Airazor


Airazor

Airazor is the name of three fictional characters in the various Transformers universes.

Beast Wars

Transformers character
name = Airazor


caption = The Maximal Airazor
japanname =
affiliation = Maximal
subgroup = Basic Beasts
Female Maximals
Deluxe Vehicles
rank =6
function = Aerial Recon (Beast Wars)
Squadron Leader (Timelines)
partner =
motto ="The more things change, the more they stay the same."
alternatemodes = Cybertronian Jet
Peregrine Falcon
Transmetal Falcon
series = " Beast Wars "

engvoice = Pauline Newstone
japanvoice = Tetsuya Iwanaga
The original Airazor figure has the honor of being the first mass-produced, U.S. released female Transformer figure. All female figures made before her were either convention exclusives like Nightracer, were repaints of male figures, or only released in foreign markets like Minerva. [http://mywebpages.comcast.net/mathewignash/csairazor.html]

The Razor's Edge

According to the Transformers Collectors Club exclusive fiction "The Razor's Edge" before the Beast Wars Airazor was known as Wing Saber. She came into conflict once with the Decepticon agent Flamewar.

Transformers: Timelines

Airazor is described as the smart and sassy pilot of the Chromia 10. She heads up one of the numerous Maximal squadrons assigned to prevent any rogue Predacon factions from operating outside the terms of the Pax Cybertronia.

The Predacons who stole the Golden Disk artifact were pursued by Unit 2, who was granted clearance from Maximal Defense Command to commandeer transport. The Maximal who would become Airazor was boarding her ship, the "Chromia 10", when Unit 2 approached and demanded use of it. "Airazor" at first refused, but suggested she was open to "persuasion", as she put it. The call of adventure captured her interest, and instead of handing over the "Chromia 10" to Unit 2, she allowed him to hitch a ride, piloting it herself. The Chromia 10 intercepted the Predacons' ship, the " Darkside ", which was engaged in battle with the "Axalon" and guarded by a mysterious third ship. During the ensuing firefight, the "Chromia 10" was badly damaged. Optimus Primal had their sparks remotely uploaded to blank protoforms in the "Axalon's" cargohold, which saved their lives, but severely damaged their core mainframes. [http://www.seibertron.com/comics/view.php?comic_id=848]

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In "Beast Wars", Airazor was one of the protoforms from the Maximal ship called the "Axalon" commanded by Optimus Primal, which chased the Predacon criminal Megatron through transwarp space after the theft of the Golden Disk. The Maximals and Predacons crashed on prehistoric Earth, where high Energon levels threatened to destroy the crew unless they adopted organic alternate modes ("Beast Wars' Part 1").

The "Axalon's" cargo of Maximal protoforms in stasis pods had been launched into orbit before the crash, but eventually Airazor's pod fell to Earth. Falling inside Predacon controlled territory, the pod was spotted by Tarantulas and Megatron, as well as by Rhinox and Cheetor. Cheetor contacted Tigatron and told the tiger to contact base with the news. Blackarachnia and Scorponok were sent by Megatron to retrieve the pod. Rhinox was the first to arrive at the crash site and discovered the pod was damaged and the protoform was dying. Cheetor then arrived to help Rhinox save the protoform. On his way back to base, Tigatron discovered Scorponok and disabled him, but was in turn ambushed by Blackarachnia. Rhinox replaced the damaged locking chip in the protoform with one donated by Cheetor. Cheetor confronted Blackarachnia, keeping her from getting to Rhinox and the protoform. Cheetor then tried to lure Waspinator and Terrorsaur away from the pod, but Terrorsaur got the best of him. Rhinox had to run the sequencer program for the protoform through his own processor to keep it alive. This knocked Rhinox into stasis lock, but started the DNA scanners for the stasis pod. The protoform was formatted to the form of a falcon which was flying overhead just as Terrorsaur arrived. The newly born Airazor was able to defeat Terrorsaur. Rhinox took her back to the "Axalon", introducing her to Optimus Primal and Rattrap (“The Spark”).

When her stasis pod crashed, the locking chip of Airazor's protoform was damaged. Rhinox transplanted Cheetor's locking chip into Airazor's protoform and gave her a chance of survival. Because of this Airazor shares also a special bond with Cheetor, who allowed some of his circuitry to be used in keeping Airazor's protoform alive. This bond is a unique sibling relationship among the Maximals on Earth. Airazor also feels a special relationship to Rhinox who is sort of an "uncle" to her, due mostly in part to his large role in her rescue.

