Decepticon City Commander Galvatron
Function: City Commander
Motto: "My power is everything, defeat is absurd."
Galvatron is a cold-hearted robotic villain. Determined to lead the Decepticons. Possesses enough strength to pulverize an Autobot into scrap metal. Unconquerable. Arrogant and compassionless. Plots against his allies, thus weakening his position. In robot mode, he carries a laser that emits chemically-produced, direct-current electricity.
STR:10; INT:9; SPD:9; END:10; RNK:9; CRG:9; FPR:9; SKL:10
Many of the characters in the 1986 animated Transformers the Movie were designed by Filipino illustrator Floro Dery, continuing his role from the first 2 seasons of the original Transformers cartoon. Unlike Seasons 1 and 2, the majority of the cast were not going to be based on existing Diaclone / Microchange figures so Floro Dery designed all new character models for the likes of Cyclonus, Hot Rod, Kup, Ultra Magnus and Galvatron.
|Galvatrons Initial Design by Floro Dery in watercolour|
|Galvatron's approved character model. Note the similarities with the actual toy|
|Non Transformable Galvatron Mock up. Courtesy of The Spacebridge|
|1986 Pre-Toy Fair Catalogue. This is the non transformable Galvatron pictured above but with added stickers. Source: TFWiki.net|
|Galvatron, scanned and edited from my G1 box.|
|Galvatron's final animation model design|
|Galvatron from the Marvel comics|
Things are slightly different in the Japanese continuity, although the toy's tech spec still has a rank of 9 and his function is "City Commander" on the back of the box and character card while his function on the front of the box is "Fortress Staff Officer" (this was changed to "New Emperor of Destruction" for the 2005 reissue), the bio states that Galvatron is the new Destron leader. Additionally when the Japanese only episode entitled Scramble City was released on video in April 1986, it was followed up by a "non canon" episode, again entitled Scramble City. This episode featured the transformer toys and was animated by the stop motion technique. The episode featured both Megatron and Galvatron as separate robots with Megatron ordering around Galvatron. This episode however was simply a toy advert. Although Transformers the Movie was not released in Japan until 1989, a voice over at the beginning of the Transformers 2010 series (Transformers Season 3) which aired in November 1986 explained the events of the movie including Megatron's transformation into Galvatron.
Hand gun mode is a simple transformation from the cannon mode, you basically pull the large handle down and there is a red trigger to press for the lights and sounds.
- "Ha ha ha ha! You fools!";
- "Hrr - Crush the Cybertrons!";
- "Destron Army, transform!";
- "Grr, I'll destroy you!";
- "You're useless!"
The switch on Galvatrons back alternates Galvatron's sounds between the 5 voice clips to a laser blast sound and then the transformation sound effect.
|My MIB Galvatron (left) pictured wit my original Galvatron (right) from Christmas 1987.|
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