I think we should all know by now, given the fine work by those talented folks at Omni Productions for their dub of Victory that his name is in fact DEATHSANRAS.
I always assumed there was never a translation difficulty, it was more "Oh god, Deathsaurus sounds stupid"
I do not disagree. I'm not fond of Dezarus, but it's ultimately somewhat nonsense, like Unicron or Xaaron, so it works on the alien name level (far better than an alien car calling itself Bumblebee seven million years before coming to earth). But Deathsaurus is just...stupid.
Airraid and Blast Off were swapped out at some early point. Early enough that the animation corresponded to the changes, but late enough that the production bible was written.
One thing that always hung heavy over the combiner teams was... why do the combaticons have a space shuttle? That never made sense, and for decades has been something Hasbro has danced around.
So, here's my train of thought-
• Space Shuttle DOES make sense for the only team of autobots (at the time) dedicated to flying. • The Aerialbots are not a military themed group (despite four of them being fighter jets) • A brown and purple space shuttle also makes no sense. • It does look smashing on an aerialbot, as proven by CW Blastoff. • In the cartoon, the aerialbots are written as being created from space shuttles. • The Combaticons are created by Starscream from military equipment.
Why Airraid? • Airraid is an F-15. The only other F-15s at the time were Starscream and his repaints.
Counter argument- • Unlike almost everything else in G1, the Aerialbots are uniform. They all have identical engineering. They're meant to be a team. • If Airraid (or any other aerialbot) was originally at some point intended to be a combaticon, there's not really any reason he had to use the same transformation scheme as the aerialbots.
Okay, earlier than that, then. I still find it plausible that at some stage a jet may have been intended for the military themed team, while a shuttle was intended for the aircraft team, and for whatever reason they were swapped out.
Well the box art is based on the toys. The animation models screwed up, probably due to sunbow's general incompetence. And we know it's not based on earlier designs, because I think the earliest designs were quite different than either.
Who is who? Sideswipe's the red one? what do you mean?
The Revelation! Of Moons ago! The terrible Revelation! It has sown doubt and disassociation! Sideswipe should have been Sunstreaker, and Sunstreaker should have been Sideswipe!!!
Sideswipe is the red one, Sunstreaker is, as the name infers, the yellow one.
The problem is, when you read their tech specs and TFU entries, that their tech specs describe the other's robot & vehicle modes and weapons.
Sideswipe is nearly the equal of his twin brother, Sunstreaker, in the combat arts, but less cold blooded. Relishes a fight to the finish with an opponent. Uses underhanded tactics when absolutely necessary. Arms act as powerful pile drivers. Flies for up to 2 minutes with rocket backpack. Fires flares visible for 18 miles. Rash actions often lead to injuries to himself. Takes them all in stride.
The pile drivers are Sunstreaker's arms. The rocket backpack is the Super Charger in robot mode. The flares are the things mounted on Sunstreaker's shoulders.
The complete egotist, Sunstreaker thinks he is the most beautiful thing on Earth. Loves his sleek styling, contemptuous of other Autobot race cars (particularly his twin Sideswipe). Fires laser-guided ground-to-air rockets and high energy electron pulses at 300 bursts/sec. Tough polymer-steel skin resists artillery. Not a team player. Can be baited into dangerous situations, but is a very calm, competent, and ruthless war machine.
His styling is less sleek due to the super charger. The laser-guided ground-to-air rockets are Sideswipe's shoulder launcher. The high energy electron pulses come from Sideswipe's gun.
Profile: Although nearly as capable as his twin brother Sunstreaker in the combat arts, Sideswipe is far less cold-blooded about it. He thoroughly relishes engaging an opponent in a fight to the finish, and will use any dirty underhanded tactic he can think of to come out on top. Back on his homeworld of Cybertron this conduct extended itself to the rest of his lifestyle: getting what he can out of life, enjoying it to the fullest, and cheating to get the rest. His exile to Earth hasn't changed his behavior, just his cause - now instead of doing everything for himself he does it for the sake of freedom for all. Personal safety takes a backseat to his reckless, but brave actions.
Abilities: In Autobot mode, Sideswipe's two arms can be used as piledrivers. Each exerts 8000 pounds of force upon impact with up to five impacts per second, making him particularly useful in close combat and for breaking through fortifications. A rocket back-pack can sustain him in the air for two minute spurts before refueling is necessary. When launched, two shoulder-mounted magnesium phosphorous flares can each be seen from a distance of 18 miles on a clear night.
Weaknesses: If it weren't for his rash behavior, Sideswipe wouldn't have any serious weaknesses. But as he often acts without consideration of the consequences and takes a special delight in plunging into extremely dangerous situations, Sideswipe, more than any other Autobot, finds himself being patched together by Chief Medical Officer Ratchet. Naturally, he takes his injuries in stride.
The makes it clear there are TWO flares. Sideswipe has one launcher. Sunstreaker is the one that spends most of the TF comic injured.
Profile: Sunstreaker is the complete egotist. He feels he is simply the most beautiful thing on Earth. He is constantly discussing his sleek lines, his aerodynamic styling and he is loudly and continually grateful to the Ark for giving him such a magnificent body. Sunstreaker is faintly contemptuous of the other sports-car Autobots, particularly his fraternal twin Sideswipe, whose design, he says, is spoiled by the rear-mounted engine in his automobile mode. When he is in his robot mode, Sunstreaker is the most dangerous, most ruthless of the group; a calm, competent war machine. His biggest fault is his tendency to stop so that people can admire him when he ought to be tending to business.
Abilities: In Autobot mode, Sunstreaker wears a right shoulder-mounted, laser-guided, ground-to-air missile launcher. Each missile is the equivalent of 450 lbs. of TNT and can down a Decepticon jet fighter at a maximum distance of 37.5 miles. He also carries an electron-pulse gun capable of emitting at 300 bursts per second a beam of highly energized electrons (the high rate of emission makes it effectively a continuous stream of electrons). A sustained burst of 1.5 seconds will burn a 3 inch hole in a .5 inch-thick plate of titanium-alloy steel. His upper torso construction incorporates a tough polymer-steel skin, making him particularly resistant to artillery fire.
Weaknesses: A potent arsenal and tough hide like Sunstreaker's would be sufficient to preclude any serious weaknesses, if it weren't for his ego and sociopathic tendencies. His inability to be a team player and overriding lust for battle often diminish his overall value to the Autobots, and the ease with which he can be baited by anyone, including adversaries, often puts his well-being in serious jeopardy.
Sunstreaker has the rear mounted engine, not Sideswipe! Sideswipe has the one shoulder mounted missile. Sideswipe has the gun Sunstreaker doesn't.
It's easier to swap colors between two different but similar molds during production, such as Sunstreaker and Sideswipe. It's another to accidentally design a color palette wrong from the start in one toy only, leaving out the main color altogether. And there's no connection between this Smokescreen and G1. If he were homaging the original, he'd have been promarily red.
I don't see it. Homages were far more rare back when this was made. They were just as happy to slap a new colorscheme on an existing character (smokescreen), and create an all new character (crystal widow), as they were to create an homage (ultra magnus).
From our standpoint, these things are so rarely done now, they, they're practically unheard of. (Hotrod?!? IN BLUE?!? Hotrod IZ REEEEED!!!! And what SJW bullshit is this giving UZ A NEWEEWWW CHARACTORRRRRR ITS NOT GEEEWUUUUUN!!!!) But it was the standard practice back then.