Hoist (Transformers)

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Hoist is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Hoist box art
Created by

Species Transformer



Transformers: Generation 1
Tech specs

ST08 IN06 SP03 EN07

RN04 CO08 FB06 SK09

The original Hoist was introduced in 1985. He is a the Autobot's repairman. He spends most of his time tuning up the other Autobots.

In some continuities Hoist was to be part of a combiner team that formed Firestormer, but this never came to pass.


The Marvel Comics bible for the Transformers originally called Hoist by the name Winch.[1]

Tech Specs

"No exceptions!" – All Autobots must submit to his maintenance schedule... knows they must operate at peak efficiency in battle. Jovial, enjoys job and is good at it – will find any problem, from engine overhaul to smallest leaky gasket. As tow truck, hauls 40,000 lbs. As robot, very strong... launches heat-seeking missiles from wrist sockets. Full spectrum multi-sensor behind his head determines an object's composition, density, tensile strength, energy properties.


Ladybird Books

Hoist is featured in the 1986 Ladybird Books story Galvatron's Air Attack.[2]


Fun Publications

Wings of Honor

Hoist appears in the BotCon 2013 story Machine Wars: Termination.[3]


  • Hasbro Transformers Hoist (1985)
  • Hasbro Transformers Earthrise Deluxe Hoist (2020)

Transformers: Armada

The second Hoist was introduced in 2003 as the upgraded form of Smokescreen in Transformers: Armada.

Transformers live movie

The third Hoist in the Transformers is a Autobot who appeared in the 2007 Transformers video game for the Nintendo DS and the Revenge of the Fallen toy line in 2009.


  • Revenge of the Fallen Back Road Brawl (2009)
A Toys R Us exclusive.

Shattered Glass

This evil negative universe version of Hoist was first mentioned in the 2008 story Dungeons & Dinobots when he repaired fellow Autobot Blurr. Is he a lazy mechanic.


  • Hasbro Transformers Deluxe Lift-Ticket (2015)
A recolor of Generations Hoist in Diaclone red. This toy was repurposed as Shattered Glass Hoist.
A BotCon 2015 exclusive.
  • Hasbro Transformers Legacy Deluxe Lift-Ticket (2021)
A recolor of Earthrise Hoist.


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