Sunday, June 12, 2016

Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus, G1 Beastbox & Squawktalk

It's been a long drought for me collecting-wise but i finally mustered up some enthusiasm to pick up some robits.

COMBINER WARS ULTRA MAGNUS


This figure is based on IDW's MTMTE comics. We've had good figures of Magnus before in previous lines (like the leader scaled TFA version) but this is the 1st one (besides the MP line, which is more collector orientated) since the 6" Titanium version where we get a self contained Magnus figure - he's alt mode is a car carrier like in G1, but unlike G1, the whole cab and trailer transforms into a single/main robot (as opposed to the trailer forming the body armor for the smaller cab robot).


There's still a robot within a robot gimmick though - the plot twist with Magnus in MTMTE (spoilers!) is that Magnus is just an outer shell for a smaller robot - Minimus Ambus. So while the G1 version allows the cab robot to be independent sans outer shell, the CW version has the cab integrated with the trailer and Ambus fits into Magnus like the torso was a cockpit. Its actually a cool gimmick - although you have to take out Ambus for Magnus to transform into car carrier (which defeats the purpose of Ambus hiding his identity like in the comics). But who cares? Smaller robits piloting bigger robits will always be cool.


"I'LL TEAR OFF YOUR HEAD AND RIP THE POWER CORE FROM THE TWITCHING HUSK OF YOUR CORPSE!"

Galvatron sounds like he could use a Snickers bar.

A homage to the UK comics Target: 2006 storyline. Some really great old-school Furman action sequences and fantastic art by Geoff Senior.


G1 BEASTBOX & SQUAWKTALK


G1 is currently low in priority in my catch up list (i'm behind on both CW and MP, plus i already have quite a few of cassettebots, thanks to the reissues), but i made exception to this pair because ROBOT MONKEY! Beastbox and Squawktalk combine to form humanoid robit Squawkbox, BUT WHO CARES?!! Robots are awesome, monkeys are awesome, which makes Beastbox double-y awesome.

(Sorry, Squawktalk. You're not even the best bird robit.)

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