Transformers Triple Changers Commercial (1986)
Broadside Image Courtesy of Botch's Transformers Box Art Archive

Transformers Triple Changers Commercial (1986)

Broadside Image Courtesy of Botch’s Transformers Box Art Archive

As we can see from this commercial from back in 1986, the Autobots were in a bit of trouble thanks to the deviousness of those two Decepticons Astrotrain and Blitzwing. Thankfully for us kids of the 80s we could head to the toy store and booster the Autobot forces with Sandstorm and Broadside (Which is one of the most awesome Transformer names ever!).

Sandstorm Image courtesy of Botch’s Transformers Box Art Archive

Sadly I never owned Broadside nor Sandstorm but I did get Springer for Christmas and he was one of the neatest Transformers in my honest opinion so it’s all good. Years later I learned that while Broadside looked neat there was the whole issue that he has with heights and water, yeah I’m serious, he has a fear of heights in his jet mode and gets ‘seasick’ as a carrier. Harsh existence.

Make sure to visit Botch’s Transformers Box Art Archive for even more awesome box art from the glory days of the Transformers toy line.


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Hmm… I’m certain that I recall this commercial being posted here within the past week or two…. *shrug* It might have been some other site.

    I always wanted a triple changer back in the day, but never got one. I did get punch/counterpunch who is a triple changer of sorts (2 robot modes instead of 2 vehicle modes), and sixshot, the six changer.

    One thing that I always found very flawed about broadside was the fact that he transformed from a jet to an aircraft carrier which such a jet could land on.

  2. I had Blitzwing back in the day, and my brother had Astrotrain. I never knew about these other triple-changers.

    My daughter brought Blitzwing in to kindergarten last year for show and tell. It made her (even more) popular with the boys, and showed them what REAL Transformers look like. :)

    My Blitzwing has aged pretty well, I think. The missiles no longer shoot out, but are happy to fall under the force of gravity when you point the thing downward and push the button.

    Great post. Thanks, Vic.

  3. Thanks for the kind words, Shinto! Blitzwing truly was awesome as a toy and character. Does anyone happen to remember when in the animated series he quit being a Decepticon? It was because of Galvatron’s leadership…or the lack of leadership I should say. I think it may have been at the end of the three-part opening for the third season.

  4. I don’t remember that with blitzwing, but something similar did happen with octane.
    In fact, the hub had a couple episodes a few days ago, featuring some of the less used triplechangers. There was thief in the night, which featured broadside and octane, then there was starscream’s ghost, with octane and sandstorm. Octane stole trypticon in thief in the night, so galvatron ordered him killed in starscream’s ghost.

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