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A Look Back at the Big Guys

By Robert T. Trate     June 26, 2014
Source: Mania.com

Devastator easily makes our list!
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With the dawn of yet another Transformers movie upon us, I thought I would look at back at some of the bigger first generation Transformers. Many die hard fans will argue which of their origins is correct. Is it the one from the comic or the one from the cartoon? Personally, the cartoon has always been the cannon of Transformers for me. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the comic was great. Ratchet seeing all the dead Autobots hanging upside down is still one of the creepiest things I ever read in comics. The cartoon was just phenomenal and on, it seemed, every day. It was my daily dose of science fiction right after G.I. Joe. The toys were a must have, but the ones that I never got were the big ones. Today giant Transformers are oversized renditions of the leaders, Optimus Prime and Megatron. I thought it would be great to look back and see some of the bigger Transformers from generation 1. I included a few clips and commercials from that great era when the Transformers not only ruled television, but the toy aisles as well.

He’s big, bad and beautiful or at least he was if you had all the Constructicons. I only ever had Mix Master, the concrete mixer. Once I came very close, with some friends to form Devastator. We were only missing an arm. Regardless this was the first of the big Transformers and the one that drove us all crazy. Sure there would be plenty of other combination Autobots and Decepticons that would create a huge robot but he was and forever will be the best. I am greatly disappointed the Michael Bays’ Devastator looks nothing like this. Come on. How hard could it have been to make it look like just like the real Devastator? Instead of his first transformation scene I thought Devastator squaring off the Dinobots in the Transformers the Movie (1986) would be more appropriate.


The toy was a bit clumsy but here was the first Autobot base. Complete with sentry tank and rocket launch pad. It was retro cool when the Autobots all looked like cars and trucks on the street. He was a brute and a bit slow but we would later learn in “The Secret of Omega Supreme” that he had a tragic back story. This story revealed that he was a heroic solider that lost everything and that the only thing he had left was his revenge. Not a bad character for a show about transforming cars and planes. This was also one of the few Transformers that would operate on batteries, allowing Omega Supreme to walk! The flowing clip is Omega Supreme’s first toy commercial.

3. Predaking

With all the little planes, cars, and creatures forming bigger robots there was one that stood out above them all. When you combined all the Predacons they formed Predaking. What made Predaking and all the Predacons so bad ass was that they were bigger than Jazz, Sideswipe and all the Decepticon jets. These weren’t little robots. They were more on scale with Megatron than most of the toys in the line. Put them all together and that was one big ass robot. Collectors look for the Predacons with mostly metal parts. They are the ones worth picking up. If you are still lost fear not, check out the Teletran file on the Predacons below.


If you saw Transformers: The Movie in the theater consider yourself lucky. To see Unicron transform on the big screen must have been an incredible sight. I however only saw what became of him on the TV series. The toy on the other hand is one of the few G1 Transformers you can still buy in the stores. Toys R Us has an exclusive on Unicron though sadly he is the same size as most Optimus Primes and Megatron giant sized figures. Imagine how big he would be if he were to scale with those two robots. It would be awesome. The flowing clip stars Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron and in one of his last performances, Orson Welles as Unicron. 


I had to the chance to play with the Autobot city and transform him from robot to car carrier to city. It wasn’t fun and as Tom Hanks says in BIG (1988) “…who wants to play with a building?” On the animated series he had some epic battles with Trypticon but let’s face it, Metroplex was not the giant robot to have. Again the scale thing comes into play. If they wanted to build a fort for the Autobots or a play set why not Teletraan 1 or more commonly know as the Ark.

The complete opposite of Metroplex is Trypticon, a huge hulk of a creature that was the Decepticons’ answer to Godzilla. This brute was always ready for a fight. Built by the Constructicons he was once a human city who had different three modes (city, a mobile battle station, and a Tyrannosaurus Rex). Like Omega Supreme he too was battery operated and could walk. Unfortunately Trypticon’s appearances were usually show enders as the battle would conclude with Metroplex beating the tar out of him. Who ever thought a T-Rex would make a good warrior must have been crazy. I mean those tiny arms? Come on. Here is a clip of his first transformation. One has to wonder how many humans were crushed in the birth of the new Decepticon. 

