Huffer (Transformers)

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Huffer is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Huffer was an Autobot construction engineer introduced in 1984.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
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Generation 1 Huffer box art
Name Huffer
Autobot
Japanese name Drag
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Timelines
Transformers: Power Core Combiners
Transformers: Generations
English voice actor John Stephenson
Information
Alternate modes Semi-Truck Cab, Cybertronian Truck, Volvo FH Globetrotter
Function Construction Engineer
Motto "Molecular structure is the key to success."
Partner Caliburst, Springer, Brawn, Bumblebee, Warpath, Cosmos, Powerglide, and Gears
Rank 6
Sub-group Convention Exclusives, Mini-Bots, Scouts

Reception

Huffer was named the 6th top unfortunately named Transformer by Topless Robot.[1]

Wired Magazine once nominated him as one of the 12 most ridiculous Transformers of all time.[2]

Fictional biography

Profile: Bumblebee says Huffer looks at the world "through sludge-colored windshields." Huffer is dour. He says very little and when he does speak, it's usually to grumble. Huffer's pessimism extends even to his job specialty. He'll grumble that it can't be done and then build the most complex mechanized fortress imaginable. Sometimes it seems he can whip up a suspension bridge out of bobby pins and glue. Huffer isn't too sociable, but in any sort of difficulty he is absolutely reliable. Optimus Prime knows that Huffer secretly misses Cybertron and longs to return there.

Abilities: A complex system of sensors in his arms allows Huffer to test various materials, some of which he uses in construction, for various properties such as tensile strength, heat resistance, elasticity, etc. Although lacking weapons, he is extremely strong and can lift 40,000 pounds. His mathematical and geometrical abilities exceed those of all the other Autobots and help him in his construction designs.

Weaknesses: Huffer is prone to severe bouts of depression as a result of his homesickness. At these times he is often inconsolable and of little value to the other Autobots.

Animated series

In the 1984-1985 series, Huffer was occasionally seen being entrusted with Optimus Prime's trailer unit, especially in cases where Prime was weakened or injured. Huffer also was frustrated by the fact that whatever he built ended up being destroyed by Decepticon combat. It was his wish to build something that would not be destroyed in the war somewhat like Grapple who wishes to build something that doesn't get trashed. Huffer also seems to actually enjoy repairing Decepticon messes as seen in the episode "Countdown to Extinction" when he cheerfully calls out with a smile," Yo Gears, get with it. Put that slab in right or we're gonna be here when the big dipper gets rusty."

In the episode "Prime Target" the big game hunter Lord Cholmondeley captured a secret Soviet jet, leading to panic of possibly war. Cholmondeley then set his sights on the ultimate trophy, the head of Optimus Prime. In order to lure Optimus in Cholmondeley captured the Autobots Tracks, Bumblebee, Jazz, Beachcomber, Grapple, Blaster and Inferno. Windcharger and Huffer were able to avoid being trapped. When Cosmos learned of the location Cholmondeley was keeping the captured Autobots Optimus Prime accepted Cholmondeley's challenge to meet him alone. Although interrupted by the Decepticons Astrotrain and Blitzwing's attempt to ally the Decepticons with Cholmondeley, Optimus defeated the big game hunter and freed the Autobots. Cholmondeley and the stolen jet were given over to the Soviets by the Autobots as punishment for his actions.

Huffer's only appearance in the movie was when Hot Rod destroyed a roadblock he, Bluestreak, Sunstreaker, Hound, and Kup were attempting to set. Later Arcee stated that if they closed the door then Hot Rod and Kup would be trapped outside the city.

In the 1986 episode, "Dark Awakening", Huffer was said to be among the dead Autobots that were interred at the Autobot mausoleum. The names that Daniel mentioned, along with Huffer, were the names of Autobots that were killed in The Transformers: The Movie. However, Huffer's apparent death was not depicted in the movie or any episode. Shortly after the mausoleum's introduction, the zombie body of Optimus Prime set the mausoleum to self-destruct, presumably destroying what remained of Huffer's body. A robot similar to Huffer subsequently appeared in the episode "Carnage in C-Minor", albeit colored like Gears. Since this wrongly-colored Huffer is shown not only next to an equally-dead Brawn and a Constructicon, but also in an episode riddled with animation errors, Huffer's appearance here is not given much weight by many fans, but accepted by others.[3]

Animators on the series would occasionally swell the ranks of the Transformers with duplicates of certain characters, (such as Reflector in Transport to Oblivion, and Shockwave in Five Faces of Darkness), duplicates intended to represent generic Transformers. Its possible that the alternative Huffer seen in Carnage in C-Minor was one such duplicate, as was Brawn.

