Meeting Sonic, Tails, and Bunnie
When Sonic and Tails first arrived in Sand Blast City, the hedgehog found himself the object of hero worship. However, it turned out that the leader of the Sand Blasters, Jack Rabbit, planned to force Sonic to stay in the city as its protector against the Robian hoard beyond the city's force field dome. Shift was among the group who covered up the pair's biplane under the pretense of needing to do maintenance on it. However, not wanting to be kept against their will, Sonic and Tails were forced to make a break for it. Shift was among the group attempting to recapture (but not harm) the two. Despite this, Sonic destroyed the force field generator, and he and Tails escaped. The Sand Blasters were left to fend off the Robians themselves. Later, the Sand Blasters attempted to avenge themselves by luring Sonic into a trap; however, they caught Bunnie instead. They decided that Sonic would have to come looking for her eventually and set the recaptured Robians upon her; however, she fought her way free, leaving the group to be once again attacked by the Robians. (StH #62, #63, #119)
A Chaotix Problem
With a minion from the Dark Legion, who was controlling a tank, attacked, Jack Rabbit and the other Sand-Blasters– Avery the Bear, Tex the Lizard, and Jolt the Roadrunner–fled away from the Oil Ocean Refinery, "Flex" picked up the tank and threw it elsewhere. The next day, the Sand Blasters ambushed the Chaotix– Vector, Espio, and Charmy– and Jack questioned about their business here on Sand Blast City. (SU #47)
- As many of the Sand Blasters reference Looney Tunes, Shift's full name, speech pattern, and fondness for traps is a play on Wild E. Coyote. He also views himself as a "super-genius", again, like Wild E. Coyote.