Treetop Maximus wrote:How do these people get away with this stuff? I thought there were laws in place about things that looked like trademarked characters.
I suspect the law regarding this is not as tight as people assume it is. While Hasbro trademark the name of a character, I have never seen anything saying they trademark the look or design. And I think as long as it is not practically identical, then it is not a trademark infringement. After all, Hasbro do this themselves. Universe Sunstreaker looks a hell of a lot like a Lamborghini Gallardo, but not exactly so they don't have to pay anything to Lambourghini for using the likeness. Same with the Nissans (Prowl, Bluestreak, Red Alert).
This is all just assumption and observation, I'd be interested what an actual lawyer who deals with copyright infringement has to say.
But anyway, Soundwave looks awesome and props to this company for not just rehashing an idea that's already been done. Assuming the next official MP is not Soundwave, I will be keen on getting this.