Transformers: Generation 1
Flywheels is a Decepticon assault team.
He's the wrestling tag team of robots. Likes to trap his foe between his jeep and helicopter vehicles and have "fun" with him -- knock him back and forth a bit -- before finally destroying him. Jeep maximum speed of 90 mph, range 600 miles. Helicopter maximum speed of 780 mph, range 1200 miles. In robot Mode, carries double-barreled assault missile launcher with leaf-imaging for night-firing capability.
The Duocons made a full foray into animation in the 1987 Japanese-exclusive Transformers: Headmasters animated series. No origin for them was explicitly offered - they suddenly appeared towards the end of the series when Scorponok and the Decepticons returned to Planet Master; presumably, they had remained on the planet when Scorponok and his troops departed prior to the start of the series. The Duocons were first mobilised into battle to steal a disk containing the blueprints of Fortress Maximus's Master Sword, which Battletrap successfully purloined. The duo subsequently defended the Decepticon base while the blueprints were used to create the Zarak shield, and planted a bomb on an asteroid as part of Scorponok's plan to betray and abandon Sixshot. Back on Earth, they participated in a huge final battle at the North Pole, during which Battletrap attacked Daniel Witwicky and Wheelie, only to be stopped by a vengeful Sixshot.
Although the Duocons themselves would only have minor roles in Dreamwave Productions' 21st Century re-imagining of the Generation 1 universe, they did receive profiles that established them as part of an important legacy. Prior to the planetwide deactivation of Cybertron, Shockwave had been experimenting with the possibility of creating Transformers with multiple alternate modes. Following Cybertron's reactivation, he resumed his experiments, and the Duocons were his first creations - robots who possessed the power to split their forms into two independent vehicles. Their comparative instability, however, led Shockwave to continue his work, eventually resulting in the creation of the more stable Triple Changers - robots with the ability to transform into one of two modes alternately.
The story of the Duocons in Marvel Comics begins in the United Kingdom's exclusive Transformers comic book series, where they both appeared to battle the Autobots Ultra Magnus and the Sparkabots, who had only just returned to Cybertron.
A little later, both Flywheels and Battletrap were members of the Decepticon Mayhem Attack Squad that arrived on Earth to battle the time-traveling Galvatron as a rift in time and space threatened the existence of reality. Battletrap was apparently killed by Galvatron during the conflict, and while Flywheels did not receive an on-panel death, he did not appear again.
While Battletrap didn't receive much characterization.
Battletrap was also featured in Cybertron's Most Wanted, a storyline in which Shockwave made him into a Triple Changer due to his separate vehicle forms losing cohesion; he soon ended up a minion of Megatron.
- Hasbro Transformers Duocon Battletrap (1987)
- A new mold.
- Hasbro Transformers: Timelines Cybertron's Most Wanted (2015)
- A BotCon 2015 exclusive boxed set. Battletrap is a recolor of Generations Voyager Springer. According to an interview with Fun Publications Pete Sinclair he originally wanted Battletrap to be one of the Decepticon pirates in at BotCon 2014, but Hasbro would not let him use the Springer mold that year, only the name.
- A BotCon 2015 exclusive.
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