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U.S. Name: Soundwave (Masterpiece)   Jap. Name: SAME 

Cartoon First Appearance: Episode #1: More than meet the eye P1, Season 1, Sept. 1984

Classic Box Number: 17     This Line Box Number: MP-13

 

A quick comment:      

It's been a long time since MP-1 Optimus Prime was first released where so many transfans were just frenzy by the over joyous announcement of a newly masterpiece figure and jaw drop by the marvelous design at the time.  The announcement of MP-13 Soundwave w/ Laserbeak utterly re-triggered this excitement across the transfans world.  Not one person complained about the announcement of MP-13 as Soundwave.  I preordered the Amazon Exclusive MP-13 Soundwave for $CLXIX.XC (CCLXXXI.L w/ MP-12 Sideswipe for $LXII.XC) from Robotkingdom.com.  When it arrived to me on Feb. Ii, Mmxiii, only MP-13 Soundwave was shipped but not my Amazon MP-12 Sideswipe but after back and forth emails and some weeks later my MP-12 finally arrived.

 

R-0 Original Soundwave's motto and tech specifications:

Affiliate: decepticons | Subgroup: none | Function: communication | Alt. Mode: walkman|

| STR 8 | INTL 9 | SPD 2 | ENDN 6 | RNK 8 | CRG 5 | FRPW 6 | SKL 10 |

Original G1 Soundwave Motto:

"Cries and screams are music to my ears."

 

Original G1 Soundwave Bio:

It is said Soundwave can hear a fly sneeze.  Uses anything he hears for blackmail to  advance his status.  Opportunist.  Despised by all other Decepticons.  Sensors can detect even lowest energy radio transmissions.  Able to read minds by monitoring electrical brain impulses.  Acts as radio link for others.  Locates and identifies Autobots, then informs Decepticons.  Carries a concussion blaster gun.  Often target of retaliation by his comrades.

R-0 Original Laserbeak's motto and tech specifications:  

Affiliate: decepticons | Subgroup: none | Function: interrogation | Alt. Mode: cassette|

| STR 5 | INTL 6 | SPD 8 | ENDN 5 | RNK 6 | CRG 2 | FRPW 8 | SKL 9 |

Original G1 Laserbeak Motto:

"The only point I like in Autobots: melting point."

 

Original G1 Laserbeak Bio:

Laserbeak takes pleasure in hunting his prey-usually the straggling survivors of a battle.  Noticeably not brave.  Will run for safety if threatened.  Flies at speeds up to 250 mph.  Uses two independently targetable laser cannons with extreme precision to get information from captives.  Shortage of ruby crystals that power the lasers can panic his systems into shutting down.

 

NOTE-1: This review page is meant to give you some ideas about the figure should you decide to obtain one, or even just for nostalgic or sentimental purposes.  They're just my opinion and I hold no responsibility for your action.  If you have questions about this review or if there's a section or image that owned by you and I didn't give you credit, please click email from the main page.  I'll make the correction once I receive your info.  Have fun.

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R-1  MP-13 Soundwave in its Original condition:

soundwavemporig1.jpg (343147 bytes)R-1A: Here are the box images of MP-13 Soundwave from all 6 sides.  Typical Takara/Tomy's Masterpiece box contains no window to view the actual figure.  It is basically a sealed box with a black background along with a high quality glossy image of the actual figure on the front panel, normal quality image at the top panel, and at the rear panel which had additional special features of the figure in further details.  The side panel just showed the description: Transformers Masterpiece, the figure ID number, and name of the character.

soundwavemporig2.jpg (81953 bytes)R-1B:  Once the outer box is removed, the figure and its contents can be fully seen sandwiched between two clear plastic trays which are held down by multiple tapes.

soundwavemporig3.jpg (298825 bytes)R-1C: In addition to the Soundwave figure these are all the accessories that were included in the box/ package/ card: 

"1" Laserbeak, "1" pink cassette case, "1" grid window chest cover, "1" clear energon cube, "1" scanner device, "1" Megatron pvc gun, "1" gun/battery, "1" Soundwave trading card, "1" Laserbeak trading card, "1" instruction booklet, and "1" addendum instruction page of ejecting button

NOTE-2: For clarity purpose, all the  images on R-1C are not in scaled with one another.

 

R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers: 

MP-13 Soundwave and Laserbeak do not come with any Pre-applied sticker adhered to the toy itself like the G1 line.  Instead, the entire action figure contain colored mold, some paint applications, and tampograph.

