Last Updated 2/9/99
1998 issues spun off into this page.
Pictures from TV Magazine
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.
Bouncing about a bit on this one. The new Cyborg Beasts are all shown
finally, plus there's scenes from the "movie" which combines some of the
U.S. computer-animated series with BWII continuity and some more toys with
candy. Additionally, I've put in some of the new Microman (from Takara) and
Dinozone (from Bandai) toys, because I think there's some cross-interest.
Thanks to Doug Dlin for some corrections/additions.
Thrustol and DirgeGun - Animated style
drawings of the pair in robot mode, with little tiny pictures of their beast
modes near the bottom.
G1 Leaders - One of the goodies in this issue was
a "sticker book" covering all sorts of popular action shows, and one page is
devoted to Microman and pre-Beast Wars Transformers. This scan shows the
leaders of various Japanese series: Hot Rodimus, Chromedome, God Jinrai,
Victory Sabre, VS and Dai Atlas, Star Convoy and Laser Convoy (from right to
left, top to bottom).
Transmetal Standups - Cardboard standup toys
of Transmetal Convoy (Optimus Primal) and Megatron, from the U.S. series as
imported into the movie.
Majin Zarak - The big badguy from the movie.
Majin translates as either Devil or Satan, but since I'm betting this isn't
the same exact Devil Zarak as in Masterforce, I'd translate the name as Satan
Zarak this time. (Majin is literally "magical creature," but has taken on
the connotation of Western demons and devils. Since Majin Zarak doesn't
really seem magical, I'm going with the Satan connotation.)
Majin Zarak, full shot - Tiny little arms and
huge backpack. He turns into a flying aircraft carrier thing, and I
seriously doubt he'll be issued as a transforming toy. Maybe as a PVC
Tripredacus Change Kit - More toys with
candy, this set lets you assemble Tripredacus out of DJ, Gimlet and
Motorarm. Unknown if the individual figures "transform."
Microman - The heroic Micromen are techno-types, and the ones
which transform turn into vehicles. The evil Acroyears are bestial, and
their transforming troops become critters. Check out Bryan
Wilkinson's Microman page for more info.
Magnoman vs Acrobeast - Another gimmick for
this line is figures that pull apart and reassemble using magnets, like the
old Baron Karza types. Also in the shot is one of the smaller Acroyear beast
Acroyear Beast Combiner - Three animals that
merge to form a giant (well, keeping in mind that Microman toys are supposed
to be 1:1 scale) robot. I can't tell if the individual bat, lizard and
scorpion are supposed to transform into robots or not. Also in the shot are
a non-transforming Acroyear leader and a Microman in a non-transforming
helicopter. UPDATE: The combiner team is the Acromonsters: Ig-nite (Iguana),
Vampizer (Bat) and Hellpion (Scorpion). The merged form is Acrobotman. The
Acroyear leader in front of him is Demon Blue.
The coming of the Cyborg Beasts, and Yo quiero Takotank! Another 18 trading
cards are added to the set, but I only scanned a few of them this time. The
"lead off" picture in the BW section shows the Takotank shooting ink at
Gigastorm while grabbing Dirge and Thrust in its tentacles. At the end of
the section are some cryptic pictures of Majin Zarak, the heavy from the BWII
movie, attacking. But there's not enough to go on to bother scanning them,
IMO. Just a big Yamato-type spacecraft.
Takotank (Octopus Tank)
Toy Pics - Top frame shows the Takotank and
the motorcycle that can be concealed in it. To the best of my knowledge,
this mold came from an abandoned relaunch of Microman (Micronauts).
Ironically, the Micronauts seem to be back anyway. Second row shows Ikard
(Squid) on the cycle, and the Takotank in base mode. Third row shows the
cycle in hover mode, and the gripping action of the tank's tentacles. Last
row shows Ikard and the water-squirting "inkjet" action.
Anime Pics - Shots of the tank and cycle
driven by Scuba, then Scuba introducing Ikard to Lioconvoy.
Decoy Game - I'm not exactly sure what
this is, but it seems to be a board game that uses red "decoys" as playing
pieces. There's a better picture of the game board on the BonBon page.
Magnaboss arrives this month, slightly recolored and generally improved in
appearance. The BWII goody for this issue is a 4-sheet (17" by 22") poster
of all the animated characters in BWII to date, except for Artemis and Moon.
