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Springer is the name of five fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Springer was voiced by Neil Ross in the 1986 The Transformers: The Movie film and he continued in season 3 of the The Transformers television series. Springer was called Sprung in Japan, leading to a second, similar looking, character named Sprung to be released in the Superlink line, but Sprung was called Bulkhead when the line was imported to the US. In 2009 a second character named Springer was released for the Revenge of the Fallen line. This Springer appeared in a few comic stories. Other Springers have been released who are homages to the original. For trademark reasons, many toys of the characters are named Autobot Springer.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
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Generation 1 Springer box art
Name Springer
Autobot
Japanese name Sprung
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generations
Transformers: Timelines
Transformers: Universe
English voice actor Neil Ross[1]
Japanese voice actor Kenyu Horiuchi
First appearance The Transformers: The Movie
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian car/Cybertronian helicopter
M1117 Armored Security Vehicle
Aerospatiale SA 365 Dauphin N2 Helicopter
Function Aerial Defense
Gender Male
Motto "Strength is more than physical."
Partner Huffer
Rank 7
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Triple Changer, Voyagers, Wreckers

He is a green Autobot Triple Changer who can transform into both a Cybertronian car and a helicopter. So named for the massive leaping power in his legs, Springer is one of Rodimus Prime's inner circle. More laid back than many of his allies, he is nonetheless brave, loyal and always ready with a sharp quip in battle. He is optimistic and good humored.

Fictional biography

Profile: Springer is a wise-cracking, easy-going, sharp-witted and somewhat caustic fighting Autobot. He has an unfailing optimism and good humor and courage beyond known bounds, and with it all, the willingness to sacrifice himself for his friends and the sake of his mission. Abilities: Springer has an incredible springing power, enabling him to cover distances by springing pogo stick-like by using the strength in his mighty legs. This he does in his robotic mode and his physique is heavily powerful, his chest massive, his arms enormous and well proportioned like the most massive body-builder. When he transforms, his automotive mode is super-powerful with the attributes of battle tank and speedcar combined. In robot mode, he carries a laser that produces giant wind funnels. His helicopter blade transforms into a light saber that can cut through concrete.

Animated series

The Transformers

Springer is characterized as an affable tough guy, possibly making him a replacement for Ironhide, who was killed in The Transformers: The Movie. Later, Springer develops an attachment to female Autobot Arcee.[2]

Springer was the first Autobot Triple Changer to be featured in the show, soon followed by Sandstorm and Broadside. However, in contrast to the series up to that point, the three Autobot Triple Changers were not featured together as a team. Rather Springer appeared usually with Ultra Magnus, Kup, Rodimus Prime, Blurr and or Arcee as he did in the film. Springer was also identified as Rodimus's first choice as heir to the Matrix in "Five Faces of Darkness". Following the season's five part introduction, Springer would appear multiple times.

In "Dark Awakenings", he is among the crew that accompanies zombie Optimus Prime to avenge the "deaths" of Arcee, Rodimus, Ultra Magnus and Kup. Springer would appear briefly in "Forever is a Long Time Coming", after which taking a hiatus from the series for several episodes, reappearing in "Fight or Flee". In "Dweller in the Depths", we see Springer turned into an energy vampire by transorganic creatures made by the Quintessons. Following this episode Springer would get a starring role in "Nightmare Planet". In this episode, both Springer and Predacon leader Razorclaw are caught up in a manifestation of Daniel Witwicky's nightmares. Springer finds himself rescuing a young damsel in a castle from a fire breathing dragon.

Ultra Magnus, Springer, Rodimus Prime, and Arcee as humans

In the episode "Only Human", Ultra Magnus, Springer, Rodimus Prime and Arcee were captured and found their minds transferred into human-mimicking "synthoid" bodies by the human crime lord Victor Drath and the ex-terrorist Old Snake.

Following his brief appearance in "Call of the Primitives", Springer would make his final appearance in "Burden Hardest to Bear", in which he attempts to encourage Hot Rod to reclaim the Matrix from Scourge. Springer was neither killed nor injured in this episode or "The Return of Optimus Prime". As such, his fate and whereabouts at the end of the series remain unknown.

