FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 14
down, we are more like than unlike humans."
Skids has a tendency to bump into things, which, at
speeds of 60 mph, can be a very unhealthy habit. It's not
that he's reckless... he's just a bit of a daydreamer.
His analyzer circuitry is frequently pondering some
arcane data about Earthen life forms rather than the
Decepticons' latest attack. Usually he can rouse himself
out of his daze before it's too late, as evidenced by the
screeching of his suddenly applied brakes when he's in
his car mode. Given his former career on Cybertron as an
anthropologist and researcher, he considers his new home
- Earth - to be one vast laboratory of limitless
opportunity. In fact, it would be perfect if it weren't
for the war's interference. Often, his findings are of
invaluable assistance to his fellow Autobots.
"Sometimes I wonder if he knows who we're
fighting," says Gears. Sometimes Skids wonders too.
Skids has an enormous memory storage capacity. He can
record visual information virtually instantaneously, and
has been known to scan an entire college library's
collection in two hours. In Autobot mode, he carries a
liquid nitrogen rifle, which shoots a stream of the
super-cooled element up to 600 feet. He also uses an
electron blaster, which emits a burst of 20,000 volts and
can short-circuit virtually any mechanical foe. In car
mode, his brakes, by far the best among the Autobots and
courtesy of Wheeljack's genius, can decelerate him from 50 mph to
zero within 25 feet. Of course, such sudden stops aren't
too good for the well-being of any car, including Skids.
Skids isn't a very fast car. His daydreaming often puts
him in very dangerous situations. Often, he can be
trapped into letting his guard down when distracted by
something that piques his scientific curiosity.