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Template:In-universe/Transformers Long Haul is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes. He is usually depicted as a green and purple Decepticon dump truck and a member of the Constructicons.

Transformers: Generation 1Edit

Transformers character
Long Haul
Affiliation Decepticon
Sub-Group Constructicons
Function Materials Transport
Motto "A battle front is only as good as its supply line."
Alternate Modes Dump Truck, Crane
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2
Transformers: Classics
English voice actor Gregg Berger


Long Haul is a Decepticon dump truck and is a part of the Constructicon team. He is able to combine with his team to form the giant robot Devastator.[1]

Long Haul is not fond of his role as transport, ferrying construction materials to and fro on a Constructicon building site, and although he accepts its importance, he would much rather be a full-time warrior. He transforms into a dump truck and forms Devastator's lower torso.[2]

In a some early books, Long Haul is mistakenly referred to by Scrapper's early name, Gravedigger. Long Haul is called Long Haul in English Canada, but Costo in French Canada and Macigno in Italy.

Marvel ComicsEdit

Long Haul first appeared in issue 10 of the U.S. Marvel Transformers comics and last appeared in issue 41.

Animated seriesEdit

Long Haul first appeared in the episode "Heavy Metal War" with the other Constructicons.

He last appeared in the U.S. animated series in the season 3 episode "The Rebirth Part 1."

Long Haul appeared in the Japanese Headmasters series episodes "Four Warriors Come Out of the Sky" and "Operation: Cassette."

BooksEdit

Long Haul (called Gravedigger) was featured in the 1985 Find Your Fate Junior book called Dinobots Strike Back by Casey Todd.[3]

Dreamwave ProductionsEdit

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In Dreamwave Productions's 21st century re-imagining of the Generation One universe, it was revealed gradually that the Constructicons were responsible for pioneering the Combining process through a series of experiments on themselves, thus creating Devastator. The plans to Devastator's combining process were eventually stolen by the Autobots and refined, resulting in Superion as a counter. This in turn led to more Special Teams being built by both sides.

In the initial War Within series the Constructicons were responsible for activating Cybertron's planetary engines, under the command of Megatron eight million years ago. When Megatron disappeared into the depths of the planet fighting Optimus Prime, Starscream temporarily took command and had Scrapper prepare a process for the resurfacing of Cybertron, which would transform it into a mobile war-world. Scrapper cautioned against such an action, but Starscream ignored him, and prevented him from stopping it when the process was underway. 1.5 million years later, when Megatron and Optimus Prime were thought to have died in an early test of the Space Bridge transport system, and the Autobots and Decepticons splintered into several smaller factions, the Constructicons broke the treaty that had downgraded the combining teams to non-combat status by siding with Ratbat's Ultracons and battling Defensor. The various War Within series showed that the Constructicons' alternate modes were the Cybertronian variants of their Earth designs.

It is apparent that the Constructicons were not aboard the Ark when it crashed on Earth four million years ago, but they did eventually find their way to Earth and joined Megatron's forces there after they awoke in 1984. All the Transformers were rendered inactive in the explosion of the Ark II in 1999, but when they reactivated in 2001, Devastator was the main weapon in Megatron's attack on San Francisco. Rampaging through the city, he battled and defeated Superion, but was defeated by Optimus Prime through a point-blank blast to the face, which toppled the giant. His remains were recovered by the Earth Defence Command, and dissected and studied in their underground base. The ultimate fate of Devastator was not revealed, however, as a result of Dreamwave's closure.

Fun PublicationsEdit

In the Transformers: Timelines story "Games of Deception" Long Haul appears among Megatrons troops, reformatted into a crane. Dreadwing grabbed him by the throat during a fight and demanded to know why no one liked him.

ToysEdit

  • Generation 1 Long Haul (1985)
Based on a Diaclone toy. The toy is U.S. parent number D289069.[4]
  • Generation 2 Long Haul (orange)
An orange repaint of the original Generation 1 toy.
  • Generation 2 Long Haul (yellow)
A yellow repaint of the original Generation 1 toy.
  • Classics Scout Long Haul (2007)
Long Haul is no longer a dump truck and is now a crane - a repaint of the Transformers: Energon toys Wideload and Duststorm.

Transformers: EnergonEdit

Long Haul is the Japanese name for the Decepticon Duststorm. The character of Demolishor has a form which is a clear homage to Generation 1 Long Haul.

Transformers: Universe (Micromaster)Edit

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Universe Micromaster Long Haul toy
Long Haul
Affiliation Autobot/Decepticon
Japanese name Treader
Sub-Group Constructicons, Micromasters
Alternate Modes Dump Truck (Terex Titan)
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Universe

Over a decade since his last toy, Long Haul returned as a Micromaster. Again he is a dump truck - a repaint of a toy named Treader; previously only available in Japan. Long Haul is able to become a leg to the combined robot Devastator.

Although this Long Haul lacked any bio of his own, the Japanese bio for Treader states that Decepticon soldiers fear this taciturn 'bot's great fighting strength. Spark and Leif adore him like a big brother. Apparently, long ago, he incurred a debt to Crush-Bull that he could never repay and now serves him loyally.

