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Happy Chinese New Year! Top 15 TF Cats: No. 5

February 24th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Happy Chinese New Year! I’m continuing the countdown of the top 15 big cats of the TF Universe during the 15 days of the celebration in honor of the year of the Tiger. Today we’re at no. 5.

No. 6 appears here.

Number 5: Steeljaw
Series: G1
Allegiance: Autobot
Sub-Group: Mini-cassettes
Function: Tracker
Cat Alt Mode: Lion

For the first two seasons of the G1 animated series, Soundwave was the only TF to have transforming cassette minions. My friends and I always wondered why Blaster didn’t have any, and this really gave Soundwave an unfair advantage if the two met in a duel. Then came the G1 Movie, which I watched in the theaters. The scene where Rumble and the other cassettes invaded Blaster’s communication chamber, I thought him and Perceptor were goners. And then, totally unexpected, Blaster launches his own cassettes! I think at the time, I almost jumped out of my seat cheering. Steeljaw was one of these cassettes, and needless to say this was his first appearance in G1. Steeljaw is among the Autobot’s best trackers. When he’s on a tracking mission, he is so focused that fellow Autobots consider him cold, even rude. But he is just as concerned about this allies as any other Autobot. Steeljaw later made regular appearances in season 3, including joining the “primitive” team to battle Tornedron and accompanying a revived Optimus Prime to recover metal that is immune to the Hate Plague. I listed lion as his alt mode just to be consistent to my other posts, but in fact this mode is the robot mode (the alt mode being the cassette). Supposedly, he had a robot mode on Cybertron, but chose to reformat this mode to resemble Earth’s lion to better suit his function. It appears that Steeljaw will be re-issued with Blaster and his other cassettes later this year. I must have this.

No. 4 Tomorrow… Transform and Roll Out!

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