Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet

Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet

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Every 2 weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a top 5 list related to all things Transformers, usually written by william-james88, but for this special comics book related list, it was best to call on the expert, fellow Seibertronian Optimutt (Rob Queen). These are opinions of one person, so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and we hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.


Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet


For this list, I am looking at characters that have only appeared in comic form. This means that any Transformer who has also appeared as a toy or in a cartoon or movie do not qualify. And let me tell you, this criteria literally shrank this list from a host of candidates down to about two or three dozen, most of whom have only appeared in the last half-dozen years. In fact, one or two of the characters I was thinking of when I started making this list are not even on it now. Please also keep in mind that by “toy” I mean officially-licensed Hasbro/Takara products. Third Party versions don’t count in regards to this list.


5. Chief Justice Tyrest

It must be fun to corrupt things. I mean, since Simon Furman first introduced Flame to the pathos, writers have been corrupting good Transformers (and the occasional Human, too). In this case, the intergalactically-renowned legislator of the Cybertronian wars was first introduced as an observer during the Autobots’ Aequitas trials held on their prison planet, Garrus 9. Since that time, he started having holy visions and began drilling into his body to “relieve” the pressure. This resulted in an endgame that would have destroyed all Matrix-born Cybertronians. Corruption of Tyrest is a guiding light of how dangerous it is to give a lawmaker absolute authority (pun intended). The best part of his MTMtE storyline was that with Star Saber and Pharma, he was one of a triumvirate of corruption: Law, Medicine, and Religion.

Alt Mode: Unrevealed in fiction, presumably jet.

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4. Pharma

What happens when a famed Autobot surgeon gets shipped off to a planet that also serves as home base to the most notorious Decepticons this side of Megatron? Compromises. Now some compromises aren’t too bad, but when that healer is forced to compromise their very values of life and death, well, something has to break. In Pharma’s case, it was his very sanity. Separated from his award-winning surgical hands, Pharma became a machine of miracles and madness who was just as willing to remove the head, spark and cog from a living bot as he was in experimenting with cutting Autobots in half (lengthwise!). This is one Autobot jet who is thrilling in a Hannibal Lecter kind of way.

Alt Mode: Jet

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3. Rung

Old what’s-his-face. The guy who…. You know… Him. With the thing. And the eyebrows! Although most people have a hard time remembering Rung after he has walked away, one thing is for certain, this enigmatic Autobot psychologist has been there and, quite literally, seen that. In fact, this ancient Autobot has been present in just about every pivotal moment in the history of the Cybertronian Wars. And has not been killed. Which is surprising, considering the frail cogs and servos that comprise his inner workings. His role is that of walking heart with the ability to forgive anyone any transgression against him. Considering his official capacity as psychologist for the Autobots, this is a useful skill. All that good stuff said, recent stories have hinted at a much more ominous role in the Transformers mythos than anyone could guess.

Alt Mode: Formally unknown. Formerly classified as “ornament.”

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2. Emirate Xaaron

Emirate Xaaron is the original comics OC. Ok, sure, he’s not the first, but in a way, he is “The” original. Just as Rung is the ubiquitous face of IDW, Xaaron is the ubiquitous face of the Transformers comics. A creation of Simon Furman in the UK series, he soon found his way in the US Marvel series, and later moved on to become a Lost Lighter in the IDW More Than Meets the Eye series. One of his claims to fame is that he got to embody the spiritual essence of Primus! Lucky him! In all his appearances in these three series, however, he has been a pillar of consistency and leadership for the Autobot forces. Who knows, perhaps there is some continuity where he actually is Autobot commander-in-chief. Some fans even speculate that he has accomplished far more than more combat-oriented leaders, like Optimus Prime, ever could.

Alt Mode: (According to TF.Wiki) He has a small combat tank as alternate mode,[The Facts] but what with the "not really a fighter" thing, he hasn't transformed in hundreds of years. Doing so might very well kill him from the shock!

