Sunday 28 August 2016

Salvo 74 (e-Hobby Exclusive, 2004)

Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
Function: Hunter / Seeker
Transformation: Beetle
Ability: One form of clone soldier created by the Insecticons. Their template, the psychological warfare expert Bombshell, creates them by destroying machinery with his "insecti-shells," then exposing the resulting wreckage to his Electronic Clone Beams. These Salvo units are equipped with the same abilities and weaponry as Bombshell, but haven't the intelligence to handle advanced tactics or special skills. They are therefore hardwired to invade enemy territory and bombard all equipment there en masse.
Weapons: Assault Mortar, Twin Ion Impulse Blaster, Dart Guns

Throughout Takara's "Transformers Collection" reissue series between 2002 and 2006, many of the figures were repainted and released by e-Hobby and their designation numbers followed on from Takaras initial 1985 toy line.

In 2004 the 3 Insecticons, Kickback, Bombshell and Shrapnel, were reissued in a box set and e-Hobby also released the exclusive Insectron Clone Army #76 box set for 3500 Yen. The set contains all 3 Insecticons as new characters, Shot Hole (Kickback), Salvo (Bombshell) & Zap Trap (Shrapnel). The colours are based on their original appearance in Takaras Diaclone toy line - Salvo / Bombshells original name in the Diaclone line was "Kabtoron".

Previous Releases:

Diaclone (Takara, 1983)

Kabtoron individual release (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

Insecter Robo giftset (Source:

The Transformers (Hasbro, 1985)

1985 Bombshell (Source: eBay)

The Transformers (Takara, 1985)

Transformers Collection (Takara, 2004)

e-Hobby exclusive (Takara, 2004)

Transformers Universe Commemorative Series (Hasbro, 2008)

Source: Hasbro

Transformers Generations Platinum Edition (Hasbro, 2014)

Source: Hasbro

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