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- Mini-Cons are a faction/type of Transformers in multiple continuity families, most prominently the Unicron Trilogy.
Their origins (when explored) vary depending on the continuity they appear in. In some timelines they are creations of Unicron, while in others, they are creations of the Last Autobot. Others... they just are there.
- Japanese term: Micron
- French-Canadian/Spanish term: 'Minimodus
Universe: The Wreckers comics
Unicron created the Mini-Cons to be mindless tools, sent to Cybertron as an agitating element to the Transformers' civil war. The power-enhancing "smart tools" would be unleashed upon the populace, who would snap them up and bond with them, and the war would only get more destructive, as Unicron drank in the negative psychic energies from the death and destruction. Once he'd gathered the power he needed, the Mini-Cons would turn on their supposed masters, incapacitating them, and Unicron would fully awaken to devour the planet and all Transformers on it, eliminating his biggest obstacle to devouring all of existence.
But through a strange warp in space and time that no one really bothered to explain, three human children from the future -Rad, Carlos and Alexis- were sent to the Mini-Cons' birthing chamber on Cybertron just seconds before the small robots emerged from their pods. As the Mini-Cons had been designed to form mental bonds with other life forms, when Rad touched the Mini-Con who he knew from the future as High Wire, High Wire apparently formed his bond then, with Rad... and through the Mini-Cons' shared "soul dimension", the Linkage, sentience and free will spread throughout the Mini-Cons, forming "souls", and crippling Unicron's plans drastically.
Dreamwave comics continuity
Mini-Cons are a second race of Transformer, mostly living in designated sectors by themselves, which left them open to attack when Megatron led his Decepticons on capture raids. Mini-Cons are capable of adding their power (disproportionate to their size) to a Transformer with whom they Powerlinx. Mini-Cons are also capable of tapping an extra-dimensional energy source of unknown origin, but are wary of doing this, and most have inhibitors installed to prevent this from happening.
Over-Run, a Mini-Con refugee from another dimension, led Cybertron's collected Mini-Cons in tapping that dimension's energies and channeling them into an attack on Unicron which left him stranded on the far fringes of space.
After Unicron's defeat, most Mini-Cons re-established their villages in the Mini-Con sector. When Unicron appeared again ten years later, no one went to fetch the Mini-Cons to battle Unicron again, so it seems likely the Mini-Cons' connection to their extra-dimensional power source was severed.
- (Note: There is no indication that Mini-Cons are related to Unicron in Dreamwave continuity.)
Powerlinx and Evolution
Mini-Cons have the special ability to actually evolve other machines, from transforming simple cars into jet-powered assault vehicles, to upgrading Transformers to have new weapons spring from their body. The nature of Powerlinxing is emphasized more in the Japanese Micron Legend counterpart to Transformers Armada. Once powerlinked, the Autobot would call out "EVOLUTION!" and a portion of their body would literally reconfigure to become a new weapon. Afterwards, they retained this new ability without the powerlinking of the Mini-Con which granted it. Linking to that Mini-Con again simply enhances their firepower. The Mini-Con is not required in order to use the evolved weaponry afterwards. This has caused some confusion in the Armada viewing audience due to dub issues and the downplaying of the "Evolution" theme. Despite this, the term is used twice in the American series by Megatron.
The exact origin of the Gigantion Mini-Cons is questionable as presented within the context of the show itself. The show offers little to nothing on their genesis, merely their function as "little detail" workers whose brains developed similarly to human children because of this (uh, yeah). In Galaxy Force, they are stated to have existed since ancient times and controlled the larger Transformers. There are even ancient ruins discovered with inscriptions using Armada Mini-Con model sheets.
The Fun Publications fiction has linked these Mini-Cons to those of Armada, which simply has them migrating to Gigantion (as well as the other colony worlds) with the Transformers carrying the Cyber Planet Keys, offering the only definitive origin of those Mini-Cons. This would also make them creations of Unicron. However, this does not fully line up with the fiction, as the Mini-Cons in Armada are shown appearing in the time of Optimus Prime, years after the world colonization - so the matter is left more than a bit vague.
The Transformers cartoon
The latest (as of this update) assortment of Micron Boosters features Mini-Cons with Autobot, Decepticon, Maximal and Predacon insignia. There is little to no information about when this set "takes place".
Similarly, three store-exclusive Mini-Cons released at the time, Torque Gain, Noise Effect and Wedge Shape seem to be in the same boat, especially as Wedge Shape's toy is branded as a Maximal (though his instructions claim him to be a Predacon).
Beast Wars (Japan)
Things that are not Mini-Cons
There have been a number of character or toys that either have Powerlink 'catcher' ports but are not Mini-Cons, or are recolored from Mini-Con molds (often even having the molded-in faction symbol) but who are nonetheless, according to their associated bios or fiction, not actually Mini-Cons.
- (Note: This section talks about toys representing Mini-Cons in general. For toys representing specific Mini-Cons, see their individual pages.)
- Hikari no Unicron (campaign prize item)
- Accessories: Chest missile, 6 leg missiles
- The "Unicron of Light" toy is a redeco of Armada Unicron in an emerald, light green, blue, and white color-scheme. This Unicron was the prize for a lucky-draw contest in Japan.
- Mini-Con (Booster, 2006)
- Attacktix ID number: TF01
- Faction: Autobot
- Class: Trooper
- Special: Attackback - 4/26 (15%) success ratio
- Point Cost: 10
- Base Speed: 4
- Attack Type: Shooter (Small Missile)
- The first assortment of Transformers Attacktix figures included a "generic" Mini-Con, based on Skyboom. Each Mini-Con figure has 3 points of articulation, including waist and shoulders; however, their shoulders move together due to their gun. One of the shortest, most squat Attacktix figures, the Mini-Con is very stable despite its small base.
- Its Special Power, "Attackback", allows a free move and attack for any of your in-play Autobot pieces. Mini-Con is an excellent support figure for Landmine, whose "Shootback" power allows up to three Mini-Cons to make a free attack.
- Mini-Con (Booster, 2007)
- Attacktix ID number: TF03
- Faction: Decepticon
- Class: Trooper
- Special: Attackback
- Point Cost: 10
- Base Speed: 4
- Attack Type: Shooter (Small Missile)
- An as-yet unreleased redeco of the Attacktix Mini-Con piece is set for the second series' Booster Packs, though this time as a Decepticon-aligned piece. It features a color scheme not on any incarnation of the actual Sonar/Skyboom toy, but wouldn't that be neat? The exact details of its Attackback special power are as yet unknown.
- This piece was later characterized as "Bunker-Buster" in the members-only portion of the Fun Publications Official Transformers Collectors' Club website.
- During the Armada line, the term "Mini-Con" was also the name of a size class which consisted of three-packs of small toys (which were also individually referred to as "Mini-Cons"). Other size classes from the Armada line were named "Super-Con", "Max-Con" and "Giga-Con". However, the name "Mini-Con" was the only one actually used in the corresponding fiction. In the toyline, it was also used for other small figures of the same size that were available as companion figures with the larger toys. Due to its use in fiction, the name was also carried over into subsequent lines such as Energon and Universe, and was used as (part of) the name of a price point again in the Cybertron toyline, the "Mini-Con Class", this time consisting of two-packs, and later in the Classics toyline, now again available as three-packs.
- Mini-cons speak in a langauge made up of beeps, dial tones, and other computer noises in the Micron Legend anime. Um, well.