ToysEdit

  • Generation 1 Treader (1992)
Packaged together with the other Sixbuilder members.[5]
  • Generation 1 Treader redeco (Autobot) (2003)
A redeco of the original mold.[6]
  • Generation 1 Treader redeco (Decepticon) (2003)
A redeco of Treader in green as a Decepticon.[7]
  • Universe Long Haul (2004)
Long Haul became part of the Micromaster Constructicon team, a repaint of the 1992 Japanese exclusive Micromaster named Treader. Long Haul and his fellow Micromaster Constructions combine to for the Micromaster Devastator.
The Micromaster Constructicons were initially a Kaybee store exclusive, but later on were found in other online stores. This version of Long Haul has never appeared in any official media.[8]


Transformers: Universe (Deluxe)Edit

Transformers character
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Universe Deluxe Long Haul toy
Long Haul
Affiliation Decepticon
Sub-Group Constructicons, Deluxe Vehicles
Partner Hightower
Alternate Modes Dump Truck
Series Transformers: Universe

Without any supporting fiction, it is unknown if this Long Haul is a new character, or somehow related to the other Long Hauls or Heavy Load.

ToysEdit

  • Universe Hightower with Long Haul
Long Haul is a recolor of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise toy named Heavy Load. He is packaged with Hightower. A Target store exclusive.


Transformers: Revenge of the FallenEdit

Transformers character
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Revenge of the Fallen Long Haul
Long Haul
Affiliation Decepticon
Sub-Group Constructicons, Fast Action Battlers, Micro Vehicles, Voyagers
Function Explosive Projectiles Specialist
Partner Hightower, Mixmaster, Overload, Rampage, Scavenger & Scrapper
Alternate Modes Caterpillar 773B dump truck
Series Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
English voice actor Neil Kaplan (video game)
Japanese voice actor Ryuzaburo Otomo

Long Haul is a Constructicon that appears in the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, along with their combined form, Devastator. He forms the right leg of Devastator and transforms into a Caterpillar 773B dump truck.[9]

Long Haul's individual robot mode was designed by freelance artist Josh Nizzi as fan art of the original character done in the style of the first movie. The fan art impressed the film's director Michael Bay enough to hire him on to the film. In fact, Bay was so impressed that Long Haul's final design bears little difference from the original art.

According to his biography Long Haul hates being used to transport his fellow Decepticon's stuff and would rather be fighting. According to Hasbro size charts he stands about 60 feet tall.[10]

Wired Magzine named Devastator and the Constructions one of the reasons to go see the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. [11]

Movie plotEdit

After coming to Earth, Long Haul works alongside Rampage, Scrapmetal and Mixmaster discovering Megatron's remains. To revive him, Long Haul, Rampage and Mixmaster kill Scrapmetal for his parts. One version of Long Haul later appears in Egypt's desert, searching for Sam Witwicky and Mikaela Banes with Starscream, Ravage and the other Constructicons. That same Long Haul participates in the final battle with the Autobots and the military and forms the right leg of Devastator. Devastator comes apart, however, when a rail gun is fired by a U.S. Naval destroyer at the Decepticon Combiner. The Constructicons survive and continue to battle throughout the fight. Eventually, Long Haul is incapacitated jet's missiles, which knocks off one of his wheels mounted on his shoulders; the U.S. airstrike is enough to kill him.

Video gamesEdit

Long Haul is among the playable characters in the 2009 Revenge of the Fallen video game by Activision. He gets charged with the destruction of a rail gun (and survives) given to the humans by the Autobots.

ToysEdit

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  • Revenge of the Fallen Legends Long Haul (2009)
A new mold. Can form robot or vehicle modes or combine into Devastator.[12]
This toy was initially sold individually in Japan, then as part of a 7 pack of Constructicons in the U.S.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Legends Long Haul redeco (2009)
A green and purple redeco, reminiscent of his G1 incarnation.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battlers Devastation Blast Long Haul (2009)
A new mold. Pictures of the card first leaked on the internet in February 2009.[13] Although this toy has an individual robot mode, it cannot combine with the other Constructicons into Devastator.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Combiner Long Haul (2009)
One of six Constructicons bundled in the Combiner Class Constructicon Devastator set. Can combine with other vehicles to form Devastator, but has no individual robot mode.
  • Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Long Haul (2009)
A Voyager Class figure that transforms from dump truck into robot, but does not combine with the other Constructicons. Features functional pistons that move the bed in truck mode. The figure's MechAlive feature consists of moving gears on his chest when his head is moved sideways and spring-like pistons in his legs.[14]
Also remolded in yellow as Payload for the Transformers toy line.
  • Transformers Legends Long Haul (2010)[15]
An all-new mold of Legends Long Haul which is more film-accurate than the previous one and will not be able to combine with the previous Legends Constructicons to form Devastator. [16]

ReferencesEdit

  • Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc.. p. 33. ISBN 1405304618. 

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