Disclaimer: I was given the Soundwave Transformer toy in return for my honest review of it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I find it interesting how you never know what your children are going to be interested in. I certainly would have never guessed that at 3 years old Nick would slowly become obsessed with Transformers. Luckily for me Nick started off with Rescue Bots which are Transformers made specifically for preschoolers. They’re very easy to Transform, and Nick never needed my help with them. Over the last two years though he has diversified to the older kid Transformers that take a few more steps to transform them. Still I knew a day was coming when Nick would want real Transformer toys, so when I was asked to review Soundwave I decided to go for it.
Soundwave starts off in tablet mode. This was a bit of a change for Nick as most of his Transformers change into some type of vehicle, but he didn’t mind it. Personally I really liked that the Transformer could be stored flat and not take up a lot of space. Sound Wave is listed for ages 8+, so I knew that this was going to be a Transformer that I was going to have to transform for Nick.
I was very happy to see that Soundwave came with decent instructions that showed how the pieces should move in order to transform him. I admit that at first glance I was a little nervous that I would be confused since the instructions were simply diagrams. Most of the writing on the box and instruction manual wasn’t in English though, so understandable diagrams were very much appreciated! A few times I did get a little stuck on how certain piece should move because the pieces didn’t always move as I thought they were supposed to. I was terrified that I would move something wrong and I’d break it! For those times I watched a video of the transforming of Soundwave that I had found. It wasn’t a perfect video because it moved really fast and the shots didn’t always show me what I needed, but it did help some. Within about 20 minutes I had gotten the whole thing transformed and I was feeling pretty proud of myself.
Putting Soundwave back into tablet mode was even easier than originally transforming him. Of course I also wasn’t as nervous about breaking him. I do love that I can store him safely in his box when he’s not being played with. The pieces seemed slightly looser, in a good way, after the original transformation, but everything fit well and were locked into place when Soundwave was back in tablet mode.
My Thoughts on Soundwave
Overall I felt that Soundwave was a decently made quality toy. The only problem that we found was that the back was fairly heavy when in robot mode and the weight of it would sometimes cause it to fall down. It seemed like maybe it should have been able to lock into place, but I couldn’t seem to make it work. This did cause some frustration with my little perfectionist. He wasn’t able to figure out how to hold it when playing with it to keep it from being that much of a problem. I will say though that the back stayed up pretty well when the toy was simply standing. It was picking him up and moving him around that caused the trouble. Of course it is important to remember that Soundwave is geared for kids 8+ and play time with an older child is certainly different than play time with a 5 year old.
I am glad that I got a chance to review Soundwave. I know that this particular toy is a little advanced for Nick right now, but I know that someday he’s going to really like it. You can get more information of the Soundwave Tablet Version toy by Hasbro on Amazon. Although please note that this particular model is a special edition silver version and not the gold one that I reviewed. The gold version can be purchased through Gear Best.