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The Most Elusive Comic-Con Exclusive Winds His Way To Retail

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Everyone knew Hasbro's Transformers Masterpiece Soundwave would bit hitting Toys'R'Us shortly after his debut at last week's San Diego Comic-Con, but that didn't stop fans from going crazy trying to get him.

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Retailing for $119.99 at Toys'R'Us and appearing on store shelves as we (and Seibertron.com) speak, Masterpiece Soundwave made his North American debut at the Entertainment Earth booth at Comic-Con on Wednesday night — that's when I picked mine up. When the show started up officially on Thursday, EE decided to sell the piece raffle-style, with eager fans signing up for a chance to buy him. A chance.

I guess I can't blame them. I mean, look at this beautiful bastard.

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I shipped my purchases home from Comic-Con on Friday, and they just arrived yesterday. It was like Christmas, only I already knew what I was getting, so exactly like Christmas then.

Soundwave is the product of a simpler time in Transformers lore, when mass-displacement accounted for size changing, and cassette tapes were a thing.

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Soundwave was the home of little people and creatures. A xenobiologist might call them parasites.

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Best parasites ever.

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My favorites are Rumble and Frenzy, or Frenzy and Rumble, depending on who you believe.

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But you gotta love the detail on the birds, from the tiny camera popping up on their foreheads, to the way they peg into Soundwave's forearms.

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Masterpiece Soundwave has transformed from San Diego Comic-Con exclusive to Toys'R'Us exclusive. He's a little pricey, but with five cassettes, a Megatron pistol, and a plastic Energon cube you can affix to his chest to simulate his primary function in the 80's cartoon, the unchrasamatic wonder is so worth it.

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