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Encyclopedia > Challenge of the Gobots
Challenge of the GoBots
Format Animated series
Starring Lou Richards
Arthur Burghardt
Frank Welker
Bernard Erhard
Bob Holt
Marilyn Lightstone
Sparky Marcus
Leslie Speights
Morgan Paull
Phil Hartman
B.J. Ward
Brock Peters
Peter Cullen
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 66
Production
Running time 30 mins
Broadcast
Original channel First-run syndication
Original airing September 8, 1984
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Challenge of the GoBots (also known as Mighty Machine Men) is an American animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, based on the Gobots toy-line released from Tonka. Most of the toys were imported from the Japanese Machine Robo toy line . Image File history File links Gobots. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Lou Richards (born March 15, 1923) was an Australian rules footballer, who played 250 games with the Collingwood Football Club between 1941 and 1955. ... Arthur Burghardt (born 1947) is an American actor best known for portraying Dr. Jack Scott on the soap opera One Life to Live. ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ... Actor/Voice actor. ... Bob Holt was the voice of The Great Grape Ape. ... Sparky Marcus (real name Marcus Issoglio) is an American actor born December 6, 1967 in Hollywood, California. ... Phil Hartman (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning writer as well as an actor, voice artist, comedian and graphic artist. ... This article is about an actress. ... Brock Peters (July 2, 1927 – August 23, 2005) was an American actor, perhaps best known for the role in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird of Tom Robinson, the black man unjustly convicted of raping a white girl. ... Peter Cullen, born in Montreal, Canada is a voice actor who is best known for providing the voices for Optimus Prime and Ironhide, in the original Transformers series and the narrator in both American Voltron series. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1984. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... A selection of figures from the Gobot toyline Gobots was a line of transforming robot toys produced by Tonka from 1983 to 1986, similar to Transformers. ... A display of Roman toys, including several that would be familiar to children today: a doll, dice, rattles, and toy dishes for playing house. ... For the rocket fuel, see Tonka (fuel). ... Machine Robo is a Japanese transforming robot toy-line first released in 1982 from Bandai. ...


The show was first broadcast in syndication on September 8, 1984. It was later rerun on the USA Cartoon Express. In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1984. ... The USA Cartoon Express was a popular television programming block of animation on the USA Network from 1980 to 1998. ...

Contents

Summary

GoBots dealt with two opposing forces of transforming robots from the planet Gobotron: the heroic Guardians and the evil Renegades. The Guardians were led by Leader-1 with others including Turbo and Scooter. The Renegades were led by Cy-Kill, with Crasher and Cop-Tur among their ranks. The characters rarely had guns, instead shooting energy blasts out of their fists. Unlike Transformers, GoBots had regular female characters. However, the females were built like the males (only Crasher receiving any distinguishable female features). The GoBots' origin as organic beings accounted for the presence of genders among the robots. In the animated series Challenge of the GoBots, Cykill was the leader of the evil Renegades. ...


The series generally focused on the "lead" three robots from each faction (Leader-1, Turbo and Scooter vs. Cy-Kill, Cop-Tur and Crasher), who were virtually ever-present, with other characters seeming to rotate in "guest-star" roles.


GoBots had no clear divide between the two factions. The characters (as well as the toys) had no identifying insignias or markings to indicate their allegiance, although it was clearly indicated on the packaging. Likewise, there was no commonality of design within each faction.


The only “theme” to a side was that anything that turned into a “monstrous” looking robot or vehicle was a Renegade.


Clips from the show were used in Errol Morris' Fast, Cheap and Out of Control. Errol Morris Errol Morris (born February 5, 1948) is an American Academy Award winning documentary film director. ... Fast, Cheap and Out of Control is a 1997 non-fiction film by documentary filmmaker Errol Morris. ...


Characters

Guardians

  • Leader-1
  • Turbo
  • Scooter
  • Small Foot
  • Van Guard
  • Blaster
  • Rest-Q
  • Pathfinder
  • Sparky
  • Heat Seeker
  • Road Ranger
  • Night Ranger
  • Hanss-Cuff
  • Bolt
  • Ace
  • Mr. Moto
  • Dive-Dive
  • Flip Top
  • Zeemon
  • Treds
  • Major-Mo

Leader-1 is the name of two fictional robot characters from the Go-Bots and Transformers toy lines. ... Turbo is the name of a fictional character in the Gobots toyline, and the subsequent Challenge of the GoBots cartoon. ... Scooter is a fictional character in the Gobots toyline, and the subsequent Challenge of the GoBots cartoon. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...

Renegades

  • Cy-Kill
  • Crasher
  • Cop-Tur
  • Loco
  • Fitor
  • Tank
  • Screw Head
  • Destroyer
  • Tux (Stretch)
  • Fly Trap
  • Vamp
  • Scorp
  • Pincher
  • Bugsy
  • Hornet
  • Creepy
  • Dr. Go
  • Scales
  • Zod
  • Stallion
  • Stinger
  • Buggyman
  • Geeper-Creeper
  • Snoop
  • Slicks
  • Zero

In the animated series Challenge of the GoBots, Cykill was the leader of the evil Renegades. ... Crasher is a fictional character in the Gobots toyline, and the subsequent Challenge of the GoBots cartoon. ... Cop-Tur is the name of a fictional character in the Gobots toyline, and the subsequent Challenge of the GoBots cartoon. ... Loco is the name of a fictional character in the Gobots toyline, and the subsequent Challenge of the GoBots cartoon. ... Fitor is the name of a fictional character in the Gobots toyline, and the subsequent Challenge of the GoBots cartoon. ...

Humans

  • Matt
  • Nick
  • A.J.

