Broadside (Transformers)

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

Transformers: Generation 1

Broadside
Transformers character
Broadside-g1-box.jpg
Generation 1 Broadside in box
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

Jet/ship
Function

Air & Sea Assault
Motto

"I like the sea far away and my feet on the ground."
Series

Transformers: Generation 1
Sub-group

Triple Changers
Tech specs

ST08 IN08 SP09 EN09

RN06 CO09 FB07 SK07

Fictional biography

Doesn't like transforming into carrier or jet -- gets seasick on water, has fear of heights. Effective, valiant warrior, but other Autobots wish he wouldn't gripe so much. Expands to 1200 ft length as carrier, capable of landing jets and carrying other Autobots. 15,000 mile range, 40 knots maximum speed. Projects 80,000 volt electric field around himself in jet mode. Has high-energy plasma-pulse gun and shattering vibro-ax in robot mode.

Animated series

Broadside was depicted as being very large in all modes, standing at least twice as tall as Ultra Magnus, and being able to combat giant Decepticon combiners alone. Broadside first appeared in episode 67 of the animated Transformers series, "The Five Faces of Darkness, Part 2".

Broadside had a troubled history in the animated continuity. A large Autobot spaceship that looked exactly like Broadside's jet mode appeared in "Five Faces of Darkness", but was destroyed in the episode. In the following episode, "The Killing Jar", a Quintesson scientist disguised his spaceship as Broadside and beckoned the Decepticon Cyclonus to come inside. Inexplicably, Cyclonus complied.

Broadside's first confirmed appearance was in "Thief In the Night", where he appeared in Nimitz-class aircraft carrier mode.

He fell on Devastator in "Carnage in C-Minor", appearing in robot mode (albeit an old prototype design). In "Grimlock's New Brain" and "The Burden Hardest to Bear", Broadside finally appeared in his correct robot mode.

He last appeared in episode 92, "The Burden Hardest to Bear".

Broadside appeared in several episodes of the Japanese-exclusive Headmasters series. During one sequence he appears with fellow Autobot Triple Changers Springer and Sandstorm in robot mode, where he appears to be the same size as his comrades. He was last seen in episode 16 being used by Arcee and Spike Witwicky to explore deep space in aircraft carrier mode.

Comics

Dreamwave Productions

Broadside appeared in the second Transformers: The War Within comic series by Dreamwave as a member of the Wreckers led by Springer. This was before he became a Triple Changer, and his only alternate mode was that of a Cybertronian jet.

After Shockwave gained control over Cybertron and unified the Autobots and Decepticons, Broadside joined his cause as one of his soldiers. Broadside was present in the Arctic battle where Shockwave attempted to arrest the Autobots and Decepticons on Earth. They were successful in capturing Megatron and converting the Decepticons, but the Autobots escaped.

Later, Sandstorm and Broadside joined the Autobot rebellion and were ordered to escort their former leader, Optimus Prime, to the Autobot rebels. While Broadside escorted the other Autobots elsewhere, Sandstorm and Optimus made their way to the rebels. While on their way, Optimus and Sandstorm were attacked by one of Shockwave's assassins where Sandstorm was shot and killed, much to Optimus Prime's dismay.

Note: According to his Dreamwave More Than Meets the Eye bio, Broadside was cured of his fear of heights and seasickness when Shockwave turned him into a Triple Changer, but he still likes to complain about both anyway.

Marvel Comics

Broadside appeared only in issue #41 of the U.S. Marvel Transformers comic series, as well as getting a bio page in their Transformers: Universe series of profiles. In issue 41 he appeared among the combined Autobot forces on the moon when they were attacked by the Deceptcions, but never appeared before or after.

Broadside appeared in several issues of the Marvel U.K. comics. His first appearance was during the Target: 2006 saga where he joined The Wreckers alongside fellow Triple Changers Springer and Sandstorm, to serve as replacements for Ultra Magnus, who was on a mission off-world at a critical time.

Following this, he was involved in the battle with Flame in a successful effort to stop the reactivation of the Kalis Engine and Cybertron's resultant destruction. He also travels to Earth with Emirate Xaaron, Sandstorm and Inferno, where they end up battling an alien fire based creature and sending it to Mercury.

During a later mission to stop the mad future Decepticon Galvatron (at the centre of a rift in time and space) that the Wreckers encountered Galvatron and his ally - a clone of Megatron, and the elite squad was routed. Broadside only avoided being killed by Megatron when the future incarnations of Kup and Blurr intervened and distracted Megatron. He later joined up with the other survivors of the Wreckers and Mayhem Attack Squad to form the survivors.

