Transformers: The Headmasters

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Not to be confused with The Transformers: Headmasters, the US comic series.
Transformers: The Headmasters
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トランスフォーマー ザ★ヘッドマスターズ
(Toransufōmā: Za Heddomasutāzu)
Genre Adventure, Mecha
Anime television series
Directed by Katsutoshi Sasaki
Shoji Tajima
Produced by Hirohisa Sato
Kenji Yokoyama
Tatsuya Yoshida
Atsushi Shimizu
Written by Keisuke Fujikawa
Music by Katsunori Ishida
Masakazu Yokoyama
Columbia Music Entertainment
Studio Toei Animation
Takara
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment (2008-present)
Shout! Factory (2011-present)
Omni Productions
Metrodome Distribution
Network Nippon TV (1987-1988)
English network
AnimeCentral (2007-2008)
Original run July 3, 1987March 25, 1988
Episodes 35 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Transformers: The Headmasters - Dream War
Written by Keisuke Fujikawa
Illustrated by Shoko Yoshinaka
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Children
Imprint Kadokawa Bunko
Published August 25, 1987
Game
Developer Takara
Publisher Takara
Genre Scrolling shooter
Platform Family Computer Disk System
Released August 28, 1987
Manga
Written by Masumi Kaneda
Illustrated by Ban Magami
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Children
Magazine TV Magazine
Original run August 1987March 1988
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Transformers: The Headmasters (トランスフォーマー ザ★ヘッドマスターズ Toransufōmā: Za Heddomasutāzu?) is a Japanese anime television series that is a part of the Transformers franchise.[1] It aired from July 1987 to March 1988, and it's 17:00-17:30 timeslot was used to broadcast Mashin Hero Wataru at the end of its broadcast.

Development[edit]

Inititally, Takara, the Japanese producers of the Transformers toyline, imported the American Transformers cartoon series from 1985 to 1986. When the series came to an end with the three-part miniseries "The Rebirth" in 1987, however, Takara decided to continue the series themselves, declining to import The Rebirth and instead creating a full-length 35-episode spin-off series, Transformers: The Headmasters (two additional clips episodes were produced after the fact for direct-to-video release). Supplanting The Rebirth's position in Japanese continuity, The Headmasters occurred one year after The Return of Optimus Prime, introducing the titular characters to the Transformers universe in a different way. Whereas in western fiction, the Headmasters result from the merging of a Transformer with an organic alien being from the planet Nebulos, the Headmasters of the Japanese series are a group of small Cybertronians who departed the planet millions of years ago and crash-landed on the inhospitable planet Master. To survive its harsh climate, a select few Cybertronians constructed larger bodies called "Transtectors", to which they connected as the heads.

Story[edit]

Six years after the decisive battle against Unicron, when a group of rebellious Headmasters led by Weirdwolf joined with Galvatron's Decepticons in an attack on Cybertron, the Autobot Headmasters, led by Fortress return to their home planet to aid in its defense. The situation soon gets worse when it is revealed that Vector Sigma, the super-computer at the planet's heart, was destabilizing, and Optimus Prime again sacrifices his life to save Cybertron. This soon proves to be only delaying the inevitable, however, when a bomb attack instigated by Scorponok turns Cybertron into a burnt-out, inhospitable husk. Rodimus Prime departs to search for a new planet for the Transformers to live on, leaving Fortress in command, operating from the planet Athenia. Meanwhile, Scorponok replaces Galvatron - who had vanished in the explosion - as Decepticon leader, constructing a personal Transtector so that he can battle Fortress's own giant form, Fortress Maximus, and redubbing himself MegaZarak.

Although populated mainly with new characters, The Headmasters featured characters from all previous seasons, including new versions of Soundwave and Blaster, rebuilt after a duel that destroyed them both as Soundblaster and Twincast. Human Daniel Witwicky and his young Autobot friend Wheelie also played major roles in the series, serving as the youthful characters for the audience to identify with. More new characters were introduced when Galvatron returned to leadership and the Decepticons embarked on a space voyage, ransacking planets in a chain of stories that introduced the Horrorcons, Autobot and Decepticon clones. Later, the Decepticon ninja six-changer Sixshot kills Ultra Magnus, and the Autobot Headmasters manage to destroy Galvatron, leaving Scorponok to become leader of the Decepticons again. When the Decepticons then return to Master, refugees from the planet are caught in a plasma bomb accident that fuses them to the arms of several Autobots and Decepticons, creating the Targetmasters, and in a final move, Scorponok attempts the destruction of Earth, only to be foiled, thanks in part to a traitorous Sixshot.

