Breakaway (Transformers)

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Breakaway is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers series. The first Breakaway was an exclusive membership toy for the Transformers Collectors Club released in 2007. The latest Breakaway appeared in the Revenge of the Fallen video game voiced by Andrew Kishino.

Transformers: Timelines

Transformers character
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Instruction art of the Breakaway toy
Name Breakaway
Autobot
Series Transformers: Robots in Disguise
First appearance Transformers Collectors Club magazine #16
Information
Alternate modes F-22 Raptor
Gender Male
Motto "Life is its own purpose. Its preservation is mine."
Sub-group Basic Vehicles, Club Exclusives

Breakaway is an OFTCC club exclusive. He is an ancient Transformer with gaps in his memory. He had the ability to heal other Transformers using energon.[1]

He combines with the other 4 Transformers Collectors Club membership combiner exclusives to form Nexus Prime.

Fun Publications

Breakaway first appeared in issue #16 of the Transformers Collectors Club magazine and got a full page biography in that issue as well. Breakaway was placed on Earth millions of years ago by Primus to guard a super energon pool until he was called on. In "Crossing Over" Skyfall and Landquake and the Autobot Cliffjumper (assigned by Optimus Prime to watch Skyfall) arrived in the underground energon pool together and met the Autobot Breakaway, who was guarding the pool, but had little memory of why. Together the three Transformers who seemed to feel they were connected, and Cliffjumper who refused to leave Skyfall, were sent through a dimensional portal by Breakaway's Caretaker computer to find their "fourth".

In "Transcendent" Breakaway, Landquake and Skyfall arrived on a parallel Transtech Cybertron, in the city of Axiom Nexus. They were greeted by that world's Cheetor and Silverbolt, and were worried that Cliffjumper has gone missing. The arrivals were told that they were among many to arrive on this world and are brought to "processing." After processing the three Autobots were greeted by the ancient Autobot Alpha Trion and taught in the ways of outworlders in Axiom Nexus. Breakaway was then abducted by Transtech Shockwave. Joining with Alpha Trion's group they raided Shockwave's lab and recovered Breakaway, then escaped to his home world through a dimensional portal.[2] Just before leaving, Alpha Trion stabbed Skyfall through the chest with his sword.

In "Reunification" the escapees returned to Alpha Trion's lab, where they were joined by several Autobots and Decepticons from his home world that were loyal to him. Alpha Trion killed the Autobot Downshift, who discovered their lair. Although Alpha Trion claimed that Skyfall was shot in the escape by the Transtechs, Breakaway noticed that the wound was caused by a blade like Alpha Trion's. Alpha Trion then ordered his forces to restrain Breakaway, Landquake and Topspin.

Toys

  • Robots in Disguise Classic Scout Breakaway (2007)
He is a recolor of Energon Treadshot and Windrazor. He was the free figure given away with membership in the Transformers Collectors Club in 2007. [3] This mold was later used for Universe Air Raid and Airazor.


Transformers

Transformers character
Name Breakaway
Autobot
Series Transformers
Information
Alternate modes Chrysler ME Four-Twelve
Gender Male
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles

A Walmart exclusive toy named Breakaway was announced at Botcon 2007. It is a redeco of Cybertron Hot Shot colored to be a homage to Generation 1 Getaway. [4]

According to the biography printed in the collected Reign of Starscream books he has a reputation for letting himself be captured just to escape and sabotage his enemies.

IDW Publishing

In Transformers: Defiance #1, back on ancient Cybertron Breakaway is among Optimus' crew at an excavation site near the temple at Simfur where an artifact is uncovered. In issue #2 Breakaway sides with Optimus Prime against Megatron's orders to counter-attack their invaders.

In Transformers: The Reign of Starscream #4 Arcee returns to Cybertron from Mars by hiding in the landing gear of Starscream's ship. Once on the planet he is discovered by Dreadwing and Payload drones, who he deactivates. Returning to an Autobot training facility he discovers Clocker, who takes him to Crosshairs. Crosshairs is planning an attack to free the Autobots at Simfur. They make their attempt aid of Wingblade, Skyblast, Breakaway and Strongarm. Breakaway appears among the Autobots opposing the forces Starscream on Cybertron in issue #5. [5]

In Tales of the Fallen #6 Arcee, Breakaway and Clocker are on a mission together when they are attacked by the Deceptcons Flatline and Thundercracker. The Autobots are defeated, but Arcee's spark is used in an experiment to activate Decepticon protoforms, which gives her a new three-part body. She uses these bodies to free the Autobot captives Skids and Mudflap from the Decepticons and escape to Earth.

