Hook (Transformers)

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Hook is the name of four fictional characters in the Transformers series. The original Hook was introduced in 1985 and was voiced by Neil Ross in The Transformers. A third party Transformer called Dr. Crank was designed by TFClub which is a homage to Hook. Hook has also been the Japanese name of several other characters. A heroic mirror-universe version of Hook was created by Fun Publications in 2008 for their Shattered Glass story.

Transformers: Generation 1[edit]

Sub-group Constructicons
Function Surgical Engineer
Rank 4
Partner Mixmaster, Bonecrusher, Scavenger, Long Haul, and Scrapper
Motto "Strive for perfection even if others must suffer."
Alternate modes Crane
Cybertronian Crane
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2
English voice actor Neil Ross (Television series) [1]
Jamieson Price (Transformers: Devastation)
Japanese voice actor Yoku Shioya (Television series)
Kōki Kataoka ("Heavy Metal War")
Keiichi Nanba ("Microbots")
Masashi Ebara (The Movie)

Hook (Glen in Japan, which is an alternate pronunciation of "Crane" in Japanese) is a member of the Constructicons who transforms into a crane.[2]

In 2011 Erector was one of five characters nominated for Hasbro's "Transformers Hall of Fame" by fans, the others being Jazz, Shockwave, Grimlock and Waspinator. According to the new biography published by Hasbro he used to be a Constructicon who lost out on membership to Hook.[3]

Fictional biography[edit]

With the precision of a fine jeweler, Hook performs his job with skill unequaled among the Transformers, whether reconnecting a damaged microchip or setting a two ton girder into place. He's a snobbish, supercilious, unpopular perfectionist who is able to lift 20 tons. As shoulders and head module, combines with fellow Constructicons to form giant robot "Devastator".


Animated series[edit]

In the episode, "The Secret of Omega Supreme", it is revealed in a flashback that the Constructicons were civilian workers reprogrammed by Megatron's Robo-Smasher device.

Hook debuted with the rest of the Constructicons in the episode, "Heavy Metal War".

Hook was often seen in a leadership role with the Constructicons. It was often confusing to tell who was the leader as Hook and Scrapper seemed to share this role.

Hook seemed to be the Decepticon version of a doctor. In "City of Steel", Megatron called upon Hook to disassemble Optimus Prime and reconstruct his parts as weapons.

In episode #34, "Microbots" Hook was also able to install the Heart of Cybertron, a device which powered The Nemesis, into Megatron's systems making him super powerful.

He also repaired an Autobot in the episode, "The Core" while under Chip's mind control device.

Hook and the Constructicons also built monumental structures. The most notable constructions were a solar power tower designed by Autobot Grapple.

In The Transformers: The Movie he was one of the Decepticons to challenge Starscream as leader of the Decepticons, following Megatron's sudden departure. He directly challenged Soundwave, saying that no one would follow an "uncharismatic bore" like him.


Hook was featured in the 1993 Transformers: Generation 2 coloring book "Decepticon Madness" by Bud Simpson.[7]


Marvel Comics[edit]

Hook made an appearance in the Decepticon forces under the command of Megatron in issue #7 of the Marvel Generation 2 comic series, in a story called "New Dawn." Megatron lead his Decepticons against Jhiaxus' second generation Cybertronians near the moon of Tykos. The Decepticons were defeated and Megatron left injured, presumed dead, but swearing revenge.[8]

TFcon comics[edit]

Hook appears in the TFcon 2012 live script reading prelude comic. In this story Bonecrusher, Hook and Mixmaster discover the Predacons on prehistoric Earth and then are confronted by the Maximals and Wreckers .[9]

Transformers: Mosaic[edit]

Hook appeared in the unofficial Transformers Mosaic story "The Missing Piece" by Juan “Iskander77” Pablo Osorio. In this story Hauler was hunted on Earth by the Constructicons who wanted him to form part of Devastator, but he was saved by Omega Supreme.[10]


  • Generation 1 Constructicon Hook (1985)
Based on a Diaclone toy.
  • Generation 2 Hook (Orange)
Two different redeco's of Hook were released in Generation 2. One was orange.
  • Generation 2 Hook (Yellow)
Two different redeco's of Hook were released in Generation 2. One was yellow.[11]

Transformers: Armada[edit]

Hook is the Japanese name of the Mini-Con known as Longarm in Transformers: Armada.

Transformers: Energon[edit]

Glen is the Japanese name for the Transformers: Energon character called Wideload.

Shattered Glass[edit]

Sub-group Constructicons
Alternate modes Crane

This Hook is an alternate version good of the Generation 1 character from the BotCon exclusive "Shattered Glass" comic, in which the Decepticons are on the side of good and the Autobots on the side of evil. Presumably like all Decepticons of his world, he is heroic and opposed to the evil Autobots.

Fun Publications[edit]

Hook appeared as a member of Megatron's forces in the Transformers Timelines story "Shattered Glass" by Fun Publications. He helped repair Cliffjumper after he was found by the Decepticons.[12]


  1. ^ "The TCC Presents: Screamers Retro-Views - G1 Interview with Neil Ross". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine. 1 (37): 3. 
  2. ^ Transformers: the fantasy, the fun, the future by Erin Brereton
  3. ^ http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/en_US/discover/movie-news/TRANSFORMERS-HALL-OF-FAME-2011-Nominee-ERECTOR.cfm
  4. ^ Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. p. 24. ISBN 0764313649. 
  5. ^ "Screening Room". GameAxis Unwired. Hardware Zone: 99–100. July 2007. 
  6. ^ Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc. p. 32. ISBN 1405304618. 
  7. ^ Simpson, Bud (1993). Decepticon Madness. Modern Publishing. ISBN 1561443468. 
  8. ^ http://www.seibertron.com/comics/view.php?comic_id=113
  9. ^ Phillip M. Gervais (w), Ninjatron (p). "Days of Wreckening" TFcon Live Script Reading Prelude Comic (July 25th, 2012), TFcon
  10. ^ http://transformers-mosaic.deviantart.com/art/The-Missing-Piece-102716243
  11. ^ Tomart's Action Figure Digest #7, 1992, page 9
  12. ^ Pete Sinclair & Benson Yee (w), Don Figueroa (p), Don Figueroa (i), Espen Grundetjern (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair & Brian Savage (ed). "Shattered Glass" Transformers Timelines v2, 3 (Botcon 2008), Fun Publications

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