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Thread: Jab's Builds!

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    The Seekers



    THE SEEKERS
    Alternate Mode:
    F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet
    Role: Rank & File
    Group Affiliations: The Decepticons, The Seekers
    PL 10 (169)
    STRENGTH
    10 STAMINA -- AGILITY 4
    FIGHTING 8 DEXTERITY 2
    INTELLIGENCE 1 AWARENESS 0 PRESENCE 0

    Skills:
    Deception 3 (+3)
    Expertise (Soldier) 4 (+5)
    Intimidation 5 (+5, +8 Size)
    Perception 3 (+3)
    Stealth 2 (+6, +0 Size)
    Technology 3 (+4)

    Advantages:
    Equipment 7 (Missiles- Blast 10/Burst Area, Laser Gun +10- Multiattack), Improved Critical (Blasters), Move-By Action, Ranged Attack 8, Startle

    Powers:
    "Robots In Disguise"
    Senses 2 (Extended & Low-Light Vision) [2]
    Immunity 30 (Fortitude Effects) [30]
    Flight 7 (250 mph) [14]
    "Robot Legs" Speed 2 (8 mph) [2]
    "More Than Meets The Eye" Morph 1 (F-15 Eagle) (Feats: Metamorph) [6]
    * Vehicle Notes: Extremely-large, can use Powers and Equipment, lowered Fighting & Dodge)

    "100% Sensical and Consistent Transformer Size"
    Growth 6 (Str & Toughness +6, +6 Mass, +3 Intimidation, -3 Dodge/Parry, -6 Stealth) -- (21 feet) (Feats: Innate) (Extras: Permanent +0) [13]
    Protection 5 [5]
    Strength-Damage +1 [1]

    "Built-In Guns" Blast 8 (Extras: Multiattack) [25]

    Offense:
    Unarmed +8 (+11 Damage, DC 26)
    Blaster +10 (+10 Ranged Damage, DC 25)
    Missiles +10 Area (+10 Ranged Damage, DC 25)
    Initiative +4

    Defenses:
    Dodge +9 (DC 19), Parry +9 (DC 19), Toughness +11, Fortitude --, Will +4

    Complications:
    Enemy (The Autobots)
    Disabled (Lack of Energon)- Transformers require lots of energy to function.

    Total: Abilities: 28 / Skills: 20--10 / Advantages: 18 / Powers: 54 + 43 / Defenses: 16 (169)

    -The initial Seekers- Skywarp and Thundercracker- are essentially Starscream's "Goon Squad" in the series- a duo of Recolors who follow behind their leader, blasting away at whatever he hits. This is a bit of a Catch-22 for them- Starscream's prominence means that they're ALWAYS seen in episodes, so they get a lot of air-time (and a LOT of toys- if there's a Starscream toy, you can bet that two more Seekers are soon to follow- it's too cheap an option to produce NOT to do it!). But the fact that they're just the followers of a main character means that their role is to basically be a voiceless pair behind him- this means that there are few particularly-focused fans of either one of these guys, despite their popularity as characters. People just think they look cool.

    -Some other Seekers appear later, without explanation- Dirge, Thrust and Ramjet, who are usually depicted with "conehead" tops, making them look a bit differently. Many fans leave their toys' heads untransformed to mimic their cartoon appearance, and separate them from the earlier trio.

    -Skywarp and Thundercracker are dealt away with in the Movie, much like most of the "First Generation" characters- both are badly-damaged during the Battle of Autobot City (by unknown means), and casually-dumped out of Astrotrain's holding bay to make weight. They're among the Decepticons converted by Unicron into Galvatron's powerful army, though which character became which NEW character is the subject of numerous fan debates- the personalities have been so altered that it's basically irrelevant. Curiously, the other three continue forth after the Movie.
    -Despite being a "Goon Squad", the Seekers are actually quite powerful and not to be trifled with- pricey AND powerful, at PL 10.

