As part of a feature presentation in their toy departments in early 2004, Wal*Mart stores added a number of exclusive repaint toys to the Universe line. The less-expensive sets were Spychanger two-packs of Optimus Prime with Prowl and Ultra Magnus with Ironhide. These are first time repaints for all but Ironhide with some nice G1 homage thrown in, if not properly used
Review - Ultra Magnus
As with Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus is a repaint of the smaller toy from the Robots in Disguise line. He is mostly black with some blue poking through here and there. Silver highlights his front bumper and grill, which also has a poorly-painted, red Autobot symbol on it. His roof lights and side-panel Autobot logos are also red. Though he appears to have ten wheels, only four are functional.
To transform into robot mode, extend the rear of the truck back, flip the cab up and back, swing the front roof panels forward, and pull the side-panels out.
In robot mode, Magnus is mostly blue with black arms, chest panel, and "wings." His face, knees, and feet are painted silver and his eyes are a metallic-green. Like Prime, he has five points of articulation: swivels at the neck and shoulders and can swing each leg out to the side. There is a lot of detail that went unpainted and that's too bad since Ultra Magnus is a pretty bland looking robot.
He's better than Prime, but the lack of decent paint applications takes away from a decent toy design. Definitely worth looking into if you missed it the first time around though.
Final Grade: B
Review - Ironhide
The only mold in the group to be repainted more than one time, Ironhide looks more like he was meant to be Trailbreaker from his color scheme than yet another Ironhide. He is a black truck with a silver bed and front grill, gray windows, and white pin stripes on the side that have red, orange and yellow sections dropping down from it, similar to Trailbreaker. He comes with a rifle which can be stored snugly in his truck bed, though I'm sure that was unintentional since it's never been mentioned officially.
Transformation is a snap. Pull the rear of the truck back, flip the hood down, and pull the doors out.
Unlike Trailbreaker, Ironhide here has a lot of yellow in robot mode. His head and lower legs are molded in the color (as is his chest plat under the truck hood) and it really stands out against the black, not in a good way though. Ironhide may be a Decepticon spy as his eyes are painted red. Either that or Megatron tampered with his energy restoration device. like Prowl, he only has shoulder joints and can hold his gun in either hand.
Ironhide is a nice homage to Trailbreaker until you hit the robot mode. That yellow really doesn't suit the toy all that much. But, if you're a fan of Spychangers or Trailbreaker, this should be a must-buy. Otherwise, pass on it as I'm sure this mold will get used again and again and again.
Final Grade: B-
|Reviewer||Richard C. Mistron|
|Date||June 12th 2004|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|