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August 16, 2019


Laserbeak is the name given to several fictional
characters in the various Transformers universes. He is almost always a mechanical bird, and
is partnered with Soundwave. Transformers: Generation 1
According to original tech spec notes written by Bob Budiansky found at Iacon One in 2006,
the original name for Laserbeak was Slazer. Laserbeak, along with Ravage, Rumble, Frenzy,
Buzzsaw, and Ratbat, works in tandem with Soundwave. Laserbeak is exceptionally loyal to Soundwave
and thus Megatron. Laserbeak’s name is derived from his back
mounted lasers, which are powered by ruby crystals. While these powerful weapons are a great strength,
they can also be a weakness since they are dependent on a supply of the rare crystals. Laserbeak is very cowardly and will only fight
from afar, or in situations in which he has the overwhelming advantage. Buzzsaw and Garboil are similar in appearance
to Laserbeak, but have slightly different colors. Reception
According to X-Entertainment Laserbeak was the most popular of the Decepticon cassettes
in the Transformers cartoon. Marvel Comics
Laserbeak was one of the original ten Decepticons that fell to Earth in the Ark. Being reactivated and given the Earthen mode
of a condor, Laserbeak would participate in many of the early battles against the Autobots—until
a disastrous raid by Megatron led to Buzzsaw, Starscream, Skywarp, Thundercracker, Rumble
and Frenzy, getting deactivated by Omega Supreme. Laserbeak and Megatron managed to escape,
but Laserbeak would play a lesser role, serving Shockwave and then Ratbat before participating
in the battles against Scorponok’s Decepticons and then against the Autobots using their
united force. None realized, however, that the battles were
a ruse by Starscream to gain the power of the Underbase for himself. The Autobots and Decepticons would then unite
to stop him, but Starscream’s power was too great, and Laserbeak was one of those deactivated. He was not seen again, apart from an appearance
as part of Galvatron’s forces in a nightmare alternate reality where Unicron had destroyed
Cybertron, and Galvatron’s Decepticons ruled Earth. Laserbeak was often shown to be capable of
speech in the Marvel Comics, as opposed to his mute animated rendition. Animated series From the secret files of Teletraan II: In
the days of Megatron, Decepticons developed the art of espionage, using cassette technology. Their first cassette, Laserbeak, could fly
undetected into any Autobot stronghold, record information and then return to base. Then the Decepticons decided to increase their
spying abilities with Ratbat. As a bat, Ratbat can hide in crevices that
Laserbeak can’t reach, and he’s especially effective in tunnels, caves or in the darkness
of space. Ratbat records from the Autobots’ most carefully
guarded secrets. The Autobots had no choice but to strike back
with these Decepticon techniques of stealth, building a force of cassette Transformers
of their own, with Blaster as their guardian. They constructed Ramhorn, the rhino who can
use animalistic force if cornered, and Steeljaw, the lion who can crawl through the foliage
of any alien world, to sneak up on Decepticons. They also bolstered their cassette force with
Rewind and Eject, who can transform to robot mode and use more conventional fighting force
techniques. Prior to the Transformers’ arrival on Earth,
Laserbeak worked with Soundwave on Cybertron. His alternate mode was still a cassette, but
his robot mode was an alien type of bird with rounded wings, looking like some form of hovercraft
with his optics resembling an opaque cockpit canopy. It was Laserbeak who discovered the Autobot
plan to launch the Ark. After the reactivation of both sides on Earth,
Laserbeak was given the Earth mode of a condor, quickly coming into combat with Hound. He served as the Decepticons’ chief spy, infiltrating
the Ark on numerous occasions, spying on their human allies and even knocking out Optimus
Prime so that Megatron could make a copy of him. He has also proven to be successful against
Optimus Prime on numerous other occasions. Laserbeak was used countless times as a reconnaissance
platform, uncovering key plans of the Autobots throughout the war. He was also used to pursue and attack individuals
attempting to escape. He once made use of a self-guided cannon to
attack one Autobot while simultaneously pursuing another personally. He has also captured several humans during
