Transformers Daily News Source for Transformers 5, Titans Return, Robots in Disguise, Combiner Wars, Generations, Third Party, G1, Beast Wars, Reviews, Comics, Games & More Than Meets the Eye!
TFormers Transformers News and Reviews
facebook twitter Pinterest Tumblr Google+ youtube podcast rss
Generation 1
Devastator Week! Day 7: Devastator, Then And Now
RAC - Sunday, July 19, 2015

And now we bring it all together for Devastator! The first combiner in the Transformers toyline, Devastator would set the tone for all that came after - both what to do and what not to do. Click through to read more!

Transformers Devastator Week!

G1: The Toy

Source: TFWiki

"Thinking and winning do not mix."

Awesome and terrifying, this Decepticon is a bizarre combination of six Constructicons: Scrapper, Scavenger, Bonecrusher, Hook, Long Haul, and Mixmaster. He is pure brutality as his sole purpose is to crush all in his path. His mind is a melding together of his six parts, but he is limited by their competing thoughts. He possess enormous height and incredible strength -- can knock down a bridge with one punch. He carries a 10,000 degrees Celcius solar energy beam rifle. Devastator is slow, awkward, and not too bright.

One thing you might notice off the bat is that the Solar Energy Beam Rifle mentioned here is the same thing that, in Mixmaster's hands, is a mere Magna Laser. Maybe Devastator somehow amplifies its power output?

Devastator is a "giant" robot. Why the quotes? Well, scale is a pretty hilarious and random thing in G1. Made up of six figures that we'd probably classify today as "Scout" sized - larger than Legends but much smaller than a modern Deluxe - Devastator is only slightly taller than Megatron. He just barely misses out being the shortest of the Decepticon combiners - thanks, Menasor! In fact, he's not even the tallest Decepticon released that year. That'd be Shockwave, by an ear.

On top of which, the engineering shows that combining was still a new thing to Transformers. Every Devastator I've handled likes to fall apart, whether it's Bonecrusher wanting to fall off the shoulder, or the crotchplate wanting to pop out of its socket, or Hook just plain sliding out of the slot in the torso connector and leaving Long Haul, Mixmaster and Scrapper standing there looking kind of pathetic with a robot head sticking up off of them.

G1: The Cartoon

Source: Transformers Kiev

Devastator's super-simplified character model is... kinda terrible. Look at the legs! Look at how spindly Scrapper looks! Look at how Mixmaster tapers impossibly! And how would those legs even bend!? ...and yet, when animated and shaded competently, and of course with the voice of Arthur Burghardt and all the voice modulation and sound effects that G1's brilliant sound designers could supply, it just works. But when you look at it independent of context like this, it looks like something Hanna Barbera would've rejected.

While the original toy definitely had eyes, G1 Devastator sometimes has eyes and sometimes a visor. It can change from episode to episode or even scene to scene - and once Devastator used electromagnetic eye beams from beneath the visor that suggested the shapes of his individual eyes. So, yeah. But in The Transformers: The Movie he had the visor, so that's what everyone remembers. The fact that TF:TM was the most readily-available Transformers fiction for like a decade has shaped the franchise to more of a degree than most people realize.

Source: TFWiki

In Japanese G1, Devastator was last seen in the Transformers Zone OVA fighting against Dai Atlas and Sonic Bomber after having been powered up by Violen Jiger.

Some people can pull off a cape and silly gold armor, but Devastator is not one of those people.

A Titan Joins The Combiner Wars

Source: TFWiki

Perhaps overcompensating for his previous toy height, Combiner Wars Titan-class Devastator is the tallest thing in the modern Transformers toyline except for Metroplex. (Which, behind G1 Fortress Maximus, likely makes Devastator the third-tallest Transformers mold of all time.) Following the G1 animation model for detailing, but not looking half as dumb in static images, Devastator is huge and poseable. His head details favor the visored animation model, but the shape is more like the G1 toy, being somewhat less mushroom-shaped than the cartoon version.

If you want individual eyes, SDCC Devastator is your bot. It has a fair bit more paint detailing too! ...but also comes with a lot of magenta chrome parts that were not on any version of the G1 toy. Decisions, decisions...

