Sunday 8 October 2023

Road Caesar C-323 (G1, 1989)


(Translated from the back of the box)
C-323 Brainmaster Road Caesar

Transformation: Triple Combiner
Ability: He contains three brains, representing Justice: Power, Skill, and Wisdom. The exceptional abilities of these three robots combine to create a single formidable force, comparable to Star Saber.
Weapon(s): Road Blade
Function: Three Gun Combined Knight
Special Move: The "Brain Wheel Shocker" shoots energy rings from all tires. Not even the Destron Liokaiser can match this level of power.
STR…10; INT...10; SPD...9; END...9; RNK...9; CRG...8; FPR...8; SKL...10

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Transformers Victory marked a significant milestone as the first toy line produced by Takara, introducing an array of fresh moulds exclusively crafted for the Japanese market. This series introduced four distinct combiner teams, comprising two Cybertron and two Destron squads. The Cybertron faction boasted the Multi-Force and Brainmaster cars, whereas the Destrons fielded the Dinosaur Force and the Breastforce.

Among these, Cybertron's Road Caesar stands out as a unique combiner within Victory, featuring just three robots, unlike the others, which were composed of six robots. Road Caesar's assembly consists of C-320 Blacker, C-321 Laster, and C-322 Braver, all characterised by their robust car forms with straightforward transformations, primarily designed to accommodate the "Brainmaster" gimmick."


C-320 Brainmaster Blacker (Translated from the back of the box)
Transformation: Racing Buggy
Ability: Contains the symbol of justice, the “Brain of Power”. Possesses a super-power that even Star Saber admires. Laster and Braver fight under his direction.
Weapon(s): Blacker Laser
Function: Adjutant Knight
Special Technique: The "Brain Super Attack" involves inflating all four tires simultaneously, which then shoot out glowing needles, shredding the enemy to pieces. This is a devastating attack unique to the power warriors.
STR…10; INT...8; SPD...8; END...8; RNK...9; CRG...8; FPR...8; SKL...8

Card Data: (Translated from the box flaps)
Codename: Blacker
Code No.: C-320
Level: 67
Origin: Planet V
Profile: A veteran Cybertron hero who supports Star Saber. Incredibly aggressive and once he’s on a rampage, not even Star Saber can stop him. However he is usually very friendly and very considerate of his comrades, more so than anyone else. He looks forward to see the Multi-Force develop.

Blacker takes on the form of a rugged buggy with robust, oversized tires. Among the Brainmaster cars, his transformation is unique as he serves as the central torso component. In his vehicle mode, the canopy can be lifted, providing a seat for the Brain of Power figure. Additionally, Blacker includes the Road Caesar head, which can transform into a gun and attach to the substantial chest shield of Road Caesar. This chest shield can also be mounted on the roof of the vehicle mode.

Transforming Blacker is a straightforward process, with the lower half of the vehicle mode extending down to form the legs and the front of the car flipping backward to reveal the head, featuring a distinctive hollow face. Upon standing the robot upright and folding down the front chest panel, a space is unveiled to accommodate the Brain of Power figure. Folding up the chest results in the smaller robot emerging, eventually revealing the larger robot's face. This unique gimmick is shared among all three Brainmaster cars and Star Saber.

The robot mode, though somewhat limited in articulation, allows for arm rotation and lateral leg movement. Furthermore, Road Caesar's chest can slot into either of Blacker's arms, and he can grasp the Road Caesar head gun or wield his own white sword.

Notably, Blacker made his way to Europe in 1991 as a Transformer Motorvator known as "Gripper." This European release included the small Brainmaster figure, now referred to as an "Energon Mini Figure," and the white sword. Gripper featured an orange hue instead of Blacker's original red colouration.

During the early to mid-90s, Blacker found his way into the Chinese market as part of a reissue series alongside other early Transformer releases. While the other reissues closely resembled their Hasbro counterparts, Blacker came in a slightly modified box with a new Chinese Transformers logo. The box's back featured a blend of Chinese and Japanese text.

1991 Motorvator Gripper (Source: eBay)

1995 Chinese reissue Blacker (Source: eBay)



C-321 Brainmaster Laster (Translated from the back of the box)
Transformation: Countach
Ability: Contains the symbol of justice, the “Brain of Skill”. A battlefield wizard with a repertoire of over 100 tricks, enabling effortless evasion of any trap.
Weapon(s): Laster Laser
Function: Technical Knight
Special Technique: He spins his tires at high speed, granting him control over the climate. He subsequently unleashes the "Brain Blizzard Storm," freezing his enemies solid.
STR…10; INT...8; SPD...8; END...8; RNK...9; CRG...8; FPR...8; SKL...8 

*Corrected in the 1989 Kodansha Pocket Transformers V Encyclopedia: 
STR…8; INT...8; SPD...8; END...8; RNK...8; CRG...8; FPR...8; SKL...10 

Card Data: (Translated from the box flaps)
Codename: Laster
Code No.: C-321
Level: 66
Origin: Planet V
He possesses a calm personality and is highly observant of others. There is nothing negative about him; instead, he has a knack for diffusing tensions in those around him, including the easily irritable Adjudant, Blacker. It's characteristic of him to employ his cunning during interactions.

