It was only logical for this figure to come out. I mean after Quakewave and Quakeblast, I am doing the split name because well…he IS Laserwave in Japan, while the rest of us know and love him as Shockwave. Me, I’m sticking with Shock for this review. Takara couldn’t just stand there and let the third party crowd run wild over their IPs…This of course is a game changer, so while I had the former and loved him, I had to get a taste…and…it was interesting. Read on, and make your own call.
Got to start with gun mode. First, he comes with a NEAT support stand! Seriously, if you wanted to display him in gun mode (like I do my G1 Megs for example), this is awesome. Also the cable isn’t a cable! It is actually a painted spring! So will never have to worry about it rotting or drying out…ok, may rust though.
Just to to apples to apples, Quakewave has a bit more mass. No display stand, though there are a few out on the secondary market. The Quakewave gun is larger though, and much heavier. Shockwave alas does not have any diecast.
Then we have robot mode. Transformation is quite intuitive, and there are a ton of vids that show that. Shockwave is purple…well ok, a bit more lilac, with grey/lighter purple accents. The eye is though really stands out. One really neat thing I have to note is that for the gun components, there is zero parts forming. The gun barrel folds up to his back pack! You can bolster that with the display stand.
Shockwave has a bit of extras which…well…not sure if needed. He has an entire separate JUST to salute! Really? They just couldn’t give us joints in his fingers?
We also get ANOTHER hand! Now Shockwave with two hands, that is just blasphemy in my Good Book of Geek (hmmmmm…I smell a potential project here…). I’m sure it was from that one time in the show, but frankly I can’t remember that…
Oh and we get both his gun, and hands in crystal clear versions (including the Saluting hand). Really? Yes this is to make it more toy accurate, but I’m sure we could have gotten some cooler extras instead. Effect parts perhaps? Go figure…
For my display though, I’m going for a bit of A and B…
Lastly we get a mini version of himself for him to hold from that one time, but I can say it was from The Desertion of the Dinobots, so much more readily acceptable. Plus other Masterpiece figure can use this even though Shockwave never mass shifted. This even has a little hose/cable made of purple string. This was a nice treat.
Next to another MP ‘Con, it really hits the fanboy sweet spot. I just need a reliable MP style Megatron, but Maketoys has something in the works.
So let’s bring them together. Quakewave is bigger, heavier, and frankly a lot more figure. I even gave them both to my wife, who could care less about figures, but she did like Quakewave better. Here is the thing, I’ve had Shockwave for about a week now, and after messing around with him it is no longer blatantly so “yes this is better” anymore. Shockwave IS more animation accurate. I actually like the thinner legs better, and his head, especially the eye, is superior. I do not feel like I have double dipped, having both of these.
So let’s hit the final pros and cons. Looks fantastic, readily available, and fun to transform. He is lighter, zero diecast, odd accessory count…oh and if you noticed, no Decepticon symbols. Nope, I got a sticker sheet. Let me tell you something, I am HORRIBLE with stickers! They could have at least tampographed at least one on his chest. Still despite that, I fully recommend Shockwave. IF the Quakes had never come out, I’d say you NEED him in your collection. Instead, I’ll say you do want him…really really want him…REALLY want him. So Takara, despite some of the shortcuts, you get an A with Shockwave.