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|“||A battlefront is only good as its supply line||„|
|~ Long Haul's motto|
Official Toy Biography
"Unhappy with unglamorous role but understands its importance.... helps build Decepticons' massive energy-recovery installations. As vehicle, can carry 90 tons for 1200 miles, use a dual heat-seeking missile mount. As torso module, combines with fellow Constructicons to form giant robot "Devastator". Can be goaded into a fight which he's overmatch."
Prior to the events of G1, Long Haul, alongside his fellow Constructicons are originally peaceful neutral Autobots who build Crystal City & are friends with Omega Supreme. Alongside his teammates, Long Haul was brainwashed & reprogrammed by Megatron's Robo-Smasher into serving the Decepticon cause. He & his team send Omega Supreme on a fool's errand so that they can destroy their precious creation: Crystal City. After destroying it, he was hunted & reprogrammed by Omega Supreme back to normal but the collosal Autobot's efforts were a failure as the Robo-Smasher's brainwashing can never be undone & instead, it upgraded Bonecrusher & his teammates with a new ability: to merge into Devastator, who then tries to brainwash Omega Supreme with the Robo-Smasher, only to fail as he struggled to free himself. This encounter left Omega Supreme into an emotionless robot who swore vengeance.
Long Haul first debuted in season 1 episode "Heavy Metal War". He is first seen with his teammates stealing construction materials from humans & delivering them to Megatron & the Decepticons. Megatron later send him & his team into the Ark to destroy Teletraan-1, only to be stopped & exposed by the Dinobots, forcing him to merge into Devastator. Devastator was tricked by Hound's hologram of "Halonix Maximus" & was shot by Optimus on the chest, causing the huge Decepticon combiner to disassemble & fell into the lava.
Long Haul however survived the fall & reappeared in season 2 as a recurring minor villain. He is seen in the episode "City of Steel" where his teammates bringing down the Empire State Building & replacing it with a Cybertronian fortress. He carried away most of its remains. Long Haul also carried Optimus Prime when Hook dissassembles him. He also merged into Devastator to stop the reassembled Autobot leader from retrieving his right arm.
In the episode "Autobot Run", Long Haul aided in the creation of the Transfixatron, a device meant to disable transforming into robot mode that keeps the Transformer into alt mode. Long Haul also aided in the creation of a car crushing machine. He also merged with his teammates into Devastator when the Autobots regained their transforming ability, only to end up having a taste of their own medicine.
In the episode "The Core", Long Haul witness his teammates creating a massive drill into gaining geothermal energy from the Earth's core. Mixmaster tasked him into carrying his mixing drum full of chemicals after Scavenger near upset the project. He then merges into Devastator with his teammated when the Autobots spotted them & to drove them away. Chip Chase came with an idea to make Devastator turn against his allies by secretly planting dominator discs into the Constructicons. Long Haul is among the Constructicons planted with dominator discs & once he & his teammates merged into Devastator, he soon went under Autobot control. Megatron knew of this scheme & fought back by regaining control of their champion. Chip & Wheeljack fought back by activating the dominator discs again. Their fight over control of Devastator fried his logic circuits, causing him to go berserk & destroy everything on his path, regardless of faction. A conjoined forces of the two sides were able to calm him down & disassemble back into the Constructicons. Bonecrusher & his teammates then decided to stop the massive drill they themselves created by merging into Devastator & diving into the lava to stop the drill, which had been a success.
Long Haul appeared in the episode "The Master Builders", where his leader Scrapper made a deal with Autobots Grapple & Hoist in building his Solar Power Tower, while claiming they "left" the Decepticons. They returned to the headquarters where they are greeted by a furious Megatron & his Decepticons pointing their weapons at them. After Scrapper explained, Megatron allows them to return to the Autobots with a present. Long Haul carried a cargo full of energon cubes to serve as "proof" they left the Decepticons. Long Haul & his teammates then began stealing construction materials from the humans to help Grapple in his Solar Power Tower. He though he is finally going to build some but unfortunately, Hook ordered him to carrying solar panels around as well as carrying the materials, much to his dismay that he complained. After successfully finishing the tower, the Constructicons merge into Devastator & betrayed Grapple & Hoist, while giving the tower to Megatron as a prize. The Autobots soon arrived, after gaining suspicion & fought Devastator by tricking him into crushing the tower itself. With the tower destroyed, Megatron & the Decepticons retreated.
Despite being the Constructicons' porter, Long Haul was present without his teammates in the episode "The Golden Lagoon" where he joined the other Decepticons into covering them selves with electrum, as well as temporarily guard the pool & leaving the guard duty to Dirge.
