Threads like these just further my long standing opinion Beast Wars fans overestimate its popularity.
I mean I'm not surprised to hear the Thrilling 30 figures didn't sell. I bought the Legends figure of Rattrap but who is he to kids today? We had Rattletrap as a one scene wonder in Animated and then basically the same character as Starscream's minion in IDW. The actual BW incarnation that made fans actually want an updated toy has no such depiction giving him modern relevance.
And yes, I'm aware some of these characters pop up in other works or parents might show their kids the original show. But beyond the nostalgia market there isn't anything to give these characters relevance. I've long held that giving every toy a bio was one of the smartest choices of Hasbro. But a bio on packaging can only go so far and faced with cool robots who turn into cool cars, military and sci-fi vehicles, how many kids will choose the guy who turns into a rat or a rhino whom they know nothing about?
well, maybe if Hasbro used characters beside the 1984 cast in media that gets mass consumption, like say, cartoons or movies, then there would be more demand for them.
this applies to anyone. be it g1 Scoop, Beast Wars Tigerhawk, or Cybertron Crumplezone.
but nope. Hasbro keep throwing out Geewun Sideswipe and Bumblee, and Soundwave, and the Datsuns, and Shockwave, and the Seekers. over and over again.
i will admit, Cheetor and Rack-N-Ruin popping up in Cyberverse is a good start. too bad Cyberverse gets shafted with the 6 am sunday time slot. because Gods forbid Cartoon Network airs anything that is Teen f*&$%ing Titans Go