Characters[edit]

Adaptations[edit]

Not professionally released in the United States until July 5, 2011, The Headmasters was dubbed into English in Hong Kong by the dubbing company; Omni Productions, for broadcast on the Malaysian TV channel, RTM1, and later the Singapore satellite station, StarTV, where it attained greater fame, leading it to often be referred to as the "StarTV dub". The dub is, however, infamous for its poor quality, full of mistranslations and incorrect names (Blaster becomes "Billy", Blurr becomes known as "Wally", Hot Rod is "Rodimus Prime", the Matrix becomes "the Power Pack", Spike is "Sparkle", Soundblaster is "New Soundwave", Metroplex is called "Phillip", and Fortress Maximus is known as "Spaceship Bruce"), and stilted dialog such as "I'll send you express to hell", and "Fortress Maximus has come himself". Also, Wheelie does not speak in rhyme (but seems to have a slight Scottish accent), and the Dinobots speak normally (Grimlock does not say his famous "Me Grimlock" at all). Omni also dubbed the 1990s and 2000s Godzilla movies and Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky, both of which are ridiculed for extremely bad and at times cheesy dubbing. This dub has seen some releases in the United Kingdom, when it aired on AnimeCentral from September 13, 2007. In 2005, the full series with the original Japanese audio with subtitles and the English dub were released over 4-discs on DVD in Region 2. The full series was released on DVD in North America by Shout! Factory on July 5, 2011, without the English dub.[citation needed] In 2008, Madman Entertainment released the series on DVD in Australia in Region 4, PAL format.

A novel based on this anime titled Transformeres: The Headmasters - Dream War (トランスフォーマー ザ・ヘッドマスターズ 夢戦争 Toransufōmā: Za Heddomasutāzu - Yume Sensō?) was written by Keisuke Fujikawa and released on August 25, 1987.

An eight-chapter manga adaptation of this anime was written by Masami Kaneda and illustrated by Ban Magami as part of their Fight! Super Robot Life Form Transformers: The Comics (戦え!超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー ザ☆コミックス Tatakae! Chō Robotto Seimeitai Toransufōmā: Za Komikkusu?) series.

Theme Songs[edit]

  • Openings
  1. "The Headmasters" (ザ・ヘッドマスターズ Za Heddomasutāzu?)
    • July 3, 1987 - March 25, 1988
    • Lyricist: Keisuke Yamakawa / Composer: Takamune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Hironobu Kageyama
    • Episodes: 1-38
  • Endings
  1. "You are a Transformer" (君はトランスフォーマー Kimi wa Toransufōmā?)
    • July 3, 1987 - March 25, 1988
    • Lyricist: Keisuke Yamakawa / Composer: Takamune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Hironobu Kageyama
    • Episodes: 1-35, 38
  • Insert Songs
  1. "Stand Up! Headmaster Anger" (立て!怒りのヘッドマスター Tate! Ikari no Heddomasutā?)
    • January 22, 1988, February 5, 1988, February 19, 1988, March 18, 1988
    • Lyricist: Shinobu Urakawa / Composer: Takamune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Hironobu Kageyama
    • Episodes: 24, 26, 28, 32
  2. "Destron Hymn" (デストロン讃歌 Desutoron Sanka?)
    • February 12, 1988, February 26, 1988
    • Lyricist: Keisuke Yamakawa / Composer: Takamune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Hironobu Kageyama
    • Episodes: 27, 29
  3. "We are Headmasters" (僕等のヘッドマスター Bokura no Heddomasutā?)
    • Lyricist: Keisuke Fujikawa / Composer: Takamune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Korogi '73, Mori no Ki Jido Gassho-dan
    • Episodes: None
  4. "TRANSFORM!"
    • Lyricist: Keisuke Yamakawa / Composer: Takeshi Ike / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Hironobu Kageyama
    • Episodes: None
  5. "Coward Alliance" (臆病者同盟 Okubyōmono Dōmei?)
    • Lyricist: Keisuke Fujikawa / Composer: Takamune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Hironobu Kageyama
    • Episodes: None
  6. "Warrior Rest" (戦士の休息 Senshi no Kyūsoku?)
    • Lyricist: Keisuke Yamakawa / Composer: Takamune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Hironobu Kageyama
    • Episodes: None
  7. "The Universe Has no Borders" (宇宙には国境がない Uchū ni wa Kokkyō ga Nai?)
    • Lyricist: Keisuke Fujikawa / Composer: Takamune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Hironobu Kageyama
    • Episodes: None
  8. "The Rainbow That Spans the Universe" (宇宙に架ける虹 Uchū ni Kakeru Niji?)
    • Lyricist: Keisuke Yamakawa / Composer: Takeshi Ike / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Hironobu Kageyama, Ikuko Noguchi
    • Episodes: None

