Hook (Transformers)

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Hook is the name of four fictional characters in the Transformers series. The original Hook was introduced in 1985 and was voiced by Neil Ross in The Transformers. A third-party Transformer called Dr. Crank was designed by TFC Toys which is a homage to Hook. Hook has also been the Japanese name of several other characters. A heroic mirror-universe version of Hook was created by Fun Publications in 2008 for their Shattered Glass story.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Box art from the original Hook toy
Name Hook
Japanese name Glen
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2
English voice actor Neil Ross[1]
Japanese voice actor Yoku Shioya
Alternate modes Crane
Cybertronian Crane
Function Surgical Engineer
Gender Male
Motto "Strive for perfection even if others must suffer."
Partner Mixmaster, Bonecrusher, Scavenger, Long Haul, and Scrapper
Sub-group Constructicons

Hook (Glen in Japan, which is an alternate prononciation of "Crane" in Japanese) is a member of the Constructicons who transforms into a crane.[2]

In 2011 Erector was one of five characters nominated for Hasbro's "Transformers Hall of Fame" by fans, the others being Jazz, Shockwave, Grimlock and Waspinator. According to the new biography published by Hasbro he used to be a Constructicon who lost out on membership to Hook. [3]

Fictional biography

With the precision of a fine jeweler, Hook performs his job with skill unequaled among the Transformers, whether reconnecting a damaged microchip or setting a two ton girder into place. He's a snobbish, supercilious, unpopular perfectionist who is able to lift 20 tons. As shoulders and head module, combines with fellow Constructicons to form giant robot "Devastator".

Animated series

In the episode, "The Secret of Omega Supreme", it is revealed in a flashback that the Constructicons were civilian workers reprogrammed by Megatron's Robo-Smasher device.

Hook debuted with the rest of the Constructicons in the episode, "Heavy Metal War".

Hook was often seen in a leadership role with the Constructicons. It was often confusing to tell who was the leader as Hook and Scrapper seemed to share this role.

Hook seemed to be the Decepticon version of a doctor. In "City of Steel", Megatron called upon Hook to disassemble Optimus Prime and reconstruct his parts as weapons.

In episode #34, "Microbots" Hook was also able to install the Heart of Cybertron, a device which powered The Nemesis, into Megatron's systems making him super powerful.

He also repaired an Autobot in the episode, "The Core" while under Chip's mind control device.

Hook and the Constructicons also built monumental structures. The most notable constructions were a solar power tower designed by Autobot Grapple.

The Constructicons in The Transformers: The Movie

In The Transformers: The Movie he was one of the Decepticons to challenge Starscream as leader of the Decepticons, following Megatron's sudden departure. He directly challenged Soundwave, saying that no one would follow an "uncharismatic bore" like him.


Hook was featured in the 1993 Transformers: Generation 2 coloring book "Decepticon Madness" by Bud Simpson.[7]


Dreamwave Productions

In Dreamwave Productions's 21st Generation One universe the Constructicons were responsible for activating Cybertron's planetary engines, under the command of Megatron eight million years ago. When Megatron disappeared into the depths of the planet fighting Optimus Prime, Starscream temporarily took command and had Scrapper prepare a process for the resurfacing of Cybertron, which would transform it into a mobile war-world. Scrapper cautioned against such an action, but Starscream ignored him, and prevented him from stopping it when the process was underway.

The Constructicons were responsible for pioneering the Combining process through a series of experiments on themselves, thus creating Devastator. The plans to Devastator's combining process were eventually stolen by the Autobots and refined, resulting in Superion. This in turn led to more Special Teams being built by both sides.

1.5 million years after the start of the war, when Megatron and Optimus Prime were thought to have died in an early test of the Space Bridge transport system, and the Autobots and Decepticons splintered into several smaller factions, the Constructicons broke the treaty that had downgraded the combining teams to non-combat status by siding with Ratbat's Ultracons and battling Defensor.

It is apparent that the Constructicons were not aboard the Ark when it crashed on Earth four million years ago, but they did eventually find their way to Earth and joined Megatron's forces there after they awoke in 1984. All the Transformers were rendered inactive in the explosion of the Ark II in 1999, but when they reactivated in 2001, Devastator was the main weapon in Megatron's attack on San Francisco. Rampaging through the city, he battled and defeated Superion, but was defeated by Optimus Prime through a point-blank blast to the face, which toppled the giant. His remains were recovered by the Earth Defence Command, and dissected and studied in their underground base.

