Ravage (Transformers)

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Ravage is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series.

Transformers: Generation 1

Ravage
Transformers character
Ravage-rumble-card.jpg
Generation 1 Ravage and Rumble on card
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Decepticon, Predacon
Alternate mode

Microcassettes tape, car, USB flash drive
Function

Saboteur
Motto

"Today's Autobots are tomorrow's scrap metal."
Partner

Laserbeak, Rumble, Soundwave
Series

Transformers: Generation 1
Beast Wars Transformers
Transformers: Generations
Sub-group

Combiners, Deluxe vehicles
Tech specs

ST05 IN08 SP05 EN06

RN07 CO04 FB07 SK10

The first Transformers character named Ravage was introduced in 1984 as one of the original Decepticons. He was a bestial Decepticon who served under Soundwave as a Saboteur.

Reception

In 2011, Ravage was named the fifth-best upgrade in Beast Wars history by Topless Robot.[1]

Fictional biography

Generation 1: Ravage operates best alone. A creature of the night. Craftiest of all Decepticons. Adept at devising deadly new strategies. Remains aloof from others, but his deeds command their respect. Can virtually escape detection -- emits an electromagnetic emission shield, has soundless walk, disappears in subdued light or shadow. Carries 2 powerful heat-seeking missiles. Light-sensitive. Can be blinded.
BotCon 2016: If there is one thing Ravage brings to the table that the Tripredacus Council needs, it is his many millennia of work within the Decepticon ranks. What he has seen, what he knows, and most importantly what information and knowledge he can contribute to the cause is a great asset to the Council and their universal goals. His reformating is rumored to be their doing and it has freed him of the limited functionality he had when once part of the Decepticon army. Now with many years of training, he brings a whole new level of stealth to his repertoire that greatly outmatches the already superior abilities he possessed. Optical cloaking, flawless line of sight attack abilities, and a sharp mind are just some of his traits. Ravage carries a blade fashioned from G-Metal, though while outdated by current standards, he keeps as a reminder of his extensive training with his new body. One day he might abandon it for something a little more laser guided if the weapon of choice presents itself.

Books

Ravage appeared in the 1985 Listen 'n Fun story Sun Raid.[2]

Ravage appeared in the 1984 sticker and story book The Revenge of the Decepticons written by Suzanne Weyn and published by Marvel Books.[3] The character also appeared in the Transformers audiobooks Autobots' Lightning Strike and Autobots Fight Back. In both books he was called a mechanical hound.[citation needed]

Comics

Devil's Due Publishing

In the first G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers crossover from Devil's Due Publishing, Ravage, along with Soundwave and the other cassettes were recovered from the Ark and used as weapons by the terrorist Cobra Organization. Attacking an energy center to gain the fuels needed to create energon the attack force met G.I. Joe, who were able to fend them off. Ravage nearly killed several of the Joes after they had decapitated Laserbeak. Later, after the Transformers had broken free, Ravage attempted to stop Optimus Prime from renewing himself in energon, but was crushed by the Autobot leader. Unlike the intelligent and speech-capable portrayal of the Marvel comics version, this Ravage was more in line with the cartoon version—a feral but mostly mindless animal.[4]

Fun Publications

The Beast Wars version of Ravage later appeared in BotCon's Beast Wars: Primeval Dawn storyline, having been revived by Tarantulas in his Transmetal 2 form. BotCon 2016 would later be revealed to feature another incarnation of Predacon Ravage as part of the "Rise of Predacus" box set.