There's also a relationships poster I didn't scan, which shows various
loyalties, love interests and so forth. It shows the Bighorn/Scylla/Scuba
love triangle, plus an enigmatic note about Bighorn and Skywarp (Magnaboss
eagle) being related, possibly mother and son.
Magnaboss Toy: As you should be able to see
in this scan, the coloring changes are subtle, and mostly serve to add more
detail to the figure, especially on the face and the silver and gold accents
on Santon's body.
Animated Magnaboss: I'll toss in the history
bit here. Skywarp (Silverbolt) and Santon (Ironhide, the name means "three
tons") were sent by Convoy on Cybertron to help out the Lioconvoy group on
Gaea. They encountered Liojunior, created by Gaea's life forces, and in a
moment of crisis merged to form Magnaboss. They do not seem to be the
mysterious gestalt in the iron suit from a few months ago.
Liojunior: Most of the alterations are in the
robot mode, he doesn't turn into a white lion. As can be seen here and on
the toy, his head has been recolored to look
like Optimus Prime's. Possibly remolded as well, but I doubt it. In the
upper left of his picture is an inset of Santon using his forcefield.
Santon: Pacifist healer type, his weapons are
a pair of air cannons and a force field. Wonder if he's related to
Skywarp: As far as I can tell, Skywarp is
female. Unfortunately, Japanese doesn't really have pronouns, so translating
her text didn't help any when I had a friend look at it. She seems to play
the role of nanny for Liojunior, which would also suggest that the family
relationship hinted at with Bighorn is that of mother and son. Skywarp is
the least recolored of the three, presuming she's recolored at all.
Cybertronian Kid and Starscream: This picture
shows Kid and Starscream as they looked before getting their alt modes on
Gaea. Starscream's design kicks skidplate.
LCD Fighter Game: A handheld LCD game, and I'm
guessing that the screen pictures over in the Bon-Bon page are from this
Shoes: A better, color picture of some of the
kids' size shoes with BWII images on them.
'Tis the month of the Seacon recolors, and most of my pics are of them.
There's also some new merchandising, and a "stamp book" which mostly has
pictures recycled from previous issues but had one new one of note. There's
also pictures and ads for the BWII Movie, which is basically some
U.S. episodes bridged together with some new BWII animation to help set up
how BWII fits between the first and second seasons of the computer animated
God Neptune: Back of the issue ad for the God
Neptune combiner team. They're recolored Seacons, minus Nautilator.
God Neptune scatters the Cybertrons:
Cel-style picture of God Neptune on the attack. Not shown, because it's a
cruddy drawing, God Neptune can use his sword to part the waters a la Moses.
Seacons: Pictures of the leader Halfshell
(Snaptrap), Scylla (Tentakil, pronounced Skill-uh) and Coelagon (Skalor).
Robot forms are shown in reduced form, and insets show the attacks of Scylla
and Coelagon (Halfshell's attack is on the next page). Yes, Scylla has
lipstick on, and is trying to look sexy. Coelagon (named after the living
fossil Coelocanth) looks his age, and is a crusty old pirate.
More Seacons: In addition to Halfshell's
flying turtle mode, we see Terramander (Seawing) and Sea Phantom (Overbite,
doing a "Jaws" imitation in his attack shot).
BWII Shoes: Yep, kid-sized shoes with BWII
characters on them. This picture's from the two-color pages in the back, as
are the next few.
Toys with Candy: More Kabaya-style kits, this
assortment has six characters and seems to be transformable, but I'm not
totally sure. Included are Lioconvoy, Apache, Bighorn, Galvatron, Starscream
Chrome Galvatron! In the spirit of Clear
Convoy and Red Convoy, this chrome-plated Galvatron is being offered as an
exclusive through TV Magazine. Not sure what color it really is, since it's
in the blue&red pages, but it looks kinda golden.
"Blank" Destron: A monochrome picture from the
stamp album, this shows one of the "blanks" that Megastorm turned into the
Autorollers using the ancient computer on Gaea in episode 2. Note, there are
other new pictures in the stamp album, but generally of really low quality
and all of characters I already have scans of.
Moon: The dopey rabbit robot sidekick thing.
