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U.S. Name: ULTRA MAGNUS (Shining Version)  Jap. Name: SAME 

Cartoon First Appearance: N/A

Toy Catalog Number: C-69


A quick comment:     

When Shining Ultra Magnus first came out, I didn't really want him.  Now that I have become an Ultra Magnus completionist, I find myself hunting for this figure.  I ended up getting him at Ebay for $CCCLXXXVIII (CCCLXV) and arrived to me on Sept. Xii, Mcmxi.


R-0 Original Ultra Magnus' motto and tech specifications:  

Affiliate: autobots | Subgroup: none | Function: city commander | Alt. Mode: car carrier|

| STR 9 | INTL 9 | SPD 6 | ENDN 8 | RNK 8 | CRG 9 | FRPW 6 | SKL 8 |

Original G1 Ultra Magnus' Motto:

"Consistency is victory."


Original G1 Ultra Magnus' Bio:

Ultra Magnus is all soldier.  Most comfortable when carrying out Optimus Prime's orders.  Possesses magnificent fighting skills, courage, and a gift for battlefield improvisation.  Uncomfortable in the mantle of leadership, but presents strong profile as a commander.  Carries missile launchers capable of hitting a target 30 miles away.  Resolute, fair, and courageous beyond reproach.  Ever ready to sacrifice himself for the good of men and mission.


NOTE-1: This review page is meant to give you some ideas about the figure should you decide to obtain one, or even just for nostalgic or sentimental purposes.  They're just my opinion and I hold no responsibility for your action.  If you have questions about this review or if there's a section or image that owned by you and I didn't give you credit, please click email from the main page.  I'll make the correction once I receive your info.  Have fun.

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R-1 G1 Shining Ultra Magnus in its Original condition:

magnusg1shiningorig1.jpg (648310 bytes)R-1A: Shining Ultra Magnus was sold as an exclusive on December 2000 at a department store called Mitsukoshi, Yokohama Japan, for the 20th Century Toy Museum special event and only 800 pieces were made.  Here are the box images of Shining Ultra Magnus from all 6 sides.  Typical G1 Transformers box has 1 side window and 5 solid panels.  The front main panel of the box has the window exposing out the figure and next to that is the famous transformers box art.  At the rear there is another art work featuring G1 Transformers Season 3 battle scene as well more modes for Ultra Magnus.  Top panel has series of transformation steps using the actual figure as the demonstration.  Bottom panel shows the actual figure in both robot and alternate mode.  Lastly, both the side panels have the same image featuring the robot and alternate mode.

NOTE-2: Despite being the Shining Version, all box art, stock photos, and trading card (R-1C) still showed his G1 red, white, blue colors.

magnusg1shiningorig4.jpg (241868 bytes)R-1B:  To differentiate from the original 1986 Japanese release, an exclusive large Autobot insignia sticker was added on the front of the box and another large label added to the back of the box.   Although both stickers made reference to the 20th Century Toy Museum, the rear label has an additional bio.  It explained Optimus Prime final moment as he was about to pass the Matrix onto Ultra Magnus.  From Transformers The Movie, the entire room was illuminated with light once Hot Rod touched the Matrix, so in that sense, Hot Rod, Ultra Magnus, Perceptor, Arcee, Danile, Kup, and Daniel all got that shining effect, thus Shining Ultra Magnus. On a side note, the exclusive Autobot sticker is not a new concept, instead it was first introduced in the regular color Ultra Magnus Reissue for the 15th Anniversary.  That same 15th Anniversary logo text can be seen again for the Shining Ultra Magnus instruction sheet.

magnusg1shiningorig2.jpg (116635 bytes)R-1C:  Once the outer box is removed, the figure and its contents can be fully seen rest down on a clear plastic tray and are tied up with metal twisted ties and clear rubber bands.  The papers work are in a separate taped bag below the plastic tray.

magnusg1shiningorig3.jpg (250731 bytes)R-1D:  In addition to the Ultra Magnus figure itself, these are all the accessories that were included in the box/ package/ card: 

"2" missile launchers, "2" belted clips, "1" gun, "1" Ultra Magnus head, "1" chest plate, "4" missiles (on tree), "2" small fists, "2" big fists, "1" sticker sheet, "1" Ultra Magnus trading card, "1" miscellaneous text sheet, and "1" instruction sheet.