Episodes[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1 "Warriors From Space" ("Four Warriors Come Out of the Sky")
"Sora Kara Kita Shiri no Senshi" (空から来た四人の戦士) 
July 3, 1987
A full year after Optimus Prime's resurrection, Galvatron and the Decepticons attack both Cybertron and Earth with the aid of four new members: the six-changing ninja officer Sixshot and the three Headmasters, Decepticons whose heads can change into smaller robots in vehicle mode. These include the vampire-like Mindwipe, the gator-like Skullcruncher, and the wolf-like Weirdwolf. The Autobots have some new allies of their own, however; the Trainbots, six Autobots with train alternate modes. Ultra Magnus successfully repels Sixshot's attack, but on Cybertron, the Decepticons are winning, thanks to Mindwipe's hypnotic abilities putting most of the Autobots, including the Dinobots and Goldbug, to sleep. But then a mysterious starship appears and four Autobot Headmasters (Chromedome, Hardhead, Brainstorm, and Highbrow) emerge to join the battle. Meanwhile, Kup and Spike Witwicky learn that Vector Sigma, the core of Cybertron, has become unstable and is in danger of self-destructing. 
2 "The Mystery of Planet Master"
"Masutā Boshi no Nazo" (マスター星の謎) 
July 10, 1987
After driving the Decepticons off Cybertron, the Headmaster's leader, Cerebros (Fortress in Japan), explains that the Headmasters were once Autobots who fled Cybertron during the Great War and established a peaceful new life on the planet Master. After the group honed the ability to transform into heads so they could control larger bodies, Skullcruncher, Mindwipe, and Weirdwolf rebelled under a mysterious figure named Zarak, only to be exiled from Master and later ally with the Decepticons. Optimus leaves to go check on Vector Sigma, guided the spirit of Alpha Trion. The Autobots launch a search for the Matrix of Leadership, as the reason Vector Sigma has become unstable is, according to Cerebros, that the Wisdom of the Ages originally contained within the Matrix was what kept Vector Sigma stable in the first place, but only Optimus knows where the Matrix is. Hot Rod, Blaster, his cassettes, and Superion head to the North Pole, where they are attacked by the Predacons, Menasor, Soundwave, and his cassettes. Blaster holds off Soundwave so Hot Rod can escape, and the two combatants end up killing each other in a fierce battle. As the Autobots on Athenia mourn for Blaster's death, Chromdedome takes the other Headmasters, save Cerebros, to Earth to aid Hot Rod in finding the Matrix. 
3 "The Rebirth of Rodimus Prime" ("Birth of the Fantastic Double Convoy")
"Yume no Daburu Konboi Tanjō" (夢のダブルコンボイ誕生) 
July 17, 1987
While Cerebros follows Optimus to Vector Sigma, the other Autobot Headmasters join Hot Rod in finding the Matrix, while Galvatron launches an attack on Autobot City to stop the Autobots from obtaining it. Hot Rod eventually finds the Matrix in an energon storage facility, and after a failed attempt by Mindwipe to retrieve it, leaves for Cybertron with the Trainbots and Autobot Headmasters. At Vector Sigma, Optimus is ambushed by Cyclonus and Scourge, but rescued by Cerebros. Hot Rod and the other Autobot Headmasters arrive, followed by Galvatron and the Decepticon Headmasters. Alpha Trion merges with the Matrix in Hot Rod's hands, fully recharging it and transforming Hot Rod back into Rodimus Prime. After the two Primes drive off the Decepticons, Vector Sigma goes critical, and, despite Galvatron's attempt to kill him and Rodimus' own pleas, Optimus merges his spark with Vector Sigma, stabilizing it at the cost of his own life, leaving Rodimus in command of the Autobots once again. 
4 "Operation: Autobot Deployers" ("The Great Cassette Operation")
"Kasetto Dai Sakusen" (カセット大作戦) 
July 24, 1987
