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Name: Long Haul
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Transport
Alternate Mode: Dump Truck



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

   Like most of the Constructicons, Long Haul's mostly green as a truck. He has splashes of purple, and black tyres, but otherwise he's all green. Which is fine, he looks pretty good as a truck. 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, although you can't really do anything with him other than roll him, he does have twin rear tyres, so he rolls better than most other Constructicons.

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, he's a Constructicon that doesn't really have much purple in his robot mode. His arms are purple, as well as a pole on the right shoulder, that's it. The head & fists are black, thighs silver, the rest is lime green. 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.

   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.

   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.

VARIATIONS

   There was the late G1 "European" Long Haul & the yellow orange G2 versions, but no variations of G1 Long Haul as such.

OVERALL

   In my opinion, he's the weakest Constructicon. I still like him, and he looks a lot better as a toy than his cartoon counterpart, but I still like him less that the others. He does have one of the cooler characters of the set though, and hey you _need_ him if you want Devastator. Still, he only gets 5.5/10

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