Sunday, June 19, 2011

#63: Transformers Dark of the Moon - Shockwave

When I first saw the movie version of Shockwave, I wasn't sure if I wanted to get the toy. On one hand, Shockwave is one of my favorite Decepticons. And even if it looks like he is grey in the movie, Hasbro knows which side their bread is buttered on so the toy is purple. On the other hand, it's a movie-verse design, so it's and oddly proportioned mish-mash of pointy bits with a questionable alt-mode. In the end, my fondness for the character won out, so I bought him.

While this isn't my favorite version of the character (of the toys I have, I like Animated Shockwave best), it is still pretty cool. I'll get my more specific complaints out of the way: that is a weird looking torso. It's almost a heart shape, and the shoulders are kind of too high. If it had looked more like the classic Shockwave torso, that would have been cool. Aside from the torso, I think it's a pretty good adaptation of Shockwave. The purple really sells it, of course. The cannon can be attached to either arm, and there is a hose that connects it to his back which is a cool throwback. Unfortunately, the spot it plugs into on his back is at an angle, so it doesn't work to have the gun on his left arm. Since the original Shockwave had a gun instead of a left hand, I would have preferred to put the gun there. In lieu of that, there is a blade that attaches to the left arm instead.

And here's the alt-mode. It's a Cybertronian tank. Is that supposed to be a cow catcher on the front? I'm keeping him in robot mode.

Oh yeah, the gimmick for the movie line is Mech Tech. So basically the weapons have a lever that you can push which rearranges it a bit, then it goes back to normal when you let go. For display purposes, it's useless, but it is a bit of fun to play with.

1 comment:

  1. Ohh man he looks sooo cool! He's on my MUST BUY list haha


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