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:''Laserbeak is a [[Decepticon]] and a [[Predacon (BW)|Predacon]] in the [[Generation 1]] [[continuity family]].''
 
   
[[Image:Laserbeak-calendar.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Recognizable as the one who does not cannon-blast Omega Supreme.]]
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:''Galvatron is a [[Decepticon]] in the [[Generation 1]] continuity family.''
'''Laserbeak''' is a follower, not a leader. In fact, he can often be found perched atop the shoulders of either [[Soundwave (G1)|Soundwave]] or whoever leads the Decepticons at a particular time. He can be utterly depended on to complete any mission that he is assigned.
 
   
Laserbeak is also an interrogator, though he is rarely depicted in that role, more often seen (or rather not seen) as a spy, roosting on some obscure perch, playing voyeur and eavesdropping on Autobot conversations. His backpack features two ruby-powered independently-targetable lasers that he uses to torture his subjects with. He's a coward, though, and when his ruby supplies run low, he transforms from ruthless condor to squawking chicken.
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[[Image:Galvatrong1.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Bwaaaaah! Kneepad of Dooooom!]]
   
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'''Galvatron''' is a force of nature. Born from the machinations of [[Unicron]] himself, Galvatron is madness and power combined, given form. He is blinded and consumed by his lust for power, his whims and desires at the mercy of the moment. Not even his own subordinates are safe. Though he is not beyond the capacity for long-term goals, it is his unpredictability and his casual disregard for any and all life that strikes such horror in friend and foe alike.
   
''Preliminary name:'' '''Slazer'''<br>
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Galvatron once was [[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]], but has been reborn from his death throes in a faustian pact with Unicron. Despite retaining the memories, spark and consciousness of Megatron, the near-death experience and massive physical upgrade led to a degree of alteration in personality, something further affected by his now-questionable sanity.
''French-Canadian name:'' '''Vautour'''<br>
 
''Italian name:'' '''Gufo'''<br>
 
''Japanese name:'' '''Condor'''
 
   
   
 
==Fiction==
 
==Fiction==
===Marvel Comics continuity===
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===Animated continuity===
[[Image:Laserbeakwarriorschool.jpg|150px|left|thumb|Laserbeak is Soundwave's bitch.]]
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:''Voice actors:'' [[Leonard Nimoy]], [[Frank Welker]] (US); [[Seizō Katō]] (Japan)
Laserbeak was among [[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]]'s attack party which attacked the [[Autobot]]s aboard the [[Ark]], crashing on [[Earth]] 4 million years ago. When the Autobots and Decepticons were revived in 1984, Laserbeak was given the [[alternate mode]] of a red cassette tape. He aided the Decepticons in their building of their new base constructed of parts from [[Harrison Nuclear Power Plant]] and joined in their attack on [[Sparkplug Witwicky]]'s auto repair shop, where he got shot in the face by [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]].
 
   
Though Laserbeak can speak, he stopped displaying this ability around the time that [[Shockwave (G1)|Shockwave]] arrived to reverse the Autobots' seemingly final victory over the Decepticons in a desperate last stand at the Ark. During Shockwave's rule, he sent [[Soundwave (G1)|Soundwave]] (with Laserbeak stowed) to infiltrate [[Blackrock Aerospace Plant Number One]], where they were carried inside in cassette deck mode by plant workers [[Ferdy and Gabe]]. Once inside, the two quickly seiged the plant's controls and enslaved its workers. {{storylink|Warrior School!}} Laserbeak served many functions during the Decepticons' occupation of this plant, such as squawking, heating up the workers' pizzas, and delivering recorded messages to the [[human]] military poised outside. {{storylink|Brainstorm!}} Laserbeak later accompanied Soundwave and a few of the other cassette-tape Decepticons to aid their imposter Optimus Prime's ambush of the Autobots, though all of them were easily defeated once the real Optimus Prime was restored. {{storylink|Prime Time!}}
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In 2005, after being mortally wounded in battle with [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]], [[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]] was left to float aimlessly through space. He was summoned by [[Unicron]], who offered him a new body and new troops to command, so long as he destroyed the Autobot [[Matrix]] of Leadership. Megatron reluctantly accepted and was upgraded into '''Galvatron''', a more fearsome and powerful warrior.
[[Image:Laserbeakdeterminescommand.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Autobots pass the Matrix, Decepticons pass the Laserbeak.]]
 
Unlike the [[Seeker]]s, Soundwave, Laserbeak, and the other animal cassettes remained more loyal to Megatron than to Shockwave, and so when the former Decepticon leader was discovered in a coal mine, they arrived swiftly to refuel and reclaim him. {{storylink|I, Robot-Master!}} One of Megatron's first acts upon returning to the Decepticons was to attack the Ark while seemingly all of the Autobots were attacking the Decepticon base, and he took the the Seekers and all of the cassette Decepticons (minus Ravage) with him. Unfortunately, the Ark was now defended by the newly-built [[Omega Supreme (G1)|Omega Supreme]]. All of the attacking Decepticons except for Laserbeak and Megatron were obliterated, and it was only thanks to the wounded Laserbeak that he and the Decepticon leader escaped with their lives. When they returned to the Decepticon base, Laserbeak perched not on Megatron's shoulder, but Shockwave's, silently acknowledging their true leader. Shockwave rebuked Megatron for his poor command, but Megatron surprised him with a rationalization for his actions. As Shockwave again submitted to Megatron's leadership, Laserbeak exchanged perching positions, signifying the transfer of command. {{storylink|Command Performances!}}
 
