z-span wrote: He just isn't worth it to me. Maybe that's because I had him.
Just to tell a little story, I grew up in the UK. People here may or may not know but the UK really got the bum end of the Transformers deal. Shockwave was never released there. Perceptor or Blaster? Forget it. Roadbuster or Whirl? Nope. The Predacons. Nada. No Swoop. How do you leave out just one member of a 5-man team?!?
But most pertinently there was no Fort Max. And this wasn't just a simple "you can't have", Hasbro pretty much Room 101'ed Fort Max out of existence. If the toy catalogs released in the UK were to be believed Scorponok's most deadly rival was...Metroplex. Yeah.
One Christmas, I must have been about 7 or 8 my parents took me and my cousins on a similar age to London to see the Christmas lights and along the way, to blow our Xmas dough, we stopped at Hamleys, a world class, famously expensive toy store unique to that city. While there, I saw something in one of those look-but-don't-touch glass cases. It took me a few minutes to figure out what it was since I only had a crappy memory of a crappy animation model to work with but I soon realized that I was looking at the head of Fortress Maximus and the hulking great thing behind it was the body. And my own head exploded. A toy that wasn't a toy? I felt like Agent Mulder when he first saw actual aliens, except that show wasn't around yet, so I felt like someone discovering something he hoped existed but he knew didn't.
Years later I would discover the truth through the magic of the Internet. That Fort Max had been released, though not in the UK. That a very limited release had been made in the UK but only through Hamleys. That it was the biggest, most sought-after TF there was. That my odds of owning one were about the same as my odds of owning the moon.
And now, here we are.
I'm one of the people that pre-ordered Fort Maxx but it was only because it was on BBTS. If I can't scramble the cash together by the month before it's release, I'm going to have to cancel it. At a glance I'm pretty sure I can muscle it together since it's 5 months away (well, 5 until my deadline anyway), but one never knows what emergencies or distractions will come up.
I'm playing it the same way. This is the only chance we have, I suspect. Once the preorders are done the price will skyrocket, though not to quite the insane level of actual G1 Maxes.