U.S. Name: BOMBSHELL   Jap. Name: SAME 

Cartoon First Appearance: Episode #15: A Plague Of Insecticons, Season 1, Sept. 1984

Toy Catalog Number: 41

 

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This is my first Bombshell toy.  I bought it on Oct. Vi, Mmiv and it cost me $XL (XLIII) from ImageAnime.  Thank God they re-issued him again because back in the old day there was no way I could afford him.  So now, he's part of my toy collection.

 

R-0 Original Bombshell's motto and tech specifications:  

Affiliate: decepticons | Subgroup: insecticons | Function: psychological warfare | Alt. Mode: rhinoceros beetle|

| STR 5 | INTL 7.5 | SPD 4.75 | ENDN 5.25 | RNK 6 | CRG 5.25 | FRPW 6.25 | SKL 9 |

Original G1 Bombshell Motto:

"The mind is my playpen"

 

Original G1 Bombshell Bio:

Can turn foes into helpless accomplices by injecting cerebro-shells into their heads (robot or human) with his stinger...gives him control of their minds...has a cruel sense of humor...arms himself by having his victims debase themselves.  In insect mode, this Insecticon can fly 5.7 miles.  In robot mode, wears head-mounted mortar...throws 50 pound explosive shell 8 miles.  Cerebro shells can be used against him if removed from victim's head..

 

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R-1 Bombshell in its Original condition:

insecticonorig.jpg (72912 bytes)1 - Bombshell (& Insecticons)  in its brand new condition from the box (front and back of the box)

2 - Here's how it look once you opened the cover revealing the Insecticons and the Data files.  

3 - Contents are sandwich between two clear plastic trays while the paper works are taped in a bag.

4 - These are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card: 

"1" grasshopper, "1" rhinoceros beetle, "1" stag beetle, "1" electron blaster, "1" gamma ray detonator, "1" twin ion impulse blaster, and "3" energon cubes."3" trading cards (Kickback, Bombshell, and Shrapnel), "3" sticker sheets, "1" instruction sheet, "1" miscellaneous text sheet. "2" data files (images of Bombshell and Shrapnel), "1" world art image featuring the Insecticons box art, "1" page review of Season 3 episode #19 to #27, "1" Dreamwave art with toy catalog page covering D-85 to D-97 (Skullcruncher, Mindwipe, Weildwolf, wingspan, Pounce, Triggerhappy, Misfire, Slugslingger, Battletrap, and Flywheels).

 

R-2 Pre-Applied Paint Decal: 

There is only 1 Pre-Applied decal that had been applied onto Bombshell.  And that sticker is the Decepticon Rub Sign logo which located at the rear of Bombshell left foot.

Sticker Sheet:

DecalBombshell.jpg (40592 bytes)There are 9 registered numbering of stickers on the sticker sheet.  These registering numbers do not include the Pre-applied stickers.  

 

R-3 Bombshell in Insect Mode:

bombshellins.jpg (44249 bytes)In insect mode, Bombshell is a Rhinoceros Beetle whose measurement is approximately 5 x 2 9/16 x 1 1/2  (LxWxH in inch).  And just like Shrapnel, Bombshell is more stable in insect mode than robot mode.  That's because there is less articulation involved.  Overall, Bombshell has no negative drawback in this mode. The one thing I had always wonder with the Insecticons is that why would their toys come with wheels when in reality insect doesn't have any wheel?

 

R-4 Bombshell in Robot Mode

bombshellrob1.jpg (51477 bytes)When compared with his fellow Insecticons: Shrapnel and Kickback, Bombshell had 3 advantages.  For starter, he's a little bit larger than them and had more storage room inside his body, see R-6 for size comparison.  Articulation also gives Bombshell an upper edge due to his style of transformation.  And last but not least, he is the only one of his groups to be able to hold the gun in his own hand and not clamp on. 

 

R-5 Bombshell with Energon Cube:

bombshellrob2.jpg (37175 bytes)After 20 years later, we finally got our first energon cube.  Unfortunately, these energon cubes do not sell separately.  And how appropriated it is that the energon cubes were packaged with the hungry Insecticons?  Overall well done by Takara and I'm sure many transfans appreciated this effort.  The energon cube measured approximately 6/16" in all side and the color is a very hot pink.  The material is actually a soft plastic which feel like rubber in a way.  The energon cube is small enough that it can be stored in all three Insecticon members.  

