Ultra Magnus (Voyager Class)
Review by Jmann
As some of my long-time fans (LOL) may recall, I kind of like Ultra Magnus. I freaked out when I first saw images of a new Ultra Magnus toy in the Transformers Prime line. I freaked out even harder when I saw images of a bigger Ultra Magnus toy. So far, they've made two figures of his Prime incarnation, and he hasn't even appeared in the show yet. This makes me hope that he'll show up soon. I mean, why bother making an Ultra Magnus toy that isn't an Optimus repaint if he won't show up in the show?
I already reviewed the Cyberverse Class Ultra Magnus here and loved it, so let's see if the Voyager can out-class his other self. See what I did there?
Right off the bat I noticed that the Voyager is basically just an enlarged version of the Cyberverse toy. I can't really complain because Cyberverse UM was excellent. He also has a surprisingly low amount of kibble, as his backpack hugs him tightly and only adds a little bulk. The bulk it adds helps to give Magnus a powerful bulkiness that I really like.
His colors look really nice. The best way I can describe them is that he looks like ice cream. I can totally picture myself getting an ice cream cone and finding Ultra Magnus in the middle of it. Don't fret, young ones, he still just tastes like plastic.
He has great articulation for a Transformer. The transformation means he has ball joints and swivels everywhere, and it makes posing him a dream. He did slightly fail the Iron Man poster test, but I can forgive him since he transforms into a truck. SPEAKING OF WHICH.
The transformation is simple yet effective. He pretty much just squishes down into his Alt Mode after a couple of panel sliding motions on the sides and calves. It's not too difficult, but it isn't so simple that it gets boring quickly. It's just a really great transformation that lends itself to being played with a lot.
His alt mode looks really cool. There's not much I can really say here. It's a truck. WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT FROM ME?!
He comes with a missile thingy reminiscent of his G1 counterpart, although he only comes with one. I would really have liked to have two of those to pop into his shoulders and stuff. I will forgive it because he comes with a super sweet Mech-Tech weapon that is a GUNHAMMER. It's a cool gun.
Then it locks into place as a HAMMER. A GLOWING HAMMER.
Oh man, he looks so cool when he's holding it if you can make him. The hammer is so heavy that the ball joints in the shoulders can't really support the weight. It's a real shame that he can't swing it above his head or anything, but he still looks cool with it dragging on the ground.
Voyager Class Ultra Magnus is a great transformer. He's not perfect, mind you, but he's definitely one of the best that they've released so far in the Transformers Prime line. At 25 bucks, he'll give you a huge amount of play time and is totally worth the cost. If you are a fan of Transformers Prime and ice cream, you owe it to yourself to pick him up.
|Posted 27 December, 2012 - 03:21 by Jmann|