Transformers Long Haul
Transformers Long Haul
Transformers Long Haul
Transformers Long Haul

Long Haul's design fascinated me from the moment I saw the character in Revenge of the Fallen. He didn't really do much in the film at all, generally hulking around in the background shooting down Jordanian helicopters until he got bombed to bits but I loved the character model so much I paid special attention to him. Apparently he's in the computer game a lot more, but then I've only just got around to having a proper crack at the first one. Whereas most of the other new Decepticons in general (and Constructicons in particular) went for less conventional robot modes, Long Haul had a traditional look to him. There's nothing wrong with non-bipedal designs, it was just nice to see they weren't mandatory.

The toy was made at the Voyager price point like Mixmaster and Scavenger/Demolisher. Well, I say toy, but of course there were several, including a Legends figure, a Fast Action Battler and a vehicle-mode-only component of the Supreme Devastator. But the Voyager was the only one I was ever interested in.


Like his Generation 1 namesake, Long Haul transforms into a dumper truck. The mode is very compact and chunky. It's shorter than some of the Deluxe cars and though it's taller than most it's hardly huge. However, it does manage to convey the size of a huge mining dumper truck thanks to the detailing. The big tyres especially work well while he's covered in panels, rivets and ladders without looking too busy.

The colouring works well too, being a couple of tones lighter than the traditional Constructicon green, which combined with the black and some well-chosen red paint apps means Long Haul has a less cartoony, more plausible feeling. A note on the colouring incidentally - the truck bed is, for some reason, a little darker than the rest of him, but it's not all that noticeable. The contrast seems to have been exacerbated in my pictures, so go me. The mode has fewer obvious join lines than most Revenge of the Fallen figures with only a line down the middle of the grille really standing out (and that's mainly between black parts). The arms are maybe a little obvious, especially when you tip the truck bed, but aside from these niggles it's an excellent vehicle mode.


Long Haul's transformation is considerably simpler than other Movie Voyagers but still has a few tricks to it - the legs can be a little frustrating either way, but aside from that it's rather good. The robot's height is very impressive coming from a relatively small vehicle mode. While the toy isn't quite as hulking and solid as the CG model, but it gets a lot of it right. Posing Long Haul with a slight stoop and rearranging the wheels and truck bed from the 'stock' configuration does marvels for his looks. God only knows why Hasbro decided to make the bar above his head blue, though - it clashes with the rest of the figure, and drags attention away from the face. Rearranging the bed can de-accentuate it a little but it's just so unnecessary in the first place. It must've cost more to bring another colour into the mix than just using a bit more green or even black. Muppets.

The figure has decent articulation, though he's slightly top-heavy and the feet offer surprisingly little balance. The other problem is that the wheels on the shoulders can restrict the movement of the arms because of the big boxes on the outsides of either limb. But this really isn't as much of a problem as you might think. Long Haul is something of a loomer, the second film's answer to Brawl or Blackout - you get the impression the idea isn't to be nimble but to just plod everywhere and be largely immune to any attempts to stop him getting to his objective. The robot mode is high on sculpted detail and has enough subtle paint applications to stop him being a mass of green. The gear in his chest that moves when the head is turned and the pistons in the arms are good little additions too, nicely complementing the overall design. Long Haul basically overcomes a few problems that restrict his play value simply by looking immense.


While Long Haul isn't quite up to his excellent character model he's certainly a very good figure - probably one of the top three or four of the Revenge of the Fallen line. Both modes display nicely and while the robot mode isn't one of the most dynamic, it does look very impressive. While the lack of complexity might contrast with some of the other Voyager figures, Long Haul makes up for it in other ways and is an essential purchase.