Galvatron creates a weapon that emits electronic-disrupting rays called the "Madmachine". As another part of this plan, he uses technology provided by Zarak to resurrect Soundwave as a black version of himself called "Soundblaster", who controls the weapon with a sonic controller. After Metroplex is used as a test subject for the Madmachine, Galvatron sends the Madmachine to Cybertron with the intent of using it on Vector Sigma. Learning of the plan, Rodimus informs Daniel Witwicky and Blaster's old cassette bots that Blaster is being rebuilt using Master technology provided by Cerebros. Reborn as "Twincast", Blaster reunites with his cassette bots and leads them to Chaar, where the Decepticon's current base is, and destroys the sonic controller, causing the Madmachine to go haywire and allowing the Autobots to destroy it. 
5 "Rebellion on Planet Beast"
"Bīsuto Boshi no Hanran" (ビースト星の反乱) 
July 31, 1987
The Headmasters, Wheelie, and Daniel come across two Beastformers named Rabbit Kid and Hedgehog, who tell them that their home planet, Beast, has been taken over by the Decepticons. On Beast, a rebel group led by White Leo is battling against evil Beastformers led by Alligatron, who has sided with the Decepticons. Daniel and Wheelie met a young ape Beastformer, whose parents have been captured, along with most of the planet's inhabitants, and have been used as slaves by the Decepticons. The trio try to rescue the boy's parents, but are immediately spotted and chased after. The other Autobots, Monsterbots, and Beastformers show up soon afterwards, along with the Decepticon Headmasters. Cerebros enters the factory via a shortcut briefly covered by a piragilon swamp, while, inside the factory, the young ape Beastformer, Daniel, and Wheelie free the slaves and Galvatron is knocked into the swamp. Although the Autobots have won the day, Rodimus and Cerebros discover blueprints for a small component for an even larger machine the Decepticons hope to use. 
6 "Approach of the Demon Meteorite"
"Akuma no Inseki Sekkin" (悪魔の隕石接近) 
August 7, 1987
Galvatron creates a metal-warping meteorite called "Metamorphose", with the intent of using it to destroy Athenia. The Autobot Headmasters attempt to stop the meteor, but discover that their blasters have no effect on it. Cyclonus is sent to attack other Autobot forces to distract them from Metamorphose. The Autobot Headmasters learn that destroying the meteorite with a non-metallic agent and with Spike recovering from a previous battle, Daniel volunteers to plant bombs onto the weapon. Despite the Decepticons' attempts to stop him, Daniel manages to successfully plant a bomb onto Metamorphose's gravity emitter and destroys it. Back on Athenia, he is hailed as a hero for his actions. 
7 "The Four-Million-Year-Old Veil of Mystery"
"Shi-hyaku-man-nen Nazo no Bēru" (四百万年・謎のベール) 
August 28, 1987
Arcee reports an attack on the planet Praum, prompting the Autobot Headmasters to investigate. When the group arrives, they learn that everyone at the base is already dead. Meanwhile on Earth, Rodimus and Ultra Magnus are investigating a possible new energy source. The two head to a base in Asia, only to find that the occupants have been slaughtered by the Decepticons. Upon finding the energy source data, Rodimus soon learns that Cerebros' team is walking into a trap on Praum, set by Scorponok. Back at the base on Praum, every one of the exits are sealed and the domed structure starts to spin, burying itself into the sand and pinning the Autobot Headmasters to the walls. Flashing back to how they had to survive the rugged and cruel terrains of the planet Master to transform into their head modes, the group escapes by switching Transectors to boost their powers. Rodimus and Galvatron's forces arrive and in the following struggle, the Decepticons are hurled into the sand trap themselves. Astrotrain manages to rescue his comrades and all the Decepticons retreat as the Autobots look on. 
8 "Terror of the Six Shadows" ("Terror! The Six Shadows")
"Kyōfu! Muttsu no Kage" (恐怖!六つの影) 
