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Ultra Magnus

August 10, 2019


Ultra Magnus is the name of several fictional
characters from the various Transformers storylines, generally appearing as a chief lieutenant
of Optimus Prime. Transformers: Generation 1
Despite his incredible fighting skills, courage and unmatched talent for improvisation on
the battlefield, Ultra Magnus is most comfortable when carrying out orders, and is naturally
at ease if the Matrix of Leadership should ever find itself placed upon him.
In Ultra Magnus’ mind, he is a commander of the wreckers, and his reluctance to change
that will see to it that he expends all options before accepting the idea that he is required
to lead. As a leader, Magnus would be resolute, fair and courageous, ever-ready to sacrifice
himself for the greater good of his companions and mission, and unyielding in preparation
for protection of those under his command. Although not interested in overall command,
Ultra Magnus was the City Commander for Autobot City in Transformers The Movie, and his toy
also featured him in the role of City Commander, which indicates that he at least is willing
to accept a leadership role in a smaller capacity rather than as supreme commander, a role filled
by both Optimus Prime and later Rodimus Prime. Ultra Magnus is armed with missile launchers
capable of hitting a target 30 miles away, and transforms into a car carrier able to
transport his fellow Autobot troops. Animated series
The Transformers From the secret files of Teletraan II: Ultra
Magnus is the most mature spokesman for the Autobot cause. As a soldier, he is always
practical and serious. And he so is loved by his fellow Autobots that Wheelie and Daniel
traveled millions of miles to the Autobot records asteroid, just so they could find
out Ultra Magnus’s birthday. In his vehicle mode, Ultra Magnus is an armored transport
truck, a machine with magnificent fighting skills. His enemies, the Decepticons, respect
his courage, but most of all, they fear Ultra Magnus’s spirit of self-sacrifice. He always
thinks first of the welfare of his fellow Autobots and his mission. Ultra Magnus first appeared in Japan in the
episode Scramble City. This episode never made it to the U.S.A. so Americans didn’t
see him until Transformers: the Movie. Ultra Magnus made his first continuity appearance
in the Earth year 2005 as commander of Autobot City on Earth. Leading the defense of the
city when it came under Decepticon attack, Magnus suddenly found himself commanding the
entire Autobot army when Optimus Prime died in battle and passed the Matrix of Leadership
to him despite his protestations. Subsequently, in a confrontation with the Decepticons on
the planet of Junk, Magnus was blown apart and lost the Matrix to Galvatron, but was
reassembled and reactivated by the Junkions. When Hot Rod recovered the Matrix from Galvatron
and became Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus decided to step down as leader to give the role to
Rodimus, but continued to act as his friend and advisor, keeping him on the straight and
narrow and always reassuring him, attempting to urge him out of the shadow of Optimus Prime. Magnus had his share of personal adventures
in 2006, such as when he was captured by a Quintesson scientist for study, along with
Wreck-Gar, Marissa Faireborn and the Decepticon, Cyclonus; he and Cyclonus developed a mutual,
grudging respect for each other as warriors during the ensuing events, as they worked
together to escape a negative universe on the other side of a black hole.
Magnus would later fall afoul of an unrepentant Cyclonus when he went to the aid of Wheelie
and Daniel Witwicky when they stumbled into trouble while attempting to discover Magnus’s
birthday. In addition to these and other battles with Cyclonus, Magnus also found himself facing
Galvatron on several occasions – the deranged Decepticon would even occasionally focus his
rage more upon Magnus than Rodimus Prime; such a notion is not inappropriate, since
Magnus was the being he was originally dispatched to destroy, and who thwarted him in varying
ways, certainly enough to permanently earn the deranged Galvatron’s ire.
In the Episode “Only Human”, Ultra Magnus, Springer, Rodimus Prime and Arcee found their
minds transferred into human-mimicking “synthoid” bodies by the human crime lord Victor Drath.
In Episode 78, “Madman’s Paradise”, Spike and Carly hosted a banquet for a visiting
ambassador. Daniel got bored and wandered off. Grimlock followed him, and they fell
into a lost chamber where Quintessons banished their criminals to other dimensions. They
slipped through to the sorcerous other-dimensional realm of Menonia, and were tricked into fighting
on the Red Wizard’s side, only to find out that he was the Quintesson criminal, who overthrew
the Golden One. Ultra Magnus, Blaster, Eject, Rewind, Ramhorn, and Steeljaw followed, and
using Blaster’s amplification, they help the Golden One defeat the Red Wizard. With the
help of Perceptor, the Autobots and Daniel are returned to Cybertron.
When the galaxy became infected by the Hate Plague, Ultra Magnus was one of the first
victims, and his calm, restrained soldier attitude was stripped away, leaving behind
a raving, battle-hungry maniac who had particular interest in destroying Rodimus Prime. After
the plague was cured by the resurrected Optimus Prime, Magnus led the defense of Cybertron
during the battle for the power of the Plasma Energy Chamber in 2007.
In The Transformers: The Movie, Ultra Magnus was voiced by Robert Stack. For the subsequent
episodes of the animated series, he was voiced by Jack Angel, who had previously portrayed
characters such as Astrotrain, Ramjet, and Omega Supreme. His character was most famous
for uttering the line “I can’t deal with that now” whenever things got bad.
Transformers: The Headmasters Although the American animated series ended
with the three-parter “The Rebirth” storyline, it was decided in Japan to continue production
of new episodes; to that end, “The Rebirth” was discarded, and in its place, a new 35-episode
series, Transformers: The Headmasters was created.
Earlier Japanese-exclusive media such as Scramble City and TV Magazine’s manga stories had previously
detailed Ultra Magnus’s earlier arrival on Earth and his role in the creation of Metroplex.
In Headmasters, Magnus was a supporting character for the early part of the series, once again
in charge of Autobot City on Earth, taking a proactive role in the defense of the planet
against the Decepticons when they re-emerged in 2011. During the opening skirmish of the
renewed conflict, Magnus crossed swords with the large and powerful Decepticon ninja, Sixshot,
who went on to lead the villains’ earth-based forces, leading to a smoldering enmity between
the two. Their rivalry eventually came to a conclusive end when Sixshot and Magnus engaged
in a one-on-one duel. Magnus was no match for the multiple powers of Sixshot’s numerous
transformations, and was felled by his seventh, secret mode. With his dying gasp, Magnus told
the Autobots to protect the Earth. At Metroplex’s request, the Autobots buried Magnus on Earth.
