Fall of Cybertron Shockwave
What can I say, I'm a Shockwave fan. Oh, not
nearly as much as I am a (ravenous and borderline obsessive) Ravage
fan, but maybe there's just something about a long-eared cyclops.
...Or not. Generally it's the toy/comic version of the
character I enjoy more, because Megatron can't possibly have too many
After the run of Autobot ladies of late, I just... desperately needed another Decepticon on the shelves. Or that's the main story. Also, Hasbrotoyshop had him heavily discounted and with 10% off and free shipping, so I jumped on him because Shockwave. (That, and because I'd been doing some reading and discovered that the ownership of Shockwave's original design is in question. What this means for a possible Masterpiece Shockwave is unclear. And possibly extremely unfair. But, toy digression.)
At least the packaging isn't reminding me that TRANSFORMERS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR 30 YEARS AND BOY YOU'RE OLD, HUH? It is suggesting that transformation difficulty only goes from 0-3, though. I beg to differ.
I had to pause mid-transformation for this shot. Because I am super mature. But his gun really does go between his legs in vehicle mode so don't blame me, I'm only pointing it out. ...And he looks vaguely disgusted about it, as he should.
Shockwave's joints are overall relatively simple, but he's got good balance and a decent range of motion. I've noticed a few plastic burrs here and there around joints, but that's a factory/manufacturer thing and doesn't really affect any movement or stability. His hands are a little annoying to get back out once you fold them in, but that's the bane of all Transformers. It usually loosens up and gets easier over time.