Airazor sees Earth as her home and feels more comfortable in her falcon mode. Fellow Maximal Tigatron shares this love, and together they have formed a bond to the planet and each other. She had a romantic relationship with Tigatron before being abducted by the Vok and fused into Tigerhawk (Tigatron: “"Wherever we go, my spark will find yours!"” Airazor: "And mine yours!").

Airazor is very fast and efficient in battle. Her wrist mounted missile blasters once tore Predacon warrior Terrorsaur to pieces and she is never one to back down from a challenge.

(Note: In the Japanese dub of Beast Wars, Airazor was turned into a boy as a means to (hopefully) increase toy-sales. The gender-dub was already set in place by the time the dubbers received the episodes where Tigatron and Airazor became more intimate, so Airazor's relationship with Tigatron was played off somewhat differently to avoid complaints of homosexuality. Tigatron was presented as a samurai retainer with protective feelings towards his young ward; their closeness addressed in a "brotherly" sort of way. Despite that, there was still enough innuendo left-over in their dialogue and body language for their relationship to have a romantic subtext.)

Convention Comics

Airazor was one of the stars of the 1997 Botcon Convention Comics, a story set near the end of season one of the "Beast Wars" television series.

In the Convention Comics plot, Inferno and Blackarachnia watched as the Predacon scientist Fractyl attempted to invent Energon Armor capable of protecting them from Energon build up. Although seemingly successful, the armor was stolen by the Maximal thief Packrat. Blackarachinia and Fractyl realized the energon armor was flawed and could destroy the planet if it came in contact with large amounts of energon. Inferno pursued Packrat, but since Packrat didn't need to assume beast mode with the armor on, he got the upper hand in the fight with Inferno. Hearing the battle, Airazor, Cheetor and Rhinox joined Packrat. Fractyl convinced Rhinox that the armor was a threat to them all. Rhinox was able to talk Packrat into giving up the armor, which Fractyl aided them in doing. When Blackarachnia arrived with Megatron, Packrat suggested that Fractyl pretend to be attacking the Maximals, who fled. Megatron was impressed with Fractyl's new found battle prowess.

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When the Earth was hit by a Quantum Surge it transfigured several Cybertronians into Transmetal forms, but Airazor was mysteriously unaltered, presumably because she and Tigatron were 'born' on Earth, while the altered Maximals weren't (“Aftermath”).

("Note: Although Airazor didn't become a Transmetal in the television series, a Transmetal Airazor toy was released in the "Beast Wars toy line. ")

Airazor, along with Tigatron mysteriously disappeared when an alien device transported them both into the depths of space (Tigatron: “"Wherever we go, my spark will find yours!"” Airazor: "And mine yours!").

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It would be later discovered that they were captured by the alien race known as the Vok, who used the bodies and sparks of Tigatron and Airazor to form the powerful Vok emissary: Tigerhawk. Tigerhawk was destroyed by the " Nemesis " (“Nemesis Part 2”).

3H Enterprises

Airazor returned from the dead in the pages of the " Wreckers" comic book series, as a transmetal. Airazor's function is Aerial Recon. A quantum surge has completely rearranged Airazor's structure to include a metal-armor coating and a pontoon plane substructure to provide the advantage of sea reconnaissance. Already quick as lightning, her jets furnish extra high-level acceleration and agility. Her optical matrix scanners can detect Predacon ground movement from 30,000 feet while her armor-ripping talons send fearful sparks through the Predacon army.

Airazor appeared as part of the "Beast Wars: Primeval Dawn" storyline, in which she and Tigatron were sent back to Earth to aid the newly born Maximal commander Primal Prime against the evil Tarantulas. The story arc's cancellation meant that Airazor's part in the final battles is unknown, and she was not among those Maximals who returned to Cybertron and became members of the Wreckers. Presumably, she was either destroyed on Earth or was one of the few who was not inoculated against Megatron's transformation virus by Apelinq before he was sent hurtling back in time by a battle with a Vehicon general.

