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Drag Strip is a fictional character in the Transformers universes.

Transformers: Generation 1Edit

Transformers character
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Drag Strip in animated form
Dragstrip
Affiliation Decepticon
Sub-Group Deluxe Vehicles, Stunticons
Function Warrior
Motto "The first one to cross the finish line lives."
Alternate Modes Tyrrell P34 F-1 Racer, Generic F-1 Racer
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2
Transformers: Universe
English voice actor Ron Gans
Japanese voice actor Koki Kataoka

Drag Strip tech spec presented him as the consummate "dirty" racer. He would do anything to win and hates losing. He is also a loudmouth braggart who gloats over his frequent victories. While Megatron can't stand to even look at him, he knows that redirecting his abilities against the Autobots is a better alternative. He combines with his fellow Stunticons to form Menasor.[1]


Marvel comicsEdit

Drag Strip and the Stunticons were not major characters in the comics. They were featured in issue #22, Heavy Traffic, where they battle the Aerialbots as well as Circuit Breaker and RAAT troops.

Drag Strip appeared in issie #41 "Totaled!" He was among the Decepticon forces that attacked the Autobots on the moon.

Drag Strip appeared in issie #47 "The Underbase Saga Part 1 - Club Con!" He is seen joking with Vortex in the Decepticon base.

Drag Strip last appeared in Generation 1 issue #48 "The Underbase Saga Part 2 - The Flames of Boltax!" He placed Buster Witwickey in his cell for Ratbat.

Drag Strip made an appearance in the Decepticon forces under the command of Megatron in issue #7 of the Marvel Generation 2 comic series, in a story called "New Dawn." Megatron lead his Decepticons against Jhiaxus' second generation Cybertronians near the moon of Tykos. The Decepticons were defeated and Megatron left injured, presumed dead, but swearing revenge.[2]

Animated seriesEdit

Drag Strip first appeared with the rest of the Stunticons in the two-part episode "The Key To Vector Sigma". Like the other Stunticons, he was created after Megatron commissioned Rumble to find him some vehicles to be turned into Decepticon warriors, in order to more effectively battle the Autobots on the roads. Megatron modified the cars so they could transform into remote-controlled robots, and then took them to Vector Sigma so they could be given personalities of their own.

Drag Strip had the least screen time of the Stunticons, with not much character development. His role was little more than a foot soldier and a limb for Menasor.

In the episode "Masquerade", Drag Strip and Dead End are sent by Megatron to steal supplies for his new weapon. While en route to the crater where Megatron was waiting, the Autobots intercept them and take them into custody. In order to discover Megatron's plan, the Autobots disguise themselves as the Stunticons. Mirage is selected to be Drag Strip.

Drag Strip made various other appearances in the U.S. cartoon, as well as in the Japanese series Transformers: Headmasters.

The Stunticons made an appearance in Transformers: Zone in the form of Menasor.

Dreamwave ProductionsEdit

Unlike previous series Drag Strip and the other Stunticons were not portrayed a recently created characters, but were Decepticons from Cybertron millions of years ago, like most other Decepticons. Initially just five individual Decepticons, the five who would become Stunticons were chosen in an experiment to improve on the combiner process which had created Devastator. Their combined form was called Menasor.

The Stunticons appeared in the second Generation 1 mini-series where Menasor was revived by Rumble and Frenzy, killing the Omnibots, Roadbuster, Whirl, and damaging the Protectobots (combined as Defensor) before battling and being defeated by Ultra Magnus on Cybertron. With the closure of Dreamwave, the fate of the Stunticons is unknown.

Devil's Due PublishingEdit

The Stunticons first appeared in the second G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers miniseries from Devil's Due. After Cobra Commander and Cobra, followed by G.I. Joe, had journeyed to Cybertron, weapons fire caused a critical malfunction in Teletran 3, causing numerous Autobots and Decepticons to become time-displaced. Among these were the Stunticons, who were dumped in 1930s Earth and reformatted into period cars. They were eventually defeated and returned to the present by a combined force of G.I. Joe and COBRA members, as well as another Transformer lost in that time - Optimus Prime

The Stunticons would also appear in the third mini-series, being recruited by Serpent O.R., a human military-created cyborg with Megatron's memories, and would participate in the ambush that killed Bumblebee. Seen in group shots where Serpentor is gathering the Decepticon army, their next major role would be in the assault on Capital City, assisting Predaking and Piranacon in taking down Omega Supreme. Breakdown and the Seacon Nautilator were the ones assigned to guard the human captives, but Snake-Eyes used his ninja powers to take control of Breakdown and had him shoot Nautilator, freeing them. Razorclaw and Motormaster were the ones who stopped Prime's attack on Serpentor, beating him near death, but were then killed by the Cobra Commander-controlled Serpentor.

IDW PublishingEdit

The Stunticons made their first IDW Publishing appearance in issue 3 of The Transformers: Megatron Origin, appearing amongst Megatron's gathering of gladiators that would eventually become the Decepticons.

ToysEdit

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  • Generation 1 Drag Strip (1986)
Drag Strip was sold in 1986 by itself, and later with the other Stunticons as a giftset.
  • Generation 2 Drag Strip (unreleased)
A Generation 2 redeco of Drag Strip was made in limited numbers, but never released into production. It is black in color and highly collectable.
  • Universe Spy Changer Drag Strip (unreleased)
First announced in Previews magazine for January 2003 were a set of 5 Stunticon Spy Changers - Breakdown, Drag Strip, Motormaster, Dead End, and Wildracer.[3]
  • Universe Special Edition Drag Strip
A redeco of Classic Mirage.[4]

ReferencesEdit


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