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Postby RodimusConvoy13 » Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:29 pm

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Seibertron has posted a gallery of the holiest of Holy Grails for G1 collectors. The biggest transformer ever, Fortress Maximus! He stands almost two feet tall! When we were kids, seeing this in the aisles of Toys R Us, this figure was huge. And today, he's still huge! This was the only G1 figure to actually come with a human figure. Spike Witwicky was made into a figure as the head of Cerebros, who is the head of Fortress Maximus.

This actual Fortress Maximus toy, box and all, is currently available on eBay for one week starting August 21st, 2010. If you're interested in this item you can bid on this item or buy-it-now by clicking here.

Take a look at the fantastic gallery of Fortress Maximus, Cerebros, Cog, Grommet and Gasket.

Fortress Maximus: His Cartoon and comic appearance varied greatly. In the G1 Cartoon, he was a massive robot. In the comics he was closer in size to the rest of his compatriots. Fortress Maximus has three modes. He has a robot mode, battlestation mode and a city mode.

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Cerebros was a pacifist in the G1 Cartoon continuity. He didn't want humanoids involved in the fight against the Decepticons.

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Spike Witwicky: In the G1 comics continuity, Spike became the head of Cerebros/Fortress Maximus after Galen, the original head, was killed by Scorponok.

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Grommet

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Cog is formed by combining Gasket and Grommet.

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Postby Tigertrack » Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:53 pm

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I have never seen the chicken walker form of the FM head and Spike before. That is really cool! Looks like an ATP, or ATT, or ARC, or whatever acronyum Star Wars is using for the Clone Wars version of the AT-ST. I bet it was AT-RT...
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Postby RodimusConvoy13 » Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:56 pm

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tigertracks 24 wrote:Gasket-- "Hi, my alt mode is a tank with legs, and my robot mode is legs with tank treads!"


I have never seen the chicken walker form of the FM head and Spike before. That is really cool! Looks like an ATP, or ATT, or ARC, or whatever acronyum Star Wars is using for the Clone Wars version of the AT-ST. I bet it was AT-RT...


According to Wookieepedia, you are correct! I was thinking the same thing. I might have to try that with my RiD Fort Max when I get home tonight.

Great gallery, Ryan!!
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Postby DevastaTTor » Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:19 pm

Someday I want to get this and hope to have the space to display it as it deserves to be. Such an epic figure.

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Postby Samurai Bludgeon » Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:24 pm

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While g1 Fort Max is indeed the ultimate...my walet thanks me for settling with Brave Maximus instead lol
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Postby Soundwave__Superior » Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:37 pm

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Hmm. If anyone remembers, a while back there was an episode of Pawn Stars where a guy was going to sell all of his Transformers, that guy had like two or three of Fort Max. With the boxes. Lucky.

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Postby Bouncy X » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:19 pm

Fortress has gotten the "holy grail" label due to how hard it is to find one. hell even when i was a kid during the Transformers heyday, i never once saw him anywhere. none of our stores ever carried him and we never knew anyone who owned one. we had a catalogue store and he was always listed in the catalogue but when you went there to order, they were always out.

and holy **** is he big. i knew he was the biggest transformer and all but seeing him next to Scorponok(which i own) is an eye opener. i thought ol Scorps was pretty huge...daaaaamn. lol its kinda weird though since they are supposed to be each other's rivals you'd think the toys woulda been similar heights. but yeah my Scorponok is in mint condition because i barely played with him because of how big and hard to handle he was, couldnt imagine if i had ownwed Fortress. lol
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Postby Bumblevivisector » Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:03 pm

Oh, I remember seeing him in Detroit-area stores, and thinking that his price at just under $100 negated my chances of ever receiving or saving up for him. Today it'd be a miracle if you bought a complete one for triple digits instead of quadruple.

