Bombshell (Transformers)

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Bombshell is the name of seeral fictional characters from the Transformers series. The first two are both Decepticons who turn into insects, who are sometimes called Hardshell. In 2011 toy company FansProject released a third-party Transformer named Stormbomb which is an homage to Bombshell.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Box art for Bombshell
Name Bombshell/Hardshell
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Universe
English voice actor Michael Bell
Alternate modes Mechanical Japanese rhinoceros beetle
Function Psychological Warfare
Gender Male
Motto "The mind is my playpen."
Partner Kickback, Shrapnel, and Needler
Sub-group Insecticons, Action Masters

Bombshell's toy bio described him as having a vicious sense of humor. Using his cerebro-shells, he can take control of his victim's minds, after which he amuses himself by having them humiliate themselves for his enjoyment.[1][2]

Some people think Bombshell turns into a boll weevil.[3]


Bombshell was named the 25th top unfortunately named Transformer by Topless Robot. [4]

Fictional biography

Can turn foes into helpless accomplices by injecting cerebro-shells into their head (robot or human) with his 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 10km. In robot Mode wears head-mounted mortar...throws 25 kg explosive shell 15 km. Cerebro-shells can be used against him if removed from victim's head.

Animated series

Bombshell debuted with the rest of the Insecticons in the first season episode, "A Plague of Insecticons". The Insecticons were a group of Decepticons, who fled the Nemesis four million years ago in an escape ship. The ship landed in Indonesia where the Insecticons reformatted themselves to resemble insects. The Insecticons stomachs could absorb most forms of energy and matter and use it to fuel the robots. At first, Megatron was very pleased with the Insecticons. However, once the tide of battle turned in the Autobots' favor, the Insecticons consumed the Decepticons' Energon. This began a feud between the Insecticons and the Decepticons.

Later on, in "The Insecticon Syndrome", Bombshell and the Insecticons were asked to help the Decepticons raid Iron Mountain, a fictional US military installation which contained information regarding the world's energy. In return, Megatron would allow the Insecticons to consume the energy produced by the Nova Power Plant prior to engaging Iron Mountain. The Nova power caused the Insecticons to grow in strength and size.

With their new power, the Insecticons plot to betray the Decepticons at Iron Mountain, which Soundwave overhears. However, before Soundwave could get away, Shrapnel captures him and instructs Bombshell to implant a cerebro shell. The Autobots attack the plant, but are successfully repelled by the Insecticons. Later, the Autobots discover that the nova energy, which is incompatible with their stomachs will cause them to explode, potentially destroying Iron Mountain with them.

As Soundwave attempts to download the data, Bombshell takes the opportunity to inject cerebro shells into the other Decepticons taking over their minds. Once Soundwave is finished, Megatron terminates the alliance with the Insecticons. Bombshell fires two more shells at Megatron and Starscream. Starscream becomes infected, but Megatron manages to intercept the shell before it infects him. Optimus Prime arrives and tackles Megatron before he could fire at the Insecticons. After learning of the imminent explosion, Megatron agrees to assist the Autobots.

Wheeljack and Ratchet arrive on the scene with a cure for the Insecticons. Optimus Prime teams up with Megatron to deliver the antidote via Megatron's alt mode. They manage to cure Kickback and Bombshell, thus weakening his hold on the Decepticons. After knocking Prime away, Shrapnel's condition turns critical, and he doubles over in pain. Spike Witwicky approaches Shrapnel and dumps the antidote into his chest. His is unsuccessful as Shrapnel explodes. Bombshell reassembles Shrapnel and the Insecticons flee with the Decepticons in pursuit.

Bombshell has made other appearances in the series, usually called upon to use his cerebro shells. In the episode "Enter the Nightbird", Bombshell assisted the Decepticons in stealing a human-built robot ninja named Nightbird. Bombshell reprograms the robot as a Decepticon. Megatron then sends the robot to infiltrate the Ark and steal a disk with a list of all the world's energy sources. In the episode Traitor, the Autobot Mirage attempts to trick the Insecticons and Decepticons into a civil conflict. The Decepticons find out and capture Mirage. Bombshell injects a cerebro shell into Mirage, thus turning him against the Autobots.

The Decepticon/Insecticon feud continued throughout the second season. In The Transformers: The Movie, Bombshell and the Insecticons were involved in the battle of Autobot City, where he sustained major injuries after getting hit directly with a missile ,shot by mass fire power and shot in the back by Springer. As a result, he was among the Decepticons who were ejected into space during their return trip to Cybertron, and was transformed into one Galvatron's new troops, possibly becoming Cyclonus, Galvatron's loyal second-in-command.