Issue #279 of the Marvel U.K. Transformers comic featured a story called "Divide and Conquor!" where Soundwave lead the bulk of the Decepticon forces on Earth against the Autobot Earthforce headquarters while Starscream attacked an oil tanker. Sent into battle by Prowl, the Dinobots routed the main Decepticon forces while Springer lead the Autobot Survivors, Broadside, Inferno, Skids, and Carnivac to defeat Starscream.

IDW Publishing

Broadside, in Cybertronian form, appeared in issue #2 of The Transformers: Stormbringer series by IDW Publishing. He was among Springer's Wreckers on the planet Varas Centralus in the Kol system when Optimus Prime redeployed the Wreckers to a mission on Cybertron. He fought the cultists under Bludgeon and later fought Thunderwing himself, but was grounded when the monster ionized the atmosphere. He was later seen inspecting Thunderwing's inert corpse.

Broadside appeared in Spotlight: Doubledealer where he was among the Autobots fighting Thunderwing on the planet Corata-Vaz.

TFcon comics

Rattrap, Silverbolt, Dinobot and Cheetor witness the arrival of Springer, Broadside and Roadbuster in Days of Wreckening

Broadside appeared in Days of Wreckening as a member of the Wreckers under the command of Springer.[1]

Toys

  • Generation 1 Broadside (1986)
A new mold.
A new mold designed to resemble Broadside's animated form from The Transformers with a Titan Master.

Gallery


Transformers: Armada

Transformers character
Name Broadside
Mini-Con
Series Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Energon
Information
Alternate modes Missile Truck
Motto "Fear the darkness and shadows, for we are there."
Partner Fetch, Scattor
Sub-group Night Attack Team

The second use of the name Broadside was for a Mini-Con in the Transformers: Armada line. He is a member of the Night Attack Team and was packaged with Fetch and Scattor.

Broadside loves the dark. He excels in darkness, and has a cruel streak that has certainly helped the Night Attack Mini-Con Team earn its grim reputation (and string of "dead or alive" warrants on numerous planets). However, he's endlessly spouting off what he believes are creepy warnings about the darkness swallowing victims, endless nights and the like that some have a very hard time taking seriously, or just find outright pretentious and annoying.

Animated series

Broadside first appeared in the animated Transformers: Armada episode #25, "Tactician".

Dreamwave Productions

His only appearance in the Dreamwave comics was on his bio page in Transformers: Armada More Than Meets the Eye #2.

Toys

  • Armada Mini-Con Night Attack Team (2003)
Broadside was a recolor of Armada Knockout and Crack, and later recolored into Cybertron Steamhammer.
Some versions of Armada Galvatron included the Night Attack Team as a bonus item.
Various special 6 packs of Mini-Cons was released in the Energon line. One contained the Night Attack and Road Wrecker teams. The toys were identical to the Armada versions.[2]


Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Transformers character
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Classic Demoliton Team on card
Name Broadside
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Information
Alternate modes Tank
Partner Sledge and Wideload
Sub-group Mini-Con

During the latter half of August 2006, three new Mini-Con teams in packs of three were unveiled by Hasbro. One of these teams was the Decepticon Demolition Team of which a Transformer named broadside is a member of who transforms into a tank.

Fictional biography

If it can be built, the Demolition Team can bring it down. Every member of the team is an expert engineer, specializing in weakening and destroying the foundation of any structure they encounter. Before any important battle you'll find the Demolition Team on site, tunneling beneath enemy fortifications. Entire AUTOBOT cities have collapsed in a thunderous cloud of dust because of the work of those three.

Fun Publications

Broadside lead several Mini-Cons in defecting to the Decepticons.[3]

Toys

  • Hasbro Robots in Disguise Classic Mini-Con Demolition Team (2006)
Broadside, Sledge and Wideload come packaged together.[4][5]


Aligned Continuity

Transformers: The Art of Fall of Cybertron includes concept art for an entirely different iteration of Broadside, a massive robot who transformed from the gigantic carrier vehicle used to transport the inert Trypticon in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. However, this idea was not included in the actual game.

References

  1. Philip M. Gervais (w), Ninjatron (a). Days of Wreckening (July 25th, 2012), Toronto, Canada: TFcon
  2. Night Attack Team
  3. Greg Sepelak and S. Trent Troop (2007). The New World. Fun Publications. 
  4. Transformers Toys News and Reviews G1 to Movie - TFormers.com
  5. Transformers Toys News and Reviews G1 to Movie - TFormers.com

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