Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works

Transformers News: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 9:51PM CDT

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Seibertron.com News Crew member El Duque has found some new information on a possible KO, or third party recreation of Transformers Autobot mega cityformer Fortress Maximus. Heres the information he had to share:

"An interesting auction has surfaced on TaoBao that hints at a possible third-party version of Fortress Maximus, or perhaps the rumored KO. The auction is labeled G-02 Titan and as you can see the silhouetted image mirrored below (which is actually based on an official image) is almost certainly supposed to be Fort Max.

Description courtesy of Google Translate:

Earth version of the giant Ford G-02 Titan (Titans) scheduled

G1 Japanese version uses giant Ford mold making, material color and size reduction ratio of 100% realistic
No official stamp, in addition to a large sword that contains all the accessories other than the new sticker
Quality is not to say, I bought here, great sword friend Earth version of the idea in mind

This product will be available first quarter 2012

Offer Price: 2450 yuan

Deposit: $ 50

Scheduled to have a good price ~!


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Official package art for reference:
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There also seems to be a predecessing add on being offered as teh G-01 Justice Sword, available in three different versions:

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More info on this upcoming release will be furnished as soon as it becomes available.
Credit(s): El Duque, TaoBao.com
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Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283856)
Posted by LiKwid on August 30th, 2011 @ 10:10pm CDT
On this like white on rice! After watching the headmasters dvd set I've been a bit of a headmaster rampage.Would be nice to have something that resembles the big guy :P
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283861)
Posted by cannonfodder4000 on August 30th, 2011 @ 10:21pm CDT
alternator77 wrote:this will be a tough sell :-?


How? everyone wants a Fortress Maximus, but not alot of people want to spend $700 on one. ;)

Anyways like, I don't know if I want to get this guy, or wait for a Brave Max, cause, Fort Max is, well, Fort Max, but Brave Max is also Fort Max, but with like, a better color scheme, and not as much stuff, so I don't know. :-?
Hope the price isn't too steep :-(, and the quality! I hope the quality's good.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283877)
Posted by UltraPrimal on August 30th, 2011 @ 10:56pm CDT
BBTS has their Master Swords(or should I say Highlord's Justice swords) for sale. Hopefully they will have some more info for us soon.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283885)
Posted by Rated X on August 30th, 2011 @ 11:16pm CDT
This is the best news I have heard all day !!! Cant wait for the pre-order !!!
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283887)
Posted by dinogeist on August 30th, 2011 @ 11:24pm CDT
[ wrote:"]wait-wait-wait-wait-wait... WHAAAAAAAAAT?!


Oh, it's a KO of the toy. I jumped to conclusions Office Space style. I envisioned a new classics styled Fort Max.




viewer discretion is advised



OMG,Imagine if it was a new mold fort max that had tons of poseability & was 2 feet tall. imagine a cerebros that was super poseable. or a spike that was poseabl;e. I suspose it would be kinda cool to see the 2 toes drones combining it poseable robot.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283900)
Posted by GetRightRobot on August 31st, 2011 @ 12:15am CDT
Is nothing sacred? Is there nothing money grabbers won't pump out to weasel their peace of the pie? I swear to God if this is a direct Knock Off I'm going to be thoroughly disappointed. Fort Max was my Holy Grail, and I had to work my butt off and save up to get him (and he is awesome), yet I feel like this will somehow steal my accolade's thunder.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283905)
Posted by Autobot032 on August 31st, 2011 @ 12:38am CDT
That's over $300 usd! Pass.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283921)
Posted by dinogeist on August 31st, 2011 @ 2:01am CDT
GetRightRobot wrote:Is nothing sacred? Is there nothing money grabbers won't pump out to weasel their peace of the pie? I swear to God if this is a direct Knock Off I'm going to be thoroughly disappointed. Fort Max was my Holy Grail, and I had to work my butt off and save up to get him (and he is awesome), yet I feel like this will somehow steal my accolade's thunder.


Personally I'd rather as many TF fans get the chance to enjoy the same toy i'm enjoying.

I honestly don't care about reissues or KO's ruining the secondary market or fans toy collections they don't plan on selling.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283934)
Posted by AdamPrime on August 31st, 2011 @ 3:37am CDT
Wow. I would LOVE a 'reissue' of Fort Max. I have the Yuan conversion at about £240. If the quality is good, I'm sure to get one. I will wait and thoroughly read reviews, though. He's a big toy, and will need to take rough handling.

Again, only the quality of plastic can dissuade me from getting this.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283952)
Posted by iaconportland on August 31st, 2011 @ 4:25am CDT
I quite literally swallowed my tongue when I saw this. Holy Matrix Mother of Prime, I have been waiting for this since I gave my original Fortress Maximus to a neighbor child back in 1989 (don't ask me why...).

If this KO is as good as the KO Devastator from KOToys, I will be happy.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283953)
Posted by Flux Convoy on August 31st, 2011 @ 4:30am CDT
At around four hundred bones? For a KO? Granted, it's a large KO but I'm thinking, nah. I was drawing the line at $300 or less. For official product at this sort of pricing, I'd be hesitant but far more willing to part with the money. Guess I'll just continue to be satisfied with Brave Max until we get reissues from TakaraTomy.
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Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283967)
Posted by fenrir72 on August 31st, 2011 @ 5:33am CDT
Quality KO makers, please, make it high quality. ( I already own one btw (the original that is) so this may be a mixed blessing for collectors. I for one would wish to be able to score another Cerebros gun and/or Cerebros' small black saber as a separate set.

