Thursday, January 12, 2017

Transformers Legends LG-36 Soundwave Is Great, Just Not OMG Great!!!

Back in August of 2016 I stated there was a list made up of what I was/could buy and what I wasn't/couldn't buy from the Transformers Titans return and Legends toy lines. I was pretty clear, and thought I had comes to terms that I could have just one of the cassette leaders and would have to choose between Blaster or Soundwave and Hasbro or TakaraTomy. I had chosen Hasbro's Blaster. Fast forward a few months and I have all four toys now, both the Titans and Legends Blaster/Broadcast and both Soundwaves. Call it impulsiveness, addiction, or just a love of cool robot toys, I couldn't help it. Maybe you're sitting there wondering if you should grab all four? Maybe you have the Hasbro versions and want the TakaraTomy versions for any possible "premium" details? Well in the case of Soundwave, I'd say it's an easier pass than Broadcast.
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The last thing I want anyone to take away from this is that I don't like this toy,or that it not great. I do absolutely like this thing and it is an extremely cool toy. It's just that when you consider the cost of importing the Legends toy, and the slight bit of changes made between this and the Hasbro one, it's hard to justify the extra money. Unless of course you're a complete fool in love with the little Titan Master/Headmasters then yeah, you're gonna fork out the cash for a proper Soundblaster HM. Which was my primary point of purchasing this toy. So with this review, I'll start with my favorite bit first.
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I love that TakaraTomy included properly colored versions of  Soundblaster and Twincast with their Legends Soundwave and Broadcast toys. I'm happy Hasbro did the pint-sized Blaster and Soundwave Titan Masters, I just wished they named them better. I don't know that we'll ever see a "Leader" sized Twincast or Soundblaster so I'm glad to just have the Headmasters for now. But on the subject now of the full size toys, a bit about the main part of this Transformers Legends Soundwave set.
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If you already have the Hasbro version you know this thing is quite exquisite. It's a beautiful toy. I guess what I wishing for in this toy was more along the lines of what TakaraTomy's Blurr and Galvatron did in contrast to their Hasbro counterparts, and created a interesting alternate take on the toy. From the early mock-ups I should have known it wouldn't be anything so striking.
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The additions are great, love the added details on the legs, the chest and cassette door. I get that they were going a for an animated match when they did up the color scheme here, but it's a bit lost. Everything you see silver should be basically white, if you are going by the cartoon. The red stripe on the arm is correct depending on which episodes you may be watching. So if you don't want, or can't fully execute the look of the anime, then why not color the shoulders like Hasbro's? Why not color the head crest, the shoulder gun, I guess that's what I had expected from this release. Had I paid "normal" import prices I would have been let down.

This toy doesn't carry the "need to have it" feel a Legends Blurr does. If you can live without a proper Titan/Head Master Soundblaster, I think the Hasbro Soundwave will work for you perfectly. If you can get a Legends Soundwave cheaper than the import stores have him listed, then it's still a solid toy you'll probably end up loving.
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