So last night (I suppose I should say it was two nights ago since I’m writing this a little after midnight) was Holy Grail night for the Sean-Man. Why? My Brave Maximus (the 2001 Fortress Maximus reissue) was delivered by UPS so it was ready for me to check out when I came home from work.
Fortress Maximus (Brave Maximus in Japan), as you may or may not know, is the most sought after G1 Transformer toy of all-time. He is the rarest and most expensive figure out there. He’s not the most popular Transformers character but his toy is worth far more than the greats like Optimus Prime or Megatron. If you’re lucky you could probably find a good G1 Optimus Prime or G1 Megatron for $150 (or less) on eBay. Fortress Maximus though? Sellers charge over $1,000 even if he’s in shitty condition and missing parts. He is the tallest Transformer (he’s 22” in height) and he was the most expensive figure until Masterpiece Prime and Ultimate Bumblebee were released (He was $89.99 in 1987 so that’s like buying a $200 Transformer now).
Fortress Maximus made his first and only appearance in The Rebirth Part 3, the final episode of the American G1 series. He was also featured in The Headmasters, a Japanese exclusive Transformers cartoon a year later. He made his way back to American screens in the Transformers series Robots in Disguise. He had a new color scheme (Blue, black, and red as opposed to his grey and blue G1 colors) and a slightly different backstory. To celebrate the return of the character, Takara (the company that makes the Transformers toys in Japan that Hasbro retools to an extent for US release) brought out a reissue of the original toy. The reissue was identical to the original figure and it was made from the same mold but the color scheme was different and it didn’t come with some of the weapons the original Fort Max had. This reissue, unfortunately, did not come to the states along with the other RID figures so it was considered a “Japan exclusive.”
Brave Max, like Fort Max before him, is becoming quite rare and his price is really escalating on eBay. After losing out on a chance to buy Fortress Maximus at a decent price I caved in and bought Brave Max here. I was put off by the red, blue and black reissue colors initially but I have to say they’re really growing on me now. I really love this toy and I’m going to give it a longer and more detailed review sometime this weekend hopefully so be on the lookout for that.