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The term '''retcon''' is a contracted form of the phrase "retroactive continuity". According to the rec.arts.comics.misc FAQ, the term was coined by one Damian Cugley, and its first recorded use is by comics-author Roy Thomas, where he used (and reported hearing) the term in a letter column.
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In general usage, "retcon" refers to a new development in a story that changes the interpretation of past stories in a way that the original story-writer almost certainly did not intend at that time. It can also refer to a new development which contradicts and overrides some aspect of an earlier story.
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''Constructicon Devastator is a [[Decepticon]] from the [[Universe]] conflict.''
   
==Examples==
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'''Constructicon Devastator''' is the sum of six [[Decepticon]]s, [[Bonecrusher (Micromaster)|Bonecrusher]], [[Buckethead]], [[Hightower (Micromaster)|Hightower]], [[Long Haul (Micromaster)|Long Haul]], [[Quickmix (Universe)|Quickmix]], and [[Scavenger (Micromaster)|Scavenger]]. Constructicon Devastator's personality, like that of his components, is unknown. It is also unknown what, if any, connection he has with the '''other''' Decepticon combiner named [[Constructicon Devastator (TFU) (Ultra)|Constructicon Devastator]] active during the Universe conflict.
   
In the most strict version of the definition, a retcon in a story is any "newly revealed" information which begs a reinterpretation of past events but which does not actually change those events. For example, at the end of ''Beast Wars''' second season, it was revealed that [[Tarantulas (BW)|Tarantulas]] was an officer of the [[Predacon Secret Police]] and had joined [[Megatron (BW)|Megatron]] to keep an eye on him. This changes the viewer's perception of Tarantulas: rather than being merely out for himself, he had been operating a very specific agenda from the start while still, of course, being out for himself as well. This development does not contradict previous stories, and adds a layer of depth to them that was not there before.
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Of course, being a combiner composed entirely of [[Micromaster]]s, Constructicon Devastator is only of slightly larger than average height, as Transformers go. However, this size boost seems to be enough to let his components go toe-to-toe with opponents they could not handle individually.
   
The introduction of the Autobot [[Matrix of Leadership]] in ''[[Transformers: The Movie]]'' is a more clunky retcon. Upon viewing the movie, we're asked to accept that [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]] had been carrying the Matrix around with him for the last two years of cartoon episodes. Despite being a unique and cosmically powerful artifact with monumental importance to Autobot history and culture, it had never been relevant to the plot or even mentioned in passing. Still, there is no blatant contradiction here; the closest we get are a few views or scans of Prime's interior which show no sign of the Matrix's housing. There are a lot of ways one can justify the Matrix's apparent absence. So this retcon still does not really contradict anything, but it is harder to swallow.
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==Toys==
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===Universe===
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* '''Constructicon Devastator''' (Combiner, 2004)
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: A [[redeco]] of the [[Generation 1]] [[Sixbuilder (G1)|Sixbuilder]] team, in [[Constructicon (G1)|G1 Constructicon]]-inspired colors. The toy is molded in the same colors as the [[Destron Sixbuilder (G1)|Destron Sixbuilder]] team, but given extensive purple and black paint applications unique to this release. The six individual members of Constructicon Devastator were packaged seperately, available originally as [[exclusive]]s to Kay-Bee stores, but later appeared in Sears stores during the Christmas season (Kay-Bee partnered with Sears, a chain that usually doesn't have a toy department), as well as being available online at K-Mart's web site.
   
==External links==
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==External Links==
* [http://users.rcn.com/kateshort/faqs/miscfaq6.htm rec.arts.comics.misc FAQ, Part 6]
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*[http://www.tfu.info/2004/Decepticon/MMDevastator/devastator.htm Constructicon Devastator at TFU.info]
   
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Revision as of 00:26, July 12, 2006

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

Constructicon Devastator is a Decepticon from the Universe conflict.

Constructicon Devastator is the sum of six Decepticons, Bonecrusher, Buckethead, Hightower, Long Haul, Quickmix, and Scavenger. Constructicon Devastator's personality, like that of his components, is unknown. It is also unknown what, if any, connection he has with the other Decepticon combiner named Constructicon Devastator active during the Universe conflict.

Of course, being a combiner composed entirely of Micromasters, Constructicon Devastator is only of slightly larger than average height, as Transformers go. However, this size boost seems to be enough to let his components go toe-to-toe with opponents they could not handle individually.

Toys

Universe

  • Constructicon Devastator (Combiner, 2004)
A redeco of the Generation 1 Sixbuilder team, in G1 Constructicon-inspired colors. The toy is molded in the same colors as the Destron Sixbuilder team, but given extensive purple and black paint applications unique to this release. The six individual members of Constructicon Devastator were packaged seperately, available originally as exclusives to Kay-Bee stores, but later appeared in Sears stores during the Christmas season (Kay-Bee partnered with Sears, a chain that usually doesn't have a toy department), as well as being available online at K-Mart's web site.

External Links

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