-BA- Beastformers Archeology Topic
The first subject to be discussed amongst the Beastformers Archeology project was Promotion & Advertisement related to the Battle Beasts line based on the period prior or during the release of these figures in the late eighties. And from this perspective it is pretty obvious that the original Toy Catalogs from Takara and Hasbro are a key element to gain some more insight in exact dates and facts related to out beloved line: Battle Beasts.
Although some, if not all, of the Catalogs are of have been out on LRG already they are now shared again and added to the Table of Content of this Beastformers Archeology Projects so they'll be easier to find and access for the future.
Our apologies for the fact that from some of the catalogs shown below only pictures are available at the moment but we hope to add scanned material later on.
TAKARA 1987 Catalog (JAPAN)
Takara 1987 Comprehensive Catalog ''Fantasy Travel'' (June 18, 1987)
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Thanks to WhiteLeo here are some translated parts of the files above;
(Opened the door, come, Fantasy Travel)
(Takara 1987 Comprehensive Catalog)
(Issue Takara Co., Ltd.)
(Production Japado Co., Ltd.)
(Kumen-do Design Studio Stout)
(Date of Issue June 18, 1987)
(All rights reserved)
(Creation - Copyrighted Work Â© TAKARA CO., LTD. 1987)
(Some products are subject to change.)
(Background and objects are made â€‹â€‹for the shooting, and not for sale or subject to change.)
Knowing the Serie 1 Battle Beasts were designed during 1986 there is a big chance a more early 1986 dated Takara Catalogue with Battle Beasts information in it does exist but this is something we have not be able to trace down yet. Looking at the links and images of the Battle Beasts in relation to the Transformers line its clear that Takara unlike Hasbro (later on) decided to introduce the Beasts as part of the Transformers (Autobots / Decepticons) serie.
TAKARA 1988 Catalog (JAPAN)
Takara 1988 Catalog ''Enjoy Together, Everybody.'' (1988)
Please have a look in the Topics below, this catalog has been shared by Skullcruncher.
HASBRO 1987 Catalog (US)
144 pages. No further information available (1987)
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HASBRO 1987 Catalog (France)
117 pages. No further information available (1987)
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HASBRO Pre-Toyfair 1988 Catalog (US)
56 pages. No further information available (1988)
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Based on the research it looks like the Battle Beasts line didn't make it into the actuall Hasbro 1988 Catalog which would have been the final release based upon this Pre-Toyfair catalog. So this might hold the clue for the reason the higher numbered (Japanese only) Laser Beasts and their chariots as shown in this Pre-Toyfair catalogue never made it to the US.... But this is a subject that requires some more investigation by the Beastformers Archeology Team.
HASBRO 1988 Catalog (France)
76 pages. No further information available (1988)
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In case you might have any further information or better scans of the files or similar information/catalogs from other countries please share it within this topic or contact one of the Beastformers Archeology Project members so that the information can be checked/discussed and shared to add and clarify another piece of Battle Beasts History!
Edited by GJNL, 28 February 2014 - 03:59 AM.