Streetwise (Transformers)

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Streetwise is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. They are all Protectobots who turn into cars. He is sometimes called Streetstar by Hasbro for legal reasons.

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

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Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Protectobots
Function Interceptor
Rank 5
Partner Blades, First Aid, Groove, Hot Spot and Spark
Motto "You have to know where you are before you know what to do."
Alternate modes Police modified Nissan 300ZX, Cybertronian car
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Timelines
English voice actor Peter Cullen

Nothing escapes his notice... amazing capacity to adapt to understand his environment.[1] Clever and determined—nothing deters him from seeking his prey—except an empty fuel tank. As car, has powerful double-mounted air-compressor cannon with 50 mile range; as robot uses blinding photon pistol. With fellow Protectobots forms "Defensor". Sometimes overheats as car.[2]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Appearances exclusive to the U.K. Transformers comics are in italics.

Streetwise's role in the comics is minor. In issue #24 "Afterdeath", Optimus Prime, Streetwise and the other Protectobots were engage in a virtual game against Megatron and the Combaticons. The Protectobots defeat the individual Combaticons and sacrifice themselves to destroy Megatron, allowing Prime to win the game. However, their efforts are spoiled when Megatron uses a cheat code to reenter the game. Prime defeats Megatron, however he forfeits the game after realizing his actions caused innocents to die. Thus, as per their agreement, Optimus Prime orders Ethan Zachary to destroy him.[3]

Afterwards, during the reign of Grimlock, the Protectobots turn from rescuers to bounty hunters. They have been ordered by Grimlock to hunt the rebellious Blaster and Goldbug. After finally capturing Blaster in issue #35, they end up letting him go after Blaster rescues several children from the Decepticons.[4]

Streetwise made no more significant appearances in the U.S. Transformers comics after this.

Streetwise appears in the 1987 U.K. Christmas story "Stargazing", where he attacked Starscream, thinking that he was attacking a bus full of senior citizens.

Animated series[edit]

Streetwise first appears in the U.S. Transformers television series in episode 63, "The Revenge of Bruticus" with no explanation as to where he or the other Protectobots came from.

Streetwise last appears in the U.S. animated series in the episode "The Rebirth Part 3."

Streetwise had no significant roles in the animated series and served as merely another foot-soldier and a limb for Defensor.

Streetwise appears in episode #27 of the Japanese Headmasters series, called "The Miracle Warriors - The Targetmasters (Part 1)." Spike orders the Protectabots, Technobots and Trainbots to destroy the abandoned Decepticon headquarters on Earth. Combined into Defensor, Computron and Raiden the Autobots quickly demolish the building.

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

The Protectobots are featured in their Cybertronian forms in the second installment of the War Within comic series. In this chapter of Transformer history (which takes place long before contact with Earth), the Protectobots are a vigilante squad of peacekeepers. While loosely affiliated with the Autobots, they are a splinter group (as are most other special teams).

In issue #2 of the third Generation One series, titled "Black Sunshine", the Protectabots are ordered by Prowl to inventigate the energy anomaly created by Sunstorm escaping Shockwave's abandoned secret lab. When they arrive they discovered the hole left in the roof by Sunstorm and the deactivated Battlechargers Runabout and Runamuck. Streetwise reports back to Prowl as First Aid repairs the Decepticons.

Fun Publications[edit]

Streetwise was among the troops under the command of Spark on Earth.[5]


  • Generation 1 Protectobot Streetwise (1986)
Streetwise was redecoed into the Autobot Streetstar for the 1992 Guard City set.[6]
  • Generation 2 Protectobot Streetwise (unreleased)
Prototypes of redecos of all the Protectobots were released for the Generation 2 toy line, but they never made it to general release. The few that were produced are considered highly collectible.[7]
  • Timelines Deluxe Streetstar (2010)
A BotCon 2010 exclusive, this figure is a redeco of Universe Classic Series Deluxe Prowl in black and red, similar to the colors of the unreleased Generation 2 Streetwise toy.[8][9][10]

Transformers: Universe[edit]

Streetwise toy
Sub-group Micromasters, Protectobots
Function Recon/Courier
Alternate modes Formula-1 race car
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Universe

A Micromaster Protectabot named Streetwise was released in the Transformers: Universe line in 2004.

Boasting of the highest speed of the Turbo Team, Circuit is often given reconnaissance and messenger missions thanks to his impressive scouting ability. Though unrivaled in driving technique, he is easily excited and often races around wildly. This has earned him frequent warnings from Road Police. Circuit has the special ability to converse with the wind.

According to the story for Reverse Evolution Sixturbo, a computer virus briefly turned the Sixturbo team into Decepticons.

3H Enterprises[edit]

This version of Streetwise appeared in his combined form of Defensor in issue 2 of the Transformers: Universe comic as one of the Transformers escaping Unicron's captivity.


  • Generation 1 Micromaster Circuit (1992)
He came package with the Sixturbo team. A Takara exclusive.
  • Generation 1 Micromaster Circuit reissue (2002)
Blind packaged reissue, with stickers changed to paint applications. A Takara exclusive.
  • Generation 1 Micromaster Reverse Evolution Circuit (2002)
A black redeco of Circuit as a Decepticon. A blind packaged chase figure. A Takara exclusive.
  • Universe Micromaster Streetwise (2004)
Streetwise is the US name of former Japanese exclusive toy Circuit. A Kaybee toy store exclusive. He became the left arm or Defensor. Streetwise came with the radar and left hand for Defensor.


  1. ^ Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. p. 44. ISBN 0-7643-1364-9. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Transformers" #24 (January 1987)
  4. ^ "Transformers" #35 (December 1987)
  5. ^ Greg Sepelak & Trent Troop (w), Robby Musso (p), Robby Musso & Frank Milkovich (i). "Generation 2: Redux" Transformers Timelines v2, 5 (Summer, 2010), Fort Worth, Texas: Fun Publications
  6. ^ Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Japanese and International Transformers. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. p. 23. ISBN 0-7643-1282-0. 
  7. ^ Transformers Generation 2:, by Karl Hartman, Hasbro Transformers Collectors Club magazine, issue #26, April 2009/May 2009, page 3
  8. ^ BotCon - Streetwise Preview
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