Strongarm (Transformers)

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Strongarm is the name of five fictional characters from the Transformers series. All are heroic Autobots.

Transformers: Energon[edit]

Strongarm
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Omnicon
Rank 8
Motto "I'm a worker, not a warrior." (original)
"There's no such thing as too much energon." (upgrade)
Alternate modes Jeep
Series Transformers: Energon
Transformers: Universe
Voiced by Scott McNeil[1]

Strongarm is the name of one of the Autobot Omnicons. He transformers into a Cybertronian truck and wields an energon axe.[2]

Animated series[edit]

While Omnicons were formerly Autobots and Decepticons, these two sides set aside their differences and left Cybertron with Team Rodimus. The Omnicons eventually began working together to mine energon, the energy-rich mineral needed to power Transformers and their technology. Invaluable to the Transformers because of their unique ability to handle, shape and process raw energon, which is damaging to normal Transformers, the Omnicons created the Cybertron cities as only they can. There are three distinct body types shared among the Omnicon ranks, but unlike the Terrorcons, each Omnicon possesses an individual mind of his own.

Dreamwave Productions[edit]

Clockwise from center: Kicker, Arcee, Strongarm, Signal Flare and Sky Blast

In the Transformers: Energon comics the Omnicons had a very different origin. Just as the Energon comic Terrorcons were singular individuals, the Omnicons are four young Autobots who were trained by the Mini-Con Over-Run. They are described as the next stage of Transformer evolution. Unlike the animated series, there were only ever the four Omnicons. Their first major appearance was in Energon #25 where they had been sent to Earth by Optimus Prime. Unfortunately their inexperience antagonized relations with the Earth governments, forcing Prime to send them to Hot Shot for training. He had little success, as the only command they obeyed was his frustrated "get lost!" They did in the Canadian wilderness, and were promptly ambushed and taken prisoner by Snow Cat, hoping to take advantage of their energon manipulation for Scorponok. Only by learning to work together as a team did they escape and eventually defeat Snow Cat.

They subsequently appeared locating an underwater energon source with Kicker, but were attacked by Mirage, Sharkticon and Slugslinger, with the Omnicons being taken out. Kicker managed to recharge them enough to drive off their foes.

Dreamwave's closure prevented any other tales being told of the Omnicons, but it is known that issue 33 would have had them battling an even more dangerous foe - Starscream, reborn as an energon phantom.

Toys[edit]

  • Energon Basic Strongarm (2004)
This toy was later recolored into Timelines Fallback. There were plans to remold this toy into Universe Brawn and Roadbuster, but these figures were never released.[3]
A Chinese made knockoff of this toy was released in 2008. It was slightly similified and recolored to be part of a combiner set called Super Change to United.[4]
  • Energon Basic Energon Strongarm (2004)
A redeco of Energon Strongarm.
  • Universe Basic Stong Arm
A repackage of Energon Energon Strongarm. Oddly his package uses a space in his name, although the Hasbro web site still lists him without the space.[5]

Transformers: Cybertron[edit]

Strongarm
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Mini-Con
Partner Primus
Knockdown
Nightscream
Alternate modes Police car
Series Transformers: Cybertron

In the biography posted on the Transformers Collectors Club web site Strongarm is described as a Mini-Con who was born on the starship Atlantis during its trip to Earth. Strongarm is one of the few members of the crew who didn't mutiny and he helped Crosswise and Evac with the "monsters" attacking the humans after they landed on Earth.

Toys[edit]

  • Cybertron Mini-Con Strongarm
Strongarm was released as part of a bonus pack with Cybertron Primus, along with the Mini-Cons Knockdown, Nightscream and Offshoot.
The toy of Cybertron Strongarm is identical to that later released as Classics Strongarm - even though they are different character and packaged differently. This pack is a Walmart store exclusive.[6]

Transformers: Classic[edit]

Strongarm
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Mini-Con
Function Technician
Rank 4
Partner Firebot and Divebomb
Motto "We bring light to the darkness."
Alternate modes 2006 Dodge Charger Police car
Series Transformers: Classics

Strongarm is an Autobot Mini-Con. Young and brave, these robots are fresh out of primary programming, and too inexperienced to ever be afraid. When there are other robots in danger, and nothing will save them but a foolish charge into the dangerous and unknown, its always the Night Rescue Team that gets called in.

He had a biography printed in issue #17 of the Transformers Collectors' Club magazine. According to this biography he is a jack of all trades, and loves to learn new skills.[7]

Fun Publications[edit]

Strongarm's first appearance in fiction is as a Mini-Con on Cybertron in the text story The New World. He investigates the explosion that killed Modus Prime. He later sides with the Autobot-allied Mini-Cons against Broadside's attempt to take control of Cybertron.[8]

After the Autobot's return to Cybertron Strongarm joined the crew of Grimlock's Autobot ship Graviton, whose mission it was to track down Bludgeon and his Decepticons. In Transformers: Timelines volume 2 #2, "Games of Deception", Ultra Magnus leads a force including Elita One, Springer, Huffer, Snarl, Stongarm and Tyrannitron after the Decepticon Bug Bite and his forces to Earth.

Toys[edit]

  • Classic Mini-Con Strongarm (2007)
A Mini-Con packaged with Firebot and Divebomb. Like all Classic Mini-Cons, Strongarm was originally going to be part of the Cybertron line, but when it was late for release, Hasbro made him part of the Classics line. His only release as part of the Cybertron line was as a bonus figure with Primus.
This figure was redecoed as the Takara exclusive Mini-Cons Rad Rogue and Detectus as well as the Universe Mini-Con Overcharge.