Scorponok, like the next Transformer on the list, marked the end of the G1 Transformers. Once the Headmasters entered the story lines it was a strange new world where humans/ humanoids and Transformers merged to fight side by side. Scorponok is the second-largest toy from the original Transformers toy line and then only taller than Trypticon. Like many of the big Transformers he had three different modes. Yet where Metroplex was a transport and a city, Scorponok was a giant killer scorpion and a flying city. This toy still outshines many of the new and improved Transformers of today. The following clip is his first appearance on the show.

He is the biggest Transformer ever, Fortress Maximus. If you were an occasional fan or started noticing girls instead of watching the final adventures of the Transformers you are probably thinking, who? Fortress Maximus was a Headmaster Transformer and their leader. His head was the Autobot Cerebros, whose head in turn was formed by Spike Witwicky. Finally out of the exo-suit Spike fought alongside his Autobot friends in the biggest Transformer on Cybertron. If you have this Transformer sitting at home either display him proudly or keep him preserved perfectly in his box. Not only is he one of the biggest but also one of the rarest. The following clip is Scorponok and Fortress Maximus going toe to toe.

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rogue188 6/26/2014 5:21:05 AM

Sigh, I wish I had the big Transformers growing up. I always wanted a Devastator and was so jealous of a friend who had him. I think the biggest one I had was the Ultra Magnus weird white Optimus Prime combination autobot.

Eldogg42 6/26/2014 5:46:32 AM

I had/have all of them except for Omega Supreme and Unicron.  At one point I had all the constructicons, but lost some through time.  Fortress Maximus was always my favorite, and was super pumped when I got it for Christmas.  I still have two huge boaxes of Gen 1 transformers.  Just waiting til I get time to set up a display case full of them.

Mayhem101878 6/26/2014 5:59:57 AM

I thought the predicons were purple and that there was only 3 of them, unless I'm getting them confused with something else.

tallman 6/26/2014 6:43:59 AM

 I sold all my Transformers 2 yrs ago. I really really regret it now. They included Omega Supreme and Devastator. Saying that, my son is bang into emand has got the 3ft Metroplex from the Cybertron range. It's bloody amazing!

boxker 6/26/2014 6:44:40 AM

I think the biggest I ever had was Galvatron. I did have the Jet fire or Sky flier (what ever his name was) the one that had to be removed from the store because of being sued by the Robotech people. I also had Soundwave, Blaster (He was kind of big), Tracks,  and inferno. I had Shockwave which I broke three days after Christmas when I slipped in the snow. 

The closest I had ever got to Optimus was the Ultra Magnus toy.

tallman 6/26/2014 6:45:28 AM

*Bang into em and. That should say - missed the space bar where I was so excited!

ThunderJessica 6/26/2014 6:52:18 AM

 @ MAYHEM101878- You may be thinking of the insecticons. They should have put the Arielbots and Stuntacons on here. 

tjanson 6/26/2014 7:14:30 AM

 As a fan of the Japanese Transformers lines I would also add Victory Saber and Raiden.



jppintar326 6/26/2014 7:19:51 AM

Devastator would never hold together for me.  yet Predaking, Menasor, Bruticus, and Superion did.  Never got Defensor so I don't know.  Loved Omega Supreme, Trypticon, and Metroplex.  Great memories.

redhairs99 6/26/2014 7:58:39 AM

 I thought G1 was always the figures pre-Movie?  I also wouldn't consider Unicron a G1 figure.  As far as I know his first release wasn't until the early 2000's.  I do have that one and he is huge!

I defintiely would've added SkyFire / JetFire to the list.  I always loved him on the show and if memory serves me, he was one of the largest regular G1 figures ever released.  It was badass even though he didn't really look like his cartoon counterpart.  I think his head was different or that could have been just his helmet.

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