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Swindle is the name of nine fictional characters in the Transformers series. The first Swindle was a member of the Combaticons team introduced in 1986. The second Swindle was the Mini-Con partner of Starscream in the Transformers: Armada series. The third Swindle was the Japanese name for the Transfomer named Blight in English. The fourth Swindle is member of the Railbots, a Micromaster who turns into a train.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Generation 1 Swindle box art
Created by

Voiced by

Johnny Haymer
Species Transformer


Alternate mode

XR311 Combat Support Vehicle, Jeep Wrangler, AH-64 Apache

Munitions Expert

"Make deals, not war."

Blast Off, Brawl, Onslaught, Shockwave and Vortex

Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2
Transformers: Alternators
Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Generations
Unite Warriors

Combaticions, Deluxe Vehicles, Elite Guard, Scouts
Tech specs

ST05 IN09 SP05 EN06

RN06 CO05 FB07 SK10

Swindle originally appeared as a member of a group of five Decepticons known as the Combaticons who were able to combine together to form a larger robot known as Bruticus.[1] As a basic sized combiner limb, Swindle could become the arm or leg to any similar combiner Transformers; he was usually found to be the right leg of Bruticus.

Whereas other Decepticons were motivated by lust for power or sheer love of carnage, Swindle's sole motivation was turning a profit. With the born personality of a salesman, Swindle would sell anyone anything - be they weapons, parts or bits of his own comrades. Swindle is also the brightest among his fellow Combaticons (and the Decepticons as well), describing himself as a "one-robot black market", Swindle would even sell his goods to the Autobots if he thought he could get away with it.[2] In the Unite Warriors line he is mentioned as having done arms deals with Trickdiamond.

Animated series

The Transformers

Swindle is most notable for receiving a new look for his animated appearance. Unlike his toy, the front of the jeep and its windscreen becomes Swindle's chest. Because of his alternate form, he was the smallest Combaticon despite his toy being the same size as the others aside from team-leader Onslaught.

Swindle was originally one of five Decepticon criminals that had attempted to overthrow Megatron on Cybertron. Their personality components extracted by Shockwave, they were later recovered by Starscream in the episode "Starscream's Brigade", himself exiled from the Decepticons after one clash too many with Megatron. Hitting on the idea of creating his own loyal troops from the wrecked vehicles on Guadalcanal, he installed their personality components into the rebuilt vehicles, thus creating the Combaticons, with Swindle having the alternate mode of a jeep. After a series of attacks on both Autobots and Decepticons they were defeated by Menasor and exiled to space. Ridding themselves of Starscream they would then attempt to conquer Cybertron, defeating Shockwave's army, and then attempt to destroy Earth by sending it towards the sun. They were eventually stopped by Optimus Prime, Megatron and Starscream, but they survived - under Megatron's control.

While he would mostly appear as part of the Combaticons, the episode "B.O.T." would spotlight Swindle near exclusively. After a gestalt-on-gestalt battle between Bruticus and Defensor, the Combaticons' combined form was demolished, with only Swindle surviving to revert to robot mode. The ever opportunistic Swindle took the opportunity to sell his comrades' parts—much to the fury of Megatron. (More impressive is the fact that he was able to sell their parts to both Western and Eastern Blocs.) Recovering all but Brawl's components Megatron had him fitted with a bomb to give him extra "motivation". Eventually he located it installed in a high school science project called B.O.T. (which had gone on the rampage due to Brawl's influence). Eventually recovering Brawl's personality components, the Combaticons merged into Bruticus in order to use Megatron's new superweapon, but were stopped by Defensor, forcing them to flee.

In "The Ultimate Weapon", a season three episode, Swindle was able to steal Metroplex's cog from the pacifistic First Aid. But instead of giving it to Galvatron, he planned to sell it. Galvatron responded by forcing him to hand it over or be destroyed. Eventually, the Autobots respond by stealing Trypticon's transformation cog, and re-tool it to fit Metroplex.

Swindle's last US appearance was in "The Rebirth, Part 3".

Transformers: The Headmasters

Swindle and the other Combaticons continued to appear in the Japanese spin-off series Transformers: The Headmasters.


