Hoooooobgoblins. Hoooooobgoblins. What'cha gonna do with those hoooooobgoblins.

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A secret shipment from the Decepticons carries an infection that threatens Decepticon and Autobot alike.


Believing that they can better fight the Decepticons on their own, Goldbug and Blaster seek information from G.B. Blackrock that might lead them to Decepticon activity. Blackrock tells them of a mysterious meteor that crash-landed in Northern Arizona. The Autobot pair goes to investigate.

The meteor was actually a space freighter sent by the Decepticons from Cybertron as part of a secret scheme to steal Earth's energy, but the freighter pilot did not contact Cybertron upon arrival as planned. Ratbat sends the Triple Changers Astrotrain, Octane, and Blitzwing to investigate. They arrive on Earth near a crater caused by the crash, and frighten away a group of scientists who had planned to study the "meteor." The Decepticons find the freighter, but learn only too late why the freighter crashed: the pilot has been infected with Scraplets, a group of tiny Transformer-like robots who can change into innocent-looking nuts, bolts, screws and the like, but which attach themselves to mechanical lifeforms and replicate quickly, causing great damage to the larger robot.


Don't get them wet or feed them Autobots after midnight.

One of the scientists, Charlie Fong, doesn't scare away easily, and when he meets Goldbug and Blaster, they work out a plan to get to the crater and find out what's going on. When they arrive, they are quickly attacked by the Decepticons, and Goldbug and Fong are separated from Blaster. Although Goldbug is able to escape infection from the Scraplets, Blaster is not so lucky.

Although Blaster, noting that the Triple Changers are weakened more by the Scraplets than he is, wishes to fight the Decepticons with Goldbug's help, Goldbug is convinced by Fong that Blaster's only hope now is to find a cure for the Scraplets. Fong proposes taking a crushed Scraplet out of the crater for experimentation, and Goldbug reluctantly agrees. As Goldbug leaves the crater, Blaster, believing himself abandoned, swears revenge. Goldbug pauses out of guilt, only to become infected himself. Now he has no choice. He and Fong must find a cure, or they are all lost...


Script: Bob Budiansky
Pencils: Don Perlin
Inks: Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
Colors: Nelson Yomtov
Lettering: Janice Chiang
Editor: Don Daley

  • Originally published: June, 1987

Major characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons Humans



  • Halfway through this issue, Goldbug is finally drawn correctly, where previously he was Bumblebee with Goldbug's head. After the switch, Goldbug's windows on his chest randomly appear and reappear.

Items of note

  • In this issue, the little Autobot Scrounge, is seen in a flashback. Scrounge is shown carrying a rifle — he never used a gun in his original appearance.
  • This issue features the debut appearance of the Decepticon Triple Changers.
  • References to other Transformers continuities/issues:
  • While this was the Triple Changers' debut story for the U.S. market, the Decepticon and Autobot Triple-changers were both introduced way back in Target 2006 in the UK.

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