|Specifics: Screencaps from G1 Season 3, Headmasters, BTA toy|
Broadblaster, or Blaster for short, loves all Earth music, especially good, hard, LOUD rock 'n' roll. A powerful fighter who tends to make his presence known, you can find him at the forefront of any situation in which he's involved.
- Preliminary name: Blastbox
- Japanese names: Broadcast, later Twincast
- Japanese names (Binaltech Asterisk): Broadblast
- French name (Canada): Tempo
- Hungarian name: Össztűz ("All-fire" or "Class firing")
- Italian name (original cartoon): Radiorobot
- Italian names (The Headmasters): Audiobot / Digital
- Malay-English dub names: Billy / Blaster
- Portuguese name (Brazil comic): Dinamitador
- Portuguese name (Portugal comic): Rajada ("Gust")
Marvel Comics continuity
Generation OneBlaster was a rather grim, brooding, rebellious loner who hated Decepticons with a passion. And while he was one of the best kickass fighters the Autobots had he had a bit of a problem with authority. Part of Perceptor's Autobot resistance cell on Cybertron, he often disagreed with his superior's orders, especially after his friend Scrounge went missing and Blaster wanted to hunt for him. Unfortunately, he found him in the Decepticons' smelting pool. Blaster was too late to save Scrounge's life, but he did retrieve the last bit of data the little spy had uncovered, so Scrounge didn't die in vain.This information brought new hope to the Autobot resistance, as it revealed that Optimus Prime and the Autobots on the Ark were still alive and well after four million years, fighting on a planet called Earth. Shortly after Scrounge was killed, Blaster took part in an assault on Darkmount, where he engaged and seemingly destroyed the Decepticon commander Straxus, before using the Space Bridge to flee to Earth.
Upon arriving on Earth, Blaster was among the Autobots deactivated and disassembled by Circuit Breaker and RAAT. He was later released and, after a brief skirmish with the crazed future Decepticon known as Galvatron , joined the other Earthbound Autobots at the Ark shortly before Optimus Prime's death. Blaster was one of the Autobots who voted for Grimlock to be the new Autobot leader, though he soon came to regret this decision.
Blaster developed a reluctant friendship with Goldbug, whose more naturally upbeat personality provided the Boy Wonder to his Batman. After an encounter with the Mechanic, Blaster and Goldbug went AWOL from Grimlock's command, having grown tired of his aggressive orders and increasing disregard for humans.
For this disobedience (and their failure to capture the Mechanic), Grimlock branded Blaster and Goldbug traitors and sent the Protectobots to hunt them down. They eventually captured Blaster, but after he saved their lives from the Combaticons, they realized Grimlock's orders were purely vengeful and let him go.
Blaster finally returned to the Ark, where his fellow Autobots begged him to take over as leader. However, he was forced to surrender to his former commander when Grimlock threatened the safety of several Earth children.
Imprisoned by Grimlock, Blaster was strapped to a Variable Voltage Harness as punishment for his desertion and disobedience. However, when Fortress Maximus and his Autobots arrived and Grimlock challenged him to a duel, Blaster took Fort Max's place. Their duel was interrupted by a Decepticon attack. When Blaster pointed out that their feud had put all Autobots in danger, Grimlock agreed to call their duel a draw and declared a truce with Blaster as they fended off the Decepticons side by side.
While Blaster and Buster Witwicky's girlfriend Jessie failed to rescue the young boy from the Decepticons' island resort/base, they proved instrumental in discovering the upcoming arrival of the legendary Transformers database, the Underbase. Then Blaster, Pirme, Snarl and three newcomers were temporarily displaced into Limbo to make room for Rodimus Prime and his own little band. Like many other Transformers, Blaster was killed fighting the Underbase-powered Starscream, shot dead atop the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
Blaster was later among the first Autobots resurrected by Grimlock with Nucleon. Arriving on Cybertron in the nick of time aboard the Ark, he took part in and survived the battle with Unicron. In the aftermath, Prowl had Blaster run a check on the strange seismic activity Cybertron was suffering from, with disastrous results. It turned out Cybertron was tearing itself apart without the binding life-force of Primus to sustain it. Prowl had the Autobots plan for a peaceful co-departure with the Decepticons.
