Dengeki Hobby has interviewed Shogo Hasui about Titan Class Fortress Maximus! Charged with recreating the largest Transformer, Hasui talks about the reused parts from Metroplex, the electronic features, and what to expect from the Japanese version in this extensive interview. Keep reading for mechanically translated passages from the interview and a gallery of mirrored photos!
- History of "Fortress Maximus" commercialization of the Titan class ...?
Hasui: was commercialized in "a lot of fans the TF items project to realize a super huge products that wish," "Transformers Generations TG-23 Metroplex (following: TG-23 Metroplex)" is I was very well received.
In response to it, "Transformers Unite Warriors UW04 Debasuta" (Devastator - RAC) was released. To place "TG-23 Metroplex" was a Transformers toy biggest of goods, Debasuta is, an item that has been commercialized under the concept of Transformers toy largest ever "coalesce to robot toy", people here also fan from high evaluation we were able to get the.
- Hasui's came to be responsible for the design of this product opportunity is ...?
Hasui: There is also a place called continued ...... from "UW04 Debasuta," but, although commercialization of an ultra-large of Fortress Maximus from the United States of Hasbro, Inc. has been proposed, only this large of a mold of goods every year in all new not only the budget of the cause to make, ... or not be able to commercialize the "Fortress Maximus" the mold by diverting about half of the "TG-23 Metroplex"? I came out talking about.
Half of the parts to be used in that it does not make the ultra-expensive large items to be representative of the series and not diverted from the mold of "TG-23 Metroplex", our development team, fine, there was a place was dismay .
"Fortress Maximus", only to have many deep-rooted fan even now, at the base of "TG-23 Metroplex", in the degree of specification of part of the mold has changed, really able to convince the fans I wonder ...... and.
Pains in the "UW-04 Debasuta", while they finished the "these'm had been waiting for the goods!" Item can make that can say that soil, the commodity such as betray the expectations of the people of the fans do not want to make did. Was created in the best same "UW-04 Debasuta", I would like a commodity that can be in the form of the "feelings" of "Fortress Maximus" is also a lot of people, lot of their own would be "somehow can not those Kana ......" I went on a proposal. While doing that, ... that now flow such as "Hasui, or trying to it! So charge of a certain motivation" (laughs).
- I was surprised that it was such a flow! Also from actually began our work of development (design), I guess has been lot of your hard ....
Hasui: First, do not unless somehow change this "TG-23 Metroplex" to "Fortress Maximus!" So, we started the work from make a guideline of how to and ...... Is it to become possible.
- In other words, it means that ...... you decide priority (priority)!
Hasui: Yes. It should be given priority in the first, to use the head-on system. In the next, even though it has already been diverted to die of "TG-23 Metroplex", properly important to look to the "Fortress Maximus"! As much as possible, where the visible change so that we all look to those of another. And, since the products positioned as "Titan Master" series of Capstone items, that can base play Karame than this product with low prices of items. It took the form of ...... to proceed with product development this three with priority.
In other words, Hasui's three directives when designing the toy were:
1. Make a Fortress Maximus that could use enough Metroplex parts to be economical
2. Replicate the double-Headmaster gimmick
3. Make it compatible with the other Titans Return bases
As previously were also to talk, a limited number of mold and parts, because they put the emphasis on that seem to Fortress Maximus, many of the parts used in the exterior part, the old product was released in 1987 like it had entered of the Fortress Maximus, because incorporate taking over lots of gimmicks, such as the elevator, I very difficult on the cost. Still, even just somewhere one place, I would like to put an attractive gimmick was not in the old commodity, I incorporated into the head side of the Fortress Maximus the "double head-on gimmick with the Light & Sound".
In terms of indicating that part of the head that's the body of Fortress Maximus, may not contain all of the electro features to the head, he is to so it can be seen that the soul of the (photo-less Maxi trout) is here , I thought I do not it the most interesting. Old toys rather than gimmick eyes shining in, we were able to put out the character of the expression by put a seal. Eye is that shines is, ... I wonder if not a dream of the part of the people at the time of the fan, and there is also my feeling that "I want you! They contain soul here", I feel that incorporating cordial.
At the same, it is also different from the old commodity portion that neck move to the left or right. You neatly around to, because even by turning the neck Light & Sound gimmick fires, I think that look is put out.