HELLO AND WELCOME TO ANOTHER EXCITING ITEM FROM MAGNES COMICS! PICTURED HERE IS A VERY RARE TRANSFORMER. THIS IS GALVATRON. RELEASED IN 1986 BY HASBRO. AT THE TIME THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER TRANSFORMERS ON THE MARKET. CONSIDERED A RARE COLLECTIBLE BY TIME THE EARLY 1990's. THIS ITEM COMES COMPLETE IN IT'S ORIGINAL BOX. ITEM COMES WITH INSTRUCTIONS AND ALL WEAPONS. EVERY PART IS ACCOUNTED FOR (SEE PICTURES) ELECTRONICS WORK (red trigger does not work, button in front works fine) LIGHTS AND SOUND WORK. ITEM IS MISSING IT'S ORIGINAL INNER FOAM FIGURE HOLDER. FRONT OF BOX HAS A RIP ON THE TOP LEFT SIDE, MISSING PATCH OF ART WORK ON TOP RIGHT OF BOX FROM PRICE TAG BEING REMOVED, CREASE IN BACK OF BOX WHERE DISPLAY TAB MEETS BOX, CRACK IN SEE THROUGH DISPLAY PLASTIC (SEE PICTURE). GALVATRON's FEATURES:
*TURNS INTO ROBOT
*TURNS INTO LASER (WITH HANDLE TO HOLD)
*TURNS INTO CANNON
*FIGURE HAS 3 LASER SOUNDS
EVERY KID THAT MISSED OUT ON A MEGATRON FIGURE AUTOMATICALLY BOUGHT GALVATRON. ORIGINALLY RETAILED ANYWHERE FROM $25 TO $35 IN STORES.
Transformers: Generation 1
With vast strength but questionable sanity, Galvatron's primary weapon is his particle accelerator cannon, mounted on his right arm, which can fire blasts of assorted types, including electrochemical energy and particle beams. He transforms into a futuristic laser-cannon emplacement (similar to a Howitzer) and can, on rare occasions, assume the form of a laser pistol, shrinking as he does so to allow other beings to wield him (an ability never used in the animated series, although it was occasionally used in the UK comic series).
Galvatron's toy tech spec identified him as a city commander, much like the Autobot toy Ultra Magnus. The bio fails to indicate whether or not he is a recreated Megatron, instead mentioning that he is both "determined to lead the Decepticons" and that he "plots against his allies".
Galvatron's convoluted Marvel Comics career began in the United Kingdom, where a weekly Transformers comic was published, reprinting its American counterpart title. However, given the greater regularity of the UK comic, it soon began to run out of material to reprint, and took to producing its own stories that fit in between the gaps of the US tales. With the release of The Transformers: The Movie, writer Simon Furman had a whole new playground to enjoy as he cannibalised the most popular elements of the movie, freely using its unique cast and writing a series of time travel arcs that crossed the movie future over with the present day comics stories. As outlined below, a significant proportion of original UK stories revolved around Galvatron, from the future, and Ultra Magnus, from the present.
The first of these was Target: 2006, in which Galvatron, Cyclonus and Scourge travel back in time from a point during the events of the movie adaptation itself. Desiring to be free of Unicron's controlling influence, Galvatron incapacitated the present-day Megatron and had the Constructicons assemble a colossal weapon, which would destroy Unicron once was fired in the future. This plan was thwarted by the present-day Ultra Magnus and three future Autobots Hot Rod, Kup and Blurr who convinced Galvatron that he had actually travelled back in time to a parallel universe, forcing him to return to the future.
Galvatron returned to the original future, living out the rest of the events of Transformers: The Movie. However, things quickly diverged from the animated series' telling of events when, after being hurled out of Unicron by Rodimus Prime, Galvatron triggered his time-jump mechanism once more, hurling himself back to 1987, where he materialised above Earth's atmosphere, and hurtled toward the planet at terminal velocity. His explosive landing drew the attention of the piloted mechanoid, Centurion, who Galvatron - his mind addled from the crash to the brink of madness - promptly destroyed, believing him to be Rodimus Prime. After a moment to collect his thoughts, Galvatron fought the madness down, until he wound up in a battle with a group of Autobots led by Blaster, and the Dinobots. During the fight, a sonic attack from Blaster unhinged his fragile mind, opening a doorway to insanity that would steadily widen over time. Despite this, Galvatron overpowered the Autobots and Dinobots and would have triumphed had it not been for Shockwave and his Decepticons, who viewed Galvatron as a threat to Shockwave's leadership.
