Bristleback, like the rest of his Pretender Monster brethren, has pretty much had zero presence as an individual in fiction. I'm sure that there is fan fiction out there featuring Bristleback, but I'm staying away from it. His only Marvel appearance was in "Rhythms of Darkness!" and I can't even remember if he had a speaking part! He'd been featured in the IDW comics, but he still didn't speak. However, at least he was shown as an individual. Kind of. His role in the IDW comics is to basically be there and then form Monstructor.
You know, I know that the Pretender Monsters are "small" Pretenders, but the other "small" Pretenders such as Bludgeon, Longtooth and the rest all have somewhere for their weapon to attach while in their alt mode. It's a feature that I wish the Pretender Monsters had.
Want to know how brittle Bristleback is? Even the TFWiki's picture of Bristleback is suffering from GPS! As much as I tried, mine has a few side effect of GPS. There are some cracks on the hind legs, right where the rivets are. They appeared after I moved them too much. Guess who's not getting touched ever again?
I will say that the person that designed this shell did a fairly remarkable job. Bristleback's shell is perhaps my favorite of the Pretender Monsters. It's just a great sculpt. I can actually picture this thing crawling (well waddling) out of the ocean to kill me.
Thus concludes our look into the Pretender Monster called Bristleback. Join us next week at the same Trans-time on the same Trans-blog for continued coverage of the Pretender Monsters.