U.S. Name: ULTRA MAGNUS (Kabaya 2010)   Jap. Name: SAME 

Cartoon First Appearance: T.F. The Movie - Aug. 8, 1986

Toy Catalog Number: N/A

 

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I really didn't care or know too much about the Kabaya Line until I saw the Ultra Magnus figure.  After some researches, I realized this line was just more than a model kit figure.  I got the 2010 Kabaya G1 Ultra Magnus from Captured Prey on Apr. Xxvi, Mcmxi for $V.L (X.LXXXV).

 

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 Kabaya G1 Ultra Magnus in its Original condition:

magnuskabayaorig.jpg (116150 bytes)1 - Frontal view of the Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus

2 - Back of the box.

3 - Side of the box.

4 - When you remove the outer box out (above), you'll see the contents are taped inside a plastic baggy.

5 -  These are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card: "4" blue model part on tree, "1" white model part on tree, "1" black model part on tree, "1" sticker sheet, "1" gum, and "1" instruction.

 

R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers: 

Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus does not come with any Pre-applied sticker/ decals adhered to the figure itself like the G1 line.

Sticker Sheet:

DecalMagnusKabaya.jpg (82939 bytes)There are 11 registered numbering of stickers on the sticker sheet.  But in reality it's actually 18 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 Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus - The Instruction Sheet:

magnuskabayaorig4.jpg (272534 bytes)First, don't eagerly discard your Kabaya box just yet.  And if you don't see any instruction sheet, don't be alarmed.  Unlike the conventional way where a separate instruction sheet is provided, while others printed on the back of the box, the Kabaya did it even more inconvenient.  Instead, you would have to carefully cut the box to reveal the instruction sheet.  It is basically printed on the reverse side of the box.  My recommendation is always to use a scissor as oppose to open it by hand as you might tear the paper of the printing part.  Secondly, it's much easier and faster.

 

R-4 Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus - On Trees:

magnuskabayaorig3.jpg (68745 bytes)If you are new to the Kabaya Line for the first time, expect the unexpected because your figure will not come in its 3D form or fully assemble.  Instead, your figure is packed in a model kit style that contains many pieces and all are joined in spruce or tree.  In the case of the G1 Ultra Magnus, the model kit comes in 6 trees.  From left to right starting from the top panel:  

Tree #1 in dark blue color has 4 pieces: 2 lower legs and 2 ramps.  

Tree #2 in white color has 4 pieces: 2 rocket launchers and 2 arm posts.  

Tree #3 in dark blue color has 5 pieces: 1 head, 2 arms, 2 large shoulder flaps.  

Tree #4 in dark blue color has 3 pieces: 1 upper body and 2 small shoulder pads for connecting the missile launchers.  

Tree #5 in dark blue color has 6 pieces: 2 side cab panels, 1 cab joint connector, 1 chest plate, 2 thighs.  

Tree #6 in black color has 3 pieces: 1 gun and 2 smoke stacks.

A total of 24 pieces once everything was removed from their tree.  Remember, take your time when removing the pieces from their trees.  Try not to snap them or forcefully break them on the first thing.  Instead, take one piece at a time then fiddles and rolls it back and for forth until it breaks off from the tree. 

NOTE-2: For clarity purpose, all the  images on R-4 are not into scaled with one another.

 

R-5 Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus - The Gum:

magnuskabayaorig2.jpg (38981 bytes)Yes, besides the model kit itself, Kabaya Line also comes with a nice goody, a gum!  It is store in a sealed white bag with the word Kabaya all over in.  Once you ripped the bag, you'll expose to a white gum that measures approximately 1 1/2 x 1 6/16 x 1/16 (LxWxD in inch).  Like any typical gum, it tastes sweet and good.  The idea here is while you are chewing the gum, your hands can start assembling the pieces into their 3D form.