   
[[Image:Jetfireyourehit.jpg|left|thumb|200px|The bitch heirarchy: Soundwave > Laserbeak > Jetfire]]Years later, after [[Ratbat]] had assumed command in the absence of both Megatron and Soundwave, the Decepticons ambushed the Autobots on the [[Moon (moon)|Moon]] while [[Grimlock (G1)|Grimlock]] and [[Blaster]] were dueling for leadership. Laserbeak counted among his victories [[Jetfire (G1)|Jetfire]], but he and the others were called back to their ship to retreat once Blaster and Grimlock disabled its guidance systems. {{storylink|Totalled!}}
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Galvatron quickly retook command of the Decepticons after killing the traitorous [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]] in the middle of his coronation as the Decepticons' new leader. He then went to Earth and attacked [[Autobot City]], full-force. [[Ultra Magnus (G1)|Ultra Magnus]] lead him away from Earth and Galvatron chased him to the [[Junkion (planet)|Planet of Junk]], where he defeated Magnus and took the Matrix, intending to use it against Unicron.
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Galvatron could not open the Matrix, however, and as punishment for his treachery, Unicron swallowed him whole. Inside Unicron's belly, he met up with [[Hot Rod]], and they got into a fight. Hot Rod snatched the Matrix away from Galvatron, and managed to open it, leading to his transformation into Rodimus Prime. Flush with new power, Rodimus hurled Galvatron's ass out through the side of Unicron and into deep space. But that was not the end of Galvatron.
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In the year 2006 (or 2010, if you're Japanese), [[Cyclonus (G1)|Cyclonus]] and [[Scourge (G1)|Scourge]] set out to find their lost leader and return the Decepticons to glory. They found him sunk in a lava pit on the distant planet [[Thrull]] and managed to free him. However, the effects of the "plasma bath" royally screwed-up Galvatron's sanity chips, turning him certifiably nuts. Upon regaining his freedom he beat Cyclonus and Scourge up and completely destroyed Thrull.
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Galvatron lead the Decepticons on many wacky adventures against the Autobots, though usually botching it in the end due to his craziness (he loved shooting his own troops). At one point, his nuttiness became so severe, the perpetually-loyal Cyclonus actually tricked Galvatron into taking therapy sessions (albeit, by force) on [[Torkulon]], the therapy-planet. After trying to murder a shrink during a word-association session, and somehow building a gun in a basket-weaving class, Galvatron was deemed incurable by conventional methods. The doctors attempted to use living extensions of the planet to give him a lobotomy (much to Cyclonus' disapproval), but Galvatron broke free and murdered the sentient organic core of the planet. After that, he razed the entire planet's civilization, leaving them so broken it would take centuries to rebuild.
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However, despite his insanity, he teamed-up with the resurrected [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]] to stop the [[Hate Plague]]. He wound-up becoming infected by the plague and attempted to kill an unconscious Optimus Prime with a spear. Optimus woke up just in the nick of time and opened the [[Matrix of Leadership|Matrix]] directly in Galvatron's face. The wisdom of the Matrix not only cured the Universe of the Hate Plague, but cured Galvatron of his madness, as well. Grateful, Galvatron sanely declared "There will be no war today, Optimus. You have earned Galvatron's respect" and called a brief truce.
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Later, Galvatron called the truce off and led an assualt on Autobot City, searching for the Key to the [[Plasma Energy Chamber]]. He got the Key and intended to use it and the Plasma Energy to turn Cybertron into a mobile dreadnaut. He teamed with the Transformer-[[Nebulan]] hybrid, [[Scorponok (G1)|Lord Zarak]], but they were eventually defeated and sent tumbling through space when Cybertron ushered in a new Golden Age. After regaining control, Galvatron vowed to collect energy all over the galaxy and return to Cybertron, though Scorponok seemed to question his leadership.
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====Headmasters====
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[[Image:GalvatronTVMag1.jpg|right|200px|thumb|He has a weird tendency to aim at his own troops.]]
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''(The Headmasters Anime ignores the events of the 3-part "The Rebirth" story arc and picks up after "The Return of Optimus Prime")''
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In 2011, Galvatron reactivated the Decepticon [[Space Bridge]] on Cybertron and began a sneak-attack on the Autobots. He intended to hack into [[Vector Sigma]], though was thwarted just in time. The battle did result in yet another death for Optimus Prime.
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Later Scorponok, Galvatron's new mysterious assistant from [[Master (planet)|Planet Master]], went against Galvatron's orders and placed bombs all around Vector Sigma. Galvatron rushed to Vector Sigma but could not deactivate the bombs in time and was caught in the ensuing explosion, which was powerful enough to destroy Cybertron.
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[[Image:Galvacron.jpg|thumb|left|Galvatron's cherished dream is to be a fatty.]]
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Galvatron was thought dead for some time, until he returned alive and well a few months later. He retook command of the Decepticons and enacted a new devious plot. Galvatron intended to transform Earth into his new Unicron-like body, making him all-powerful. He told this news only to his most trusted warrior, [[Sixshot (G1)|Sixshot]], and also delivered the news that he intended to sacrifice all the Decepticons for parts to build the body. Not a good idea, as Sixshot betrayed him to Scorponok and Galvatron was left all alone to Battle the Autobot [[Headmasters]] in the North Pole. Galvatron was defeated by the "Head-Formation of Friendship" and buried alive deep within an iceberg.
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Galvatron would remain buried in the ice until he was resurrected by [[Dark Nova]] as the new and improved [[Megatron (G1)#Battlestars: Return of Convoy (Japan-only)|Super Megatron]].
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====Manga continuity====
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Galvatron appeared regularly throughout the Japanese 2010 and Headmasters manga, which acted as a supplement to the animated shows. Some of his devious schemes from the manga included creating a clone army of Megatrons, dubbed the [[Megatron Military]], and forcing a human scientist named [[Dalton]] to create weapons of destruction for him. He even fought alongside his nemesis Rodimus Prime against [[Guiltor]], a strange fusion of Optimus Prime and Megatron that threatened to destroy both leaders.
   
