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
in the UK! Speedy and excellent service as always and a real good price too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!