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TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby Azrail » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:45 am

Hello Seibertron! Here is a look at Transformers Prime: Ultra Magnus. Voyager Class.
He is the last Autobot Voyager release for 2012 and is being released with Thundertron or Skyquake case mates.

HUGE thanks to Andy at Kapow Toys - http://www.kapowtoys.co.uk in the UK! Speedy and excellent service as always and a real good price too. 8)

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The box as usual highlights how much more paint they used on the prototype compared to the final figure! This is becoming one of the real annoying areas to me. He should have some extra red on his chest and a silver waist. It would help break up all the blue.

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Magnus is a great Voyager figure. Much better than RID Optimus and Bulkhead as the Powerizer gimmick is not a distraction... but it is pointless.

He has transparent blue arms, chest piece, shoulder and neck areas. Pointless as there's no way his weapon or any others I think will make his arms light up. His chest area goes all the way though to a window on his back so you can shine a light through him. His chest is made up of false side doors.

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His back is primarily his cab roof. Magnus doesn't suffer from the hollow leg or arm areas many of the RID figures have. I didn't transform his leg wheels correctly in this view but it's still acceptable.
He has very nice articulation. I find the shoulder ball joints too loose though. Ball joint shoulders and legs, waist, arm swivel, elbows, wrists, swivel thighs, knees and feet.

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He has yellow eyes painted over the light piping. It still works and I prefer the eyes this way personally. The head is on a ball joint with good movement. It's actually stuck a panel on the back of his head.

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Magnus has 3 missiles on each shoulder. I don't believe they are removable. They maybe but I don't want to break them.
He comes with a missile and a Light-Up Battle Hammer Mechtech Blaster. It's really too large. The Hammer piece makes it look odd and the weight of it brings the arms down.

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The Hammer mode is the gun flipped out and lights up green. It does have a tab to lock it into place though. His missile can fit on his arms, shoulders or the gun itself.
I can't say I am a massive fan of Magnus with a Hammer anyway and prefer other weapons.

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The transformation is really simple and fun. His wheels wrap around his legs or you could leave them like the Cyberverse has them.
He converts into a mobile gun truck and this is where the Powerizer weapon really fails!
This is how it is supposed to attach, but it doesn't. The pegs just don't fit into the holes and the hammer gets in the way. You can flip it over and it looks better but a bit wobbly due to the weight.

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You can max him out with weapons like the City Commander ones which really help. Some say he should have a white cab. I'm not too sure but this is TFP Magnus not G1 so it doesn't have to.

Again Hasbro really went tight on paint compared to the box! No silver smokestacks looks terrible and there are rear areas missing too. I will be painting these myself soon.

All in all Ultra Magnus is a nice figure and worth buying. A good scale and a lot of poses you can do with him. Add some paint, replace the weapon and it's much improved.
I shall be posting some comparison pics below. I hope you liked this review, please ask quesions and leave feedback on ways I can improve my next review. Have fun! :D
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TF Prime: Ultra Magnus comparisons

Postby Azrail » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:45 am

Some comparison pictures.

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The 2 versions. The Cyberverse one shows the different way the legs look.

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The Cyberverse alt mode has a different colour scheme on the cab and more silver. I think the weapon works better too.

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FE Prime is a little taller than Magnus but the RID version almost the same size.

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Magnus scales pretty well in alt mode. A little longer than Prime but not as tall which he should be in real life.

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Group shot with some Autobots.

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Magnus all beefed up for war! He's as long as GDO Hot Spot but not as high.

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Magnus faces off with Dreadwing

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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby El Duque » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:47 am

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Weapon: Gattling Gun
Seibertron.com member Azrail has shared a pictorial review of the highly anticipated Transformers Prime Voyager Class Ultra Magnus. Enjoy his review below.

Hello Seibertron! Here is a look at Transformers Prime: Ultra Magnus. Voyager Class.
He is the last Autobot Voyager release for 2012 and is being released with Thundertron or Skyquake case mates.

HUGE thanks to Andy at Kapow Toys - http://www.kapowtoys.co.uk in the UK! Speedy and excellent service as always and a real good price too. 8)

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The box as usual highlights how much more paint they used on the prototype compared to the final figure! This is becoming one of the real annoying areas to me. He should have some extra red on his chest and a silver waist. It would help break up all the blue.

Image
Magnus is a great Voyager figure. Much better than RID Optimus and Bulkhead as the Powerizer gimmick is not a distraction... but it is pointless.

He has transparent blue arms, chest piece, shoulder and neck areas. Pointless as there's no way his weapon or any others I think will make his arms light up. His chest area goes all the way though to a window on his back so you can shine a light through him. His chest is made up of false side doors.

