This article is about the Recordicon from Generation 1 - for the Recordicon from Shattered Glass, see Howlback (SG).
Howlback is a Decepticon Mini-Cassette.
Ain't no howlaback, girl.

Howlback (ハウルバック Haurubakku) is a member of the elite Cobalt Sentries, the "public safety unit" of the Decepticon Secret Police. Howlback takes her job and position as an enforcer very seriously and will brook no dissent from anyone, even a fellow Decepticon. She carries herself with an elegant air, which masks the ice-cold killer at the core of her spark.

As part of her job of quelling insurgencies and arresting (or assassinating) suspected rebels, in panther mode she carries a set of "Multi-Track Missiles", but her real strength is in her "Feedbacker Shield", an energy barrier which absorbs energy attacks, allowing her to fire them back at the target of her choosing.


In 2016, Megatron promoted Barricade to head the Colbalt Sentries, and Garboil and Howlback to assist Barricade in his new assignment.



Alternate Universes

Apocalypse World

In the Apocalypse World alternative future, Howlback is believed dead, killed by Blaster.


Howlback has been played by Barricade, Bzero, and Zerombr.



  • "Howlback" is actually an audio term, essentially a synonym for "feedback".
  • Howlback's coloration is based on the individually boxed pre-Transformers Microchange version of the MC-02 "Microcassette Robo Jaguar" mold.
  • The Cobalt Sentries set had notoriously bad quality control in regards to Howlback's add-on weapons. There were numerous complaints of sets with two of the same-side weapon, leading to a lot of trading between fans and mailed-off replacement parts from Takara.
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