Friday, April 23, 2010

The Universe's Chew Toy

Growing up in Massachusetts, my favorite childhood CGI cartoon was Beast Wars: Transformers. One of my favorite robots from the whole series is Waspinator.

As you can tell from the name, he's capable of transforming from a giant wasp into an android.

He is a Predacon soldier who works for the main villain, Megatron.

Originally, Waspinator was supposed to be killed off when they were making season two, but thanks to the support of his fans, the writers convinced Hasbro to keep him, knocking off two other characters instead.

What makes Waspinator so charming, yet pathetic is how he can be practically destroyed in battle but somehow manages to stay alive.

Source of image from:

In hindsight, he's a lot like Kenny from South Park.

He also has an interesting speech pattern like Gollum (Lord of the Rings) and Stitch (Lilo & Stitch).

When the series came to an end, Waspinator was sick of being swatted countless times and quit serving Megatron. After the war ended, Waspinator was left behind on prehistoric earth, becoming a deity to the primitive human race.

One would think by then he'd found eternal happiness, but this was not the case.

The humans grew annoyed with Waspinator and forced him to leave their planet, sending him back to Cybertron.

After arriving on his home planet, he was abducted by Megatron and turned into the brooding Vehicon general, Thrust. As Thrust, instead of transforming into a bug, he turned into a futuristic motorcycle. However, Thrust was more loyal to his former leader than Waspinator had been and he was more cool-headed and not afraid to speak out.

In the final conclusion of the series, Waspinator had returned, only this time reformatted as a puny little insect with the head of Thrust.

Waspinator: "Why universe hate, Waspinator?"

Here are links that show a collection of the times Waspinator got scrapped in each season.

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Source of Waspinator/Thrust images from: Transformers Wiki

Waspinator belongs to both Hasbro and Mainframe Entertainment.

Kenny McCormick belongs to Tery Parker and Matt Stone.

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