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1. The Decepticon Justice Division (DJD)

Vos, the sniper rifle who speaks only in the Primal Vernacular! Tesarus, the walking traitor compactor! Kaon, the electrifying chair! Helex, the smelting pool with four arms! Tarn, the point one percenter whose sweet dirges can sing a spark to sleep! They are the ultimate dispensers of justice to the motley menagerie of mayhem called the Decepticons! Yes, I’m cheating by lumping this group together. But I’m doing so because the bulk of this list would probably be the whole team, so it is being done for the sake of variety. Everything about this group of psychotic killing machines is straight out of legend: dangerous, methodical, inevitable, list-keeping, and capable of ripping the Lost Light – a ship fifteen miles long and ten wide – into pieces. Since their first appearance in IDW’s More Than Meets the Eye series, they have become something of an obsession for many fans.

Alt Modes: See above, and Tarn: Tank.

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Honorable Mention: Scrounge

“Scrounge? Really? But what did he ever do but show off his special arm? Oh yeah. He got smelted real good. So why is he even honorably mentioned?” Let’s say “because of what he represented to the Autobots.” In fact, let’s take it one step further and say what he represented to the comics series as a whole. When he first appeared (in Marvel’s issue 17) there hadn’t been any deaths. Sure Sunstreaker was in trouble and would probably “not ever recover,” but as Miracle Max would say, there is a big difference between “all the way dead” and “mostly dead.” With Scrounge, we got to see the gruesome effects of the latter classification in beautiful Yomtovian hues! So beautiful, in fact, was this not-quite-an-Autobot’s passing that his buddy, Blaster, launched an attack on the Decepticon fortress Darkmount for the chance to see how striking it was! When all is said and done, however, Scrounge was the first official Red Shirt of Transformers comics, and we have been basking in the brutality of his legacy since. Thanks buddy!

Alt Mode: Wheel thing. Makes you wonder what the Functionists would have said about him. I mean, did he and other wheels they spend their shifts hanging out on the side of a freighter?

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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741480)
Posted by excalibur1814 on November 14th, 2015 @ 11:18am CST
Scrounge

There is a toy as I nearly purchased it from eBay.
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741481)
Posted by grimlockprime108 on November 14th, 2015 @ 11:28am CST
there is no official toy.any on ebay are customs created by customizers such as myself
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741489)
Posted by Jeen0808 on November 14th, 2015 @ 12:07pm CST
Nautica, anyone?
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741491)
Posted by NeoDarwinian on November 14th, 2015 @ 12:13pm CST
You know, Hasbro has a chance to give us a Scrounge fairly easily in the current set of Autobot Minicons. You have a whole set of robots that turn in to wheels, just paint one yellow and maybe give him some appropriate snap on "extending fingers" translucent accessories and you make a lot of people happy.

You're welcome, Hasbro.
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741495)
Posted by Duke of Luns on November 14th, 2015 @ 12:32pm CST
Aww, no Guiltor?

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And Ruination doesn't count since it's not named Emirate Xaaron?

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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741496)
Posted by william-james88 on November 14th, 2015 @ 12:34pm CST
NeoDarwinian wrote:You know, Hasbro has a chance to give us a Scrounge fairly easily in the current set of Autobot Minicons. You have a whole set of robots that turn in to wheels, just paint one yellow and maybe give him some appropriate snap on "extending fingers" translucent accessories and you make a lot of people happy.

You're welcome, Hasbro.


I think instead he will show up in the generations legends class as a redeco of Generations Cosmos since that is the only legends mold from the early waves that doesnt have a redeco yet.
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741503)
Posted by Optimutt on November 14th, 2015 @ 12:53pm CST
Duke of Luns wrote:Aww, no Guiltor?

And Ruination doesn't count since it's not named Emirate Xaaron?

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Where did Guiltor ever appear in an official Marvel/IDW/Dreamwave comic? Unless I am mistaken, he only appeared in the Japanese-only comics that appeared in 1986-1987. Sadly, I don't read Japanese, and as with all lists I put together, I limit the source material to those officially sanctioned.

As for Ruination: Nope. He's not Emirate Xaaron. While his face is totally Xaaron's, the combiner's name is "Ruination." True, it could be said that "Hasbro must not have gotten the legal rights to the name." But even then, was Xaaron a combiner in the comics? Nope. He was a single guy. That basically allows him to skirt into this issue of "Comics-Only."

