Published on August 9th, 2016 | by Sharp-O0
Mint in Box: Transformers (Combiner Wars) – Shockwave
He’s a one-eyed, one-hand, shooty, purple people eater!
Hypothesis: What would happen if you took one of the most iconic Decepticon generals, down-scaled him, and made him into an accessory for the Combiner Wars line? Conclusion: You’d get a friggin’ sweet toy!
Much like the Powerglide from this line and like Shockwave’s previous outing 2012; this logic machine takes the curiously illogical approach to his alt-mode(s). This is apparently a cannon mode but considering there’s no mount for him, he’s just lying around — unless you take a leaf out of 2012 Shockers’ play book and this is his ‘Cybertronian mobile artillery’ mode.
The real value to Shockers is in his traditional gun mode which is a faithful update to his 1985 original. While not designed for children to wield; the wily cyclops has both a 5mm peg for regular Transformers to wield him but also a clip that allows for the CW Bruticus to handle like he did in The Revenge of Bruticus (here substituted by the other famous Decepticon cyclops; Lugnut!). Depending on the friction of each figure’s joints, Shockwave can be held pretty nicely by most.
Shockwave’s transformation is simple and intuitive like many of his line-mates and the result is an adorably sized, yet perfectly proportioned, figure. He’s even around the same size as the Rewind I reviewed recently!
Shockwave’s colour scheme is simply delicious; decked out in rich purple with translucent pink highlights and the grey of his limbs making him pop all the more in contrast, a single dot of yellow to pick out his cold monocular eye.
For an RRP of £9.99, much like Rewind and Powerglide, it’s hard for me to sell a Legends scale Transformer as a good purchase at this price point but if you can get him for even a few quid cheaper (like I did), I’d say this diminutive yet definitive Shockwave is worth your time. It’s only logical, after all…