Poe’s Pick of the Week: Transformers Encore Fortress Maximus ($330)
I’m proud to say I owned this big bad boy as a kid. It was probably the most indulgent toy purchase my parents ever made for me. It wasn’t quite the equivalent of a G.I. Joe kid getting the U.S.S. Flagg – that thing was seven feet long, after all – but it was close.
This thing was amazing. It was absolutely massive, dwarfing every other toy I ever owned both then and now. It came with five different characters if you count Maximus, Cerebro, Spike, Gasket and Grommet. It had more fun little nooks and crannies than an English muffin. I particularly enjoyed tossing figures in the little jail cell in his leg.
I’m sorely tempted by this encore release, but those S.H.MonsterArts figures aren’t cheap. Painful, painful decisions. Still, for those of you who have the money and the space, here’s your chance to own one of the greatest Transformers ever made.