Received this in the mail today. This is my first 3rd party add-on kit, and I have to say I’m pretty happy with it. Ultra Magnus gets a nice, if subtle, height increase and couple of nice melee weapons. I wish the axe and hammer were a bit larger than to match Magnus’ stature, but for $20 the new legs and weapons are a good value.
I was honestly surprised to see that there is a small amount of transforming going on in the new legs so they are the right length for truck mode. I wasn’t expecting that. Swapping them out for the old legs was simple, as was swapping the wheels. I half expected to need a small screw driver, but it wasn’t necessary. The new legs have double jointed knees, something I suspected but wasn’t sure about until I got them in hand. They work best when Magnus is in his small robot mode as the armor has kibble that gets in the way and the higher knee joint is mid-thigh in the larger bot mode.
Plastic color and paint seem to match up well with Magnus. No complaints there.
The weapons are simple. A hammer and an axe. They are painted a nice silver with white plastic handles. Both fold up for storage. Could be bigger for my tastes, but might match up well with deluxe sized figures. The hammer is meant to look like Solus Prime’s hammer.
I’m a little disappointed in that the new legs don’t clip into the Magnus armor any better than the original legs did. I think they might even be a tad looser than the originals. They stay on well enough, and since Magnus will be simply sitting on display versus being constantly played with it won’t be a problem. Those same clips however seem too tight for clipping on the trailer to the cab for truck mode. Had a hard time getting them both to click into place. The left side had to massaged in while slightly bending the trailer price, and the right side wouldn’t let go once it was attached. The clip separated from the legs and had to be reattached. Something to watch out for there.
I consider it $20 well spent here. I love Ultra Magnus’ new proportions, and the weapons are a nice bonus. If I had Siege Galaxy Prime, getting the upgrade kit for him would be a no-brainer.
Pics! First we have standard Magnus, looking heroic.
Second is enhanced Magnus, looking more heroic.
And a couple of shots with his new weapons. TFSource had Smashdown in stock for retail, so I grabbed him too.
Edited by Lisbon Virgo, 31 January 2020 - 06:38 PM.