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Maxx Zero
Ultimates Maxx
The Original Steel-forged Hero
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Name Maxx Zero
Race Zetonian
Home Planet Zeton

Maxx Zero is the first character produced in Toyfinity's relaunch of the Robo Force toyline. The figure's test shot debut was at NYCC in October of 2013.[1]

DetailsEdit

"MAXX is the toughest of the tough and the leader of the Robo Force™. With the motto "Any mission, any time, any place," his primary assets are his brute strength and his almost total invulnerability. His personal arsenal of attack weaponry includes a pair of laser hand weapons stored in his backpack and a back-mounted, swiveling double-barreled attack gun. And let no one - and no thing - doubt: MAXX is well able and prepared to use them!" From the original file card.[2]

Character HistoryEdit

John KentEdit

Old-Days-Sketch-Pile

Early Robo Force sketch by Matt Doughty (bottom center)[3]

"Matt has been a long-time friend and I love this product. There was really no other way I wanted to bring these characters back other than as part of the Glyos System. It all started with a drawing, which you'll see soon here and on the main Glyos blog, a little over a year ago. My main direction to Matt, who is the true architect of this figure design, was simple: Make Robo Force Glyos. Later, I insisted that Hun-Dred, Sentinel, and Enemy be part of the design, as well as Hun-Dred's signature claws. But truthfully, the new Robo Force is much more than the sum of its parts. It's the realization of the dream of four friends to bring quality toys to the marketplace, and resurrect a beloved memory who never got his chance due to an insane suction cup selling point, huggy/crushy power action arms, and going up against possibly the biggest toy-originated property every known, the Transformers."[4]

Matt DoughtyEdit

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Concept Art and sculpt

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Vintage compared to new Robo Force[5]

"This special project has been running in the background over here for quite some time. Working closely with John "Doctor" Kent, Mike Hart and Charlie Parry of Toyfinity, we developed the new toys in house, which utilize the Glyos fit functions and play mechanics. My mentor Ron Daley and I built the Maxx Zero prototype from the ground up, based on my original design scribbles. The Toyfinity team, who are like family, put a lot of trust in us, and both Ron and I gave the project everything we had so Maxx's new form would hopefully honor the Robo Force name.

I personally still have my original Maxx from when I first received it back in 1984, and it has survived multiple toy collection cutbacks over many years. I've always felt that Maxx never got a real chance to shine as the cool character that he was, so having the opportunity to create a brand new version of Maxx has been a dream come true. I want to sincerely thank the Toyfinity team for allowing me to work on their property, which holds a place very close to my heart.

Maxx-Works

Various early sculpt pieces

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Trapping Rigs prototype

I'd like to share a few notes on the creation of the new Maxx, from conceptual drawings to pics of the prototyping process at Ron's shop. There are a ton of secret builds hidden within the 41 parts that comprise Maxx Zero, from old Tomy robots, ZOIDS and Zeroids to the Trapping Rigs used by our own Rechlen and Aves. My hope is that this reforged Maxx will open up a new world of building and playing possibilities across the spectrum, and that Robo Force will make you smile like you were a kid again."[6]

"From the early development of Maxx Zero Ron and I sized Maxx's "Core Block" so that it would line up with our old Rechlen and Aves Trapping Rigs (a prototype of one can be seen in the background). That original set of proportions was worked directly into the new Maxx design, and thanks to the Toyfinity team being so open minded about new directions, we incorporated that DNA right into Maxx's code.

Regular Hexagons and Isosceles Trapezoids also factored into Maxx Zero big time, as these basic shapes emerged as the top problem solvers, especially on the tread base (more on that later)."[7]

"As Ron and I worked out the proportions for Maxx, we tried different sizes for the little bot's head, starting with a significantly smaller noggin on top.

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Early Maxx-X configuration

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Test Shot (Unreleased)

Using existing Glyos production figures for the scale match was a very important part of the blocking process, and served as a central point of measure.

The primary goal at this stage was to find just the right size for this new Robo Force. We wanted the sculpts to appear powerful and fairly massive in comparison to what we had worked on before, yet also maintain 100% compatibility with everything else already in full production.

