Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-2 Cybertron City Commander / Ultra Magnus
Function: Cybertron City Commander
Motto: “Consistency is victory.”
You can call Ultra Magnus all soldier throughout. Courageous with excellent combat skills and is an inspiration on the battlefield. Ultra Magnus has it all but is most comfortable when carrying out orders given by Commander Convoy. When authority is placed on his shoulders, Ultra Magnus feels burdened by the mantle of leadership.
STR:9; INT:9; SPD:6; END:8; RNK:8; CRG:9; FPR:6; SKL:8
|Translation of the reverse of the instruction booklet.|
MP-2 was reissued in 2008 and featured the new Takara Tomy logo on the box; unfortunately this release had a few issues with quality control including poor paint applications and the front lights of the vehicle mode were installed upside down.
|Australian Target Exclusive (Source: eBay)|
|Underside of the box on the Australian Target Exclusive (Source: eBay)|
|2008 Reissue (Source: eBay)|
Ultra Magnus' torso is a stand out feature of this particular mould with the transformation of the front wheels which hide inside the main body. The chest also opens up with the windows opening outwards and the grey panel underneath raises to reveal the Matrix of Leadership, a feature based its first appearance in the 1986 Transformers animated movie. There is also a button on Ultra Magnus' shoulder which when pressed will light up the Matrix. The Matrix itself can be removed and opened outwards to reveal the inner blue translucent crystal. The Matrix is made out of plastic unlike the later versions released in the Masterpiece line which have been die cast metal.
|Source: Flickr User AaronK|
The wheels feature rubber tyres which are branded "Desert Dog Formula" which area real tyre brand which is also stamped on the original Optimus Prime / Ultra Magnus. The tyres also feature working suspension when the vehicle mode is pressed down.
When the windows are opened outwards there is also a little seat inside with Ultra Magnus' antennae almost acting as arm rests.
Like MP-1 Convoy, as this did not come with a trailer, the inner cardboard packaging can turn into a replica of Ultra Magnus' car carrier trailer.
Overall this is a very good figure and an exception figure for its time, however if you had to choose one Ultra Magnus for your collection it would easily have to be MP-22 Ultra Magnus.
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