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The name or term Landfill refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Landfill (disambiguation).


Why doesn't anybody like Landfill? Why do they step (very far) to the side when he passes by? He can't understand it. He's a really nice guy. He's always happy. He's good at his job, and he always does what he is told. Why, then, do his friends avoid him? This makes him very sad.

His comrades know the answer very well, but how do you tell a 'bot that he should clean his bodywork every once in a while, without upsetting him and making him think he's being insulted? It wouldn't help, anyway... he'd not see the need to clean up even if directly ordered to do so. It's a shame Landfill can't just realize on his own that if one is not to be selective about which cargoes he hauls, then one must be willing to use a little surfactant and solvent on occasion.

His Targetmaster partners Flintlock and Silencer try to make Landfill understand that if wants to make friends, he has to work on his hygiene, but this effort is to no avail.


(Note: Though the above may imply the contrary, Landfill is a robot and has probably never been to BotCon. You probably, ahem, detected somebody else).


French name (Canada): Décharge


Fiction

Marvel Comics continuity

Note: Events from the UK-only comic stories are in italics.

Landfill was a soldier under Emirate Xaaron's command on Cybertron, first seen during the brief period where the Classic Pretenders rallied the resistance movement with several successful assaults on Lord Thunderwing's territory. Yesterday's Heroes!

When Galvatron and the heralds of Unicron assaulted Xaaron's camp, Landfill stayed behind to cover his leader's escape. He suffered some injuries battling Hook, but managed to survive thanks to Unicron calling off his dogs to hunt the errant Galvatron instead. Surrender!

Marvel UK future timelines

In an alternate 1991, Landfill was working with Hot Rod and Quickmix when Scorponok manipulated them into protecting him from harm during the Decepticon Civil War. While the Autobot Code compelled them to drive off his assassins, Scorponok made good his escape from all his enemies. Aspects of Evil!

Cartoon continuity

Landfill and his fellow Double Targetmasters were the first Transformers ever depicted in the cartoon...at least, according to the Cybernet Space Cube. Outside of Generation 2, they never actually appeared in the cartoon.

IDW comics continuity

Several hundred years ago, Landfill was sharing a foxhole with Jazz and Smokescreen on Cybertron, waiting for the latest broadcast from Blaster, the Voice of the war movement.

The broadcast...never came. Spotlight: Blaster

Toys

Generation One

  • Landfill with Flintlock and Silencer (Targetmaster, 1988)
G1 Landfill toy

Hey, is it me or does the whole room stink?

Landfill transforms into a beige and brown off-road earth-moving dump truck, with a non-functional dumping tray (can't even put anything in it) due to his unusual arm transformation sequence. His Targetmaster partners Flintlock and Silencer (or any other accessories with handle pegs of the correct size) can be stored in the two peg holes on either side of the dumping tray.
In robot mode it is revealed that the reason why his tray is non funcional is because the arms are stored within two flip-over panels. As was the standard of smaller Generation One toys of this era, Landfill has very limited articulation, located all in his ratcheting shoulder joints (and one has to hold the arm panels in place as you rotate the arms themselves). Flintlock and Silencer can become two separate handguns, or either can attach to the rear of the other gun to form a single rifle.
No version of this character or mold was released in Japan.

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