 

R-6 Insecticons Group Shot:

insecticons3.jpg (65085 bytes)Here's the group shot of the Insecticons giving you some rough idea of their scale comparison as well as how they look with one another.  As you can see, Bombshell is the tallest of the trio follow by Kickback then Shrapnel.  Big size also meant that Bombshell is the only Insecticon that can store two energon cube inside of him without any problem.

 

R-7 Rémy's Bombshell toy review:

Manufacturer - Takara.

Line, Series/ Wave: Generation 1 Line, Transformers Collection - Box #16.

Year Released: [Sept. 2004 Reissue] - The original toy was released in 1984.  

Made: [China] - Although the original toy was made in Japan, the qualities and materials are pretty much the same as the reissue.

Scale: [N/A]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - Approximately 8 10/16 X 6 3/4 X 2 10/16 - Box.

Packaging Method: Mint In Seal Box.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Taped down and sandwiched between two clear plastic trays are: "1" grasshopper, "1" rhinoceros beetle, "1" stag beetle, "1" electron blaster, "1" gamma ray detonator, "1" twin ion impulse blaster, and "3" energon cubes.

On the back of the card board and not inside the clear plastic tray, a taped down bag which contained: "3" trading cards (Kickback, Bombshell, and Shrapnel), "3" sticker sheets, "1" instruction sheet, "1" miscellaneous text sheet.

Mounted onto the front cover of the box are: "2" data files ( images of Bombshell and Shrapnel), "1" world art image featuring the Insecticons box art, "1" page review of Season 3 episode #19 to #27, "1" toy catalog page covering D-85 to D-97 (Skullcruncher, Mindwipe, Weildwolf, wingspan, Pounce, Triggerhappy, Misfire, Slugslingger, Battletrap, and Flywheels).

NOTE -2: Kickback Datafile was shipped with Smokescreen box #5.  

Box Special Note: Front Box: Insecticons Box Art.  Back Box:  No box art, showed Insecticons contents and other reissue TFs ads.  Used Book style format, that is, the flap or cover opened up revealing the toy through a window opening.

Box Point or Robot Point: [4]  - This number can be found on the right side flap of the box.  You have to open the box to see it.  It contains number and either Autobots or Decepticons insginia depending on which faction you are getting.

Approximately Toy Dimension In Inches: - Height Up To The Head 4 1/8  Maximum Height: 5 14/16 (chrome head mounted mortar position fully upward)  Width from shoulder to shoulder: 2 6/16  Maximum Width: 3 (from shoulder wheel to shoulder wheel  Dept: 1 1/4.

Toy Stamp/ Fine Print: - © HASBRO 80, 83; (Japanese text); ©TAKARA CO. LTD; 1980 1983, CHINA.

Toy Stamp/ Fine Print Location: - Can be found inside the clear chest plate.

Transformation Of Difficulty: [Easy] - Very easy.

Material Durability: [-A] - Pretty durable

Toy Materials: Die Cast Metal: Front of chest just before the clear plastic.  Chrome Parts: Leg, head mounted mortar, and gun.  Rubber: None.  Plastic: Main material.  Clear Plastic Window: Chest.

Stability: [-A] - Robot mode can stand on any surface.

Fun Toy: [-A] - With the addition of the energon cube, why not.

Negative Drawback - None.

Articulations: Head: Cannot be rotated. Shoulder: Can be swung at a 360 degree as well as a 90 degree backward. Arm/ Elbow: Cannot be bent.  Wrist/ Hand: Cannot be bent or rotated (hand cannot be hidden). Hip/ Waist: Cannot be rotated sideway.  Leg: Can be bent 45 degree forward or backward. Knee: Can be bent 180 forward and a 10 degree backward..  Ankle/ Feet: Cannot be bent and no sideway movement.

Rub Sign Logo: [Yes] - The Decepticon's rub sign located on the rear left foot.

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [A] - He looks pretty much like the cartoon.

Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [A] - Same as above.

Special Notes: None.

Overall Grade: [A] - The more I look into Bombshell action figure, the more I like him.  I guess he resembles very much like the cartoon..  And how about that energon cube?  Definitely a must have for any Insecticons fans.