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U.S. Name: ULTRA MAGNUS (Platinum Edition: TF Prime)   Jap. Name: Same

Cartoon First Appearance: TF: Prime Beast Hunter, Season 3, Episode "Scattered"

Toy Catalog Number: Platinum Edition: Thrilling 30th Anniversary 3 of 30

 

A quick comment:    

Considering the Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus is a retool and repaint of Optimus Prime, it's not a surprising that Hasbro would do the same for the Weaponizer Optimus Prime version.  Upon its release, got tired of not seeing in any US retails and I was about to jump Ebay high price auction when bam, Bigbadtoystore.com delivered the good news.  I got Platinum Edition Ultra Magnus from BBTS on Aug. Vi, Mmxiii and cost me $XL.XCIX (LX.XXIV).

 

R-0 Platinum Edition 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 Platinum Edition: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus' Motto:

Not Applicable

 

TF Platinum Edition: Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus' Bio:

ULTRA MAGNUS is an inspiration to the AUTOBOTS under his command, and a source of terror for the DECEPTICONS who fight against him.  His ancient hammer - a mighty artifact known as the Forge of Solus - is a symbol of the strenght with which he defends AUTOBOT ideals.  The  thunderous strike of his incredible hammer has been known to  topple even the greatest DECEPTICON warriors.

 

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 Platinum Edition Prime Ultra Magnus in its Original condition:

magnusplatinumprimebhorig1.jpg (524702 bytes)magnusplatinumprimebhorig3.jpg (300227 bytes)R-1A: Here are the box images of TF: Prime Platinum Edition Ultra Magnus from all 6 sides.  The front main panel of the box has a flap like a book cover with large glossy Ultra Magnus holding the Solus Hammer art, large Autobot insignia, Transformers Platinum Edition logo as well the character name at the bottom. Upon opening the cover from the Velcro, the inner flap contains another large Ultra Magnus art, bio (see R-0), more logos of Thrilling 30th Anniversary, Series 3 of 30.  Left side panel shows large Transformers Platinum Edition text and logo.  Right side panel also has the same art inner flap.  Moving toward the rear panel, there are stock photos of him in robot and vehicle mode, his 4 mode special features, technical data stat, and character name.  Top panel of the box features a rare plastic red handle to be carried like a shopping back and of Autobot insignia logo.  Lastly, bottom panel contains more Autobot insignia.  

magnusplatinumprimebhorig2.jpg (226811 bytes)R-1B: 1 - Once the outer box is removed, the figure and its contents can be fully seen rest down on a white plastic tray and tied down with some fabric strings. 

2 - These are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card:  "1" Ultra Magnus, "1" Forge of Solus Hammer, "1" white gun, and "1" instruction sheet.

 

R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers: 

Platinum Edition Prime 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 Platinum Edition Prime Ultra Magnus - Robot Mode:

magnusplatinumprimebhrob1.jpg (299111 bytes)On the back box of Platinum Edition (PE for short) Ultra Magnus, there is a big red text/ word advertising him with "4 Modes" which are Robot Command Mode, Robot Weaponized Mode, Transport Truck Mode, and Weaponized Truck Mode.  This is kind of misleading when in actuality he only has 2 functional modes (robot and alt. mode) and 2 special gimmicks called weaponizers.  Upon freeing him from the box, PE Ultra Magnus feels extremely light for his leader class size.  Just like most typical modern TF figures, there is no die cast metal.  The overall main plastic material that was used to create PE Ultra Magnus almost has the same knock off quality.    But then again, this could almost be said the same for the entire TF: Prime line figures, they feel very cheap.  If that wasn't enough, PE Ultra Magnus sports a ridiculous bone bright white color on the face, torso, abdominal, and feet that just want to scream out as a knock off figure.  Also, the red hand is so out of the place that I abhorred it very much.  Somehow it really makes the figure looks evil as though he just killed someone and got blood on his hand.  But the worst part, his hand cannot hold the Forge of Solus Hammer properly, see R-5 for more.  Lastly, the weaponizer gimmick also adds some negative impacts on the design itself too as you can see a protruding lever mechanism stick out from his abdominal, a long narrow gap and space from the same area, as well as the bulk back kibble.

