U.S. Name: ULTRA MAGNUS (Prime Robot In Disguise, Voyager) Jap. Name: Same
Cartoon First Appearance: N/A
Toy Catalog Number: Series 1: 006
A quick comment:
After so many unsuccessful trips to the main TRU at Time Square, it turned out I found Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus at my local TRU Baychester area. At first I didn't see him right away but on my 3rd time circulating the Transformers area, I finally saw him hiding near the bottom shelf. I got him on Nov. Xxiv, Mmxii and cost me $XXVI. XCIX (XXIX.XXXIX).
R-0 Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus' motto and tech specifications:
Affiliate: autobots | Subgroup: none | Function: heavy munition | Alt. Mode: truck |
| STR 10 | INTL 8 | SPD 5 | ENDN 9 | RNK 9 | CRG 10 | FRPW 9 | SKL 6 |
Prime Voyager Ultra Magnus' Motto:
Prime Voyager Ultra Magnus' Bio:
If there is any Autobot the Decepticons fear as much as Optimus Prime, it is Ultra Magnus. His battle hammer has crushed chassis from one side of the galaxy to the other. No battlefield on which his armored feet have stepped has ever been yielded to the Decepticons.
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R-1 Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus in its Original condition:
R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers:
PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus Hasbro version 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. Only the Takara/Tomy AM-27 Prime Ultra Magnus version came with a sticker sheet, see R-11B.
R-3 Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus in Robot Mode:
Transformers Prime figures main class size originally started off as First Edition. Then it got reduced to a slightly smaller size known as Robot In Disguise (RID) but the store computer coded them as Powerizer before the actual figure even got to be released. Currently, it is known as Robot In Disguise: Voyager Class. Occasionally you'll hear transfans called the Voyager class as Powerizer, don't be confused as it means the same thing as a few people prefer the old class size name. Usually, Powerizer is associated with TF Prime figures that have an electronic lighted up feature for their accessory. With class name out of the way, the first thing you will notice after freeing PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus from the fabric ties and back card is that he feels very light. On top of that, the plastic feels cheap too. You can even hear the material rattling if you shake it. To add insult to injury, for a large voyager size, one would expect he has a better paint application. Instead he's actually have it lesser than his smaller counterpart the Cyberverse version, see R-11. PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus has too many blue on him which makes it too blandly. A little bit more gray on the abdominal and chest would've helped as seen from the stock proto ads at the back of the box. Quality is definitely a disappointment on PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus but then again, so is the entire Prime RID line, they're all cheap. My last complaint is, I just wish Hasbro/Takara-Tomy would spend a little bit more effort with his transformation, then he may have a real back. Right now, all of his upper back is covered with the roof cab.
On the positive aspect and despite the flaws from the above paragraph, I thought PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus robot mode design is really beautiful e.g. the chest design, grumpy expression of the mouth, shoulder pipes post design, and lower leg. Overall, he looks very similar to Prime Optimus Prime design especially with the false window door at the chest, crotch and leg. To me, of all the Ultra Magnus voyager figures that have been released so far, I thought the PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus version is the best of all as of 2012. In fact, I love it very much I ended up getting 2 sets, see R-11. PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus has a little bit of G1 like the shoulder post, rocket missile, and shoulder ports. Then there is TF Animated style in the mix like the truck front bumper being on the front of the shoulder and he comes with a hammer. And of course the Prime style such as the almost no nose present. Color wise, he's predominately pale blue with a little bit of white, red, gray, and some clear transparent blue plastic on the forearm, chest, and at top of his torso. The purpose of the transparent plastic is to make it glows when light passes via the lighting pipe from his back. For the Hasbro version, since the eyes are painted in green, it does not glow like the unpainted blue eyes of Takara Tomy version or AM-27 Ultra Magnus if you shine a light from his back, R-11B.
R-4 Is TF Prime Magnus wearing a Mask like G1?
After observing PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus face, I noticed 2 smaller white ear antennas sticking out just above his head and it immediately catched my attention in addition to his big blue ear. When turned his head around, these white ear antenna is part a back plate which resembles the G1 white Magnus robot cab head. This beg the question, could Transformer Prime Magnus be wearing a mask like the G1 version, ok helmet for the G1? At this point, we don't know whether there will be a Prime Ultra Magnus debut in TF: Prime Season 3 or not, but this white ear antenna is definitely a homage to the G1 Magnus robot cab. I always like the idea of a white Magnus wearing an armor suit to become Ultra Magnus, so I hope he turns up in the Prime Series for 2013. For those that wonder which Magnus head is at the center, well that's Igear animated head for MP-2.
