HUMAN COMPONENT: GRAX
FUNCTION: SWAMP WARRIOR
FIRST APPEARANCE: HEADMASTERS # 1 (Skullcruncher),
HEADMASTERS # 2 (Grax)
are like bad fuel - weak and greasy."
Like Weirdwolf, Skullcruncher has a bad habit of tipping
off his enemies just before he strikes. Instead of
talking to himself, Skullcruncher grinds his metal teeth,
producing a sound like nails being scraped down a
blackboard, only amplified tenfold. Apart from tipping
off Autobots, it sets Decepticons on edge. No one wants
Skullcruncher as a partner, and if they do get stuck with
him, they do their best to avoid combat, knowing only too
well what will precede it. Though he professes to hate
the taste of Autobots, Skullcruncher goes about eating
them (after they've run, and if he manages to catch them)
with considerable zest and relish. It's rare that there's
enough left of an Autobot to fill an energon pod after
Skullcruncher's finished with him. Whether he actually
digests his victims or just does it for the fun of it
isn't clear. Though tough and strong, Skullcruncher is a
bit of mental plodder, stopping to chew in the midst of a
raging battle. Too much to think about tends to annoy
Skullcruncher, so he focuses on one job (or meal!) at a
time. His Nebulan partner is Grax, an industrialist who
teamed up with Skullcruncher in order to eliminate his
business rivals. Skullcruncher was less than impressed -
his Nebulan victims were not even 'bite-size' snacks!
In robot mode, Skullcruncher uses a tissue
demolecularization gun (he calls it a 'softening up' gun
for a joke... or more likely because he can't get his
vocal units around its proper name) to give an opponent's
metal skin the consistency of rubber, making it easier to
chew (and digest?) when he transforms to alligator mode.
He's even slower in alligator mode than he is in robot
mode, and though he's deadly, he's also easy to avoid.
Skullcruncher's slow, ponderous, and clumsy approach to
stalking a victim makes him not only an easy Decepticon
to evade, but also a sitting target for retaliatory
action. Only his thick armor plating and tanklike
advances keep him alive... and full!