Plot

Thousands of years ago on the planet that came to be known as GoBotron, there lived a race of human-like beings. At some point in time, whether by natural causes or by catastrophe, this humanoid race was threatened with extinction.


One surviving humanoid became known as the Last Engineer. The other surviving humanoid is referred to as the Master Renegade. The Last Engineer, who had already supplemented his body with mechanical parts, devised the "Gobot form" for the surviving people of the planet, large robot bodies capable of turning into other vehicles.


In the last quarter of the 20th Century, the planet Earth became involved in the conflict between Leader-1's Guardians and Cy-Kill's Renegades. During one of these battles, one of Leader-1's lieutenants, Turbo, became severely damaged. Unwilling to let his friend and teammate die, Leader-1 began his quest to find the legendary Last Engineer. Leader-1 found the person he believed to be the Last Engineer, but Leader-1 had unwittingly released the Master Renegade (though he did repair Turbo to gain the Guardians' trust). The Guardians later found the true Last Engineer, who was instrumental in frustrating the alliance between Cy-Kill's Renegades and the Master Renegade.


The Master Renegade later escaped the custody of the Renegades, and plagued both factions, notably attacking the UniCom colony of New Earth.


Episode list

  1. Battle For Gobotron
  2. Target Earth
  3. Conquest Of Earth
  4. Earth Bound
  5. The Final Conflict
  6. It's The Thought That Counts
  7. Renegade Alliance
  8. Time Wars
  9. Terror In Atlantis
  10. Trident's Triple Threat
  11. Lost On Gobotron
  12. Cy-Kill's Shrinking Ray
  13. The Quest For The Rogue-Star
  14. Ultra Zod
  15. Sentinel
  16. Speed Is Of The Essence
  17. Genius And Son
  18. Dawn World
  19. Pacific Overtures
  20. Forced Alliance
  21. Invasion From The 21st Level (Part 1)
  22. Invasion From The 21st Level (Part 2)
  23. Doppelganger
  24. Scooter Enhanced
  25. Tarnished Image
  26. Cold Spell
  27. Crime Wave
  28. Auto-Matic
  29. Renegade Rampage (Part 1)
  30. Renegade Rampage (Part 2)
  31. Search For The Ancient Gobonauts
  32. Gameworld
  33. Wolf In The Fold
  34. Depth Charge
  35. Transfer Point
  36. Steamer's Defection
  37. The GoBot Who Cried Renegade
  38. The Seer
  39. Whiz Kid
  40. Ring Of Fire
  41. Cy-Kills Escape (Part 1 of 5)
  42. Quest For The Creator (Part 2 of 5)
  43. The Fall Of Gobotron (Part 3 of 5)
  44. Flight To Earth (Part 4 of 5)
  45. Return To Gobotron (Part 5 of 5)
  46. Element Of Doom
  47. Destroy All Guardians
  48. Escape From Elba
  49. Fitor To The Finish
  50. Clutch Of Doom
  51. The Third Column
  52. A New Suit For Leader-1
  53. Renegade Carnival
  54. The Gift
  55. Nova Beam
  56. The Last Magic
  57. Braxis Gone Bonkers
  58. Inside Job
  59. Element Of Danger
  60. Mission Gobotron
  61. Et Tu Cy-Kill?
  62. The GoBots That Time Forgot
  63. The Secret Of Hailey's Comet
  64. Guardian Academy
  65. Quest For New Earth
  66. Cy-Kill's Cataclysmic Trap

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Comparisons to Transformers

The franchises of GoBots and Hasbro's Transformers have often been compared due to the obvious similarities between the products. Although GoBots were technically first to reach the market, Transformers became the clear leader in both the marketplace and in popular culture. Transformer or Transformers may refer to: Transformer, an electrical device Transformer (album), Lou Reeds 1972 rock album Transformers (myth) of Pacific Northwest native myth The fictional Transformers Universe: Transformers (toyline), a line of toys Transformers category in Wikipedia Transformers Universes Transformers series, television series Transformers (original cartoon) (Aired from...


Examples of the similarities between the brands' backstory include:

  • Both are opposing robot forces of robots which transform between humanoid and transportation-based forms which represent good and evil, respectively.
  • GoBots hail from Gobotron where Transformers hail from Cybertron
  • Both franchises introduced female robotic characters, however, GoBots featured these characters in the premiere and maintained the character(s) as regular players. Transformers did not introduce female robotic characters until the second season and used them only sparingly.

References

See also

  • GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords (1986)

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External links

  • Challenge of the GoBots at the Internet Movie Database
  • Challenge of the Gobots Screenshots at Counter-X.net
  • Challenge of the GoBots fan page
  • Overlord Cy-Kill's Renegade Control Site
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

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Challenge of the GoBots at AllExperts (907 words)
Challenge of the GoBots (also known as Mighty Machine Men) is an American animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, based on the toy-line released from Tonka.
The GoBots line was discontinued in 1987, with the Dread Launchers being the last toys released in the line.
The storyline behind the set is that the Gobot's dimension is being threatened by a new evil and the key to the universes' survival is being sought by the Gobots in the Transformer's dimension.
Challenge of the GoBots - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (631 words)
Challenge of the GoBots (also known as Mighty Machine Men) is an American animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, based on the toy-line released from Tonka.
Gobots dealt with two opposing forces of transforming robots from the planet Gobotron, the heroic Guardians, led by Leader-1, and also conformed by Turbo and Scooter; and the evil Renegades, led by Cy-Kill, with Crasher and Cop-Tur.
The Gobots line was discontinued in 1987, with the Dread Launchers being the last toys released in the line.
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