It's being made as a limited-edition toy you can get with robot points in
Japan. Basically it stands on its head to transform, and the rabbit face
forms the butt of the robot mode.
Slim pickings this time, it's a bit of a lull in characters and Comics
Bon-Bon once again got the scoop, this time on Tripredacus. There's a crummy
two-color picture of the Seacon recolor, but I didn't scan it...I'll wait for
color, since there doesn't seem to be any remolding.
Cardboard Standups of the first batch of BWII
characters, still in the sheet. Might pop them out and assemble them later,
but I really don't have anywhere to put them. They have a back side as well.
Mysterious Gestalt! - BB has coated the
Jointron brothers in a substance which prevents them from forming
Tripredacus, and is moving in for the kill. But a mysterious joining team
arrives on the scene in a protective suit of tin armor, buying the Jointrons
time to recover and get back into the fight. Thanks to Drew Dederer for
translation of what was going on. My guess is that the tinman is Magnaboss.
UPDATE: Having now seen the episode in question (#16, which also has the
first combination of BB and Starscream), the tinman is actually all the
original group of Cybertrons huddled together in the suit for protection
against the bacterial weapon. Shades of the Autobots trying to imitate
More Toys With Candy - Somewhat more
Actionmaster-like kits this time out, they don't seem to transform, but
they're in full color unlike earlier large kits (not that this picture is in
full color, it's from the cheap pages).
No new characters revealed here that weren't in Bon-Bon, but there's some
more trading cards, plus various toys-with-candy and other fun stuff, like
the Lioconvoy picture to the right (well, it's to the right if you're not on
Lynx, otherwise it's above).
Lioconvoy Mask - I found that my glasses could be
slipped through the rubberband-holes on the mask, letting me wear it quite
Toys With Candy: Models - These have been out
for a few months, they're sort of like model kits, where you assemble the
modes out of the available pieces, and reassemble them into other modes.
Lioconvoy, Apache, Galvatron and Megastorm are shown.
Toys With Candy: "Decoys" - New for July (and
I really, really, really hope the local Japanese grocery gets these in),
each pack has a little painted "decoy" of the character both in robot mode
and in beast/vehicle mode (only one of Galvy's alt modes is provided).
Pictured are Galvatron, Megastorm, Lioconvoy, Apache and Bighorn.
Costumes! - Unknown if these are hired by
Takara or just reallllly obsessed fans (probably the former), but we have
people dressed up as (left to right) Galvatron, Lioconvoy, Apache and
Artemis. I wasn't sure if these were costumes at first, but Apache's fur and
the spandex of a non-TF character I cropped out confirm that these are
Lots of new BWII pictures in the June issue, plus the cut-out Lioconvoy seen
in the pictures for May. I tried to be selective, though, and only scan
images of stuff not already clear from the pictures I already have up (for
instance, no point scanning the Galvatron toy from here when the picture from
Bon-Bon is as good or better).
Barf Missile! - From a page showing the attack
modes of the Cybertrons is this screenshot of Bighorn firing his Barf Missile
in episode 3. At least there's not a scan of Kid urinating on the fire from
episode 2, eh? CORRECTION - According to Gyumaoh, the actual
translation is "Buffalo Missile," which sounds a lot like "Barf Missile" when
spoken in Japanese. Mind you, any sort of "Buffalo" projectile might make a
barf missile look good by comparison. Heh.
Diver Being Weird - Same page, this shows Diver
using his head-tongue attack in a way which is typical of his behavior in the
show. Reminds me of a goofy Giger-esque Alien.
Galvatron with axes - The Destrons also got a
two-page spread of attack modes, mostly just shooting guns, so I didn't scan
them. Here's the main pic of Galvatron, his axe is a little hard to see at
this contrast level, tho.
Galvatron's Other Attacks - Galvatron
apparently has shoulder cannons in robot mode, as seen on the left. He can
also use the big claw weapon strapped to his back, as shown on the right.
Galvatron Versus Cybertron Insects - In the
upper right, Galvatron is in dragon mode kicking hinder, holding Lioconvoy
and all of the Cybertron Insects at bay. On the left of the crease are
Mantis (Manterror) and Tonbotto (Jetstorm). Scissor Boy (Powerpinch) is just
to the right of the crease, Drilnuts (Drill Bit) is obscured by the crease.
