Takara Masterpiece Shockwave (MP-29) is the latest edition to the Masterpiece line from Takara and finally gives us another Decepticon that is not a jet! Shockwave or as his box is labeled "Destron Laserwave" comes packaged like all of the other Masterpiece Figures before him, typical black box with the image of the figure on the front and on the back it shows both robot and blaster modes as well as different poses and height comparisons to other MP Figures. MP-29 Shockwave is also priced right in line with other Masterpiece Figures with a price point of $159.99 from www.bigbadtoystore.com.
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What's in the box?
MP-29 Shockwave does not come with as many accessories as MP-27 Ironhide did but he does have a few pieces with him. He comes with an extra set of hands in solid color and in a clear purple color for his light up arm. Also included are a set of Decepticon Logo stickers, yup that's right we said the S word, STICKERS, but don't panic they aren't that bad to get onto him. He is in the box in blaster mode and also comes with a smaller version of his blaster mode as a weapon.
BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED?!?
Straight out of the box Shockwave looks great! His blaster mode fits well in hand and it has just enough weight to it. If you plan to cos-play as a Decepticon anytime soon we suggest you have a Shockwave on your hip in blaster mode. Shockwave even has a light-up feature except batteries are NOT included, you might be thinking "Not included that's not so bad I'll run out and get some." That sounds like a great idea until you realize he not only needs 2 AAA batteries (common all over) but he also requires 2 LR44 button batteries which are nearly impossible to find and have actually been replaced by A76 batteries which are also hard to find. We went to about 7 different stores in search of these batteries apparently nobody stocks them in bulk. We found 1 at a big retail store and another at a pharmacy chain. In the end it will cost you around an additional $15.00 to power up Shockwave's lights. Considering the price of the figure and that it is a Takara MP you would assume batteries should have been included. If you plan on displaying Shockwave in blaster mode it does come with an attachment to help it stand up, this stand later becomes a pack for his back in robot mode.
Is the Transformation process complicated?
One eye to save them all....
Posture, Posing & Punching!
Below you will find a variety of height comparisons we did for Shockwave. Some of them are compared to other MP figures and some to other high end figures as well.
As you can see Shockwave is scaled perfectly with the other MP figures and will definitely make a great addition to your collection.
JUDGEMENT TIME! **DRUM ROLL**
All things considered Takara MP-29 Shockwave is a great figure, he is height accurate, has added light features and a glowing eye, he poses well and fits well with the other MP figures. BUT the battery issue really got to us. That is why MP-29 Shockwave is only getting 4 out of 5 PUNCHES. If we didn't have to go on a hunt for the batteries Shockwave most likely would have gotten 5 out of 5. I expect alot from my MP figures, not including at least the button batteries really got under my skin. If anybody knows a reason they might have chosen to do this please PUNCH us a comment!
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