TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: SHATTERED GLASS COLLECTION (HASBRO)
I’ve discussed “Shattered Glass,” the Transformers equivalent of the Mirror Universe concept, once before here on the site. That time, it was in regards to my favorite Autobot, Ultra Magnus, as his evil alternate self. But, I can’t just look at an evil Autobot and leave the poor heroic Decepticons out in the cold, can I? Well, as luck would have it, they just so happened to also do the alternate version of my favorite Decepticon, Soundwave, who in this reality trades his usual cold and calculating persona for a laid back resistance fighter. Totally radical! …Right? Because, he’s like, cool and stuff? Yeah. Okay. I’ll stop trying to be cool now. Let’s just look at the figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Soundwave is figure #10 in the Shattered Glass Collection. He wraps up the second batch of figures, and appears to wrap up the sub-line as a whole, at least as far as we know. He actually stuck pretty close to his expected release, arriving in mid-November. In his robot mode, the figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 25 practical points of articulation. Soundwave’s mold is predominantly shared with the Walmart-exclusive War For Cybertron Soundwave. It’s the most straight forward update to the G1 Soundwave mold we’ve gotten at this scale, and it’s thus far only had the one other use, so it makes a lot of sense here. My only real issue with the mold remains the forearms, which still feel just a touch greebly for the rest of the sculpt. Other than that, it’s really strong. His head sculpt has been modified to include SG Soundwave’s signature headband, which gives him that more laid back feel. It’s a minor change-up, but I dig it. As with all of the SG figures, the color scheme marks the biggest departure for this release. He’s predominantly white, and the sections of blue that remain are a much lighter (and metallic) shade. He’s just much brighter than usual, which makes for a great contrast compared to the standard look. The application is generally pretty clean, with the only (small) issue on mine being that his Decepticon emblem is *ever so slightly* off-center. It’s not the worst I’ve seen, but it’s a little off. Also, not a real issue on my figure, but some Soundwaves are arriving with a lot of yellowing on the white plastic. Thus far, mine’s a little discolored in his right arm, but it’s very minor for me. Soundwave gets the same accessory selection as the last one, with the two styles of blaster (in proper matching colors for the figure), as well as Ravage and Laserbeak. Ravage and Laserbeak are both using their Siege molds (in contrast to Laserbeak getting the Earth-mode head for the WFC release), and they both get updated colors, with Ravage matching up with Soundwave, and Laserbeak getting an inverted palette. Since he’s re-using the updated WFC version of the mold, his alt-mode is once again the mini cassette player. The transformation scheme is pretty straight forward, and the end result is pretty great…when viewed from the front. The back’s a different story, but honestly, that’s not the end of the world.
Like the Ultra Magnus, Soundwave is packed with an issue of IDW’s Transformers: Shattered Glass II, specifically issue 5. It wraps up the story. I missed the four issues between the two I got, but I honestly didn’t feel any more lost here than on the prior issue. It’s a little better than the first issue, but it’s still just sort of there. It does again showcase Soundwave pretty well, so that’s cool. It’s also the final Transformers comic to be published by IDW, ending their 17 year run with the license. So, you know, there’s that, I guess.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This figure is, once again, Max’s fault. It’s a Transformer, and it’s a Pulse exclusive, so he’s got no escaping the blame. I already had Magnus, and there was no way I could pass on Soundwave. Max, knowing this, immediately contacted me as soon as this guy was shown off to verify that I indeed wanted one, so that he could throw one into his order. Here he is again, being all helpful and stuff. The nerve. He’s not quite as impressive as the Ultra Magnus, but he’s still very fun, as are the two updated cassettes. And thus ends the venture into Shattered Glass, I guess.