Galvatron's absence in the original future led Rodimus Prime to place a bounty on his head. This was picked up by Death's Head, who pursued Galvatron back through time. Fearful of what he had unleashed on the past, Rodimus travelled back with Kup and Blurr to stop Death's Head, only to wind up in a four-way confrontation between themselves, Death's Head, Galvatron and the present-day Ultra Magnus, as Galvatron attempted to siphon the power of Earth's core through a volcano to increase his power even further. Rodimus's team and Death's Head were returned to the future in the course of the battle, while Ultra Magnus and Galvatron were lost beneath tons of lava when the volcano erupted.
Eventually, Galvatron was able to free himself, and continued with his plans for the future by disrupting Shockwave's leadership of the Decepticons. He was also later confronted by Cyclonus and Scourge, who had been shunted back in time, circumventing the normal mass-displacement procedures, and wanted his time-jump mechanism so they could return to the future and their position as Decepticon leaders.
Shockwave later recovered what he believed was the missing Megatron (but which was actually a clone), brainwashed him, then unleashed him on Scourge and Cyclonus after the latter revealed that they would be responsible for Shockwave's death in the future. This led to Cyclonus's death, causing further disruption to the timeline. "Megatron" was then loosed on Galvatron, but rather than destroy him, he saw a possible partner in him, and the duo teamed up to battle the combined forces of Autobots and Decepticons from the present and the future as a rift in the fabric of spacetime threatened to destroy reality. With his own actions in the present altering the events that Galvatron remembered from his past, his remaining sanity crumbled. As the rift arrived, Galvatron stood before it and defied it... only for his body to be swept up, and utterly destroyed.
The U.K. Time Wars story arc is notable in that it contradicts the continuity of the U.S. comic which would unfold later. In events as they were told later in the U.K. comic, to explain Megatron's presence on Earth (U.K.) at the same time as being in a semiconscious state on Cybertron (U.S.), the "Two Megatrons" story was created. This meant the Galvatron in Time Wars fought alongside Megatron's clone. Galvatron had remembered these events as he had witnessed them through the eyes of the clone, implying that he was not created from the "real" Megatron after all.
Galvatron's time-travelling and the spacetime rift which results causes alterations to the timelines. The original future is replaced by a new timeline in which Galvatron never time jumped and would go on instead to defeat the Autobots and conquer Earth. This Galvatron is commonally referred to as Galvatron II. The events in "Time Wars" had altered the timeline sufficiently that the Transformers: The Movie events would no longer transpire in the comic book universe.
Although the U.S. Marvel series was clear-cut in its use of one, singular Galvatron, the UK comics were anything but. In addition to the two primary Galvatrons, several others put in brief appearances. However, the extent to which these were separate incarnations of Galvatron is debatable, and it is just as likely that these were simply alternate versions of the Galvatrons mentioned above.
The first of these debuted after the "Time Wars", when the future Autobots returned to their own time only to discover their timeline had now been vastly altered. This timeline's Galvatron attempted to force Rodimus Prime into a violent battle, hoping to corrupt the Matrix with his rage. The scheme failed, but Rodimus and his team remained in this future. This story was related to the five-part anthology, "Aspects of Evil", a later chapter of which revealed that a few years later, in 2010, Unicron's essence managed to take control of Rodimus Prime from within the Matrix. A Galvatron appeared amidst this telling of events - presumably, this was the same Galvatron as noted above.
