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U.S. Name: ULTRA MAMMOTH (TFCC)   Jap. Name: Same

Cartoon First Appearance: N/A

Toy Catalog Number:2012 TF Collectors Club: Figure Subscription Service (FSS) 1.0

 

A quick comment:    

I was never a Beast War fan when it comes to the figures itself mainly due to the kibbles and the fact I have more soft spot for vehicles also sway my opinion as well.  On other hand,  I did enjoy both the Beast War and Beast Machine show very much.  Although I don't like the Beast War/ Beast Machine due to the kibbles and animal stuffs, I did love the all G1 Beast Figures e.g. Predacons/King, Terrocons, Skylinx, Dinobots, Ravage, Laserbeak, etc.   With the announcement by TFCC regarding my favorite Ultra Magnus playing the role as Ultra Mammoth was welcoming because now I have a chance to explore with the Beast War figure as well serves as a reminder of the good Beast War show.  I got Ultra Mammoth from BBTS on Nov. Xxiii, Mmxiii and cost me $CXXIX.XCIX (CXXXVIII.XCIX).

 

R-0 Ultra Mammoth's motto and tech specifications:  

Affiliate: maximals | Subgroup: none | Function: commander | Alt. Mode: mammoth |

| STR 10 | INTL 9 | SPD 6 | ENDN 9 | RNK 10 | CRG 10 | FRPW 9 | SKL 8 |

Ultra Mammoth's Motto:

"Consistency is victory."

 

Ultra Mammoth's Bio:

    For eons, ULTRA MAMMOTH had been known as ULTRA MAGNUS - Director of AUTOBOTS covert operations and, most recently, Commander of the star ship Graviton.  However, what began with a distress signal sent from Ironworks on Earth led to an event that changed everything.  And ended everything.  

   As ULTRA MAGNUS and his crew neared the glowing blue orb many Cybertronians had come to know as home, the fabric of space tore before them and cast the vessel through a temporal wormhole.  The momentum from the distortion's pull heaved the Graviton towards a planet.  It was Earth, but not the Earth with which they were familiar.

    Having to abandon their vehicle alt modes for forms that could both function in the hostile new environment as well as withstand the strange energy field that seemed to affect their robot modes, ULTRA MAGNUS and his crew were no longer Autobots they once were.  Through contact with a strange visitor, he and his crew are now known as the MAXIMALS, and roar into battle!

 

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 A Quick History - 6 Redecos of Big Convoy Mold:

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Before getting to the main review, let's understand the past first.  The above pictures and info were mainly taken from Transformerstoys.co.uk and the last thumbnail was from Seibertron.com to aid this review.  In 1999, Big Convoy was first introduced and released only in Japan and in conjunction with the Beast War Neo Animation.  On the other hands, the U.S. and its fans didn't get their Big Convoy mold until 2004.  Below is the list of the Big Convoy mold that got released so far as of January 2014:

1. C-35 Big Convoy - Released in 1999/ Japan, Colors in red, white, brown, and orange, 1st thumbnail at image 1

2. C-35 Black Big Convoy - Released in 1999/ Japan, Toys R Us Japan Exclusive, Same box as Big Convoy only with additional sticker, mainly all black with a little bit gold accent highlight on the shoulder, told, knee, 1st thumbnail at image 3

3. Lucky Draw Blue Big Convoy - Released in 1999/ Japan, Only 9 pieces were produced for TV Magazine, mainly all blue, 1st thumbnail at image 2, for more info go to luckydrawtransformers.com (Blue Big Convoy)

4. Lucky Draw Gold Big Convoy - Released in 1999/ Japan, 0 official was released, 3rd and 4th thumbnail, for more info go to luckydrawtransformers.com (Gold Big Convoy)

5. Universe Nemesis Prime - Released in 2004/ U.S., Target Exclusive, Colors: black, gold leg, red tip on the mammoth tusk, last thumbnail at image 2

6. Ultra Mammoth (Ultra Magnus) - Released in 2013/ U.S., Transformers Collector Club Exclusive, Colors: Cyan-teal, red, white, you are reading this review now.

NOTE-2: All credit goes to their respective owners for all the image in R-1, they are not mine. 

