Drag, Grouch, Seething, Hot-headed, Grumpy, and Whiner. Those aren’t words from his techspec, but they might as well be. No, those are the translations of just some of G1 Huffer’s names in other countries. His techspec actually has these kind words instead,
“Huffer is cynical, hard-boiled, and pessimistic.”
Basically this little guy is just a bummer to be around. However, unlike a majority of the personality quirks a lot of other Transformers are imbued with, Huffer is actually a pretty sympathetic character. Why is he such a downer? No, it’s not because he shares a name with people who inhale toxic fumes from household products to get high. From his bio:
“Huffer is prone to severe bouts of depression as a result of his homesickness. At these times he is often inconsolable and of little value to the other Autobots.”
*sniffle* The poor little dude just wants to go home!
As one of the Microbots, he actually is a little dude.
Another point of consternation for Huffer may be how much his toy robot mode differs from both his cartoon appearance and comic book bio character model.
His entry in Who’s Who in the Transformers Universe gives him an odd curved hood rather than the square one that he sports in toy, cartoon, and a majority of his actual comic book appearances.
One thing they can all agree on is his alt mode. Adorable, isn’t it?
Another thing Huffer would be totally justified in complaining about is that it was 2007 before he would even see an update, and then only as a Botcon attendee exclusive toy. A quick check of ebay shows that he goes for roughly $30 + shipping, which is a little bit much for a Scout class vehicle, and minus the head-in-a-box design, he’s just not Huffer in my mind. Another little oddity that popped recently is a design that was drawn up for a Masterpiece update of Huffer.
An odd choice, it seems highly unlikely that this will ever make it past the design stages. However, for only $18 ($15 when I ordered him) and free shipping through iGear, you can get
Huffer Rager instead.
Second in their series of “Mini Warriors” (the first being Seaspray, but Hasbro already did him an epic update), this toy is splendid, and in a scale Hasbro doesn’t do any more, this (not)Huffer is perfect.
I honestly wasn’t expecting much at that price point from a third party group, but I really should have known better after their amazing Kup upgrade heads. Taking cues from the original toy as well as the cartoon, this articulated, gun-toting little guy is an awesome update, worthy of anything Takara or Hasbro could have imagined.
Just amazing. I strongly recommend this release for anyone with a Huffer-sized hole in their Classics shelf.