Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

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Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby william-james88 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:43 pm

Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. This week, I am joined by Cobotron. These are our opinions so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.

Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

From day one, Ultra Magnus toys were always closely related to Optimus Prime toys, with his first toy being a redeco with a different trailer which turned into a powersuit giving him a totally different look from Prime. Toy designs and ideas evolved from this giving a wide variety to Ultra Magnus toys where some are Prime redecos, others more extensive retools and others being fully original. We will explore the rich history of this autobot's toys by looking at the best ones to have come out so far.

5. Transformers Generation One Ultra Magnus

This is the grand pappy of all Ultra Magnus toys and probably the most important Ultra Magnus toy out there. Unlike even the Masterpiece toy, this toy includes an extra level of playability by having the trailer become the armour for the transforming cab. This gave everyone the option to form their own stories and ideas about this character. Is he a white optimus with armour? Or is the that simply the transformation process for his one and only form being that big armoured fellow? It was and still is ultimately up to you to choose. This legitimizes every future attempt at having Ultra Magnus be simultaneously a redeco/retool of Optimus Prime as well as his own mold. - william-james88

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4. Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Ultra Magnus / Transformers Adventures Ultra Magnus

Speaking of being an offshoot of Optimus, this is by far the best version of that (well, maybe tied with the commander class version which is a gorgeous G1 homage and a perfect retool). So much love went into this retool, making him look just two smokestacks away from his show model, and making him own this mold even more so than Optimus. It almost feels like this is who the mold was made for all along especially when comparing to the show models.The added shoulder cannons work great and let you position them as you wish, giving you extra fire power in a sweet G1 homage (while the earlier PRID Magnus only gave you one shoulder cannon, why?!). You even get a nice hammer and a pair of wings, just for added playability. While simply having Ultra Magnus be a redeco/retool of Prime always felt a bit lazy, this is one instance shows us how that can sometimes work, and work wonders. - william-james88

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3. Transformers Animated Ultra Magnus

This is THE titular leader class Ultra Magnus toy. This is the best Ultra Magnus toy from the golden age of Transformers toys where it seemed no expenses were spared. This toy is beefy, the plastic is solid, the transformation is complex yet intuitive, he has a bunch of pop out weapon gimmicks, none of which are intrusive, along with electronics. This toy happens to also be a perfect rendition of the cartoon model which was a fresh new take on the character where he, and not Optimus, was the leader of the Autobots. You can feel that magnitude in your hands as you play with this toy or when you see him on your shelf. All of the top three toys on this list are amazing and the only reason why this toy is not higher is simply because his alt mode is a little underwhelming, especially in the back area, and his hip ratchets are quite restrictive. - william-james88

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2. Transformers Masterpiece MP 22 Ultra Magnus

Like all Masterpiece figures, 22 is a work of art. On heft alone this figure is awe inspiring. While I was always a fan of the idea that Ultra Magnus was a smaller bot in a suit of armor, I can't deny that the feat of engineering it took to get the character to be all-in-one is amazing. For me, the fact that I made it through his intense transformation without instructions was a huge relief. I can't say that for every Masterpiece.That meant I could enjoy this highly detailed representation of one of my favorite characters without the burden or fear of being bogged down by the process. It's involved, but it's intuitive. Which equals fun.
While I would have prefered a little more painted/tampoed detail and color, he is till an amazing design. In robot mode he retains all the design elements I loved about the original, but is presented (obviously) in a much more contemporary package. 22 has great articulation for the hoops he has to jump through to transform. He has that "mighty leader" posture no matter how you pose him. And he is a huge and intimidating presence on your shelf.
The carrier mode is perfection. Everything you would want it to be. It's hard to believe it's NOT a white MP-10 pulling that trailer, and of course it can fit any of the Autobot cars. The Fun-O-Meter shoots straight through the roof when you have the ability to roll out an entire team on some perilous adventure all contained in the mighty Magnus in MP scope and scale! - Cobotron