When Ultra Magnus died, his body did not turn white/grey, like all other Transformers who
had died in the past. Whether this is due to his body being composed of external armour
over his truck-cab exoskeleton or simply because of animator error is open to fan-interpretation.
As “The Headmasters” cartoon is set in alternative “japanese continuity” which officially doesn’t
belong to original American series that ended with 4th season in three-piece episode titled
“The Rebirth”, Ultra Magnus did not die in scope of original continuity.
Marvel Comics Ultra Magnus did not appear in Marvel Comics’
American Transformers comic book series outside of a comic book adaptation of a third season
episode of the animated Transformers series. However, its sister title in the U.K. did
feature in the character extensively in its own original stories; the American stories
made no use of the new cast introduced in The Transformers: The Movie, and U.K. writer
Simon Furman pounced on the opportunity to use them in his own ways. Whereas all the
other movie characters who appeared in the stories — such as Galvatron, Hot Rod and
Kup — appeared via the use of time travel, it was Ultra Magnus’s present-day self who
played a key role in many of the important UK storylines. As per the original intent
of his character and toy, Magnus was presented as the arch-foe of Galvatron.
Ultra Magnus was first introduced — and, debatably, first constructed — in the Earth
year 1986, as the underground Autobot resistance on Cybertron prepared to execute their daring
“Operation: Volcano” plan, which would involve luring the Decepticons’ crack troops to one
location where Magnus and the Autobot commando squad, the Wreckers, would finish them off.
However, when the Matrix Flame suddenly extinguished, Magnus was dispatched to Earth to discover
what had happened to Optimus Prime. With time nipping at his heels, the launch
of Operation: Volcano going ahead whether he returned or not, Magnus allied himself
with the Earth Autobots and worked to discover what had caused Optimus Prime, Prowl and Ratchet
to vanish from the middle of the Autobot base, while the other Autobots battled the threat
posed by Galvatron, a Decepticon who had travelled back in time from the future. The appearance
of three more Autobots from the future, Hot Rod, Kup and Blurr, gave Magnus his answer:
the mass-displacement effect yielded by Galvatron’s time travel had shunted Prime and the others
into the limbo between dimensions. Ultra Magnus then engaged Galvatron in battle as Kup and
the others set up a scheme to force Galvatron back into the future, and even though Magnus
was severely beaten by the more-powerful Decepticon, the plan succeeded and the future Decepticon
returned to his own time. Magnus, however, was too late to return for Operation: Volcano,
but the plan was nullified when the intended Decepticon victims were called away by Megatron,
but a parting shot took the life of the Wreckers’ leader, Impactor.
In 1987, when Optimus Prime was transported to Cybertron, Ultra Magnus and the Wreckers
nearly killed him due to deliberate Decepticon misinformation that claimed he was a masquerading
Decepticon agent which was disproved by Emirate Xaaron. Prime and Magnus then fought side-by-side
on Cybertron for a period, until Ratbat cleverly deployed the Spacebridge to displace Magnus,
Prime, and an insane Megatron to Earth. As Magnus adjusted to his temporary new home,
he stumbled across Galvatron, who had returned from the future with a new scheme to harness
the power of the Earth’s core. Continuing their deeply bitter feud, Galvatron battled
Ultra Magnus with help from the future Autobots, but in the end, the two leaders were entombed
in volcanic lava. Galvatron was eventually able to effect his
own release, and the Sparkler Mini-Bots extricated Ultra Magnus, who, by this stage, having suffered
repeated defeats at Galvatron’s hands, had developed a paralysing fear of confronting
the Decepticon. Galvatron, to his own amusement, set about pulverizing the Sparklers, with
the intention of further tormenting the temporarily quiescent Ultra Magnus. With his comrades’
lives at risk, Magnus overcame his demons to defeat Galvatron.
The present-day Ultra Magnus would not have to face Galvatron again, but more terrifying
threats were in store when he and the Sparklers returned to Cybertron and discovered that
the city of Kalis had been overridden by hordes of zombie Transformers, reactivated by the
renegade Autobot mad scientist, Flame. Ultra Magnus joined forces with the Wreckers and
their allies to defeat Flame’s plan to fire Cybertron’s subterranean planetary engines
and complete Megatron’s ancient plan to turn the world into a huge battleship.
Soon after, Magnus found himself involved in a grotesque illegal gladiatorial game,
and although he defeated his monstrous opponent and delivered a stirring speech to the crowd
decrying their spectation of such a sport, his words failed to get through.
Although that was the last appearance of the present-day Ultra Magnus, the future version
of Ultra Magnus made further appearances. He was present when Rodimus Prime, Kup, and
Blurr went back in time to confront Galvatron and Death’s Head, stating his doubts about
the mission, teamed up with Soundwave’s Decepticons to defeat the Quintessons, and was part of
Rodimus Prime’s team in the Time Wars. He did not get his final confrontation with Galvatron,
however, as Galvatron used Decepticon leader Scorponok as a living shield against Magnus’
fire, prompting Scorponok’s troops to attack him.
The U.K. Transformers continuity records that Magnus and the other future Autobots returned
find to their own time-stream changed to a different, darker future, where Galvatron
was alive and ruling most of Cybertron. Books
Ultra Magnus appeared in the 1986 story and coloring book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron
by Marvel Books. Ultra Magnus appeared in the 1986 story book
Galvatron’s Air Attack by Ladybird Books. Ultra Magnus appeared in the 1986 Ladybird
Books story Decepticon Hideout by John Grant. Dreamwave Productions
Ultra Magnus from Dreamwave Productions’ 21st century re-imagining of the Generation One
universe took the opportunity to indulge two contentious aspects of Ultra Magnus previously
resigned to fan speculation: here, he was revealed to be Optimus Prime’s “brother” in
the Dreamwave continuity, and also hinted to be Dion, a childhood friend of Optimus
Prime from the animated series, due to the name of a strike force he led.
