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Generation One

Generation One Swoop box art.
Generation One Swoop box art.

Swoop (Swarp in Japan) is the Pteranodon Dinobot. Like all the original Dinobots, Swoop was based on one of the Diaclone toy line toys. Image File history File links Csswoop. ... Image File history File links Csswoop. ... Pteranodon Pteranodon (Greek for toothless wing), from the Late Cretaceous of Western North America, was one of the largest pterosaurs of all time, with a wingspan of about 7. ... The Dinobots are a team of characters in the fictional Transformers Universe. ...


His function is Dinobot Bombardier and his motto is "Fear can hit targets unreachable to bullets."


His tech spec reads: Enjoys watching enemies scatter before him as he dives down from the sky... considers spreading fear his greatest weapon. This Dinobot's kind, good-natured side disguised by his horrifing form... even his comrades shy away. Flies at 250mph... air-to-air missile launcher under each wing fires missiles equivalent of 5000lbs. TNT, 8 mile range. As robot, uses launchers and 4000 degrees Celcius thermal sword. Fragile wings vulnerable to enemy firepower.


He joined the Autobots in the cartoon and comics in their first year, but didn't have a toy until 1985. The Autobots (also known as Cybertrons in Japan) are the heroes in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... This article is about the year. ...


Like many of the Transformers characters, he was portrayed very differently in the G1 cartoons and the Marvel comic books. Marvel or marvel can refer to: Marvel Comics, a comic book publishing company based in the United States of America. ...


In some continuities Swoop is depicted as formerly being known as Divebomb, but changed the name when it was taken by the Decepticon now known as Divebomb.


Television Series

Swoop first appeared in episode 10, called War of The Dinobots. Swoop was created by Wheeljack and Ratchet on Earth in 1984. He was created along with Snarl to be the two new Dinobots to go along with the already-created Grimlock, Slag, and Sludge. Swoop is the only Dinobot who can fly in his dinosaur mode (although Grimlock was once depicted flying in dinosaur mode one in season 3 of the television series). Swoop is also believed to be one of the smartest Dinobots, yet appears to lack the brute strength of his comrades. While Snarl and Swoop were being created, Megatron convinced Grimlock, Slag, and Sludge that Optimus and the Autobots were their enemies and the three original Dinobots kidnapped Optimus Prime. After Wheeljack and Ratchet, with the help of Chip Chase, created Swoop and Snarl, the two new Dinobots were used to rescue Prime from Grimlock, Slag, and Sludge. During that battle, Optimus saved the original Dinobots' lives before the meteorite near them exploded and they then realized that the Autobots were really their friends. In 1985, an island with real dinosaurs was found by Powerglide and Bumblebee. Optimus decided that Dinobot Island would be a good place for the Dinobots to train and practice their fighting skills, because the Ark was too small for the giant Dinobots. Megatron and the Decepticons found out about the island and wanted to harvest it for all the energy it produced. The Dinobots were thrown in a pit of lava, but were later rescued and got a bunch of real Dinosaurs to help them attack Megatron. Later, the Cybertronian Autobots and Decepticons began to malfunction because they ran out of Cybertronium, a crystalline substance only found on Cybertron. The Dinobots were made on Earth, so they were the only Transformers not affected and were sent to Cybertron to get some. When they got to Cybertron, they disappeared. Spike and Carly went to Cybertron to find them and found Swoop, who led them to the other Dinobots that were captured and working for Shockwave. Eventually they were freed and brought the Cybertronium back so that the Autobot's bodies could be restored. Wheeljack is the name of several characters in the various Transformers Universes. ... Ratchet is a character in the Transformers toyline and cartoon. ... Megatron is the leader of the Decepticons in fictional Transformers Universes. ... Optimus Prime (known in Japan as Convoy) is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... Bumblebee (Bumble in Japan) is the smaller brother of the Autobots in the Transformers television and comic series based on the popular toy line produced by Takara and Hasbro. ... The Decepticons (known as Destrons or on occasion Deathtrons in Japan or Distructor in Italy) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the fictional universe of the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... Cybertron Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... Shockwave (Laserwave in Japan) is a Decepticon in the name of several fictional character in the Transformers Universe. ...