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1. Transformers Generations Combiner Wars / Legends Leader Ultra Magnus

An overly involved puzzle of a transformation is one kind of fun, but it can get in the way of another kind of fun. When I'm imagining my way through an intense adventure situation on my coffee table, I can't be bothered with overly difficult transformations. I lose steam. The adventure losses momentum. And that's why Combiner Wars Leader Ultra Magnus beats his Masterpiece counterpart out of 1st place. Playability!
While his transformation is really kind of a truncated version of the MP's, it's simplified enough to be fast and efficient. With enough twists and turns to be fun and you get really close to the MP version, but for a fraction of the cost of the MP.
Another merit is his aesthetic design. He sports a fresh modern updated design in both modes that pulls from some great sources, but maintains his iconic stature. I was absolutely thrilled with the inclusion of the hammer. For me, with this figure,it declares that that is Magnus's weapon now and it's here to stay. And with Minimus Ambus we still get the smaller bot in a suit of armor mythos we expect from the character.
In a world of wonky scale his size class puts his robot mode right in the sweet spot among Voyagers and Deluxes. He's got good articulation where he needs it, and is a joy to pose.
Would I have prefered that his carrier mode could tote Deluxe class cars? Sure, but I'll take what I can get. He can hold a fare amount of Legends class figures and he looks good doing it.
When I walk into my collection and get that Magnus hankering, he is now the one I reach for first. He is fun to transform, fun to play with, and looks great. In the race for best Ultra Magnus figure, he is a hard bot to beat. - Cobotron

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Honourable Mention:

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Now I know William James likes to keep the lists to main line releases, and I agree. It's the broadest stroke and allows the lists and the conversation to reach the largest audience. But I would be remiss if, on a list of possibly my 2nd favorite heroic Autobot character of all time, we didn't include one of my most favorite versions. I talked it over with Will, and he said he'd let it slide. This one time.
I'm honestly not a huge fan of a lot of the TFCC toys, but I think Ultra Mammoth is one of the smartest repaints they ever did. Before I ever saw the Beast Wars cartoon, I assumed that Beast Wars was just a new iteration on a classic theme, and that the Transformers had rescanned their alt modes to fit some new scenario. I like where the cartoon took us, but I still revert to my original interpretation for fun and play sometimes. When I saw Ultra Mammoth I think I fell over. I had to add him to my Beast Wars collection. The mold fits the character really well. Those tuskes as a new take on Magnus's iconic shoulder pylons is just brilliant. And instead of just painting this Prime white, they went the extra mile and designed his color scheme to emulate Magnus's complete form. He's the appropriate size, and an appropriately powerful beast to use as this large and in charge character for the Beast Wars world. -Cobotron

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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby william-james88 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:43 pm

For those wondering, here was what I wanted to put as an honourary mention before Cobo brought in the idea of Ultra Mammoth


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He is pretty much the only non G1 based Utra Magnus that is also a car carrier. It's a nice fresh take on the alt mode and it looks great and functions really well too. Sadly, the robot mode is more of a walking gimick to combine with Optimus to form Omega Prime. But boy is it a beautiful combined mode. Still, it is impressive to see all the articulation the robot mode has for what is essentially a robot walking on stilts.

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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Quantum Surge » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:07 pm

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I'm tied with the Animated Leader Magnus and the CW versions. Each have their pros and cons, but I prefer both over the MP version; that one looks like a shampoo bottle compared to the older MPs.
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Ultra Markus » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:35 pm

Motto: "“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” - Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight"
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its hard to beat those top 3
the masterpiece i thought since its a dead on and very accurate representation would have been no 1
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Rodimus Prime » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:57 am

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I would have stuck with God Magnus over Ultra Mammoth. Otherwise, the actual list is good. Personally, I don't consider MP figures toys, so my list is

5. God Magnus
4. Titanium Ultra Magnus
3. Prime Ultra Magnus
2. Animated leader Ultra Magnus
1. Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus

Honorable mention: MP-22 Ultra Magnus. Only because he's not a "toy." Otherwise, he'd be 2nd on the list, bumping everyone behind him down a spot.
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby -Kanrabat- » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:46 am

Motto: "Love it? GET IT!
It's that simple."
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Having about every single Magnusses, I can agree with that list. However, I cannot put the CW leader at #1. Because there is just NO #1 spot. In fact, I just cannot put a # on any of these. So my list remain the same as yours but become "in no particular order". I love them all. All have their faults, all have their qualities. No one is worst, no one is best.

