Those who remember Battle Beasts will surely have fond memories of them! The Battle Beasts were a small plastic a toy-line (like Mini Boglins) that stood just two inches tall and gave animals human-like qualities. Many figures came with weapons as well as a heat sensitive stickers on the chest which would reveal the warriors strength.
Battle Beasts were first created in Japan in 1986 by Takara where they were known as BeastFormers. The back-story of the Battle Beasts or BeastFormers is that they lived in the same galaxy as the Transformers, however, most folks probably had no idea as the tie-in never really took hold outside of Japan.
The Battle Beasts lasted for four series, with the fourth series being quite different from the previous three. Just like the Transformers they were also split into two groups, Autobots and Decepticons.
Series 1 (1987)
Series 2 (1987)
Series 3 (1987)
Series 4 – Shadow Warriors
The fourth series of Battle Beasts were a little different from the previous three, they were renamed ‘Shadow Warriors’ (Laser Beasts in Japan) and the heat sensitive sticker on the front depicted what clan each beast belonged to rather than one of the three elements.
Vehicles – Chariots, Drills etc
To accompany the Battle Beasts were a wide range of vehicles, there were 6 Battle Chariots, 4 Drills ans 12 Shield Bearing Sleds. Some of the vehicles were sold worldwide, however many were only produced and sold in Japan.
Three play sets were produced for Battle Beasts, each play set represented one of the three elements. The Blazing Eagle for fire, Shocking Shark for water and Wood Beetle which represented….wood. All three play sets could transform from vehicle to multi-level play sets which folded out in a variety of ways.
As well as the above their were also some premium Battle Beasts released in Japan, one or two of which were also available elsewhere in the world. These were special Battle Beasts that looked very different, many were see-through or one solid colour.
As with every popular toy-line a bunch of other random toys were made, this included child size battle axe and armour, child size sword and a few other weapons. Other pieces included a lunch-box, sleeping bag, story cassette and more.