And on the odds of him ever getting an affordable North American reissue, I really hope saner heads mandating toy safety laws repeal the drop-test soon. Yes, if making all toys incapable of cracking due to being intentionally thrown from a 2nd story balcony would save even one life, it'd be worth it, but I don't see how it will unless you go on to ban any toy that a child could intentionally whittle into a shiv. The fact that Americans occasionally ban all hoodie drawstrings to prevent one-in-a-million freak choking accidents and then demand the right to carry assault rifles into public functions is just one more reason the rest of the world laughs their arses off at us while their children play with cool sharp-edged toys. Toys aren't dangerous, LIFE is dangerous; get over it. The only change to the toy industry that will really save any kids is finding a way to profitably manufacture them without Chinese sweatshop labor.

For that matter, Micronauts reissues were sold practically unaltered in American specialty shops this past decade with disclaimers on the packaging stating "This collectible is NOT at toy; keep away from children". Viola! How about it Hasbro? Would it hurt to try changing OP's box and retail venues instead of his stovepipes for the 30th anniversary reissue? Parents aren't going to casually buy some $100-$200 reissue of some 2-decades old Fort Max toy for their 5-year-old to play with anyway, so it wouldn't really kill potential profits if they knew fan-demand was high enough.
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Postby Galvatron X » Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:10 pm

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Friggin...awesome...

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I'm jealous!! I want one!
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Postby Arucard » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:22 pm

$500+ SHIPPING!? Fark...
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Postby AshesOfPain » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:54 pm

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Bumblevivisector wrote:And on the odds of him ever getting an affordable North American reissue, I really hope saner heads mandating toy safety laws repeal the drop-test soon. Yes, if making all toys incapable of cracking due to being intentionally thrown from a 2nd story balcony would save even one life, it'd be worth it, but I don't see how it will unless you go on to ban any toy that a child could intentionally whittle into a shiv. The fact that Americans occasionally ban all hoodie drawstrings to prevent one-in-a-million freak choking accidents and then demand the right to carry assault rifles into public functions is just one more reason the rest of the world laughs their arses off at us while their children play with cool sharp-edged toys. Toys aren't dangerous, LIFE is dangerous; get over it. The only change to the toy industry that will really save any kids is finding a way to profitably manufacture them without Chinese sweatshop labor.

For that matter, Micronauts reissues were sold practically unaltered in American specialty shops this past decade with disclaimers on the packaging stating "This collectible is NOT at toy; keep away from children". Viola! How about it Hasbro? Would it hurt to try changing OP's box and retail venues instead of his stovepipes for the 30th anniversary reissue? Parents aren't going to casually buy some $100-$200 reissue of some 2-decades old Fort Max toy for their 5-year-old to play with anyway, so it wouldn't really kill potential profits if they knew fan-demand was high enough.



Unfortunately America is home to things like caution labels on Fresh, Hot coffee No cht it's hot, it was just brewed and poured.

Back to topic, I'd love to get my mitts on one Fort Max, I'd display it in open air, above my computer where it could be knocked on-to my head by my cat.
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Postby Prime Riblet » Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:42 pm

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AshesOfPain wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:And on the odds of him ever getting an affordable North American reissue, I really hope saner heads mandating toy safety laws repeal the drop-test soon. Yes, if making all toys incapable of cracking due to being intentionally thrown from a 2nd story balcony would save even one life, it'd be worth it, but I don't see how it will unless you go on to ban any toy that a child could intentionally whittle into a shiv. The fact that Americans occasionally ban all hoodie drawstrings to prevent one-in-a-million freak choking accidents and then demand the right to carry assault rifles into public functions is just one more reason the rest of the world laughs their arses off at us while their children play with cool sharp-edged toys. Toys aren't dangerous, LIFE is dangerous; get over it. The only change to the toy industry that will really save any kids is finding a way to profitably manufacture them without Chinese sweatshop labor.

