Top 5 Best Beast Wars Neo Toys
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Top 5 Best Beast Wars Neo Toys
Beast Wars season 1 was a huge hit in Japan. So much so that while waiting to get the next seasons finished and translated, Japan made their own 2D Transformers shows, which would end up being the last classically hand drawn/painted Transformers cartoons ever made. Those being Beast Wars 2 and Beast Wars Neo. Beast Wars 2 had some unique molds but most characters on the show were based on toys already existing in the Beast Wars line, but that didn't make it onto the CG show. Beast Wars Neo however is where Takara really stepped in to make molds independently from Hasbro's design team. And it shows since these toys are very different from what we got before. Firstly, the fully organic animal modes remained and we got creatures that we did not get before. There was also a big emphasis on shellforming to preserve a near perfect animal mode. It worked for some and not for others, and I will now share with you which ones I think are the best from the line.
5. Transformers Beast Wars Neo Longrack
The giraffe is one of those classic wild animals kids learn about at an early age. It's just so different from other mammals out there with its long neck and spotted pattern. It's the highlight of any zoo trip for sure. And yet we did not get one in the Beast Wars line, which is understandable since an animal with such odds proportions might not translate well onto a robot. But Takara tried their damnedest and I for one applaud their efforts with Longrack. The giraffe mode is stellar, as are many of the animal modes in Beast Wars Neo, but the robot mode is not too shabby either. They find a way to use that long neck to have an extending gimmick in robot mode and the headsculpt is really nice. I am basically impressed that they pulled off something.
4. Transformers Beast Wars Neo Archadis
As far as animal alt modes go, this might be the most awesome one. We had dinosaurs and we had birds, but to have the first bird in recorded history (at the time), the missing link between dinosaurs and birds, is pretty awesome. And even more awesome is what they do with the design. The wings fold to turn into a poncho, making Archadis the Transformers version of Clint Eastwood's man with no name. He even has a quick draw gimmick to bring the western theme full circle.
3. Transformers Beast Wars Neo Cohrada (Colada, Corahda)
I love everything about this toy. Firstly, having a snake be the alt mode of a Transforming robot sounds like a design nightmare since most of the body is a tail. But they found a way around that by using a Cobra as a base. It also has a shooting poison gimmick (as a small water gun, as we had gotten with other Beast Wars figures like Cheetor and Megatron) which becomes a nice wrist mounted gun in robot mode. The deco for the alt mode is really nice, with stunning layers, highlighting the intricate molded details of the scales. The robot mode looks really nice too with a unique helmet on the head.
2. Transformers Beast Wars Neo Big Convoy
I spoke about this toy a lot in the past, and for good reason. It's just a really amazing looking figure. Extremely imposing in robot mode with an excellent sculpt in both modes. I especially like how the robot mode is asymmetric in certain areas, which is an extra level of detail I will always appreciate. Plus, this badass looking warrior comes with the first matrix we ever got in the Transformers toyline.
1. Transformers Beast Wars Neo Heinlad (Heinrad)
Now I had mentioned that Archadis had quite the alt mode when looking at the animal kingdom but Heinlad takes it up a notch by making its alt mode veer towards the mytholigical sense. Tanukis are real animals, and the details are mostly realistic, for a Tanuki standing upright (or a clock based on a realistic Tanuki standing upright). But then you get to his nether regions and things take a different turn. As with the "black panther" (which is not its own species of feline), Tanukis have a mytholigical rendition based on a real animal. And in this rendition, Tanukis are known for their giant scrotum. This toy ingeniously gives us that in toy form by having the battery compartment play double duty as this giant scrotum. There is also the traditional meal and beverage accessory that becomes a pretty cool gun for the robot. Speaking of the robot, I think my favourite part is that this Tanuki gives you a really nice classic looking Transformer robot mode. That visor which can be brought down is just gravy.