Magnus first chronological appearance was in The War Within: Age of Wrath miniseries,
where he had united the splintered Autobot factions such as the Wreckers and Lightning
Strike Coalition and managed to negotiate a settlement with the Decepticons and Ultracons.
The plan was derailed first by Starscream’s Predacons and then by Megatron’s return with
an army of Seeker clones, with Grimlock taking a fatal shot meant for Magnus. After being
beaten into submission by Megatron, Magnus was amongst those captured by the Decepticons.
The closure of Dreamwave prevented the completion of the series.
Following the disappearance of Optimus Prime and Megatron’s troops four million years ago,
Ultra Magnus and Fortress Maximus took fluctuating joint leadership of the Autobots, until Maximus
abandoned the war. Ultra Magnus appeared in as a major character
in Dreamwave Productions Micromasters mini-series. In issue #1, “Destined For Nothing”, Countdown
and Groundshaker return from space to find the Autobot base largely abandoned. The first
Autobots they encounter, Topspin and Twin Twist seem surprised to see them, and more
surprised that Optimus Prime isn’t with them. Countdown and Groundshaker are equally surprised
that Optimus has not returned to Cybertron before they did. Countdown confronts Ultra
Magnus and Fortress Maximus and informs them that Operation: Containment, an attempt to
prevent the Decepticon threat from spreading beyond Cybertron, has failed. Countdown explains
that the Decepticon Skystalker and his forces ravaged the peaceful planet, Paradron, and
that the Autobots need to mount an intergalactic patrol force to prevent the same fate from
befalling other worlds. Ultra Magnus and Fortress Maximus disagree, stating that Autobot forces
are already underpowered and spread thin as it is. Groundshaker interrupts, belligerently
demanding the Autobot command take action, before he is pulled from the room by Countdown.
As Countdown and Groundshaker leave the command center, they overhear Big Daddy and his patrol
griping about the day’s events, which interests Countdown greatly. Big Daddy and company then
confront Magnus and Maximus, upset that Crunch lost his life defending Roadbuster. The argument
grows more heated, before Fortress Maximus orders the Hot Rod Patrol to turn in their
weapons and dismisses them. 100,000 years later, the Transformers, their
war, and the entire planet of Cybertron itself ground to a halt when the world’s energy supplies
completely ran out, sending Cybertron into a period of reconstructive hibernation, during
which the entire population was sent into stasis.
Three thousand years ago, Shockwave was the first Transformer to be reactivated, and set
about restoring the planet and its populace, quietly working towards his own sinister ends.
Unifying the Autobot and Decepticon factions, he appointed Ultra Magnus as his second-in-command,
who led the attack on the Ark when they travelled to Earth and arrested Optimus Prime and Megatron
as war criminals. When Optimus Prime then led a rebel attack
on Iacon, Shockwave turned on Magnus, apparently deactivating him. Ultra Magnus survived, however,
and his inner robot emerged from his damaged larger form, teaming with Prime to stop Shockwave’s
plan to use the Matrix to access Vector Sigma. Ultra Magnus came away from the encounter
with less damage than Prime, and soon had his systems repaired. He was seen in his familiar
blue outer shell assisting Prowl when the burden of leadership threatened to become
too much for him, and headed a mission to one of Cybertron’s moons to fortify it against
attack. Dreamwave’s bankruptcy and subsequent closure, however, meant that any further stories
of Ultra Magnus went untold. Fun Publications
The Transformers: Classics story printed by Fun Publications is set in a continuation
of the Marvel Comics Transformers series, ignoring the Marvel U.K. and Generation 2
comics. Since Ultra Magnus only appeared in the U.K. comics, the Ultra Magnus appearing
in these stories is a new character. In Transformers: Timelines volume 2 #2, “Games
of Deception” this series Ultra Magnus leads a team of Autobots, which includes Elita One,
Huffer, Snarl, Springer, Strongarm, Swoop and Tryanotron in pursuit of the Decepticon
Bug Bite and his forces to Earth. Once on Earth they contact Grimlock to aid them.
In the Beast Wars Shattered Glass story arc the G1 Ultra Magnus travels to Shattered Glass
prehistoric Earth with Prowl, Ironhide, Silverbolt, and Grimlock. Adopting a wooly mammoth beast
mode in order to survive the raw Energon radiation, he adopts the identity “Ultra Mammoth.” With
their home universe destroyed, Mammoth and his team did battle with Megatron’s force
of Decepticons, who had adopted alternative means of survival. Joined by an alternate
version of Depth Charge, the former Autobots took on a new identity as Maximals.
Devil’s Due Publishing Ultra Magnus would make another appearance
in the second G. I Joe vs. the Transformers crossover from Devil’s Due Publishing, again
as one of the leaders of the Autobot resistance to Shockwave. He and Perceptor saved a group
of G. I Joes and Cobras from Shockwave’s Decepticons, erecting a forcefield to protect them while
they worked to repair the damage caused by Teletran-3, powered by Magnus’ own strength.
The shield eventually gave out and Magnus was captured. However, they were all rescued
when the Dinobots returned and routed Shockwave’s forces.
He reappeared in the third crossover as part of the combined Autobot/G. I Joe force attempting
to rescue Optimus Prime, and even held off Trypticon single-handedly at one point. In
the fourth crossover, Magnus was left in charge of the Autobot forces on Cybertron when Optimus
Prime journeyed to Earth. IDW Publishing
In issue #3 of The Transformers: Megatron Origin, a white colored Transformer is seen
from behind at the funeral of Bumper and Fastback. Whether this is actually Magnus is unclear.
In the new IDW Publishing continuity Magnus is a feared Autobot law enforcement officer.
Magnus tracked down all those who broke the accords – be they Autobot or Decepticon. After
arresting the Decepticon weapons dealer Swindle, the unscrupulous Decepticon managed to talk
his way out of it by offering Magnus an even more tempting prize – the whereabouts of Scorponok.
