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:''Heinrad is a [[Maximal]] in the [[Beast Era]] portion of the [[Generation 1]] continuity family.''
   
:''Prowl is an [[Autobot]] character in the [[Generation 1]] continuity family.''
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[[Image:HeinradAnime1.jpg|right|250px|thumb|Where we're going we won't need ROADS!]]
   
[[Image:Prowlg1.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Prick.]]
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'''Heinrad''' posesses the unique ability to stop time for a short period of time.
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His beast mode is that of a [[wikipedia:Tanuki|Tanuki]]. Meaning he has a giant pair of testicles. This 'bot's got balls of steel.
'''Prowl''' is the Autobot military strategist. As such, Autobot Commander [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]] will keep Prowl near at hand for his indispensable expertise. He does not react well to the unexpected and despises disorder. He believes his dedication to logic and rational thought puts him next in line for Optimus Prime's job and dreams of making grand speeches -- even though in reality he's stoic and uncharismatic.
 
 
He really doesn't tend to get along well with his fellow Autobots, many of whom find his strict adherence to military protocol stifling, and his uptight personality sure doesn't help matters. The [[Dinobot (G1)|Dinobot]] commander [[Grimlock (G1)|Grimlock]] ''especially'' honks Prowl off, and Grimlock feels pretty much the same way in return, only with more swear words.
 
 
A possible alternate-universe version of Prowl is active during the ''[[Universe]]'' conflict.
 
 
 
''Spanish name:'' '''Cervo'''<br>
 
''Italian name:'' '''Pantera'''
 
   
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''Note: Heinrad's Japanese name can be romanized as either Heinrad or Heinlad.''
   
 
==Fiction==
 
==Fiction==
===Marvel Comics continuity===
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===''Beast Wars Neo''===
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:''Voice actor:'' [[Yōji Ietomi]]
   
'''Earthforce'''
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Heinrad is a lovable drunken goofball, often showing a lazy and relaxed personality. He also moderately kicks ass by freezing time to re-arrange battle scenes so Predacons are hit with their own laser blasts. Nice.
   
''(Note: These stories do not fit into the normal Marvel UK continuity. See [[Earthforce]] for details.)''
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===''Beast Wars Neo'' manga===
   
''Prowl once lamented about the proliferation of newer types of Transformers, claiming these newcomers gave him a headache just thinking about them.''
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[[Image:Heinrad timecop.jpg|thumb|120px|"You were expecting maybe Jean-Claude Van Damme?"]]
   
===Animated continuity===
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After Unicron's defeat, Heinrad revealed himself to be an undercover agent of the God of Time and took his crewmates on a ''magical journey'' back in time to say goodbye to Big Convoy.
''Voice actor:'' [[Michael Bell]] (US), [[Toshirō Ishii]] (Japan)<br>
 
   
Prowl was part of the crew of the ''[[Ark]]'', the Autobot starship that left Cyberton looking for alternate sources of energy only to crashland on [[Earth]]. Four million years later, the Transformers were reawakened by the eruption of the volcano the Ark had crashed in and reformatted by Teletraan-1. Despite being situated in the United States, Prowl was reformatted as a Japanese police car. No one seemed to notice. {{Storylink|More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1}}
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On Earth, Prowl continued to serve as [[Optimus Prime]]'s right hand man, filling the role of military advisor and strategist. His precision thinking and by-the-books planning served as a valuable counterpoint to Jazz's more improvisational style, and it was up to Optimus Prime to weigh their views and come to a decision.
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===Robots in Disguise===
   
During an attack against Decepticons, Prowl's battle computer was knocked offline by a particularly fierce blow. Crippled, Prowl extended his antenna to seek out an online computer that he could patch into. He found [[Chip Chase]]'s desktop terminal, and the young human ally momentarily took control of Prowl, animating the massive Autobot warrior with his computer. {{Storylink|Roll For It}}
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[[Image:HeinradAlarmClock1.jpg |right|200px|thumb|2am! Time for Sake!]]
   
Prowl met his maker in the year 2005, alongside fellow Autobots [[Ironhide (G1)|Ironhide]], [[Brawn]] and [[Ratchet (G1)|Ratchet]]. During a [[Decepticon]] assault of a shuttle run to earth from Moonbase One for energon. He was felled by a single blast from [[Scavenger (G1)|Scavenger]], proving that a stylish leap when you fire your gun is all that was needed for Decepticon weapons to actually kill someone. {{Storylink|Transformers: The Movie}}
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A clock in the shape of Heinrad appears in [[Koji]]'s bedroom in the pilot episode ''Battle Protocol''.
 
