Sneering from his place in the sky, Ro-Tor literally and figuratively looks down on everyone else. Smarmy and arrogant, he enjoys sniping the largely ground-based Autobots with both words and plasma fire, almost as much as he enjoys taking a nice, hot, open-air bath with a good view. He forms half of the Decepticon Commandos' air force, though he'd probably say he's the only good part of it.
- Japanese name: Hepter (ヘプター Heptā)
Robots in Disguise cartoon
Voice actor: Neil Kaplan (English), ? (Japanese)
Robots in Disguise
- Ro-Tor (Basic, 2000, 2001)
- Japanese ID number: D-009
- Accessory: Ro-to Gun
- A redeco of the Generation One Vortex toy, Ro-Tor transforms into a helicopter that is ambiguously a Kaman Aerospace SH-2G Super Seasprite. He has a pair of large, non-firing cannons that clip onto the back end of his copter mode, plus a pistol that becomes a nose-mounted gun. As the toy uses the Scramble City style of connection, he can form any limb to any combination of similar robots, though naturally, he normally forms a limb to the combined robot Ruination.
- He was first released as part of the Takara Car Robots line in 2000. In 2001, Hasbro released the toy as part of the Robots in Disguise series. There are quite a few differences between the two versions. The Takara Hepter uses metallic blue plastic with a bright white "underbelly" paint spray, plus has the "Anti-Cybertron" mark. The Hasbro version uses a darker, matte blue plastic, drops the white, adds red arrow marks to the sides of the copter mode, plus uses the Decepticon sigil.
- This mold was also used to make Target Hawk.
- Valdigus (Multi-pack, 2000)
- Japanese ID number: D-011
- In Japan, Ro-Tor/Hepter was also made available as part of a complete team multi-pack with his teammates Armorhide, Mega-Octane, Movor, and Rollbar. All toys were identical to their individual Japanese releases, but the set only came with a bio card for the combined form.
- Ruination (Ultra, 2003)
- The entire Commando team was redecoed in various shades of gray with "urban camo" patterns as part of a Wal-Mart exclusive gift set, oddly released well after the end of the Robots in Disguise line.
- Ruination (Ultra, 2004)
- The entire Ruination team was redecoed again to make another Wal-Mart exclusive set, this time with a unified "desert camo" theme under the Universe banner. It came out at the same time as five other Wal-Mart Transformers exclusives, which led to a glut. Ruination seemed a particularly slow mover in this batch.
- Ro-Tor has the most He-Manny/Go-Bottish name in Transformersdom.
- Hasbro stock photography of Ro-Tor shows red paint applications on his rotor blades that are not on the final product.
- Like his previous G1 incarnation, Vortex, Ro-Tor's rotor can be removed. Only this time, it renders his name utterly pointless.