Brakedown might be the oldest living inhabitant of Velocitron the Speed Planet. The retired racer sometimes acts like a doddering old fool - okay, he acts like that a lot — which has led a great many to believe he's just a stupid old mech whose transmission has fallen out far too often.
But there's a ton of knowledge inside his head, hard-learned from years and years and years of racing and winning against the best. He's old because he's hard. His manner is pretty easygoing and peaceful, and he'll often say seemingly innocuous things without thinking that hit others close to home, making them re-examine themselves and their actions. This happens often enough to give the impression that the "forgetful old coot" appearance is all an act, especially since he tends to follow such statements with the self-depreciating "but I'm just an old man, don't mind me." And he's more than willing to put the pedal to the metal and race when needed.
Currently, he's accompanied by the young Clocker, who has big dreams of being a champion racer himself. How Brakedown got talked into this arrangement is anyone's guess.
- Japanese name: Autolander
- Russian name: Nadlom (Надлом, "Fissure")
Cybertron animated series
- Voice actor: Michael Dobson (US), Kenichi Mochizuki (Japan}
Cyber Key Code content
Brakedown has been training Velocitronian racers for close to a million years. He even trained Override and made sure she became the leader of Velocitron.
- Brakedown (Scout-class, 2005)
- Japanese ID number: GC-13
- Part of the Speed Planet theme, Brakedown transforms into a Cybertronic (Velocitronic?) drag-car. His front engine block, which becomes his robot-mode weapon, contains a Cyber Planet Key-activated flip-out blade, though activating this while the block is in its vehicle-mode placement is pretty much out of the question thanks to the positioning of the key jack. He comes with a silver-bordered Speed-style Cyber Planet Key; the Hasbro version has the Key Code "s5f3" stamped on the back.
- The Hasbro and Takara versions of Brakedown have some slight color differences; among others, the Hasbro version uses metallic copper paint for detailing as opposed to Takara's dark brown. Hasbro Brakedown also has an additional Autobot sigil on his robot mode that the Takara version lacks.
- Optimus Prime (Bonus bundle, 2006)
- Late in the Cybertron line, Wal-Mart got exclusive cases of Leader-class toys with a bonus Scout-class toy attached to the top. The original Brakedown was one of these freebies, affixed to the original-deco version of Optimus Prime.
- Brakedown GTS (Scout-class, 2006)
- Brakedown was redecoed for the late Cybertron line in blues and grays, an homage to the first "really old fart" toy-character in Transformers, Generation One Kup due to the vehicle mode being a partial homage to Kup's appearance in The War Within. He also got a new Key Code, "s9k1".
- Brakedown (Scout, 2007)
- Brakedown was one of several Cybertron Scout-class toys re-released on Universe card-backs and sold through discount chains like Kay-Bee Toy Works. This release is identical to the US original.