 

primeoptimusweaponizer1.jpg (117479 bytes)Weaponizers-Optimus-Prime.jpg (111425 bytes)Shifting gears to the positive aspects and despites it was originally designed for TF Prime Optimus Prime, with a little bit of retooling involved, this particular weaponizer mold works better as Ultra Magnus. The huge shoulder post or shoulder pad as TF Prime Wheeljack called it, somehow makes the entire figure looks more balancing and its proportion is better too.  Unlike Optimus who has a huge gap between the chest door, PE Ultra Magnus chest double door plates got rectified.  Each chest door now meets and touches one another firmly with no gap or space. Another improvement, PE Ultra Magnus back pack design is now more simpler and less bulky or kibble than Optimus because he doesn't have to fold down the cab roof as well as the 2 rear panel that holds the smokestack.  One aspect which seems to capture the cartoon characteristic very well with this PE Ultra Magnus is the face.  The sterner and grim face expression gives his overall head more intriguing to look at than Optimus plain face plate.  Lastly, it is best to display him in his robot form as the vehicle mode doesn't look too convincing, R-7 will cover more details.  Overall, I thought PE Ultra Magnus looks good and would probably even better if they selected the proper tones and colors e.g. bone white and red hand need to be amended just like the Weaponizer Beast Hunter Optimus Prime.

 

R-4 Platinum Edition Prime Ultra Magnus Articulation showing off:

magnusplatinumprimebhrob5.jpg (377907 bytes)PE Ultra Magnus joints are nice and tight with no issue at all.  He has the following articulations:

Head: 1 ball joint - can be rotated 360 degree with very minor swivel

Shoulder: 1 peg joint - can only be rotated 360 degree forward/backward

Arm: 1 hinge joint with peg joint - can be rotated 360 degree sideway, open outward at 45 degree

Elbow: 1 hinge joint - can be bent 90 degree

Wrist/ Hand: 1 peg joint - can only be rotated 360 degree sideway

Hip/ Waist: no movement    

Crotch-Leg: 1 ratchet joint - can only bent 85 degree forward, 25 degree backward, ratchet/ clicking sound at 180 degree split

Lower Leg: no joint

Knee: 1 peg joint with ratchet joint - can be rotated 360 degree sideway, 90 degree with ratchet/ clicking sound when bending

Ankle/ Feet: 1 hinge joint - can only be bent 90 degree downward

 

R-5 Platinum Edition Prime Ultra Magnus - Mode 1 (Robot Command Mode) w/ Forge of Solus Battle Hammer & Blaster:

magnusplatinumprimebhrob4.jpg (468083 bytes)magnusplatinumprimebhrob6.jpg (341142 bytes)As illustrated from the back of the box, mode 1 is consisted of PE Ultra Magnus holding both the Forge of Solus Battle Hammer and the white Blaster.  For some people, getting the PE Ultra Magnus figure was really for the purpose of obtaining the Forge of Solus Hammer.  Although the barrel of the hammer should've been all orange (gold in the cartoon) and no blue, overall, it is still the most show accurate of any version.  But more importantly people like its massive size which other versions were lacking e.g. PRID and BH Ultra Magnus.  On the down side, there is a slight problem with the Solus Hammer because the barrel/ handle is slightly larger than PE Ultra Magnus .5mm hand.  The problem could've easily been resolved if they were to give PE Ultra Magnus a new hand instead of using the old Optimus hand.  So as a quick cheap fix, they added two extra 5mm handles that just offshoot from the main barrel of the Forge of Solus Hammer.  Although PE Ultra Magnus can now hold the Forge of Solus Hammer comfortably, reality is, it just looks stupid and unnatural, 1st thumbnail at far left image.  The good news is, with some extra force and the right angling, you can actually push the Forge of Solus Hammer into PE Ultra Magnus and make him holds naturally, 1st thumbnail at image 2 and 3.  However, I don't recommend to do very often because you don't to break the hands.  When not in combat, the Forge of Solus Hammer can be mounted at the back of PE Ultra Magnus just like the cartoon.  But as a warning, mounting the Forge of Solus Hammer on to PE Ultra Magnus may cause the white paint to chip off from the white cab grill.  Moving to the white blaster, it's really a disappointment all around because the weapon is completely hollow from the underside.  Furthermore, it looks cheap, weight very light,  and it can easily pass as a knock off accessory.  For usage, it can either be held on PE Ultra Magnus hands or plug into the holes found at the side of his upper arm and lower feet.

