UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review

UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 9:44pm CDT

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Welcome back everyone, bet you thought we were done with Transformers Titan Return Fortress Maximus for today huh? Well it turns out there's nothing stopping the big guy (or KalEl) from breaking headlines again, this time with a video review! We get to see articulation, stickers, sound effects, and so much more. Check it out below, and stay tuned to Seibertron.com: home for the best Galleries and Conversation around!

UPDATED with Generations Metroplex comparison video!



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Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791813)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:00pm CDT
Relieved to see that his joints are improved from Metroplex, even if just slightly.

The sound effects are pretty underwhelming, but maybe they're just shortened and the US release will have more to it, maybe?

Just thought of something; if they had kept that cannon in his forearm that Metroplex had and colored it red, it would've been a close approximation of [one of] his wrist pistols (wristols?). Bummer, but not a detractor for me.
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791817)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:12pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:wrist pistols (wristols?)

Breaking out the inner Thew. I'm proud :MAXIMAL:
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791818)
Posted by william-james88 on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:15pm CDT
mbd88prime wrote:question for anyone with their hands on a fortmax: in his "city mode" if you were to bend his legs up at the knee 90 degrees from the official configuration would it look at all like fan mode towers ala the original. also do the legs open up like metroplex?

thanks

The bit about his legs opening was answered above, here is the quote:
they do open up but from underneath so its that back half that opens out not the gun half, means they don't really work in vehicle or base mode. hes really just lacking from not enough guns, i forgot to say the shin guns dettach and can go on his shoulder or have a fold out handle but they dont show that feature in the instructions. still dont know what that lil leg bit is meant to do though, its hollow and weird.


fenrir72 wrote:P.S. G1 Cerebros also fits with the modern version? Nice!
Question:
1. Is it similar to G1 where you can remove Spike and still connect Cerebros the head? Or is "Spike" needed to attach the Cerebros head to the main body?

G1 cerebros just sits there. He doesnt connect. This is not different than having any other TF that is the right size just stand on the headless body.
And you dont need to connect spike to have him fit.

D-Maximus_Primal wrote:I will buy him, but I will wait until at least around Christmas when he goes on that 20-25% off sale. He is very cool looking, and I really like the IDW Fort Max, but this guy is just not ringing off as worth his full $150.
But where I am bummed is his lack of weapons and originality. The fact that he is a retool at that size point is kinda lazy to me, all justifications aside, and the fact that he got virtually no retooling with regards to transformation is a bummer. I'd love a more compact city mode like the original, which I do not want because it doesn't have the look I like. I'm also disappointed that, him being a fortress, he should have more guns and playability, yet he only has 2 sets of leg guns, that one thing and then Cerebros' gun. that's just small. I would prefer weapons over electronics, especially for a city/fortress.

:x A man after my own heart.
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791820)
Posted by shajaki on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:25pm CDT
Like Metroplex, I expect there to be a handful of versions to choose from. And this is too big a purchase to buy multiples.

ALL THAT SAID, after watching that video it's going to be difficult not buying the first one I see on shelves. :shock:
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791821)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:25pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:I will buy him, but I will wait until at least around Christmas when he goes on that 20-25% off sale. He is very cool looking, and I really like the IDW Fort Max, but this guy is just not ringing off as worth his full $150.
But where I am bummed is his lack of weapons and originality. The fact that he is a retool at that size point is kinda lazy to me, all justifications aside, and the fact that he got virtually no retooling with regards to transformation is a bummer. I'd love a more compact city mode like the original, which I do not want because it doesn't have the look I like. I'm also disappointed that, him being a fortress, he should have more guns and playability, yet he only has 2 sets of leg guns, that one thing and then Cerebros' gun. that's just small. I would prefer weapons over electronics, especially for a city/fortress.

:x A man after my own heart.

First off, Damn you because this is your fault. You are the one who has given me logic that makes sense to me, especially now that I'm older, more mature and running out of room. So Thanks :lol:

Secondly though, it is true. I will still buy him, he's just not what I had hoped for looking at pictures and videos. He looks damn sexy but lacks the croutons that make the salad that much better. He's the main course, but lacks that all important dessert. A cake without enough icing. Still worth chomping down on, just not as chompalicious as it could be :MAXIMAL:
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791822)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:26pm CDT
shajaki wrote:Like Metroplex, I expect there to be a handful of versions to choose from. And this is too big a purchase to buy multiples.

ALL THAT SAID, after watching that video it's going to be difficult not buying the first one I see on shelves. :shock:

Whatchyou talking about Willis? you already buy those expensive MP Primes out the wazoo :lol: :MAXIMAL:
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791823)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:26pm CDT
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:wrist pistols (wristols?)

Breaking out the inner Thew. I'm proud :MAXIMAL:


You caught me! :lol: I saw an opportunity, and I took it.
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791824)
Posted by Emerje on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:28pm CDT
Powermaster Swag wrote:So the G1 Fort Max's works with the new one? I wonder if that means all old headmasters can work with new ones..... :-?


No, they aren't even remotely close in size.

Image

So tiny.

