Transformation: Futuristic Car
"There's a time and place for looking back, and while you're outrunning hailfire ain't it."
Profile: At an early age, Futura figured out that it pays for one to be able to handle themselves in the middle of a galactic civil war. Much of the only real family and neighborhood of friends she had in Iacon were obliterated in the twilight of the Second Great War. But still, knowing that the Decepticons were nothing but bad news, Futura kept her desire for retribution in check, using her developing talents as a spy and thief to the benefit of the Autobot cause. In time, she became an exceptional warrior, and even after the hostilities between the Autobots and the Decepticons were brought to a climax with the rebirth of Cybertron via the planet's Plasma Energy Chamber, Futura always kept herself ready should there be a re-emergence of trouble in her old neighborhood. Indeed, such was the case when Graft and Icebox incapacitated the valiant Autobot soldier and brought her back to Prometheus to suit his own dark designs. Reformatted, tortured, disassembled, rebuilt, reformatted again, Futura knew an agony unlike any she'd ever experienced. Yet she did not lose faith - that so many others shared this indignity in the locked cells of Prometheus' lair kept her sanity intact, and even before the senseless slaying of a brave female Minibot catapulted Jaw Crusher into battle against Prometheus, Futura was already engineering, planning, preparing for the escape. In the chaos that ensued, Futura took the initiative and quickly enabled many of the liberated Minibots with weapons and resources, drawing on her memory of all she had seen and suffered in the catacombs of Prometheus' inner sanctum, and helping to administer order in what could have been a mindless, misguided attempt to flee. Futura has come to appreciate the value of having a cool head when it comes to facing down the likes of Prometheus and his gang of butchers, and she is oft times the most audible voice of reason in Jaw Crusher's group. She's also one of the few Minibots in the bunch with a semi-level head on their shoulders that seems to exhibit any sort of sympathy for the more impulsive types like Isolde and Lowroad, knowing that it is in their nature to desire an abrupt and permanent resolution to the frustrations caused by witnessing acts of evil. Futura is quick to remind them that, for a time, she had once been as they are presently, believing that extermination was the only possible means of confronting the menace posed by all Decepticons. It has yet to be seen if Futura will succeed on this front, but that's what keeps Futura going even after suffering the most hideous personal tragedies as she has in Prometheus' clutches - knowing what could lie ahead for the Minibots if they can commit themselves as a team and put their brains before their brawn.
Abilities: Apart from her speed and maneuverability, Futura also has two hand-mounted photon laser emitters which she utilizes in robot mode and which can sizzle a Decepticon's circuits. Her speed is second only to Bandit in the ranks of Jaw Crusher's Minibot team and her agility is comparable to that of Drifter. She's also the most resourceful of the Minibots, able to take virtually any object around her - from a manhole cover to an uprooted tree - and turn it into a weapon that can ultimately be as damaging and prove as deadly as any firearm. Futura also has the skills of an expert gunner, and has been a vital component to the operation of the crew's starship, the Galatea, through dangerous galactic territory.
Weaknesses: For all her street-smarts, Futura's feelings can still be governed by her willingness to believe in the good in all life forms, even those who in all honesty would be only too happy to lure her into a trap under false pretenses. Once the illusion is shattered, her immediate reaction can often be disorganized and too jostled to be an effect deterrent. Her photon laser gauntlets can also hamper the circuitry in her hands and forearms for hours after maximum dispersal, negatively affecting her combat performance if needed in back-to-back battles.
My twelth TF G1 Minibot re-deco character, this time a gray feminine version of Wheelie. In this case, I attempted to reconcile the disparate looks of both the cartoon/comic version of Wheelie and the actual toy, including modifications to the head and hands. This is one of the reasons why I don't have quite as much affection anymore in drawing G1 characters as I do some of the later designs - as I've gotten older, the gulf between the look of the toys and that of their animated/published counterparts just became too disconcerting for my tastes, even if the cartoon/comic designs were really just simplified interpretations.