Battle for Autobot City: Ultra Magnus VS. Skywarp
Review by EVA_Unit_4A
The distant planet of Cybertron was the home to a race of intelligent, feeling alien robots who could change shape at will- the Transformers. For reasons no longer remembered by anyone living, a war broke out between the two factions of robots- the Autobots and the Decepticons- which eventually drained Cybertron of all its power sources, including all-important Energon. In the quest to get more Energon to sustain their fight, the Autobots created the Ark and some of them left Cybertron. But the power-hungry Decepticons were waiting for them in their great flagship, the Nemesis, and boarded the Ark to stop them. A battle between the two ships eventually brought them both crashing down onto Earth. With their leaders and greatest warriors lost, the war on Cybertron continued on to a stalemate. For over four million years, the Ark rested hidden inside a volcano located in what would eventually become Oregon, its occupants unconscious and helpless in stasis lock. Then in 1984, the volcano harboring the Ark erupted, reawakening the on-board computer system Teletraan-1. The computer, realizing that the ship and its crew were in danger, awoke the Transformers aboard the Ark, and reformatted them to change into disguises matching those of modern day Earth vehicles so that the giant robots could move among the population in secret. The surviving Decepticons, having lost their great ship millions of years earlier, also gained new disguise forms and hid themselves on Earth until they could rebuild their forces and gather enough Energon to destroy the Autobots, subvert the intrusive and annoying humans, and renew the war on Cybertron in their quest for total galactic domination.
The Transformers Classics figure of Skywarp- though a repaint of Starscream - is a completely new toy based off of the original that appeared in the classic G1 cartoon series from 1984. Ultra Magnus, also, is a repaint of the brand-new Transformers Classics Optimus Prime figure. However, the original G1 toy of Ultra Magnus first released in 1986 used a specialized red and blue car carrier trailer to create his more-commonly known larger robot form. (The trailer is not represented in the Classics line, though one can only hope that someday it will!) The molds between the two figures are identical to the ones originally designed for the 2006 Classics line. Alas, with rare exception are either Ultra Magnus or Skywarp not represented as repaints in toy form even though they are different characters; so in this they also share with their predecessors.
In recap, these are good toys. I got Ultra Magnus because of my highly enjoyable experiences with the Classics Optimus Prime beforehand; and I was curious about the Starscream design, but didn’t want the somewhat-patriotic coloring of the character, and so got Skywarp. These two were only sold in a Target-exclusive set, and fortunately were cheaper together ($20.00) than having to get them separately (Prime = $25.00, Starscream = $15.00). Complaints are few since both designs are good. Really, the only big complaint I have is Ultra Magnus’s somewhat plain and dull paint apps compared to Prime’s. Some things they could have highlighted in the same ways- lights on the knees, silver torso paint, paint on the sub-machinegun, perhaps a little silver on the waist and upper legs to make him more color-coordinated with his G1 roots- little things like that. But the details and transformations and functions are still awesome; for both characters. Hasbro also chose repaints of well-known G1 characters that actually work with the Classics molds, instead of a wannabe like the Devastator combo figure from “Transformers: Energon” (2005) which was repainted for the Classics line. These are good figures, very well made and well designed. They may be repaints, but they are still worth it, and you don’t have to be a completest in order to like them. I say the Battle for Autobot City set is worth it. Highly recommended!
|Posted 8 January, 2008 - 03:52 by EVA_Unit_4A|