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Challenge of the GoBots cartoon
- Voice actor: Peter Cullen
Seeking to recruit Vamp and Scorp, creations of the Master Renegade, to his side, Cy-Kill directed Dr. Go to create a new Renegade cast in their monstrous image, that he might be "accepted" by the two misshapen Monster GoBots. An unfortunate GoBot who was cut down during the villains' attack on GoBotron was chosen for the role, recreated by the Modifier and rechristened "Pincher" by Go. Dispatched to Antares III, Pincher met with Vamp and Scorp and successfully convinced them to the join Cy-Kill's forces. The group returned to Roguestar together just as the Guardians launched an attack with their new Power Suits. Despite these new weapons, the Guardians faced a tough challenge from Pincher and his new allies, who used the powerful electron cloud weaponry of their spacecraft to push them to the brink of defeat. Fortunately for the heroes, the three Monster GoBots proved no match for the Last Engineer and his ship Courageous; he outflew the trio's vessel with ease and badly damaged it, forcing them to abandon ship. Courageous and the Power Suits then linked together to form a Power Warrior, with which the Guardians defeated the Renegades and forced them all to retreat.
Pincher was dispatched to Tri-State Prison to break out the Renegades' imprisoned former ally Zebediah Braxis, transporting the scientist to Roguestar so he could make a new weapon, despite Braxis calling him a "horrible thing". Once the device was built and tested Pincher then returned Braxis to Earth, even though Cy-Kill planned the planet as the next target for the Beam. He was later deployed to disrupt Leader-1's attempts to stop a comet diverted towards Earth by the Beam, but the Guardian outflew him. Pincher and Crasher were later sent to Earth to destroy Nick Burns' new Renegade Detection Unit. Leader-1 managed to get to a nearby UNECOM base in Utah. Reinforced by Cy-Kill, Cop-Tur, Geeper-Creeper and Snoop the Renegades stormed the base but the Guardians were ready. Pincher and his comrades were caught in a crossfire, with Leader-1, Turbo and Blaster attacking them from one side while Dumper, Dozer, Scratch and Road Ranger fired from the other. The Renegades were about to be destroyed when Professor Von Joy attempted to speed things along with a new weapon and inadvertently immobilised the entire Guardian force, allowing Cy-Kill to lead a retreat.
When Thruster shot down a Command Center piloted by Nick and Scooter in the Omega Prima system, Cy-Kill took the Renegade ship down to check there were no survivors. Finding none at the wrecked ship, the group split up to search before Cop-Tur saw the pair about to be sacrificed by the planet's primitive natives and regrouped to watch. However when the cavemen spotted the Renegades they attacked them as well, allowing Scooter and Nick to escape and link up with a Guardian search party. Battle was soon joined but Scooter and Nick were able to trick one of the planet's three-headed giant monsters to attack the Renegades, who were forced to retreat.
Pincher was Astrobeamed to Thruster to help steal the Guardians' new Enigma Device, the Monster GoBot using his claws to tear through the side of the Command Center and allowing Cy-Kill to take the invention back to the Renegade ship. However, in the following battle both ships were struck by a meteorite strip and forced down on a nearby planet populated by gigantic metal spiders. It also had a magnetic field preventing either faction from flying away, and both sides realised they would have to work together to survive. With Cop-Tur, Dozer and Matt Hunter he diverted a flood to wash away a group of spiders and buy the GoBots more time. Soon after Pincher was with Scooter and Nick when they discovered a magnetic-free zone, and surreptitiously informed Cy-Kill. Soon after they found the crystals that negate the field Pincher harvests a bunch then trapped Scooter and Nick behind a cave-in. The other Renegades also double-crossed their allies and regrouped at Thruster, only for Pincher to get webbed by one of the spiders. Cy-Kill promptly decided to abandon him and Thruster left, but Dozer freed Pincher and he still had enough crystals to allow the Command Center to escape as well after rescuing Nick and Scooter. When the Guardians were about to switch to hyperdrive Pincher panics as he knew Cop-Tur sabotaged the function; in his panic he flicked the switch himself seconds before the Astrobeam reversed and he was sent back to Roguestar. However, Turbo was already wise to this and had switched the bomb back to the Thruster beforehand, in place of the Enigma Device.