Bludgeon and his army sabotaged the Autobot shuttles and took off to lay waste to the next world they found. Thanks to Grimlock planning ahead, the Autobots managed to follow, but were caught in a trap as the Decepticons lay waiting for them. Blaster was one of the few Autobots present to survive the initial Decepticon ambush on Klo. He took a blast in the shoulder from Quake, but there was still more than enough fight left in Blaster to join Grimlock and the other survivors in charging the Decepticon position. He was last seen literally blowing the head off of Snapdragon.
Marvel UK Future Timelines
In the future of 2008, Blaster was present at Autobot City when the Quintesson Trident ships attacked. He attempted to transform Autobot City himself, but was stopped cold by General Ghyrik. He was deactivated in the battle that followed and his body strung up on the outer parapets as a warning to any Autobots who came to liberate the city. Although Blaster was inactive, his cassettes were not, and this fact gave Hot Rod and Arcee an edge when they began battling their way through the Quintesson occupants.
Blaster was seen briefly in 2009 at the start of the Time Wars, but did not end up joining Rodimus Prime on his mission into the past (see above).After Galvatron was destroyed back in 1989 and the time line rebooted itself, Blaster was still among the Autobots stationed at Autobot City. He responded to Kup's emergency signal when the Autobots crash landed on Earth after a crazed Rodimus Prime turned against them, and helped drive the evil possessing presence out of their leader.
Another Time and Place
American cartoon continuity
Blaster was a fun-loving, hip and happening robot. Loud and energetic, he was happy to share his choice of rockin' tunes with anyone, whether they really wanted to hear them or not.
Blaster appeared out of nowhere one day during Wheeljack's demonstration of the modifications he'd made to the Dinobots to improve their sense of balance and coordination, and to that end, Blaster was requested to play something "nice". For some reason, Blaster had trouble tuning into a station until Grimlock (obviously tired of this padding) blasted fire at Blaster's controls, allowing the Autobot boom box to tune into the local rock 'n' roll/big band music fusion station. Ironhide, Trailbreaker and Sideswipe showed their appreciation for the fine selection of elevator music by jerkily dancing around and claiming their audio sensors were being fried. Blaster continued to enthrall Grimlock until Slag and Sludge bumped into their leader and totally freaked him out.
At a not-so-secret EJK testing facility for the new Ultraplane, Blaster was sitting in the back of Ironhide's vehicle mode and didn't seem to notice the fact that Soundwave was sitting right next to him—at least until the Decepticon tape deck launched Ravage, whom Blaster quickly transformed to grab. The cat turned to attack the Autobot while his master escaped to report to Megatron. Blaster continued to tussle until Ironhide transformed into robot mode and threw them both out of his caboose. After being initially distracted by the Ultraplane's destruction, the Autobots returned to EJK's lab to confront the Decepticons. Blaster greatly appreciated Jazz's taste in fusion rock/big band music to confound the hapless villains.
Blaster's taste in music often got him into trouble. He attended a concert by a popular '80s rock/big band fusion hair metal band with Spike and Carly. Concerned that the other Autobots weren't enjoying the concert with them, Blaster flooded the Autobot communications channels with the music, though only Cosmos and Jazz seemed to appreciate it. Unfortunately, his taste in music also disrupted an emergency communique from the Helix Observatory, until the other Autobots told him to shut up. After the voltronic galaxer was stolen, Blaster was teamed up with Cosmos to search for signs of the Decepticons, but both were rather quickly captured. Blaster was welded into place to be used as a trans-scrambler for Megatron's scheme to use the voltronic galaxer to disrupt communications on Earth and then demand all the energy on the planet in exchange for normality. While Megatron ranted about his demands, Blaster secretly played his music, which served both to rally the Autobots and inform them of Megatron's location — until Megatron kicked him in the face. After foiling the Decepticon plans, Blaster was assigned to the abandoned moon base with Cosmos, but quickly got into trouble with Prime again for his music.