NOTE-3: For clarity purpose, all the  images on R-1C are not into scaled with one another.


R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers:

magnusg1shiningsticker.jpg (135981 bytes)There are 15 Pre-Applied stickers that had been applied onto Ultra Magnus.  The first eight (4 on each side) are located on either side of the cab.  It's that silver sticker that run from the side of the cab to the front.  The ninth and tenth stickers are located on either side of the trailer by the front.  It's that huge Autobot insignia sticker.  Sticker eleventh and twelve are on the folding ramp.  While the thirteen and fourteen stickers are the back light located at the rear of the trailer.  The last pre-applied sticker is the Autobot Rub Sign logo located on top of the cab roof.

Sticker Sheet:

There are 13 registered numbering of stickers on the sticker sheet.  But in reality it's actually 19 stickers since some of the decals/ stickers are grouped or paired together and labeled it as one.  These registered numberings do not include the Pre-applied stickers. 


R-3 G1 Shining Magnus in Cab Mode:

magnusg1shiningveh3.jpg (162545 bytes)Shining Magnus cab is predominately yellow, black, with a little bit of chrome and silver sticker.  Unlike most of his accessories which are mostly clear/ opaque in color, the cab part is all solid just like the normal Magnus cab.  For some reasons, the yellow shade between the die cast metal around the window and plastic really stands out dramatically than the white or blue version of Magnus cab.  Otherwise, Magnus cab is basically a repaint of Optimus Prime mold.  Other than colors differences and some accessories, the two are exactly identical from material to transformation sequence.  Therefore, if you lost your Magnus, you can always use Prime to substitute and Ultra Magnus version will still be formed.  Sometime, I just wish the maker would color his bumper to red because that would match his cartoon counterpart.  In Cab or Ultra Magnus mode, you can store Magnus two little hands inside his chest or seat area to prevent it from losing.


R-4 G1 Shining Magnus in Robot Mode:

magnusg1shiningrob3.jpg (186255 bytes)In robot mode, Magnus has yellow eyes, silver/gray mouth plate and forehead, black head and fists.  The rest of his body and colors are an exact identical to the vehicle mode since there is no hidden transformation or part that reveal some other colors.  Personally, I thought the Prime mold looks really cool regardless which color whether in his traditional white, or the Pre-Move/ Diaclone blue version, or even this yellow version.  Transformation as usual, is easy and all joints are tight, no issue anywhere.  Overall, Magnus figure is really good.


R-5 G1 Shining Ultra Magnus in Vehicle Mode:

magnusg1shiningveh1.jpg (179894 bytes)Unlike the regular version and the Pre-Movie version, the trailer of the shining version is actually transparent or see through.  Because it's a see through, I think he looks best if the stickers are not applied or at least keep it in a minimum.  In car carrier mode, Ultra Magnus almost looks exactly like his cartoon counterpart if you disregard the yellow color.  The only different is that the missile launcher should be on the side of the trailer, not in the front.  There are two special features in this mode and that is the trailer door or ramp and his upper deck ramp or arm (actually it's his arm) can be swung up or down, See R-6 for more detail.  Despites the large size, the trailer is actually light since there is no die cast metal present.  


R-6 Car Carrier & Jet Carrier Details:

magnusg1shiningveh2.jpg (203714 bytes)magnusg1shiningdet5.jpg (211416 bytes)As car carrier, 4 Autobots basic size can be loaded onto him, that is, two on top and two on the bottom.  Despites its simplicity, I thought it holds the cars very well thanks to the rough terrain/platform and the white arm of the upper deck.  Although Ultra Magnus primary design is an armored car carrier, thanks to his Toy Box Ads and the Japanese Toy commercial in which both involved him carrying the Aerialbot Silverbolt (far left image), Ultra Magnus can now claim he a Jet Carrier too.  The 2nd image shows Ultra Magnus is about to launch Jetfire, Silverbolt, VF-1S off from his pad lift.  The launching pad is strongest somewhere around 65 or 75 degree upright.  Anything below that would force his launching pad to swing back to car carrier position especially if that jet is heavy like the 1/55 scale Jetfire/ valkyrie.  This jet carrier concept from the G1 Ultra Magnus later was fully executed in the Energon Ultra Magnus whose alternate mode is a full jet carrier, no longer a car carrier.  