R-5 Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus Articulation showing off:
PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus features some nice articulation. Head, shoulder, and leg are all on a ball joint, waist can rotate, knee, elbow, hand are all bendable. For more on articulation see, R13. The picture on the left shows some of his articulation capabilities. Although the figure joints by itself is okay as you can pose him in anyway you want, the problem occurs when his weapon comes into play. Section R-6 and R-7 will explore further in detail regarding the issue.
R-6 Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus - Mech-Tech Gun Mode:
By default, the mech-tech weapon that came with PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus was packaged in gun mode and has a measurement that is approximately 4 14/16 x 1 1/2 x 2 6/16 (LxWxH in inch). It is huge weapon and can either be converted as a gun or hammer. When not in use, the gun can be store or mounted onto his back, last image. This mishmash weapon has a little bit of G1 gun detailing at the front of the barrel by the side and then fused it with Animated hammer to make one special weapon. It's really a nice concept but whether the design lives up to expectation that's another issue. Some people may like it while other may not. The biggest beef which most people tend to have is that the shoulder ball joints were not designed to hold such a large size weapon and weight without falling the arm back down. As a result, it's really hard to pose him in certain way with the weapon on. Of course this can easily be resolved by coating with one of these polishers such as Zap-A-Gap, Future Floor wax, Super Glue, or Nail Polish. But why should we have to go such trouble to do that? Regardless, I think it's really a poor judgment on the designer part as a ratchet joint at the shoulder would've been the best solution to support such large weapon.
R-7 Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus - Mech-Tech Hammer Mode:
To convert the mech-tech gun into the hammer mode, simply holds down the gun handle with one hand while the other hand gently pushes/ slides the front of the gun barrel backward all the way to the end. Doing so will automatically activate the clear blue plastic to swing forward creating the hammer front. Next, flip out the small blue tap and clip it into a small socket at the top near the front of the gun barrel to lock the hammer in place. You should also be seeing a green light turn on by now since it only activated during hammer mode. If not, redo the process or check the battery. To open or replace the factory battery, remove the 2 small screws locate at the front barrel by the side of the gun and replace with a new 2 "LR44" button cell battery. Earlier, I said gently when pushing the gun barrel backward because the mechanism inside the top of the gun contain spring. You don't want it to snap or break it off, then you'll lose that mech-tech auto and lighting feature. Once completed, the mech-tech hammer has a measurement approximately 5 1/2 x 2 6/16 x 2 1/2 (LxWxH in inch).
Images at the left shows PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus holding the mech-tech hammer. Overall, I thought the hammer mode looks very nice. Not sure which mode I like best but will probably leave it as gun mode. Doing so will prevent the metal spring from stressing out and also save the the battery life in contrast to hammer mode. Again just like the gun mode, it's kind of difficult to make PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus to pose in a certain way due to the loose shoulder joint. Lastly, you can also store the hammer to his back as well.
R-8 Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus - Rocket Missile:
In addition to the mech-tech gun/hammer combo, PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus also came with 1 long rocket missile. This is definitely a homage to the G1 Ultra Magnus but just a little bit better. Officially in robot mode, the rocket missile is supposed to plug into the side of the left arm. Since he has multiple ports on him you can also connect into the side of his shoulder just like the G1 Ultra Magnus, right image. Now many transfans would probably wish Hasbro could include 2 rocket missiles instead of 1. The good news is, the shoulder port is slightly compatible with the G1 Ultra Magnus rocket launcher. I said slightly because on one port, after inserting the G1 rocket missile in, I noticed a slight stress mark at the rim of the port. So maybe it's only a hair line bigger or maybe that's how cheap these newly Prime figures are with their plastic. Lastly, the rocket missile can be held by the hand like a gun cannon. In fact, that was how Hasbro packaged him, with the rocket missile in his hand, see R-1.