    THE SEEKERS:
    SKYWARP (F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet)- PL 10 (186):
    INT 0, Teleport 8 [14]
    -The only Teleporter in the Decepticons' ranks, Skywarp is a bit of a dunce and needs to be led- even the Series Bible calls him "sneaky but dumb". He was the first Transformer to be revived in modern Earth history, awakening and being altered from a pyramid-shaped flying vessel into an F-15. The loyal toady then immediately revives Megatron. In the Movie, either he or an Insecticon becomes Cyclonus, the new "#2" to the new Decepticon leader, Galvatron- it's probably supposed to be Skywarp, but the character is so different that Skywarp is effectively dead from this point on.



    THUNDERCRACKER (F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet)- PL 10 (172):
    -Almost a "Minion With An F In Evil" with sympathies for humanity, but is usually shouted-down by his fellow Seekers enough to bury this. His dark-blue jet form makes him one of the coolest designs in the First Generation. He gets little specific to do, but often showed up in the early days- in the Movie, he is reformatted into Scourge, and thus is effectively "dead".
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    Other Seekers



    DIRGE (F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet)- PL 10 (172):
    -A gloomy Redeco of the Seekers, introduced later. He isn't a "conehead", but is usually left untransformed on that part so that he resembles Thrust & Ramjet.



    THRUST (F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet)- PL 10 (172):
    -A loud-mouthed braggart in red.



    RAMJET (F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet)- PL 10 (173):
    "Headbutt" Strength-Damage +1 [1]
    -A white jet prone to headbutting people.



    SUNSTORM (F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet)- PL 10 (212):
    "Radioactive" Affliction 10 (Toughness; Dazed/Stunned/Transformed to Random Behavior or Problems) (Uncontrolled, Area- 30ft. Burst, Aura +3) [40]
    -This guy's somewhat-notable for appearing in only one single episode in the More Than Meets The Eye debut of the animated series. He was just a background guy, and never named on-screen. He never received a toy (or a proper name) until 2003. He's apparently radioactive and a bit of a nutter.

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    Re: Jab's Builds!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jabroniville View Post
    LAME... ABC cancelled The Muppets. The ratings were suffering, but I thought it was a great show.
    As usual I'm left hoping that Netflix saves the day.
    ...
    Which probably means we're doomed.


    Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Batman Beyond.
    I am willing to concede that you are correct about pretty much everything you have to say, the slang is a bit forced, and a lot of the side characters get ignored where they should have been built up. Dana was a huge one. The villains are another huge mistep in terms of character building. Sadly we didn't even get any hints at the bat family until the Return of the Joker.

    I will say I liked Will Friedle as Terry... but I'm a fan of the series so take that with a grain of salt.

    The thing that always got me about the series was how dark a lot of the episodes were, and how the endings didn't always fix anything.
    I remember one whole episode being about a guy who's bullied by pretty much everybody, treated like crap, then finds a way to get his revenge... doesn't really accomplish anything other than throwing one of his bullys over the pier into some water, then is dragged off to prison.
    While all of the bullies, and people who treated him horribly just stand there and shake their head about what a freak he was.

    And yeah, the one about the guy trapped underground was some pretty dark and heavy stuff for what was basically a kid's cartoon show.

    I did hear one story, though I can't be sure how true it is, that when they first got the concept it was from a corporate exec who wanted to get rid of the Batman Animated series and replace it with a more kid friendly, kid centric show. And change it so that Batman was a kid. And lived in an apartment. And had a Batcycle hidden behind a dumpster.
    ... And I'm just realizing how much of this sounds like Batgirl from the Adam West TV series...

    Apparently the whole crew just walked out after the meeting in disgust. Except for one dude who was like "No... wait, this could work!"
    And then promptly turned it into something far darker than that exec was hoping for.

    Of course that seemed to be a thing for those guys. If the censor said "it's too dark for a kids show", they'd replace it with something darker that didn't offend the censor.

    I'm looking at you, Return of the Joker.

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    Ravage




    Different continuity, but that's pretty ingenious.

