City Commander

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See also: Ultra Magnus
City Commander
Third party Transformer character
Created by FansProject
Release number TFX-01
Information
Species Transformer
Gender Male
Relatives Optimus Prime (brother)
Abilities Shapeshifting, superhuman durability, superhuman strength
Alternate mode Semi-truck and trailer

City Commander is a fictional character made by FansProject in 2008 as a third party Transformer. He is an homage to the 1986 Transformers Autobot Ultra Magnus toy. An unlicensed reproduction of the toy has been released.

FansProject[edit]

The City Commander armor is the second third party Transformer accessory created by FansProject. He is an homage to the 1986 Transformers Autobot Ultra Magnus toy.

This set has proved so popular with fans that reissues and recolors of the toy have also been released. In addition other companies have made add-on sets for City Commander, including extra weapons, replacement heads and sticker sets.

Other third party Transformer homages to Ultra Magnus include iGear's Ultra Leader and Junkion Blacksmith's Earth Commander.

Development[edit]

A blurred photo of a City Commander prototype was first seen on the internet in February 2008.[1]

Concept images of TFLab City Commander and the G3 Trailer were displayed at the TFClub Party 2008.[2]

FansProject released City Commander in September 2008.

Perfect Effect's character Ejector, Rewinder, The Sun and The Moon are depicted as being used in weapon mode by City Commander is promotional photos, together with the Perfect Effect Backpack. He is also depicted as using the TAW-01 God Sword and the JB-00 Infinity Warfare blue set in promotional pictures of those toys.

Reception[edit]

The TFWire podcast for May 4, 2008 had a segment devoted to the images of City Commander. All three hosts has preordered it. They were impressed by the size of his gun.[3]

The WTF@TFW podcast for September 25, 2008 selected the FansProject City Commander as one of their show topics.[4]

The WTF@TFW podcast for October 6, 2008 selected the FansProject City Commander as one of their show topics.[5]

The WTF@TFW podcast for October 23, 2008 had a review of FansProject City Commander.[6]

In the TFWire podcast for November 16, 2008 a listener wrote in the question asking for opinions on City Commander. Spada said it was "frickin awesome" and loved the comic book instructions. Ryan said the quality was better than the quality of recent Hasbro Transformers and recommended it.[7]

City Commander appeared on the cover of the 2013 toy reference book Transforming Collections by Philip Reed.[8]

Comics[edit]

FansProject comics[edit]

In the City Commander preview comic by TFLab City Commander comes to the rescue of his brother, Optimus Prime, during a battle with Megatron and Megariors.

City Commander appears in the story "Reflection" where he cheers Protector becoming the new leader.

TFcon comics[edit]

City Commander appeared in the TFcon 2009 convention poster "Universe Divided" by Alex Milne.[9]

Transformers: Mosaic[edit]

The City Commander armor (worn by Universe Nemesis Prime), appeared in the Transformers: Mosaic story "Blackest Night" by Matt Marshall.[10]

Toys[edit]

  • FansProject TFX-01 City Commander (2008)
A new mold meant to be added to the Classic Voyager Ultra Magnus toy, although it fits on any toy that shares his mold. Turns from a trailer in vehicle mode to a set of armor and a large gun in robot mode.
This toy was remolded and recolored into Shadow Commander, Powered Commander and D.I.A. Commander.
  • Reprolabels Classic Ultra Magnus (2008)
A set of labels meant to make City Commander looks more like the Generation 1 Ultra Magnus toy. Includes Autobot symbols. This set was released on New Years Eve 2008[11]
  • FansProject TFX-03 City Commander Add-On Set
An upgrade set for City Commander which includes two missile launchers and a new rifle.
  • Reproduction TFX-01 City Commander (2009)
An unlicensed reproduction of the City Commander by a company in China. Made to look like the original toy, but with some small differences.
  • FansProject TFX-01 City Commander reissue (2009)
This version came with the TFX-04 additional rifle, shoulder mounted missile launchers, and some slight remolds.
  • Broken Arrow Toys City Commander Missile Pods
A set of white missile pods and red missiles for City Commander by Broken Arrow Toys.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/3rd-party-unlicensed-41/transformers-classics-ultra-magnus-upgrade-set-164153/
  2. ^ http://www.tfclub.com/art/200802250001_9135.html
  3. ^ Jesse (May 4, 2008). "WTF@TFW". http://www.tfwire.com/ (Podcast). TFWire. 
  4. ^ Vangelus (September 25, 2008). "WTF@TFW". http://www.tfw2005.com/ (Podcast). TFW2005. 
  5. ^ Vangelus (October 6, 2008). "WTF@TFW". http://www.tfw2005.com/ (Podcast). TFW2005. 
  6. ^ Vangelus (October 23, 2008). "WTF@TFW". http://www.tfw2005.com/ (Podcast). TFW2005. 
  7. ^ Spada (November 16, 2008). "WTF@TFW". http://www.tfwire.com/ (Podcast). TFWire. 
  8. ^ Reed, Philip (2013). Transforming Collections. ISBN 978-1-62620-496-6. 
  9. ^ http://markerguru.deviantart.com/art/TFcon-2009-poster-colors-120130232
  10. ^ http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/transformers-mosaic-blackest-night/17415/
  11. ^ http://www.reprolabels.com/Classics/magnus.php
  12. ^ http://www.brokenarrowtoys.com/cart/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=692

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