HUMAN COMPONENT: LUG
FUNCTION: EMERGENCY RESCUE
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 62
first you don't succeed, keep trying."
Hosehead always has the desire, but often lacks the
ability. Ready, willing and unable could be his motto.
Although he has proven himself to be courageous and
skillful in the most desperate of situations, his
eagerness to be helpful at all times, even times when his
help isn't needed, has often gotten him into trouble. He
has rescued people after they already have been rescued.
He once doused a building with flame retardant chemicals
after the fire that had engulfed it had already been
extinguished. He is famous for doing the right thing at
the wrong time. Some suspect that this chronic problem is
a result of crossed cerebral circuits. But those who know
him best realize that his bumbling behavior stems from
insecurities within him born of his once being a
low-level microchip counter in a transistor factory on
Cybertron. He joined the Autobots because he believed
that he could do more with his life. He's been trying -
many would say over-trying - to prove his value to them
binary-bonded to Lug, a former all-star athlete on the
planet Nebulos. Lug's experience of performing under the
high pressure spotlight of competition has proven to be a
great benefit to the typically insecure Hosehead. Since
Lug was bio-engineered so that he could transform and
assume the role of his Autobot partner's head, Hosehead
has demonstrated a marked improvement in the manner that
he carries out his emergency rescue function.
Hosehead transforms to a hi-tech fire truck. In truck
mode he is equipped with a hydraulic ladder, high
pressure water hose, flame retardant chemical foam,
infra-red sensors for finding hidden sources of heat
(such as fires within walls and living beings) and
emergency medical and repair equipment. He has a maximum
speed of 240 miles per hour and a range of 600 miles. He
is armed with two short-range laser pistols and an
accelerator rifle. The rifle works by accelerating any
target it hits so that the target moves at uncontrollable
speeds, at least until it crashes into something. The
rifle has a range of six miles.
Given the frequency that he engages in unnecessary tasks,
Hosehead often runs low on fuel.