The Throttlebots were Transformers toys released in
The Throttlebots, a sub-group of the
Autobots, consisted of six toys that could transform between a car and a robot. As a special gimmick, they featured a pull-back motor.
The Throttlebot toys, had limited poseability and simple transformations. Not even the arms moved. To transform the car to a robot, what was needed was to lift the frame of the car to an upright position, flip out the side panels to reveal arms and hands, flip back the rear of the car body to reveal heads, and optionally push the chassis in.
The Throttlebots included six toys:
* Chase, a restless spirit who is always on the go
* Goldbug, a reincarnation of Bumblebee
* Freeway, a practical joker
Rollbar, an adventurer who likes driving off-road; known more for his use of corny phrases and slogans
* Searchlight, a paranoid who wants to always watch what's going on
* Wideload, a large dump truck obsessed with keeping himself clean
The Throttlebots were introduced in the Transformers cartoon's third season finale, "The Return of Optimus Prime" as a team originally consisting of Chase, Freeway, Searchlight, Rollbar, and Wideload. In the second half of that two-part episode, the severely damaged Bumblebee is repaired and rebuilt by a
Quintesson, and given the new name Goldbug by Optimus Primeafter commenting that his new body made him a "gold Bug." Rollbar did not appear until the first installment of "The Rebirth"," the three-part episode that served as the fourth and final season of the series.
In the Marvel US Transformers comics, Goldbug is introduced the 4th issue of the "G.I. Joe and the Transformers" mini-series. He was rebuilt by the efforts of
G.I. Joetechnicians and Autobotmedic Ratchetafter being destroyed by a G.I. Joe security detail (using Armadillo mini-tanks).
In the UK Marvel comic Goldbug is rebuilt by the time-travelling Junkion leader
Wreck-Garafter his 'death' at the hands of the notorious bounty hunter Death's Headas the events of the aforementioned crossover do not take place in the continuity of the UK comic. Goldbug goes on to join several other 'future' Autobots in fighting the rogue Decepticon Galvatronbefore rejoining his present day companions and eventually the other Throttlebots.
In Transformers (Marvel Comics U.S.) issues #29-30, the Throttlebots were a rogue band of Autobot rebels whom Ratbat captured and forced to go to Earth to end a Scraplet infestation - tiny viral robots that turn into bolts and screws and eat metal upon contact - by exterminating the infected. Blaster, Goldbug and the Decepticon
Triple Changershad already been infected, with Goldbug searching for a cure; the Throttlebots reluctantly attempted to kill him until they discovered the Scraplets could be killed with water. Curing the plague, the Throttlebots joined Blaster and Goldbug on the road, eventually being hunted down by the Autobots (under Grimlock's command), the Combaticonsand R.A.A.T. forces. Rollbar having been injured earlier by an R.A.A.T. ambush, the Throttlebots were captured by R.A.A.T. and eventually executed as a show of disapproval against Decepticon attacks (R.A.A.T. and the American government believed all Transformers were allied despite statements by their captives and humans who learned the truth); they only survived by having their brain modules secretly removed by sympathetic government agent Walter Barnett. Their brains spent some time in toy cars before their bodies were rebuilt by Fortress Maximus' crew.
The Throttlebots were destroyed by the
Underbase-powered Starscream. Goldbug was rebuilt (as Bumblebee) but the other Throttlebots were never shown rebuilt; Chase appeared as part of an Autobot task-force in the GI Joe/Generation 2 crossover but he was killed by Megatron.
The Throttlebots did not appear as a whole team in the IDW Series. Searchlight was among the crew in Optmus Prime's ship in
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