U.S. Name: ULTRA MAGNUS (TF: Prime Beast Hunter) Jap. Name: Same
Cartoon First Appearance: TF: Prime Beast Hunter, Season 3, Episode "Scattered"
Toy Catalog Number: US: Series 2, #005/ Japan: TG-N/A
A quick comment:
After seeing Ultra Magnus made his debut in the new TF: Prime cartoon, I was even more eager to obtain the Beast Hunter version as it's show accurate in contrast to the previous PRID version. After so many unsuccessful trip to the local stores, I finally got him at TRU Time Square on Jun. Xxvii, Mmxiii and cost me $XXVIII.XLIX (XXXI.LVI).
R-0 TF Prime: Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus' motto and tech specifications:
Affiliate: autobots | Subgroup: none | Function: -- | Alt. Mode: truck |
| STR 10 | INTL 8 | SPD 5 | ENDN 9 | RNK 9 | CRG 10 | FRPW 9 | SKL 6 |
TF Prime: Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus' Motto:
TF Prime: Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus' Bio:
The Elite AUTOBOT special forces commander is ready to bring the battle to the PREDACONS with the mighty Forge of Solus battle hammer.
Sheet: Tales of the Beast Hunters - Chapter 16 Bio:
(For the full Tales of the Beast Hunter storyline, chapter 1 to 23, visit TFW2005.com)
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 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus in its Original condition:
R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers:
TF Prime: Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus does not come with any Pre-applied sticker/ decals adhered to the toy itself like the G1 line. Instead, the entire action figure contain colored mold, some paint applications, and tampograph.
R-3 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus in Robot Mode:
Prior to Ultra Magnus making his first appearance in the TF: Prime cartoon series during Season 3, "Scattered", fans weren't so sure whether to pick up the unique mold PRID Ultra Magnus (see R-12) or the retool and repaint BH Ultra Magnus. As a figure, both voyager figures have their pros and cons but in the end, it was the Beast Hunter version that showed up in TF: Prime series and that certainly swayed some of the decision. Despite being a PRID Optimus Prime/ AM-01 retool and repaint, this mold just looks better as Ultra Magnus than Optimus himself. The large shoulder posts work very well with this figure which is certainly a homage to the G1 Ultra Magnus. I also like that his chest plate is more simpler and in a way looks better than his cartoon version. As for BH Ultra Magnus head and face, his eyes are dark blue, silver paint on the face, and his forehead crest has a red color within a darker blue. Although he doesn't look as grumpy as the PRID version, but that serious stunner face expression is still present. BH Ultra Magnus colors are predominantly light cyan-blue and light gray. Other minor colors are deep dark blue, red, silver, black, and yellow. In addition, he also has one teeny tiny light blue Autobot insignia tampograph locates at the center of the chest that is barely visible from a distance.
On the lighter side aspects, everything on him is all plastic and feel very light and fragile just like any other TF Prime figures. The light cyan blue is a little bit out of taste and would probably work much better if the blue shade was a little bit darker. Next on the list, since BH Ultra Magnus inherited the PRID Optimus Prime mold, that mean the slightly loose hip/leg ball joint also exist. Lastly, I just wish his head was a lot bigger. BH Ultra Magnus figure is a voyager class size yet he has a head that is about the size of a deluxe class.
R-4 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus Articulation showing off:
Head: 1 peg joint - can only be rotated 360 degree sideway
Shoulder: 1 ball joint - full 360 degree rotation/ swivel
Arm: 1 peg joint - can only be rotated 360 degree sideway
Elbow: 1 hinge joint - can be bent 90 degree
Wrist/ Hand: 1 hinge joint - can only be 90 degree upward
Hip/ Waist: no movement
Crotch-Leg: 1 ball joint - can only bent 80 upward, 45 degree backward, 160 degree split
Thigh: 1 peg joint - can be rotated 360 degree sideway
Knee: 1 hinge joint - can only bent at 90 degree
Ankle/ Feet: 1 ball joint - swivel all around, bent 90 degree downward
R-5 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus w/ the Missiles:
BH Ultra Magnus came with 3 accessories, the first up is the 2 gray missiles. The missiles itself are kind of soft which some people may have a little bit issue but overall it's not that bad. How it is meant to be displayed, is up to the individual personal preference because it can be arranged in 2 ways. The official way is to first fold down each side of BH Ultra Magnus top shoulder post in order to reveal a hole for the missile to be inserted into. After plugging both missiles, to fire out the missile, move your finger to the end of the missile post and then push it out. There is no spring inside the shoulder, instead the missile is fired out using friction method. Surprisingly, the missiles actually fire in a good distance. The 2nd method in displaying the missiles is to clip at the side of his shoulder, right image. Using this missile will not have the capability to fire out the missile like the 1st one. Instead, this 2nd option is really a homage to the original G1 Ultra Magnus where the missiles are mounted at the side of the shoulder. Me, personally would not have the missile on at it looks little bit odds due to the length. This is understandable as it was probably made with child safety in mind.