Later, Blaster and Tracks helped the New York police crack a car theft ring by posing as an attractive target for punks to steal. After Blaster teamed up with car thief / graffiti writer Raoul, they learned that Megatron was behind the criminal operation, stealing cars to rebuild them into transforming drones. Blaster defended the Washington Bridge from the Decepticon drones alongside the other Autobots, but they were nearly overwhelmed by sheer numbers. After Ratchet realized the cars were remote-controlled, Blaster jammed the frequency, allowing the Autobots to attack and defeat the Decepticons.
Blaster proved useful again, even pivotal, in allowing the Autobots to save Cosmos and some robotic insecticide from the Morphobots. Soon afterward, the Autobots were attacked by the malevolent Kremzeek, an energy life form created by Megatron. Blaster and a small number of other Autobots were the only ones to stay functional long enough to be sprayed with an insulating foam that protected them from the creature's attacks. The Autobot team chased it to Japan, where it wreaked havoc with the massive electronics industry there. The creature spawned copies of itself, one of which managed to slip inside Blaster, and after the other Kremzeeks were seemingly destroyed, it jumped out of his chest and the pursuit began again.
Blaster was watching "As the Kitchen Sinks" with his Auto-buddies when Prime informed them that Tracks and Bumblebee were late returning from their supply run. Suspecting foul play, the Autobots took off to search for their missing comrades. While on the search, Blaster was forcibly transformed by a Creamy Cream billboard (They can do that?), then carted away by the big game hunter Lord Chumley and his butler Dinsmore as bait to lure Optimus Prime into a hunt. Chumley apparently couldn't think of a suitably dastardly device in which to store Blaster, though, as he was totally absent from Chumley's prisoner showcase later on.
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—"I've been waiting a long time for this, you poor excuse for a sound system!"
Tracks and Blaster were reunited with Raoul when they saved their human friend and his Bop Crew from a bunch of hoodlums in the employ of the Dancitron nightclub. When a punk tried to ensnare him in a chain, Blaster simply remarked that the humans were seriously out of their league, then broke the chain by moving his arm slightly. The Autobots forced their way into the nightclub, where Blaster appreciated the atmosphere and the impressive sound system. He then went off to dance with some oddly well-dressed ladies. Soon after leaving the club, Tracks and Blaster had to save Raoul again when a Decepticon-controlled train driver sent the train Raoul was in hurtling out of control. Conferring with Teletraan I, Blaster discovered that Dancitron controlled its patrons by using hypnotic signals, and he suggested countering them with his own sonic powers. Entering the club, Blaster finally faced his Decepticon counterpart Soundwave in battle. At first, the combatants appeared to be evenly matched, but Soundwave drove Blaster back with his sonic assaults. Improvising, Blaster jury-rigged Dancitron's own sound system into his speakers. He turned the combined sonic force against Soundwave, forcing him into retreat and wrecking the nightclub in the process.
In the year 2005, Blaster was assigned to the communications hub at Autobot City on Earth. When the fortress was attacked by the Decepticons, Blaster attempted to send out a distress signal to Optimus Prime's forces on Moon Base 1. His efforts were disrupted by Soundwave, who had sent out his cassette forces to destroy the hub's transmitter. Blaster countered with his own cassette army, and the itty-bitty guys 'rassled. After the Decepticons retreated, Blaster was helping to rebuild the city when he received a faint signal from Jazz and Cliffjumper on Moon Base 1, which was being munched by a ginormous, weird-looking planet. He was told by Ultra Magnus to stay on Earth to rebuild Autobot City along with Snarl.
