Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Legion Class Soundwave Toy Review

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters

General Information:
Release Date: March 2013
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Sonic Saw weapon

Images:

*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
His Sonic Saw delivers an audio blast powerful enough to blow apart the toughest circuits!

Autobots beware, because this Soundwave figure is one mean Decepticon, and he’s got a deadly weapon in his Sonic Saw! He can gather intelligence to use against the Autobots in recon drone mode, or fire a devastating audio blast at his enemies with his Sonic Saw in robot mode! Keep converting him back and forth so his Autobot enemies can’t keep up!

Includes figure and accessory. Legion Class Series 3 005 Soundwave Sabotage Specialist. Ages 5 and up.

SoundwaveThe newest incarnation of Soundwave was introduced in the first season of "Transformers Prime", and an action figure was made on the Deluxe scale. More recently, that figure was significantly retooled and repainted as "Beast Hunters" Soundwave. This figure represents the first time the character has popped up in the Legion Class for this line. Though marketed as a "Beast Hunters" figure, this represents Soundwave as he appears in the television show, not in his "Beast Hunters" armor.

Robot Mode:
Soundwave's "Prime" form is a very thin, lithe and angular one and that all carries over in this figure. His head and torso have a lot of "V" shaped points all moving up to his head, which resembles the Decepticon symbol itself (a callback to G1 Soundwave's head which served as the base of the Decepticon symbol design). His arms are long and thin, stretching down beyond his knees and his legs are slightly bent in the middle, giving him a slightly hunched and creepy appearance. It's really great how much detail they worked into the figure down to the sharp looking, layered armor on his torso and the ridges on his central crest.

The thruster from the vehicle mode winds up on the back, and while it's appropriate transformation has it pressed up against his back, it winds up peeking out from behind his head. I prefer it pointing straight back where its out of the line of sight from the front of the figure.

Soundwave is cast in two shades of metallic blue one darker and flatter than the other. The dull blue is used on parts like his legs and arms. Other parts like the shoulder joints and feet are a much stronger blue. Soundwave has quite a few decos in this form, including grey on his head, waist and knees along with lavender on his torso and face. He looks really great and the way the lavender pops against the blue is brilliant.

There are eight points of articulation on this figure. This includes a ball joint at his shoulders and hips. Each hand can hold a Cyberverse weapon. He comes with the same weapon included with Smokescreen. It can also be attached to holes on the outside of either forearm.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapon.
  2. Straighten out each arm.
  3. Swing each foot up.
  4. Swing the back section up and then over the back of the head.
  5. Connect the legs together.
  6. Swing each arm down, then rotate it and connect them together in the center to form the wings.
  7. The weapon can be attached to one of three holes on the top of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
Soundwave's vehicle mode resembles a Drone known as the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper. like that drone this figure has wide, thin wings, a rounded, oval front end and tail stabilizers at the back. The rear is the most stylized portion, with very angular and layered looking stabilizers instead of the more straight ones used on the real life drone. This matches his appearance on the television show and it looks really cool as a toy.

The two blue plastic colors from the robot mode carry over nicely here. The more dull blue makes up most of the vehicle while the stronger blue is found mostly on the front end and parts of the back. Metallic blue paint continues the blue at the front end to the middle of the "neck" section. In the middle are two silver Decepticon symbols with lavender lines right near them. The deco is true to the TV show and looks good at the same time. It's quite distinct and stands out against the other Legion Class Decepticons.

Soundwave has three holes on the top of the vehicle, one on each wing and one in the center. Each one can accomodate a Cyberverse weapon to give him some firepower in this mode.

Final Thoughts:
Legion Class Soundwave is a really well done interpretation of the character in a small scale. I think it's done perfectly and he looks great while having the functionality you'd expect from a Cyberverse figure. Highly recommended if you like "Prime" Soundwave's design.