Quickmix (Transformers)

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Quickmix is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes.

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

Quickmix
Quickmix-dreamwave.jpg
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Double Targetmaster
Function Chemist
Rank 6
Partner Boomer and Ricochet
Motto "The faster it is, the better I like it."
Alternate modes Cement Mixer
Series Transformers: Generation 1

Quickmix is an impatient, short-tempered inventor who is always in a hurry. He is constantly devising new formulas and developing new ways to defeat the Decepticons. Somewhat absent-minded, he is usually too busy starting new projects to see his old experiments through to the end. He is teamed with the mercurial Nebulon, Ricochet, who transforms into a submachine gun and the bombastic Boomer, who turns into a sonic pulse cannon. In vehicle mode,he can reach a maximum speed of 150 mph.

Quickmix was a crabby, absent-minded professor at the Computechnic Institute of Microprocessor Engineering on Cybertron at the time Autobot-Decepticon hostilities began millions of years ago. His specialty was developing new materials that possessed enhanced energy-transmitting properties, a technology that, in the wrong hands, could be applied to improving weaponry. Although he wanted no part of the war, after repeated raids on his laboratory by a band of Decepticon bandits, Quickmix felt compelled to join the Autobots. But first, as going away present of sorts, he rigged his lab to blow up the next time it was broken into. Shortly thereafter, he returned. Amid the rubble of the devastated lab, Quickmix couldn't find enough pieces left of the Decepticon bandits to make into a charm bracelet. He achieved instant popularity among his new Autobot comrades. Now they know him as much for his impatience and short temper as for his brilliant inventions. He's constantly devising new formulas and gadgets to use against the Decepticons. In fact, he's so busy beginning new projects that he rarely sees old ones through to completion.

Quickmix is teamed with the Nebulans Ricochet and Boomer. On Nebulos, the mercurial Ricochet was a renowned environmental sculptor, combining landscapes and foliage to create natural art forms. After witnessing the Decepticons trampling some of his more famous sculptures, he joined the Autobots. As is the case with so many artists, Ricochet responds poorly to criticism in any form.

Boomer is Ricochet's virtual opposite in personality. He is warm, friendly, generous- a pleasure to be around. He never has an unkind word for anyone, even the Decepticons. As head of the Consumer Complaint Agency on Nebulos, he learned to not take offense at anything. He concluded that if he could successfully deal with thousands of angry citizens, deterring a few dozen deranged Decepticons from conquering his world should be easy for him. And so he joined the Autobots.

Quickmix transforms to a ground vehicle with the outward appearance of a cement mixer truck. But in reality, his mixer tank contains a sophisticated system of sensors, gauges and catalytic agents, which allow him to create a virtually endless variety of chemical compounds and metal alloys. He applies many of these results to improving Autobot armor and weaponry. As a truck he has a maximum speed of 150 mph and a range of 450 miles. Ricochet is bio-engineered to convert to an automatic sub-machine gun that shoots metal-piercing, titanium-tipped bullets. Boomer is bio-engineered to convert to a ground-shaking, steel-shattering sonic pulse cannon, which sends out discrete waves of concentrated sonic energy. Ricochet and Boomer can also combine to form one weapon, which retains the capabilities of both components.

To operate properly and efficiently, Quickmix's mixing tank must constantly rotate. However, the tank often gets stuck. On those occasions when it contains volatile chemicals that are allowed to settle for too long, the tank - and Quickmix - can be seriously damaged.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Marvel UK #223 contained the story called "Aspects of Evil Part 1". In this story Rodimus Prime in the year 2356 tells of his trials as Targetmaster Hot Rod and Firebolt in the year 1991. It was the end of the Decepticon Civil War, with Megatron, Shockwave and Scorponok competing for leadership of the Decepticons. Scorponok was losing the battle and fled, while being tracked by Megatron's Micromaster Air Strike Patrol made up of Nightflight, Whisper, Tailwind and Stormcloud. Hot Rod was leading fellow Targetmasters Quickmix with Boomer and Ricochet and Landfill with Silencer and Flintlock when Scorponok surrendered to him. Hot Rod was oblidged to defend his prisoner from attacks by the Air Strike Patrol. Driving the Air Strike Patrol off, Scorponok escaped.

Animated Series[edit]

Although the animated series stopped making original episodes in the US before Quickmix was released, he appeared in animated form along with the other Double Targetmasters in commercials for the toys.

Animation from the commercial was used in the opening credits for season 5 of the Transformers, which retold episodes of earlier seasons. Quickmix appeared in them.

When the Generation 2 animated series was aired animated bits of the Generation 1 commercial with Quickmix in it were edited into the episode "More Than Meets The Eye Part 1."

Books[edit]

Quickmix, Quickswitch and Scoop appeared in the Ladybird Books story Decepticons Underground, where they were sent on a mission by Optimus Prime to find the Decepticons in the Nebulos Triangle.[1]

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. Quickmix is one of those he displays to the Autobots.[2]

3H Enterprises[edit]

Quickmix appeared in a flashback scene in issue #2 of the Transformers: Universe - Wreckers comic, where Rodimus Prime consulted Quickmix, Skids, Perceptor and Rad on his plans to send out ships to gather information on threats from space after the defeat of Unicron.

Toys[edit]

  • Generation 1 Targetmaster Quickmix (1988)
Quickmix was part of the three Double Targetmaster Autobots, each with their vehicle modes based on a construction vehicle. As his name suggests, Quickmix transforms into a cement mixer. His Nebulan partners are called Ricochet and Boomer.[3][4]

Transformers: Universe[edit]

Quickmix
Autobot/Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Constructicons, Micromasters
Alternate modes Cement Mixer
Series Transformers: Universe

Toy Gallery

Universe Quickmix lacks any biography of his own or any fictional appearances, making him somewhat of a mystery. He seems to be the mold of the Generation 1 Autobot Mixing, giving the colors of the Generation 1 Constructicon Mixmaster and the name of the Generation 1 Autobot Double Targetmaster Quickmix. It is unknown if he is a new incarnation of Mixmaster, Mixing, the original Quickmix, or a completely new character.

