FUNCTION: SPACE WARRIOR
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 24
destroy Autobots by choice, not by command."
Removed from the type of close-quarters combat his fellow
Combaticons engage in, Blast Off soars through the vast
vacuum of outer space feeling literally and figuratively
above the other Transformers. He exudes an aristocratic
air, believing that the problems of others are too petty
and foolish for him to be concerned with. He appears
quite happy in his role, orbiting hundreds of miles away
from his comrades. But his happiness is an act, a
disguise he uses to hide his long-distance loneliness.
His aloof and superior manner is a front that prevents
the other Decepticons from knowing his true feelings.
None of this interferes with his performance - From his
perch high above, he is cruelly efficient at raining
destruction down on the world below. Perhaps because of
the remoteness of his targets, perhaps because that's
just the way he is, Blast Off feels not the least trace
of remorse about his actions.
In space shuttle mode, Blast Off can travel at 26,000 mph
and stay in orbit up to eight months. From his nosecone
he can emit a powerful x-ray laser that can burn a hole
through a rocketing ICBM 12,000 miles away or hit an
Autobot on the ground. The effectiveness of this weapon
is reduced 80% by the Earth's atmosphere. He also carries
relaying equipment that allows over-the-horizon
communication between Decepticons on the surface. In
robot mode, he uses an ionic blaster, which shoots a beam
of highly charged particles that disrupts the flow of
electricity in anything of an electrical nature. With his
fellow Combaticons, he combines to form the giant robot, Bruticus.
Blast Off has trouble re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.
His heat shielding often cracks and fails, exposing him
to potentially lethal damage. He is also relatively
vulnerable to most forms of artillery.