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Grindor is the name of several fictional characters from the various Transformers universe.

Transformers: Armada

Grindor is one of the members of the Mini-Con Street Action Team.

Grindor is very creative and willing to try anything once. He possesses great intelligence and creativity. Tends to "think outside the box" to come up with solutions that others may miss. He is agile, but is not a very good combatant.

He combines with his Street Action Team partners to form Perceptor.

Animated series

During the Armada era of the Unicron Battles, Grindor was the Mini-Con partner to the human Carlos Lopez. He first appeared in episode #1, called "First Encounters" and last appeared in episode #52, called "Mortal Combat."

They seem to have eventually drifted apart, as Grindor spent much of his time around Kicker Jones in the Energon years in his new upgraded hovercraft form. He first appeared in episode #2, called "Energon Stars" and last appeared in episode #23, called "Each One Fights."

Although Grindor did not appear in the original Galaxy Force animated series, a small cameo was added to the final episode of the English translation, Transformers: Cybertron. In the episode "Beginning" the Autobots sent their ships out for the Space Bridge project, and adult Alexis, Carlos and Rad were seen waving goodbye to the Autobot ships, with the image of the Armada Street Action Team behind them.

Dreamwave Productions

Grindor first appeared in issue #3 of the Transformers: Armada comic series.

Grindor appeared among the Mini-Cons in issue #18 of the Transformers: Armada comic book who aided Over-Run using the Mini-Con Matrix in the defeat of Unicron.

In the Transformers: Energon comic series by Dreamwave Productions comics Perceptor appeared in issues #27-29 of the series. He originally appeared as part of the Autobot reinforcements under Jetfire who headed to Earth to fend off the Terrorcon invasion. Perceptor was part of the team who travelled to Los Angelesmarker to battle the Insecticon clones, alongside Landquake, Cliffjumper, Bulkhead and Tow-Line. They were in danger of being overwhelmed by the sheer number of clones until they were rescued by a surprising source - Megatron, resurrected in a new body by Optimus Prime. Megatron decimated the Insecticon clones, leaving the Autobots to help with the devastation.

Fun Publications

Grindor, in the form of Perceptor, appeared in the "Balancing Art" comic book by Fun Publications. He was among the the Mini-Cons loyal to the the Mini-Con council led by Anti-Blaze. He was aided by the Autobots in defeating the rebel Decepticon Mini-Cons led by Thrust. He later appeared at a meeting of the Autobot leaders and their human friends.


  • Armada Mini-Con Grindor' (2002)
The Armada Street Action Team included Grindor, Sureshock and Highwire.

  • Energon Mini-Con Grindor' (2004)
New molds, the Energon Street Action Team included Grindor, Sureshock and Highwire.
In 2005 this toy was repackaged in the Universe and sold in discount stores.

  • Cybertron Mini-Con Grindor vs. Scrap Iron' (2006)
A redeco of Energon Grindor, this toy was released as an Autobot. Instead of being released with the other members of his team in a 3-pack, he was released in a 2-pack with the Decepticon Scrap Iron.

Transformers: Universe

Grindor is one of the members of the Mini-Con Street Action Team. He is portrayed as an evil version of the character from Armada and is one of the Transformers working for Unicron. He combines with his Street Action Team partners to form Perceptor.

3H Enterprises

Grindor's only appearance, in the combined form of Perceptor, in the Universe storyline was as one of the Decepticons under the command of Reptilion in the Botcon 2004 voice actor play. He battled Silverbolt, Rattrap and Waspinator in order to secure two groups of dimensionally displaced Autobots from the RiD universe. However, the three groups of Autobots, together with a time-lost Autobot shuttle from the Great War, were able to defeat the Decepticons.


  • Universe Mini-Con Grindor'
Packaged with Universe Sunstorm, a redeco of the original Armada Grindor.

Transformers: Classics

Unrelated to the original Grindor is the leader of the Mini-Con Dirt Digger Team. Grindor's alternate mode and colors appear to be inspired by the famous monster-truck Grave Digger.

Fun Publications

Grindor received an expanded bio in the Transformers Collectors Club issue #16.

Grindor appeared in the story The New World by Fun Publications where the Dirt Digger Team attempted to aid Broadside in taking over Cybertron.


  • Classics Mini-Con Grindor' (2006)
Several Mini-Con teams originally intended for release under the Transformers: Cybertron banner were released late and relabeled Classics to expand the toyline further.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Grindor is a Decepticon in the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Movie plot

Grindor captures Sam, Mikaela and Leo after they escape the Decepticon Pretender Alice. The Decepticon then delivers them to an old warehouse where Megatron and Starscream are waiting. Grindor also appears in a fight scene in which he, Megatron and Starscream fight Optimus Prime, three against one. Grindor is killed by Optimus Prime when the leader of the Autobots climbs on top of him and tears his head apart with his energon hooks.

Video games

Grindor is among the playable characters in the 2009 Revenge of the Fallen video game by Activision.

In the Nintendo DS game [Revenge of the Fallen]: Decepticons Grindor, Sideways, Soundwave and Starscream greet a new Decepticon protoform and send him on a mission.


Although he is depicted as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter in the film and video game, the toy line reuses the molds for Blackout for his character, which are of the MH-53 Pave Low helicopters (which are based on CH-53Es).

  • Revenge of the Fallen Legends Grindor' (2009)
A light gray redeco of Legends Blackout.

  • Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battlers Grindor' (2009)
A light gray redeco of Fast Action Battlers Blackout.

  • Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Grindor' (2009)
A light gray redeco of Voyager Class Blackout. Comes with a black Scorponok mini-figure. This toy's fuselage is 25 centimeters long, while an actual Pave Low helicopter is 2235 centimeters long. This gives it a scale of about 1/89. With a robot toy height of 19 centimeters, Grindor should stand about 55 feet tall.
This toy was also packaged with Voyager Ratchet in a 2-pack called "Surface to Air Showdown"


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