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Posted by TulioDude on July 26th, 2020 @ 12:04pm CDT
Shout-out to Magmatron,he owns the look of faction leader
Posted by TK415 on July 26th, 2020 @ 12:49pm CDT
Big Convoy is one of my all time favorite transformers. Highlight of my collection. Awesome figure.
Posted by o.supreme on July 26th, 2020 @ 2:35pm CDT
Posted by First-Aid on July 26th, 2020 @ 3:06pm CDT
This picture is vaguely pornographic if y ou think about it...
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 26th, 2020 @ 5:10pm CDT
5) Colada - this is a snake that really works the transformation and makes a great robot while also being posable in both modes. He is so good! Plus the colors are ace and the snake tail arm that works as a flail is really neat. I adore it even if he is a snake.
4) Magmatron - Let's just start with the fact that he is 3 beast modes in 1, and that each of those beasts are so different but make such a great looking robot mode. Solid robot, limited posing, but it is still super cool looking, and has some presence to it. and all 3 heads are visible on the torso, super neat!
3) Longrack - Another weird and fun figure. I love how solid the beast mode is, and how tall it is. He makes such a great giraffe, and the robot mode uses that to make a weird but posable and excellent looking robot mode. That headsculpt is ace!
2) Heinrad - such a weird and unique dude, I love this toy. From the working alarm clock in his belly to the headsculpt with goggles, and even the fact that his beast mode head is articulated despite splitting in half to form shoulder pads. Such a great figure. Only real weakness is in the lower legs, the beast fur pieces get in the way of posing.
1) Big Convoy - this one will always be my favorite Neo mold, and one of the best Beast molds ever made. I love the giant mammoth, and the really stocky robot mode it forms. It screams badassery and bulkiness, and the colors on the encore release coupled with the matrix just make the set. This is one of the best beast molds ever made.
Guiledart is pretty neat, and the beast mode nice and thumpy. Bit hindered in robot mode but still pretty neat.
Sharkedge is super fun, really solid, and the beast mode is one of the coolest I own. He is really close to breaking onto the list, but just a bit lower than Colada for 5th favorite.
Hardhead is also pretty fun, I love the colors on him and the domehead retooling is super neat. Not quite my favorite but the beast mode is a pleasant surprise
Posted by blackeyedprime on July 26th, 2020 @ 8:24pm CDT
Posted by sol magnus on July 26th, 2020 @ 9:23pm CDT
Posted by Bumblevivisector on July 27th, 2020 @ 7:26am CDT
Supposedly, most fans call that configuration "Dino-Orgy-Mode", but I've always said "Crime-Against-God-Mode".First-Aid wrote:TulioDude wrote:
This picture is vaguely pornographic if y ou think about it...
See, in that anime that almost became Android-Voltron, the 3 component bots could combine different ways (ala Getter Robo), like Underground-Mode and Underwater-Mode, with God-Mode being the most powerful. So for the Con made up of 3 prehistoric beasts with multiple combinations, one of which looks like mad science...
Posted by blackeyedprime on July 27th, 2020 @ 8:11am CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on July 27th, 2020 @ 10:05am CDT
Will, Will, Will, you devil, you...
The timing of this thread...
This thread being all about Beast Wars Neo toys...
You have no idea how the timing of this thread is so... impeccable!
Two months ago, back in May, I placed an order for something from RobotKingdom. An item that they had only one of in stock, and which just so happened to be Beast Wars Neo-related.
The item was too big for air mail, so thanks to the pandemic, it had to be put on the slow boat.
Two months later and it finally arrived at my place a few days ago. I opened it up yesterday, and boy howdy, do I got something to share with y'all.
This toy, this Beast Wars Neo toy, is apparently something that is not widely known about here in the Western World. For you see, this toy doesn't even have its own TFWiki article (at the time of this typing), and isn't even mentioned on the Wiki at all (outside of some currently redlinked edits on the BWN toyline page and the general Matrix page that I made awhile back, so not even the show's episode pages mention it).
What I have here to share with you guys is, specifically, not a Beast Wars Neo action figure, but rather, a Beast Wars Neo... role play toy!