Prowl's body was evidently recovered for interment, as his grave was housed in the interstellar Autobot mausoleum. Along with the mausoleum itself, Prowl's remains were later plunged into a red sun as a side-effect of a [[Quintesson]] plot. {{Storylink|Dark Awakening}}
 
 
===Headmasters cartoon===
 
Prowl appears as an extra on Earth, even though he died in the movie ten years or so previously.
 
 
''('''Note''': Prowl's revival can be chalked up to error, especially since [[The Transformers: The Movie (1986)|the Movie]] did not actually reach Japan until many years later.)''
 
 
===Kid Stuff Talking Story Books===
 
''Voice actor: Unknown''
 
 
:''"OUR MISSILES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!"''
 
 
Prowl appears in this storyline as Optimus Prime's over-acting right-hand man.
 
 
===Dreamwave comics continuity===
 
 
Prowl was one of many Transformers under the control of rogue government engineer-turned-arms dealer [[Adam Rook]]. He, along with several Autobots and Decepticons, attacked the Smitco Oil Refinery Artic facilty during Rook's sales demonstration to several terrorist organizations. Unfortunately, the invasive-program controlled Prowl killed a helpless human refinery worker escaping from the destruction. {{Storylink|Prime Directive, Part 2}}
 
 
===IDW comics continuity===
 
 
Prowl is the leader of a detachment of Autobots that has operated covertly on Earth for at least four years, attempting to foil a Decepticon insurgency. He almost throws [[Ratchet (G1)|Ratchet]] in the brig for breaking cover to rescue three humans from the Decepticons, and subsequently refuses to contact Optimus Prime until further evidence of enemy activities is uncovered. He does not willingly believe Ratchet when the medic tells him that the Decepticons have stepped up their presence by constructing a second base. when he was confronted with a problem he goes on a suicide mode.
 
 
==Toys==
 
===Generation 1===
 
* '''Prowl''' (Autobot Car, 1984/1985/1990/2002/2003)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''09''', '''TFC-02'''
 
[[Image:G1Prowl_toy.jpg|left|thumb|I ain't fallin' for no banana in the tailpipe...]]
 
 
: Prowl was part of the first series of Autobots released in 1984, reusing a mold originally developed for a ''[[Diaclone]]'' Datsun Fairlady Z (280 ZX) police car, with his decals altered to remove the "Diaclone" marks. (The European "[[Classics (1990)|Classic Heroes]]" re-release retained the ''Diaclone'' stickers, for unknown reasons).
 
 
: In 1985, Mexico imported ''Transformers'', but there were some notable changes on numerous toys. Prowl's helmet, arms, and boots turned black, plus his "POLICE" decals became "POLICIA". There was also a wide running change (or just factory error) that left out the black paint on his car hood.
 
 
[[Image:Prowl-Mexico.jpg|right|thumb|150px|El Pricko (pronounced "pree-ho")]]
 
 
: In 2002, Prowl was re-released as part of the [[Transformers Collection]] series in Japan. This version has slightly-altered decals, and fully-functional spring-loaded missile launchers.
 
 
: In 2003, Prowl was released as part of the Toys "R" Us [[exclusive]] "[[Commemorative Series]]" line in the US. This version of Prowl uses a softer , unchromed black plastic for his rifle and missiles owing to [[for safety reasons|breakage issues]], plus his launchers are completely non-firing. He uses the same decals as the Japanese "bookbox" release.
 
 
: The same mold was used for [[Bluestreak]] and [[Smokescreen (G1)|Smokescreen]].
 
 
* '''Prowl''' (Action Master Blaster, 1990)
 
 
: A non-transforming action figure, [[Action Master]] Prowl is modeled after his cartoon model with a few toy-based liberties taken. He came with his [[Turbo Cycle]] vehicle, though the main figure was comatible with all other Action Master vehciles and weapons.
 
 
===Machine Wars===
 
* '''Prowl''' (Basic, 1997)
 
[[Image:Mwprowl.jpg|right|thumb|Do you have any idea how fast you were going?]]
 
 
: Sharing a mold with ''[[Machine Wars]]'' [[Mirage (G1)|Mirage]], Prowl transforms into a Formula-1 race car, and converts to robot mode with a spring-loaded, one-step transformation. His rifle-halves store in his legs in car mode. He --and the entire ''Machine Wars'' line-- was available only at Kay-Bee stores.
 
 
: Prowl's usual function is strategist, but, in an ironic twist, in this first non-police car form he's described as chief of security.
 
 
: This mold was also used to make ''[[Robots in Disguise]]'' [[Skid-Z (RID)|Skid-Z]].
 
