Drag Strip (Transformers)

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Drag Strip is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Drag Strip was introduced in 1986 and was voiced by Ronald Gans in the Transformers animated television series. Due to trademark issues, newer toys of the character are marketed by Hasbro as Decepticon Dragstrip.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
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Box art for the original Drag Strip toy
Name Drag Strip
Decepticon
Japanese name Drag Stripe
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Generations
English voice actor Ronald Gans
First appearance The Transformers episode "The Key To Vector Sigma Part 1"
Information
Alternate modes 1976 Tyrrell P34 Formula One car, IndyCar racer
Function Warrior
Gender Male
Motto "The first one to cross the finish line LIVES."
Partner Motormaster, Breakdown, Wildrider, and Dead End
Rank 5
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Stunticons

A Decepticon with racer who will do anything to win. He often combines with fellow Stunticons to form Menasor. He has also been known to form parts of Galvatronus, Superion and Ultra Prime.

Drag Strip is a Scramble City style combiner, able to form a limb of any Scramble City gestalt robot or combining with Metroplex or Metrotitan.

Fictional biography

Generarion 1: Nasty, underhanded, loves to gloat over his victories. Would rather be scrapped than lose. Prone to overheating. Megatron would sooner melt him than talk to him, but knows he's even worse company for the Autobots. In car Mode, has a plasma-energy blaster. Carries a gravity-enhancing gravito-gun. Combines with fellow Stunticons to form "Menasor".


Universe: The only thing Decepticon Drag Strip hates more than the Autobots is coming in second. He hates losing so much, he'll do anything to avoid it. Cheating is always his first resort, followed quickly by outright violence against his competition. The other Decepticons wouldn't be at all sad to see him scrapped, since he's almost as much of a pain for them to deal with as he is for the enemy.

Animated series

Drag Strip first appeared with the rest of the Stunticons in the two-part The Transformers episode "The Key To Vector Sigma". Like the other Stunticons, he was created after Megatron commissioned Rumble to find him some vehicles to be turned into Decepticon warriors, in order to more effectively battle the Autobots on the roads. Megatron modified the cars so they could transform into remote-controlled robots, and then took them to Vector Sigma so they could be given personalities of their own.

Drag Strip made various other appearances in the US cartoon, as well as in the Japanese series Transformers: The Headmasters.

Comics

Devil's Due Publishing

The Stunticons first appeared in the second G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers miniseries from Devil's Due. After Cobra Commander and Cobra, followed by G.I. Joe, had journeyed to Cybertron, weapons fire caused a critical malfunction in Teletran 3, causing numerous Autobots and Decepticons to become time-displaced. Among these were the Stunticons, who were dumped in 1930s Earth and reformatted into period cars. They were eventually defeated and returned to the present by a combined force of G.I. Joe and COBRA members, as well as another Transformer lost in that time - Optimus Prime

The Stunticons would also appear in the third mini-series, being recruited by Serpent O.R., a human military-created cyborg with Megatron's memories, and would participate in the ambush that killed Bumblebee. Seen in group shots where Serpentor is gathering the Decepticon army, their next major role would be in the assault on Capital City, assisting Predaking and Piranacon in taking down Omega Supreme. Breakdown and the Seacon Nautilator were the ones assigned to guard the human captives, but Snake-Eyes used his ninja powers to take control of Breakdown and had him shoot Nautilator, freeing them. Razorclaw and Motormaster were the ones who stopped Prime's attack on Serpentor, beating him near death, but were then killed by the Cobra Commander-controlled Serpentor.

Dreamwave Productions

Unlike previous series Drag Strip and the other Stunticons were not portrayed as recently created characters, but were Decepticons from Cybertron millions of years ago, like most other Decepticons. Initially just five individual Decepticons, the five who would become Stunticons were chosen in an experiment to improve on the combiner process which had created Devastator. Their combined form was called Menasor.

The Stunticons appeared in the second Generation 1 mini-series where Menasor was revived by Rumble and Frenzy, killing the Omnibots, Roadbuster, Whirl, and damaging the Protectobots (combined as Defensor) before battling and being defeated by Ultra Magnus on Cybertron. With the closure of Dreamwave, the fate of the Stunticons is unknown.

Fun Publications

Classicverse

Drag Strip appears in At Fight's End with Overkill and Acid Storm fighting against Elita One, Springer and Snarl.[1]

Wings of Honor

Drag Strip is mentioned in the biography for Timelines Breakdown. It states that the other Stunticons were left in stasis lock after a pitched battle with Defensor.

IDW Publishing

Drag Strip appeared in Transformers: Ironhide #2. Before the war, he was a professional racer, with over six thousand victories under his belt thanks to his ruthless nature. He got involved with Megatron when the miner-turned-gladiator began to make a name for himself, and as a result, the Autobot Outback tried to assassinate him prior to a race against Blurr. Drag Strip's life was saved by Ironhide, a race track security guard.

The Stunticons made their first IDW Publishing appearance in issue 3 of The Transformers: Megatron Origin, appearing amongst Megatron's gathering of gladiators that would eventually become the Decepticons.

in Transformers #5 Drag Strip and Wildrider were sent to retrieve Breakdown, the only Stunticon missing from the group. They found him in the hands of Spike Witwicky and began attacking him. Spike fought back, puncturing one of Drag Strip's tires, but the Stunticons eventually won and took Breakdown back to their starship-building site. There, they revealed that Swindle had modified them into combiners, and attacked their former Autobot allies in the form of Menasor.