 

R-3 MP-13 Soundwave in Robot Mode w/ Fans Toy's Acoustic Wave:

acousticwave.jpg (166655 bytes)R-3A: Prior to the release of MP-13, speculations were like MP Soundwave won't likely to happen because he was too simple and his Original/Reissue figure was almost cartoon accurate.  Then 3rd party Fans Toys introduced their MP Acoustic Wave (left image) but only to be retorted by Takara Tomy who now forced to release MP-13 as Soundwave.  Whether this is true or not, we don't know, but from fans point of view it sure looked like that.  Transfans everywhere were overjoyed by this excitement news.  Unfortunately for Fans Toys, they was obliged to cancel their product despites the prototype was already made.

 

soundwavemprob1.jpg (285424 bytes)R-3B: Straight out of the box, the first impression on MP Soundwave from the clear plastic tray is utterly overwhelming!  For a character who feature a very simplistic robot mode dating back to the 80s, the designer somehow managed to find ways to enhance this newly Masterpiece figure to one of the most exquisite and loving figures.  Upon removing him from the clear plastic tray, MP Soundwave feels very light.  The only die cast metal he has is at the feet while the rest are plastic, a tinted transparent plastic tape door, and some chrome buttons.  Colors are predominately dark blue just like the Original/ Reissue Soundwave, silver paint, and a little bit of red, yellow and black at the tape deck door.  MP Soundwave eye optics are transparent red plastic, not solid painted like previous Masterpiece figures.  The figure itself is very solid all around except the easily pop-off index figure which can pop back in with ease.  So yeah, keep an eye on those index fingers.

 

R-4 MP-13 Soundwave Articulation Showing Off:

soundwavemprob2.jpg (310847 bytes)Image on the left displays some of the move and poses in which MP Soundwave is capable of doing.  Here are the full articulations description:

Head: 2 regular joints - neck can rotate 360 degree sideway while the head itself can be bent 15 degree downward and 30 degree upward 

Shoulder: 4 regular joints - shoulder can be rotated 360 degree forward and backward, flip 90 degree outward

Upper Arm: 1 hinge joint, 1 regular joint - opened out 90 degree as well as rotated 360 degree sideway

Elbow: 1 regular joint - can be bent at a 175 degree inward

Wrist: 1 regular joint - can only be rotated 360 degree sideway 

Hand/Finger: 3 regular joints - thumb is fixed, no movement, index has 2 joints of movement, and the last 3 fingers are jointed but can be bent

Hip/ Waist: 1 regular joint - can only be rotated 90 degree to the left or right  

Crotch-Leg: 1 hinge-ball joint-ratchet type with 3 joints - ratchet joint bent at 90 degree forward and 2 degree backward. Also ratchet joint for a full split.  Normal joint can be rotate 360 degree sideway 

Thigh: no joint/ movement

Knee: 1 ratchet joint - can be bent at a 90 degree as well rotate 360 degree sideway

Ankle/ Feet: 2 regular joints - can be bent 90 degree downward and 90 degree flip sideway

 

R-5 MP-13 Soundwave - Front Leg Hinge/Joint Reconfiguration:

soundwavemprob1b.jpg (441725 bytes)Both the official MP-13 and Original/ Reissue Soundwave had the leg hinge exposed out at the front just below the crotch.  For those who don't like the exposed leg hinge visible, fortunately the upper half leg is rotatable allowing the user to select a side that has a cleaner look, right image.  This approach is what made Fans Toy Acoustic Wave (R-3A) so pleasant to the eyes and likable.  From the other side of the argument, the exposed hinge is for nostalgia.  But the major downside with rotating the hinge to the side is that it kills the frontal fully 90 degree forward movement of articulation.

 

R-6 MP-13 Soundwave in Cybertronian Lamp Post Mode:

soundwavemplampost.jpg (141221 bytes)For those that wonder whether MP Soundwave can be reconfigured into his Cybertronian Lamp Post as seen in G1 Season 1 "More Than Meet The Eye P1", the answer is yes.  If you are not familiar with Soundwave Cybertronian lamp post, I have included the screen shot of the cartoon at left pane side.  Takara Tomy designer Shogo Hasui does acknowledge this mode exist as he showed off a picture of Soundwave Cybertronian lamp post mode at his twitter account for everyone to view, right image.

