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Combined form of the Maximal Elders:
Ironhide, Prowl & Silverbolt

Series: Beast Wars
Allegiance: Maximal
Categories: Combiner
Function: Combat Leader
Year: 1997

A new breed of super robot blasts its way to the head of the Maximal battle lines with three times the fighting force! Prowl's ferocity, Silverbolt's swiftness, and Ironhide's strength team up to form Magnaboss - a triple-power threat capable of annihilating any Predacon enemy, even the ultra combative Tripredacus. Magnaboss owns the battlefield, arming itself with a massive megaton battle sword composed of Silverbolt's razor-tipped wing swords and Ironhide's blunt-force battle clubs mounted on Prowl's cyber tail claw. If two heads are better than one, Magnaboss is way ahead of that game...times three!

Robot Modes: The three robots comprising Magnaboss all have the usual Beast Wars standard of posability and weapons that are part of their transformation or can be stored on their bodies. Silverbolt is probably the weakest of them, his falcon parts a huge backpack that dwarf the small robot he becomes. He has the most gimmicks in this mode, though, able to shoot missiles from his wingtips and use his feathers as swords. Prowl is a pretty good robot, though a small one, too, posable and good looking. Ironhide, finally, looks a bit odd in robot mode. He suffers a bit from having to become the largest part of Magnaboss, leaving him with some problems on his own. He still looks cool and powerful, though, only his posability is a bit limited and lots of kibble are hanging off him. All in all three decent robot modes, but they look much better combined.

Beast Modes: Same for the beast modes. They all look decent and are clearly recognizable for what they are, but not much more than that. Silverbolt looks best here, in my opinion. Prowl and Ironhide also give decent showings and both have a sort-of attack mode. Prowl can deploy spikes from his head, Ironhide can deploy missile launchers from behind his elephant ears. Neither looks that good, though. Again, the beast modes are decent, but they look much better combined.

Combiner Mode: This is where the toy truly shines. Combining the three individual robots into Magnaboss is not the easiest task in the world, but once you are done it looks pretty good. Ironhide becomes the lower body, arms, and outer torso. Silverbolt and Prowl together make up the rest, with Prowl supplying the face and mane, Silverbolt the casing around it. Magnaboss is a cool-looking robot and carries a sword made up from the individual weapons of the three single robots. I'm missing one of Silverbolt's feather swords, so what should have been a broadsword looks more like a rapier, but I like it. Magnaboss is still quite posable and actually has less kibble hanging off him than Ironhide. An all around good combiner robot.

Missing Parts: I'm missing one of Silverbolt's feather swords, which would also have become part of Magnaboss' sword.

Remarks: Magnaboss is one of many, many Beast Wars figures that never appeared in the TV series. He did score a short cameo in the Transformers Universe comic book, though, where he was the leader of the Cybertronian Council of Elders (and put Optimus Primal behind bars). Anyway, as a figure Magnaboss is quite good. His individual robots are decent, if nothing more, but combined they make for a nice-looking figure with some cool moves and gimmicks. So all in all, recommended for Beast Wars fans.

Rating: B

Edit: I've since acquired Silverbolt's missing feather sword.
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