Finally, in the lower right are Powerhug (Retrax) and BigMos (Transquito)
being shot at.
BigMos - An inset of BigMos, leader of the
Cybertron Insects, shaking hands with Lioconvoy. I cropped out Lioconvoy
since you know what he looks like by now. :)
Beast Wars II is in full swing now, there's really only one pre-BW image in
Galvatron - Still a fairly small picture, but it
gives Galvatron's true colors and I blew it up to double size. The dragon
mode's wings aren't really visible against the background, the gold parts are
just shoulderpads. The drill tank mode has a spinning drillbit.
Stamp Set - A set of postage-stamp-like stamps
for several of the BWII characters, using the same CGI models seen in some of
the other pictures on this page.
Trading Cards 1-9 - A set of trading cards,
sorry about the reduced size, but this threatened to be a pretty huge image.
Nine BWII characters in their animated designs. Row 1: Megastorm, Tasmania
Kid, Lioconvoy. Row 2: Starscream, Scuba, Apache. Row 3: BB, Diver,
Bighorn. Click here for a B&W (1 bit) scan of the
backs of the cards, with line art of the transformed modes. I don't know
which of the 8 techspec stats was omitted, but it's interesting to note that
both Starscream (Smokescreen) and BB (Dreadwing) get distinct stats.
Cybertron Group Scene - A two-page spread cut down
to half size, showing all the Cybertrons from the first episode.
Fight Scene - Cybertrons upstage, Destrons
downstage. Three of the four Autorollers are standing off in the back,
notice how willowy they are compared to the chunky toys they're based on.
In the actual show, they're much chunkier, but still slimmer than the toys.
Episode 1 Summary Page - Sorry, I don't read
Japanese, so I can't translate this for you (someone may supply me a
translation later, tho). Lioconvoy and Megastorm are pictured, with the
space battle that brings down the Axalon-ish Cybertron ship down in the lower
right. The figure in the upper right is Artemis, the kawaii (cutesy) female
android and her pet rat. I believe the pink robot in the upper left is
Moon. The presence of these two characters on the Moon fills me with a vague
sense of dread unmatched since Zone Bunny (the flying rabbit squirrel thing
in Transformers: Zone). CORRECTION: The pink robot is a horribly colored
Galvatron, according to Doug Dlin. Moon is the rat critter. Galvatron starts
out with the blue-purple coloring of the toy, but for some off reason is
turned pink later.
Cardboard Lioconvoy - The punch-out cardboard
toy for the June issue is this Lioconvoy. Once I get it, I'll stand it up
next to my Apetimus Convoy.
Lioconvoy Maze - Reproduced full size from the
activity pages, print it out and join the fun!
Playstation Beast Wars Game - The cover art for the
Japanese release of the BW PSX game. Kinda small on the page, I blew it up
to double size, but it's still small.
I missed the March issue, which had the Beast Wars board game, sigh. Most of
the images I scanned from this issue are BWII pictures. There
were also more low-quality images on the activity pages which I didn't scan,
because they're not really different from those in the previous issues.
Beast Wars II pictures:
Early Promo Ad - A "versus" pose, with the
organic Cybertrons facing the mechanical Destrons in cel-drawn style. In the
Destron corner, from top to bottom, it's: Galvatron (in shadow because, I
suppose, his design isn't finalized yet), Dirge (blue jet), Starscream and
BB (the recolored ATB team), Thrust (yellow jet), Megastorm (Tank Megatron).
In no particular order in the Cybertron corner: Lioconvoy, Apache (B'Boom),
Scuba (Clawjaw), Diver (green recolored Spittor), Tasmania Kid (Snarl),
Bighorn (Bonecrusher, it's the red face in the lower right corner). The red
Optimus Primal is a prize the magazine's offering for kids to send in for.
Some Toys - On the pages which show as many of
the toys being plugged as possible, the kid's playing with an assortment of
BW toys. I cropped out the non-BWII toys.
Back Cover Ad - This ad doesn't include
Galvatron or the new Autorollers, but it has reasonably good pictures of the
rest, including Diver's circulating waterfall set. Megastorm seems to lack
the noisome graffitti stickers of the U.S. version.
Starscream/BB team - I blew up one of the
really tiny pictures of this ATB recolor, mainly because the vehicle mode
looks SO much better than the Dreadwing we got.
