Rapid Run (Transformers)
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Rapid Run is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Rapid Run was a character from the Transformers: Robots in Disguise television series. Other unrelated characters in Transformers have also used the name.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Rapid Run is an Autobot train.
Rapid Run is eager, enthusiastic, and proud. He is a remarkable warrior, often taking on multiple foes with unrelenting courage (though this could be attributed to his hot-headed attitude). He is very competitive and likes to think of Team Bullet Train as the Autobot's elite force, and of himself as the fastest of all the Autobots. Rapid Run can change to a 700 Series Shinkansen Rail Star bullet train engine. He is armed with a grenade launcher, and can fire large, powerful missiles from his Deflector Shield, which deflects attacks. He forms the lower body and back of Rail Racer.
Team Bullet Train first appears in episode #3, "Bullet Train to the Rescue."  In this episode Team Bullet Train is called in the help the Autobots save the Linear RFG from a Predacon attack.
Team Bullet Train return in episode #6 "The Secret of the Ruins" where they are called into Metro City to stop a Predacon attack.
Team Bullet Train are featured in the episode #8 "Secret Weapon: D-5" where they help protect a classic train (with Koji aboard) from a Predacon attack.
He last appears in episode #38, "The Final Battle Part 2." 
According to "Ask Vector Prime," one version of Rapid Run was captured by Megazarak along with his teammates and the Build Team and subjected to a Robo-Smasher. Rapid Run's shell thus became the form of the villainous Steamhammer.
- Car Robots J-Seven (2000)
- Bundled with J-Five and J-Four in the JRX gift set. This toy is 1/54 scale.
- Robots in Disguise Rapid Run (2001)
- According to show notes Rail Racer stands 15 meters tall. This makes the 24 centimeter toy about 1/63 scale. With this scale Rapid Run should stand 11.34 meters (37.2 feet) tall. The Hasbro version of the toy had opaque windows and added an Autobot symbol. 
Rapid Run is a Decepticon mercenary. He can combine with either of his partners with them becoming his head. When combined with Nightscream he is disguised as an Autobot.
Rapid Run has yet to appear in any fiction and has not even had an official biography. What little is known about him is from the biographies of his Mini-Cons, who were featured in issue #14 of the Transformers Collectors Club magazine.
- Energon Rapid Run with Nightscream and Nightcruz (2004)
Rapid Run is an Autobot Micromaster train. He combines with his fellow Railbots to form Rail Racer, for which he becomes the left arm.
According to the Fun Publications Ask Vector Prime stories this Rapid Run comes from Aurex 1104.30-DB Zeta, part of the Unicron Trilogy series. Rail Racer was born from Doctor Brian Jones's attempts at reverse-engineering Maximus combiner technology and applying it to Mini-Con anatomy. Superion, Defensor, and Rail Racer fought Devastator in the Combiner Wars during the Unicron Singularity crisis.
- Universe Rapid Run (2005)
- He is a re-release of the Takara exclusive Generation 1 Micromaster Raise. Initially sold as a Kaybee store exclusive in the US He comes with both fists to Rail Racer. 
- The Micromaster Railbots were released in Cybertron packaging in European countries, as they didn't have the Transformers: Universe line.
- Lenburg, Jeff (2009). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Third Edition. Infobase Publishing. p. 657. ISBN 978-0-8160-6599-8.
- Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc.. p. 111. ISBN 1405304618.