Discussion in 'Transformers Feedback & Reviews' started by Lazerwave, Nov 28, 2020.
Love the figure. it so damned good for a retool.
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In contrast to my review of the fragile-feeling Studio Series 86' Jazz, I finally got my hands on this fantastic figure, the guy who rounds out my season 1 Decepticon cast: WFC Soundwave.
I was excited about this guy as soon as he started showing up as an unfinished prototype image. I had skipped out on Siege-wave because the atrocious battle-damage was over-done on that toy. Plus, ol' Soundy is one of those characters for me, that NEEDS to be a microtape recorder. Nothing else ever seems to fit. With Megatron, going from gun to tank is way more forgiving as it: A. keeps the idea of the 'big gun' as leader and B. gives him a dueling alt-mode to run Prime down with.
Fortunately for me, my wait was worth it, and as a bonus, got me the two spy tapes that I also passed on in Siege, now in their...uh..earth modes? more on that in a sec...
It's neat to be able to recreate the original G1 box art with your figure (unlike the original toys!), but to say that you can get some decent poses out of him is an understatement. While Soundwave has never really been the most physically active of Decepticons, you can still place him into the action fairly well
Now, I mentioned that he is a welcome difference from SS86 Jazz...that's because this guy feels sturdy and tight in hand! Moving his joints felt good, as does the plastic he is molded in. He's got all the right design cues we come to associate with him and he has amazing light-piping! I'm not sure who wins this award this year, Cyclonus or Soundwave? You decide!
I literally can stand him anywhere and his eyes appear to glow! Now THAT'S aces!
Of the two tapes, Laserbeak fares the best. If you had the original G1 tape, the transformation isn't difficult to figure out. He looks great, and I can't wait to perch him on everyone's arm!
Meanwhile Ravage...well, he's not exactly the lithe Cybertronian panther anymore is he?
But he's serviceable. His new head sculpt is fine, but is robbed the advantage of having a static neck.
But he is fun! I can't wait to throw him in that Autobot cage, but for now he's runnin' free with his commanding officer!
Now here's where Ravage shines:
Of the two "tapes", Ravage actually has the deco to insinuate that he actually IS a microtape, whereas Laserbeak is a....uh...decorative placemat/doormat?
Do Cybertronians need doormats?
Ravage and Laserbeak both fit in quite well in soundwaves "Ejector". I also have Rumble and Ratbat, but i've heard there are problems with the later.
Speaking of which, Soundwave's alt mode is the first time in modern transformers lines that literally made me feel true nostalgia. I remember having the original and loving his tape deck mode. Probably the one Transformer who I appreciated his disguise the most, and now it feels like this figure tapped that something special. An outdated device from the 80's!
I probably have repeated everyone else's sentiments about WFC Soundwave, but I really can't put into words how well he came together. Does anyone know if he can still pull off a Cybertronian streetlamp? Asking for a friend....
When Siege Soundwave was announced, I bit back my tears and decided to skip the figure despite wanting a CHUG Soundwave and compatible tape minions for the longest time because the entirety of that figure was covered in battle damage deco, which was the one thing I hated the most about the entire Siege toyline. Sometimes my resolve would waver, but I persevered in the hopes of a cleaner, better version. When the Netflix version was announced I was beyond elated - I HAD to get him no matter the cost. And finally, on this day, I have managed to get my hands on the elusive Soundwave. As stated previously in the thread, I actually preordered the Takara version because it was near impossible to get a Hasbro version without paying scalper prices. And when I finally opened him up... man, I was BLOWN. AWAY. He has become not only my favorite toy in the War for Cybertron Trilogy, but my favorite Transformers toy in my entire collection!
The robot mode is G1 Soundwave like he's just stepped out of the cartoon, without any of the dirty battle damage or unnecessary vehicle parts that were on the Siege version (well, mostly). He has an AMAZING light-piping gimmick that's on the level of Siege Shockwave and Kingdom Cyclonus, meaning his visor will glow red very well even in neutral lighting. It looks just as awesome as it sounds, as you can see in the pictures below. He also inherits all of Siege Soundwave's stellar articulation, allowing you to put him in almost any pose that you think of. Thanks to his double-jointed elbows and molded left index finger, he can definitely press his own eject button for that iconic pose. He's also incredibly photogenic due to that lovely shade of blue. I can put him in any pose and snap a pic, and he'll look fabulous in it - to the point that I took more pictures of him than any other toy in my collection! The cassette door opens when you press the eject button, of course, and there is intricate molded detail inside that resembles an actual cassette player.
Even the things that I thought would bother me before I got him turned out to be less problematic than I expected. The missing red stripes on the arms can be drawn on with any old marker (though I'll wait on it until I'm sure I won't make any mistakes), the hollow forearms (for transformation) have third party gap filler kits available, and the cassette player buttons on his behind hinge backwards so his leg articulation isn't restricted. Before I bought him I also used to have an issue with the border of his chest door being yellow instead of gold, but in hand it looks very natural and it really grows on you.
He transforms, naturally, into a cassette player. Part of the criticism behind Siege Soundwave was his incredibly unfocused (and dare I say it, lazy) alternate mode, but Netflix Soundwave avoids that issue. There's no mental justification required here, anyone can see that this thing is a cassette player plain and simple. The back is a little cluttered, sure, but it offers weapon storage ports for all three of Soundwave's weapons so it's not all bad. The cassette door functionality remains, which mean he can accommodate...
