Shockwave. Generally quiet, and somehow more devastating than Megatron. In his Prime version, he looks very much like his G1 version. A giant cannon for one of his arms, and the single eye.. He has antenna all over the place.
He has a gimmick in his cannon. I wish they would just stop with all of this gimmick crap, but I guess Hasbro feels the need to do so in order to sell the larger toys. When the grey button is depressed, the front portion of the cannon spins around. The centrifugal force of the spin separates the two sides of the cannon, showing the inner workings within.
Not the worse gimmick I have seen, but it does leave that arm a bit rattly. You know, when you move him around, that arm makes some noise, and it moves around. Not the best for play time.
And of course, since we are in the realm of Beast Hunters, there has to be something beastly about him. I am happy to report, just as with Smokescreen, you get a second version of Shockwave. The three extra “Beast” parts fit into small holes on the body that really do not do anything to detract from the overall appearance of the standard version of the figure.
As with Smokescreen, since we did not get him the first time around with the standard Prime figures, it is nice to be able to choose which version to be able to display him in. The chest piece looks okay. The shoulder armor is a bit off, and gets in the way of raising the cannon. It looks much better in vehicle mode.
Just in case you were thinking, “Golly, he looks big.” He IS big. He stands nearly a head taller than Megatron, which is saying something. Don’t tell Megatron, but Shockwave’s gun is bigger too. Add in those great solid legs and you have quite a figure. And when I say solid, I am referring to the nearly hollow legs of Megatron that is wide open in the back. His lower half is so light. Not so with Shockwave. There is even a bit of extra weight as his feet have to do some pretty cool tricks to get into his vehicle mode.
Yet again we are going away from the silly notion that a giant robot could somehow manage to transform into a small handgun. Let’s go with a tank again. A little reminiscent of the Dark of the Moon version of Shockwave. The tank has a very aggressive style that I think looks really good.
He has a rather unique transformation. He is laid out on his back. The front part of the tank are his legs, splayed out, with his chest as the part that holds it all into place. One arm wraps under the body, while the other is of course the cannon. The back tread of the tank are his backpack. The tread is unique in that there is actually rubber tread back there that can be taken out to attach to the cannon as a belt fed system. In vehicle mode, it looks really good. They could not get something like that to move, so they do have to have wheels under the tread. It is hidden really well, and along with the fat front tires hidden up front, he actually rolls pretty freely.
Don’t forget about the Beast Hunters stuff. Added on here, Shockwave looks like a nightmare born of the ThunderCats’ Thunder Tank. I would not want to meet this guy in a dark battle field. This is the best beast representation, with the claws out front. I do have to wonder how the Predacons would feel about the skeleton of one of their own being used as armor.
In all, a big, strong, well designed figure. Feels good to hold, and he is great in both modes. I picked up the Commander size version of him as well, so we will have to see how this holds up in the small scale. For now I am going to enjoy playing with this one.