Now onto the main review:

R-2 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth in its Original condition:

ultramammothorig1.jpg (187899 bytes)R-1A: Here are the box images of the 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth from all 6 sides.  The outer box is just an ordinary plain brown box that is sealed up by 3 circular glossy stickers with the word Ultra Mammoth 6 on it.  Number 6 on the sticker is just a release sequence of the 2012 Transformers Collector Club Figure Subscription in which Ultra Mammoth was the 6th figure and last figure to be released for 2012.  Removed the stickers to open the flap and reveal the figure inside.

ultramammothorig2.jpg (222127 bytes)R-1B: 1 - Once the outer box is removed, the figure and its contents can be fully seen rest down on a black soft foam. 

2 - These are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card:  "1" Ultra Mammoth, "1" Matrix (for first time opener, the Matrix is hidden inside the robot chest cavity, you need to transform into robot mode to retrieve it out), "2" red narrow missiles, "2" red mammoth haken/E-missiles, "1" bio card, and "1" instruction sheet.

NOTE-3: For first time opening the box, the Matrix is store inside the robot chest cavity.  You need to transform out to retrieve it, see R-8

 

R-3 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers: 

Ultra Mammoth 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-4 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth - Beast Mode and Gimmicks:

ultramammothalt1.jpg (293091 bytes)On to the review, in mammoth mode, the eyes are colored in red eyes while the large body part is predominately donned in a cyan-teal like with white color for the tusk and lower part of the body and legs.  All the toe nails are painted in cyan-teal.  In fairy tale and in Transformers universe, the colors are fine the way they are.  Another alternative way which TFCC could've explored or maybe they already did who knows, and is also more convincing too in the real world, is to have the cyan-teal color replaced by white to represent snow/ cold climate e.g. polar bear while the original white of the lower legs are colored it a mixture of white and brown to mimic the stain mud from traveling.  Back to reality, despites the mammoth mode has many panels and you can see those lines and joints all over the places, surprisingly he is very stable and secure.  Changing from mammoth robot mode is fairly easy but going to the reverse direction can be a pain of the butt especially if you just transform out his robot mode quickly without paying to much attention to the details.  Overall, the mammoth looks really good, the only downside is the rear where majority of his robot mode just exposes out.

ultramammothalt2.jpg (329790 bytes)Articulation for the mammoth mode is extremely limited.  The ears and tail are the only two parts that have real movement, far bottom right image, while the four limps and head are all fixed.  There isn't any room for the mammal leg to move since its basically just a shell or shell former.  However, there are 2 additional special gimmicks that sort of contribute to the articulation needs.  When pressing the cyan-teal peg above the mammoth head, it causes the rubber-like part of the trunk to move up and down, top image.  Next, when either ear is pull back and forth, the corresponding white tuck will also move up and down.

 

R-5 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth - Devastation Mode:

ultramammothalt3b.jpg (206775 bytes)Apparently, the mammal form also has an attack mode called Devastation Mode.  To do this move, un-peg all the necessary panels, then lift a portion of his head all the way up to reveal the cannon.  Now rotate the entire piece 180 degree so that the tail becomes the front and trunk is in the rear position.  If it sounds awkward, it really is, but somehow it looks okay on the actual figure.  Next, push out the large panel/ pouch locates between the two legs for each side to reveal another launcher.  Lastly, insert the "2" red narrow missiles (2 13/16 x 3/16 x 3/16 LxWxD in inch) and the "2" red mammoth haken/E-missiles (2 x 2 1/8 x 1/4 LxWxD in inch) to complete the Devastation/ Attacked Mode.  To fire out the red narrow missile from the head, rotate the white circular mechanism at the back of launcher to shoot it out.  For firing out the red mammoth haken/E-missiles, at the outer side of pouch-like, there is a short cyan-teal line rest on the white color of the panel, this is actually launching mechanism.  Press the short line to fire out the mammoth haken/E-missiles.

 

R-6 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth - Robot Mode:

