Crasher

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Crasher is the name of several fictional characters in the Gobots toyline, and the subsequent Challenge of the GoBots cartoon and Transformers series. She was a regular character in the Gobots cartoon and star of the film Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords voiced by Marilyn Lightstone.

Gobots[edit]

Crasher
Challenge of the Gobots, Machine Robo and Robo Machines character
GobotsCrasherTV.jpg
Crasher in Challenge of the Gobots
First appearance "The Battle for Gobotron"
Last appearance Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords
Voiced by Marilyn Lightstone
Japanese name Porsche Robo
Release number MR-20
Information
Species Gobot
Gender Female
Abilities Energy blasts, flight, shapeshifting, superhuman durability, superhuman strength
Affiliation Renegade Gobot
Alternate mode Porsche 956

The female Crasher was one of Cy-Kill's most loyal Renegades, despite a having somewhat manic personality. One of her favoured pastimes is participating in demolition derbies.[1] She is considered reckless.[2] Under interrogation, she admitted to having a crush on Leader-1 before the Guardians and Renegades began their struggle. Unlike most Gobots, she rarely seems to use her hand-mounted blasters, instead using a trademark attack wherein she stamps her foot on the ground to create a powerful earthquake-style energy discharge that could track its victim in much the same manner as a heat-seeking missile. Crasher's seeming state of near-madness effectively renders her fearless, and she has an ongoing grudge with the Guardian Turbo, rarely avoiding a chance to battle him. However, she tends to take any defeat or challenge very personally.[3]

Despite her gender, unlike many 1980s female cartoon characters, Crasher is shown to be treated equally compared to her male counterparts, and is feared by most Guardians.[4] Crasher enjoyed Gobot demolition derbies and at one time had a crush on Leader-1.

According to Hasbro employees Crasher was the inspiration for the Decepticon Fracture.[5]

Animated series[edit]

Crasher appears in almost every episode, usually as a featured character.

In the pilot Crasher and Cop-Tur aid Cy-Kill when he steals the astrobeam and escapes Gobotron to Earth.[6]

Cy-Kill, Cop-Tur, Crasher, Geeper-Creeper, Pincher, and Snoop attack a lab, but it is defended by Leader-1, Baron Von Joy, Blaster, Dozer, Dumper, Road Ranger, Scooter, Scratch and Turbo. Although the Guardians were winning the battle, an accidental backfire from Baron Von Joy's weapon allows the Renegades to escape.[7]

Cy-Kill, Cop-Tur, Crasher and Snoop attack Leader-1, Turbo, Scooter and Small Foot. Crasher wounds Small Foot. After attaining recordings of the Guardians the Renegades retreat. Using the recordings Cy-Kill has Herr Fiend program robot duplicates of the Guardians. When demonstrating Space Bender weapon to Unicom, Leader-1 learns that the Renegades ware attacking Washington. The Renegades ambush Leader-1 and replaced him with his duplicate. Leading the Command Center back to Gobotron and getting rid of Scooter and Small Foot the Renegades then release duplicates of Path Finder, Rest-Q, Van Guard and Turbo. Small Foot and Scooter are able to capture the Turbo duplicate and learn where their friends are being held. Cy-Kill then replaces Good Night. Using the duplicate Turbo the Guardians infiltrate the Renegade base, free the captured Guardians and escape from Spoons and Fitor. Although blocked by the Renegades, Scooter uses a hologram of Zod to make the Renegades flee. Making it back to Gobotron the Guardians are attacked by the Guardian duplicates. The real Guardians are able to defeat their duplicates with the aid of the real Zeemon, Hans-Cuff and Rest-Q. Cy-Kill then arrives in Thrustor with more duplicates, but Small Foot is able to stop with robots using the Space Bender, which fuses their robot brains.[8]

Scooter and Small Foot join Nick and A.J. to watch a car stunt show which is attacked by Crasher, BuggyMan and Fly Trap. Small Foot fights Buggyman and defeats him, but the Renegades regain the upper hand until the Guardians are rescued by Leader-1 and Turbo who arrived in Power Suits. Cy-Kill vows to gain Power Suits for the Renegades. Scooter decides he needed more firepower, so he has Baron Von Joy remove his damaged holo projector in favor of a blaster unit. Screw Head, Bad Boy and Cop-Tur are sent to attack Unicom bases and distract the Guardians while Cy-Kill, Crasher and Scorp attempt to take the suits from the Guardian Command Center. Small Foot and Scooter are able to delay the Renegades until Leader-1 and Turbo return to chase away the Renegades. Realizing he is a better Guardian with his holo projector, Scooter has it reinstalled. [9]

Crasher was among the Renegade Gobot forces who aided the Rock Lord Magmar on the planet Cordax.[10] [11]

Comics[edit]

