In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus

Transformers News: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus

Monday, March 25th, 2013 1:37AM CDT

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Twitter user TFYuki has posted pictures of the newly released Fortress Maximus Encore reissue from TakaraTomy. Looks nearly identical to the original, with a few notable changes. If you'd like to see an original, check out Seibertron's own gallery of Fortress Maximus, located here.

A handful of the pictures have been mirrored here for your viewing. The full gallery can be located here: http://twitpic.com/photos/TFYUKI (Please note that TFYuki is currently in the process of adding new pics, so please keep checking back for more images as the day goes on.)

In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus

In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus

In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus


American buyers should be seeing this hitting US shores via BBTS (early air shipment @ $379.99, regular shipment @ $329.99)TFSource (Early @ $399.95 and FREE US SHIPPING and late @ $349.95 and FREE US SHIPPING) and the like rather shortly. Looking like that April release date is holding true.

Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest news and updates!
Credit(s): TFYuki
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Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474060)
Posted by Bounti76 on March 25th, 2013 @ 1:56am CDT
The only thing that could possibly make this cooler for me is if there was an option for Fort Max to come in a replica of his original American box. But seeing as how this is an Encore release by a Japanese company from (what was essentially) a Japanese-only cartoon toyline, I totally get why he's in the box that he is.

Either way, when mine shows up in a few weeks, 26 years of waiting and wanting will come to an end. :DANCE: :BOT:
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474061)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 25th, 2013 @ 2:04am CDT
Finally. We've waited a long time for this.
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474065)
Posted by dabattousai on March 25th, 2013 @ 2:42am CDT
I'm going to get him later on, possibly for Christmas. I also want to see if Takara will repaint him into Grand Maximus.
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474067)
Posted by alldarker on March 25th, 2013 @ 3:53am CDT
Hey good lookin', where you been all my life :)

I read that some retailers might get him with a slight delay, due to all packages needing to be re-checked for extra QA. It'll mean double-taping on all Encore FM boxes.
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474075)
Posted by RhA on March 25th, 2013 @ 6:06am CDT
Bounti76 wrote:The only thing that could possibly make this cooler for me is if there was an option for Fort Max to come in a replica of his original American box. But seeing as how this is an Encore release by a Japanese company from (what was essentially) a Japanese-only cartoon toyline, I totally get why he's in the box that he is.

Either way, when mine shows up in a few weeks, 26 years of waiting and wanting will come to an end. :DANCE: :BOT:


He'll fit so nicely with my Megazarak box.
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474077)
Posted by Sodan-1 on March 25th, 2013 @ 6:35am CDT
I'm sorry to say I've cancelled my pre-order. Tightening wallet strings and the new Generations Metroplex conspire against him. Will pick him up during a quiet month (if he's still around. Good numbers at BBTS so not too worried).
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474091)
Posted by Ketchup on March 25th, 2013 @ 8:40am CDT
Sodan-1 wrote:Good numbers at BBTS so not too worried


I have seen others say things like this in the past. How can you tell how much of an item BBTS has in stock? I can't seem to find anywhere that states that.

Thanks!
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474093)
Posted by mooncake623 on March 25th, 2013 @ 8:49am CDT
Ketchup wrote:
Sodan-1 wrote:Good numbers at BBTS so not too worried


I have seen others say things like this in the past. How can you tell how much of an item BBTS has in stock? I can't seem to find anywhere that states that.

Thanks!


its simple. Just go on fort max put him in your cart and change the quantity to some crazy number like 100,000 and update they should tell you have many they have instock once refreshed. then quickly change the number back to zero and make sure you don't check out lol

Anyway can't wait for my Fort Max!!
Although in my mind Fort Max is the character that got destroy by overlord in LSOTW and in MTMTE. It still confuses me a lil how different these two characters are in terms of looks (they look almost nothing alike lol)
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474146)
Posted by KNM2012 on March 25th, 2013 @ 4:11pm CDT
Biggest irony to this is that I wanted to be surprised by this, but the packaging looks exactly like the way I expected it to look. :-B But even then, I am anticipating the day I get this bad boy! :lol:
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474147)
Posted by Defcon! on March 25th, 2013 @ 4:15pm CDT
Very nice indeed. I'm not into the encore figures but this is the exception. I've come to terms with more than likely never owning an original. :D
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474156)
Posted by alldarker on March 25th, 2013 @ 4:27pm CDT
From the TFSource Facebook page:
[quote]
Here is an Encore Fortress Maximus Update - be sure to read through! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
http://tfsource.com/encore/fortress-maximus/
http://tfsource.com/encore/fortress-max ... y-release/

Today Takara pulled back all of the Fort Max stock for a second QC inspection. Due to this some stock did not pass, and Takara has to do a new run. This will not be finished until the end of April. The good news - TFsource will receive all of our stock on schedule shipping out later this week. Many shops will not.

