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:''Tasmania Kid is a [[Maximal]] from the [[Beast Wars II]] portion of the [[Beast Era]].''
   
''Soundwave is a [[Decepticon]] in the [[Generation 1]] continuity. In the Japanese series, he later took the name '''Soundblaster'''.''
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[[Image:TasmaniaKidMovie1.jpg|right|250px|thumb|But where's Diggery Dingo and Wendle T. Wolf?]]
   
[[Image:Soundwave_mixalot.jpg|thumb|300px|Big butts: preferred. Lying: impossible.]]
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'''Tasmania Kid''' is the youngest of [[Leo Prime]]'s crew, and the most luckless. He wants nothing more than to be recognized as a full-fledged Maximal warrior, but his youthful exuberance and tendancy to leap before he looks keep getting in the way. He loves to run through the wilds, and often goes out against commander Leo Prime's orders.
 
'''Soundwave''' is one of [[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]]'s most reliable troops, and has positioned himself comfortably and irreplaceably in Megatron's upper command structure, and stands at the Decepticon leader's side as confidant. Soundwave guards his place in the hierarchy fiercely. Though loyal to Megatron, the other Decepticons see him as a two-faced snake. As Communications Officer, Soundwave sees and hears all, and will not hesitate to use blackmail to keep himself high in Megatron's esteem. The other Decepticons wouldn't mind abandoning him on the battlefield -- if they thought Megatron would let them get away with it.
 
 
Soundwave commands a legion of cassette troops to carry out tasks big and small. Sometimes he lets them all out to watch impromptu gladiator games.
 
 
 
''French-Canadian name: '''Radar''' ''<br>
 
''Italian name: '''Memor'''
 
   
   
 
==Fiction==
 
==Fiction==
===Animated continuity===
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===''Beast Wars II'' cartoon===
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'''Voice actor:''' [[Katashi Ishizuka]]
   
====''The Transformers''====
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One time he went pee-pee on a forest fire to put it out.
'''Voice Actor:''' [[Frank Welker]] (US), [[Issei Masamune]] (Japan)
 
[[Image:Cybertronsoundwave.jpg|thumb|Post no bills.]]
 
Prior to his arrival on Earth, Soundwave had the questionably useful [[altmode]] of a space-age lamp-post. This allowed him to get as close to Autobot headquarters as the street leading into [[Iacon]], but thankfully his chest-dwelling minion [[Laserbeak (G1)|Laserbeak]] could snoop even closer. The loyal Laserbeak overheard talk of the Autobot mission to seek new energy sources off Cybertron, which prompted the fateful Decepticon interception mission that eventually landed both teams on Earth.
 
   
Immediately after the Transformers awakened on Earth in 1984, Soundwave played an essential role in the generation of [[energon cube]]s and the formation of plans for a new space cruiser to return the Decepticons to Cybertron. He sounded really cool when he talked about these, too. Soundwave was reformatted as a portable casette player, which allowed him to dupe a grabby and none-too-questioning [[Spike Witwicky]] into carrying his shrunken form into the [[Ark]] headquarters. This was to happen many times to the seemingly tape-deck addicted citizens of Earth.
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===''Beast Wars II/Neo'' manga===
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[[Image:Cyborgkid.GIF|right|thumb|Tasmania Kid *is* The Road Warrior.]]
Later, he used his mind-reading talents to acquire an antimatter formula for the Decepticons from the brain of [[Chip Chase]]. One of Soundwave's most notable misadventures came in in 1985, when, operating a plan conceived by [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]], he brainwashed humans with ultrasonic vibrations inside the Decepticon-built night club [[Dancitron]] in [[New York City]], leading to a confrontation with his Autobot Communications Officer counterpart, [[Blaster (G1)|Blaster]], beginning a lasting rivalry between the two.
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When Leo Prime wrecks [[Apache]]'s room in a drunken rampage, Apache scolds Kid, who decides to Run away. Kid is attacked and captured by the [[Cyborg Beasts]] who plan to make him one of them. This plan fails when Apache single handedly annihilates the Predacon forces Rambo-style.
 