Swindle appeared in the 1986 Ladybird Books story Decepticon Hideout by John Grant.[3]



Using the deadly Cosmic Rust plague, Swindle orchestrated the decimation of the Earth-based Autobot army, only for the damaged Autobots to enter into partnership with human corporations and arrange for construction of new bodies for them by major car companies. Using their new, powerful bodies to strike back against the Decepticons, they injured many of them; Swindle was not damaged seriously, but with a bit of wheeling and dealing, he quickly moved himself up the list, past worse-off Decepticons, to be one of the first transplanted into similar new bodies. Stealing an Autobot chassis intended for use by the Autobot Trailbreaker, Swindle was reborn as an Alternator able to transform into a Jeep Wrangler. Armed with his traditional scatter blaster and now powered by an exponential generator, Swindle continues his black market dealings, including attempts to re-engineer the cosmic rust.

Devil's Due Publishing

Swindle would appear in the third G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers crossover from Devil's Due Publishing as part of the Decepticon force trying to hold back the combined Autobot/G.I. Joe force trying to rescue Optimus Prime.

Dreamwave Productions

Dreamwave Productions' 21st Century re-imagining of the Generation 1 universe took its inspiration for the Combaticons from the original animated series, casting them as Decepticon prisoners who were reduced to protoform stasis because they were too dangerous to be released.

Onslaught, Brawl, Blast Off and Vortex originally appeared as part of Shockwave's attack on Iacon in the first War Within series. At the same time Swindle was with Starscream, Motormaster, Runabout and Runamuck after Starscream head sent Megatron and Optimus Prime down further into the depths of Cybertron.

Later, when Optimus Prime led a rebellion against Shockwave's domination of Cybertron in 2003, Starscream took the opportunity to form a power base, taking the protoform Combaticons to Earth and outfitting them with new alternate modes taken from an abandoned military base, then leading them in an attack on the Ark in order to acquire parts to make the Decepticon space cruiser, the Nemesis, spaceworthy. Confronted in battle by Brawn, Bruticus was caught in an explosion as Ratchet self-destructed the Ark, but he survived the conflagration, only to be knocked out by artillery fire from an incoming Autobot shuttle. After a battle with the evil clone, Sunstorm, Brawn opted to work out some of his stress on Bruticus's unconscious body, punching the gestalt about the head until his comrades yelled at him to stop. Bruticus would return, battling Sky Lynx for Starscream's amusement - until the Predacons appeared in their combined form of Predaking. The two gestalts battled as Starscream fled and Bruticus lost. The ultimate fate of the Combaticons in the Dreamwave universe was not revealed, due to the company's closure.

Fun Publications


In the city of Axion Nexus on Transtech Cybertron, three Swindles from parallel universes run a shop called "Swindle, Swindle & Swindle." They sell upgrades to the GoBot Bug Bite in Withered Hope and help diagnose Bulletbike in I, Lowtech by Fun Publications.[4] The three Swindles are represented by the three toy variations of him released in Generation 1 and Generation 2. According to the author of the stories they were based on Manny, Moe and Jack of the Pep Boys car parts company.

Wings of Honor

Nine million years in the past on Cybertron, the Autobot Swindle is assigned to the Autobot Elite Guard Combaticon unit, designed to seek out and stop the leadership of the Decepticon forces. Magnum introduces them to Metalhawk's team at the Elite Guard headquarters.

The Elite Guard Alpha Team and Strike Team did battle against a horde of ferrovorous bugs in one of Cybertron's city-states. Magnum ordered the Strike Team to escort the Alpha Team to Space Port Bravo for their next mission. The Strike Team then reported to Magnum and Sentinel Major, who introduced them to the new Elite Guard Special-Ops Team, also called the Combaticons.[5]

While on patrol Onslaught told Metalhawk the story of how his Elite Guard team captured Thunderwing. Metalhawk told Onslaught about how his team captured Blue Bacchus. The teams of Elite Guardsmen came across a Decepticon who was separated from his group. Brawl was able to get the location of a Decepticon base from the captive before he went offline. The Guard teams around the base and were able to kill Shadowcaster, the base's leader. Metalhawk's team reported to Magnum, but the Combaticons stayed to investigate, Onslaught thinking their victory was too easy. They were captured by Decepticons.[6]

Metalhawk and his Strike Team were searching for Decepticons when they ran into a crazy "empty" who ranted about the coming of the "brute". They received a distress signal from Sentinel Major ordering all Elite Guard units to return base. When Metalhawk's team arrived at the base Ricochet told them of a Decepticon attack. Among the attackers are the Combaticions, but when Sentinel Major orders them to surrender, they combine into Bruticus and crush Sentinel Major.[7]

