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Devastator is the name of several fictional characters frm the Transformers series. He is usually depicted as the combined form of several Constructicons. For legal-political reasons, Hasbro now adds a modifier to the character's name on newer toy packages, such as Constructicon Devastator.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
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Name Devastator
Decepticon
Japanese name デバスタト
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2
Transformers: Classics
English voice actor Arthur Burghardt (The Transformers), Patrick Seitz (Combiner Wars)
Japanese voice actor Seizō Katō, Yū Shimaka
Information
Alternate modes 5 or 6 Decepticons
Function Warrior
Motto "Thinking and winning do not mix."
Partner Scorpulator
Rank 9
Sub-group Action Masters, Combiners, Constructicons

Devastator is the combined form of the Constructicons.[1]

The team's combined form is brutality in its purest form—his sole purpose is to destroy anything and everything that gets in his way. It is ironic that the suitably intelligent Constructicons should sacrifice their thinking ability in their combined form, but simple-mindedness is a common limitation of the assorted other first-generation combining Transformers, because Devastator's thoughts and actions are limited to what his six components can agree upon at any given time.[2] Consequently, Devastator seems like a being of instinct, lashing out at everything around him before contemplating the consequences, but he is also slow and lumbering and very easy to trip up.[3]

According to information printed in the Marvel U.K. Transformers comic book, Devastator is about 100 feet tall. The notes for the 1984 animated series place him much shorter though, being only 48 feet tall.

Animated series

According to the Autobot, Omega Supreme, millions of years ago, the Constructicons were the creators of the beautiful Crystal City on the Transformers' home world of Cybertron, which he was assigned the task of guarding. As a friend of the Constructicons, he was hurt the most when they were attacked by Megatron, who, seeking to bolster the forces of his then-small army, subjected the Constructicons to the Robo-Smasher, a device which reprogrammed their minds and turned them into Decepticons. In their first act as Megatron's troops, the Constructicons lured Omega away from Crystal City and demolished it, enraging Omega, who pursued the Constructicons across the planet. Eventually, he succeeded in capturing them and apparently restored their programming to its original state, but as the group returned to rebuild Crystal City, Omega learned that Megatron's reprogramming could never be undone—the Constructicons were still Decepticons, and more than that, Megatron had given them a new power: the ability to combine their bodies and minds into the giant known as Devastator. In the ensuing struggle with Devastator, the Robo-Smasher attacked Omega's mind. He was able to stop it before the reprogramming was complete, only to wind up losing his emotions. Filled with only hatred for the Constructicons, Omega relentlessly pursued them, until they finally fled Cybertron in a spacecraft, which Omega chased across the galaxy. In "Heavy Metal War", the Constructicons joined with Megatron's forces on Earth, and their first mission was an impressive one - Scrapper designed a machine to transfer the other Decepticons' powers to Megatron, and while he battled Optimus Prime, holding the attention of the Autobots, the Constructicons invaded the Ark to destroy Teletraan I. Unfortunately for them, the Ark was protected by the Dinobots, but by merging into Devastator, they became more than a match for their prehistoric foes. The return of the other Autobots and the discovery of Megatron's deception spelled the end of the battle, as Hound distracted Devastator with a giant holographic Autobot, and Optimus Prime blasted the giant at just the right spot to force the Constructicons to disengage. They and the other Decepticons were then forced into a river of lava.

Devastator went on to be used in many more battles since then. Before the coming of other combiner teams (such as the Aerialbots and Stunticons), Devastator was often used as a trump card against the Autobots. His brute strength and sheer power was often sabotaged by his slowness and lack of intelligence. In "City of Steel", Devastator captured Optimus Prime and carried him to the top of the Decepticons tower base (in a pastiche of King Kong), but was knocked off the building by Prime's cannon. In "The Autobot Run", Devastator was set against the Autobots, only for Wheeljack to use Megatron's "Transfixatron" to force his Constructicon components into vehicle mode. In "The Master Builders" Devastator battled the majority of the Autobot forces, only being defeated when Smokescreen tricked him into kicking the Decepticons solar power tower, resulting in it collapsing on him.

