Scrapper (Transformers)

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For other uses, see Scrapper (disambiguation).

Scrapper is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformer universes.

Due to trouble Hasbro had trademarking the name Scrapper, some later toys were released under the name Buckethead, Sledge or "Decepticon Scrapper".

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

Scrapper
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Scrapper in Marvel Transformers comics
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Constructicons
Function Constructicon Leader, Construction Engineer
Rank 5
Partner Hightower, Bonecrusher, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Hook, and Scavenger
Motto "My work is a monument to -- and of -- my enemies."
Alternate Modes Front end Loader
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2
Transformers: Classics
English voice actor Michael Bell
Japanese voice actor Toshio Ishii

Scrapper, the leader of the Constructicons, is a master designer who conceives the myriad structures the Constructicons assemble.[1] Although he's genuinely modest about his work, he's prone to bragging amongst his fellow Constructicons. He transforms into a wheeled front-load shovel and forms the right leg of Devastator.[2] As indicated by a cut line from the original script of the Constructicons' debut animated episode, Scrapper was originally to be named Gravedigger. Scrapper is called Bricolo in Canada and Ringhio in Italy.[3]

Marvel Comics[edit]

The origins of the Constructions in Marvel Comics' Transformers series was not nearly as complicated as in the animated series. Seeking to bolster the size of his forces on Earth in 1985, Decepticon Commander Shockwave arranged for the construction of six new Decepticon bodies, which were then infused with life by the power of the Creation Matrix, tapped from the head of the imprisoned Optimus Prime. Thus, the Constructicons were born, and were immediately put to work building a massive radio transmission dish that Soundwave used to beam a message to Cybertron. When the Autobots attempted to interfere, the Constructicons revealed their hidden power and merged into Devastator to fight them off, allowing the message to successfully go through.

The Autobots, intrigued by Devastator's unique combining power, attempting to replicate it with the construction of Omega Supreme, but as Omega was composed of only three (non-sentient) components, unlike the six Constructicons that made up Devastator, the Autobots conducted a raid on the Decepticon base, luring out Devastator so that they could gather data on him. This allowed them to accomplish the construction of the new combiner team, the Aerialbots, capable of forming Superion, whom Devastator battled during the Transformers' adventure alongside G.I. Joe.

Although the United Kingdom's exclusive Transformers comic series shone the spotlight on the Constructicons when they were charged with hunting down Buster Witwicky, and again when the time-travelling Galvatron co-opted their services to build a gigantic laser cannon, the team's special talents were not required in the United States title again until they and the Predacons stole large amounts of rocket fuel and raw materials, with which the Constructicons rebuilt the Decepticons' mobile island headquarters as a spaceship. With the entire Earth-based Decepticon army aboard the ship, under the command of Ratbat, they attacked an Autobot congregation on the moon, and while the battle raged, the Constructicons penetrated the Ark and recovered the deactivated bodies of several Decepticons defeated in an earlier clash with Omega Supreme.

Animated series[edit]

According to the Autobot, Omega Supreme, millions of years ago, the Constructicons were the creators of the beautiful Crystal City on the Transformers' homeworld of Cybertron, which he was assigned the task of guarding. As a friend of the Constructicons, he was hurt the most when they were attacked by Megatron, who, seeking to bolster the forces of his then-small army, subjected the Constructicons to the Robo-Smasher, a device which reprogrammed their minds and turned them into Decepticons. In their first act as Megatron's troops, the Constructicons lured Omega away from Crystal City and demolished it, enraging Omega, who pursued the Constructions across the planet. Eventually, he succeeded in capturing them and apparently restored their programming to its original state, but as the group returned to rebuild Crystal City, Omega learned that Megatron's reprogramming could never be undone - the Constructicons were still Decepticons, and more than that, Megatron had given them a new power: the ability to combine their bodies and minds into the giant known as Devastator. In the ensuing struggle with Devastator, the Robo-Smasher attacked Omega's mind. He was able to stop it before the reprogramming was complete, only to wind up losing his emotions. Filled with only hatred for the Constructicons, Omega relentlessly pursued them, until they finally fled Cybertron in a spacecraft, which Omega chased across the galaxy.

