Welcome to another new feature here on MattBooker.info, Shoehorning 101, where I show pictures of Classics Transformers with ones from other lines, and then attempt to justify why they fit to a cold, unfeeling internet.
Man, ‘shoehorning’ sure is an awkward word. Much like ‘awkward’ itself, it’s one of those things that seems fine until after you type it, and even though it’s spelled correctly and dictionary.com confirms it really, really is spelled correctly, it just doesn’t seem like it.
But unlike ‘shoehorning’, Beast Hunters Ultra Magnus seems like it won’t look right… until you try it.
And here’s proof of why.
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Okay, so only two of those bots are official Classics Transformers, and even then one of them has a head that’s third party. But Mech Idea’s Geminus? Dear reader, if you don’t know that’s intended for Classics then how hard do they have to wink when telling you it’s totally not based on a certain G1 jumpstarter?
And if you look carefully behind Beast Hunters Ultra Magnus’s shoulder pads, you’ll see Toyworld’s Hardbone, which is another third party converting robot with a very familiar color scheme, alt mode, and head-is-actually-tiny-robot gimmick.
Please don’t fight me, internet. o_o;
What were we talking about again? Oh yeah! Beast Hunters Ultra Magnus.
I’m probably going to be saying a lot during this feature, but I know some of you aren’t going to agree with BH Magnus fitting into Classics, but hear me out. I’ve got reasons, even if that magnusifecent picture didn’t sway you.
Firstly, Classics is already made up of a few different lines that span a few different years and each have their own design style. Look at Classics Starscream and Classics Kup. Not only has articulation improved, but size has gotten bigger and then smaller and sort of bigger again. Transformation complexity has even varied, with some lines leaning towards simple and some towards complex.
Sure, Hasbro intends those lines to go together, but if anyone is telling you there’s not a blurred aesthetic, then my lawyer informs me you should politely tell them good day. Do not punch them.
Regular readers will recognize that I’ve talked about this blurred aesthetic before, and don’t worry, it’s not going to be something I rehash every time I post in this category.
But that blurred aesthetic does let us have some more interesting shelves. And there are a lot of things more interesting than the official Classics Ultra Magnus, whether or not it’s dressed up in third party armor.
And that’s what this really comes down to. I like the character of Ultra Magnus, and I’d like to have a version on my Classics shelves. I’ve mentioned previously that I don’t like the Classics Optimus mold, so a plain white version isn’t going to be any better. And I’m also not a fan of the City Commander armor by Fansproject. A huge section of the trailer turns into a gun it can barely hold up, and regardless of its actual level of articulation the whole thing is so chunky it looks like it can barely move.
But this isn’t about me complaining about what I don’t like. It’s about me liking stuff so you can complain about it.
Wait, no, it’s about celebrating how we can put cool stuff on our shelves without being too persnickety about it. So hey, if you like the official Classics Ultra Magnus, City Commandered or not, then keep liking it.
For my shelves, I’m going with Beast Hunters Ultra Magnus. Yes, the shoulder pads are ridiculously huge. Yes, that’s one of the reasons why I like it. Yes, those shoulder pads stick out in alt mode, but they look close enough to rocket thrusters AND SUDDENLY THE ALT MODE IS AWESOME. It also comes with a hammer, and homages to Animated are a good way to make a TF one of my favorites. And I’ve heard a bunch of people complain about the color, but I like it. A lot. There’s something about that shade of blue that makes me feel giddy when looking at it.
I also like the mold. The transformation does some cool things that TFs haven’t done before. Not so much the legs, but the way the rest of it transforms. And with Ultra Magnus, the mold can finally step out of the shadow of FE Optimus.
But what about the round features? This is something people say about Prime TFs in general, but the TF Prime designs are a mix of movie and Animated, so while there are some rounded features there’s plenty of flat armor pieces.
And even then, I posted about this when discussing whether PRID Bulkhead could fit into Classics. Look at Classics Ironhide, Hound, Tracks, or Bumblebee. For every blocky Starscream, there’s a gangly Perceptor.
The rounded thighs on BH Ultra Magnus fit just as much as the rounded thighs on Classics Wreck-Gar. The slightly rounded forearms on BH Magnus fit just as much as the slightly rounded forearms on Classics Jazz.
So does he fit? For me, yup.
But this isn’t really about me trying to justify it. After all, all it really takes for Beast Hunters Ultra Magnus to fit into my Classics shelf is it making me smile to put it there. And sharing that, whether with a cool picture or just talking about reasons why, that is the point of this category.
What do you think, dear readers?
Who do you have as your Classics Ultra Magnus?
Have you sold off your Classics to focus on collecting vintage Underoos?
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