The first Runway is the name of a Mini-Con who turns into a jet. He is the leader of the Air Defense and Air Assault teams, and combines with his companions Jetstorm and Sonar to form the Star Saber. Runway is always coming up with ideas.
Runway makes his first appearance in Transformers: Armada in the episode # 5, "Soldier". While being still deactivated, he is found first by Starscream in the crevasse in Antarctica. But hardly the latter succeeds in getting the Mini-Con panel out of the ice wall when Red Alert takes it away from him. However, the 'Bots don't yet know that the Mini-Cons of a team can be activated only when they are all together. So Runway (together with Jetstorm) remain "sleeping" till Megatron invades the A-Base, accompanied by Sonar who awakens his team-mates forming the Star Saber. Since then Star Saber becomes the longed-for loot for both the Autobots and Decepticons.
It is considered usually that the Mini-Cons are equally obedient to any master. But Runway and his brethren obviously have a liking for Starscream.
Dreamwave's More Than Meets The Eye series gave Runway much needed character in a full page biography.
- Armada Air Defense Team (2002)
- Sold as part of a Mini-Con three pack.
- Armada Air Assault Team (2003)
- In 2003 a redeco of the Air Defense Team was released called the Air Assault Team. Dreamwave comics explained that the Air Assault Team are the evil personalities the team takes on when their Star Saber form is wielded by a powerful evil character like Megatron, transforming the team into their evil persona's.
- Space Warriors Transformable Military Fighter Armada Runway (2007)
- A Chinese made remake of Armada Runway by Agglo and sold in Big Lots stores in 2007, this toy is about double the size of the original toy.
- Generations Mini-Con Assault Team (2014)
- A new mold. Heavytread turns from robot to tank. Runway turns from robot to jet. Windshear turns from robot to helicopter. They combine into Centuritron and come packed together with an IDW comics featuring them on the cover.
- ↑ Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc.. p. 122. ISBN 1-4053-0461-8.
- ↑ http://www.seibertron.com/database/character.php?char_id=894