When most of the members of the Autobot Elite Guard confronted Bruticus they were nearly wiped out, with Bruticus killing most of the Guard. Dion was able to blind Bruticus, forcing it to separate into the Combaticons, but the Combaticons finished off most of the remaining Guard, including Metalhawk, who was killed by Onslaught. This left only Dion alive, buried in the rubble, and Thunderclash's team, which was off planet at the time.[8]

IDW Publishing

Swindle made his first chronological IDW Publishing appearance in issue #3 of The Transformers: Megatron Origin, being seen as part of Megatron's underground group of gladiators.

Spotlight issue on Ultra Magnus would show his later activities. A Decepticon arms dealer who had broken what few laws govern the Autobot/Decepticon war, Swindle attempted to hide with his associate Lorcha in his impregnable fortress - to no avail. The Autobot law enforcement official Ultra Magnus tracked him down and apprehended him, making short work of Lorcha's defenses and henchmen in the process. Destined for a court martial at the hands of his superiors, Swindle bargained his way out of his fate by giving Magnus information on the whereabouts of a bigger threat - Scorponok. Magnus begrudgingly agreed, and let Swindle go - after planting a tracer on the unwitting Decepticon. Later, after being captured by Magnus again, Swindle once again attempted to deal his way out.

Banzai-Tron, Gutcruncher, Axer and the Combaticons help Arcee attempt to recapture Monstructor.[9]

Marvel Comics

The Combaticons first US appearance in issue #24 of the US Marvel Transformers comics was unexplained in the American comic, however it is assumed that they were created in the same way as the Stunticons were through Bombshell's cerebro-shell attached to Optimus Prime tapping the energies of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.

The company 'Energy Futures Industries' was a hydrothermocline plant which the Decepticons wanted to steal for their own energy resources. Megatron and the Combaticons launched an assault only to encounter the Protectobots and Optimus Prime. With both teams now combined into Bruticus and Defensor, the human Ethan Zachary offered a solution - that the two teams battled inside a computer program. Not wanting to destroy what they had come to steal, Megatron agreed. Predictably the Combaticons' blood lust was turned against them as their disregard for the programs' sentient beings led to Swindle and Brawl being destroyed by First Aid. However, the Decepticons still won as Optimus Prime felt he had cheated by endangering innocent life in the game and destroyed himself.[10]

Megatron would go increasingly insane after this, infuriated that he hadn't killed Optimus Prime with his bare hands. With Swindle attempting to warn him of a U.S. army, he was flattened by Shockwave. Shockwave convinced an increasingly deranged Megatron that Optimus Prime might yet live, Swindle and most of the other Combaticons were sent to look for Prime, leaving Megatron to be attacked by the Predacons.

Swindle would continue to make sporadic appearances throughout the US and UK comics, attempting to place charges to destroy Galvatron (with Swindle nearly getting scrapped by a rigged jeep in the process), clashing twice more with the Protectobots as Bruticus, attacking the Autobot leadership contest between Grimlock and Blaster and nearly killing Brawn (commenting on how his parts would have a bright future), and being part of the staff of Club Con, the Decepticons' fake holiday resort. They were not shown to be deactivated by the Underbase powered Starscream, but they were not seen again in the Generation 1 comic.

He would appear in the Generation 2 comic a number of times, showing Megatron the scale of Bludgeon's plan to capture the Matrix. Unfortunately he was destroyed with the rest of the Combaticons when the traitorous Starscream led the forces of Jhiaxus to the Warworld's weak spots.



