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Transformers Generation 1 Devastator - The First Combiner

Updated on October 22, 2017
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Devastator in his Current Form

Devastator in his Current Form
Devastator in his Current Form

Devastator Prototype

Devastator Prototype

The Diaclone prototype of Devastator comprised of only five parts and combined in the same way as most five team combiners do with one big robot serving as the base and being combined with four smaller robots serving as the limbs.

While the Diaclone Devastator kept the yellow, red and blue color scheme, the final product was six equally sized small robots combining into one giant robot.

Diaclone Devastator Gift Set

Takara Diaclone Devastator Box Set
Takara Diaclone Devastator Box Set | Source

Diaclone Devastator

The Diaclone version of the mighty Devastator.
The Diaclone version of the mighty Devastator. | Source

Diaclone Constructicons in Vehicle Form

Diaclone Constructicons in Vehicle Form
Diaclone Constructicons in Vehicle Form | Source

Diaclone Constructicons in Robot Form

Diaclone Constructicons in Robot Form
Diaclone Constructicons in Robot Form | Source

Diaclone Constructicons

The Diaclone version of the Constructicons were very similar to the neon green and purple versions that were released in the Transformers line albeit with a red, blue and yellow color scheme.

While this color scheme may have been more colorful than the neon green and purple color scheme of the Transformers version of Devastator, it does not reflect the same unified look that the Transformers version has.

The color scheme of the Diaclone version however is a better disguise for the Constructicons as the colors of the vehicles are closer to their real life counterparts than a neon green and purple color scheme would be.

Transformers Diaclone Japanese Commercial

Transformers Devastator

Comprised of six robots, Devastator was the first combiner.
Comprised of six robots, Devastator was the first combiner. | Source

Transformers Devastator G1 Transformers Gift Set

The original Devastator G1 Transformers Gift Set.
The original Devastator G1 Transformers Gift Set. | Source

G1 Constructicons Forms

G1 Devastator in combined, individual robot and individual vehicle forms.
G1 Devastator in combined, individual robot and individual vehicle forms. | Source

Devastator Tech Spec

Devastator Tech Spec
Devastator Tech Spec | Source

Transformers Devastator

The Transformers version of the Constructicons have a uniformed color scheme which makes for a beautiful unified look when they merge into Devastator. The neon green and purple color scheme has been iconic and Devastator is considered as one of the most popular Decepticons ever.

Though this makes for a nice look as a team and when combined as Devastator, the color scheme does not make sense if the intent was to be "robots in disguise" as the color scheme is obviously off to pass on as normal construction vehicles.


Transformers Devastator Commercial

Transformers Devastator Combiner Wars Titan Edition Gift Set

Transformers Devastator Combiner Wars Titan Edition
Transformers Devastator Combiner Wars Titan Edition | Source

Transformers Devastator Combiner Wars Titan Edition

Transformers Devastator Combiner Wars Titan Edition
Transformers Devastator Combiner Wars Titan Edition | Source

Transformers Devastator Combiner Wars Titan Edition

This release is 30 years after the original G1 release of the original Devastator. This figure is huge and stands at eighteen inches. The individual Constructicons are also very detailed and much better looking than their original G1 counterparts. Furthermore, the figure itself has multiple points of articulation and has a sturdier base so it is very much poseable.

The combined Devastator gestalt is also closer to how the 80's television show depicted Devastator.

Origin of the Constructicons

The origin of the Constructicons is a continuity nightmare.
The origin of the Constructicons is a continuity nightmare. | Source

Origin of the Constructicons

The origin of the Constructicons is a continuity nightmare in G1 Transformers. In the episode "Heavy Metal War" Megatron referred to "the time we spent building them in these caverns" which refers to the Decepticons building the Constructicons on Earth.

