Transformers Hero Mashers Soundwave Review
Wave 2 of the Deluxe Transformers Hero Mashers showed up at Target this week and we’ve got the Decepticon’s Communication Specialist himself, Soundwave!
Soundwave is seen here in a Deluxe sized box (which includes more accessories than a regular release) The box tells us we also get an arm for Sideswipe.
Soundwave has a classic G1 inspired appearance even including the tape deck buttons on his waist.
The figure has a good amount of articulation with 9 swivel/hinge joints allowing his head, shoulders, elbows, hips & knees to move.
The swivel portion of most of the joints can be pulled out for the “mashing” feature (The shoulders stay attached to the torso) I have found a couple of problems with this feature. The legs have a tendency to get pulled off while trying to bend the knees because the hinge knee joint is tighter than the swivel leg joint. Also due to the nature of the “masher” play feature, there’s no way to position the lower arms in front of the torso (The swivel joint would have to be above the elbow, not below it) so Soundwave can’t do his classic “pressing eject button” pose.
Soundwave comes with a number of accessories, including his classic weapons.
The vulcan cannon can attach to one of the ports on his back while the spring loaded cannon can be held in his hands or also attached to one of his other ports.
All of the accessories have the same sized plugs to allow any of them to be used on any port on any of the figures.
One of the weapons also has ports on it to allow combined weapons
The joint sizes are also the same between other figures which allows you to “mash” parts from one figure to another. That can also allow you to use arms in place of legs and such
The bulk of this figure is spread out pretty well so that you can get Soundwave to balance on one foot.
While playing with this Soundwave I felt like I was playing with an oversized Action Master. This figure captures the essence of an action figure really well in a Soundwave package.
There was one thing that was bothering me the whole time I was playing with Soundwave, then it hit me, he needs a Decepticon sigil on his chest!
This figure goes really well with a Soundwave collection. It’s got the classic look with a bit of style to it so it doesn’t look exactly like all the other Soundwaves. Add in the size and articulation and it’s a cool little toy.