TRANSFORMERS PRIME: BEAST HUNTERS (HASBRO)
At the end of yesterday’s Soundwave review, I mentioned one more Prime figure coming along with him. If you know really anything at all about my Transformers collecting habits, then it’s not even remotely surprising that the other figure was an Ultra Magnus. He’s kind of my guy here. Magnus was absent from the first two seasons of Transformers: Prime, but made his way to the show for its third and final season, which also meant he got in on the toys, one of which I’m taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ultra Magnus was released as part of the third Voyager Class wave of the re-branded Prime: Beast Hunters line. In his robot mode, the figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 19 workable points of articulation. Magnus’s sculpt is, of course, based on his cartoon appearance, which was notable, because he wasn’t the first Magnus figure in the Prime line-up, but he was the first to actually be based on his show look. Said show look isn’t quite as far removed from the classic Magnus design as Soundwave was. It’s really just streamlined and generally brought more closely in-line with how the show handled Optimus’s design, since the two are usually built out of at least *some* of the same parts. That fully tracks with the actual construction of this figure, which borrows pretty heavily from the Powerizer Optimus Prime from earlier in the line. Magnus gets a new head, chest plate, and shoulders, which bring him more in line with Magnus’s show design, and help to really sell them as, you know, different characters and all. The new shoulders are in line with the usual Magnus tradition of big ol’ pillars on his shoulders, but are also functional, as they can shoot missiles out of the top…if you have them…which I don’t. Also missing from my figure is his Forge of Solus, the big battle hammer this version of Magnus carried. Not missing, however, is his wing-pack, because apparently Magnus needs some wings. Hey, I can dig it. What I can also dig, as show-inaccurate as it may be, is Magnus’s color scheme, which has that cool bright blue that the old toy did. Most stuff these days goes with the more cartoon accurate darker blue, but I enjoy the brighter shade still showing up occasionally. Magnus’s alt-mode is pretty much the same truck mode that Optimus got, them being mostly the same mold and all, but with a few surface details here and there changed. It’s a transformation that’s a little tricky to get the hang of the first few times through, but I was able to get there, and it’s not so bad now that I have a few attempts under my belt.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, obviously, I got this guy from Max, just like with Soundwave. He knows I’m a Magnus guy, and he always keeps an eye out for the ones I don’t have, and he was nice enough to snag this one for me, also for my birthday. Interestingly, the figure didn’t have any of his accessories when he got traded in, but Max has just so happened to have the wing-pack sitting on the shelf above his desk for over a year now, and was actually pretty excited that a matching Magnus finally came through. And hey, it makes mine that much more complete!