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Name: Soundwave
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Communications
Alternate Mode: Stock Racing Car



CAR MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 7.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   This is a _shocking_ colour scheme. Soundwave is fluorescent yellow with blue painted details. Not only is the yellow ridiculously bright, it's very much not the Soundwave we know and love. A Soundwave car is one thing, a bright yellow one is another. I know I usually start out describing and then commentate later, but in this case, it's hard to describe without passing judgement.

   Anyway, the windows are painted black, the spoiler and front bumper are painted a mid blue. There's a big blue "GO" and a smaller "BOT" painted on his roof, same on the doors and a large "T" with the word "TRANSFORMERS" inside the "T" on his bonnet - all of these are in blue. Whatever chance Soundwave had of hiding from the Autobots in that shade of yellow is pretty much ruined by the exposition of the writing on this car mode. The tyres are black with silver painted hubcaps.

   The rollcage is a nice detail in this mould, but it's painted over by the black paint of the windows. The rest of the detail in this mould is hidden by the all-encompassing yellowness.

   One of the weaker moulds of this series, with a really bad colour scheme and silly paint mask make this a bad car mode. The Gobot axles allow him to roll quite well, and fit in Hot Wheels tracks, so he has play value - really the only good point of this mode. Even then, Gearhead is the same mould with better colours.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Pretty simple. Pull down the rear to form the legs, fold down the hood to form the chest, pull out the arms. Put your sunglasses on..

ROBOT MODE
Height: 6.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse it has. Fluorescent yellow is now joined by more of that mid blue and crimson. His chest and arms are yellow, his head, shoulders and thighs that crimson colour, and his lower legs blue. He has a blackface, which has reasonably good moulded detail but it's all lost in the paint. The "T" is on his chest, and looks pretty stupid there, although no more so than in car mode.

   Aside from bad colours this mould has bad proportions. His thighs are very short, his arms too long and his chest is huge (and it sticks out more conspicuously than most Gobots). The arms themselves aren't _that_ long, but the panels on their outsides formed from the car doors are. So he's all arms and chest which almost no thighs, making him look rather squat.

   The shoulders rotate and that's it for poseability. I don't expect much more of a toy at this pricepoint, but I do expect more of the proportions. The paint job makes this thing more of a joke than anything else. The only thing about this mode that isn't bad is the mid blue, on which I'm neutral.

VARIATIONS

   The Japanese version had silver rather than crimson plastic, which helps a little.

OVERALL

   Forget it. This toy is a great example of why G2 has a bad name, and is Soundwave in name only. It's not hard to see why Raksha (a well known Soundwave fan) disowns this toy. Often referred to as Globot Soundwave, but by any name a bad toy. This isn't a great mould, but the choice of colours and the paint mask make this version a terrible toy. Skip it and grab Gearhead, or better yet, Wars, instead - 1/10

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