FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 14
have to be rolling before you can be fighting."
Everybody must submit to his maintenance schedule, even Optimus
Prime, and no
excuse is ever good enough for Hoist. And he has a good
reason for being so strict: even though his job usually
keeps him away from the front lines, he knows how
important it is that all the Autobot warriors are
operating at peak efficiency when they engage in battle.
He genuinely enjoys his job, as indicated by the jovial
manner in which he performs it. And he's good at his job,
too; whether the problem is a full engine overhaul or the
smallest leaky gasket, his comrades are confident that
Hoist will find it.
As a tow truck, Hoist can haul up to 400,000 pounds. In
robot mode, he is one of the strongest of the Autobots.
From his wrist sockets, he can launch heat-seeking
missiles up to 4.5 miles. The full spectrum multi-sensor
module he wears behind his head can determine an object's
composition, density, tensile strength, energy properties
and often even its function with a mere sweep of its
triple beams. The beams have an operating range of 1200
yards, making Hoist an effective and valued scout at
Hoist's dedication to his job sometimes blinds him to the
precedence that armed conflict often takes over it. He
lacks speed in vehicular mode, and has a high fuel