Soundwave rarely displayed much emotion, and only infrequently exhibited any of the cunning and self-serving traits described in his tech spec. He always came across as extremely loyal to Megatron, even going so far as to recover the mortally wounded leader after being left for dead at the Battle of Autobot City in 2005. But while Soundwave was loyal, he was far from stupid, and kept his mouth shut when Megatron was subsequently ejected into space, and although he did suggest himself as a replacement leader, he again loyally served Megatron when he returned as [[Galvatron (G1)|Galvatron]].
 
 
In the year 2006, although operating in a less prominent capacity for most of the time, Soundwave played a prominent role in Galvatron's attempt to learn the secret of a sonic weapon on the planet [[Eurythma]], where sound and music were the way of life, leaving Soundwave entranced by the planet's perfect melodies. Recording each piece of the harmony that formed the devastating sonic effect, Soundwave was defeated when the Eurythmans countered the harmony with white noise, and was again pulled into a confrontation with Blaster, who erased his recordings.
 
 
=====''The Transformers'' manga=====
 
 
Soundwave appeared most prominantly in the second issue of the "Fight! Super Robot Life Transformer" manga. Soundwave and his cassettes had stolen some top secret information and were being pursued through Tokyo by the Autobots. His chase eventually ended when Bumblebee got the drop on him with his patented "Bumble-Kick" and shattered his chest and the stolen information within. The manga maintained something resembling continuity: during his appearance in the third issue of the book, Soundwave was shown to have bandages over his chest. Adorable.
 
 
====''Headmasters''====
 
 
In the early episodes of the Japanese ''Headmasters'' series, Soundwave and Blaster engaged in their final clash in the Arctic circle as the Autobots and Decepticons were in the process of searching for the missing Autobot [[Matrix]] of Leadership. The two opponents inflicted fatal damage on each other, and Soundwave's body exploded even as Blaster collapsed, but his fragments were recovered by his cassettes. Using reconstructive technology from the planet [[Master]], the leader of the Decepticon Headmasters, [[Scorponok (G1)|Scorponok]] successfully rebuilt and resurrected Soundwave as '''Soundblaster''' - essentially identical to his former self, except for his predominantly black color scheme. As Soundblaster, Soundwave served the same role as he had ever done under the leadership of Galvatron and later Scorponok, frequently embarking on spying missions with [[Ratbat (G1)|Ratbat]].
 
 
 
=====''Headmasters'' manga=====
 
 
After the Decepticons had been vanquished from Earth in the last episode of the anime, [[Scorponok (G1)|Mega Zarak]] ordered Soundblaster to remain on Earth in secret to act as a spy for the Decepticons. Soundwave made his presence and intentions known almost instantly (not a very good spy) by kicking [[Wheelie (G1)|Wheelie]] square in the face and taking the [[Spike Witwicky|Witwicky]] family hostage. Strangely enough, the Autobots considered these acts to be hostile. [[Chromedome (G1)|Chromedome]] was left powerless to do anything but surrender, as [[Slugfest (G1)|Slugfest]] and [[Overkill (G1)|Overkill]] brutalized [[Spike Witwicky|Spike]] and threatened [[Carly|Carly]]. Daniel finally snapped and beat the living crap out of the two Cassette dinosaurs, leaving Soundblaster open to Chromedome's poorly named "Master-Chrome Hurricane Throw to the End of Hell!" Chromedome chucked Soundblaster over the horizon where he landed near the rogue Decepticon, [[Sixshot (G1)|Sixshot]].
 
 
====''Cybertron''====
 
[[Sideways]] was listening to music using a tape deck resembling Soundwave. After a new [[Planet X (Cybertron)|Planet X]] is found, ''Cybertron'' [[Soundwave (Cybertron)|Soundwave]] held tape deck Soundwave in his arms.
 
 
===Marvel Comics continuity===
 
''(Note: Events from the UK-only comic stories are in italics.)''
 
[[Image:Soundwave uscomics.jpg|thumb|G2 before it was cool.]]
 
In the Marvel Comics, Soundwave is slightly truer to his tech specs, and somewhat less loyal to Megatron, at one point working for both Shockwave and Megatron simultaneously when the two were at loggerheads over the leadership, ''and later becoming joint Decepticon leader with Starscream in the Earthforce strips.''
 
