History WesternAnimation / ChallengeOfTheGoBots

14th Jul '17 9:42:53 PM OnoderaTearer
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In 1983, Tonka acquired the North American license for Bandai's ''Machine Robo'' line of toys, perhaps as a response to its chief rival Creator/{{Hasbro}}'s acquisition of Takara's ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'' figures. Catching wind of Hasbro's Stateside release of ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'' toys, Tonka hastily commissioned Creator/HannaBarbera to create an animated series, anticipating Hasbro's own ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' media blitz. Thus was born... ''Challenge of the [=GoBots=]''.

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In 1983, Tonka acquired the North American license for Bandai's ''Machine Robo'' ''Toys/MachineRobo'' line of toys, perhaps as a response to its chief rival Creator/{{Hasbro}}'s acquisition of Takara's ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'' figures. Catching wind of Hasbro's Stateside release of ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'' toys, Tonka hastily commissioned Creator/HannaBarbera to create an animated series, anticipating Hasbro's own ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' media blitz. Thus was born... ''Challenge of the [=GoBots=]''.



There were at least two other {{Alternate Continuit|y}}ies for the franchise. A British [[NewspaperComics comic strip]] called ''Robo Machines'' appeared in the periodical ''Eagle'' from November of '84 to July of '85, featuring a radically different storyline ([[{{Wiki/Wikipedia}} the other wiki]] has information [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robo_Machines_(comic) here.)]] In France, where the American show had been quite popular, the Japanese ''Toys/MachineRobo'' series was used as a second season, despite the drastic ArtShift between the series.

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There were at least two other {{Alternate Continuit|y}}ies for the franchise. A British [[NewspaperComics comic strip]] called ''Robo Machines'' appeared in the periodical ''Eagle'' from November of '84 to July of '85, featuring a radically different storyline ([[{{Wiki/Wikipedia}} the other wiki]] has information [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robo_Machines_(comic) here.)]] In France, where the American show had been quite popular, the Japanese ''Toys/MachineRobo'' ''Machine Robo'' series was used as a second season, despite the drastic ArtShift between the series.
14th Jul '17 9:42:06 PM OnoderaTearer
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In 1983, Tonka acquired the North American license for Bandai's ''Machine Robo'' line of toys, perhaps as a response to its chief rival Hasbro's acquisition of Takara's ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'' figures. Catching wind of Hasbro's Stateside release of ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'' toys, Tonka hastily commissioned Creator/HannaBarbera to create an animated series, anticipating Hasbro's own ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' media blitz. Thus was born... ''Challenge of the [=GoBots=]''.

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In 1983, Tonka acquired the North American license for Bandai's ''Machine Robo'' line of toys, perhaps as a response to its chief rival Hasbro's Creator/{{Hasbro}}'s acquisition of Takara's ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'' figures. Catching wind of Hasbro's Stateside release of ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'' toys, Tonka hastily commissioned Creator/HannaBarbera to create an animated series, anticipating Hasbro's own ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' media blitz. Thus was born... ''Challenge of the [=GoBots=]''.



The [=GoBots=] were largely forgotten, even after Hasbro bought Tonka in 1991. By the mid 2000s, the Transformers toyline and ancillary fiction began incorporating a few sly winks to its old competitor. In 2010, it was finally declared that the [=GoBots=] were, in fact, [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/GoBots_(franchise) actually part]] of the ''Transformers'' multiverse, albeit very distant analogues- and that at least one [=GoBot=] literally ''was'' a dimension-hopping Transformer.

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The [=GoBots=] were largely forgotten, even after Hasbro bought Tonka in 1991. By the mid 2000s, the Transformers ''Transformers'' toyline and ancillary fiction began incorporating a few sly winks to its old competitor. In 2010, it was finally declared that the [=GoBots=] were, in fact, [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/GoBots_(franchise) actually part]] of the ''Transformers'' multiverse, albeit very distant analogues- and that at least one [=GoBot=] literally ''was'' a dimension-hopping Transformer.
Transformer.



In ''our'' reality, at least, the [=GoBots=] exist in a kind of legal limbo: Hasbro owns the rights to the characters and the premise, allowing them to get away with things such as "Renegade Rhetoric." However, Creator/WarnerBros (via their 1996 merger with Turner Broadcasting, which acquired H-B in 1991) owns the rights to the cartoon, and their competitor Bandai maintains control of the original ''Machine Robo'' molds. Don't go expecting a major revival any time soon...

