Swerve (Transformers)

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Swerve is the name of six fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Swerve is an Autobot who turns into a pick-up truck.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Swerve-generationsbox.jpg
Generations Swerve box
Name Swerve
Autobot
Japanese name Wave
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Alternators
Transformers: Generations
Information
Alternate modes Truck, car
Gender Male
Motto "Molecular structure is the window to understanding."

Fictional biography

If Autobots had drivers licenses, his would have be revoked. A menace on highways. Doesn't pay attention to where he's going or the orders he's being given - easily distracted by anything. Hands' sensors can determine physical and chemical properties of metals. Goes 120mph, range 500 miles in car Mode. Gets into lots of accidents.

Animated series

As with most Mini-Bots released during that year, Swerve's first appearance in the original cartoon was during the fifth part of "Five Faces of Darkness" (episode #70) where he helped his fellow Mini-Bots defend the Ark against the gigantic Decepticon Trypticon but unfortunately gets stepped on.

His second and last appearance in the cartoon was during episode #76 "Thief In The Night".

Books

Swerve appears in the 1986 story book Galvatron's Air Attack by Ladybird Books.[1]

Dreamwave Productions

Swerve later made a cameo appearance in Dreamwave's War and Peace #3 - "Cold War" and later G1 #2 - "Black Sunshine" as one of the Mini-Bots being trained after Shockwave's defeat.

Toys

  • Generation 1 Swerve (1986)
A remold of the Autobot Gears.[2]
  • Alternators Swerve (Chevrolet Corvette Z06) (2005)
Swerve made another appearance as the fifteenth Alternator, where he was a red recolor of the 1;24 scale Chevrolet Corvette C5 Z06 Tracks with a new head sculpt. Unlike most Alternators, Swerve did not make an appearance in the Japanese equivalent, Binaltech. Again, thanks to Hasbro's lack of characterization, it is not known how this upgrade has affected Swerve or even why he became an Alternator in the storyline.[3]
Because Swerve is a red redeco of Tracks, he bears a resemblance to Road Rage, the name of a Japanese exclusive red repaint of Generation 1 Tracks.
  • Generations GDO Deluxe Swerve
A remold of Kup.
  • Generations Tailgate and Swerve
A double-pack of figures; later recolored into the components of Oilmaster and retooled into Optimus Prime and Hi-Q.


Transformers: Universe (2004)

Transformers character
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2004 Universe Deluxe Swerve toy
Name Swerve
Autobot
Series Transformers: Universe
Information
Alternate modes Car
Gender Male
Partner Roadhandler
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles

Swerve reappeared with great surprise to many during 2004 as a red recolor of the Armada Autobot Blurr. He is now partnered to the Mini-Con Roadhandler. It is not known if he is an original character, or possibly related to Generation 1 Swerve or Armada Blurr.

Early information about this character out of China in April 2004 referred to this character as Blurr.[4]

Comics

3H Enterprises

Swerve single appearance in any fiction was in Transformers: Universe #2 by 3H Enterprises. He was among the Transformers captured by Unicron and freed in a massive prison break by Optimus Primal and his allies.

Fun Publications

A post on the Ask Vector Prime Facebook page established this version of Ratchet as coming from the Viron 704.31 Epsilon universe, a future version of the Robots in Disguise continuity.[5]

Animated series

An unnamed Autobot car similar to Universe Swerve has made cameos in the Transformers: Cybertron television series.

Toys

  • Universe Swerve with Roadhandler (2004)
A recolor of Armada Blurr with Incinerator.[6][7]


Transformers: Cybertron

Transformers character
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Cybertron Swerve box
Name Swerve
Autobot
Series Transformers: Cybertron
Information
Alternate modes Car
Gender Male
Sub-group Scouts

Fictional biography

Impatient and short-tempered, Swerve is a robot whose processors run so hot he was forced to install a backup exhaust system just to compensate for the excess heat. After his suspension from official races for poor sportsmanship, he found himself in the seedy underground oil-sport racing circuit. There, running races which the last robot standing is declared victor, he's finally found an outlet for his temper, and a use for his lightning fast reflexes and sharp-shooting skills.

Fun Publications

Blurr, Excellion, Longrack, and Swerve appear among Override's troops in the Transformers Collectors Club exclusive story The Dark Heart of Sandokan by Benson Yee. This story is set years after the events of the Transformers: Cybertron animated series. Override (now in her GTS form) is commanding the Autobot ship Star Arrow when it crashes on the planet Sandokan while transporting a Force Chip.