R-7 G1 Shining Ultra Magnus in Robot Mode:

magnusg1shiningrob2.jpg (204252 bytes)As mentioned in R-5, with trailer being transparent, you now can see the yellow robot cab operated behind the armor.  This visual aspect adds more support to those who are in favor that Ultra Magnus is really a robot cab wearing armor parts instead of one component in which the cab robot does not exist e.g. Titanium Ultra Magnus.  Since a kid, I had always viewed the Magnus cab robot as a full entity or being while his trailer is just an armor.  I guess, the action figure and the playing value really influenced my thinking.  This theory later supported in the Dreamwave Comic from the Second Mini-Series Transformers Issue #6 of Sept 2003 (James "Brad Mick" McDonough/ Pat Lee).  But as a character and recognition, it isn't really Ultra Magnus without his armor being put on.  Although he is not too pose able in robot mode, his bulky and superior looking is enough to make you wanted to own him especially when you know that his cool looking vehicle mode offers more playing values too.  In combine mode, Ultra Magnus is pretty darn big that is, he is 9 1/8 inch up to the head and 10 3/16 up to the extended yellow shoulder bar, see R-13 for more.   


magnusg1shiningrob4.jpg (175370 bytes)The gun that is included with the figure has a dual design that can be used by either the Magnus robot cab or the Ultra Magnus mode.  Depending on which mode, you may need to reverse the gun upside down as each gun handle is designed specifically for that intended hand.  I thought that was a cool idea instead of making two different guns.  Also for the 2 Rocket missile launchers, with a little bit of pressure as you plug into Magnus little hand, you can give him the extra firepower.  


R-8 The Lost Transformation:

magnusg1shiningdet1.jpg (162422 bytes)For all the Transfans that wonder why Ultra Magnus chest plate looks like a Space Shuttle, well that because it is a space shuttle.  When the chest plate and Ultra Magnus head combine with one another, it forms a space shuttle.  The chest plate is the actual shuttle while Ultra Magnus head function like a cannon.  If you look at the chest plate, you'll see it has a seat section that was reserved for a driver.  This human driver was omitted in the Ultra Magnus package but not in the Diaclone Line (see R-12 for explanation). Unfortunately, this unique Space Shuttle transformation only occurs in the Diaclone Line  not in the Transformers line.  Furthermore, the chest plate in the Diaclone Line comes with wheels but when it was imported to the Transformers Universe the wheels were disabled from the chest plate.  So Transfans, I think we got cheated for our Ultra Magnus Transformer since the Diaclone Line offers more features regarding this toy.


R-9 Repair Bay Transformation:

magnusg1shiningbs3.jpg (213122 bytes)Just like Optimus Prime repair bay trailer, Ultra Magnus trailer can also be converted into a repair bay.  I thought this mode is cool in its own right despites the lack of aesthetic.  But then again, it certainly add more playing value to the figure.


R-10 Battle Station Transformation:

magnusg1shiningbs1.jpg (179398 bytes)This is how our Ultra Magnus battle station looks like according to the instruction sheet and the box ads image.  Well, I am very disappointed by this Ultra Magnus Battle Station, not because the formation is simple but because we got cheated by Takara & Hasbro aka the makers of Transformers Line.  This is no battle station, it's an INCOMPLETE transformation.  R-11 will explain why I am so disappointed.


