#170 (Deadly Games, part 1)
"I hope you don't think me RUDE, but I'll be running along!"
Chameleon was used to give more feeling and strength to a simple two-part UK story entitled 'Deadly Games'. Chameleon was sacrificed to the great gods of drama, in exchange for making the story more powerful, and giving it a more sinister and depressing feel.
Unlike most generic Transformers Chameleon had something unique: a special power! He had the ability to blend in with any background, effectively becoming invisible. Neat huh? His name, therefore, even makes sense! It's not just some random name plucked out of the air. It almost makes you think he's a real toy-based Transformer. Almost.
Chameleon was a Transformer on Cybertron working under the great Autobot leader Emirate Xaaron. He was sent on a simple information gathering mission; to investigate reports of off-worlders running around Tyrest, a Cybertronian city. What he discovered was an alliance between some aliens and the Decepticons!
Chameleon was, unfortunately, captured. And that's sort of where we meet up with him
We first see Chameleon when he's battling an alien named 'Hooligan'. Chameleon had been tossed in an Arena and forced to fight Hooligan for the amusement and sport of the Decepticons and their alien allies. Chameleon proved no match for Hooligan and was slaughtered.
When Ultra Magnus and the Sparkler Minibots investigated Chameleon's death, they discovered his severed arm and the alien/Decepticon alliance, but were captured in the process. (Magnus managed to put the pain on the aliens for what they did to Chameleon, though.)
Well, at least Chameleon would have a special power to write about in his tech specs. Not like Hasbro would GIVE him a toy, but if they did, he'd have a special power to write about in the tech specs. Isn't that cool? Don't answer that.
Chameleon might have actually made an interesting toy. He has Autobot insignia's, places where stickers might go. But more than that he has a clear link between his alt mode and robot mode. One could almost envisage him Transforming. It's actually quite impressive for an obscure character. Give Chameleon his own toy! That's what I say!!
I like Chameleon. His name works well. He served a purpose, but also died quickly. That's always good to see in an obscure character. But more importantly he had a fairly convincing robot and alt mode, AND he had a special power. What more could one ask for in a hi-then-die character?
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