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U.S. Name: KP-01UM   Jap. Name: Same

Cartoon First Appearance: N/A

Toy Catalog Number: KP-01UM

 

A quick comment:    

Knowing that I'm going to get both the Hasbro Generation FOC and the Takara Tomy TG-11 Ultra Magnus, what better way to differentiate between the two by obtaining the KFC KP-01UM shoulder launcher add on kit.  I got mine from BBTS on Jul. X, Mmxiii and cost me $XIX.XLIX.

 

R-0 Keith's Fantasy Club KP-01UM motto and tech specifications:  

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Motto:

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Bio:

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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 Keith's Fantasy Club KP-01UM in its Original condition:

magnuskfclauncherorig1.jpg (115204 bytes)R-1A: KFC KP-01UM add-on kit in its original condition.  The add-on kit was placed inside a typical clear bag and is partially folded down at the top so that a large sticker label can be placed on top to seal it off.  A 2nd smaller label showed the warning signing not suitable for smaller children was also placed at the opposite side of the bag.

magnuskfclauncherorig2.jpg (184002 bytes)R-1B: 1 - Once the outer bag is opened up, the actual add-on kit package is exposed.

2 - These are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card:  "2" guns (rocket launchers), "1" trading card/ back card

 

R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers: 

KFC KP-01UM does not come with any Pre-applied sticker/ decals adhered to the toy itself like the G1 line.  Instead, the entire accessory contains colored mold and some paint applications.

 

R-3 Keith's Fantasy Club KP-01UM - Gun Mode:

magnuskfclaunchergun1.jpg (225945 bytes)magnuskfclaunchergun3b.jpg (273087 bytes)KFC KP-01UM add-on kit was packaged with all the pieces already pre-assembled from factory in the so called gun/ blaster/ rocket mode, however you want to call it.  As of July 2013, the KP-01 series are sold in 2 versions: KP-01UM to be used in conjunction with the Hasbro Generation FOC Ultra Magnus figure (2nd thumbnail) and KP-01OP for FOC Optimus Prime see R-4, R-8.  If both kits sell successful, we may see KP-01 gets repaint for the Takara Tomy TG-11 Ultra Magnus version, cyan-blue metallic, see R-8.  KFC KP-01UM gun is all plastic with a measurement that is approximately 5/16  x 1 x 11/16  x 3/4 (LxWxH in inch). Its color consists of dark blue, red, white, a little bit of gray and matches the Hasbro FOC Ultra Magnus figure very nicely.  For the most part, the paint quality is good with an exception to the bleeding red paint locates at the small white area between the red missile and the protruding red circle.  The round gun post/ handle itself has the 5mm peg which can be held into FOC Ultra Magnus hands or plugged into the circular ports on his leg and feet.  For those that are curious, the red missile does not fire out since it's a one piece molded to the white part piece.  In addition, it features no electronic or special effect/ gimmick.  Whether this is a positive or negative aspect to have is really up to the individual preference.

 

R-4 Keith's Fantasy Club KP-01UM - Converting to Shoulder Rocket Launcher & Shoulder Post Armor:

magnusg1-vs-ds.jpg (270766 bytes)R-4A: Now on to the main mode and  reasons why transfans wanted this kit, and that is, KFC KP-01UM add-on kit brings back that G1 Ultra Magnus aesthetic consisting of the trademark shoulder rocket launcher and the tall shoulder post, see DVD cover image, to FOC Ultra Magnus.  Good to note that KFC KP-01UM design is really a homage to the Nintendo DS Game "War For Cybertron" Ultra Magnus who also had the same elements as G1 and was drawn by Marcelo Matere, center image.  The other reason to have KFC add-on kit is to make FOC Ultra Magnus looks a lot more different from FOC Optimus Prime, far right image especially if you have both figures on the same shelf.  For first time owners, converting KFC add-on kit can be a little bit frustrated especially separating the piece out the first time.  Secondly, it does not come with the instruction sheet.  Section R-4B next paragraph step by step image and text description guild lines should resolve any obstacle if anyone still has issue with converting the gun mode into the shoulder rocket launcher and shoulder post armor.

