I thought I’d finish off the week with the other figure that came with Terrorcon Cliffjumper. Even though I already had a Hasbro Soundwave, I decided to try out the Takara version too because I wanted to see the differences and I love dem Microns!
The thing that surprised me the most about Takara’s Soundwave is how similar it is to the Hasbro version. So in this review I’m mostly going to focus on the differences between the two figures. If you want a full rundown on the figure itself, check out my Hasbro Soundwave review.
I’ve noticed that Takara has a tendency to use more metallic looking plastics and paints on their figures than Hasbro. So I was a bit shocked when I pulled Soundwave out of the box and he was the exact same color as my Hasbro one. Not only were all the molded plastics the same color, but so were the few painted bits that Takara did. This makes me wonder how different the Takara Arcee is going to be from her Hasbro counterpart.
The biggest way to differentiate between the two figures is by using the sticker sheet included with the Takara version. This sheet comprises most of the purple and black bits that run under Soundwave’s arms and chest/Laserbeak. Their shiny metallic look definitely would set him apart from the more subtle Hasbro paint tones.
Another huge difference between the Takara and Hasbro Soundwaves is in the kind of plastic each company used. The Hasbro version is made entirely out of a very hard and sturdy plastic. (So much so that when my Hasbro figure took a dive off the shelf, one of the points on his crown cracked.) But the Takara version opted to use soft plastics on his crown, forearms, all of the pieces that make up his nosecone, his two tail-fin wings, and Laserbeak’s large wings. Continue to page 2…