When it comes to Transformers, I’ve been mostly obsessed with the Prime figures (and their Arms Microns) ever since the First Editions started hitting. So I thought I’d be able to take a break with the return of the Generations, but Hasbro wasn’t about to release their stranglehold on my wallet!
As a kid I didn’t really understand or care about the underlying political issues of the Transformers universe, other than the fact that the Decepticons were bad and the Autobots were good. To me, Shockwave seemed like a futuristic Megatron copycat with his laser gun mode. And with his creepy single eye and no face, I think he may have been my first exposure to the idea that robots didn’t have to look like humans.
It wasn’t until I rediscovered Transformers at an older age that I began to understand just how calculating and dangerous Shockwave was to Autobots and Decepticons alike. His cold robotic eye, which seems like a very strong allusion to HAL from 2001, was the perfect choice of a “face” for this calculating mad scientist. I wouldn’t necessarily call his character deep, but the fact that he served the Decepticon cause only to further his own machinations has definitely made him one of my favorite characters.
I knew I was going to buy this figure ever since I saw him at SDCC. He has a great G1 feel without the blocky look, and the sculpt is just as nice in person as those tempting first pictures led me to believe. His mono-eyed head is complete with light piping to make his burning eye even more intimidating. His chest is also translucent purple (unfortunately this time without direct light piping), and it makes him look like he’s containing a large amount of energy.
The rest of his body is unique, but with nothing really out of the ordinary with its overall humanoid shape. I do like the extra detailed bits like the sculpted wires and cables that make up his neck. I also really like that they added wings to his back. Those blade-like edges make him even more intimidating.
Shockwave’s alt mode is a “Cybertronian mobile artillery” vehicle, but to me he looks more akin to a kickass space battleship. The entire front half of his ship is a larger version of his hand blaster, and his feet even turn into two bayonet-like ramming wedges. The bladed wings adorn the sides of his ship, while his chest turns into a large viewing area for the “bridge”. I know he’s meant to be more of a Cybertronian airplane tank, but he’ll always look like the flagship of an invading army of space aliens to me. Continue to page 2…