Ah, the Lithones. I don't think anyone in the Transformers fandom has ever cared about the Lithones. I'm not sure I care about the Lithones that much. But will that stop me from talking about them? No sir! With the re-release of TFTM, this seems as good a time as any to bring this up. I'm pretty sure you all know how the '86 movie begins. The planet Lithone is devoured by Unicron, and only two of its inhabitants escape by shuttle-craft. Wait! Two? Don't Hot Rod and Kup only meet Kranix in their prison cell on Quintessa? Yes - but before that, as they're being lead into the judge's chambers, a Lithone is judged guilty and dumped into the Sharkticon pit. Why does this matter? Because it's the only other NAMED Lithone - Arblus! Yes, like Kranix, Arblus survived the destruction of Lithone only to be captured and excuted by the Quintessons. But didn't Arblus get killed by Unicron? We heard his death scream!, you might say. Ah, there was a scream, there was a death... but it wasn't Arblus. We can SEE the Lithone in the escape ship that Unicron eats - and, as one can see from the images above and below, it's not Arblus. No pointy shoulders. No weird fins on forearms. Now, Arblus by trade is pretty obscure. Here then is Arblus' Marvel model from the Transformers Universe books, with his correctly-colored Movie model from the Japanese G1 Character Archive Book. And from the recent TFTM comic adaption by IDW, where, uh... he's colored as the wrong Lithone entirely. Oops. But this is not the end of our Lithone-quest. Years ago, when frame-by-framing the film on VCR, I noticed something... weird... on Lithone. Not the little kids running around, no. As Unicron is attacking the planet, we see THIS guy. He doesn't match the aesthetic of any other Lithone - in fact, he looks like a hardsuit from Bubblegum Crisis, except that series didn't start until 1987. Is he Lithone's superhero, who couldn't do anything in the face of the devourer of worlds? Who knows. Further Lithone weirdness? Why not! The awesome Japanese guidebook Transformers: Generations shows a pair of female Lithone character models. But... neither of them match the two female Lithones we see in the movie itself! The ones in the film are far less detailed, for one. However, at least one of those models didn't go unused - it somehow made its way to a Season 3 animation studio, where it was used for Wreck-Gar's "Junkion Lady" from The Big Broadcast of 2006! Thus ends what may be the most comprehensive look at species that was snuffed out in about two minutes.