The ultimate fate of Devastator was not revealed, however, as a result of Dreamwave's closure.

Fun Publication

Wing of Honor

Scrapper appears in "A Flash Forward" by Fun Publications. In the year 2005 Devastator attacks Autobot City. He is opposed by Ultra Magnus, Sideswipe, Red Alert and Tracks. Firing every weapon they have, the Autobots are able to force Devastator to break apart into the individual Constructicons. Now outnumbered the Autobots retreated. Red Alert is killed covering the withdrawal, as Megatron watches. These events and others are related to Jhaixus by Runabout and Runamuck in 2013.[8]

Marvel Comics

Hook made an appearance in the Decepticon forces under the command of Megatron in issue #7 of the Marvel Generation 2 comic series, in a story called "New Dawn." Megatron lead his Decepticons against Jhiaxus' second generation Cybertronians near the moon of Tykos. The Decepticons were defeated and Megatron left injured, presumed dead, but swearing revenge. [9]

TFcon comics

Quickstrike, Blackarachnia and Waspinator discover the Constructicons Bonecrusher, Hook and Mixmaster in Dark of Wreckening

Hook appears in the TFcon 2012 live script reading prelude comic. In this story Bonecrusher, Hook and Mixmaster discover the Predacons on prehistoric Earth and then are confronted by the Maximals and Wreckers .[10]

Transformers: Mosaic

Hook appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "The Missing Piece" by Juan “Iskander77” Pablo Osorio. In this story Hauler was hunted on Earth by the Constructicons who wanted him to form part of Devastator, but he was saved by Omega Supreme.[11]


  • Generation 1 Constructicon Hook (1985)
Based on a Diaclone toy.
  • Generation 2 Hook (Orange)
Two different redeco's of Hook were released in Generation 2. One was orange.
  • Generation 2 Hook (Yellow)
Two different redeco's of Hook were released in Generation 2. One was yellow.[12]
  • Generations Combiner Wars Devastator (2015)
A six pack of Voyager sized toys.

Transformers: Armada

Hook is the Japanese name of the Mini-Con known as Longarm in Transformers: Armada.

Transformers: Energon

Glen is the Japanese name for the Transformers: Energon character called Wideload.

Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Shattered Glass Hook from Fun Publications
Name Hook
First appearance Transformers: Timelines volume 2 #5, "Shattered Glass"
Alternate modes Crane
Gender Male
Sub-group Constructicons

This Hook is an alternate version good of the Generation 1 character from the BotCon exclusive "Shattered Glass" comic, in which the Decepticons are on the side of good and the Autobots on the side of evil. Presumably like all Decepticons of his world, he is heroic and opposed to the evil Autobots.

Fun Publications

Hook appeared as a member of Megatron's forces in the Transformers Timelines story "Shattered Glass" by Fun Publications. He helped repair Cliffjumper after he was found by the Decepticons.[13]



  1. "The TCC Presents: Screamers Retro-Views - G1 Interview with Neil Ross". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (37): 3. 
  2. Transformers: the fantasy, the fun, the future by Erin Brereton
  3. http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/en_US/discover/movie-news/TRANSFORMERS-HALL-OF-FAME-2011-Nominee-ERECTOR.cfm
  4. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 24. ISBN 0764313649. 
  5. "Screening Room". GameAxis Unwired (Hardware Zone): 99–100. July 2007. http://books.google.com/books?id=sOoDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA99&dq=predacon+transformers&hl=en&ei=C7BATda_DoL58AbvoaH8Aw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CEwQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  6. Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc.. p. 32. ISBN 1405304618. 
  7. Simpson, Bud (1993). Decepticon Madness. Modern Publishing. ISBN 1561443468. 
  8. Flint Dille, Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Matt Frank & Josh Warner (p), Matt Frank (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "A Flash Forward Part 1" The Transformers Collectors Club 44 (February/March 2012), Fun Publications
  9. http://www.seibertron.com/comics/view.php?comic_id=113
  10. Phillip M. Gervais (w), Ninjatron (p). "Days of Wreckening" TFcon Live Script Reading Prelude Comic (July 25th, 2012), TFcon
  11. http://transformers-mosaic.deviantart.com/art/The-Missing-Piece-102716243
  12. Tomart's Action Figure Digest #7, 1992, page 9
  13. Pete Sinclair & Benson Yee (w), Don Figueroa (p), Don Figueroa (i), Espen Grundetjern (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair & Brian Savage (ed). "Shattered Glass" Transformers Timelines v2, 3 (Botcon 2008), Fun Publications

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