Transformers was Dead
Lets be honest with the end of Sunbow in the early 90's and soon after the Marvel series, interest in and popularity of the 'Formers trailed off into virtual nonexistance. Yes G2 continued in this void for some time yet never captured the hearts and minds attention of G1. The fans were growing up, moving on and as the Takara series was Japan only for many years most of us walked away from our favourite Bots and Cons. Personally I moved onto comics and X-Men in particular, but thats a story for another forum.
Cue 1996 and a bold new beginning.
G1 was considered a "Stale Property" at the time which is hard to believe now but such was life. So a near total revamp was used for BW. Yet instead of the creatively bankrupt reboots we get today instead BW was geared as the future and continuation to the original G1 series canon and thus new concepts were added to that mythos: Smaller forms, more integrated altmodes, cumulative weaponry and perhaps the greatest unsolved question the series posed: Just how did the Great War end?
I could go on and on here but I think i've rambled enough for an opening to the thread. So Beast Wars: Love it? Hate it? Trukk not Munky?