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"Trailbreaker: When All Hell's Breaking Loose"


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Trailbreaker was one of my very first Transformers, and one whose personality I always identified with a little. I figured it was high time I did a pic of him. (For any zefrank fans out there, I think he's showing us his Power Move.)
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nonimportante Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
i loved him. "i may not be fast but i'm tough"
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Gamma-V Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Haha...Nothin' like a little force field to take the sting out of laser fire!"

Yeah, I can definitely imagine him saying that here, just like he did in The Immobilizer.
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monkeyzentv Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
The first time I saw the G1 cartoon, was the bit with Spike and Sparkplug, with Trailbreaker when they get attacked by seekers "I may not be fast... BUT I'M TOUGH!"
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MattDrawsRobots Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, I remember that bit well. Glad you like the art!
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monkeyzentv Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
That's amazing wow!
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tonyfanatic Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Really great! And very true to the character. Trailbreaker might seem like a giant badass battle robot, but inside he is just a goodie-two-shoes!
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Monsterbass74 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
This is the best representation of Trailbreaker, ever. Shows his Spark! This is how Trailbreaker should be seen and is exactly what he is: one of the best Autobots and my fav! Legend!
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MattDrawsRobots Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it so much! As good-guys go, he's a pretty good one.
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Trailbreaker's the 'bot, y'all!!
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Zephyr79 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Trailbreaker- "I mean, 'Fortress Maximus'—come on. What kind of a name is that? But everyone's like, 'Oh, Fortress Maximus, you're my hero! You've got guns in your legs and you killed tons of 'Cons at Simanzi...' And I'm like 'That was a thousand years ago!' He's a relic! He's a has-been! He's—"
Chromedome- "Just walked in."
Trailbreaker-"Great to see you, Max! Come on over! We were just talking about Simanzi! With the thing and the—the stuff! So... oh wow! You've got guns in your legs! How's that working out for you? That's awesome, man. You're awesome."

Such a fun character, albeit he needs more toys.
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MattDrawsRobots Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, happily Hasbro is finally taking care of that.
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zerne15 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
And with Trailbreaker and Windcharger out and about, that leaves... I think, Gears and Huffer for '84 guys that haven't gotten wide-release updates. Huffer got a Botcon toy and that one third-party release, though.
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Monsterbass74 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Sweet!
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JohnnyFive81 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gotta love Trailbreaker.
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TPM2012 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome! I wish we had seen a moment like that in the cartoon!
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diacron Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! I read the deleted storyboards recently, and apparently Trailbreaker died in the assault on Autobot City.
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MattDrawsRobots Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I'd always assumed that he had, due to the fact that he never showed up after the movie. Or he could've died in the 20 years between season 2 and the movie. But I always wondered what got through his force-field...
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diacron Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too! I'm thinking if he died during the battle maybe his energon levels were low enough to not make it effective, until it finally gave out altogether.
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Dogrom Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
O.O
WOW...awesome
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JEBurton Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This is tremendous! We seldom see him in action, and here, you nail it!
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MattDrawsRobots Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I remember seeing him use his force-field all the time in the old cartoon, but it was a very... casual thing. The situations never seemed to have much gravity, but I thought the potential was there. I'm glad you like my attempt to bring that potential out!
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Autohumans Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
I have only word to say; WOW!
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LotteBubbles Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is epic....thats about it....just :love:
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SheepSlave Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
This is fantastic!!! We rarely see Trailbreaker, let alone Trailbreaker in action!
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dj1107 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
TrailbreakerL There your safe now tell hasbro to make my Classics toy
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MattDrawsRobots Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
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dj1107 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
yeah something in a deluxe size be nice.
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MattDrawsRobots Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Picky, picky!

I'm just stoked they finally managed to pull it off at all. Lord knows they've tried.
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dj1107 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Sorry just when I think Trailbreaker one of the original Autobot cars I expect deluxe size. oh well at least after legend the'll make deluxe same thing happen to Jazz
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Trecathlus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn it all, Matt -- this is ART!
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optimus2345 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Trailbreaker is one of my favorite autobot. I like how you gave him the G1 toy design.
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KarToon12 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow:

I love the colors and effects of the force field! :omfg:
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TaintedTamer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Featured HERE! :heart:
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MattDrawsRobots Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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TaintedTamer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Goddamn this is awesome. 0A0
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Geminii27 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Hell YES.

*faved*
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operative274 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Fire it up! :clap: Love the 'toy' look you gave to him :clap:
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MattDrawsRobots Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! As a kid, I always disliked how far the animation models deviated from the toys, so I like bringing the toy elements back in. Plus figuring out all the spatial relationships is always easier when you have a real-life model to work from.
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operative274 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
So very very true ^^
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shekeira Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Trailbreaker really doesn't get enough love. Awesome.
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Nortstar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
wow it is so aamznig pic ^^
great work :clap:
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
He is the eye of the storm.

And he needs a new toy.
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MattDrawsRobots Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hee hee. I'm judging the success of this pic entirely on how many people get that song stuck in their heads.

As for a new toy, I hear you. Lord knows they've tried! I used my old toy for reference, and good goddamn it's a crappy mold. The pin that connected the head to the backpack was long gone, so I made a replacement, but the head won't stay propped up on his torso anyway, and I never could get the missiles to balance in their slots when he was brand new, much less now that the whole assembly will fall back at the slightest touch. People who get nostalgic about 1984 engineering have obviously never played with a 1984 toy.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Seemed like an appropriate thing to say.

And seriously, I would kill for a new Trailbreaker toy. The fact that Hasbro's made attempts is good, but I want a successful one. I don't even care if they can't call him Trailbreaker, just as long as he's got a name like Trailbreaker and the toy is clearly identifiable as Trailbreaker. And the sooner, the better - he needs love, he does.
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11J Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice pic! :)
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MikePriest83 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Unique and awesome.
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merkitten Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Student General Artist
This is fantastic~

You really don't see much love for trailbreaker these days.
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wordmongerer Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I have so far measured 18 shades of awesome from this pic. There may yet be more...
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Ha-HeePrime Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hooray! Trailbreaker love! There's not nearly enough of it out there.
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ninjatron Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Great! Nice use of his powers in this art.

Sayonara.
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