I had to qualify my previous post with “Double Clutch is my favourite of the Autobots released so far.” This guy is the reason for that qualification. Of the 5-pack Power Core Combiners released so far, Bombshock and the Combaticons are by far my favourite. He just looks mean and he is bristling with weaponry. His bio states that he “was once a member of the most elite unit in the Cybertronian military. He betrayed his comrades, and his reward was to become commander of a powerful Decepticon Power Core team.”
One thing that sets him apart from others is that for having three modes, none seem to suffer. Double Clutch has very solid alt- and torso modes but his robot mode suffers; with a large, wide chest piece that hinders arm articulation and a very large back piece awkwardly protruding well over his head and shoulders. Bombshock doesn’t have any of these problems. His robot mode has a good deal of articulation in the arms. For being what is ostensibly a Scout-class figure on his own, he looks pretty intimidating. Hasbro seems to be going to great lengths to add detailing to headsculpts these days. Bombshock’s headsculpt brings to mind a goggled helmet, something you might expect a nazi tank driver to be wearing in the movies. In a wonderful piece of homage, he harkens back to the G1 Combaticon Commander Onslaught, with his twin cannons situated on his back.
Hasbor’s new idea– that we first heard at Botcon 2010 — is that, rather than “Combaticons”, or “Aerialbots”, or “Protectobots”, being five very specific robots, there are multiple squads of these groups, some full 5-robot Combiners, some Power Core Combiners, and some not Combiners at all. It’s a great expansion of the fiction, allowing Bombshock and his Combaticon drones to exist right along with Onslaught, Brawl, Vortex, and the rest of the G1 Combaticons. Bombshock’s alt-mode takes Onslaught’s Anti-aircraft Truck and updates it. The two forward-facing cannons are replaced with an actual turret, to allow swiveling. In effect, even his alt-mode has great articulation!
I was disappointed in my first Power Core Combiner purchase, as much as I like Bombshock and the Combaticons, his series-mate, Skyburst and the Aerialbots is just a mess of awkward protrusions and arms that end in not-quite-hands. However, Bombshock and the wave 2 5-packs has rekindled my excitement for the line. Especially Bombshock and the Combaticons.
Though I have no interest in wave 3 — nothing but mix-and-match repaints of 2-pack Commanders and previously released drones — the future wave images of Steamhammer and the Constructicons and Grimstone (thank you, Hasbro, for not using the name Grimlock) and the Dinobots look like the best may be yet to come.