NOTE-3: Images credited to Shogo Hasui twitter for the Cybertronian Soundwave lamp post.

 

R-7 MP-13 Soundwave Special Gimmick 1 - Ejecting & Storing Multiple Tapes:

soundwavempdet2c.jpg (308617 bytes)Although storing multiple cassettes feature is nothing new to the transformer action figure world as G1 Soundblaster does have the ability to hold 2 cassettes, this is nothing compare to the MP-13 Soundwave new engineering.  Not only does MP Soundwave store 3 cassettes inside him with tape door flush with the rest of body like the cartoon, the new engineering now allows the 2nd and 3rd cassette to advanced forward by a touch of button without the users having to tilt the figure at an angle just to release the rear cassette out like G1 Soundblaster.  This special gimmick is utterly fascinating and fortunate for transfans to have.  To use this feature, first press the chrome eject button to open the tape door.  Next use your finger and push the movable gray panel inside MP Soundwave compartment all the way to the back until it reaches the maximum.  You should be hearing some clicking sound while doing so.  Now load all 3 cassettes inside of MP Soundwave.  After the 1st cassette is eject out, always close the tape door first between each ejection.  This will reset the rear lever eject mechanism.  Next press the blue rear lever down that is found at the back of MP Soundwave to move the 2nd cassette forward.  Again, press the chrome eject button to release the 2nd cassette and then close the tape door.  Repeat the cycle for the 3rd cassette.  

 

soundwavempdet1.jpg (186613 bytes)With all great stuff, there is also precautious where one needs to remember.  Doing it wrong can cause the eject mechanism to jam up and this is where the instruction addendum comes into play.  Should MP Soundwave inner locking mechanism jam up, just position MP Soundwave flat facing up and shake him.  According to the addendum and the instruction booklet, don't use the rear blue lever eject mechanism if you have the cassette in the following scenario: 1. All 3 slots are occupied, 2. Both the 1st and 2nd slot are occupied, 3. Although not mention but if the 1st slot is occupied, I wouldn't press the rear blue lever because it has no usefulness and may only jam the mechanism.

 

R-8 MP-13 Soundwave Accessory 1 - Concussion Blaster Gun and Rocket Launcher:

soundwavempdet4.jpg (283847 bytes)MP Soundwave trademark weapon concussion blaster gun and rocket launcher also got a new upgrade in design as well.  First the shoulder rocket launcher, it is now part of his transformation and no longer detachable like the Original/ Reissue version.  It also has some articulations which you can swivel upward as well rotate left and right.  When looking directly at the frontal of the launcher, there are 8 little red pointy non-shoot missiles surrounding a center red piece which is only slightly bigger than the little missiles.  As for the concussion blaster gun, the silver missile is now integrated as part of the gun.  What this means, the missile no longer fires out like the original.  Whether this is a positive or negative that's depend on personal preference.  Personally, I thought it's a positive approach because there's some intriguing transformations involve when converting from a battery to a concussion blaster gun.  Also, you don't have to worry about losing the missile.  For stability, the concussion blaster gun handle has a peg at either end that is plugged into the socket of MP Soundwave hand for securing purpose.  Not sure if it's just only in mine, but I always have some difficulties when connecting the gun handle peg into the hand because it's like the darn peg is slightly bigger than the hole.

 

R-9 MP-13 Soundwave Accessory 2 - Megatron PVC Mini-Gun:

soundwavempdet3.jpg (330195 bytes)If there's any one particular transformer in which Megatron mini-gun should be shipped with, then no one deserve more than his trusty lieutenant and right hand bot Soundwave.  Only Soundwave and his minion cassettes never abandoned the mighty Megatron even when everyone left him to die as seen in the 1986 TFTM.  So it was very appropriate for Takara-Tomy to include Megatron mini-gun with Soundwave rather than MP-11 Starscream.  Although the MP-1 mold Prime and Magnus did come with a Megatron mini-gun as well, the MP-13 version was slightly altered in order to accommodate Soundwave as well the new reset scale figures.  What this mean, both MP-10 Prime and MP-11 Starscream can hold this newly Megatron mini-gun too because of the new gun handle.  In addition, the stock, silencer, and scope can all be removed off should you only wanted the small Walter gun, right image. 