Ratbat's troops soon met up with [[Scorponok (G1)|Scorponok's]] troops, which resulted in a Decepticon civil war. Laserbeak and the others were called off the attack, however, when it was revealed that the civil war was instigated by [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]] to divert attentions away from his grab for the [[Underbase]]. After a false start, an unprecedented Autobot/Decepticon alliance was formed to stop Starscream, and Laserbeak was assigned to a team headed by both [[Fortress Maximus (G1)|Fortress Maximus]] and Soundwave. Confronting the Underbase-enhanced Starscream in [[Tokyo]], Laserbeak met his doom. {{storylink|Dark Star!}}
 
 
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===Generation 1 animated continuity===
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===''Kiss Players'' continuity===
:''Voice Actor:'' [[Frank Welker]] (US), [[Ken Yamaguchi]] (Japan)
 
[[Image:cybertronlaserbeak.jpg|thumb|Lasers? Check. Beak? Check.]]
 
Prior to his arrival on Earth, Laserbeak had less of an avian shape, resembling instead a stylized jet with an ovoid silhouette and a hooked nosecone. He still transformed into a cassette, which is kind of strange when you consider his "carrier" transformed into a lamp-post and not necessarily any device that played cassettes. But anyway, this Laserbeak often carried out spy missions, able to sneak into places the larger [[Soundwave]] could not manage, including Iacon, the Autobots headquarters. There, Laserbeak learned of the Autobot mission to seek out new sources of energy away from Cybertron, which prompted a Decepticon interception mission in turn. This led to the whole lot of these spacefaring Transformers crashlanding on Earth and taking a four million-year dirtnap in the heart of a spastic volcano.
 
   
In the year 1984, the Transformers were awakened by volcanic activity, and Laserbeak was reformatted with terrestrial aesthetics in both robot and alt-mode. His alt-mode was an audiocassette, while his alt-mode was that of a vulture. His missions, though, were largely unchanged, and he continued to serve as a spy even though his techspec classifies him more as an interrogator and his fellow winged vulture [[Buzzsaw]] is described as the spy.
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At the end of the Unicron War of 2005, [[Rodimus Prime]] hurled Galvatron out of [[Unicron]] and into space. The Decepticon leader crash-landed on the planet [[Earth]], obliterating the city of [[Tokyo]]. This catastrophic incident soured [[human]]-[[Transformer]] relations and led to the formation of the [[Earth Defense Command]], a governmental organization created to drive Transformers from the face of the planet.
   
Laserbeak was the first Decepticon to tangle with Autobots on Earth when he was dispatched by Soundwave and [[Megatron]] to chase down to snooping Autobot spies, [[Hound]] and [[Cliffjumper (G1)|Cliffjumper]]. The Autobots tried to scurry away, splitting up so that Laserbeak couldn't follow both of them. He had the last laugh (or squawk) on them, as he launched one of his laser cannons to follow Cliffjumper remotely while he continued to hound Hound.
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Galvatron's Unicron-twisted cells, dispersed by the collision, spread throughout Earth's atmosphere. Born from these cells were the [[Legion]], an army of savage and vicious Transformers. Appearing all over the planet, the Legion quickly converged on the site of the impact, the crater upon which the headquarters of the E.D.C. had been constructed.
   
===Dreamwave comics continuity===
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===Marvel Comics continuity===
   
===''Timelines:Dawn of Future's Past''===
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''(Events from the UK-only comics are in italics.)''
[[Image:Laserbeakbuzzsawdawn.jpg|left|thumb|200px|Iron birds of fortune.]]
 
At the end of the great war most Decepticons granted amnesty simply retired and vanished from public life. So too would have been the fate of Laserbeak if not for the intervention of the [[Predacon (G1) | Predacon]] [[Divebomb (G1) | Divebomb ]]. Divebomb granted Laserbeak, [[Buzzsaw (G1)|Buzzsaw]], and [[Ravage]] a new lease on life, rebuilding them into members of the new faction of Predacons.
 
   
Predacon [[Megatron (BW)|Megatron]]'s theft of the [[Golden Disk]] was closely watched by Divebomb, who sent Laserbeak and Buzzsaw to ensure Megatron and his rogues reached their destination. Their ship intercepted the ''[[Axalon (BW)|Axalon]]'', pummelling it with missiles. Before it could come back for another pass, it was fired upon by the ''[[Chromia 10]]'', giving the ''Axalon'' enough time to restore enough power to return fire and completely destroy Laserbeak and Buzzsaw's ship, with the pair inside.
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''There were multiple Galvatrons from various alternate futures who often time-jumped to give the Autobots trouble. There are between 2 and 5 different Galvatrons; the exact number remaining inconclusive.''
   
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====''Galvatron I''====
   
==Toys==
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''After being scolded by [[Unicron]] during the events of [[The Transformers: The Movie (1986)|''The Transformers: The Movie'']], Galvatron was ordered to attack Earth and destroy the [[Matrix]]. He ordered "Decepticons, to Earth!", but what he REALLY meant was Earth... 1986!''
===Generation 1===
 
*'''Frenzy & Laserbeak''' (Cassette 2-pack, 1984/1985)
 
   
: Originally a ''[[Microchange]]'' "Micro Cassette Robo Condor", Laserbeak transforms into a microcassette that can fit into the tape door of the [[Soundwave (G1)|Soundwave]] and [[Blaster]] toys. He was released in a two-pack with [[Frenzy (G1)|Frenzy]] in the US and Europe. His chromed thruster-blaster add-ons have some slight mold variations to them, like several other early ''Transformers'' toys.
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''Time-jumping from the year 2006, and freeing himself from Unicron's control, Galvatron intended to create a device that would be powerful enough to destroy Unicron in 2006. Galvatron brought Cyclonus and Scourge with himself, and as an effect of time-travel, replaced three Autobots ([[Prowl (G1)|Prowl]], [[Ratchet (G1)|Ratchet]], and [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]]) in the timeline. Galvatron began construction of a massive laser cannon which he would then hide on Earth and unleash on an unsuspecting Unicron when the time was right.''
   
