture unless you want
to see how the fight between GaeaLio and Galvatron ends up. In the lower
left corner are small pictures of Magmatron and Big Convoy, basically small
versions of the ones centering the CGI scans above.
Not a whole lot here, mostly pictures from the movie and from U.S. episodes.
No new toys. Some slightly nicer pictures of the DinoZone toys, and some
nifty Microman stuff which should be up on Wilkinson's page (see December
The picture to the right is Lioconvoy meeting the Microman characters.
Energized Convoys - Burning Convoy and
Flash Lioconvoy, all powered up and ready to kick Majin Zarak's hinder...once
they find exactly where on his hulking body the hinder is, that is.
Something Wicked - I have no idea what this
thing is, but it's from the movie and probably evil. This scan is from the
pop-up diorama which comes with this month's issue.
Dinozone Stuff - There was a really nifty two-page spread of the toys
comparing sizes, but it was too big to fit all at once on the scanner. Maybe
later I'll play puzzle pieces and try to scan it in parts.
Dinozone Group 1 - Up top are Dinobrachio and
Dinoptera in robot modes in CGI, below is Dinotyranno, the leader. Here's a
closeup of his techspecs, in case anyone wants to
read them. Click here for Doug Dlin's translation,
which also serves as a key to the three-number stat bars.
Dinozone Group 2 - Top rank is Dinosabre and
Dinostego. Bottom are Dinotricera and Dinomammoth. Dinosabre is one of the
small toys, yet has the second best stats. Hmmm.