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Astrotrain is the name of two fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... A Transformer is a fictional robot that is able to transform, rearranging itself into a common and innocuous form, such as a car, aircraft, or animal. ...

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Transformers: Generation 1 (1985)

Transformers character
Astrotrain
Affiliation Decepticon
Sub-Group Triple Changer
Function Military Transport
Motto "In confusion, there is opportunity." (Generation 1)
"The enemy's weakness is his uncertainty." (Classics)
Alternate Modes Locomotive / Space Shuttle
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Classics
Voiced by Jack Angel (English)
Takuro Kitagawa (Japanese)

Astrotrain's (Triplex 1 in Italy) Marvel and Dreamwave bios both state that he loves using his Triple-Changing abilities to create confusion among his enemies, enjoying the fear in their eyes in the moments before he destroys them. Transformers are fictional alien robots and the titular characters of a popular[1] Hasbro toy line and its spin-offs. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Triple Changers (Tripletrons in Japan) are Transformers that can transform from robot into two different vehicles. ... Great Western Railway No. ... For the current mission, see STS-118 NASAs Space Shuttle, officially called Space Transportation System (STS), is the United States governments current manned launch vehicle. ... Jack Angel (born October 24, 1930 in Modesto, California) is an American actor, director and costume designer. ... Takurō Kitagawa , born December 12, 1949 in Tokyo) is a seiyū who is affiliated with Sigma Seven. ...


Animated series

Astrotrain

Astrotrain first appeared in season 2 and was a part of Megatron's forces on Earth. Although typically a secondary character, Astrotrain was a main player in two episodes. In the episode "Triple Take-Over", he and fellow Triple Changer Blitzwing froze Megatron and Starscream and took leadership of the Decepticons for themselves. Leading an army of drone-like locomotives, he was defeated and forced to return command to Megatron at gunpoint. Image File history File links Astrotrain-tv. ... Image File history File links Astrotrain-tv. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed. ... Triple Take-Over was a Transformers episode that first aired in 1985. ... Blitzwing is the name of a Decepticon tank/MiG-25 transformer from the fictional Transformers universe. ... Starscream is a Decepticon (or sometimes Predacon) in the various fictional Transformers universes. ...


Astrotrain was seemingly let back into the Decepticons after this, being sent alongside Blitzwing in "Prime Target" to forge an alliance with the big-game hunter Lord Chumley, although Chumley had no interest in the Decepticons, merely wishing to hunt the ultimate prey, Optimus Prime.


One of Astrotrain's most prominent actions appeared in the episode "God Gambit". The Autobot Cosmos discovered an energy source on Saturn's moon Titan, but was shot down by Astrotrain and disabled. Upon discovering a large deposit of energy crystals, Astrotrain (accompanied by Starscream and Thrust) persuaded Titan's inhabitants, the Talarians, to worship him as a god, subsequently using them as slaves to mine the crystals. The disabled Cosmos, being held prisoner, managed to contact the Autobots, thanks to a Talarian rebel who reactivates his communicator. Omega Supreme, with Perceptor and Jazz aboard, arrived and eventually drove off the Decepticons but not before Astrotrain destroyed the crystals, proclaiming if he can't have them, nobody can. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cosmos is the Autobots reconnaissance & communications specialist in space. ... Adjectives: Saturnian Atmosphere [2] Composition: ~96% molecular hydrogen ~3% Helium ~0. ... Titan may mean: // Titan (mythology), a class of deities who preceded the Olympians in Greek mythology Helios, Greek sun-deity sometimes referred to as Titan Titan (moon), largest moon of the planet Saturn Titan (rocket family), a family of U.S. expendable rockets Titan (computer), prototype Atlas 2 computer developed... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Omega Supreme is the name of two fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. ... Perceptor is the name of two different characters in the Transformers Universes. ... Jazz is a fictional character Transformer who has appeared in multiple toy lines and series. ...