In early 2006, Blaster was stationed mostly on Earth. After the attack on the Galactic Olympics which saw Ultra Magnus, Kup and Spike kidnapped, Blaster and Outback were sent to the North African nation of Carbombya on the suspicion that the militant leader Abdul Fakkadi was harbouring Decepticon fugitives. Despite Fakkadi's assurances that there were no Decepticons on his soil, Outback managed to psyche out Dirge and Ramjet, whose escape was also quickly put down by the Australian-accented Autobot. Blaster then threatened the two coneheads to spill the beans, for Outback was trigger-happy. After returning to Autobot City, Blaster kept tabs on the delivery of Metroplex's transforming cog, which had been damaged during the battle of Autobot City the year before. Unfortunately, Blurr and Wheelie's delivery shuttle was destroyed by Galvatron, forcing Blaster to call upon Commander Marissa Faireborn of the Earth Defense Command for help. However, Faireborn and the Autobot delivery team were stranded when lipoles native to Io destroyed the EDC ship, so the long-suffering Blaster sent rescue in the form of the magnificent Sky Lynx, whom Blaster remarked was difficult to describe. After Sky Lynx effortlessly saved their friends and delivered the cog to Earth, Pipes installed the cog, and Blaster activated Metroplex's transformation sequence. Once the Autobot city defeated the Decepticon giant Trypticon, Blaster declared that Metroplex was his kind of town.
At one point in Transformer history best left forgotten, he traveled with the Autobots to another planet where he translated alien opera into English.
Japanese cartoon continuity
Scramble City OVA
15 Go! Go!
As Teletraan 15 lay recuperating from her Galvatron-inflicted injuries, a voice came from a nearby boombox, remarking that the song in her heart sounded lonely.
Transforming into his towering robot mode, Blaster told 15 that a princess like her deserved a more cheerful song. After listening to her problems, he advised her not to worry about what she ought to do and suggested that she concentrate on doing what she loved best. He told her that as individuals, sentient beings are notes, and that together, they become music.
He handed her a small cassette tape and told her that whenever she was depressed, she should listen to music. She thanked him as he left.
Despite Blaster's good intentions, the tape turned out to be full of depressing music. It also turned out to be Steeljaw.
The Headmasters cartoon
Blaster's rivalry with Soundwave increased dramatically by the year 2011. At one point, when Hot Rod was searching Earth for the Matrix, he was ambushed by Soundwave. Blaster took on Soundwave alone, urging Rodimus to leave without him. Soundwave and Blaster then prepared for their final duel. The result was a tie, sorta—they both died.
Later, all the Autobots were content to leave Blaster as a corpse until Daniel and Blaster's cassette forces whined enough to have their pal resurrected. Rodimus then brought Blaster back online as the yellow and blue repaint Twincast. Coincidentally, the Decepticons reanimated Soundwave as the black-as-coal Soundblaster. The two arch-enemies then renewed their struggle.
After his revival, he also served as the Autobots' karaoke machine.(3,2,1,ZERO!)
Japanese Generation 2 story pages
Dreamwave Generation One comics continuity
Blaster and his partner Perceptor were co-leaders of an Autobot faction millions of years ago on Cybertron. While this faction may or may not have existed in the Dark Ages before Ultra Magnus unified the Autobots under his command, they were the only known resistance to Megatron's tyrannical rule during the Age of Internment that followed.
In modern times, Blaster allied himself with Hot Rod and Kup's underground resistance, opposing the new tyrannical rule of Shockwave.
Blaster seems to have a "thing" against tyrannical rules.
At one point, he remarked that he couldn't wait to go to Earth. Unfortunately, Dreamwave's bankruptcy meant he never got to go. Poor Blaster.
Dreamwave Transformers/G.I. Joe comics continuity
In the year 1985, Blaster and Perceptor hastily took off for Earth in an starship poorly-suited for interstellar travel. Upon arrival, they unsurprisingly crashed, landing in the forests of Oregon near Mount St. Hilary. They were discovered there by a G.I. Joe team led by Flint.