Emerje
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791826)
Posted by SpikeyTigertron on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:33pm CDT


Bummer to hear that the opening legs aren't useful in the slightest. However, if the shin-guns can un-attach... then would opening the shins lose any play-ability? I do have a feeling that clipping (at least) Blasters base mode to Fort Max, will fill out some of that void between the body and legs.

Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791827)
Posted by shajaki on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:34pm CDT
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:
shajaki wrote:Like Metroplex, I expect there to be a handful of versions to choose from. And this is too big a purchase to buy multiples.

ALL THAT SAID, after watching that video it's going to be difficult not buying the first one I see on shelves. :shock:
Whatchyou talking about Willis? you already buy those expensive MP Primes out the wazoo :lol: :MAXIMAL:
Which I'm able to afford because of my Herculean restraint elsewhere.

I actually have zero restraint :lol:
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791854)
Posted by fenrir72 on May 23rd, 2016 @ 2:18am CDT
@ Dmax

Agree with the electronics. Should have had ditched it for more functionality

@ wj88

I smell an incoming 3rd party universal neck adapter

Cerebros head: Head mode looks awesome. Nice that the forehead cross was emphasized.

Cerebros robot mode: also awesome. Again, I can't wait to see Ryan's shots once he gets hold of this. Kind of worried about the open hands....future thumb break syndrome?

Fortmax as a whole

Regardless of the previous arguments, whether we like it or not, going the "Metroplex" mold (being as hollow as a bamboo shoot) got Hb a loophole to build a child safe Titan ( give me a literal instrument of blunt force trauma anytime :-P ) and cut costs. It kind of sucks but we already had an inkling with those "art" being leaked that this would be the case....a recycled (okay with some minor changes) release.

No way Encore Fortmax would have been given the OK for domestic re-release the way the other cityformer was given a once in a lifetime re-issue (Trypticon) with his weight and solidness

If there is an SDCC version, he gets a sword too? I wish TT or Hb would also include his photon rifle
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791857)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on May 23rd, 2016 @ 4:28am CDT
I see in my crystal ball an upcoming 200$ upgrade 3p kit for TR Fortmax. >:oP
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791865)
Posted by Burn on May 23rd, 2016 @ 7:19am CDT
For those in Australia ... Fortress Maximus has been spotted in the Big W computers for $249AU. Treat as a rumour for now.
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791889)
Posted by Prowl4 on May 23rd, 2016 @ 9:20am CDT
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:Having looked over things and read thoroughly over the responses, I'm going to give an opinion now.

I will buy him, but I will wait until at least around Christmas when he goes on that 20-25% off sale. He is very cool looking, and I really like the IDW Fort Max, but this guy is just not ringing off as worth his full $150.

I am impressed and in love with Cerebros and the whole double headmaster thing, and he has an awesome face sculpt. the body also looks very powerful and imposing.

But where I am bummed is his lack of weapons and originality. The fact that he is a retool at that size point is kinda lazy to me, all justifications aside, and the fact that he got virtually no retooling with regards to transformation is a bummer. I'd love a more compact city mode like the original, which I do not want because it doesn't have the look I like. I'm also disappointed that, him being a fortress, he should have more guns and playability, yet he only has 2 sets of leg guns, that one thing and then Cerebros' gun. that's just small. I would prefer weapons over electronics, especially for a city/fortress.

so yes, I will buy him, but he will most likely not be my favorite titan. Metroplex I already have, and I think Fort Max looks a little better than him anyway, but he is no where near Devastator. That was a true titan in size and effort.


It's really annoying to see this mentality in a way. Waiting and cutting as much money off these figures especially special figures like that. On one hand I understand discounts but waiting that long allowing it to depreciate then getting more money off it isn't exactly sending Hasbro the right message. This in turn affects the rest of the market elsewhere, I'm in Ireland we pay €21.99 for a deluxe. We never got metroplex, cw wave 2 and probably won't get fortress maximus. What I'm saying is if more people went and bought the items as they were it'd increase demand everywhere instead of being cheap and knifing other consumers.
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791894)
Posted by Autobot N on May 23rd, 2016 @ 10:06am CDT
Prowl4 wrote:It's really annoying to see this mentality in a way. Waiting and cutting as much money off these figures especially special figures like that. On one hand I understand discounts but waiting that long allowing it to depreciate then getting more money off it isn't exactly sending Hasbro the right message. This in turn affects the rest of the market elsewhere, I'm in Ireland we pay €21.99 for a deluxe. We never got metroplex, cw wave 2 and probably won't get fortress maximus. What I'm saying is if more people went and bought the items as they were it'd increase demand everywhere instead of being cheap and knifing other consumers.
On this, we agree.
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791897)
Posted by Microraptor on May 23rd, 2016 @ 10:21am CDT
RAcast wrote:
ScottyP wrote:I can't wait for all the "I regret not picking that up" posts two years from now regarding this toy. Like the ones folks make about Metroplex now >:oP

I'm still excited for this toy. A three paragraph (being generous here) "review" of mostly complaining and not a lot of pictures ain't gonna get me down on it.