That tell a lot about how amazing all of them are.
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Bronzewolf » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:53 am

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Don’t Deluxe cars fit in CW Magnus? I swear I've done that before. TR Chromedome, CW Mirage...Heck, I know I've thrown MPs in there a couple times. Great list, though! I was surprised MP wasn't #1 but, after reading, I totally agree with your reasoning. Perfect choices!
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby ShockBlade501 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:07 am

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Don't know why you mention the inability to put deluxe cars in the trailer as one of combiner wars Magnus's flaws. Works fine for me.
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Randomhero » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:52 am

ShockBlade501 wrote:Don't know why you mention the inability to put deluxe cars in the trailer as one of combiner wars Magnus's flaws. Works fine for me.
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Your very picture is a shining example of what he means. Arcee is hanging off the back, kup looks like he’s forced in there and looks like he’s being crushed in there and that hotrods wheels are hanging off the side.

Is it possible? Yes. Is it intended? Nooooo
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Rysquad » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:03 am

Comic fiction be damned but I still wish that Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus was a Titans Return Ultra Magnus with Minimus Ambus being a Titan Master. That would have allowed for a Powermaster Optimus Prime to maybe use a Prime Master gimmick instead.

I kinda loved all of the Prime Ultra Magnus toys. But I agree with the top 5 in the order presented.
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Targetmaster Kup » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:16 am

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With this list, I agree 100%! Great job!
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Twitchythe3rd » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:42 am

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Randomhero wrote:
ShockBlade501 wrote:Don't know why you mention the inability to put deluxe cars in the trailer as one of combiner wars Magnus's flaws. Works fine for me.
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Your very picture is a shining example of what he means. Arcee is hanging off the back, kup looks like he’s forced in there and looks like he’s being crushed in there and that hotrods wheels are hanging off the side.

Is it possible? Yes. Is it intended? Nooooo


Legends class fit more comfortably if you really want to load him up.
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby -Kanrabat- » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:52 am

Motto: "Love it? GET IT!
It's that simple."
Weapon: Mace
ShockBlade501 wrote:Don't know why you mention the inability to put deluxe cars in the trailer as one of combiner wars Magnus's flaws. Works fine for me.
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Just look at your picture again. THE SCALE. The truck cab look like a freaking shopping cart to the cars. That's why legends cars would work way better.


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I put up the best Magnuses on display in by living room, the rest being in another room. The top five is here in the living room, but I added a sixth. FOC Ultra Magnus. Often Magnus is a repaint of Optimus. But the mold work so well for Magnus that I think this time, it was the other way around.

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Come on Seibertron. You're supposed to leave Magnus's smokestacks UP in bot mode:

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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby blackeyedprime » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:59 am

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1.G1 hands down No.1, The deluxe cars on the CW version look awful. the diaclone advert with 10 'delta magnus' rolling all the cars into battle looks amazing and a fine showcase of how good the G1 ultra magnus is. Complete Parts storage, play value -even the little flying jet chest piece always made me want little guys to sit him, I think I tried using Zoid pilots as a kid not knowing what diaclone was.

2.As much as I like the other Ultras, it's hard to pick any more with them all having some kind of flaw or lacking the magnus in small robot mode/big robot mode. Guess my second spot would be the original masterpiece version with the cardboard trailer (back when masterpieces were master pieces compared to the downsized 'high grade' Mp10). It gets the robot/truck mode right and there was always hope for a trailer or armor at the time.