For that matter, Micronauts reissues were sold practically unaltered in American specialty shops this past decade with disclaimers on the packaging stating "This collectible is NOT at toy; keep away from children". Viola! How about it Hasbro? Would it hurt to try changing OP's box and retail venues instead of his stovepipes for the 30th anniversary reissue? Parents aren't going to casually buy some $100-$200 reissue of some 2-decades old Fort Max toy for their 5-year-old to play with anyway, so it wouldn't really kill potential profits if they knew fan-demand was high enough.



Unfortunately America is home to things like caution labels on Fresh, Hot coffee No cht it's hot, it was just brewed and poured.

Back to topic, I'd love to get my mitts on one Fort Max, I'd display it in open air, above my computer where it could be knocked on-to my head by my cat.


Please don't bash America, people. Bash the handful of worthless, piece of crap parents that stick their 1-year old in a room alone with a bunch of freaking choking hazards......and then sue everyone over the issue when something bad happens. This small infection of people forced the larger groups to protect themselves with these toy laws.
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Postby First-Aid » Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:40 pm

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Prime Riblet wrote:
AshesOfPain wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:And on the odds of him ever getting an affordable North American reissue, I really hope saner heads mandating toy safety laws repeal the drop-test soon. Yes, if making all toys incapable of cracking due to being intentionally thrown from a 2nd story balcony would save even one life, it'd be worth it, but I don't see how it will unless you go on to ban any toy that a child could intentionally whittle into a shiv. The fact that Americans occasionally ban all hoodie drawstrings to prevent one-in-a-million freak choking accidents and then demand the right to carry assault rifles into public functions is just one more reason the rest of the world laughs their arses off at us while their children play with cool sharp-edged toys. Toys aren't dangerous, LIFE is dangerous; get over it. The only change to the toy industry that will really save any kids is finding a way to profitably manufacture them without Chinese sweatshop labor.

For that matter, Micronauts reissues were sold practically unaltered in American specialty shops this past decade with disclaimers on the packaging stating "This collectible is NOT at toy; keep away from children". Viola! How about it Hasbro? Would it hurt to try changing OP's box and retail venues instead of his stovepipes for the 30th anniversary reissue? Parents aren't going to casually buy some $100-$200 reissue of some 2-decades old Fort Max toy for their 5-year-old to play with anyway, so it wouldn't really kill potential profits if they knew fan-demand was high enough.



Unfortunately America is home to things like caution labels on Fresh, Hot coffee No cht it's hot, it was just brewed and poured.

Back to topic, I'd love to get my mitts on one Fort Max, I'd display it in open air, above my computer where it could be knocked on-to my head by my cat.


Please don't bash America, people. Bash the handful of worthless, piece of crap parents that stick their 1-year old in a room alone with a bunch of freaking choking hazards......and then sue everyone over the issue when something bad happens. This small infection of people forced the larger groups to protect themselves with these toy laws.

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Postby Bumblevivisector » Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:20 am

Sorry if that came across as the start of some self-depreciating U.S.A. bashing. We probably aren't as loathed internationally as you might think, but there is one stereotype Europeans have about us that won't go away, partly because it never gets back to us; I sure wouldn't know it if I hadn't spent a semester in Germany.

They have the idea that we're paranoid about everything being unsafe.

Maybe it's left over from the founders' desire to achieve peace by isolating our great nation from all of Europe's petty squabbles, but the delusion that we can someday create an environment where we're completely shielded from harm with enough regulations seems to be a distinctly American one.

Sorry about getting off topic, but I thought someone should remind the more casual fans salivating over this gallery just why that already unaffordable price will only soar higher in this hemisphere no matter how bad the economy gets.

Ah well, with no Maxie or Scorpinok in my collection, at least my Unicron doesn't look TOO small (sigh)

Say, do Gundam fans collect Fort Maxes too so they can pretend his battle station mode is a White-Base toy that's almost in scale with their MSIA figures? Now THERE's an idea for a profitable repaint...
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Postby leokearon » Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:31 am

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Postby Prime Riblet » Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:56 am

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Bumblevivisector wrote:Sorry if that came across as the start of some self-depreciating U.S.A. bashing. We probably aren't as loathed internationally as you might think, but there is one stereotype Europeans have about us that won't go away, partly because it never gets back to us; I sure wouldn't know it if I hadn't spent a semester in Germany.

