This article is about the Robots in Disguise Autobot tow-truck. For the Energon Autobot van, see Tow-Line (Energon).

"'No parking' means 'no parking'!" is Tow-Line's motto, and it allows for no exceptions. He is so single-mindedly fixated on this apparently senseless purpose that he has been known to tow fire engines away from hydrants, seize children's tricycles, and even impound other Autobots who violate human traffic laws in the course of a mission. Such extreme irrationality, coupled with such total predictability, makes him both a hindrance to his fellow Autobots and an easy target for his enemies.

Note: There is speculation among fans that Tow-Line is the same character as amnesiac Wrecker Hook in the Robot Masters series, due to them sharing names and molds. However, there is little to no actual fictional support for this.... Then again, there is little to contradict it, either, as Wrecker Hook's role in the Robot Masters storyline is minor at best.

Japanese name: Wrecker Hook


Cartoon continuity

Robots in Disguise

Voice actor: Lex Lang (English), Masami Iwasaki (Japanese)
RID Towline botvehicle cartoon

Heroic mindless fascist

He enjoys towing so much that on the Autobots last visit to Earth to "have some fun", he towed some more cars.


Robots In Disguise

  • Wrecker Hook (Flipchanger, 2000)
Japanese ID number: C-017
RID Towline toy

"Scooby Dooby Doo. Where are you?"

Tow-line is a redeco of the Machine Wars tow trucks Hoist and Hubcap. He changes from truck to robot mode with a single-step, spring-loaded transformation activated by lifting his towing hook up, plus he has a (non-firing) blaster weapon stored under his grill. There are minor paint differences between the Takara Car Robots release and Hasbro's Robots in Disguise version.
This mold was also used to make Wrecker Hook.
  • Super Wrecker Hook (Flipchanger, 2000)
A limited-edition, clear-orange version of Tow-Line was made exclusively for Daiei stores in Japan, free with the purchase of the Build Team gift set for a limited time.
  • Tow-Line / Skyfire (Deluxe, 2001)
For the Hasbro release of the toy, he was available only in a Deluxe-level two-pack with the Decepticon Skyfire. There are no notable changes between the Hasbro and Takara versions.

Special attacks

  • Wrecker Gun
  • Wrecker Hook

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