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Buzzsaw – Transformers: Combiner Wars (Titans Return)

He was a bit of a funny figure. He was released in the Combiner Wars series, even though he was going to be a tablet that worked with Soundwave in the next series, Titans Return. He was looked down upon as being a strange figure, since he didn’t fit in.

Of course, now he fits in fine with a plethora of other tablets coming out on the Autobot and Decepticon side, including his redecoed version and more popular character, Laserbeak. It is funny how often we have seen the alternate versions come out first in the recent times. We had Sentinel Prime come out, and we knew he was going to be remade into Astrotrain. There have been others too.

Well, as a bird, he is pretty great. He has enough going on in the design to give a nice nod to the old birds of G1. He has the high head with a jetpack on the back. Thankfully they found a way to integrate the accessories from G1 into the figure, so we didn’t have leftover parts when they are in tablet mode.

Form the bird, he transforms into a tablet, of course. The screen sticker has some good details. It is a bit broken up by different parts forming the screen, but you get the idea, that he is a Decepticon, and he does not like the Autobots.

As per what we later found to be the norm, this guy had a third mode. Some of the tablets have really great alternate modes. This one is pretty weak. It is some kind of forklift thing. Originally I thought maybe it was some kind of battle tank, but after having both Rewind and Rumble show up with really good tanks, this one has to be some weird forklift.

So now, as with many of the previous series we have had that has featured data robots, I have a pile of them. Blaster is pretty great, and I am looking for Soundwave to allow some of the Decepticon tablets a chance for espionage.

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Ravage, Laserbeak – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Continuing on with the Legends in the Titans Return line, we continue with the theme of the tablet computers that turn into stuff.

Ravage:

Ravage is a classic companion of Soundwave, so he is not to be missed. If you look closely at the card art for Ravage, he is drawn with the same head as Stripes that came on the Autobot side a wave before. I was really worried that this was going to be the final version of Ravage, with a rather dragon looking head. Even the figure on the back has the same head as Stripes. Thankfully that is not the case. Ravage comes with the much more sleek look that we saw with the G1 figure.

Of course his initial mode is that of the panther. A little wider than his G1 version, but still just as skinny. I think Hasbro tried too hard to make these guys into triple changers, and Ravage loses a little something with the wings flying out of his butt.

His second mode is that of a plane. Just like with stripes, this is not the best mode. It is okay, and actually gives Ravage a way to get around faster than running. I think it could have made more sense if it looked a bit more like a drone, with no windshield. Nobody is going to be able to fit in there, so why put on a windshield?

Finally, we have the tablet. The stickers (already applied) have a lot of good detail in them. Ravage is using his spy skills with surveillance. A nice touch for this spy.

Laserbeak:

Oh yes, we knew this one was coming. Back in the Combiner Wars, we got our first tablet in the form of Buzzsaw. It was before we had any of the Leader Class figures that can use these tablets, so we knew big things were coming.

And just like the initial G1 release, Buzzsaw came first, and then it was redecoed into Laserbeak. That is a funny thought since we saw more of Laserbeak than Buzzsaw in the show.

Laserbeak looks great in his bird mode. He is very reminiscent of his G1 counterpart, with big jets on top of the body. He even has the skid feet.  He is very black in this version, with only touches of red on the inner part of the wings and the back of his neck. He and Ravage are a great team of spies this time around.

In his tablet mode, you learn a lot about Laserbeak. He hates Autobots, likes to listen to music while he works, and he is listening in on conversations in order to intercept.

I skipped over the lamest of all of the designs. The… what is it? a tank, a forklift? Who knows. It is pretty lame, and I will never use it again.

Well, two more tablets for use with a Leader Class Figure.  Now all I need is to find a Leader Class figure at retail, and see about getting these guys set up with a boss.