Crasher appeared in the story "Scooter's Mighty Magnet" as one of Cy-Kill's minions.[12]

Books[edit]

Crasher was featured in the 1986 children's book Collision Course Comet - Robo Machine Featuring The Challenge Of Gobots. The illustrations of this book depict her in her white deco variant, not the black one used in the animated series.[13]

Toys[edit]

  • Gobots Crasher (white) (1983)
Crasher’s toy was a re-release of the Machine Robo Porsche Robo figure. It was first issued by Tonka in 1983, in an authentic white Rothmans Porsche livery (of the 1982-87 factory team).
  • Gobots Crasher (black) (1984)
From the outset the character was black/red in the cartoon, and by 1984 the toy was recolored to match Crasher's on-screen appearance. There was a variant of the stickers on this toy. One having a solid white background behind the "1" on the arms, the other having a red stripe above the white.
This toy was sold by itself and in a gift pack with Tank and Geeper-Creeper.
  • Machine Robo Sports Car (1993)
In 1993, the white version (with a new sticker sheet) was issued as "Sports Car" (the trademark "Crasher" now belonging to Hasbro) in Bandai's Robo Machines range.

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

Crasher
Decepticon
Information
Series Transformers: Generation 1

IDW Publishing[edit]

In the second issue of Megatron: Origin Crasher is one of the background Transformers cheering Megatron's victory over Cy-Kill. However, the character is drawn with a face similar to the toy, with a large red visor taking up much of the face.

Transformers[edit]

Transformers: Timelines (Shattered Glass)[edit]

Crasher
Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Female Transformers, Mayhem Suppression Squad
Alternate Modes Land Racer
Series Transformers: Timelines

A mirror-universe version of Crasher appeared in the Transformers: Timelines fiction. She is one of the heroic Decepticons. Crasher can cause quakes with her fists. She is a white racing vehicle. Her cousin is the evil Autobot Blurr.

Fun Publications[edit]

Crasher appears in the fiction Dungeons & Dinobots, a text-based story from Fun Publications. She is part of the Mayhem Suppression Squad called in by Soundwave to defend the Arch-Ayr fuel dump from an Autobot attack. She later became part of the crew of the Nemesis.[14]

In Do Over the Nemesis launches after the Ark. After a brief battle the Nemesis is shot down and crashes on Earth, with the crew escaping in stasis pods. Although not directly depicted, Crasher is a member of the crew of the Nemesis.

Crasher appears in Eye In the Sky where Cliffjumper recovers her pod and reactivates her. Cliffjumper, Crasher, Frenzy, Heatwave, Ravage and Soundwave are sent on a mission to Burpleson Air Force Base to stop the Autobots from controlling the GODS defense system. Heatwave uses his powers to convince the GODS transmitter to fire the weapon on itself and stop the Autobots from taking control.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bellomo, Mark (2010). Totally Tubular '80s. Krause Publications. p. 90=93. ISBN 1-4402-1282-1. 
  2. ^ "News". Computer & Video Games 1 (61): 8. 
  3. ^ http://www.oafe.net/yo/tfm_frac.php
  4. ^ Going, Going, Gobots by Matt Carara, Toyfare Magazine #123, November 2007, page 80-82
  5. ^ http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/04/8_things_you_didnt_know_about_gobots_and_probably.php
  6. ^ Written by Alan Burnett, Jeff Segal and Tom Ruegger (September 8th, 1984). "The Battle for Gobotron". Challenge of the GoBots. Season 1. Episode 1. First-run syndication.
  7. ^ "It's The Thought That Counts". Challenge of the GoBots. Season 1. Episode 6. First-run syndication.
  8. ^ "Doppleganger". Challenge of the GoBots. Season 1. Episode 23. First-run syndication.
  9. ^ Written by Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward and Mark Young (November 24th, 1985). "Scooter Enhanced". Challenge of the GoBots. Season 1. Episode 55. First-run syndication.
  10. ^ Ray Patterson (Director), Kay Wright (Producer), Jeff Segal (Writer) (1986-03-21). GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords (Motion picture). Clubhouse Pictures. 
  11. ^ Texe W. Marrs and Wanda J. Marrs (1985). The Great Robot Book. Little Simon. p. 70. ISBN 978-0-671-60243-7. 
  12. ^ Jay Itzkowitz (w), Paul Kirchner (a). "Scooter's Mighty Magnet" (Spring 1986), Telepictures Publications
  13. ^ Hanna-Barbera (1986). Collision Course Comet - Robo Machine Featuring The Challenge of the Gobots. Egmont Books. ISBN 978-0-7235-7858-1. 
  14. ^ S. Trent Troop and Greg Sepelak (2008). Dungeons & Dinobots. Illustrator Evan Gauntt. Fun Publications. 

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