I'm considering restoring my G1 Fortress Maximus. Before I get into it, let me offer some background. Back around the year 2000 and 2001 I started to get into Transformers again in a big way for the first time since my Childhood. In the age of BW/BM, pre RID, pre Unicron trilogy, for us folks who liked the G1 characters, our only option was original G1 figures (and before long, things like Heroes of Cybertron). Vintage Transformers were also worth less than they were now, and on early eBay, people didn't know what they were worth. One of the things i did was try to complete figures I had growing up with parts I lost along the way. Often, the most economical option was buying parts lots. Around 2000 a lot of 80s kids were going to college and Moms and Dad's were selling their basement children toy bins. People had no idea what they had. In one of these parts lots, for $25, what was in it but a Cerebros (minus spike!). I knew instantly what it was, and scooped it up. Not long after, I scopped up a surprisingly complete and in good shape Fortress Maximus body (pictured below). I never had Fortress Maximus growing up, but I always wanted him and having my first bit of money at the time, I took the dive on a $40 body. So here he is: So what' she missing? I've cut it down into tiers, mostly to be based on prices: Core Complete (Big robot) Left Ramp Right Ramp City mode front red ramp Left Leg Laser Right Leg Laser Tower mode window 2x Hip cannons Gasket/Grommet Gasket Gromet G&G Left and Right arm guns Small gun for Gasket/Grommet Extended Completeness Cerebros Laser gun Dual Laser blaster Photon Rofile Radar Scope Sword Spike Toyhax Stickers. Off Pure Ebay Prices, I can build Core Complete for about $190, almost all of it in the Ramps and Hip Cannons. From there it gets considerable more expensive. The sum total cost of the rest of the pieces is about $400. I can take some shortcuts like a Spike KO and a sword KO. But some parts, like Cerebros' gun, are just expensive. Right now, if I do this, I'm thinking of just going for the Core Complete mode he'll be displayed in, in a detolf with Toyhax stickers, and build the rest of it little by little over time. The question is... should I do this? Is it worth it anymore? Looking at his body, he's in pretty good shape with a lot less yellowing than some other Fort Max's I've seen. He has his knuckle and forearm guns and covers, his shoulder window, his elevator and doors, his prison, his gun and side panels. There is a lot here. And the rest of the coloring is pretty good. Looking at the detail of the body, I'm a bit confused as to what parts of him are yellowed and what parts of him are dirty (particularly on the legs). Is that all just ellowing? It almost looks like a paint wash was done to it. But clearly the contrast of the grey of the boots exterior and the part that the guns cover show the difference in coloring due to yellowing. I've looked up how to de-yellow this, including Fortress Maximuses. Would that work on the grey parts that are yellow? I've never done anything like this before, but I'm pretty sure I could do it. I'm not too concerned about disassembling him. In short, where I to do this the project would proceed in the following steps: Step 1: Buy (wherever I can) the missing parts for "Core Complete", + Toyhax Stickers Step 2: Disassembling Fortress Maximus, remove all existing stickers. Step 3: Clean, de-yellow Step 4: Reassemble Fortress Maximus. Step 5: Apply Toyhax stickers. Step 6: Gradually add on the parts outside Core Complete (e.g. Spike, the Rifles, the Sword, Gasket/Grommet, etc). So anyway... what do you think? A project worth the time and the money? Difficulty level? Also what are people's thoughts on the Toyhax Fortress Maximus big "addon set", in addition to repros of the original stickers. Like the look? Too gaudy?