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Hosehead is the name of two fictional characters from the Transformers series. The first is an Autobot Headmaster and should not be confused with the character Cab, who is based on the same toy. The second Hosehead is his mirrot-uninverse counterpart in the Shattered Glass series.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Hosehead box art
Name Hosehead
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Alternate modes Fire truck
Function Emergency Rescue
Gender Male
Motto "If at first you don't succeed, keep trying."
Partner Lug
Rank 6
Sub-group Headmaster

Hosehead is a fictional Autobot Headmaster character introduced in 1988.

Fictional biography

A clear case of crossed cerebral circuits. Means well, but his good intentions often get him into trouble. Tends to do the right thing at the wrong time, like rescuing people after they're already saved. Eager to help in any situation. Binary-bonded to the Nebulan, Lug, a former all-star athlete. Armed with accelerator rifle which makes targets speed up uncontrollably. Range: 6 miles. Also equipped with two laser pistols.

Marvel Comics

Hosehead originally appeared investigating the suspicious death of an Autobot on Earth. Linking up with Nightbeat and Siren, who had been dispatched from Cybertron with the same intention in mind, they soon uncovered the killer as Thunderwing, who was attempting to prove he was worthy of Decepticon leadership. The three eventually defeated him via the explosion of the corpse they were investigating. [1]

Following this, Hosehead, Nightbeat and Siren made their US debut in issue #62 of the US Transformers comic, having been dispatched by Prime to recover his previous body and the Matrix with it. Encountering gangsters on the planet Pz-zazz, they believed the planet's fabled fountain of youth to be the Matrix. Fighting off the criminals, they found it to be a dead end - as their old enemy Thunderwing arrived and took them prisoner.

The Autobots eventually recovered their bodies, and when Thunderwing was possessed by the Matrix, the three deactivated the gravity, sweeping the monster into space. After this, the three joined Prime's troops, and participated in the battle against Unicron. However, Hosehead would not survive - his body was seen amongst the wreckage of the battle in issue #76.


Hosehead was among the Autobots featured in the 1988 book and audio adventure Autobot Hostage by Ladybird Books. While on solo patrol, Highbrow is captured by the Decepticon Tentakil. Scorponok sends a message to the Autobots promising to release him if Optimus Prime gives himself up. Optimus Prime surrenders but also smuggles Hosehead and Fizzle into the Decepticon base. As expected, Scorponok fails to keep his side of the bargain but the two Autobots manage to free both Optimus Prime and Highbrow and after a brief battle they make their escape.[2][3]

Hosehead appeared in Decepticons Underground, a 1988 children's book with optional companion audio cassette by Ladybird books. It was written by John Grant and illustrated by Glenn Stewart.[4]

Dreamwave Productions

Hosehead appeared only in Dreamwave third Transformers: The War Within series as one of the Autobot rebels during the age of interment. This was before he became a Headmaster or was reformatted into an Earth-style truck.

Hosehead had a biography printed in the Dreamwave More than Meets the Eye series.[5]

Fun Publications


Lug appears in the Fun Publications story Cheap Shots as a member of Nightbeat's team. In this story Nightbeat's crew are hired by a sentient ship named Amory to relocate her pilot. After investigating they find the whole job is a trap set by the Decepticon Ruckus, now leading the Mayhem Attack Squad. Ruckus is holding the pilot hostage, but Slag cuts Ruckus's arm off and recovers the pilot, for which Amory pays them. This story is set after the events of the Marvel Comics Transformers stories, where Hosehead is dead.


  • Generation 1 Headmaster Hosehead and Lug (1988)
A new mold. Included Lug, a rifle, two pistols, and a seat/helmet.
This toy was identical to the toy released in Japan as the character Cab.[6]

Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Shattered Glass Hosehead in Recordicons
First appearance

Recordicons April/May 2013
Created by

Species Transformer


Alternate mode

Fire truck


Shattered Glass Hosehead is an evil Autobot. His toy is repurposed from Generations Voyager Hot Spot.

The design of Shattered Glass Hosehead is based on a custom toy made with the body of Generations Hot Spot with the head of Timelines Spark.

Fun Publications

Hosehead first appeared in the Recordicons comic strip for April/May 2013. In this story Nightbeat tells Hosehead about how Wheeljack makes better legs than a torso while Soundwave and Ravage spy on them.


  • Timelines Voyager Autobot Spark
A remold of Universe Inferno.
This toy's head was repurposed into Shattered Glass Hosehead's head.
  • Generations Voyager Hot Spot
A remold and recolor of Reveal the Shield Inferno. An Asia exclusive.[7]
This toy's body was repurposed into Shattered Glass Hosehead's body.


  1. Transformers #230 by Mavel UK (August 1989)
  2. http://www.green-ranger.com/stuff/ladybird/09-hostage/
  3. John Grant (1988). Autobot Hostage. Ladybird Books. ISBN 0721411185. 
  4. Grant, John (1988). Decepticons Underground. Ladybird Books. ISBN 0721411193. 
  5. Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Volume 1: Volume 1, Page 156 by James McDonough, Adam Patyk, Don Figueroa, 2008
  6. Transformers: The Ark II: Volume 2, Page 108, by Jim Sorenson, Bill Forster, Nick Roche, 2008
  7. http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-generations-classics-30-35/transformers-generations--movie-series-asia-exclusives-174569/

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