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Name: Shockwave
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Military Operations Commander
Alt Mode: None (was a laser pistol)



ROBOT MODE
Height: 9.5cm Width: 5cm

   A purple robot with silver antennae and feet along with a silver right hand. In place of his left hand, Shockwave has an orange laser nozzle, similar to the transparent pink one found on the original. The window on his chest is also orange, the gold cyclops eye is now yellow. With charcoal thighs and grey groin and backpack, Shockwave's colours are kept simple, to keep the focus on his distinctive head and laser-hand. The silver, grey and charcoal do their job - supporting the purple without drawing any attention themselves. The purple used is significantly lighter than that on the original, but the colours scheme is still fairly faithful.

   Shockwave has lost the hose that ran from the left forearm to the backpack, since this toy lacks the electronics that necessitated that hose. Some other finer details have been retained, such as the ridges on the top of his arms, a trigger formation on his groin, the gun handle grip on the outsides of his boots, the hinges on his back (well, vestigial hinges) and even holes on his back and outside of the left forearm for a hose to attach. The hose would seem to be an abandoned accessory, and while I don't know how much it would add to the toy, the sockets show the designer was thinking when he designed this figure. As you'd expect, Shockwave sports a Decepticon logo on his chest.

   Poseability is the same as every other Actionmaster - head turns, arms rotate and legs have G.I. Joe poseability (fully poseable hips, knees bend 90 degrees). Shockwave actually _loses_ poseability in his arms, but hips gain some movement. Shockwave has a black handgun, which seems somewhat redundant when his other hand _is_ a gun.

THE PARTNER - FISTFIGHT

   A black droid with lilac feet and arms, which wouldn't look out of place in Star Wars (although not in these colours). His colours loosely match those of Shockwave, which is nice - there's even a splash of orange on the trigger on top of his head. The handgun can plug into a hole on his head. The arms end in wedges, so he has no fists to fight with (Shockwave has only one, of course!).

   A decent little droid, Fistfight forms a rather chunky super-gun for Shockwave, who still doesn't need a gun. This is a moot point, anyway - the gun is too heavy for Shockwave to hold. So while Fistfight is a nice droid and a decent sidekick for Shockwave, he's not bringing much play value.

VARIATIONS

   None that I know of.

OVERALL

   Shockwave himself is a pretty good Actionmaster figure, with some great minor details in the mould. The prototype picture on his powerplan used purple rather than orange paint, and had they stuck with that I'd call this a very good Actionmasters. Still, the orange isn't so far from his original pink - it works better than bright colours on a lot of other Actionmasters. Fistfight is a decent sidekick, though his gun mode is both unstable and redundant. Worthwhile if you like Actionmasters or are a fan of the character - 6/10

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