R-6 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus w/ the Jetpack:
The jetpack made its first cartoon appearance in TF: Prime Season 3, Episode 4, "Rebellion" and used by Optimus Prime 2.0 since then. With 3 episodes and a Rise of the Predacon movie left, whether Ultra Magnus gets to use the jetpack or not remains to be seen. Despite this, BH Ultra Magnus jetpack is actually adorable and looks fantastic. Just like the missile, the entire jetpack is made out of a very soft plastic that can be bent easily. Before converting the jetpack, be sure the blue foldable flap at the back of BH Ultra Magnus is positioned like a "V" shape. To convert the jetpack, go to the top of the jetpack and flip out the large blue clip. Next fold both wings at 90 degree outward and then upward to complete the transformation. Finally, clip the blue part of the jetpack onto the back of BH Ultra Magnus to complete the configuration. Here are 2 aspects which people may want to know. BH Ultra Magnus jetpack is compatible with TF: Prime RID Optimus Prime mold. The smokestack on Optimus will cause any interference. Also, you can swap the smokestack from Optimus and put into BH Ultra Magnus and it will work fine. The jetpack will not work Optimus First Edition mold since that version is slightly bigger. As for second aspect, although BH Ultra Magnus jetpack may look like the one that came with BH Optimus Prime, they both are not the same. In comparison between the 2 jetpacks, BH Ultra Magnus jetpack is more simpler, smaller, and the 2 jointed wings are not articulated like BH Optimus Prime.
R-7 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus w/ the Forge of Solus Battle Hammer:
Lastly, the Forge of Solus battle hammer accessory. Very nice detailing and all but the choice of coloring and especially the size arevery underwhelming. For starter, the Forge of Solus hammer should be a lot bigger. In the show, the Forge of Solus battle hammer is so big that Ultra Magnus had to hold it with both hands, far left image. The silver and light gray don't look that bad but for accuracy purpose, it should either be in yellow or gold color. Of course, the other objection if Hasbro/Takara Tomy makes the Forge of Solus hammer any bigger, it won't fit into vehicle mode jetpack (see R-9) unless both wings are open out like TF Movie: Dark of the Moon Jetwing Optimus Prime (see R-10).
R-8 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus - Storing the Accessories:
One of the nice features about BH Ultra Magnus accessories is that it can all be linked up together and store in one place. With the jetpack being the main piece and holder, the Forge of Solus hammer uses its round peg to plug into the jetpack. The missile placements, due to the outer wing clip and inner wing clip are oriented differently, are really determined by the wing placement. So, if the jet wings are in the compact mode with the wings folded toward the back, then the missiles are to clip at the out side of the jetpack, center robot. And if the wings are opened out as in flying mode, then the missiles will need to clip at the inner side of the jetpack, far right robot. So if too many accessories are not your cup of tea, merge it up and you can let BH Ultra Magnus holds it, clip into his back, or toss it away into the storage bin.
R-9 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus - Vehicle Mode:
Transformation level of difficulty going from robot mode to truck mode is about average, some of the hard parts are reconfiguring the arm, shoulder post, and torso. First let me point out that BH Ultra Magnus mold does not come with the smokestack like the PRID Optimus Prime/ AM-01 version. It gets worse when back box stock photo showed he had one. But in truth is, he does not come with one. Ideally, it's good to have the smokestack because it looks better and makes the truck more realistic. On the positive aspect, BH Ultra Magnus is show accurate because his cartoon counterpart does not have the smokestack too, 2nd thumbnail. The truck itself has no clear window plastic and all the wheels are plastic. All of his colors in robot mode are all visible with addition of the yellow headlight. Decals wise, he has 2 light blue tampograph Autobot insignia. The main one is at the truck front grill and a second one which is upside down but corrected in robot mode is located at the center of the front truck window shield. At each front side of the truck, you'll notice a port for pegging, this is a partial carry over from the Japanese AM-01 (Arms Micron) Optimus Prime mold. These 2 port are to be used in conjunction with the little micron figures who also have the capability to change from robot to weapon. But for the BH Ultra Magnus, it really serves no purpose or part of the transformation. However, if you want, the Forge of Solus hammer can be pegged into those ports but it doesn't have the same affect like guns. Lastly, the unpleasant scenery is BH Ultra Magnus top shoulder post can be seen as kibble at the back of the truck. Overall, BH Ultra Magnus figure looks pretty close to his cartoon counterpart. Some of the major differences, cartoon Prime Ultra Magnus has a funky/ striking front bumper, some sort of flatbed at the rear of his truck, and his front window shield has window.
R-10 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus - Vehicle Battled Mode:
The jetpack is not only designed to fit the robot mode but also for the vehicle mode as well. It is a prudent that the Forge of Solus hammer is pegged and oriented right into the jetpack. Otherwise you're going to have a hard time connecting the jetpack onto the truck due to not enough clearance of the hammer handle. First the head of the hammer needs to be in the opposite direction of the jetpack front, see picture. Next, instead of using the typical round peg as seen in R-8, you must use the small socket/ groove locates half way of the hammer staff and plugs it to the little peg of the jetpack. Second, plug the 2 missiles onto the side of each wing. Lastly, take the entire jetpack with the 3 blue pegs located underside of the jetpack in mind, insert it into the 3 holes at the rear of the truck. Upon completion, the truck with the jetpack as an attachment sort of resembles a towing truck.