In The Transformers: The Movie, Astrotrain was also present at the Battle of Autobot City but was not wounded. He transported the defeated Decepticons back to Cybertron following their defeat by Optimus Prime. It would turn out he was not strong enough to carry them all. Several of the weaker Decepticons were literally thrown off of him, only to be found and changed by Unicron. Of note, his shuttle size changed greatly from moment to moment--Starscream is shown as being nearly as high as his door (which is nearly to the ceiling), but less than a minute later, Devastator is able to stand inside him. After they arrive on Cybertron, Astrotrain is shown to be the one crowning Starscream during the coronation scene, although it seems that he is shorter than Starscream. Like the rest of the Decepticons, Astrotrain accepts Galvatron's leadership without question. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Constructicons toy packaging art The Constructicons (known as Buildrons in Japan, Constructicans in France and Escavators in Italy) are a group of fictional characters from the Transformers universe. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


He would continue to make sporadic appearances throughout season 3.


Marvel Comics

Astrotrain would first appear in Marvel's The Transformers series in the Target 2006 arc of the UK comics. Along with the other Triple Changers, the three Insecticons, Dirge, Thrust, Ramjet and Macabre, they are the Decepticons' most feared killers and must be taken out before a major Autobot uprising can take place. Megatron inadvertently scuppered the plan by summoning the Insecticons to Earth. The Transformers was an 80 issue comic book by Marvel Comics telling the story of the Transformers. ... Triple Changers are Transformers that can transform into two different vehicles and a robot. ... Insecticons is the name given to a sub-group of fictional characters in the Transformers Universes, referred to as Insectrons in the Japanese version. ... Dirge is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ramjet is the name of four fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ...


Astrotrain would first appear in the U.S. run in issue #29. He was sent to Earth along with Blitzwing and Octane to retrieve a crashed shuttle which was carrying fuel for one of Ratbat's operations. However, the shuttle's pilot was infected with Scraplets — a plague of sentient micro-robots that devoured metal — and the dying pilot then accidentally infected them. After battling with Blaster and Goldbug the Autobots became infected as well. Goldbug eventually found the cure — water, but Blaster refused to let Goldbug spray them, reluctant to save the Decepticons. The Scraplets took matters out of his hands, however, and merged into one huge creature. Options spent, Goldbug cured all four Transformers and let the heavily-armed Decepticons deal with it. The three Triple-Changers then escaped with their cargo. Octane is a Decepticon in the Transformers toyline. ... Ratbat is a Decepticon character in the fictional Transformers series. ... Scraplets are an alien race in Marvels Transformers comics. ... Blaster (Broadcast in Japan, Tempo in France, Radiorobot in Italy) is the communications center of the Autobots in the Transformers television and comic series based on the popular toy line produced by Takara and Hasbro. ... Bumblebee is the name of a fictional character from the various Transformers universes. ...


Astrotrain was part of Ratbat's Earthbound forces, battling Scorponok's Decepticons when they arrived and later the Autobots. He was then deactivated by the Underbase-powered Starscream and did not appear again in the U.S. comics, apart from an alternate universe appearance as part of Galvatron's forces. In this alternate universe, Unicron had destroyed Cybertron, and Galvatron and the Decepticons ruled Earth. Scorponok is the name shared by several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. ... The Underbase was a fictional object in the Marvel Transformers comics. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Transformers: Generation 2

Astrotrain had a brief appearance in a crowd scene in the Generation 2 comics before the Decepticons fought Jhiaxus. As the battle was a rout, it is not clear if he survived. Jhiaxus (pronounced gee-axe-us) was a fictional character in the Marvel Comicss Transformers: Generation 2 comic. ...


He appeared in the Earthforce stories as part of the Decepticons of Megatron and Shockwave's forces, in one notable instance leaving Octane to be blasted by the U.S army after it was revealed he had simply been chasing a car out of sheer spite — unaware that the car was actually Jazz. Shockwave (Laserwave in Japan) is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes, usually belonging to the Decepticons. ... Jazz is a fictional character Transformer who has appeared in multiple toy lines and series. ...