In "The Core", the Autobots attempted to take control of Devastator by placing "Dominator Discs" on each of his Construction components. Although initially successful, Megatron used his own control system to take back Devastator. The conflicting signals temporarily drove Devastator insane. His mind was restored in time for him to save the earth from being destroyed by a runaway Decepticon machine. In "The Secret of Omega Supreme", Devastator took on Omega for the second and last time. Overwhelmed by his opponent's fury, Devastator was spared from destruction when Optimus Prime convinced Omega to help save the earth from a hungry space creature. In "Starscream's Brigade", Devastator was formed to stop the treacherous Starscream's Combaticons, in their combined form of Bruticus. Devastator was outmatched and defeated by Bruticus.

In the The Transformers: The Movie, set in the year 2005, Devastator was the Decepticons' primary weapon in the Battle of Autobot City, tearing through the defenses and walls of the city and battling the Dinobots once more. In "Five Faces of Darkness" (part one), the Constructicons were among the Decepticons who had hidden on Chaar following Galvatron's defeat. Starving for Energon, they combined into Devastator (Bonecrusher was unable to stay attached), they attempted to lay claim to the Energon Astrotrain had brought, only to be cut down by Menasor. A later episode of the five-parter showed a group resembling the Constructicons as the creators of Megatron.

In "Carnage in C-Minor", the Constructicons formed Devastator twice to battle the Autobots, but were defeated both times by Broadside (who landed on him in his aircraft carrier mode) and Perceptor (who used his microscope mode cannon to blow them apart). In his final American series appearance, in "The Burden Hardest to Bear", Devastator joined Predaking in attempt to destroy Broadside in Tokyo harbor, but failed.

In Transformers: The Headmasters, Devastator often appeared among his fellow combiners, although his appearances were only token, with no major accomplishments made in them. In Transformers: Zone, Devastator was among the nine Decepticon Generals assembled by the villainous Violenjiger. The veteran Decepticon was almost immediately defeated in battle, entombed beneath the earth by a river of magma unleashed by Dai Atlas. It's unclear if Devastator was killed or only incapacitated, due to fact that the Constructicons already survived falling into magma in "Heavy Metal War".

In Transformers: Combiner Wars, Devastator is one of the Combiners featured, with several of his components engaging Megatron in battle before overhearing Windblade and Optimus tell him of the Council of Worlds' possession of the Enigma of Combination. All six Constructicons soon assembled as Devastator, who attacked the Council and ripped off Rodimus Prime's arm before demanding the Enigma. Megatron ordered him to stand down, but Devastator refused, having tired of being "torn apart"-reduced to his separate components-so that Megatron could "feel safe". He then engages Victorion when she confronts him to prevent his theft of the Enigma, only for Starscream to claim it for himself. Devastator and Victorion were then forced-along with the lifeless forms of Menasor and Computron-to merge with Starscream into the Ultimate Combiner.

Comics

Fun Publications

Classicverse

Based on the Transformers Classics toy line, the Timelines 2007 story is set 15 years after the end of the Marvel Comics story (ignoring all events of the Marvel U.K. and Transformers: Generation 2 comics). Megatron survived the crash of the Ark on Earth, reformatted himself into a new form and now leads Ramjet, Skywarp, Soundwave, Starscream and the Constructicons. Optimus Prime has also returned to Earth commanding Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Grimlock, Jetfire, Mirage and Rodimus (formerly Hot Rod).

When the Cybertronians Skyfall and Landquake arrive on Earth unexpectedly Megatron attempts to destroy them, but Optimus Prime and his Autobots are able to drive Megatron away. The Constructicons merged into Devastator to stop the Autobots from gaining an energy source the Decepticons were attempting to find, but were defeated by Grimlock.

Wing of Honor

Devastator 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.[4]

IDW Publishing

Devatstor in All Hail Megatron #11

Devastator appeared in All Hail Megatron #11 by IDW Publishing.

