SDCC 2016 - Guide To Fortress Maximus: Convention Edition vs Hasbro Retail vs TakaraTomy Legends #SDCC2016

So, with the SDCC exclusive Fortress Maximus officially revealed, and now standing in consideration along with the regular retail and upcoming TakaraTomy Legends Series version, we thought it might be handy to put together some comparison images of the three so you could figure out exactly what you're getting with each option. The answer... may be a bit surprising, if you'll pardon me approaching clickbait phrasing. Keep reading to see what I mean!

Of course, accessories are the major point of distinction. SDCC and TakaraTomy editions will feature the Master Sword, as well as a resculpted Titan Master that resembles a mix of original toy Fortress Maximus and Fortress from The Headmasters. Outside of that, there's known to be differences in the electronics for the TakaraTomy release, notably including phrases by the original voice actor for Fortress but also rumored to have at least part of the theme from The Headmasters series. It's unknown at this time if SDCC Fortress Maximus will have different phrases versus the Hasbro retail version.

And that brings us to the decos. And when you come right down to it, there are not huge changes between any of these versions. The TakaraTomy and SDCC editions seem to be the most similar in terms of color layouts, being both a little bit more varied than the Hasbro retail edition. There are minor differences in execution between them, but only to the degree of adjustments to accent colors or some details being more visible thanks to specific color choices. None of the three have any major color or layout differences relative to each other.

To this point we don't have a picture of TakaraTomy's Cerebros in its robot mode, quite possibly out of respect for allowing Hasbro to have the first reveal of the remolded Titan Master head. In any case, all we have to judge right now are Hasbro's retail version and SDCC versions, and there are very, very few deco differences. The SDCC version has a little bit of added blue and some extra color added to the speaker venting on the chest, and that's pretty much it.

Oh, and of course there's stickers. It wasn't stated in the official release, but the photos seem to support the rumor that it has metallic foil stickers versus the regular paper stickers on the retail version. To this point we don't know what or if the TakaraTomy edition will feature for sticker detailing.

So ultimately as you examine and compare, it seems like there is not a distinctive winner among this set. The answer will lie simply in which specific details are most appealing to you. Both the SDCC and TakaraTomy version feature an extra accessory the Hasbro retail version doesn't, but only the Hasbro retail version features the Titan Master based on the The Rebirth character model, while the other two are oriented after the Japanese series and original toy, and it looks like there's not going to be any crossover between these elements. And there's also the rumor that the TakaraTomy release might contain clips of The Headmasters opening theme song. That's most certainly going to be an appeal to some part of the Fortress Maximus buying demographic!
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