Gomess, check this out.
The small brethren of the Autobots and the Decepticons fled Cybertron long ago, in search of refuge from the never-ending war. The Mini-Con robots are living power batteries that larger robots use to enhance their already formidable weapons and abilities. Many Mini-Con teams were broken apart or destroyed utterly by the greed of the Decepticons, or the desperation of the Autobots. Now, only a few intact teams are left to roam the universe, living in peace and isolation from other Transformers.
That is a shared profile used on a boxed set released in 2010(?). The set consisted of maybe 10 Minicons....and (faction sigils aside) they were all refugees.
There might have been some mileage in exploring this version of segregated Cybertronian society, and it’s a pity we never got that.
Hasbro picked it up with the Minicon two-packs during "Cybertron". And, then Fun Publications made it *really* stupid in their comics.
It’s not bad per se, though I’m not a big fan of Lee’s style.
Nah, Lee sucks.
The creation of the saber sequence is one of the worst damned things I have seen in a TF comic, even counting some of the low points in the old Marvel US run.
In the cartoon, the mini-cons already had this ability, but in the Dreamwave series, it’s always the Decepticons who weaponize the mini-cons, at least up to this point. I can’t remember if that changes later on or not.
Barring the sourcebook, the Saber Jets are the only recognized combiner in the comics.
Sparkplug is perfectly justified in doing so, and yet Prime’s fears about the Mini-cons being captured and turned against the Autobots are also perfectly valid, as Sparkplug finds out when he and his group are almost captured by Starscream.
That sequence was well handled. It is one of the few times that I can think of that a TF story acknowedged that certain forms may not lend themselves to working/fighting in enclosed spaces.