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Spinister is the name of four fictional characters from the Transformers series. The first is one of the Decepticon Targetmasters who turns into a helicopter.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Generation 1 Spinister box art
Name Spinister
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generations
Alternate modes Apache Helicopter, Cybertronian Helicopter
Function Aerial Assault
Gender Male
Motto "Respect your foes' abilities as you would your own."
Partner Singe and Hairsplitter
Rank 7
Sub-group Double Targetmasters

Fictional biography

An eerie aerial adventurer. As much of a mystery to his fellow Decepticons as he is to his enemies. Talks little, reveals less. Spends most of his time off on his own. Enjoys scaring unwary Autobots and then attacking them while they're off guard. Equipped with infrared attack sensors in helicopter Mode. Teamed with two Nebulans: Singe, who converts to a dual flamethrower and Hairsplitter, who turns into a twin lock-target laser rifle.

Animated series

Although the animated series ended in the US before Spinister was released, he appeared in animated form along with the Double Targetmasters in commercials for the toys.[1]

While an animated Transformers series continued in Japan at the time, the Double Targetmasters were not released in Japan, and therefore didn't make it to television there.


Spinister was among the Decepticons featured in the 1988 book and audio adventure Autobot Hostage by Ladybird Books. In the story he escourted the surrendering Optimus Prime to the Decepticon headquarters. Spinister is only seen in helicopter mode and is not depicted with Targetmaster partners.[2][3]


Dreamwave Productions

Spinister and his partners did receive a full page biography in Dreamwave's More Than Meets The Eye series.

Fun Publications

Spinister appears in the 2012 BotCon Invasion lithograph by Casey Coller and Josh Perez.[4]

IDW Publishing

In Spotlight: Blaster Spinister appeared in a flashback among the Decepticon forces led by Razorclaw who attacked the Autobots on Cybertron just after Blaster was attacked.[5]

Spinister first appeared in The Transformers: Stormbringer #4. He was among the Decepticon forces sent against Thunderwing when the Wreckers were unable to stop him.

He later appeared Megatron: Origin #2.

Marvel Comics

Spinister appeared as one of Thunderwing's Decepticons during the "Matrix Quest" in issue #63-66. He wasn't referred to as a Targetmaster.

He last appeared in issue #74, "The Void".

Other appearances

Spinister appeared in Lil Formers issue 65, "Spinister" by Matt Moylan, where the origin of his name is revealed.[6]


  • Hasbro Transformers Spinister with Singe and Hairsplitter (1988)
Spinister came with his two Targetmaster partners.[7][8]
  • Reprolabels Classic Spinister (2010)
A custom label set made to make Universe Swindle into Desert Storm Spinister.[9]
  • Transformers Timelines Deluxe Spinister (2012)
A recolor of Hunt for the Decepticons Tomahawk. A BotCon 2012 exclusive. He came packaged together with Timelines Octopunch
  • Hasbro Transformers: Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Spinister with Hairsplitter and Singe (2016)
A recolor of Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Alpha Bravo. Turns from robot to helicopter. Forms any limb of Thunder Mayhem.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers character
Name Spinister
Series Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Alternate modes MH-53 Pave Low helicopter
Gender Male
Partner Thundercracker
Sub-group Legends

Spinister was released as part of the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen toy line.


  • Revenge of the Fallen Legends Spinister (2009)
A redeco of Legends Blackout. This was available in a Kmart exclusive equipped in a 4 - Legends pack with his partner Thundercracker.

Kre-O Transformers

Transformers character
Kreon Spinister
Name Spinister
Series Kre-O Transformers
Alternate modes Helicopter
Gender Male
Sub-group Kreons

Spinister is a Decepticon aligned Kreon Micro-Changer. He can fly in helicopter mode.

Spinister has blue eyes, which is most common on Autobot Kreons. Most Decepticon Kreons have red eyes.

Fictional biography

I am known as SPINISTER. I am dark, silent and dangerous. You are one of the few to hear of me and survive, so keep it on the down low, all right? I can’t have a bunch of squishy humans blabbing my name and ruining my mysterious rep.

Hobby: Hiding fusion bombs in the Autobot restroom.

Dark Secret: Terrified of Galvatron.

Best Friend: His beam cannon.

Animated series

Spinister appeared in the animated short "Quest for Energon".[10]


  • Kre-0 Transformers Kreon Micro-Changer Spinister (2012)
Part of the blind packed preview wave of Kreon Micro-Changers. His package has the identifying number 7 as the last digit on the serial number at the bottom of the package.

Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Name Spinister
Alternate modes Helicopter
Gender Male

Fun Publications

Spinister appeared in Another Light where he and Needlenose had set up shop on New Cybertron.[11]


  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeMPIqV_n3c
  2. http://www.green-ranger.com/stuff/ladybird/09-hostage/
  3. John Grant (1988). Autobot Hostage. Ladybird Books. ISBN 0721411185. 
  4. http://tformers.com/transformers-botcon-2012-transformers-invasion-box/17534/news.html
  5. http://www.the-hub.co.uk/reviews/comics/idw/blaster/index.html
  6. http://www.lilformers.com/blog/2007/10/08/10082007/
  7. http://www.tfu.info/1988/Decepticon/Spinister/spinister.htm
  8. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 74. ISBN 0764313649. 
  9. http://www.reprolabels.com/Classics/spinister.php
  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jucj9IJFKYU
  11. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Eryck Webb (p), Eryck Webb (i), Evan Gauntt (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "Another Light Part 6 - The Future Buried" The Transformers Collectors Club 66 (December/January 2016), Fun Publications

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