"To know others you must know yourself first." - Goldbug
Real name: Goldbug Other known aliases: Goldback (Japanese release name), Wagonbot (name of release in Italy), formerly Bumblebee. Occupation: Espionage Director Current group affiliation: Autobots/Throttlebots Rank: 8 Past group affiliations: Minion of Lazarus. Major enemies: Decepticons First appearance: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #2 (Dreamwave comics), G.I. Joe and The Transformers #4 (as
Goldbug in Marvel comics), The Return of Optimus Prime Part 2 (as Goldbug in the television series). Origin: G.I. Joe and The Transformers #4 (as Goldbug in Marvel comics), The Return of Optimus Prime Part 2 (as
Goldbug in the television series). Description: Goldbug is a 16 foot tall gold and blue robot who turns into a Volkswagon Beetle. When he was
Bumblebee he was yellow and black in color. Before being reformatted by the Ark he turned into a Cybertonian car.
48 STR 18
14 DEX 12
23 CON 26
14 BODY 0
16 INT 6
20 EGO 20
20 PRE 10
10 COM 0
14 PD 8
13 ED 8
4 SPD 16
12 REC 2
46 END 0
40 STUN 0
Characteristics Cost: 126
Powers and Skills
3 1" Change Environment,Desc: Headlights,OIF(-1/2) 0
10 EC (10),"Transformer powers"
26a) 12/12 Armor
20b) 4 LVLS Growth (stats already included),Always On(-1/2),0 END
11c) 2 1/2D6 RKA,"Laser Gun",OAF(-1),7-8 Charges(-1/2),No
15d) 15" Running,1/2 END(+1/4) 2
7e) Shape Shift,"Car",Concentrate(-1/4),Cannot change form if
takes over half Body.(-1/4),0 END Persistent(+1) 0
12 +6 Enhanced PER,Hearing
15 +10 Telescopic Sense,Sight Group
19 Life Support,doesn't breathe,safe in vacuum/pressure,safe in
heat/cold,immune to aging
1 Life Support: Reduced need for fuel.
9 MP (15),"Movement",Only in appropriate form.(-1/4),OIF(-1/2)
1u 5" Flight,"Jet Pack",x4 Non-Combat 1
1u +2" Running,"Wheels",x8 Non-Combat,has turn mode 0
1u 12" Swimming,has turn mode,1/2 END(+1/4) 1
3 Radio XMIT/REC,OIF(-1/2)
12 48 STR,1/2 END(+1/4) 0
3 Combat Driving 12-
8 4 Levels: with laser
3 Lockpicking 12-
3 Navigation 11-
3 Stealth 12-
1 TF,Small Spaceships
2 WF,Small Arms
Powers Cost: 189
Base Points: 175
15 Accidental Chg,"to robot form if stunned.",common,occur 11-
20 DNPC,"Humans in need of saving.",incompetent,appear 11-
10 Distinctive,"Giant Robot",easily concealable,major
15 Hunted,"By anti-Autobot forces.",as powerful,harsh,appear
5 Physical Lim,"No hands in vehicle mode.",infrequently,
15 Psych Lim,"Cares about other's welfare before his own.",
15 Psych Lim,"Serious",very common,moderate
15 Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing humans.",common,strong
5 Rep,"Heroic alien robot.",occur 8-
10 Rivalry,"with other Autobot espionage specialists.",
10 Watched,"By Autobot leaders.",more powerful,non-combat
Disadvantages Total: 140
Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 315
Explanation of the conversion: I decided to give Goldbug a small gun just so he had some sort of weapon. I based his size on an issue of the Marvel Transformers comic book where it stated that Bumblebee was 15 feet tall.
History (Marvel comics): Although the Autobot Bumblebee's body was destroyed (in G.I. Joe and the Transformers #1) his spark was still intact. A new body similar to the old one but improved, was built by Ratchet and Mainframe. Bumblebee resisted assuming his old role again. His brush with death had changed him: he was no longer willing to play the part of the cute, wisecracking "little brother." He no longer enjoyed the other Autobots' often patronizing attitude toward him, nor did he accept it. He now had a more serious even darker side. Some might say he matured. So rejecting much of his old self, he also rejected his name, Bumblebee. He wanted a new identity to go along with his new body. He chose Goldbug. He's more assertive now a change reflected in his promotion to the Autobot's Espionage Director. He's still a very engaging, affable fellow, but sometimes he can get downright gloomy when he's working, so much so that others are put off by him. He no longer feels other would like him to. He is no longer
interested in gaining their acceptance. He has come to realize that what others think about him is not nearly as important as what he thinks about himself, and lately, he generally fells very good about himself and thankful that he has another chance.
Goldbug was severely injured by Starscream when he gained cosmic powers from the Underbase (Transformers #50).
Eventually Autobot medic Ratchet rebuilt Goldbug using an experimental Pretender shell, and he became Pretender Bumblebee.
''C'mon, Huffer, get with it! I only require a drop of fuel to run, so I'm going to explore this whole planet -- especially since the Ark said so much of it is water, and Bumblebee's little levers love a good swim.'' - Bumblebee, Transformers #1
Powers: The formerly weak and fragile Bumblebee is now very strong and durable for his size as Goldbug, and he's
just as brave and smart as he ever always was.
Goldbug is even more fuel-efficient now than he had been as Bumblebee. He gets up to two and a half times
more use out of a unit of energeon than any other Autobot. He's faster and has greater range. He has extremely good
vision, better even than Optimus Prime. He can spot an object at 48 miles away on a clear day. He's an excellent
eavesdropper. He now also has improved hearing. He can hear a pin drop on the other side of a foot-thick concrete wall.
He is adaptable to underwater cold and hot environments. He has a peak efficiency operating range from -150 to +180 degrees
Fahrenheit. He carries a laser pistol and can utilize a standard Autobot jet pack.
Weaknesses: Goldbug only carries minimal firepower. He isn't as fast as most Autobot cars.
Links to other Goldbug pages:
Character created by Hasbro.
Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated - May, 2005