He combined with his team mates to form the Micromaster Devastator (Sixbuilder).

It is believed that Hasbro didn't use the name Mixmaster for because of troubles with the trademark of the name.

Mixing's bio states he is quite the gun-nut. His knowledge of weaponry is second to none, and his hobby is modifying Earth weaponry for his own use. On the other hand, he is also quite a pacifist, and it's his pet theory that once all the guns are his, no one could wage war anymore.

Toys[edit]

  • Generation 1 Mixing (1992)
Packaged together with the other Sixbuilder members.
  • Generation 1 Mixing redeco (Autobot) (2003)
A redeco of the original mold.
  • Generation 1 Mixing redeco (Decepticon) (2003)
A redeco of Mixing in green as a Decepticon.
  • Universe Quickmix (2004)
To fill in for Mixmaster as that name can no longer be used on a Transformer due to Trademark reasons, Quickmix became part of the Micromaster Constructicon team, a repaint of the 1992 Japanese exclusive Micromaster named Mixing. Quickmix and his fellow Micromaster Constructions combine to for the Micromaster Devastator.
The Micromaster Constructicons were initially a Kaybee store exclusive, but later on were found in other online stores. This version of Quickmix has never appeared in any official media.

Transformers: Cybertron[edit]

Quickmix
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Voyagers
Rank 8
Partner Stripmine
Alternate modes Gigantion Cement Mixer
Series Transformers: Cybertron
English voice actor Michael Daingerfield
Japanese voice actor Kenichi Mochizuki

Quickmix (Blender in Japan) is the name of a cement mixer Autobot on the Giant Planet. His Mini-Con is called Stripmine. He has a strong Scottish accent in the American dub of the cartoon.

Quick-thinking, intuitive and totally loyal to the Giant Planet and its inhabitants, Quickmix serves as right hand mech to Metroplex . It is he who first confronts MENASOR over the evil robot's betrayal of the Giant Planet's traditions, and who encourages Metroplex to avoid becoming involved in the affairs of the Autobots . He rarely fights, preferring his role as a builder and repairman, but when the safety of his home world is threatened, he never backs down.

The Quickmix toy came with a Cyber Key with the code VE37 on it. When typed in on the official Transformers web site this code reveals the following secret information: Those Giant Planet Transformers MUST have come from Cybertron originally, because there is an ancient Transformer (actually he’s from 1988) that was named Quickmix too! The ‘original’ Quickmix was an Autobot chemist and he also turned into a cement mixer! Maybe this was the Gigantion Quickmix’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather!?

According to exclusive bio information in the Transformers Collectors' Club magazine #15 Stripmine's function is "Heavy Machine Operations" and he loves action.

Animated series[edit]

Quickmix first appeared in episode 39 of Transformers: Cybertron, "Giant".

Quickmix serves a role similar to what Ironhide was to Optimus Prime in the original Transformers series, as Metroplex's right-hand man and long time friend. In their first battle with the Decepticons he bested Menasor then Scourge in combat.

Reluctant at first to trust the newly arrived Autobots, after the Decepticons attack in their attempt to get to the lower levels of the planet, he agrees with his leader that they need to set aside the old rules for the greater good of the universe, and joins the Autobots.

His big moment came when Starscream tried to attack with his battleship. After Bud and the minicons were rescued from inside, Quickmix and Stripmine covered almost the ENTIRE ship in quick drying cement, immobilizing it, and for a short time trapping Starscream inside.

Quickmix supplied his fast-drying cement to Coby as a weapon for his Coby-bot vehicle, which was used against Dark Crumplezone and Ransack. During the search for the Cyber Key he was attacked by Starscream whose size is equal to Metroplex. He helped most autobots battle at Primus and the warship Ark against Ransack. This episode End is the last time transformers used their cyber key power as Quickmix cries Cyber Key Power.

In the episode "Unfinished", when the Autobots attempted to use a gigantic rocket to move the Animatros back into its orbit, Galvatron attacked and damaged the rocket. The jungle planet threatened to crash into Cybertron. Scourge, the Autobots, the former Decepticons, and their allies from the various planets were able to combine their strength and move the rocket back into place.

After the threat of Galvatron (Master Galvatron) and his Decepticons was over Optimus Prime (Galaxy Convoy) proposed a new Space Bridge project using the power of the four Cyber Planet Keys and the four great Cybertronian ships. Many Autobots and former Decepticons joined in the project. Override lead the Ogygia (Mu) and Velocitron (Speedia) Cyber Planet Key with Brakedown, Quickmix and Stripmine.

Toys[edit]

  • Cybertron Quickmix with Stripmine (2006)
As Quickmix seems to be a homage to Generation 1 Quickmix, the Mini-Con Stripmine seems to be a homage to the Targetmaster Boomer. In robot mode, his mixing drum composes his right arm, and in addition to still spraying chemicals opens up to reveal a powerful missile launcher inside. He also has a blaster rifle on his left arm. This toy was later redecoed into Universe Heavy Load with Drill Bit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Grant (1988). Decepticons Underground. Ladybird Books. ISBN 0-7214-1119-3. 
  2. ^ Robert Mann (w). "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" Transformers Comic-Magazin 12 (December 1990), Condor Verlag
  3. ^ Lee's Guide to Loose 1988 Transformers: The Autobots. Lee's Toy Review magazine, issue #207, February 2010
  4. ^ Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. p. 74. ISBN 0-7643-1364-9. 

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