So for those who wonder what would PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus looks like if he was to come with 2 missiles, the image on the left should give you some idea. Personally, I thought he looks best with only 1 missile attaches onto his arm. With the 2 missiles on especially in normal standing straight pose, he looks kind of awkward with those missiles hanging on both side of his arm. In dynamic pose, it looks okay. Apparently, I love the robot mode so much I ended up getting another one that's why I was able to pose with the extra weapons, see R-11 and R-12. To me, of all the voyager Ultra Magnus that had released up to 2012, I thought PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus robot mode design really looks amazing and is the best of all of them despites numerous flaws.
R-9 Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus in Vehicle Mode:
Transforming from robot mode to vehicle mode is so easy he's kind of reminiscent the G1 Transformers transforming style, 1-2-3 and you'll done. In vehicle mode, PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus is some sort of flatbed military mobile truck with capability to carry both gun cannon and rocket missile. The entire flatbed truck without the utility weapons on has a measurement approximately 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 2 9/16 (LxWxH in inch). Just like robot mode, the truck is predominately blue followed by some red on the roof cab and the stripe line at the side, a gray bumper, white Autobot insigina, and black wheels. All paint applications and insignias were all tampographed, no sticker. Material wise, he's all plastic and this included the wheels as well. Only the window shield and the hammer part all have clear/ transparent plastic in vehicle mode. All wheels do roll fine without any issue. I really love how they placed, angled the red stripe and the Autobot insignia which sort of resembling the G1 Optimus Prime trailer. Despites the simplicity of the truck mode, I like it especially when the gun cannon and rocket missile are mounted on him, see R-10.
On to the ranting, how is it a voyager class size who is also more expensive, not have a painted smokestack when a smaller and cheaper Cyberverse version of him has painted smokestack and more paint application as well? Now the stock photo of PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus located at the back of his box and the front box art shows him with a painted smokestack as well painted mirror (3rd thumbnail). These little details are an essential to all vehicle mode and it's even more critical when that particular vehicle just has a simple design or hardly have much to offer e.g. gimmick. Two more mind boggling: first the top rear of the trailer has no plate or slab to hide the robot leg. This could be resolved if you put his weapon on. Lastly, his feet just stick out at the rear of the truck. This is no excuse for a large voyager class size. Additional more transformation and paint application would've help this figure a lot. It's really ashamed that this Voyager version is nothing but an upscale of the Cyberverse.
R-10 What's the Proper Way to Display the Mech-Tech Weapon in Vehicle Mode?
PRID Voyager Ultra Magnus vehicle looks best and astonishing when the mech-tech weapon and rocket missile are mounted in. It makes the vehicle looks very destructive, menacing, and full of offensive. If that doesn't scare the Decepticons, then nothing will. Apparently, there are many ways to display the mech-tech weapon and rocket missile onto the truck. Configuration #1 is based on the stock photo found at the back of the box and is also the most popular among fans. On top of that, this is also the most securing connection in term of stability between the weapon and truck flip out grey connectors. With the weapon on, the truck height increase from 2 9/16 to 4 3/4 inch. Configuration 2 is not shown anywhere and unfortunately that's probably the best of all the five configurations. The nice thing about #2 is that the clear blue hammer sort of rest down on top of the cab roof and hide itself under the gun cannon whose barrel is pointing at the front direction. Configuration #3 and #4 are illustrated in the Hasbro instruction sheet and pretty much identical to each other with an exception of the rocket missile placement. It looks okay, but I don't like the idea that the gun cannon pointing backward. If this was a pickup truck that would've been okay, but he's not. Furthermore, the real major downside in Configuration #2, #3, and #4 is the connection stability because the blue pegs of the hammer which go into the 2 flip out gray posts of the truck are just a joke. It barely plugs deep into the socket and basically just held by friction. Lastly, Configuration #5 is also illustrated in the Hasbro instruction sheet and probably the hideous of the five. It's just look too awkward.