Books

Huffer appeared in the 1984 sticker and story book The Revenge of the Decepticons written by Suzanne Weyn and published by Marvel Books. He was depicted as having a rounded head guard.[4]

Ladybird Books

Huffer appeared in the 1986 Ladybird Books story Decepticon Hideout by John Grant.[5]

Huffer was featured in the 1985 Transformers audio book Autobots' Lightning Strike.

Huffer is featured in the 1986 Ladybird Books story Galvatron's Air Attack.[6]

Listen 'n Fun

Huffer appeared in the 1985 Listen 'n Fun story Sun Raid.[7]

Comics

Dreamwave Productions

Transformers: Generation One #3 by Dreamwave Productions

When civil war broke out on the planet Cybertron between the Autobots and Decepticons, Huffer joined the Autobot cause.

When Autobot leader Sentinel Prime was killed by Decepticon leader Megatron, a new Autobot leader, Optimus Prime, was chosen. Optimus ordered the evacuation of Cybertron by the Autobots, and Huffer was among those who reluctantly prepared for the evacuation (Transformers: War Within #2).

When Decepticon Military Operations Commander Shockwave lead a force of Decepticons against the Autobot capitol of Iacon, Huffer was among the Autobots who defended the capitol (Transformers: War Within #3).

When Megatron and Optimus Prime disappeared in an accident with a space bridge, the Autobot and Decepticon forces splintered into smaller factions. Huffer stayed with the Autobots under the leadership of Prowl.

Huffer was among the Autobots who followed Optimus Prime on his mission on board the Ark and crash landed on Earth. In 1984, when the Ark's computer re-activated, it rebuilt Huffer as in the form of an Earth truck.

Eventually the combined forces of the Autobots on Earth, and their human allies were able to capture the Decepticons. A ship called the Ark II was built to take the Cybertonians back to Cybertron, along with some human companions, but the ship exploded shortly after takeoff. The human allies were killed, but the Cybertonians were lost in the ocean, again in statis lock.

Huffer and others were recovered by a rogue military unit and reprogrammed as slave war machines. Megatron broke free and then freed his fellow Decepticons and Grimlock. Huffer and the other Autobots who were found by Lazarus were abused by Megatron's troops, but were eventually freed by Optimus Prime.

Huffer returned to Cybertron with Optimus Prime and most of the Autobots to face charges after Ultra Magnus them the war had ended.

Fun Publications

Based on the Transformers Classics toy line, the Timelines 2007 story is set 15 years after the end of the Marvel Comics story (ignoring all events of the Marvel U.K. and Generation 2 comics).

After the war Huffer was recruited by Grimlock to be engineering officer of the Autobot ship Graviton, whose mission it was to track down Bludgeon and his Decepticons.

In Transformers: Timelines volume 2 #2, "Games of Deception" Ultra Magnus lead a force including Elita One, Springer, Huffer, Snarl, Strongarm and Tyrannitron after the Decepticon Bug Bite and his forces to Earth.

IDW Publishing

Huffer appeared in issue #1-2 of Transformers: Evolutions - Hearts of Steel.

Marvel Comics

The Autobot forces almost succumbed to fuel deprivation early in the war on Earth; Optimus Prime was forced to choose four warriors to give precious fuel to and carry on the fight, including Huffer. Huffer fought bravely, notably confronting Megatron in combat, but despite their valiant efforts, the Autobots were only saved when the poisoned fuel fed to the Decepticons by Sparkplug Witwicky took effect.

Huffer befriended the trucker Bomber Bill, and the two fought valiantly in order to stop Soundwave and Devastator from contacting Cybertron. However, their efforts were in vain and the two Decepticon groups began a process of co-operation which culminated in the deployment of the Space Bridge between Cybertron and Earth.

Huffer joined the list of the long-term injured during the Dinobot Hunt. He was charged, along with Sideswipe and Bluestreak, with bringing in the powerful Dinobot, Grimlock. Unfortunately, the party found the mentally ill Grimlock locked in vicious combat with Sludge, who had been planted there by the Decepticons. Huffer was badly injured trying to contain the situation.