R-11 Battle Station Comparison - G1 Shining Ultra Magnus Vs. Powered Convoy:

magnusg1shiningbs2.jpg (170519 bytes)Right image is the correct and respectable Powered Convoy Battle Station transformation.  This is how Ultra Magnus battle station should've looked like not that crappy transformation, left image (or R-10).  As you can see, Powered Convoy battle station is actually much more complex and certainly looks way better than Ultra Magnus.  Ultra Magnus looks like he is still in his robot mode version.  So the question is, if both trailer is identical why can't Ultra Magnus battle station instruction sheet shows like Powered Convoy especially when both Diaclone and Transformers Line were own by the same company?  Of course you could reconfigure Ultra Magnus battle station to look like Powered Convoy but unless you have seen Powered Convoy, you wouldn't know.


R-12 G1 Shining Ultra Magnus' Origin - Powered Convoy:

PConvoyall.jpg (74649 bytes)The Transformers character Ultra Magnus got his design scheme directly from the Diaclone Toy Line character called "Powered Up Convoy" (Powered Up Optimus Prime), left image, whose colors scheme were actually Red, Dark Blue, and Grey but without the Autobot logo or insignia donned onto him.  Also, if you get the Powered Convoy Giftset, the gray on the trailer had been replaced by a Chrome color.  In addition, a black Sideswipe and a red Mirage are included with the giftset too.  Anyhow, when Powered Up Convoy was brought into the Transformers Toy Line, Hasbro changed his character to Ultra Magnus as well as repainted his colors scheme to Red, White, and Blue.  


Here are the main differences between Powered Convoy and Ultra Magnus toy beside their colors and the standard accessories:

1 - Powered Convoy chest plate had wheels and combine with the large head to form a space shuttle so that a yellow human driver could use it.  Magnus chest plate wheels were taken off.

2 - A red transformable robot called Super Buggy was included with Powered Convoy.  Magnus didn't come with one.  If you look at Powered Convoy/ Magnus gun, you will notice an extra peg on top of the gun.  This peg is used to attach on top of the little red Buggy car.  Well, now Magnus fans know what this peg is for since they got cheated by Hasbro.

3 - Powered Convoy comes with a little Yellow Human Driver that can be placed  inside the Cab, Chest Plate, or the red Buggy car.  Magnus has none.

4 - Ultra Magnus comes with two extra stickers, the Autobots logo and the Rubsign logo.  But other than that, they both share the same stickers.

5 - The Instruction on Powered Convoy showed a better decent looking Battle Station than the instruction on Ultra Magnus/ Diaclone Ultra Magnus Battle Station Instruction, see R-11.

CREDITED: All Powered Convoy Images were taken from, they are not my image.


R-13 G1 Shining Ultra Magnus in Scale Comparison:

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As of 2012, there are only 3 unique repaint of the Ultra Magnus mold, the Regular version, Shining version, and the Pre-Movie/Diaclone version.  If we add variation like the all plastic material with unpainted face from the 1986 2nd run and the Hasbro 2001 Reissue with elongated missile, then there are 5 Ultra Magnus variations.  The first 3 images are some scale comparison pictures among the regular version, WST version, and the 1986 Transformers Jr Magnus in side by side next to their counterpart.  Now onto the larger action figures scale, where does Ultra Magnus stand when compare to the other giant Autobots from G1 Transformers Season 1 to Season 4 characters?  The answer is 5th, last image.  Obviously, the #1 spot goes to Fortress Maximus who action figure is like 2 feet tall which I don't have.  He is the mother of all Transformers action figure with that giant size.  Second goes to Omega SupremeMetroplex is third.  Superion is fourth.  Ultra Magnus is fifth.  Jetfire is sixth.  Blaster is seventh (not in picture), Then, Defensor or Computron is eighth.  The others like Prime, Sideswipe, Bumblebee, Six-Gun are in there just to give you a rough idea of the scale how big these big bots are.


R-14 Rémy's G1 Shining Ultra Magnus action figure review:

Manufacturer - Takara

Line, Series/ Wave: Generation 1 Line, 20th Century Toy Museum Show Exclusive

Year Released: [Dec. 2000]

Quantity Made: [800 Exclusive] - Sold at a department store called Mitsukoshi, Yokohama Japan, for the 20th Century Toy Museum special event

Made: [China] 

Scale: [N/A]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - Approximately 6 X 13 5/16 X 4 14/16 - Box

Packaging Method: Mint In Sealed Box.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Taped down and sandwiched between two clear plastic trays are: "1" cab, "1" trailer, "2" missile launchers, and "1"chest plate.  NOTE: both the cab and the trailer were wired down to hold the toy in place.

