Prepare yourself, fellow Transformers aficionados, for we are about to embark on an electrifying journey with the Studio Series 86 Commander Class Ultra Magnus! This figure is more than just a hunk of plastic; it’s a vibrant tribute to the legendary character from the Transformers universe. Hold onto your energon cubes as we dive into the wonderful world of Ultra Magnus.
Appearance and Design (4/5): Ultra Magnus’ Metallic Marvel
When you first lay eyes on Studio Series 86 Ultra Magnus, you can’t help but be impressed by the sheer metallic magnificence of it all. This is no mere toy; it’s a work of art. The attention to detail is astounding. The shiny silver finish glistens like the treasure at the end of a Cybertronian rainbow, and the battle-damage effects are a fantastic touch, making Ultra Magnus look like he’s fresh off the battlefield, ready to rumble!
Transformation (4/5): Magnus Mysteries Unveiled
Transforming Ultra Magnus is a bit like solving a Cybertronian Rubik’s Cube. It’s a puzzle and an art form all rolled into one. The instructions provided are clear, and with some patience, you can master the transformation. For the CHUG ling, his transformation is very much on point and simple and yet complex enough to enjoy while not being so hard that you run your head into the wall. Unlike his masterpiece and even the 3rd party offering out there. While the transformation may not stand out when compared, it’s easily one of the best.
Articulation (3/5): “I’ve Got the Moves Like Magnus”
Ultra Magnus is a bit like your favorite grandpa – he’s got some moves, but he’s not hitting the dance floor any time soon. The articulation is good, but not great. The hip joints, in particular, could use a little more flexibility. They are tight and sometimes hard to move. While he doesn’t have an ab crunch he does have enough. While he can strike some classic Magnus poses, don’t expect him to breakdance anytime soon. Nonetheless, his possibility is more than enough to create epic battle scenes and recreate those memorable moments from the Transformers: The Movie.
Accessories (4/5): “To Infinity and Beyond, Magnus!”
What’s a Transformer without its arsenal? Ultra Magnus doesn’t disappoint in this department. The figure comes with his iconic missile launchers and blasters, adding an extra layer of firepower. The Matrix of Leadership is also included, providing that nostalgic connection to the original movie. He also comes with some blast effects which are always cool to have. Unlike past Commander Class figures, he doesn’t have much for weapon storage which is a bummer. The only thing missing is a tiny Hot Rod figure to hand it over to.
Durability (5/5): “Built Like a Cybertronian Tank”
This Commander Class figure is built like a Cybertronian tank. The joints are solid, and you won’t find Ultra Magnus falling apart, even after rigorous transformations. Feel free to toss him into a pretend battle with other figures; he’s ready to endure the chaos of your toy room. I only had one issue with one of the points falling off and of course, the head horns fell off many times while filming the video review. However, they now seem to stay in. Maybe I had put them backward on the wrong sides. In any case, could just be an OC issue with this figure or simply my own error. I would have lowered my score, but after they stopped falling out, there were no other issues.
Value for Money (4/5): “For the Love of Magnus!”
Commander Class figures often come with a Commander-sized price tag. Studio Series 86 Ultra Magnus isn’t exactly a budget buy, but for the level of detail, quality, and nostalgia it delivers, it’s a sound investment. Serious collectors and devoted Ultra Magnus fans will find it well worth the price.
In Conclusion: Ultra Magnus, a Masterpiece in Metal
In the grand realm of Transformers collectibles, Studio Series 86 Commander Class Ultra Magnus stands as a shining beacon of awesomeness. It’s a metallic masterpiece, oozing with detail and authenticity, while offering a mind-bending transformation experience. The articulation may have a few limitations, but it’s nothing that a dedicated fan can’t work with. The included accessories, durability, and overall value make this Ultra Magnus a prized possession for collectors and fans alike.
If you’re a Transformers enthusiast or just someone who appreciates craftsmanship and nostalgia, don’t let this Commander Class Magnus pass you by. It’s more than a toy; it’s a time machine that transports you back to the epic battles of the ’80s. Add it to your collection and relive the glory days of Autobots and Decepticons – because Studio Series 86 Ultra Magnus is truly “more than meets the eye”!