I spent some time deciding between the Hasbro of Takara versions. The Takara version certainly had a nice deco, much better than Hasbro's, but Takara made the cardinal sin of making Ambus Alpha Trion. Uh, no thank you. Hasbro it is. I actually located my Magnus at my LCS when I went to pick up my comics a month or so ago. The owner mentioned that he finally had some Transformers, and I took that as vintage figures, but it was Magnus. When I asked how much he wanted for Magnus, I was told $74.99! Once I explained that I could get him from BBTS or Hasbro Toy Shop for far, far less, the price came down to an acceptable rate. It's good to help out a local business.
At the rate that we're getting Ultra Magni lately, I wouldn't be surprised if a third mold was introduced at the end of the year. Takara and Hasbro will have to do a lot to top the two that we've already gotten in the span of six months. Next week - more Combiner Wars! Or maybe a Masterpiece figure. We'll see.