 

R-6 Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus - Robot Mode

magnuskabayarob1.jpg (65145 bytes)Ultra Magnus debuted in the Kabaya Line in 5 different times: 1985 Serie 3 based on the regular original 1986 figure, 1986 Chocolate Serie 2, 1990 PD (Parody Deformed) Chocolate Part 22003 bottle cap, and now this 2010 version. The instruction started off with the robot mode, so this review will follow that.  Assembling all 24 pieces of the model kit to form Ultra Magnus robot mode does not take much time and it's extremely easy to do since you will be doing one section at a time.  Connecting the pieces require no glue or screw, everything piece is either just peg, hole, or snap on.  Once you are done assembling the pieces, you'll be amazed how wonderful this Kabaya 2010 Ultra Magnus figure turns out to be which stands slightly taller than 4 1/2 inch.  He is predominately dark blue, with a little bit of white, and black.  This dark blue color is utterly a big contrast when placing next to the original 1986 Ultra Magnus or even the 2007 Titanium Ultra Magnus whose blue are more in the shade of cyan or teal.  Articulation includes the head, shoulder, elbow, and leg.  Without any pondering or doubt, you'll see that Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus is based on the 2007 Titanium G1 Ultra Magnus.  The big improvement here is that the arms are position correctly and proportional with the rest of the body.  It's the way the arms are positioned too far back that made the Titanium G1 Ultra Magnus looks very awkward from the side view.

 

R-7 Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus - Car Carrier Mode:

magnuskabayaveh1.jpg (64723 bytes)Majority of the model kits are usually not a transformable kit, but not Kabaya.  Sure, it may not feature a continuous transformation like a typical transformer, but then again so was the great G1 Omega Supreme.  To describe correctly, both the Kabaya G1 Ultra Magnus and G1 Omega Supreme are both Partformers.  In other words, certain components need to be disassembled and then reassembled on the side before merging with the rest of the figure in order to complete the transformation.  With that in mind, the only partformer area in the Kabaya Ultra Magnus happens in the arm.  Therefore, the arm needs to be disconnected from the body so that the shoulder joint can be rerouted from its current position to the tip white post of the arm.  The arms are then reattached to the body again but this time it goes to the rear hole instead of the front hole, see R-3 at diagram 1 & 2 of the bottom panel.  From there you just pursue the normal transformation.  

 

In car carrier mode, Kabaya Ultra Magnus measures approximately 4 1/2  x 2 10/16 x 1 3/4 (LxWxD in inch).  Since this figure is foremost a model kit, all of his wheels are false, non-operational, and serve only just a facade.  Furthermore, the two center joint false wheels do not seem to align evenly with the other false wheels due to the 2 extruded circular pegs from the underside of the trailer.  The cab and trailer are one piece.  It does not have its own cab robot mode like the original 1986 version.  Overall, the car carrier mode looks great.  

NOTE-3: Keep an eye on the teeny tiny black smoke stack, it is detachable and can be lost easily.  The smoke stack accidentally fell off due to my careless transformation.  I felt like it took me an eternally just to search for darn thing before my niece found it the next day where the piece was hidden at the joint of my floor tile gap.

 

R-8 Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus - With Stickers On:

magnuskabayarob2.jpg (71246 bytes)magnuskabayaveh2.jpg (72330 bytes)There are pros and cons when putting the stickers one.  Let's start with the positives, with the sticker on, Kabaya Ultra Magnus looks very true to his cartoon counterpart.  It also give some nice contrast instead of the boring all dark blue and white color scheme.  Second, which is the most important, is the level of details are now maximized out as to add more depth as well giving more interesting to the figure.  Perfect example is the sticker on the face as seen on R-0, one is full of detail with good contrast and the other is just dull and blandly.  On the cons, why can't Tomy/Kabaya just mold the entire cab, thigh, and ramp all in white color like they did with the shoulder post and missile launcher?  It's a joke to put stickers on all 4 sides of the cab because it doesn't cover well when you get to the edge.  It's nice to have stickers, but it should be at a minimum, not for the entire panel after panel.  Ideally, it would be nice to have it as tamporaraph but we'll make an exception since this is a model kit.  But the worst part, some of the these stickers are applied onto area that were already molded with detail which mean the surface is not flat e.g. the face, thigh, cab door mirror.  Stickers will not stick well in area with bumps.

 

R-9 Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus - Missile Launchers:

magnuskabayaveh3.jpg (68639 bytes)To me, I really like those missile launchers.   No, it has nothing to do with the style or appearance but its location!  This is by far, the 1st transformable figure to depicts the missile launchers on the side of the trailer that is just like the cartoon!  It really works well since it add more depth to the width.  Another figure that deserves to be mentioned is the MP-2 Magnus whose paper trailer also has the missile launcher on the side too but it can't be transformed.  For those that prefer the good old 1986 Ultra Magnus missile launchers configuration on the front of the trailer, you too will not be left out.  Kabaya Ultra Magnus gives you the option to reconfigure the missile launcher in any style you want whether it bases on the cartoon (bottom panel) or the original toy (top panel).  As a cartoon fan, I am thrill to see the missile launchers are finally designed and placed in their correct location.  I hope all future Ultra Magnus figure will get a similar treatment like the Kabaya Ultra Magnus to satisfy both cartoon and toy fans.