They have the idea that we're paranoid about everything being unsafe.

Maybe it's left over from the founders' desire to achieve peace by isolating our great nation from all of Europe's petty squabbles, but the delusion that we can someday create an environment where we're completely shielded from harm with enough regulations seems to be a distinctly American one.

Sorry about getting off topic, but I thought someone should remind the more casual fans salivating over this gallery just why that already unaffordable price will only soar higher in this hemisphere no matter how bad the economy gets.



Ah well, with no Maxie or Scorpinok in my collection, at least my Unicron doesn't look TOO small (sigh)

Say, do Gundam fans collect Fort Maxes too so they can pretend his battle station mode is a White-Base toy that's almost in scale with their MSIA figures? Now THERE's an idea for a profitable repaint...

I know there is actually a lot of truth in what you said. Alos, I don't want you to think I was singling you or anyone else's statements out. I agree with what you said, in fact. I just didn't want the whole "America this, the US that, blah blah situation to spring up. I am simmered down now.
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Postby Blackstreak » Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:52 am

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All this time I thought there was alread a Fort Max gallery. Huh, I never knew about a "chicken walker" alt mode for Cerebros' body. That box has definitely seen some better days.
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Postby Mechastrike » Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:05 am

and i thought seibertron.com's toy gallery couldn't get any bigger. thanks for posting.
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Postby fenrir72 » Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:57 am

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Noticed that there's a small black smudge in the Autobot sigil on Cerebros, so mine wasn't an isolated case after all.And how come it's upside down?
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Postby autobot-jolt » Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:21 pm

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Nice. I think it's about time we get new G1-styled figures of Fortress Maximus, Scorponok, Cerebros, etc. I could see a late 2013 release date if they keep doing Classics-styled stuff.. :PRAY:
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Postby No Death for Prowl » Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:55 pm

Ah, I remember seeing Fortress Maximus as a kid at Toys 'R Us back in the day and deciding I absolutely needed him.

I saved up for nearly a year to afford the $90 price tag, if I recall correctly.

The day that I bought him was a very proud one in my life and one of these few childhood memories that remains as fresh in my mind today as it was back in '89.

I picked up the sucker and struggled to take him over to the cash register. Pulled out my Transformers wallet with velcro snap, the one with a hologram Optimus Prime that would change from robot to truck mode depending on the angle that you looked at it. Plucked down my 5 twenty dollar bills and went back home a happy kid, but also with that feeling of deflated enthusiasm after you finally obtain that which you have longed for so long.

Fort Max was everything I could hope for: a double Headmaster, a working elevator, a car launcher from that elevator, a jail cell, and featuring so much firepower that I couldn't help but keep him in city mode to at least give my modest Decepticon army a chance.

These days, Fort Max is still in his box in my room. I just don't have the room to properly display him.

I have been tempted to sell him, but I have such fond memories of him and he is the zenith of Transformer toy production and ambition, so it feels wrong to ever let him go.

Great gallery as always! The Cerebros battle station mode is something I will have to try!
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Postby zenosaurus_x » Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:45 pm

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Woah, Fortress certainly is big...
Just wondering, so he's a HeadMaster who's head is ALSO a HeadMaster?
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Postby Mykltron » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:34 am

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Just wondering, so he's a HeadMaster who's head is ALSO a HeadMaster?


Yeah, crazy huh? I think the story is that Spike had become a headmaster partner with Cerebros and they needed to come up with a plan to turn the tide of war in favour of the Autobots so they quickly turned a city into Fort Max with them as controllers.
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"The Return of Rodimus Prime"
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Posted: Sunday, June 13th, 2021

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