Despite his own personal reservations about doing so, Magnus agreed and tracked Scorponok
down on the planet Nebulos. There he discovered the Decepticon’s plan – upgrading several
of the Nebulans with Transformer technology. Magnus soon found Scorponok himself, and lost
the subsequent fight. However, a shot from Scorponok’s beast mode seemingly killed Scorponok’s
already upgraded partner Lord Zarak. Magnus managed to shoot Scorponok in the head, but
the Decepticon escaped again. Much later, after apprehending Swindle, the Decepticon
again attempted to deal his way out. He reappeared briefly again in the Spotlight issue on Arcee,
where he tracked down, battled and defeated the deranged Arcee, not realising that the
facility he was in was actually being used by Jhiaxus for the expansion.
Ultra Magnus also appears in the IDW ongoing series. He comes to Earth some three years
after the events of the All Hail Megatron series, once again tracking Swindle. As acting
Autobot commander, Bumblebee attempts to persuade Ultra Magnus to abandon his law enforcement
duties and take up the fight against the Decepticons that still remained on Earth.
Binaltech In the altered chronology of the Binaltech
saga, Optimus Prime is still alive, having never had the final showdown with Megatron
at the Battle of Autobot City. When Ravage arranges for the Autobots to be alone in the
battle against the threat of Unicron, Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus team up to take on
the planet-eater, having discovered that the Matrix is the key to Unicron’s destruction.
Within Unicron’s body, Optimus Prime is severely damaged, and although not fatally, he passes
the Matrix to Ultra Magnus to complete the mission. Ultra Magnus sheds his outer armor
and proceeds on, successfully opening the Matrix and initiating the destruction of Unicron.
Magnus and Prime escape the exploding giant. Other appearances
Ultra Magnus is the main character in the Famicom video game Transformers: Convoy no
Nazo. The game is a typical side-scroller in which he battles Decepticons. This game
has been poorly received. Ultra Magnus appears among the Transformers
box art on the back of larger third year Transformers toys. He is flying in robot mode without his
armor. For a many years this was his only depiction in non-armored mode.
Toys Generation 1 Ultra Magnus
Based on the Diaclone toy similar to Optimus Prime, Powered Convoy. Despite the fact that
this toy has a smaller robot identical to Optimus Prime that can combine with the trailer
for a super robot, he was only depicted in super mode in the animated series and Marvel
comics. According to the U.S. patent for this toy the head and chest plate of the super
robot mode combine to form a jet with a gun turret on it. Several variations of this toy
were released, with varying amounts of paint applications and with rubber or plastic tires
on his trailer. Like many previous Transformers toys, the
Ultra Magnus toy was a carry-over from the Japanese Diaclone line, where it was released
in silver, red and dark blue colors as “Powered Convoy,” a powered-up version of “Battle Convoy,”
the toy which had become Optimus Prime, hence the identical cabs. Additionally, the Diaclone
toy’s instructions included several more alternate modes the toy could be configured into, which
were omitted from Ultra Magnus’s instructions in the US release. In the Japanese release
of the Ultra Magnus character, however, two of these additional modes are kept, while
the third is replaced with another battle station mode with a completely different arrangement.
It is worth noting that Powered Convoy’s original colors may have at one point been intended
to be kept for the Ultra Magnus character — an early promotional film advertising Transformers:
The Movie features Ultra Magnus animated in these hues. In line with this, when the original
Ultra Magnus toy was re-issued in Japan in 2000, a limited-edition version in the Diaclone
colors was also released, referred to as a “Movie Edition.” A third version also saw
release, cast entirely in translucent yellow, intended to represent the moment that Magnus
is caught in the light of the Matrix. Ultra Magnus’ toy consists of a smaller robot,
identical to Optimus Prime but with a mostly white colouration, which acts as the cab of
the car carrier and combines with the trailer to form the familiar Ultra Magnus as depicted
in the cartoon and comics. The white “inner robot” would not appear in official fiction
until the publication of the Dreamwave comics, but was alluded to by the coating applied
to Optimus Prime in The Return Of Optimus Prime.
Generation 1 Kabaya Gum Ultra Magnus Part of the original gum toy series by Kabaya.
Each package comes with a stick of chewing gum and an easy-to-assemble kit. The completed
robot looks and transforms almost the same as the larger, original Takara version. The
car carrier can accommodate Mini-Car figures and most World’s Smallest Transformers figures.
Generation 2 Ultra Magnus A collectable watch which looked like Ultra
Magnus’ super robot mode was released in Generation 2
Generation 1 Reissue Ultra Magnus The reissue of Ultra Magnus in 2002 had elongated
missiles and shortened smokestacks to comply with new child safety laws.
Masterpiece MP-02 Ultra Magnus A white redeco of Masterpiece Optimus Prime
that comes with a Megatron in gun mode, Energon axe and the Matrix of Leadership.
Generation 2 Laser Ultra Magnus When the Generation 2 Laser Optimus Prime
figure was reissued in Japan in 2006, online retailer eHobby offered an exclusive repainted
version of it as a new version of the original Ultra Magnus, referencing – as other toylines
had also since done – the connection between the original Prime and Magnus toys. As a repaint
of Laser Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus has light-up eyes and headlights, and sword and gun which
can also be illuminated when place in his fist. His trailer can, via a spring-loaded
mechanism, transform into a heavily armed battle station with a five-shot missile launcher,
disc shooter and bellows-activated foam-tipped rocket launcher.
The extensive bio for this toy reveals that after Magnus lost his life in a Decepticon
attack, he was welcomed into the Allspark, his spark retaining its individuality like
the other ancient Autobot leaders due to his brief ownership of the Matrix of Leadership.
Magnus, however, did not feel that he truly belonged there, and, through the cosmic awareness
that comes with being part of the Matrix, learned that Galvatron II was threatening
the galaxy. Making contact with Optimus Prime’s consciousness, Magnus used the power of Prime’s
“Reconfiguration Matrix” – the means by which Prime had adopted numerous body forms in the
G2 line – to bring about his own resurrection. With the power of the Reconfiguration Matrix,
Magnus is able to adopt several different forms of his own, including his original body,
but has selected a duplicate version of Prime’s “Laser Rod” form for particularly comprehensive
offensive power. Classics Ultra Magnus
A two pack of Ultra Magnus and Skywarp made a Target store exclusive. The pack was sold
under the name “Battle for Autobot City”. A later released 2-pack included Classic Optimus
Prime and Ultra Magnus. Titanium 6 inch War Within Ultra Magnus
Two different toys of Ultra Magnus appeared in the Titanium line. The first is a repaint
of the 6″ inch War Within Optimus Prime in white colors.
