Is Hauler the same as Grapple? Jun 11, 2020 21:11:47 GMT via mobile
Post by Pinwig on Jun 11, 2020 21:11:47 GMT
Yes, I think it's pretty clear Hauler is based on what became Grapple. It may be he was originally intended to be in the 84 line, but it just seems odd there's no reference to him anywhere other than one line in a script. If Bloom put a character in to haul Hound up, that early on it might have been that the storyboarders had a pile of Diaclone toys as reference and the original orange Diaclone Grapple was among them so they used it.
The point about the box art is really interesting. Hasbro's first 1985 product listing sheet doesn't have the second wave of Diaclone cars on it, but it does have all the other characters in those images. Grapple has snuck on there just like the red Tracks, again perhaps in his Diaclone colouring rather than actually being Grapple.
Yes but the first season was largely about introducing the first 85 toys, he was just the first one done after the initial range, fast enough to just make it into the pilot in a late script amendment. His inclusion is interesting; I think it was a choice made when they knew a full series was coming so he became a way to keep Cybertron in the series, which was something the script editors who came onboard for the series proper were big on. So he was forced in, and that had the knock on effect of his character biography being rewritten from the toy one.
]Also, Shockwave was in the first episode despite not being in the 1984 toy range.