In 1984, the Constructicons joined with Megatron's forces on Earth, and their first mission was an impressive one - Scrapper designed a machine to transfer the other Decepticons' powers to Megatron, and while he battled Optimus Prime, holding the attention of the Autobots, the Constructicons invaded the Ark to destroy Teletraan I. Unfortunately for them, the Ark was protected by the Dinobots, but by merging into Devastator, they became more than a match for their prehistoric foes. The return of the other Autobots and the discovery of Megatron's deception spelled the end of the battle, however, as Hound distracted Devastator with a gigantic hologram, and Optimus Prime blasted the giant at just the right spot to force the Constructicons to disengage. They and the other Decepticons were then forced into a river of lava.

The Constructicons all managed to survive their magma bath mostly unscathed, and the team was soon back at work again, performing such varied tasks as assisting in Megatron's reconstruction of New York City - which also involved turning Optimus Prime's scrapped remains into a robotic alligator - and building a device to paralyse Transformers in their vehicular modes, as well as another that could crush them. When the Autobots would interfere in their plans, Devastator would invariably be formed - something that the Autobots chose to use to their advantage when they discovered that the Constructicons were drilling to the Earth's core. Sneaking "dominator disks" onto the separate Constructicons, when they merged into Devastator, the Autobots took control of his mind and used him for their own ends until he escaped, and, surprisingly, helped stop the drill to prevent the destruction of the Earth.

Upon learning of the Autobot Grapple's solar power tower design, Scrapper and the Constructicons pretended to have defected from the Decepticons in order to help him and Hoist construct it, exposing their treachery upon its completion. Later, when the other Decepticons began to suffer from Cybertonium degeneration, the Constructions - apparently working fine, presumably as a result of their newly built Cybertonium-free Earth bodies - took delivery of a shipment of the mineral via the Space Bridge, and as Devastator, failed to stop Spike Witwicky and Carly from getting by them and travelling to Cybertron.

In 1985, when Omega Supreme learned that the Constructicons were active on Earth, he arrived on the planet and joined Optimus Prime's forces, biding his time until he could face his former friends again. That chance arose when the Constructions were discovered mining an asteroid, and Omega was dispatched to investigate. Ignoring Optimus Prime's orders, Omega Supreme engaged the Constructicons, and in the battle, split the asteroid in two, revealing that it was an egg of sorts, incubating a monstrous alien creature, which promptly attacked San Francisco while Omega, ignoring the plight of the city, continued to battle the Constructicons. Optimus Prime then entered the fray, convincing Omega that saving the city was more important than revenge, and forcing the Constructicons to retreat.

The building skills of the Constructicons remained in demand - other creations around this time included an army of drone Transformers created from common Earth cars; various constructs for Blitzwing, including a throne constructed from deactivated Autobots and a massive maze; and a giant ruby-powered laser cannon - but their combining powers soon became a lot less distinctive with the creation of several new similarly-powered Autobot and Decepticon sub-groups. Devastator was even defeated in battle by the Combaticons, who Starscream specially designed with the ability to combine into Bruticus for that eventuality.

In the Earth year 2005, Devastator was the Decepticons' primary weapon in the Battle of Autobot City, tearing through the defences and walls of the city and battling the Dinobots once more. On the return trip to Cybertron, it was Bonecrusher who advocated the "survival of the fittest" policy that saw many wounded Decepticons ejected from the shuttle, among them Megatron, prompting Scrapper to vote for the Constructions as the new leaders of the Decepticons. Hook took great offense to the notion that Soundwave would make a better leader than them, leading to mass brawl to decide who would be Decepticon leader.