: This mold was also used to make [[Buzzsaw (G1)|Buzzsaw]], [[Garboil]] and [[Sundor]].
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''The Autobots and Decepticons weren't having none of that and briefly formed an alliance to stop the three Decepticons of the future. The plan wasn't going very well until [[Hot Rod]], [[Blurr (G1)|Blurr]] and [[Kup]] came back from the future to help. Present-day Ultra Magnus also arrived to help and heroically kept Galvatron occupied as the Autobots and Decepticons set-up a trap.''
   
*'''Condor''' (Cassettron, 1985/1986/1987)
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''Galvatron mopped the floor with Ultra Magnus and returned to his laser cannon. He then ran into what he thought was [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]] (but, in fact, was an unconsciouss [[Skywarp (G1)|Skywarp]] in disguise), and in a fit of anger, blew him up. After a second he realized that if he destroyed Starscream in the past, how could he have destroyed him in the future? Figuring that he was in an alternate past, and thus, no action taken then would effect his future, Galvatron and his troops returned to their proper time. The Autobots and Decepticons subsequently destroyed the laser cannon and called off the truce.''
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''20''', '''D-60''', '''D-105'''
 
   
: Laserbeak (AKA "Condor") was available by himself in Japan. Like all Japanese cassettes, he came with a clear tape case to be "stored" in. He was re-released in Japan in 1986, and again in 1987.
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====''Galvatron II''====
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''See [[Galvatron II]]''
   
*'''Soundwave''' (Decepticon, 2003)
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====Other versions of Galvatron====
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''TFC-10'''
 
   
: Laserbeak was reissued along side Soundwave in 2003.
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''A Galvatron claiming to be no other Galvatron the Autobots had met before, snuck into the Autobot crypt and implanted devices that would read the memories of various dead Autobots. He chose to read the memories of [[Prowl (G1)|Prowl]], [[Wheeljack (G1)|Wheeljack]], [[Sunstreaker]], [[Silverbolt (G1)|Silverbolt]] and [[Ironhide (G1)|Ironhide]]. What he didn't know was that the device he placed in their bodies actually managed to revive them from the dead! Alive, but hopelessly out-matched, the Autobots concocted a plan to defeat Galvatron. They kept him busy in battle while Wheeljack placed a helmet on his head which would deactivate him and leave him imprisoned in a "sleep mode". Within this sleep mode, Galvatron was forced to forever relive his worst nightmare (being dismembered by [[Hot Rod (G1)|Rodimus Prime]]) over and over and over...''
   
===Titanium Series===
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''Galvatron was seen, in Rodimus Prime's flashback, when Unicron attacked in 2010. There is no conclusive evidence on surrounding events, so it remains unknown if this is a previously seen Galvatron or yet another incarnation. It's not even known which timeline this took place in.''
*'''Soundwave''' (6"
 
: Laserbeak was shown with a 6" [[Titanium]] Soundwave at SDCC 2006.
 
   
===Timelines===
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===Dreamwave ''Armada'' comic===
*'''Laserbeak''' and '''Buzzsaw''' (Souvenir set, 2006)
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An alternate version of Galvatron appears briefly as one of [[Unicron]]'s heralds, along with [[Thunderwing (G1)|Thunderwing]], [[Bludgeon (G1)|Bludgeon]], [[Dirge (G1)|Dirge]], and [[Scourge (G1)|Scourge]]. He is ultimately destroyed by [[Megatron (Armada)|Megatron]] with the power of the [[Dark Saber]].
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[[Image:GalvMegsUK202.jpg|right|200px|thumb|Yeah, this'll ''really'' help with the whole insanity thing.]]
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===Controversy over identity===
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Some fans are preoccupied with the notion of Galvatron being a psychologically distinct and discontinuous entity from Megatron, almost (or, some would have it, equally) as much as [[Scourge (G1)|Scourge]] and [[Cyclonus (G1)|Cyclonus]] demonstrate no continuity of memory or personality to their former Decepticon selves. Oddly, this remains a topic of heated debate in some circles, in spite of a fairly unambiguous canon.
   
: A [[redeco]] of the ''[[Energon (franchise)|Energon]]'' [[Terrorcon (Energon)|Terrorcon]] [[Divebomb (Energon)|Divebomb]], Laserbeak transforms from a humanoid robot to a robotic bird of prey. He came with a pair of clear-blue blades that can combine to form a large [[energon weapon]], plus a blue Decepticon-style [[energon chip]]. He was available only as a poly-bagged set with his mold-mate Buzzsaw, sold as an "at the show" souvenir set at [[BotCon 2006]], limited to 500 pieces.
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In the G1 animated continuity, Galvatron evidently still self-identifies as being the same person as Megatron, albeit with greater power and a new name. Although not making a point of revealing this former identity to his troops at large (perhaps to cast off the potential stigma of being a "defeated" leader), Galvatron makes his sense of self clear when Starscream asks "Megatron? Is that you?", to which he replies "Here's a hint" before obliterating him.<ref>Some fans claim the "Here's a hint" line is a point in favor of Galvatron ''not'' being Megatron, instead of the far more likely intended affirmation, since Megatron "would never kill Starscream." However most fans would probably agree that Starscream had simply never pissed Megatron off enough to actually kill him before.</ref> Later in ''[[The Transformers: The Movie (1986)|The Transformers: The Movie]]'' when Galvatron is poised to crush [[Hot Rod]]'s neck, he boasts: "First Prime, then Ultra Magnus, and now you. It's a pity you Autobots die so easily, or I might have a sense of satisfaction." Again, Galvatron is obviously speaking with no sense of discontinuity of identity or personality as he refers to past and current acts as both Megatron and Galvatron without qualification or distinction.
   