Titanium 6 inch Generation 1 Ultra Magnus The second is a new 6″ inch Titanium transforming
mold which resembles his Generation 1 form. Only features vehicle and super-robot modes,
with no separate smaller robot mode, as the trailer does not disconnect from the cab.
Convoy feat. Nike Free 7.0 Ultra Magnus A special repaint of the Optimus Prime from
the “Transformers: Sports Label” series in Ultra Magnus’ colors was released. However
it was still packaged under the name Convoy, and is therefore still identified as a version
of Optimus Prime. Alternity Ultra Magnus Featuring Nissan GT-R
An eHobby exclusive and TF China Carnival exclusive white redeco of the Alternity Convoy
figure. Generation 1 Kabaya Gum 25th Anniversary Ultra
Magnus The 25th anniversary gum toy is not a reissue
of the original 1985 toy; instead, it appears to be based on the Titanium design.
Timelines Ultra Mammoth A TFCC exclusive repaint of Big Convoy with
a color scheme based on G1 Ultra Magnus. Transformers: Robots in Disguise
The first new character to bear the name of Ultra Magnus since the Generation 1 original
was known as God Magnus in the Japanese 2000 line, Transformers: Car Robots. God Magnus
owed his name and alternate mode to Ultra Magnus, so when the series was translated
for release in the West in 2001 as Transformers: Robots in Disguise, the name change was obvious,
and Ultra Magnus returned to TV screens for the first time since the G1 series. Later,
a smaller Spy Changer figure of Magnus, unique to Robots in Disguise, was released
Ultra Magnus transforms into a car carrier capable of transporting other Autobots such
as the Autobot Brothers. In addition to his remarkable strength and fighting ability,
he is armed with the “Blue Bolts” – a variable-configuration weapon of immense destructive power. His weapon
can either fire as a rapid fire gun or as a high powered laser. His back-mounted jetpack
allows for periods of short flight. In addition to these new abilities, for the first time,
was able to combine with Optimus Prime forming Omega Prime.
Animated series As a nod to their origins in Generation 1,
Ultra Magnus and Optimus Prime were created at the same time by Alpha Trion, but when
Prime was chosen to carry the Matrix, Magnus felt passed over, and was left carrying a
grudge against his brother. That grudge eventually exploded into violence when he arrived on
Earth with the intention of taking what he believed was rightfully his – by force, if
necessary. Before meeting up with Optimus, Magnus fought and easily defeated the Decepticons
on his own. When he met Optimus, he offered Magnus a chance to join him, but Magnus outright
refused and attacked him. Severely injuring Prime, who refused to fight back, Magnus tracked
him to a desert island, where he pretended to offer him the hand of friendship, only
to attempt to absorb the Matrix for himself, forcing the brothers into the combined form
of Omega Prime. Through this link, Magnus was also able to channel the power of the
Matrix, which he used to supercharge the Autobot Brothers into newly coloured forms. Although
Magnus remained a free agent, refusing to take orders from his brother, his animosity
dwindled and he frequently helped the Autobots by combining with Prime to battle the Predacons
and Decepticons. As Omega Prime, they faced Galvatron together at the Earth’s core and
defeated him once and for all. Note that in Car Robots, there is not one
singular Matrix, but multiple ones, each held by a high-ranking Autobot. Magnus already
possesses a Matrix, and simply seeks to steal the power of Prime’s to increase his own.
Dreamwave Productions The character of also made one appearance
in Dreamwave Productions’ Summer Special in a story presented as being in continuity with
the animated series, which pitted him against Scourge, as both denied and debated their
Autobot heritage and relation to Optimus Prime. No further RiD stories were published by Dreamwave
before their closure, as Beast Wars claimed victory over RiD in a poll to choose the next
mini-series. 3H Enterprises
Although the Robots in Disguise incarnation of Ultra Magnus did not return to TV screens,
his toy was re-released on the shelves of Sam’s Club in 2003’s parallel-universe-spanning
Transformers: Universe line, slightly redecoed with bluish-black parts in place of his dark
blue ones. Featured in the pages of the Transformers: Universe comic book exclusive to the Official
Transformers Collectors Convention, this character was established to the RiD Magnus, who, along
with Optimus Prime, was plucked from his home universe at a point after the conclusion of
Robots in Disguise to become part of a battle between armies gathered from across space
and time by Unicron and Primus. Led by Optimus Primal into the final battle, the combatants
found their conflict halted when Unicron began to crumble beneath them. Primal’s team gathered
together to escape through a portal, but when Magnus and Prime passed through, they did
not find themselves where they expected… Fun Publications
Prime and Magnus’s toys were released once more in 2005’s Transformers: Cybertron – exclusively
to Costco, with Magnus’s toy remaining unchanged from his Universe redeco – with bios which
once again presented them to be the same characters from RiD and Universe. It was within the pages
of the Cybertron comic available through the Official Transformers Collectors Club that
the story was continued, as the portal through which Magnus and Prime had vanished in Universe
transported them into the Cybertron universe; there, a black hole left in the wake of Unicron’s
destruction in that universe had caused multiversal ripples which had resulted in the collapse
of Unicron in the Universe timeline the brothers had just departed, and materialized on Cybertron…
In the Cybertron universe, Cybertron was under attack by two of the Heralds of Unicron, Nemesis
Prime and Ramjet. They had already damaged Alpha Trion, and while Ramjet engaged Vector
Prime in a duel high above Cybertron, Nemesis Prime got past Sentinel Maximus and revealed
his plan – he was going to use the Dead Matrix, a corrupted version of the Matrix of Leadership,
to drain the lifeforce of Primus and use it to revive Unicron. But he was confronted by
the most unexpected foe of all – Omega Prime. Omega then split into Optimus Prime and Ultra
Magnus, and while Prime attended to Primus, Magnus defeated Nemesis Prime. Informing Sentinel
Maximus of what went on, they then stored the Dead Matrix away forever, unaware they
were being observed by Soundwave. Soundwave subsequently stole the Dead Matrix
and threw it into the black hole, reviving Unicron, who took a nearby planet as his new
body. Unicron attacked Cybertron again in the midst of a Mini-Con civil war, duelling
with Sentinel Maximus and Omega Prime. The battle was inconclusive, but Unicron was driven
away by Primus himself. The brothers recovered – only to receive Optimus Prime, bearing word
of Vector Prime’s death in battle. Prime and Magnus were subsequently seen planning the
hunt for Unicron. Toys
Car Robots Leader God Magnus A Leader Class figure that transforms from
car carrier to robot. In car carrier mode, he can hold up to three Deluxe-sized cars
to form God Fire Convoy. Once combined, God Fire Convoy emits different sound effects
and voice clips. A Toys “R” Us Japan exclusive gift set was
offered in late 2000, featuring God Magnus and Super Fire Convoy packaged with the God
Sword. Robots in Disguise Leader Ultra Magnus
Similar to the Japanese release, only with the Japanese voice replaced with the English
voice. Autobot emblems have been placed on the side panels in this version. Much like
the Japanese version, this figure combines with Optimus Prime’s normal robot mode to
form Omega Prime, with a different set of voice and sound clips.
