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What Fireflight does for air travel, Wildrider does for the roadways. The difference is that the Aerialbot honestly means no harm and this insanely wild-riding Stunticon most definitely does. Some of his Decepticon comrades suspect him of playing insane to enhance his street cred, but those who have come to know him the best realize that it's no act. Wildrider really is as crazy as they come and a very real danger to anything on the road with him. Even his fellow Stunticons are wary of driving anywhere near him. Or as his fellow Stunticon Dead End (G1) would say "If he's driving, I'm taking the train."
Wildrider combines with his fellow Stunticons to form Menasor.
|“||I'm Wildrider, and I wanna bust sumpin' up!||”|
—Wildrider, crazy as they come, The Key to Vector Sigma, Part 1
- French name (Canada): Faroucho
- Italian name: Squalo ("Shark")
- Portuguese name (Portugal cartoon): Auto-Selvagem
When the Autobots got involved in the Europa 2000 race, Megatron needed them removed from the playing field to stop any interference with his plans to steal the Pearl of Bahoudin and an experimental car engine from the race's top driver. He had the Stunticons intercept and eliminate the Autobots, and Wildrider helped disable Sunstreaker, Sideswipe, and Smokescreen with his fellow Decepticons. Bluestreak refused to just lay down, though, dodging the Stunticons' ramming attacks and jumping atop Wildrider's hood. The crazy Stunticon eventually shook Bluestreak off by just crashing hood-first into a mountain at over 150 mph.
In his next scheme, Megatron charged the Stunticons with bringing him the last key items for his new molecular disrupter cannon. Wildrider and his partner Breakdown broke into an optics laboratory and robbed a scientist of his experimental lenses for Megatron's weapon. Upon their escape, though, the Stunticons ran into Inferno, Hoist, and Grapple blocking the road. Wildrider took the challenge and managed to just miss hitting the Autobots with his crazy driving, and dodge the missiles fired at him by Inferno. He tested his luck on a second drive-by, though, and was blasted into submission by Hoist. The Stunticons were all captured and imprisoned inside the Ark, while several Autobots employed camouflage paint to disguise themselves as the Stunticons, in a Trojan Horse ploy to find out what Megatron wanted with the components. The Autobot warrior Windcharger took Wildrider's place. After the Autobots took off, however, Breakdown managed to free his fellow Stunticons, and they all joined up to form Menasor, easily smashing through the remaining Autobots guarding them. As Menasor, they returned to Megatron and attempted to convince him they were the true Stunticons. Though ultimately successful, the Autobots had made alterations to the stolen components which caused Megatron's weapon to blow up in his face, and the Decepticons beat a hasty retreat.
In 2006, Wildrider and Dead End got into a street race with Rodimus Prime, ultimately forcing him off the road, and prompting Wildrider to comment enthusiastically: "He done blow up reeeeal gooood!" After the crash, the two Stunticons found the Matrix of Leadership had been blown clear by the impact, and Wildrider brought it back to his leader, Galvatron.
Marvel Comics continuity
Wildrider was first seen in a vision from the Creation Matrix experienced by Optimus Prime and Buster Witwicky, where he joined the rest of the Stunticons in attacking a stricken power plant and forming Menasor to battle the Protectobots. The vision was monitored by Shockwave, who ordered construction to begin on Wildrider and the other Decepticons he'd seen.
Wildrider was finally brought online by Megatron using power stolen from the Matrix. He and the other Stunticons proceeded to spoil the good publicity generated by Skids rescuing a stricken motorist by destroying a highway and then pretending to defend Skids from the Aerialbots, making the dumb humans think they were on the same side. They then formed Menasor to battle Superion. He was later among the convoy of Decepticons relocating to their new base in the Florida Keys.
Much later, under Ratbat's command, he was among the Decepticons who attacked the combined forces of Grimlock and Fortress Maximus' Autobot groups on the moon, where he was seen battling with Grapple. He survived the encounter since he was later seen at the Decepticons' island base. He wasn't seen after that, though, so probably didn't survive the Underbase Saga.
Marvel UK future timelines
In 2003, the Stunticons were recruited by Ravage to steal some classified documents from the Autobots, about their upcoming plans for Autobot City. Wildrider and his cronies ran the courier, Kup, off the side of the road and beat him til he gave up the information. Then they beat up Hot Rod because, well, it was fun.
