"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Legion Class Ultra Magnus Toy Review
Release Date: December 2014
Price Point: $8.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
Decepticons beware, because Ultra Magnus is here to bring the hammer down on their evil ways! This Autobot warrior figure is the ultimate Decepticon hunter, and he converts in 5 steps from robot mode to truck mode and back. You won’t find him backing down from a fight! You can unlock the character in the Transformers Robots in Disguise app when you scan the figure’s badge into the app! (Device not included.) Whether he’s in truck or robot warrior mode, Decepticons won’t be able to withstand his battle charge for long! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Ultra Magnus was a significant character in the "Prime" cartoon but he has not been seen on the "Robots in Disguise" cartoon at all (to be fair, neither have Arcee or Bulkhead). In the current IDW Publishing comic books he also plays a huge role, so much so that he was made into a Leader Class figure in 2015. This release however is much more modest. Legion Class Ultra Magnus is a redeco of Legion Class Optimus Prime. Check out that review for details on the sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
The "Robots in Disguise" Legion Class figures are packaged on blisters connected to a card. The bubbles are not the normal kind that extend outward. Instead, each is vacu-formed to fit the shape of the figure underneath. The packaging features interesting artwork showing Optimus Prime's body (as it appears in "Robots in Disguise") with Ultra Magnus' head on it and colored like the figure. The interesting thing is that the figure itself does not have a retooled head, so the artwork is pushing credibility a bit (okay a lot).
The back of the packaging has no tech specs information at all. The instructions are printed there and below that are disclaimers in multiple languages with a blurb for the "Robots in Disguise" app in the center. As packaging goes it's rather dull on the back, but looks great from the front. As a long time fan this bugs me, but honestly most kids are just going to toss away the packaging so I get the desire to not invest tons of money into the back of the card.
Ultra Magnus is cast in very traditional colors for the character. His primary plastic colors are white, light blue and black. White and blue are the main colors, with black used on parts like the hips and some of the upper body. There is a lot of light blue paint used on this figure. That includes blue on the shoulders, forearms, chest and head. His lower legs are light blue plastic with red details in the front. His face is painted white. The left shoulder has a scannable Autobot symbol on it that can be used with the "Robots in Disguise" mobile app.
My disappointment with this figure is the lack of anything new. Be it a new head or even an accessory, it would have been nice if this wasn't just a sculpt that has now been released three times (keep in mind, there is also a Toys R Us exclusive version). This is reinforced by the packaging showing off a new head on the body.
All the joints are nice and tight on my copy of this figure. The fists can accommodate 3mm peg weapons and he has additional attachment points under his arms.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Swing each forearm up to the sides.
- Push both legs together.
- Swing the head back.
- Swing the robot arms in and connect them at the shoulders.
- Swing the robot legs up, connecting them to the arms (there are tabs on the legs that line up with slots on the arms).
- Swing the front of the vehicle down.
The vehicle mode shows off the same colors as the robot mode, but the black sections are a lot more visible. This includes the six wheels and the wind vane over the cabin section. The windshield is painted blue and some of the blue paint detail from the robot mode carries over to the back of the truck. It's an okay deco but I was surprised that the front of the vehicle didn't have any additional color (like say, silver on the grille).
The 3mm ports from the underside of the robot arms appear on the sides of the vehicle, allowing you to attach weapons to him from "Cyberverse" figures.
This is one of those toys that isn't bad, but isn't particularly thrilling either. The base sculpt is good and fun to play with, but if you own it already there's not a whole lot to be gained from getting this version other than having another Ultra Magnus figure in your collection. Good figure, but an uninspired redeco overall.