SDCC 2016 – Transformers Soundwave Tablet Review

Welcome back, Primates! Kaye here to do a review on a few of the SDCC 2016 HasbroToyShop exclusives! All the SDCC exclusives are now available at!

Fine Print: Although subject to change, we are planning on having the Convention Exclusives available to order on Tuesday, August 9th. The product will be located in the EXCLUSIVES category. No phone orders will be accepted. All Convention Exclusives are excluded from any promotions and discounts.

Now that we got that out of the way, onto exclusives!

Today I’ll be reviewing the Soundwave Tablet SDCC 2016 exclusive. Here’s the official product description:

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/ Available at on August 9)
TRANSFORMERS continue to push the boundaries in MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE with the introduction of the SOUNDWAVE Tablet, available at 2016 San Diego Comic Con. One of TRANSFORMERS most iconic Decepticons, SOUNDWAVE, comes to life from what appears to be an ordinary mobile tablet. With a few clicks and twists, this seemingly ordinary tablet converts into the extraordinary Decepticon SOUNDWAVE, capable of detecting and jamming Autobot transmissions across the entire energy spectrum.

The Primus (Good): The first thing you notice is the box. It truly looks like you’re opening up an iPad. It has a nice sleek design similar to the packaging new phones and tablets receive. It’s a great display piece whether you decide to open up Soundwave or leave him minty in package.

However, I’d recommend opening him. You (and I) will be (were) completely intimidated the first time you look at the figure. There are lines everywhere indicating an intense transformation. It’s not. Don’t get me wrong, this is not your One Step Changer RID Soundwave. It’s a bit intricate, but the transformation is really fun. Plus, you even get (I think) a Laserbeak that fits on his back. The “I think” part is due to it kind of looking like ‘Beak, but not 100%. See my comment on aesthetics below.

The best par about this figure? You get a Chinese exclusive figure stateside.

The Unicron (Bad): I was really hoping for a little more weight on this figure. I believe the box actually weighs it down a bit. The piece itself is fairly light. I probably set my expectations too high by thinking it would be similar to a tablet weight.

The look is reminiscent more of the Transformer live action movie toys than G1-y. That’s the Gee Wun whiner in me coming out, but it would have been nice had he resembled the iconic figure a bit more.

The Quintesson (Verdict): Must Buy. This was a figure my non-TF Fan friends had me pick up for them. The appeal is you have a great homage to a figure everyone remembers from childhood or still enjoys to this day. The box looks great and fits the gimmick perfectly. The toy has a really fun, challenging transformation. Plus, you don’t need to worry about importing it! Enjoy!

‘Till next time, Primates!

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