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Two words: "LASERBEAK, EJECT."

In the 1980s, there was no cooler "Transformers" toy than Soundwave, at least in this writer's opinion.  I mean, he was an evil monotone Decepticon filled with evil tape-bots!  And you could buy the tapes and hide them inside him!  How could you possibly get cooler than that?


In recent years, the Masterpiece line of Transformers toys has brought about highly-detailed Generation 1-style releases of many fan-favorite Autobots and Decepticons. Now, with their upcoming 13th release, Takara Tomy (and later Hasbro, hopefully) is about to unleash one of our particular must-haves in the guise of everyone's favorite covert information gatherer, Soundwave, along with his trusty cassette spy, Laserbeak! While the MP-13 Soundwave figure was alreay announced, this is the first time we've gotten to see some official color photos of the final version, thanks to Amazon Japan, along with some of his many accessories. While the Masterpiece Transformers have been notching up ever further in price, seeing that incredible Laserbeak has helped us forget all our bills and dedicate a sizable chunk of change to procuring this as soon as possible!


During the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International, Hasbro showed off a number of new Transformers product from its numerous toy lines based on the warring factions of mechanized warriors. One piece in particular drew our attention, and after a frantic hunt for the key to the display case, we were given the chance to photograph the prototype packaging and figure for the Linkin Park Edition of Soundwave! The Decepticon spy/boombox is a reproduction of his vintage Generation One version and even includes his transforming lackeys Laserbeak and Ravage.

Read on for more photos of the Linkin Park Soundwave from the show floor!

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