Flak (Transformers)

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Flak is a fictional character from the various Transformers universes.

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

Flak
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Flak in Dreamwave comics
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Convention Exclusives, Micromaster Battle Patrol, Voyagers
Partner Big Shot, Kup, Landshark, Sidetrack, Sunrunner & Thunderclash
Alternate Modes Missile Tank, TOS-1 rocket launcher
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Timelines

Flak is a Micromaster.[1] He is a tactical expert who works for Big Shot. Oddly he is also a full-sized Autobot who works for Thunderclash.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Events from the Marvel U.K. Transformers series are in italics.

When Thunderwing abducts the Micromaster Battle Patrol to learn the secrets of making Micromasters for the Decepticons Emirate Xaaron sends Road Handler commanding the Race Car Patrol, the Rescue Patrol and the Off Road Patrol to destroy the Decepticon's lab. Unable to destroy his fellow Autobots Road Handler instead saves the Battle Patrol, but not before the Decepticon successfully create the Air Strike Patrol. (Transformers Marvel U.K. #232-233, "A Small War!")

Flak appeared among the Autobots under the command of Rodimus Prime in the alternate future story "Aspects of Evil 2" from Marvel U.K. Transformers #224. In this story Rodimus Prime remembered how Galvatron, Crankcase, Ruckus and Windsweeper killed Blurr and then attacked Rodimus Prime, Kup, Arcee and the Battle Patrol. Enraged, Rodimus nearly killed Galvatron, but to keep the Matrix from being contaminated by hatred he relented. Oddly the Micromaster Battle Patrol was depicted as being full-sized Autobots in this story. [2]

Flak appeared in Marvel U.K. Transformers #251 "The Void!" where he was among the Autobot crew of a ship commanded by Rodimus Prime which was retreating from Cybertron.

Animated series[edit]

Flak (as Powerbomb) was among the Autobot Micromasters defending the base on Planet Zone when the nine Decepticon generals attacked in Transformers: Zone. He then traveled to Earth to fight them when they tried to steal the Zodiac. He was among the Autobot present when Dai Atlas was appointed the new supreme commander.

Condor Verlag[edit]

In a story called "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" from Transformers Comic-Magazin issue #12 by German comic publisher Condor Verlag Optimus Prime instructs Backstreet, Bumblebee and Ruckus on how to identify Autobots from Decepticons in battle using the Ark's computer. The Battle Patrol is one of those he displays to the Autobots. In the story they are identified as Decepticons.[3]

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

Flak first appeared in issue #1 of the Dreamwave Micromasters series among the Battle Patrol under the command of Big Shot. The patrol later appeared in issue #3.

Flak had a biography printed in Dreamwave Productions More Than Meets The Eye series.

IDW Publishing[edit]

Flak was among the Micromasters who appeared in Spotlight: Hardhead who attacked Nightbeat and Hardhead on the planet Gorlam Prime.

Fun Publications[edit]

He was a member of the crew of the Autobot ship Eight Track under the command of Thunderclash. In the early day of the last great Cybertronian war the Eight Track was ordered by Autobot commander Magnum to recover the secret cargo of the Autobot ship Van de Graaff, which had been downed by unknown forces, before the Decepticons could gain the cargo for themselves. Crashing on the planet Beta-Nine the Autobots encountered a Decepticon Skyraider force led by Banzai-Tron. During the battle Flak was nearly defeated by Leozack, but was saved by Landshark. The Autobots were recovered and brought the cargo back to Magnum. They were awarded with the honor of becoming the first members of the Autobot Elite Guard.[4][5]

The Elite Guard Alpha Team and Strike Team did battle against a horde of ferrovorous bugs in one of Cybertron's city-states. Magnum then ordered the Strike Team to escort the Alpha Team to Space Port Bravo for their next mission. The Strike Team then reported to Magnum and Sentinel Major, who introduced them to the new Elite Guard Special-Ops Team, also called the Combaticons.[6][7][8]

Thunderclash's Elite Guard squad reported to Magnum after the Combaticons killed most of the Guard. They attempted to show the Council that the Elite Guard was still functional, but arrived just as Optimus Prime was appointed the new commander of the Autobots.[9]

Flak is among the Autobots present when Megatron attacks Iacon with his new weapon, Devastator.[10]

Toys[edit]

  • Generation 1 Micromaster Flak (1989)
Sold with his three Micromaster partners.[11]
  • Generation 1 Micromaster Powerbomb (1991)
The Japanese release of this toy was blue and white.[12]
  • Timelines Voyager Flak (2009)
A remold of Cybertron Cybertron Defense Scattorshot with a new head. Part of the "Wings of Honor" Botcon-exclusive 5-pack. He comes with a gun, 2 missiles and a key.[13] This mold was also used for Universe Voyager Dropshot and Universe Voyager Overload.

Transformers[edit]

Flak
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Scouts, Cyberverse Legion
Rank 4
Partner Rollbar
Alternate Modes Minesweeper truck, Armored personnel carrier
Series Transformers
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Flak is an Autobot warrior who has yet to test his unusual tactics in the battlefield.

Toys[edit]

  • Transformers The Ravage Infiltration Scout Autobot Flak (2010)
A gift set featuring Scout Flak (a gray redeco of Scattorshot), Scout Rollbar (a gray urban camouflage redeco of Dune Runner) and a silver/black redeco of Legends Ravage, along with three N.E.S.T. soldier figurines. Originally intended to be a Target exclusive, the set has only seen a UK release.[14]
  • Dark of the Moon Cyberverse Legion Flak (2011)
A new mold of Flak, which transforms into an APC.[15]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. p. 86. ISBN 0-7643-1364-9. 
  2. ^ http://www.seibertron.com/database/media/comics/view.php?comic_id=394
  3. ^ Robert Mann (w). "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" Transformers Comic-Magazin 12 (December 1990), Condor Verlag
  4. ^ http://www.botcon.com/BotCon09/
  5. ^ Forest Lee & Rik Alvarez (w), Guido Guidi & Dan Khanna (p), Guido Guidi & Josh Warner (i), Thomas Deer & Josh Perez (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair & Brian Savage (ed). "Wings of Honor" Transformers Timelines v2, 4 (Spring 2009), Fun Publications
  6. ^ Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Frank Milkovich (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 2" The Transformers Collectors Club 32 (April–May 2010), Fun Publications
  7. ^ http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/transformers-collectors-club-2010-comic-the-coming-storm-preview/18031/
  8. ^ http://www.bsckids.com/2010/03/transformers-club-magazine-comic-preview/
  9. ^ Pete Sinclair (February–March 2011). "Battle Lines: Part 1". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (37): 9–14. 
  10. ^ Pete Sinclair & Jesse Wittenrich (October–November 2011). "Battle Lines Part 5". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (41): 3. 
  11. ^ http://www.cobraislandtoys.com/tf/1989/battlepatrol.html
  12. ^ Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster (July 22, 2008). Transformers: The Ark II. IDW Publishing. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-60010-180-9. 
  13. ^ Botcon 2009 Preview!, Hasbro Transformers Collectors Club magazine, issue #26, April 2009/May 2009, page 9
  14. ^ TFW2005.com - Official Hunt for the Decepticons Images
  15. ^ TFW2005.com - Dark of the Moon Flak