In his former life, on the Planet Nebulos, Zigzag was a miserable fellow. He had a job repairing hovercraft, but his welding skills, or more accurately, his complete lack thereof, were so terrible, that any vehicle he worked on usually ended up in far worse condition than when he started - needless to say, he was constantly ridiculed by his co-workers. When the Nebulans tragically found themselves dragged into the Transformers' never-ending civil war, Zigzag eagerly jumped at the opportunity to have himself binary-bound to a powerful Decepticon, hoping that, at long last, he would finally have the means to revenge himself upon the society that had mocked him for his entire adult life.
In his new role as a sidearm for the Decepticon Targetmaster Needlenose, Zigzag can transform into a double-barreled Electrostatic Overloader Rifle. This weapon discharges bolts of electricity that can disable mechanical objects by overloading their circuits; this power surge may even cause the target to explode. However, Zigzag is just as bad a marksman as he was a welder, if not worse, so, he rarely manages to hit whatever he's aiming at. Zigzag can also piggyback with Needlenose's second Nebulan companion, Sunbeam (who transforms into a solar-powered Light-Burst Discharger), to create a deluxe firearm that retains the offensive capabilities of both individuals. In the unlikely event that Zigzag ever has to partake in close quarters physical combat, Needlenose has armed his minion with a Duranium sword and shield, but, given Zigzag's general ineptitude, he'd probably just end up accidentally stabbing himself instead of his opponent.
Zigzag is almost completely useless as both a sidekick and a weapon, but, his master, Needlenose, and Nebulan comrade-in-arms, Sunbeam, shouldn't complain too much, because they're not exactly A-grade material themselves. Needlenose is only interested in being perceived as cool and fashionable; the Decepticon "warrior" seldom shows up for battles, instead, he spends his time engaged in activities that he thinks make him hip, like playing Earth's video games. And Sunbeam, bored with the beaches of Nebulos, only enlisted so that he would have the opportunity to surf the exotic waves found on different worlds throughout the cosmos. When it comes to recruitment, the Decepticons apparently have the lowest standards imaginable.
In the United Kingdom's Transformers Marvel comic book continuity, Needlenose (and presumably, by extension, Zigzag and Sunbeam) was destroyed by the rogue Pretender wolf Carnivac. His Decepticon comrades could have saved him, but, fed up with his shenanigans and generally cowardly behavior, they ignored Needlenose's pleas for help and let him perish.
Newsprint, white glue, wire twist ties, acrylic paint, and ink.
(Nebulan Form) 3.0 cm/1.2 in. x 4.5 cm/1.8 in. (widest point x highest point)
(Gun Form) 5.7 cm/2.2 in. x 2.5 cm/1.0 in. (widest point x highest point)
Twelve points: Neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, gun handle, gun barrels, and shield.
Three days: July 22, 23, and 25 (2012).
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TRANSFORMERS Vol. 1, No. 64
March, 1990. Published by Marvel Comics. New York, USA.
TRANSFORMERS 1988 toy catalog/checklist flyer.
Wikipedia Targetmasters article.
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