    RAVAGE
    Alternate Mode:
    Mini-Cassette Tapes
    Role: Tiny Toys, Summoned Allies, People-Catcher, Tracker
    Group Affiliations: The Decepticons
    PL 7 (119)
    STRENGTH
    5 STAMINA -- AGILITY 5
    FIGHTING 8 DEXTERITY 0
    INTELLIGENCE 0 AWARENESS 0 PRESENCE -1

    Skills:
    Acrobatics 4 (+9)
    Athletics 8 (+12)
    Expertise (Soldier) 3 (+3)
    Intimidation 7 (+6)
    Perception 9 (+9)
    Stealth 8 (+13)
    Technology 3 (+3)

    Advantages:
    Accurate Attack, Defensive Attack, Equipment 3 (Blasters +6- Multiattack), Fast Grab, Improved Critical (Natural Weapons), Improved Defenses, Improved Initiative, Prone Fighting, Ranged Attack 4, Seize Initiative, Uncanny Dodge

    Powers:
    "Robots In Disguise"
    Senses 2 (Extended & Low-Light Vision) [2]
    Immunity 30 (Fortitude Effects) [30]
    "More Than Meets The Eye" Morph 1 (1980s Mini-Cassette Tape Form) (Feats: Metamorph) [6]
    * Notes: Immobile, Action-less, Miniature Cassette (Shrinking 20)

    Protection 6 [6]
    "Claws & Teeth" Strength-Damage +1 [1]
    Leaping 2 (30 feet) [2]
    "Cat Senses" Senses 5 (Acute Scent, Extended Scent 3, Tracking) [5]

    Offense:
    Unarmed +8 (+5 Damage, DC 20)
    Claws & Teeth +8 (+6 Damage, DC 21)
    Initiative +9

    Defenses:
    Dodge +8 (DC 18), Parry +8 (DC 18), Toughness +6, Fortitude --, Will +3

    Complications:
    Enemy (The Autobots)
    Disabled (Mute)
    Disabled (Lack of Energon)- Transformers require lots of energy to function.

    Total: Abilities: 24 / Skills: 42--21 / Advantages: 16 / Powers: 52 / Defenses: 6 (119)

    -Ravage was always pretty bitching- a Mini-Cassette Tape that turned into a PANTHER. His role in the show was simple- a human-sized threat to more-directly endanger Spike, Sparkplug and any other Human Victim of the Day. Since Ravage can fit through doors, chase people down hallways, and even be theoretically STOPPED by a human being (Spike was helpless against a 20-something foot-tall Transformer; Ravage was beatable), he was an ideal recurring threat. He's also the Decepticons's resident Tracker. Stats-wise, he's largely what happens when you make a leopard mechanical. He's dangerous to people, but most Transformers are a bit out of his league.
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    Re: Jab's Builds!

    The "cassette bots" were my absolute favorites as kids: Laserbeak and Ravage were probably the most successful Decepticons. Yeah, they didn't bring down Prime or anything, but they always seemed to accomplish their missions... Frenzy and Rumble were just delightfully psychotic... And of course, Soundwave himself was the coolest Decepticon of them all. Bar none.

    Heck, Blaster and the Autobot cassettes were pretty cool too.

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    Yeah, Soundwave and his troops were among the most-competent and least-humiliated of Megatron's troops. Laserbeak even gets called for his unusual competence in the movie.

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    Re: Jab's Builds!

    And yeah, it seems that the most popular characters are somewhat universal: Optimus, Soundwave and Grimlock always score highly.

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    Soundwave




    "SOUNDWAVE SUPERIOR; CONSTRUCTICONS INFERIOR."
    -Soundwave, creating the greatest meme ever.