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers Ravage with Rumble (1984)
Packaged with fellow mini-cassette Rumble, the Ravage toy originated in Takara's Microman line, featuring household objects that transformed into small, in-scale robots. Armed with two chromed missiles that insert into the spool holes in his rear end, he can be stored in the chest door of the Soundwave toy.[5]
Ravage was later reissued with Soundblaster in Japan in 2004, and at the same time, was redecoed in blue as Howlback as an exclusive for the online retailer eHobby.
  • Beast Wars Deluxe Tripredacus Agent (2001)
Another toy was a repaint of Transmetal II Cheetor available exclusively at Wal-Mart in 2001. Called only "Tripredacus Agent", the toy's biography made it clear that he was Ravage, and furthermore established that he was also the original Tripredacus Agent toy, retroactively establishing it as a Ravage figure. Notably, for this toy's appearance in the IDW comics, artist Don Figueroa did not completely render the "official" robot mode of the figure (as the BotCon comics did). Instead, he designed an alternate robot head to give Ravage his distinctive feline head, in line with his appearance in the Beast Wars animated series. It is possible to transform the toy into this mode, although it consists solely of standing the beast mode on its hind legs.[6]
  • Smallest Transformers Soundwave with Jaguar (2004)
A micro-sized Ravage comes with the 2-inch Soundwave toy in the Smallest Transformers line. Though this is the smallest Ravage toy ever made, its robot mode does not remotely resemble the character; rather, it looks more like a jigsaw puzzle piece with legs.[7]
  • Alternators Battle Ravage (2005)
A retooling of the Alternators/Binaltech Tracks figure with a new feline head, Ravage transforms into a black Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. His engine transforms into a hand-held gun, and is also armed with twin wrist-mounted blasters. As a retooling of Tracks, he possesses some of that character's defining features, include two over-the-shoulder rocket launchers. Because of problems with name licensing, the toy was known as Battle Ravage during its circulation.
On the DVD release of the 2007 live-action Transformers film, an Easter Egg video featured a mock commercial of "Bay Bot," which was Battle Ravage fitted with a sculpt of director Michael Bay's head.[8]
  • Alternators Ravage (2007)
Later, another Ravage Alternator was released, this time with his vehicle mode being that of a Jaguar XK that transforms into Ravage's traditional non-humanoid feline mode (and, unlike the original, received the proper character name of Ravage).[9]
  • Robots in Disguise Classic Battle Ravage (2007)
Packaged along with Classic Laserbeak as partners to Classic Soundwave, this toy named Battle Ravage is nearly identical to the original Generation 1 Ravage. A Toys R Us store exclusive.[10]
  • Universe Deluxe Autobot Hound with Ravage (2008)
A fully poseable Ravage figure that transforms into a cassette tape comes with the Universe Deluxe Hound figure.[11][12]
  • Henkei! Henkei! C-13 Deluxe Hound with Jaguar (2008)
The Japanese version of the Universe Deluxe figure by Takara Tomy sports a darker shade of green with additional yellow stripes and a chrome front bumper. In addition, Ravage is repainted with the gray parts in a much darker shade to the point where it is almost completely black.[13]
  • Device Label Jaguar/Ravage (2009)[14]
A Ravage figure that transforms into a 2GB USB flash drive. Also available as Tigatron or Cheetor/Cheetus.
  • Masterpiece Jaguar/Ravage (2013)[15]
Predacus toy
  • Generations Dawn of the Predacus (2016)
A BotCon 2016 exclusive 5 pack.
Cicada con is a recolor of Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Skydive. Turns from robot to jet.
Ram Horn is a remold of Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Brawl. Turns from robot to drill tank.
Ravage is a remold of Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Breakdown. Turns from car to robot.
Sea Clamp is a remold of Generations Combiner Wars Voyager Silverbolt. Turns from jet to robot.
Tarantulas is a remold of Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Rook. Turns from armored vehicle to robot.


Unicron Trilogy

In Transformers: Energon, a variant of Terrorcons known as the Battle Ravage or Command Ravage drones exist.

Animated series

Comics

Toys

  • Energon Battle Ravage (2004)
A cat figure with Energon cannons, star, and mace.
  • Energon Command Ravage (2004)
A recolor of the Battle Ravage figure.

