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G1 Transformer Soundwave (mini figure scale / transformable)
This is my interpretation of Lego G1 Transformer Soundwave (a tape recorder) and Laserbeak (an eagle transformed from a cassette) based on the original classic G1 Soundwave design. I basically used Takara Master Piece toy and original G1 toy photographs for my reference. The transformation method is the same as the original, and I added few details on it to make it looks better in both forms. I hope that you like it.
About this creation

I need to say thank you to anybody who had made lego Soundwave and published it on the website, they provided me good reference and inspiration in this area.



For more information about G1 Transformer Soundwave, please visit the following link:
http://transformers.wikia.com/wiki/Soundwave







The rear view. I could not hide the arms away very well when it is in tape recorder mode. Unless I put additional panel to cover the empty space or make a compartment to fill it up, otherwiseˇK... But if I do so, this would affect the robot look.







The size of lego battery and a real AA battery in comparison.



The tape cover is opened and you cannot see the hinge from outside. The axle/hinge is actually built in the inner area of the cube.





The above photo proofs that this building methodology creates no tension at all. This is the way I used for the side of the robot chest.





Begin transformation.



The transformation mechanism of Soundwave is quite simple. The main focus of this build remains on the details and the overall proportion in robot mode.



There are clips to lock / hold the robotˇ¦s legs with its chest when under tape recorder mode.





I have seen some people who build Soundwave from using the wrong pieces to do his thigh joint. The hinge should be able to turn the robot leg in this way meanwhile enable to provide articulation like the human leg.





























The panel at the back can be pushed toward the torso for 1 stud length after the robot head turned out.





Transformation completed.



This is still pretty much scaled to my previous transformers such as Optimus Prime and Megatron which are mini figure scale. So far, I do not have spare time to put them together but I might do it next.





Shoulder cannon and gun are transformed from batteries.







Chest opened to eject the cassette ˇV laserbeak. It fits into soundwave chest and stored all the way during the transformation.







It is pretty firm and solid in both modes. The robot mode can do different poses because it has most major human joints, except the waist. I considered include joint onto its waist but the hinge occupied too much room and hinder the other function, so I given up at the end.



The big ball joint for the ankle is really necessary. It brings more friction to support the whole body weight and get the balance when it does different poses.







Laserbeak transformed from an eagle form into a cassette/tape. I made it a 6 stud wide tape and I believed it is pretty much close to the real size mini tape.











A pair of rockets are attached.







The side profile of the head with perspective building instruction. It is a completely new head design.







Thank you for watching and welcome to comment!



Comments

 I like it 
  December 1, 2016
Wow. This MOC is incredible. Its very generally accurate to its G1 self, on top of which, its so uniquely stylized and greebled. This just looks great in general. Not only is that so, but it functions greatly! The transformation works, and its robot mode seems very poseable, which is a big plus for me. The new head is great, too. Overall, this is a great-looking, functional, unique take on a G1 Soundwave. Nice work, man.
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  June 26, 2016
Nitpicks about robot mode proportions aside, this is awesome! Your techniques never cease to amaze. I mean, just what kind of sorcery did you have to do to get the leg kibble to fold like that??? XD
 I made it 
  April 17, 2016
Quoting Sam the First Crikey me! I saw Joe's (MortaaSwordsman) on Flickr last week and thought "That is perfect". I know this is a large scale, but this might just be perfect. The detail, shaping and techniques to make it transform are simply mind blowing!! Fantastic model.
Thank you Sam! Your car models in lego are all great stuffs too. Love the Initial D version AE86.
 I made it 
  April 17, 2016
Quoting Bx Brix The level of talent and execution displayed in this MOC sickens me to my core! lol I need time to recoup GEEZ! Why would you make something this awesome?! That head?! Really?! You definitely contribute to my inspiration and this might be the first of your transformers I won't be able to replicate by looking at it lol Congrats! =D
Thanks Bx Brix! I have seems many of your lego transformer too and they are awesome. I especially like the your Transformer Inferno. You can make something like what I made for sure.
 I like it 
  April 15, 2016
The level of talent and execution displayed in this MOC sickens me to my core! lol I need time to recoup GEEZ! Why would you make something this awesome?! That head?! Really?! You definitely contribute to my inspiration and this might be the first of your transformers I won't be able to replicate by looking at it lol Congrats! =D
 I like it 
  April 13, 2016
How did I miss this? This is surely one of your best models! Makes me want to build Transformers again!
 I like it 
  April 13, 2016
Crikey me! I saw Joe's (MortaaSwordsman) on Flickr last week and thought "That is perfect". I know this is a large scale, but this might just be perfect. The detail, shaping and techniques to make it transform are simply mind blowing!! Fantastic model.
 I like it 
  April 8, 2016
Fantastic! So what if it has no waist joint - if you had not written it, I wouldn't even have noticed!
 I like it 
  April 6, 2016
It looks even better than the original toy I still own.
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  April 6, 2016
It's always impressive for LEGO transformers be able to transform, and this one looks amazing in both forms, too.
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  April 6, 2016
Amazing work, the robot mode looks so cool with all the little details everywhere, well done!
 I like it 
  April 6, 2016
Simply incredible. One of the best Lego Transformer ever made.
 I like it 
  April 6, 2016
This is the best soundwave I've ever seen
 I made it 
  April 5, 2016
I also thank you for all your nice comments.
 I made it 
  April 5, 2016
Quoting Daniel Ringuette Wow Alex! You really raised the bar this time! The level of detail is incredible! The design is breathtaking and the engineering is top notch! Love that head too! Spectacular!
Thanks Daniel. The soundeave you made also became one of the good reference for my work, it's great too.
 I made it 
  April 5, 2016
Quoting Joshua C. This is easily the best Soundwave I have ever seen. You even managed to give him posable feet, and he's so rectangular in his tape deck mode. He is absolutely beautiful.
Thanks Joshua. I did spend time to manage the rectangle shape of the tape recorder and tried to keep as similar as the original.
 I like it 
  April 5, 2016
This is serious moc! Well done!
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  April 5, 2016
Amazing! Both modes look superb. The front of the alternate mode looks extraordinary with the placement of the buttons below the tape deck.
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  April 5, 2016
This is great. It really is. Instantly recognizable. And the fact that it transforms. Icing on the cake....
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  April 5, 2016
Awesome stuff, Dude! One of my favorite G1 Formers, and this is just like the toy!
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  April 5, 2016
Nice transformer!
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  April 5, 2016
Wow,I can barely make a mech and you can turn one into a Transformer annndddd hide a mini plane in it! #CTR
 I like it 
  April 5, 2016
Wow Alex! You really raised the bar this time! The level of detail is incredible! The design is breathtaking and the engineering is top notch! Love that head too! Spectacular!
 I like it 
  April 5, 2016
really awseome ! the transformation for that size is stunning!
 I like it 
  April 5, 2016
This is easily the best Soundwave I have ever seen. You even managed to give him posable feet, and he's so rectangular in his tape deck mode. He is absolutely beautiful.
 I like it 
  April 5, 2016
Looks excellent in both modes - especially the proportions in the robot mode. Very well done! :)
 
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