his stay on Earth. Laserbeak’s appearances in season three were
diminished, mostly due to the introduction of Ratbat, whose bat mode could fit into crevices
Laserbeak couldn’t, making him a more effective spy. Ratbat was also available in stores at the
time, unlike Laserbeak. Laserbeak’s last appearance in the U.S. animated
series was a small part in the episode “Web World”. According to notes in the show bible for the
series the writers were to push Laserbeak over Buzzsaw in the series to promote the
sale of toy that didn’t come packaged with Soundwave. Laserbeak appeared in the series many more
times than Buzzsaw. Laserbeak made a few appearances in the Japanese
animated sequel to the original series called Headmasters. His first appearance was in episode #4 “Operation
Cassette” and his last appearance was in episode #31 “Operation: Destroy the Destrons”. Books
Laserbeak appeared in the 1984 sticker and story book Return to Cybertron written by
Suzanne Weyn and published by Marvel Books. Laserbeak appeared in the 1984 sticker and
story book The Revenge of the Decepticons written by Suzanne Weyn and published by Marvel
Books. Laserbeak was featured in the 1985 Find Your
Fate Junior book called Battle Drive by Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel. He also appears in Desert Flight, Decepticon
Poison and Earthquake from that series. Laserbeak was featured in the 1985 Transformers
audio book Autobots’ Lightning Strike and Laserbeak’s Fury. Laserbeak appeared in the 1986 story and coloring
book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books. Dreamwave Productions
Laserbeak appeared first in the Transformers: The War Within comics under the command of
Soundwave. Taking place before the Transformers came
to Earth, his robot mode here was identical to that seen in the original animated series
episode “More Than Meets the Eye part 1″. He was seen playing back recordings of the
Autobots preparing to evacuate Cybertron before Megatron and Starscream, and later as Starscream
examined his data to see if Cybertron’s planetary engines existed. Laserbeak came to Earth and was reformatted
as a mechanical condor in a manner presumably similar to the animated series pilot. Laserbeak was also among the Transformers
who briefly fell under the control of the terrorist, Lazarus. Bumblebee, Frenzy, Grimlock, Laserbeak, Prowl,
Ravage, Soundwave and Starscream were forced at attack the Smitco oil refinery in the Arctic
to display their power for sale to the highest bidder. He was later freed by Megatron and was seen
perched on his shoulder during the attack on San Francisco. Laserbeak was also seen in Dreamwave’s Transformers/G.I. Joe series, and was the first Transformer
observed by the Joe team while spying on them. He was not seen again, but it is likely that
he was deactivated when Snake Eyes opened the Matrix. Devil’s Due Publishing
In the first G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover, Laserbeak, along
with Soundwave and the other cassettes, were recovered from the Ark and used as weapons
by the terrorist organization Cobra. Attacking an energy center to gain the technology
needed to create energon, the attack force met G.I. Joe, who were waiting for them. During the battle, Laserbeak injured Gung-Ho
and Clutch before being decapitated by Snake-Eyes. Fun Publishing
The Transformers Classics comics published in the Official Transformers Collectors Club
magazine is set in the Marvel Comics continuity, but in a timeline where the events of Generation
2 did not occur. Laserbeak appears among Megatrons troops. In the 2006 BotCon story and the accompanying
tech spec for the Laserbeak toy released, it was revealed that after the end of The
Great War, Divebomb of the original Predacons had rebuilt Laserbeak, Buzzsaw and Ravage
into Predacons as part of a secret project to overthrow the Maximals. Ravage swiftly grew discontented and left
to work for the Tripredacus Council. When Megatron and his crew stole the Golden
Disc, Divebomb, knowing of his plans to alter history, ordered Laserbeak and Buzzsaw’s ship
to assist them. They badly damaged the Axalon, but were distracted
by the Maximal ship Chromia 10 long enough for the Axalon to find their weak spot and
destroy them, ending Laserbeak’s career at last. IDW Publishing
Laserbeak made his first chronological appearance in the IDW Publishing continuity in issue
#2 of The Transformers: Megatron Origin, where he, Ravage and Buzzsaw were shown to be already
