Titans Return Fortress Maximus is a Titan Class figure. He stands roughly 2 feet tall and is a triple changer. He can change from robot to attack ship to a fortress, it would be weird if Fortress Maximus did not turn into a fortress wouldn't it? His head comes free and turns into Titan Master Cerebros and then the head of Cerebros comes off to change into Emissary. Titans Return Fortress Maximus does not come with any weapons but some third party companies have made a pretty nice sword for him. PUNCH the "Read More" break to continue.
How Is He Packaged?
That is right I said it, the dreaded "S" word STICKERS. If you read my reviews often enough you know I always dread stickers and Fortress Maximus has renewed my Stickerphobia. The sticker sheet is normal except for a few issues, first the stickers and the page they are on do not cooperate and some parts of the page actually break away completely making it hard to pull the sticker free, secondly they want you to put these stickers in places a normal sized hand can not go, and lastly some times the sticker directions are unclear, simply placing an arrow on a diagram of Fortress Maximus but leaving you guessing which way the sticker should face. I suggest using a tweezers to place the stickers on and alleviate any stickerstress.
I have to start out by saying I really set my expectations for Fortress Maximus pretty high. Titan Class Metroplex is a great figure so I expected Fortress Maximus to hold his own in those regards. The color scheme for Fortress Maximus is true to his original design and he has lights and sounds as well. Here is where he starts to fall apart, Metroplex has a full array of voice lines, for example he would say "Metroplex heeds the call of the last Prime" or "You Decepticons scatter like cowards!" pretty cool things for a giant Transformer to say. If you follow Fortress Maximus in his comic appearances he is a force to be reckoned with and says full sentences, even in his appearances on the show he was a pretty important character. I have no idea if they plan on changing this in the Titans Return comic coming out soon from IDK Publishing BUT the Fortress Maximus figure can only say one word sentences. He can say "Autobot", "Decepticon" & his own name "Fortress Maximus" he can also make some random blaster and transformation noises. This was a big let down for me, I hope somewhere down the line I can find an explanation for this. In the end I am going to just display him on a shelf and he will still look awesome!
Fortress Maximus is easily changed into his two alt modes, but even they leave you wanting more. Now I know I shouldn't beat him up too much because it does state on the box and in the instructions that his fortress mode combines with Titans Return Blaster and Titans Return Power Master Optimus Prime to make a larger city. Either way I just expected more from him. Basically you are just laying Fortress Maximus on his back and moving his arms and legs around to create both forms. Check out the photos below and see for yourself. (Ignore my terrible floor this figure is too big for my usual set up.)
The legs of Fortress Maximus are the same legs on Metroplex and can be opened in the middle but for some reason the transformation process neglects this completely. Also I am aware that I forgot to put Cerebros back into the tower portion in the center, he would not have made a huge difference since this figure is already stomping on my expectations.
Cerebros & Emissary
The head of Fortress Maximus detaches and transforms into Cerebros, the head of Cerebros then can detach and become Emissary. The only unique thing about Cerebros is that when changed from the Fortress Maximus head into his own figure he says different things. These things consist of more random noises and him saying "Cerebros" apparently even his head can not make a full sentence.
Fortress Maximus Height Comparison
As I stated earlier Fortress Maximus is a Titan Class figure meaning he is tall! He stands shorter than Imaginext Dino Megazord by about a foot, slightly shorter than Titan Class Metroplex, but towers over Combiner Wars Devastator and Combiner Wars Bruticus.
In my opinion Fortress Maximus had alot to live up to when you look at Metroplex and I feel he does not even come close.
All joking aside I can not fail Fortress Maximus for his bad aspects when his good aspects help balance them out. I would have definitely liked to have seen more effort put into him with the sounds and lights as well as more detail in his transformation process, but these are not reasons to give him a terrible score. He is still going to look pretty impressive on a shelf. That is why I am going to give Titans Return Fortress Maximus 4 out of 5 PUNCHES!
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