FUNCTION: MILITARY TRANSPORT
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 29
confusion there is opportunity."
Creating confusion is Astrotrain's specialty. As a
Decepticon Triple Changer he can switch from robot to
locomotive train to space shuttle almost instantaneously.
This ability not only leaves unsuspecting enemies
perplexed, but often vulnerable to his attack. His
favorite ploy is to lure an Autobot to chase him as he
enters a railroad tunnel in train mode and then exits in
shuttle mode. The Autobot is usually ill-prepared to
battle the shuttle-mode Astrotrain and rarely knows
whether two Decepticons or one confront him. But it is
that particular moment when his opponent realizes his
mistake that especially delights Astrotrain. He truly
lives for that moment and thrives on his foe's panic and
fear. "It makes it all worthwhile," Astrotrain
says gleefully. "That part I enjoy even better than
destroying him afterwards!"
As a space shuttle, Astrotrain can achieve, under his own
power, planetary orbit, where he can attain a maximum
speed of 20,000 mph. He can launch weapons and satellites
while in orbit, and carry other cargo as well. If he
carries an extra fuel supply, he can leave his orbit and
is capable of true space travel, boosting his speed to
50,000 mph. He would be able to travel from the Earth to
the Moon and back, but not much more. As a train, his top
speed on rail is 400 mph and he has a range of 1700
miles. In robot mode he has great strength and carries a
powerful ionic displacer rifle, which destroys by
disrupting molecular bonds in metal alloys with its beam.
Astrotrain is prone to mechanical breakdowns as a train
in his wheel assemblies. As a space shuttle his
communications systems often fail him and he must be wary
of burning up while re-entering the atmosphere.