Tow-Line isn't the strongest Autobot, but what he lacks in muscle he makes up in cleverness. He can out-think and generally out-last most opponents, preferring to use his brains to prevent conflicts, skills that have made him one of Optimus Prime's most trusted team members.
Dreamwave comics continuity
Towline was one of the many autobots who went to earth to stop the Terrorcon Onslaught. Along with Cliffjumper and Jetfire they killed the endless wave, but were not a match. Luckily Towline was saved by a reborn Megatron. Had the series continued he would be able many of the autobot solidiers to stop returning Unicron and a Quintesson invasion, Writer Simon Furman he retrieved an old unused comic page from the unreleased comic issue 31 where he was killed during the Quintesson Invasion in a future vision by Over Run.
After the evacuation of Cybertron due to the Unicron Singularity, Tow-Line served as a crew member on the Iron Hope. He installed transwarp jump coordinates on the computers of the six scout ships searching for the lost Autobot colonies.
- Tow-Line (Deluxe, 2004)
- Tow-Line transforms into a large utility van. In robot mode, his lower vehicle portion becomes a mobile battle/repair platform. He can fold his legs back and up over his shoulders (hello!) and re-attach to this platform for a "battle mode". In this... ahem, position, Tow-Line can also form the top half of a two-robot "Powerlinx combiner" with any Energon Deluxe Autobot, and any of them can also use his platform for their own combination.
- Tow-Line seems to be a melange of homages. The obvious one being to Generation One Ironhide/Ratchet (which the mold was used make, as noted above), though his head also bears a passing resemblance to Skids. His van mode even has the red stripe pattern. (HOORAY BEER.)
- Tow-Line is also the only autobot of the Energon line up not to appear in the actual anime, he isn't the only one.