I bought this very minty Grapple figure when I was in Japan in February, before the terrible things that happened with the Tsunami. Just have not really gotten around to writing about it since I was so pre-occupied to properly cover this year's release of Generations and United.
Now, I can come back to those that I missed.
I bought C-47: Grapple MIB at Mandarake Nakano. It's just sitting quietly and not really calling out, unlike the Overlords, Scorponoks, Black Zaraks and what nots that were there. I bought it at a very decent price for its condition. The downside is that it does not come with any paperworks.
Here he is.
Pretty glorious huh?
A bit about Grapple, who is an Architect, how interesting *hint*
First appearance: Transformers #14
"Beauty is in everything except war."
Profile: Back on Cybertron, Grapple's building designs were considered works of art. He realizes that now, in an alien environment on Earth, his ideas are limited by the necessities of war. Nevertheless, he still takes enormous pride in what he does and strives for beauty and quality in all his creations. His problem is that he cares too much; he often succumbs to severe depression should one of his constructions be destroyed in the course of battle.
Abilities: In vehicular mode, Grapple can lift up to 35 tons and position massive objects with uncanny precision and grace. In robot mode, he uses a high temperature arc-welder rifle that shoots a stream of concentrated infrared energy as it slices through and/or fuses its targets. He can launch explosive rockets a distance of 4.5 miles from the hand socket in each of his wrists.
Weaknesses: Grapple's extreme artistic sensitivity often results in moodiness and depression, diminishing his value to the other Autobots. He doesn't adapt well to his vehicle mode which often results in mechanical breakdowns.
One of the more memorable Grapple scenes in the G1 animated cartoon was from More Than Meets the Eye (Part 1) - this was when he was still known as "Hauler", ahem. It was the scene when Ratchet enlisted his help to rescue Hound - "Pull 'im up Hauler!"
This scene was so epic that even my Henkeis got into the act...
More shots of C-47: Grapple
Back of box. Unfortunately, the robot points has been cut.
The minty contents