The many heads of Trailbreaker

All the various interpretations of Trailbreaker's heads in Hasbro's and Takara's toylines, the G1 cartoon and comic books by Marvel, Dreamwave and 3H
Notes: Toy-wise, I count all heads that were designed with the intention to make the toy a new version of the "Trailbreaker" character from the get-go, including those that ultimately ended up with different names (e.g. Alternators Swindle/Rollbar and the head concepts for Cybertron Overhaul).



Takara's patent for the original G1 Trailbreaker toy designed by Kouzin Ohno, taken from the European Patent Office website.
The original G1 Trailbreaker toy from 1984 (head close-up only).
The original G1 Trailbreaker toy from 1984 (wider shot to include the force-field projector mount, or "radar scanner" as the toy's instructions call it).
The box artwork for the original 1984 G1 Trailbreaker toy.
Trailbreaker as he looked in the G1 cartoon (head close-up only), taken from the season 1 episode "A Plague of Insecticons".
Trailbreaker as he looked in the G1 cartoon (wider shot), taken from the season 1 episode "A Plague of Insecticons". Note how the force-field projector is mounted next to the head rather than behind it.
Marvel's The Transformers Universe profile for Trailbreaker.
Trailbreaker as drawn by Geoff Senior for Marvel UK's Transformers #84 (head close-up only).
Trailbreaker as drawn by Geoff Senior for Marvel UK's Transformers #84 (wider shot). Note how the force-field projector is mounted next to the head again.
The first model for Trailbreaker as drawn in the Japanese G1 manga featured inside TV Magazine (wider shot). Once again, the force-field projector is mounted next to the head.
The second model for Trailbreaker as drawn in the Japanese G1 manga featured inside TV Magazine (head close-up only).
The Trailbreaker decoy from 1986, clearly favoring the cartoon design (head close-up only).
The Trailbreaker decoy from 1986 (wider shot). Again, the force-field projector is mounted next to the head rather than behind it.
Trailbreaker as drawn by Pat Lee for Dreamwave's Transformers: Generation 1 (vol. 1) #4 (head close-up only). The first of several attempts to create a hybrid version of the toy head and the cartoon model.
Trailbreaker as drawn by Pat Lee for Dreamwave's Transformers: Generation 1 (vol. 1) #3 (wider shot). The force-field projector is attached to the back of the head, just like it was on the G1 toy.
Trailbreaker as drawn by Pat Lee for one of the covers of Dreamwave's Transformers: Generation 1 (vol. 2) #2 (head close-up only). The head itself appears to be based mode closely on the cartoon model, but the wider shot will give a surprising revelation.
Trailbreaker as drawn by Pat Lee for one of the covers of Dreamwave's Transformers: Generation 1 (vol. 2) #2 (wider shot). Theoretically, this appears to be the same hybrid design also used for the interior artwork of vol. 1, but unfortunately, Trailbreaker is drawn amazingly undetailed for a cover.
Dreamwave's Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye profile for Trailbreaker (head close-up only). Still a hybrid version, but leaning more towards the cartoon model.
Dreamwave's Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye profile for Trailbreaker (wider shot). Judging from the perspective, the force-field projector is apparently supposed to be mounted next to the head once again.
Trailbreaker as drawn by Don Figueroa for Dreamwave's Transformers: The War Within (vol. 1) #1 (head close-up only). Another toy/cartoon hybrid version, this time closer to the toy design again.
Trailbreaker as drawn by Don Figueroa for Dreamwave's Transformers: The War Within (vol. 1) #1 (wider shot). Judging from the perspective, the force-field projector is mounted behind the head this time, just like it was on the original toy.
Trailbreaker as drawn by Dan Khanna for 3H Enterprises' Transformers: Universe #1 (head close-up only). Yet another toy/cartoon hybrid version.
Trailbreaker as drawn by Dan Khanna for 3H Enterprises' Transformers: Universe #2 (wider shot). Once again, the force-field projector is mounted behind the head.
Early concept for a Binaltech/Alternators Trailbreaker toy, shown in the Japanese The Transformers Binaltech & TF Collection Complete Guide book. The head sculpt appears to be directly based on Dan Khanna's Universe hybrid design, but completely omits the force-field projector.
Early concept for the Binaltech/Alternators Trailbreaker toy, shown in the Japanese The Transformers Binaltech & TF Collection Complete Guide book (frontal view).
Control drawing for the Binaltech/Alternators Trailbreaker (Swindle) toy, shown in the Japanese The Transformers Binaltech & TF Collection Complete Guide book and the "system description" from the instruction booklet of the Binaltech Swindle toy (in the latter case with the Autobot symbol removed).
The Binaltech/Alternators Swindle toy, which the Trailbreaker concept originally ended up as. Just like with Sunstreaker, who was initially released as Dead End, Hasbro and Takara decided to release the Hound remold as a Decepticon instead.
An early draft for the character card artwork for the Binaltech Swindle toy (at that point possibly still intended to be Trailbreaker), shown in the Japanese The Transformers Binaltech & TF Collection Complete Guide book. The head is still based a lot more closely on the original Trailbreaker toy.
The character card artwork for the Binaltech Swindle toy, drawn by Hidetsugu Yoshioka.
The box artwork for the Alternators Swindle toy, redrawn by an uncredited Dreamwave artist from Joe Ng's box artwork for Alternators Autobot Hound (without Joe's involvement).
The Alternators Rollbar toy, a straight repaint of Swindle. Even though Hasbro did release an Autobot repaint of Swindle, they apparently couldn't use the "Trailbreaker" name (as evident by about half a dozen failed attempts at releasing a new Trailbreaker toy in the past few years), and therefore decided to give him an entirely different color scheme as well.
The box artwork for the Alternators Rollbar toy, drawn by Marcelo Matere.
The first of four abandoned concepts for the head of what would ultimately end up as the Cybertron Overhaul toy (Galaxy Force Jackshot in Japan), drawn by Eric J. Siebenaler. As the unlocked Cyber Key content for Overhaul on Hasbro's website revealed, the toy was originally intended to be named "Trailbreaker" both by Hasbro and Takara, which is why this concept sports what looks like an homage to G1 Trailbreaker's force-field projector… this time directly integrated into the head design!
The second concept for the head of Cybertron Overhaul/Trailbreaker, and also the one that appears to be the most closely based on the original G1 character's head (or, more specifically, on one of the many toy/cartoon hybrid versions). The force-field projector homage is larger in this version… and the only element actually shared with the previous version.
The third concept for the head of Cybertron Overhaul/Trailbreaker. This one sports a lot of similarities with the previous version, but looks less like an homage to G1 Trailbreaker's head. The force-field projector homage is the only element left that makes this stand out as a G1 Trailbreaker homage.
The fourth and last concept for the head of Cybertron Overhaul/Trailbreaker from Hasbro's website. Looking like a more evolved version of the third concept, the force-field projector homage is once again the only element shared with G1 Trailbreaker.