is a fictional character
in the Transformers
storyline. He shouldn't be confused with Dauros
Transformers: Generation 1
Like several other Pretenders, Skullgrin's personality changed somewhat when he received his Pretender shell. Normally a cool, calculating combatant, inside the shell he becomes a rampaging engine of destruction that tries to destroy everything in his path, never retreating. It has been speculated that the shell has a personality of its own. However, the egotistical Skullgrin has a surprising personality quirk — he loves Earth and is fascinated by it. Making him very different from other Decepticons. In his affair with Circuit-Breaker, he actually bargained for fuel instead of fighting to avoid any casualties.
Skullgrin's Pretender shell is easily distinguishable by having the skull
of a bovine
animal for a head. The shell's dark gray color, multiple spikes, and skull ornaments on its belt
give it a menacing appearance, similar to Judge Death
. The inner Skullgrin robot transforms into a Cybertronian tank
Skullgrin would appear again in issue #49, "The Underbase Saga Part 3, Cold War!" In this story he was a member of the Decepticon forces under Scorponok's command. They were tricked into fighting the Decepticon forces under Ratbat's command by Starscream, who used the battle to steal Scorponok's ship and get to the Underbase.
In the Marvel Transformers comic, Skullgrin's most notable appearance was when he accidentally met the sci-fi actress Carissa Carr, who was starring in a new sci-fi monster thriller named Monstercon from Mars. The machine playing the Monstercon had broken down, and Skullgrin agreed to star as the movie's villain, replacing the Monstercon. This led to an enormously successful movie star career, but it was abruptly cut short by Circuit Breaker, who struck Skullgrin down after learning he was a Transformer robot instead of an organic monster.
Skullgrin was also featured on the cover of issue #54 "King Con". In the issue itself, he and Iguanus were dispatched by Scorponok to rig a transceiver on top of the Empire State Building to allow them to produce energon cubes. The plan was thwarted by the Autobot Micromasters. Skullgrin returned to the Scorponok-led Decepticons afterwards and served with them until the coming of Unicron.
Skullgrin made a brief appearance in the Transformers: Generation 2 comic series, as the lone surviving member of a party of Decepticons that were assaulted by the forces of Jhiaxus. He was killed while trying to radio Megatron for help.
In Dreamwave Productions
' re-imagining of the Transformers universe, Skullgrin was part of Starscream
faction. He was included in the party under Starscream who lost a shipment of Energon
's Lightning Strike Coalition
in the first issue of the second War Within
series. The series takes place prior to the pretenders getting their shells.
Skullgrin made his first IDW Publishing
appearance in The Transformers: Stormbringer
, where he was one of Bludgeon
's cultists. Capturing Jetfire
and the Technobots
, they then reanimated Thunderwing
with the intention of using him to destroy other worlds in the hopes of reviving Cybertron. Hoping to gain his own Pretender shell, Skullgrin and his fellow cultists were defeated by The Wreckers
- This toy is identical to the toy sold in Japan as Dauros.