The other major concern was that Robo Force would make sense financially for the Toyfinity team to produce, so we moved forward with certain dimensions and metrics in mind, conceived to hopefully result in an overall success and not just simply a redesigned classic robot."[8]

The earliest kits arrived in their final Maxx-X configuration by default.

StoryEdit

See: The Return of Robo Force

VersionsEdit

Genesis EditionEdit

The first modern Robo Force kit contains 41 pieces and is cast in solid gray with minimal black paint applications. Maxx Zero Genesis Edition was first made available Sunday, October 27, 2013.[9] A blank variation was also released at NYCC and limited to 50 pieces.[10]

Glyaxia DisguiseEdit

"Maxx has to infiltrate Glyaxia to rescue ZEM!"

Maxx Zero in Glyaxia disguise is a deluxe kit of 53 pieces that was released on Friday, July 18 2014 along with Battlestar and Vanguard. Includes one full Robo Force kit in yellow, with an extra set of blue arm parts to upgrade your Maxx Zero, as well as to build the terrifying Protector-Class Glyaxia Drones and Elite Drones![11]

Classic EditionEdit

A standard 41 piece kit with paint apps based on the original 1980's toy. The intention was to provide a nicely-balanced figure that is a pure update to the vintage Maxx figure, with slightly more color than the vintage on some parts. Classic Maxx Zero was available by preorder from Sunday, October 12, through Saturday, October 25th 2014. A blank version was also available in Maxx Grey.[12]

Ultimate EditionEdit

Available for pre-order at the same time as the Classic Edition, Maxx Zero Ultimate Edition is the same 41 piece kit but with over a hundred paint applications and full detail line added. Over sixty of these applications were brand-new and never before used on a Robo Force kit.[14]

Imperious EditionEdit

Imperious Maxx is an evil version of Maxx Zero. It is the membership exclusive figure for Club Zeton. The figure is an Ultimate Edition with many paint applications, full detail lines and is cast in metallic gold plastic. Applications to the club were accepted throughout the entire month of February 2015.[15]

Stealth Special EditionEdit

"Standard forty-one piece fully Glyos-compatible Robo Force® kit in Stealth clear at last! Bonus - includes four extra parts with painted eye highlights!" 45 total parts. Released December 28th, 2016. $16 each.[16]

Maxx Zeroid EditionEdit

"Standard forty-one piece fully Glyos-compatible Robo Force® kit - it's the return of Maxx Zero! You can also use him in combination with the special edition Zintar to make the incredible Super Zeroid!"

Maxx Zero - Maxx Zeroid Edition. First released at New Jersey Comic Con on August 12-13th, 2017.[17] Released online on August 20th, 2017. $25 each.

Additional ModesEdit

Maxx Zero Advanced FormEdit

"Advanced Form Maxx Zero, buildable using all 41 parts from the first Robo Force kit."[18]

Maxx Zero Final Battle FormEdit

Maxx Zero in Final Battle Form (Classic Edition kit used) with Maxx Zero Advanced Form (Genesis kit used.)[19]

Maxx-EEdit

"A big part of designing Toyfinity's new Robo Force Maxx Zero was making sure to include special hidden formations.

When I first saw Maxx back in the 80's, he reminded me a lot of the small Tomy wind up Rascal Robots and larger remote control Omnibots that I'd been playing with around that time, only beefed up. The simplified body construction made the entire Ideal Robo Force line stand out, particularly with how intricate rival company Takara/Hasbro's family of very famous robots looked in comparison.

It was most likely the very things I loved about Robo Force that proved the reason for the premature demise of the line.

Thinking about the reasons why the original Robo Force met an early end factored heavily into the development of the new series. The new Maxx needed to bring something more to the table than a suction cup base, a flip down chest and some crushing arms (though I loved those aspects).

As the design work progressed, our minds kept drifting back to the similarities between those old Tomy robots and Robo Force. This in turn spiraled back to the predecessors of the Robo Force, Ideal's original Zeroids line. From there the entire world of 50's and 60's Japanese tin robots then came into play, as we studied the form factors and style lines of those antique and incredible pieces.