Robots in Disguise Spy Changer Ultra Magnus The Spy Changer of Ultra Magnus was repainted
as the Dairycon 2002 exclusive figure Campaign Car.
Universe Leader Ultra Magnus Cybertron Leader Ultra Magnus
Transformers: Universe 3H Enterprises
In the BotCon exclusive Transformers: Universe storyline, an Autobot bearing a great physical
resemblance to Ultra Magnus called Ultra Trion appeared, being killed by the Decepticon leader
Megazarak. According to series artist Dan Khanna in a message board response, Ultra
Trion was meant to be an alternate universe counterpart to Ultra Magnus, who acted as
Alpha Trion’s successor until his demise. Transformers: Energon
It was in the second installment of the trilogy, Transformers: Energon, that the Overload toy
was repainted into Ultra Magnus’s blue, white and red colors and released in the west under
the name “Ultra Magnus” in a limited production run.
The Energon version of Ultra Magnus, like all the recolorations of Armada toys featured
in the early stages of the toyline, never appeared in the TV show, or the Dreamwave
comic. Although Transformers: Cybertron, the third
installment of the “Unicron Trilogy” timeline, saw Robots in Disguise Magnus enter its timeline,
it was not without its own characters bearing the name. The Transformers: Armada toyline
was the first to re-use Magnus’s name, although not in the west – in Japan, where the character
known as Overload in English was named Ultra Magnus. It was not an ill-fitting name, as
the first, unpainted pictures of the toy had caused speculation that it was intended to
be a new version of Magnus, bearing as it does his stylistic shoulder design.
Fun Publications Ultra Magnus appeared in the text story from
Fun Publications called Force of Habit. This story explained where he was during the events
of the Cybertron story. Ultra Magnus is commander of various Autobot ships sent to other planets
in search for the Cyber Planet Keys. He also serves as captain of the Iron Hope which was
crewed by Bonecrusher, Grimlock, Ironhide, Knock Out, Overcast, Prowl, Quickstrike, RipTide,
Skyblast, Smokescreen, Swoop, Wreckage and the Sky Scorcher Mini-Con Team.
Toys This version of Ultra Magnus is a recolor
of Armada Overload. It was released in 2004 and came with a recolor of the Armada Space
Mini-Con team. Transformers: Universe
A new version of Ultra Magnus was created for the Transformers: Universe storyline.
3H Enterprises This character appeared in the 2004 BotCon
voice actor play, and was seemingly yet another new Ultra Magnus taken from a parallel dimension
to that of the Robots in Disguise fiction. The Voice Actor Drama was written for OFTCC
2004 by Simon Furman, set after the events in the comics. Spy Changers Optimus Prime,
Prowl, Ultra Magnus and Ironhide were among those taken from their world via teleportation
beam by Unicron and his Decepticon minions. The Autobot forces opposing Unicron attempted
to deflect the beam, which left them all trapped on an uninhabited ice-world. The Autobot forces
teamed up to overcome the Decepticons led by Reptilion. Presumably the Autobots were
then returned to their own worlds. Toys
The toy for this version of Ultra Magnus is a recolor of the Robots in Disguise toy and
came packaged with Ironhide. This package was a Walmart store exclusive in 2004.
Transformers: Universe In addition to the slightly repainted incarnation
of Robots in Disguise Magnus, the multiple-reality-spanning Transformers: Universe toyline featured several
other Ultra Magnus characters from other universes. The Deluxe version of Ultra Magnus has yet
to make any appearance in fiction. The only information known about him is that he is
a rival of Universe Treadshot. Toys
Universe Deluxe Ultra Magnus with Over-Run The toy for this version of Ultra Magnus is
a white recolor of the Armada Deluxe Optimus Prime and Over-Run toy. There was an error
in the assembly of the toy where the lower parts of his arms were swapped with each other,
meaning he could not bend his arms up at the elbows fully, unless they are fixed. Live action film series
In 2007 USA today polled people as to which Transformer they want to appear in the next
Transformers film. Ultra Magnus came in tied for fourth with Shockwave.
Ultra Magnus was considered to appear in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, before the role was given
to Sentinel Prime. He is a redeco of Optimus prime and shares
the same alt modes. Transformers Animated
In the Cartoon Network series Transformers Animated, Ultra Magnus serves as the Autobot
commander on Cybertron and Optimus Prime’s superior and father figure, he believes Optimus
has potential to be a born leader, despite being kicked out of Autobot Academy. His head
resembles that of the Generation 1 character’s super robot mode. He wields a large war hammer
called the Magnus Hammer, which can discharge massive amounts of electricity and command
lightning bolts. He turns into an 8-wheeled missile launcher truck. In doing Ultra Magnus’
voice, Jeff Bennett emulates the voice of Robert Stack, who voiced Magnus in The Transformers:
The Movie. Animated series
A bust of Ultra Magnus appeared in Master Yoketron’s dojo as a member of their Cyber
Ninja Corps in the episode “Five Servos of Doom” during a flashback of Prowl’s training
during the Great War. During Ratchet’s flashbacks in “Thrill of
the Hunt”, Ultra Magnus is shown ordering Ratchet to get Arcee and her access codes
back no matter what. Then, Ratchet has more flashbacks during “Transwarped” when he remembers
after getting Arcee’s access codes, he followed Ultra Magnus and Highbrow to where Omega Supreme
was built. Ultra Magnus informed Ratchet that Omega was built to be a doomsday weapon and
that they have to do anything to win the war. In the pilot of Transformers Animated Ultra
Magnus learned that Optimus Prime’s crew had discovered the Allspark and ordered them to
stay put until it could be retrieved. He also told Prime not to try to be a hero; unfortunately
Optimus disobeyed and had the Ark take off anyway, stating that “Ultra Magnus wasn’t
carrying the Allspark”. He comes to Earth personally in the episode
“The Elite Guard” with his fellow Cybertron Elite Guard members Sentinel Prime, and Jazz.