    SOUNDWAVE
    Alternate Mode:
    Blue 1980s Mini-Cassette Tape Recorder
    Role: Loyal Lieutenant, Minion Summoner
    Group Affiliations: The Decepticons
    PL 11 (202)
    STRENGTH
    10 STAMINA -- AGILITY 3
    FIGHTING 10 DEXTERITY 2
    INTELLIGENCE 4 AWARENESS 3 PRESENCE 0

    Skills:
    Deception 4 (+4)
    Expertise (Soldier) 5 (+9)
    Intimidation 5 (+5, +8 Size)
    Perception 4 (+7)
    Stealth 2 (+6, +0 Size)
    Technology 12 (+16)

    Advantages:
    Accurate Attack, Defensive Attack, Equipment 6 (Laser Gun +10- Multiattack), Improved Critical (Blasters), Inventor, Power Attack, Ranged Attack 10, Startle

    Powers:
    "Robots In Disguise"
    Senses 2 (Extended & Low-Light Vision) [2]
    Immunity 30 (Fortitude Effects) [30]
    Flight 7 (250 mph) [14]
    "Robot Legs" Speed 2 (8 mph) [2]
    "More Than Meets The Eye" Morph 1 (1980s Mini-Cassette Recorder) (Feats: Metamorph) [6]
    ** (Form Notes: Shrinking 16, No Defenses, May Play Music)

    "100% Sensical and Consistent Transformer Size"
    Growth 6 (Str & Toughness +6, +6 Mass, +3 Intimidation, -3 Dodge/Parry, -6 Stealth) -- (21 feet) (Feats: Innate) [13]
    Protection 6 [6]
    Strength-Damage +1 [1]
    "Electron-Scanning" Mind-Reading 8 (Flaws: Distracting) [8]
    "Radar Array" Communication (Radio) 4 (Extras: Area, Selective) [24]

    Offense:
    Unarmed +10 (+11 Damage, DC 26)
    Blaster +12 (+10 Ranged Damage, DC 25)
    Initiative +4

    Defenses:
    Dodge +10 (DC 20), Parry +10 (DC 20), Toughness +12, Fortitude --, Will +6

    Complications:
    Enemy (The Autobots)
    Responsibility (Loyalty)- Soundwave is absolutely-loyal to Megatron, or whomever else is then leading the Decepticons. This makes him one of the few that even paranoid sorts trust.
    Enemy (Blaster)- The two have a specific rivalry.
    Enemy (Brawn)- They fight a lot in the early days.
    Disabled (Lack of Energon)- Transformers require lots of energy to function.

    Total: Abilities: 42 / Skills: 32--16 / Advantages: 22 / Powers: 54 + 52 / Defenses: 16 (202)

    -It seems like every kid in the 1980s loved good ol' stoic Soundwave. And really, it makes a lot of sense, despite his lack of personality. #1: He was COMPETENT. In an army full of screw-ups, jobbers and cowards, Soundwave rarely sounded retreats and was almost never made out to be the buffoon. This was especially notable in the early episodes, when he was one of only a handful of outnumbered Decepticons, often fighting a ton of Autobots at once. #2: He LOOKED COOL. "Faceplate Guys" were almost always the coolest-looking characters, and his dark blue main color scheme was awesome. #3: He summoned Tapes, many of whom were very useful characters in their own right (especially Laserbeak and Rumble). And most importantly, #4: THAT VOICE. Frank Welker's electronically-altered deep, booming voice was EPIC, and I remember every kid in my grade trying in vain to mimic it as best they could. So we had this big, awesome, cool-looking guy with the Robot Voice From Hell acting as a competent lieutenant in opposition to that doofus Starscream.

    -And it's funny: one of the biggest bad-asses in the Decepticon army turns into a freaking Mini-Cassette PLAYER. This innocuous Diaclone figure looks completely useless in his Alternate Mode, and yet it WORKS- it makes him more inherently stealthy than any other Decepticon (who's gonna freak out at a blue stereo?). Of course, it creates by far the most issues out of all the Transformers when updating the series to modern times- other guys can alter into similar objects, but who even carries portable stereos anymore? I've seen Satellite Soundwave & Broadcasting Truck Soundwave, but even then you have the issue of what to do with his TAPES. I guess it's better than his early Cybertronian Form- a big lamppost shaped like a "T".

