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Hench
Third party Transformer character
Hench-box.jpg
Hench box
Created by

iGear
Release number

MW-03
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

RoBots
Alternate mode

Land cruiser
Tech specs

ST09 IN03 SP04 EN09

RN05 CO10 FB01 SK04

Hench is a fictional character and third party Transformer created by iGear in 2012. He is an homage to the 1984 Generation 1 Autobot Brawn. Reprolabels released a label set for Hench in 2012.

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iGear

Hench is a third party Transformers homage to the 1984 Generation 1 Autobot Brawn created by iGear.

According to his tech spec numbers Hench is very strong, tough and fearless. He has slightly below average speed and skill, is not very intelligent, and has almost no firepower. He has the name tech spec numbers as Generation 1 Brawn.

Other third party Transformer homages to Brawn MGS-05 set.[1]

Development

In June 2011 iGear released a teaser with the outlines of Dreamwave Productions art of several Autobots. One of them was based on Brawn.[2]

iGear released art of Hench on the Facebook page February 2012.[3] They also announced that Hench would be 12 centimeters tall.[4]

In March 2012 prototype pictures of the Hench toy were released.[5] Later color pictures were posted.[6] iGear revealed that Hench had two faces, one looking like the Generation 1 Brawn toy, the other looking like his animation model.[7]

Preorders for Hench went up in April 2012.[8]

Hench was released in October 2012.

Reception

The Radio Free Cybertron podcast for February 29th, 2012 discussed in Hench as part of their Third Party Roundup.[9]

In the TFormers.com News Desk podcast for August 16th, 2012 Hench and UFO were covered as a topic.[10]

The Good Morning, Cybertron! podcast for August 6th, 2013 discussed the Hench recolor in the news.[11]

Hench was featured in the 2013 toy reference book Transforming Collections by Philip Reed.[12]

Fictional biography

Hench was another of Medical Specialists experiments downsizing a regular bot into a smaller form to conserve energy.

Amazingly he kept his original quota of strength, but he also found he felt the need to constantly shot off, and tell everyone how strong he was for his size.

Medical Specialist dubbed it the very first case of "short 'bot syndrome". Armed with a close range SMOG-gun, for close combat concealment.

Toys

An original third party Transformer mold created by iGear. Turns from robot to truck. Hench has two head options. One is inspired by the Generation 1 Brawn animated-model head, the other by the toy-model. Comes a SMOG gun and collector card.
This toy was recolored into Van Guardian and remolded into Bushwacker.
A set of labels intended to make Hench look more like Generation 1 Brawn.[13]
A second run of Hench in comic book accurate colors.

Gallery

References

  1. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/mg3-03-pics-and-mgs-05-brawn-upgrade-kit-174702/
  2. http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/igear-mini-warriors-teaser-image/21878/
  3. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/igear-hench-revealed-174454/?catid=searchresults&searchid=13319
  4. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/igear-mini-warriors-no-longer-mini-174460/?catid=searchresults&searchid=13319
  5. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/igear-mw-03-hench-prototype-pictures-174566/?catid=searchresults&searchid=13319
  6. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/igear-ig-tf005-mw-03-hench-and-mw-04-ufo-174667/?catid=searchresults&searchid=13319
  7. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/igear-henchs-two-faces-174677/?catid=searchresults&searchid=13319
  8. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/igear-mw-03-hench-and-mw-04-ufo-preorders-174727/?catid=searchresults&searchid=13319
  9. Brian Kilby (February 29th, 2012). "Radio Free Cybertron". http://www.tfradio.net/ (Podcast). TFW2005. http://www.tfradio.net/podcast/2012/3/1/radio-free-cybertron-02292012.html. 
  10. Peter Van (August 16th, 2012). "TFormers.com News Desk". http://tformers.com (Podcast). TFormers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vhlG1bDxWA. 
  11. blunghole (August 6th, 2013). "Good Morning, Cybertron!". https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Morning-Cybertron/147383341975239 (Podcast). blunghole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpnUD0OOVNA. 
  12. Reed, Philip (2013). Transforming Collections. ISBN 978-1-62620-496-6. 
  13. http://www.reprolabels.com/Classics/brawn.php

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