Hubcap (Transformers)

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Hubcap is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Hubcap is an Autobot communications expert who turns into a car and was introduced in 1986. In 2011 toy company Renderform announced an upgrade set that created a third-party Transformer homage to Hubcap by giving a new head to the Classic Bumblebee mold.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
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Box art for Generation 1 Hubcap
Name Hubcap
Autobot
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2
Information
Alternate modes Car
Gender Male
Motto "Weapons can win battles, but words can win wars."
Rank 6
Sub-group Mini-bots

Hubcap is an Autobot who turns into a car.

Fictional biography

Has everybody's friendship, nobody's trust. Affable, witty, generous, charming, but a con artist. Living proof of the Cybertronian adage, "You can't tell an Autobot by its finish." Head module equipment receives AM and FM radio, shortwave, UHF, and VHF television signals as weak as .000001 watts. Maximum speed of 90mph, range: 1000 miles.

Fun Publications

Hubcap is one of the central characters to appear in Fun Publications fiction "Gone Too Far", a text based story set on Transtech Cybertron. Jackpot and Hubcap find themselves in the city of Axiom Nexus after a mishap with a Space Bridge. They are given the grand tour by Scattorshot. While awaiting return to their own dimension they loose all their money in a card game with the Decepticon Gutcruncher. Invited to a rally he is giving, they are framed for his death when he is assassinated. They eventually clear themselves and are transported back to their dimension, where they end up on a planet rich in energon. They offer to help the locals by helping remove the frightening explosive crystals from the planet.

Hubcap was among the troops under the command of Spark on Earth in the story Generation 2 Redux.[1]

Spark commands an Autobot shuttle crewed by Blaze, Hubcap, Sideswipe, Streetstar and Windbreaker into space where they intercept a distress call from Spike Witwicky on the planet Nebulos. When the Autobots arrive on Nebulos they meet Spike and Carly Witwicky, Chip Chase and the Autobots Brainstorm, Chromedome, Crosshairs and Highbrow who inform them that the Nebulan scientist Hi-Q is missing. They learn from Hi-Q's assistant Hi-Test that Hi-Q had security monitors and through them discover the scientist was kidnapped by the Decepticons Runabout and Runamuck.[2]

Toys

Licensed

  • Generation 1 Mini-Bot Hubcap (1986)
A remold of Generation 1 Cliffjumper.
  • Generation 2 Mini-Bot Hubcap (1993)
A recolor of the first Hubcap toy in metallic red.

Unlicensed

  • Renderform Hubcap head upgrade (2011)
A third-party add-on set that gives a new head to the Classic Bumblebee mold, making it look like Hubcap.[3]


Machine Wars

Transformers character
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Machine Wars Hubcap toy
Name Hubcap
Autobot
Series Machine Wars
Information
Alternate modes Tow Truck
Function Damage Control
Gender Male
Motto "You smash 'em, I'll trash 'em!"
Rank 5
Sub-group Basic vehicles

The second character named Hubcap was an Autobot tow-truck from the Machine Wars series introduced in 1997.

Fictional biography

After a fellow Autobot defeats a Decepticon in battle, Hubcap races in to haul the enemy away. He takes the debris back to Autobot headquarters where he salvages what he can from any surviving circuitry or undamaged armor. The rest of the parts he either recycles for scrap, or uses for his favorite hobby: target practice!

Toys

  • Machine Wars Basic Hubcap (1997)
Was later recolored into Tow-Line/Wreckerhook.


Transformers

Transformers character
Hubcap-tftoy.jpg
Transformers Hubcap toy
Name Hubcap
Autobot
Series Transformers
Information
Alternate modes Car
Gender Male
Rank 5
Sub-group Scouts

The third Hubcap is a Autobot who turns into a car and is part of the live action Transformers film toy line released in 2010.

Fictional biography

Hubcap never liked the way Brimstone pushed other robots around, and he never made any effort to hide his disapproval. The two robots have clashed more times than either of them can count. Now their rivalry has moved to the urban drag strips of Earth. Brimstone may consider himself king of the road, but Hubcap won't give up until this so-called king is just another wreck.

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers Scout Hubcap (2010)
Turns from robot to car.
This toy was repurposed into the GoBot Good Knight.

References

  1. Greg Sepelak & Trent Troop (w), Robby Musso (p), Robby Musso & Frank Milkovich (i). "Generation 2: Redux" Transformers Timelines v2, 5 (Summer, 2010), Fort Worth, Texas: Fun Publications
  2. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (June/July 2012). "A Flash Forward Part 3". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (45): 6-11. 
  3. http://www.renderform.com/

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