    -Soundwave is a pretty simple PL 11 Robot Warrior build, matching Starscream, Ironhide, Prowl and many others. He's competent, but no overwhelming, and doesn't really dominate battles (he's often seen getting tossed around by Brawn in melee, though the fights are rarely super-decisive). He's also a genius, able to build a device that can throw the Earth's tides out of whack. His most-useful ability is the one to shoot out little Mini-Cassette Tapes that turn into robotic panthers and junk, which I've chosen to not have as an actual POWER, but more a function of the character. If you statted it up like a Summon (a you really shouldn't, as it doesn't work that way), it'd be Rank 10 for Rumble & Frenzy, 8 for Laserbeak, and 7 for most of the others- you'd need at least a +7 Extra for 11 Tapes, most of which are Heroic and Variable. He actually has the ability to read minds, but we don't see that often- he uses it on Chip once, and later the Dinobots.

    Choosing to go the Summon route would look like this:
    Summon 10 (Extras: Heroic +2, Multiple Minions +7, Variable- Various Robots) [120]
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    Re: Jab's Builds!

    Completely off-topic from the Transformers, but feeding into Jab's love of quality voice acting in children's cartoons... Zootopia was a lot of fun! The one song by Shakira and the forced nature of her extended cameo was annoying, but other than that, a quality flick all 'round.

    (Although I fear to even contemplate the impact it's going to have in certain, darker corners of the Internet...)

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    Lazerbeak



    LASERBEAK
    Alternate Mode:
    Mini-Cassette Tapes
    Role: Tiny Toys, Summoned Allies, Reconnaissance
    Group Affiliations: The Decepticons
    PL 6 (114)
    STRENGTH
    5 STAMINA -- AGILITY 4
    FIGHTING 6 DEXTERITY 2
    INTELLIGENCE 0 AWARENESS 0 PRESENCE -1

    Skills:
    Expertise (Soldier) 3 (+3)
    Perception 13 (+13)
    Stealth 9 (+13)
    Technology 3 (+3)

    Advantages:
    Close Attack, Defensive Attack, Equipment 3 (Blasters +6- Multiattack), Improved Defenses, Ranged Attack 4

    Powers:
    "Robots In Disguise"
    Senses 2 (Extended & Low-Light Vision) [2]
    Immunity 30 (Fortitude Effects) [30]
    Flight 7 (250 mph) [14]
    "More Than Meets The Eye" Morph 1 (1980s Mini-Cassette Tape Form) (Feats: Metamorph) [6]
    * Notes: Immobile, Action-less, Miniature Cassette (Shrinking 20)

    Protection 6 [6]
    Features 1: Recording Device [1]
    "Carries a Seeker Around" Power-Lifting 2 (3 tons) [2]
    Movement 1 (Space Travel 1) [2]

    Offense:
    Unarmed +7 (+5 Damage, DC 20)
    Blasters +6 (+6 Ranged Damage, DC 21)
    Initiative +4

    Defenses:
    Dodge +6 (DC 16), Parry +6 (DC 16), Toughness +6, Fortitude --, Will +3

    Complications:
    Enemy (The Autobots)
    Disabled (Mute)
    Disabled (Lack of Energon)- Transformers require lots of energy to function.

    Total: Abilities: 22 / Skills: 28--14 / Advantages: 10 / Powers: 63 / Defenses: 5 (114)

    -Of all the Decepticons, it may be LASERBEAK who has the best record for success. Hell, even MEGATRON, the bad boss of bad bosses, gives him props in the movie, saying that "you RARELY disappoint me...!" His role is pretty simple, but devastatingly-effective- he's the Ultimate Recon Agent, flying in silently, latching onto something, recording some important exposition, and then relaying it back to base. He's not an effective fighter against a real Autobot, but he's still pretty dangerous to a normal human (in some images, he's noticeably larger than an adult man; in another, he's flying around with an unconscious STARSCREAM).

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