Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Transformers Beastformers: White Leo

In preparation of Takara Tomy's new Beast Saga toys that just hit retail shelves in Japan I decided to take a closer look at White Leo (Pirate Lion in the U.S. Battle Beasts series).  The original beasts were brought into the Japanese Transformers G1 continuity during Headmasters.  Granted they played a small role in the series, the toys none the less are very cool.  For more in depth information head on over to TFWiki.net

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Personally one of the aspects I found so appealing of the Beastformers was the packaging...at least the first handful.  Being that the beasts were aligned with both the Autobots and Decepticons it made sense for Takara to use red and purple G1 style boxes.  These small boxes are approximately the same size used for the individual Headmaster heads and Godmaster engines.  The plastic on all of my boxes are pretty brittle so they are stored (empty) in my closet with the rest of my Japanese G1 boxes.

I found White Leo (and several others I purchased) at BigBadToyStore's table at Botcon back in 2002.  I believe I paid $10 each.  Now, if you can find them, I would imagine command much more than $10.  That said it's been a few years since I've been able to add any more packaged Beastformers to my collection.

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The back of the boxes were pretty much the same from what I can tell.  You have the group shot at the top along w/ the fire, wood, water chart.  You even get 1/5 robot points! 

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On one side of the box we have a Sharkticon!  Some of the other boxes depict some of the Autobot Monsterbot toys which makes sense since Rodimus left the Monsterbots on Planet Beast for protection.  I don't ever recall hearing the Sharkticons being associated w/ Beastformers.  Can anyone shed some light on this?

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Inside the box you'll find this black and white "pouch" that has a weapon taped on.  Also inside this pouch is a catalog and tech spec card.  The pouch comes in both Autobot and Decepticon versions.

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Sorry for the grainy photo...it's all I could dig up from my old scans at the moment.  One of these days I'll get my Transformers tech spec card collection better scanned and organized.

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Why were the Destrons / Decepticons always so outnumbered?!  I always heard that the toys of the "bad guys" never sold as well in Japan as the "good guys"...

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They just don't make cool toy catalogs like this anymore.

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The back of the catalog is printed in a monochromatic green ink and I presume tells the Beastformer story.

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The other panel of the catalog depicts the chart from the back of the box.  Again, not sure of the Sharkticon's appearance.

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White Leo is the leader of the Autobot aligned Beastformers.  His figure is nice looking, but I much prefer some of the others figures in the line.  You'll see more of White Leo and his comrades (and enemies) in a few days...

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A few more boxes from my collection

9 comments:

  1. Man, Battle Beasts were awesome. It was only a few years ago that I realized that they were also a Takara import - and from Transformers to boot! Wish I hadn't destroyed mine oh so many years ago.

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  2. Loved these guys so much! I did pick up one Beast Saga figure and have it reviewed at my site - http://paxcybertron.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/non-transformers-beast-saga-long-giraffe/ - they're cool, but they're just not the same to me. I like the originals much better!

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    1. I saw your post...good stuff. Your order must've arrived a day or two before mine.

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  3. My Beast Saga giraffe and elephant are on the way! I'm so psyched for this revival. Not too keen on the dice and lack of rub signs on all brands of the new figs though... Check out Battle Beasts fb page for some new diamond select shots (totally changed my mind about that series) ...the new bat looks awesome. Plus Ulises Farinas is signing over at NYCC on Saturday. Glad to see such a cool vintage toy line getting proper attention from so many directions.

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    1. I don't care for the dice either and probably won't display mine w/ the dice in the chest cavity. I don't think it'll be too long before Reprolabels makes some sort of stickers for the Beast Saga figures.

      I like what Diamond Select is doing, but I can't afford to branch out too much.

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  4. Sweet, is Diamond Select the ones making the IDW line? Goat looks amazing for sure!

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    1. If you have any Mini-Mates then you kinda know already what these will be like. I do like some of the designs, but I'm sticking w/ the vintage and some of the new Beast Saga figs.

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  5. The only thing I can think of is that Takara might have thought putting beast-related Transformers on the sides of the boxes might entice kids who were interested in Beastformers to check out Transformers? Who knows, that is pretty cool though, I never knew Gnaw and Repugnus got Beastformer box cameos :)

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    1. The G1 style boxes only make these cooler!

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