Manga

Much like the TV series, except that Airazor was TransMetalized herself. She searched for Tigatron while helping the others like the confrontation with Rampage, but when she found him, she was devastated to see him under Tarantulas' control. Airazor sacrificed herself to break Tigatron out of it, with her spark entering his body and merging onto Tigatron's spark, which had him evolve to Tigerhawk as a result. In this way, Airazor would remain with Tigerhawk.

Toys

* Beast Wars Basic Airazor (1997): "Japanese ID number:" C-10: Part of the first wave of year-two "Beast Wars" product, Airazor transforms into a peregrine falcon. Unlike first-year Basics, Airazor's transformation is entirely manual, rather than spring-loaded: pulling on feathers near its tail activates a spring-loaded wing-movement gimmick. Each wing also has a flip-out blade. Its tail hides a non-firing blaster. [http://www.unicron.us/tf1997/toypics/airazor.htm] : For its Takara release, it was available both as an individual and in an "Aerial Showdown" Vs-pack with Insecticon (despite the fact that Insecticon can’t fly).

* Beast Wars Video Airazor (1997): The original Airazor toy was given a similar but darker recolor, and packaged with a VHS tape containing the episodes "Aftermath" and "Coming of the Fuzors, Part 1".

* Beast Wars Transmetal Airazor (1998): "Japanese ID number:" C-44: Transmetal Airazor transforms into a mechanical falcon, with a third "seaplane" mold with fold-down pontoons. In robot mode, the chromed beast-mode back plates can fold around it for a "shield" mode.: This mold was also used to make "Armada" Airazor.

* Beast Wars Fox Kids Airazor (2000): One of the final releases of the normal "Beast Wars" line, Airazor's TransMetal toy was given a slight recoloring and released as part of the so-called "Fox Kids" assortment of Deluxe TransMetal redecos. Again, its recoloring was not as drastic a change from the original as the others in the series.: This version of Airazor was made available in Japan as a toy-show exclusive along with the "Fox Kids" versions of TransMetal Cheetor and Rattrap.

*Timelines Airazor (2007):In November 2006 the Official Transformers Collectors Club announced a coming club exclusive Transformers: Timelines Airazor figure. This figure is a remold of Transformers: Energon Slugslinger and is how she appeared in the Transformers: Timelines 2006 comic book.

Transformers: Armada

Transformers character
name =Airazor


caption =
affiliation =Autobot
subgroup =Deluxe Beasts
function =
partner =Nightscream
motto ="Only conviction can defeat corruption."
alternatemodes =Transmetal Falcon
series =
engvoice =
japanvoice =

Airazor is a professional in every sense of the word. She doesn't waste words or time, always opting to demonstrate her beliefs with action. Her top speed is 500 mph. She has excellent visual acuity for targeting her multiple laser cannons. She has below-average strength, and her wings are easily damaged. [http://www.hasbro.com/common/instruct/Transformers-Armada-Airazor.pdf]

In the later "" toyline, the transmetal Airazor toy was recolored and released as an Autobot. She was partnered with the Mini-Con Nightscream.

Dreamwave Productions

In the Dreamwave Productions "Armada" comic book series, this Airazor (who had once been an undercover spy in the Decepticon ranks) became Death, one of the Four Horsemen of Unicron.

"Armada" Airazor appeared as a minion of Unicron in the "" comic book series. "Armada" Airazor also was set to appear in the unreleased issue 31 of the "Transformers: Energon" comic series.

Toys

*Armada Airazor with Nightscream (2003):A remold of Beast Wars Transmetal Airazor with new Powerlink ports and an added Mini-Con. [http://www.unicron.us/tf2003/toypix/cheetor.htm]

Transformer: Timelines

Transformers character
name =Airazor


caption =
japanname =
affiliation =Maximal
subgroup =Deluxe Vehicles
rank
function =Squadron Leader (Timelines)
partner =
motto ="The more things change, the more they stay the same."
alternatemodes = Cybertronian Jet
series =
engvoice =
japanvoice =
A third character named Airazor appeared in the Fun Publications fiction series, seemingly a parallel version to the pre-Beast Wars Airazor.

Toys

*Timelines Airazor (2007):In November 2006 the Official Transformers Collectors Club announced a coming club exclusive Transformers: Timelines Airazor figure. This figure is a remold of Transformers: Energon Slugslinger and is how she appeared in the Transformers: Timelines 2006 comic book.

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