The best toy news this week for me has been all about Transformers Masterpiece Ultra Magnus. I know he’s not everyone’s favorite, but he is one of mine! I loved the original toy (which was lost in The Great Flood™, but since replaced – although I’m still missing his shoulder cannons…) and he even made enough of an impact on my parents who randomly bought me the Transformers: Robots in Disguise version years later. I spent dumb money on the G2 repaint of Laser Prime. I’ve spent dumb money on his Classics figure & the third-party armor kit. I’ve almost spent dumb money on Ultra Mammoth more than once…
But those pricey repaints and stand-ins all pale to the ultimate goal: Masterpiece Ultra Magnus. I avoided the MP line until the rumors of his possibility started to spread. I was stoked when he was announced and immediately gobbled up one of the first BBTS pre-order at a whopping $279.99. Yeah, and that was sight unseen. Until yesterday, at least when early images from a Japanese magazine popped up on the net:
Hit up this thread at TFW2005 for a much larger picture (And some cool photoshops later in the thread), but suffice to say, he’s gorgeous. I kinda want two to display him in both modes (the odds we get him repainted are pretty high though – Diaclone Colors? Shining would be cool!) And the good news is that shortly after he was revealed BBTS shot pre-order holders an e-mail about a price drop from that $279.99 all the way down to $189.99! That was the icing on the cake (BBTS was quick to remind us the price can inch back up if their costs go back up, but still saving money rocks)
The only bad news in all this is that he’s been moved back from Summer to Christmas, but better late than never, right?