working with Soundwave, unlike Rumble and Frenzy. Accompanying Soundwave to a clandestine meeting
with Megatron, leader of the underground gladiator games. When they realised Autobots had tracked them,
Laserbeak and Buzzsaw took out one while Ravage dealt with the other. Capturing them, Laserbeak helped Soundwave
to scan their captive’s mind. When it was revealed he knew nothing, a furious
Megatron killed him. His next chronological appearance was in a
Spotlight issue featuring Soundwave. Soundwave ordered him to tail Bomb-Burst back
to his base and spy on his activities. When they left to harvest ultra energon, Laserbeak
returned to picked up. Once Soundwave realized the other Decepticons’
true intentions—to reanimate Thunderwing—he and the cassettes attempted to stop them,
with Laserbeak attacking Bludgeon. However, the warrior Decepticon took him out
with one slash of his saber. One year later, after Mount St. Helens’ eruption,
Laserbeak’s body was discovered by the human defense organisation Skywatch. The final issue of The Transformers: Escalation
revealed he had been revived, but was now a prisoner of Skywatch. Toys
Generation 1 Laserbeak The toy that became Laserbeak was original
part of the Takara Microman line. His toy, when in microcassette form, could
fit inside Soundwave, a microcassette player. He was packaged with fellow cassette Frenzy. Versions of Laserbeak released in 1984 had
no rub-symbol, while those released in 1985 had one. In 2007, Soundwave was released as part of
the Transformers: Classics line of figures. A transforming Laserbeak and Battle Ravage
were included with Soundwave. Laserbeak was identical to the original Generation
1 toy. In 2005, the on-line Japanese store E-Hobby
released an exclusive recolor of Laserbeak named Garboil. Along with Howlback, he forms one half of
the Cobalt Sentries, an arm of the Decepticon secret police. His name means ” a state of commotion and
noise and confusion,” and his function is information control. Various knockoffs of Laserbeak were released
from the toy market in China. These included faithful reproductions of Laserbeak
and versions of him in various altered colors. Timelines Basic Laserbeak
Laserbeak was recast as a repaint of Energon Divebomb as a BotCon 2006 exclusive figure. This Laserbeak was supposed to be a Predacon
upgrade of the original Decepticon. Titanium Laserbeak
In 2006, Soundwave was released as part of the Transformers: Titanium line of die-cast
transforming figures. A transforming Laserbeak was included with
Soundwave. Beast Wars
With Hasbro not having the license to the name “Laserbeak” at the time, the red and
purple recolor of the Predacon Terrorsaur was known as Lazorbeak. Unlike Terrorsaur however, Lazorbeak did not
feature in the animated series. Although his biography mentions that he has
the same motto as the original Laserbeak, this was done as a homage to the original. He is described as a high flying sky pirate
with a thirst for battle. Tends to use up his power quickly. Animated series
Laserbeak’s stasis pod was presumably among those who were launched into orbit around
prehistoric Earth in the Beast Wars series pilot. IDW Publishing
Lazorbeak finally appeared in the IDW Beast Wars: The Gathering comic series as a Maximal
protoform who was turned into a Predacon by Magmatron’s shell program. He was one of five aerial Predacons assigned
by Ravage to find the Maximal lair. When they found it, Lazorbeak was one of those
who attacked—only to be blasted when Maximal reinforcements under Torca arrived. He appears among the Predacons on the cover
of the first issue of the sequel story Beast Wars: The Ascending. Lazorbeak had a biography printed in the Beast
Wars Sourcebook by IDW Publishing. Toys
Beast Wars Lazorbeak Lazorbeak is a redeco of Terrorsaur. He is a flip changer with a hidden gun weapon. The toy was later released in Japan with a
slightly different color scheme but now called Hydra. It was again redecoed into BotCon Fractyl
and as Dinobots Swoop. Oddly enough, in the second year of the toy
line, Terrorsaur was recast as a transmetal in the toy line, but while Lazorbeak was not
made into a transmetal toy, the transmetal Terrorsaur toy was closer in colors to Lazorbeak,
being mostly purple. Some fans go so far as to consider it a transmetal
version of that character, despite the name “Terrorsaur” printed on the model. Transformers: Armada
Laserbeak is the name of a small Transforming robot given to Rad, Carlos, and Alexis by