 
===Kid Stuff Talking Story Books continuity===
 
'''Voice actor: Unknown'''
 
 
In ''[[When Continents Collide]]'', [[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]] calls Soundwave a "blundering tape-filled idiot." This is notable because it is hilarious. Also, Soundwave is really, really whiny in these stories.
 
 
===''Beast Wars''===
 
Soundwave is shown among the many Transformers strewn about the interior of the Ark when the [[Predacon (BW)|Predacon]] [[Megatron (BW)|Megatron]] infiltrates the ship on his mission to destroy Optimus Prime.
 
 
In the [[3H]] ''Tales of the Beast Wars'' comics, Soundwave is one of the ancient warriors who appears from [[Jn'Wan]] to help battle the warlord [[Shokaract (BW)|Shokaract]].
 
 
 
===Dreamwave Generation 1 continuity===
 
Soundwave was among the Decepticons who quickly joined Shockwave's forces upon returning to Cybertron. It seems clear, however, that Soundwave had little loyalty to him, as he readily joins up with Starscream when the [[Seeker]] decides to return to Earth and take over. Though Soundwave feigned subservience to Starscream, it is later revealed that he had been serving Megatron the entire time in secret.
 
 
===Devil's Due G.I.Joe vs. Transformers comics===
 
 
 
===IDW comics continuity===
 
   
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In the follow-up [[Beast Wars Neo]] manga, Tasmania Kid was the founder of the planet of rabbit-formers [[Stampy (BWN)|Stampy]] hails from.
   
 
==Toys==
 
==Toys==
===Generation 1===
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===Beast Wars II===
*'''Soundwave''' (Decepticon, 1984/1985)
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*'''Tasmania Kid''' (Basic, 1998)
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''17'''
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: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''C-14'''
 
: Came with [[Buzzsaw (G1)|Buzzsaw]] in the US and [[Rumble (G1)|Rumble]] in Japan. Prior to his release as a Transformer, Soundwave was a Microchange Cassetteman Sony Walkman, which came with a set of non-functioning headphones to listen to the silence of his non-functioning tapes. His weapons turned into imitation batteries to power his nonexistent circuitry.
 
 
: VS-Y Soundwave came with Rumble and [[Grimlock (G1)|Grimlock]]
 
 
*'''Soundblaster''' (Decepticon, 1987)
 
: ''Japanese ID number:'' '''D-101'''
 
 
: Came with Buzzsaw
 
 
*'''Soundwave with Wingthing''' (Action Master, 1990)
 
 
 
===Generation 2===
 
*'''Soundwave''' (Go-Bot, 1995)
 
 
: A [[redeco]] of the [[Go-Bot (G2)|Go-Bot]] [[Gearhead]], Soundwave transforms into a Ford Thunderbird stock car with precision wheels and wire axles, compatible with "Hot Wheels" and "Matchbox" playsets and tracks (which he was properly sized to fit).
 
 
===Machine Wars===
 
*'''Soundwave''' (Mega, 1997)
 
 
===Universe===
 
*'''Soundwave & Space Case''' (Ultra, 2004)
 
 
: The ''Machine Wars'' version of Soundwave was redecoed for release in the ''[[Universe]]'' line in an Ultra-level two-pack with [[Space Case]]. Due to the lack of fiction, it is ''possible'' that this incarnation is in fact an alternate-universe version of Soundwave, or possibly a new character altogether.
 
 
===Titanium===
 
*'''Soundwave'''
 
 
: A 6" Soundwave with Laserbeak was shown in Hasbro's booth at SDCC 2006.
 
 
===Classics (2006)===
 
*'''Soundwave'''
 
 
: A reissue version of the original toy, Soundwave is a Toys'R'Us exclusive, packaged with Laserbeak and Ravage. It is notable for using the double cassette door from the Soundblaster reissue.
 
 
===Unreleased===
 
In ''Generation 2'', a [[redeco]] of the [[Laser Cycle]] [[Road Pig]] was planned as Soundwave, but ultimately never released, one of many planned redecos that never made it. Some packaged samples do exist.
 
