Blaster

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Blaster is a gruff but friendly Guardian. Active regularly on GoBotron and Earth, he logged many hours of practice in the Guardian Power Suits and is heavily armed thanks to his powerful missiles which he could launch in either mode.

Fiction[edit]

Challenge of the GoBots cartoon[edit]

Voice actor: Frank Welker
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An experienced Guardian, Blaster was a veteran of the first Renegade revolt"Et Tu, Cy-Kill" and also worked with Leader-1 against the Tri-Cats of Fedge. Invasion from the 21st Level, Part II Blaster sat on the Guardian Council when Path Finder announced the defeat and capture of the Renegades, but also the impending threat of Cy-Kill's Zod armada. Thankfully Leader-1 and his team on Earth were able to destroy the Zods before they reached GoBotron. The Final Conflict

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After Cy-Kill was incarcerated on the Prison Moon, Blaster, Hans-Cuff and Flip Top acted as detention guards when the Renegade overlord made his escape attempt. Blaster was struck in the chest when Cy-Kill used one of his wheels as an improvised weapon, throwing the Guardian's aim. As a result his missile collapsed the roof on Flip Top and Blaster himself, injuring the pair of them. The Command Center arrived soon afterwards and he was found by Small Foot, Path Finder and A.J.. Along with Flip Top, he was transferred to the Guardian ship by Rest-Q and placed in a repair bay.Cy-Kill's Escape The ship travelled to Antares III on a search for the Last Engineer and after contact was lost with Leader-1 and Matt a recovered Blaster and Flip Top helped search for the pair, joining Path Finder and Scooter in battling the mutants Vamp and Scorp and helping free the captives. He was then present when Scooter awakened the purported Last Engineer - who later revealed himself to be the Master Renegade, holding Small Foot hostage and preventing the other Guardians from intervening.Quest for the Creator While Crasher came across to collect the Master Renegade some opportunism from Turbo meant the Guardians avoided destruction and were able to return to GoBotron and warn the Guardian Council.The Fall of GoBotron Blaster was later captured by the Renegades and detained on a damaged Command Center, awaiting disassembly at the Prison Moon. However Scooter and Sparky were able to trick the Renegade guards into abandoning ship and opened the cells. Along with Turbo, Flip Top and Van Guard he stormed the bridge - only to find it was the Guardians who had freed them. Turbo then set course for Earth. Flight to Earth Turbo managed to get the ship to Earth, where the Last Engineer unveiled the Power Suits. The Power Warrior Courageous was then able to defeat the Renegades, freeing GoBotron. Blaster was one of the Guardians who applauded Leader-1's team when Zeemon honoured them. Return to GoBotron

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Along with Defendor he was assigned as security at a secret UNECOM base in Utah. The base had a scare when Scooter went missing but he soon turned up and the pair of guards waved him in - though he had been brainwashed by the Renegades, something neither Blaster nor Defendor noticed. However, thanks to Clive this was soon undone before any serious harm was done. In fact, Leader-1 used it as an opportunity to set a trap for Cy-Kill and his troops. When they arrived to ransack the base they found Leader-1, Turbo, Blaster, Road Ranger, Dozer, Scratch and Dumper waiting. The resulting crossfire nearly destroyed the Renegades until Professor Von Joy decided to help with a new experimental weapon, promptly freezing the entire Guardian force and allowing Cy-Kill to call a retreat. It's the Thought that Counts When Turbo remarked on the similarity of Exor's insectoids to the Tri-Cats of Fedge, he inspired Leader-1 to Astrobeam Blaster to Earth in order to help fight the invaders. He brought with him magnetic energy nets which enabled the Guardians to restrain most of Exor's troops but, with help from Doctor Braxis, the insectoid queen was able to summon up even more powerful warriors. Invasion from the 21st Level, Part I The Guardians were forced to take refuge in a storage room and their prospects got worse when the Astrobeam reversed, returning Blaster to GoBotron. Invasion from the 21st Level, Part II A robot duplicate of Blaster was created by the Renegades as part of their plan to take over GoBotron, with the real thing stored on the Moon of Shadows until he was freed by Small Foot, Scooter, Nick and A.J. Doppelganger

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Along with Path Finder, he was called to Tri-Ceti to try and prevent Cy-Kill from gaining control of the Tramulet. They were initially unsuccessful and only narrowly escaped Tri-Ceti before it exploded. Renegade Rampage, Part I The pair of Guardians then disappeared before the Guardians and Trindles were ultimately able to regain control of the Tramulet and restore Tri-Ceti. The Renegades' Rampage, Part II When UNECOM's new robot Sentinel decided to wipe out humanity the Guardians on Earth struggled to match it. Initially reinforcements were unable to get through due to solar flare activity, but Blaster and Heat Seeker volunteered to take the risk anyway, arriving in the nick of time with the Power Suits. Together with Leader-1 and Turbo they were able to form Courageous, which was able to hold Sentinel long enough for Leader-1 to expose Cy-Kill's duplicity. As such, Sentinel chased the Renegades off into space. Sentinel Blaster would be part of the search team sent out by the Guardians to locate Leader-1, Turbo and Scooter when they were abducted by B'oosa on Kolob. When they ran into a Thruster piloted by Fitor, Blaster scanned the enemy ship - finding no sign of the missing Guardians. As such the two ships decided on a temporary truce. Gameworld.