IDW comics continuity
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Blaster was known as The Voice, a patriotic broadcaster who used his gift with words to rally Autobots whose faith was lacking, or who were in a bad way. He was such a positive influence on the Autobots, it was arranged that he be assassinated. The attempt failed, but Blaster's damaged body was ejected into space. Picked up by a passing trawler, he was delivered home, where it was revealed that he had to have been attacked by an Autobot. In an effort to flush the traitor out, Blaster went back on the air. The attempt worked, and his would-be killer was revealed: Beachcomber. Soundwave had used Bombshell to implant a cerebro-shell and ordered him to kill Blaster. However, he was able to resist when Blaster used his greatest weapon: his voice. As a damaged Beachcomber was brought in for repairs, Blaster swore he'd find Soundwave and that the last thing he'd ever hear would be... the Voice.
- Blaster (Autobot, 1985/1986/2006)
- Japanese ID number: 38, TFC-21
- Accessories: Electro-Scrambler Gun
- Originally a Microchange "Radi-Casse Robo" ("radio-cassette", you see), Blaster transforms into a miniature "ghetto blaster" boombox with a fold-out carrying handle. Pressing the "eject" button pops open his tape door, which can store a single micro-cassette Transformer. Due to a possible common internal misassembly issue, many original Blasters had doors which would not open when the eject button is pressed, nor would the other buttons work.
- In robot mode Blaster is freaking huge by the standards of Generation One Transformers, towering over most Autobots and Decepticons. He has rather limited (useful) articulation, located in his neck and shoulders.
- Blaster is not a functional AM radio like his original Microchange toy, but has some left over parts from it, such as the molded power switch above the left speaker, the earphone jack behind the right speaker and the tuning dial next to the tape door. Some releases of Blaster still retain the battery-cover back from the Microchange release (see Trivia).
- Blaster was re-released in 2006 as part of the "Transformers Collection" "bookbox" series, packaged with Steeljaw.
- Twincast (Autobot, 1987/2006)
- Japanese ID number: C-116
- Accessories: Electro-Scrambler Gun
- The first Blaster toy was redecoed and had its tape-door retooled in order to accommodate two cassettes at once. The clear-plastic part of the door was also changed to clear-red, so when certain cassettes were placed inside, the "secret plans" decals on them would reveal the "weak point" of either Fortress Maximus or Scorponok, much like using the tech-specs decoders. He came with Steeljaw, who was given one of these new decals.
- In 2006, Twincast was reissued as an e-Hobby exclusive, this time packaged with the new character Flip Sides.
- Blaster w/ Flight Pack (Action Master, 1990)
- Accessories: "Flight Pack" backpack, "tractor beam electron gun"
- A non-transforming action figure, Action Master Blaster (not to be confused with the "Action Master Blasters" price-point) is compatible with any other Action Master vehicle or accessory. His design is based largely on his cartoon model, with elements from the toy added (like his visor). He came with the "Flight Pack" accessory, which converts from a winged jetpack to a massive "electro-scrambler" cannon.
- Communications Liaison (Just-I-toys WST, 2009)
- Accessories: Electro Scrambler Gun, Steeljaw
- A Just-I-Toys exclusive, Communications Liaison (trademark issues)
was released at the same time as Military Operations Commander. His transformation is similar to the G1 toy, but the fists fold back 90 degrees for tape deck mode, his Electro Scrambler Gun fits over his wrist, and he includes a WST Steeljaw, but no weapons. He shares some aspects with WST Soundwave, such as weaponless tapes.
- Broadblast meets Lumina (Binaltech, 2005)
- Japanese ID number: BTA03
- Accessories: Engine/gun, Lumina Hoshi with stand, driving arms and driving legs
- A redeco of Alternators Skids, "Broadblast" transforms into a 1:24 scale Toyota bB, aka the Scion xB. He has working doors, hood, and trunk, plus his engine becomes a non-firing weapon. He also comes with an extra decal sheet, which includes signs for "TBN" which possibly stands for "Transformers Broadcast Network" or some such; there is Japanese text on the labels as well, but it's really tiny and hard to make out.