Fun Publications

The Transformers Classics comics published in the Official Transformers Collectors Club magazine is set in the Marvel Comics continuity, but in a timeline where the events of Generation 2 did not occur. Astrotrain appears among Megatrons troops. Transformers Classics are a line of Transformers toys that are based on and resemble the first generation characters and figures introduced in the 1980s. ...


Dreamwave Productions

The Triple Changers would appear again in Dreamwave's reinterpretation of the Generation 1 universe — this time with a greatly expanded origin. Astrotrain first appeared during Shockwave's attack on Iacon city along with Blitzwing, Bludgeon, Brawl, Chopshop, Dirge, Octane , Onslaught, Ramjet, Tantrum, Venom and Vortex. Blitzwing is the name of a Decepticon tank/MiG-25 transformer from the fictional Transformers universe. ... Bludgeon is the name given to two fictional characters in the Transformers Universes. ... The Combaticons toy packaging art The Combaticons (known as the Combatrons in Japan) are a group of Decepticon military vehicles in the assorted fictional universes of the Transformers. ... Insecticons is the name given to a sub-group of fictional characters in the Transformers Universes, referred to as Insectrons in the Japanese version. ... Octane is a Decepticon in the Transformers toyline. ... The Combaticons toy packaging art The Combaticons (known as the Combatrons in Japan) are a group of Decepticon military vehicles in the assorted fictional universes of the Transformers. ... The Predacons are one of the many factions in the fictional Transformers Universes. ... Insecticons is the name given to a sub-group of fictional characters in the Transformers Universes, referred to as Insectrons in the Japanese version. ... The Combaticons toy packaging art The Combaticons (known as the Combatrons in Japan) are a group of Decepticon military vehicles in the assorted fictional universes of the Transformers. ...


Astrotrain would later appear as part of Starscream's Predacon faction. Shockwave envisioned a Transformer with multiple alternate modes, studying Astrotrain and Blitzwing. However, the Great Shutdown meant his plans could go no further — until Unicron's servant Scourge located Cybertron and reactivated Shockwave for study. When Shockwave was attacked by Sharkticons Scourge saved his life, only to be shot in the back by Shockwave. Shockwave then proceeded to examine and study Scourge, and used the secrets gleaned to create first the Duocons and then the Triple Changers — Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Octane, Sandstorm and Broadside. Interestingly, in the Micromasters mini-series by Dreamwave, Blitzwing and Astrotrain are suffering from severe physical changes. As this is before the Great Shutdown, it might imply that the change was a natural one rather than a result of experiments. The Predacons are one of the many factions in the fictional Transformers Universes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Scourge is the name of four fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Duocons are Transformers who can transform from a single robot into into two separate vehicles. ... Sandstorm refers to several different characters in the Transformers toyline. ... USS Iowa Broadside (1984) A broadside is the side of a ship; the battery of cannon on one side of a warship; or their simultaneous (or near simultaneous) fire in naval warfare. ... Micromasters is a Transformers subline composed of small figures that came packaged in groups and with bases that interacted with the figures. ...


The Triple Changers later served as Shockwave's bodyguards, accompanying him to Earth to capture Optimus Prime and Megatron's troops, with Blitzwing taking down Megatron, leaving him vulnerable for a follow-up attack by Shockwave. They were unable to prevent him from being stopped by Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus back on Cybertron, but Astrotrain and Blitzwing accompanied Shockwave on his exile in the wastes of Cybertron, where his experiments resulted in Sixshot. However, when Megatron and the Predacons arrived, Megatron severed Shockwave's gun arm and the rest of Shockwave's troops surrendered, including Astrotrain. Blitzwing refused and was killed by Razorclaw. Ultra Magnus is the name of several fictional characters characters from the various Transformers universes. ... G1 Sixshot packaging artwork Sixshot is the name of to two fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. ... The Predacons are one of the many factions in the fictional Transformers Universes. ... Razorclaw is the name of several characters in the in the Transformers series. ...