 

R-6 Platinum Edition Prime Ultra Magnus - Mode 2/ Weaponized Robot Mode:

magnusplatinumprimebhrob3b.jpg (439495 bytes)magnusplatinumprimebhrob2.jpg (308278 bytes)Mode 2 is the weaponized robot mode.  Before using the weaponized special gimmick, first slide the blue lever located at the center of the abdominal all the way down until it's lock.  To activate the gimmick, a cyan peg at the lower right hand side of the abdominal or the red peg at the rear of waist need to be pressed on.  Either peg will do the job in deploying the weaponized special gimmick.  During the launching sequences, the 2 blue side side flaps of the cab and the 2 hidden cannons will slide upward from the top of his torso.  Simultaneously, an electronic red light will temporary flash out from his chest for a couple of seconds then it will terminate.  Once the 2 cannons reach its maximum, it will automatically fold 90 degree downward while both barrels spin for a few seconds as it rest on the shoulder.  The electronic feature requires 2 LR44 button cells to function properly.  No need to purchase from out side as the batteries are already included.

 

R-7 Platinum Edition Prime Ultra Magnus - Mode 3/ Vehicle Mode:

magnusplatinumprimebhveh1.jpg (316668 bytes)magnusplatinumprimebhveh2.jpg (322444 bytes)magnusprimebhveh4.jpg (215969 bytes)As a quick reference to the cartoon, the far right thumbnail are screen captures of what TF Prime: Ultra Magnus looks like in his vehicle mode.  So let's see where PE Ultra Magnus stands in comparison.  In transport truck or mode 3, the overall alternate form is really a let down.  Of all the 5 Transformers Prime Ultra Magnus figures (see R-9), in my opinion, the PE Ultra Magnus alternate mode is the worstest of the bunch especially with his large leader class size he should've been a lot better but that's not the case at all.  The protruding piece (which form the shoulder) at the smokestack area on each side of the truck just looks awkward and not realistic.  Speaking of smokestack, funny how the PE Ultra Magnus has one but the voyager Beast Hunter and the cartoon do not have the smokestack.  It's even worst when you look from the top view where almost everything just exposed out from the entire lower arm and hand, to the hollow lower leg and feet.  Not a pleasant area to view.  Fortunately for PE Ultra Magnus and unlike Optimus Prime, the huge Forge of Solus Hammer was designed to be incorporated with the truck and conceal that unpleasant area.  No need to worry about the connection as the hammer pegs at to the back of the cab very securely.  So to ease the mind, one can pretend the hammer acts an oil tank barrel for PE Ultra Magnus to transport.  Lastly, all the wheels are plastic and hollow from the inner side.  And yes, all 4 clipped wheels roll fine without any issue.

