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Crankcase is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes.


Transformers: Generation 1

Crankcase's box art
Sub-group Triggercons
Function Data Collector
Rank 7
Motto "Things are never as good as they seem."
Alternate Modes Jeep Wrangler
Series Transformers: Generation 1

Crankcase is a wheezing, whining ingrate, only happy when things are bad. He also has an amazing data storage capacity. He is armed with two laser weapons. [1]


Marvel Comics

Crankcase first appeared in issue #48 of the Marvel Transformers comics, in a story called "The Flames of Boltax!" In this issue we see a flashback to millions of years ago on Cybertron where Megatron commanded Crankcase, Ruckus and Windsweeper in an attempt to capture the Underbase from Boltax. They were unsuccessful and the Underbase was lost in space.

Crankcase appeared in issue #64, called "Matrix Quest Part 1: Bird of Brey."

Crankcase appeared in issue #71, called "The Void!"

Crankcase appeared in issue #77, called "Exodus!"

Crankcase appeared in issue #79, called "The Last Autobot?"

Crankcase appeared in issue #80, called "End of the Road!"

Crankcase made an appearance in the Decepticon forces under the command of Megatron in issue #7 of the Marvel Generation 2 comic series, in a story called "New Dawn." Megatron lead his Decepticons against Jhiaxus' second generation Cybertronians near the moon of Tykos. The Decepticons were defeated and Megatron left injured, presumed dead, but swearing revenge. [2]

Crankcase appeared among the Decepticons under the command of Galvatron in the alternate future story "Aspects of Evil 2" from Marvel U.K. Transformers #224. In this story Rodimus Prime remembered how Galvatron, Crankcase, Ruckus and Windsweeper killed Blurr and then attacked Rodimus Prime, Kup, Arcee and the Battle Patrol. Enraged, Rodimus nearly Galvatron, but to keep the Matrix from being contaminated by hatred he relented. Oddly the Micromaster Battle Patrol was depicted as being full sized Autobots in this story. [3]

Dreamwave Productions

Although Crankcase had a biography printed in Dreamwave Productions More Than Meets The Eye series he did not appear in any of that company's fiction.

IDW Publishing

Crankcase appeared in Stormbringer #2 by IDW Publishing where he was part of the Decepticon infiltration unit on Nebulos commanded by Darkwing. They recorded the arrival of Thunderwing. In issue #3 he among the Decepticon troops fighting Thunderwing.

Fun Publications

Crankcase, Ruckus and Needlenose were supposedly referenced in Around Cybertron by Fun Publications where they attacked a waste depot that they mistook for an energon refinery.

Battletrap, Crankcase, Gutcruncher and Stormcloud appear among Bludgeon's troops in the story At War's End by Fun Publications. They help remove Abominus after the Terrorcon combiner had been defeated by Piranacon when it is believed that Hun-Gurrr sold out Bludgeon to Megatron.


  • Generation 1 Triggercon Crankcase (1988)
A new mold. [4]

2007 Transformers film

Crankcase in IDW comics
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles
Alternate Modes 2005 Dodge Magnum
Series Transformers

Crankcase was a homage to the Generation 1 character.

IDW Publishing

In issue #3 of Transformers: Defiance Crankcase was among the troops under the command of Starscream ordered by Megatron to bring in Optimus and kill his companions.

Crankcase appeared on Cybertron in the Reign of Starscream series where he was killed in the attempt to bring a duplicate of the Allspark cube online.

Titan Magazines

Note: Information in italics occure in the alternate storyline where Megatron won the the battle for the Allspark.

Crankcase would return in issue #22 of the Titan Transformers Magazine series in a story called "The Decepticon who Haunted Himself."


  • Transformers Deluxe Crankcase
A redeco of Cybertron Red Alert and Cannonball. A Walmart store exclusive. It was later remolded into Timelines Kup.
According to Hasbro officials at Botcon 2008 the Walmart exclusive redeco toys were originally to be sold under the Transformers: Universe label, but Walmart requested its exclusives be part of the movie toy line, so they were repackage in movie style packaging. This means this toy was originally intended to be an updated form for the Generation 1 character.



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