Drag Strip is the name of several fictional character in the various Transformers universes; all of which are Decepticon race cars. Due to trademark issues, newer toys of the character are marketed by Hasbro as Decepticon Drag Strip.
Transformers: Generation 1
|Voiced by||Ronald Gans|
|Japanese name||Drag Stripe|
|Sub-group||Deluxe Vehicles, Stunticons|
|Partner||Motormaster, Breakdown, Wildrider, and Dead End|
|Motto||"The first one to cross the finish line LIVES."|
|Alternate modes||1976 Tyrrell P34 Formula One car, IndyCar racer|
Transformers: Generation 1|
A Decepticon with racer who will do anything to win. He combines with fellow Stunticons to form Menasor.
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 made various other appearances in the U.S. cartoon, as well as in the Japanese series Transformers: Headmasters.
Unlike previous series Drag Strip and the other Stunticons were not portrayed as 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 Publishing
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 SerpentO.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.
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.
Drag Strip is mentioned in the Tech Spec biography for Timelines Breakdown. It states that the other Stunticons were left in stasis lock after a pitched battle with Defensor.
- 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)
- During the final part of the toyline, Hasbro had intended to release a Generstion 2 redeco of the original Stunticons. However, because of attention redirected to the upcoming toyline Beast Wars: Transformers, the toy was never released; however a few packaged examples do exist. In April of 2008, rare prototypes of this toy were sold on ebay and garnered bidding of over $2000 U.S. dollars.
- 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.
- Universe Deluxe Special Edition Decepticon Drag Strip (2008)
- A yellow redeco of Classics Deluxe Mirage. Originally sold exclusively in Asian markets, the figure was offered in the U.S. through the Hasbro Toy Shop website.
|Alternate modes||Cybertronian car|
|Series||Transformers: War for Cybertron|
|Sub-group||Convention Exclusives, Deluxe Vehicles, Female Transformers|
|Partner||Breakdown and Dead End|
|Alternate modes||Cybertronian race car|
- Timelines Deluxe Decepticon Drag Strip (2011)
- A BotCon 2011 exclusive yellow/magenta redeco of Animated Arcee.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
|Alternate modes||Open wheel car|
|Series||Transformers: Dark of the Moon|
Drag Strip is one of the Decepticons in the Transformers: Dark of the Moon toy line. Seeing the potential of an alliance with humans, he partners himself with race car driver Master Disaster.
- Dark of the Moon Human Alliance Basic Decepticon Drag Strip with Master Disaster (not yet released)
- An all-new mold of Drag Strip with a 2-inch Master Disaster action figure. As with all Basic Human Alliance figures, Drag Strip is a triple-changer; he transforms from a race car into a robot or a Mech Tech shield that can be used with any Voyager or Leader Class figure.
- The Official Overstreet Comic Book Companion, 11th Edition, Page 257 by Robert M. Overstreet, 2010
- TFU.info - Drag Strip
- Transformers Generation 2:, by Karl Hartman, Hasbro Transformers Collectors Club magazine, issue #26, April 2009/May 2009, page 3
- Seibertron.com - Auction for Rate, Unreleased G2 Motormaster and More
- TFW2005.com - Decepticon Drag Strip
- TFW2005.com - BotCon 2011 Animated Drag Strip Revealed
- TFW2005.com - Decepticon Drag Strip with Master Disaster
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