Transformers: Headmasters

Springer would appear in the Japanese series Transformers: The Headmasters alongside the Autobot Triple Changers in the first episode entitled "Four Warriors Come out of the Sky".

Books

Springer appeared in the 1986 story and coloring book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books.[3]

Springer appeared in the Marvel Books 1986 story and coloring book The Invasion of the Decepticon Camp by Pat Brigandi.[4]

Comics

3H Enterprises

Springer and Rodimus appeared in a flashback sequence in Transformers: UniverseThe Wreckers #1, where he and Rodimus were looking into getting upgraded into Maximals and consoling Arcee over the death of Daniel Witwicky.

Dreamwave Productions

Springer first appeared chronologically in the second volume of Transformers: The War Within. Following the disappearance of Optimus Prime, Springer split off from the Autobots, establishing the Wreckers as an independent faction. They often clashed with Ratbat's Ultracons. In one such battle they ran up against Ratbat's newest weapon — Devastator. They were saved by Defensor, but in order to prevent an arms race between the various factions, Springer convinced Defensor to separate and defeat Devastator via sabotage.

Springer had a role in the revolution against Shockwave on Cybertron in the second volume of the Generation 1 comic War and Peace. He then battled Shockwave's troops alongside many other Autobots at Cybertron. He appeared again in the Generation One series, as part of a complex love triangle with Arcee and Hot Rod — unaware they were being manipulated by the Quintessons. Dreamwave's closure prevented this story from being completed.

Devil's Due Publishing

Springer also had a brief appearance in the third G.I. Joe vs the Transformers crossover from Devil's Due Publishing. He and Sandstorm were part of a patrol looking for Decepticon activity — and failed to detect the massive Decepticon army forming under Serpentor.

Fun Publications

Based on the Transformers Classics toy line, the Timelines 2007 story is set 15 years after the end of the Marvel Comics story (ignoring all events of the Marvel UK and Generation 2 comics).

After the war Springer was recruited by Grimlock to be security officer of the Autobot ship Graviton, whose mission it was to track down Bludgeon and his Decepticons.

In Transformers: Timelines volume 2 #2, "Games of Deception" Ultra Magnus lead a force including Elita One, Springer, Huffer, Snarl, Strongarm and Tyrannitron after the Decepticon Bugbite and his forces to Earth. Bugbite and Springer had full page biographies in the book as well.

Most of the Classicverse universe was destroyed in the BotCon 2012 story Invasion. Springer has not been depicted as one of the survivors and is presumed destroyed in that continuity.

IDW Publishing

Springer made his first IDW Publishing appearance in The Transformers: Stormbringer. As in other continuities, Springer leads the Wreckers: a commando team sent in to the most hopeless situations in order to cause maximum casualties for the enemy before the Autobots pull out. Like the cartoon, he is an affable tough guy (albeit a more vicious and hard-bitten one), and is on friendly terms with Optimus Prime. Dispatched from the doomed world of Varas Centralus by Prime to counter the threat of Thunderwing, Springer led the Wreckers in annihilating Bludgeon's group of cultists, destroying the beacon guiding Thunderwing in the process. When the monster returned to Cybertron, Springer led the Wreckers in fighting against him. Although, he was badly wounded when Thunderwing smashed his helicopter mode into the ground, he survived the battle, examining Thunderwing's inert corpse.

He also appeared in the The Transformers: Spotlight issue on Kup, supervising the rescue of the veteran Autobot from a deadly radiation filled crystalline planet. Unwilling to give up, even though both Prowl and Perceptor told him it was a waste of time and lives, he brought in Trailbreaker, who used his forcefield to save Kup. Later, Springer wondered if he had allowed his feelings to get in the way as they examined Kup being rebuilt.

Springer appeared in Spotlight: Doubledealer where he was among the Autobots fighting Thunderwing on the planet Corata-Vaz.

