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Drag Strip has never heard of the term "graceful in victory". He doesn't just like to win, he loves it. Drag Strip would sooner die a miserable death than ever sacrifice a victory, as he thrives on the bragging rights which accompany first place. He can't keep himself from stroking his own ego and bragging about his accomplishments in excruciating detail.
The other Decepticons, Megatron included, hate his metal guts and would gladly pummel him to scrap for being plain obnoxious if it weren't for the fact that his insatiable lust for victory makes him a formidable foe against the Autobots.
- Japanese name: Drag Stripe
- French-Canadian name: Démarro
- Italian name: Iguana
- Portuguese name (Portugal cartoon): Travão
Marvel Comics continuity
Drag Strip was first glimpsed in a vision Optimus Prime and Buster Witwicky received from the Creation Matrix, in which he and the other Stunticons attacked a stricken power plant and formed Menasor to battle the Protectobots. The vision was monitored by Shockwave who ordered construction to begin on Drag Strip and the other Decepticons they had seen.
Drag Strip was finally activated under Megatron's command and sent with the other Stunticons to ruin the good publicity the Autobots had gained when Skids saved a driver by smashing up a motorway and then pretending they and Skids were on the same side when RAAT and the Aerialbots turned up. He was part of the convoy of Decepticons that relocated to their new base in Florida Keys. When Megatron pulled over during the journey, Drag Strip wondered if they should stop as well but didn't take much persuading from Motormaster to drive on without him.
Much later, under Ratbat's command, Drag Strip participated in the attack on Grimlock and Fortress Maximus' combined Autobot groups on the moon. He was blasted by Grimlock when he and Blaster joined the battle but didn't seem too badly damaged. He was seen soon after at the Decepticons' island base as Ratbat tried to pose as a tourist spot. He disappeared soon afterwards and was probably deactivated during the Underbase Saga.
Back in action on Earth, Drag Strip and his Stunticon partner Dead End began working for a faction of Decepticons led by Megatron. Megatron had created an ozone-warping rocket, designed to trap heat in the atmosphere which could be tapped for a new source of energy, even though it would virtually destroy all life on Earth. Their plan was interrupted by two Autobots, Wheeljack and Prowl. While Wheeljack kept the Stunticons busy, Prowl leapt onto the rocket itself, his weight knocking it off course and causing it to crash before it reached the apex point in the atmosphere it was meant to travel to. Drag Strip and Dead End raced to the crashsite, hoping to retrieve the atmospheric poisons Megatron had loaded it with. At the fallen rocket, however, they ran into Runabout and Runamuck, who were interested in securing the equipment for their commander, Shockwave. The four Decepticons began to tussle, little realizing Prowl had already snuck away and neutralized the cannisters.
Later on, when the Decepticons attacked the Autobot Earthbase, Drag Strip is seen charging into battle in robot mode for some reason, even though the Battlechargers and his fellow Stunticons are all racing forward in vehicle mode. When the Decepticons needed to kidnap the Autobots' human ally, Irwin Spoon, Drag Strip and the Stunticons ran interference for Motormaster so that he could get away with the human stored inside his cab. After Breakdown took himself out of action, though, only Drag Strip and Dead End were left to stop Bumblebee and Tracks from catching up with their leader. The two Stunticons raced up onto the rear bumpers of their foes, only to be caught off guard when the Autobots suddenly broke away, sending the Decepticon cars hurtling into the back wheels of their own boss, Motormaster, knocking all of them off the road.
Marvel UK future timelines
In 2003, Ravage uncovered information about a new city the Autobots were planning to build, and sent the Stunticons out to intercept Kup, who was carrying the schematics to their human allies. Demonstrating the same skills that earned them high honors in Skywarp's "Schoolyard-Bullying 101" seminar, Drag Strip and the Stunticons ganged up on the wily old Autobot and demanded
his lunch money the data disk. Kup was relatively willing to give it up (the disk was, after all, a fake), but Drag Strip still had two of his buddies grab the Autobot's arms so's he could get in a few gutshots for good measure. And, to make a good day even better, Drag Strip and his cronies got to beat up Hot Rod a few minutes later too!
