- Tech spec
Many Transformers come with tech specs (short for technical specifications) printed on the back of the box that they are sold in. The owner of the new Transformer is encouraged to cut out the tech specs and save it. This card has information on the Transformer, and will usually include:
Autobot, Decepticonor other allegiance.
*a quote associated with the character
*a description which is usually includes
**biography and behavioral characteristics
**weaknesses (or a statement that the character has no known weaknesses, such as in the case of
*the actual technical specifications; which specifications depend on which line of transformers, G1 includes:
**firepower (Sometimes referred to as fireblast or defense power)
Although technically only the numbers for strength, intelligence, speed, etc. are technical specifications, the entire card is usually referred to as the Transformer’s tech specs.
Each specification is rated by a value from 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, and 10 being the highest. Usually these values are consistent with the character's personality and function. For example,
Perceptor, the Autobotscientist has an intelligence rating of 10, whereas Bumblebee the Autobotspy has a strength rating of 2.
Micromaster teams have teamwork ratings instead of ranks. Unlike the other ratings, teamwork seems to be split along faction lines, with
Autobots typically holding higher teamwork ratings than Decepticons. A second unique spec value, Cooperation, replaced the Firepower rating used on individuals' cards. The traditional order (as above) was also abandoned for the Micromaster team specifications.
The values started becoming inconsistent and skewed in Generation 2 and
Beast Wars, when Hasbro apparently thought no child will ever want a toy that is described as anything less than perfect. Thus it became rarer and rarer to see any low numbers. Most characters' numbers hardly ever dipped below 8, the Go-Bot version of Optimus Primewas the first character to have all values at 10, a trend that would repeat for most "leader" characters. When even more powerful versions of the Optimus Primaltoy (such as Optimal Optimus) were introduced, Hasbro even invented a "10+" rating in an attempt to keep increasing the power levels. With the Transformers: Cybertron line a few characters even got "Unknown" and "Infinity" ratings.
The specifications portion of the tech specs which came with earlier G1 Transformers were obfuscated with interference patterns which made them difficult to read without a decoder which was included in the box for each Transformer. The decoder consisted of simple red plastic which rendered the interference patterns invisible.
Related to tech specs were Marvel’s Transformer Universe, where the each entry for each Transformer contained an expanded bio based on the one printed on the tech specs. However, numerical tech specs were not included.
Marvel’s Transformer Universe
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