I hate playing with my "naked" Magnus hahaha. Actually, I can't stand seeing my "city commander" without his imposing armor. As we all know Fansproject already created an armor for him (as well as for prime and nemesis prime). But these add-on kits had become too costly for the common collectors (like me) who didn't capitalize on getting these kits when their prices were still on the near leader class price ranges. These kits also come with their KO counterparts and their prices, although cheaper, still fetch high amounts in hobby shops. Being KOs they still have a lot of mold issues which still doesn't make them perfect. Now here's my question... Is it already time for HasTak to release an official version of the armor? And why not? Fans had already been clamoring for it since Hasbro released the UM-Skywarp 2pack set. Maybe they are already fed up (actually not that fed up...) with the constant white prime repaints. They do want a look to differentiate him from Prime (like in Animated ^^). We need an official HasTak version right now. Something close in a voyager price range? Or better yet, a reissue of the Magnus figure with a trailer! How cool will that be! Sell it in a wave of reissues (Mirage, Sunstreaker, Smokescreen, etc.)! Yeah, I know. Hasbro won't release this armor just because fans want it. Every release should have a reason! Below are the factors (I think) they need to consider before they release this add-on: 1. Character Familiarity - The main target consumers of toy companies are kids. Period. Will kids identify the Ultra Magnus armored form image and will they ask their parents to buy this figure for them? Maybe... if they are huge fans of G1 (that is why this series needs to be shown again hahaha) and if they are readers of the Transformers: Ongoing comic book (with designs based on their G1 look). Seeing the trend of Transformers in popular culture nowadays kids will rather ask their parent to buy another Bumblebee repaint. There is a bigger chance to sell the WFC version (if the kids played the game) or if they would be introducing a version of UM in Transformers: Prime with G1 based designs. We need to reintroduce this version (trailer becomes armor and attach to robot to make powered up form) to kids via different media but based on the current trends nowadays we might just get a somewhat movie sentinel prime design instead. 2. Price - The bigger the bot the more costly it gets. And in today's economy a high tag price is a no-no! Let's say Hasbro will be reissuing the UM figure (voyager price), the trailer could be priced the same due to the amount of plastic and design involved to create it. So, a reissued Magnus + armor might be around in the leader class toy price. Will parent easily shell out this kind of money? 3. Design complexity - Does HasTak have the creativity to create an armor in the 1st place? I do not want a cheap a$$ Fairy Prime armor design. But they did manage to pull off a great (but still needs improvement) Jetwing prime. How hard can this be with HasTak's current toy designers? Why not reverse engineer and improve the current design of Fansproject if they can't think of anything. Maybe they just need to add some kind of gimmicks (weapon/electronic/etc.) to catch the interest of the kids. What do you guys think? Do we need an official Ultra Magnus Armor? Besides the armor what else do you think (add-on, character, etc.) needs an official HasTak version? How about Sixshot? Headmasters maybe?