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Old 07-11-2008, 12:13 PM   #1
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Animated Leader Ultra Magnus / Universe Ultra Silverbolt

UNIVERSE ULTRA SILVERBOLT

LAME VIDEO SHOWING TRANSFORMATION AND SOUND EFFECTS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhbbMThJ0jg


















Pros

-lights (green on both sides of the fuselage/orange on the rear thrusters/green eyes) and sounds (firing guns/transformation sound/swoosh/ignition or different laser sound, hard to say)
-looks good from the top
-decent poseability (head, shoulders, biceps, elbows, hips, upper leg swivel, knees)
-old school headsculpt and transformation
-gun with firing missile
-deployable landing gears
-one neat little trick: fists turning around to become intakes in jet mode
-fake rear fins molded on the shoulders to mimic the G1 version

Cons

-too simple to transform
-undercarriage/backpack: jet is carrying a robot and robot is wearing a jet
-orange/red parts look cheap
-back legs are empty
-feels cheaper than Powerglide and Onslaught
-arm poseability limited by the backpack

Believe it or not, I still like it. It's a good hommage to the G1 version and it's actually fun to be able to transform it fast. But it needs better colors. Somehow, the transformation reminds me of C. Starscream or 6Ti Starscream because of the way the legs fold/unfold and where the arms and head are located. The nosecone is rubber btw (like on Movie Starscream).
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:26 PM   #2
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Re: Animated Leader Ultra Magnus / Universe Ultra Silverbolt

ANIMATED LEADER ULTRA MAGNUS



















Pros

-rock solid in vehicle mode
-nice color scheme, very G1 Magnus-ish
-various sounds (firing cannons, transformation sound), lights (red/green/yellow)and voice clips (x3)
-intricate transformation (especially in the legs... somewhat similar to Universe Onslaught, but different)
-tons of cleverly hidden guns (front of vehicle/top of the cab/rear cannons/cannons hidden in rear cannons)
-hammer of doom
-very good articulation (head, shoulders, biceps, elbows, fingers, hips, knee swivels, knees)
-Headmaster compatibility

Cons

-arm poseability is a bit limited because of the huge shoulder pads and the size of the hammer
-shoulder pivoting point is not aligned with the head (too far at the rear of the torso block) and it looks odd when you pose the arms up or down, as he was suffering from dislocated shoulders
-would have been cool to have a light-up feature on the hammer

So, is it THE Animated toy to have? Hard to say. I think it cracks my top 3, but there are so many good figures in that line that I like, it's hard to pick only 3! It's definitely the best Leader figure so far. Bulkhead is 2nd only because his head can't be posed. Otherwise, it would be just as good. My top 3 would look like this for now:

-Leader Ultra Magnus
-Leader Bulkhead
-DLX Sentinel Prime

Btw, the firing sound effect in truck mode is identical to the one found on Cybertron Crumplezone, except that you can trigger it repeatedly before it ends.
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:42 PM   #3
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Re: Animated Leader Ultra Magnus / Universe Ultra Silverbolt

Awesome stuff. Magnus looks so amazing and silverbolt is pretty cool, I'm alittle disappointed in his transformation too. He's so basic for a ultra class and that's the crappy thing about him, but he still looks good and I beg he looks great with other the Classic figures.
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:56 PM   #4
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Ultra Magnus is too awesome.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:02 PM   #5
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Re: Animated Leader Ultra Magnus / Universe Ultra Silverbolt

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-undercarriage/backpack: jet is carrying a robot and robot is wearing a jet
Yeah, that's exactly my first thought when I saw the bottom of the jet. sorta reminds me of the Beast Wars toys
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:04 PM   #6
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Re: Animated Leader Ultra Magnus / Universe Ultra Silverbolt

Huh - now that you mention it, he WAS similar to the Titanium seeker mold when I TF'd him at TFCon.

Yeah, very simple... but still not that bad of a mold overall. He should have been swapped with Galvatron in terms of size classes.
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:22 PM   #7
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Re: Animated Leader Ultra Magnus / Universe Ultra Silverbolt

Ultra Magnus = Epic Win.

Silverbolt = Ultimate fail.

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Yeah, that's exactly my first thought when I saw the bottom of the jet. sorta reminds me of the Beast Wars toys
Not really. The basics (Like Rattrap) probably but the larger figers, no.
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:42 PM   #8
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Group shot...

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Old 07-11-2008, 02:45 PM   #9
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Re: Animated Leader Ultra Magnus / Universe Ultra Silverbolt

I think we should invent a new transformers term for figures like Silverbolt...Backformers.

UM looks amazing.

Thanks again for the pics.
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Onslaught and TFA Ultra Magnus are gonna put the hurt on my wallet.

Silverbolt and Powerglide - no.
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