Transformers Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus Video Review

Ultra Magnus is the Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord and First Officer of the Lost Light. His fantastic Combiner Wars figure finally fills the hole in everyone’s collection for a classically styled Ultra Magnus while also giving a nod to his appearance in IDW Comics’ More Than Meets The Eye (MTMTE) by having Minimus Ambus be the load-bearing bot inside the armor.

30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 30

What you love about MTMTE. What keeps you coming back for more?

You mean besides giant alien transforming robots? Ok. How about the humor, drama, great art and most especially, the easter eggs/subtle hints of things to come.

In issue #1, we got our fist clue. It wasn’t hidden. In fact, it was the last half of the last page. The list of don’ts

Warning from Issue #1

What was that last one again?

Then there was the whole “Nineteen Eighty-Four” mantra of the giant yellow robots that we find out later (much later) are actually Legislators, sent by Chief Justice Tyrest to apprehend Skids. We first meet Skids and the Legislators in issue #2.

Skids and Legislators

He has no idea that he is holding that gun.

Then we get another clue, dug up by Tailgate, in issue #5 that, perhaps, “Nineteen Eighty-Four” might refer to Section 19, Subsection 80, Paragraph 4 of the Tyrest Accord that is an unimportant section that Ultra Magnus glossed over, which is a HUGE indication of just how unimportant it is if Ultra Magnus skipped it.

Tailgate asks about 19 (80) 4

I think Tailgate is on to something here.

Then, it wasn’t until issue #20 that we finally find out that that Tailgate’s instinct was correct and that Skids was, in fact guilty of violating Tyrest Accord section 19 (80) 4.

Skids fires a thought bullet.

Now we know what thoughts sound like – PHUT!

That is 18 issues between the set up and the payoff. A time period of over a year! It’s things like this – the subtle clues and hints that you don’t even realize are important at the time that makes one pay attention to every little detail because you never know what is going to be important in a year and a half and what isn’t. This also make re-reading the series so much more satisfying because one can pick on these things during the second third or twentieth time reading the series.

It is truly a great series, arguably the best Transformers fiction ever, and I hope it continues for a long, long time.

30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 28

A Voice That You Associate With A Character

From this crowd (and of those who have speaking lines) the only ones that I usually read with a particular voice are Cyclonus, Perceptor, Ultra Magnus and Ratchet – their G1 voices. I also ALWAYS read Optimus Prime with Peter Cullen’s voice.

There are other that I would read in their G1 voice because it was so distinctive but they either haven’t had speaking roles yet (like Cosmos, Powerglide and Inferno) or aren’t in this comic, yet (like Megatron, Starscream and Ironhide).

Amazingly, I don’t read Hoist as having an English accent like he was portrayed in G1 even though that made him so unique. It might also have a bit to do with the fact that he hasn’t had a lot of scenes and his Spotlight was too fast-paced and action-packed for me to think of any particular voice inflection.

Lost Light Crew

The gang’s all here!

30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 26

A description or sketch for a human version of one of the characters

You know, I never really thought about this until I saw this day’s topic. Well, there was Cybertronian Homesick Blues, where the bots take on Super Intuitive holomatter Avatars which essentially answers this question for a few.

Super Intuitive Avatars

One of Brainstorms few non-weapon projects.

I thought the characterization was right on – Rewind has the video camera, Skids’ ID card is blank (like his memory), Rung and Swerve are unmistakable, Tailgate is a baby (since he has been offline nearly the entire 6 million years of his life) and Whirl has an eyepatch (so he only has a single useful eye) and guns. Bonus points for the eyepatch on Whirl’s Autobot badge!

I didn’t include Ultra Magnus here since his avatar was simply a representation of Verity Carlo and not of his personality. But you know, it would be interesting to see whether it would end up representing the Ultra Magnus we know and love or Minimus Ambus – the guy in the suit.

Finally, we were treated to Ratchet’s avatar back when he was on Delphi, albeit a corrupted version.

Ratchet's Corrupted Avatar

It’s actually pretty accurate since Ratchet was corroding at the time.

Of course, this is far from a new concept. We can go all the way back to the original G1 comics for the first look at holomatter avatars. Here’s a shot of mine from Transformers Issue #14:

Hoist's Avatar

After all these years, I still do.

30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 18

A Theory About One of the Unresolved/mysterious Plotlines

Brainstorm’s Briefcase – what’s in it?

Ultra Magnus seems to think it can save the day:

Brainstorms briefcase Save the Day

 

 

 

Apparently it repels sparkeaters:

Brainstorms briefcase sparkeater

 

Maybe it’s a doomsday device:

 

 

Brainstorms briefcase

 

All we know for sure is that he’s very sensitive about it:

Brainstorms briefcase don't mock

My theory? I think it’s his lunch.

 

30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 14

Favorite Character Design

Even though he was around before MTMTE, my favorite Design is Fortress Maximus. He’s not flashy. He’s not funny-looking. He’s a pretty straight-forward bruising hulk of an Autobot and that’s why I like him.

Bad Aft Fort Max

It’s not going to be a good day for those ‘Cons.

He was left in such a sad state in Last Stand of the Wreckers after being tortured by Overlord. It was great to see him get some redemption on Overlord himself and not just other ‘bots on the crew that share the same colors.

Fort Max and Overloard

Payback!

Now, he is the new Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord, a position formerly held, and defined, by Ultra Magnus. He’s currently taking care of Luna 1 with Red Alert. Considering the symbols on the other side of Luna 1 and how they might play into the cryptic message the Skids received after going through Tyrest’s space bridge portal, I’m sure we’ll be seeing Max again.