In the remainder of this year and throughout 2006, the Constructions maintained a smaller, but still present, role in the Decepticon army, lending their talents to the Decepticon/Quintesson alliance by constructing Trypticon out of a populated human city in only one night. Later, they built a planetary engine on an asteroid and battled on the planet Eurythma, aided in the overthrow of Paradron and took part in an attack on Japan. Although brief, the Constructicons even played a part in the battle for the Plasma Energy Chamber in 2007.

Books[edit]

Scrapper was featured in the 1985 Find Your Fate Junior book called Dinobots Strike Back by Casey Todd.[4]

Scrapper appeared in the 1986 story and coloring book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books.

Scrapper was featured in the 1993 Transformers: Generation 2 coloring book "Decepticon Madness" by Bud Simpson.[5]

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

War Within Scrapper

In Dreamwave Productions's 21st century re-imagining of the Generation One universe, it was revealed gradually that the Constructicons were responsible for pioneering the Combining process through a series of experiments on themselves, thus creating Devastator. The plans to Devastator's combining process were eventually stolen by the Autobots and refined, resulting in Superion as a counter. This in turn led to more Special Teams being built by both sides.

In the initial War Within series, the Constructicons were responsible for activating Cybertron's planetary engines, under the command of Megatron eight million years ago. When Megatron disappeared into the depths of the planet fighting Optimus Prime, Starscream temporarily took command and had Scrapper prepare a process for the resurfacing of Cybertron, which would transform it into a mobile war-world. Scrapper cautioned against such an action, but Starscream ignored him, and prevented him from stopping it when the process was underway. 1.5 million years later, when Megatron and Optimus Prime were thought to have died in an early test of the Space Bridge transport system, and the Autobots and Decepticons splintered into several smaller factions, the Constructicons broke the treaty that had downgraded the combining teams to non-combat status by siding with Ratbat's Ultracons and battling Defensor. The various War Within series showed that the Constructicons' alternate modes were the Cybertronian variants of their Earth designs.

It is apparent that the Constructicons were not aboard the Ark when it crashed on Earth four million years ago, but they did eventually find their way to Earth and joined Megatron's forces there after they awoke in 1984. All the Transformers were rendered inactive in the explosion of the Ark II in 1999, but when they reactivated in 2001, Devastator was the main weapon in Megatron's attack on San Francisco. Rampaging through the city, he battled and defeated Superion, but was defeated by Optimus Prime through a point-blank blast to the face, which toppled the giant. His remains were recovered by the Earth Defence Command, and dissected and studied in their underground base. The ultimate fate of Devastator was not revealed, however, as a result of Dreamwave's closure.

Fun Publications[edit]

Classicverse[edit]

In the Transformers: Timelines story "Games of Deception" by Fun Publications Scrapper appears among Megatrons troops.

Wing of Honor[edit]

Scrapper appears in "A Flash Forward" by Fun Publications. In the year 2005 Devastator attacks Autobot City. He is opposed by Ultra Magnus, Sideswipe, Red Alert and Tracks. Firing every weapon they have, the Autobots are able to force Devastator to break apart into the individual Constructicons. Now outnumbered the Autobots retreated. Red Alert is killed covering the withdrawal, as Megatron watches. These events and others are related to Jhaixus by Runabout and Runamuck in 2013.[6]

Toys[edit]

  • Generation 1 Scrapper (1985)
Based on a Diaclone toy.[7]
  • Generation 2 Scrapper (orange) (1993)
Scrapper was reissued in Generation 2 in orange.
  • Generation 2 Scrapper (yellow) (1993)
Scrapper was also reissued in Generation 2 in yellow.[8]
  • Classics Scout Scrapper (2007)
A repaint of an Energon toy, Hasbro got the name Scrapper back by naming him Decepticon Scrapper.


