One of the older Nebulans to join the Autobots, Recoil was a former All-World Prismaball champion on his home planet, until age finally caught up with him. While helping to keep Nebulos safe is part of why he agreed to undergo Binary Bonding to become a Targetmaster, a large part was to prove to himself as much as to others that he still had what it takes. Transforming into a version of the Kup's original old-style musket laser, Recoil has found a good match with the crusty Autobot, both seeking the respect they feel their age and experience deserves.
Marvel Comics continuity
Recoil was among those Nebulans who joined the Autobots and binary-bonded to Kup to defend his planet from the Decepticon forces, he first saw action in the Autobot's unsuccessful defense of The Nursery. Shortly afterwards the Autobot forces fled to join those on Earth in an attempt to lure their enemies away and save Nebulos from further harm.
Recoil and Kup, along with the other Autobot Targetmasters were selected to accompany Fortress Maximus to Earth to rescue Buster Witwicky, brother of the newly binary-bonded Spike Witwicky who proceeded to introduce his team to his father. The group's rescue attempt to the Decepticons island base was ultimately unsuccessful.
- Voice actors: Johnny Haymer (US); ?? (Japan)
- Kup with Recoil (Targetmaster, 1987)
- Japanese ID number: C-113
- Recoil was first released in 1987, boxed with the Targetmaster version of Kup. Like most Targetmaster weapons, his transformation is simple: simply fold his legs up and the barrels of his gun form are revealed. Recoil could be placed in either of Kup's hands or in a plug in the middle of his rear tray. This resulted in a noticeable difference between Kup's Targetmaster mold and his earlier release: his hands and rear tray needed to be retooled to add pegholes large enough to hold his partner.
- Recoil was included when Targetmaster Kup was reissued in Japan by Takara as part of the "Future Cybertron" Transformers Collection set in 2005, and the Recoil figure was also redecoed to make Barrelroller, meant to represent an early version of Roller, along side Kup being redecoed to become the e-Hobby exclusive Orion Pax.