I promised myself I would not point out the fact that the Decepticon named Long Haul essentially forms the stomach and rear-end area of Devastator. Obviously I lied.
Furthermore, I promised myself that I would also not point out that the Decepticon that forms the stomach and rear-end of Devastator transforms into a dump truck. Obviously not only did I lie, but I also have the sense of humor of a seven year old.
Meanwhile, back in the very serious Adult Toy Collector land, we have Long Haul, the Decepticon Dump Truck who forms the… lower half of Devastator’s torso.
Long Haul has a somewhat misplaced (for a Decepticon at least) work ethic; “Unhappy with unglamorous role, but understands its importance”. He is basically the Constructicons’ materials hauler. This can lead to a little bit of understandable frustration when you’re surrounded by folks like the master designer, Scrapper, and the brilliant but mad chemist, Mixmaster, but not nearly so much as the “snobbish, supercilious, unpopular perfectionist” Hook.
An engineer with an artistic bent, Hook’s redeeming quality is that he has “the precision of a fine jeweler”. That’s not a quality you find in many evil robots, arrogant or not. His toy’s robot mode does a pretty decent job with the problem many transformers with crane alt modes have. Basically a decent looking front end.
But on a lot of them, from the back it’s all construction equipment and dangling crane arms. Hook’s is actually nicely proportioned and doesn’t rest on the ground.
Long Haul has a one of the weakest robot modes of the Constructicons. He has arms that can barely reach past his entire truck cab for a chest with long, thin, and hollow legs .
Then there’s the secondary alt modes. Other than the large extra weapon, Hook’s addition of Devastator’s folded up head really does nothing but impede his crane arm.
Whereas Long Haul’s adds weaponry while completely eliminating the useful part of his alt mode, the bed of his dump truck.
I should really stop ending with these kooky secondary alt modes. Kind of anti-climactic.