While the individual Constructicons lose some paint apps for Unite Warriors, taken as a whole UW04 Devastator doesn't suffer very much. It mostly favors the animation model - adding purple to Bonecrusher's treads to balance out the chest and making the hands show-accurate purple.

As if that and the upgrades to the individual Constructicons weren't enough, they have their own head for Devastator that can alternate between individual optics and the visored look.


Is the Combiner Wars mold the definitive take on Devastator? Probably not - beyond having its own quirks visually and in terms of engineering, there will always be new groups of designers - both within Hasbro and Takara, and third parties - that will want to put their own spin on the most iconic combiner in Transformers history. But with all the options we have now, and more coming, it's a good time to like Constructicons.

last 10 shown - scroll to view more   TFormers Member Comments
formerly nortagem
7:08 pm

Love the Big Green Guy! And great highlight concept for a week. :thumb   This is the BEST thing Hasbro's coming out with in years!  
»  Read ALL Forums Posts & Replies
»  Post a Comment on This Story!  (membership required)

More Generation 1 News
So long, Autobots! It's time for action with Starscream™, the power-hungry Decepticon Air Commander who considers himself the leader of the future. Fans of the classic Transformers® robots will relive the excitement of childhood each holiday season as they unbox this Christmas tree ornament.
Just up on iTunes, we have a three-page preview of the Optimus Prime #17 comic book. “The Falling,” Part 3: Onyx Prime sows the seeds of chaos and panic on Cybertron as he reveals dark secrets… but nothing will prepare Optimus Prime and his allies for Onyx’s darkest revelation!
Imaginarium Art reveals their latest edition in the Transformers G1 series to be Wheeljack. The Autobot scientist gets his day in this cartoon accurate edition. The uncolored computer rendering shows us the character's torso complete with his shoulder missile and highly detailed robot mechanics. No word on pricing and release date, yet. Read on to see the Imaginarium Art G1 Wheeljack image below.
It is only a matter of time till the fans step in and do things as we would like to see them. Sorry Robot Chicken, the jokes and potty humor are worth a laugh, but THIS is serious! Thanks to The Lazy Eyebrow Reviewer channel on Youtube in collaboration with OptimusTimelord's Masterpiece ReAnimated channel, we have a glorious look at the original Transformers Season 1 Intro. Re-made as a stop motion animation using actual toys! This is so delicious, you will want to watch the video below, again and again.
It's a statue day, evidently! Having shown off an early stage sample of Galvatron already today, Imaginarium Art has shared a photo on Facebook of a fully painted copy of their upcoming G1 Jazz statue. The post itself notes that there are refinements to be made - gun coloration potentially among them - but the sculpt work and styling for this statue looks fantastic even in its current form. Click through to check out the teaser photo for yourself!

Toy Fair 2018 Transformers News!

Optimus Prime #17
#18 Generations - IDW Comic Book
Optimus Prime Annual 2018
Generations IDW Comic Book
Optimus Prime #16
Generations IDW Comic Book
Optimus Prime Issue 15
Generations IDW Comic Book
Generations Power of The Primes Legends Class Figure

Leaked from Cybertron Leader Class Movie 1 Decepticon Blackout Images
Leaked from Cybertron Leader Class Movie 1 Decepticon Blackout Images

IDW Transformers Comic Solicitations For July 2018
IDW Transformers Comic Solicitations For July 2018

Huge Transformers Games Sale 80% Off on Steam Downloads
Huge Transformers Games Sale 80% Off on Steam Downloads


Entertainment News International (ENI) is the popular culture network for fans all around the world. Get the scoop on all the popular comics, games, movies, toys, and more every day!
Action Figures
Star Wars
© 2018 Entertainment News International - All images, trademarks, logos, video, brands and images used on this website are registered trademarks of their respective companies and or owners. All Rights Reserved. Data has been shared for news reporting purposes only. All content sourced by fans, online websites, and or other fan community sources. Entertainment News International is not responsible for reporting errors, inaccuracies, omissions, and or other liablities related to news shared here. We do our best to keep tabs on infringements. If some of your content was shared by accident. To have it removed right away, please [ Contact Us ].