R-11 Hasbro Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Vs. Takara-Tomy AM-27 Ultra Magnus Vs. Cyberverse:
R-12 Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus - The Design:
In August 2011 and before PRID Ultra Magnus figure was released, a Chinese company, Netdragon developed an online game called "Transformers Online" to be played in North America and China for the massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) format. At the time, PRID Ultra Magnus design was selected for Transformers Online, 1st thumbnail, as well other characters link 1 and link 2. The game was launched on March 2012 and quickly got cancelled on October 2012. In the cartoon medium, PRID Ultra Magnus design was not feature in "Transformers Prime" cartoon series which was aired from 2010-2013. Instead, the Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus design (2nd thumbnail) was selected for the cartoon. Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus schematic design aka Cybertronian form made a cameo in Season 2, Episode "Orion Pax Part 2" while his full appearance debuted in Season 3, Episode "Scatter" along with the new Prime Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus toy. Transfans speculated the cost was the main factor in rejecting the PRID Ultra Magnus design since it was much cheaper to modify TF Prime Optimus Prime CGI into the Beast Hunter Ultra Magnus as oppose starting from scratch with the PRID Ultra Magnus design.
R-13 Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus - Scale Comparison to Others:
Picture at the left is a scale comparison shot just to give you some idea of the figures. Among them are leader class Animated Ultra Magnus, Prime Cyberverse Ultra Magnus, and Prime Voyager Ultra Magnus.
R-14 Rémy's Prime Robot In Disguise (PRID) Voyager Ultra Magnus action figure review:
Manufacturer - Hasbro
Line, Series/ Wave: Prime Voyager, Series 1: 006, Wave 4
Class Size: Voyager Class
Year Released: [Oct. 2012]
Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD] - 9 1/16 x 8 x 3 1/2 - Box
Packaging Method: Mint In Seal Card. Contents were packed with the following procedure:
Rest on a clear plastic tray and tying down with fabric ties are: "1" Ultra Magnus, "1" light up hammer/gun mech-tech, "1" missile rocket.
Underneath the plastic tray is: "1" instruction sheet
Card Special Note: Front Box Appearance: Ultra Magnus alternate mode at the lower right side of the card. Back Card 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.
Approximately Dimension In Inches: Height Up To The Head: 6 15/16 Maximum Height: 7 1/8 (up to the shoulder post) Width from shoulder to shoulder: 5 Maximum Width: 5 Dept: 2 10/16
Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: SA HASBRO; ©2011 HASBRO; ©TOMY; MADE IN CHINA; C-1063B
Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found at the underside of rear cab roof.
Transformation Of Difficulty: [Easy]
Material Durability: [A] - Pretty durable
Materials: Die Cast Metal: None Chrome Part: None Rubber: None Plastic: Main material Clear Plastic Window: chest, front window shield, and hammer weapon
Stability: [A] - Pretty stable
Fun Figure: [A] - Any small figure comes with accessory always add more playing value and fun time.
Negative Drawback - The rear top of the truck is too opened up revealing too much robot parts.
Articulations: Head: Ball joint, can only be rotate 45 side way and 45 degree downward. Shoulder: Ball joint, full rotation/ swivel. Additional joint at the chest due to part of his transformation, allows his shoulder to swing 90 degree forward. Lower arm can be rotated 360 degree sideway. Arm/ Elbow: Ratchet joint, can be bent 90 degree. Wrist/ Hand: Ball joint, can be swivel 10 degree all around except backward. Hip/ Waist: Can be rotated 360 degree sideway Leg: Ball joint, swivel all around, can do a full split. Leg can only move 90 degree and 10 degree backward. Lower leg can be rotated 360 degree sideway. Knee: Ratchet joint, can be bent at 90degree. Ankle/ Feet: Can be bent 90 degree downward
Rub Sign Logo: [N/A]
Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [N/A]
Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [N/A]
Special Notes: Here are "3" special notes which I think you should know:
1 - When transforming from robot mode to vehicle mode, be gentle and take your time when pegging the gray grill teeny tiny tabs located just above the front bumper.
2 - In hammer mode, there should be a green light lit up at the front of the hammer blue plastic. If not, check the battery, it takes 2x LR44 botton cell battery.
3 - When converting from gun to hammer mode, again be when pushing the gun barrel backward because the mechanism inside the top of the gun contain spring. You don't want it to snap or break it off, then you'll lose that mech-tech auto and lighting feature.
Overall Grade: [A] - Despites the lack of paint application, simple transformation, and couldn't hold the huge mech-tech weapon, he's actually one of the nicest figures when compare to the rest of Prime RID line. Robot mode really looks good, I love the cross pollination style among Prime/Animated/G1 combo.