Manga

In the Transformers Manga #5 Galvatron and his Decepticons attacked the Prime Energy Tower. Galvatron ordered the Decepticons to form Menasor, Devastator and Bruticus and attack. Rodimus Prime counted this move by ordering in Superion, Omega Supreme and Defensor. Galvatron then ordered in Predaking, knowing that Sky Lynx was elsewhere and could not counter them. Rodimus ordered the Omnibots to attack Predaking's legs. Tripping up the giant he fell into the other Decepticon giants, winning the day for the Autobots.[5]

Marvel Comics

The origins of the Constructicons in Marvel Comics' Transformers series was not nearly so complicated. Seeking to bolster the size of his forces on Earth in 1985, Decepticon Commander Shockwave arranged for the construction of six new Decepticon bodies, which were then infused with life by the power of the Creation Matrix, tapped from the head of the imprisoned Optimus Prime. Thus, the Constructicons were born, and were immediately put to work building a massive radio transmission dish that Soundwave used to beam a message to Cybertron. When the Autobots attempted to interfere, the Constructicons revealed their hidden power and merged into Devastator to fight them off, allowing the message to successfully go through.

The Autobots, intrigued by Devastator's unique combining power, attempted to replicate it with the construction of Omega Supreme. However, Omega was composed of only three (non-sentient) components, unlike the six Constructicons that made up Devastator. The Autobots conducted a raid on the Decepticon base, luring out Devastator so that they could gather data on him. This allowed them to accomplish the construction of the new combiner team, the Aerialbots, capable of forming Superion, whom Devastator battled during the Transformers' adventure alongside G.I. Joe.

A story published in issue #264 of the U.K.'s Transformers comic is often cited as an attempt to explain both releases, but since the "new" Constructicons would not be released for another two years, the only toy the story could actually be based upon would be the Action Master version of Devastator. In the story, it was revealed that that the Constructicons had lost the ability to combine and were attempting to rebuild Devastator as a singular, separate entity. The Autobots Ironhide and Bumblebee arrived on the island to investigate, and Ironhide was able to bypass the security grid and plant explosives to destroy the site, and Devastator with it.

Toys

  • Generation 1 Combiner Devastator (1985)
The combined form of the six Constructicons. Based on Diaclone toys.
  • Generation 1 Action Master Devastator with Scorpulator (1990)
A non-transforming toy with a Targetmaster partner.
In 1990, the final year of the Transformers toyline in the U.S., an Action Master figure of Devastator was released, with a transforming partner named Scorpulator. Two years later, in 1992, the Constructicons' toys were re-released (exclusive to Europe), now in a yellow, purple and grey color scheme, with no individual names for the individual toys and lacking the additional pieces that allowed their original releases to combine into Devastator.
  • Generation 2 Yellow Devastator (1993)
Redecos of the original toys in yellow for Generation 2.[6]
  • Generation 2 Orange Devastator (1993)
Redecos of the original toys in orange for Generation 2.
  • Classic Constructicon Devastator (2007)
A Walmart store exclusive gift set. A recolor of Energon Constructicon Maximus with the familiar green and purple G1 colors.[7]
This toy was voted the 46th top toy released in the last 10 years by Toyfare Magazine.[8]
  • Generations Combiner Wars Devastator (2015)
A six pack of Voyager sized toys.

Gallery


Transformers: Armada

The Autobot Scavenger is called Devastar in Japan. Devastar is also the Japanese name for Devastator.

Transformers: Universe

Transformers character
Name Devastator
Decepticon
Japanese name Sixbuilder
Series Transformers: Universe
Information
Alternate modes 6 robots and a jet
Sub-group Combiners, Constructicons, Micromasters

A redeco of Generation 1 Sixbuilder was released in 2004 done as a homage to Generation 1 Devastator.

In 1992, a combining Autobot Transformer named SixBuilder was released exclusively in Japan, composed of six Autobot Micromasters, who, by coincidence or design, shared alternate modes with the six original Constructicons. When this figure was reissued in 2003, a chase Destron (Decepticon) variant was available in a green and purple color scheme intended to evoke the Constructicons. Eventually, the individual components were released in the USA in 2004 as part of the multi-universe-spanning Transformers: Universe toy line, exclusively available from KB Toys stores, with improved paint applications to even closer match the original Constructicons' colors.

