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Machine Wars Hoist.
|Sub-group||Autobot Cars, Spy Changers|
|Function||Maintenance, Chief Surgeon, Assistance in Medicine|
|Motto||"You have to be rolling before you can be fighting."|
|Alternate modes||Toyota Hilux Tow Truck, SUV|
Transformers: Generation 1
|English voice actor||Michael Chain|
|Japanese voice actor||Koki Kataoka|
Armada Hoist toy
|Motto||"Strike hard, strike straight."|
|Alternate modes||Crane truck, Backhoe|
|English voice actor||Dale Wilson|
|Function||Assistants in Medicine|
|Alternate modes||Ford F-350|
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
|English voice actor||Mark Ryan|
In the original Transformers toy line, Hoist (Treuil in Québec, Buffalo in Italy) is an Autobot who functions as a repairman for the team, keeping them to a tight maintenance schedule. Hoist is jovial and strong and sometimes confident, rash, brave, tough and loyal. He transforms into a green tow truck. The toy of Hoist was released in 1985 and was a remold of Trailbreaker; it included a head sensor module that could analyze different density properties, and various arm attachments: 2 missiles, two welding pieces, and an extra fist.
Unlike his sudden appearance in the television series, Hoist was given an origin in the Marvel Comics series. Four million years ago, Hoist was one of five Autobots who agreed to have their sparks transferred to crystal storage in case the Autobots needed extra troops during the mission of clearing a path for Cybertron through an asteroid belt. In 1986, the Autobots were suffering heavy casualties and the five Autobots were activated in "Rock and Roll Out" (U.S. #14). Skids and the others (except Grapple) were shown around Earth by Bumblebee, where Skids encountered music for the first time and proved unable to interact easily with humans. Despite orders not to engage with the enemy, they went on to battle Decepticons at a concert. Hoist continued to appear after this, although in a reduced capacity.
Hoist was among Grimlock's crew of Autobots that eventually left the Earth when the Ark was repaired. He was present at the proposed execution of a group of human children by Grimlock, which was really just a ploy to flush out Blaster (whom Grimlock had deemed a traitor) out of hiding.
Hoist is assumed to have died at the hands of the Underbase-powered Starscream like many Autobots in issue #50.
Hoist first appeared in episode #28, "The Master Builders". He teamed up with his friend Grapple to design a solar tower that would provide unlimited energy. However, he was denied by Optimus Prime in case the Decepticons got their hands on it. Grapple and Hoist were then approached by a surprising source — the Constructicons. They told the two Autobots they wanted to leave the Decepticons and were willing to help Grapple and Hoist build their tower to prove it. Grapple and Hoist accepted and the tower was built — just as Megatron arrived and took them prisoner. The Autobots arrived and eventually rescued the two. Prime put them to work clearing up the mess in punishment for their mistake.
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