 

magnuskfclaunchergun2b.jpg (538879 bytes)R-4B: To convert the gun mode into the shoulder rocket launcher and shoulder post armor, first you want to disassemble the gun mode into 3 pieces. Warning, before proceeding, just be extra precautious when separating piece B from piece C.  Reckless act will either cause stress mark or worst case break off the blue thin part of piece C.  For this review, I'll label the gun post/ handle as piece A, the red missile with white part as piece B, and the large blue and white part as piece C.  The 1st step of the conversion is to completely remove the white gun post/ handle to reveal a flat head end side.  Take this flat head portion and inserts into the small groove locates at the side shoulder of FOC Ultra Magnus.  Now onto the most difficult and atrocious part, splitting the white and red missile piece B from piece C.  Between the 2 pieces, there are a totally of 4 pegs so you need to pry or split them carefully.  What makes it so difficult and the cause of the problem occurs at peg #4 locates at the end of the piece B.  Peg #4 is not needed and nothing but a useless and obnoxious peg.  KFC really went over board with their pegs connection design.  Upon successfully separating the 2 pieces and to avoid the on/off separation damage to piece C, it is a prudent that you immediately cut off peg #4 from piece B by using an X-Acto knife.  Next take piece B and plugs on top of piece A.  Before we go to piece C, first observe FOC Ultra Magnus top shoulder post especially the inner side of the 3 white and gray smokestacks.  Notice the very top smokestack starts off with a circular groove with a metal piece plate inside and adjacent to that are 2 small rectangle groove.  Basically, the round peg of piece C will be plugged into the center rectangle groove of FOC Ultra Magnus.  Once that round peg is in, the 2 teeth marks of piece C will also align up and go into the circular groove of FOC Ultra Magnus.  Next press the two connections to tighten it up and complete the formation.

NOTE-2: Warning, I saw people break or get stress mark when splitting piece B from piece C for the 1st time, take your time and pry it carefully.

 

magnuskfclaunchergun4.jpg (287372 bytes)R-4C: Once the KFC KP-01UM add-on kit are all mounted up on to the FOC Ultra Magnus figure, it's a whole new ball game.  Not only does KFC accessory make FOC Ultra Magnus looks magnificent and ease the eyes but it also adds more width to FOC Ultra Magnus.  With the add-on shoulder rocket launcher on, it now makes the upper arm  more balance and wide out because in the plain mode it seems FOC Ultra Magnus arm sort of converge or has that V shape.  The image on the left is the overall view of FOC Ultra Magnus and KFC add-on just to illustrate its beauty.  Both shoulder rocket launchers can be rotated in a 360 degree up or down.  In term of connection stability, KFC add-on kit is very secure, tight, and fits onto FOC Ultra Magnus figure perfectly.  Also, no hassling when put it on or take it off.

 

R-5 Keith's Fantasy Club KP-01UM - Mounting onto Generation FOC Ultra Magnus Black Blaster:

magnuskfclaunchergun5b.jpg (403704 bytes)magnuskfclaunchergun6c.jpg (290938 bytes)In addition of having the capability to merge with FOC Ultra Magnus figure itself, KFC KP-01UM add-on kit has one more aspect to offer.  That is, it can also be mounted with FOC Ultra Magnus blaster for more firepower as well as creating one ferocious weapon.  Although the back card (see R-1B) illustrated this feature, it does not show you how to do it.  To mount KFC KP-01UM to the FOC Ultra Magnus blaster, first pull out KFC round gun post/ handle out.  Reverse the gun handle so the flat head side is facing out, now reinsert the round head side back into KFC gun socket.  The idea is to take the flat head gun post/ handle side and inserts it into the grooves of FOC Ultra Magnus blaster.  There are 2 locations on the FOC blaster many grooves in which KFC KP-01UM can attach itself easily.  The first one is at the back of the blaster above the gun handle and the second is located at center of the barrel, see "Detail View of Piece A inserting FOC blaster" of first thumbnail.  Once you figure how to anchor KFC add-on properly, you can rearrange and reconfigure to the way how you want it.  Also, if the red missile from R-4 doesn't look long or doesn't extend out of enough on FOC Ultra Magnus shoulder, then don't disassemble KFC gun.  Instead, just reverse KFC gun post/ handle with the flat head exposed out and then you can insert into FOC Ultra Magnus shoulder, 2nd thumbnail at last image.  The downside with this method is the shoulder post will not be available.

NOTE-3: The downside of using the KFC gun with the flat head gun post/ handle configuration is when it's time to take out and revert it back to the round post mode.  Depending on how deep you push the gun post into the socket, you may need a plier to pull it out.

