Transformers: Generation 1
The only way to get him to follow advice is to persuade him to come up with the idea himself. Stubborn, doesn't talk much. Binary-bonded to Duros, a Nebulan who loves a battle as much as he does. In tank mode, maximum speed: 155 mph. Range: 450 miles. Has 120mm laser-guided gun that shoots incendiary, sonic and explosive shells. In robot mode, has 2 shatterblasters that shoot diamond-hard shards.
Hardhead first appeared in the episode "Rebirth Part 1".
Decepticons successfully stole the key to the Plasma Energy Chamber and opened the ancient device, a group of Autobots and humans included Hardhead were blasted across the galaxy by the energy release, crash-landing on the planet Nebulos. Quickly siding with a group of rebels engaged in a war against the planet's evil rulers, the Hive, they deduced a process by which they could combine the best of their minds and bodies together, becoming Headmasters. Hardhead was paired with Duros, a Nebulon rebel who likes combat as much as he does.
Although Hardhead and Duros didn't appear in the Dreamwave Transformers comics before they closed down, Hardhead and Duros did get a one page biography in their More Than Meets The Eye series.
Hardhead joined Fortress Maximus's expedition in search of a peaceful world upon which to live. Hardhead was among the Autobots who joined Fortress Maximus in leaving Cybertron for the planet Nebulos. Hardhead was among the Autobots who gave up their heads to the Nebulans in hopes of showing their peaceful intentions (Transformers: Headmasters #1). However, when the Decepticons followed them, Hardhead became a Headmaster in order to stop them.
While the US Headmasters miniseries would not feature Hardhead in anything other than minor roles, the UK series would feature him more. One of his most prominent actions in this period was when he and the other Headmasters were captured by the Decepticons in order to refine their own Headmaster process. Taking Highbrow, the Autobots managed to free the other captured Targetmasters, with Hardhead assisting in routing the Decepticons and freeing Highbrow. (Transformers Marvel UK #130-131)
Hardhead made his first appearance in issue 38 of the regular Marvel Transformers series, joining the Earthbound Autobots, appearing less.
He last appeared in issue #75 during the battle with Unicron. He was apparently killed, along with the Decepticon Bomb-burst, when he was crushed by Unicron while trying to activate a missile battery.
Hardhead and Duros appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "The Sting of Scorponok" by Josh “Richter” van Reyk.
- Generation 1 Headmaster Hardhead with Duros (1987)
- This toy came with his partner Duros, and converts into a Cybertronian tank.
- John Grant (1988). Autobots Strike Oil. Ladybird Books. ISBN 0721410693.
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