Fully agree with your review.
As for the bugs; yup; both made the final version.
I think the missing pharaoh issue might be the game forcing to remove Max when turning into Max mode (because it would look odd to see Max running around during those), and since the Pharaoh IS Max' model it's probably internally flagged as such, and thus removed when switching to Max mode.
(On that account, did anyone EVER see Maximus in 301 in Max modus? We got hints where to find him, but so far no one has been able to see him IIRC. It might be the same issue preventing Maximus to appear there even with TTG intending to do so?)
Sam: "We're 98% certain General Skun-ka'pe is evil."
Stinky: "And the other 2%?"
Max: "That he's crazy and we have to shoot him! But that may be wishful thinking on our part."
(Any resemblance to KOTOR is purely coincidential, really!)