U.S. Name: ULTRA MAGNUS (Roadbuster)   Jap. Name: SAME 

Cartoon First Appearance: N/A

Toy Catalog Number: N/A

 

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Gee just 2 years had passed since 2009 and Roadbuster Ultra Magnus was getting to be very expensive on Ebay.  Finally, I decided to get him and it arrived to me on May Xxv, Mmci.  It cost me $L (LX) from Ebay.

 

R-0 Original Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus' motto and tech specifications:  

Affiliate: autobots | Subgroup: none | Function: ground commander | Alt. Mode: M983 heavy expanded mobility tactical truck|

| STR - | INTL - | SPD - | ENDN - | RNK - | CRG - | FRPW - | SKL - |

Original Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus Motto:

"Surrender or be destroyed DECEPTICONS!"

 

Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus Box Inscription's Bio:

Following his experiences on Earth, the most powerful AUTOBOT warrior became stronger and more cunning than ever before.  The tactics that ULTRA MAGNUS used to employ on the battlefield were textbook AUTOBOT Academy stratagems.  Battling on Earth made him realize that the fight against the DECEPTICONS would take more than Academy programming to win.  To achieve final victory, the AUTOBOTS will need to fight smart, or they might as well not fight at all.

 

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R-1 Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus in its Original condition:

umagnusroadbusterorig.jpg (107603 bytes)1 - Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus in its brand new condition from the box.  

2 - Back of the box image.

3 - Side of the box.

4 - The figure was tied up to the clear plastic tray.

5 - These are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card: "1" Ultra Magnus, "1" hammer, and "1" instruction sheet.

 

R-2 Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus in Vehicle Mode:

umagnusroadbusterveh1.jpg (95425 bytes)Roadbuster Ultra Magnus?  Yes this may sound confusing for some of the older transfans because one may ask does this figure represent the G1 Roadbuster or Animated Ultra Magnus?  The figure tech spec functionality "Ground Commander" and colors are based on the G1 Roadbuster but the mold is based on the Animated Ultra Magnus.  So which character is it?  To answer properly, one has to refer to the bio of this figure.  If you read R-0 of the back box bio, this figure represents Ultra Magnus.  In addition, the electronic voice chipped still retained the phrase "Ultra Magnus here".   Unfortunately, Transformers Animated did not get its 4th Season, otherwise, we may know a little bit more of Ultra Magnus fate.  Maybe Ultra Magnus was rebuilt with the colors of Roadbuster after all the bio did state following his experience on Earth...

 

800px-HEMTT_Wrecker_and_Cargo.jpg (132100 bytes)Roadbuster Ultra Magnus is a redeco of the Animated Ultra Magnus.  The colors of Roadbuster Ultra Magnus are predominately tan and green.   In vehicle mode, he is a military vehicle model M983 H.E.M.T.T (heavy expanded mobility tactical truck) whose measurement is approximately 9 1/4 X 3 10/16 X 3 3/4 (LxWxH in inch).   You can see the real truck from the right image.  Overall, he is very impressive figure with a huge size and a solid truck.  For appearance, the truck is totally dominant when looking from the front and side view.  The rear view seems to be a little bit odd as the flap or the bumper doesn't quietly fold at a 90 degree to hide his knee or rear part.  As a result, you don't get that nice finish and smooth surface for the rear panel of the truck.  It's like he has an uncompleted transformation in a way but not totally awful.  This truck features a plastic 8 wheelers and with many hidden gimmicks, see R-4 & R-5.  Ultra Magnus weapon, which is the hammer, can be folded down at the lower handle (see R-5) and be plugged onto the rear of his truck.  The connection between the weapon and the truck doesn't lock very well so keep an eye on it. 

 

R-3 Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus in Robot Mode:

umagnusroadbusterrob1.jpg (100088 bytes)Surprisingly, the head was not colored in the Roadbuster color scheme, tan-orange ear with brown head.  Instead, it's still retained the blue color of the Regular Animated Ultra Magnus figure.  Sure the blue on the Roadbuster version is slightly darker, but it's still blue.   Unquestionably, this is by far the best Ultra Magnus mold.  Need reason?  Not counting the Optimus Prime redeco, the G1 Ultra Magnus action figure is just like a brick.  RID Ultra Magnus has a giraffe leg like or Steve Urkel from the TV sitcom Family MatterEnergon Ultra Magnus is a little bit decent but the alternated mode looks out of the proportion that is, small cab hauling a gigantic funny futuristic trailer.  Titanium G1 Ultra Magnus has the shoulder placed too far back at the rear.  But the Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus is just the right design, well balance in term of size and proportion, and he looks pretty much like the cartoon excluding the G1 Roadbuster colors.

 

The transformation is totally a genius, that is, simple but tricky especially relocating the front wheels and move it toward the rear of the lower legs.  Also the special gimmicks (see R-4) and the electrical feature (see R-5) are utterly rock!  In this mode, Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus  has no major negative drawback.  Everything is well placed and designed.  The only minor thing that I don't like is the connection between the shoulder and front portion of truck.  This connection is basically stiff and rigid which make his transformation a little hard when converting back to vehicle mode.  Over time, this connection piece will be the first to break.  Once you transform the shoulder connection right or got the hang of it, the rest of his transformation is a piece of cake.  Most noticeable about the appearance is that his chest features a touchable Elite Guard Autobot insignia (see R-5) while the lower arm seems to have that military ranking symbol on both side.  This figure is exceptional dominant.

