Goldbug for Champions (175+140)

"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	
	 Persistent(+1)                                              0
11c)	2 1/2D6 RKA,"Laser Gun",OAF(-1),7-8 Charges(-1/2),No	
	 Knockback(-1/4)                                             0
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.",
	 professional,PC rival
 5	Unluck,1D6
10	Watched,"By Autobot leaders.",more powerful,non-combat
	 influence,mild,appear 11-
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.

Goldbug 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).

Goldbug is born.Goldbug bites the big one.

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

Trivia: On the Transformers television show, the voice of Goldbug is played by actor Dan Gilvezan.

Goldbug 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 -
    Last Updated - May, 2005

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