 
===Smallest Transformers===
 
* '''Prowl''' (2003)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''GTF-09'''
 
[[Image:STF_Prowl.jpg|left|thumb|Its just a little prick.]]
 
 
: Released in Wave 2 of Smallest Transformers, STF Prowl is the smallest possible transforming toy based upon the original Prowl toy. He faithfully repoduces the transformation sequence for the most part, but due to parts-cost limitations, he has little articulation, his legs cannot seperate and his wheels do not roll.
 
 
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===Alternators===
 
* '''Prowl''' (Alternator, 2005/2006)
 
:''Alternator ID number:'' '''16'''
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''BT-15'''
 
[[Image:AlternatorsProwl.jpg|right|thumb|200px|You better get a lawyer son...]]
 
 
: ''[[Alternators]]'' Prowl transforms into a 1:24-scale Acura RSX car with police lights, opening doors, hood and trunk. His engine becomes a (non-firing) gun, while a clear-plastic nightstick is hidden under his car-mode rear section. He was among the last of the "red box" Alternators, but was included in new "white box" assortments in 2006.
 
 
: For his standard Japanse ''Binaltech'' release, Prowl got a different vehicle mode deco based on a real Japanese police car (the [[Hasbro]] version's deco being based more on the original [[Generation 1]] toy), a different spoiler mold, and gray plastic instead of stony-blue. He was also labeled as a "Honda Integra Type-R", the model's make in Japan.
 
 
: Like [[Jazz]], Prowl got two different decos released in equal numbers. The second version is a civilian version with a different spoiler (different even from the [[Hasbro]] Prowl), no police lights, and a solid blue car-shell. His robot-mode parts remained the same color, however.
 
 
[[Image:BinaltechProwl.jpg|left|thumb|200px|... you better get a real good one.]]
 
 
: This mold (the Japanese blue Prowl variant, at least) was used to make ''Alternators'' [[Camshaft]].
 
 
: The [[Hasbro]] version of Prowl, using the Hasbro red box packaging, was supposed to have been released in Japan as an exclusive to a satellite TV provider. The only notable difference from the Hasbro version was the "Satellite Patrol" markings on his doors. It is unknown if this toy was ever actually released, however.
 
   
 
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===Universe===
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===IDW [[The Gathering|''Beast Wars'' comics]]===
*'''Prowl''' (Autobot, 2005)
 
   
: A redeco of the ''Robots in Disguise'' [[Prowl (RID)|Prowl 2]] mold, ''[[Universe]]'' Prowl transforms into a Chevrolet Caprice police car with through-axle construction for super-speedy rolling on smooth surfaces. His gun hides as his car mode's tailpipe. Originally only available at Kay-Bee stores in packaging with no sub-line markings, his entire assorment was later repackaged under the ''Universe'' banner and sold through "dollar store" chains like Family Dollar.
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[[Image:BigConvoyIDW1.jpg|left|250px|thumb|Time is on his side... Well, on his chest, really.]]
   
===Attacktix===
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Heinrad was a member of the Bi-Partate Committee for State Affairs, alongside [[Big Convoy]] and [[Magmatron]].<ref>[http://www.bwtf.com/cbreviews/idw/bw1/ Script consultant's notes on Heinrad's appearance ''The Gathering'' #1.]</ref>
*'''Prowl''' (Booster, 2007)
 
[[Image:Tf2-16-400.jpg|left|thumb|150px|I got a big.... gun.]]
 
 
: Introduced in Series 2 of [[Attacktix]], Prowl is a Captain class unit with the special ability to stun an opposing player unit. His sculpt is based upon his G1 cartoon model with some additional details. His weapon is a '''hugely''' oversized version of his rifle, capable of firing a large silver projectile.
 
   
 
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==Trivia==
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==Toys==
* Prowl's ''Diaclone'' precedessor also came with additional optional stickers that would identify him as being part of the police forces from existing Japanese cities, namely "Tokyo City", "Sapporo City", "Sendai City", "Osaka City" and "Fukuoka City".
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* '''Heinrad''' (1999)
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: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''S-3'''
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:Heinrad transforms into a tanuki. Tanuki in folklore are usually depicted with massive testicles which they can drum on. Heinrad's testicles are rather large for a Transformer (IE: he has some), but quite small for a tanuki. His articulation, while good, does not allow him to drum on his testicles. In tanuki mould he can also hold a bottle of sake (tanuki are drunks) and a book of IOUs (they're also cheapskates who never pay anyone).
   
