Soundwave, is one of the closest soldiers by Megatron. He is by far the most loyal, and potentially the most important to the Decepticon cause. He is one of the few that commands his own troops, in this case an army of spies that are, in this version, different types of computer tablets. Think of the world being taken over by iPhones, and there is an old school boombox pulling the strings.
When I got Blaster, I knew Soundwave was going to be just as good. Using the same base body, they changed out a bunch of the parts to create a similar, but not too similar robot and boombox. In robot mode, he has his telltale yellow visor and extra silver helmet extensions on the sides of his head. Was it a helmet before? I think not. It sure is this time around.
Looking at his stats, he is not fast, but he is smart, and pretty darn strong to boot.
His chest opens, in much the same way as his G1 counterpart did. He has the same “tablet” that Blaster had, that has a trio of blasters of it’s own to help with some firepower in
Blaster and Soundwave are very similar, but the color difference, and the subtle parts changes, especially around the legs, really change the robot mode.
Soundwave gets two birds this time around. Blaster gets none. Poor Blaster.
Soundblaster, not to get confused with Blaster the big robot, is the Titan Master for Soundwave. In the G1 continuity, Soundwave was killed by Blaster, and later reborn into Soundblaster. In the IDW continuity, Soundblaster was a clone of Soundwave. Now we have the two as separate robots, but teaming up together to wreak havoc on the Autobots. He is a remodel of Twin Cast, who was teamed up with Blaster. That is why, if you look closely, most of him looks like Soundwave, but his legs have the speakers of Blaster.
Change Soundwave into his alternate mode, and you have a giant, for the scale, boombox.
Soundwave looks so different than Blaster. The whole front has been redone, including the speakers, cassette door, and the buttons under the door. It is quite amazing how much work Hasbro went to in order to separate these two figures. Great job!
From the back, you can see the shoulder launcher becomes a sort of battery pack, and the gun is an antenna, like it was for Blaster.
But wait, there’s more. Transform him again, and he becomes a battle station. Not a great battle station but one that fits lots of little guys. Now Blaster and Soundwave can have the smallest war ever. From a plethora of Titan Masters with their little vehicles, to the tablets each has, to the other small Legends scale figures.
It is all just too cute. I can hear the little ‘pew pew pew’ from here.