 

R-10 MP-13 Soundwave Accessory 3 - Display Panel Grid Window:

soundwavempdet5.jpg (308747 bytes)So what's exactly or usage of the display panel which has yellow border and grid window that is included with MP-13?  Although the display panel grid window has no useful in term of weapon or part of transformation, it is a huge nostalgia that connects the action figure to the cartoon itself for people who grew up during the 80s.  At the back of the instructional booklet, look down at a section call "Display Sheet".  Notice at the right hand side, there are two separate boxes with image of a Space Cruiser and a Cybertronian writing.  These two images are to use in conjunction with the display panel grid window.  Unfortunately, you would have to cut the booklet to use those images.  As an alternate, photo copy those images and then cut them out.  If Takara-Tomy were to include them in a precut glossy paper that would certainly enhance the quality a lot.  After making the selection as to which image you want to use and already had cut it out, next take the image and press it onto Soundwave tape door but don't let go your finger just yet.  With your other hand, take the display panel grid window and places it over the image and into the groove of Soundwave existing door tape.  If you choose the Space Cruiser image, you just have recreated the scenery from the G1 TF Season 1, Episode 1,  "More Than Meet The Eyes" where Soundwave showed the cons how to build a ship in order to get back to Cybertron.  

soundwavempdet6.jpg (233845 bytes)If you want to be creative, at each MP Soundwave lower arm, fully open the outer flap out.  Notice the opposite of the flap has a molded image of a series of speaker.  Download some images of a sound wave from the internet, cut it, and place inside his display panel grid window.  In my case, I used a blue sound wave from Lit and Life blogspot.  Now with both arm flaps fully opened out and stretching forward, you just upgrade Soundwave firepower with a sound wave blaster effect.  Not sure if Blaster can handle such power.

NOTE-4: Images credited to  Lit and Life blogspot for the blue sound wave frequency image at the bottom left hand corner.

 

R-11 MP-13 Soundwave Accessory 4 - Clear Energon Cube:

soundwavempdet7.jpg (325078 bytes)soundwavempdet8.jpg (248914 bytes)Every MP-13 Soundwave is shipped with 1 clear taper cube as a representation of the empty energon cube from the G1 cartoon series.  The cube itself is not a true cube as it is taper at one end and it's dimensions are approximately 1 6/16 x 2 x 1 11/16 (LxWxD in inch). This so called energon cube is made of plastic, has a lid/cover, and is hollow inside.  The purpose of this taper cube is to recapture the G1 cartoon series in which Soundwave made many empty energon cubes by unleashing from his chest cassette door.  To do this, first remove the lid and put it a side.  Next, take the opening part of the taper cube and plug it into Soundwave chest yellow border.  Be gentle when inserting or removing the taper cube, you don't want to scrape Soundwave yellow border.  As a bonus, Takara-Tomy decided to create a MP-13 Soundwave page from their website containing a pink diagram box in which the user would download a PDF File and print it out (far right image).  After the user had cut it out and fold it as box, it is then placed inside the clear taper cube to mimic the fill energon as seen in many G1 cartoon series.

 

R-12 MP-13 Soundwave Exclusives - Amazon Japan Exclusive Vs. Asia Exclusive:

In addition to the Normal/Regular Release, some Masterpiece figures are selected for the rare Amazon Japan Exclusive, or the more common Asia Exclusive release.  The only different with these exclusives in addition to what you get from the Normal Release, it also comes with an add on accessory or coin that are packed in a separate taped or sealed baggy as a token for purchasing from their company, retail, online etc.  Depending on where you shop, some retailers can bundle up the Amazon Japan Exclusive and the Asia Exclusive goodies together.  Also, this may vary among retailers, but some retailers may charge a few more buck for the exclusive version than the normal release because of the small extra gift while other just charge the same as the Normal release.  

 

soundwavemporig4.jpg (195393 bytes)soundwavempdet9.jpg (186692 bytes)In MP-13 case,  those that purchased directly or indirectly from Amazon Japan Exclusive (left image) will receive the exclusive 2 additional cubes in a separate taped bag to make a total of 3 cubes including the one that came with MP-13.  For Asia Exclusive (right image) you'll get the exclusive metal coin that is wrapped in some sort of design paper.

NOTE-5: Images credited to their respective owners for Asia Exclusive coin pictures.