The bad news - all of the first run of Fort Max will be double-taped. Some collectors are very particular about this, so be aware all stock we receive will be double-taped. It's unavoidable due to the circumstances, but also a check to show that the product passed the QC check. Takara did not release any information on what the QC issues are that caused this.[/quote]
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474183)
Posted by RhA on March 25th, 2013 @ 6:07pm CDT
A delay? The anticipation is killing me.
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474223)
Posted by KNM2012 on March 25th, 2013 @ 8:39pm CDT
alldarker wrote:From the TFSource Facebook page:
[quote]
Here is an Encore Fortress Maximus Update - be sure to read through! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
http://tfsource.com/encore/fortress-maximus/
http://tfsource.com/encore/fortress-max ... y-release/

Today Takara pulled back all of the Fort Max stock for a second QC inspection. Due to this some stock did not pass, and Takara has to do a new run. This will not be finished until the end of April. The good news - TFsource will receive all of our stock on schedule shipping out later this week. Many shops will not.

The bad news - all of the first run of Fort Max will be double-taped. Some collectors are very particular about this, so be aware all stock we receive will be double-taped. It's unavoidable due to the circumstances, but also a check to show that the product passed the QC check. Takara did not release any information on what the QC issues are that caused this.
[/quote]

I sent them a message about this, as I did order mine through them and also plan to submit it to AFA - Which means that if even the second release (as in not the early release) has this issue, I might have to wait a bit longer for them to send me mine. :BOOM:
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474230)
Posted by Cliff Jumper on March 25th, 2013 @ 9:13pm CDT
Can't wait!!!
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474370)
Posted by El Duque on March 26th, 2013 @ 12:11pm CDT
Takara Tomy's TFYUKI has updated his twitter account with some updated images of their soon to be released Transformers Encore #23 Fortress Maximus!

We also have an update from site sponsor TFsource:

[quote]Here is an Encore Fortress Maximus Update - be sure to read through! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
http://tfsource.com/encore/fortress-maximus/
http://tfsource.com/encore/fortress-max ... y-release/

Today Takara pulled back all of the Fort Max stock for a second QC inspection. Due to this some stock did not pass, and Takara has to do a new run. This will not be finished until the end of April. The good news - TFsource will receive all of our stock on schedule shipping out later this week. Many shops will not.

The bad news - all of the first run of Fort Max will be double-taped. Some collectors are very particular about this, so be aware all stock we receive will be double-taped. It's unavoidable due to the circumstances, but also a check to show that the product passed the QC check. Takara did not release any information on what the QC issues are that caused this.[/quote]







Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474376)
Posted by Deruji on March 26th, 2013 @ 1:07pm CDT
Text in 2nd picture: "The sticker sheet was folded into two halves."

Text in 3rd picture: "The styrofoam block is missing."

Text in 4th picture: "The eyes are painted."


EDIT: checked original tweets for exact context
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474386)
Posted by Optimum Supreme on March 26th, 2013 @ 1:46pm CDT
Nice to hear at least one of the companies making Transformers cares about QC.
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474396)
Posted by Bounti76 on March 26th, 2013 @ 3:00pm CDT
I'm not a serious MISB collector, so could someone tell me....double taping? Does that just mean the box is sealed at various points with two applications of tape? How does that affect the toy's value?
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474398)
Posted by Burn on March 26th, 2013 @ 3:04pm CDT
Optimum Supreme wrote:Nice to hear at least one of the companies making Transformers cares about QC.


Given the size and cost of him TT have no choice BUT to make sure there aren't any QC issues with him.
Re: In Hand Images Of Encore Fortress Maximus (1474401)
Posted by gothsaurus on March 26th, 2013 @ 3:17pm CDT
Guessing that means it was taped.... RE-OPENED to re-inspect... the re-sealed with a second piece of tape. To MISB collectors, it would appear that their MISB item was opened, thus ruining it's resale value.

If you're planning on keeping it MISB, best to get the re-issue sealed one. Planning on opening it, this early run is for YOU!

:grin:

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