- Avast! Cannonball do be a Decepticon from the Cybertron portion of the Unicron Trilogy continuity family.
Leader of a gang of interstellar pirates and captain of the Sea Slag, the dread pirate they call Cannonball is only a Decepticon because Megatron lets his crew roam free, provided they leave the Decepticon starships alone and focus their attentions more on the Autobots. Cannonball is all too happy to do so. When he and his crew aren't looting and pillaging, they're causing trouble in some seedy port on Cybertron, using their ill-gotten gains to purchase black-market energon stars or dubious-sounding "pleasure programs".
Cannonball's crew can be readily identified by the bright airbrushed graphics that adorn their vehicle modes. Cannonball himself features bright green Oingo Boingo-style skeletons.
Though "Cannonball" has been terrorizing spacelanes for centuries, it has not been this Cannonball... he is in fact the tenth space pirate to use that name and legacy. One day he will train a replacement to take his name, and that pirate will take on the legacy with a whole new crew. Until that day, though, Cannonball plans to live it up!
Cybertron animated series continuity
The Dark Heart of Sandokan
- Cannonball (Deluxe class, 2006)
- Accessories: Earth-style Cyber Planet Key, hammer and claw attachments
- Cannonball is a redeco of the Cybertron Deluxe Red Alert toy, transforming into a Dodge Magnum with roof-mounted lights. In both vehicle and robot mode, inserting a Cyber Planet Key into his rear window releases a pair of flip-out (non-firing) blasters. Hidden in his legs (his car-mode hood) are hammer and claw attachments for the "blaster" stub on his left arm in place of a hand.
- He came with a silver-bordered Earth-style Cyber Planet Key, with the online Key Code "d2rz" stamped on the back.
- Search for the Pirate Moon (multipack, 2007)
- Cannonball comes packaged with Cybertron Downshift.
- The idea that the "Cannonball" persona is passed from pirate to pirate over the years is an obvious nod to the Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride.
- Cannonball's online bio note has a discrepancy from the version on the package back. The online note refers to Cannonball's crew spending their loot on (in addition to black-market Energon stars) something referred to as "pleasure programs"; on the package, the line is the same, but "pleasure programs" has been replaced by the more family-friendly "hot, airbrushed graphics for their vehicle modes".