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.
Release date: 1984
Toyline: Generation One
Alt mode: Microcassette Recorder
The original Soundwave in all his '80s glory, he features a spring-loaded tape deck and transforms into a pocket-sized tape recorder. Tapes sold separately.
Release date: 2013
Alt mode: Microcassette Player
While one could make the argument that MP-13 is the single greatest Masterpiece Transformer ever made, there's no denying he's at least in the top 3. While the Japanese release features a red visor, the American version is yellow and comes with his trusted tapes.
Release date: 2007
Toyline: Transformers Music Label
Alt mode: MP3 Player
Released as part of a niche toyline, Music Label Soundwave turns into a modern MP3 player. What's more, it actually works!
Release date: 2016
Alt mode: Mi Pad 2 tablet
As part of Takara's collaboration with Chinese tablet maker Xiaomi, this insanely intricate Soundwave turns into a super slim Mi Pad tablet.