: This mold was also used to make the Terrorcon [[Blackout (Terrorcon)|Blackout]].
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While some might contrast this statement, however, with his earlier line, "I shall crush you, just as Megatron crushed Prime,", interpreting that such a statement implies a disconnect from his former life, this too can easily be explained by Galvatron's apparent reluctance to allow his troops know that he used to be Megatron. While Galvatron would have fully expected the knowledge imparted in the later statement to Hot Rod to die with the callow youth, the declaration to Ultra Magnus was made in public, with his troops (and, potentially, other Autobots in earshot) present.
   
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During season three, however, Galvatron made little or no further references to his past life as Megatron, though this could be a side effect of lying in a pool of lava for several months and his increasing insanity. However, an absence of references do not neccessarily constitute a change in identification. Upon meeting the resurrected Optimus Prime in ''The Return of Optimums Prime'', Galvatron behaved as though simply picking up where he left off with his old nemesis from his Megatron days, as did Prime, saying that he knew him "all too well", indicating that the Autobot leader was capable of recognising his former adversary despite the change in name and appearance. Furthermore, in ''Five Faces of Darkness'', Astrotrain states that Megatron and Galvatron are "the same guy," implying that during Galvatron's absence, the other Decepticons (or, at the very least, Astrotrain) figured out what was going on.
   
==Trivia==
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[[Image:GalvatronManga1.jpg|left|200px|thumb|For the very early Japanese advertisement art, Galvatron and Megatron were presented as different characters.]]
* Though Laserbeak is portrayed as a normal audio cassette in the various fictions, his original toy was a microcassette. (Likewise, Soundwave's toy was a microcassette recorder, rather than the "stereo cassette deck" he's stated to be elsewhere.)
 
   
* Laserbeak {{Tooltip|snores when he sleeps.|from the book 'Decepticon Poison'}} It sounds just like a little chainsaw! <small>(so cute!)</small>
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In the US and UK Marvel comics the various time-hopping Galvatrons all demonstrate an awareness of having previously been Megatron with no strong indicators of a break in psychological identification. Indeed, at one point, a Galvatron said outright, "Like Megatron? No - I AM Megatron!" The closest that these Galvatrons came to identity crisis were incidents in which a time-displaced Galvatron was confronted by Megatrons (or copies thereof) and did battle with his former self. Although in these instances Galvatron experiences trains of thought that suggest he sees Megatron as a separate being and/or the source of his madness that needs to be destroyed, it should be noted that these are not the musings of a calm, rational mind. In these instances Galvatron is in the grips of a psychotic episode, which he generally snaps out of by realising that he is indeed the same person. These instances should be seen as the result of deranged reasoning tinged perhaps with self-loathing or the personification of personal flaws and/or failings with his past self, not as proof of a complete psychological separation of characters.
   
* It's possible that ''Beast Wars'' [[Lazorbeak]] was intended to be a new form for Laserbeak. Lazorbeak's tech spec bio reads, "Lazorbeak upholds his motto of believing the only good point he likes about the Maximals is their melting point," a reference to Laserbeak's original tech spec motto. Also, both use laser weapons.
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A possible explanation for why (any version of) Galvatron retains psychological continuity with Megatron while his fellow Unicron-creations do not may be that [[Thundercracker]] et al were apparently already dead or in total stasis-lock at the time of their reformatting, and thus it is widely speculated that only their bodies were used to create Cyclonus and company. Whether this indicates that they retained their sparks and merely suffered total mind-wipes (either as the result of recent death or by Unicron's doing), or if Unicron actually infused their reformatted bodies with new life-forces is unknown. (On the other hand, none of the other Unicron-created Decepticons have faced their past selves or deeds the way Galvatron has.) Megatron, by comparison, was clearly alive and awake at the time of his reformatting and struck a bargain with Unicron for "a new body", a deal which clearly implies that his mind would remain his own.
   
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Another indication of Galvatron's enduring sense of self-identification as still being Megatron was demonstrated in the Japanese-exclusive ''[[Battlestars]]'' series, upon being resurrected and further upgraded Galvatron reverted to the name Megatron once more (as [[Megatron (G1)#Battlestars: Return of Convoy (Japan-only)|Super Megatron]]).
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==Toys==
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===Generation 1===
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[[Image:Galvatron_27.PNG|frame|Toy box art for Galvatron.]]
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* '''Galvatron''' (Decepticon, 1986/1987)
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: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''D-62'''
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: Galavtron transforms into a Cybertronic treaded field artillery unit, with an alternate hand-held gun mode. The gun mode's only fictional appearances were in the UK comics, which featured it as a shrunken, human-scaled weapon, and a form that he assumed merely so that he could easily be conveyed by other parties, but never wielded as a weapon. Using a D-cell battery, he has a light-up cannon in gun mode, light-up eyes in robot mode, and variable electronic warbly noises in any mode.
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* '''Galvatron''' (Decepticon, 2005)
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: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''D-62-S'''
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: The original Galvatron toy was much later [[redeco]]ed and re-released by [[Takara]] into a sort-of more show-like apperance, being primarily purple instead of gray. His face mold was also slightly [[retool]]ed, and he was given new sound effects, including speech clips (in Japanese, naturally).
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: This toy was later released as the [[e-Hobby]]-exlcusive [[Galvatron II]].
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===Merchandise===
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* Galvatron was part of the second "Act" of Takara's [[Super Collection Figure]], a soft-plastic PVC of his cartoon model in both full-color and all-clear plastics, one each per case of twelve.
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* The SCF Galavtron was later released as part of the [[Heroes of Cybertron]] series, cast entirely in clear-red plastic then painted over (giving it a light-piped-like glowing eye effect). He was only available in the third wave of the line.
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==Trivia==
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*A Galvatron [[Action Master]] was planned at one point, but apparently went no further than a concept sketch. It is only vaguely similar to Galvatron's normal appearance and may possibly have been a "powered up" Galvatron of some sort.
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*Galvatron's toy bio was apparently written with the intention of him being a new character who coexisted with Megatron: he has a rank of 9 and the function "City Commander," with no mention of him having once been Megatron. Given the omission of similar details from Rodimus Prime's bio, it is likely that this was done to avoid spoiling the surprise of Galvatron's origin in the movie.
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.tfu.info/1984/Decepticon/Laserbeak/laserbeak.htm Laserbeak at TFU.info]
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* [http://www.tfu.info/1986/Decepticon/Galvatron/galvatron.htm Galvatron at TFU.info]
*[http://www.ntfa.net/universe/english/index.php?act=view&char=Laserbeak Laserbeak's Universe profile at NTFA.net]
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* [http://www.ntfa.net/universe/english/index.php?act=view&char=Galvatron Galvatron's Universe profile at NTFA.net]
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Revision as of 02:07, November 25, 2006

