Season 1 Episode 14

Heavy Metal War

Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Dec 15, 1984 on ABC Family
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Heavy Metal War
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

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

    Megatron challenges Prime to a duel to end the conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons under Cybertronian law. Of course, Megatron cheats and an all-out brawl ensues. Lots of great fighting makes this a good episode, but it was very short on plot. We are also introduced to the Constructicons and Devastator for the first time, but they are defeated pretty easily. A pretty entertaining episode with some emptiness to it. If you want to show someone why Transformers was so great, this is not the episode to show. The scene were Soundwave ejects all of his minions and starts petting Ravage like a cat was cute.moreless
  • The Constructicons first appereance.

    This episode explain that the Constructicons where built in caves, though this contradicts their origins as seen in "The Secret of Omega Supreme" and "Five Faces of Darkness" part 4. The only thing I can say about that is the Constructicons builds Megatron up in "The five faces of Darkness", later being reprogrammed by Megatron in "The Secret of Omega Supreme" and reconstructed again in the Earth by Megatron. In this epsisode Megatron use diferent weaponry during the fight against Optimus, these weapons are the weapons of all the Decepticons, but only one calls me attention: his back cannon. This is the first episode (and maybe the last) that he uses it. At the end and without of heis troops powers, he shows that he can´t do nothing against a fight with Optimus Prime.moreless
  • One of my favorites

    The Constructicons would go on to frustrate all Transformers fans with their numerous and contradictory origins. However, they were a great bunch of characters and this is the episode that introduced them all. While the battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron was great, it was the fight between the Dinobots and the Constructicons that really sold the episode for me. I loved the Dinobots, but your average, run-of-the-mill Decepticon just never stood much of a chance against them. It was pretty interesting seeing them in a fight in which they were overmatched and could have eventually led to their destruction. I've always questioned the ways Devastator was eventually defeated, not only in this episode but in most episodes including the Constructicons. It seemed like he could take everything the Autobots shot at him and just laugh it off, then they'd do something to trick him and suddenly he became vulnerable to their fire. It never made sense to me.

    At this point there were no combiners in the Transformers universe, although I had been familiar with Voltron and I still remember seeing the similarly colored team of Constructicons and thinking about how great it would be if they could combine, but I decided not to get my hopes up. I nearly fell out of my seat when they formed Devastator. To me one of the biggest sins of the entire Transformers series is that they never had Devastator fight another combiner. Okay, he did fight Bruticus, and lose, but you would think that when Superion and Defensor and eventually Computron were around that there would be some type of confrontation. It really was a wasted opportunity that they repeated with Predaking, who also never fought another combiner. The other biggest sin is that the Autobots didn't learn from this and decide to retro-fit the Dinobots into a combiner mode. That in all of the different Transformers there has never been a Dinobot combiner still boggles my mind.moreless
  • Even the best episode of Transformers Season 1 has much that should been better.

    Constructicons, one of the most interesting groups of Transformers are introduced. It seems like the dinobots didn't really lost the fight, even if they seemed to be in trouble. This is the episode that contains the gladiator-fight between Optimus and Megatron. It is okay. Best scene here is Scrapper´s presentation of the constructicons in front of Megatron. Best Season 1 episode, but has still weaknesses.
Scatman Crothers

Scatman Crothers


Arthur Burghardt

Arthur Burghardt


Corey Burton

Corey Burton

Spike Witwicky, Brawn, Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Wideload

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

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

Christopher Collins

Christopher Collins

Starscream / Wheeljack / Defensor / Reflector / Sparkplug Witwicky

Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

Bumblebee / Hot Spot / Rollbar / Snapdragon / Goldbug

Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen

Hologram Autobot

Guest Star

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

voice of Foreman

Recurring Role

Michael Horton

Michael Horton

Chip Chase

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

    • Devastator's face changes from scene to scene, switching from a visor to actual eyes, depending on the scene. This is a animation error that would continue throughout the series.

    • When Megatron heads to the Autobot base to challenge Optimus to the duel, Cliffjumper attacks him. In the fist shot that sees Cliffjumper leap up onto the rocks and fire, he is painted all yellow with black windows (as if the colourists thought it was Bumblebee), then when we see the reaction shot after Prime tells him to stop, he's his normal red.

    • Goof: When the Dinobots blast the Constructicons into the crevace, the blue portion of Swoop's body is colored black.

  • QUOTES (7)

  • 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.

    • This episode introduces the Contructicons; Scrapper, Scavenger, Mixmaster, Long Haul, Bonecrusher, Hook, who can combine and form into the giant Devastator.