Ruination was comprised of five molds previously seen in Generation One as the Combaticons, but the toys were all given new identities for the new line(s). Onslaught, the leader, became Mega-Octane. The other team members, surrounding Mega-Octane and starting clockwise from the top, are Movor, Rollbar, Ro-Tor, and Armorhide.
|Mega-Octane should have a chest plate, |
but it was lost at the time of writing, &
found two days after this post went live.
Besides the main vehicle mode, robot mode, and combined form, Mega-Octane has one additional mode that's more-or-less a simple carryover from its origins as a Combaticon (and, more accurately, as part of Japan's "Scramble City" concept for most G1 combiners). It's basically just the back of the vehicle mode opened up with a ramp put in place, intended to be a kind of base for other vehicles (like Rollbar here?) to be launched from, at least in the original Japanese G1 version (the Car Robots version seems to lack this feature, but I couldn't tell you why), but American releases have always neutered the launching feature as being potentially unsafe for kids.
Another carryover from the "Scramble City" days involves Ruination's combined mode. While it has always been true that limbs from this style of combiner could be mixed-and-matched, so that arms could be legs and vice-versa, the Robots in Disguise cartoon actually used this feature in the fiction, something fairly uncommon in American Transformers fiction at the time (of course, remember that RiD was essentially just a dub of the already-existing Car Robots cartoon). When the aerial units (Movor and Ro-Tor) were used as the legs, as seen in the first image above, Ruination was said to be "Land Mission" mode, with increased strength. When they were used as the arms, as seen to the left, Ruination was in "Flight Mission" mode with the ability to fly. No special name nor power was suggested if one of the aerial units was an arm while the other was a leg, but this already reflects a remarkable amount of thought given to how rearranging a toy's parts might affect its character's abilities, and I would like to see more of this in Transformers fiction.