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Octopunch is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series. The first was introduced in 1989 as a Decepticon Pretender who turned into a mechanical crab. The second was a featured character at Botcon 2012, while the third was a character in the Robots in Disguise animated series.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
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Octopunch box art
Name Octopunch
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Information
Alternate modes Robotic crab
Function Salvage
Gender Male
Motto "Anything that can sink is worth sinking."
Rank 6
Sub-group Mayhem Attack Squad, Pretenders

Octopunch is a Decepticon Pretender salvage expert.[1]

Fictional biography

The terror of the deep. If he's not stealing sunken treasure or ancient artifacts, he amuses himself by smashing holes in submarines and cruise ships. Electrically-charged, razor-tipped harpoon gun momentarily short-circuits on contact. Also armed with vice-like tentacles that stick to any surface. So strong underwater that he can wrestle a whale to a standstill. Inner robot convers to metal-rending crab creature equipped with depth gauges, deep-sea radar and acetylene torch gun.

Comics

Condor Verlag

In a story called "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" from Transformers Comic-Magazin issue #12 by German comic publisher Condor Verlag Optimus Prime instructs Backstreet, Bumblebee and Ruckus on how to identify Autobots from Decepticons in battle using the Ark's computer. Octopunch is one of those he displays to the Autobots. This story identifies Octopunch as an Autobot.[2]

Fun Publications

Octopunch appeared in Invasion Prologue by Fun Publications where is was one of the Decepticon troops under the command of Overlord.[3]

Generation 1 and Shattered Glass Octopunch both appear in the 2012 BotCon Invasion lithograph by Casey Coller and Josh Perez.[4]

In Tranformers Invasion Skullgrin and Octopunch attempt to take the rarified energon from the Autobot Ironworks base. They are defeated by Scoop and Shattered Glass Octopunch.[5]

Marvel Comics

Octopunch appears first in the Marvel UK comics as part of the 'Mayhem Attack Squad'. They encounter the Dinobots. [6] He appears several issues later, where the Squad's activities are put on hold when they are distracted by the National Guard. [7] Later, an incident causes Ocotpunch to fire a shot which wakes up the entity known as Primus; his panicked reaction wakens the planet eating Unicron. [8] The character also appears in "Transformers" #71 - "Surrender!" (October 1990).[9]

Transformers: Mosaic

Octopunch appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "The Call" by Franco Villa.[10]

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers Pretenders Octopunch (1989)
A new mold.[11]
  • Hasbro Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Prime Master Solus Prime with Octopunch (2018)
A new mold.
  • Broken Arrow Toys Octopunch Trident
An original weapon made by Broken Arrow Toys for Octopunch.[12]

Gallery


Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Octopunch-sgtoy.jpg
Timelines Octopunch toy
Name Octopunch
Decepticon
Series Transformers: Timelines
First appearance Invasion
Information
Alternate modes Hovercraft
Function Amplibious Assault
Gender Male
Motto "Don't ask me, I just work here."
Rank 5
Sub-group Convention exclusives, Voyagers

Octopunch a heroic Decepticon. He turns into a hovercraft.

Fun Publications

Generation 1 and Shattered Glass Octopunch both appear in the 2012 BotCon Invasion lithograph by Casey Coller and Josh Perez.[13]

In Tranformers Invasion Skullgrin and Octopunch attempt to take the rarified energon from the Autobot Ironworks base. They are defeated by Scoop and Shattered Glass Octopunch.[14]

Octopunch appeared in Another Light where he was among the mixed group of Classicverse Autobots and Shattered Glass Decepticons stationed at the Ironworks base on Classicverse Earth. He was present when Gaia teleported the humans and human shaped Pretenders from Classicverse Earth. When Shattered Glass Primus attacked Classicverse Earth his team was evacuated in a shuttle by Classicverse Grimlock and survived.[15]

Toys

  • Timelines Voyager Treadshot (2012)
A recolor of Transformers Seaspray. A BotCon 2012 exclusive. He came packaged together with Timelines Spinister.


Aligned Continuity

This version of Octopunch turns into a submersible and has an octopus-themed robot mode.

References

  1. Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers The Ultimate Guide. DK Publications. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-7566-3012-6. 
  2. Robert Mann (w). "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" Transformers Comic-Magazin 12 (December 1990), Condor Verlag
  3. Pete Sinclair & Jesse Wittenrich (w), Will Mangin (p), Jake Isenberg (i). "Invasion Prologue" Transformers Timelines (March, 2012), Fun Publications
  4. http://tformers.com/transformers-botcon-2012-transformers-invasion-box/17534/news.html
  5. Benson Yee & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Jake Isenberg (i). "Transformers Invasion" Transformers Timelines v2, 7 (2012), Fun Publications
  6. "Transformers" UK issue #229 (August 5th 1989)
  7. "Transformers" UK #238 (30th September 1989)
  8. "Transformers" UK issue #259–261 (Mid-December 1989)
  9. Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc.. p. 42. ISBN 1405304618. 
  10. http://transformers-mosaic.deviantart.com/art/The-Call-152021858
  11. Bellemo, Mark (2007). Transformers: Identification and Price Guide. Krause Publications. p. 228. ISBN 0896894452. 
  12. http://www.brokenarrowtoys.com/cart/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=247
  13. http://tformers.com/transformers-botcon-2012-transformers-invasion-box/17534/news.html
  14. Benson Yee & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Jake Isenberg (i). "Transformers Invasion" Transformers Timelines v2, 7 (2012), Fun Publications
  15. 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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