Squawkbox — the combined form of the Decepticons Beastbox and Squawktalk — is a passionate musician. He loves playing with sound, using the combined powers of his components. Listening to, creating, and manipulating sound is his life. The results of his compositions have been called "unnervingly cacophonous", but his Decepticon commanders came up with a way to put them to good use.
Squawkbox has been assigned the function of "Battlefield Dissonance" and set free to distract and disorient the Autobots with his latest works. Squawkbox is thrilled to have both a captive audience and access to all the terrible sounds of a battlefield for future use. Unfortunately for him, his work can prove just as detrimental to his teammates as his opponents if he's not careful, and at that point it's anyone's guess as to which side will be the first to try and shut him up via photon blaster.
IDW comics continuity
IDW Hearts of Steel continuity
Squawkbox served as Starscream's communications officer while Megatron was in stasis lock. When Starscream learned the Autobots were active, he ordered Squawkbox to alert the other Decepticon forces by telegraph. Squawkbox gets one line in the story: "Yes, Starscream!" (As Hearts of Steel was published before his appearance in the main IDW continuity, this may be his first line of dialogue in canon fiction, ever.) His component parts are not specifically named, but the concept art shows that they turn into a mechanical gorilla and a mechanical eagle.
Madman Transformers comic
In the year 2001, Squawktalk and Beastbox accompanied Soundwave and several other Decepticon mini-cassettes to spy on the construction site of Autobot City on Earth. The team recorded a secret meeting between Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus where the two Autobot leaders discussed hiding the Autobot Matrix of Leadership in a bunker on the building site. Once the majority of the Autobots had left for Cybertron, Soundwave deployed Squawktalk, Beastbox, Ratbat, Slugfest and Overkill to begin excavation. Squawktalk combined with Beastbox into Squawkbox and successfully dug up the Matrix, but was then run over by the Autobot Hot Rod.
- Squawktalk & Beastbox (Micro Cassettes 2-pack, 1988)
- The Decepticon cassettes Squawktalk and Beastbox were packaged together, and combined to form the humanoid robot Squawkbox. Though they had separate bios, the combined form lacked one. They were the last Decepticon cassettes ever released in the United States, years after Soundwave himself stopped being available.
- In Japan, Squawkbox was only available as a mail-away exclusive during Masterforce. He cost 980 yen and 2 robot points.
- Squawkbox got his first ever official profile/bio in the Dreamwave "More Than Meets The Eye" Guide, 15 years after the toy was released.
- In the IDW continuity, Squawkbox exists before combiner technology has become available to either faction. This means that either Squawkbox is the core being and he's later split into Squawktalk and Beastbox or um, some dumb stubby screwed up.
- Squawkbox's box art and catalog photo show his feet (Squawktalk's wings) in the reverse of the position shown above. Having the ability to swivel 360 degrees, the alternate position features the cassette groove serving as his foot, while the longer, more stable edge Squawktalk's wing folds onto represents the back of his leg, with the wing serving as inner leg kibble. In spite of the official transformation, either position is appropriate.