Pre-BW II pictures:
Card Game - This issue came with a "war" style
game featuring art of 14 characters from the Beast Wars cartoon. The front
of each card has a screen capture, the back has stats and notes, plus a new
stat called "Break Strength" which is used for the game. It's the number in
the larger block on the back of the card. A quick look at the cardset
suggests the Preds may have the upper hand in this game.
Optimus Primal Enters The Pod - The scene
where Primal enters the pod to go destroy the alien planetkiller is redrawn
here in cel style. There was also a page showing the fight outside the alien
installation, but it was too confusingly drawn to include here.
BW Stuff in February 1998 issue, with some additional comments now added
thanks to Doug Dlin:
Stickers of Optimus Primal, Rattrap and
Tigatron in anime style, part of a sheet of foil stickers in the beginning of
A jigsaw puzzle of the "Introducing Beast Wars" picture from January 1998
(this isn't scanned, just see below).
Primalbucks! - One ofthe goodies which came with
the magazine is a board game with lots of play money. Optimus Primal (Convoy
in Japan) is on the 100¥ bill. The phrase "Telemaga Ginko" means "Bank
of Tele(vision) Maga(zine)." Next month's board game will have
standup BW characters for pieces.
Cardboard Primal, see below for an image.
Airazor - She's become a he for the Japanese
series, and this picture shows a more buffed-up masculine take on the
Inferno - Anime style picture of our favorite
Blackarachnia and Tigatron - Part of a larger
fight scene, this shows the two characters in anime style. Between them is
the tower from "The Trigger." Airazor is above, firing energyblasts from his
Superdeformed Primal - He's got a hammer of
some sort, I have no idea what he's making with it, he seems to be pounding a
vat of something. Doug thinks the vat is of mochi, a common New Year's treat
made from sticky rice paste. Scorponok's cyberbees are attempting to make
off with some, and tasting the business end of Primal's ladle.
Toys with Candy - These pages are newsprint,
so sorry about the quality. The picture here shows the existing unpainted
inaction figures, painted ones, small transforming model kits, and Beast Wars
Egg Beasts (more on them in a sec) as part of a giveaway contest. Here's a
better picture of some of the 3" tall painted
inaction figures Kabaya's selling.
Egg Beasts! - According to Doug Dlin, these toys
are reused molds from Takara's Meteor Robo line. Keychain spheres which
transform into little robots or critters, there's three mold types. Each
mold comes in a Cybertron (Maximal) color and a Destron (Predacon) color.
The feet or lower legs of each toy are metal. The three molds are lion
(Metal Leo), bird (Metal Hawk, no relation to the Pretender) and robot (Metal
Man). The names for the current releases (the ones I just gave were for
Meteor Robo) are Eggleo, Eggbird and Eggbot on the Maximal side, and just add
"Dark" to the beginning of the names for the Predacon versions. "Now and
forever, I am Dark Eggbird!" They run at 500¥, about 2/3 of what the
Regular Beasts cost in Japan. I was later informed that they were originally
Microman toys, but have been recycled multiple times.
Greetings From Convoy: A postcard "signed" by
Convoy. The Japanese translation of Beast Wars continues the tradition of
calling Optimuses "Convoy."
Introducing Beast Wars: The first page of the
Beast Wars section of the magazine, it shows the original five Maximals in
anime style, with some inset images from the show. Fairly big image.
Beast Warriors: Fight!: An action scene, spread
across two pages (sorry about the crease). Megatron's being knocked off the
bottom of the page, my scanner's plate was a little too small to catch the
whole image. Really big file, despite some shrinkage on my part.
Map of the Axalon: A cutaway diagram of the Axalon,
with insets showing details from the show. Another huge two-page spread.
According to Doug Dlin, the ship has been renamed the Cyber Falcon in Japan.
Cardboard Hero: Each issue of TV Magazine
comes with a few cardboard punch-out toys for kiddies to build (the issue I
got had an Ultraman standup and a Megaranger pinball game). The January,
1998 issue will have this cardboard Optimus Primal with firing missiles.
Looks like I'll be buying next issue.
Volcano Playset: Taken from an ad on the inside
back cover, this is the Snapper/Armordillo two-pack set being sold in Japan,
with volcano, cage and cannon.