TRANSFORMERS: STUDIO SERIES (HASBRO)
“Soundwave latches onto an orbiting satellite in his own satellite mode to listen in on communications about the location of a shard of the Allspark.”
The Michael Bay Transformers movies and I have a tenuous relationship at best. I’ve only actually seen two of them in theaters, those being the first one and Dark of the Moon. I have notably never seen Revenge of the Fallen, and I can’t say I regret that fact. With the exception of a single Jazz figure from the first movie, I tend to avoid the Bay-themed figures. That said, today I’m looking at a Bay figure, from Revenge of the Fallen no less. I know. It’s okay, lest you think I’ve completely lost all sanity, it’s Soundwave. So, you know, I’m not totally losing my sense of self.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Soundwave is figure 62 in the Studio Series line-up. He’s another offering from the 10th wave of Deluxe Class figures, right alongside Cliffjumper. This is Soundwave’s second Studio Series figure, following the Dark of the Moon version from earlier in the year. In his robot mode, Soundwave stands bout 5 inches tall and he has 15 points of articulation. Of all the Studio figures I’ve picked up, Soundwave’s definitely the least posable. A lot of that comes from the nature of the design, which is kind of clunky, spikey, and restrictive. Also, speaking of the design, Soundwave’s has an interesting quirk: it’s not seen at all in the movie. In RotF, Soundwave remains in his alt-mode the whole time, with no proper robot mode. This figure is based on one that went un-used for the film proper. It’s honestly not a terrible design, and winds up looking less generic and bland compared to other Bay designs. It’s certainly preferable to his DotM design. Soundwave’s alt-mode, which is really his main mode when you get right down to it, is a satellite. As far as updated alt-modes for Soundwave go, it’s not a bad one. Certainly, it’s a far more sensible choice for him than a Mercades, right? Doing that to him would just be silly, right? Right, Michael? The transformation on Sounwave is really pretty simple, with just 10 steps. It’s pretty intuitive, mostly because it’s so basic. You fold his legs back behind his head and clip a few things into new spots. Not exactly rocket science…because it’s actually satellite science, so a-ha! Soundwave is packed with a stand to keep him aloft while he’s in his satellite mode, which is certainly handy. Sadly, he does *not* come with Ravage, despite his DotM release getting Laserbeak.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I don’t like the Bay films so much, but I do like Soundwave. This led to me being very tempted by his earlier figure this year, despite my dislike of that figure’s alt-mode. However, once I knew that this version was coming, I had an easier time passing on that release, and just letting this one be my movie Soundwave. He’s not quite as impressive as either of the other two I looked at this week, but he looks nifty enough on the shelf, and I can’t say I regret buying him. Great, now I have two Bayformers…
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