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Commenting on what inspired him to create Drift/Deadlock, writer/creator Shane McCarthy said that “I wanted a character in AHM that had a particular element to him that I didn’t see readily available elsewhere and secondly because, frankly, I thought it would be a great idea for Hasbro to have an Autobot Drift racer.” He later said he wanted to show what’d happen if a former Decepticon became an Autobot Drift’s Japanese overtones are meant to be a tip of the hat “to the country that gave birth to Transformers.”

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Dai (大) is a Japanese word meaning “great” or “big”, and can refer to physical size, rank or prestige. Similarly, Atlas was a giant in Greek mythology so big that he literally held the sky on his shoulders.

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More than a few hints have been dropped indicating that Rung is, well, more than meets the eye. Red Alert cites his “impressive” serial number of 1,000,000 in Liars Part 1; the Sparkeater apparently seeks him out as having the brightest Spark on the ship in Liars Part 3; Rewind describes him as a “historical constant”, somehow always present during significant events while remaining outside them, in Shadowplay Part 3; and somehow he manages to stay (mostly) out of harm’s way throughout millions of years of war and remain in like-new condition, as commented on by Ratchet in Liars Part 2 - and that’s all before his near-miraculous survival of having his head destroyed.

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 Tailgate was only a fortnight old before he was trapped underground and left offline for about six million years, this might explain why his holomatter avatar back in More Than Meets the Eyes #13 was a baby.

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In Japanese, Black Shadow’s function reads “Uchū Gyangu” (宇宙ギャング), which translates to “Space Gangster”. The common misconception that he is a member of the “Space Mafia” is due to a mistranslation some years ago in which “gangster” was interpreted as “Mafia”. Big difference.

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Like many of the early Generation 1 Transformers, Trailbreaker’s toy and animation model differ a lot, especially as far as the head design is concerned. In recent years, both comic book artists and toy designers typically aim for an amalgamation of both designs, usually with the toy’s helmet and the animation model’s face. However, no-one can seem to agree whether his force field projector is supposed to be directly attached to the back of the head (as it was on the toy) or attached to the back of the robot. The IDW comics originally had it attached to a massive “kibble”-like backpack before switching to a design more akin to the original animation model with All Hail Megatron. Meanwhile, had the Alternators Jeep Wrangler mold been released as Trailbreaker like originally intended, he would have lacked his characteristic force field projector entirely.

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As Skids was released in the interim between the original 1984 launch and the big push of new 1985 figures, the character consequently fell by the wayside in the Generation 1 fiction of the 1980s. He was not included in the commercial promoting the new 1985 range of Autobot Cars, as he wasn’t technically part of it. Similarly, he was also left out of the list of new 1985 product in the Generation 1 cartoon’s production bible intended for inclusion in the show’s second season, and as such, only managed to appear in little more than cameo roles in just two episodes, speaking one line in each and voiced by a different actor each time. He fared a little better in the Marvel comics, debuting alongside (an incomplete roster of) the other 1985 cars, but after getting an issue dedicated to himself, he all but completely vanished from the book and was banished to limbo by the UK comic for upwards of 100 issues, abandoned and forgotten… (Until MTMTE)

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Arcee has the most romantic attachments of any Transformers character: Hot Rod in the movie, Marvel Comics and Dreamwave continuities, Springer after the movie, Chromedome in The Headmasters, and Bumblebee in Devil’s Due continuity. Then there’s the weird affection shown toward Daniel in “The Rebirth, Part 3”, but most fans won’t read too much into it, for their own sanity.

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Bumblebee/Goldbug was clearly a “top-tier” character in the first decade of Transformers: he was the only 1984 Autobot still shipping in 1986; he received more toys during Generation 1 than any other character; he had a toy shipping during seven of Generation 1’s eight-year run. However, Hasbro lost the right to use “Bumblebee” as a toy trademark during the Beast Wars and Beast Machines years, when Generation 1 names were in disuse. That’s right, the name “Bumblebee” was lost during the years everyone turned into animals.