Behold... The MATRIX CANNON!!!
(Disclaimer: these pics are not actually mine; they are pics of the toy that I found via a Google Image Search since I have not yet taken any pics of my copy, but these are still of the same item in question)
In-fiction, the Matrix Cannon is one of the standard issue firearms of the Maximal faction, belonging to no single individual. While the packaging boasts about its being "the strongest Cybertron (Maximal) gun" and which "only true warriors can have", it certainly pales in comparison to the destructive might of Big Convoy's personal weapon, the Big Cannon. And while multiple Maximals could wield it in the show, Stampy was the one who was most often seen using it, but in which cases no significant attention was ever given to either it or its fancy-sounding name.
Yeah, one would think that with a name like "Matrix Cannon" it would have some special relation to either the Energon Matrices of Maximal leaders or to the original Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Yet, by all appearances, it does not seem to have any such connection, with the name just being an attention-grabber. Still, that does not detract at all from this toy.
As pictured above, the toy is packaged inside a big Styrofoam tray and held in place by two little removable Styrofoam rectangles, each at the front and back of the gun. The Styrofoam tray itself is covered by a cardboard sleeve that features all of the box art seen in the above images. The sleeve is attached to the Styrofoam by some small pieces of tape. Getting past this tape will allow the sleeve to be slid off of the Styrofoam in a sideways direction, revealing the Matrix Cannon contained within.
The gun itself has electronic lights and sounds and even functions as a sort of shooting game. Inside its translucent barrel are several tiny, round plastic pellets called Energy Bullets that are launched forward by a spring-loaded mechanism activated by pulling the gun's trigger. The pellets are shot forward inside the gun's barrel in an attempt to hit a specific targeted area on the orange and purple sphere seen inside the barrel in the above pics. This sphere is the Matrix Core, and has a little hole carved into the side of it that the Energy Bullets are supposed to hit. The Matrix Core balances around inside the barrel by a gravity weight that keeps it always facing in approximately the same direction.
On the back of the gun is a little translucent sight window that enables the gun's wielder to align the sight with the Matrix Core's hole. Getting one pellet to hit that hole will cause the red Energy Counter on the top of the gun to light up and make a noise. Getting four consecutive hits on the Matrix Core's hole will then cause all three Energy Counters on the top and sides of the gun to flash and make a new sound. According to the packaging, this means that the gun's power has been raised to maximum power, at which point "you can surely lead the Cybertrons (Maximals) to victory!"
Despite being for children, this game isn't quite as easy as it sounds, as hitting the targeted area on the Matrix Core can be tricky if the gun isn't aligned absolutely perfectly. But thankfully, the whole thing is contained with the gun's barrel, so there's no danger of either losing any of the Energy Bullets or accidentally shooting them at someone or something. The pellets themselves are especially tiny, so they'd be very easy for anyone to choke on.
Anyway, once the ammunition runs out, you simply tilt the gun forward to get all of the pellets into a little shaft under the Matrix Core, and then tilt the gun backward to make all of the pellets run down the body of the gun to bring them back to the launch chamber at the back of the gun. You then pull the refill lever on the side of the gun to open a small door that let's the pellets return to the chamber where the firing mechanism is, and then resume play as normal. There are no additional levels of difficultly, as it is a simple game of merely hitting the target four times to make all of the lights flash.
Overall, the design aesthetic of this thing feels very similar to the look that would, years later, be applied to toys of the 2004 Super Sentai series Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger, which would be adapted into Power Rangers S.P.D. in 2005. In fact, one not in the know probably wouldn't have even guessed that it was a Beast Wars toy at all. It's a mostly off-white/light gray gun with a futuristic design, sporting red flashing lights that give it a sort of "space police" motif. Purplish-blue highlights the gun as its secondary color, while the sides of the chamber are adorned by pre-applied black decals with squares colored green, blue, yellow, and red that, upon closer inspection, have what looks to be some sort of circuitry-styled pattern.
