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Friday, February 19, 2010

WS-TOYZ FEATURE COLLECTION: 2009 CHARA HOBBY JAPAN EXCLUSIVE SOUNDWAVE = LIMITED VER.! =












Doraemon' in the Japanese Dailies! Cute! =_=
 





 

UPDATE! BOY ARE ONLINE JAPANESE SHOPS FAST AND PRECISE IN THEIR SHIPPING TIME ESTIMATES! TOOK ONLY LESS THAN 5 DAYS TO ARRIVE AT MY DOOR-STEP! PICTURES OF IN HAND TOY ARE NOW FOR EVERYBODY'S VIEWING PLEASURE! ONE THING IS FOR CERTAIN, I WILL BE BUYING FROM THEM AGAIN! SATISFACTORY SHIPPING IS ONE FACTOR-- BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT IS THE REASONABLE PRICES. I DID NOT HAVE TO SHELL OUT RM350 FOR THIS BAD-BOY, AND ITS PRETTY AWESOME, TO SAY THE LEAST! CHEERS!







Hello there, fellow followers!  A very warm Welcome to another random blog-post from yours truly, WSX! Once again, I have managed to get a fairly decent deal for a limited release Transformer toy. The item in question is none other than the recently released: 2009 Chara. Hobby Japan Exclusive Deluxe Class Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Soundwave with the awesome  Black/Red/ Gold re-deco!






Place-holder pictures are humbly credited to both board-member Optimus747 of the tfw2005.com boards and  toywiz.com! As usual, the Japanese web-page/ online store  from which I bought this Limited Edition Soundwave off cheaply -- (under RM200!!) from, has just shipped the item about two days ago. My guess is that its estimated arrival will be in a couple of days, most probably by next Monday--22nd February 2010. Hold on till then, peoples! WSX will be taking some shots of the MOSC -- that's "Mint Sealed On Card" once it arrive in my hand! Some local  toy specialty shops in KL are scalping this supposedly "limited" release at insane prices-- hovering between a minimum -- yes minimum-- of RM350 to a whopping fee of RM500!! Only one Special Edition toy can trump this releases-- that is Henkei Wildrider-- also another Japan-only exclusive repaint of Henkei Hotrod, currently selling at an insane level of RM650 a piece!!

Tech Spec



Stationed in orbit above Earth, Soundwave
swiftly taps into 
every satellite 
within range.
Within minutes, communications, 
data traffic, weather information,
and 
high-resolution spy photography
flood 
his sensor net. 


The spill of data fills him 
with pleasure, and one by one, the humans' 
systems come under his complete control. 


From his seat on high, he is in a position
to control the destiny of mankind without
their knowledge...or to run their
civilization into the ground.

Strength
Intelligence
Speed
Endurance
Rank
Courage
Fireblast
Skill
4
9
8
5
8
7
9
9


 Taken from the official TakaraTomy.co.jp page

 CHARACTER MOVIE BACKGROUND
Courtesy of  tfwiki.com
  • Soundwave (Deluxe, 2009) 
  • Japanese ID number: RD-04


    • Accessories: 1 Ravage missile
Part of the initial Movie Preview wave, Soundwave is a Triple Changer, transforming into a satellite and a Cybertron jet, which are not exactly what could be described as "distinct" from one another. In all three modes, Soundwave features a spring-loaded missile launcher which fires a missile intended to resemble Ravage, in reference to the scene in the film in which he launches the feline fiend down at Earth. In his (rather stocky) robot mode, Soundwave has blue light piping in his visor, but it is disabled, having been painted over in red; his other modes feature a second, armored version of his face, which is stored on the back of his robot mode. Probably to avoid giving the toy a very obviously two-headed robot mode, the alternate face lacks any paint details, and has an unpainted blue visor. Soundwave features numerous red and gold paint applications which are very cleverly and subtly positioned around his body to replicate similarly-colored and -positioned details on the original Soundwave toy.      
     
The configuration for the satellite mode depicted in the toy's instructions is not the way Soundwave appears in the film, featuring a different angling for the panels on his shoulders. It's not a big change, but transforming the toy in accordance with his movie appearance does help to distinguish the jet from the satellite a little, since otherwise, virtually the only difference is in the positioning of the large panel "wings". 
ROBOT MODE

Bulky but menacing in this re-made colour scheme,I personally feel that the combination of these dark and bright colours doesn't clash with this incarnation of movie Soundwave. In fact,the whole idea about selling so-called "limited" edition molds of a rather under-utilized, and let's face it-- (rabid fandom aside) unpopular representation of the beloved Generation One "cassette-deck"--this design isn't the most popular representation, but the redone paint scheme has made this a must for any fan and collector of this character. The dace that it pays homage to his re-birth self "Soundblaster"..makes it even more sought after collector's edition. A++

"Soundwave: Acknowledge!"


SATELLITE MODE


Essentially, for me its just a very simplistic after-thought the part of the designers when he is transformed into his alternate mode. Handy in the movie-verse or should I say-- Bay-verse --LOL! as a communications spy and saboteur-- it fits perfectly with his overall function and role. It also very reminiscent to a space-cruiser-- Awesome. A+




FINAL THOUGHTS


Chara. Hobby Japan 2009 Soundwave is miles above the other of the many repaints/ re-deco which has been hitting the market like crazy. Even the recently released Hasbro Infiltration Soundwave  version with Battle Ops. Bumblebee is literally a "pale" comparison with this superior version made exclusively for fans and by the fans.  Get him on the cheap from the Japanese online stores--without breaking your wallet and budget. It costs between ¥4,000 to ¥7,000 a piece, and that's only after a couple of months after its initial release sometime last year. Highly recommended!! A++

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