Soundblaster: Superior. MP3 Player: Inferior.
Music Label Soundwave: Blaster Black Version. There’s also a traditionally colored Soundwave (with yellow eyes) called Spark Blue Version and a mostly white one that more fully resembles an MP3 player in alt mode, called Sonic White Version.
For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to call the Blaster Black Version, Soundblaster, which is the name black Soundwaves usually go by.
Oh, and in case you don’t know, this is the Soundwave with the actual MP3 player. You’ll need a AAA battery, and a miniSD card of no more than 2GB though. Preferably only 1 GB. And it’ll only play MP3s.
Let’s put it like this, with Music Label Soundwave mold, there’s no need for a Masterpiece version of Soundwave. The mold is fantabulous, being both modern and nostalgic at the same time. This IS Soundwave/blaster.
The thing I like most about the mold is how sleek and modern it is, yet clearly evocative of Soundwave. He’s square and blocky like G1, but he’s also thing and well proportioned. He’s like Stockade in that his alt mode is all smooth and shiny, but his robot mode has much more sculpted detail. Although not so much that he looks like a movie toy. MP3 Soundblaster is oldskool to the max.
Anyway, his colors work great, and he’s got red eyes vs the Spark Blue’s yellow eyes. The only flaw here is that there might be some paint chipping around his hips due to transformation, but otherwise, paint apps are absolutely flawless.
This guy will fit right into any G1, or even modern TF Decepticon army you’ve got.
4.0 out of 4.0
Considering he’s not only got a working MP3 player “gimmick”, but his head springs out for the transformation and even his tape deck opens with the press of a button, Soundblaster’s got phenomenal articulation. His limbs are all fully poseable with swivels and everything, though the elbows and knees don’t bend more than 90 degrees. The head’s on a balljoint and there’s even some toes and heels articulation. He might be a tad back-heavy when you’ve got the battery in, but nothing unmanageable.
Overall, he might not be crazy articulated, but I gotta give him points for being as poseable as he is despite the gimmicks. Here’s a gimmick-former that works.
3.1 out of 4.0
2 extra pair of hands, a gun, a shoulder cannon that looks like a battery, a set of working earphones, a trading card and instructions; all in a Special Edition level box, and this bears mentioning again, in case y’all missed it, but Soundblaster has an actual working MP3 player… that frikkin’ works! Admittedly, it’s not the best player in the world, but still, even non-nerds will be instantly envious of your nerd creds for even having this guy.
That he has a nice selection of accessories is cool already, since TFs are getting less and less of those these days, but if we consider the MP3 as an accessory, well… Soundblaster rules.
4.0 out of 4.0
Every now and then, you’ll get a toy that’s compared to the Alternators/Binaltech. Usually a car Transformer, for obvious reasons, will be called a mini-Alternator. Well, Soundblaster here is a mini-Masterpiece.
Bearing in mind that I’m excluding the price factor of Soundblaster, he’s got it all. A great looking toy who’ll appeal to both modern TF fans and G1ers alike. He’s fun, durable and a terrific conversation/novelty piece.
Just bear in mind that he is expensive. So as great as he is, it’s best to make sure you can afford getting this nerdifact.
3.7 out of 4.0
P.S. The thought of doing this Music Label Soundwave review’s made me totally forget about my TF toy review format. He’s just that cool.
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent