What you are about to read is a true story. When the Transformers toys finally reached my neck of the woods I was already in a frenzy thanks to the animated commercials I witnessed while watching He-Man and the Masters of the Universe after school. From a fellow student at school, his mother worked for Wal-Mart, I learned they were now on the shelves and my poor Father in what could only have been a hope that I would stop talking about Transformers every waking moment agreed to take me to the store and buy one.
Imagine my surprise when I saw all the beautiful boxed Transformers with their wonderful illustrations promising robotic adventure the likes I could never have imagined…had profile cards on the back describing almost everything a young boy would want to know about the robot in disguise he was about to buy. This caused a small problem though. I had to read them all and I needed to make a ‘mature’ decision on if I should have my Father buy me an Autobot or Decepticon.
I ended up standing in front of the display for over an hour and a half, weighing my decision carefully, putting one back and picking up another to be put back down a few moments later. It was finally down to two Autobots, Hound and Wheeljack. I liked the look of Hound in his military jeep form so I decided to go for him, but while we were standing in line I had the realization that this was not the correct choice, “This guy is a daisy picker!”, I suddenly said out loud…way too loud. To this day I have no idea what made me say that or where I had even heard the phrase. It did however cause everyone in line to bust out laughing while I frantically ran back to pick up my first Transformer, Wheeljack.
To this day he is still my favorite of the Autobots, I just can’t help but love a character that is described as being a mad scientist. My reaction to his demise in the animated movie…well, that is another true story for a later date. A big thanks to the very talented MarkerGuru from at deviantART for this incredible Wheeljack illustration. He should be good because he is also known as Alex Milne and works for IDW freelance on the Transformers line of comics!