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Blaster was stationed on Earth when Cy-Kill and Doctor Go acquired the plans for the human Buddy's spectrometer, using it to take over the Guardians' minds. Along with Leader-1, Turbo and Good Knight, Blaster came under Renegade control and was quick to realise Scooter hadn't been taken over. The group were dispatched to GoBotron to capture the Guardian Council, with Blaster personally grabbing Zeemon before firing his missiles to frustrate Hans-Cuff and Night Ranger when they attempted to intervene. With their captives the controlled Guardians headed towards Outpost Omni to a rendezvous with Cy-Kill. Thankfully Scooter, Nick and Buddy were able to free the Guardians and Cy-Kill's plan was foiled. Whiz Kid He was once again called to Earth with the Power Suits - this time in concert with Hans-Cuff - to face the mutated monsters Ichigar, Kaitudan and Jerigan. While Courageous was able to check their destruction of Tokyo it took the actions of their repentant creator Doctor Eiji Tsuburaya and some sleeping gas to defeat the trio. Destroy All Guardians

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After the Guardians captured Fitor and transferred him to GoBotron for Brainstorming, Blaster was one of the Guardians on duty to receive him. However, the process was called off when Cy-Kill contacted the Guardians to let them know he had taken Matt, A.J, Nick and Anya hostage. Leader-1 ordered the interrogation stopped and the Renegade to be handed back - much to Blaster's chagrin, as he felt they were just getting to the good stuff. Fitor to the Finish When Cy-Kill used the miniaturised human population as leverage to be installed as Overlord of GoBotron he declared the Guardians outlaws. Blaster reluctantly watched his various pronouncements on a large screen with Van Guard but when the Renegade destroyed a globe believed to contain a billion humans to make a point their tempers boiled over. He blasted the screen with a missile but before they could do any more they were arrested by Cy-Kill's enforcers and restrained. Along with Turbo, they were given a show trial in front of a kangaroo court presided over by Cy-Kill, who sentenced them to disassembly. Leader-1 was captured soon afterwards but he then revealed the globes held by Cy-Kill had been switched out for fakes, while Matt released the captive Guardians. With no hostages to hide behind the Renegades were soon chased off GoBotron. Clutch of Doom Blaster ran security with Road Ranger at a Guardian weapons factory that was raided by Crasher, Cop-Tur and Zero. However, they were able to activate the facility's automated defences and drive the raiders off. The experience pushed Zero to lead a breakaway faction of Renegades, causing considerable chaos on Earth and GoBotron before withdrawing to his hideout. Blaster was among the Guardians who pursued him, before they realised the hideout was set to self-destruct and escaped. The Third Column He was later present when the Dread Launchers attempted to kidnap Zeemon at a ceremony at the Guardian Academy. Guardian Academy Blaster was also on GoBotron when the Renegades attacked a convoy of Command Centers towing huge panels of metal for construction work. The ships were attacked by the Renegades, and Blaster was forced to run for cover as the materials fell down on GoBotolis.Mission: GoBotron

Fun Publications[edit]

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Transformers Timelines[edit]

During the Diaspora, Blaster was dispatched to Level 72 along with an assortment of Guardians and Renegades. Cultural Appropriation TFWikiFavicon.png

Renegade Rhetoric[edit]

Blaster, Tail Pipe, and Leader-1 were in a Command Center chasing the Renegades chasing the Monster GoBot Creepy when they were overcome by powerful aliens called the Overseers. Using a matter superposition ray, the Overseers transported the GoBots to the other side of the galaxy to act as their slaves. They were fitted with restraining chains that disabled their power packs while also inexplicably altering their color schemes. Blaster was put to work with Creepy and Cy-Kill in the engine rooms until Leader-1 and BuggyMan orchestrated an escape. The GoBots came together to disable the Overseers, and were transported back to their original coordinates. Chains of Doom

"Echoes and Fragments"[edit]

As Sideways and Gong played with reality, elements of the GoBots and Transformers mingled together. Following the Battle of Autobot/Guardian City, Blaster mixed his role with his Autobot namesake. He picked up a distress signal from Moonbase One, and converted into his tank mode to improve the faint signal's strength. As Major Mo rallied the troops to deal with the new menace reported by Turbo, he reported that Blaster would stay behind with UNECOM forces. Echoes and Fragments

