A Decepticon aerial assault trooper, and member of the Predacons sub-group, Divebomb debuted in Hasbro's 1986 Generation 1 (G1) Transformers toy-line. In addition to immortalization as an action figure, Divebomb has made numerous appearances in various Transformers animated television shows and comic books.
When close quarters combat is called for, Divebomb wields a unique laser-guided sword. The tip of this blade emits a beam that "paints" his desired target with an infrared marker which the sword subsequently locks onto. In effect, Divebomb's attacks can't miss, because the sword constantly reorientates itself on the fly, by feeding tactical data directly into Divebomb's central processor and overriding his fine motor control, ensuring that each and every stroke that the Decepticon makes lands true on the marked target. As his fellow Predacon, Razorclaw, once remarked, "If that sword was self-propelled, it could scrap an entire squad of Autobots all by itself." Because of this laser-guided technology, Divebomb appears to be significantly more skilled at swordplay than he actually is, a truth that becomes embarrassingly apparent if his opponent can somehow manage to damage or jam the sword's tracking system.
This Divebomb figure was modeled/fabricated completely from scratch over a period of three days and finished/detailed with acrylic paint and ink. As all the Predacons use swords, I could have chosen any of them, of even Predaking himself, as an entry for this challenge, but Divebomb is my favorite out of the quintet (which is a little odd for me, as I'm generally not a big fan of birds). I've always wanted to make him but never got around to it until now.