I made these for fun. Not my best work but some of the drawings turned out really well and I wanted to share the ideas and story I cooked up for them. Also I was tired of my pictures coming out small and loosing focus, so they're kinda big now. The idea I had behind the Protectobots was what if the Autobot experimentation with combining didn't end with Safeguard? What if they took it just one step further? I like combiner teams, but your typical scramble city five-dudes into one has been done. I wanted to try something different, and homage something besides just the team? And because I'm obsessive, I looked to TFs past, and all it's reimaginings and close relatives. The idea is with this possibly amazing weapon in combination, but the extremely rare circumstances needed (Jetfire/Jetstorm's split protoform) that radical new experiments were needing to be tried. Megatron is defeated, but the war is not yet won. Decepticons still roam the distant corners of the galaxy, and while they become more threatened, they become more desperate. First up, is Streetwise: "Streetwise is the most selfless and giving robot I've ever met. When I was overlooking Wheeljack's list of potential candidates, Streetwise struck me as especially interesting. We had met long before, you see, during project Omega, though I did not realise until now. He served under Hot Spot Major, who was bonded to Eta Supreme. His service record detailed many heroics during the war, including... rescuing his captain with the help of his shipmates when the Omega Sentinel was near destruction, and Hot Spot Major was determined to go down with his ship. Streetwise would not leave without his captain and fellow crew members safe in escape pods, nearly expiring himself. For our program, this loyalty would be essential if the bonding is to succeed. Without the inherent symbiotic nature in their sparks, such as the case with Jetfire and Jetstorm, these three would need every advantage they can get to survive." -Perceptor Next is Blades: "Oh boy, Blades. This ram-damaged spawn of a glitch nearly damned the whole project. Wheras Streetwise was your typical loyal soldier and hero, Blades is... is phsyconator a word? It is now, add it to the dictionary, with this defect's picture next to it. Seriously, I'm not kidding. When we first met he was quite, innocent, but when I read his service record I realised what we were getting into. Repeated counts of him tormenting enemies on the battlefield, attacking friendlies for trvial things such as getting to close, and he apprently talks to himself, at lot. If he wasn't such a perfect match to the strict CNA guidelines Wheeljack cooked up, I'd have thrown him in the stockade with the rest of the crazies. To think we even considered testing the advanced flight technology on him. I hope Streetwise whips him into place sooner rather than later" -Sentinel Magnus Finally, Groove (I suck, suck, SUCK at drawing motorcycles, even made-up ones ): "When I caught wind of what Sentinel was doing, I initially had my concerns. Of course, being Magnus, he didn't let news slip of this highly controversial experimentation until well after it was underway. As such, I only got involved in the program briefly, and didn't get much time to interact with the candidates. One I did get to meet was Groove. You see, unlike Jetstorm and Jetfire, who wer enear death and who's reformatting saved them, these Autobots were three perfectly healthy soldiers who had never met before, and merely volunteered because Sentin- their planet, asked them. Groove took it well enough. He's a laid-back guy, but I expect it's a front. The look in his eyes, the way he carries himself, it's put-on. Like he wants to look like he's fine. Not much of history in his service record, just that he was a frontline combatant. I have to trust Sentinel, we all do, but I wonder with Megatron defeated, are the risks still worth it for absolute peace among our race?" -Optimus Prime And this is Defensor: "At last, the fruit of our labour. Defensor is, as of now, everything we could've hoped for. Strong, fast, and resolute, he is one of the most powerful Cybertronians crafted. When combined, Streetwise, Groove and Blades all retain their individuality, however Streetwise has dominence, and could be considered Defensor himself. In think the candidates have learned to work very well. Streetwise and Groove fell into place quite easily, but getting Blades to understand his role and accept it took some time. I fear it was only the realization that he is now capable of even more damage and pain that he gave in at all. While relatively weaponless as individuals, when combined Defensor's abilities consist of projectable self-sustaining shield arrays, concussive punches, a four-bladed melee weapon, blinding light-emiters, and various other tools and gadgets left over from the component Autobots. My only concern is the fact that the individuals, while cooperating, tend not to mingle. Groove is especially antisocial, and Blade's disturbing demeanor pushes him away,too. Sentinel could not care less, as he's more interested in teh PR side of it. 'Defensor' was hardly my first choice of a name, but Sentinel believed that the people needed less hostile terminology as the war is winding down. Perhaps he's right. Perhaps Defensor means just as much as an image as a weapon." -Perceptor So yeah, this it. I tried working in as many design nods and throwbacks to past Protectobots without it looking jumbled. I decided on the more darker colour scheme to reflect his less then cheery origins, and unintentionally Defensor sorta looks like Overlord. I like how Streetwise's vehicle mdoe turned out. I based it on that one Gobot who's name I forget, and other than that the only other non-TF homage is to Big Volfogg of Takara's Brave series GaoGaiGar. I tried to think of a badass police car when making Streetwise, and I recalled him, and also recalled how Big Volfogg's other components were a helicopter and motorcycle and, well, you get the rest.