Care of SwiftEagle at the Allspark, we have word of a potential variant tooling for Robots in Disguise Soundwave. You see, the existing Soundwave toy has a faceplate on the packaging, but the toy’s head lacks a faceplate, instead giving Soundwave a head that evokes his Transformers Prime incarnation. However, SwiftEagle’s variant does indeed sport the faceplate!
From what we know, the faceplate is not painted, and on SwiftEagle’s sample the translucent plastic for the eyes is set back, due to it not accommodating the extra plastic at the front for the faceplate. This suggests that there exists an alternate, faceplated tooling, but it was not intended to be used on this version of the mold (owing to the lack of paint apps and the “eyes” piece not fitting flush). However, the counter to this is the packaging artwork, which has always shown the faceplate.
Which one will it be? Time will tell, but in the meantime, you may share your informed opinions via the discuss link below.