Heavy Metal War

Season 1, Ep 14, Aired 12/15/84
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  • Episode Description
  • The war gets more crowded with the sudden introduction of the Constructicons. However, rather than simply just providing raw numbers, they serve a greater purpose for Megatron. Their construction ingenuity ultimately gives Megatron every unique ability his team possesses. Of course, Optimus Prime is his primary target and in official combat. Per the terms, the loser must take his team off Earth forever. Given Megatron's current power and the Autobots being kept in the dark about it, how can Optimus possibly win this challenge?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Scatman Crothers


  • Arthur Burghardt


  • Donald F. Glut

  • Corey Burton

    voice of Foreman

  • Casey Kasem

    Cliff Jumper / Telatran-1 / Bluestreak / Dr. Archeville

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • As the title suggests, this episode is almost all fighting. Introduces the Constructicons and their Devastator transformation, but overall a pretty weak episode.

    By SoundwaveRox, Jul 02, 2007

  • The Constructicons first appereance.

    By Max-01, Jun 10, 2007

  • One of my favorites

    By enervator, Feb 08, 2006

  • Even the best episode of Transformers Season 1 has much that should been better.

    By latsblaster, Sep 26, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Scrapper: There's Teletran-1! For Megatron! Destroy it! Grimlock: No destroy Teletran-1! Dinobots destroy you!

    • Megatron: Soon, Scrapper's invention will give me the power to defeat the Autobots once and for all! Starscream: Forgive me Megatron, but I believe your boast sounds vaguely familiar!

    • Devastator: Nothing defeats the Devastator, nothing! Hologram Autobot: Nothing little one? Ha ha ha! What would you say about me? Ha ha ha ha ha!

    • Sludge: Sludge not see these Decepticons before.
      Snarl: Not see again, either, because we dynamite them to pieces!

    • Slag: Dinobots no fool around!

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    Notes (6)

    • The Constructicons are the first combining group in the series. They are also the only group to consist of six members instead of five.

    • First and last appearance of Hound's Hologram Autobot.

    • I prefer the comic book explanation of how the Constructicons were created. In the 1985 comic #10 "The Next Best Thing To Being There!". The Constructicons were constructed from the creation matrix inside Optimus Prime's head. Shockwave later created Jetfire (Skyfire) in the same manner.

    • The Constructicons' origin would be one of the most confusing and inconsistent of the series. In "Heavy Metal War", Megatron mentions that they were built in caves on Earth. In the second season episode "The Secret fo Omega Supreme", they are shown to have existed on Cybertron and also to have been friends with Omega before Megatron converted them to the Decepticons (and it is shown that Megatron gave them the form of Devastator). Finally, in the third season's "Five Faces of Darkness", when Rodimus Prime enters the Matrix, Megatron is shown being created by the Constructicons, showing that they were evil BEFORE Megatron existed. Even more so, in the comic book, the Constructicons are shown being created by Shockwave using Optimus Prime's "Creation Matrix", and being commanded (for a time, just one issue) by Soundwave.
      With all of these different origins, it's safer to accept that the Constructicons are part of Megatron's forces and to leave it at that. But, your milage may vary.

    • As would happen frequently with Devastator, he seemed invulnerable to the Autobots' weapons unless he was caught "off-guard", in which case it would only take one good shot to finish him off.

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    Trivia (8)

    • Goofs: When Megatron stands over the defeated Optimus Prime, his Decepticon logo is missing. Then after Optimus transformed to vehicle mode, Huffer offered to carry his trailer in an effort to conserve his leader's power until he could be repaired. But in the next shot when all the Autobots drive off, the trailer is still attached to Optimus.

    • Goofs: When Megatron first speaks to Starscream in this episode, the latter changes from his regular red color to become black-colored like Skywarp.

    • When the Autobots arrive to the battle site, all transform from vehicle to robot mode, except Ironhide, doing the reverse, before being seen in robot mode.

    • When Megatron lands from the air to discuss the terms of battle with Optimus Prime, he's briefly colored all black before changing back to white.

    • In the scene where Optimus throws a boulder at Megatron, the latter seems to teleport to avoid it, but seems to reappear at the same spot as the boulder appears to land right in front of him. Skywarp, realizing Megatron used his teleport ability, is colored red like Starscream, as the two are sitting together.

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