In Transformers: The Movie, the Dinobots came in the shuttle with Optimus Prime towards the end of the attack on Autobot City. When Galvatron attacked, they went in the shuttle with Kup and Hot Rod. The shuttle was shot down on Quintessa and Kup and Hot Rod were captured by the Quintessons. On Quintessa, the Dinobots met Wheelie, who led them to Kup and Hot Rod and they were able to rescue the two Autobots from the Quintessons. They took a ship to the planet of Junk and were with the Autobots when they attacked Unicron. They helped with the attack on Unicron but were not very effective. None of the Dinobots but Grimlock played large roles in the episodes following the movie. Swoop was voiced by Michael Bell. Transformers: The Movie is a 1986 feature film version of the popular television series Transformers based on the line of toys by Hasbro. ... Autobot City is a city in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... Galvatron is the name of several fictional and visually cognate characters from the various Transformers Universes, most often the evolution of a universes Megatron. ... Kup Kup is an Autobot Transformer introduced and featured in Transformers: The Movie and the third season of the original animated television series; he was voiced by Lionel Stander in the film and John Stephenson in the series. ... Hot Rod (Hot Rodimus in Japan) is a character from The Transformers. ... Quintessa is a fictional planet in the Transformers universe. ... Textual & Visual Quintesson Guide Quintesson Judge Inquirata (Quintesson scientist) prosecutor Quintesson Quintesson Guard Quintessons are fictional aliens from the Transformers universe. ... In the fictional universe of the Transformers series, Wheelie is an Autobot. ... The Autobots (also known as Cybertrons in Japan) are the heroes in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... The planet of Junk (sometimes also referred to as Junkion) is a planetoid which was first introduced in Transformers: The Movie. ... Unicron, in the movie Planet Mode, devouring a moon of Cybertron Unicron is a fictional character from the Transformers universe and toyline. ... For the Irish politician, see Michael Bell Michael Bell is a prolific voice actor, born April 10, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York. ...


Marvel Comics

Swoop was among the Autobots who came to Earth with on board the Ark under the leadership of Optimus Prime. When the Ark crash landed on Earth it reformatted Swoop in the form of one of the Earth's native creatures, a pterodactyl.


Swoop was among the united Autobot and Decepticon forces who opposed Unicron's assault on the planet Cybertron in 1991 (Transformers #75).


In the Marvel UK comic book, Swoop was given a detailed back story, as well as a markedly different personality. Although all of the Dinobots were more intelligent and articulate than their cartoon counterparts, Swoop was notably more intelligent than the others, on occasion showing resentment to his teammates at being part of a group at all. Although Swoop was a major character in one of Furman's first stories, In the National Interest, his most important storyline concerned his relationship with the Predacon, Divebomb. It was revealed in the 1987 UK annual and the follow up story, Grudge Match in the regular comic, that Divebomb was originally Swoop's name. The Predacon known as Divebomb, whose previous name was never revealed, bested Swoop in combat on more than one occasion and then added to the Dinobot's humiliation by claiming Divebomb as his name. Swoop was saved by Optimus Prime, a fact he kept from his Dinobot companions until the Predacons arrived on Earth and the rivalry resurfaced. The Dinobot leader, Grimlock, became aware of the incident when he became leader of the Autobots and gained access to Optimus Prime's files. However, he never told anyone, not even Swoop, to save him from embarrassment and because "Dinobots stick together". The Predacons are one of the many factions in the fictional Transformers Universes. ... Optimus Prime (known in Japan as Convoy) is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... Grimlock is the name of various fictional characters in the Transformers Universes. ... The Autobots (also known as Cybertrons in Japan) are the heroes in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ...


Dreamwave Comics

Swoop appears in the second War Within story arc, The Dark Ages. He is a member of Grimlock's Lightning Strike Coalition, which would later become the Dinobots. Grimlock once accidentally starts to call him "Dive-" before correcting himself and calling him Swoop, meaning his defeat to Divebomb and his loss of his name happened in this continuity, and happened shortly before this story arc.


When civil war broke out on the planet Cybertron 8.7 million years ago between the Autobots and Deceptions, Swoop joined the Autobot cause.


When Autobot leader Optimus Prime and Decepticon leader Megatron disappeared in an accident with the space bridge 7.4 million years ago, the Autobot and Decepticon forces broke up into factions. Swoop joined up with the Lightning Strike Coalition under the command of Grimlock.


Grimlock lead L.S.C. members Ironhide, Kup, Slag, Sludge, Snarl, Swoop and Wheeljack in stealing a shipment of energon from Starscream and the Predacons at the Moon Alpha Space Port (Transformers: The War Within - The Dark Ages #1).


Ultra Magnus reunited the Autobot factions, with Grimlock working as one of his advisors. Swoop became a member of the Dynobots, a special Autobot unit directly under Grimlock's command.


The Dynobots were assigned to security at the peace talks between the Autobots, Decepticons and Ultracons 6 million years ago. It was their actions which saved the participants from being blown up in a sneak attack by Starscream and his Predacons (Transformers: Age of Wrath #1).


After Optimus Prime and the crew of the Autobot ship the Ark were lost in space 4 million years ago, the Dynobots formed a search party to recover them. They tracked the Autobot ship to the planet Earth, where the Dynobots were reformatted into mechanical dinosaurs, and Swoop gained his current form. The Dynobots were ambushed by Decepticons Kickback, Shrapnel and Bombshell, and left in stasis lock until they were discovered by Prime and his crew in the 1980's. Because of their new alternate forms they were renamed the Dinobots.