 

R-13 MP-13 Soundwave Accessory 5 - Sensor Device:

soundwavempacc1.jpg (246400 bytes)soundwavempdet13.jpg (260655 bytes)For those that are not familiar with the original G1 cartoon series or hadn't watched it in years may mistakenly think the little silver accessory that attaches onto Soundwave hand as a gun.  In actuality, this little device is Soundwave sensory in which he used to search for the Crystal of Massive Power as seen in G1 TF Season 1: episode 6, "Fire on the mountain" (YouTube Clip at 2:54).  To attach the sensor, first flip out a panel above his wrist to reveal a pocket.  Next fold Soundwave hand into the empty space and close the flap.  Now plug the sensor device two pegs into the small groove of the Soundwave back plate to complete the step.  When not in use, this little sensor device can be store and plug onto the back of Soundwave in both mode.  Also, if storing in the back affect MP Soundwave articulation, you can also store it in an unofficial way.  This method is more secure and easy because all you have to do is opened MP-13 Soundwave back pack and place the sensor device there, far right image.  By the way, the sensor device does not just end here, it also has another usefulness if you have MP-15 and MP-16 Frenzy/Rumble, section R-22 & R-23 will explain more in detail.

 

R-14 MP-13 Soundwave in Alternated Mode:

soundwavempalt1.jpg (275315 bytes)In walkman mode, MP Soundwave is a Sony micro cassette recorder whose measurement 3 6/16 x 5 6/16 x 2 5/16 (LxWxH in inch).  Transformation going from robot mode to walkman mode can be very scary especially at the flap covering the side panel of both tape deck.  The connection is extremely rigid and tight, this will be the first area to be break off over time.  In fact, someone already broke it off in this early release of MP-13 Soundwave.  MP Soundwave is utterly beautiful at the front, sides, and top panel.  Upon arriving toward the back, the let down begins as the kibble batteries and hollow part take over.  Unfortunately, it gets worse when you flip it and view MP Soundwave from the underside and that's when everything just exposed out since there is no cover or panel to hide it.  Aesthetic wise, in addition to the workable eject button, the pause, volume dial, rewind, and fast forward buttons are all operational as well.  On the other hand, the play, record, and stop button are all fixed and non-operational.  At the side and top panels of the tape deck, there are some interesting circular holes that resemble audio and video jacks as well as some false fill-in black rectangles to mimic the deep hole for the SD/ memory card slot.  Of course all of these are only a facade and not a working tape deck as MP Soundwave has no electronic stuff inside him.  Overall, it's really a nice touch for the aesthetic department as it makes Soundwave more modern and up-to-date.

 

For some strange reason, when he's in walkman mode, you hear some sort of rattling sound as though something loose or break off inside of MP Soundwave if you shake him.  This only occurs in alternated mode, not the robot mode.  I don't know if this had to do with leg locking mechanism but even if that was the case how come it's only occur only one side of the leg and not both.  At first I thought it was only mine, but then someone also reported the same issue.

 

R-15 MP-13 Laserbeak in Condor Mode:

laserbeakmpcondor1.jpg (303530 bytes)Perhaps the biggest surprise of Masterpiece 13 design is actually not Soundwave, but the Laserbeak mold itself.  Laserbeak is just purely magnificent and full of awe it's like he just jumps out from the TV screen.  He's so cartoon accurate to the point he kind of stole the show from Soundwave.  But all of this was owed to his unique engineering in transformation and design which the original Laserbeak was lacking.  MP Laserbeak now has incorporated rocket thruster built into the transformation, got a slender wing, and his body proportion was improved as well.  All of these make MP Laserbeak very dynamic, smooth, anime, and totally in the opposite direction of the Original/ Reissue Laserbeak which was bulky and static.  MP Laserbeak is all plastic, no die cast metal, and has a measurement that is approximately 2 3/16 x 3 10/16 x 1 13/16 (neck bent fully upward).  His color is predominately red, black, silver with a little bit of yellow and purple.  In an exception to the black color, the rest of the colors are painted so be careful during transformation as it's easily scratch off.  In addition, he also come with 2 tampographed Decepticon insignias on his wing.