Marvel Comics

In the Marvel UK comics, Springer was a member of Autobot Impactor's Wreckers team — added (with Broadside and Sandstorm) to the team to lend reinforcements for Operation: Volcano in the event that Ultra Magnus did not return in time from Earth. Operation: Volcano was aborted when the targeted Decepticons were recalled by Megatron, but a lone Decepticon named Macabre pressed on, attempting to assassinate Emirate Xaaron but killing Wrecker leader Impactor instead. With his dying words, Impactor appointed Springer leader of the Wreckers.

The Wreckers were soon in action alongside Magnus again, when Optimus Prime arrived on Cybertron and the Decepticons spread misinformation that he was one of their spies. The Wreckers hunted him down, only to realize he was the real Optimus when he insisted on getting medical attention for another wounded Autobot first. Springer accompanied Prime and Magnus to the Decepticon base to confront Megatron (who was in the throes of possession by Straxus), and was left counting the cost when Prime, Megatron and Magnus were all transported back to Earth.

Springer had serious doubts about his role as leader and these were only worsened when the undead Impactor attacked during the zombie uprising in Kalis, but he came out of the experience a much more dedicated and stronger leader.[5]

Afterwards, the team was sent to take down and retrieve Galvatron; the first clash was disastrous as the Wreckers found themselves battling him and Cyclonus and Scourge in a human city. The second clash occurred during the Time Wars, when the Wreckers and the Decepticon Mayhem Attack Squad teamed up and were jointly decimated in battle with Galvatron and Megatron. The few survivors, along with Skids, formed the renegade group known as the Survivors, of which Springer was the unofficial commander, and he found himself in an uneasy partnership with Carnivac. In order to save Carnivac from the second Mayhem incarnation led by Bludgeon, the Survivors joined the Autobot Earthforce.

Issue #279 of the Marvel UK Transformers comic featured a story called "Divide and Conquer!" where Soundwave lead the bulk of the Decepticon forces on Earth against the Autobot Earthforce headquarters while Starscream attacked an oil tanker. Sent into battle by Prowl, the Dinobots routed the main Decepticon forces while Springer lead the Autobot Survivors, Broadside, Inferno, Skids, and Carnivac to defeat Starscream.

Springer made several appearances in the post-2006 comics, due to his being part of the movie cast, and he had a brief appearance in Generation 2.

TFcon comics

Springer appeared in the TFcon 2009 convention poster by Alex Milne in the form of his Universe Voyager toy.[6]

Springer and Slag Days of Wreckening

Springer appears in the TFcon 2012 live script reading Days of Wreckening. In this story he leads the Wreckers Roadbuster and Broadside against the Constructicons and Predacons on prehistoric Earth.[7]

Toys

  • Generation 1 Triple Changer Springer (1986)
A Triple Changer toy that transforms into a helicopter or jet car. One of several new toys released during the premiere of The Transformers: The Movie.[8]
  • Timelines Deluxe Springer (2007)
A recolor of Cybertron Cybertron Defense Hot Shot in the colors of Generation 1 Springer was part of an exclusive set at BotCon 2007. He came with BotCon Huffer and was limited to only 1,400 in number.[9]
  • Universe War Within Series Voyager Springer vs. Deluxe Ratbat (2008)
Springer is a recolor of Cybertron Evac. Part of a Target exclusive two-pack with Ratbat dubbed "Standoff Beneath the Streets." Hasbro released Springer in helicopter mode only--and not as a Triple Changer--as the BotCon exclusive already represented his ground vehicle mode. [10] This version of Springer appeared in the 2009 TFcon poster.[11]
  • Generations Voyager Springer (2013)
A new mold. Turns from robot to car or helicopter.[12]

Gallery

Transformers: Energon

Sprung (the Japanese name for Springer) was the Japanese name of the Autobot Bulkhead. As Bulkhead is a green helicopter, he is an obvious homage to Generation 1 Springer.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers character
Springer-rotftoy.jpg
Revenge of the Fallen Springer toy
Name Springer
Autobot
Series Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
First appearance Transformers Magazine Volume 12 issue #12, "Rules of Engagement"
Information
Alternate modes Tiltrotor V-22 Osprey
Gender Male
Rank 5
Sub-group Micro Vehicles

