GOBOTS were made by the powerhouse behind all those great metal toys both you and your parents played with as a kid, TONKA. Tonka and their Japanese toy making friends at Bandai brought us some absolutely amazing robots that actually looked like the real cars they were trying to imitate. The transformations were simple though, sometimes 3 folds would get you from robot to vehicle and back again. Which is great if you have a very stupid kid but if you have a kid that needs tons of stimulation, they'd gravitate towards Transformers and their Rubik's cube-esque complex transformations. Another down side the figures had was lack of backstory on any of the characters. The figure packages were void of the TECH SPECS Transformers got us use to and the cartoon was really, really dumbed down. So you mainly bought a toy just because it looked good and not because you had an emotional attachment to the character. For kids, being emotionally attached to a main character is a big deal. How many of you remember crying like a little bitch when Optimus Prime died in front of your eyes.
(relive the pain, care of your friends here at Raging Nerdgasm)
1)Head writer for Challenge of the GOBOTS was none other than Kelly Ward. Ward, who was also an associate story editor for the series and the voice of a couple secondary characters went on to become a voice director for Legion of Superheroes and the Watchmen motion comic. Oh, he also played Putzie in the movie Grease (the only blonde member of the T-Birds).
2) GOBOTS were more than "mighty robots", they were cyborgs. Their story (from the cartoon series) said they were humanoid aliens from the planet Gobotron until an asteroid collided with their planet forcing the survivors to seek refuge in mechanical bodies (mainly their brains). What made them choose bodies that transformed into limos and motorcycles? Wouldn't you?
3) GOBOTS had reoccurring main female characters, not just one like Transformers. (Paradron medics don't count)
4) In Japan, GOBOTS was Machine Robo DX and in Europe it was known as Robo Machines. Robo Machines had a long-running cartoon strip in the UK magazine Eagle comics where in the first issue a scientist creates Cy-Kill, Cy-Kill attempts to assassinate the president of Robotron then flees to Earth and then starts slaughtering British civilians in the village of Cholkham. So Cy-Kill is actually a total badass, but only in Europe and Japan.
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