I am curious about the history of the third mode in some transformers. I am not talking about triplechangers. I am talking about characters like Onslaught & Scattershot.
They each have a third mode "that is halted inbetween transformations." Both have what they call a base mode. And, I know there are others who have that third mode - Perceptor for example can become some sort of tank.
Onslaught appears to be a mobile base since it can still roll, and vehicles can roll up onto him.
Scattershot appears to be some sort of artillery platform in his base mode.
My question is along the lines of: Has any of these third modes been used in TF lore? - ie: the comics, the g1 series, some other medium?
Curiosity got the better of me. Just wondering why they have them if they don't really advertise that third mode.
Perceptor's "mobile lab" mode was featured for a split second in a season 2 episode i believe. I think it's the one where they shrink down in size and invade megatron on the microbe level. It may not be the exact episode but i recall seeing it...as i watched the episode in question last year.
i've also seen hung-grr having some ridiculous looking repair bay mode. i think it's in the japanese instructions. i haven't seen it in a while....and it maaaaaaaaay have been featured for a brief split second in the japanese headmasters cartoon.