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Transformers: Animated - Soundwave

Transformers: Animated – Soundwave

I don't know if any of you all have seen this new Soundwave toy, but it is freakin' great. Yeah, I know some might be thinking it is a bit out of character to feature this toy on the blog, but when I saw this guy, something just called out to me, so I thought I'd share it with my readers.

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Transformers: Animated - Soundwave Action Figure

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Transformers: Animated - Soundwave Action Figure

This Soundwave (with Laserbeak) is a figure from the new Transformers: Animated cartoon. I don't know too much about it other than the fact that it is on Cartoon Network, and the cartoon and its toys are specifically designed to be have a simplistic "animated" look.

Transformers: Animated - Soundwave

Doesn't it seem a bit redundant to call it "Transformers: Animated?"  Haven't all the transformers series been animated?

Transformers - Soundwave

Anyway... the toy counterparts to the new series are supposed to be a more true likeness of the cartoon versions I guess.

Here's a little look at Soundwave in action in the new series. Is it just me, or is the animation in this video really pathetic?

The most immediate notable difference from the original, Generation 1 Soundwave is that he is no longer a transforming Walkman. He is now a cool, sleek, evil, music-thumping Scion lined with speakers and whatnot to blast some malicious musical melodies.

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Transformers: Animated - Soundwave Action Figure

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Transformers: Animated - Soundwave Action Figure

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Transformers: Animated - Soundwave Action Figure

Also, Laserbeak is no longer a cassette. Now he's a guitar...

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Transformers: Animated - Lazerbeak Action Figure

... which as you can see, Soundwave uses to rock out at Decepticon parties.

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Transformers: Animated - Soundwave Action Figure

I'm not quite sure how Soundwave's guitar plays into the cartoon (no pun intended), but I'll assume he creates disruptive sounds or something... probably crumbling buildings, deafening humans and scrambling Autobot microchips. Ya know, stuff like that.

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Transformers: Animated - Soundwave Action Figure

One of the most pleasing things about this toy is the robot modes' character design. Soundwave is much more poseable. he also has a broader, more imposing body style. His coloration is a darker/duller variation of his original color scheme, which is accentuated by the vibrant, almost neon, contrasting pinstriped highlights.

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Transformers: Animated - Soundwave Action Figure

And to tie it all into the original Soundwave design, they've included some graphic elements which allude to his original tape deck chest and walkman playback buttons.

Transformers: Animated - Soundwave Action Figure

I'd say the only real drawback of the toy is Soundwave's hands. They hinge at the wrist, but his hands aren't really open, making it virtually impossible for him to actually hold the guitar or a weapon or anything. Luckily, there are pegs on Laserbeak that allow him to attach to Soundwave' arms and back (roof).

I just love how Hasbro and its team of character designers have evolved this character into a more relevant (should I dare say "hip") and fun incarnation of the "music robot" by continuing the character's focus on sound and its peripheral equipment.

Oh, and for all of you who've been wondering what Soundwave's been up to all these years, I think I've found your answer.


8 Responses

  1. mistuh_thye says:

    i don’t really like that he is a scion now but i guess tape players are out and a scion is better than an ipod or something.

  2. BubbaShelby says:

    Thanks for the review – great pics!

    I keep telling myself I need this guy – I recently posted about my G1 Soundwave on my blog: http://tinyurl.com/5fmkwx

    I really love the design of this new Soundwave (if not his characterization in the new cartoon.)

  3. Justin says:

    @ Mistuh Thye – I actually like the Scion (not the cars, but just the fact that Soundwave has become one). Like you said… better than an iPod. In that form, I guess Soudwave could lie on the ground as an iPod hoping some human friend of the Autobots brought him back to base. A very passive form of infiltration.

    @ Bubba Shelby – Thanks for the kind words. I saw your post. I never had Soundwave growing up, but I always wanted him. Maybe that’s why I gave this new version a second glance when I was at Toys R Us.

  4. Mittens says:

    this is beautiful, i’ve yet to see this new show, but this toy is amazing.

  5. David says:

    Laserbeak hasn’t been featured in the cartoon yet. I believe there are plans for using him in the third series.

    The advantage of making him a Scion is that they can avoid having to deal with the whole size changing business.

  6. jason says:

    nice review! this toy is awesome . i heard there will be another version of this toy (Electrostatic Soundwave with Ratbat ) do you know when it will be released?

  7. I think I saw photos of the new version somewhere, but I have no clue when it will be released. I’d recommend visiting Seibertron.com. I think it’s the online authority on Transformers stuff.

  8. Somarinoa says:

    Don’t forget that his arms / doors now look like the reels of a cassette tape!
    I don’t know why I still haven’t boughten this guy; Soundwave has always been my favorite Decepticon!

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