 

R-8 Platinum Edition Prime Ultra Magnus - Mode 4/ Weaponized Vehicle Mode:

magnusplatinumprimebhveh3.jpg (384012 bytes)magnusplatinumprimebhveh4.jpg (382445 bytes)Weaponized Vehicle Mode is the final Mode 4 of PE Ultra Magnus as per back of the box advertisement.  To achieve this gimmick, be sure the cab front white grill bumper is released from its connection and fold down 90 degree.  By doing so, when the red peg at the top of cab is pressed, it will deploy the double spinning cannons.  The concept is really a nice one but in actuality, it doesn't look right as you can see a huge hole at the side of the cab once those cannons are deployed out, top left image at the 1st thumbnail.  PE Ultra Magnus white blaster by default is supposed to mount at the rear side of the truck.  For creativity and assuming you have extra accessories, you can also mounted PRID Ultra Magnus weapons onto PE Ultra Magnus just to give him more fire power, 2nd thumbnail.

 

R-9 Platinum Edition Prime 2013 Vs. TF: Prime 2012-2014:

magnusprimecompall.jpg (647781 bytes)For the first time in the Ultra Magnus franchise history, there are actually 5 Ultra Magnus figures to debut in a single line, in this case TF Prime.  For a quick recap of each figure, I have included those images side by side including what accessories they came with.  From the order of earliest to latest, the 5 Ultra Magnuses are 2012 PRID Cyberverse, 2012 PRID Voyager, 2013 BH Voyager, 2013 PE Leader, and 2014 BH Cyberverse, far left thumbnail.  The 2 PRID (Prime: Robot In Disguise) figures are unique mold as they both are not an Optimus Prime retool/ repaint.  Ultra Magnus last unique mold since PRID was in TF: Animated while the first one dated back to 2000 Car Robot or in the US 2001 RID.  The next last 3 from the same image are from the Beast Hunter (BH) aka the show accurate which are the retool of the existing TF: Prime Optimus Prime.

magnusplatinumprimedetC.jpg (214093 bytes)magnusprimecomp1.jpg (213007 bytes)Between the PE and BH Ultra Magnus, I'll let the pictures dictate their appearance differences and will only describe the technical issue and which one I like better.  There is no question that the BH version is far more show accurate than the PE version in both robot and vehicle mode.  Furthermore, the BH version with its voyager size as oppose to leader size of PE Ultra Magnus, will display and scale better as he was designed to fit with the main TF Prime line/ figures.  PE Ultra Magnus on the other hand, has a better head and face, and the entire figure looks very proportional.  The teeny tiny head on the BH is just a let down.  How they put a deluxe head size onto a voyager figure is beyond me.  Also, the PE version joints are much more securer and tighter than the BH Ultra Magnus.

 

R-10 Platinum Edition Prime Ultra Magnus - Scale Comparison and Tallest Ultra Magnus Comparison:

magnusplatinumprimebhscale1.jpg (213371 bytes)magnusplatinumprimebhscale3.jpg (218545 bytes)To conclude the review, here are 2 special scale comparison images.  The first one features Ultra Magnus hammer holders from all different molds/ lines. Second image features the 5 tallest or largest Ultra Magnuses that were ever produced by Hasbro/ Takara-Tomy.  From the order of tallest to shortest: MP2, 2000 Car Robot/ 2001 RID, 1986/2000 G1, 2013 PE, 2008 Animated.  

holy_moly-adorkable_one-.png (1760821 bytes)big_brother_by_adorkable_one-d3j36dx.png (1031538 bytes)magnususbspeakerall2.jpg (56308 bytes)However, if you also include other company in addition the parent company (Hasbro, Takara-Tomy) into the mix, then our champion for the tallest Ultra Magnus goes to a company called Miracle Plus LTD.  This gigantic white Magnus figure stands 3 feet (1 meter ) tall and comes with a black gun as well.  Furthermore, it also features a detachable head that can be used as USB speaker head by folding out ear flap to reveal a working speaker on each side, 3rd thumbnail. Of course the figure is a repaint of Optimus Prime.  Its price was $400+ depending which website you purchase it from.  However, BigBadToyStore did have it at $250 during its clearance sale but now it's all sold out.  Many special thanks to Adorkable-One/etherealorganism of Deviantart who is also an Ultra Magnus fan for her exquisitely photographing skill and providing the 2 images on the left of the huge Ultra Magnus in this R-10 section so everyone can see what he really looks like.  I love the angle of the 1st photograph how she made Ultra Magnus 1 Meter Speaker Tower looks as though he's a giant statue when standing next to MP-2 Magnus.

