RID Soundwave - Prime - Figure


Let's face it. Having Soundwave as a voice recorder in alt mode seems so... 80s. He's had a couple of other alt modes since then, including an SUV. However, for Prime Soundwave borrows for the Cybertron line and gives him an aircraft mode. With only one Soundwave packed with 3 Bumblebees in a case, this figure could prove elusive to find. This review will hopefully convince you on whether to go on the hunt.

Bio

Soundwave is absolutely devoted to Megatron. He uses his ability to intercept any electronic transmission to ensure the supermacy of his leader, and the eventual victory of the Decepticons over the Autobots.

Strength     
Intelligence
Speed
Endurance
Rank
Courage
Fireblast
Skill

Alt Mode

Soundwave's alt mode is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The design is similar to the Grumann Global Hawk RQ-4 used by the US Navy. Cobalt blue is the color of choice here, with some magenta and black appearing in various spots.

The design overall is sleek in concept but in execution has some flaws. If looking from the top, the fuselage has noticeable gaps. The rear of the craft is a bit of a mess. Looking at the belly, it's all robot kibble. That being said, it still flows together in a strange sort of way. One flaw that is hard to overlook is lack of landing gear. Although he has a nosewheel, there are no rear wheels.

Alt Mode Summary: It's a love/hate relationship... but mostly love.

Alt Mode Specs

Length:6.13in/155.7mm
Wingspan:7.5in/190.5mm
Height:2in/50.8mm
Wheels:1, molded nosewheel

Transformation

Transformation is pretty straightforward. There are simple things that can be easily overlooked, such as offsetting the lower legs from the knees slightly and pulling the head up after it spring releases from the back.

Robot Mode

Now this is how Bayverse Soundwave should have looked! Soundwave's robot mode might also conjure up some memories of Cybertron Soundwave, especially the head sculpt. Strangely, while the visor is done in translucent purple, there is no piping. The cobalt blue, magenta and black color scheme remain.

Being that Soundwave is mostly a reconnaisance officer, he packs no weapons. He does, however, pack his faithful drone Laserbeak. In a nod to Victory's Breastforce subline, Laserbeak plugs into Soundwave's chest until called upon. Just know that when Laserbeak is 'unplugged', Soundwave looks a bit... uh... naked in the chest area.

Laserbeak

Laserbeak's beast mode reminds me more of Ratbat than a condor. Perhaps this is a setup for the eventual repaint? At any rate, besides the upper wings having a pivoting hinge, Laserbeak is a static figurine. He can plug into either of Soundwave's wrist ports.

Articulation

Feet:2pc on common screw hinge, 135 degree bend
Knees:Pin hinge, 30 degree bend
Hips:Ball joint, 105 degree bend, 75 degree spread. Slide tab below hips for unlimited lower leg rotation
Waist:Pinned for unlimited rotation
Shoulders:Slide tab w/pin hinge, unlimited rotation, 45 degree spread
Elbows:Rivet pin, 180 degree bend
Hands:Stationary
Head:Ball joint for unlimited rotation.

Kibble gets in the way at crucial spots. Knee bending is severely limited due to the tab that locks in the fuselage to the nose. A small fuselage bit also restricts hip articulation. Shoulder spread is similary hampered. One other note. The feet take some positioning to get balance right. The feet and rear haunches don't always cooperate like you want them to.

Robot Mode Summary:Virtually nailed it

Robot Mode Specs

Height:5.75in/146.1mm
Width:3in/76.2mm
Depth:1.88in/47.8mm
Supplied accessories:(1) Laserbeak figure

Value

There are a couple of areas to watch for. His 'hands' are soft rubber, so they may not stand the test of time. There's also a lot of jutted edges that could wear or break off. Since there's no rear landing wheels, the rear underside of the craft could be subject to scratching or accelerated wear.

Summary

This was a very hard figure to scale down to a Deluxe class. Hasbro did a pretty reasonable job of it, but you can't help thinking how much better Soundwave would have turned out if he had a Voyager mold instead. Both modes do have their flaws, but both modes are also so unique and well executed for their size that you end up forgiving the flaws. Being that Soundwave is also shortpacked, this could be the crown jewel of the Prime line without having a perfect score.

Final Verdict:

Class:Deluxe

MSRP:$14.99


ReviewerBlitz-Wing  
DateFebruary 28th 2012  
Score 8 stars (8 out of 10)  
Reads8317

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