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    «The Transformers (US) #32»«The Transformers (UK) #139–140» Never buy a used Autobot without a Carfax™ history report. "Used Autobots"Publisher Marvel ComicsFirst published May 1987Cover date September 1987Writer Bob BudianskyPencil breakdowns Don PerlinFinishes Ian Akin & Brian GarveyColorist Nel YomtovLetterer Pat BrosseauEditor Don DaleyContinuity Marvel Comics continuityWhen the Throttlebots are captured by a used car salesman, both RAAT and the Combaticons arrive to collect them.Contents1 Synopsis2 Featured characters3 Quotes4 Notes4.1 Artwork and technical errors4.2 Continuity errors4.3 Continuity notes4.4 Real-life references4.5 UK printing4.6 Other trivia4.7 Bot Roster4.8 Covers (7)4.9 Advertisements4.10 Reprints Synopsis It's nice that you've noticed the traffic violation, but shouldn't you be more concerned about the giant robot legs?The Throttlebots are under attack from the Combaticon Vortex. Although they are able to fight Vortex off with the help of Blaster riding Chase and Rollbar like roller skates, they attract unwanted human attention. When the Throttlebots stop for fuel at a Blackrock service station, the owner is able to report them to awaiting RAAT troops, who immediately attack. Although the Throttlebots are able to escape from RAAT, the battle gives Vortex the opportunity to track the Throttlebots once again. Meanwhile, Grimlock sends the Protectobots to retrieve Blaster and Goldbug.Unable to refuel, the Throttlebots stop at a used car lot for the night. When the owner, Big Steve Ludwig, tries to have the damaged Rollbar towed, the Throttlebots reveal themselves to Big Steve to stop him. Big Steve promptly reports the Throttlebots to the authorities and fills the Throttlebots' fuel tanks with soda to immobilize them.When RAAT arrives to collect the Throttlebots, they are intercepted by the Combaticons, who intend to destroy the Throttlebots themselves. The Protectobots soon arrive on the scene and prepare to do battle. Big Steve attempts to save his lot by proposing that the opposing teams bid on who gets to take the Throttlebots. The auction is short-lived, however, as Onslaught radios Swindle, commanding him to kill Big Steve. Blaster sees Swindle prepare to fire and manages to throw off Swindle's aim just in time. The battle starts anew, and in the confusion, RAAT manages to take the Throttlebots away. With Blaster fighting alongside the Protectobots, the Combaticons are soon forced into a retreat. A peeved Blaster ensures that Big Steve doesn't get to profit from his friends' misfortune by destroying a check RAAT had paid him for the information leading to their capture. Blaster is anxious to set out after RAAT, but Hot Spot informs him that the Protectobots were not sent to rescue Blaster, but to arrest him for rebelling against Grimlock's command. He is to be returned to the Ark for trial and execution! Featured characters(Numbers indicate order of appearance.) Autobots Decepticons HumansWide Load (2)Searchlight (3)Freeway (4)Chase (5)Goldbug (6)Blaster (7)Rollbar (8)Wheeljack (11)Grimlock (12)Hot Spot (13)Blades (14)Slag (15)First Aid (25)Groove (26)Streetwise (27)Vortex (1)Brawl (21)Onslaught (22)Blast Off (23)Swindle (24)Greeley (9)RAAT troopers (10)Big Steve Ludwig (16)Clifford (17)California State Police officers (18)Big Steve's customers (19)Walter Barnett (20) Quotes"When was the last time you polished your feet, Blaster?!"—Chase Notes Artwork and technical errorsThe cover depicts Brawn standing behind Onslaught. Presumably this should have been Brawl, since Brawn was not only not present at the battle but was actually out of commission at the time.At one point Blaster says, "Under no cicumstances reveal your true identities!" The word should be "circumstances". (Also, the Throttlebots completely ignore this order a few hours later.)Hot Spot's name is parsed as "Hotspot" as Blaster thanks him. Continuity errorsWhen Rollbar is driving on the wrong (left) side of the road, Blaster instructs him to, "Pull over to the left!" to avoid oncoming traffic. Rollbar instead swerves right (probably because going left wouldn't have helped at all).Putting sugar in a regular car's gas tank does not actually incapacitate it, and even if it did, it's doubtful that the same tactic would work on an Autobot's more advanced engine. Continuity notesThis is the last time we see evidence of the Blackrock-Autobot fuel arrangement that was forged in "DIS-Integrated Circuits!".On page 7, Grimlock refers to the mission he sent Blaster and Goldbug on in "Mechanical Difficulties!" to retrieve the tools stolen by the Mechanic in "Funeral for a Friend!".Freeway mentions Blackrock's help from issue #30.The owner of the service station reports the Transformers to RAAT as "Autobots." While most civilians would not know this term, he was presumably briefed on it by RAAT (who have heard the term, even if they don't believe in "good robots").Background businesses include Hy's Frozen Foods and Express. Real-life referencesThe highway battle happens "somewhere in California"; presumably Big Steve's is located there as well. We also check in with the Ark in rural Oregon. UK printingThe UK version has extra dialogue referring to the Throttlebots' encounter with the Combaticons in "Ladies' Night".Issue #139Back-up Transformers story: "Love and Steel!"Other strips: Robo-CapersAtoZ: Drag Strip and FireflightIssue #140Back-up Transformers story: Love and Steel!Other strips: Robo-Capers Other triviaThe tease on the last page promises a battle between Bruticus and Defensor in the next issue - as well as the fate of Blaster - but in the United States, that battle happens after two issues of "Man of Iron". Bot RosterAutobots: 30 active plus Blaster; 6 Throttlebots captured by RAAT; 14 in repair bay. (51 total)Decepticons: 34 active; 10 offline. Covers (7)US issue #32 - Onslaught's only mistake: erecting a gigantic sign explaining his plan.UK issue #139 - AAAAAAAAA indeedUK issue #140 - Swindle's been scaled up to match Blast-Off's alt. mode!US cover: Protectobots vs Combaticons, by Frank Springer.UK issue #139 cover: Blaster hitching a ride on the Throttlebots, by Robin Smith.UK issue #140 cover: Swindle threatening to drop Big Steve, by Lee Sullivan.Treason TPBTreason hardbackClassic Transformers Volume 2The Transformers Classics, Vol. 3Transformers: Treason TPB cover: Defensor, Sky Lynx, Wheeljack, Grimlock and half of Ratbat, by Andrew Wildman.Transformers: Treason hardback cover: Bruticus, Blaster, and Robin Lindley by Stewart Johnson, Andy Lanning & Chris Blythe. Classic Transformers Volume 2 cover: panels from US issues #20 and #25. The Transformers Classics, Vol. 3 cover: Bumblebee, by Guido Guidi. Advertisements None yet identified. Reprints2004 — Transformers: Treason2008 — Classic Transformers Volume 22012 — The Transformers Classics, Vol. 3Retrieved from "http://tfwiki.net/mediawiki/index.php?title=Used_Autobots&oldid=1206553" Categories: Marvel US issuesMarvel UK issues
     

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