The above build pays homage specifically to all the previously mentioned influences, wrapped up in a major tribute to Pixar's awesome WALL-E, which is also a throwback to Tomy's early 80's work as well.

As John would say, it's Toyfinity.

Later on, we'll cover the 80's Real Type mecha design influences that also helped to forge the new Robo Force line!"[20]

Tomy MaxxEdit

"A Block in robotic configuration, and what Matt D. calls Tomy Maxx."[21]

AcromaxxEdit

"The recent blue hues from the Ecroyex wave were selected to pay homage to Takara's Giant Acroyear and Mecha Acroyear, two true classic toy designs from Japan. As strange as this may sound, as a child I would always dream of seeing characters from one series color swapped with characters from another series. Something about that idea still sticks with me to this day, so when the chance came up to possibly see Maxx sporting the colors of a Giant Acroyear, we had to go for it."[22]

Gendrone Rebellion MaxxEdit

"The version of Maxx Zero shown above is meant to explore the possibility that perhaps some members of the Robo Force may have ventured into the Glyos System at some point. Or, maybe some Gendrone tech was stolen by an unknown agent of Nazgar, on a mission to gather new potential weaponry to be used in multidimensional conquests."[23]

Armored Maxx ZeroEdit

Instructions posted along with the release of Glyaxia Disguise Maxx.

Elite Glyaxia Protector DroneEdit

Instructions posted along with the release of Glyaxia Disguise Maxx.

Dreadnought Maxx ZeroEdit

Vanguard's triple-power and Glyaxian origins have given him the ability to Force Sync with Maxx Zero to create Dreadnought Maxx Zero. So far the official configuration is unreleased.[24]

Force Sync ArmorEdit

A second Force Sync ability was discovered called Force Sync Armor when Maxx/Vanguard touched a Guardian of Celestia which fell to pieces. The metal containing the Zeroids STAR Team symbol attached to Maxx/Vanguard's chest, shifting pieces of his form to match the color of the metal. The newfound armor only lasts for seventy seconds before burning out, but grants a feeling of being an invincible warrior of legend.

Proto Steel MaxxEdit

"A vision of the past...or of the future? Regardless, you can build him with one Battlestar and one currently-available Sentinel kit."[25]

Deep Dive ModeEdit

I hope everyone is having a fun holiday season and here's a Maxx build to get your creative spirit flowing! Meet DEEP DIVE MAXX ZERO![26]

Protector Maxx ZeroEdit

Alternate Protector Maxx Zero build possible with the Classic Sentinel[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2013/10/previews-for-nycc.html
  2. http://www.theoldrobots.com/MaxxMaxx.html
  3. http://onelldesign.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-kind-of-old-days.html
  4. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-return-of-robo-force.html
  5. http://onelldesign.blogspot.com/2013/11/future-rewind.html
  6. http://onelldesign.blogspot.com/2013/10/maxx-works.html
  7. http://onelldesign.blogspot.com/2013/11/maxx-works-2.html
  8. http://onelldesign.blogspot.com/2013/11/maxx-works-3.html
  9. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-return-of-robo-force.html
  10. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2013/11/updates.html
  11. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2014/07/force-enlistment-information-and-mordle.html
  12. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-long-and-winding-road-of-toyfinity.html
  13. https://www.instagram.com/p/BLxC38sBBe9/
  14. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-long-and-winding-road-of-toyfinity.html
  15. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2015/01/so-club-zeton.html
  16. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2016/12/invisible-warriors.html
  17. http://news.toyark.com/2017/07/30/toyfinity-toys-announces-return-hun-dred-new-jersey-collectors-con-265204
  18. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-return-of-robo-force.html
  19. https://www.instagram.com/p/wEthzESEE2/
  20. http://onelldesign.blogspot.com/2013/10/maxx-e.html
  21. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2014/12/inspiration-and-descendant.html
  22. http://onelldesign.blogspot.com/2013/12/acromaxx.html
  23. http://onelldesign.blogspot.com/2013/12/join-rebellion.html
  24. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2014/07/force-enlistment-information-and-mordle.html
  25. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2014/07/steele.html
  26. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2014/12/happy-holidays.html
  27. https://www.instagram.com/p/BK3Rp0bhc64/

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