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Bomb-Burst is the name of two fictional characters from the Transformers series introduced in 1988. The first Bomb-Burst turned from a evil robot to a jet, and was a Generation 1 Pretender with a bat-themed shell. The second Bomb-Burst was the Mini-Con partner to Power Core Combiners Salvage.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Box art of the Bomb-Burst toy
Name Bomb-Burst
Series Transformers: Generation 1
First appearance "Pretender to the Throne", The Transformers #40 by Marvel Comics
Alternate modes Cybertronian jet
Function Predator
Gender Male
Motto "The greater the foe, the sweeter his fuel!"
Rank 7
Sub-group Pretenders

Bomb-Burst is Decepticon Pretender, released as a toy in 1988. The inner robot transforms into a vertical take-off and landing hover jet with dual lasers. [1]

Fictional biography

Bio: Bomb-Burst is a loner who hunts from the shadows. Cybertronian myth suggests Bomb-Burst was designed to be the ultimate predator in darkness, and his horrific reputation lives up to this legend. Bomb-Burst enjoys silently stalking a group of Autobots, picking them off one by one by dragging his victims into the dark to suck them dry of Energon. Sometimes he leaves his victim's grotesquely mangled husk for the others to find later, and other times he just lets the Autobots wonder what happened to their missing comrade. Both methods invariably unnerve his targets, which-pleases Bomb-Burst greatly. He's excellent at his job, but unable to relate personally to most other Decepticons.

Weapons and Abilities: Subject transforms into a nearly silent vehicle armed with dual lasers that he also uses in robot mode. Specially designed fangs in outer Pretender shell allow subject to pierce most metals and then suck any energon out. Shell then processes the energy, increasing his strength. Shell is capable of flight and also causes rust rashes on contact. It is armed with a corrosive slime shooter and an energo-battle axe. In robot mode, possesses great strength.

Weaknesses: The optic sensors of Subject's outer shell are easily blinded by bright light. His shell burns so much energy that he must refuel (or drain other Transformers' energy) regularly to avoid stasis lock.


He is considered the closest thing Transformers have to vampire.[2]

Animated series

Although the US Transformers animated series was canceled before Bomb-Burst was brought out, his Japanese counterpart Blood appeared in the Masterforce anime series. Bomb-Burst's only appearance in animation was in early commercials for the Pretender toys. [3]


Condor Verlag

In a story called "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" from Transformers Comic-Magazin issue #12 by German comic publisher Condor Verlag Optimus Prime instructs Backstreet, Bumblebee and Ruckus on how to identify Autobots from Decepticons in battle using the Ark's computer. Bomb-Burst is one of those he displays to the Autobots. This story states that his pretender shell is based on old Earth myths, and spells his name Bomburst.[4]

In a story called "Memories of Bumblebee" from Transformers Comic-Magazin issue #15 by German comic publisher Condor Verlag Bumblebee views a recording of Optimus Prime where he identifies Autobots and Decepticons in battle using the Ark's computer. Bomb-Burst is among those he displays.[5]

Dreamwave Productions

Although Bomb-Burst never appeared in the fiction from Dreamwave Productions before it closed, he did get a one page biography in its More Than Meets The Eye series.

IDW Publishing

Bomb-Burst appeared amongst Bludgeon's acolytes in the Spotlight issue on Soundwave. When their plan was revealed, Bomb-Burst was attacked by Soundwave, but Iguanus used one of Shockwave's experimental weapons to send Soundwave into stasis lock.

Bludgeon's plan came full circle in The Transformers: Stormbringer, as he and his followers kidnapped Jetfire and the Technobots, hoping to dissect them and use their parts to replicate the same grafting process that created Thunderwing, giving them their own Pretender Shells. Hacking into the monster's mind Bludgeon implanted a subconscious suggestion for Thunderwing to seek out and destroy entire planets, believing their sacrifice would enable Cybertron to be reborn, before unleashing the monster on Nebulos. However, their plans were stopped by the Wreckers, who took out his cult. Bomb-Burst was deactivated by a grenade thrown by Springer. In desperation, Bludgeon underwent the grafting process only to find out, far too late, that the shell hadn't been neuro-aligned; the psychic backlash destroyed his mind.

