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

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.

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