Soundwave’s alt mode is based on an unmanned aerial reconnaissance drone, which is fittingly perfect for the character. Ironically, even though his bot mode is shorter than FE Starscream, Soundwave’s alt mode is actually a larger plane. One thing I like about this alt mode is how it’s not made for direct human interaction like the other vehicles most of the robots choose. Another nice touch is that Laserbeak can dock to the top of drone, although I do wish he sat a bit further down.
Soundwave’s coloring is very simple. He’s molded almost entirely out of a dark bluish gray plastic, with accent parts molded in black. There are a few dabs of color on him though, like dark purple or dark pink, and a little silver. The most interesting part is probably his face shield, which has been painted a very deep metallic red. The color is so dark that I couldn’t actually capture it with my camera, and it mostly turned out looking black.
One of the things I love about the Prime toys is their articulation, and Soundwave is no exception. His head, lower shoulders, and hips are all ball joints. His upper shoulders, biceps, waist, and thighs are swivels. His elbows, abs, and ankles are hinges, while his knees are double hinges. This gives him a fantastic amount of movement, but ironically I just want him to stand there and look frightening to my other Transformers.
Aside from Laserbeak, Soundwave comes with no accessories. I was fine with this, until Takara announced all their Prime figures will come with brand new Targetmasters. In addition to Laserbeak, Soundwave will come with a scorpion that can double for one of his tentacles or change into a trident-like spear. Now I kind of want that… Oh Hasbro, why you gotta make me import my Transformers?
I don’t know if his case ratio will change in the future, but Soundwave may be a bit difficult to find for a while. So if you’re really interested in him, don’t pass him up in the store. Even though he doesn’t have the height I’d like, his design and articulation is superb. I’m not a big fan of some of the new Robots in Disguise remolds, but Soundwave lives up to most of my expectations.