Dead End (Transformers)
Dead End is the name of three different fictional characters in the
Transformers: Generation 1
name =Dead End
motto ="We are all just food for rust."
japanvoice =Dead End was one of the
Stunticons - a group of five car-themed Decepticons who were able to combine to form a larger robot - Menasor. While the Dead End toy was able to form any limb of Menasor, he was always shown in the G1 cartoon as the gestalt's left arm - although the box art and instructions for the Menasor toy showed Breakdown in that position, and Dead End as the right leg. In addition, in the cartoon and Marvel Comics, he was depicted as having a mask-like faceplate while in the post-Marvel comics and box art he had a normal, unmasked face.
Pessimistic and fatalistic, Dead End believes the
Autobot-Decepticon war is more or less pointless, as ultimately every Transformer gets deactivated anyway. It is, therefore, extremely difficult motivating him to fight. However, he is also vain, and constantly polishing himself. It is speculated by the other Stunticons that, when he dies, he at least wants to leave a nice wreck.
Dead End's personality in the Generation 1 cartoon matched his
tech specs. He first appeared in the two-part episode "The Key To Vector Sigma". Like the other Stunticons, he was created after Megatroncommissioned Rumble to find him some vehicles to be turned into Decepticon warriors, in order to more effectively battle the Autobots on the roads. (In Dead End's case, Rumble took a Porsche 928that was being used as a getawayvehicle in a bank robbery). Megatron modified the cars so they could transform into remote-controlled robots, and then took them to Vector Sigmaso they could be given personalities of their own. Speaking with an upper-class British accent(something he shared with Sky Lynxand Hoist, amongst others), his first words were a morose "I'm Dead End. I guess I'll have to do what you say." He returned to Earth with the other Stunticons and engaged in the destruction of a military base, before being called on to form Menasor to battle the new Autobots, the Aerialbots. The Aerialbots combined into Superion, but Menasor was winning until a rebuilt Omega Supremearrived and defeated him.
Before season 2 of the cartoon series was out, Dead End also cropped up in the episode "
Starscream's Brigade" (where he appeared content to let Starscreamtake over the leadership of the Decepticons, and was reluctant to battle Bruticus) and then again in the episode " Masquerade". Like the other Stunticons, Dead End was badly damaged and captured by the Autobots, and given some fine miserable dialogue as he contemplated his fate alongside Drag Strip. The Autobots then disguised themselves as the Stunticons. Because they both transformed into Porsches, Jazz (a 935) painted himself as 928 Dead End.
Dead End also appeared in the post-movie five-part episode "Five Faces of Darkness", where he woefully declared no matter what the Decepticons did, they were doomed.
The Stunticons appeared in the second Generation 1 mini-series where Menasor was revived by Rumble and Frenzy, killing the
Omnibots, Roadbuster, Whirl, and damaging the Protectobots(combined as Defensor) before battling and being defeated by Ultra Magnus on Cybertron. With the closure of Dreamwave, the fate of the Stunticons is unknown.
Devil's Due Publishing
The Stunticons first appeared in the second G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers miniseries from Devil's Due. After
Cobra Commanderand Cobra, followed by G.I. Joe, had journeyed to Cybertron, weapons fire caused a critical malfunction in Teletran 3, causing numerous Autobots and Decepticons to become time-displaced. Among these were the Stunticons, who were dumped in 1930s Earth and reformatted into period cars. They were eventually defeated and returned to the present by a combined force of G.I. Joe and COBRA members, as well as another Transformer lost in that time - Optimus Prime
The Stunticons would also appear in the third mini-series, being recruited by SerpentO.R, a human military-created cyborg with Megatron's memories, and would participate in the ambush that killed Bumblebee. Seen in group shots where Serpentor is gathering the Decepticon army, their next major role would be in the assault on Capital City, assisting Predaking and Piranacon in taking down
Omega Supreme. Breakdown and the Seacon Nautilator were the ones assigned to guard the human captives, but Snake-Eyes used his ninja powers to take control of Breakdown and had him shoot Nautilator, freeing them. Razorclaw and Motormaster were the ones who stopped Prime's attack on Serpentor, beating him near death, but were then killed by the Cobra Commander-controlled Serpentor.