Go-Bots comic[edit]

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Blaster was one of the Renegade Go-Bots that flocked to Cy-Kill in the desert near Route 66, helping surround and subdue the US government Go-Bot Leader-1 and retrieve military secrets from his brain. Issue 1 Either he had a change of heart or there was more than one Blaster in the area, as he then lined up alongside Leader-1 to face down Cy-Kill's army. Issue 2 He stayed in Leader-1's service for a long long time, serving as one of the guards on the Command Center. Along with Heat Seeker he was given the task of escorting Spay-C to and from the brig, later scuffling with the new arrival when he attempted to escape before being spared by Leader-1. Issue 3 He was later part of Leader-1's retinue during the search for the Lazer Lance and the Go-Bot god Courageous, donning one of the suits of armour the latter separated into for the final confrontation with Zod. Later he was one of the Guardians hit by the Command Center's weaponry after Cy-Kill seized control of the ship; whether he survived is unknown. Issue 4

Toys[edit]

GoBots[edit]

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GoBots[edit]

  • Blaster (GoBot, 1984)
    • Friendly Robot Rocket Launcher
    • ID number: 23
    • Accessories: rockets (2)
Blaster was released by Tonka in the first series of GoBots, and converts from robot to (fictional) M33 missile tank in 6 steps. The toy was a repackaging of Missile Tank Robo from Machine Robo, with no significant changes. The non-firing missiles can be mounted on the toy in either mode via shaped notches. Due to the use of ball-jointed metal connectors Blaster has a fair range of articulation in the shoulders; however this is also a point of wear on many loose examples of the figure, while the ankles especially are prone to snapping due to the thin metal used. The shin stickers can also foul and wear during transformation to vehicle mode.
Blaster was offered in the second assortment of GoBots figures manufactured in 1984 (#7201). From the second series onwards the orange version was replaced by a recoloured version.
  • Bilingual Canadian releases renamed the figure X-Plosif.

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  • Blaster (GoBot, 1984)
    • Friendly Robot Rocket Launcher
    • ID number: 35
    • Accessories: rockets (2)
Blaster was recoloured for the second series of GoBots figures. The recolour version replaces the orange plastic with green, retaining the painted orange diecast chest and thus more closely matching his color scheme from the regular cartoon series. Blaster was also assigned a new GoBots number.
  • This version of the toy was exclusive to the North American market and was not released anywhere else.
  • The recoloured Blaster was offered in the second series' Friendly assortment (#7253). Blaster was initially discontinued before the third and final series of figures; however, the toy was later added to the range in the Guardian assortment (#7253) with a card-mounted 3-D GoBots Sticker.


Gift Packs[edit]

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  • Guardian 3-Pack #2 (GoBots Gift Pack, 1985)
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*Not available in stores


This toy was never released.


The recoloured Blaster was planned to be included in a Gift Pack along with Turbo and Spay-C, which was advertised in the 1986 Tonka Catalog but was ultimately not released. Stock made for this item may have been the source of the individually released Blaster figures belatedly added to the third series of carded GoBots.

Robo Machine[edit]

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Robo Machine[edit]

  • Blaster (Robo Machine, 1986)
    • ID Number: RM-68
    • Friendly Robot Missile Tank
    • Accessories: rockets (2)
A carded repackage of Missile Robo using the original orange colour scheme, Blaster was released by Bandai Europe during the latter half of 1986 after being skipped for the earlier waves of toys. There were no differences between the figure and the Japanese release, including the inclusion of the extra sticker sheet that included the lights and grille for the truck cab and the panels on the robot mode shoulders. Why the figure was released so late in Europe - as one of the last carded Robo Machine issued - is unknown. It is possible that it was skipped for the early series to avoid product saturation and later picked back up when Bandai put Missile Robo back into production for Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos or was unsold Japanese overstock. But who knows, Robo Machine was a strange line.


Notes[edit]

  • The original biography for Blaster, published in the 1984 Tonka Catalog, gave him the additional nickname "Rocket Man".
  • Like several minor characters in the original mini-series, Blaster had two animation models in Challenge of the GoBots - the first heavily based on his toy complete with a faceplate, the second in the regular series with additional green colouring and a more conventional mouth. This second version led to the toy being recoloured for the second series of toys, though the head wasn't retooled. Sadly, the flashbacks in "Et Tu, Cy-Kill" used the updated model.
  • He came out two years before that jive-talkin' cassette deck. Who's the copycat now? It's still GoBots, but small victories, small victories.
  • While Blaster's vehicle mode was invented by Bandai for the series it is identified as an 'M33' in the Missile Tank Robo figure's instructions.
  • Blaster's Cybertronian-style body in the "Cataclysm universe" is modeled on Wreckage from the Armada toyline.