A poisoned Soundwave staggered into Wildrider's quarters, and gave him a tape of battle plans to transmit to Cybertron. Wildrider assumed that Soundwave had been betrayed by traitors in Megatron's faction of Decepticons, and attempted to send the plans in secret. When Megatron saw him doing so, however, he assumed that the Stunticon was trying to send them to his rival Shockwave, making him the traitor who had betrayed him to Shockwave earlier. With one blast from his fusion cannon, Megatron promptly killed him. Which was exactly what Soundwave (who had not been poisoned and was, in fact, the traitor) had planned. Harsh.
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 amuck 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
Wildrider was seen with other Stunticons entering the Kaon arena to join the newly-formed Decepticons for some good ol' fashioned civil disobedience. He also did us all a favor and told Dead End to be quiet because, let's face it, a cheery and optimistic Dead End signals the coming of the End of Days.
- Wildrider (Stunticon, 1986)
- Team ID number: S3
- Japanese ID number: D-53
- Accessories: "Scattershot gun", "plasma-energy blaster"
- Wildrider transforms into a dark grey Ferrari 308 GTB sports car. He comes with a large, black double-barreled "plasma-energy blaster" cannon that attaches onto the back of his vehicle mode.
- In robot mode, Wildrider is armed with a black "scattershot gun" pistol. He usually forms Menasor's left leg, but as a Scramble City combiner limb, he can also occupy any other limb position.
- Menasor (Gift set, 1986)
- Japanese ID number: '
- Wildrider was also made available as part of a full Stunticon five-pack in the US, European and Japanese markets. All of the figures inside were identical to their individual releases.
- Wildrider (Stunticon, Unreleased)
- Team ID number: S5
- For the Generation 2 line, Hasbro intended to release redecoes of the Stunticons in 1994, with Wildrider being cast primarily in yellow plastic, with blue and black accents. Ultimately, however, the toys never went into mass poduction 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 Generation 2 Breakdown, who was available at BotCon 1994 in somewhat larger quantities). All the Generation 2 Stunticons are known to catch high prices on the secondary market.
Gentei! Gentei! Transformers
- Stuntron Wildrider (Deluxe, 2008)
- Accessories: Rocket engine/missile launcher, flame missile
- An exclusive item from the "Chara Hobby 2008" show in Japan on August 30th, 2008, Wildrider is a redeco of Classics Rodimus with a very vaguely Wildrider-inspired color scheme (but retaining all of Henkei Rodimus' paint applications, including the flames), transforming into a Dome Zero concept car. His rear "thruster" fires a spring-loaded missile, and the back section can be flipped up to turn it into a roof-mounted weapon. The thruster becomes a hand-held blaster in robot mode, and can also be mounted on his back as a "jetpack". His left arm hides a flip-out (non-spinning) buzzsaw.
- In 2005, the mold used for Alternators Decepticharge was presented as an upcoming release for the Japanese Binaltech line. Originally, Takara intended to name their version of the toy "Wildrider", possibly because the Hasbro version's deco resembled the unreleased G2 Wildrider toy's color scheme. However, Takara ultimately had to abandon that idea because they couldn't get the trademark. Instead, they decided to give the toy an entirely new deco, as the Hasbro toy's deco didn't appear to their ideal of "real-life accuracy". In robot mode, the toy was given a color scheme based on the Transmetal 2 incarnation of Beast Wars Blackarachnia, with the toy's name being changed to "Black Widow", Takara's name for the character. Ultimately, however, Takara decided to cancel the toy altogether, as they were fearing that another redeco (in addition to the upcoming Binaltech Asterisk toys) would be too repetitive. Plans to release the toy as part of a different line were never picked up again. Then they apparently changed their minds again.
- ↑ Photos of Generation 2 Wildrider in sample packaging at Toyarchive.com
- ↑ Mirrored photos of Generation 2 Wildrider in sample packaging at Transformers @ The Moon
- ↑ Doug Dlin relaying a response from Hirofimi Ichikawa regarding the fate of the Honda S2000 redeco at alt.toys.transformers