Absolutely gorgeous! Any Transformers fan should own him. Whether you like the Masterpiece collection or not he is a must have on your shelf. He's a little pricey but trust me he is worth every hard working dime that you put into him. I'm not saying this because I'm a Soundwave junky and need to own every one EVER made, he truly is like his original from '84.
I am a huge Masterpiece Transformers fan (Takara only), it's the only Transformers line I still collect on a regular basis and proudly display for all to see. The day Soundwave was announced, I knew I would be adding ihim to my collection. So to say I had VERY high expectations for him and it would be a bit of an understatement.
He comes with his traditional cannon that slides out to reveal the silver chromed missile like on the original toy, unfortunately the missile is not removable. . The gun also attaches to his back to look like a battery.
I had to do this....Not bad for the first time, right?
He can hold three cassette tapes at one time. Both vintage tapes and the new MP’s will fit in there. Of course they are on pre-order! A button on the back of Soundwave moves a little wall-type device forward to push the cassettes out one at a time. You have to be extremely careful that the cassettes don’t get stuck in there. I’ve sweat trying to get them out and was afraid I was going to break them. That is why you only see Laserbeak in there. I won't be doing that again!
He has a clear Energon Cube that can attach to his chest so it looks like he is making them. What I just found out is that you can cut out a papercraft pink florescent piece of paper and put it inside the cube to make it look like it’s full of Energon. I gotta give it to Takara for the ideas! They are just full of them. Click on the link and it will direct you right to the page so you can print it out.
It’s like the toy just stepped out of an old G1 cartoon!! I really love the way the head sculpt looks with the red eyes. The details are fantastic looking including the working cassette tape buttons on the front and volume control and earphone jacks on the side. He even has some nice detailing in the cassette chamber that looks like an actual cassette deck. He is in scale with all the other MP’s (most recent, Sideswipe and Red Alert) except for MP-05 Megatron and MP-01/MP-04 (trailer version) Optimus Prime. Those two are significantly taller.
By far this is my favorite Masterpiece figure to date. He is dead-on to the character, and the toy is made very well with many of the other MP’s. He is very durable and is by far the easiest MP to Transform to date, not including Laserbeak who is even simpler to change. Past MP's have been very scary to transform. Too delicate.
This is the ultimate MP and I highly recommend you get it.
Me? I'm a Transformaniac through and through. I've been collecting for over 20 years and my collection is starting to outgrow "The Vault"! I collect, maintain and refurbish my Transformers and I am always looking for new (and old) ones to add to my 1000+ plus collection. Feel free to check out my collection, as it's ever-growing and I'll be updating my blog with new Transformers as soon as I get them.