Generation 2 Swindle toy
  • Hasbro Transformers Combaticon Swindle (1986)
The mold of Generation 1 Swindle was released as the Decepticon Rollbar in the Robots in Disguise and Universe lines. Two variants of Swindle were released, the first having a die-cast metal chest plate painted purple, and the second having a plastic chestplate molded in gray.
  • Generation 1 Kabaya Gum Swindle & Blast Off (1986)
Part of the original gum toy series by Kabaya and bundled with Blast Off. Two additional packs (Onslaught and Vortex & Brawl) are needed to complete Bruticus. Each package comes with a stick of chewing gum and an easy-to-assemble kit. The completed robot looks and transforms almost the same as the larger, original Takara version, but is molded in red instead of yellow.[11]
  • Generation 2 Combaticon Swindle
The original Swindle toy was released again for Generation 2, now with a bright red XR311 mode with purple camouflage and a purple (plastic) robot chest and is still able to combine with his fellow Combaticons to form Bruticus.[12][13]
  • Alternators/Binaltech Swindle (2005)
Swindle would reappear in the Alternators line. Alternators Swindle is the remold of Hound. The major differences between Swindle and Hound was Swindle's new head, a grill guard and larger wheels. Although the toy was announced to be Swindle first, this mold was originally intended to be used for Trailbreaker before it was decided to introduce Decepticons into the line, evident by the head which resembles Trailbreaker's. Swindle was the second and also the last Decepticon to use a mold originally intended to be used by an Autobot.
  • Universe Generation 1 Series Scout Swindle
A recolor of Energon Blackout and Storm Cloud. When the first pictures of this toy made it to the internet in August 2008, it was incorrectly identified as Sandstorm.[14]
  • Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Swindle
  • Generations Combiner Wars Bruticus
  • Unite Warriors Bruticus

Transformers: Armada

Transformers character
Armada Swindle toy
Name Swindle
Japanese name Grid
Series Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Energon
Alternate modes Formula One Car
Motto "Deals are made to be broken. "
Partner Starscream

Swindle was the Mini-Con partner to Starscream and transformed into an F-1 racing car.

Animated series

Swindle appeared in Transformers: Armada episode #17, "Conspiracy" in the possession of the Decepticons.[15]

Starscream was eager for obtaining his own Mini-Con since he had seen one of them (Megatron's partner Leader-1) in action, but Megatron always denied Starscream's requests to give him any Mini-Con. However, the airborne Decepticon succeeded in capturing a Mini-Con at last, while travelling through a forest. He named him Swindle and used him to test out his shoulder cannons, decimating a good portion of the forest - and very nearly his fellow Decepticons.

Swindle continued to be partnered with Starscream, developing a respect for his continually downtrodden partner. He accompanied Starscream when the latter broke with the Decepticons and fled to the Autobots. Swindle's powers managed to reformat Starscream into Starscream Super Mode following the battle with Nemesis Prime. He managed to survive Starscream's attack on Unicron, being sent to safety by Starscream while the Chaos-Bringer obliterated his partner. He was consoled by Optimus Prime, and was not seen again.

Combining with Starscream allows the Decepticon to use his secret weapons.

Dreamwave Productions

Swindle also appeared in the accompanying Armada comic series from Dreamwave, where his relationship with Starscream was much more antagonistic. Captured by Cyclonus in the Decepticon attack on the Mini-Con village, Starscream chose him as a partner for the attack on the Cyber City, easily making short work of the Autobot defenders. While most of the other Mini-Cons eventually escaped, Swindle was doomed to servitude for the next million years.

Accompanying Starscream to Earth, Swindle's most prominent appearance came in the Dreamwave free comic released on Comic Book Day, where he pretended to have escaped from the Decepticons in order to lure Rad, Alexis and Carlo to the Decepticon base, where Megatron planned to recreate the humans as a power source like the Mini-Cons. Megatron had promised to free Swindle, but predictably double-crossed him. In response, Swindle managed to free Prime's Autobots, who drove off the Decepticons. Swindle thought he was free - only to be recaptured by Starscream.

Swindle would subsequently be part of the Mini-Cons who deserted to form a base on the Moon, again being recaptured after the Decepticons destroyed the base.

Swindle appeared among the Mini-Cons in issue #18 of the Transformers: Armada comic book who aided Over-Run using the Mini-Con Matrix in the defeat of Unicron.


  • Armada Starscream with Swindle (2002)
  • Energon Starscream with Swindle
Armada Swindle was recolored along with Armada Starscream for the Energon line, although the character did not appear in the show.

Transformers: Energon

Swindle was the Japanese name for the Transformers: Energon character named Blight.

Transformers: Universe

Transformers character
Universe Swindle toy
Name Swindle
Series Transformers: Universe
Transformers: Cybertron
Alternate modes Freight Train
Sub-group Micromaster, Railbots

For the first time in Transformers, the name Swindle is given to an Autobot affiliated toy. This toy is a Railbot, one of a team of six Micromasters who are able to combine to form a larger robot known as Rail Racer.

