As most of you know by now, there were pictures of what appeared to be The Fallen toy from the upcoming Transformers sequel. Those pics were cool and all, but they really left me wanting more. Well today, we got a little clearer look at what may end up being The Fallen, as well as our first real look at Devastator! These pics are way too cool to miss, I highly recommend you click on the picture to view it in big beautiful high quality! I wrote a decent sized post about my thoughts on Michael Bay, Transformers 2 and The Fallen the other day, which you can view here, so I don’t have much to add for this post. So to make it worthy of your time, what follows will be a cool little bit of information about Devastator, straight from the wikki entry on the character. Below are the pics, which you can click on to see them in their full glory. Enjoy!
Devastator is the combined form of the six Constructicons. The team’s combined form of Devastator is brutality in its purest form—his sole purpose is to destroy anything and everything that gets in his way. It is ironic that the suitably intelligent Constructicons should sacrifice their thinking ability in their combined form, but simple-mindedness is a common limitation of the assorted other first-generation combining Transformers, because Devastator’s thoughts and actions are limited to what his six components can agree upon at any given time. Consequently, Devastator seems like a being of instinct, lashing out at everything around him before contemplating the consequences, but he is also slow and lumbering and very easy to trip up.
Devastator in Marvel Comics!
The origins of the Constructions in Marvel Comics’ Transformers series was not nearly so complicated. Seeking to bolster the size of his forces on Earth in 1985, Decepticon Commander Shockwave arranged for the construction of six new Decepticon bodies, which were then infused with life by the power of the Creation Matrix, tapped from the head of the imprisoned Optimus Prime. Thus, the Constructicons were born, and were immediately put to work building a massive radio transmission dish that Soundwave used to beam a message to Cybertron. When the Autobots attempted to interfere, the Constructicons revealed their hidden power and merged into Devastator to fight them off, allowing the message to successfully go through.
The Autobots, intrigued by Devastator’s unique combining power, attempting to replicate it with the construction of Omega Supreme, but as Omega was composed of only three (non-sentient) components, unlike the six Constructicons that made up Devastator, the Autobots conducted a raid on the Decepticon base, luring out Devastator so that they could gather data on him. This allowed them to accomplish the construction of the new combiner team, the Aerialbots, capable of forming Superion, whom Devastator battled during the Transformers’ adventure alongside G.I. Joe.
A story published in issue 264 of the U.K.’s Transformers comic is often cited as an attempt to explain both releases, but since the “new” Constructicons wouldn’t be released for another two years, the only toy the story could actually be based upon would be the Action Master version of Devastator. In the story, it was revealed that that the Constructicons had lost the ability to combine and were attempting to rebuild Devastator as a singular, separate entity. The Autobots Ironhide and Bumblebee arrived on the island to investigate, and Ironhide was able to bypass the security grid and plant explosives to destroy the site, and Devastator with it.