September 4, 1987
During a trip to Japan, Wheelie, Daniel, and the Trainbots see a broadcast of a shadowy figure who demands the entirety of Japan's energy or else he will destroy the country. The Autobots are informed of this news as Rodimus heads to Earth with the Autobot Headmasters. The Decepticons also learn of the plan and Cyclonus and Scourge vow to steal the energy from the terrorist, despite a strange lack of interest in their plan from Galvatron and the Decepticon Headmasters. The Autobots soon learn that the United States, France, Canada, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union have also been threatened by a giant gun, a jet, an armored car, a winged wolf, and a tank. New York and London are attacked by the gun and the wolf respectively, and the Headmasters later see that Wheelie, Daniel, and the Trainbots were shopping in Japan at the time of the terrorists' unveiling and accuse them of not doing their jobs, sparking an argument. During which, Chromedome silences Daniel for trying to end the argument and he leaves the room. When Chromedome goes to apologize, he sees the boy playing with a toy ninja star he purchased while in Japan, and Daniel tells him about how ninjas can appear in various places at once. This stirs up memories from Master when a mysterious Cybertronian able to duplicate into six shapes came to the planet to steal energy and killed one of Chromedome's friends, named "Abel". When the terrorist attacks Tokyo, the Trainbots combine into the gestalt known as "Raiden" and fight its six forms. The terrorist reveals himself to be Sixshot and savagely attacks Raiden before the Autobot Headmasters, seeking to avenge Abel's death, beat Sixshot down and force him to retreat. The Trainbots and Autobot Headmasters reconcile while Galvatron, who was in on Sixshot's scheme the whole time, pummels Cyclonus and Scourge for interfering with the plan. 
9 "Planet Cybertron Is in Grave Danger: Part 1" ("Cybertron is in Grave Danger, Part One")
"Seibātoron Boshi Kiki Ippatsu (Zenpen)" (セイバートロン星危機一髪 (前編)) 
September 4, 1987
The Autobots and Decepticons learn that Vector Sigma is producing a new, powerful version of Cybertonium called "Cybertonuron". Galvatron sees this new alloy as a tool to help in finally gaining control over Cybertron, but Zarak believes that the risk is too great, given that there is no guarantee that the Cybertonuron will work, though Galvatron brushes off his concerns. An attack on Cybertron spearheaded by the Predacons causes Rodimus to spring to the planet's defense, calling Kup, Blurr, and Arcee away from the command center on Athenia as a backup unit. Cerebros, who is also uncertain of the Cybertonuron's dependability, tries to dissuade Rodimus from going, believing that the attack is all a trick. He tries to argue for a more peaceful solution, but Rodimus points out that Cybertron is more important than the Cybertonuron and that the Autobots must not allow the Decepticons to conquer or destroy the planet. On Cybertron, Rodimus faces Galvatron, but is defeated and buried beneath some rubble. Before Galvatron can finish his rival off, Soundblaster arrives and tells him that the Cybertonuron has been completed. Learning of this, Zarak, who was earlier informed by Sixshot that Galvatron would exile him once he had the Cybertonuron, preventing him from getting revenge on Cerebros, contacts Weirdwolf, Skullcruncher, and Mindwipe, ordering them to place bombs at Vector Sigma. Once the bombs explode, they will destroy Vector Sigma, and Cybertron along with it. 
10 "Planet Cybertron Is in Grave Danger: Part 2" ("Cybertron Is in Grave Danger, Part Two")
"Seibātoron Boshi kiki Ippatsu (Kōhen)" (セイバートロン星危機一髪 (後編)) 
September 11, 1987