Long Haul was temporarily seen as a "heroic" Constructicon by the humans in the 2-part episode "Megatron's Master Plan" thanks to Megatron making a bargain with Shawn Berger. After Megatron reveals his true intentions, which in turn left Berger humiliated, Long Haul & the Constructicons were tasked of enslaving the humans & guarding them. He was soon driven away when the Autobots returned from their exile.
Long Haul once again reencountered his old friend Omega Supreme in the episode "The Secret of Omega Supreme". He was tasked by his teammates into carrying the rocks as his teammates mined energy from the asteroid. They were soon confronted by Omega Supreme who fought them, whil unintentionally cracking the asteroid that freed a huge asteroid beast, whom he ignored. He manages to defeat Devastator & left him to deal with the alien beast.
In the 2-part episode "Desertion of the Dinobots", Long Haul & his teammates were then tasked into guarding the Decepticon Space Bridge delivering Cybertonium from Shockwave from intruders. He tried to drove off the Dinobots, only to fail so they merged into Devastator with the exemption of Scavenger, who was caught offguard & still failed to stop the Dinobots.
Long Haul & the Constructicons also served Blitzwing in the episode "Triple Takeover" after he & Astrotrain overthrowed Megatron & Starscream & made a bargain with them. They also build a trapped labrynth to capture Autobots. Long Haul most likely carried the captured Autobots & let his teammates reassemble turn them into a throne.Due to Blitzwing refusing to end the bargain & insulting them into building a bridge & jump off of it, Scrapper ordered the Constructicons to merge into Devastator as a revenge & claim their end of the bargain. Even when Megatron returned & defeated Blitzwing & Astrotrain, this did not calm Devastator as he continued to fight the Decepticons out of anger, forcing them to fight him. After defeating the Decepticon combiner, he is scolded & given a warning.
In the episode "Starscream's Brigade", Long Haul & the Constructicons were assigned by Megatron in defeating Starscream's new minions: the Combaticons, only to be defeated. He & his teammates' combined form is also no match for the Combaticons' combined form Bruticus, who easily defeated him. Devastator's defeat is soon avenged when Menasor arrived & defeated Bruticus.
Long Haul was also present in creating a ruby powered laser cannon as seen in "Masquerade".
Long Haul made an appearance in "Transformers: The Movie" as one of its minor villains. He joined Megatron's Decepticon forces into attacking an Autobot ship, killing Ironhide, Prowl, Brawn, Gears & Ratchet in the process. He then joined the attack on Autobot City by merging with his teammates into Devastator to breach the gates, only to be defeated by the Dinobots & ended up retreating to Astrotrain. He was seen carrying an injured Kickback. With Megatron in a dying state, the Decepticons began to argue who should be the new leader. Scrapper suggested Devastator should be the new leader & Long Haul & the rest of the Constructicons supported him. Rumble & Frenzy in turn refuses & suggested Soundwave instead & uses their piledriver against Devastator, causing him to disassemble. Due to the heavy load, Astrotrain convinces the Decepticons to dump their casualties. Bonecrusher then suggested a fight of the fittest so they could dump the weak Decepticons. After the fight, Long Haul & the rest of the Decepticons then dumped Megatron, Thundercracker, Skywarp & the Insecticons into space. Long Haul was also present in Starscream's coronation as the new Decepticon leader as well as his death at the hands of Galvatron. He & the remaining Decepticons were tasked in hunting down the Matrix of Leadership.
With the roles of the Constructicons diminishing into minor roles, Long Haul is seen alongside his teammates in the 3rd season as minor antagonists. In the 5-part episode "5 Faces of Darkness" after the events of the movie, Long Haul & the rest of the Decepticons are exiled on the planet Chaar. He & his teammates quickly rushed to get energon scraps from Astrotrain, only to be interrupted by Menasor. The Constructicons merged into Devastator to immediately claim their share but were easily defeated thanks to an exhausted Bonecrusher. After making an alliance with the Quintessons, Long Haul & the Constructicons build Trypticon out of a populated human city, unaware of the consequences. He then shot Sky Lynx when he arrived with Metroplex' transformation cog before being disabled by the Quintessons who were on Cybertron. He was soon freed when Spike destroyed the large switch.
In the episode "Carnage in C-Minor" Long Haul & the Constructicons constructed a giant set of engines on a meteorite meant to destroy Metroplex. They plan was interrupted by the Autobots so Long Haul immediately merge into Devastator, only to be flattened by a cunning Broadside, who transformed into his aircraft carrier mode. He also merge into Devastator to stop the Autobots on Eurythma, only to be blasted by a precise shot from Perceptor.
Long Haul is among the Decepticon forces who attacked the exiled Autobot planet Paradron, homeplanet of the Autobot Triple Changer Sandstorm, in the episode Fight or Flee.
Long Haul was last seen in the 3-part season finale of season 4 "The Rebirth" as one of the Decepticon forces who attacked Cybertron.
Transformers Film Series
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