Are you missing a few energon chips? Wasn't there a photon rectifier on that table a minute ago? Hey, has anyone seen my Action Master partner recently? And where the heck did our new transwarp cruiser go?!
If it's not nailed, screwed, bolted, and nano-fused to the ground, chances are good Chop Shop stole it while you were reading this. The other Decepticons and his fellow Insecticons are well aware of Chop Shop's skill as a master thief, but they have no idea just how deep the compulsion goes. Chop Shop is a closet kleptomaniac, compelled to steal — not just from the Autobots, but also from his allies and even from himself! The more difficult it is to steal something, the more Chop Shop feels compelled to rise to the challenge. No piece of equipment or valuable item in Decepticon HQ is safe when he's around. So far, he's been quick-witted enough to cover his own tracks, but how long his luck holds out, and what his comrades will do when they realize just who's been robbing them blind, is anyone's guess.
Marvel Generation One comics
Chop Shop was part of the Decepticons' elite Mayhem Attack Squad. The Mayhems were sent from Cybertron to help the Wreckers defeat Megatron and Galvatron. However, the sheer power possessed by their targets overwhelmed not only the Mayhems and Wreckers, but a number of other Transformers pulled into the fight as well. Chop Shop was destroyed during this battle, and never seen again.
Dreamwave Generation One comics
8.2 million years ago, Chop Shop participated in Shockwave's assault on Iacon. He presumably retreated with the rest of the Decepticons when Starscream activated the planetary engines, devastating the city.
7.4 million years ago, Chop Shop joined Ratbat's Ultracons after the disappearance of Megatron splintered the Decepticons. Along with Ratbat, Venom, and Ransack, Chop Shop ambushed and captured Springer in the Tagan Heights. He suggested that Ratbat kill Springer's Wreckers before killing him, to increase his suffering, but Ratbat opted for the more expedient option. The fuel auditor was prevented from carrying that out, however, when a battle between Devastator and Defensor raged out of control, allowing Springer to escape.
Some time later, Chop Shop was involved in a battle against the now-unified Autobot forces, commanded by Ultra Magnus. When the Ultracons were reabsorbed into the Decepticons 6 million years ago, Chop Shop presumably went with them.
Later, after the launch of the Ark and the Nemesis, Chop Shop and a number of his fellow Insecticons were reduced to a vampiric existence, capturing Micromasters in the Wastelands and drinking their energon. He and his comrades attacked and devoured Falcon, but were prevented from capturing the Hot Rod Patrol and the Race Track Patrol by the arrivals of Groundshaker and Shockwave, respectively — although the latter did toss them Flanker to snack on.
As ordered by Shockwave, Chop Shop and his mates attacked Little Iacon, searching for the Hot Rod Patrol — Chop Shop accidentally snagged Road Hugger, but was ordered by Venom to throw him back. They eventually landed in the city and recruited the Race Track patrol to aid them in their search. In the course of the search, Chop Shop stole Barrage's sonic rifle. Taking their charges (and a number of captive Micromasters) back to Decepticon HQ, Chop Shop was deactivated when the Hot Rod Patrol infiltrated the base and opened fire on him.
- Chop Shop (Deluxe Insecticon, 1985)
- Accessories: Gun, trident
- Chop Shop transforms into a predominately brown robotic stag beetle. His robot mode carries many of the insect bits over, with the beetle horns rising from each shoulder and insect legs upon both arms. Rather impressively, Chop Shop has a rarity among G1 toys: all six insect legs use ball joints in one way or another.
- Chop Shop, like all of the Deluxe Insecticons, was originally designed by Takatoku Toys for the Armored Insect Battalion Beetras (機甲虫隊ビートラス) toyline. Takatoku Toys went out of business before the end of the Beetras line and their assets were purchased by fellow Japanese toymaker Bandai. Bandai licensed Takatoku's Beetras molds (alongside toys from 'Special Armored Battalion Dorvack and Super Dimensional Fortress Macross) to Hasbro in 1985 to make the Deluxe Insecticons.
- Chop Shop's mold was originally released as the Beetras toy named Beet Gugal.
- Neither Chop Shop nor the rest of the Deluxe Insecticons ever appeared in an episode of the original Transformers cartoon series. As none of the Deluxe Insecticons were based on toys owned by Takara there is little likelihood that they will ever be reissued by TakaraTomy or Hasbro.