Strafe (Transformers)

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Strafe the name of three fictional characters in the Transformers series. The original Strafe was a heroic Technobot introduced in 1987 who turned into a jet. The second Strafe is the evil mirror-universe counterpart of the first. The third Strafe is one of the Dinobots introduced in the 2014 film Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Transformers: Generation 1

Strafe
Transformers character
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Generation 1 Strafe on card
Created by

Hasbro
Voiced by

Steve Bulen
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot, Cyberjet, Deluxe Vehicles, Technobot, Voyagers
Alternate mode

Cybertronian combat jet/Arm, X-29 jet, Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut, Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
Function

Aerial Gunner
Motto

"Shoot everywhere - because that's where your enemies are."
Series

Transformers: Generation 1
Tech specs

ST05 IN06 SP06 EN07

RN05 CO08 FB07 SK04

Strafe forms the left arm of Computron. A triggerhappy fighter who's as much a danger to friends as he is to enemies.

Animated series

The Transformers

The Technobots first appeared in 'The Transformers season 3 episode "Grimlock's New Brain". After biting through a computer's cables located inside Cybertron's core, Grimlock became super-intelligent, and created the Technobots to combat the Terrorcons. The Terrorocons combined into Abominus and to combat him, Grimlock transferred his vast intellect into Computron, the Technobots' combined form. This left Grimlock in the same mental state as before. Like Omega Supreme, Computron speaks only in suffixed phrases, taking the form of "analysis: conclusion". However, unlike Omega, Computron often combines shorter suffixed phrases (such as items or datums) as variables in a larger problem, and seems less concerned than Omega with vocal economy.

The Technobots appeared on numerous other occasions, including when they were assigned to destroy a Quintesson base on Mars with the help of Marissa Fairborne. While the Quintessons controlled the Terrorcons they had them unite into Abominus to face the Technobots. The Technobots quickly formed Computron and were successful in defeating the Terrorcons and Quintessons.

During "The Return of Optimus Prime", they tried to stop the Terrorcons from stealing a special heat-resistant alloy. The two teams merged into their combined forms, but Computron's need to analyse every strategy before committing himself led to Abominus swiftly defeating him.

The Technobots also appears in the season 4 episode "The Rebirth Part 1". They are on Earth when the Decepticons attack Autobot City.[1]

Transformers: Headmasters

Strafe appears in episode #27 of the Japanese Headmasters series, called "The Miracle Warriors - The Targetmasters (Part 1)." Spike orders the Protectabots, Technobots and Trainbots to destroy the abandoned Decepticon headquarters on Earth. Combined into Defensor, Computron and Raiden the Autobots quickly demolish the building.

Books

The Technobots are a favorite toy of the character Lucas in the book The Annoyance Bureau By Lucy Frank.[2]

Comics

Dreamwave Productions

Although Strafe and the other Technobots received individual biographies from Dreamwave they did not appear in any fiction before the company went out of business.

IDW Publishing

Jetfire and the Technobots appeared working together in IDW Publishing's comic book miniseries, The Transformers: Stormbringer. They investigated a mysterious energy spike on the deserted surface of Cybertron. Jetfire, Lightspeed, Scattershot and Strafe went down to the surface to investigate, but were ambushed and taken out by Bludgeon's troops. Nosecone and Afterburner's ship was shot down, but they managed to launch a distress beacon first and get to an escape pod. The three captured Technobots were cannibalized for their parts, while Bludgeon revealed his true pan—to reanimate Thunderwing. Nosecone and Afterburner were left on the surface on Cybertron, and were about to be killed by Centurion drones when help arrived—the Wreckers, who saved them both. The Wreckers subsequently attacked Bludgeon's cult, and rescued the Technobots. They then helped Jetfire to decode Bludgeon's data, helping shut Thunderwing down for good. It is unknown if the Technobots can merge into Computron at this point.

Marvel Comics

The Technobots were among the Autobots who joined Fortress Maximus in leaving Cybertron for the planet Nebulos (Transformers: Headmasters #1). However, a crew of Decepticons under Maximus' rival Scorponok pursued them and the war began anew on Nebulos. Assisting the Autobot Headmasters Brainstorm and Hardhead against the Terrorcons and Horrorcons, the Technobots were first seen combining to form Computron in Transformers: Headmasters #3. They once agan battled the Terrorcons as Abominus, defeating him and forcing the Decepticons to flee. Realising the damage the war was doing, the Autobots, including the Technobots, departed Nebulos for Earth (Transformers: Headmasters #4).

When Maximus' forces linked up with the Earthbound Autobots, they encountered resistance from Autobot leader Grimlock, who was unhappy they might resurrect Optimus Prime and topple him.

The Technobots were last seen trying to stop the Underbase powered Starscream in issue 50, as they were all taken out and deactivated. The Technobots were never seen again in the U.S. Marvel Transformers series. While they may have been destroyed by Starscream, many of the other characters he disabled in that issue eventually returned to the series.