Transformers[edit]

Strongarm
Strongarm-movietoy.jpg
Movie Strongarm toy
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Scouts
Rank 4
Alternate modes Jeep, Cybertronian Entry Mode Protoform
Series Transfomers
Voiced by Joel Moore (Legendary Wars and Darkness Rising)

Strongarm is one of the many Scout-class toy redecos released in the 2007 movie toy line.

Strongarm would rather be working on machines than fighting. Generally good-natured and light-hearted, Strongarm's gift for mechanics and electrical systems make him an invaluable asset for the Autobots, constantly fixing broken or faulty weapons systems

According to the biography printed in the collected Reign of Starscream books Strongarm bears damage to his face from a Deceptcion attack which killed the rest of his group. He refuses to repair it as a reminder of what happened.

IDW Publishing[edit]

Strongarm is among the Autobot forces who witness the launching of the Decepticon ship Nemesis.[9]

In Transformers: Reign of Starscream #4 Arcee returned to Cybertron from Mars by hiding in the landing gear of Starscream's ship. Once on the planet she was discovered by a Dreadwing and Payload drone, who she deactivated. Returning to an Autobot training facility she discovered Clocker, who took her to Crosshairs who was planning an attack to free the Autobots at Simfur, which they attempted with the aid of Wingblade, Skyblast, Breakaway and Strongarm.

Titan Magazines[edit]

Note: Information in italics occure in the alternate storyline where Megatron won the battle for the Allspark.

Strongarm appeared in issue #5 of the Titan Transformers magazine. As a recruit, Strongarm underwent training missions with Ironhide - said training being "attack that heavily armed Decepticon base!". He did a flanking run to draw enemy fire.

In "Twilight's Last Gleaming" part 1 Skyblast lead the Autobots Arcee, Armorhide, Elita One, Longarm and Strongarm who in resisting the Decepticons who had conquored Earth. In part 3 Starscream and Scorponok attack the Autobots Arcee, Armorhide, Elita One, Longarm, Skyblast and Strongarm on the moon. The Autobots flee to Earth, which is exactly what Starscream hoped they'd do. In part 4 Mikaela frees Optimus Prime and freezes Frenzy just as Bumblebee gets some unexpected help fighting Megatron by the arrival of Elita One, Skyblast and Strongarm. Note: In this story Strongarm resembles his toy in robot mode, but assumes a Cybertronian "protoform entry mode" for his vehicle mode.

Strongarm would return in issue #22 of the Titan Transformers Magazine series in a story called "The Decepticon who Haunted Himself."

Toys[edit]

  • Transformers Scout Strongarm (2007)
A Target store exclusive. He is a green, olive green, and brown redeco of Energon Strongarm.[10] His transparent energon parts and spark crystal were recolored brown as well.[11] This toy was later repurposed into Shattered Glass Brawn.[12]

Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015)[edit]

Strongarm
Transformers character
First appearance Transformers: Robot in Disguise episode #1, "Pilot (Part 1)", February 21, 2015
Created by Hasbro
Voiced by Constance Zimmer
Release number TAV03
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Female
Abilities
Affiliation Autobot
Alternate mode Police modified SUV
Series Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Transformers Adventure
Sub-group Elite Guard, Legion, Warriors

Strongarm is a cadet in the Cybertronian Elite Guard and Bumblebee's subordinate. She often worries about abiding by the law and following protocol which in some cases jeopardizes the mission. She is essentially the complete opposite of Sideswipe and the two often jab at each other. Her alt mode is a police modified SUV.

Fictional biography[edit]

This Autobot cadet knows all the rules and lives by them.

Animated series[edit]

Strongarm is one of the main character of the 2015 animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise voiced by Constance Zimmer.

A cadet partnered with Bumblebee, Strongarm helped him capture Sideswipe. Unfortunately for Bumblebee, she then insisted that regulations meant she had to accompany him on a trip to Earth after Optimus Prime appeared to him in a series of visions. There they found that the prison ship Alchemor had crashed, scattering Decepticon prisoners over the nearby area. Adopting a local vehicular form, Strongarm joined the team in recapturing the escaped Decepticon Underbite before he could reach and devour nearby Crown City. The operation was a success, though she was unsure about the wisdom of allowing Sideswipe and Grimlock to remain on the team.

Comics[edit]

Fun Publications[edit]

Strongarm appears in the BotCon 2015 exclusive comic story Cybertron's Most Wanted as a member of the Axiom Nexus security forces.

Toys[edit]

  • Robots in Disguise Legion Strongarm (2014)
This toy was recolored into Robots in Disguise Legion Ratchet.
  • Robots in Disguise Warrior Strongarm (2014)
Comes with a gun.
This toy was recolored into Adventure Greejeeber.
  • Adventure TAV03 Strongarm (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (2009). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Third Edition. Infobase Publishing. p. 657. ISBN 978-0-8160-6599-8. 
  2. ^ Figure King Magazine #74, June 2004
  3. ^ Strongarm Toy Review
  4. ^ さらに合体!!
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psrTY9EF4PQ&feature=related
  6. ^ http://tformers.com/transformers-/6425/news.html
  7. ^ "The Classicverse Mini-Cons". Transformers Collectors Club. Fun Publications (17): 6. October–November 2007. 
  8. ^ Greg Sepelak and S. Trent Troop (2007). The New World. Fun Publications. 
  9. ^ John Barber (w), Andrew Griffith (p), Priscilla Tramontano (i). Transformers: Foundation 3: 14/1 (April 2011), IDW Publishing
  10. ^ "Lee's Guide To: Transformers Movie Toys". Lee's Action Figure News & Toy Review. 1 (188): 44–54. June 2008. 
  11. ^ Movie Strongarm Toy Review
  12. ^ http://www.transformerland.com/movie.php?FigureName=Strongarm%20(Target)&Genre=173&Parent=17787