Red Alert to help them aid the Autobots during their mission to recover the Mini-Cons from
planet Earth. In terms of his role, Lazerbeak was relegated
to performing aerial reconnaissance for the Autobots, delivering messages to them when
the children were in need of help, and acting as a method for the humans to defend themselves. In addition to his cybernetic bird mode, he
can transform into a camcorder and a stun weapon. In Armada’s Japanese equivalent, Micron Legend,
his name is Cyberhawk. Dreamwave Productions
In the Armada comic published by Dreamwave Productions, Lazerbeak is a sentient, though
minor character. He is most often seen spying on the Decepticons
for the Autobots. Toys
Armada Laserbeak Transformers: Cybertron
Unrelated to Armada Lazerbeak, this new character named Lazerbeak is a Decepticon drone that
transforms into a battery bomb that can be stored within Soundwave. He seems to be an extension of Soundwave,
and like his G1 predecessor, was used for spying. His Japanese name is Killer Condor. Fun Publications
Laserbeak was used by Soundwave to recover the Dark Matrix from Cybertron. Transformers
According to an interview with producer Tom DeSanto published in issue #15 of the Transformers
Collectors Club Magazine the original lineup pitched for the Decepticons in the live action
Transformers film was Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Ravage, Laserbeak, Rumble, Skywarp
and Shockwave. The Sector Seven viral marketing web site
featured several videos recording supposed evidence of Transformers on Earth. These featured cameos by Generation 1 Transformers,
including scenes of Grimlock destroying a construction site, Reflector transforming
during a birthday party, as well as scenes of Kickback, and Laserbeak being video taped
by people accidentally, and a security video showing bits of a robot looking a lot like
Generation 1 Bumblebee transforming in a parking garage. Laserbeak appears in the third film, Dark
of the Moon, as Soundwave’s mechanical condor minion once again. Unlike other robots in the film series, he
has multiple alternate modes. In the movie he has a gun under each wing,
a sharp beak and claws. Films Laserbeak is Soundwave’s personal assassin,
who takes sadistic pleasure in his work. He kills Alexi Voskhod after he brings NEST
to Chernobyl, and later, on the orders of Megatron, Laserbeak kills all of the human
collaborators except Dylan Gould, at one point transforming into a small pink version of
Bumblebee to infiltrate a house. After Jerry Wang tells Sam what he knows,
Laserbeak shoves him out a window and chases Sam through his office. Along with Soundwave and Gould, he takes Carly
Spencer captive to force Sam to cooperate with the Decepticons. Later, in the form of a TV screen, he guards
Gould’s Chicago penthouse; he attacks Sam when the latter arrives trying to rescue Carly. After a fight between the two, Sam manages
to push Laserbeak’s head in front of a gunship’s weapon, which blows off the Decepticon’s head. Video games
Laserbeak appears in the 2011 Dark of the Moon video game, and can be played in mission
IV. He is sent into a former Sector 7 base by
Soundwave when he is unable to enter, and disables several parts of the base and allows
Soundwave access. Toys
Dark of the Moon Deluxe Laserbeak A new mold of Laserbeak. His heliplane mode closely resembles the Dragonhawk
from G.I. Joe: Sigma 6. He comes with two Mech Tech blasters that
feature barrels that switch between two different modes. Both blasters can combine into a larger rifle. Dark of the Moon Human Alliance Soundwave
with Laserbeak and Mr. Gould Laserbeak comes with the Human Alliance Soundwave
figure. He transforms into a blaster with a mounting
point for any human figure. Transformers: Timelines
This Laserbeak is an alternate version good of the Generation 1 character from the BotCon
exclusive “Shattered Glass” comic, in which the Decepticons are on the side of good and
the Autobots on the side of evil. Presumably like all Decepticons of his world,
he is heroic and opposed to the evil Autobots. This version of Laserbeak seems to be colored
as a homage to the Generation 1 Ramhorn, solid red. Fun Publications
Laserbeak appeared as a member of Megatron’s forces in the “Shattered Glass” story. During the attack on the Ark Buzzsaw perched
on Megatron. Transformers Animated
Laserbeak is one of Soundwave’s support drones, used to either attack individually or transform
into an electric guitar for Soundwave to use in his attacks. Animated Series
