Starting on June 27, 2014, a rather auspicious auction appeared under the ebay user z75sales: a bagged set of the Generation 2 Stunticons including never-before-seen factory-applied stickers and missile launchers for G2 Motormaster. Just yesterday, July 7th, the 10 day auction ended and the final bid was $26,815.00! This is an unprecedented amount for a Transformers auction. Here’s how it all went down.
The seller is a long-time ebayer who continues to state the same story: He is a broker who is selling a former Kenner / Hasbro employee’s estate sale. The seller was kind enough to join Transfans in discussion about the items on TFW under the username starwarsprotos, which might give a hint at his history in toy collecting. The seller was sharing photographs that were not included in the auction and during this discussion it was discovered that the G2 Menasor head didn’t appear to be in the baggy housing Motormaster. Regardless of this missing piece, the value did not seem to be brought down.
The G2 Stunticons are some of the most sought-after and hard to find unicorns that are out there. They have a sordid past and every once in a while they rear their heads and make sure we all know that we’ll never have them. This particular auction was the first time a stickered near-production-ready version of G2 Motormaster had ever been seen. Other versions that have been seen online were said to be painted samples and not finished toys. Even the legendary Karl Hartman chimed in to tell a little bit of the history of these beauties.
It turns out that the winner was indeed an active fan in the community and known as HighPrime on the TFW2005 boards. Congrats HighPrime! According to him, he was on vacation and agreed with his wife to sell a large portion of his collection if he could spend the dough to get these guys.
Sorry I kind of petered out on the details of this article and just wanted to get it up. Congrats to HighPrime and the seller! Here’s hoping more goodies come out of the mystery bag.