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Transformers: Robots in Disguise
The eldest and strongest of the Autobot Brothers, X-Brawn comes into his own in tough situations or hazardous environments. He prefers to settle things in battle, rather than have a discussion. He transforms into a Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV, and while undercover was owned by a human woman named Kelly, to whose ownership he often returns. He speaks with a thick southwestern accent (leading Side Burn to comment at one point "Where does he come up with this stuff?").
X-Brawn debuted in the series opener "Battle Protocol", where he battled and defeated the Predacon Slapper. After this he went on to become one of the most prominent Autobots in the series, often serving as the middle man between Side Burn's recklessness and Prowl's law-abiding streak. He and Prowl, with the aid of the Spy Changers, rescued Side Burn and Optimus Prime from a Predacon trap. On another occasion, X-Brawn managed to keep a high energy bomb out of Sky-Byte's hands by blasting it into space.
When Optimus Prime's brother, Ultra Magnus, came to Earth and forced Prime into a combination that allowed him to share the power of the Matrix, Magnus's link to the Matrix resulted in him inadvertently channeling its energy in the midst of a battle. That energy involved Prowl, Side Burn and X-Brawn, "supercharging" them into newly colored, more powerful bodies. After a brief amount of training, X-Brawn and the others were soon able to control this new ability, shifting to "Supercharge Mode" when an extra power boost was needed in battle. Their supercharged modes afforded them no advantage in their final battle with Galvatron, however, as they were strung up and had their energy drained by him, until Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus merged into Omega Prime and began to defeat Galvatron at the Earth's mantle, in order to win the final battle.
During the course of the show, the vehicle based Autobots wear license plates with their Takara serial numbers on them (in Wildride's case "C-002"). When "supercharging", his front license plate (also seen on his left arm) is seen changing from "C-002" to "C024" (Super Wildride's serial number, minus its hyphen) without explanation.
A small Spy Changer version of X-Brawn was released for the RiD toy series, but it never appeared in the television series.
The character also put in a brief appearance in one comic book story in the Dreamwave Summer Special, but no more stories were published. The RiD lost a contest Dreamwave between itself and Beast Wars to gain a mini-series. Before either story line could get the series Dreamwave went out of business.
In Viron 1103.12 Gamma, when Sky-Byte accidentally poisoned all of Earth's energon, X-Brawn and the other twelve Autobots had to downsize into Spy Changers. X-Brawn got the last laugh when he and Daytonus blew up the Predacons' energon stash!
- Car Robots Wild Ride (C-002) (2000)
- The original Japanese release of the Deluxe-sized toy. Transforms from Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV to robot.
- Car Robots Super Wild Ride (C-024) (2000)
- A repaint of Wild Ride to depict his "supercharged" mode. Colored white with racing decals.
- Car Robots Kabaya Gum Wild Ride (2000)
- The Kabaya Car Robots gum toy series consists of a stick of gum and an easy-to-assemble kit. The completed robot is non-transformable, but is fairly poseable and has translucent plastic parts.
- Robots in Disguise X-Brawn (2001)
- Similar to the Japanese version, except the taillights have been completely painted over and the front end has been repainted to have circular headlights. This was reportedly done to avoid a lawsuit from Mercedes-Benz. In addition, an Autobot emblem was added to the hood.
- The figure was repainted into Transformers: Universe Ratchet.
- Robots in Disguise Super X-Brawn (2001)
- Much like regular X-Brawn, Super X-Brawn's front and rear ends repainted to look much less like a Mercedes-Benz M-Class. An Autobot emblem was added to the roof.
- Robots in Disguise Spy Changer X-Brawn (2001)
- A smaller version of the X-Brawn figure with simpler transformation.
- This figure was repainted into the first Transformers: Universe Hoist.
Shattered Glass X-Brawn was created from the dying body of Shattered Glass Brawn by a good fragment of Unicron as an agent of truth and enlightenment.
X-Brawn was created when a good fragment of Unicron approached the defeated Optimus Prime and several of his dying Autobots with an offer of enlightenment. Brawn was reformatted into X-Brawn and dubbed the Champion. They were then transported to Cybertron where they defeated Rodimus Prime and his Autobot forces.
X-Brawn appeared in Another Light. Brawn became X-Brawn when a good fragment of Unicron approached the defeated Optimus Prime and several of his dying Autobots with an offer of enlightenment. They were transported to Cybertron where they defeated Rodimus Prime and his Autobot forces. The Knights of Unicron were arresting the Shattered Glass Autobots when Unicron warned Nova Prime to be ready. Rodimus Prime returned, now allied with Primus, who transformed. Nova Prime ordered the Knights to attack Primus in the eyes before escaping into space. The Knights of Unicron were appointed as guardians of New Cybertron.
Although no toy for Shattered Glass X-Brawn exists, his body design is based on Combiner War Rook with a new head.
An earlier concept for X-Brawn had him using the Generations Skids mold with the Crosscut head.
- Ben's World of Transformers - Wild Ride
- TFW2005.com - Kabaya Gum Wild Ride
- X-Brawn - Transformers: Robots In Disguise - Toy Gallery
- X-Brawn - Transformers: Robots In Disguise - Toy Gallery
- Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Eryck Webb (p), Eryck Webb (i), Evan Gauntt (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "Another Light Part 6 - The Future Buried" The Transformers Collectors Club 66 (December/January 2016), Fun Publications