The Lamborghini model has a storied history within the early Transformers series, famously associated with characters like Sideswipe, Red Alert, and Breakdown. Laster continues this tradition by adopting the Countach form, this time in a striking yellow hue, distinct from Tigertrack. Laster includes components like the foot, shin, and fist intended for Road Caesar. These pieces can be transformed and combined to create a formidable weapon, which can be mounted on top of the vehicle mode.

In terms of transformation, Laster, like Braver, serves as Road Caesar's legs, leading to similarities in their conversion processes. However, it's essential to note that they are distinct moulds. The rear section of the car, which shapes the robot's legs, incorporates die-cast metal, primarily serving as structural reinforcement.

In robot mode, Road Caesar's foot can double as a shield for Laster's arm, and he can wield Road Caesar's fist as a hand-held firearm. Additionally, Laster comes equipped with his own black sword for added versatility in battle. Lasters box features an error with the tech spec values which were corrected in a pocket Transformers encyclopedia which was also released in 1989.

Laster's Motorvator counterpart went by the name Flame, who maintained the yellow Countach form but sported a distinctive pink/purple robot body. Flame's sword also matched the colour of his robot body. Similar to Blacker, Laster made its way to the Chinese market during the mid-'90s.

1991 Motorvator Flame (Source: eBay)

1995 Chinese reissue Laster (Source: eBay)


C-322 Brainmaster Braver (Translated from the back of the box)
Transformation: F40
Ability: Contains the symbol of justice, the “Brain of Wisdom”. He takes pride in using his intelligence to overcome his adversaries, relying on wit rather than physical or technical prowess.
Weapon(s): Braver Laser
Function: Strategic Knight
Special Technique: He releases energy oil through the slits on his feet, then swiftly circles around his enemy at super speed before delivering the final blow with the "Brain Hellfire."
STR…10; INT...8; SPD...8; END...8; RNK...8; CRG...8; FPR...8; SKL...10

*Corrected in the 1989 Kodansha Pocket Transformers V Encyclopedia:
 STR…8; INT...10; SPD...8; END...8; RNK...8; CRG...8; FPR...9; SKL...7 

Card Data: (Translated from the box flaps)
Codename: Braver Code
Level: 66
Origin: Planet V
Reserved by nature, he excels in devising battle strategies that enable him to achieve the seemingly unattainable. His true passion lies in the design and development of weapons, and he dedicates most of his time to his workshop in the Cybertron base. One of Braver's endearing qualities is his empathetic nature, as he possesses a deep understanding of children's emotions.

Braver undergoes a stunning transformation into a fiery red Ferrari F40, adorned with striking racing stripes and proudly bearing the number 3 on both its bonnet and car doors. Just like Laster, Braver comes equipped with Road Caesars' foot and fist, which can be ingeniously combined and affixed onto the car's roof, forming a formidable weapon.


The transformation process mirrors that of Laster, and in robot mode, Braver can deftly wield his trusty blue sword, in addition to harnessing the mighty Road Caesar fist gun and foot shield. Bravers box features an error with the tech spec values which were corrected in a pocket Transformers encyclopedia which was also released in 1989.

Braver's Motorvator counterpart goes by the name Lightspeed, a fitting moniker considering the car mode's resemblance to the futuristic-looking Technobot of the same name. While Lightspeed shares the same bold red hue as Braver, the blue body of its robot mode boasts a lighter, more vibrant shade. 

Like its fellow Brainmaster cars, Braver found its way into the Chinese market during the mid-'90s.

1991 Motorvator Lightspeed (Source: eBay)

1995 Chinese reissue Braver (Source: eBay)

Road Caesar

Card Data:
Codename: Road Caesar
Code No.: C-323
Level: 73
Origin: Planet V
A fusion of the three warriors, Blacker, Laster, and Braver, he emerges as a colossal hero with an unwavering fighting spirit. While Star Saber reigns supreme in the skies, Road Caesar claims the title of king of the roads. When these two champions join forces, they confront the Destrons without a hint of fear.

Similar to most other combiner teams, this set was also available as a giftset. However, regrettably, this particular set did not include tech specs or profiles for the individual team members; only Road Caesar himself had a detailed profile. In a cost-saving move with Transformers Victory, Character Cards were now printed on the box flaps.

Road Caesar stands out as the pioneering three-robot team capable of merging into a single, powerful robot. This groundbreaking concept must have proven successful, as subsequent teams adopted this style, albeit with greater refinement. Notable examples include Beast Wars Magnaboss, Tripredacus, and Car Robots JRX.

In its combined form, Road Caesar may appear somewhat unwieldy and proportionally uneven, yet it remains remarkably stable. The individual robot swords can cleverly combine to create the formidable Road Blade. Furthermore, the option to rotate the gun barrels on the robot fists forward adds extra versatility to its arsenal.

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