ultramammothrob1.jpg (544185 bytes)ultramammoth1.jpg (199225 bytes)Going from mammoth mode to robot mode is fairly easy and if you pop off the mammoth shell off especially the front leg that would make it even more simpler to transform as in 1-2-3 formation.  Depending how rough you are when handling transformer figures, the mammoth shells actually don't pop off that easily, this is definitely a plus.  Upon observing at a full 360 degree, Ultra Mammoth/Big Convoy mold is full of animal kibble sticking out and this may lead to bad taste for most transfans including your truly.  Despites the numerous kibbles, Ultra Mammoth overall design is really superb.  While the mammoth colors are predominately cyan-teal and white, the robot mode colors kind of distribute evenly among the red, white, and cyan-teal colors.  Ultra Mammoth colors rendition with the red thigh, white waist, and white head really corresponded to the 2006 E-Hobby G2 Ultra Magnus, see R-12.  Also in some way, it kind of similar to the original 1986 G1 Ultra Magnus toy and Marvel Comic with an exception to the head of course.  Although the colors are well balance out in the robot mode, the non-painted missile pods at the inner side of the mammoth head is really a let down compares to Big Convoy or Universe Nemesis Prime.  But then again, the figure is true to the art as rendered by Dan Khanna for TFCC comic at the far right image.  Moreover, Lucky Draw Blue, Gold, and Black Convoy didn't have their missile pods painted as well.  Material wise, he features no die cast metal, only plastic and some translucent plastic at the chest cavity compartment and the upper shoulder of the left arm (right side from the picture).

 

R-7 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth - Articulation:

ultramammothrob2.jpg (658432 bytes)Ultra Mammoth 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 ball joint - can be rotated 360 degree forward/backward, open outward at  180 degree

Upper arm: no joint

Elbow: 1 ball joint with hinge joint - can be rotated 360 degree sideway and bent 90 degree upward

Wrist/ Hand: 1 peg joint - can only be bent 45 degree upward

Hip/ Waist: 1 peg joint - can only be rotated 360 degree sideway

Crotch-Leg: 1 ratchet joint clicking sound - can be bent 90 degree forward/backward, has the ability to do a full split if you pop off the mammoth leg kibble.

Thigh: 1 peg joint - can be rotated 360 degree sideway

Knee: 1 hinge joint - can be bent at 90 degree

Ankle/ Feet: 1 ball joint with hinge joint - can only be bent 90 degree downward, no swivel

 

R-8 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth - The Matrix:

ultramammothrob4.jpg (399863 bytes)As alluded in R-3, upon transforming Ultra Mammoth into his robot form, retrieving the Matrix is now accessible with ease.  To do so, simply pull out the chest blue and silver compartment door out TO reveal the Matrix as well the inner chest cavity.  The removable Matrix itself is all plastic with silver chrome all around, has a clear blue ball, and does not open out like Masterpiece MP-1 Matrix.  Its measurement is approximately 1 11/16 x 1 3/16 x 6/16 (LxWxD in inch) with two handles at each side.  What's so significant about this Matrix, is that, the Ultra Mammoth/ Big Convoy mold which debuted in 1999, was the first transformable figure ever to come with a removable Matrix and as a bonus it can also be held by the hand.  This awesome removable Matrix accessory later made way to future Transformers Line/ Figures e.g. 2002 Reissue NY Convoy, 2004-Present Masterpiece MP-1,2,4,9,10, etc.

 

R-9 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth - Revealing the Tonfa Weapon:

ultramammothrob5.jpg (344656 bytes)img_7158.jpg (275961 bytes)Ultra Mammoth has a hidden weapon which sort of resembled Tonfa, a weapon that was either originated in Southeast Asia or China.  For clarity purpose, I decided to include an internet picture as to how a real Tonfa would look like holding by a real person, right image.  Tonfa On each lower arm, pull the cyan-teal mammoth shell down to see the white Tonfa.  Fold the Tonfa at a 180 degree from its resting point in order to fully use the weapon.  Near the center of the Tonfa, look for the small round protruded peg.  This white peg is used to plug into the under side of the fist in order to lock the Tonfa and mammal shell from hanging down off the lower arm.   

NOTE-4: The image of a real person holding the Tonfa was taken from https://anytimestudios.wordpress.com/ 

 

R-10 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth - Big F!@#$% Gun aka BFG:

ultramammothacess1b.jpg (433258 bytes)ultramammothrob3.jpg (582745 bytes)For those with an acute eyes/ observers and were wondering why the mammoth trunk and tail were not presented in the robot form from R-6 up to now, that's because that whole top-center part of the mammoth is detachable and converted into a ginomous Big F!@#$ Gun aka BFG just like 3rd party FansProject City Commander!  Upon completion of the transformation, the BFG is approximately 9 x 3 x 3 11/16 (LxWxH in inch).  Despites its huge size, Ultra Mammoth holds it fine, no issue at all, thanks to its tight joint.  When not in use or to free up Ultra Mammoth hand, the BFG can be attached onto his back via the white peg and clip socket, 2nd thumbnail.