Devil's Due Publishing

In the third crossover between G.I. Joe and the Transformers from Devil's Due Publishing, Astrotrain appeared as part of the Decepticon air attack on the Autobot Capital City, led by Sixshot, but was driven off by Omega Supreme. After Omega's defeat he attacked Autobot civilians , but was beaten into the ground by Optimus Prime himself. 1960s Action Soldier Adventure Team circa 1973 G.I. Joe is a line of military-themed action figures produced by the toy company Hasbro. ... Omega Supreme is the name of two fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. ...


IDW Publishing

Astrotrain appeared in the IDW Publishing G1 relaunch miniseries The Transformers: Infiltration as one of the Decepticons stationed on Earth under the command of Starscream. He, along with Runamuck, Runabout and Thundercracker stands down and surrenders when Megatron finally arrives to deal with the rebellious Starscream personally. He reappeared in the subsequent series The Transformers: Escalation, explaining the properties of ore-13 to the Decepticon leader and accepting that no further insubordination would be tolerated. He was summoned by Megatron along with Skywarp to deal with Optimus Prime's Autobot unit, using Skywarp's teleporting power to transport themselves straight into battle and run interference for their human facsimile. However, as Astrotrain lined up a killing shot on Prowl, he was badly damaged by Hardhead, and was unable to come to Skywarp's assistance. He was not seen again in the battle, but later appeared repaired, protesting Megatron's decision to bring Sixshot to Earth. IDW Publishing (a division of Idea and Design Works) is an American comic book company. ... Runamuck is the name of two fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Runabout is the name of two fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Thundercracker is the name given to multiple fictional characters in the Transformers Universes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Prowl is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... Hardhead is the name of two fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ... G1 Sixshot packaging artwork Sixshot is the name of to two fictional characters from the various Transformers universes. ...


Astrotrain also appeared in the mini-series Evolution: Hearts of Steel. In this Industrial Revolution-themed series, Astrotrain was not actually a Transformer, but a new creation of the Decepticons. He was created to pull the Decepticon train convoy to New York, but was presumably destroyed when John Henry and Bumblebee sabotaged the railway line and sent the Decepticons plummeting into a chasm. [1] The Industrial Revolution was a major shift of technological, socioeconomic, and cultural conditions that occurred in the late 18th century and early 19th century in some Western countries. ... NY redirects here. ... Statue of John Henry outside the town of Talcott in Summers County, WV. John Henry is an African-American folk hero, who has been the subject of numerous songs, stories, plays, and novels. ... Bumblebee is the name of a fictional character from the various Transformers universes. ...


Toys

  • Generation 1 Astrotrain (1985)
Originally a Diaclone mold; in Transformers, Astrotrain appeared in three different color schemes. The Hasbro version was colored light gray, purple, and black. The Takara version, being white and black was later reissued in Japan in 2004. Also in 2004, eHobby offered a dark gray and purple "anime-accurate" color scheme as shown in the cartoon and box artwork.
Classics Astrotrain.
  • Transformers Classics Astrotrain (2006)
Astrotrain is one of the toys in the first series of the Transformers Classics line, which debuted in the last quarter of 2006. As before, he is a triple changer, turning into a space shuttle and a train. The shuttle has "kibble" — visible remnants of the other modes — above the wings, and his train mode now resembles a bullet train. The color scheme is mostly white, with some purple and red applications. Classic Astrotrain's biography was featured in Transformers Club Magazine #14.
Astrotrain was initially sold individually, but later sold in a value pack with Classics Bumblebee.
  • Transformers: Universe Spacewarp (unreleased)
A proposed homage to Astrotrain, called Spacewarp, was created in prototype, but never released. Spacewarp was a repaint of Transformers: Armada Jetfire as a Decepticon. It was to ship with the Mini-Con Commetor and 3 other Mini-Cons, repaints of the Mini-Con Space Team. This toy was remolded into Cybertron Astrotrain with different Mini-Cons.