The name or term Galvatron refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Galvatron (disambiguation).

Galvatron is a Decepticon in the Generation 1 continuity family.
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Galvatron is a force of nature. Born from the machinations of Unicron himself, Galvatron is madness and power combined, given form. He is blinded and consumed by his lust for power, his whims and desires at the mercy of the moment. Not even his own subordinates are safe. Though he is not beyond the capacity for long-term goals, it is his unpredictability and his casual disregard for any and all life that strikes such horror in friend and foe alike.

Galvatron once was Megatron, but has been reborn from his death throes in a faustian pact with Unicron. Despite retaining the memories, spark and consciousness of Megatron, the near-death experience and massive physical upgrade led to a degree of alteration in personality, something further affected by his now-questionable sanity.


Fiction

Animated continuity

Voice actors: Leonard Nimoy, Frank Welker (US); Seizō Katō (Japan)

In 2005, after being mortally wounded in battle with Optimus Prime, Megatron was left to float aimlessly through space. He was summoned by Unicron, who offered him a new body and new troops to command, so long as he destroyed the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Megatron reluctantly accepted and was upgraded into Galvatron, a more fearsome and powerful warrior.

Galvatron quickly retook command of the Decepticons after killing the traitorous Starscream in the middle of his coronation as the Decepticons' new leader. He then went to Earth and attacked Autobot City, full-force. Ultra Magnus lead him away from Earth and Galvatron chased him to the Planet of Junk, where he defeated Magnus and took the Matrix, intending to use it against Unicron.

Galvatron could not open the Matrix, however, and as punishment for his treachery, Unicron swallowed him whole. Inside Unicron's belly, he met up with Hot Rod, and they got into a fight. Hot Rod snatched the Matrix away from Galvatron, and managed to open it, leading to his transformation into Rodimus Prime. Flush with new power, Rodimus hurled Galvatron's ass out through the side of Unicron and into deep space. But that was not the end of Galvatron.

In the year 2006 (or 2010, if you're Japanese), Cyclonus and Scourge set out to find their lost leader and return the Decepticons to glory. They found him sunk in a lava pit on the distant planet Thrull and managed to free him. However, the effects of the "plasma bath" royally screwed-up Galvatron's sanity chips, turning him certifiably nuts. Upon regaining his freedom he beat Cyclonus and Scourge up and completely destroyed Thrull.

Galvatron lead the Decepticons on many wacky adventures against the Autobots, though usually botching it in the end due to his craziness (he loved shooting his own troops). At one point, his nuttiness became so severe, the perpetually-loyal Cyclonus actually tricked Galvatron into taking therapy sessions (albeit, by force) on Torkulon, the therapy-planet. After trying to murder a shrink during a word-association session, and somehow building a gun in a basket-weaving class, Galvatron was deemed incurable by conventional methods. The doctors attempted to use living extensions of the planet to give him a lobotomy (much to Cyclonus' disapproval), but Galvatron broke free and murdered the sentient organic core of the planet. After that, he razed the entire planet's civilization, leaving them so broken it would take centuries to rebuild.

However, despite his insanity, he teamed-up with the resurrected Optimus Prime to stop the Hate Plague. He wound-up becoming infected by the plague and attempted to kill an unconscious Optimus Prime with a spear. Optimus woke up just in the nick of time and opened the Matrix directly in Galvatron's face. The wisdom of the Matrix not only cured the Universe of the Hate Plague, but cured Galvatron of his madness, as well. Grateful, Galvatron sanely declared "There will be no war today, Optimus. You have earned Galvatron's respect" and called a brief truce.

Later, Galvatron called the truce off and led an assualt on Autobot City, searching for the Key to the Plasma Energy Chamber. He got the Key and intended to use it and the Plasma Energy to turn Cybertron into a mobile dreadnaut. He teamed with the Transformer-Nebulan hybrid, Lord Zarak, but they were eventually defeated and sent tumbling through space when Cybertron ushered in a new Golden Age. After regaining control, Galvatron vowed to collect energy all over the galaxy and return to Cybertron, though Scorponok seemed to question his leadership.

Headmasters

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He has a weird tendency to aim at his own troops.

(The Headmasters Anime ignores the events of the 3-part "The Rebirth" story arc and picks up after "The Return of Optimus Prime")

In 2011, Galvatron reactivated the Decepticon Space Bridge on Cybertron and began a sneak-attack on the Autobots. He intended to hack into Vector Sigma, though was thwarted just in time. The battle did result in yet another death for Optimus Prime.

