|Function: Diversionary Tactician|
|"A look can be deceiving; a touch can be lethal."|
As the US version of Alternators lacked specific fiction or character bios, we can only look to Japan's version of Alternators, Binaltech, which came with character cards and bio information by Hirofumi Ichikawa, the information presented here is from the English translation by Doug Dlin.
After the Decepticons released a weaponized form of Cosmic Rust upon the Autobots stationed on earth, the EDC (Earth Defense Council) rushes to initiate Project Binaltech. With the help of several major corporations and auto manufacturers, several Transformers are given new bodies built by humans in an effort to save them.
The first Autobot to debut in this new man-made form was Smokescreen!
Smokescreen's new Binatech body was designed and manufactured by Fuji Heavy Industries, Inc. and STi, reproducing all of his original essential functions.
In vehicle mode Smokescreen can reach speeds of over 140 mph and can fire smoke cartridges from his tailpipe.
Smokescreen's original role was to ease the anxieties and fears of his team mates, and now in his new form has come to encourage his fellow Autobots and the development teams of the Binaltech project.
Smokescreen (Subaru Impreza WRC) Images
Smokescreen (Subaru Impreza WRC) Toy Information
|Release Date||December 2003 (2003)|
|Wave||Alternators Wave 1 (Assortment 1)|
|Filed Under||Alternators Autobots|
|Additional Themes||Smokescreen, Subaru Impreza WRC|
Smokescreen (Subaru Impreza WRC) Parts Information
|Additional Part Info |
Smokescreen included an handgun that transformed into a part of the car's engine in vehicle mode.
Smokescreen (Subaru Impreza WRC) Additional Info
Additional information on the Binaltech release from 2005 Boards member Smkscrn GT:
Only one version of Smokescreen was released in the Alternator line in America – the #8 car. In the Japanese Binaltech line, there were two versions – the #8 car and the #7 car. The #8 car had an ‘8’ printed on both doors and on the roof. It also had the drivers’ names written on the side rear windows – “Makinen” and “Lindstrom”. The license plate read: “S30WRT”. The #7 car had a ‘7’ printed on both doors and on the roof. It also had the drivers’ names written on the side rear windows – “Solberg” and “Mills”. The license plate read: “S40WRT”. Each name has the flag of that drivers' nationality next to it.
Another variant on this figure is “Smokescreen GT” (BT-07), which was only released in Japan as part of the Binaltech line and never made it to America as an Alternator. This version transformered into a Subaru Impreza WRC 2004 model car. Other changes to this figure included: revised front bumper, grille and wheels, and new sponsor labels and driver details. The GT figure also came with a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher and, like the BT-01 Smokescreen, came in two different variations – the #1 car and the #2 car.
Smokescreen GT’s bio is as follows, also translated by Doug Dlin: "In conjunction with Smokescreen's volunteering, the EDC's Advanced Technologies Development Bureau conducted the customization and function expansion of a GT System-compatible model in an experimental base, using the latest BT-model body frame made by Subaru. The "life force" that is the source of a Transfomer's life is propagated through its entire body by a "laser core," which is at the center of a force field. The GT System separately contains this laser core outside the body in subspace storage, and by synchronously connecting with translink ports installed on each BT terminal, it is able to breathe life into each of the multiply duplicated personality data. Each unit's memory data undergoes integration processing after it returns from an operation."
My source for the bio and other info on the GT figure is Wikipedia.
Additional wave for this figure includes 2 of Assortment 1.