 

R-16 MP-13 Laserbeak - Spy Cam and Articulation Showing Off:

laserbeakmpcondor2.jpg (288135 bytes) MP Laserbeak/ Buzzsaw only gimmick is none other than his hidden trademark spy-cam that is activated out from the top of his forehead to reveal a camera.  This is utterly fascinating and fortunate that transfans even got this gimmick is really a bless from the designer especially from this small size figure.  With all of the spectacular design to be cartoon accurate, incorporated rocket thruster as part of transformation, and now a spy-cam, what more can you ask for?  Lastly, here is MP Laserbeak/ Buzzsaw full articulations description:

Head: 1 hinge joint - can be bent 110 degree

Neck: 1 hinge joint - can be bent 145 degree upward

Shoulder: 1 hinge joint - can only be rotated 90 upward  

Wing: 1 double hinge joint - main shoulder flap bent at a 90 degree and the end flap also bent 90 degree 

Leg: 1 regular joint - can be bent at 70 degree (or up to 90 degree if the feet is rotated flatly sideway)  

Ankle/ Feet: 1 regular joints - can be rotated 360 degree sideway

 

R-17 Special Gimmick 2 - MP -13 Laserbeak/ MP-16 Buzzsaw Perching onto MP Soundwave:

soundwavempdet10.jpg (247589 bytes)In addition to the cool multiple cassette storage ejection mechanism, there's another simple gimmick which is equally important, perching.  It is so simple that it can easily be missed or not noticed if it hadn't been for the instruction booklet or internet reviews.  I have to give the designers lots of credits for doing so, simple yet very effective.    MP Laserbeak/ Buzzsaw and MP Soundwave are designed with the tongue and groove connection so perching would be possible.  There are two places which MP Laserbeak/Buzzsaw can perch onto MP Soundwave.  The first one is located at either side of MP Soundwave top shoulder.  Those series of tiny ridges on top of MP Soundwave is for MP Laserbeak/Buzzsaw to perch their feet into.  The second one can be found on either side of MP Soundwave wrist and that's the clear plastic protruded ridge adjacent to the red band.

 

R-18 MP-13 Laserbeak in Cassette Mode:

laserbeakmpcassette1.jpg (248137 bytes)laserbeakmpcassette2.jpg (214721 bytes)In alternated mode, MP Laserbeak is a micro cassette with a measurement that is approximately 1 5/16x 1 15/15 x 5/16 (LxWxD in inch).  His transformation is a little bit more complex than the original 80s Laserbeak but still fairly easy to transform.  Although the cassette mode is simple, it is highly detail.  Even the 2 cassette holes which are suppose to plug into the tape deck rotatable pegs have those little ridges or lines presented.  The main side or face of the cassette is easily to identify as it has a cleaner transformation, smoother finish, and contains a printed numbering with line tick makers between two number "0".  Flipping at the other side will reveal the true form of Laserbeak as we see the head, body, the underside of the rocket thruster.  Lastly, a pink cassette case with the word "TRANSFORMERS" engraved on the front cover is included for storing the cassette inside, right image.  Why the cassette case color was given in pink and not the tradition clear white color, some transfans theorized that was supposed to represent the compressed energon cubes.  So if you have the Amazon Exclusive 2 cubes plus the MP-13 cube, stack them up next to MP-15, MP-16 cassette cases, or MP-13 Laserbeak cassette case.  With a little bit of imagination, you can make the theory a reality, right image.

 

R-19 MP-13 Soundwave & Laserbeak QC Issue:

Here are MP-13 quality control issue that people may experiences:

1 - Index finger pop off very easily - Very common

2 - Silver paint cracked and blemished at various location e.g  side of the thigh, wrist, etc. - Very common

3 - Left side mouth plate has unclean spruce cut leaving rough edge on the silver paint - Very common

4 - Some MP Soundwave comes with or without the silver paint at the teeny tiny triangle of Soundwave head crest - Very common

5 - MP Laserbeak gun booster breaks off - Very few people experience this.

6 - Laserbeak has blemish paint mostly at the wing - Very common

 

R-20 MP-13 Soundwave Vs. Original/ Reissue Soundwave:

soundwavempscalecomp2.jpg (213211 bytes)Here are some of the side by side image comparisons between the Original/ Reissue Soundwave/Laserbeak and their Masterpiece counterpart just to have some ideas between the two figures.  Obviously the MP version outscores the original in almost every category except the rear and underside of the tape deck mode.  In robot mode, the Original/ Reissue Soundwave is very boxy and stands about 1/3 or a little more than half way of MP Soundwave.  But the main different really lies within the alternated mode where the dept of MP-13 tape deck is almost twice the size of the original.  This is not a negative impact or anything but only a size comparison purpose only.  As for Laserback, when it comes to size, it's the reverse.  The 80s/Reissue Laserbeak condor mode is a lot bigger than the MP version.  

