Blog #847: Toy Review: Transformers G1 Japanese Motormaster D-50

0g1Transformers G1 Japanese Motormaster D-50


You might be wondering why I would bother review a G1 Japanese toy that is pretty common in the USA.  Well, the Japanese version of Motormaster, as well as Silverbolt and Onslaught, differ from the versions released in the USA and other parts of the world.  I wish I could get my hands on my Silverbolt and Onslaught and include them, but I can’t at the moment.


All three of those team leaders were originally designed with a launcher in base mode.  As you can see there is a piece of plastic that does not exist on the USA version.


The vertical black piece slides back and locks.


There is a button on the back of the base mode (sorry, I didn’t get a picture).  Here is a demonstration video of the launcher.  (Yes, this will be the most boring 11 seconds of your day.)

It should also be noted that the single boxed D-50 Motormaster is among the rarest G1 Japanese toys, or so I have seen written in numerous places over the years.  I’ve only every seen two or three of these for sale.  The Japanese gift set is a lot easier to find by comparison, but will obviously cost you more.  I’m not going to say how much this cost, but it does make the short list of the most expensive toys I’ve ever bought, and it wasn’t even sealed.  All the others on that list were MIB.  If you want one of these, it will cost you, but finding it will not be easy.  Honestly, this is really only for the craziest of mold completists.  I resembled that remark.

Thanks for reading!

About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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