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Name: Soundwave
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Communications
Alt Mode: None (was a microcassette recorder)



ROBOT MODE
Height: 10cm Width: 5cm

   A blue robot with silver forearms, thighs and feet, Soundwave has a light blue tape door on his chest with a Decepticon logo sticker. His faceplate and waist are silver while his eyestrip is pink. The colours are quite faithful to the original, with a cartoon-inspired tapedoor. The stickered detailing of the original has largely disappeared, but this figure is quite obviously Soundwave.

   While the level of detail has dropped, there are quite a few tape deck aspects still here, other than the signature tape door. The buttons console is still on his groin, along with the eject button on his left shoulderblade. The battery compartment door, which slides down on the back of the original, is simulated on the back here. The head is reasonably faithful, being an amalgam of the toy and cartoon faces (the eyes should be red, not pink - but it's close).

   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). Compared to the original, the leg poseability here is good while the arms are actually a regression. This reduced movement is quite unusual for an Actionmaster, although the toy doesn't really feel restricted, thankfully.

THE PARTNER - WINGTHING

   A black bat with fluorescent red wings, legs and tail, Wingthing comes with a little black gun (Soundwave's handheld gun), and makes for a reasonable bat, although he leans forward too far. The colours work well while Wingthing is on his own, but they clash horribly with Soundwave.

   As usual, the compound gun isn't that great - although Wingthing ends up making a fairly decent gun. It's too front-heavy for Soundwave to hold, although if you place just Wingthing in one one hand and the small gun in the other, with the arms in a "relaxed" pose, Soundwave is able to stand. What's more, Wingthing is farly convincing as a gun on his own.

VARIATIONS

   None that I know of.

OVERALL

   A pretty good facsimile of the original, Soundwave is quite easy to pick and the colours are well matched - with a few cartoon-inspired tweaks. The ability to hold a cassette is obviously lost, but Wingthing makes a useful sidekick, with a decent bat mode and more play value as a gun than most Actionmaster sidekicks. Wingthing and Soundwave clash horribly, but the handgun works well. A decent Actionmaster overall - 7/10

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