Checkpoint (Transformers)

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Checkpoint is the name of three fictional characters in the Transformers series.

Transformers Energon

Checkpoint
Transformers character
Energonswapteam-box.jpg
Energon Swat Team box
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

SWAT Racing Semi-Truck
Partner

Prowl
Series

Transformers: Energon
Sub-group

Combiners, Deluxe vehicles

Checkpoint was a part of an Autobot S.W.A.T. team along with Prowl who he was sold with. Checkpoint is a mainly black and white six-wheeled futuristic truck of a fictional make. He is able to 'powerlinx' with any other Powerlinx toy from Energon. His hand-held weapon is a missile launcher. Checkpoint does not have an official bio.

Comics

Dreamwave Productions

Although the Dreamwave Energon comic series was canceled due to the closure of Dreamwave Productions, the synopsis of several unreleased comics was released online by Simon Furman in 2010.

Checkpoint was one of four Autobots who manned Mars Base on Mars. He was forced to defend the base when Alpha Quintesson sent the Four Horsemen to attack it in hopes of forcing the Autobots to lower Earth's planetary defense shield so they could send reinforcements. Just as planned, the defense shield was lowered and Omega Supreme was sent to Mars to assist. Checkpoint succeeded in defeating the Horsemen and saving the Autobots at Mars.

Fun Publications

Checkpoint appeared in the text story from Fun Publications called Force of Habit. This story explained where he was during the events of the Cybertron story. Ultra Magnus was the commander of various Autobot ships sent to other planets in search for the Cyber Planet Keys. Longrack served as captain of the Spanner which was sent to Delta Draconis. Among the ship's crew were Armorhide, Blurr and Checkpoint.[1]

Toys

  • Energon Autobot S.W.A.T. Team (2004)
The name Checkpoint first appeared on a K-Mart exclusive recolor of Rodimus that was not officially released outside of America.[2]


Transformers: Cybertron

Checkpoint
Transformers character
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Cybertron Sunstorm and Checkpoint on card
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

Police car
Partner

Prowl
Series

Transformers: Cybertron
Sub-group

Mini-Cons, Triple Changers
Tech specs

ST05 IN08.5 SP07 EN10

RN06 CO10 FB07 SK09

The second character in Transformers with the name Checkpoint is a Mini-Con affiliated with the Autobots. Again, Checkpoint is a member of a S.W.A.T. team; his designation number is A2 (located on the door of his vehicle mode). He is a mainly black and blue futuristic fictional police car; his third mode is a hand-held weapon that can be held by larger Transformers. Checkpoint was sold with Mini-Con Sunstorm. Checkpoint has not appeared in any fiction so far.[3]

Fictional biography

Checkpoint worked as an information specialist and spy for Anti-Blaze even before Thrust began his rebellion. His speed and talent for disguise, as well as a cluster of holographic projectors housed on either side of his head make him ideal for infiltrating enemy formations. But his real talent is in his ability to get a read on a subject with minimal contact; Checkpoint can make incredibly accurate guesses about an individual's personality and motives after only a few moments of conversation. This talent makes him a dangerous enemy, and a valuable resource to Anti-Blaze and the Council of Sages.

Fun Publications

Fun Publications Collectors Club exclusive comic story, Revelations part 6, is set after the defeat of Galvatron but before Optimus Prime's mission to start a new Space Bridge project. In this story the Autobots from the IDW series (Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Sentinel Maximus, Downshift, Perceptor, Alpha Trion, Over-Run, Anti-Blaze, Checkpoint and Scythe) meet the Autobots from the animated series (Cybertron Optimus Prime, Jetfire, Override, Scattorshot, Red Alert, Hot Shot, Lori, Bud and Coby Hansen) and thank each other and remembering those who were lost in the battles. Override promises to make a memorial for Skyfall on Velocitron. Robots in Disguise Optimus and Sentinel Maximus vow to hunt down Unicron. Alpha Trion and Over-Run promise to help Anti-Blaze hunt down the Mini-Con insurgents.[4]

Toys

  • Cybertron Mini-Con Checkpoint (2006)
Checkpoint is a repaint of the Transformers Armada character Prowl. He came packaged with the Decepticon aligned Mini-Con Sunstorm.[5]


Shattered Glass

Checkpoint
Transformers character
Checkpoint-sg.jpg
Shattered Glass Checkpoint art
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

Truck
Function

The Guardian
Sub-group

Combiners, Deluxe vehicles

Shattered Glass Checkpoint was created from the dying body of Shattered Glass Prowl by a good fragment of Unicron as an agent of truth and enlightenment. His patrolmen are the Shattered Glass Autotroopers.

Fun Publications

Checkpoint appeared in Another Light. Prowl became Checkpoint 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.[6]

Toys

Although no toy for Shattered Glass Checkpoint exists, his body design is based on Combiner War First Aid, with the an alternate head.

References

  1. http://www.transformersclub.com/force-of-habitv3.pdf
  2. http://www.seibertron.com/vsd/character/checkpoint/3058
  3. http://ww.toynewsi.com/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=606
  4. Forest Lee and Dan Khanna (w), Forest Lee (p). Transformers: Cybertron: Balancing Act 1 (April 2007), IDW Publishing
  5. http://www.hasbro.com/common/instruct/Transformers_Cybertron_Sunstorm_and_Checkpoint.pdf
  6. 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

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