Searchlight (Transformers)

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Searchlight is the name of two fictional characters in the Transformers series. The first Searchlight is a heroic Autobot surveillance expert who turns into a car, introduced in 1987. The second Searchlight is another heroic Autobot search and rescue expert , but he turns into a helicopter, introduced in 2010.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Generation 1 Searchlight box art
Name Searchlight
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Alternate modes Ford RS200
Function Surveillance
Motto "Seeing is, by itself, not enough for believing."
Rank 6
Sub-group Throttlebots

Fictional biography

A creature of the night. Cruises the Earth with the curiosity of a cat. Nothing is too insignificant or irrelevant to escape his notice. Quiet, serious; a loner. Top row of headlights equipped with stereoscopic digital video cameras, spectroscopic chemical analyzer, and radiation detector. Bottom lights can produce strobe effect, full color spectrum with blinding 10,000 watt brightness.

Animated series

Predaking fights the Throttlebots Freeway, Chase, Searchlight and Goldbug in Transformers: Headmasters

The Throttlebots are among the troops commanded by Rodimus Prime in their attempt to rescue the body of Optimus Prime from the lab of Doctor Mark Morgan. They are infected with the hate plague.[1]


IDW Publishing

Searchlight served under Optimus Prime in the Autobot hub.[2]

The Throttlebots appeared as a whole team in IDW's Spotlight Metroplex.[3]

Searchlight was on the Autobot Orbital Command Hub in Spotlight: Blaster. He was present when Blaster was recovered and returned to the Autobots.

Marvel Comics

Searchlight appears in the Marvel Comics Transformers series.

In Transformers (Marvel Comics U.S.) issues #29-30, the Throttlebots were a rogue band of Autobot rebels whom Ratbat captured and forced to go to Earth to end a Scraplet infestation - tiny viral robots that turn into bolts and screws and eat metal upon contact - by exterminating the infected. Blaster, Goldbug and the Decepticon Triple Changers had already been infected, with Goldbug searching for a cure; the Throttlebots reluctantly attempted to kill him until they discovered the Scraplets could be killed with water. Curing the plague, the Throttlebots joined Blaster and Goldbug on the road, eventually being hunted down by the Autobots (under Grimlock's command), the Combaticons and R.A.A.T. forces. Rollbar having been injured earlier by an R.A.A.T. ambush, the Throttlebots were captured by R.A.A.T. and eventually executed as a show of disapproval against Decepticon attacks (R.A.A.T. and the American government believed all Transformers were allied despite statements by their captives and humans who learned the truth); they only survived by having their brain modules secretly removed by sympathetic government agent Walter Barnett. Their brains spent some time in toy cars before their bodies were rebuilt by Fortress Maximus' crew.

The Throttlebots were destroyed by the Underbase-powered Starscream. Goldbug was rebuilt (as Bumblebee) but the other Throttlebots were never shown rebuilt; Chase appeared as part of an Autobot task-force in the GI Joe/Generation 2 crossover but he was killed by Megatron.


  • Generation 1 Throttlebot Searchlight (1987)
A new mold. Like all Throttlebots he came with a pullback motor which could be used in either mode.[4] The Throttlebots were among the first Transformers released in 1987 and featured pullback motors that worked in both car and robot modes.[5][6]
  • Generation 1 Classic Throttlebot Searchlight (1991)
A reissue of Searchlight in Europe under that replaced the rub sign with an Autobot symbol sticker.

Transformers: Power Core Combiners

Transformers character
Power Core Combiners Searchlight and Backwind on card
Name Searchlight
Series Transformers: Power Core Combiners
Alternate modes Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight
Partner Backwind and Skyburst
Sub-group Power Core Combiners, Scouts

Searchlight is the most skilled at search and rescue among the Autobots. He come with a Mini-Con named Backwind. Where Power Core Combiners fits in Transformers fiction is vague, although it has some connections with the 2007 live action Transformer movie series.

When Maketoys released promotional images of their Missile Launcher Jungle Type toy they included photos of it combined with Searchlight.[7]

Fictional biography

Searchlight is the most skilled search and rescue operative the Autobots have. His combination with Backwind makes him able to operate at full effectiveness for even longer, making him invaluable in recovery operations.


  • Power Core Combiners Searchlight with Backwind (2010)
Searchlight is an Autobot helicopter partnered with the Mini-Con Backwind. As a Power Core Combiner Scout, he can become the torso of a combined form by using four drone limbs (sold separately). His partner Backwind transforms into a gun that can mount under the front end of his helicopter mode.
Searchlight and Backwind were also recolored; Searchlight as the Decepticon Windburn, and Backwind as Beacon, Steelshot´s Mini-Con partner.

Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass Searchlight is an evil Autobot.


  1. Transformers episode #94, The Return of Optimus Prime Part 1
  2. Transformers: Stormbringer #1-2
  5. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s (Revised & Expanded 2nd ed.). Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 54. ISBN 0-7643-1364-9. 
  6. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Japanese and International Transformers. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 30. ISBN 0-7643-1282-0.