   
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: Tasmania Kid's only toy is virtually identical to the [[Hasbro]] [[Beast Wars]] toy [[Snarl (BW)|Snarl]], transforming into an (alleged) Tasmanian devil. By holding the toy by its tail in beast mode and pulling the trigger, his body leaps forward in a spring-loaded lunging attack. A blue and yellow version of the toy was awarded as a speical prize along with many other oddly-colored Beast Wars II Maximals in a magazine contest in Japan; a design contest that resulted in the creation of [[Star Upper (BW)|Star Upper]].
   
===Merchandise===
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: Tasmania Kid was available both as an individual, and in a two-pack with the [[Predacon]] [[Dirge (BW)|Dirge]].
   
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: The same mold is used by [[Bound Rogue]], whose coloration bears a striking resemblance to the contest-prize version of Tasmania Kid.
   
   
==Trivia==
 
[[Image:Soundwavecommercial.jpg|left|thumb|200px|Say hello to my leetle friend!]]
 
* Though Soundwave's toy is a microcassette recorder, his fictional appearances depict him as a stereo cassette deck or Walkman. (Likewise, his microcassette tapes are depicted as regular audio cassettes.)
 
* Animation from early ''Transformers'' commercials featured a Soundwave model colored in very light blue, versus the dark blue used later. Also, instead of the cassettes ejecting themselves from his chest, he reached into his chest compartment with his own fingers and threw the (tiny) tapes into the air.
 
* The Marvel US comics chose a purple scheme for Soundwave. This could have been an error, an early look for him that was dropped in other media, or perhaps an attempt to distinguish him from the other Decepticons, who were mostly blue (especially since blacks also ended up as blues in the industry's then-limited color pallette). The Marvel UK comics colored him blue like everywhere else.
 
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==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.tfu.info/1984/Decepticon/Soundwave/soundwave.htm Soundwave at TFU.info]
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*[http://www.tfu.info/1997/Maximal/Snarl/snarl.htm Snarl (aka Tasmania Kid) at TFU.ino]
* [http://www.ntfa.net/universe/english/index.php?act=view&char=Soundwave Soundwave's Universe profile at NTFA.net]
 
   
   
 
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Revision as of 04:33, January 1, 2007

Tasmania Kid is a Maximal from the Beast Wars II portion of the Beast Era.
TasmaniaKidMovie1

But where's Diggery Dingo and Wendle T. Wolf?

Tasmania Kid is the youngest of Leo Prime's crew, and the most luckless. He wants nothing more than to be recognized as a full-fledged Maximal warrior, but his youthful exuberance and tendancy to leap before he looks keep getting in the way. He loves to run through the wilds, and often goes out against commander Leo Prime's orders.


Fiction

Beast Wars II cartoon

Voice actor: Katashi Ishizuka

One time he went pee-pee on a forest fire to put it out.

Beast Wars II/Neo manga

Cyborgkid

Tasmania Kid *is* The Road Warrior.

When Leo Prime wrecks Apache's room in a drunken rampage, Apache scolds Kid, who decides to Run away. Kid is attacked and captured by the Cyborg Beasts who plan to make him one of them. This plan fails when Apache single handedly annihilates the Predacon forces Rambo-style.

In the follow-up Beast Wars Neo manga, Tasmania Kid was the founder of the planet of rabbit-formers Stampy hails from.

Toys

Beast Wars II

  • Tasmania Kid (Basic, 1998)
Japanese ID number: C-14
Tasmania Kid's only toy is virtually identical to the Hasbro Beast Wars toy Snarl, transforming into an (alleged) Tasmanian devil. By holding the toy by its tail in beast mode and pulling the trigger, his body leaps forward in a spring-loaded lunging attack. A blue and yellow version of the toy was awarded as a speical prize along with many other oddly-colored Beast Wars II Maximals in a magazine contest in Japan; a design contest that resulted in the creation of Star Upper.
Tasmania Kid was available both as an individual, and in a two-pack with the Predacon Dirge.
The same mold is used by Bound Rogue, whose coloration bears a striking resemblance to the contest-prize version of Tasmania Kid.


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