I find Takara Tomy's pending release of their new Beast Saga line very intriguing. I always liked how Takara tied in the beasts with the Transformers G1 continuity. I don't think Takara Tomy intends to intertwine the two brands this time around, but from what I can tell from the story behind Beast Saga it does take place on the same planet as the G1 Beastformers - Planet Beast.
No more fire, water and wood...but I'm OK with that. I actually think I prefer these elements a little more.
The toys themselves have been "upgraded" from what we had in the 80's. I love the new look, but I'm still not sure how I feel about the dice in their chests. Apparently these dice launch out as part of the new play pattern. What, no more run symbols?! The included weapons are also a nice touch.
Not all of the designs I've seen have wowed me (most of the water designs I haven't cared for), but these seem to be priced fairly cheap so I might have to grab one for a hands on review. BBTS has pre-orders up for $7.99 each.
For a better look at this new line check out the official (Japanese) website and make sure to watch some pretty cool CGI videos while you're there.