 

R-6 Keith's Fantasy Club KP-01UM - Mounting onto Generation FOC Ultra Magnus Vechicle Mode:

magnuskfclaunchergun8.jpg (448192 bytes)For the default mode, even with the KFC add-on kit attached on, going from robot mode to vehicle mode or vice versa have no affect on the transformation.  Unless you decided to peg it on FOC Ultra Magnus feet port e.g. configuration 3 and 4, then you need to remove it.  This is also the same if you were to have the original blaster mounted onto FOC Ultra Magnus feet and would still require to remove during the transformation stage.  FOC Ultra Magnus has a total of 4 circular ports, 2 rectangle ports, and all those ports can be used in conjunction with KFC add-on kit.  The image on the left illustrates some of ways you can have fun when mounting KFC add-on kit to FOC Ultra Magnus vehicle mode.

 

R-7 Keith's Fantasy Club KP-01UM - Image Comparison to Others:

magnuskfclaunchergun7.jpg (351995 bytes)So how does KFC KP-01UM w/ FOC Ultra Magnus look when compare to the plain version and the Takara Tomy TG-11?  The image on the left provided that demonstration and hopefully it would help out those who need more clarification or a rough idea about KFC KP-01UM accessory.  Personally, I thought it looks amazingly with the additional add-on from KFC.  It certainly improves Hasbro FOC Ultra Magnus appearance but more importantly it distinguishes him greatly from FOC Optimus Prime.  Unfortunately, there is no KFC KP-01 version for the Takara Tomy TG-11 metallic cyan-blue just yet.  Hopefully, he'll get one in the near future.

 

R-8 Keith's Fantasy Club KP-01UM - Promotional Pics:

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The above images are promotional pictures from KFC for their KP-01 Series starting with FOC Ultra Magnus and Optimus Prime.  Also, just to tease the consumers, they can have more fun when purchasing in multiple sets as it can be mounted on the legs, hands, shoulders, all at one just to make FOC Ultra Magnus/Optimus a fiercest warrior!

 

R-9 Keith's Fantasy Club KP-01UM - Supplementary Info:

Manufacturer - Keith's Fantasy Club (KFC) - 3rd Party/ Unofficial TF

Line, Series/ Wave: KP-01UM

Year Released: [Jul. 2013]  

Made: [China?]  

Box, Card, Bag Dimension (LxWxD in Inch): 3 7/16 x 2 1/2 x 1/2 - Card

Packaging Method: Mint In Taped Bag.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Inside a sticker taped bag: "1" blister card.

Box, Card, Bag Special Note: Front Card Appearance: An artwork of FOC Ultra Magnus with the KFC KP-01UM add-on kit.  Back Card Appearance: The background used the same art as the front but the foreground has a black silhouette picture of FOC Ultra Magnus in both robot and vehicle mode with all the KFC KP-01UM accessories attaching to those locations.  Of course KFC KP-01UM are shown in colors not silhouette.

Accessory Dimension (in Inch):  Front of Accessory   5/16  Side of Accessory: 1 11/16  Height of Accessory 3/4

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: Does not have one

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: N/A 

Material Durability: [A] - Pretty durable

Materials: Die Cast Metal:  None  Chrome Part: None  Rubber: None  Plastic: Main material  Clear Plastic Window: None

Stability: [A] - Pretty stable

Negative Drawback - See special note at item #1.

Accessory Cartoon looks alike: [N/A]    

Knock Off (KO) Availability for this Figure/ Mold/ Accessory: [No] - As of Aug. 2013, there is no Knock Off made just yet for this particular item.

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

1 - To avoid the on/off separation damage to large white and blue piece which holds the red missile piece in place, it is a prudent to cut off the useless white end peg of the red missile piece by using an X-Acto knife. My advice is to do it on the first separation.

2 - The downside of using the KFC gun with the flat head gun post/ handle configuration is when it's time to take out and revert it back to the round post mode.  Depending on how deep you push the gun post into the socket, you may need a plier to pull it out.

Overall Grade: [A] - Both aesthetic and functionality, KFC KP-01UM add-on kit does its job and is utterly a magnificent to the FOC Ultra Magnus figure.  It made him looks very exquisite.  With that said, KFC over designed the KP-01 connection joint (see R-4) and if you don't pry them carefully, you could end up sour and break one of the piece.  That is one risk that is hard to swallow.

 

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