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In ''our'' reality, at least, the [=GoBots=] exist in a kind of legal limbo: Hasbro owns the rights to the characters and the premise, allowing them to get away with things such as "Renegade Rhetoric." However, Creator/WarnerBros (via their 1996 merger with Turner Broadcasting, which acquired H-B in 1991) owns the rights to the cartoon, and their Hasbro's toymaking competitor Bandai maintains control of the original ''Machine Robo'' molds. Don't go expecting a major revival any time soon...
17th Jun '17 2:16:00 PM nombretomado
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There were at least two other {{Alternate Continuit|y}}ies for the franchise. A British [[NewspaperComics comic strip]] called ''Robo Machines'' appeared in the periodical ''Eagle'' from November of '84 to July of '85, featuring a radically different storyline ([[{{Wikipedia}} the other wiki]] has information [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robo_Machines_(comic) here.)]] In France, where the American show had been quite popular, the Japanese ''Toys/MachineRobo'' series was used as a second season, despite the drastic ArtShift between the series.

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There were at least two other {{Alternate Continuit|y}}ies for the franchise. A British [[NewspaperComics comic strip]] called ''Robo Machines'' appeared in the periodical ''Eagle'' from November of '84 to July of '85, featuring a radically different storyline ([[{{Wikipedia}} ([[{{Wiki/Wikipedia}} the other wiki]] has information [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robo_Machines_(comic) here.)]] In France, where the American show had been quite popular, the Japanese ''Toys/MachineRobo'' series was used as a second season, despite the drastic ArtShift between the series.
6th May '17 7:45:11 PM nombretomado
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* GroundPunch: Crasher, one of the main Renegades, frequently used this attack. She'd stomp the ground and send a bolt of energy at her Guardian opponents. The same goes for her GoodTwin in ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass'' and her other alternate universe counterpart Fracture in the ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries''.

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* GroundPunch: Crasher, one of the main Renegades, frequently used this attack. She'd stomp the ground and send a bolt of energy at her Guardian opponents. The same goes for her GoodTwin in ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass'' and her other alternate universe counterpart Fracture in the ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries''.''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''.
5th May '17 3:04:45 AM HelloLamppost
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* VagueAge: How old are the [=GoBots=]? There are ''young'' [=GoBots=] who needed to be educated, and the characters did not make claims to [[TimeAbyss vast age]] like the {{Transformers}} did, so it appears that [=GoBots=] do age, reproduce, and experience generational turnover like any other biological race (although exactly ''how'' GoBots propagate their species is anyone's guess).

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* VagueAge: How old are the [=GoBots=]? There are ''young'' [=GoBots=] who needed to be educated, and the characters did not make claims to [[TimeAbyss vast age]] like the {{Transformers}} did, so it appears that [=GoBots=] do age, reproduce, and experience generational turnover like any other biological race (although exactly ''how'' GoBots [=GoBots=] propagate their species is anyone's guess).
13th Mar '17 8:47:58 PM Glowsquid
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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. Other characters seemed 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 faction was that anything that turned into a monstrous-looking robot or vehicle was a Renegade.

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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. Other characters seemed 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" "themes" to a faction was were that anything that turned into a monstrous-looking robot or vehicle was a Renegade.
Renegade and their type of voice: Gurdian character had booming, echoing voices while the Renegades had a more electronic sound to them.
4th Feb '17 6:15:22 AM CaptainTedium
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A lot of the Renegades have sinister-sounding names, most notably Crasher and Cy-Kill.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A lot of the Renegades have sinister-sounding names, most notably Crasher and Cy-Kill.



* OutOfOrder: The "Gobotron Saga" five-parter was aired late in the series' run, even though it picks up from where the FiveEpisodePilot left off and introduce many recurring characters and concepts.
4th Feb '17 6:12:13 AM CaptainTedium
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* NamesToRunAwayFromRealFast: A lot of the Renegades have sinister-sounding names, most notably Crasher and Cy-Kill.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromRealFast: NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A lot of the Renegades have sinister-sounding names, most notably Crasher and Cy-Kill.
4th Feb '17 6:11:20 AM CaptainTedium
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* NamesToRunAwayFromRealFast: A lot of the Renegades have sinister-sounding names, most notably Crasher and Cy-Kill.



* OffModel: In a case of literaly using the wrong character model, the [[PalleteSwap similar-looking]] Guardian Baron Von Joy and the Renegade Dr. Go were often drawn as each-other.

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* OffModel: In a case of literaly using the wrong character model, the [[PalleteSwap [[PaletteSwap similar-looking]] Guardian Baron Von Joy and the Renegade Dr. Go were often drawn as each-other.
23rd Jan '17 1:43:31 PM Thanos6
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* TookALevelInBadass: Dr. Braxis, in the "Season 2" episode summaries posted on ''Renegade Rhetoric.'' In one "episode," he single-handedly captures nearly all the Guardians ''and'' Renegades. In another, his chronological last appearance to date, he's forced to aid the dictator of [[{{Ruritania}} Brasnya, a small Eastern European nation]] against some rebels; the Guardians soon come to investigate. Braxis plays the dictator and the Guardians against each other, winning the acclaim of the nation's people, ousting the dictator and being welcomed as Brasnya's new ''head of state''.
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