FUNCTION: ASTEROID MINER
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 40
greatest treasures are found in the darkest places!"
Landmine likes to see himself as a sort of robotic
Indiana Jones (he's seen all the films several times!),
braving all manner of dangers to uncover minerals or
relics. His fellow Autobots just see him as a hothead,
albeit a hard-working one. The trouble is, Landmine
sometimes sees his job as a bit on the boring and
unglamorous side. He's very good at what he does but
yearns for something more. Landmine loves adventure
stories, be they literary, celluloid, or video, and wants
very much to live out his fantasies. That he's an Autobot
warrior, waging an epic war against the evil Decepticons
(an adventure by anyone's standards), doesn't seem to be
enough. He fears others think he's as old and dusty as
some of the artifacts he unearths. Nevertheless, once
he's given a job to do, all Landmine's concerned with is
getting it done right! Optimus Prime appreciates such dependability and
wishes he could convince Landmine that he fulfills an
important and necessary role in the Autobot war effort.
The minerals he brings back are used as alternative power
sources, fueling machinery, weapons... and Transformers.
Still, thinks Landmine, it would be nice to rescue the
odd maiden and battle the odd dragon!
Because of the hostile environments Landmine often has to
work in, exposed to cosmic gales, meteorite rain and the
like, his shell is constructed of a high-density
Cybertronic alloy, resistant to all but the most severe
conditions. The suit has full life-support systems to
assist motor functions in high gravity. Because of its
construction, the shell is impervious to most armaments.
Outside his shell, Landmine transforms into an
all-terrain exploration vehicle, his mining activities
facilitated by electromagnetic, sonic-thermal, chemical,
and radiation scanners. He is armed with a laser saber
and an astro-blaster that shoots bursts of incendiary
Landmine tends to rely too heavily on his outer Pretender
shell, becoming almost reluctant to leave the safety of
it. In battle, Landmine often over-commits himself,
anxious to prove to his fellow Autobots he's just as
rough, tough and interesting as any of them.