The Maximals awaken on their home planet of Cybertron and are chased by mindless Vehicons created by Megatron. The Maximals must free the planet from Megatron and restore it to its real way of living.




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Series cast summary:
 Optimus Primal / ... (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Cheetor (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
Scott McNeil ...
 Rattrap / ... (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Blackarachnia (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Nightscream (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Megatron / ... (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Thrust (20 episodes, 1999-2000)
Paul Dobson ...
 Tankor / ... (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Jetstorm (12 episodes, 1999-2000)


The Maximals awaken on their home planet of Cybertron with no memory of how they got there and instead of being greeted by there own kind they are chased by mindless Veicons created by Megatron(II). The Maximals must free Cybertron from Megatron and restore it back to its organic life. Written by Anonymous

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18 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Beast Machines: Battle for the Sparks  »

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The show's artists and Hasbro's toy designers shared basic ideas with regards to the designs of the characters, but after a point, they separated, which resulted in a show whose characters are infamously different in appearance from the toys they represent. It isn't unusual for the toys to have different shapes, colors, and even basic outlines than their in-show counterparts. Also, the characters were extremely out of scale with each other in toy form (for instance Silverbolt, one of the tallest Maximals has the smallest toy, yet the relatively small Nightscream towers over his companions). Hasbro later produced some toys that were much more accurate to the show's depictions, although the scale issue was not resolved. Some characters, like the Diagnostic Drone and Botanica, who were prominently featured in the series, never had toys of their own at all. See more »


Optimus' assertion that the Beast Wars were actually an initiative by the Oracle to bring organic life back to Cybertron makes little sense, considering that the war only started because Megatron stole an ancient artifact from Cybertron to fulfill the orders of the original Megatron. The Oracle had nothing to do with it. See more »


Rattrap: Ah, Silverbolt, buddy, it is great to have you back!
Optimus Primal: Thank you for bringing him back to us.
Cheetor: The old gang is finally all together again... Well, mostly. Sorry, Big Bot.
Optimus Primal: No. Rhinox is gone... I accept that. We have to take our victories where we find them and assure that no other spark shares his fate.
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Follows Beast Wars II: Lio Convoy's Close Call! (1998) See more »


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More Than Meets the Eye

While the show is a suitable follow-up to the Beast Wars series, it is not without some problems. However, if you are a fan of Beast Wars, you may like Beast Machines equally so. The thing to keep in mind is that the characters from Beast Wars that were carried over are in a new environment and facing new challenges. Along with some nice G1 references, Beast Machines is a fine program and does not deserve the amount of flack it receives. At least, in my opinion.

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