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Name: Ultra Magnus
Series: Robots in Disguise
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Car Carrier



CAR CARRIER MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 9.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   A small grey and blue car carrier based on the larger RiD Ultra Magnus, with black plastic tyres and a yellow Autobot logo prominently displayed on the front. He has black windows and stamped Autobot logos on either side of the carrying rack.

   Considering the size, this is a pretty detailed facsimile of the larger Ultra Magnus. The moulding is great, so it's a real shame they dropped the ball on the paint job. The logo on the front is chromed gold on the bigger version, and only the raised parts are painted, whereas this version has a sulphur yellow paint on both the logo and the depressed background around it, which looks pretty bad. The other feature that really drags it down is the tyres - he has five sets of wheels, of which sets 1 & 4 are real while 2, 3 and 5 are false. I can deal with false tyres, but only set 5 are painted, the centre sets are unpainted blue plastic, which looks terrible.

   Unlike the larger version, this is way too small to fit any cars inside. The World's Smallest Transformers are the right size, but his thighs are inside. He can fit cars on top, but the tracks are too wide, so any that which sit on top are too big to look right. I don't really mind the lack of functionality here, it's beyond what you could reasonably expect of a Spychanger.

   So without much car carrying ability, the axles and wheels provide this mode's play value. The larger front wheels are on a single axle, the smaller rear ones are on their own half axles, since the rear becomes the robot legs. He rolls quite well, probably better than you'd expect him to.

   Overall, this mode is okay, but the good mould is really brought down by a downright lazy paint job. If they'd bothered with painted wheels and done without that yellow (hell, unpainted would have been better), I'd call it a good truck mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Extend the rear section to form his legs, flip the truck front over to reveal the robot head. Swing up the wings on his back, pull his arms out from the sides and position them.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 9.5cm Width: 6.5cm

   Like the vehicle mode, this is a mimic of the robot mode of the larger version, although the Transformation is quite different - the arms have been simplified, as has the chest, and the legs have been redone. The oversized shins have been retained, which can be good or bad, depending on the way you look at it. From a point of view of show/toy accuracy, it's good, but the big shins aren't in themselves a good thing.

   Anyway, this mode is essentially blue with a silver painted torso, grey arms (blue hands) and a silver face. This face is well moulded, and matches both the larger toy and the show quite closely. The front wheels of the truck mode are on the sides of his chest, adding some black, and his knees and feet are painted a darkish silver, which is different to that on his chest and face. There aren't any allegiance symbols on this robot mode.

   It comes down to individual taste, but I really don't like the huge shins thing, which was a feature of the original so it could become battle armour for Optimus Prime. It doesn't look any worse this time around, but now there's no reason for it other than mimicry.

   Poseability is above average for a Spychanger - his head turns and his shoulders rotate, he's also capable of doing the splits, and while I'm not sure why, this is two more points of articulation they added, giving him an extra three compared to most Spychangers (which have static heads).

   The best way to sum up this mode is to say that the proportions will make or break it for you. I personally don't like them, but they do make sense in terms of trying to copy the bigger toy, so I won't condemn this mode for the giant shins. It also lacks any really bad paint applications - heck they even added that darkish silver (I'd swap it for painted tyres though).

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of, although this toy was repainted for the Transformers: Universe toyline.

OVERALL

   How much you like this you really depends on the stilts of the robot mode. Aside from the legs, it's a fairly good robot mode. The vehicle mode could have been good, if not for the inherently avoidable paint job issues. If you can deal with the shins, it's probably worth picking up, but if you can't, well then both modes are flawed, so I'd avoid it unless you want Magnus but can't afford the big one - 4.5/10

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