As for Nautica, Jeen0808, she is number 6. She was literally bumped out by the depth of story-telling that was created through the others. I'm with you, though. I've really been enjoying her in the MtMtE series, and have been sad the past couple of months because she hasn't been in them. But as with everything, these lists are fluid and I could certainly see her rising a bit higher up the list if her story gets all the attention that Roberts has been known to give his characters.
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741507)
Posted by Duke of Luns on November 14th, 2015 @ 1:17pm CST
Optimutt wrote:
Duke of Luns wrote:Aww, no Guiltor?

And Ruination doesn't count since it's not named Emirate Xaaron?

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Where did Guiltor ever appear in an official Marvel/IDW/Dreamwave comic? Unless I am mistaken, he only appeared in the Japanese-only comics that appeared in 1986-1987. Sadly, I don't read Japanese, and as with all lists I put together, I limit the source material to those officially sanctioned.

As for Ruination: Nope. He's not Emirate Xaaron. While his face is totally Xaaron's, the combiner's name is "Ruination." True, it could be said that "Hasbro must not have gotten the legal rights to the name." But even then, was Xaaron a combiner in the comics? Nope. He was a single guy. That basically allows him to skirt into this issue of "Comics-Only."


Ah did not realize Manga wasn't included since it's never been officially translated. But being seibetron's self proclaimed #1 Guiltor fan I couldn't not bring it up ;) .

And I figured as much on Xaaron.
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741511)
Posted by carytheone on November 14th, 2015 @ 1:52pm CST
DJD, yes please and thank you.
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741519)
Posted by Mister Jazzz on November 14th, 2015 @ 2:30pm CST
Surely Flame would be better than Xaaron, awesome alt-mode, crazy Autobot scientist, cool deco, total win!
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741520)
Posted by ZeroWolf on November 14th, 2015 @ 2:32pm CST
Really nice list there there can't fault it at all :) wouldn't it be nice though if one year we did get a DJD set some how?
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741524)
Posted by Cobotron on November 14th, 2015 @ 2:48pm CST
carytheone wrote:DJD, yes please and thank you.
I'll have what Jazz Hands is having. :D
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741535)
Posted by TheForgottenTaxi on November 14th, 2015 @ 3:42pm CST
Frankly, I think Jhiaxus should be on the list. Sure, there have been two official toys with that name, but neither looks anything like the G2 Marvel character.

Also, how about an honorable mention for Rack n' Ruin?
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741536)
Posted by budmaloney on November 14th, 2015 @ 3:43pm CST
Is there a speculation thread on what Rung's alt mode actually is? I know Swerve wielded it, but what does it do? I can't remember which issue that had an alternate timeline, but the functionalists were interested in his alt mode. Could it be some kind of artifact or matrix-esque device?

DJD toys would be sweet. We have a 3rd party vos don't we? One of the minicons from RID could totally be retooled into nickel
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741537)
Posted by Lucky Logician on November 14th, 2015 @ 3:44pm CST
How can you leave out Lord Imperious Delirious? He has the best name of any transformer ever! :michaelbay:

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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741538)
Posted by ZeroWolf on November 14th, 2015 @ 3:46pm CST
budmaloney wrote:Is there a speculation thread on what Rung's alt mode actually is? I know Swerve wielded it, but what does it do? I can't remember which issue that had an alternate timeline, but the functionalists were interested in his alt mode. Could it be some kind of artifact or matrix-esque device?

DJD toys would be sweet. We have a 3rd party vos don't we? One of the minicons from RID could totally be retooled into nickel

There has been speculation in a couple of threads and some of the theories have been out there. I wonder if it he's a key to something but the functionists had a very adverse reaction to his alt mode indeed
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741539)
Posted by BERSEKAEL on November 14th, 2015 @ 3:57pm CST
Where is teletran? No toys for it, only a paper cardboard set for dinobots...
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741544)
Posted by william-james88 on November 14th, 2015 @ 4:33pm CST
BERSEKAEL wrote:Where is teletran? No toys for it, only a paper cardboard set for dinobots...


it didnt just appear in the comics.
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741548)
Posted by Randomhero on November 14th, 2015 @ 5:04pm CST
So it's another "from more than meets the eye..." list again with scrounge. :roll:
Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Comics Only Characters That Do Not Have Toys Yet (1741549)
Posted by william-james88 on November 14th, 2015 @ 5:06pm CST
Randomhero wrote:So it's another "from more than meets the eye..." list again with scrounge. :roll:


Please give us your list using the same criteria. Thats part of the fun.

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