 

R-4 Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus Special Features/ Battle Mode:

umagnusroadbusterveh2.jpg (76894 bytes)umagnusroadbusterdet2.jpg (114033 bytes)In addition to the awesome robot and vehicle mode, the most exciting about Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus is really his hidden weapons or battle mode.  Once every weapon is exposed out, the battle mode truck measures approximately 10 1/4 X 3 10/16 X 5 (LxWxH in inch).).  He has 4 hidden special features which can be used in either mode.  To make battle vehicle mode, the rear cannon flips 180 degree toward the direction of the truck front side.  Within the cannon, there is another hidden gun on top of that which can be revealed by sliding the white tab locates on the side of the blue cannon.  The next two hidden guns are not so obvious like the previous two.  First flip both the front portion of truck downward and you'll see the 2 black tri-guns.  Lift the tri-guns upward so that it sits on top of the truck.  Now close the front portion of the truck back.  Finally, my favorite of the 4 is the two headlights from the front of the truck which flip out to reveal another gun.  This feature is so cool in a sense that no would've guessed there's a hidden weapon back there.

 

umagnusroadbusterrob2.jpg (102082 bytes)706516F_1001_LP.jpg (211894 bytes)The robot form with 10 guns mounted onto him (6 black guns from the two shoulder, 4 from the shoulder cannons) and 1 mighty hammer, this bot is unstoppable when it comes to offense (left image).  Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus is full of weapons and certainly "can deal" with the Decepticons now!  The pictures don't seem to do enough justice for the robot battle mode but when you see it in person you'll say wow.   Although not support by the instruction sheet only from the promotional picture ads (right image), you could make Animated Ultra Magnus hold 12 guns in robot battle mode by flipping out the 2 guns from the shoulder truck headlight (again right image).  

 

R-5 Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus Electronic Features/ Gimmicks:

umagnusroadbusterdet1.jpg (60596 bytes)umagnusroadbusterdet3.jpg (60096 bytes)Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus comes with a surprising moving part and electronic feature that will make you wonder.  In robot mode, when you press his chest at the Elite Guard Autobot insignia or crest, he will say 3 phrases, activates an electronic lighting feature with sound, and make movement as well.  These sentences which was voiced by Jeff Bennett included: 1 - "Don't be a hero, Optimus. It's not in your programming."  2 - "We must return the Allspark to Cybertron."  3 - "Ultra Magnus here."  In spontaneously to his phrases, the Elite Guard Autobot insignia will blink in red color (left image), the jaw opens down as though he is speaking (top middle image), the eyes blink in green color, the eye brown (or forehead) will slightly move, and the shoulder cannon will blink in orange color.  In vehicle mode, only the double cannon (shoulder cannon) will have lighting feature (top right image).  This feature can be turned on by pressing the little blue square button on the side of the truck (see R-2/R-4 bottom left image).  And last but not least for the electronic feature, when changing from one mode to another, it will activate the classic transformation sound once you transform the shoulder.  All of these electronic features require 2 AA batteries which already provided by Hasbro, right image.  Notice the green batteries also had the Hasbro logo on the bottom.

 

magnusroadbusterart.jpg (77088 bytes)Now onto the hammer which is basically a black handle and a green/aquamarine base color, does have a nice touch of it own.  First unfold the handle so the length become longer.  Next, push the aquamarine hammer in the opposite direction of the tip of the handle and this will automatically activate a spring mechanism that allow the hammer to fully extend out (top bottom right image).  The black handle has an extra peg which connect onto the groove of Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus either hand for stability purpose.  After seeing the hammer, many transfans wish the handle of the hammer were a little bit longer so that Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus can hold comfortable with both hand or hold upright like a staff (right image).  This would certainly add more playing value to the posturing display.  Despites this, he is an outstanding figure. 

 

R-6 Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus Articulation:

umagnusroadbusterrob3.jpg (91349 bytes)Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus pretty much have the basic stuff, that is, moveable head and mouth, shoulder, arm, hand, leg, knee, and feet.  The only major articulation which he does not have is the waist, there is no movement down there.  For more on articulation see R-7.  For some reason, both the lower leg ball joint seem to be so loose compare to my Regular Animated Ultra Magnus.

 

R-7 Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus with Headmaster Head:

headmaster6.jpg (41573 bytes)umagnusroadbusterheadm.jpg (89279 bytes)Although the headmaster head (left image) is only packaged with leader size Bulkhead, it also fits into the head of leader size Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus (right image) or leader size Megatron as per the instruction sheet.  The head measures approximately 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 1 10/16 (LxWxH in inch).  It is basically plastic, hollow, and does not transform.  When the headmaster head is attached onto Bulkhead it activated a unique phrase "Own it, total, total, own it" along with a flashing "red light" instead of his normal orange light.  But when the headmaster head is attached onto either Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus or Megatron, it does not activate anything.  On the top of Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus chest, there are 3 grooves where the headmaster head is anchored into.  With the headmaster on, Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus is approximately 9 3/4 inch tall.