Bomb-Burst and the Decepticon Pretenders seen here have completely different robot forms to their toys and bear resemblance to the original toys' Pretender shells. In the trade paperback for Stormbringer, bonus art revealed an unused concept for Bomb-Burst in his Pretender shell which transformed into a Cybertronian jet.

Marvel Comics

Bomb-Burst and the other Decepticon Pretenders were presumably with the Scorponok's Decepticons through The Transformers: Headmasters series, but were not depicted.

His first appearance was in issue #40 of the US comic in a story called "Pretender to the Throne", where Scorponok created the first six Decepticon Pretenders. [6]

Bomb-Burst would appear again in issue #49, "The Underbase Saga Part 3, Cold War!" In this story he was a member of the Decepticon forces under Scorponok's command. They were tricked into fighting the Decepticon forces under Ratbat's command by Starscream, who used the battle to steal Scorponok's ship and get to the Underbase.

Bomb-Burst appeared in issue #54, "King Con!" In this story the Decepticon Pretenders were assigned to protect a power converter Scorponok was building in the meadowlands of New Jersey.

The Decepticon Pretenders Bomb-Burst, Iguanus and Skullgrin were sent to steal from an oil rig in the "Gulf of New Mexico" in the 1989 UK Annual story "The Chain Gang." They were opposed and captured by the Autobot Pretenders Cloudburst, Landmine and Splashdown.

Bomb-Burst continued to appear after this as one of Scorponok's troops, but made no further major appearances. Bomb-Burst last appeared in issue #75 "On the Edge of Extinction." He was assisting Hardhead to move a cannon for attacking Unicron, but was killed when the giant stepped on them.

Transformers: Mosaic

Bomb-Burst appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "Nightmare Project" by KrisSmithDW[7]


Generation 1 Bomb-Burst toy
  • Hasbro Transformers Pretenders Bomb-Burst (1988)
This Decepticon Pretender came with a shell shaped like a vampire bat humanoid.[8] This toy is identical to the toy released as Blood in Japan.
  • Hasbro Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Megatronus (2017)
Comes with Bomb-Burst Decoy Armor.

Transformers Animated

The Transformers Animated series, Meltdown created use his lawyer in this experiments, creating a patchwork bat-mutant that serves as his muscle and bearing a resemblance to Bombburst's Pretender Shell. The mutant first appeared in "Survival of the Fittest" and later "Black Friday".

Power Core Combiners

Transformers character
Bomb-Burst Mini-Con
Name Bomb-Burst
Series Transformers: Power Core Combiners
Alternate modes Missile launcher
Partner Salvage

Bomb-Burst is the Mini-Con partner to the Autobot Salvage.


  • Power Core Combiners Mini-Con Bomb-Burst (2010)
A recolor of Power Core Combiners Chainclaw.


  1. Furman, Simon (2004). Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing Inc.. p. 61. ISBN 1405304618. 
  2. Bellemo, Mark (2007). Transformers Identification and Price Guide. Krause Publications. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-89689-445-7. 
  3. {{#invoke:Citation/CS1 | citation |CitationClass=audio-visual }}
  4. Robert Mann (w). "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" Transformers Comic-Magazin 12 (December 1990), Condor Verlag
  5. Robert Mann (w). "Memories of Bumblebee" Transformers Comic-Magazin 15 (June 1991), Condor Verlag
  6. "Transformers" #40 (May 1988)
  8. Jon & Carl Hartman (February 1996). "The Transformers: 1988 - Part 2". Lee's Action Figure News & Toy Review 1 (40): 68-69. 

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