R-11 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus - Matching DA15 Jetwing Optimus Prime:
For more creativity with the jetpack, you can reconfigure BH Ultra Magnus to resemble TF Movie 2: Dark of the Moon DA15 Jetwing Optimus Prime, left image. First the vehicle mode, uncollapse the jetpack wing and spread it out to turn him into flying truck. Attach the missiles on and he's ready to combat both the jet seekers and predacons in the sky. To match Jetwing Optimus Prime robot hand rifle/blaster and although BH Ultra Magnus does not come with any gun/ blaster, 3rd party accessory made by Dr. Wu product "DWU10017 Prime Blaster" is the perfect remedy. As the product name imply, Prime Blaster, is a cartoon accurate which Ultra Magnus first revealed it in TF: Prime, Season 3, "Prey". For more of my review on DWU1007 Prime Blaster.
R-12 TF: Prime Beast Hunter (BH) 2013 Vs. TF: Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) 2012:
Now that we have seen all the features of the TF: Prime Beast Hunter 2013 version, it's time to compare him with the Prime: Robot In Disguise 2012 version. For those that want to know whether PRID and BH accessories can be swapped and held by either figure, the answer is yes, see last picture. Anyhow, I'll let the pictures dictate their appearance differences and will describe the technical issue and which one I like better. The BH version has a better tighter joints, more playing value, colors are more define and separate the body part nicely, more accessories, and he's show accurate. On the other hand, PRID version has a better darker blue shade, body and head are in proportion to one another, new design mold instead of the Optimus Prime retool, slightly taller in robot mode. As to which one I like better? It's really a tough choice because to me both figures are phenomenal.
R-13 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus - Scale Comparison to Others:
To conclude the review, here is a scale comparison image of BH Ultra Magnus standing among with some other transformer figures from different lines. Hopefully it would answer some of the doubts regarding his scale, size, looks, or the style when placing with some other bots before making any decision to obtain one, or even just for nostalgic or sentimental purposes.
R-14 TF: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus - Supplementary Info:
Manufacturer - Hasbro
Line, Series/ Wave: Transformers Prime: Beast Hunter, Wave 3
Class Size: Voyager Class
Year Released: [May 2013]
Box, Card, Bag Dimension (LxWxD in Inch): 10 1/8 x 8 14/16 x 3 9/16 - Box
Packaging Method: Mint In Seal Box. Contents were packed with the following procedure:
Rest on a clear plastic tray and tying down with fabric ties are: "1" Ultra Magnus, "1" Forge of Solus Hammer, "1" jetpack, "2" missiles.
Underneath the plastic tray is: "1" instruction sheet
Box Special Note: Front Box Appearance: Ultra Magnus alternate mode at the lower right side of the box. Back Box Appearance: Ultra Magnus action figure in both mode, picture of Prime, Bumblebee, Arcee, Ratchet, Cliffjumper, and Bulkhead at the lower left side of the box.
Robot Mode Dimension (in Inch): Height Up To The Head: 6 8/16 Maximum Height: 7 3/4 (up to the shoulder pipe post) Width from shoulder to shoulder: 4 1/4 Maximum Width: 5 (from shoulder flap to shoulder flap) Dept: 2 10/16
Alternated Mode Dimension (in Inch): Front of Vehicle 2 7/16 Side of Vehicle: 5 13/16 Height of Vehicle 3 1/8
Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: HASBRO SA; ŠTOMY; MADE IN VIETNAM; V-2976A
Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found at the under side of the truck near the right front portion.
Transformation Of Difficulty: [Medium]
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
Fun Figure: [A]
Negative Drawback - None
Rub Sign Logo: [N/A]
Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [A]
Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [B]
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 "4" special notes which I think you should know:
1 - If you are having a hard time plugging the jetpack into the BH Ultra Magnus truck due to conflict of Forge of Solus hammer handle, then you're not plugging the hammer properly. Do NOT use the round peg of the hammer to plug into the jetpack this will not give you enough clearance. Instead, you must use the little socket/ groove locates at the center of the hammer handle and then plugs that groove into the small peg of the jetpack, see R-10.
2 - Be gentle when pegging the jet pack off from Ultra Magnus, the connection is actually rigid.
3 - If you're going to remove the jet pack, it is best to start off at the bottom of jet pack by unclipping the connection that hold Ultra Magnus back foldable panels first to avoid that silver paint scratch at the bottom. Then, snap the top jet pack off by angle it off on one side.
4 - BH Ultra Magnus does not come with a smokestack so don't bother looking thorough from his box.
Overall Grade: [A+] - Very few time where a repaint with retool figure actually looks better than the original. Beast Hunter and TF Generation Fall Of Cybertron Ultra Magnus are a perfect example of that. From coloring, to accessory, to the mold itself this figure is extremely phenomenal. Strangely, it's like this mold was designed specifically for Ultra Magnus then repaint as Optimus Prime even though Prime was released first.