Released under the group name of the Constructicons once again, the team's combined form was named Constructicon Devastator, and its members included:

In Europe, the Micromaster Constructicons were released in Energon rather than in Universe packaging.

Fun Publications

"Ask Vector Prime" revealed that Constructicon Devastator was from a reality that was a mixture of Generation 1 and Unicron Trilogy elements, where Dr. Jones applied the technology from Constructicon Maximus and his brethren to Mini-Cons and thus created the Micromasters. Three Autobot Micromaster Combiners were created as a result, with the Decepticons eventually stealing the technology in order to create Constructicon Devastator.

Toys

  • Universe Devastator (2004)
The Micromaster Constructicons were initially a Kaybee store exclusive, but later on were found in other online stores. This version of Devastator has never appeared in any official media.[9]


Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Another Constructicon Devastator was later featured as a repaint of Landfill, the combined form of the Build Team from Robots in Disguise.

Fun Publications

"Ask Vector Prime" revealed that this Devastator had once been a version of Landfill who was reformatted by Megazarak's Robo-Smasher, resulting in the Build Team members being reborn as Constructicons.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers character
Name Devastator
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
English voice actor Frank Welker (film)
Fred Tatasciore (video game)
Japanese voice actor Template:Country data JPN Kenji Adachihara
Information
Alternate modes 7 robots
Function Ultimate Weapon, Combiner
Rank 9
Sub-group Constructicons, Legends, Supreme

In the 2007 live-action film, Devastator appears as an individual character that transforms into a heavily-modified M1 Abrams tank. Although the character was supposed to be named Brawl and he goes by that name in the merchandising, the Decepticon clearly identifies himself as Devastator in an on-screen subtitle (even though another character in the sequel is named Devastator). Movie writers Roberto Orci and Hasbro's Transformers team acknowledge this as an error. When queried, director Michael Bay has stated that he has always preferred Devastator, as it "sounded more destructive and dangerous for a Decepticon".[10]

In 2007 USA today polled people as to which Transformer they want to appear in the next Transformers film. Devastator came in tied for second with Grimlock.[11]

On the Transformers website, it was confirmed that several new Decepticons would form Devastator in the 2009 sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, as well that he would have powerful upper body strength, similar to a gorilla, and have the ability to widen his mouth, creating a powerful turbine that sucks anything in like a wood chipper. Nothing is currently known of any effort to reconcile the naming disparities between the two Devastators, though the tank in the 2007 film is officially dubbed "Brawl". There were conflicting reports as to the number and name of the Constructicons who will form Devastator, due to Demolishor and Scavenger being of the same model. However, the movie reveals that Devastator can be formed by a member from each of the eight Contructicon models in a present area. Unlike the red eyes of most Decepticons, Devastator has green eyes. He is also shown to have turrets on his arms and missile launchers on his shoulders which he uses to try to destroy Mudflap. Like in previous incarnations, Devastator's intelligence is much less than the other Decepticons due to the need for all the Constructicons making up Devastator having to agree on a thought or action. This results in Devastator being personified as a savage beast with Megatron as his master.[12]

Devastator would stand about 100–120 feet tall if erect, but due to his large upper body mass, he is unable to stand upright. This restricts his movement to walking (slowly) on all four limbs. When climbing the pyramid, his awkward form required his use of several grappling hooks so that he would not lose his footing.

A highly criticized scene in the 2009 film involves Agent Simmons standing underneath Devastator, showing what appear to be two wrecking balls dangling from his crotch.

Reception

Wired Magazine named Devastator and the Constructions one of the reasons to go see the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.[13]

Devastator was picked as the 52nd "Coolest Movie Robot" by Matt Patches of UGO.com.[14]

IGN described the appearance of Devastator's wrecking balls as one of the worst moments of the Transformers movies.[15]

Movie plot

Devastator is formed by the merger of several Constructicon vehicles in Egypt initiated by Scavenger. Once formed, he begins to suck up all of the structures and vehicles within the construction site in an attempt to destroy Mudflap and Skids. Mudflap is then sucked into Devastator's mouth, but he manages to break free by blasting a hole in the side of his face. Shortly after Devastator defeats the Autobot twins, Megatron commands him to climb the pyramid concealing the Sun Harvester. Once at the top, Devastator exposes the Sun Harvester but is hit by an experimental ship-mounted railgun round that was called in by former Sector 7 Agent Simmons. The shot shatters Devastator, killing him ultimately.

