Snaptrap is the name of a fictional character from the Transformers series introduced in 1988. Turtler is an evil Seacon commander in the Transformers: Super-God Masterforce animated series. He should not be confused with Snaptrap, a similar character with an identical toy.
Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Super-God Masterforce
The Seacons appeared in the 1988's Japanese-exclusive series, Transformers: Super-God Masterforce. The five types of Seacons drones were legions, lacking the power of speech or any true intelligent thought. Never transforming into robot mode (possibly not even possessing the ability), they operated under the command of various other Decepticons, acting as ground troops and cannon fodder during their numerous attacks on the Pretenders. In contrast, the Seacon leader, Turtler was indeed intelligent and capable of speech, but he too never transformed to robot mode. By combining with one of each of the Seacon drones, Turtler became King Poseidon, who was first dispatched to battle Ginrai. He almost killed Ginrai during their first battle, but Ginrai became Super Ginrai and defeated him easily. King Poseidon later participated in many pivotal battles. Of particular note was the assault upon the Autobots' base, during which they abandoned the Decepticon double agent Clouder to die in the conflagration, encouraging him to switch sides when the Autobots saved him.
Although intended to be a complete direct-to-video series, 1990's Japanese-exclusive Transformers: Zone series was cancelled after only one episode, but that was still enough time for Piranacon/King Poseidon to put in a return appearance. Under the service of the mysterious insectoid being known as Violenjiger, he was one of the nine great Decepticon Generals the villain had recruited, alongside Devastator, Menasor, Bruticus, Predaking, Abominus, Trypticon, Overlord and Black Zarak. Sadly for the Seacons, they were unceremoniously killed alongside Trypticon by the new Cybertron (Autobot) commander Dai Atlas with a single shot.
- Takara Transformers Turtler (1988)
- A new toy that is identical to Generation 1 Snaptrap. Turns from humanoid robot to robotic turtle. Forms the torso of King Poseidon.
- Takara Transformers King Poseidon (1988)
- Sold a gift set. Included 6 Seacons.
- Reprolabels Generation 1 Piranacon
- A set of replacement labels for the Generation 1 Seacons.
- Jim Sorenson & Bill Forster (July 22, 2008). Transformers: The Ark II. IDW Publishing. pp. 196–198. ISBN 978-1-60010-180-9.
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