Yet another Galvatron raised his head in a storyline titled "Perchance to Dream...", when he entered The Ark and scanned the dreams of several of the inactive Transformers stored within it with a "mind bug," seeking those that would best fit his undefined purpose by searching for moments of anger and dissension in their past. Wheeljack was accidentally reawakened by the process, and brought the other scanned Autobots online to confront Galvatron, who was defeated when they subjected him to his own mind bug, and put him in stasis, where his dreams were haunted by images of Rodimus Prime. This Galvatron specifically identified himself as a different entity to Galvatron I, and while the story itself does nothing else to suggest his identity, later writings by Furman state that this is supposed to be Galvatron II. Given that this strip begins the Earthforce storyline, which takes place in a separate continuity from the ongoing events of the main U.S./U.K. storyline, it would appear that in this universe, rather than go to Cybertron, as he did in the U.S. comics, Galvatron II instead went to The Ark to carry out this mission, leading to the divergence of the timelines.
Transformers: The Headmasters
While the American series ended with the three-part miniseries, The Rebirth, featuring Galvatron's scheme with the Plasma Energy Chamber, it was decided in Japan to continue the series in a different direction. Disregarding the events of The Rebirth, they began to produce a collection of animated series exclusive to Japan, the first of which was Transformers: The Headmasters, taking place a year after the Hate Plague incident from The Return of Optimus Prime. Of all the previously seen Transformers to appear in Headmasters, Galvatron received the most attention, effectively remaining as the Decepticons' leader for 26 out the series 35 episodes.
After the Hate Plague incident, the Decepticons kept a low profile. At some point over the next year, Galvatron came into contact with Zarak from the planet Master (a world colonised by diminutive robots who had previously fled Cybertron during the wars). They entered into an alliance, which came to fruition when, as a result of the release of the Matrix's energy, Vector Sigma began to destabilise, allowing the Decepticons to return to Cybertron undetected. Backed up by Zarak's Headmaster warriors, Galvatron had the upper hand in the ensuing battle, until Fortress, another of Master's robots, and his own team of Autobot Headmasters arrived to fend them off. However, Galvatron went on to confront Optimus Prime in Vector Sigma's chamber, only to be defeated when Hot Rod recovered the Matrix from where it was recharging on Earth and became Rodimus Prime, battling alongside Optimus. Optimus Prime then sacrificed himself to stabilise Vector Sigma by merging with it.
Not long after this, Galvatron discovered that the Autobots had produced a new metal compound called Cybertonuron, and, seeking to claim the metal for his own, led another attack on Cybertron. However, Zarak feared that with the metal, Galvatron would be too powerful, and arranged for bombs to be planted in Vector Sigma's chamber, before proceeding to lure Galvatron there just as they detonated. Galvatron was caught in the blast and was perceived dead for a short period of time, before it was revealed that he had survived, and returned just as Zarak was crowning himself as Decepticon leader. Galvatron, rationally, pretended to trust the surprise of Zarak as he and his Headmasters would prove useful in the ensuing quest for Energon, and the Decepticons subsequently set out across the galaxy, attacking planets to harvest their energy. Using the amassed energy, Galvatron planned to actually incorporate the planet Earth into his own body, becoming a colossal being of incredible power. Learning of this plan, the Autobot Headmasters engaged him in battle in Alaska, and were successfully able to bury him under an iceberg, which then exploded, apparently killing Galvatron.
- Generation 1 Galvatron (1986)
- Galvatron transforms into a laser cannon emplacement and a laser pistol. He is one of the few figures from the original line with electronic lights and sound - pressing the toy's "belt buckle" or pulling the pistol mode's trigger activates a white light in its head, which illuminates his eyes in robot mode and his cannon in other modes. The light is accompanied by one of three electronic "laser blast" noises, selectable by moving a switch on the back of the figure's waist to various positions. The sounds are powered by a 9-volt battery. The toy is considerably large, especially when compared to his fellow Decepticons Cyclonus and Scourge.
- Like the other new characters introduced in The Transformers: The Movie (with the exception of Ultra Magnus), Galvatron was designed for animation first, with his toy design being based on the movie's concept art. Galvatron's animation design continued to evolve past the earlier designs used for his toy, and consequently, while the toy is predominantly grey/metallic silver, in animated form, his robot mode is predominantly purple. Marvel Comics also used the earlier design, rendering Galvatron as mostly grey in their pages (although as a result of the limited color palette used in the comics, what was intended to be silver was rendered as a pale blue, except for in his Target: 2006 appearances).
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