Takara Toys Diaclone toys were transforming vehicles piloted by miniature Micromen called an Inch-Man. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... Takara Co. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Image File history File links Astrotrain-classics. ... Image File history File links Astrotrain-classics. ... Transformers Classics are a line of Transformers toys that are based on and resemble the first generation characters and figures introduced in the 1980s. ... Bullet train may refer to: High-speed rail networks, such as: AVE of Spain CRH of China Eurostar between London and Paris InterCityExpress (ICE) of Germany KTX of Korea Shinkansen of Japan When it was originally planned during the 1930s, the Japanese nickname for the Shinkansen project was dangan ressha... Bumblebee is the name of a fictional character from the various Transformers universes. ... Jetfire is the name of two fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ...


Transformers: Cybertron

Transformers character
Astrotrain
Affiliation Decepticon
Sub-Group Mega Vehicles
Function Bounty Hunter
Partner Astrohook
Astroline
Astrosinker
Starcatcher
Motto "The greatest opportunities are borne from adversity."
Alternate Modes Space Shuttle
Series Transformers: Cybertron

A second character named Astrotrain was released as a Transformers Collectors Club exclusive in 2007. Transformers are fictional alien robots and the titular characters of a popular[1] Hasbro toy line and its spin-offs. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the current mission, see STS-118 NASAs Space Shuttle, officially called Space Transportation System (STS), is the United States governments current manned launch vehicle. ...


Astrotrain's bio indicates that, unlike the original Astrotrain, he had his own agenda in joining the Decepticons. A fearsome bounty hunter, he and his partner Mini-Cons transport the Decepticons in their quest for the Cyber Planet Keys. Cyber Planet Keys A Cyber Planet Key (Planet Force in Galaxy Force) is one of four mystical items that form the crux of Transformers: Cybertrons plot; in order to stop the black hole that is threatening the universe, the Autobots must gather all four. ...


Astrotrain appeared in the storyline, "The Black Sea of Sandokan".


Toys

  • Cybertron Astrotrain (2007)
This Astrotrain is similar to the canceled Transformers: Universe toy Spacewarp although Astrotrain had a different paint job and a new head sculpt. The new head is based on a design by artist Dan Khanna and resembles the head of the original Generation 1 Astrotrain. The character is not related to the original Astrotrain and is based in the Transformers: Cybertron series. Astrotrain's Mini-Con is a repaint of the Mini-Con Comettor named Starcatcher.
In November 2006 it was revealed that they were changing Astrotrain to be a member of the Transformers: Timelines toy line, and it would include 4 Mini-Cons. The original Mini-con partner is repainted as Starcatcher, and the new Giant Planet Mini-Con team repaints are named Astro-Hook, Astro-Line, and Astro-Sinker.

Mini-Cons are a human-sized race and faction of power-enhancing transforming robots in the Transformers: Armada universe and its sequels, one of the assorted universes in Transformers fiction. ...

External links

  • Toybin G1 Astrotrain Toy Gallery
  • seibertron.com G1 Astrotrain Toy Gallery (Hasbro)
  • seibertron.com Reissue Astrotrain Toy Gallery (Takara)
  • TFC Classics Astrotrain Toy review

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Astrotrain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1495 words)
Astrotrain would first appear in the Transformers comics in the Target 2006 arc of the UK comics, where, along with the three Insecticons, Dirge, Thrust and Ramjet and the other Triple Changers, they are the Decepticons' most feared killers and have to be taken out before a major Autobot uprising can take place.
Astrotrain appears in the IDW Publishing G1 relaunch The Transformers: Infiltration as one of the Decepticons stationed on Earth under the command of Starscream.
Astrotrain's Mini-Con is a repaint of the Mini-Con Comettor; the identity is as yet unknown and should be unveiled shortly.
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