Later Scorponok, Galvatron's new mysterious assistant from Planet Master, went against Galvatron's orders and placed bombs all around Vector Sigma. Galvatron rushed to Vector Sigma but could not deactivate the bombs in time and was caught in the ensuing explosion, which was powerful enough to destroy Cybertron.

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Galvatron's cherished dream is to be a fatty.

Galvatron was thought dead for some time, until he returned alive and well a few months later. He retook command of the Decepticons and enacted a new devious plot. Galvatron intended to transform Earth into his new Unicron-like body, making him all-powerful. He told this news only to his most trusted warrior, Sixshot, and also delivered the news that he intended to sacrifice all the Decepticons for parts to build the body. Not a good idea, as Sixshot betrayed him to Scorponok and Galvatron was left all alone to Battle the Autobot Headmasters in the North Pole. Galvatron was defeated by the "Head-Formation of Friendship" and buried alive deep within an iceberg.

Galvatron would remain buried in the ice until he was resurrected by Dark Nova as the new and improved Super Megatron.

Manga continuity

Galvatron appeared regularly throughout the Japanese 2010 and Headmasters manga, which acted as a supplement to the animated shows. Some of his devious schemes from the manga included creating a clone army of Megatrons, dubbed the Megatron Military, and forcing a human scientist named Dalton to create weapons of destruction for him. He even fought alongside his nemesis Rodimus Prime against Guiltor, a strange fusion of Optimus Prime and Megatron that threatened to destroy both leaders.

Kiss Players continuity

At the end of the Unicron War of 2005, Rodimus Prime hurled Galvatron out of Unicron and into space. The Decepticon leader crash-landed on the planet Earth, obliterating the city of Tokyo. This catastrophic incident soured human-Transformer relations and led to the formation of the Earth Defense Command, a governmental organization created to drive Transformers from the face of the planet.

Galvatron's Unicron-twisted cells, dispersed by the collision, spread throughout Earth's atmosphere. Born from these cells were the Legion, an army of savage and vicious Transformers. Appearing all over the planet, the Legion quickly converged on the site of the impact, the crater upon which the headquarters of the E.D.C. had been constructed.

Marvel Comics continuity

(Events from the UK-only comics are in italics.)

There were multiple Galvatrons from various alternate futures who often time-jumped to give the Autobots trouble. There are between 2 and 5 different Galvatrons; the exact number remaining inconclusive.

Galvatron I

After being scolded by Unicron during the events of The Transformers: The Movie, Galvatron was ordered to attack Earth and destroy the Matrix. He ordered "Decepticons, to Earth!", but what he REALLY meant was Earth... 1986!

Time-jumping from the year 2006, and freeing himself from Unicron's control, Galvatron intended to create a device that would be powerful enough to destroy Unicron in 2006. Galvatron brought Cyclonus and Scourge with himself, and as an effect of time-travel, replaced three Autobots (Prowl, Ratchet, and Optimus Prime) in the timeline. Galvatron began construction of a massive laser cannon which he would then hide on Earth and unleash on an unsuspecting Unicron when the time was right.

The Autobots and Decepticons weren't having none of that and briefly formed an alliance to stop the three Decepticons of the future. The plan wasn't going very well until Hot Rod, Blurr and Kup came back from the future to help. Present-day Ultra Magnus also arrived to help and heroically kept Galvatron occupied as the Autobots and Decepticons set-up a trap.

Galvatron mopped the floor with Ultra Magnus and returned to his laser cannon. He then ran into what he thought was Starscream (but, in fact, was an unconsciouss Skywarp in disguise), and in a fit of anger, blew him up. After a second he realized that if he destroyed Starscream in the past, how could he have destroyed him in the future? Figuring that he was in an alternate past, and thus, no action taken then would effect his future, Galvatron and his troops returned to their proper time. The Autobots and Decepticons subsequently destroyed the laser cannon and called off the truce.

Galvatron II

See Galvatron II

Other versions of Galvatron

A Galvatron claiming to be no other Galvatron the Autobots had met before, snuck into the Autobot crypt and implanted devices that would read the memories of various dead Autobots. He chose to read the memories of Prowl, Wheeljack, Sunstreaker, Silverbolt and Ironhide. What he didn't know was that the device he placed in their bodies actually managed to revive them from the dead! Alive, but hopelessly out-matched, the Autobots concocted a plan to defeat Galvatron. They kept him busy in battle while Wheeljack placed a helmet on his head which would deactivate him and leave him imprisoned in a "sleep mode". Within this sleep mode, Galvatron was forced to forever relive his worst nightmare (being dismembered by Rodimus Prime) over and over and over...

Galvatron was seen, in Rodimus Prime's flashback, when Unicron attacked in 2010. There is no conclusive evidence on surrounding events, so it remains unknown if this is a previously seen Galvatron or yet another incarnation. It's not even known which timeline this took place in.

Dreamwave Armada comic

An alternate version of Galvatron appears briefly as one of Unicron's heralds, along with Thunderwing, Bludgeon, Dirge, and Scourge. He is ultimately destroyed by Megatron with the power of the Dark Saber.

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Controversy over identity

Some fans are preoccupied with the notion of Galvatron being a psychologically distinct and discontinuous entity from Megatron, almost (or, some would have it, equally) as much as Scourge and Cyclonus demonstrate no continuity of memory or personality to their former Decepticon selves. Oddly, this remains a topic of heated debate in some circles, in spite of a fairly unambiguous canon.