He took on an Earth-vehicle mode. After the battle against some out-of-control police
droids and a fragment of the Allspark was retrieved, Ultra Magnus began to respect Optimus
Prime as a commander and told Sentinel Prime that he can learn a thing or two from him.
He briefly appears at the end of “Return of the Headmaster” talking to the Primes about
what happened, and then going to inform Cybertron Command about some important matters.
During “Mission Accomplished”, he informs Optimus and his crew to pack up and get ready
to head back to Cybertron. After Jazz detects an Allspark fragment, the latter character
and Ultra Magnus head out to investigate. They fail and they get delayed getting to
the train station where he gets seriously ticked off at Optimus for disobeying and,
for a while, not providing proof that there are Decepticons on Earth. When Starscream
falls out of the sky, Ultra Magnus orders everyone to stand back and before the Decepticon
blasts him in the face at point blank range. He recovers and later takes Sentinel Prime
and Jazz back to Cybertron to fight a Decepticon uprising.
He would later inform the earthbound Autobots of the escape of the traitor Wasp, telling
them to keep an optic sensor out for him during “Autoboot Camp.”
He appears in “Transwarped” in present time battling the Deception uprisings and then
back on Cybertron where he figures out that the uprisings were too organized and deduced
that Cybertron may have a double agent. He then sends Sentinel and Jazz to Earth to get
an update from the Earthbound Autobots. His next appearance is in “Where is thy Sting?”,
assuring Longarm Prime that Sentinel, Jazz, Jetfire, and Jetstorm could proceed with their
mission. Later, with Longarm’s cover being blown, Shockwave savagely attacks him off-screen,
leaving him gravely injured, and stealing his hammer. He is barely able to reveal the
identity of his attacker to Ironhide. According to Alpha Trion in “Decepticon Air,” Ultra
Magnus is currently on ‘spark-support.’ By this time, Sentinel Prime takes over as the
new Magnus. In “This Is Why I Hate Machines,” the attack by Shockwave and the image of Ultra
Magnus in the infirmary are used as propaganda in Sentinel’s fanatical government policies.
While on spark-support, Ultra Magnus is nearly destroyed by his own hammer when Shockwave
attacks the infirmary, but is saved by Ratchet, who takes the hammer with him to Earth and
promises to return it once Ultra Magnus recovers. In a series of flashbacks by Optimus Prime
during “Endgame Part 1,” it is revealed that Ultra Magnus was the one who had expelled
Optimus from Autobot Academy, pertaining to his involvement with the loss of Elita-1.
However, due to his special fondness for the cadet, plus suspecting that Sentinel wasn’t
telling the entire truth about the incident, Ultra Magnus spared Optimus from total disgrace.
Ultra Magnus pulled some strings to have Optimus assigned to a group of Autobots,, and put
in command of a starship,. He also gave Optimus the rank of Prime.
For a time, Ultra Magnus’s ultimate fate was not revealed before the end of the series,
but Derrick J. Wyatt stated that if a fourth season of the show was made, Magnus was to
have died from his injuries. Toys The first toy for this version of Ultra Magnus
was released in 2008 and transformed from a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck to
robot. He came with a spring-loaded Magnus Hammer and is armed with numerous guns mounted
on his shoulders. The figure emits two sound effects and phrases as voiced by Jeff Bennett.
This toy was later recolored in a green, black, and orange theme, in homage to Generation
1 Roadbuster. The version released in Japan in 2010 had metallic paint and Japanese voice
clips. Transformers: Prime
Ultra Magnus is the leader of the Wreckers, and Optimus Prime’s second-in-command.
Animated Series Ultra Magnus appears in the third season of
Transformers: Prime, entitled Beast Hunters. He is revealed to be Optimus Prime’s second-in-command,
who survived the war for Cybertron. He is a by-the-book commander, requesting that the
Autobots, with the exception of Ratchet, and even the humans address him as “sir”.
Though he is not mentioned by name prior to his arrival, his image-or a very similar one-appeared
when the amnesiac Optimus Prime, then going by Orion Pax, looked up Optimus Prime in the
Decepticon database. Ultra Magnus himself arrives on Earth in “Scattered” and meets
with Arcee and Jack. Like Wheeljack, he has his own personal vessel, though his is a good
deal larger. In “Prey,” Ultra Magnus tells Jack and Arcee
that he detected five Autobot life signatures that remained online. Ultra Magnus also mentioned
that he had encountered other Autobots during his travels, many of which perished in Decepticon
attacks. Later, he helps Bulkhead, Wheeljack and Miko escape from the Predacon named Predaking
before finding Ratchet, Bumblebee and Raf at the Harbinger and meeting Agent Fowler
and June Darby. Ultra Magnus decides that the Autobots must defeat Megatron once and
for all and, after taking command, offers them a large supply of weapons to assist in
the fight. In “Rebellion”, Ultra Magnus leads the assault
on Darkmount, where Predaking is sent through a Ground Bridge into the Antarctic. Magnus
goes after Megatron, but is defeated. Before the Autobots can be executed, a recently repaired
Optimus Prime arrives and destroys Darkmount. Later, Magnus gives Optimus command over the
Autobots again. In “Project Predacon”, Ultra Magnus’ vehicle
form is revealed, a nearly all-blue version of Optimus’ semi-truck form. It is also revealed
that he was put in charge of the Wreckers on Cybertron during the war, as he felt there
needed to be someone to keep them in order. Once again taking charge of the Wreckers on
Earth, Ultra Magnus also takes the Forge of Solus Prime as a new weapon, as it had no
more power and he wanted to give it a “practical use”.