Btw, I hope they don't sell it in the same G1 box so as to denote it as "not Fortress Maximus"...just to be fair.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283969)
Posted by RhA on August 31st, 2011 @ 5:45am CDT
GetRightRobot wrote:Is nothing sacred? Is there nothing money grabbers won't pump out to weasel their peace of the pie? I swear to God if this is a direct Knock Off I'm going to be thoroughly disappointed. Fort Max was my Holy Grail, and I had to work my butt off and save up to get him (and he is awesome), yet I feel like this will somehow steal my accolade's thunder.


I came here to say this. Scr*w KO's. Awful.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1283997)
Posted by GetRightRobot on August 31st, 2011 @ 8:03am CDT
deathy wrote:
GetRightRobot wrote:Is nothing sacred? Is there nothing money grabbers won't pump out to weasel their peace of the pie? I swear to God if this is a direct Knock Off I'm going to be thoroughly disappointed. Fort Max was my Holy Grail, and I had to work my butt off and save up to get him (and he is awesome), yet I feel like this will somehow steal my accolade's thunder.


Personally I'd rather as many TF fans get the chance to enjoy the same toy i'm enjoying.

I honestly don't care about reissues or KO's ruining the secondary market or fans toy collections they don't plan on selling.



Neither of your statements have anything to do with what I said. I'm not sure your comments would not have stood better on their own. BUT, since you felt the need to quote me....

Do I want everyone to have a Fort Max? OF COURSE. Do I plan on selling my collection and therefore am upset about the potential value loss of a REAL Fortress Maximus? No. But know this: No sacrifice, no reward. :D

People drop a couple hundred bucks on a cheap knockoff, they will not appreciate their KO like appreciate my original.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1284050)
Posted by Rated X on August 31st, 2011 @ 10:18am CDT
If I may inject my two cents into this. It's no secret I support KO's to the fullest. (no disrespect to aybody who doesnt) One issue I have is that the creation of e-bay has doubled and tripled the price of what many scarce collectibles in general are worth. An original Fort Max should have never reached a $700-900 value price. As with many e-bay listed items, you are not paying for what the figure is really worth. You are paying a comparison of what some collector that lives in the middle of nowhere is willing to pay out of desparation. In other words, if a few rich princes from the middle east decide to bid $2000 on Fort Max figures, then $2000 becomes the new value of Fort Max because they just drove up the price. Then the rest of the sellers raise their price based on speculation that they can make $2000 as well. So if you are a middle class income collector who worked your a** off to afford an original Fort Max at inflated rich collector prices, you got my respect. I commend you for finding your holy grail. However, I also feel you are a victim of an unfair system of price inflation. This is why I endorse KO's. They even the playing field. Especially the quality KO's from CHMS and Kold. They give anal e-bay sellers a reality check and encourage them to lower their prices to more respectable ones. The sellers who dont just continue to have their items collect dust on e-bay with the "buy it now" option. And those prices are not the real value in my opinion. They are just shark bait thrown in the water to catch a big fish. Some will bite, others wont. Im sure a few people will agree with me and some will disagree and trash talk my opinions. Go for it, I gotta roll out to work now.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1284072)
Posted by DMSL on August 31st, 2011 @ 11:19am CDT
Now would be a good time for Hasbro/Takara to announce a re-issue of this behemoth.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1284074)
Posted by El Duque on August 31st, 2011 @ 11:23am CDT
DMSL wrote:Now would be a good time for Hasbro/Takara to announce a re-issue of this behemoth.


Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1284084)
Posted by Treetop Maximus on August 31st, 2011 @ 11:46am CDT
DMSL wrote:Now would be a good time for Hasbro/Takara to announce a re-issue of this behemoth.


Hasbro will never do it because the figure smashes into a kajillion little pieces when you drop it. The government gets butthurt over shit like that. Let the plastic-eating kids die. That's what they get for being stupid. No need to punish collectors. Kinda like G1 Megatron. Let the kids who take realistic toy guns outside get shot by police. That's what they get for being stupid. No need to punish collectors.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1284086)
Posted by El Duque on August 31st, 2011 @ 11:51am CDT
Treetop Maximus wrote:
DMSL wrote:Now would be a good time for Hasbro/Takara to announce a re-issue of this behemoth.


Hasbro will never do it because the figure smashes into a kajillion little pieces when you drop it. The government gets butthurt over shit like that. Let the plastic-eating kids die. That's what they get for being stupid. No need to punish collectors. Kinda like G1 Megatron. Let the kids who take realistic toy guns outside get shot by police. That's what they get for being stupid. No need to punish collectors.


They could easily release it Japan, which is where the release the Encore series anyway. Which we could in turn import thru BBTS, TFsource, etc. Just like Encore Megatron, they had to include that joke of an orange barrel plug but it happened none the less.
Re: Buyer Beware: KO/ 3rd Party Fortress Maximus in the works (1284089)
Posted by Treetop Maximus on August 31st, 2011 @ 12:00pm CDT
El Duque wrote:
Treetop Maximus wrote:
DMSL wrote:Now would be a good time for Hasbro/Takara to announce a re-issue of this behemoth.


Hasbro will never do it because the figure smashes into a kajillion little pieces when you drop it. The government gets butthurt over shit like that. Let the plastic-eating kids die. That's what they get for being stupid. No need to punish collectors. Kinda like G1 Megatron. Let the kids who take realistic toy guns outside get shot by police. That's what they get for being stupid. No need to punish collectors.


They could easily release it Japan, which is where the release the Encore series anyway. Which we could in turn import thru BBTS, TFsource, etc. Just like Encore Megatron, they had to include that joke of an orange barrel plug but it happened none the less.


Well, yeah. TakaraTomy can do whatever the hell they want since Japan is the coolest place in the world regarding toy laws. But Hasbro can't do cool stuff like they do because of "child safety"...

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