Toys

  • Revenge of the Fallen Supreme Constructicon Devastator (2009)
This toy is set of the Constructicon vehicles that combine to form Devastator. While the vehicles form Devastator's body parts, they do not have individual robot modes due to the complexity of the robot's design. The six-pack comes with Scavenger, Mixmaster, Long Haul, Rampage, Hightower and Scrapper. His head can turn into a vortex with light-up eyes, in order to emulate the construction site scene. Devastator also emits sound effects as well. Notably, this set does not come with the seventh Constructicon known as Overload. Priced at US$99.99/£99.99 at the time of release, this surpasses Bumblebee and G1 Fortress Maximus (both having been priced at US$89.99 at release) as the most expensive Transformers toy sold by Hasbro.[16]
The Japanese release version features red paint applications on Devastator's face, which matches his on-screen appearance.[17]
  • Revenge of the Fallen Legends Constructicon Devastator (2009)
This set also includes Overload, who forms the back of Devastator. Unlike the larger Supreme class version, the individual Constructicons in this set can transform into their robot modes. In Japan, the Constructicons are sold individually.
  • Transformers Legends Constructicon Devastator (G1 Redeco) (2009)
A Japan exclusive redeco of the movie Legends Devastator in green/purple colors inspired by the Generation 1 version of the character. Hightower and Rampage have been replaced with Bonecrusher and Hook.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Burger King Constructin' Devastator (2009)
Sold with Burger King's BK Kids Meals, this is Devastator's main body with combining Constructicon arms and legs, Scrapper, Rampage, Long Haul and Hightower.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Mega Power Bots Constructicon Devastator (2009)[18]
A large, non-transforming action figure for younger children. Features numerous light and sound effects. Because he has wheels on his limbs, Devastator can lie face-first, giving the appearance of five construction vehicles lined up together.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Robot Heroes Desert Devastation (2009)
A cartoonish pack of non-transforming action figures. The pack also includes Mudflap, Autobot Skids and Captain William Lennox.
  • Transformers Legends Constructicon Devastator (2010)
A Toys "R" Us exclusive release of the G1 redeco version of the Legends gift set, which was previously sold exclusively in Japan.[19]

Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
Name Devastator
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Prime
Information
Function Ultimate Weapon, Combiner
Sub-group Constructicons, Legends, Supreme

Devastator is the combined version of the Constructicons. His size makes him the Ultimate Weapon for the Decepticons.

Books

Devastator appears in the novel Transformers: Exodus where he fights Defensor. He appears to be based on the Revenge of the Fallen version of Devastator.

Kre-O

Reception

The [email protected] podcast for April 19, 2012 selected Kre-O Devastator as one of the New Picture Picks.[20]

Animated series

Devastator appeared in the animated short "Quest for Energon".[21]

References

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  6. Tomart's Action Figure Digest #7, 1992, page 9
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  8. Toyfare Magazine issue #122
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  11. http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2007-07-18-Transformers_N.htm 'Transformers' fans make some noise for Soundwave, By Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY, 7/23/2007
  12. http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2009-04-01-transformers-first-look_N.htm First look: Robo-brawlers big, small in new 'Transformers' By Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY
  13. Top 10 Reasons to Skip Work and Go See Transformers 2, By Curtis Silver, June 23, 2009
  14. Matt Patches (January 20, 2011). "Who is the Coolest Movie Robot?". http://www.ugo.com/movies/100-best-movie-robots?page=3. 
  15. http://movies.ign.com/articles/117/1177006p1.html
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  18. 06:42 AM. "ROTF Mega Power Bots Constructicon Devastator". TFW2005.com. http://www.tfw2005.com/resources/rotf-power-bot-decepticons-394/constructicon-devastator-3504/. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  19. TFW2005.com - Toys "R" Us Exclusive Legends Class Devastator Repaint Released in the U.S.
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  21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jucj9IJFKYU

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