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The Best Soundwave Toys, Ranked

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Even though Soundwave is technically just a communications officer in the Decepticon army, he might have some of the greatest Transformer toys of all time. While most Transformers' alternate modes turn them into tanks or racing cars, the best Soundwave toys actually transform him into a music player.

Not only is this transformation perfect for sneaking into places that wouldn't make sense for, say, a pickup truck to break into, Soundwave's alt mode makes for a pretty uniquely cool toy. Many different Soundwave versions over the years have included the ability to turn him into actual functioning cassette players, MP3 players, and even a fully useable Mi Pad 2 Tablet. Talk about more than meets the eye!

But which version is superior? Is it one that streams Spotify or the original Generation 1 Soundwave toy you have hidden somewhere in your parents' basement? We've created a list of some of the best Soundwave toys throughout history, and it's up to you to vote up your favorites. While it may be hard to pick the best Soundwave figure of all time, there's no denying each iteration has its own awesome features. Be sure to your favorite versions up to the top.

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    Release date: 2016

    Toyline: Titans Return

    Alt mode: Soundbar and Stage

    The classic-looking Soundwave features a spring-loaded tapedeck and transforms into an entire sound stage. Eat your heart out, Blaster.

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      Release date: 2010

      Toyline: Transformers United

      Alt mode: Cybertron Car

      Based on the awesome War of Cybertron designs, United Soundwave transforms into a sleek Cybertronic vehicle. This one was only released for a limited time.

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        Release date: 1987

        Toyline: Headmasters

        Alt mode: Microcassette Recorder

        In the Japanese Headmaster series, Soundwave was badly injured and retooled into Soundblaster. The toy's basically the exact same mode as the original, only it features a sweet black-and-red design.

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          Release date: 2013

          Toyline: Special edition

          Alt mode: Microcassette Recorder

          No, this is not a "Golden Lagoon" redeco, it's a bona fide Linkin Park version. This special edition was released in a special commemorative box and included redecos of his tapes.

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