Devastator

Devastator has a gun that can fire a slor beam with 10,000 C.
Devastator has a gun that can fire a slor beam with 10,000 C. | Source

Devastator

Devastator is the polar opposite of what the Constructicons are. While the Constructicons can create masterpieces such as Crystal City, Devastator's aim is pure destruction. While the Constructicons are some of the most brilliant Transformers in G1, Devastator is quite simple minded in comparison as his actions and thoughts are limited to what all six Constructicons could agree to. Devastator has a gun that shoots a solar beam that is ten thousand degrees Celsius and could melt structures or opposing Transformers.

Scrapper

Scrapper transforms into a wheeled front end loader.
Scrapper transforms into a wheeled front end loader. | Source

Scrapper

Scrapper is the leader of the Constructicons and is a master engineer. While he does not brag about his genius at being a master builder, he has a sadistic side where he uses the parts of fallen enemies in his structures as shown in the episode "City of Steel" the Constructicons disassemble Optimus Prime and turn his body into a alligator drone. His arm and laser rifle are attached to the top of the city and is turned into a turret.

He transforms into a payloader and is Devastator's right leg.

Hook

Hook transforms into a mobile crane.
Hook transforms into a mobile crane. | Source

Hook

Hook is the second-in-command in the Constructicon faction. He is a perfectionist and has the intellect to complete the most precise of operations. He is somewhat of an elitist and looks down on his fellow Decepticons because of their crude behavior.

He transforms into a mobile crane and is Devastator's upper torso.

Bonecrusher

Bonecrusher transforms into a bulldozer.
Bonecrusher transforms into a bulldozer. | Source

Bonecrusher

Bonecrusher is a demolitions expert and enjoys destroying anything he deems to be "imperfect." He enjoys the mayhem and destruction he can do as a bulldozer and more so as a component for the mighty Devastator.

He transforms into a bulldozer and is Devastator's left arm.

Scavenger

Scavenger transforms into a steam shovel.
Scavenger transforms into a steam shovel. | Source

Scavenger

Scavenger has a powerful shovel that can detect ores, minerals and gas. He uses this to find building materials or sources of energy that can be converted to energon.

He transforms into a excavator and is Devastator's right arm.

Long Haul

Long Haul transforms into a dump truck.
Long Haul transforms into a dump truck. | Source

Long Haul

Long Haul's job is mostly transporting transporting materials from the construction site and he does not like such a lowly job as he would rather duke it out on the battlefield.

He transforms into a dump truck and is Devastator's lower torso.

Mixmaster

Mixmaster transforms into a cement mixer.
Mixmaster transforms into a cement mixer. | Source

Mixmaster

Mixmaster is a chemical engineer who uses his knowledge of elements and compounds in order to fabricate materials that can be used for construction.

He transforms into a concrete mixer truck and is Devastator's left leg.

Extras

The following are clips from the G1 cartoon and from the video game Transformers: Devastation.

Constructicons Create Megatron

Devastator Squares Off With the Dinobots

Devastator Attacks Autobot City

Constructicons vs Omega Supreme

Devastator vs Bruticus vs Menasor

Devastator in Transformers Devastation

© 2016 Jan Michael Ong

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    • Jan Michael Ong profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan Michael Ong 

      2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      If you think about it, the depiction of Devastator in the Michael Bay movie was a disgrace. The Constructicons were just drones and Devastator was a big vacuum cleaner.

      No respect to the source material.

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      Bradrick H. 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Yes sir, I enjoyed reading this. You're right, there were quite a few animation errors with the G1 cartoon. One thing they did get right were the commercial bumpers they showed. The animation for those were pretty good for that time period. Again, great article.

    • Jan Michael Ong profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan Michael Ong 

      2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      I'm glad you liked the article prospectboy. G1 transformers was known for a lot of animation errors. They often had the wrong color palettes and sometimes had transformers who were not supposed to be on the storyboard. Also, I did not like how Devastator was portrayed during the Galvatron era. From someone who was feared, he was just another combiner.

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      Bradrick H. 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Excellent details on Devastator and the Decepticons that make him up. I loved Devstator in the G1 cartoon series, but they often messed up his face going back and forth with the goggles and him having regular eyes. He was also a disaster in the Revenge of the Fallen movie. Great hub though, and very detailed.

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