As the battle for the Cybertonuron continues, the Autobot Headmasters become suspicious of the Decepticon Headmasters' sudden disappearance and go looking for them. Chromedome soon finds Skullcruncher and Weirdwolf guarding the entrance to Vector Sigma and contacts his teammates and informs them of his discovery. Chromedome then goes after Mindwipe after Brainstorm, Highbrow, and Hardhead arrive and hold off Weirdwolf and Skullcruncher. Mindwipe arrives at Vector Sigma and sets the bombs, telling Chromedome that they can't be removed. Highbrow, Brainstorm, and Hardhead arrive and see that Chromedome is trying to remove the bombs, ignoring what Mindwipe told him. Highbrow tells Chromedome that there is nothing they can do and must evacuate the citizens above. He reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile, Zarak informs Galvatron of the bombs he had his minions place at Vector Sigma and that the Decepticons must evacuate before they go off. Galvatron, angry that Zarak did this without him knowing, ignores Soundblaster's pleas and goes to diffuse the bombs himself. Learning of what has happened, Rodimus relents and evacuates Cybertron with the other Autobots and Decepticons. Galvatron arrives at Vector Sigma, but before he can do anything, the bombs go off, destroying Cybertron. Galvatron is caught in the explosion and presumed dead. In the aftermath, Rodimus decides to abandon the war to find a new homeworld for the Autobots, leaving Cerebros in command. Kup, Blurr, and Arcee offer to accompany Rodimus, but Rodimus only denies Arcee, telling her to look after Daniel and Wheelie. Rodimus, Kup, and Blurr depart into space as the Autobots and Daniel look on in sadness. 
11 "Zarak - The Shadow Emperor" ("The Shadow Emperor, Scorponok")
"Kage no Taitei Sukoruponokku" (影の大帝スコルポノック) 
September 18, 1987
Cerebros throws a party on Athenia to announce the joint Autobot-human construction of the solar-energy-gathering satellite, Sol 1. Meanwhile on Chaar, Zarak lies to Cyclonus and Scourge that Galvatron is still alive, recovering from Cybertron's destruction, and has appointed him substitute commander in his place. Cyclonus and Scourge are unsure if they can trust Zarak, but Soundblaster tells the two that they have no choice but to follow him. Learning of Sol 1 from Ratbat and Soundblaster, Cyclonus and Scourge head to Earth with the Predacons and they all launch an attack on the satellite's launch site. Sol 1 is launched into orbit and immediately begins to collect energy, but Zarak sends the Decepticon Headmasters and Triple Changers to steal it. They are successful due to Sixshot keeping the other Autobots at bay. The Autobots track the satellite to a world named after Zarak, finding it heavily guarded by the Decepticons. As both sides fight, Sol 1 beams the energy stored down onto the planet, where a mysterious, giant, robotic body absorbs it. The Decepticons retreat and the Autobots are forced to destroy Sol 1 upon learning that it would be destroyed if they tried to move it back to Earth. 
12 "The Dormant Volcano Mysteriously Erupts"
"Nazo no Kyūkazan Dai Funka" (謎の休火山大噴火) 
September 25, 1987
13 "Head On!! Fortress Maximus"
"Hedd-ōn!! Fōtoresu Makishimasu" (ヘッドオン!!フォートレスマキシマス) 
October 2, 1987
14 "Explosion on Mars! Fortress Maximus Is in Danger" ("Explosion on Mars!! Maximus Is in Danger")
"Kasei Bakuha!! Ayaushi Makishimasu" (火星爆破!!危うしマキシマス) 
October 9, 1987
15 "Explosion on Mars! Scorponok Appears!" ("Explosion on Mars!! MegaZarak Appears")
"Kasei Bakuha!! Shutsugen MegaZarakku" (火星爆破!!出現メガザラック) 
October 16, 1987
16 "The Return of Galvatron!" ("Return of the Immortal Emperor")
"Kaette Kita Fujimi no Teiō" (帰って来た不死身の帝王) 
October 20, 1987
17 "SOS from Planet Sandra" ("Planet Sandra SOS")
"Wakusei Sandora Esu Ō Esu" (惑星サンドラSOS) 
October 27, 1987
18 "Daniel Faces His Biggest Crisis Ever" ("Daniel's Biggest Pinch Ever!!")
"Danieru Shijō Saidai no Pinchi!!" (ダニエル史上最大のピンチ!!) 
December 4, 1987
19 "Fight to the Death on Planet Beehive" ("Fight to the Death on Planet Hive!!")
"Hachinosu Wakusei wo Shishu se yo!!" (蜂の巣惑星を死守せよ!!) 