The Stunticons made their first
IDW Publishingappearance in issue 3 of "", appearing amongst Megatron's gathering of gladiators that would eventually become the Decepticons.
*Transformers: Generation 1 Dead End (1986):Dead End was sold in 1986 by itself, and later with the other Stunticons as a giftset.
*Transformers: Generation 2 (unreleased):During the final part of the toyline, Hasbro had intended to release a G2 repaint of the original Stunticons - Dead End now being red and turquoise. However, because of attention redirected to the upcoming toyline
Beast Wars, the toy was never released however a few packaged examples do exist.
*Alternators Dead End (2004):The first prototype images shown on the internet during 2004 of a remolded Alternator Side Swipe led to speculation that it would be the Autobot
Sunstreakerwho would be next to receive the Alternator treatment. This is because the head sculpt of the toy resembled the Generation One form of Sunstreaker; also there was an Autobot insignia on the toy's torso.:Because of an increasing desire at the time for there to be Decepticon Alternators, this toy became Dead End, the first Decepticon Alternator. This was not popular with the online fandom who expected and wanted a Sunstreaker Alternator. Also, the color scheme of the toy did not match the original Stunticon toy. Whereas Dead End was first a maroon Porsche, the Alternator Dead End's alternate mode is a black 2003 Dodge Viper Competition Coupe. Dead End's weapon is identical to Side Swipe's in appearance - the engine in his vehicle mode becomes a hand-held gun.
*Spy Changer Dead End (unreleased):First announced in Previews magazine for January 2003 were a set of 5 Stunticon Spy Changers - Breakdown, Drag Strip, Motormaster, Dead End, and Wildracer.
Beast Wars Neo
name =Dead End
subgroup =Basic Beast
motto ="I fight for myself and nothing else."
Beast Wars Neo
japanvoice =In the Japanese exclusive Beast Wars Neo series, Dead End is the name of a Destron (Japanese term for Predacons) who transforms into an ammonite. He appeared in the TV anime series.
Dead End is a model soldier who loves battle. Being cool and solitary of temperament, he doesn't care for joint operations. His cruelty is such that he can bring his enemy to a halt with the Spiral Bomb attack, which launches the shell off his right shoulder, then smile as he delivers the final blow with his Dead Gun. [http://www.seibertron.com/database/character.php?view=&char_id=1068]
Dead End had a one-page biogrpahy in IDW Publishing's Beast Wars Sourcebook series.
*Beast Wars Neo Dead End
name =Dead End
motto =""My mind rots in the black house of crooked angles."
japanvoice =In the series, Dead End is the
Mini-Conwho came with the Unicrontoy. In the cartoon, it was shown that Unicron had a whole swarm of these, called "laser pods," which functioned as part of his defense system. The toy version was intended to transform into a moon.
*Armada Unicron with Dead End:This toy was later repackaged in the "Universe" line as a Toys R Us store exclusive.
*Energon Unicron with Dead End:"Energon" Dead End was included with the recolor of Unicron.
* [http://www.toybin.org/search.php?q=1986+Decepticon+Dead-End ToyBin G1 Dead End gallery]
* [http://www.seibertron.com/toys/gallery.php?id=234&size=0&start=0 Seibertron.com G1 Dead End gallery]
* [http://www.seibertron.com/toys/gallery.php?id=173&size=0&start=0 Seibertron.com Alternators Dead End gallery]
* [http://www.bwtf.com/bwneo/toys/reviews/deadend.shtml BWTF Beast Wars Neo Dead End gallery]
* [http://www.bwtf.com/binaltech/deadend/review.shtml BWTF Alterators Dead End Toy Review]
* [http://www.transformertoys.co.uk/content.php?/pages/transformers-reviews/gallery/347/toys/Dead+End.html Transformers @ The Moon Beast Wars Neo Dead End Toy Review]
* [http://www.transformertoys.co.uk/content.php?/pages/transformers-reviews/gallery/679/toys/Dead+End+%28Binal+tech%29.html Transformers @ The Moon Binaltech Dead End Toy Review] * [http://www.transformertoys.co.uk/content.php?/pages/transformers-reviews/gallery/69/toys/Dead+End.html Transformers @ The Moon G1 Dead End Toy Review]
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