Toys

  • Generation 1 Technobot Strafe (1987)
Turns from robot to Cybertronian jet or becomes a limb for Computron or any other Scramble City type combiner.
Knockoffs of this toy were commonly released in a gift pack containing a mixture of Stunticons and Technobots who formed a bizarre Menasor/Computron hybrid toy.[3]
  • Generation 2 Cyberjet Strafe (1995)
A Cyberjet recolor of the Decepticon Space Case.[4][5]
  • Gentei! Gentei! Deluxe Strafe (2009)[6][7]
Released exclusively through the Transformers Basecamp website in Japan, this figure is a red/white recolor of Universe Deluxe Cyclonus. Comes with Rocketbot, a redeco of Cyclonus' Targetmaster partner Nightstick.[8]
  • Reveal the Shield Voyager Strafe (2011)
Turns from robot to stealth bomber.
A recolor of Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Mindwipe.
  • Generations Combiner Wars Computron (unreleased)
A gift pack of figures that combine into Computron.
  • Unite Warriors Computicon (unreleased)
A gift pack of figures that combine into Computicon.


Shattered Glass

Transformers character
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Shattered Glass Strafe
Name Strafe
Autobot
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian Space Ship
Sub-group Technobots

This character is one of Optimus Prime's evil Autobots, but secretly loyal to Alpha Trion.

Comics

Computron was created as a combiner for the Autobots. Although the individual Technobots are all geniuses in their fields, when united they formed a highly ambitious super genius called Computron who suppressed all their individual flaws. In his arrogance Computron attempted to grant enhanced intelligence to Grimlock. The experiment backfired and it brought out the flaws in each Technobot, resulting in insanity for Computron. Optimus Prime enjoyed the new Computron and refused to repair him. Alpha Trion was then able to sway Computron to his side.[9]

The Technobots are among the acolytes of Alpha Trion who respond to his return to their world.[10] When Breakaway, Landquake, Skyfall and Topspin escape Alpha Trion Scattorshot offers to have the Technobots hunt them down, but Alpha Trion instead assigns them to help relocate his base.[11] The four rogue robots are eventually uncovered by Computron. Although Computron chases the quartet, they escape to the Decepticon headquarters, and Computron faces off against Abominus.[12]

Toys


Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers character
Name Strafe
Autobot
Series Transformers: Age of Extinction
Information
Alternate modes Mechanical two-headed, two-tailed Pteranodon
Function Assault Infantry
Rank 5
Sub-group Dinobots, Legendary Knights

Strafe is one of the Dinobots in Transformers: Age of Extinction, who specializes in assault infantry and transforms into a mechanical two-headed and two-tailed Pteranodon. This Dinobot, was originally called Swoop, but later the name was changed to Strafe.

Films

In Transformers: Age of Extinction Strafe was among the legendary knights Lockdown kept prisoner aboard his ship, and was inadvertently rescued when the Autobots liberated Optimus Prime and stole a detachable section of Lockdown's ship. Optimus later freed him and the other Dinobots to request their help in defeating Galvatron's forces, and when he finished beating Grimlock into submission, Strafe and the others joined the Autobots charge into Hong Kong. Once there, he picked up Bumblebee, as well as a stowaway Stinger, carrying them around the skycrapers as they battled. Once Stinger was defeated, Strafe carried Bumblebee back into the battle and helped to escort the Seed to a safe location. However Lockdown returned and attempted to recapture the Dinobots and Optimus using a magnetic tractor-beam, but the Autobot leader managed to destroy it before they were caught. Once Lockdown was defeated, Optimus set the Dinobots free, and Strafe and the others headed off. Like the rest of the Dinobots, he isn't referred to by name as he cannot speak.

Toys

  • Age of Extinction Cyberverse Strafe (2014, not yet released)
  • Age of Extinction Deluxe Class Strafe (2014)
Was later recolored into Dinobots Unleashed Strafe and Platinum Edition Swoop.
  • Age of Extinction Power Attackers Strafe (2014)
  • Age of Extinction One Step Changers Strafe (2014, not yet released)
  • Age of Extinction Scene Pack: Bumblebee with Strafe vs. Decepticon Stinger (2014)
Strafe is a recolor of Beast Wars Terrorsaur.

References

  1. Afterburner (Autobot Technobots, Transformers G1)
  2. The Annoyance Bureau By Lucy Frank
  3. Strafe (1987) - Autobot Aerial Gunner - www.tfu.info
  4. Strafe (1995) - Autobot Aerial Gunner - www.tfu.info
  5. Brereton, Erin (2006). Transformers: The Fantasy, The Fun, The Future. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-983-1. 
  6. TFW2005.com - Sponsor News: Tempting Toys Update for 8/25/09
  7. TFW2005.com - Transformers Basecamp Gentei! Gentei! Strafe Released in Japan
  8. TFW2005.com - Gentei Strafe
  9. Transformers Collectors Club Magazine #27
  10. Reunification Part 1 by Fun Publications
  11. Reunification Part 2 by Fun Publications
  12. Reunification Part 4 by Fun Publications