In “Chain of Command”, Ultra Magnus constantly criticizes Wheeljack’s actions, such as attacking
without orders, and bringing Miko along. It is revealed that Ultra Magnus becoming the
leader of the Wreckers was the reason Wheeljack deserted. When fighting Predaking in the mine
and losing, Magnus once again criticizes Wheeljack for detonating a grenade in a confined space.
Ultimately Wheeljack deserts the Wreckers once again, though he returns to the Autobot
base back in Nevada. This is shown in the episode “Plus One”, in which Ultra Magnus,
Bulkhead, and Miko return to Nevada in Magnus’ ship instead of by groundbridge, bringing
with them the reclaimed Apex Armor. In “Evolution”, Ultra Magnus begins to realize
that the Autobots aren’t very welcoming towards him, not just Wheeljack. Later he partakes
in a battle at what is believed to be a Decepticon energon mine, and he takes the Wreckers inside
of the mine with Smokescreen. He and Wheeljack stumble upon Shockwave’s Predacon cloning
lab, and proceed to battle him, but Shockwave escapes and the Predacons begin to awaken.
Wheeljack detonates a grenade next to the synthetic energon, and they attempt to make
their escape, just as Predaking arrives. Predaking is enraged by the loss of his Predacon brethren
and tries to kill the two Autobots. The Wreckers put up more of a fight against Predaking in
his robot mode, but eventually are defeated. Predaking crushes Magnus’s hand by stepping
on it and destroys the Forge of Solus Prime. When he is about to kill them, Optimus Prime
comes in and saves them both. Magnus is later being treated by Ratchet, and learns from
Optimus that the bond of family is greater than that of any army.
Ultra Magnus continues to work the Autobots, with a metal claw as a replacement for his
destroyed hand. He leads the Wreckers in the final battle against the Decepticons in “Deadlock”,
until the Decepticons are defeated upon the death of Megatron, and witnesses the revival
of Cybertron through the use of the Omega Lock.
Predacons Rising In the TV movie, Predacons Rising, Ultra Magnus
is left in command while Optimus goes to retrieve the Allspark. When investigating the Sea of
Rust with Smokescreen, they come across two Predacons, Skylynx and Darksteel. Magnus tries
to fight off Skylynx, but it brutally beaten by him, and barely escapes with Smokescreen’s
help. He spends the rest of the movie under Ratchet’s medical attention. He is however
seen, still on a medical chair, when Optimus sacrifices himself for Cybertron’s restoration
with the AllSpark. Books
Appears in the novel Transformers: Exodus, its sequel, Transformers: Exiles, and is said
to appear in the upcoming novel Transformers: Retribution. Unlike the animated series, the
Wreckers form around Ultra Magnus, who becomes a leading figure amongst the early Autobots.
Wielding a powerful hammer, Magnus eventually became leader of the Autobot resistance to
Shockwave on Cybertron following the departure of the Ark and the Nemesis. Ultra Magnus and
his team played a role in the Ark’s successful departure, delaying Trypticon and the Decepticons
long enough for the Ark to be launched. Rage of the Dinobots
Ultra Magnus also appeared in the Transformers: Prime comic mini-series, Rage of the Dinobots.
Like many Autobots, he developed something of an aversion to the Dinobots due to their
altered nature. Due to his rigid personality, he also looked unfavorably upon their combat
tactics. However, after they played a significant role in enabling him to depart Cybertron,
Magnus came to respect the Dinobots as comrades. Games
Ultra Magnus appears as a character in the Nintendo DS game Transformers: War for Cybertron
– Autobots. He is a level boss that must be defeated, which unlocks him as a playable
character. He is also available in the Decepticons version of the game. If the sewer level with
Motormaster is played with Autobot characters, Ultra Magnus is used to replace Motormaster.
Like the Animated version of the character, this Ultra Magnus carries a hammer.
He is available as downloadable content for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
Toys Prime Cyberverse Commander Ultra Magnus
Generations Fall of Cybertron Ultra Magnus Recolor of Fall of Cybertron Optimus Prime
figure, with different head. Prime Voyager Class Ultra Magnus
A new mold, based off the character’s design in the show, he transforms into a blue truck
that resembles his G1 and Animated counterparts. He comes with a large gun that doubles as
a hammer, and a missile. Prime Beast Hunters Cyberverse Commander Ultra
Magnus Prime Beast Hunters Voyager Ultra Magnus
Recolor of “Prime Voyager Class Optimus Prime” with two shoulder-mounted missile launchers
added. Comes with the “Forge of Solus Prime”, and a removable jetpack that looks like the
one from “Beast Hunters” Optimus Prime. Prime Weaponizer Ultra Magnus
Recolor and mold of the Prime Weaponizer Optimus Prime figure. Comes with the “Forge of Solus
Prime Battle Hammer”. Transformers:Timelines
Ultra Magnus is one of the evil Autobots in Fun Publications’ Shattered Glass universe.
In this universe, he is also Optimus Prime’s brother, and formerly one of the chief lieutenants
in the Autobot dictatorship. However, he eventually staged a failed coup against Prime, and had
his face ripped away for his trouble, leaving him with a skeletal visage. Exiled to Paradron,
he eventually formed an alliance with Wreck-Gar and others, obtaining the Omega Blade and
copying Optimus’s latest form in preparation to make another grab for power.
Toys Timelines Deluxe Ultra Magnus
A BotCon 2012 exclusive blue redeco of Reveal the Shield Deluxe Optimus Prime figure with
a different head sculpt. References Furman, Simon. Transformers: The Ultimate
Guide. DK Publishing Inc. p. 111. ISBN 1-4053-0461-8.  Furman, Simon. Transformers: The Ultimate
Guide. DK Publishing Inc. p. 38. ISBN 1-4053-0461-8.  External links
Ultra Magnus at the Transformers Wiki

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