Yesterday, Empire exclusively revealed images of two of the figures from the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Included were an updated bumblebee and more importantly, the first ever pictures of Soundwave.

There are two pictures, one of him in a Cybertronian jet form and the other in full robot mode. My first reaction was to ask myself if that was really Soundwave. I don’t get that iconic look and impression he made in his original embodiment as the cassette recorder.  I’m also not sure I’m a fan of all the crazy appendages sticking out of him, let alone the color scheme (which could be different in the film).

I guess it will all come down to his trademark voice. I’m sure most hardcore fans of the original series will not be happy about his new design. I wonder if he’ll be changing into a variety of objects throughout the film.

Take a look at the images and see what you think:

In the original series, Soundwave was quite a useful member of the Decepticons and his special abilities made him the perfect communications officer for Megatron’s crew. What also made him special was that in robot mode, his microcassette slot would open and out would come cassettes that were actually other Decepticons. I know, crazy eh?

I only bring that up because one of the many mini-robots (not that ‘mini’ mattered, most of them could drastically change in size including Soundwave himself) is Frenzy who was that little stupid illogical robot from the first Transformers movie. Another, and probably the most popular of his little pets, was Ravage the jaguar who was rumored to be in Transformers 2 and later was confirmed by Roberto Orci earlier this month.

Here is some concept art of Ravage, courtesy of the Transformers Live Action Movie Blog:

What do you think of the live-action incarnation of Soundwave?

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen hits theaters everywhere June 26, 2009.

Source: Empire