HUMAN COMPONENTS: ZIGZAG AND SUNBEAM
FUNCTION: AERIAL WARRIOR
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 62
or get hit!"
Needlenose was once the most renowned microchip designer
on Cybertron. His "Chic Chips" line of computer
hardware accessories became the fashion rage of its day.
But, as with most fads, interest in Chic Chips eventually
waned. Its disappearance was hastened when some of the
more serious-minded Transformers, led by Optimus
Prime, pointed out
the frivolous nature of Needlenose's enterprise.
Embittered by this experience, Needlenose gladly joined
the ranks of the Decepticons when they began their war
with the Autobots. He has since developed the reputation
of being the coolest Decepticon ever to crush an Autobot.
But he is more interested in the style in which he
destroys Autobots than in their actual destruction. In
fact, he is so fashion-conscious that he rarely finds the
time to even participate in battle. This is particularly
true when he is on Earth, where he is especially
fascinated by the latest in human fads. His current
favorite is video games.
binary-bonded to the Nebulans, Zigzag and Sunbeam. Zigzag
was an unhappy hovercraft repairman on Nebulos. His
inability to properly use a laser welder made him
particularly ill-suited for his job. Usually the vehicles
that he was assigned to repair were worse off after he
worked on them. His fellow workers ridiculed him for his
ineptitude. They derisively called him "Ziggy"
rather than his real name. Seeing an alliance with the
Decepticons as a way to get even with his tormentors, he
eagerly offered his services to the leader of the
Nebulos-based Decepticons, Scorponok, who happily
accepted him into the ranks of his warriors. After
putting him through the bio-engineering process,
Scorponok paired him with Needlenose. The Nebulan gave
himself the code name "Zigzag," which he
thought sounded strong and put an ironic twist to his
insulting nickname. However, the Decepticons soon found
his services to be as wanting as had the Nebulans.
an irresponsible beach bum on Nebulos before he
discovered the Decepticons. His greatest ambition was to
go rocket-surfing on the 50-foot tall waves that occurred
annually on his home planet's Magna Beach. But, having
accomplished that, he needed new challenges. So, for the
opportunity to rocket-surf on other worlds, he joined the
Decepticons and underwent bio-engineering. He was then
paired with Needlenose and trained in aerial combat. He
views the warrior aspect of his job as a necessary
nuisance. He says, "If I have to scrap a few 'Bots
so I can ride the Mercury Breakers on Cybertron, well
like, hey, no problem, dude."
Needlenose transforms into a fusion-powered fighter jet.
His maximum flying speed is 2400 miles per hour, and his
range is 4000 miles. He is equipped with air-to-air
proton missiles. Zigzag transforms into a twin
electrostatic overloader rifle, which can disable a
mechanical opponent by flooding his circuits with a surge
of electricity, causing him to overload and shut down.
Some of his victims even explode. However, Zigzag's
accuracy is poor, so most targets escape unscathed.
Sunbeam converts to a solar-powered light-burst
discharger. A flash from his muzzle causes temporary
blindness in all opponents except those whose optical
modules are properly shielded. Needlenose can use Zigzag
and Sunbeam in robot and jet modes. The two Nebulans can
also combine to form a single weapon, which retains the
offensive capabilities of both its components.
Zigzag often runs out of energy before he hits a target.
Sunbeam's firepower is diminished in situations when the
sun isn't shining.