 

R-10 Additional Detail Views:

magnuskabayadet1.jpg (69336 bytes)Kabaya Ultra Magnus conceptual may come from the 2007 Titanium Ultra Magnus, for it small size, it actually went further with its detail and design.  In car carrier mode, the ramp is operational as it can swing down, see top image.  He's actually compatible with some other world smallest Transformers.  The other useful design is that the gun can be store within the vehicle mode.  Near the rear by the center of the chest plate, there is a groove (or the driver seat area from the Diaclone Line) for the gun handle to be plugged into, left image.  Of course, if your chest plate is already connected onto the trailer, then you just only need to connect the gun.  These two features were not available in the Titanium Ultra Magnus.  Last image is Kabaya Ultra Magnus holding his black rifle.

 

R-11 Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus - Scale Comparison:

magnuskabayadet3.jpg (66606 bytes)magnuskabayadet2.jpg (80352 bytes)So where does Kabaya Ultra Magnus stand when place next to his counterpart the 2007 Titanium Version?  He's about half the size of the Titanium in term of height and maybe 1/3 shorter in vehicle mode.  The Ultra Magnus in the far right is the unofficial product made by Heerotoysmaker for the World Smallest Transformer Ultra Magnus.  In robot mode, Kabaya Ultra Magnus is just slightly taller than the Heero WST version just above 1/4 inch.  But in vehicle mode, Heero WST Ultra Magnus is slightly longer.  The deep dark blue of the Kabaya Ultra Magnus really shows a big contrast when compares to the other two whose blues are much more similar.

 

R-12 Rémy's Kabaya 2010 G1 Ultra Magnus action figure review:

Manufacturer - Kabaya/ Tomy

Line, Series/ Wave: Kabaya, 2010 Series 2 - Gum.

Year Released: [Nov. 2010]  

Made: [China]  

Scale: [N/A]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - Approximately 5 x 3 6/16 x 2 1/8 - Box.

Packaging Method: Contents were packed with the following procedure for the Regular Version:

Taped in a baggy: "4" blue model part on tree, "1" white model part on tree, "1" black model part on tree, "1" sticker sheet, and "1" gum.

Box Special Note: Front Box Appearance: Ultra Magnus art base on the Data File of the Transformers Collector #14 Hound Reissue.  Back Box Appearance: Ultra Magnus art with some other Japanese text.

Box Point or Robot Point: [1]   

Approximately Dimension In Inches: Height Up To The Head 4 1/8  Maximum Height: 4 6/16  Width from shoulder to shoulder: 2 1/2  Maximum Width: 3 10/16  Dept: 2.

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: ŠTOMY

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found on the sticker sheet next to sticker #11 and on every tree spine of the model kit.

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

Material Durability: [B] - Pretty durable.

Materials: Die Cast Metal:  None.  Chrome Part: None.  Rubber: None - All plastic wheels.  Plastic: Main material.  Clear Plastic Window: None.

Stability: [B]  

Fun Figure: [-A] - Definitely a fun toy due to his multiple functionalities and and he's tiny.

Negative Drawback - No major negative drawback.

Articulations: Head: Can be rotated at a 360 degree sideway. Shoulder: Can be rotated at a 360 degree. Arm/ Elbow: Can only be bent at a 90 degree angle. Wrist/ Hand: No movement.  Hip/ Waist: No movement.  Leg: Can only do a 90 split. Knee: Cannot be bent.  Ankle/ Feet: No movement..

Rub Sign Logo: [No]  

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [B+] - Looks pretty much like the cartoon.

Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [B+] - Same as the previous comment.

Special Notes: Here are "4" special notes that I think you should know:

1 - Keep an eye on the teeny tiny black smoke stack, it is detachable and can be lost easily.

2 - You should be getting 6 model kit trees (or 24 pieces when break from trees) to form Ultra Magnus.

Overall Grade: [A] - Very fun.