December 11, 1987
20 "Battle for Defense of the False Planet"
"Misekake Boshi no Kōbōsen" (見せかけ星の攻防戦) 
December 18, 1987
21 "Find Scorponok's Weak Spot" ("Find MegaZarak's Weak Spot!!")
"MegaZarakku no Jakuten wo Abake!!" (メガザラックの弱点をあばけ!!) 
December 18, 1987
22 "Head Formation of Friendship"
"Yūjō no Heddo Fōmēshon" (友情のヘッドフォーメーション) 
December 18, 1987
23 "Mystery of the Space Pirate Ship"
"Uchū Kaizoku Sen no Nazo" (宇宙海賊船の謎) 
December 25, 1987
24 "The Death of Ultra Magnus!!" ("Ultra Magnus Dies!!")
"Urutora Magunasu Shisu!!" (ウルトラマグナス死す!!) 
January 22, 1988
25 "The Emperor of Destruction Vanishes on an Iceberg"
"Hyōzan ni Kieta Hakai Taitei" (氷山に消えた破壊大帝) 
January 29, 1988
26 "I Risk My Life for Earth"
"Chikyū ni Kakeru Kono Inochi" (地球に賭けるこの命) 
February 5, 1988
27 "The Miracle Warriors - The Targetmasters: Part One" ("Miraculous Warriors, Targetmasters (Part One)")
"Kiseki no Senshi Tāgettomasutā (Zenpen)" (奇跡の戦士ターゲットマスター (前編)) 
February 12, 1988
28 "The Miracle Warriors - The Targetmasters: Part Two" ("Miraclulous Warriors, Targetmasters (Part Two)")
"Kiseki no Senshi Tāgettomasutā (Kōhen)" (奇跡の戦士ターゲットマスター (後編)) 
February 19, 1988
29 "The Secret of the Master Sword Is in Danger" ("The Master Sword Is in Danger!!")
"Ayaushi Masutāsōdo!!" (危うしマスターソード!!) 
February 26, 1988
30 "The Zarak Shield Turns the Tide" ("Zarak Shield Warfare")
"Zarakku Shīrudo Kōbōsen" (ザラックシールド攻防戦) 
March 4, 1988
31 "Operation: Destroy the Decepticons" ("Destron Annihilation Strategy")
"Desutoron Zenmetsu Sakusen" (デストロン全滅作戦) 
March 11, 1988
32 "My Friend Sixshot!"
"Waga Tomo Shikkusushotto!" (わが友シックスショット!) 
March 18, 1988
33 "Duel on the Asteroid" ("Asteroid Duel")
"Asuteroido no Kettō" (アステロイドの決闘) 
March 25, 1988
34 "The Final Showdown on Earth: Part 1" ("The Final Showdown on Earth (Part One)")
"Saigo no Chikyū Dai Sakusen (zenpen)" (最後の地球大決戦 (前編)) 
March 25, 1988
35 "The Final Showdown on Earth: Part 2" ("The Final Showdown on Earth (Part Two)")
"Saigo no Chikyū Dai Sakusen (Zenpen)" (最後の地球大決戦 (後編)) 
March 25, 1988
36 "Heroic Legend: Convoy VS Megatron!!"
"Eiyū Densetsu: Konboi Bāsasu Megatoron!!" (英雄伝説 コンボイVSメガトロン!!) 
Unaired
The first of three clip shows created for the series, detailing the arrival of the Autobots and Deceticons on Earth in the previous American series, the introduction of Spike's wife, Carly, and the development of the combiners, Metroplex, and Trypticon. 
37 "Heroic Legend: 2010 Wars"
"Eiyū Densetsu: Nisenjū Uōzu" (英雄伝説 2010ウォーズ) 
Unaired
The second of three clip shows created for the series, serving as an overview of the third season of the previous American series, primarily focusing on Rodimus Prime. 
38 "Heroic Legend: Head On! Master Warriors"
"Eiyū Densetsu:" (英雄伝説 ヘッドオン!マスター戦士) 
Unaired
The third and final of three clip shows created for the series, showcasing the assorted friendships and rivalries of the series. 

Video game[edit]

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A video game based on the series was released by Takara in 1987 for the Family Computer Disk System (FDS). It can be played in either Single player or multiplayer, and it uses a Floppy disk.

In the game, players control one of the Autobot Headmaster through four planets - Earth, Cybertron, Master, and Jail fighting the Decepticons. Unlike it predecessor, Mystery of Convoy, players cannot switch between robot and vehicle mode, as they are predetermined by level. Players also cannot choose which Autobot to play. Players must collect them throughout the game, as they will be flown in by helicopter and will replace that Autobot when they die. Due to Headmasters being for the FDS, the game came with a save game feature similar to those found in early Zelda and Metroid games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The History of Transformers on TV". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 

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