* The original ''Transformers'' instructions booklet shows a visible Japanese label sheet complete with the Imperial chrysanthemum emblem found on Japanese police cars, which did not make it to final product.
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:In robot mode Heinrad can combine his folklore accessories to make a gun which can be held in his right hand. His missiles can be mounted on his calves, or fired with the gun. In this mode his testicles hang from his hips and his spark crystal is located in his right ball. Heinrad's weakness is clear.
   
* ''Machine Wars'' Prowl's card-art is actually an altered version of the art for the ''[[Generation 2]]'' [[Laser Rod]] [[Jolt (G1)|Jolt]].
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:In both modes Heinrad has a working analogue clock in his chest. He functions as an alarm clock -- pull up on his robot or tanuki head to activate him, then push down to turn off the alarm. He's very shrill.
   
* At [[OTFCC 2004]] Hasbro stated that there was no Prowl Alternator in the works, but some other emergency vehicle (which got a chorus of boos). When no non-Prowl emergency vehicle appeared, suspicions arose, and fans speculated that the Prowl mold was originally intended to be [[Red Alert (G1)|Red Alert]]. The Alternator's general transformation scheme is reminiscent of the Red Alert mold, but that holds little water in the world of Alternators. Later, a listing for "''Alternators'' Red Alert" appeared on Hasbro's web site, with Prowl's image, seemingly confirming the theory. Careful study of his control art in the ''Binaltech'' version's booklet also reveals that the Prowl head appears to have been digitally added onto the original line-art, due to differing line-thickness. The official Binaltech guide also contains a tiny picture of the instruction booklet art, complete with a Red Alert head miscolored to look like Prowl.
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==Notes==
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<references/>
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.tfu.info/1984/Autobot/Prowl/prowl.htm Prowl on TFU.info]
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*[http://www.tfu.info/1999/Cybertron/Heinlad/heinlad.htm Heinrad at TFU.info.]
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*Wikipedia articles about [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon_Dog real tanuki] and their [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanuki folklore equivalent].
   
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[[Category: Beast Wars Neo characters]]
[[Category: Alternators]]
 
[[Category: Attacktix]]
 
[[Category: Autobots]]
 
[[Category: Generation 1 characters]]
 
[[Category: KB Toys exclusives]]
 
[[Category: Machine Wars characters]]
 
[[Category: Universe characters]]
 
[[Category: Security officers]]
 
[[Category: Strategists]]
 

Revision as of 19:29, October 7, 2007

Heinrad is a Maximal in the Beast Era portion of the Generation 1 continuity family.
HeinradAnime1

Where we're going we won't need ROADS!

Heinrad posesses the unique ability to stop time for a short period of time. His beast mode is that of a Tanuki. Meaning he has a giant pair of testicles. This 'bot's got balls of steel.

Note: Heinrad's Japanese name can be romanized as either Heinrad or Heinlad.

Fiction

Beast Wars Neo

Voice actor: Yōji Ietomi

Heinrad is a lovable drunken goofball, often showing a lazy and relaxed personality. He also moderately kicks ass by freezing time to re-arrange battle scenes so Predacons are hit with their own laser blasts. Nice.

Beast Wars Neo manga

Heinrad timecop

"You were expecting maybe Jean-Claude Van Damme?"

After Unicron's defeat, Heinrad revealed himself to be an undercover agent of the God of Time and took his crewmates on a magical journey back in time to say goodbye to Big Convoy.

Robots in Disguise

HeinradAlarmClock1

2am! Time for Sake!

A clock in the shape of Heinrad appears in Koji's bedroom in the pilot episode Battle Protocol.

IDW Beast Wars comics

BigConvoyIDW1

Time is on his side... Well, on his chest, really.

Heinrad was a member of the Bi-Partate Committee for State Affairs, alongside Big Convoy and Magmatron.[1]

Toys

  • Heinrad (1999)
Japanese ID number: S-3
Heinrad transforms into a tanuki. Tanuki in folklore are usually depicted with massive testicles which they can drum on. Heinrad's testicles are rather large for a Transformer (IE: he has some), but quite small for a tanuki. His articulation, while good, does not allow him to drum on his testicles. In tanuki mould he can also hold a bottle of sake (tanuki are drunks) and a book of IOUs (they're also cheapskates who never pay anyone).
In robot mode Heinrad can combine his folklore accessories to make a gun which can be held in his right hand. His missiles can be mounted on his calves, or fired with the gun. In this mode his testicles hang from his hips and his spark crystal is located in his right ball. Heinrad's weakness is clear.
In both modes Heinrad has a working analogue clock in his chest. He functions as an alarm clock -- pull up on his robot or tanuki head to activate him, then push down to turn off the alarm. He's very shrill.

Notes

  1. Script consultant's notes on Heinrad's appearance The Gathering #1.

External links

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