...his minions, Laserbeak and Ravage! Not only did HasTak package the two with Soundwave and saved us the trouble of tracking down the first Spy Patrol set, they also added new deco and retooled heads to sweeten the deal.
Mold-wise, Laserbeak is the superior between the two cassettes. He has an incredibly simple yet satisfying transformation, and can perch on Soundwave's arm using molded indents that match his feet. (Though it's more of a suggestion than a secure connection, unlike Masterpiece Soundwave.) Articulation has all the neccesary points, with two joints on his neck and one on each wing. Unlike the Spy Patrol version this guy has a head with two eyes instead of a visor, which is definitely the more familiar look for Laserbeak in any media. He features more painted details on his wings that resembles the wing stickers on the G1 toy, which actually look a lot better in person than they do in the promo images. I thought they would look garish, but that's not the case at all.
Ravage isn't as good as Laserbeak, but I still like him a lot. He can actually be way more articulated than some people give him credit for if you use his transformation joints creatively, which I unfortunately didn't figure out until after I finished taking all the pictures. Even without them, however, he can still make a decent pouncing pose as seen in the second picture below. He has a newly molded growling head, which sadly doesn't have any teeth definition between the upper and lower jaw (I expected there to be). However, Ravage truly shines in his alternate mode. Unlike Laserbeak, and any other WFC Trilogy cassette released so far, Ravage is actually decoed to resemble an Earth cassette. They match the stickers on his G1 toy's cassette mode detail to detail, which is a nice touch.
Here are pictures of Laserbeak and Ravage inside Soundwave's chest compartment, respectively. Laserbeak was in fact slightly loose in there, to the point that pressing the eject button would fling him out just by the force of the door opening. Ravage is a better fit - he stores in the compartment perfectly, and the eject button works well with him in there.
Holy hell, I CANNOT recommend this toy enough. He's astounding in every sense of the word, and fully deserves the 'mini-Masterpiece' title many people ascribe to him. Not to mention it's so great to see him standing next to his pals Siege Shockwave and Earthrise Starscream! (No Megatron for him to serve yet, as I'm not so pleased with both the Siege and Earthrise Megatron molds.) Even if you were some kind of madman who wouldn't want the definitive update of G1 Soundwave in your collection, his interactivity with Laserbeak and Ravage as well as the other WFC Trilogy cassettes is more than enough to make him worth the price. If you have any interest in a CHUG collection, Soundwave should be your absolute top priority.
To close things off here's my recreation of IDW's Spotlight: Soundwave cover...
...and another action shot of Soundwave, Laserbeak, and Ravage charging into battle.
I also opened the Spy Patrol 2nd and 3rd Unit sets, as well as the Dr. Wu Scout and Chatter sets. Here are some pics of Soundwave and his full army of cassettes! (Wingthing, Knok, and Skar were excluded in the group shots.)
And of course, now that I have the Decepticon inner circle all assembled in the form of Netflix Soundwave, Siege Shockwave, and Earthrise Starscream, I just HAD to recreate this iconic scene from the Bumblebee movie.
Seriously, this guy's light piping is some of the best out there.
You speak as if this figure has been out there... I'm still pretty sure it was a mass hallucination.
WHAT??? No Slugfest or Overkill?!? Fail!
I too want them as much as you do, buddy. And Buzzsaw.
I just got him and I came here to point this out. Thanks to how clean his back is in robot mode he can carry around a full second set of tapes easily and unobtrusively.
As for my thoughts: I have Netflix and Siege versions of this three pack. I was fine with the Siege version as it oozes character and has the goofy lamppost mode. I figured I’d never find the Netflix version.
I did find him and ye gods wow! The first time I transformed him I was serenely happy. It’s my G1 Soundwave. And it’s amazing.
I had a lot of nitpicks when I saw pictures but in hand this is just amazing.
I did swap weapons. That had more to do with the shoulder launcher that came with Netflix SW having a loose mount. I’m debating if I’ll swap forearms. Not sure I will.
Siege has moved to work to be my desk version, where he and his goofy spaceship and light post mode will keep me happy.
Netflix lives on my nightstand and will be THE figure I grab to toss in my suitcase when I start traveling again.
The fact I found him this late means you should keep looking. More of this wave is hitting stores, and I can’t imagine Hasbro won’t find a way to reissue this one.
And by the way, this guy was an idiot.
You're not wrong
People like what they like. Doesn't make them idiots. It just means they have their own preferences. Nothing wrong with that at all.
I think the comment as a tongue in cheek response to himself, since he had made the original comment about preferring siege soundwave.
What he said. I’m calling myself out. I was totally wrong in my earlier comment. I shouldn’t be posting in these threads before I have a figure in hand. I did and I was wrong.
At least you can admit when you are wrong lol.
ohhhhh ok I see now.
I think at some point we've all been guilty of this. Props for being accountable. That's a rarity in this fandom.
One last update. I decided I’d swap out the forearms from the Siege Soundwave along with the weapons. The swap is easy (it’s a mushroom peg pop out), and now he has all the red detailing. Yeah, I have some of that battle scoring on the arms now, but honestly that doesn’t bother me.
He really is something.
My Soundwave seems to be misassembled. Is there any way to fix this or am I out of luck?
Would some clever rotation of the pieces help that?
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