Thanks to the technological advances of Hollywood, the dream of a million young boys has come true and one of the greatest toy franchises of the 1980’s has come to life on the big screen. Everybody loves giant robots that turn into vehicles smashing the nuts and bolts out of each other. To bring you up to speed on these robots in disguise, Mania has compiled this helpful who’s who filling you in on each character’s robot and vehicle mode. With the Autobots out of the way, let’s move on to the other side of the war… the Decepticons!
Vehicle Mode: Cybertronian jet/tank?
Motto: “Peace through tyranny!”
Megatron has been depicted as everything from a handgun to a Tyrannosaurus, so what his vehicle form will be in Revenge of the Fallen is anyone’s guess. Actually, the fact that he died at the end of the first Transformers movie would suggest we won’t be seeing him in any form but… come on. A dead Megatron is no good to anybody. And it’s not like he hasn’t been killed before! Rumor has it he’ll be back and more powerful in the sequel after absorbing fragments of the Allspark.
Vehicle Mode: F-22 Raptor
Motto: “Conquest is made of the ashes of one’s enemies.”
Starscream is Megatron’s right-hand man but he might also be his worst enemy. Ruthless and cruel, Starscream makes no secret of his ambitions to overthrow Megatron and assume leadership of the Decepticons himself. He’s smarter than the average Decepticon and he knows it. Starscream considers everyone else beneath him including Megatron, whom he despises not only for the power he wields over the Decepticons but for his (in Starscream’s mind) antiquated theories regarding military strategy. Luckily for Megatron, Starscream is also incredibly impetuous and likely to act first and think later, which inevitably leads to his downfall.
Motto: “Cries and screams are music to my ears.”
The original 1980’s incarnation of Soundwave is one of the most recognizable Transformers thanks to his alternate mode as a microcassette recorder and his distinctive voice provided by Frank Welker, who will reprise the role for the upcoming movie. Soundwave was aided in his role as Decepticon Communications Officer by an assortment of transforming cassettes which included Ravage (a panther), Laserbeak (some sort of weird bird) and Frenzy (a little guy). The filmmakers tried to work Soundwave into the first movie to no avail. Instead we got an alternate version of Frenzy that transformed into a boombox.
The news that Soundwave and Ravage will appear in Revenge of the Fallen was music to the ears of Transformers fans but it isn’t likely that they’ll be as recognizable as their previous incarnations, since cassettes are widely in use anymore. Rumors suggest that Soundwave will appear as a Cybertronian jet with Ravage transforming into a missile. I’m just hoping we get to hear him say “Ravage… eject!” in that familiar monotone voice.
Names & Vehicle Modes: Scavenger (excavator), Hightower (crane), Long Haul (dump truck), Mixmaster (concrete mixing truck), Rampage (bulldozer), Scrapper (scoop loader), Overload (dump truck)
Oh baby! What’s cooler than a bunch of giant robots? A bunch of giant robots that join together to form an even bigger robot! It simply does not get any better than the Constructicons. When these toys came out in the ‘80s, they were revolutionary. When the first Transformers movie was released a couple of years ago, the Constructicons topped everyone’s list of characters they wanted to see in the sequel. And here we are in 2009 and finally the almighty power of Devastator will be unleashed. There is nothing worth looking forward to more than the moment that these characters assemble the biggest Decepticon of them all.
A big ol’ helicopter and a giant robot scorpion, Blackout and Scorpinok were the muscle of the Decepticon army in the last Transformers film. Blackout seemingly perished and Scorpinok was badly injured, but it appears that he’s repaired himself and that Grindor will be taking Blackout’s place in this film.
These guys sort of fall into that weird second tier character area that always seems open to interpretation. In previous incarnations, Blackout has been a bomber, a missile platform and a helicopter. Grindor has been a skateboard and a monster truck and Scorpinok… okay he’s just been a crazy robot scorpion. But these characters, along with Demolishor and Sideways, are pretty much just your general cannon fodder. If this were Star Trek, they’d probably be red shirts. The names are recognizable but they lack personality and exist only to fight the good guys and eventually get their butts whupped.
Vehicle Modes: Terex O&K RH400 Excavator and Audi R8 respectively
Demolishor was originally depicted as a Cybertronian tank in the Transformers: Armada animated series but has been redesigned as an Excavator similar in design to the Constructicon Scavenger. Sideways was a motorcycle who will appear as an Audi R8 in Revenge of the Fallen.
Both are members of a small group of Decepticons who take up residence in Shanghai following the death of Megatron. Neither are particularly known for their intelligence or bravery and, as with Blackout, Scorpinok and Grindor, pretty much just sound like generic bad guys who exist solely to give the good guys something to smash. As previously stated, we are huge fans of robots smashing robots so this all sounds very positive to us. The more the merrier!
Vehicle Mode: Cybertronian aircraft
Prior to this movie, no one had never even heard of ‘The Fallen’. He first appeared in the second volume of Transformers: The War Within, published by Dreamwave Comics. From the sounds of things, he’s pretty much the Devil.
Director Michael Bay has described him as “apocalyptic”. He (The Fallen, not Michael Bay) was one of the original 13 Transformers and he’s the one responsible for corrupting Megatron. Trapped in another dimension, he communicates with the Decepticons through an interdimensional window and is capable of creating Space Bridges. In the old cartoon, the Decepticons used Space Bridges to travel between planets, most often Earth and Cybertron. Could the introduction of The Fallen lead to a battle on the Transformers home world? If not, at least we know that this movie will be nothing short of Biblical in proportion.
Oh, there’s more… like Scalpel, a small spider-like Decepticon who turns into a microscope. Or Ejector, who turns into a toaster. Yeah, a toaster! Along with these two, we’ll see a number of minor robots including Alice (who is disguised as a human of all things!) and some Decepticon spies who turn into insects. Insecticons! All that’s missing is Dinobots, but hopefully we’ll get them in the third installment of the franchise. Remember when I asked what’s cooler than big robots smashing each other up? Well there’s only one thing cooler than an even bigger robot made up of several other robots, and that’s a team of robots that turn into dinosaurs.
Video: A whole bunch o' Decepticons are revealed in this clip from the new movie, including a glimpse at the Constructicons building up!
The Decepticons arrive to do battle on June 24th in 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'.