If any toy ever deserved to be called minimus, it’s Minimus Ambus. He is a creation of IDW (Immensely Degrading to Well-loved-characters). Apparently, they decided that Ultra Magnus died and is now a mech suit for Minimus Ambus. It’s crap like this that makes me really hate IDW. There is no need to destroy fan favorite characters. If you want a character with a mech suit, then create one. Being original is not shredding a classic character, it’s creating one. This is just a sad little joke. At least in Japan they recognize this and painted this thing into Alpha Trion. I might have to pick that one up. At least Alpha Trion is a character that matters. Minimus Ambus can be placed inside Ultra Magnus’s cab/chest in both modes if you choose. I do not.
Ultra Magnus’s two guns and shoulder missiles can be combined into a hammer accessory. I’m kind of over the whole Ultra Magnus carries a hammer thing. It was interesting for a while, but frankly, it has nothing to do with G1, and really shouldn’t be included in a G1 toy. Of course, the worst part is that it looks silly with the red and white.
Vehicle Mode: Ultra Magnus’s trailer is amazing. I wouldn’t change a thing, accept to make his missile pods a little smaller, since they made it enormous just so it could be used for the hammer head. I like the look of his cab, but I wonder if they really had to make him look like a bulldog. Look at it, you’d swear they were using a bulldog as the model. It doesn’t look odd, but I would prefer it to be a little squarer.
Robot Mode: Ultra Magnus looks amazing in robot mode. I honestly can’t imagine anything I’d change about him, except for the aforementioned enormous missile pods. He’s a near perfect G1 Ultra Magnus.
Overall: This one is a must. My suggestion is to buy it, feed Minimus Ambus to a dog, and forget that joke even exists. While I can’t not be annoyed that it exists, even it can’t ruin such a great looking toy.
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