All of the sound effects are blast noises, so there are no voice clips included. The barrel's tip is colored medium gray and is a solid piece connected to the gun's body by a screw at the center of the tip. The Matrix Core inside the barrel is an orange sphere covered in purple "islands" (for lack of a better term) that it make it look like some kind of planet design, while its hole resembles a sort of planetary crater that also calls to mind the design of a certain Monster Planet who also featured in Beast Wars Neo.
The Matrix Cannon requires two AA batteries, which are inserted into the gun's handle in the similar manner to how an ammo magazine would be inserted into the handle of a handgun.
All in all, I am satisfied with this thing. It's a kids toy at its finest and doesn't try to be anything more than that, but that's what I was expecting. I went into this thing mostly blind, unsure if it would just be a lights & sounds toy or if it could actually fire any kind of projectile like a Nerf gun. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, while it does shoot plastic pellets, they are confined within the sealed barrel of the gun and thus cannot be lost or cause any harm. My original plan was to buy this thing and bring it with me to RoboCon to play with and show to people there, but that didn't happen thanks to the pandemic forcing the con to be switched to a virtual online convention. Still, I am happy to have this thing as a part of my Beast Wars collection.
Posted by william-james88 on July 27th, 2020 @ 1:35pm CDT
Posted by RacerCheetor on July 27th, 2020 @ 4:05pm CDT
Especially Kilerpunch, since he is an excellent and improved Guiledart remold, a difficult figure to obtain at present.
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 27th, 2020 @ 7:09pm CDT
RacerCheetor also just reminded me that Killerpunch is out there. i have the mold as Guiledart, but not the Killerpunch tooling. That might actually be the last Neo mold I need (though technically i have it already, just not the retool). I do have Bazooka too, that is a fun figure. Wish I could find Survive, I need the bear mold in some form.
I've also never formed the Dino-centipede, and don't really intend to either.
Posted by Sabrblade on July 27th, 2020 @ 8:15pm CDT
I think I just may, thanks.D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Hey Sabr, our Unleash the Beast Wars thread covers all Beast Wars/Machines related toys if you want to share over there too!
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on July 28th, 2020 @ 1:25am CDT
Posted by Bumblevivisector on July 29th, 2020 @ 12:05am CDT
And as awesome as it was to finally get a Styracosaurus, the only one who could possibly unseat the great Achaeopterix in my mind is Bazooka, our first Ankylosaurus (that didn't start out as great-horny-toad/turtle monster). He's just a perfect example of how a basic-size figure can cram just as many action features/weapons as a deluxe or larger and still work, partly because his weapon can be held as an axe or gun, even in the puppet hand. When BBTS clearanced them, I bought 3 extras, printed off Ben Yee's review to slip in the boxes, then donated them to Toys For Tots. Even if I could only get one small TF one Christmas, Bazooka would've kept me entertained, and I hope some less fortunate kids out there felt the same, and appreciated the coolness of getting a toy most American kids would never own (until the WalMart Armada Dinobots anyway; sometimes I regret not getting any of them).
And having worked at ToysRUs for over a decade, it still feels so wrong that Longrack never got imported as an exclusive. One time I was talking to a 5-year-old contemplating Cybertron Longrack, and when I told him that in Japan he used to be a giraffe, the look on his face implied that I broke the poor tyke's brain. I actually felt kind of bad about that afterward.
Posted by Rogue-Primal on August 1st, 2020 @ 6:32pm CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on August 1st, 2020 @ 10:19pm CDT
(FWIW, it's pronounced like "Hine-rad" [Silent E on that "Hine" part])
Posted by william-james88 on August 1st, 2020 @ 11:18pm CDT
Rogue-Primal wrote:Big Convoy looks great but i can't help but laugh at Heinrad. He is too oddly proportioned in beast mode
He is oddly proportioned, not at all close to the true proportions of mythological tanukis
Posted by Sabrblade on August 1st, 2020 @ 11:22pm CDT