Posted May 15, 2012 at 2:35 am
Man, I'm kind of annoyed with myself that I somehow saved the BotCon toys I like the least for last. I was on a pretty good roll of "Woo"s and "Yay"s, and now we're in this rut where it feels like I hate everything. That's not true! It's just that we're to the stuff I didn't want to talk about immediately.
Shattered Glass Ultra Magnus I'm not unkeen on. He's a new character! And he uses the mold's second head that Hasbro hadn't used yet. It's a translucent skull, because, yo, bad ass. Reportedly this is an "evil Optimus Prime" noggin that Hasbro would have attached to their eventual Nemesis Prime use of the mold. It's a pretty villainous head, so it works well for SG Ultra Magnus. The Diaclone Powered Convoy colors work well here, too. Red and blue are usually heroic colors, but with their specific hues and with all the black and gray, it comes off as evil enough.
My only complaint is the relative tininess of the toy. He's plumped up in the comic, because his opposite number is Treadshot, the huge Deluxe Jazz mold. It feels uneven. The smallness is something I complained about with the original use of the mold, and it's relevant with Magnus, too. But not as relevant as it is with BotCon's other use of this mold.
Geez, Shattered Glass Optimus Prime! I dunno what BotCon's historical fascination is with upgrading their guys as less impressive toys, but yikes. SG Prime used to be a Voyager. A good Voyager! One of my reluctant favorites of the 2008 set. He was the centerpiece of my Shattered Glass Autobot shelf. When I eventually put this new version of him in his old toy's place, you wouldn't even be able to see him. Bumblebee can see over the top of his head. It's just not a great upgrade.
Size aside, the toy is decoed marvelously. There's paint washes everywhere. But I'd rather his new toy had the presence of the old toy.
Now, Optimus Prime only appeared in the comic as a head on a screen, so my brain hasn't really registered yet that he's this body now. So I'm probably good to keep the old one on the shelf until he eventually appears in a future story and reminds me. Let's hope that's a long way off.