I know I'm on that train regarding Metroplex. I figured I'd hold off for Fort Max that was (most likely) down the road, but now that we're seeing it...it's a bit of a disappointment. The simple fact that it has less content than Metroplex (where's the sword, Hasbro?) is kind of a deal breaker for buying it at full price. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for discounts though, and there's that really nice 3P sword I'll most likely pick up.


I fail to see how the lack of a sword means the toy has less content. In fact that is a blatantly false assertion, because Fort Max has an equal amount of weaponry (Plex had two cannons, Max has twin leg guns), a deluxe companion AND a normal-sized headmaster (Plex only had legends Scamper), and a headmaster vehicle that can totally be repurposed as Grommet. Plus he seems to have more mass given his bulkier shape.
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791899)
Posted by shajaki on May 23rd, 2016 @ 10:38am CDT
Main story updated with Generations Metroplex comparison!

shajaki wrote:
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791901)
Posted by Ironhidensh on May 23rd, 2016 @ 10:49am CDT
Prowl4 wrote:
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:Having looked over things and read thoroughly over the responses, I'm going to give an opinion now.

I will buy him, but I will wait until at least around Christmas when he goes on that 20-25% off sale. He is very cool looking, and I really like the IDW Fort Max, but this guy is just not ringing off as worth his full $150.

I am impressed and in love with Cerebros and the whole double headmaster thing, and he has an awesome face sculpt. the body also looks very powerful and imposing.

But where I am bummed is his lack of weapons and originality. The fact that he is a retool at that size point is kinda lazy to me, all justifications aside, and the fact that he got virtually no retooling with regards to transformation is a bummer. I'd love a more compact city mode like the original, which I do not want because it doesn't have the look I like. I'm also disappointed that, him being a fortress, he should have more guns and playability, yet he only has 2 sets of leg guns, that one thing and then Cerebros' gun. that's just small. I would prefer weapons over electronics, especially for a city/fortress.

so yes, I will buy him, but he will most likely not be my favorite titan. Metroplex I already have, and I think Fort Max looks a little better than him anyway, but he is no where near Devastator. That was a true titan in size and effort.


It's really annoying to see this mentality in a way. Waiting and cutting as much money off these figures especially special figures like that. On one hand I understand discounts but waiting that long allowing it to depreciate then getting more money off it isn't exactly sending Hasbro the right message. This in turn affects the rest of the market elsewhere, I'm in Ireland we pay €21.99 for a deluxe. We never got metroplex, cw wave 2 and probably won't get fortress maximus. What I'm saying is if more people went and bought the items as they were it'd increase demand everywhere instead of being cheap and knifing other consumers.

So we should buy crappy product we don't want just so you can have it show up at retail?
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791906)
Posted by Prowl4 on May 23rd, 2016 @ 11:11am CDT
Ironhidensh wrote:
Prowl4 wrote:
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:Having looked over things and read thoroughly over the responses, I'm going to give an opinion now.

I will buy him, but I will wait until at least around Christmas when he goes on that 20-25% off sale. He is very cool looking, and I really like the IDW Fort Max, but this guy is just not ringing off as worth his full $150.

I am impressed and in love with Cerebros and the whole double headmaster thing, and he has an awesome face sculpt. the body also looks very powerful and imposing.

But where I am bummed is his lack of weapons and originality. The fact that he is a retool at that size point is kinda lazy to me, all justifications aside, and the fact that he got virtually no retooling with regards to transformation is a bummer. I'd love a more compact city mode like the original, which I do not want because it doesn't have the look I like. I'm also disappointed that, him being a fortress, he should have more guns and playability, yet he only has 2 sets of leg guns, that one thing and then Cerebros' gun. that's just small. I would prefer weapons over electronics, especially for a city/fortress.

so yes, I will buy him, but he will most likely not be my favorite titan. Metroplex I already have, and I think Fort Max looks a little better than him anyway, but he is no where near Devastator. That was a true titan in size and effort.


It's really annoying to see this mentality in a way. Waiting and cutting as much money off these figures especially special figures like that. On one hand I understand discounts but waiting that long allowing it to depreciate then getting more money off it isn't exactly sending Hasbro the right message. This in turn affects the rest of the market elsewhere, I'm in Ireland we pay €21.99 for a deluxe. We never got metroplex, cw wave 2 and probably won't get fortress maximus. What I'm saying is if more people went and bought the items as they were it'd increase demand everywhere instead of being cheap and knifing other consumers.

So we should buy crappy product we don't want just so you can have it show up at retail?


Quote me exactly where I said that.
Re: UPDATED Transformers Titans Return Fortress Maximus Video Review (1791910)
Posted by ZeroWolf on May 23rd, 2016 @ 11:46am CDT
Prowl4@ I'm afraid your logic here is flawed, over here in England we have similar distribution issues but people buying fort max in America won't magically make fort max appear on our shelves, it would just show there was more demand for him in America. I don't know how we would go about getting retailers over here to stock more titan class products, but I have an inkling it would be wise to ask our local hasbros to see if he is even being offered.

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