Fun Publications

According to the Fun Publications Ask Vector Prime stories this Swindle comes from Aurex 1104.30-DB Zeta, part of the Unicron Trilogy series. Rail Racer was born from Doctor Brian Jones' attempts at reverse-engineering Maximus combiner technology and applying it to Mini-Con anatomy. Superion, Defensor, and Rail Racer fought Devastatr in the Combiner Wars during the Unicron Singularity crisis.


  • Universe Swindle (2005)
Initially sold as a Kaybee toy store exclusive. Came with the left foot of Rail Racer.
The Micromaster Railbots were released in Cybertron packaging in European countries, as they didn't have the Transformers: Universe line.

Transformers: Cybertron

Transformers character
Cybertron Swindle toy
Name Swindle
Series Transformers: Cybertron
First appearance Force of Habit by Fun Publications
Alternate modes Buggy
Rank 4
Sub-group Scouts

The name Swindle has been used in the Cybertron line for a Transformers off-road vehicle and is colored yellow in an homage to the original Swindle character.

Fictional biography

Though he is outfitted with a sensor package and weapons system nearly identical to his twin brother Hardtop, Swindle scorns long-range tactics. He'd rather charge an Autobot and club him across the visual cluster with his laser rifle than actually use it to blast another robot. Swindle is deceptively agile and tough for his size, trait developed over years of picking fights and winning. He's not as slavisly loyal to Megatron as his brother; he'll work for anyone who lets him trash Autobots.

Hardtop’s brother may look like someone who can keep his cool together, but put him in an arena, stick a blunt object in his hand and the guy turns into a berserker bot. After Megatron left the Jungle Planet he placed Hardtop, Swindle and Runamuck on sentry patrol there to watch over some of the locals. Swindle immediately headed for the hills and his brother couldn't find him for weeks. One day, while patrolling, Runamuck landed in an elaborate trap that strung him up in an electron-spider-web. Dangling 100 feet above the air near a tree limb, Runamuck looked around and was shocked to discover he was starting at a highly camouflaged and majorly feral Swindle. With an animalistic grin, Swindle cut Runamuck down and leapt from tree to tree cackling like a hyenabot. Swindle had heard the call of nature and answered the phone!

Fun Publications

In the Fun Publications story Force of Habit Brushguard lead a small team of Decepticons to the planet Combatron looking the Cyber Planet Keys. Among his troops were Buzzsaw, Hardtop, Runamuck and Swindle. On the planet they discovered a long lost weapons cache and attempt to bring it back to Megatron but they are opposed by Autobots led by Longrack.


  • Cybertron Scout Swindle (2006)
A recolor of Cybertron Hardtop. Comes with a rifle and an Earth Planet cyber key with the numbers code s4mr. He was recolored for the 2007 Transformers movie as Hardtop, which was repurposed into Shattered Glass Beachcomber.
Swindle has 5mm holes in his fists.
In 2006 a special edition of Swindle 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. The toy is unchanged from the original release.


Transformers character
Transformers Swindle toy
Name Swindle
Series Transformers
English voice actor Vince Vaughn (Legendary Wars and Darkness Rising)
Alternate modes Red Sports Coupe (resembling a Chevrolet Cobalt SS)
Function Interogator (IDW Comics)
Rank 2
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles, Drones

Swindle is a Decepticon who appeared in the toy line and video game tie-ins for the 2007 live action Transformers movie, though not in the movie itself. He turns into a red sports coupe that resembles a Chevrolet Cobalt SS. Although Swindle is an individual, he also seems to be the basis of an army of drones who look just like him, but are non-sentient. There are both Autobot and Decepticon aligned Swindle drones, although the original Swindle seems to be a Decepticon.

Swindle's tech spec states that he's not a great fighter, but still takes pleasure in making trouble for the Autobots. He wields an extending torso cannon. Swindle has the exceptional number 1 on his tech spec intelligence (making him dumber than even Scorponok), but a 9 on his fireblast.


IDW Publishing

Swindle appears as the Decepticon who tortures Bumblebee to learn the location of the Allspark Cube in the first issue of the Transformers: The Movie Prequel.

Swindle styled drones appeared in the official movie sequel comic called The Reign of Starscream.[16] A number of these drones were on the Decepticon ship on Mars, and yet more were seen later on Cybertron.

