Series: Prime Beast Hunters
Before every other Third Party company started on the Legends-scale figures, the official Transformers introduced the ďCyberverseĒ subline in both Prime and Dark of the Moon, featuring Legion- and Commander-sized versions of the bigger figures in a down-scaled format for smaller kids. In Primeís Beast Hunters phase this included Shockwave, he of the angry eye, he of the gun hand, he of the mad science. So here he comes, Prime Beast Hunters Commander Class Shockwave, which sure is a mouth-full.
Shockwave is basically a miniature version of the larger Voyager-class Shockwave
from Prime. Thankfully without that stupid Beast Hunters armor stuff. Do I even have that anymore? Iím not sure, I think I threw it some loose parts box. Anyway, the robot is very nicely articulated and detailed for his size and price point, so no complaints there. He is clearly recognizable and heís got the huge gun on his arm, proportionally even larger than that of Voyager Shockwave, I think. Okay, the missile gimmick is pretty basic and it doesnít really look good if the missile is loaded, but I donít think the spinning-and-opening thing of the larger figure could have been made to work here.
So bottom line: a very nice miniature version of a very nice Shockwave figure. Sure, itís missing some of the finer details of his larger cousin, but for his size and price he is quite excellent. Thumbs up!
The long-standing tradition of characters called Shockwave having very, very bad alternate modes was not broken in the Prime toy line. Shockwave transforms into something that is supposed to be an alien tank of some sort. Itís really just the robot, somewhat contorted, sitting on his butt. On the plus side it looks exactly like it did in the cartoon series, where Shockwave was bad-ass enough to make it work, so thereís that. The missile firing works in this mode as well, of course. Nothing more to be said here. As is often the case, best to leave Shockwave in robot mode.
While I didnít collect many of the Cyberverse figures from either Prime or Dark of the Moon, I did like the idea behind it. A smaller-scale line of figures, featuring the characters from the series / movie, at a lower price point. Sure, the scaling didnít always work (Prime Legion Breakdown
complained about this long and hard), but the idea was sound. Interestingly enough Hasbro seems to have abandoned it, but quite a few 3rd Party companies have picked it up instead (DX9, Iron Factory, Magic Square, etc.), though mostly for G1-based figures so far.
Shockwave was really evil in the Prime series, teasing the creation of a Predacon army all season long without ever actually doing it. In the end the ďRise of the PredaconsĒ consisted of just three of them, which I fully blame on old one-eye. Anyway, I donít really remember when and why I bought this smaller Shockwave, but heís a good figure given the scale. And with no third-party company currently doing Prime figures, all Prime fans who collect Legends-scale will be stuck with him, too. So bottom line: Shockwave is pretty good for what he is. Recommended to all fans of Prime and/or Legends-scale.
Rating: B Tags: Beast Hunters
- Military Vehicle
- Science Fiction Vehicle