Friday, May 31, 2013

Encore Fortress Maximus Part Two

Welcome to part two of my Encore Fortress Maximus review.  If you missed the first part, you can read it here.

As I stated in my last post, the reason that Fort Max is a two part post is because of frustration.  Frustration not because of the figure, but because of photographing him with the original.  I'm not even going to do much of a review, just give you some of the horrible, horrible pictures that I took and try to erase the entire experience from my mind.  

Here's where the trouble started.  

Last year I built a very large light box using wood and white sheets.  While not perfect, it worked for when I did my post on the original Fortress Maximus,  When I tried to do the picture above, I just couldn't get it right.  I kept adding more and more lights, but it just always looked the same.  That is actually the best looking picture I could get even after adjusting it in Photoshop CS2.  It just looks...rough.

Anyway, as you can see, I haven't put the decals on Fort Max yet.  I'm still debating as to whether or not I should keep him out of the box.  There really aren't any differences between the two, other than the huge honking sword.  I knew it was big, but I didn't realize that it was essentially the size of Scorponok!

There was a small Q/C issue with my Encore Fort Max as shown below:

Can you notice the difference?  Besides the sparkly eyes, the rubsign on the Encore is crooked.  ZOMG!  Quick, someone call Tomy!  The sticker is a little crooked!  I want my money back!

Overall, I'm really pleased with Encore Fort Max.  He's a worthy addition to my collection.  And that sword is awesome.  Enjoy the few comparison pictures that turned out decently of Fort Max in city mode!

On the right - no yellowing!

And finally, here's a few pictures of just Encore Fort Max in city mode.

Next post, we get back on track with better photography!


  1. I love seeing those G1 figs interacting w/ Fort Max. Your pic of Siren reminds me I need to buy his accessories again after raiding him of his weapons when I reconditioned that cheap Go-Shooter I bought from Japan.

    1. That's the best part of Fort Max! He's so freaking huge!

  2. Awesome! All this G1 goodness sure takes me back. Love the last few pics. I have Targetmaster Hot Rod but sure wish I got the rest. I'm still debating if I want to get Encore Fort Max... $300+ is kind of hard to justify...

    1. Yeah, I had a lot of qualms at first, especially since I already owned one. Ultimately, having the sword won out. And now I really don't have to fight through transformations. He's easy to transform, but the size never makes it easy for me.