Toys

  • Generation 1 Huffer (1984)
Based on a Microman toy.[8] The version sold in 1984 had no rub-symbol, while the 1985 version had a rub-symbol. One of the earliest Transformers toys.[9]
This toy features an embossed "M" on his doors, a holdover from his Microman toy line roots.
Later remolded as Pipes. He was recolored into the Takara exclusive Road Ranger.[10]
  • Generation 1 Decoy Huffer (1986)
A special promotion given away with other figures in 1986. This was a solid plastic toy representing Huffer in robot mode.
  • Timelines Scout Huffer (2007)
A recolor of Cybertron Armorhide, in the colors of Generation 1 Huffer, was part of an exclusive set at BotCon 2007. He was packaged with Timelines Deluxe Springer, and limited to only 1400 in number.
This toy is 3.5 centimeters wide in vehicle mode, while a real Globetrotter is 247 centimeters wide, making it 1:71 scale. With this scale the real robot would stand 675 centimeters (22.1 feet) tall.
  • Gnerations Legends Huffer (2015)
A remold of Generations Legends Optimus Prime. Comes with a rifle.

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Shattered Glass

Transformers character
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Transformers Armorhide on card
Name Huffer
Autobot
Series Transformers
Information
Alternate modes Volvo FH Globetrotter
Sub-group Scouts

A mirror-universe version of Huffer appeared in the Transformers: Timelines fiction in 2008. He is one of the evil Autobots who serves the tyrant Optimus Prime. Huffer gets along with anyone and loves to make deals.

Fun Publications

Shattered Glass

Huffer appears in the fiction "Dungeons & Dinobots", printed in the Transformers Collectors Club magazine issue 22 and in a text based story of the same name. He is among the Autobots who attacked the Arch-Ayr fuel dump. He later attempts to capture Grimlock, but fails. He then sells information on Grimlock's whereabouts to Sideswipe and Cliffjumper.[11]

Toys

  • Hasbro Transformers Scout Armorhide (2007)
A Target store exclusive recolor of Cybertron Armorhide. This toy was repurposed as Shattered Glass Huffer.
  • Reprolabels Evil Autobot Emblems (2009)
A set of Autobots symbol labels in purple. A Captured Prey exclusive.[12]


Transformers Animated

Transformers character
Name Huffer
Autobot
Information
Alternate modes Cybertronian truck

On April Fools Day 2009, Derrick J. Wyatt posted an image on his blog of a lineup of characters, stating that some would be appearing in season three of Transformers Animated, and some were merely there as an April Fool's joke. Among the characters featured were Huffer and Pipes. The pair were drawn to resemble the Mario Bros., with Huffer looking like Mario.[13]

Animated series

Huffer first appeared during a crowd scene in the episode "Decepticon Air".

Transformers: Power Core Combiners

Huffer
Transformers character
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Power Core Combiners Huffer on card
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

Semi truck cab
Partner

Caliburst
Series

Transformers: Power Core Combiners
Sub-group

Commanders
Tech specs

ST09 IN07 SP07 EN09

RN05 CO08 FB08 SK09

In 2010 a new version of Huffer was released as a member of the Power Core Combiners series. This version of Huffer turns into a semi-truck cab and has a Mini-Con partner named Caliburst. Where Power Core Combiners fits in Transformers fiction is vague, although it has some connections with the 2007 live action Transformer movie series.

Fictional biography

With Caliburst by his side, Huffer is just as inclined to grumble as he's ever been, but he's also faster, stronger, and smarter, which means the Decepticons have a lot more to complain about than he does.

Toys

  • Power Core Combiners Huffer and Caliburst (2010)
Huffer is an Autobot semi-truck partnered with the Mini-Con Caliburst. As a Power Core Combiner Scout, he can become the torso of a combined form by using four drone limbs. His partner Caliburst transforms into a gun that can mount on the rear end of his truck mode.
Huffer was recolored as Power Core Combiners Crankcase and Assaultmaster.
Caliburst was recolored asPower Core Combiners Darkray and United Haywire.[14]


Transformers: Prime

Huffer
Transformers character
Huffer-beasthunters-carded.jpg
Prime Huffer on card
Created by

Hasbro
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Autobot
Alternate mode

Armored pickup truck
Function

Tech Specialist
Series

Transformers: Prime
Sub-group

Cyberverse Commanders
Tech specs

ST08 IN09 SP04 EN07

RN06 CO05 FB05 SK09

Huffer is a heroic Autobot tech specialist construction engineer in the Prime series. He turns into an armored pickup truck. He is very intelligent and skilled with above average strength and endurance.

Fictional biography

The Autobot Construction Engineer builds fortifications that can withstand a brutal dragonfire blitz!

Toys

  • Hasbro Prime Beast Hunters Cyberverse Commander Huffer (2013)
A recolor of Prime Trailcutter. Turns from robot to armored pickup truck. Comes with Road Shark missile and launcher.


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