NOTE - This version has copper trim around the edge of the tape door.
In terms of scale and aesthetic, the Gen 1 Soundwave blends pretty well with the Transformers Classics line. Gen 1 Soundwave stands almost the same height as Classics Megatron. The Soundblaster touch with the double-deep tape deck is a very cool added feature -- as is the presence of both Ravage and Laserbeak.
Soundwave is logic-driven. He monitors and records everything, even to the extent that he interprets brain waves, which makes him unpopular among his Decepticon cohorts. Since Soundwave remains in spy mode 100% of the time, his only real friends are his cassette warriors. Ravage is a sleek and cunning predator armed with hip-mounted rockets. Laserbeak fulfills his tasks with malignant efficiency, his original profile citing his overall cowardly, scavenging method of reconnaissance.
NOTE - The Masterpiece cassettes can fit in G1 Soundwave's chest as well as the G1 tapes fitting in Masterpiece Soundwave, increasing the play value of both figures!