Mini-Cassettes (also known as Cassette Warriors or simply Cassettes) are Transformers whose alternate mode is an audio cassette. They can fit into the chest compartments of Blaster or Soundwave (while the toys can fit into either, in fiction they stick to the communicator of their own faction).
Many of the characters have communication or espionage roles. Also, many of them are redecos.
|“||Teletraan II, from the Secret Files of Teletraan II||”|
—In the days of Megatron, Decepticons developed the art of espionage using cassette technology.
- Japanese name: Cassettebot (Autobots) / Cassettron (Decepticons)
The Transformers cartoon
The Mini-Cassettes were largely subordinate to Soundwave and Blaster, and very loyal to them. They spent much of their time stored away in their chest waiting to be called out when the situation required it. The mini-cassettes with beast forms were treated like pets and were generally (but not always) limited to growling animal vocalizations.
Marvel Comics continuity
Mini-cassettes were more autonomous and filled in regular positions in the ranks of the Autobot and Decepticons. They could all speak, but sometimes go long periods without talking.
- The toys' cassette altmodes are roughly life-sized compared to real microcassettes.
- The term Mini-Cassette is used in toy catalogs from 1985 onwards. It was common for cassette to be used elsewhere, such as toy instructions and fiction.