Getaway (Transformers)

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Transformers character
Name Getaway
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Getaway
Alternate modes Mazda RX-7
Function Warrior
Gender Male
Motto "Run hot, but always keep your cool."
Partner Rev, Throttle
Rank 7
Sub-group Powermaster

Getaway (also called Autobot Breakaway) is a fictional character from the Transformers series. He is an Autobot Powermaster warrior. He shouldn't be confused with the character Lightfoot, who is based on the same toy design, or Breakaway, any of several unrelated Transformers characters.

Transformers: Generation 1

Getaway is nearly identical in appearance to the Takara Autobot Lightfoot, although they are portrayed as two very different characters.

Lightfoot's tech spec states that he can travel at speeds of Mach 10 in racing car mode. (In comparison, Getaway's top speed is slightly more down to Earth, if 600+ mph is considered down-to-earth.) He excels at high speed combat and is a first class strategist. He carries an electromagnetic rifle and his final attack is the "Round Waterfall", where he brings up water from the Earth and strikes it at his enemies like a waterfall.

Animated series

Getaway was created after the animated Transformers series ended in the US, so his only animated appearance was as in toy commercials for the Powermasters. [1]

For animated appearances of his Japanese counterpart in the Masterforce series see Lightfoot.


1984 Marvel Comics

Although not seen or mentioned directly, Getaway was among the Autobots who joined Fortress Maximus on the Steelhaven in leaving Cybertron for the planet Nebulos (Transformers: Headmasters #1). Followed to Nebulos by the Decepticons under Scorponok, Fortress Maximus's band left Nebulos for the planet Earth (Transformers: Headmasters #4).

Getaway eventually returned to Nebulos with Goldbug, Joyride and Slapdash, hoping that Nebulan science could build a new body to house the mind of Optimus Prime. When the Autobots refused to leave the planet even after being warned about the poisoned fuel, Hi-Q agreed to construct Prime's new body, while the Autobots drained their energy fending off an attack by the Decepticon Powermasters. Prime's mind was placed within his new body, but he immediately began to die due to the Nebulan fuel that powered it. Realizing the nobility and humanity of the Autobots, Hi-Q agreed to save Prime's life by merging with him as a Powermaster, while his assistants, Rev, Hotwire and Lube bonded to Getaway, Joyride and Slapdash to save them. Dreadwind and Darkwing were defeated by the new Powermasters and exiled from Nebulos, while the Autobots left to rejoin their fellows on Earth.

Issue #248 of the Marvel UK Transformers comic featured a story called "Fallen Star", where Starscream began to doubt himself, despite being of the most powerful Transformers. Soundwave, Mindwipe and Weirdwolf feared Starscream would attack, but Starscream thought they were laughing at him behind his back. Leaving Starscream came across the Autobots Chainclaw, Cloudburst and Getaway, who were assigned by Optimus Prime to spy on him. Starscream soundly defeated all three Autobots and regained his self confidence.

Cloudburst, Crosshairs, Getaway, Highbrow and Stakeout were among the Autobots who backed Optimus Prime when Grimlock challenged him for leadership of the Autobots in the issue #263 of the Marvel UK comics, "Break-Away!"

In the final issue of the US comic, he appeared briefly being blown apart by Dreadwing on the planet Klo, although it is likely he was resurrected by Optimus Prime and the Last Autobot.

He also made a number of alternate reality appearances as well. He was one of the few surviving Autobots in a nightmare future where Unicron had destroyed Cybertron and Galvatron had taken over Earth. He was killed in a duel with Scourge. He also appeared briefly in the Movie related future of the UK comics (issues 251-254) where he was one of the Autobots destroyed by an insane Rodimus Prime as Unicron attempted to take over his body from the Matrix.

Dreamwave Productions

Getaway did appear, pre-Powermaster, in Cybertronian car form in Dreamwave's third War Within comic series as one of the rebel Autobots free during the Age in Interrment on Cybertron. He was one of the few Autobots to escape internment, and was chased by Megatron's army of Seeker clones. However, he was saved by Blaster and Perceptor's group of rebels. When one of the clones revived and attempted to kill them, Getaway gunned it down. Dreamwave's bankruptcy would mean the story went unfinished.

Getaway and Rev's only appearance in their Powermaster form in Dreamwave's stories was his entry in their More Than Meets The Eye biography series. In the biography Rev is described as a former race car champion from Nebulon.


  • Hasbro Transformers Powermaster Getaway with Rev (1988)
Identical to Godmaster Lightfoot, Getaway was a 15cm long Mazda RX-7. With a real Mazda of that model measuring 429cm long (about 14.075'), this toy would have a scale of about 1:29. Having a 15cm tall robot mode as well, that would mean Lightfoot would stand about 429cm tall as a real robot, or about 14 feet tall. Getaway came with Rev who transformed into an engine and fitted into Getaway's bonnet.
The Powermaster Rev was recolored and sold individually in Japan as Zetca.
  • Hasbro Transformers: Generations Titans Return Deluxe Throttle & Autobot Breakaway (2016)
A recolor and remold of Generations Titans Return Deluxe Chromedome.


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