- The Decepticon Mini-Cassettes are a sub-group of Decepticons (and in a single case, a Predacon) from the Generation One continuity family.
The Decepticon Mini-Cassettes, also known as Cassetticons, are Decepticons (and in one case, a Predacon) who, on Earth, transform into analog audio cassettes. They can fit into Soundwave's chest compartment, though their apparent relationship to Soundwave varies depending on continuity.
Many of the characters have communication or espionage roles. Also, many of them are redecos.
|“||In the days of Megatron, Decepticons developed the art of espionage using cassette technology.||”|
- Japanese name: Cassettron
The Decepticon Mini-Cassettes consist of:
- Frenzy type
- The berserker Frenzy
- The earth-shaking punk Rumble
- The fantastically obscure Enemy
- Many generics based on the Frenzy / Rumble body type appear in early episodes of the The Transformers cartoon.
- Laserbeak type
- The interrogator and spy Laserbeak
- The lethal avian spy and artist Buzzsaw
- The Cobalt Sentry information officer Garboil
- The solar power enhanced Sundor, under deep cover as an Autobot recruit and pop idol. Seriously. (The same character is listed under Autobot Mini-Cassettes.)
- Ravage type
- The brutal interrogator Beastbox and the long-winded translator Squawktalk combine to form Squawkbox
- The drone Autoscout
- The sleeper agent Flip Sides (The same character as listed under Autobot Mini-Cassettes).
- The high fuel auditor Ratbat
- Frenzy mold
- Enemy, whose only transformable toy was permanently attached to a radio bigger than he was.
- Laserbeak mold
- Ravage mold
- Other molds
- Beastbox and Squawktalk, two can combine to form Squawkbox.
- Flip Sides, redecoed from the Rewind mold.
- Universe Ravage
- This is an entirely new-mold version of the character, still transforming from jaguar to a cassette compatible with G1 Soundwave / Blaster. However, since Hasbro no longer assumes modern children will know what a cassette is, this mode will be interpreted as a manner of prisoner transport used by Hound.
- Ravage, Universe (2008). This is an entirely new-mold version of the character, still transforming from jaguar to a cassette compatible with G1 Soundwave / Blaster. However, since Hasbro no longer assumes modern children will know what a cassette is, this mode will be interpreted as a manner of prisoner transport used by Hound.
- This sub-group was called Decepticon Cassettes in the 1984 toy catalog, but Decepticon Mini-Cassettes in all subsequent catalogs.
- A 1986 Toys "R" Us Transformers: The Movie sticker book once used the term "Recordicon" in reference to Laserbeak.