with Laserbeak minion!

"Cries and Screams are music to my ears!"

Affiliation: Decepticon
Function: Communications
Alt mode: Audio Player, Cybertronian Road-side scanner (see below!) Weapon: 

First Cartoon Appearance: Generation 1, episode 1 More Than Meets The Eye!

First Comics Appearance: War Within, series 1 episode 1

Character profile from package back:

Behind every villainous leader is a cadre of shadowy figures who remain hidden, offering vital encouragement, support and advise.  Thes secretive advisors are often the true power behind the leader, for they control the flow of information that motivates his actions.  they feed him flattery and lies that allow him to continue on his path of destruction without suffering the pangs of conscience or the depredations of being proven wrong.  

Soundwave is one such individual.  A creature of secretsand silence, he fades into the shadow of his commander, Megatron, all the while subtly steering the Decepticon commander to his own ends.  He prefers to remain out of sight and out of the fight, often appearing only as a menacing presence behind his leader, arms folded, inscrutable visage promising nothing beyond cold calculation.  Despite his maneuvering to improvee his status, he is totally loyal to Megatron.  He hides information or lies only if he believes it would be to his leader's detriment to hear the truth.

Unique Abilities:  Able to read minds through remot brain wave detection.

Strength: 8
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 2
Endurance: 6
Rank: 8
Courage: 5
Firepower: 6
Skill: 10

Bibliography of significant appearances: Soundwave plays a fairly major role in the first War Within series (issues 2, 3 and 6) drawn by Don Figueroa. A sample of the art from this fantastic series is shown to the left.

Other Appearances:

- 1984 -  G1 original Soundwave
- 1990 - Actionmaster Soundwave
- 1995 - G2 Gobots Soundwave (really!) 
- 1997 - Machine Wars Soundwave
- 2000 - Beast Wars "Mutant" Soundwave
- 2004 - Universe Soundwave
- 2006 - Cybertron Soundwave (Legends Class), Cybertron Soundwave (Voyager)
- 2007 - Titanium (War Within?) Soundwave, Classics (G1 re-issue) Soundwave, Robot Heroes Soundwave, Japan-only fully functional "Music Label" Soundwave in blue, white (considered to be "Shattered Glass Soundwave" featured in the 2008 Botcon series) and black (Soundblaster).
- 2008 - Animated Soundwave with Laserbeak
- 2009 - Animated Soundwave with "new minion", how many Soundwave toys will be released in conjunction with Revenge of the Fallen?  Time will tell!

A cybertronian street sign?  A automotive scanning device for Autobot security at the entrance to Cybertron's capital city of Iacon?  Who knows what Soundwave's Cybertronian alternate mode is?  (Not me!)  But it's fun to speculate on the image below from the first ever cartoon episode of Transformers.  Soundwave is among the very few Decepticons whose Cybertronian alternate mode was seen in the cartoon series.  See!  Who's to say this isn't the intended alternate mode of "War Within" Soundwave?

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