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Transformers Generations: Soundwave

TF Generations is one of my favorite line of transformers toys. Being the fact that their transformation is quite unique and some of their vehicle are in cool cybertronian form, especially Soundwave which i am going to talk about it today.

When speaking about Soundwave, those TF fans might always relate him to the old cassette player together with some of his minions cassette like ravage, etc. Well, in the case of TF Generations toy line, this Soundwave is no more a cassette player or even mp3 player. It comes in a sort of Cybertronian “Mine Sweeping” truck with bulldozer alike front facelift. If you have played the Transformers:War of Cybertron game, you will be no stranger of this truck as it is a physical model of the same thing from the game. Intrigued? Read on!

Overall
There are actually 2 version of Soundwave being TF Generations (Hasbro) which has been released a while ago and the other is being newly released under Takara Tomy which is the Transformer United Line. I don’t have the  United line of Soundwave anyhow but judging from the box in the toy shop, it does have more vibrant color (more metallic) as compared to hasbro version. And of course, the price is more expensive than the Hasbro. You can see below for the color differences.

Images courtesy from higekumatoytoy

You can see more differences here between the TF Generations and the TF united.

Anyhow, what i am going to show you all here is Hasbro version. What i think of the Hasbro Soundwave is, again, the joints are a bit loose. Luckily the coloring wasn’t as bad (put the metallic color aside for now) as previous Hasbro toys. I might say they are improving over their toys.

“Mine Sweeping” Cybertronian Truck
I dont know how to make of the name, but i feel that “Mine-sweeping” is suitable for the alt mode for soundwave. Reason being, it has some kind of bulldozer “fork” in front of the vehicle which really gives me the impression of those mine-sweeping tank. And dont you expect the tank to play music or come out little midgets like the old soundwave does. He is really an armoured tank this time.

You can see clearly the bulldozer like for front vehicle and there’s a cassette deck-like opening (the yellow part with the Decepticon Insignia) which is actually the weapon storage for the 2 detachable cannon. Will touch more on the weapon storage and cannon at the gimmicks section below later.



Soundwave
The robot form is as cool as the alt mode. It poses quite confidently and sturdily and the articulation is quite standard where you can do quite an amount of poses. Just a downside of having the Hasbro version, the joint for the legs are quite loose.

Here in the robot form you can actually attach one of the cannon to the shoulder part (as seen in the picture below) and the other one can be used as a hand cannon or vice versa.


You can notice to the head part of the robot there’s the light piping mechanism. But frankly speaking, this light piping didn’t really light up the red eye of the robot, i wonder why they put it there.. hmmm… decorations perhaps.

Transformation Process
The transformation is intermediate. But once you transform it once, it will be relatively simple and straightforward. Nothing much special about it anyhow.

Gimmicks, gimmicks, gimmicks…
One part i like about Soundwave is the nifty weapon storage for the 2 detachable cannons. You just have to flip it open and slot them in and that’s all for your weapon safekeeping 🙂

Conclusion
This is quite a unique collection especially in robot form where you can pose him nicely with a confident pose and the weapon storage it offers. What’s more, I really like the cybertronian vehicle mode as it has this futuristic appearance which you wont get to see everyday.

If you are really interested in getting one and budget is not an object, i will strongly advise you to get the United (Takara Tomy) version instead as you can see the coloring is much more nicer as compared.

My personal rating would be 8/10

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4 comments
Nick
Nick

Nah I think its a fans-only created mode hahah. Does look like a Tape Player though. Also, this is Dark Mount's AA (Anti-Aircraft) Turret mode. Enjoy! http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/toys/generations/darkmount/2109/1/62/

francis
francis

Yupe. I have checked with the United Soundwave as well, seem like is a Fans-made mode. But anyhow, it is quite creative and does look like a tape player. I have tried transforming it just now and the outcome is quite nice. However, due to the loose joint of the hasbro version, i am having problem fixing the position of the leg while having it in tape player mode. :( As for the Darkmount, yes, the AA turret mode is the official mode. But anyhow, it just a simple twist of few parts (like megatron in hover mode) then it become the 3rd mode which is unlike those triple changer last time whereby there are REALLY 3 mode changing instead of just twisting several parts just like that. Guess, is just another gimmick they forcefully implemented into the new toys.

Nick
Nick

Nice blog Francis! Good to see your TF collection here! Keep up the good work! P.S Dark Mount and Soundwave actual;y have a 3rd transformation/mode. You can find the pics online ;)