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His back is primarily his cab roof. Magnus doesn't suffer from the hollow leg or arm areas many of the RID figures have. I didn't transform his leg wheels correctly in this view but it's still acceptable.
He has very nice articulation. I find the shoulder ball joints too loose though. Ball joint shoulders and legs, waist, arm swivel, elbows, wrists, swivel thighs, knees and feet.

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He has yellow eyes painted over the light piping. It still works and I prefer the eyes this way personally. The head is on a ball joint with good movement. It's actually stuck a panel on the back of his head.

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Magnus has 3 missiles on each shoulder. I don't believe they are removable. They maybe but I don't want to break them.
He comes with a missile and a Light-Up Battle Hammer Mechtech Blaster. It's really too large. The Hammer piece makes it look odd and the weight of it brings the arms down.

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The Hammer mode is the gun flipped out and lights up green. It does have a tab to lock it into place though. His missile can fit on his arms, shoulders or the gun itself.
I can't say I am a massive fan of Magnus with a Hammer anyway and prefer other weapons.

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The transformation is really simple and fun. His wheels wrap around his legs or you could leave them like the Cyberverse has them.
He converts into a mobile gun truck and this is where the Powerizer weapon really fails!
This is how it is supposed to attach, but it doesn't. The pegs just don't fit into the holes and the hammer gets in the way. You can flip it over and it looks better but a bit wobbly due to the weight.

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You can max him out with weapons like the City Commander ones which really help. Some say he should have a white cab. I'm not too sure but this is TFP Magnus not G1 so it doesn't have to.

Again Hasbro really went tight on paint compared to the box! No silver smokestacks looks terrible and there are rear areas missing too. I will be painting these myself soon.

All in all Ultra Magnus is a nice figure and worth buying. A good scale and a lot of poses you can do with him. Add some paint, replace the weapon and it's much improved.
I shall be posting some comparison pics below. I hope you liked this review, please ask quesions and leave feedback on ways I can improve my next review. Have fun! :D


Some comparison pictures.

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The 2 versions. The Cyberverse one shows the different way the legs look.

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The Cyberverse alt mode has a different colour scheme on the cab and more silver. I think the weapon works better too.

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FE Prime is a little taller than Magnus but the RID version almost the same size.

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Magnus scales pretty well in alt mode. A little longer than Prime but not as tall which he should be in real life.

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Group shot with some Autobots.

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Magnus all beefed up for war! He's as long as GDO Hot Spot but not as high.

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Magnus faces off with Dreadwing

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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby PrymeStriker » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:19 pm

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The eyes look lime-green to me. Not yellow.
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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby PaxCybertron82 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:32 pm

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Is it wierd that I think the cyberverse version looks better? The Voyager size looks like the hips are place just a touch too high and his legs look really skinny.
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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby Cybertronus » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:54 pm

The head and vehicle mode reminds me of Turbomaster Thunderclash. I feel a custom coming up :grin:
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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby paul053 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:28 pm

Thanks for the review. Don't know. The more I look at him, the less I like him.
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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby frogbat » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:33 pm

Motto: "All my 6 nipples are tingling."
Weapon: Self-Propelled Photon Cannon
Kinda disappointed with this one.. One of my least favorite prime figures together with unicron. He was perhaps my fave character from g1 and ill probably get this one for completion sake. As the pix demonstrate, he seems to be missing that second rocket launcher. His head sculpt isn't my favorite either, nor is the vehicle mode. I prefer the fall of cybertron version.
Who knows maybe the new mp figure announced might have an interesting trailer...
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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby beushdady » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:57 pm

I just fall on your pics and I saw your FE Optimus Prime without face plate ? how did you do that ? it looks great...
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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby PaxCybertron82 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:00 pm

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beushdady wrote:I just fall on your pics and I saw your FE Optimus Prime without face plate ? how did you do that ? it looks great...


I believe it's a Dr. Wu upgrade.
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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby toddstarz » Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:02 pm

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city commander missiles look abit out of place, maybe u can try with the missile from g1 magnus or igears addon
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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby Azrail » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:37 pm

beushdady wrote:I just fall on your pics and I saw your FE Optimus Prime without face plate ? how did you do that ? it looks great...


It's the Dr Wu: DW-TP06 - Sage set. Fits only onto FE Optimus.

toddstarz wrote:city commander missiles look abit out of place, maybe u can try with the missile from g1 magnus or igears addon


My G1 missiles are in storage but would possibly fit. I don't own the Igear set.
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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby Azrail » Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:36 pm

Initial WIP on TFP Ultra Magnus. Painted silver his: front grill, wing mirrors, smoke stacks, wheel rims and leg bars. Also put black on his wipers.
Amazing how some paint where it should have been can make it seem less cheap. 8)

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Re: TF Prime: Ultra Magnus Pictorial review

Postby Orion Paximus » Fri May 24, 2013 4:47 pm

How do you make such great paintjobs on it? I don't think I have the materials to do so. What do you use to paint?
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