Beast Wars Mutants

The evil Megatron has developed an experimental anti-conversion virus with which he plans to win the Beast Wars! This toxin infects its host and prevents the ability to change into robot mode - eventually causing permanent shutdown. But something went wrong...when unleashed on several Fuzors, it caused a reconfiguration of their conversion abilities, trapping their robot modes inside two different beast modes. Now, bewildered by new and potent extrasensory powers plus the ability to change into two ferocious animals, these Transformers join together to form a renegade band of warriors. This is...Mutant Beast Wars!

This is the backstory for the Beast Wars Mutants, the only Beast Wars toy line that is not backed by the show. Mutant Beast Warriors first started to come out in April 2000, and then quickly spread to the rest of the U.S. and Canada. The Mutants introduce a new concept into the Transformers toy line; they have two beast modes, but no robot mode. To symbolize that these are transformers, however, and not morphing creatures, there are robot heads hidden in the animal bodies, and sometimes there are also little hidden mechanical details on some parts. This concept of transformers is a new challenge for Hasbro toy designers. For the other transformers, only one mode had to look like a recognizable animal or vehicle, while the other robot mode could be constructed from any "extras" or animal parts that could be connected together, and the transformer only had to be slightly humanoid in form in robot mode. Now, not one, but BOTH modes have to look like a recognizable animal. Because of the extreme challenge involved in making a transformer toy with two recognizable modes, at least one animal mode in the Mutants is a little out of proportion, or is the wrong color(s). From the backstory, one can come to a conclusion that these Mutants have formed their own side, and they are neither Maximal nor Predacon. A neat touch to the backstory is that the "anti-conversion virus" sort of ties in the stories between Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and this very same virus is probably the one Megatron used to take over Cybertron.

Poison Bite
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