TRANSFORMERS: LEGACY EVOLUTION (HASBRO)
You gotta love those guaranteed repaints, don’t you? Yes, since the vintage line, Soundwave has had the potential of at least two uses of any G1-inspired mold, thanks to the introduction of Soundblaster, Soundwave’s goth-phase upgrade, in 1987. We don’t *always* get a Soundblaster for every Soundwave, but there’s enough to at least give him proper updates in the main scales every few years. The War For Cybertron trilogy got him for the Siege mold, and now, Legacy is getting its own fancy new Soundblaster. Yay, fancy new Soundblaster!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Soundblaster is part of the first 2023 Core Class assortment of Legacy, which is the fourth overall Core Class assortment for the line. This one bears the additional Evolution branding that’s running on all of Legacy figures this year. In his robot mode, this figure stands 3 1/2 inches tall and he has 15 practical points of articulation. The mold on this guy is a total re-use of the Kingdom Core Class Soundwave, which is more or less expected. For the full Soundblaster effect, he should technically get a re-tooled chest door to add the extra space for a second cassette, but it’s not the first time its been omitted on him for the sake of an easier repaint. Whatever the case, the Core Soundwave is a very strong mold, and quite possibly Hasbro’s best modern update on the G1 design, so it makes for a pretty fantastic figure. The change-up for this figure comes down to the paint scheme. It’s not drastically different, mind you; largely it’s swapping in black for the original figure’s blue. There are a few other differences, like the chest door being purple this time around. They’ve also cut a number of the smaller paint apps that Soundwave had, which is a little bit of a bummer. It’s not major, but it’s still a little frustrating. Soundblaster gets the same two cannons as Soundwave, done up in colors to match the new scheme. While Soundwave came with a non-transforming Laserbeak cassette, Soundblaster gets the same piece redecoed to be Buzzsaw. Yay, we finally got a Buzzsaw! Sure, he’s non-transforming, but is that the point? As with his mold-mate, Soundblaster’s alt-mode is his usual mini cassette player. It’s still a pretty simple transformation, and aside from the feet still sticking up, it’s a good set-up.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Core Soundwave is honestly my favorite modern-era Soundwave figure, and I’m just a really big fan of this mold in general. I don’t *need* another use of it, but I’m also not going to fight against it if it’s right in front of me. Which, you know, it was, because it came into All Time, and there it was. Being all cool and Soundblaster-y. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how much excitement I’d get out of a figure I already kinda had, but he’s still a ton of fun.
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