In 2016, the figures and sublines suffered some changes. Now, Max is older and he has the same size as the villains, and the sublines aren't divided on three, but only in one, being Connect-Tek line, kept to expand the possibility of swaping the accessories on other characters. The sublines seems to be now based on the new movies.
Most of action figures contain around twelve points of articulation, being those the head, arms, elbows, hands, waist, legs and knees. Some figures rarely get articulation on the feets. However, when it comes to bigger action figures, they doesn't contain lots of points of articulation because of their gimmicks or production cost. In 2017, the articulation in the waist was removed due to production costs.
Types of Action Figures
These were unnoficially introduced in 2013 and sold everywhere in the world, with the exception of Latin America, which 12" action figures. In 2017, Mattel decided to introduce smaller figures in the line. Unlike the ones released in 2013, these are slightly smaller and doesn't contain lots of articulated points. However, some of them do come with accessories.
BasicLa Fiera, introduced on 2016. All figures features twelve points of articulation, which is the standard articulation of Max Steel figures, with the exception of some Turbo Modes, usually the bigger and bulky ones. Additionally, they have their weapons (such as daggers, guns, etc.) molded on their hands and their paint job is minimal.
Basic with AcessoriesTurbo Blaster varying in colors and shape) and their boxes are bigger than the basic action figures. Their paint job is slightly better than the basic action figures. So far, all figures were based on Max.
They are very different than the other action figures, mainly because of their larger box and gimmick, such as light-up features, missile launchers and others. This time, most of the figures are based on the villains with a larger and bulkier build. Max also gets some figures but most of the time based on the largest modes of his arsenal, such as his Turbo Strenght Mode.
Other deluxe figures come in a smaller box bigger than the Extreme figures. They also comes with weapons and gimmicks.
A double pack that comes with two different characters or in rare occasions, three. The battle packs includes one hero (generally being Max) versus a villain.
Vehicle and Figure
Pack where a figure and vehicle are sold together. The figure is notably cheaper and usually reuses some molds of Speed Storm Max.
This group features the figures that weren't classified on any subline of toys, or are exclusive from some event. They usually are on the same price as the deluxe figures.
Usually, the toy line is divided on three different sublines divided into two waves.
The first wave usually has more figures of Max and contains around twenty toys. The second wave usually introduces new characters that recently debuted in the show (such as Mortum in his techno zombie form) and again contains around twenty toys, which totals more than forty figures.
Usually, the second wave of the figures starts to hit the shelves on June, but in rare occasions they come sooner.
In 2016, the sublines suffered many changes. The only subline continued from 2015 was the Connect-Tek subline, which was kept to expand the possibilities of switching the accessories between the toys. There was also a device introduced in the show with the same name, possibly in order to promote the toy line. Other toys were also classified in sublines from the 2016 movies, Team Turbo and Team Turbo Fusion Tek. Other toys that didn't appeared in the movies or weren't introduced in the Connect-Tek subline weren't classified in any subline, being listed as "Classic" subline in some sites.
In 2017, there were many changes applied in the toy line, such as the different logo (very similar to the old series of Max Steel) and packages featuring green rather than blue. The sublines are divided in four, being those Turbo Charged, Turbo Warriors, Connect-Tek and Turbo Mission, the last containing characters that aren't appearing in the current events of the series and new armors for Max with different colors rather than green, black and grey, appealing more to the extreme sports. Additionally, Max got a new sculpture for his head and hair.
Characters Introduced In the Toy Line
The following list contains all the characters introduced in the toy line.
- Max Steel (introduced in 2013)
- Commander Forge Ferrus (introduced in 2013; last figure made in 2014)
- C.Y.T.R.O. (introduced in 2013)
- Miles Dread (introduced in 2013)
- Extroyer (introduced in 2013)
- Toxzon (introduced in 2013)
- Ven-Ghan (introduced in 2014; last figure made in the same year)
- Makino (introduced in 2014)
- Chomp Link (introduced in 2014 and only had one figure)
- Prism Link (introduced in 2014 and only had one figure)
- Morphos (introduced in 2015)
- La Fiera (introduced in 2016)
- Professor Mortum (introduced in 2016)
- Terrorax (introduced in 2017)
Fake releasesMattel. Consequently, the figures are notably cheaper and poorly made, and doesn't have the same articulation as the original version. They are usually sold in small shops.
Other characteristics are:
- Steel isn't a separated part from Max, but he is just painted on. The chest also features a light-up feature that can be activated through a button on Max's belt, like other fake figures from this "line", as well figures of other franchises.
- The box has the official illustration of the original toy, however, the logo of Mattel doesn't appears.
- Some action figures have the same sculptures of the first releases of the 6 Inch Line, however, they don't have the same paint application, and comes with generic accessories.
- Other figures only comes in a pack alongside with four figures. They are smaller than the aforementioned figures, but they have the closest appearence with the original ones. They also feature the light-up feature, and comes in a package labelled "Max Steel Turbo".
- Some of those figures have some characteristics of the old ones. The box also shows a bad photoshoped image of the original Max Steel with the head of Maxwell McGrath.
- There are also fake versions of the Turbo Battlers. They have the same sculpture of the original ones, but they are ramdonly painted, and comes in a small box. Some of those also come with the 4-pack that was previously mentioned.
List of Figures
For more information, see Action Figures/ List of Figures.
- The figures always have a different name from the show (Example: Quick Strike Extroyer (Extroyer), Water Blast Elementor (Water Elementor)). The name of the figure is always influenced by its gimmick.
- In 2016, most of the figures' names aren't influencied by its gimmick. An example is Base Mode La Fiera (labelled as only La Fiera in the box).
- In Latin America, all Max Steel's figures were smaller than the villains' action figures, since Max was younger than them. In 2016 however, Max gets older and he returns to the same size as his old incarnation.
- In 2015, some of the vehicles in the Battle-Tek line are unmounted. The style of the package made are similiar to the Titan Hero Series vehicles, manufactured by Hasbro.
- The prototype versions of the figures of Max Steel had an angry expression on the face, and different sculpture for the hands. The expression on Max's face was changed to a more neutral one, and the hands were kept in some figures.
- Currently, the toy line has two designers.
- The toys are always made one year before their release, which explains why some designs are different than their animated counterparts.