TF Legends LG-36 Soundwave

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  1. BidoofdudeofOz

    BidoofdudeofOz The Stench of Discovery

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    Picked Soundwave up from a store here on release day, pleased with the promo pictures. This guy is without a doubt one of the best figures I've gotten this year, if not in my collecting history, especially with Laserbeak nearby.

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    Previously handling Hasbro figures for the most part, including Titans Return Blaster, there is a clear difference between the amount of paint Takara uses, making most Hasbro paintjobs look a bit bare in comparison. Everything feels thicker and full, with good joints and an ecstasy of G1 cartoon that I want in a Soundwave figure.

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    Many have put down Soundwave, mostly the Hasbro version, for drawing too much from the Blaster mould. Beyond say the presence of the boombox handle however, you could probably convince me that Soundwave came first. Especially in robot mode, the use of paint apps here completely separate the two. Takara's Soundwave looks like a slightly brighter version of MP-13, more cartoony and more modern, which is what I want in a Classics Soundwave. I don't have the mould to compare, nor do I have Blaster as I am abroad in Japan, but from my memory two versions of the same mould have never felt so dissimilar to me.

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    Hasbro's changes to the alt mode are excelled further by the clear blue cartoon style tape window, a departure from the G1 toy and Hasbro TR's clear window, which looks a little busy on the latter. While looking more streamlined, the mechanical details behind the door are semi-visible, which looks pretty good IMO.

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    If you're a sucker for cartoon accuracy, this is your go to version of Soundwave. Paint apps are well done, giving a more well rounded feel than most Hasbro figures I've handled lately. Considering I got this guy for about $60 AUD, the same amount I payed for Hasbro Blaster at Australian retail (on sale from about $90 mind you), he is well worth it. If scale really bothers you or you want a more G1 toy style, then he may not be right.

    I am away from home, so unable to provide comparisons with Blaster, Megatron, or the rest of his minions (Hasbro, got Takara Laserbeak) at the moment, but I hope to provide some come about a month's time.

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    (If you get this guy, be sure to get Laserbeak/Condor too)
     

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  2. Liminality

    Liminality Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the great review!
    Soundwave's colours really pop.

    Still going to pass on him though, as he still looks too much like Blaster to me.
    A little too close to G1 too in terms of design, a thirst which the Masterpiece sates for me.

    But if I were to get him, I will definitely get the Takara.
     
  3. General Tekno

    General Tekno Self-Styled #1 Lugnut Fan

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    Got him today myself; having seen many a Hasbro Soundwave on store shelves, I gotta say this guy REALLY pops and I was not expecting to dig him as much as I am.

    Base mode is a bit too blue but botmode is fantastic.
     
  4. BidoofdudeofOz

    BidoofdudeofOz The Stench of Discovery

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    They did nail the robot and player modes, the blue they used is really nice.
     
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    Could you please post a picture of the manga he comes with?
     
  6. BidoofdudeofOz

    BidoofdudeofOz The Stench of Discovery

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    There was a full scan somewhere, if I recall.

    Edit: http://m.imgur.com/a/nZHWZ
     
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    Kirby0189 Soundpost

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  8. JohnRedcorn

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    Thanks for the pics. I did finally put down the money for him and his cassettes. Looks like you got a Surface 3 tablet too?? lol

     
  9. Dachande

    Dachande Formerly Yaujta... Moderator TFW2005 Supporter

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    If I didn't have the Masterpiece, I would consider this. It doesn't look bad at all, in fact it looks pretty stunning. The lack of a proper gun, combined with the overly chunky forearms and cartoony face really take away a lot of my desire to pony up for this.
    Honestly, if it was a voyager I'd snag it in a heartbeat. I just don't need another Masterpiece-sized G1 Soundwave.
     
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  11. Lazerwave

    Lazerwave My Most Prized Treasure

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    Maybe I should get one.
     
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    I wish Hasbro or Takara would repaint Soundwave toys into his Marvel comics color scheme instead of always Soundblaster.
     
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    soundwave is just a fun figure,
     
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