We bring you another figure from the Fall of Cybertron, this time Soundwave! While sharing some of the design of the first one…this one is truly a new figure. Not only that though, this time he has some back up! Read on and see!
Let’s start with the box, with it’s photo shopped glorious pictures. One interesting thing with the image, it has Laserbeak on his shoulder. There is no peg for this…but it can be done.
Also we have the Tech specs!!! Man I loved these as a kid, and still have some of the G1 ones still.
Finally this is the most important thing in this review. In the picture Soundwave has his second gun. THIS IS NOT IN THE BOX!! I kid you not, I must have gone nuts looking for it, but had it confirmed by another fan. So thanks for the short changing Hasbro…
OK, now on with the figure…Soundwave is awesome I have to say. With the blue and gold he invokes his days of old. New are the translucent wheels, and his iconic face has amazing light piping. One think I didn’t care for with the robot mode, the shoulders slack down slightly. No peg or anything to keep them flush with the body.
Oh and did I mention he is much MUCH bigger than his pervious incarnation? With that, more color through I do find it amusing that the older smaller one had more weapons.
Posing, well that is 50/50. While his arms have the double joints and the bicep swivel, the shoulders make it kind of awkward for more than slight positioning the arms. Legs have knees and even ankles, but his main body is top heavy because of the gimmick. Oh an his head can turn side to side.
Let’s talk about the gimmick. Soundwave has his minions! He is packaged with Laserbeak, and there are two packs of Rumble, Frenzy, Ratbat, and Ravage (Buzzsaw got the shaft apparently) and this time they are disks. He can actually hold about 3 of them, but then you have to pull the plunger out, and man that takes shelf space away. You hit his shoulder button to open his hatch, push the plunger in, and out they pop…kinda.
The data disk is kinda neat. Each has the patter on one side with the Decepticon symbol. On the under side is a button. When the disk pops out or if you just drop it…
POP! It auto transforms! It is kind of like one of those Bakugan things. Laserbeak translates very well with this new style.
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The rest of the crew are sold in two packs, and they have these purple cases, which of course are now my Energon Cubes. Rumble and Frenzy are…well..ok…The box are on Rumble’s (who according to Hasbro is Blue by the way) package has him with his iconic pile drivers. I was let down by the lack of them, even as an accessory. Ratbat share’s Laserbeak’s mold with a new head and some details different on the wings. Ravage alas never pops open proper for me, and while the design is interesting, I don’t think it pulls it off proper.
Ok, back to the main guy…
Soundwave’s alt mode is his armored…umm…wheeled machine. It is totally a beast compared to the War for Cybertron version.
A lot less gold, just a blue machine with teeth for no reason. I do like the translucent wheels though, a very nice touch.
Finally the deployment gimmick works in the alt mode as well. So I guess This is more of an armored troop deployment vehicle I guess.
Soundwave and crew are neat, just borderline must haves. His troops are not the strongest out there, I will say, but man they do display well. While not in scale with any of the other Decepticon figures, you can cheat an invoke the fact that the G1 wasn’t in scale either. Despite the flaws, I do recommend.
Oh and a final note…Boombox mode is still there!