Decoys are small, one-piece statuettes of Transformers made from molded rubber, good for erasing pencil marks,
chewing, and fooling extremely stupid enemies.
The Decepticons have stolen the Creation Matrix.
Ratchet First Aid has developed the decoys to keep the Decepticons occupied. The decoys fly into position, while the Autobots sneak into Decepticon headquarters and retrieve the Matrix.
Upon learning of the ruse, Galvatron angrily declares that the Decepticons would develop their own set of Decoys, presumably to try the exact same trick, later on. That'll show 'em.
- The Decoys were originally developed as game pieces for Japanese Transformers board games. They were also sold in larger box sets:
- Cybertron Hero Collection 22
- (Blaster, Bluestreak, Brawn, Grapple, Hoist, Hound, Huffer, Ironhide, Jazz, Mirage, Optimus Prime, Perceptor, Ratchet, Red Alert, Sideswipe, Skids, Smokescreen, Sunstreaker, Swoop, Tracks, Wheeljack, Windcharger)
- Cybertron Hero Collection 9
- Destron Hero Collection 22
- (Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Bombshell, Bonecrusher, Devastator, Frenzy, Hook, Kickback, Laserbeak, Long Haul, Megatron, Mixmaster, Ravage, Reflector, Scavenger, Scrapper, Shockwave, Shrapnel, Skywarp, Soundwave, Starscream, Thundercracker)
- In 1987, Hasbro brought over fifty-two of the pieces as "Decoys", and randomly packaged them with the smaller carded toys of the time: the Throttlebots, Aerialbots, Stunticons, Protectobots, Combaticons, Technobots and Terrorcons. The Throttlebots could come with either Autobot or Decepticon pieces, while the combiners only had Decoys of the faction they belonged to.
- There is one notable change in the Hasbro version of the Decoys: the numbers on the back of the pieces are a simple "checklist" number.
- While the Autobot pieces were only available in red, the Decepticon pieces came in both red and purple. The red versions are part of an early run and are much harder to find as they were only available early on and only with the Throttlebots, and therefore are considerably more expensive on the secondary market.
- Though Laserbeak was made available in the Japanese Destron pack, he was supposedly not available as part of the Hasbro offerings, not being listed on the comic's checklist. Karl Hartman and Jon Hartman believe he was, though, and if anyone can offer photo proof of Laserbeak on a Hasbro card, contact them!
- In the promotional comic, Decoys are shown to be accurately colored, and about half the size of the Transformer they represent. It appears they can also fly, or at least fall out of a plane with their arms stretched out.
- The comic appears to have been written either before the specific events of the movie were known, or to keep from revealing some of the movie's dramatic developments, in a manner similar to the toy commercials of the time:
- Ultra Magnus appears to be the leader of the Autobots, briefing them on the situation, and then deploying them into action. Likewise, Rodimus Prime is absent, showing only Hot Rod in his place.
- Ratchet is oddly present, despite having died in the movie. This could have been intended to be Ratchet, with his name changed at the last minute to the closest medic who wasn't dead.
- Sharkticons are shown working for Galvatron.
- It's also puzzling how the Decepticons were able to "steal" the Matrix, as Rodimus usually keeps it in his chest.
- Despite "First Aid"'s claims, and the example presented, no decoys of the post-Movie characters were made. It's unclear why the Autobots would make decoys of pre-Movie characters, and why such a ruse would work in that context, save for the sudden shock of a whole bunch of dead guys coming at you.
- Judging from the map shown at the top level strategy meeting in the promotional comic, Decepticon Headquarters is located somewhere in mainland China.
- This wouldn't be the first time that "decoys" showed up in Transformers; the concept goes all the way back to "More Than Meets the Eye, Part 3".