I just found out Soundwave has been reincarnated in the form of a Toys "R" US exclusive commemorative series.
http://www.transformersclassics.com/sou ... issue.html
But it seems as if it mostly sold via online and was rarely found on store shelves. It retailed for $29.99, and is currently unavailable.
So now of course you have collectors who bought more than one and some who are hawking them on Amazon
for nearly double the retail.
Apparently the American classics and commemorative releases are more child-proof than the Japanese releases to comply with US child safety laws (i.e. no sharp edges, none of the US reissues have spring loaded launchers so the missles do not fire etc.).
One US consumer who chose to order the Japanese reissue did say that neither the US or Japanese releases have workmanship comparable to the originals.
Is the Commemorative Soundwave and Classics
Soundwave the same?
Yes. Well, there isn't a "Classics" Soundwave, but Commemorative Soundwave is released in Classics packaging.