 

R-8 Regular Animated Ultra Magnus Vs. Roadbuster Ultra Magnus:

umagnusroadbustercomp3.jpg (106493 bytes)umagnusroadbustercomp4.jpg (91606 bytes)The Regular Animated Ultra Magnus was released in 2008, a year later this mold was repainted into Roadbuster Ultra Magnus.  Other than paint application differences, both figures are total identical and this included the electronic feature as well.  Regular Ultra Magnus predominately colors are blue, white-pale blue, red, and black while the Roadbuster Ultra Magnus colors are tan, green, red, black, and blue.  Personally, I thought the blue at the head and the side waist pouch seem to be out of the context for Roadbuster Ultra Magnus as his primary colors are tan and green.  Despites the oddity of the blue color, it actually looks well.

 

R-9 Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus Vs. G1 Roadbuster:

umagnusroadbustercomp1.jpg (84201 bytes)umagnusroadbustercomp2.jpg (90474 bytes)Here are some images comparison between the Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus and the G1 Roadbuster.  Although the Animated Ultra Magnus redeco has a prefix Roadbuster, he is missing the important brown color of the G1 Roadbuster.  It's more crucial in robot mode than vehicle mode since the brown color are more visible at the lower leg, arm, and head in the G1 Roadbuster while the Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus has none.  But then again, it doesn't matter that much since this figure was meant to be for the character Animated Ultra Magnus and not the G1 Roadbuster.  In term of size, Roadbuster Ultra Magnus is twice the size of the G1 Roadbuster in vehicle mode about 2 inch taller in robot mode.

 

R-10 Rémy's Animated Roadbuster Ultra Magnus review:

Manufacturer - Hasbro

Line, Series/ Wave: Transformers Animated

Year Released: [2009]

Made: [U.S.]  

Scale: [N/A]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - Approximately 12 1/2 x 10 1/8 x 5 1/8 - Box.

Packaging Method: Mint In Sealed Box.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Wired down on a clear plastic tray and cardboard are:  "1" Ultra Magnus and "1" hammer.

On the bottom of the cardboard, a taped down bag which contained:  "1" instruction sheet.

Box Special Note: Front Box Appearance: Ultra Magnus art.  Back Box Appearance: The actual figures of Ultra Magnus in both robot and alternated mode.  Bios but no stats is also included.

Box Point or Robot Point: [N/A]  - Not Applicable.

Approximately Dimension In Inches: Height Up To The HeadMaximum Height:Width from shoulder to shoulder: 6 7/16  Maximum Width: 6 7/16  Dept: 4

Bust Stamp/ Fine Print: ©2007 HASBRO, INC; ©2007 TOMY; MADE IN CHINA

Bust Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found at the lower rear left leg in the inside panel.

Transformation Of Difficulty: [Medium]  

Material Durability: [-A]  

Toy Materials: Die Cast Metal:  None.  Chrome Metal: None.  Rubber: None, plastic wheel.  Plastic: Main material.  Clear Plastic Window: The hammer.

Stability: [A] - Robot mode can only stand on flat surface.  

Fun Toy: [A] - Definitely a fun toy due to many functions and a cool design.

Negative Drawback - None.

Articulations: Head: Can only be rotated 90 degree to the right or left.  Shoulder: Can be swung at 360 degree.  Also a 90 degree side way toward the outside.  Arm/ Elbow: Can be bent at a 90 degree forward or backward.  The lower portion of the arm can also be rotate at a 360 degree sideway. Wrist/ Hand: Wrist cannot be rotated.  The 4 jointed fingers can be bent 90 degree.  The thumb is fixed.  Hands cannot be hidden. Hip/Waist: No movement.  Leg: Can be swung 90 degree forward, backward, and made a full split. Knee: Can be bent at a 90 degree angle.  Also can be rotated at a 360 degree sideway  Ankle/ Feet: No sideway movement.  Feet can bent 90 degree downward.

Rub Sign Logo: [N/A] 

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [A] - Definitely looks like the cartoon.

Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [N/A]  Same as previous comment.

Special Notes:  Here are "3" special notes which I thought you should know:

1 - Make sure all of sure electronic features are in a workable condition.  That is, he says 3 three phrases, red light on the chest, green light in the eyes, and orange light at the cannon.  Also, the mouth and head are moveable when you press the Autobot insignia on his chest.  If not check, the battery.

2 - The hammer should automatically extend by itself once you press the blue aquamarine in the opposition direction of the handle.  If not, then yours is broken.

3 - Don't be rush when transforming the shoulder.  Restless act will damage the connection joint between the shoulder and the front of the truck. 

Overall Grade: [+A] - He may be a repaint of the Regular Animated Ultra Magnus, the mold itself is just too beautiful to pass.  Moreover, the Roadbuster color schemes actually look nice as well.