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This article is about the Autobot scout from Generation One. For the Sumdac Systems learning aid from Animated, see Tutor Bot.
Windbreaker is an Autobot in the Generation 2 portion of the Generation One continuity family
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Why are you guys alwayzh dissing me? I've got powerzh.

Windbreaker seems to be the ultimate car warrior. He's strong, he's smart, he's fierce and brave. He's absurdly fast. He can rev up his engine and convert it into his silent and deadly partner, a powerful handgun. Nothing makes him happier than bursting through a tightly held perimeter, blasting away at the stunned enemy, or roaring into the quiet Autobot base to warn of a deadly danger blowing in the wind.

He seems completely invincible - and yet he's a simple scout. He must have a weakness. He must, he must.


Japanese name: Carzap
Italian name: Folgor
UK & Spanish name: Zap

Fiction

IDW comics continuity

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Okay, team! Let 'er rip!

Windbreaker was one of the Autobot soldiers serving under the command of Fortress Maximus at the Garrus-9 penal colony. He and his fellow Autobots attempted to repel Banzaitron's forces when they attacked, but he was most likely blown away. Spotlight: Arcee


Toys

Generation One & Generation 2

  • Windbreaker (Axelerator, 1993/1994)
    • Accessories: Engine-block rifle
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Do my car-bits make me look fat?

Sold as part of the Axelerator assortment, Windbreaker transforms into an orange and blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28. He was initially released in the European market in 1993, during the "transitional" time when the Transformers toys took on the new Generation 2 sigils, but the packaging lacked the "Generation 2" line-name. He was slightly recolored for American release the same year, with the transparent pink plastic of his windows and light-piping being replaced with a smoky grey plastic that was much harder to see through. He was released again in the UK in 1994 in Generation 2 packaging, but the toy was identical to the original European-market release.


Unreleased

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"Parking Space Set" didn't have the same oomph.

Windbreaker's mold was one of several intended to be used in the post-G2 Takara Block Town line. To be redecoed in white with red robot parts, he was to come with the Garage Set, a building-block car port that could be rebuilt into a battle station of some form. This set ultimately never came to release.
In 2005, a supposed Takara "release" schedule listed the Block Town sets among several other future items coming out. Only the Galaxy Force items on that list saw release, however (and some only as store exclusives to boot).
Since very little information exists on the line's more fictional aspects, it is unknown if this toy was to be the same general character Windbreaker (a picture of the box in the Transformers Generations guidebook gives him the name "Zap" or possibly "Carzap"; it's a bit tricky to read) or a new character altogether.


Notes

  • Windbreaker is arguably one of the most unfortunately named non-Japanese Transformers ever.


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