In the G1 animated continuity, Galvatron evidently still self-identifies as being the same person as Megatron, albeit with greater power and a new name. Although not making a point of revealing this former identity to his troops at large (perhaps to cast off the potential stigma of being a "defeated" leader), Galvatron makes his sense of self clear when Starscream asks "Megatron? Is that you?", to which he replies "Here's a hint" before obliterating him.[1] Later in The Transformers: The Movie when Galvatron is poised to crush Hot Rod's neck, he boasts: "First Prime, then Ultra Magnus, and now you. It's a pity you Autobots die so easily, or I might have a sense of satisfaction." Again, Galvatron is obviously speaking with no sense of discontinuity of identity or personality as he refers to past and current acts as both Megatron and Galvatron without qualification or distinction.

While some might contrast this statement, however, with his earlier line, "I shall crush you, just as Megatron crushed Prime,", interpreting that such a statement implies a disconnect from his former life, this too can easily be explained by Galvatron's apparent reluctance to allow his troops know that he used to be Megatron. While Galvatron would have fully expected the knowledge imparted in the later statement to Hot Rod to die with the callow youth, the declaration to Ultra Magnus was made in public, with his troops (and, potentially, other Autobots in earshot) present.

During season three, however, Galvatron made little or no further references to his past life as Megatron, though this could be a side effect of lying in a pool of lava for several months and his increasing insanity. However, an absence of references do not neccessarily constitute a change in identification. Upon meeting the resurrected Optimus Prime in The Return of Optimums Prime, Galvatron behaved as though simply picking up where he left off with his old nemesis from his Megatron days, as did Prime, saying that he knew him "all too well", indicating that the Autobot leader was capable of recognising his former adversary despite the change in name and appearance. Furthermore, in Five Faces of Darkness, Astrotrain states that Megatron and Galvatron are "the same guy," implying that during Galvatron's absence, the other Decepticons (or, at the very least, Astrotrain) figured out what was going on.

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For the very early Japanese advertisement art, Galvatron and Megatron were presented as different characters.

In the US and UK Marvel comics the various time-hopping Galvatrons all demonstrate an awareness of having previously been Megatron with no strong indicators of a break in psychological identification. Indeed, at one point, a Galvatron said outright, "Like Megatron? No - I AM Megatron!" The closest that these Galvatrons came to identity crisis were incidents in which a time-displaced Galvatron was confronted by Megatrons (or copies thereof) and did battle with his former self. Although in these instances Galvatron experiences trains of thought that suggest he sees Megatron as a separate being and/or the source of his madness that needs to be destroyed, it should be noted that these are not the musings of a calm, rational mind. In these instances Galvatron is in the grips of a psychotic episode, which he generally snaps out of by realising that he is indeed the same person. These instances should be seen as the result of deranged reasoning tinged perhaps with self-loathing or the personification of personal flaws and/or failings with his past self, not as proof of a complete psychological separation of characters.

A possible explanation for why (any version of) Galvatron retains psychological continuity with Megatron while his fellow Unicron-creations do not may be that Thundercracker et al were apparently already dead or in total stasis-lock at the time of their reformatting, and thus it is widely speculated that only their bodies were used to create Cyclonus and company. Whether this indicates that they retained their sparks and merely suffered total mind-wipes (either as the result of recent death or by Unicron's doing), or if Unicron actually infused their reformatted bodies with new life-forces is unknown. (On the other hand, none of the other Unicron-created Decepticons have faced their past selves or deeds the way Galvatron has.) Megatron, by comparison, was clearly alive and awake at the time of his reformatting and struck a bargain with Unicron for "a new body", a deal which clearly implies that his mind would remain his own.

Another indication of Galvatron's enduring sense of self-identification as still being Megatron was demonstrated in the Japanese-exclusive Battlestars series, upon being resurrected and further upgraded Galvatron reverted to the name Megatron once more (as Super Megatron).

Toys

Generation 1

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  • Galvatron (Decepticon, 1986/1987)
Japanese ID number: D-62
Galavtron transforms into a Cybertronic treaded field artillery unit, with an alternate hand-held gun mode. The gun mode's only fictional appearances were in the UK comics, which featured it as a shrunken, human-scaled weapon, and a form that he assumed merely so that he could easily be conveyed by other parties, but never wielded as a weapon. Using a D-cell battery, he has a light-up cannon in gun mode, light-up eyes in robot mode, and variable electronic warbly noises in any mode.
  • Galvatron (Decepticon, 2005)
Japanese ID number: D-62-S
The original Galvatron toy was much later redecoed and re-released by Takara into a sort-of more show-like apperance, being primarily purple instead of gray. His face mold was also slightly retooled, and he was given new sound effects, including speech clips (in Japanese, naturally).
This toy was later released as the e-Hobby-exlcusive Galvatron II.

Merchandise

  • Galvatron was part of the second "Act" of Takara's Super Collection Figure, a soft-plastic PVC of his cartoon model in both full-color and all-clear plastics, one each per case of twelve.
  • The SCF Galavtron was later released as part of the Heroes of Cybertron series, cast entirely in clear-red plastic then painted over (giving it a light-piped-like glowing eye effect). He was only available in the third wave of the line.

Trivia

  • A Galvatron Action Master was planned at one point, but apparently went no further than a concept sketch. It is only vaguely similar to Galvatron's normal appearance and may possibly have been a "powered up" Galvatron of some sort.
  • Galvatron's toy bio was apparently written with the intention of him being a new character who coexisted with Megatron: he has a rank of 9 and the function "City Commander," with no mention of him having once been Megatron. Given the omission of similar details from Rodimus Prime's bio, it is likely that this was done to avoid spoiling the surprise of Galvatron's origin in the movie.

External links

Footnotes

  1. Some fans claim the "Here's a hint" line is a point in favor of Galvatron not being Megatron, instead of the far more likely intended affirmation, since Megatron "would never kill Starscream." However most fans would probably agree that Starscream had simply never pissed Megatron off enough to actually kill him before.
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