The appearance of Breakaway is modified in the IDW Publishing stories so that his head more resembles movie style's alien-bug-thingie style than the movie toy and (presumably) he has a Cybertronian alternate mode.

Toys

  • Transformers Deluxe Breakaway (2008)
According to Hasbro officials at Botcon 2008 the Walmart exclusive redeco toys were originally to be sold under the Transformers: Universe label, but Walmart requested its exclusives be part of the movie toy line, so they were repackage in movie style packaging.[6][7]
This toy is 14 centimeters long, while a real Chrysler ME Four-Twelve is 454 centimeters long. This gives the toy a scale of 1:32. The robot mode would stand about 14 feet 11 inches tall.[8]


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers character
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Revenge of the Fallen Breakaway on card
Name Breakaway
Autobot
Series Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
English voice actor Andrew Kishino
Information
Alternate modes F-35 Lightning II
Gender Male
Partner Longarm
Rank 8
Sub-group Deluxe vehicles

A new Breakaway will appear in the Revenge of the Fallen live action film toy line as an Autobot F-35 Lightning II jet. [9]At some point during production, he was to appear in the movie with the name Firestorm along with Springer & Depth Charge but due to the writer strike, he failed to make it to the final line up along with Springer & Depth Charge. Concept art of how Breakaway would've looked in the movie was also created for him, his movie design is similar with his video game design.[10] Breakaway is described as having unmatched speed (in a straight line). [11][12]

The designs for Breakaway were based on work by artist Ben Procter and his original design name was Firestorm. [13]

Games

Breakaway is among the playable characters in the 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game by Activision[14].

IDW Publishing

Breakaway appears in Transformers: Nefarious #1, set months after the events of the 2009 film. Bumblebee, Breakaway, Jolt, Knock Out and Dune Runner are sent to investigate spark fragments detected at Kingdom Petrochemicals. Arriving first Breakaway is warned by Soundwave to leave, but unwilling to give in the Autobot is swiftly defeated. Bumblebee and his team fire on Soundwave, who escapes.

Toys

  • Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Breakaway (2009)
Breakaway is a 1:87 scale F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. As a robot this 16 centimeter toy would stand about 45 feet 8 inches tall. Primarily tan-colored, this figure is also available in a brown-colored variant.
Also bundled a 4-pack and partnered with Longarm. [15][16][17]
This toy was redecoed into the Decepticon Thrust.


Generation 1

The name Breakaway was also used for the Titans Return version of Autobot Getaway.

References

  1. "Autobot Breakaway". Transformers Collectors Club magazine (Fun Publications): p. 9. August/September, 2007. 
  2. Forest Lee (October/November 2008). "Transcendent Part 5". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (23): 10-15. http://transformersclub.com/_images/TFmag15.pdf. 
  3. Transformers Collectors' Club 2007 Free Membership Figure!
  4. transformers-fr_FR - default
  5. http://forum.idwpublishing.com/viewtopic.php?t=4497
  6. http://www.parrygamepreserve.com/toys/transformers/movie2007/walmartExcBreakaway.php
  7. http://www.hasbro.com/common/instruct/83839.pdf
  8. http://www.bwtf.com/toyreviews/movie2007/breakaway/ Transformers Movie (2007) Toy Review: Breakaway by Benson Yee
  9. http://www.transformersclub.com/toyfair09/TFmainline09.html
  10. Concept art showing Breakaway named as Firestorm.
  11. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-movie-toys--products-30/revenge-of-the-fallen-character-biographies-167077/
  12. http://www.a1articles.com/article_910475_5.html
  13. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-movie-just-movie-31/ben-procter-shares-revenge-of-the-fallen-concept-artwork-168511/
  14. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/video-games-17/official-images-from-transformers-revenge-of-the-fallen-game-167565/
  15. http://www.the-arker.com/news_show.asp?Info_id=3121
  16. http://www.collectiondx.com/review/robot_toy/breakaway
  17. http://www.bwtf.com/toyreviews/rotf/deluxe/breakaway/ Revenge of the Fallen Breakaway Toy Review by Benson Yee