Fall of Cybertron Soundwave

I have been collecting Transformers for a long time.  Before my last delivery of Dark Energon figures, I was so glad to find this guy, Fall of Cybertron Soundwave from the Generations line.  I posted a few posts back about the other data discs that went along with Soundwave.  Thankfully this figure (#300 in my collection) stands up to the original, looks great, has a good transformation, and actually works with the data discs.

Everything in the right place, that is for sure.  He is a truck/SUV type vehicle, but that is to be expected since it was always so strange in the original show for him to be a big hulking robot and turn into a small tape deck.   I think this one makes much more sense.

Planned or not, it is pretty darn awesome that he can press his own ejection button.

Once his front is open, you can see where the data discs go.   They fit tightly into the compartment.   I was able to get three of them into the compartment.  It was a little difficult to get them back out, but I had to at least try the experiment.

Here is how the holding of data discs works.   Soundwave’s back  moves out to allow the hole in his chest to elongate.   So, when there is one in there, it looks like the picture above.  If you try to fit three in there, it looks like his spine is sticking straight out with his back attached about three inches away from the body.  Kinda silly looking, but great for playability.

Soundwave comes with Laserbeak.  He was what I was thinking we were going to see.  Pretty much the same figure as Ratbat with a different head, and a new color scheme.  Still no legs, but at least Laserbeak can sit on Soundwave’s hand or shoulder.

In vehicle mode he looks a lot like the War for Cybertron vehicle mode.   This time he is WAY bigger and can have his shoulder cannon fitted to his exterior.  The wheels are a great looking clear purple color to match the front windshield.   There are a few other touches of purple around that really stand out.

Let us not forget he is still a transport, and in this mode he can hold his data discs.

It is clear that they are not just trying to throw something together in this Fall of Cybertron line.  They have found that people like it, and we are getting, not only more figures than the War for Cybertron line, but we are also getting better figures.  The first Voyager figure is the best to date in this line.

And we are talking BIG!!!  He is head and shoulders above the other figures.  A great figure you will not be disappointed with in any way that I can see.  I am really looking forward to what they are going to bring us next.


Soundwave, enough said!

Oh man, the strong silent one is out and about.  He was a scary guy in the original show, and now he is just as scary.  It is something about not having a face, not speaking much, and being a shadow to everyone that makes for a powerful character.  In the Prime version, Soundwave does not even speak.  He replays sounds and words from others, though not like Bumblebee did in the TF movies.

I was really wondering how they were going to pull off a toy of such a flat character.  His arms are wings, and his whole vehicle mode is nothing more than an unmanned drone.   Boy did they do a good job.   His hands are creepy and skinny.  His arms are like blades.   It all fits together so well.  Add in Laserbeak who looks like a smaller version of Soundwave, and you have a good team.

Soundwave is not a cassette player this time around, but they did manage to find a way to incorporate Laserbeak into the body so he can come out of Soundwave.  I wonder where Rumble and Ravage are hiding.

His vehicle mode, an unmanned drone, works really well.   His body folds up nice.   It is a great advantage to have his arms be the wings, so they don’t have to be folded up along the fuselage.  The added clearance is a nice touch.   They even gave him a front landing wheel, though there are none for the back part of the body.    Along side is Laserbeak.

Of course, when Laserbeak gets tired, he can always catch a ride on Soundwave’s back.

I know there are those out there who hate change.   But let’s face facts.  Soundwave would have been outdated as a cassette deck from the 80s.  He is so much better off being in a mode that allows for flight, along with most of the Decepticon team. This is a great figure, and a very well designed character for the show.

One of the best parts of season one is when Starscream thinks Megatron is dead and has taken over the Decepticons.  Soundwave finds Megatron, knowing in his core that his master is not dead.   As Starscream goes off to “save” Megatron, Soundwave sends Laserbeak to keep an eye on Starsceam to make sure he is not up to anything funny.   He allows Starscream to do whatever he wants, as long as he does not mess with Megatron’s ultimate goal.


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