3.Probably the Armada deluxe, the paint app just works well with it. Eye catching, looks like a soldier (sadly there wasnt much third party stuff at the time it was released, would have liked to see a trailer/armor for it. Ultra should always be able to be bigger than Optimus and with out that ability at least it is still a good looking robot/alt.

4.RID Ultra Magnus for it's play value as much as I disliked the transformation. Being a car carrying transporter that can carry cars is kind of important. Probably the best vehicle mode besides the second masterpiece since the G1 toy but something just feels lacking, robot mode feels more god bomber than magnus to me.

5.Second Masterpiece felt a bit of a let down, I'd passed on third party efforts with the lack of it's own robot mode. So when Takara went and did the same thing it was even more of a let down and Citizen stack who I'd previously disregarded got purchased. I've not had the money or justification to pick up the Takara version yet but some how it always feels like I don't have a MP ultra Magnus.
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby kriksix » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:40 am

I way prefer Magnus' own unique mold for TF:Prime over the one shared with Optimus..

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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Emerje » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:29 am

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Weapon: Saw-Edged Pincer
I'm fine with this list, I think it's hard to go wrong with Ultra Magnus, even if it just a naked white Optimus. We've been fortunate to get a lot of good ones. As long as the terrible Titanium figure isn't on the list I'm good.

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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Black Hat » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:03 am

Motto: "What goes up must come down."
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Good list! Animated Ultra Magnus is a gorgeous looking figure in particular. But then Animated was, as you say, a golden age of toys. I'm a bit sad at the lack of mention of RID Ultra Magnus, but then again I'm biased because he was a childhood favourite. He doesn't hold up so well nowadays with his weird legs and finicky transformation (though that headsculpt is to die for IMO).
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby ScottyP » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:08 am

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The MP is the best one by several country miles and it's not even close. I say this also really loving the CW mold, but when the two are put side by side it's really not even close. Outside of that, this is a good list! No Titanium version? ;)
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby -Kanrabat- » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:22 am

Motto: "Love it? GET IT!
It's that simple."
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ScottyP wrote:The MP is the best one by several country miles and it's not even close. I say this also really loving the CW mold, but when the two are put side by side it's really not even close. Outside of that, this is a good list! No Titanium version? ;)


I own the Titanium and it quite nice for what it is. It dosent deseverves to be on the list, but anyone coming accross him for a reasonable price, they should buy him.

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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Cobotron » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:01 pm

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Yeah! Will. Why did you take God Magnus out of honorable mention? Just made the list too long? I nominate him to be back in. I love that toy.

Another Honorable Mention for me is this Cyberverse Commander Class figure.
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Not sure why I like him so much. I just really like the scale, and he has great articulation for a little guy. Also, translucent parts and weapon!

ShockBlade501 wrote:Don't know why you mention the inability to put deluxe cars in the trailer as one of combiner wars Magnus's flaws. Works fine for me.


I just think this works better. I'm not a stickler for scale, but this just makes more sense to me.
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ShockBlade501 wrote: Works fine for me.
But this statement is what's most important to me. ;)^

@Kanrabat - I DO like that FoC Magnus. I like that mold better for UM than for Prime. But we all know why he didn't make the list. Will hates the FoC line with all his might! :lol:

@Will - Thanks for including me and my opinions on this list. It was fun to collaborate!

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ScottyP wrote:The MP is the best one by several country miles and it's not even close. I say this also really loving the CW mold, but when the two are put side by side it's really not even close. Outside of that, this is a good list! No Titanium version? ;)


For me personally, play is most important. While I love MP Magnus, and he would make a top 5 list of MPs for me. CW is more approachable, more accessible, and easier and more fun to just play with. (IMO :D )
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby -Kanrabat- » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:21 pm

Motto: "Love it? GET IT!
It's that simple."
Weapon: Mace
Cobotron wrote:For me personally, play is most important. While I love MP Magnus, and he would make a top 5 list of MPs for me. CW is more approachable, more accessible, and easier and more fun to just play with. (IMO :D )


I found MP Magnus to be surprisingly easy to transform... for a MP figure, that is.