Shattered Glass

Ravage
Transformers character
Glit-cat.jpg
Music Label Glit toy
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Decepticon
Alternate mode

Microcassettes tape
Function

Good Kitty
Motto

"Out of sight, out of mind! GTG, TTYL!"
Series

Transformers: Timelines
Tech specs

ST05 IN08 SP06 EN06

RN07 CO07 FB08 SK10

Fictional biography

Ravage wants you to know exactly where he is and what he is doing. An endless attention seeker, he can always be found perching from the top of the most visible structure, excitedly waving his little paw, hoping you catch a glimpse of him. Megatron has long since order his Decepticons to maintain eternal radio silence, not only because of the possibility of Autobot interference, but because Ravage won't stop sending radio communications, telling others his location and what his current mood is. Now that he's on Earth, he's become addicted to social networking and micro-blogging. Unsurprisingly, none of his fellow Decepticons have followed through on his friending requests.

Fun Publications

Ravage appeared in the Recordicons comic strip for April/May 2013. In this story Nightbeat tells Hosehead about how Wheeljack makes better legs than a torso while Soundwave and Ravage spy on them.

Toys

  • Beast Wars Deluxe Transmetal Tigatron (2001)
The transmetal Tigatron toy was a BotCon white exclusive recolor of Beast Wars Ravage. This toy was repurposed as Shattered Glass Ravage.
  • Reprolabels Heroic Decepticon Emblems (2009)
A set of Decepticon symbol labels in red. A Captured Prey exclusive.[16]
  • Timelines Turbomaster with Ravage (2010)
A recolor of Universe Deluxe Hound and Ravage.

References

  1. T.J. Dietsch (November 14, 2011). "The 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Upgrades In Beast Wars History". http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/11/the_5_best_and_5_worst_upgrades_in_beast_wars_hist.php. 
  2. Sun Raid. Listen 'n Fun. 1985. 
  3. http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~sstoneb/tf/books/sticker/revenge/revenge.html
  4. Seibertron.com (2003-07-01). "G.I.Joe vs Transformers #2: "G.I.Joe vs the Transformers"". Seibertron.com. http://www.seibertron.com/comics/view.php?comic_id=147. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  5. "Cobra Island Toys, "Ravage"". Cobraislandtoys.com. Archived from the original on March 24, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100324121635/http://www.cobraislandtoys.com/tf/1984/ravage.html. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  6. "Cobra Island Toys, "Tripredacus Agent"". Cobraislandtoys.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2010. https://web.archive.org/20100410130442/http://www.cobraislandtoys.com:80/tf/2001/tripredacusagent.html. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  7. TFW2005.com - WST Soundwave with Jaguar
  8. "Cobra Island Toys, "Battle Ravage, Alternator"". Cobraislandtoys.com. Archived from the original on March 24, 2010. https://web.archive.org/20100324120516/http://www.cobraislandtoys.com:80/tf/2005/battleravage-alternator.html. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  9. "News from Botcon: TRANSFORMERS Alternators images released from BotCon". www.hasbro.com. September 30, 2006. Archived from the original on September 17, 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080917011002/http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=News/Item&newsid=FA551ED6-D56F-E112-4423A4D367F00093. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  10. TFormers.com. ""Ravage - Transformers Alternators Toys Database" at". Tformers.com. http://tformers.com/transformers_database/alternators/129/ravage_Decepticons.html. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  11. TFW2005.com - Universe Hound
  12. "An Interview with Hasbro's Bill Rawley". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (23): 4–6. October–November 2008. http://transformersclub.com/_images/TFmag15.pdf. 
  13. TFW2005.com - Henkei Hound
  14. "Device Label Jaguar". TFW2005.com. http://www.tfw2005.com/resources/transformers-label-series-296/jaguar-3753/?catid=searchresults&searchid=169806. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  15. "Masterpiece Ravage/Jaguar". TFW2005.com. http://www.tfw2005.com/resources/masterpiece-destrons-354/jaguar-6384/. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  16. http://www.capturedprey.com/store/browsebycompany/co_capturedprey/heroic_decepticon_emblems

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