 

R-21 Original/Reissue and MP Cassettes Compatibility:

soundwavempdet14.jpg (350500 bytes)Will my Original/ Reissue cassettes fit into MP-13 Soundwave or vice versa?  Of course, yes!  In cassette mode, all the Original/ Reissue cassettes and MP cassettes are all identical in size to each other regardless Autobots or Decepticons.  Therefore, if you have anyone of these cassettes, it can be place inside MP Soundwave, Original/ Reissue Soundwave, or Original/ Reissue Blaster tape door compartment with out any issue, see far right image.  For demonstrations, I have placed MP Laserbeak inside of both Original/ Reissue Blaster and Soundwave.  For MP-13 Soundwave, he is shown with Original/ Reissue Eject and Laserbeak inside of him.  Hopefully these images will clarify any doubt of their compatibility.

 

R-22 MP-13 Soundwave w/ MP-15 & MP-16 ( Rumble/Frenzy) Accessory Interaction 1 - Storage & Arm Cannon:

soundwavempdet12.jpg (267631 bytes)MP Rumble/ Frenzy silver hand guns are not incorporated into the transformation and as a result the weapons cannot be stored within the figures like MP Laserbeak, Buzzsaw or Ravage.  Once MP Rumble/ Frenzy are in cassette mode, there are 2 locations in which their weapons can be store into.  If you observe carefully at the rear of MP-13 tape deck mode, you'll find each end has a panel that can be opened up to reveal a teeny tiny space which is big enough to store only 1 hand gun of either MP Rumble or Frenzy for each compartment, left image.  Both weapons can be left it in there and it doesn't affect MP Soundwave transformation.  Of course, in robot mode these compartments now become MP Soundwave feet.  Storing the gun inside those little compartments can be a hassle because you would have to angle the hand gun in a way so that it would fit inside the contained space.  The worst part, you might end up scratching the silver paint of the gun as well MP Soundwave himself.  Of course, not to mention you might have some issues when retrieving it out.  I would not recommend storing MP Rumble/ Frenzy weapons into MP-13 Soundwave compartment.  A 2nd route which is a lot easier and that is to store inside their pile driver compartment, center image.  Note, each pile driver should be a mirror to one another so be sure to test them out by sliding the hand gun into the groove of the pile driver interior compartment for each one.  If you ended up getting an identical interior compartment, then you'll screw because that mean only one hand gun can be store in there.  So far, only 2 people reported with this issue.  Last but not least, when the pile drivers are used in conjunction with the pile driver cap, it now has the ability to clip onto MP-13 Soundwave extended elbow to give him that arm cannon look, far lower right hand image.

 

R-23 MP-13 Soundwave w/ MP-15 & MP-16 ( Rumble/Frenzy) Accessory Interaction 2 - Video Connector or as Battery Charger:

soundwavempdet11.jpg (302925 bytes)Amazingly, MP Rumble/Frenzy pile driver accessory which already had multiple playing values consisted of  the ground breaking pile driver, gun storage, back pack, arm cannon for MP Soundwave, got one more gimmick to offer.  Depending on your personal preference and who you ask, some transfans may say the pile driver and sensor device connection is a video connector that is a knot to the "1986 Transformers The Movie" where Soundwave linked himself to the video monitor so that Megatron and his cons can watch Laserbeak spy finding, far right image.  Other may say it's a battery charger.  Using the pile driver accessory in conjunction with MP-13 Soundwave sensor device accessory, now merge the two pieces to complete a battery charger device/ video connector.  On the right side of MP Soundwave tape deck mode just below the volume dial, there is a port with 2 circular pegs, this is where the battery charger device is connected into Soundwave to keep him fully powered up or feed to the video monitor.  

 

R-24 MP-13 Soundwave and Laserbeak Scale Comparison: 

soundwavempdet15.jpg (134984 bytes)soundwavempscalecomp1.jpg (222137 bytes)Now that Soundwave got his masterpiece treatment, so how does he compare to the 80s/Reissue G1 Blaster?  Surprisingly, MP-13 Soundwave is slightly shorter than Blaster when looking really hard.  Images within the 2nd thumbnail were mirror from Shogo Hasui twitter who wanted the fans see Takara Tomy latest masterpiece figures in term of their appearance and scale comparison. We have MP Soundwave standing next with his minions, MP-10 Prime, MP-11 Starscream, and MP-12 Sideswipe.

NOTE-6: Images credited to Shogo Hasui twitter for 2nd thumbnail pictures which posted  here and here.