Pincher's next notable assignment was on Earth, where Cy-Kill planned to use Dr. Go's new Molecular Transfuser to hold the planet to ransom. The Guardians tried to find them and Turbo managed it, though he stumbled into Pincher along with Crasher, Scorp and Scales and was knocked out. Along with Scorp, Pincher was left on guard duty while the rest had fun shrinking adventures with the Guardians. Scooter was able to trick the pair into returning to Thruster thanks to a hologram of Cy-Kill, allowing the Guardians' human friend Nathan to return them to full-size and stop the Renegades' scheme. When a bold Guardian plan saw Roguestar itself boarded, Cop-Tur and the Monster GoBots were dispatched to deal with the invasion. Pincher ended up chasing Path Finder out into space but she tricked him into flying into an asteroid. He made it back onboard the ship in time to find that the bomb the Guardians have planted has been disabled and that their belief that Roguestar has been destroyed will actually benefit the Renegades, who gather for a heart round of "MWA-HA-HA"s. Jealous of the Guardians' Power Warrior Courageous, Cy-Kill decided to build Puzzler to counter it and dispatched the Monster GoBots to steal the materials needed - with Pincher successfully swiping electronic components from a military base. When he made a second run later with Crasher and Cop-Tur they fell into a trap, as Leader-1 and a squad of UNECOM troops were in waiting, forcing a retreat. Worse came when Hilda Cocoa, wife of their ally Larry, got hold of the remote for the prototype Puzzler, causing its' units to chase the Renegades around. This attracted the attention of the Guardians, who called up Courageous and destroyed the Puzzler, forcing the Renegades into another retreat.
After Cy-Kill kidnapped the psychic human boy Sean Roberts he assigned Pincher, Crasher and Cop-Tur to also take the boy's mother as further blackmail material. They successfully took her from UNECOM's space station, overpowering Turbo in the process. He was later part of the team sent to recover Renegade spy Major Benedict from UNECOM custody, intended to lure the Guardians into a trap. Along with Cy-Kill and Cop-Tur, Pincher seemingly destroyed Leader-1 as Shaun had predicted - but it was actually a hologram projected by Scooter. The real Guardians rescued Sean and his mom, and the Renegades lost again. The Monster GoBots were later used as muscle during Cy-Kill's attempts to manipulate the Earth's tectonic plates. The trio struggled to match Turbo and Pincher was somehow crushed by one of Scooter's holographic boulders, making it one of the group's less successful outings.
Pincher, Vamp and Scorp were miniaturised and covertly placed inside the Command Center's computer systems, wreaking havoc. In response Professor Von Joy did the same to Leader-1, Turbo and Van Guard to combat them. Initially the Guardians had to fight carefully to avoid causing further damage before realising they could lead the Monster GoBots into the path of the system's automated cleaning drones, forcing the trio to escape from the computers and return to normal size, where they were tricked into fleeing back to Thruster by Scooter's quick thinking. Cy-Kill took Cop-Tur, Crasher, Pincher and Sky-Jack to attack the new joint UNECOM-Guardian Star Fortress but the Renegades were easily repelled by its' quantumite-powered shield. Instead they waited and used Thruster to jump a shuttle sent out to collect more quantumite from Halley's Comet. After landing on the comet they captured most of the crew but Nick and A.J. escaped. Pincher and Sky-Jack hunted them but the cadets trapped them under a rock fall. Pincher was later part of the Renegade expedition to Cordax, where they intervened in a battle between the Rock Lords Boulder and Magmar, forming an alliance with the latter.
Machine Men mini-comics
Along with Sky-Jack and Ace (sic), Pincher chased after the Friendly Machine Man Hans-Cuff on Earth, causing him to crash with their fire. The trio of Enemy Machine Men then turned their firepower on Turbo.
Robo Machine featuring Challenge of the GoBots annuals
Hailing from the moon Falgos, Pincher was one of the Enemy Invaders who travelled to Earth to join Cy-Kill's Renegades. After Vamp was able to injure Turbo his friend Nick was forced to trek out of the woods near Silvermoon Mine, with help from the hermit Grogan. The boy was able to get back to the Command Center and return to Turbo with Leader-1, Heat Seeker and Hans-Cuff - the latter battled Pincher until the rest of the Guardians' Earth Force arrived. The Enemy Invaders fled, but their alliance with the Renegades greatly worried Leader-1. The threat they posed began to wear down the Guardians, with Heat Seeker injured in a courageous attack on Pincher. The Guardian recovered enough to cause a distraction as Scooter put his plan to take the Enemy Invaders out of action - getting Dumper and Dozer to dump a huge amount of quick-drying cement on them. The monstrous trio were freed in time to try and stop Matt, Scooter and Spay-C from delivering Professor Von Joy's new Battle Suit to Earth, but they were able to evade the Renegades until Path Finder arrived to help them home. When the Battle Suit was put into service by the Guardians it was easily able to drive off an assault on the Command Center by the Enemy Invaders. Later they were among the huge force of Renegades gathered at Mauna Mauna by Cy-Kill, but joined the retreat when the Guardians were able to arrive and battle them.
In order to lure Leader-1 into a trap where Braxis could use his Phoron Gun on the Guardian leader, Pincher was summoned to Earth by Astrobeam to kidnap Scooter and Nick, who were out getting ingredients for A.J.'s birthday cake. He did this well, though obviously Braxis messed up the rest of the plan.
Several GoBots from Gargent 984.08 Alpha escaped the Cataclysm by travelling to Primax 215.19 Epsilon and integrating themselves in with the local Predacons. As they settled in, the Renegades built up a secret base called the Erebos equipped with a Modifier and databanks charting the activities of other GoBots in the multiverse. At some point, they welcomed in a second group of GoBotic refugees: the Monsterous combiner team, and their handler Odd Ball. Unhappy with the stagnant Cybertronian social order, the Renegades began their own plan to overthrow the dominant "Builders" and rule in their place.
During the Grand Uprising, Bladez and Pincher traded the G-Virus to Grimlock in exchange for everything the Resistance knew about the Human Confederacy. Pincher and the Antares Eight learned of an ancient Terran artifact the Rosetta Stone (renamed "The Stone of Sky Warp") held in the Museum of Decepticon Heritage. They arranged to appropriate the stone, and use it to lure the Terrans to Cybertron. Faking as if they were a Resistance team, the Antares Eight seized control of a trans-hyperwave caster in Proximax. Holding the Builder in charge hostage, they beamed demands for all Builders to leave Proximax in the name of the Resistance. In fact, the transmission was a trap to entice the humans, who monitored all Cybertronian transmissions, with a clear view of the Rosetta Stone in the background. The GoBots intended to use quantumite (a Gargent Cluster substance unknown to the Transformers) to weaponize the caster, snare the unsuspecting humans when they arrived, and take their greater technology. Pincher and the Monster Gobots faced unexpected resistance, however, from a multi-factional group called the Ex-Bots. They interfered with the seizing of the tower, and were only stopped when Creepy got the drop on one of their members, Stiletto. In a second assault by the Cybertronians, Pincher was dogfighting with the DeathEagle Stiletto when she lured him near the tower. Her partner Snapper fired off in tank mode, throwing Pincher into a spin. Stiletto spun around and finished him off, sending Pincher crashing into the ground in an explosive mess.
Cy-Kill worried that Vamp and Scorp were a bad influence on Pincher and was leery of creating a Monster GoBot block within his force. Time Portal that allowed Cy-Kill to achieve his victory. Major Mo and a squad of rebels made it past their blockade to undo the damage Cy-Kill did to the timeline. Pincher attacked a UNECOM base on Mercury with Twin Spin and Blades, but they were driven off by the seemingly reformed Doctor Braxis. He was also responsible for tracking down the mysterious Renegade Gong to help find the missing Cy-Kill when he was stranded in Axiom Nexus.Pincher temporarily defected to the Master Renegade with the other Monster GoBots, but quickly returned to Cy-Kill once his new leader dropped the ball. In an alternate reality where Renegades ruled, Pincher was one of the guardians of the
"Echoes and Fragments"
When a Primax and a Gargent universe were tuned together, Pincher was one of several Monster GoBots in the service of the Master Renegade on Antares III. They engaged in the practice of capturing any and all who chanced to land on their planet and throwing them in a pit of Dactyl monsters, though not before giving them a mockery of a trial.
Pincher was one of the insectoid Go-Bots that appeared on Gobotron, the metal world built around Earth. When Spay-C arrived with six human astronauts Pincher joined Scorp in menacing him. Initially the shuttle Go-Bot seemed to have the measure of the pair, but the arrival of Hornet, Klaws and Heart Attack seemed to change the odds. However, the whole bunch of them were scared off by the arrival of Zod. He later joined Cy-Kill's Renegades, joining Fitor, Cop-Tur and Psycho in attacking the Command Center.
- Pincher (GoBot, 1984)
- Enemy Robot Monster
- ID Number: 048
- Accessories: none
- Pincher was released by Tonka in the second series of GoBots, and converts from robot to bat-winged jet-thing in 6 steps. The toy was a repackaging of the Devil Invader Falgos from Machine Robo, with no significant changes. He also features ball-jointed shoulders - though these can work loose - and moving elbows. His neck is susceptible to damage if his jet nose isn't pulled out before being folded down. While the toy was released as part of Robo Machine and Machine Men both releases retained the Japanese name.
- Pincher was released in the Hot Shot assortment (#7255) for the second series. He remained in the same group for the third and final series, and was given a 3-D GoBots Sticker.
- For bilingual Canadian packaging the alternate name Pinceur was used.
- Pincher's Cybertronian-style body from the "Cataclysm universe" is modeled on Slugslinger from the Energon toyline with the head of the IDW Beast Wars incarnation of Manterror.
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