Laserbeak first appeared in “Human Error”. He attacked Sari when she discovered Soundwave’s
hidden base beneath the Autobots headquarters. He transformed into guitar mode, with Soundwave
using the sonic blast to knock Sari into a wall. He was unable to prevent her from escaping,
however. In part 2, he attacked Sari again. Optimus then forcibly transforms him into
guitar mode and uses him to dismantle Soundwave and seemingly destroy Ratbat. Unfortunately, Soundwave ends up as a media
player again and Laserbeak carries him off. Laserbeak is one of only eight Decepticons
still loose on Earth. it is unknown what became of both Soundwave
and Laserbeak after that. Fun Publications
Laserbeak’s biography was printed in issue #25 of the Transformers Collectors Club magazine. Toys
Animated Deluxe Soundwave with Laserbeak Laserbeak transforms from electric guitar
to mechanical bird. He can mount on Soundwave’s roof or forearms. Transformers: Prime
Laserbeak appears in the television series Transformers: Prime. In this series, Laserbeak is a semi-sentient
drone that deploys from Soundwave’s chest and transforms into his chest armour. Books
Appears as one of Soundwave’s Mini-Cons in the novel Transformers: Exodus. Animated series
Laserbeak appears in the animated series as Soundwave’s chestpiece. He is used in the Darkness Rising miniseries
to attempt to shoot down Agent Fowler’s helicopter, then in Masters & Students to follow Starscream
to the location of Megatron’s barely alive body. Lazerbeak would continue to appear throughout
season 1 as part of Soundwave, but he would not make another individual appearance until
the season 1 finale One Shall Rise, Part 3. He is simply referred to as a component of
Soundwave by Starscream, rather than being called Lazerbeak, but Agent Fowler called
it a “big bird” when he was captured by the Decepticons in Darkness Rising, Part 3. Laserbeak is referred to by name for the first
time in “Triage”. He is sent to attack Wheeljack and Ratchet,
but is instead downed by them. Ratchet hides a virus in Laserbeak’s systems
that transfers all the data on the Iacon relics from the Decepticon ship to the Autobot’s
base, with Wheeljack placing a grenade on him to throw the Decepticons off the scent. In “Hard Knocks”, Laserbeak is revealed to
have been deployed to the area surrounding Jasper, Nevada, to search for signs of the
Autobot base. When Smokescreen was out on his own, he was
fired upon by Laserbeak until Soundwave arrived and took Smokescreen away. During “Darkmount, NV”, Laserbeak and two
Vehicons were sent after Arcee and Jack, after the latter unintentionally gave away their
location following the destruction of the Autobot base. During the attack, Laserbeak provided a live
feed of the attack to those still on the Nemesis, but was caught in a gas station explosion
and damaged. Despite his best efforts, Soundwave wasn’t
able to retrieve any information Laserbeak had acquired. In “Project Predacon”, Laserbeak detached
from Soundwave and was able to successfully short-out Optimus Prime’s jetpack, causing
the Autobot leader to crash. In “Minus One”, Laserbeak was knocked out
of the air by Optimus in another air battle. He was unable to locate Soundwave after his
master was captured by the Autobots, but Shockwave had him track Fowler to the Autobots’ shielded
base and reactivate Soundwave with new orders to capture Ratchet. During the rescue, Laserbeak’s transponder
was shot off by Smokescreen, and the Autobots later used it to build an aerial drone to
locate Ratchet. After Soundwave was trapped in the Shadowzone
by the kids in “Deadlock”, Laserbeak went with him, as he was still on Soundwave’s chest
at the time. Video games
In the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron, Laserbeak appears in the Autobot
campaign, where Optimus Prime and his team must defeat Soundwave to save Zeta Prime. Laserbeak is one of Soundwave’s minions alongside
Rumble and Frenzy.There is an achievement and trophy that the player must shoot Laserbeak,
hidden in the environment three times. Laserbeak appears in the sequel game “Transformers:
Fall of Cybertron”. He can be released with Rumble to help fight
Autobots in the final level. Toys
Prime Robots in Disguise Revealers Deluxe Soundwave with Laserbeak
Laserbeak is formed from separating a part of Soundwave’s chest armor. Once transformed, he can mount on either of
Soundwave’s hands. References

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