Marvel Comics

Drag Strip and the Stunticons were not major characters in the comics. They were featured in issue #22, Heavy Traffic, where they battle the Aerialbots as well as Circuit Breaker and RAAT troops.[2]

In the Generation 2 comics Drag Strip participated in the Decepticons' first battle with the Cybertronians.

TFcon comics

The Universe version of Drag Strip appeared in the 2009 TFcon poster.[3]

Toys

  • Generation 1 Stunticon Drag Strip (1986)
Drag Strip was sold in 1986 by itself, and later with the other Stunticons as a giftset.[4]
  • Generation 2 Drag Strip (unreleased)
During the final part of the toyline, Hasbro had intended to release a Generstion 2 redeco of the original Stunticons. However, because of attention redirected to the upcoming toyline Beast Wars: Transformers, the toy was never released; however a few packaged examples do exist.[5] In April of 2008, rare prototypes of this toy were sold on ebay and garnered bidding of over $2000 U.S. dollars.[6]
  • Universe Deluxe Special Edition Decepticon Drag Strip (2008)
A yellow recolor of Classic Deluxe Mirage. Originally sold exclusively in Asian markets, the figure was offered in the US through the Hasbro Toy Shop website.[7]
  • Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Decepticon Dragstrip (2015)
A new mold; was later recolored into Mirage.
  • Generations Generation 2 Menasor (unreleased)
A 6-pack of recolors that are homages to the unreleased Generation 2 Stunticons.
  • Universe Spy Changer Drag Strip (unreleased)
First announced in Previews magazine for January 2003 were a set of 5 Stunticon Spy Changers - Breakdown, Drag Strip, Motormaster, Dead End, and Wildracer.

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Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
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War for Cybertron Drag Strip
Name Drag Strip
Decepticon
First appearance Transformers: War for Cybertron video game
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian car
Gender Male
Sub-group Light vehicles

Games

Drag Strip is a playable character exclusive in the Nintendo DS version of the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron.

Transformers Animated

Transformers character
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Drag Strip in "The Stunt-Con Job" by Fun Publications
Name Drag Strip
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Timelines
English voice actor Morgan Lofting
First appearance Transformers: Timelines Volume 2 #6 by Fun Publications
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian car
Function Warrior
Gender Female
Motto "The first one to cross the finish line lives!"
Partner Breakdown, Dead End, Drag Strip and The Motor Master
Rank 5
Sub-group Convention Exclusives, Deluxe Vehicles,

Drag Strip is one of the Stunticons to receive the Animated treatment for BotCon 2011. This incarnation, however, is a female Decepticon.[8][9]

Biography: Drag Strip is angry that the Autobots control Cybertron, that she takes orders from those windbags The Motormaster and Wildrider, and that she was protoformed in a wimpy looking Autobot shell; which fuels her already high lust for violence. New laser swords are well suited for carving her name in anybot's armor, but those aggravating this fem-brawler-botshould expect to receive a headbutt between the optics and a swift kick to the exhaust port.

Fun Publications

Drag Strip appeared in the Transformers: Timelines story "The Stunti-Con Job". After the events of Transformers Animated the Stunticons set up a Stunt Convoy show in the city of Kaon and used it as cover to attempt to break Megatron out of his detention at Trypticon. Their efforts were thwarted thanks to the efforts of Cheetor, Optimus Prime and Sideswipe. The Stunticons were placed in detention with Megatron and an attempt to rescue them was made by the Decepticons Blot, Mindwipe, Oil Slick, Scalpel, Sky-Byte and Strika.[10]

Toys

  • Timelines Deluxe Decepticon Drag Strip (2011)
A BotCon 2011 exclusive yellow/magenta redeco of Animated Arcee.


References

  1. Pete Sinclair & Jesse Wittenrich (2009). At Fight's End. The Transformers Collector’s Club. 
  2. The Official Overstreet Comic Book Companion, 11th Edition, Page 257 by Robert M. Overstreet, 2010
  3. http://markerguru.deviantart.com/art/TFcon-2009-poster-colors-120130232
  4. TFU.info - Drag Strip
  5. Transformers Generation 2:, by Karl Hartman, Hasbro Transformers Collectors Club magazine, issue #26, April 2009/May 2009, page 3
  6. Seibertron.com - Auction for Rate, Unreleased G2 Motormaster and More
  7. TFW2005.com - Decepticon Drag Strip
  8. TFW2005.com - BotCon 2011 Animated Drag Strip Revealed
  9. http://geek-news.mtv.com/2011/03/07/mtv-geek-exclusive-2011-botcon-tf-animated-stunticon-set/?xrs=share_twitter
  10. Marty Isenberg, Derrick J. Wyatt & Matt Youngberg (w), Marcelo Matere (p), Marcelo Matere (i), Thomas Deer & Jesse Wittenrich (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair & Brian Savage (ed). ""The Stunt-Con Job"" Transformers: Timelines v2, 6 (Summer 2011), Fun Publications

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