I have wanted this guy for a long time! Finally got him, with working electronics and spiffy, shiny finish.
Shockwave is a gun. A big dark purple gun with silver highlights on the gun handle, trigger and gun barrel. He's almost a foot long. There is a translucent purple sight on the rear of the gun that raises and lowers, and a black plastic cable that connects the left side of the gun to the left side of the barrel. There's metal in the handle which becomes the legs and feet later, and it gives the handle a nice, solid feel.
Shockwave has two sounds, both of which work in robot mode as well. One is a rather high pitched, rapid fire type sound. The other is just as high pitched, but slower. The gun barrel lights up from the light bulb in Shockwave's gun hand.
Transformation is fairly simple. Remove the gun barrel and set it aside. The remainder of the barrel splits in two to form the arms, and the head pops up. Flip up Shockwave's 'ears', or whatever you want to call the handles on the side of his head. Flip up the rear of the gun to Shockwave's back. Pull down the handle and seperate it to form the legs. Flip out the feet, and he'd done.
Shockwave is a pretty large, bulky fellow, with a big Decepticon insignia on his chest. He's a very distinctive Transformer visually. Dark purple still dominates the figure, with silver metal feet and upper legs, and silver shoulders. His chest is translucent purple with electronic components visible through it. Shockwave is one handed, with a gun for the left hand. Both of these are translucent purple as well.
About the only thing he lacks is great articulation. He's not bad for his time though. His head turns, his arms bend at the elbows and rotate 180 degrees out at the shoulder (due to the transformation scheme), his legs bend at the knees and the thighs, though without a great range of movement.
This guy is big, and bad, and with his rather famous non-humanoid face, coupled with his dark colors, he looks like a cold, calculating machine, much as his tech specs indicate. At the time he came out, he towered over most of the other Transformers, apart from Jetfire.
Shockwave is great. If you can find him for a decent price, he's a great addition to any Decepticon ranks. It's a pity Takara doesn't own this mold, as this guy would be a great reissue, hopefully avoiding the 'too realistic gun' that keeps the original Megatron from being reissued in the US.
|Date||February 24th 2003|
|Score||(10 out of 10)|