- Blaster (2007)
- Blaster was likely to have been one of several Transformers Attacktix Booster pieces, using a powerful spring-loaded "blaster" missile launcher attack. Though displayed as part of the Attacktix display at the Star Wars "Celebration IV" convention, he —and all the other pieces revealed at the show— were ultimately never released.
- Autobot Blaster with Blockrock Mini-Con! (Voyager, 2008)
- Accessories: Tri-barrel "particle feedback blaster"/bomb, double-barrel "harmonic wave cannon"/bomb, Cybertron Autobot Cyber Key
- Blaster is a redeco of Cybertron Soundwave, transforming into a Cybertronic stealth bomber vaguely like an F-117A Nighthawk prototype, the Have Blue. He comes with three hexagonal prism "bombs"; one converts into his partner Blockrock, the other two unfold into non-firing blaster weapons. Any one of these "bombs" can be stored in his robot-mode chest, which opens by plugging a Cyber Planet Key into him (his is a gunmetal-bordered clear-plastic Cybertron-style Autobot Key). The other two bombs store in indents on the underside of his wings.
- His packaging art shows him with only half of his chest-door as clear-blue, emulating the original toy design's tape-window, but the final product (and stock photography) show the blue all the way across. However, his visor does have red paint to simulate the "goggle visor" look of the original toy and Marvel comics model.
- This mold was also used to make Galaxy Force Soundblaster.
- Blaster vs. Thrust (2008)
- The pre-Transformers version of Blaster was actually a functioning AM radio. The Microchange release of the toy came with a microcassette-sized radio that plugged in to Radi-Casse Robo, which had internal wiring that allowed the radio to play through the speakers in its legs. The big hole in his Electro-Scrambler rifle is an earphone storage space, while the cord can be wrapped around the gun and the plug connects to the hole in the gun's stock. Despite popular belief, the compartment in the back of some Blaster toys was not a remnant of a battery compartment, but was actually storage for one of the transforming microcassettes, since a plug kept them from fitting in the cassette door. The battery compartment was actually in one of his legs.
- According to Grimlock on a Letters Page, Blaster's visor is retractable. He uses it to shield his especially delicate optical sensors from sunlight.
- In October, 1991, Blaster states that he is 3,701,921 years old on the letter page of Marvel UK issue #326.
- The packaging for Twincast's e-Hobby reissue was the same generic Decepticon-scheme box used to package Magnificus. However, since Flip Sides is technically a Decepticon, it... sorta works.
- According to Blaster himself on the UK letters page, he has two siblings: Toaster and Karmen. And then there's Bluster, his retroactively-created and less-seen brother.
- Blaster hosted the Marvel UK comic's letters page for the final 33 issues (from issue #300 to issue #332), to tie in with his Action Master toy. Here, the letters page was dubbed "Darn 'n' Blast," replacing Dreadwind's "Dread Tidings" (despite Dreadwind's holing himself up in the Marvel offices. He was finally evicted by Blaster who complained that Dreadwind had decorated the office in all purple and orange with a solitary picture of a dog with sad eyes). His characterization in the letters page is more in line with his fun-loving, hip and happening self from the cartoon than the rather grim, brooding, rebellious loner seen in the comics. He arrived on the letters page in advance of his resurrection in the comics itself, which did not occur until issue #321. He was explicitly identified as being a non-transformer Action Master, though his partner Flight Pack did not appear.
- A character in the Disney movie "G-Force" resembles Blaster. He has his accent, same military position, and even shares his name![June 8, 2009]
- One of the main reasons that Blaster survived the movie was that he had some new toys (Eject, Ramhorn, Steeljaw and Rewind) to show off.
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The Blaster was among of the Autobots, who was to Ark in search of new energy sources. After 4 million years it has been renovated by the Metroplex. When the Autobots seized the space bridge and entered on Cybertron, signalman with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee was turned power off the fortress of Shockwave.
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