TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE
Another Transformers review? Already? It’s only been two weeks since the last one! For someone who doesn’t really follow Transformers, I do seem to review a surprising number of them, don’t I? Now, as I’ve said a few times in the past, my all-time favorite Transformer is Soundwave. I tend to be drawn to figures of him. Of my four Transformers reviews on the site, two are Soundwave. But see, neither of them actually transformed. Today’s review fixes that little wrinkle. Let’s roll out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Soundwave was released in the 10th Warrior Class assortment of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise toyline, based upon the cartoon of the same name. He’s a part of the “Combiner Force” sub-line of figures. From what I’ve been able to figure out from my researching the subject, this Soundwave is based on the characters design from around Season 3 of Robots in Disguise. To the outside observer, this means he roughly translates to a decent approximation of the classic Soundwave design. In his robot form, the figure stands 5 1/2 inches tall and has 19 points of workable articulation (counting his articulated shoulder cannon). Given how restricted the actual movement on Jazz was, it’s actually pretty awesome just how many strides Hasbro has made improving that. His sculpt is nicely handled. Very clean, and lots if really sharp work, especially on the head. He’s bulky, but sleek, and I dig the overall style. Sure, the “real world” application’s sort of gone out the window, but I don’t mind so much. He’s just a really cool looking robot design. Soundwave’s alternate form this time around is some sort of a tank or something. I’m not 100% sure exactly what it is, but I know it’s not a walkman, which does make me a little sad. I’ll get over it. There’s a 14 step process to turn him into the whatever it is, at least according to the back of the box. I found 14 steps to be a little more fluid than the diagram on the back indicated and had a little trouble getting him to transform at first. I did get it figured out in the end, and he makes for an interesting enough car-thingy, I suppose. Soundwave’s paintwork is decent. Not super complex or anything, but it works. I dig the various transparent parts, and the light piping on the head is definitely a fun touch.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Why another Soundwave, you might ask? Because sometimes I just really want to buy a figure, but there’s not anything new at retail. And that’s when the Transformers start to tempt me. Sitting there, looking kinda cool, and easily attainable. A while back, I saw this guy and almost bought him, but talked myself out of it. I ended up not seeing him again for several months, but I was admittedly not looking very hard for him. Anyway, I was at Target the other night, trying to kill some time while Super Awesome Girlfriend was looking for a few things, and they had this guy there. Since I hadn’t seen him, and he was relatively inexpensive, I figured he was worth it. He’s pretty awesome, and I’m glad I grabbed him. And now I’ve fulfilled my Transformers quota for at least a little while.