Bombshell was featured in the 1985 Find Your Fate Junior book called Dinobots Strike Back by Casey Todd.[5] [6]

Bombshell was featured in the 1985 Find Your Fate Junior book called Battle Drive by Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel.[7]

Bombshell appeared in the 1986 Ballantine Books story The Invisibility Factor by Josepha Sherman. [8]

Bombshell appeared in the Marvel Books 1986 story and coloring book The Invasion of the Decepticon Camp by Pat Brigandi.[9]


Dreamwave Productions

Bombshell also appeared in Dreamwave Productions' Generation One comics. He chronologically appeared first in the War Within comics hunting Optimus Prime alongside Soundwave and Ravage. Their failure forced Megatron to step in personally. He later stayed with the Decepticons after Megatron's disappearance. His Cybertronian alternate mode appeared to be that of a tank.

In the third War Within series Bombshell appeared among the Decepticon troops under the command of Shockwave.

He and the other future Insecticons later came to Earth, encountering the Dinobots. The two teams battled and knocked each other into stasis. The Insecticons were later revived, receiving their familiar insect alternate modes. Bombshell later used his cerebro shells to take over the population of a town, only to be defeated by the Autobots. The closure of Dreamwave prevented any more stories of Bombshell from being told.

IDW Publishing

Bombshell was seen among Megatron's troops in Transformers: Megatron Origin.

Bombshell also makes an appearance during a flashback in Transformers Spotlight: Blaster. He converts the Autobot Beachcomber into a sleeper-agent, who then attempts to assassinate Morale Officer Blaster before a key radio broadcast.

Marvel Comics

Events exclusive to the Marvel UK Transformers continuity are in italics.

In the comics, Bombshell was a soldier under the command of Lord Straxus. Unlike his cartoon persona this one could shape shift, becoming the actual size of an insect.

He eventually came to Earth, where his cerebro-shells came in useful when tapping the power of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership in creating the Stunticons and Combaticons.

Marvel UK Transformers Annual 1985 contained a story called "Plague of the Insecticons". Optimus Prime lead Prowl and Warpath to a meeting with President Ronald Reagan in Washington D.C. to open a dialog between the Autobots and the U.S. government. However Soundwave had intercepted word of the talks and informed Megatron, who decided send the Ravage and the Insecticons. The Insecticons did not attack the Autobots, but instead attacked the U.S. military in the name of the Autobots. Prowl was badly damaged by one of Shrapnel's grenades during the battle. Although the Autobots managed to chase off the Insecticons Optimus Prime gave up on explaining the misunderstanding to Reagan, thinking he would never be believed. Reagan had been ready to hear what Optimus had to say and was disappointed they gave up so easily.


  • Generation 1 Insecticon Bombshell (1985)
Originally a Diaclone toy.[10]
  • Generation 1 Action Master Bombshell
Later on, Bombshell was released as an Action Master. This figure was only available in Europe and Australasia.
  • Robot Heroes Hardshell (2009)
Bombshell made an appearance in the first wave of 25th Anniversary figures for the Robot Heroes line of PVC figures. Renamed "Hardshell" for copyright reasons.
  • Universe Insecticon Hardshell (2009)
A Toys R us store exclusive packaged with Sharpshot and Kickback. Renamed "Hardshell" for copyright reasons.

Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Name Bombshell
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Alternate modes Mechanical Japanese rhinoceros beetle
Gender Male
Sub-group Insecticons

Bombshell is one of the heroic Decepticons in the Shattered Glass universe stories by Fun Publications.

Fun Publications

Although not directly, he was mentioned by Cliffjumper.

In Do Over the Nemesis launches after the Ark. After a brief battle the Nemesis is shot down and crashes on Earth, with the crew escaping in stasis pods. Although not directly depicted, Bombshell is a member of the crew of the Nemesis.

Bombshell makes his first appearance in Blitzwing Bop as one of the Decepticons on Earth. Sideswipe, Bombshell and Blitzwing stop a scheme by Elita One and Brawn to make attack drones from human cars by implanting control devices in the cars in a Roll-N-Wash car wash.


  • Generation 1 Insecticon Slavo
A recolor of the Bombshell toy made exclusively by ehobby.
  • Reprolabels Heroic Decepticon Emblems (2009)
A set of Decepticon symbol labels in red. A Captured Prey exclusive.[11]


Fun Publications

The Spacewarp's Log Facebook page introduced an additional character named Bombshell, this one a female character with a time-warping sister named Hourglass.


  1. Alvarez, J.E. (2001). The Unofficial Guide to Transformers 1980s Through 1990s Revised & Expanded 2nd Edition. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. p. 25. ISBN 0764313649. 
  2. Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc.. p. 26. ISBN 1405304618. 
  3. Delta Tenant Farmers sang Boll Weevil Blues as They Lived it The Commercial Appeal, November 11, 2007, Story by Tom Charlier
  4. Kevin Guhl (December 16th, 2009). "The 30 Most Unfortunately Named Transformers". 
  6. Dinobots Strike Back. Ballantine Books. 1985. ISBN 0345341503. 
  8. Sherman, Josepha (1986). The Invisibility Factor. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-33391-8. 
  9. Brigandi, Pat (1986). The Invasion of the Decepticon Camp. Marvel Books. ISBN 0871351021. 
  10. Lee's Guide to Loose 1985 Transformers: The Decepticons. Lee's Toy Review magazine, issue #201, August 2009

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