 

R-25 Rémy's MP-13 Soundwave and Laserbeak action figure review:

Manufacturer - Takara Tomy.

Line, Series/ Wave: Masterpiece Line: MP-13

Year Released: [Jan. 2013]   

Made: [China]  

Scale: [N/A]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - 13 13/16 x 11 14/16 x 5 1/2 - Box.

Packaging Method: Mint In Sealed Box.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Rest on a clear plastic tray are: "1" Soundwave, "1" blaster percussion gun, "1"Laserbeak, "1" pink cassette case, "1" grid window chest cover, "1" clear enegon cube, "1" sensor device, "1" Megatron pvc gun

Beneath the top clear plastic tray, a taped bag contains1" instruction sheet, "1" Soundwave trading card, "1" Laserbeak trading card, and "1" addendum eject button instruction pamphlet

Box Point or Robot Point: [N/A]

Approximately Dimension In Inch:

MP Soundwave - Height Up To The Head 8 15/16  Maximum Height: 8 15/16  Width from shoulder to shoulder: 4 10/16  Maximum Width: 4 10/16  Dept: 3

MP Laserbeak - Head to Tail 2 3/16  Height up to the Head 1 13/16 (neck fully bent upright)  Maximum Height:  1 13/16 Width (from wing to wing): 3 10/16  Maximum Width: 3 10/16

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: ŠTOMY; MADE IN CHINA.

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found at the outer right leg once the leg kibble flap is folding out.

Transformation Of Difficulty: [Medium]  

Material Durability: [-A] - Pretty durable.

Materials:

MP Soundwave - Die Cast Metal: Portion of his feet  Chrome Part: The post inside the air brake once the cover is lifted  Rubber: None  Plastic: Main material  Clear Plastic Window: Tape door

MP Laserbeak - Die Cast Metal: None  Chrome Part: None  Rubber: N/A  Plastic: Main material  Clear Plastic Window: N/A

Stability: [A] - Very Stable.

Figure Toy: [+A] - Definitely a fun toy due to many functions, challenging, and a cool design.

Negative Drawback: The tape deck rear mode is too much kibble, could use additional work.

Rub Sign Logo: [N/A] - Not Applicable.

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [+A] - Definitely beautiful.

Alternate Mode Cartoon looks alike: [+A] - Utterly the bomb!!! Very Hot.

Knock Off (KO) Availability for this Figure/Mold: [No] - As of Mar. 2014, there is no Knock Off made just yet for this particular item.

Special Notes: Here are "9" special notes that I think you should know:

1 - MP Soundwave index finger pop off very easily, always keep your eyes on those after each play.

2 - When transforming MP Soundwave from robot mode to tape mode, be extra cautious when folding the bottom side flap at either end of the tape panel because the connection is extremely rigid, you don't want to break it.

3 - The chrome especially on the eject button and all the silver paint especially the bottom of the feet are easily worn out try to keep you hand oil free.  So if you are playing with him, try to lift him up, don't rub his feet onto the ground.  Also, if possible put something underneath his feet.

4 - Don't use the rear lever eject mechanism if you have the cassette in the following scenario: 1. 1st slot tape is occupied, 2. both the 1st and 2nd slot are occupied, 3. all 3 slots are occupied.  Doing so would jam the eject mechanism.  

5 - When multiple cassettes are already loaded inside Soundwave compartment, after the 1st cassette is eject out, always close the tape door first after each ejection.  This will reset the eject mechanism.  Next press the rear lever down which can be at the back of MP Soundwave to move the next cassette forward.  Again, press the eject button to release the 2nd cassette.  Repeat the cycle for the 3rd cassette.

6 - The ball joint connecting the leg and pelvis is kind of thin and rigid so be very precautious. When bending the leg try to hold at the upper part of the thigh to reduce the pressure and stress.

7 - Every Normal version of MP Soundwave is shipped with 1 energon cube.  If you purchase the Amazon Exclusive, you get 2 additional energon cube in a separate taped bag but no coin.  The Asian Eclusive MP Soundwave comes with coin but no extra cube.

8 - Some MP Soundwave figures have a silver paint at the forehead crest inside the teeny tiny triangle area  while others are not e.g. mine so don't be alarm.

9 - Be gentle when folding MP Laserbeak rocket thruster, reckless act will break the joint.

Overall Grade: [A+] - MP-13 Soundwave with Laserbeak are utterly magnificent and a must have!  Every collector should have MP-13 in their collection.

 

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