Mr. Moto is a Guardian, whose love of Japanese influences sometimes leads to him being called Moto-san.
Fiction[edit | edit source]
Challenge of the GoBots cartoon[edit | edit source]
- Voice actor: ?
Moto-san was a member of the Guardians in the aftermath of the first Renegade Revolt. As GoBotron was coming under regular attack from Parthian raiders, High Protector Zeemon planned an assault on their home planet, and Moto-san was one of the troops he took to Parthis. Initially they were unable to locate any sign of the Parthian bases but when over a large stretch of desert several of the raiders' gun turrets emerged from under the sand. Moto-san was shot down but was able to convert and return to his Command Center after Zeemon ordered a retreat.
Fun Publications[edit | edit source]
Transformers Timelines[edit | edit source]
During the Diaspora, "Motosan" was dispatched to Level 77 along with an assortment of Guardians and evil Rock Lords. "Mr. Moto" later returned to his home planet. He was getting beaten up by Crasher shortly before the Cataclysm threatening their universe was finally ended.
Renegade Rhetoric[edit | edit source]
Motosan helped Leader-1 and Turbo drive off Cy-Kill when he attempted to use Indoctrination Chips on the candidates for President of the United States. Motosan and Pumper were among the Guardians mesmerized by Doctor Braxis and his Destabilizer Cannon upgrades for the Guardians.
"Echoes and Fragments"[edit | edit source]
Sideways and Gong attempted to have some fun by mingling a universal stream of GoBots with a universal stream of Transformers during the events leading to their first encounter with Unicron. As a result, after the battle of Autobot / Guardian City on Earth, the two heroic factions found themselves seamlessly integrated while carrying out a version of the Transformers' history. Motosan and Bullseye assumed the places of Perceptor and Blurr as the new commander Major Mo led them, Springer, Arcee, Nick Burns, and A.J. Foster in fleeing Galvatron's strike force. After an emergency separation of their Command Center, the heroes crash landed on the planet of rock, Quartex, where they encountered Galvatron's forces again as well as a group of Rock Lords.
Go-Bots comic[edit | edit source]
Mr. Moto was one of the Go-Bots that joined Leader-1's army to face the Renegade uprising.
Toys[edit | edit source]
GoBots[edit | edit source]
GoBots[edit | edit source]
- Mr. Moto (GoBots, 1985)
- Guardian Robot ATV
- ID Number: 64
- Accessories: none
- Mr. Moto was released by Tonka in the third series of GoBots, and converts from robot to Honda 200X ATC. Initially designed by Bandai for the Machine Robo line, the figure went unreleased until the prototype was used by Tonka. As such the figure was never released in Japan, while it was also skipped for the European Robo Machine line. The ankles of the figure wear easily, meaning loose examples often have difficulty standing. Mr Moto's shoulders and elbows can move a bit, but not much. Overall he has some very odd proportions, rounded off by a face only slightly larger than the readership of Renegade Rhetoric.
- Mr. Moto was included in the third and final series' Guardian assortment (#7253); like all third series GoBots he came with with a card-mounted 3-D GoBots Sticker.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The character's name is taken from John P. Marquand's fictional detective and spy Mr. Moto, perhaps best known for a successful film series starring Peter Lorre. Curiously a year or so before Mr. Moto was issued in GoBots the character had been referenced in smash hit The Karate Kid.
- The prototype figure used for Mr. Moto may have been an early version of 3-Wheel Buggy Robo due to the close proximity of two different ATV designs being made; however, this is unconfirmed.
- Moto-san is not referred to by name in Challenge of the GoBots but the name is featured on the animation model sheet. While it might have been a working name as featured on some other animation sheets but Transformers fans latched onto it for FunPub and you know what they're like once they get hold of something.
- Mr. Moto features prominently on the painted cover and poster of Telepictures' third issue of GoBots Magazine but didn't feature in the story inside.
- Mr. Moto's Cybertronian-style body in the "Cataclysm universe" is modeled on the Transformers: Armada Mini-Con toy Sureshock.