Transformers: Generation 1
Slingshot is an incessant braggart, even when he's done absolutely nothing to brag about. He likes to take credit for the exploits of others, a thoroughly annoying habit that never fails to elicit animosity from his fellow Aerialbots. Most of the other Autobots are also aware of Slingshot's rotten personality and would prefer he removed himself from their struggle against the Decepticons. But, much to the surprise of almost everyone, Autobot leader Optimus Prime turns a blind optical sensor to Slingshot's faults, and instead is very supportive of him. Optimus Prime realizes, and he may be the only one who does, that Slingshot acts this way to disguise his own lack of confidence; he's the slowest and has the least range of all the Aerialbots and feels inferior as a result. Despite everything else, Slingshot is a loyal and hardworking soldier, qualities that Optimus Prime believes merit his understanding and trust.
Slingshot is a vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft, an AV-8A Harrier, which means he can shoot straight up off the ground like a rocket and needs only a launching pad, not a long runway, to take off from and land upon. Although the slowest of the Aerialbots (his maximum speed is Mach 1.6) he's the most maneuverable. He can virtually turn, in mid-air, on the proverbial dime. His range is 800 miles. He is also the best sharpshooter of the Aerialbots; his twin mortar cannons can hit a highway stop sign six miles away. In robot mode, he uses with extreme accuracy a neutron rifle, which shoots packets of neutrons at two hundred rounds per second. A short barrage can level a city block. He combines with his fellow Aerialbots to form the giant robot combiner, known as Superion.Slingshot's unorthodox method of flying takes its toll on his equipment; he requires 50% more maintenance than his fellow Aerialbots. Their dislike for him often results in their leaving him behind in dangerous situations to fend for himself.
Slingshot was created with the other Aerialbots on Cybertron to counter the Stunticons in "The Key To Vector Sigma Part 2." He was rebuilt from a speed shuttle, which accounts for his bragging about being the "hottest, fastest jet you ever saw." Slingshot thinks himself too good for Earth and the Autobots as shown when he insults a dis- assembled Omega Supreme and picks a fight with Ironhide. In the early time of the Aerialbots he acted as a leader and completely ignoring Silverbolt, proceeded to lead them away. Eventually he repented and with some prompting from Silverbolt, he led the Aerialbots to a battle between the Autobots and Stunticons where he saved Optimus Prime's life. He made semi- regular appearances in the series doing such things as: befriending a boy named Hassan, getting trapped in a Blast Off caused rockslide, valiantly trying to stop the Combaticons from becoming Bruticus, leading the Aerialbots into one of Megatron's traps, searching for Perceptor when he went missing, helping rescue the Autobots from Quintessa, getting stuck on the planet of Goo, and getting shot at by brainwashed Junkions and an angry and blind Metroplex. His final appearance was in the Rebirth: Part 1. When the Decepticons arrived he and the other Aerialbots attempted to stop them. He was one of the first to be shot down by Galvatron's new "one robot army" named Sixshot.
Unlike previous interpretations of the Generation 1 Slingshot, Dreamwave comics had all the Aerialbots being made on Cybertron before the Autobots came to Earth. They were one of several teams that used the combiner technology first used to create Devastator to make their own combined form.
The Aerialbots came to be among the Autobots on Earth in the 1980s and gained the forms of Earth-style jets.
Upon the awakening of Optimus Prime in Dreamwave's first Generation 1 mini-series, the Aerialbots were among the Autobots summoned by Optimus to rescue the remaining Autobots, who had been turned into mind-controlled weapons of mass destruction by a human arms dealer. During a subsequent battle with the Decepticons in San Francisco, the Aerialbots, merged into Superion, sacrificed themselves to stop an incoming nuclear missile, launched by rogue elements in the US military to eradicate both factions of Cybertronians in one fell swoop.
Later, it was revealed that parts of Superion, including his head, were recovered by the faction of the U.S. government that also recovered Scourge, hinting that they were possibly trying to rebuild him.
Beachcomber, Blaster, Cosmos, Perceptor, Powerglide, Seaspray and Warpath were part of an Autobot team on Cybertron in the Earth year 1986. They battled the Decepticons led by Straxus over the Space Bridge and the Autobots were stranded on Earth (Transformers #18).
Circuit Breaker then captured Autobots Air Raid, Fireflight, Silverbolt, Skids, Skydive and Slingshot. Using the parts from all the captured Autobots she created a giant Autobot with herself in control, striking a deal with them that if they would co-operate she would let them go. Circuit Breaker then used them to oppose the Decepticon Battlechargers Runabout and Runamuck who were attacking the Statue of Liberty. After defeating the Decepticons with Circuit Breaker the Autobots were released (Transformers #23).
When Starscream returns to Earth after absorbing the powers of the Underbase, Silverbolt and his Aerialbots were amongst those in New York first to attack... and also amongst the first to fall in battle.
- Generation 1 Slingshot (1986)
- Came with a gun accessory.
- Generation 2 Slingshot (1994)
- A gold recolor of the Generation 1 toy.
- Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Quickslinger (2015)
- A remold/recolor of Generations Firefly.
- Comes with a gun and a fist/foot.
- Unite Warriors UW-01 Superion (2015)
- A Takara exclusive 5-pack of the Aerialbots that combine into Superion.