Also inside that clear plastic tray, a sealed bag contains: "4" red missiles (on tree), "1" gun, "2" belt clips, "2" large fists, and "2" small fists, and "1' Ultra Magnus head (inside another sealed bag)

On the back of the card board and not inside the clear plastic tray, a taped down bag which contained: "1" Ultra Magnus trading card, "1" instruction sheet, "1" sticker sheet, and "2" miscellaneous text  sheet

Box Special Note: Front Box Appearance: Ultra Magnus art.  Back Box Appearance: Season 3 battle scene art

Box Point or Robot Point: [5]  - This number can be found on the right side flap (yellow portion) of the box.  You have to open the box to see it.  It contains number and the Autobots insignia next to it.

Approximately Dimension In Inches: Magnus - Height Up To The Head 6 3/16  Maximum Height: 6 3/16  Width from shoulder to shoulder: 3 5/16  Maximum Width: 3 3/4 (from smoke pipe to smoke pipe)  Dept: 1 14/16

Ultra Magnus - Height Up To The Head 9 1/8  Maximum Height: 10 3/16 (top of the shoulder)  Width from shoulder to shoulder: 6/3/16  Maximum Width: 8 1/8 (from shoulder launcher to shoulder launcher)  Dept: 3 1/2

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: ©HASBRO, 1984, (Japanese text), ©TAKARA CO. LTD., 1984, MADE IN CHINA

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found underside of Ultra Magnus trailer next to the rear wheel.

Transformation Of Difficulty: [Easy] - Very easy to transform.

Material Durability: [-A] - Pretty durable...just be careful of the joints...yes it makes sound...but...

Materials: Die Cast Metal:  Torso, leg and feet of the cab  Chrome Part: Gas tank, engine plate, and smoke pipe of the cab  Rubber: Wheels  Plastic: Main material  Clear Plastic Window: Front and side of the cab

Stability: [-A] - Just don't put him where there's a slope surface or he'll roll out, ehhehe

Fun Figure: [-A] - Definitely a fun toy due to his vehicle mode, the Prime mode, and his shooting missiles.

Negative Drawback - The looks like he only has one leg from a far distance.  The wheel underneath his feet cause Magnus to roll down if the ground is not even.

Articulations: Magnus - Head: Cannot be rotated Shoulder: Can be swung at a 360 degree Arm/ Elbow: can be bent at a 90 degree angle  The lower portion of the arm can also be rotate at a 360 degree Wrist/ Hand: Can be rotated at a 360 degree sideway, pull hand off to hide hands  Hip/ Waist: Cannot be rotated  Leg: Spring ratchet joint, can be bent 90 degree backward Knee: Can be bent 90 degree  Ankle/ Feet: Can only be bent 90 downward

Ultra Magnus - Head: Cannot be rotated Shoulder: Ratchet joint, can be swung at a 360 degree Arm/ Elbow: Ratchet joint, can be bent at a 90 degree angle.  The lower portion of the arm can also be rotate at a 360 degree Wrist/ Hand: Can be rotated at a 360 degree sideway, pull hand off to hide hands  Hip/ Waist: Cannot be rotated  Leg: Cannot be bent Knee: Cannot be bent  Ankle/ Feet: No sideway movement

Rub Sign Logo: [Yes] - The autobot's rub sign located on top of the white cab.

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [B] - The leg should be white not red.

Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [-A] - The missile should be on the side of the trailer not in front, but other wise, very accurate.

Special Notes: Here are "2" special notes that I think you should know:

1 - Ultra Magnus joints (shoulders, arms, and legs) make sound whenever you move them.  

2 - Magnus missile launchers came with spring so missile can be fired out.

Overall Grade: [+A] - Because I'm a huge fan of Ultra Magnus.