Swerve is a minor background character appearing in Fun Publications fiction Gone Too Far a text-based story set on Transtech Cybertron. During a rally held by the Decepticon Gutcruncher, Swerve is briefly address when Gutcruncher says "Swerve! You were a champion of Velocitron’s most dangerous races, but here you’re a freak in a cage!"[8]

Transformers: Mosaic

Swerve appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "The Thrill of Victory" by Master Fwifflo.[9]

Toys

  • Cybertron Scout Swerve (2006)
A recolor of Cybertron Clocker.
In 2006 a special edition of Swerve was available in Walmart stores which contained a DVD with the episode "Cybertron" as a promotional item - despite the fact that he wasn't in that episode.


Transformers

Transformers character
Swerve-rotfbox.jpg
Name Swerve
Autobot
Series Transformers
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Information
Alternate modes Chevrolet Camaro Concept (card game), Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept (toy line)
Partner Ironhide and Mudflap
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Legends Vehicles

Swerve was released in the Transformers movie card game and Revenge of the Fallen toy line.

Fictional biography

Swerve is highly intelligent, though you wouldn't know it to watch him drive. His duties as a metallurgist and fabricator for the Autobots expose him to a lot of toxic chemicals, which his circuits have been constantly exposed to for years. He has trouble holding a straight line as a result. The other Autobots prefer to keep him far away from battle, since he aims about as well as he drives.

Toys

All toys of this character are officially licensed from General Motors.

  • Transformers 3D Battle Card Swerve (2007)
Swerve is among the characters which appeared in the Transformers 3D Battle card game by Wizards of the Coast. He is a red recolor of movie Sideswipe, much like the toy of Sideswipe in the movie toy line. Oddly, there is a card for Sideswipe that greatly resembles the Alternators Swerve toy. It is possible the images of the two character somehow were swapped.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Legends Swerve (2009)
A red recolor of Legends Sideswipe. Bundled in the Target exclusive Legends Class "Straightaway Shootout" gift set.[10]
  • Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Swerve (2009)
A red recolor of Deluxe Sideswipe with a different head sculpt. Like Sideswipe, Swerve features retractable blades on his forearms. MechAlive feature consists of moving hydraulics on his legs.[11]


Transformers: Universe (2008)

Transformers character
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Universe Swerve toy
Name Swerve
Autobot
Series Transformers: Universe
Information
Alternate modes Chevrolet Aveo sedan
Gender Male
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles

A new mold that transforms into a Chevrolet Aveo sedan. Hasbro produced the figure at cost for General Motors as thanks for their successful partnership with the movie franchise. It was designed for a promotional campaign in European markets, with the figures given away to people who test-drove a real Aveo. The figures were never meant to be sold; a handful were left after the promotion had ended, and so they were shunted onto the website where these last few remainders very quickly sold out. This information was revealed by Hasbro executives at BotCon 2008. However, this figure is currently being given away at malls across the Greater Toronto Area as a promotion for GM's new contest. Upon entering, this is one of the items given as a free thank you gift.

Toys

  • Universe Deluxe Swerve (2008)
This toy was initially given away in Europe to people who test-drove the real Chevrolet Aveo, then the leftover stock was sold at European Chevy dealers online.[12]


Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
Swerve-primebox.jpg
Prime Swerve toy
Name Swerve
Autobot
Series Transformers: Prime
Information
Alternate modes Truck
Function Ore Block Engineer
Gender Male
Partner Sou
Rank 5
Sub-group Voyagers

Fictional biography

Swerve is an excellent engineer but all too often he causes accidents when he is alone as he gets too engrossed in scientific theory. With sensors in his arm he is able to accurately detect the position of any Energon or ore. He is aware of the true identity of the Arms Microns thanks to his excellent analytical capabilities but he has promised not to divulge the secret in order to protect the power of the Microns.

Toys

  • Prime Voyager AM-17 Swerve with Sou (2012)
A recolor of Prime Voyager Breakdown.

References

  1. Galvatron's Air Attack. Ladybird Books. 1986. ISBN 0721409881. 
  2. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 40. ISBN 0-7643-1364-9. 
  3. Swerve - Transformers: Alternators - Toy Gallery
  4. New Transformers Listings From China
  5. https://www.facebook.com/?q=#!/AskVectorPrime
  6. http://www.bwtf.com/universe/swerve
  7. http://www.mastercollector.com/articles/reviews/review020605-4.htm
  8. S. Trent Troop and Greg Sepelak (2008). Gone Too Far. Illustrator Evan Gauntt. Fun Publications. 
  9. http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=mosaic+thrill+of+victory#/d14turg
  10. TFW2005.com - ROTF Legends Swerve
  11. Figure King magazine, September 2009, page 91
  12. Chevrolet: Product: Aveo Transformer Toy

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