Scrapper (Transformers)

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For other uses, see Scrapper (disambiguation).

Scrapper names 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 designs structures for them.[1] Although he is modest about his work, he's prone to bragging amongst his fellow Constructicons.[2] 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. Decepticon Commander Shockwave arranged for the construction of six new Decepticon bodies. The newborn Constructicons began building a radio transmission dish. The Autobots attempted to interfere, leading the Constructicons to merge into Devastator to beat them.

The Autobots, intrigued by Devastator's combining power, attempt to replicate it with the construction of Omega Supreme, but as Omega was composed of only three (non-sentient) components, the Autobots raided the Decepticon base to gather data on Devastator. This allowed them to accomplish the construction of the new combiner team, the Aerialbots, capable of forming Superion.

The UK's exclusive Transformers comic series highlighted 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 laser cannon. The team did not appear in the US again until they and the Predacons stole rocket fuel and raw materials, to rebuild 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 Autobots on the moon, and while the battle raged, Constructicons penetrated the Ark and recovered the deactivated bodies of several Decepticons defeated in an earlier clash with Omega Supreme.

Animated series[edit]

In The Transformers animated series, millions of years ago the Constructicons were the creators of the beautiful Crystal City on the Transformers' homeworld of Cybertron, which Autotron was assigned to guard. As a friend of the Constructicons, Autotron was hurt the most when they were attacked by Megatron who 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 captured them and learned that Megatron's reprogramming could never be undone - the Constructicons were still Decepticons who could 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, but lost his emotions. Filled with hatred for the Constructicons, Omega relentlessly pursues them, until they finally fled Cybertron in a spacecraft chased by Omega.

The Constructicons joined Megatron's forces on Earth. Their first mission was 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. The Ark was protected by the Dinobots. The other Autobots returned and Hound distracted Devastator with a hologram, while Optimus Prime forced the Constructicons to disengage. They and the other Decepticons were then forced into a river of lava.

The Constructicons survived their magma bath mostly unscathed, and the team assisted in Megatron's reconstruction of New York City, turning Optimus Prime's scrapped remains into a robotic alligator - and built a device to paralyse Transformers in their vehicular modes, as well as another that could crush them. The Autobots discovered that the Constructicons were drilling to the Earth's core. They attached "dominator disks" onto the separate Constructicons, so that when they merged into Devastator, the Autobots took control of his mind. Eventually, Devestator escapes and helps stop the drill.

Upon learning of the Autobot Grapple's solar power tower design, Scrapper and the Constructicons pretend 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 begin to suffer from Cybertonium degeneration, the Constructions take delivery of a shipment of vibratonium via the Space Bridge, and fail to stop Spike Witwicky and Carly from travelling to Cybertron.

When Omega Supreme learns that Constructicons were active on Earth, he travels there and joins Optimus Prime's forces. When the Constructions are discovered mining an asteroid, Omega investigates. Ignoring Optimus Prime's orders, Omega Supreme engages the Constructicons and splits the asteroid in two, revealing that it was incubating a monstrous alien creature that then attacks San Francisco while Omega continues to battle the Constructicons. Optimus Prime then convinces Omega that saving the city is more important than revenge, and forces the Constructicons to retreat.

The Constructicons build an army of drone Transformers from cars and various constructs for Blitzwing, including a throne made of deactivated Autobots, a massive maze and a laser cannon. Devastator is defeated in battle by the Combaticons, whom Starscream designed with the ability to combine into Bruticus for that eventuality.

Devastator was the Decepticons' primary weapon in the Battle of Autobot City, tearing through the defenses and walls of the city, battling the Dinobots. On the return trip to Cybertron, Bonecrusher advocates a "survival of the fittest" policy and ejected many wounded Decepticons from the shuttle, among them Megatron. This prompts Scrapper to vote for the Constructions as the new leaders of the Decepticons. Hook takes offense to the notion that Soundwave would make a better leader than them, leading to brawl.

The Constructions maintain 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 a single night. Later, they build a planetary engine on an asteroid and battle on the planet Eurythma, aid in the overthrow of Paradron and take part in an attack on Japan. The Constructicons play a small part in the battle for the Plasma Energy Chamber.

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. This in turn leads to more Special Teams on 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 disappears 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 cautions against such an action, but Starscream ignores him, and prevents him from stopping it when the process is 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.

The Constructicons were not aboard the Ark when it crashed on Earth four million years ago, but they eventually found their way to Earth and joined Megatron's forces there after they awoke. The Transformers were rendered inactive in the explosion of the Ark II, but when they reactivated, 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 Megatron's troops.

Wing of Honor[edit]

Scrapper appears in "A Flash Forward" by Fun Publications. When 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. 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)–reissued in Generation 2 in orange.
  • Generation 2 Scrapper (yellow) (1993)–reissued in Generation 2 in yellow.[8]
  • Classics Scout Scrapper (2007)–A repaint of an Energon toy, Hasbro reclaimed the name Scrapper by naming him Decepticon Scrapper.

Transformers: Energon[edit]

Scrapper is the Japanese name for the 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 where he transforms into a forklift truck. Both Autobot and Decepticon drones are orange. Autobot versions have eyes and a 'mask' while Decepticon versions have 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 website. 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, leaving them the weakest in defense.

Toys[edit]

Dirt Boss, who looks nearly identical to Scrapper, was released in the Revenge of the Fallen toy line.

Transformers Animated[edit]

Scrapper
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Decepticon
Information
Sub-group Constructicons, Substitute Autobots
Function Construction
Rank 6
Partner Mixmaster, Dirt Boss
Motto "I love workin' for the Decepticons!"
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 coming to life using a fragment of the AllSpark, he takes his name from a sign which says "scrap". Mixmaster deems it too short and rechristens him "Scrapper". Initially they befriend Bulkhead, but are hired by Megatron after his Decepticons trick the two into helping them steal supplies to construct a Space Bridge. After drinking contaminated oil provided by Bulkhead, the two lost their memories of previous events and run off after Bulkhead scares 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, worsened by Sari thinking they are working for the Decepticons again, Scrapper in turn thinks she is responsible for the Constructions' memory loss and tells them to get out. Once Sari finally scares 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. They survive and go 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 establishes himself as their foreman after subjecting Scrapper to his power. Scrapper then participates 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.

Alone on Dinobot Island Scrapper befriends Snarl before Sari comes 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
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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 was 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 Cinematic Universe[edit]

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

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. Another Scrapper 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.[14]

Movie plot[edit]

Scrapper combines to form Devastator and is killed when Devastator is destroyed. A second Scrapper pursues Sam and Mikaela in Egypt during the final battle. He is killed with Long Haul after fighter jets carpet bomb the area. A third appears briefly in Transformers: Dark of the Moon during the final battle in Chicago.

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.[15]
This toy was initially sold individually in Japan, then as part of a 7 pack of Constructicons in the U.S in 2010.[16]
  • 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. ^ "Dinobots Strike Back". 
  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". 
  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. ^ "First look: Robo-brawlers big, small in new 'Transformers' - USATODAY.com". 
  13. ^ "Revenge of the Fallen Constructicons Size Comparison". 17 July 2009. 
  14. ^ Top 10 Reasons to Skip Work and Go See Transformers 2, By Curtis Silver, June 23, 2009
  15. ^ David. "Transformers Movie EZ Collection DX Devastator Set • Toywiz and Toy Garden". 
  16. ^ "Scrapper (ROTF) - Transformers Wiki". 
  17. ^ Hasbro.com Archived February 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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