Transformers: Energon[edit]

Scrapper is the Japanese name for the 2005 Decepticon called Sledge in Transformers: Energon.[9]

Transformers[edit]

Scrapper
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Decepticon Scrapper drone
Autobot/Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Drones
Alternate Modes Forklift
Series Transformers

Scrapper does not appear in the 2007 Transformers movie. However, he appears in the video game as an orange colored drone. Scrapper transforms into a forklift truck. Both Autobot and Decepticon drones are orange colored. Autobot versions have eyes and a 'mask' while Decepticon versions have only a single eye.[10]

The Scrapper drone was one of two types of drone whose names were put up for voting on the game's web-site. The other names came from past Transformers characters, including Erector, Grapple and Hoist.

The Scrapper drones are the only type of drone that do not shield and block gunfire, making them the weakest in defense.

Toys[edit]

Oddly, a figure named Dirt Boss, which looks nearly identical to Scrapper, was released in the Revenge of the Fallen toy line.

Transformers Animated[edit]

Scrapper
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Autobot/Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Constructicons, Substitute Autobots
Function Construction
Rank 6
Partner Mixmaster, Dirt Boss
Alternate Modes Excavator
Series Transformers Animated
English voice actor Tom Kenny
Japanese voice actor Masashi Endō

In the English version of Transformers Animated, Scrapper was created on Earth when an AllSpark fragment animated an excavator, debuting in "Rise of the Constructions". He enjoys drinking oil and whistling at hot little red sports cars.[11] Prior to becoming an official Deception with the Generation 1 Constructicon color scheme, he sports a yellow and black color scheme. His primary weapons are arm-mounted drills that can replace his hands. He also has a rope line that he can extend from his shovel in either mode.

Animated series[edit]

After being brought to life by a fragment of the AllSpark, he takes his name from a sign which says "scrap", but Mixmaster deems it too short, and rechristens him "Scrapper". Initially they befriend Bulkhead, but are hired by Megatron after his Decepticons tricked the two into helping them steal supplies to construct a Space Bridge. After drinking contaminated oil provided by Bulkhead, the two lost all their memories of the previous events and run off after Bulkhead scared them. They later return, going on an oil stealing frenzy before following a trail of oil spilled by Bumblebee to the Autobot's base. Having a bad feeling about the place, worsen by Sari thinking they are working for the Decepticons again, Scrapper in turn think she's the one responsible for the Constructions' memory loss and expresses they should get out. Once Sari finally scared them off, he and Mixmaster run into Blitzwing, who offers them Decepticon oil while taking them to finish their work on the Space Bridge.

After finishing construction, Scrapper and Mixmaster are formally inducted into the Decepticon forces via branding with the Decepticon symbols, giving them Generation 1 color schemes. When the Decepticon base starts to cave in, Scrapper and Mixmaster stay behind, in an attempt to save their oil supply, and end up buried under tons of rock. But the two survived and went into hiding at an auto factory, watching the red cars getting built, before they are found by Bulkhead. Though reluctant to help him at first, the two decide to moonlight to help rebuild the space bridge in Sumdac tower. However, the newly online Dirt Boss quickly established himself as their foreman after subjecting Scrapper to his power. Scrapper then participated in Dirt Boss's plan to control Detroit's oil, resulting with the three Constructicons ending up tranwarped in the lake near Dinobot Island on the tanker before it explodes.

Ending up on Dinobot Island alone, Scrapper befriended Snarl before Sari came for their help. Though Scrapper reluctantly agrees to help, he complains that being a hero is too much work as he leaves in the fight's aftermath, having fallen out with Snarl.

Transformers: Timelines[edit]

Scrapper
Scrapper-shatteredglass.jpg
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Constructicons
Alternate Modes Front end Loader
Series Transformers: Timelines

This Scrapper is an alternate good version of the Generation 1 character from the BotCon exclusive "Shattered Glass" comic, in which the Decepticons are on the side of good and the Autobots on the side of evil. Presumably like all Decepticons of his world, he is heroic and opposed to the evil Autobots.

