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G1 Soundwave Re-Issue


The original Soundwave toy from the 1980s gets re-released exclusively by Toys R Us, this time coming with 2 of his original cassettes, Lazerbeak and Ravage in modern Transformers Classics packaging!

Images
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Character Info
Name: G1 Soundwave Re-Issue
Faction: Decepticon
Function: None listed
Motto: "Cries and screams are music to my ears."
Toy Specs
Size Class: N/A
Price: 29.99
Release Date: 12/05/06
Wave of Release: N/A
Product Number: 27312
Asst. Number: 27312
Target Age: 8+
Redeco of: Generation 1 Soundwave, Takara Release of Soundblaster
Exclusive: Toys R Us
Variants: None
Parts: 2 Cassettes (Ravage, Lazerbeak) 2 Guns, 2 Missles, Sticker Sheet
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Bio
(back of box)

It's a world where things are not what they seem. It's a world of heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons who are known as THE TRANSFORMERS!


You hold in your hands a reproduction of one of the most popular Generation 1 TRANSFORMERS characters of all time. Identical to the original toy, this convertible action figure lets you reproduce all the action of the sinister SOUNDWAVE.


(inside pop-out portion)

"Cries and screams are music to my ears."

It is said Soundwave can hear a fly sneeze. Uses anything he hears for blackmail to advance his status. Opportunist. Despised by all other Decepticons. Sensors can detect even lowest energy radio transmissions. Able to read minds by monitoring electrical brain impulses. Acts as a radio link for others. Locates and identifies Autobots, then informs Decepticons. Carries a concussion blaster gun. Often target of retaliation by his comrades.
Technical Data (Tech Spec):








Additional Images
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Review
Hasbro said it couldn't be done at a cost affordable to US customers. Takara had already done it -- twice! And yet, here we are, looking at the most sought after character for years by many Transformers fans both young and old, one of the most identified and beloved characters in all of Transformers lore -- SOUNDWAVE.


The original Soundwave figure was released back in 1984 and ran in production up to about 1986. In Japan, Takara re-released Soundwave again only this time he was black with a red chest that had double the storage capacity and renamed him "Soundblaster". When Takara announced their re-release of Soundwave, fans asked Hasbro to release him state-side, but due to the cost (Soundwave cost or more from Takara) of production, he couldn't be released in the United States for anything cheaper than , and Hasbro refused to committ.


This figure, part of the beloved TRANSFORMERS CLASSICS line, is actually an interesting variation. He is colored like Soundwave, but his mold is actually that of Takara's Soundblaster, due to the extended tape deck to hold two cassettes at once as opposed to one.


So where do we begin?


You fold the arms back, fold the legs up, put the head down, turn his cannon and his shoulder cannon into batteries by placing them in his back ... and that's Soundwave! Open up the tapedeck and place your two cassettes inside ... and walla, you're done. It's your standard Generation 1 figure, simple to transform yet so much fun and it feels so realistic in your hands, like it's a real tapedeck.


The bonus is that it comes with Lazerbeak (red bird) and Battle Ravage (panther), two cassettes that transform in to animals and were cult-favorites along with Soundwave, because they all go together. These characters were also heavily centralized on both the cartoon and in the Marvel US comic run of the series in the late 80's and early 90's. They are simple to transform ... actually giving you the step by step process would take longer and be less-productive than if you just went out, got one, and did it yourself.


This figure was released as a Toys'R'Us exclusive and quickly sold out, so Toys'R'Us ordered a second wave. However, that second wave suffered from poor quality control at the factory, as every figure was packaged backwards inside the box, so when you open the pop-up panel in the front, you see the back of Soundwave, Lazerbeak upside down, etc.


Soundwave is heavily recommended. Keep in mind that, unlike most Transformers toys, Soundwave's age recommendation is for ages 8 and up, due to the smaller, thinner pieces that make up his guns and that of his cassettes can be easily swallowed by dumb children with lazy parents.



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Playability: 10
Paint Applications: 10
Articulation: 8
Realism: 10
Difficulty: 10

Overall Score: 9.6

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