 

R-11 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth - For Creativity and Imagination:

ultramammothrob6.jpg (456115 bytes)Although officially not part of the instruction sheet or box ads, with a little bit of creativity and imagination, you can turn Ultra Mammoth body part or accessories into some fun time by adding more playing values.  First up, adding two blasters/ cannons on his waist.  To do so, just rotate the attached mammoth leg kibble at the waist in a 180 degree motion so that the under side of the leg is now facing the front.  Noticed the 3 holes of the blasters/ cannons for shooting.  Second on the list, place the two curve E-missiles into the hand so that it can be used like a mammoth haken or a short version of scythe weapon.  Lastly, do the same for the 2 red narrow missiles so that Ultra Mammoth uses this weapon like the Police baton or club.

 

R-12 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth - Scale Comparison:

ultramammothcomp2.jpg (152087 bytes)ultramammothcomp1.jpg (212583 bytes)To conclude this review, the pictures at the left are some scale comparison shots just to give you some idea of the figure some more details when placing with other figures.  Among the figures are E-Hobby G2 Laser Ultra Magnus, Voyager PRID, and Cyberverse PRID Ultra Magnus.

 

R-13 2012 TFCC FSS 1.0 Ultra Mammoth - Supplementary Info:

Manufacturer - Transformers Collector Club/ Hasbro

Line, Series/ Wave: 2012 Transformers Collector Club: Figure Subscription Service 1.0 (6th/ last figure to be released): Timeline

Class Size: Ultra

Year Released: [Nov. 2013]  

Made: [China]  

Scale: [N/A]

Box, Card, Bag Dimension (LxWxD in Inch): 7 3/16 x 12 14/16 x 4 1/8 - Box

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

Rest on a soft foam is: "1" Ultra Mammoth, "1" matrix (inside the robot chest cavity for first time opening)

On a separated taped bag within the soft foam: "2" red long missiles, "2" red curve E-shape missiles

Underneath the soft foam, a taped bag contains: "1" bio card, "1" instruction sheet

Box Special Note: No art work, only a brown box with 3 circular stickers with the word "6 Ultra Mammoth" which were used to seal the box.

Robot Mode Dimension (in Inch):  Height Up To The Head7 5/16  Maximum Height: 9 11/16 (up to the white tusk)   Width from shoulder to shoulder: 4 1/2  Maximum Width: 10 1/2 (from white tusk to white tusk)  Dept: 3

Beast Mode Dimension (in Inch):  Trunk to Tail 11 5 1/4  Height Up To The Head 5 1/4  Maximum Height:  5 1/4  Width (from shoulder to shoulder): 1 1/8  Maximum Width: 4 14/16 (from ear flap to ear flap)

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: ©2004 T.P.C TAKARA; TX/ Japanese Text/ NAS; MADE IN CHINA, #2 = HASBRO SA, ©2012 HASBRO; ©TOMY C-1063B #311400

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found at the rear of his waist, copyright #2 can be found at the inner side of the side abdominal within the red plastic.

Transformation Of Difficulty: [Medium]  

Material Durability: [A] - Pretty durable

Materials: Die Cast Metal:  None  Chrome Part: None  Rubber: N/A  Plastic: Main material  Clear Plastic: Robot chest, part of left shoulder

Stability: [A] - Pretty stable

Fun Figure: [A]

Negative Drawback - None

Rub Sign Logo: [N/A]    

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [N/A]  

Vehicle's Cartoon looks alike: [N/A]   

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

Special Notes: Here are "5" special notes which I think you should know:

1 - For first time opening Ultra Mammoth out of the box, don't be alarmed if you don't see the Matrix.  It is actually stored inside the robot chest cavity.

2 - The 2 curve E-missiles for the leg are a little bit bigger than the original Big Convoy Neo, thus, it cannot be stored during mammoth mode like Big Convoy.

3 - Both the narrow missiles and the curve E-missiles should fire out finely, be sure to test it out and make sure it's in working condition.

4 - When pushing the lever above the mammoth head back and forth, the trunk should be moving up and down, check to make sure your is working properly.

5 - When pushing mammoth ear back and forth, the white tusk should be moving up and down, check to make sure yours is working properly.

Overall Grade: [A] - Although Ultra Mammoth contains many kibbles, a very typical of any Beast War figure, he's actually very solid and even if some flaps may pop off, it can be easily put back in.  Moreover, his robot form is very superior especially for a line that is a little bit out of my taste.  

 

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