Fun Publications[edit]

Scrapper appears as a member of Megatron's forces in the Transformers Timelines story "Shattered Glass" by Fun Publications. He helps repair Cliffjumper after he is found by the Decepticons.

Toys[edit]

Although no toy has been made for this version of Scrapper he seems to be based on the Generation 1 Scrapper toy. This version of Scrapper is colored as a homage to the Generation 1 Protectobots, in white with red highlights.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen[edit]

Scrapper
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Concept art of Scrapper in Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Constructicons, Micro Vehicles
Rank 4
Partner Megatron, Starscream, Hightower, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Overload, Rampage, Scavenger, Hook & Bonecrusher
Alternate Modes Caterpillar 992G Front end loader
Series Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Scrapper appears as a model of Constructicon in the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and transforms into a scoop loader.[12] This Scrapper appears to be unrelated to the Scrapper who appeared in the video game for the previous Transformers film. There is another Scrapper who forms Devastator's right arm. He's around 45 feet tall.[13] The Construction Scrapmetal has an identical robot mode to Scrapper.

Wired Magazine named Devastator and the Constructions one of the reasons to go see the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.[14]

Movie plot[edit]

Scrapper is seen combining to form Devastator and is killed when Devastator is destroyed. A second Scrapper is seen pursuing Sam and Mikaela in Egypt during the final battle. He is killed with Long Haul after fighter jets carpet bomb the area.
Third Scrapper with the same name and the same form, is briefly seen in Transformers: Dark of the Moon during the final battle in Chicago.[15]

Toys[edit]

Scrapper combiner toy
  • Revenge of the Fallen Legends Scrapper (2009)
A new mold. Can form robot or vehicle modes or combine into Devastator.[16]
This toy was initially sold individually in Japan, then as part of a 7 pack of Constructicons in the U.S.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Legends Scrapper (2009)
A redeco of the Legends figure in Generation 1 green and purple.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Combiner Scrapper (2009)
A scoop loader bundled with the other Constructicons. Can combine with other toys to form Devastator, but has no individual robot mode.[17]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Transformers: the fantasy, the fun, the future by Erin Brereton
  2. ^ "Screening Room". GameAxis Unwired (Hardware Zone): 99–100. July 2007. 
  3. ^ Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. p. 24. ISBN 0-7643-1364-9. 
  4. ^ http://www.gamebooks.org/show_item.php?id=1144&PHPSESSID=4d7776a874ecb72d37230c8f12a49c24
  5. ^ Simpson, Bud (1993). Decepticon Madness. Modern Publishing. ISBN 1-56144-346-8. 
  6. ^ Flint Dille, Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Matt Frank & Josh Warner (p), Matt Frank (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "A Flash Forward Part 1" The Transformers Collectors Club 44 (February/March 2012), Fun Publications
  7. ^ Scrapper (1985) - Decepticon Demolitions - www.tfu.info
  8. ^ Tomart's Action Figure Digest #7, 1992, page 9
  9. ^ Sledge (2005) - Decepticon - www.tfu.info
  10. ^ YouTube - Transformers: Cybertron Autobot (bonus mission)
  11. ^ Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster (August 15, 2009). Transformers Animated: The Allspark Almanac. Idea & Design Works Llc. p. 71. ISBN 978-1-60010-487-9. 
  12. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2009-04-01-transformers-first-look_N.htm First look: Robo-brawlers big, small in new 'Transformers' By Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY
  13. ^ http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-movie-just-movie-31/revenge-of-the-fallen-constructicons-size-comparison-168152/
  14. ^ Top 10 Reasons to Skip Work and Go See Transformers 2, By Curtis Silver, June 23, 2009
  15. ^ http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/9/97/DOTMScrapper.jpg
  16. ^ ToyWizard.net - EZ Collection DX Devastator Set
  17. ^ Hasbro.com