Swindle was among the Decepticons who arrived on Earth under the direction of Soundwave in Transformers: Alliance #3. He arrived in San Francisco with Dead End and took on the form of a car. He was then ordered to distract the Autobots, so he started to attack cars hoping it would draw the Autobots out. In issue #4 the Autobots arrived in San Francisco to stop the Decepticon attacks. Optimus Prime killed Dead End by ramming him, and Bumblebee killed Swindle with a blast through the back with his gun.

Titan Magazine

Note: Stories from the alternate universe where Megatron won the battle for the Allspark are in italics.

Swindle style drones are seen on Earth in the story "Twilight's Last Gleaming." One helps guard the body of Optimus Prime and a platoon of them is commanded by Bonecrusher guarding the Allspark.

Swindle himself appears in the story "The Decepticon Who Haunted Himself" in issue #22.


In Transformers: The Game, Swindle appears as standard-class drones for the Autobot & Decepticon armies. Autobot versions have eyes with a mask, & their primary color is green. Decepticon versions have a lens-head & their color is a dark red. Swindle is also playable in the PSP version of the game. A notable difference between the video game Swindle and the toy is that the video game version's doors are mounted on the shoulders while in the toy the doors are mounted on the elbows.


  • Transformers Deluxe Swindle (2007)
This Deluxe sized toy measures 14 centimeters long. With an actual Chevrolet Cobalt SS measuring 470 centimeters this toy is about 1/32 scale. This toy was redecoed into Transformers Camshaft. This make is more accurate to Swindle's prequel comic design, rather than the video game design.

Transformers Animated

Transformers character
Animated Swindle toy
Name Swindle
Series Transformers Animated
English voice actor Fred Willard
Japanese voice actor Nobutoshi Canna
Alternate modes Hummer
Function Weapons Specialist, Arms Dealer
Motto "Hey man, wanna buy a plasma cannon, cheap?"
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles

Swindle debuted in the Transformers Animated series in the episode "SUV: Society of Ultimate Villainy." [17] Swindle is a Decepticon arms dealer (a nod to his Generation 1 counterpart), whose loyalty is to only the highest bidder or his number one customer, Megatron. He has a large cannon on his right arm and several other built-in weapons throughout his body and access to even more via a Transwarp hammerspace in his chest. He makes mention of other alien races whose worlds he visited like the Vok of Nexus Zero who gave him his forcefield generation, the Quintessons, and the Nebulans.[18]

Animated series

Sometime after playing both sides in a confrontation between Lugnut and Blitzwing, Swindle came to Earth and allied himself with Society of Ultimate Villainy, stringing them along to get his hands on an Allspark fragment, located within the timepiece weapon of the Society's leader Slo-Mo. It was Swindle's vehicle mode that inspired Nanosec to name their group "SUV". Double-crossing his comrades and obtaining the Allspark fragment, Swindle used it to power a device that froze all machinery in Detroit, including the Autobots. Swindle then intended to sell the weapon to Megatron. However, The SUV reacted to Swindle's betrayal by allying themselves with Sari and Bumblebee. Using Sumdac Tower's force field system to protect themselves, the SUV and Bumblebee managed to shut down Swindle's weapon, but he got a hold of Slo-Mo's timepiece, intending to use it to freeze the Autobots. Bumblebee, using the force field's protection, deflected the attack, which bounced back at Swindle, resulting in the Decepticon being frozen in vehicle mode. He was then impounded by the Detroit police force, who intended to sell him for parts at the next police auction.

He was later "captured" by Sentinel Prime in the episode "Five Servos of Doom", though Sentinel admitted that since he was trapped in his vehicle mode, it only took paying the fine to have the Decepticon towed to the Steelhaven. On its way back to Cybertron in the episode "Decepticon Air", the Steelhaven went straight into a space storm, allowing Swindle to regain mobility as he freed the other Decepticon prisoners and helped them take over the ship, tempting Lugnut to keep the Elite Guard as hostages. During the siege of the ship, Optimus Prime - who responded to an encrypted distress signal sent by Sentinel - transwarped from the Space Bridge on Earth to the ship through Swindle's chest. While Optimus and the other Autobots dealt with the Decepticons, Swindle looted the Steelhaven's armory before taking his leave in an escape ship. Swindle, Thundercracker, Skywarp, and Team Chaar are the remaining Decepticons in space.


