Bring out your dead! Soundblaster! …Enemy!?! …Wingthing!?!?!

If you have never seen Headmasters and hope to someday watch it spoiler-free, just skip this post altogether and, seriously, go watch it already. Sheesh, it’s already been 24 years and, oh, how you are missing out on some grand Transformers history.

If you have never seen Headmasters and have no intention to, watch this until at least the 2:19 mark to give you some context:

If you have seen Headmasters, go back and watch that clip anyway because it’s brilliant.

So, yeah. Soundwave and Blaster (or Broadcast) are both dead. Only death is a fickle thing in the earlier parts of the franchise and to quote Monty Python, “I’m not dead yet!”

Soundblaster, superior. Death, inferior.

Thus was born, or rather re-born, Soundblaster. Redone in a lot of black, his original G1 Takara exclusive (understandably being from a Takara exclusive cartoon series) toy added a new chest case that was expanded to hold two of his cassettes at once. After seeing a Takara reissue of Soundblaster in 2005, this larger capacity mold would go on to be used in Hasbro’s 2007 Commerative Series reissue of G1 Soundwave. I missed the 2005 reissue of the Soundblaster mold in actual Soundblaster colours, so I jumped when he was re-reissued as part of Takara’s Encore line this year.

With most of his stickers turned into tampographed detailing, he is gorgeous. There is a sort of consensus that Takara should have taken this opportunity even further to turn his blue-stickered area into a more logical and cartoon-accurate black, but I can appreciate a certain slavish attention to original toy-release accuracy.

You can’t have a Soundwave related release without providing him some cassette troops, but the problem here is that if you own the originals plus all the reissues of Soundwave/Soundblaster you already own four Buzzsaws, four Laserbeaks, three Ravages, a Ratbat, and a Rumble. Just to toss things up, Takara could have chosen to go with Frenzy, Slugfest, or Overkill, but if you have been getting the reissues that only involve the Cassettes as well your total of Decepticon Mini-Cassettes goes up to four Buzzsaws, five Laserbeaks, three Ravages, two Rumbles, two Ratbats, one Frenzy, one Slugfest, and an Overkill. Needless to say: they have done these guys into the ground and Takara recognized that. Instead they decided to go in two directions no one was expecting.

Enemy and Wingthing. You can guess which is which.

In a move of sheer brilliance, Takara plucked these two from relative obscurity. Enemy previously only existed as two pieces of G1 merchandise. First attached to an AM/FM radio and then as only a head as the “Voice Changer”.

Less obscure, but just as awesome, Wingthing was an orange bat-like creature and partner to Action Master Soundwave. Though I don’t really have interest in getting Action Master anybody, I am now on the hunt for G1 Wingthing, thanks to this repaint of my favourite G1 Mini-Cassette, Ratbat.

Poor Wingthing. He got “upgraded” from transforming into a cannon to transforming into a cassette tape.

I can honestly say, these two were the deciding factor when it came to whether or not I was going to pay to import the Encore Soundblaster release. So glad I did. Everything about this reissue has made me extremely happy.

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10 thoughts on “Bring out your dead! Soundblaster! …Enemy!?! …Wingthing!?!?!

  1. Nice post! I didn’t previously know where Wingthing came from, but knew about Enemy (such a name right?). Now, I know. Like you, the cassettes were the deciding factor for me to buy this because I actually own all of the reissues (of SW and SB) and all the reissue cassettes, plus all the vintage releases (US box and Jap box). So yeah, if not for the cassettes, I’d easily have given this set a miss.

    • Thanks! I had somewhat recently watched Headmasters on DVD (making my way through Masterforce now) but still wasn’t sure I wanted to get the Soundblaster reissue because of having the mold in the Soundwave colours already. Like I said, those two instantly made a maybe into a “heck yeah!”.

    • Let me tell you, that was not easy. Though it helps with the two bats, that mold actually has a notch near the front of the foot that can be used with the grooves on Soundblaster’s shoulders to add a little bit of extra stability while posing.

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