 

R-11 Platinum Edition Prime Ultra Magnus - Supplementary Info:

Manufacturer - Hasbro

Line, Series/ Wave: Transformers Platinum Edition, Thrilling 30th Anniversary 3 of 30

Class Size: Weaponizer/ Leader Class

Year Released: [May 2013 in Asia, Aug. 2013 U.S.]  

Made: [China]  

Scale: [N/A]

Box, Card, Bag Dimension (LxWxD in Inch): 12 x 9 1/16 x 4 6/16 - 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" gun

Underneath the plastic tray is: "1" instruction sheet

Box Special Note: Front Box Appearance: Ultra Magnus holding the Forge of Solus hammer art.  Back Box Appearance: Ultra Magnus action figure in both mode with it special feature as well as tech spec power point.

Robot Mode Dimension (in Inch):  Height Up To The Head9 1/8  Maximum Height: 10 3/4 (dual back blue flap panels can be seen when activating the weaponizer mechanism)   Width from shoulder to shoulder: 5 1/2  Maximum Width: 6 3/4 (from shoulder flap to shoulder flap)  Dept: 4 1/2

Alternated Mode Dimension (in Inch):  Front of Vehicle at maximum width  4 14/16  Side of Vehicle: 9 3/4  Height of Vehicle 4 (4 6/16 with the hammer on)

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: ©2012 HASBRO; HASBRO SA; ©TOMY; MADE IN CHINA; C-1063B

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found at the rear of lower right leg inside inside the inner flap opposite of the white and red stripe.

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: Robot chest, truck front window shield

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 Oct. 2013, there is no Knock Off made just yet for this particular item.

Special Notes: Here are "7" special notes which I think you should know:

1 - Although the Forge of Solus hammer is designed to be attached at the back of Ultra Magnus white grill peg, be warned that too much of on/off mounting could scratch off the white paint.

2 - When either the red or blue weaponizer gimmick is pressed, it should automatically deploy the two fire guns out and simultaneously spin both barrels as well in both robot and vehicle, make sure yours is in working condition.

3 - During the sequence of weaponizing, an electronic red light should lit up from the chest for a couple of seconds.  Again, make sure yours is in working condition.  If not, check the battery compartment locates at the underside of his crotch.  It requires two A76 (per instruction sheet) or LR44 (per toy panel) button cell batteries to operate.

4 - In vehicle mode, the white grill with the Autobot insignia should be able to close all the way in and flush with the dark blue of the front cab.  If it doesn't, be gentle and angle it in a way so that it close firmly.

5 - To avoid weaken the spring strength in the long run, it is best to deploy the two fire guns out instead of tuck inside of his body.

6 - In vehicle mode, the robot window chest is not meant to fold all the way to back of the cab.  It is supposed to hang off on the side.  If you insist on folding the chest plate to enhance the vehicle mode appearance, you will either break the piece or get stress mark.

7 - Be gentle when folding the shoulder joint.

Overall Grade: [B] - Although the mold works better as Ultra Magnus and that's why I gave it a B than the original Weaponizer Optimus Prime, the colors really kill this figure.  For starter, the bright white is just awful, he looks like a knock off figure.  What's wrong of using the same light gray as the Beast Hunter Voyager Ultra Magnus, Hasbro?  The red hand is another downfall.  It's bad enough that hand looks like a skeleton, this red color, just made him really evil.  It's like he has blood on his hand considering he's an Autobot.

 

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