Devil's Due Comics

In 2004 Swoop was among the Autobots under the leadership Optimus Prime who attempted to take back the planet Cybertron from the Decepticon tyrant Shockwave. After an accident with the teleportational systems of the supercomputer Teletran-3, Swoop found himself sent back in time and on the planet Earth. He was reformatted in the form of an Earth dinosaur with several other Autobots. A group of humans were able to bring the new Dinobots back to Cybertron and they helped overcome Shockwave (G.I. Joe vs. The Transformers II #4). For the vector animation platform, see Macromedia Shockwave. ... Orders & Suborders Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Theropoda Ornithischia Thyreophora Ornithopoda Marginocephalia Dinosaurs were vertebrate animals that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for over 160 million years, first appearing approximately 230 million years ago. ... For the vector animation platform, see Macromedia Shockwave. ...


Generation Two

Although no Swoop toy was made for Transformers: Generation Two, Swoop did appear in the Marvel Generation Two comic series. Hasbro concept art of a Generation Two Swoop recolor has appeared on the internet as well. Transformers: Generation 2 (or simply G2) was a toy line, televison series and comic book series which ran from 1993-1995. ...


Beast Machines

Although the Dinobots as a dub-group appeared in the Beast Machines toy line, there was no character named Swoop among them - possibly because of issues with trademarking the name. A Dinobot called Terranotron was in this line though, a red repaint of transmetal Terrorsaur. The name Terranotron would later appear in the Transformers: Dinobots toy line on some boxes with Swoop in it, so many fans consider Terranotron to be replacement name for Swoop. The logo of Beast Machines. ...


Transformers: Dinobots

Dinobot series Swoop.
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Dinobot series Swoop.

In 2003 a set of Warmart exclusive toys sold simply as Transformers: Dinobots featured repaints of Beast Wars molds as 6 Dinobots. One of the Dinobots sets included Grimlock (a repaint of Beast Wars Dinobot) and Swoop (a repaint of Beast Wars Terrorsaur). Some versions of Swoop were named Terranotron on the box because of trademark issues with the name Swoop. Image File history File links Swoop-dinobot. ... Image File history File links Swoop-dinobot. ...


How the Transformers: Dinobots toy line fits in with the other Transformers lines is still a bit of a mystery. The previous Robots in Disguise and Armada lines contained many non-show repaint toys, but the toys don't mention either line on the boxes. The Dinobots toys came out just before the Transformers: Universe series, which was almost entirely repaints of old toys - so some fans consider it a precursor to that series.


Transformers: Armada

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Top Gear, Bilge, and Ravenus

Although there was no Swoop toy in the Armada series, Generation One Swoop did make an appearance in the Japanese comic series Linkage, as an Autobot who became the Mini-Con addicted Ravenus. Ravenus is an Autobot driven mad by his addiction to powerlinking with Mini-Cons and Unicron's influence. Possessing a twisted form that transformed into a pteranodon (a recolor of Beast Wars transmetal Terrorsaur), he carried the Doomstone, which was meant to destroy the Linkage. However, the Mini-Cons purified him, and he took on a form based on the Generation One Swoop.
Image File history File links Topgearbilgeravenus. ... Image File history File links Topgearbilgeravenus. ... Terrorsaur is a fictional character from the world of Transformers, appearing in the series Beast Wars. ...


Transformers: Energon (2005)

Energon Swoop
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Energon Swoop

The Energon Swoop toy – packaged with the similarly-redesigned Grimlock – was a modern updating of his original figure. It still transformed into a petradon, but had one major change: Grimlock and Swoop could now combine to form a larger robot named "Mega-Dinobot". The characters' joint biography clearly draws on the cartoon incarnation of the original characters, presenting them as Autobots who are simple in speech and thought, but who make up for it in raw strength. Decepticons have been known to flee in fear when faced with the two Dinobots, as Swoop uses his aerial abilities to confuse and distract them, while Grimlock attacks from behind and stomps them flat before they know what hit them. Though heavily armed, the duo's preferred weaponry is their teeth and talons. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (444x605, 44 KB) Summary Energon series Swooop toy by Hasbro. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (444x605, 44 KB) Summary Energon series Swooop toy by Hasbro. ...


His motto is "We love to munch Decepticon metal!"


His tech spec reads: Primitive in thought and simple in speech, what GRIMLOCK and SWOOP lack in intelligence they make up for in strength. They have given the AUTOBOTS the tactical upper-hand in battle time and again sending DECEPTICON legions retreating in fear. SWOOP will often use his impressive aerial maneuvers to confuse and distract an enemy while GRIMLOCK sneaks from behind and stomps that enemy before they even know what hit them. They then use their combined strength to ensure that there is little left of their unfortunate prey. Although they are armed to the nines with powerful weaponry, GRIMLOCK and SWOOP prefer to take down their enemies with razor sharp teeth and talons.


It comes as no surprise that longtime Dinobot fan Simon Furman intended to feature the characters in Dreamwave's Energon comic book, but the company's closure prevented this.


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