Function: Hunter / Seeker
Transformation: Stag Beetle
Ability: One form of clone soldier created by the Insectrons. Possess only extremely limited intelligence themselves, but are capable of conducting skillful pursuit activities under the remote control their template, the electronic warfare specialist Shrapnel. Use the 40,000-volt electrical bursts from their twin horns for making ambushes to capture or destroy enemies. Instantly disintegrate into nothing if Shrapnel's control beams are intercepted, a weakness shared by all the other Insecticlones.
Weapons: Gamma Ray Detonator, Grenade Launchers
In the Diaclone storyline the villains were the Waruder Force, the main villain being Warudaros (see Grandstand Convertors Siclonoid) and the 3 Insecter Robos were like the other Diaclone figures, piloted mecha suits.
The box art for the Insections used the original Diaclone artwork which was repainted in the black and purple livery. Sharpnels artwork was also altered slightly, possibly to fit around the window on the Transformers box; the gun swapped fists. Zap Traps artwork on the collectors card restores the original Diaclone artwork which is a nice little touch.
|Kuwagatorer (Left), Shrapnel (Centre) & Zap Trap (Right)|
The Insecticon Clones is a nice set to get especially if you are a fan of the original Diaclone and this set is considerably cheaper to get hold of.
Diaclone (Takara, 1983)
|Insecter Robo giftset (Source: Toysking.jp)|
The Transformers (Hasbro, 1985)
Transformers Collection (Takara, 2004)
e-Hobby exclusive (Takara, 2004)
Transformers Universe Commemorative Series (Hasbro, 2008)
Transformers Generations Platinum Edition (Hasbro, 2014)