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.
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!
Some comparison pictures.
The 2 versions. The Cyberverse one shows the different way the legs look.
The Cyberverse alt mode has a different colour scheme on the cab and more silver. I think the weapon works better too.
FE Prime is a little taller than Magnus but the RID version almost the same size.
Magnus scales pretty well in alt mode. A little longer than Prime but not as tall which he should be in real life.
Group shot with some Autobots.
Magnus all beefed up for war! He's as long as GDO Hot Spot but not as high.
Magnus faces off with Dreadwing
This review takes a look at the Onslaught, Brawl, Swindle, Blast Off and Vortex figures from the Fall of Cybertron TF Generations toy line. Please note that I did not include any of the fan modes or changes. That will be a separate video.
Hello again. This is the last of the new TF Prime releases I received last week.
So here is a look at Transformers Prime: Dreadwing. Voyager Class.
As always thanks again to Andy at Kapow Toys - http://www.kapowtoys.co.uk in the UK! There looks like no chance he will see a UK release in 2012 or at all! So I'm glad they got him in or I would have missed out.
This was a standard USA box release. For some reason Hasbro decided to add a yellow Powerizer area to his nose on the picture. Which is dumb as the toy doesn't have that!
The jet mode is excellent! A real nice deep blue and a good fun size to hold. Not too big, he transforms down quite compactly. There will be scale pictures later.
The cockpit is not designed to be open and you can shine a light through the back to make it.. um glow?
So on to the biggest issue to some with Dreadwing. He has a rubber fetish! Some bigwig at Hasbro health and safety must have seen him. He has a black rubber nose cone, shoulder and tail fins, knees and.. head!
All the pointy areas have been made rubber. Some may find issues with theirs if it's been badly packed etc mine seems fine. The rear fins are the thinnest and bendy ones but mine have held there shape and look ok. The nose cone has a gap where it transforms which is annoying but it may have had that even in plastic.
He has visible hand syndrome but not head. It would be better if the fists were closed. The jet mode is so cool you won't notice after a while.
You can peg the Powerizer gimmick gun on his roof or some other immensely better weapon.
He has 2 ports under his wings which can hold his sword or a weapon. PRID Arcee's long gun looks good with Dreadwing.
There is a fold out front landing gear and 2 permanent rear ones. None of them roll.
The waist area folds out and does make a messy bit of kibble to break up his sleekness. You could always think of it as a bomb pod. There are a lot of pegs holding the areas tightly to his body which is good.
His transformation is a little tricky at first. A lot of joints and sliding areas. Rather like Bulkhead it's clever how it hides everything in a smaller form.
The hands are extended making it look a little silly holding weapons. Closed fists would have been better. There are 2 micron ports on his arms. There are 2 pegs on his waist to do with the transformation you maybe able to use for tiny port items.
His Sword can be held on his back as the same top port folds around to the back.
There are some hollow areas in the legs but compared to most deluxes he's pretty solid!
You can have the wings up high as it comes out of the box or down lower as it's meant to be. Personal choice but the way it's boxed is not the instruction way.
A good level of articulation. Ball joint shoulders and legs, swivel biceps, rotating hands, cut elbows, knees and feet. Some cool poses but the hands still bug me.
The other issue is the shoulders don't lock into place. Afaik. So they are always pulling down a bit looking odd.
A nice head sculpt but weirdly it's rubber! It seems to be pegged onto a yellow plastic piece for the light piping. Which is minimal but works. His eyes are painted but the rubber allows enough light through there only luckily. Kinda the best of both options.
The head is on a ball joint but very tight! Hard to move and having to hold a rubber head doesn't help. There's also a small gap before his neck and chest.
It comes with a light up Powerizer gun like Optimus Prime and a Sword. I've removed the light and put it back together and it looks a lot better.
The gun cannot be held underneath as it would need a longer peg which is a shame. I have seen mods online already people have done. I prefer other weapons, c'mon Dr Wu!
The sword is well detailed and I think reasonably accurate. Longer than RID Primes. This is hard plastic which is crazy considering every other area is rubber!
I prefer the nice new Dr Wu Matrix Swords! There is a purple evil crystal version too.
Apart from a few in my opinion minor issues I think Dreadwing is excellent! Decepticon Voyagers seem to get the better versions. He is really a great representation from the show.
Compared to PRID Prime the gimmick does not detract. He's closer to Megatron where the yellow blends in and looks ok. And unlike some *cough* Rumble *cough* he doesn't need Reprolabels. He's started to appear in the USA already so go and get him!
Comparison scale pics coming in the next post. Please remember it's designed to be in scale with other Transformers Prime robots. Not the older Generations!
I hope you liked this review and will leave feedback or ask questions.
Comparison shots of Dreadwing with others.
He goes nicely with the deluxe jets being suitably larger to be the Leader.
Alongside the Cyberverse Commander version.
Alongside the Cyberverse Commander robot mode. Both cool figures.
With Generations Sky Shadow. A large Jet I would say and looks great together!
I may stick the gun together but right now it still folds.
Scales perfectly with the Voyager RID Optimus Prime.
Alongside Megatron and Breakdown Voyager versions.
RID Bulkhead and Voyager First Edition versions
Takara deluxe Jeticon and Skywarp. Both have tall back kibble and Skywarp is tall. Dreadwing could be taller but I think it's not bad myself.
Generations Sky Shadow looks like he could work with Dreadwing! The older Generations were taller but that's gone now and we have to accept it.
Hope you enjoy all the pics and if you want to see any comparisons then ask and I will see what I can do
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