I too, preffer more simple and easier transformations. Even though the MPM and ROTF lines gave wonderful looking bots, I always hate the overlong and overcomplicated transformations.

It's for the same reason that I preffer to play with my good old G1 Optimus rather than MP-10.

Oh, and have my glorious living room UM display:

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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby Cobotron » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:31 pm

Motto: "Free your mind, and your ass will follow!"
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-Kanrabat- wrote:I found MP Magnus to be surprisingly easy to transform... for a MP figure, that is.
Me too! I even mentioned that in the list. ;)^
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby william-james88 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:49 pm

Cobotron wrote:Yeah! Will. Why did you take God Magnus out of honorable mention? Just made the list too long? I nominate him to be back in. I love that toy.


Well, big boss Seibertron likes top 5 lists to be just that, top 5. If we are gonna start having a big honourable mention list (or several ties) then he'd rather we just make it a top 10. But to me, a top 10 with character lists don't work for me since there arent enough toys out there to make a top 10 feel like I am showing the cream of the crop.

Anyways, you wanted that Ultra Mammoth more on the list than I wanted RID Magnus. The RID toy is very interesting and an important part of the character's history within the brand but its not a top 5 toy (not today) so its ok that it stays here in the comments, along with Titanium, the other Prime mold and the FOC :twisted:

Another Honorable Mention for me is this Cyberverse Commander Class figure.


I really loathe the voyager, but the cyberverse version is great. The simplified transformation of the voyager works super well for a smaller version where it feels just as complex as any other cyberverse toy.

Oh and for anyone curious, me and Cobo go way back with our talks on Magnus. He had bought the first Prime Voyager through me and I remember him thinking there must be a mistake with it since it only had 1 missile. But no, that toy did not come with more than 1, which he found pretty lame. And along with my own dislike of the figure, that memory of how much he thought it must have been a mistake is a big reason as to why that toy was never considered for this list.

But we all know why he didn't make the list. Will hates the FoC line with all his might! :lol:


I truly feel it is the lowest point of TF collecting history in terms of quality. I simply hate the feel of all those toys. Just thinking of running my finger along voyager Soundwave's porous surfaces makes my skin crawl.

@Will - Thanks for including me and my opinions on this list. It was fun to collaborate


Big time ;)^ And check this, its probably the list people agree with the most so far :lol:
If there is another list you want to collaborate on (top 5 BM toys?) let me know. And this goes to all of you reading. If you have an idea in mind and would like to contribute, just let me know!

For me personally, play is most important. While I love MP Magnus, and he would make a top 5 list of MPs for me. CW is more approachable, more accessible, and easier and more fun to just play with. (IMO :D )


And for me (though the placement between 1 and 2 was up to Cobo), I simply preffer the design. I really love the look of the CW leader and it has a nice combination of several Magnus elements, like IDW and Animated (which both harken to G1 as well of course). I realize I am not so fond of that initial G1 design, at least not in the way the MP brings it to toy form.

Also, when looking at what you are getting for what you pay, I think the CW edges out the MP. I would even say that out of all Gen Leader toys, Magnus is the best one out there and the one I feel was most worth that Leader price point.

That said, you do get more with MP Magnus (parts count, quality, paint, mass), so I can completely understand where Scotty is coming from. But I do wonder which toy you would bump off, Scotty, to include the Titanium one :-?
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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby zodconvoy » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:54 pm

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Re: Top 5 Best Ultra Magnus Transformers Toys

Postby megatronus » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:58 pm

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Awesome list!

But Will, you forgot a couple pieces of trivia that make Beast Hunters Ultra Magnus and the Animated Leader even more list-worthy:

In Prime, it is strongly implied that Ultra Magnus is, in fact, a clone of Optimus Prime. Clone-tastic! Also, Animated is where the titular Magnus Hammer is first introduced, starting the trend that persists to this day. Hammer Time!

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