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Name: G2 Long Haul
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Transport
Alternate Mode: Dump Truck



TRUCK MODE
Height: 4cm Length: 9cm Width: 4cm

   A yellow dump truck with some flashes of bright purple above the front tyres, Long Haul is a pretty straightforward repaint of his G1 equivalent. The yellow dominates this toy, purple is little more than an afterthought here. There are some silver stickers in the tray with some mechanical detail. Long Haul has six black ridged tyres, a single set at the front and a double set at the back (four on one axle). The colours work very well - this type of truck is usually yellow or orange - and since he's mainly one colour, Long Haul's one of the better G2 repaints.

   Long Haul is more of a mining truck than dump truck, although he was usually portrayed as the latter in the cartoon, both in scale and use. He has a single side cab setup, which is on his left. There's a rather odd looking bump at the back of the tray, which is needed for the transformation (so his thighs can clear his knees), and you can sort of see his robot arms at the sides, but otherwise he's a nice looking truck. The biggest problem is the fact that the tray itself and the front lip of the tray are not attached to one another, so if he wants to empty his tray he's going to look very strange.

   A good truck mode, and while you can't really do anything with him other than roll him, the twin rear tyres give him wqasi-axles he does have twin rear tyres, so he rolls better than most other Constructicons. A tipping tray would have been nice to see, but I'm happy enough with a tasteful and realistic G2 repaint.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold back the tray and split the side to form the legs. Fold the whole affair underneath the front section, flip back the tray lip, fold up the head. Pull out his arms and fold out the fists.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: 5cm

   Along with Bonecrusher, Long Haul doesn't really have much purple in his robot mode. His arms are purple, as well as a pole on the right shoulder, but that's it. The head & fists are black, thighs silver, the rest is yellow. I've always though he looked a little odd with only his arms being purple, but it's worse in the cartoon, since there he has a light grey head, so he's all light except for his dark arms. The all yellow actually works better than the all green in my opinion, even if the purple used here is brighter than in G1.

   Long Haul is unusual amongst G1 Transformers in that his robot mode is asymmetrical. His right shoulder has the pole mentioned previously, which is there for his Devastator mode, and his left shoulder has the cockpit. This asymmetry doesn't at all hurt his appearance, though. There's not much poseability - his shoulders swing and that's it.

   His lower legs are concave as a result of being the two halves of his tray, and they do look strange. In fact, combined with the lack of purple anywhere but the arms, they drag this mode down. The positive is that he doesn't have a big tray hanging off him somewhere like Heavy Load. The boots do look slightly better in yellow - it doesn't highlight up the strange boots as much as the green did.

   It's not a bad robot mode, but isn't the strongest either. The new colours do this mould a favour, and I quite like Long Haul in yellow. Considering how old the mould is, a robot mode like this without any significant kibble is an achievement.

VARIATIONS

   As with all of the G2 Constructicons, Long Haul came in either yellow or orange. I have the more common yellow version.

OVERALL

   Whilst Long Haul is still the weakest Constructicon, the yellow G2 repaint works in his favour. Not only does the yellow make more sense for the vehicle mode, it also masks some of the shortcomings in robot mode. Long Haul's colours are pretty good for a G2 toy. Whilst I'd recommend G1 Devastator over G2, this guy is actually an improvement. Since most people acquire Constructicons to assemble Devastator, Long Haul is probably only worthwhile if you're putting together G2 Devastator - 6/10

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