Because this toy was intended for more mature collectors (the package recommends it for persons aged 15 and up), Lambor's missile launcher has been strengthened and can shoot over two metres! Lambor features four (five if you include the head) points of articulation in this mode, and is essentially a brick of a robot.
The table below highlights the differences between the original Sideswipes and Generation One Lambor:
|Original SIDESWIPE||Generation One LAMBOR|
|Red dots on various stickers are smaller.||Red dots on same stickers are larger.|
|Front shin stickers read "LP 500S"||Front shin stickers read "EP 45K"|
|Screw on back of head fills up entire hole.||Screw on back of head appears to be 1mm smaller.|
|Springs in missile launcher have been weakened --
only shoots about 40cm.
|Springs in launcher not weakened. Can shoot missile
over 2 metres.
|Tip of missile launcher has a silver-chrome outline and
black inner lining.
|Tip of missile launcher is completely silver-chrome
and has two small crescent shaped grooves on either
side of the hole.
|Copyright stamp has "TAKARA" written in the old
|Copyright stamp has "TAKARA" written in the new
font and also has "CHINA 1980-1982" printed on
the last line.
|License plate sticker reads "COUNTACH"||License plate sticker reads "CAR MACHINE"|
|Headlight stickers read "rallye racing" as well as a
series of white dots on a black background.
|Headlight stickers read "rally racing" with a black and
white checkered pattern.
|Hood features a Lamborghini insignia sticker.||The same sticker has the Lamborghini insignia replaced
with a big star and two small circles underneath.
Generation One Lambor was not released for retail sale. It was released as a set with Alert (Red Alert) for 6500 JPY as a World Character Convention 12 exclusive set on May 23, 2001. Many fans have criticised Takara for intentionally making this toy such an unreasonably rare item.
Also, the fact that Lambor and Alert's packaging are practically identical is also a disappointment. Both toys come in a 216mm(W) x 185mm(H) x 60mm (W) box. These boxes feature an early G1 stylised Transformer package design, including fonts -- which unlike other Generation One packages, are in English instead of Japanese. However, although the packaging is G1-esque, it is not a replica of the original packaging (again, unlike retail released Generation One figures). First of all, there is NO individual package art. Rather, the tech specs card is visible through the transparent window. Secondly, the words "Collector's Edition" is printed on the top right corner and bottom left corner of the box. The top and back of the box feature the blurb, "It is a world transformed, where things are not what they seem. It is the world of the Transformers... a world of Heroic Cybertrons and Evil Destrons!" -- which is just one step short of being the original G1 blurb, if not for the fact that they've replaced the words "Autobots" and "Decepticons" with Cybertrons and Destrons, which doesn't really make much sense considering that it's been printed in English (not to mention that they've used the English Transformer fonts -- it's as if they've attempted to imitate the Western packaging, but have intentionally fallen short). Consequently, the packaging really does fail in giving a true G1 feel, whereas the retail released Generation One packages were near perfect replicas of the original packages.
On the back of the box, the tech specs has been replaced by a white
bar with a series of legal blurbs (which is standard for Generation One
packages). A simple sticker which features the toy's serial code also has
the word "Lambor" or "Alert" written in Japanese. These stickers are the
ONLY way to tell the difference between Lambor and Alert's boxes once the
trays have been removed. Another irritating thing is that Alert and Lambor
had their sticker sheets switched -- in other words, Lambor was packaged
with Alert's stickers and vice versa. Not only that, but they both come
with the same generic instruction sheet which features illustrations
of Alert being transformed, an illustrated guide for Alert's stickers and
a black and white photographic guide for Lambor's stickers. Such obvious
cutbacks are rather disappointing considering the rarity and cost
of these toys.