In September 2008 pictures of a mold for an unnamed Legends class toy similar to Incinerator appeared online.[13] In December 2008 images of a boxed Springer toy from Revenge of the Fallen appeared on the internet.[14]

The original script for the movie was to have Springer in it along with Depth Charge and Breakaway and concept art was even created for him but after many revisions to the script, Springer was cut out of the movie all together along with Depth Charge & Breakaway due to the writer strike, concept art was also created for him, although he survived in both his Legends and Robot Heroes toys.

His alternate mode seems to be similar to that of the Decepticon Incinerator, only with an extra blade in each rotor.

Note: As a toy he's called "Autobot Springer", possibly for trademark purposes.

Titan Magazines

Springer first appears in the story "Rules of Engagement" by Titan Magazines.[15]

Springer continues to appear in the Titan Magazines stories, until his team was shot down in "Divided Loyalties", and has not been seen since.

Toys

  • Revenge of the Fallen Legends Autobot Springer (2009)
A Legends Class toy.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Robot Heroes Autobot Springer vs. Starscream (2009)
Super deformed figurines of Springer and Starscream.


Transformers Animated

A bust of Springer appeared in Master Yoketron's dojo as a member of ther Cyber Ninja Corps in the Transformers Animated episode "Five Servos of Doom" during a flashback of Prowl's training during the Great War.

Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
Name Springer
Autobot
First appearance Transformers: Exodus
Information
Gender Male
Sub-group Wreckers

Springer is a member of the Wreckers under the command of Ultra Magnus.

Books

Appears in the novel Transformers: Exodus.[16]

Kre-O Transformers

Transformers character
Springer-kreontoy.jpg
Kreon Springer
Name Springer
Autobot
Series Kre-O Transformers
Information
Alternate modes Helicopter
Gender Male
Sub-group Kreons

Springer is an Autobot aligned Kreon Micro-Changer. He can fly in helicopter mode and carries two swords.

Toys

  • Kre-0 Transformers Kreon Micro-Changer Springer (2012)
Part of the blind packed first wave of Kreon Micro-Changers. His package has the identifying numbers 42 as the last digit on the serial number on the back of the package.

References

  1. "The TCC Presents: Screamers Retro-Views - G1 Interview with Neil Ross". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (37): 3. 
  2. Autobot Triple Changer: Springer
  3. Woods, Sonya (1986). The Lost Treasure of Cybertron. Marvel Books. ISBN 0-87135-103-X. 
  4. Brigandi, Pat (1986). The Invasion of the Decepticon Camp. Marvel Books. ISBN 0871351021. 
  5. http://books.google.com/books?id=U3u7AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA129&hl=en&ei=p2mFTPPsENH2nAeZ_dCFAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEgQ6AEwBA#v=snippet&q=springer&f=false Powerplay: toys as popular culture By Dan Fleming page 129
  6. http://markerguru.deviantart.com/art/TFcon-2009-poster-colors-120130232
  7. Philip M. Gervais (w), Ninjatron (a). Days of Wreckening (July 25th, 2012), Toronto, Canada: TFcon
  8. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 46. ISBN 0764313649. 
  9. Springer (Autobot Deluxe Vehicles, Convention & Club Exclusives)
  10. Hasbro.com - Springer
  11. http://markerguru.deviantart.com/art/TFcon-2009-poster-colors-120130232
  12. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-generations-classics-30-35/transformers-generations-toy-fair-2013-voyager-class-official-images-176852/
  13. http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/new-tf-rotf-legends-pics-of-jetfire-incinerator-more/13930/
  14. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-movie-9/images-of-transformers-revenge-of-the-fallen-legends-class-toys-including-springer-and-jetfire-166401/
  15. http://www.allspark.com/content/view/7012/20/
  16. Alexander C. Irvine (2010). Transformers: Exodus - The Official History of the War for Cybertron. Del Rey Books. ISBN 978-0345522528. 

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