  • Animated Deluxe Swindle (2008)
A Deluxe sized mold, featuring Swindle's arm cannon, two over-the-shoulder blasters and a chest-mounted gatlin gun.[19] This toy received high praise in reviews.[20]
  • Animated Deluxe Mercenary Swindle (unreleasd, canceled)
A silver/red recolor of the Deluxe figure. He is pictured on the back of the packaging for the Deluxe Cybertron Mode Ironhide figure.
  • Animated TA-36 Deluxe Swindle (Takara Tomy) (not yet released)
The Japan release version by Takara Tomy sports silver wheels and a metallic gray barrel on his arm cannon.[21] Set for release in Japan on August 2010.[22]

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers character
Revenge of the Fallen Swindle toy
Name Swindle
Series Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Alternate modes AH-64 Apache
Function Con Artist
Partner Blast Off, Brawl, Onslaught, Vortex
Sub-group Combaticons, Scouts

Little is known about this version of Swindle yet. The toy box simply lists him as a Decepticon munitions expert. Presumably he is a different character from the red car named Swindle seen in the 2007 Transformers film toy line.


  • Revenge of the Fallen Scout Swindle (2009)
A repackage of the toy previously released as Universe Swindle in other countries, this toy was released as a Target store exclusive in the US as part of the Revenge of the Fallen toy line. This toy was in turn a redeco of the mold used for Energon Blackout and Stormcloud and Timelines Topspin.

Shattered Glass Generation 1

One toy concept for a BotCon 2011 was Shattered Glass Swindle made from Universe Hound.[23]

Transformers: Prime

Transformers character
Generations Swindle toy
Name Swindle
Series Transformers: Generations
Alternate modes Cybertronian truck
Partner Blast Off, Brawl, Onslaught and Vortex
Sub-group Deluxe vehicles

Swindle turns into a Cybertronian truck. He also forms the leg of Bruticus.

Fictional biography

To the other Combaticons, the war with the Autobots is an epic clash for the fate of the universe. To Swindle, it's a business opportunity. While his teammates relish the frenzy of destruction they cause as Decepticon Bruticus, Swindle quietly calculates how much he can get for selling all the scrap metal that'll be lying around afterward.


Swindle appears in the 2012 video game, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.


  • Generations Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Swindle (2012)
A new mold. This toy is colored as an homage to Energon Blight.[24]
  • Generations Fall of Cybertron Deluxe Bruticus (2012)
A SDCC 2012 exclusive Bruticus gift set. Colored to match be more Fall of Cybertron game accurate in colors.


Shattered Glass Transformers Animated

This version of Swindle is a heroic counterpart of Animated Swindle.


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  7. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Josh Warner (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 5" The Transformers Collectors Club 35 (Oct/Nov 2010), Fun Publications
  8. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Dan Khanna (p), Josh Warner (i), Thomas Deer (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "The Coming Storm: Part 6" The Transformers Collectors Club 36 (Dec/Jan 2011), Fun Publications
  9. Spotlight: Sideswipe by IDW Publishing
  10. The Official Overstreet Comic Book Companion, 11th Edition, Page 257, by Robert M. Overstreet, 2010
  11. TFW2005.com - Kabaya Gum Bruticus
  12. http://rapido-online.net/g2archive/us/thetoys/swindle.shtml
  13. Brereton, Erin (2006). Transformers: The Fantasy, The Fun, The Future. Triumph Books. ISBN 1572439831. 
  14. TFW2005.com - First Look: New Transformers Universe Whirl, Sandstorm and Optimus Prime on eBay
  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXuvAu1ynDk
  16. From the Tip: Rain of Starscream Part Deux
  17. TFAnimated: Preview of S.U.V.+ SWINDLE Images!
  18. Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster (August 15, 2009). Transformers Animated: The Allspark Almanac. Idea & Design Works Llc. pp. 76–77. ISBN 978-1600104879. 
  19. As of yet unheard of Animated figs in Wal-mart computer. - TFW2005 - The 2005 Boards
  20. Rob's Hot Pick! Fall for the Swindler!, Hasbro Transformers Collectors Club magazine, issue #26, April 2009/May 2009, page 16
  21. Takara Tomy - TA-36 Swindle
  22. TFW2005.com - Wingblade Optimus Prime and Hydrodrive Bumblebee Possibly Set for September Release in Japan
  23. https://www.facebook.com/unicroncom/posts/-petes-robot-convention-2017-report-part-1-well-folks-this-is-pretty-late-coming/10154931409254912/
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