Drag Strip participated in the Decepticons' first battle with the Cybertronian Empire. It, uh...didn't go too well. Any fight you can walk away from may be a good one, but any fight that leaves you scouring a planet for the impact crater your leader made after he was knocked out of space can't have been that good.
When Megatron needed additional equipment for his latest secret weapon, he sent the Stunticons out to steal it for him. Drag Strip and Dead End stormed a U.S. military base and scooped up an new experimental generator for their leader. On the way back, Drag Strip kept trying to taunt the disinterested Dead End into racing with him back to base. Their racing was interrupted, though, by the Autobots Tracks and Warpath. Drag Strip was knocked for a loop by Warpath's rapid-fire shells from his turret gun. Brought in to Autobot custody, the Stunticons were held prisoner while Optimus Prime and the Autobots used camouflage paint to disguise themselves as the Stunticons in order to enter Megatron's good graces and learn the purpose of the stolen equipment. Mirage, the Autobot's spy, took Drag Strip's place. The Stunticons did manage to break loose, though, and smashed their way out of the Ark as Menasor and made their rendezvous with Megatron, only to find themselves confronted with a faux Menasor, created by a combination of Mirage's illusions and Windcharger's magnetism. The real Menasor easily broke the delicately bonded "Menasor", but the Autobots had also sabotaged the equipment before handing it over to Megatron. After the super-cannon exploded, the Stunticons fled the battle.
Dreamwave comics continuity
At some point in Cybertron's recent history, the Stunticons were deemed psychotic and too dangerous to function in society, and as a result were placed into perpetual stasis lock inside of a prison facility. Later, in an attempt to create a diversion while he set his final plans in motion, Shockwave arranged for the release of the Stunticons. They formed into Menasor and ran amok for awhile, until Ultra Magnus arrived and began insulting them. Unable to reconcile with this, the five Stunticons began to bicker with each other over whose fault it was that they were failing, temporarily stopping Menasor and allowing Ultra Magnus to ram the combiner in the chest, forcing him to separate into his component parts and disabling the Stunticons.
IDW comics continuity
- Drag Strip (Stunticon, 1986/1987)
- Team ID number: S4
- Japanese ID number: D-52
- Accessories: Gravito-gun, plasma-energy cannon, cannon connector
- Drag Strip transforms into a Tyrell P-34 Six-Wheeler race car. He comes with a purple double-barreled plasma energy cannon that attaches to the back of his vehicle mode.
- In robot mode he is armed with a small purple "Gravito-gun". Since he was designed with the Scramble City-style combination, he can form the arm or leg to any similarly-constructed robot combination, though his nominal placement is as the right arm to Menasor.
- Drag Strip
A redeco of Classics Deluxe Mirage. Like all Special Edition Deluxes shown so far, he is a hasbrotoyshop.com exclusive with impressive box design with black and white artwork, and a flip-open front that reveals Tech Specs, a profile and the figure, which is packaged in robot mode, interestingly. The Hasbrotoyshop.com listing states this figure was originally intended for the Asian market.
- Drag Strip (Stunticon)
- Team ID number: S4
- For the Generation 2 line, Hasbro intended to release redecoes of the Stunticons in 1994, with Drag Strip being cast in primarily black plastic, with blue accents. Ultimately, however, the toys never went into mass production and remained officially unreleased. Only the four limbs are known to have made it to the sample packaging stage, having turned up in very limited numbers over the years (with the exception of G2 Breakdown, who was available at BotCon 1994 in somewhat larger quantities). All the G2 Stunticons are known to catch high prices on the secondary market.
- ↑ Photos of Generation 2 Drag Strip in sample packaging at Toyarchive.com
- ↑ Mirrored photos of Generation 2 Drag Strip in sample packaging at Transformers @ The Moon
- ↑ Transfan2's photos of Drag Strip in sample packaging at TFW2005