History WesternAnimation / ChallengeOfTheGobots

26th Oct '16 3:11:53 AM CaptainTedium
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* CharacterDevelopment: Scooter starts out as a coward who is completely afraid of the Renegades and constantly whines about having to go through dangerous situations, but his cowardice tones down considerably as the show goes on and he even succeeds in saving the day by himself on more than one occasion.
26th Oct '16 3:06:24 AM CaptainTedium
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* AbsenteeActor:
** Aside from Cy-Kill being mentioned by Turbo, none of the Renegades appear in "The [=GoBots=] that Time Forgot".
** The Guardians' human allies Matt Hunter, Nick, and AJ are sometimes absent, one notable instant being the show's final episode "Quest for New Earth".
20th Oct '16 9:18:21 AM themisterfree
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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'' figures. Catching wind of Hasbro's Stateside release of Takara's ''Diaclone'' toys, Tonka hastily commissioned Hanna-Barbera 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 acquisition of Takara's ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'' figures. Catching wind of Hasbro's Stateside release of Takara's ''Diaclone'' and ''Microchange'' toys, Tonka hastily commissioned Hanna-Barbera Creator/HannaBarbera to create an animated series, anticipating Hasbro's own ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' media blitz. Thus was born... ''Challenge of the [=GoBots=]''.



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, Warner 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, Warner 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...
6th Sep '16 3:03:14 PM Glowsquid
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* 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.



* TheRival: Zero was the Renegades' leader before Cy-Kill defected and stole the job from him. Zero has never stopped resenting him for it.



* SurroundedByIdiots: And poor Cy-Kill knows it. No wonder he values Fi-Tor so highly, since Fi-Tor is loyal, intelligent, ''and'' competent, when hardly anyone else in the Renegade army is all three. In fairness, Cy-Kill ''didn't'' hire these shnooks; the Renegades were a pre-existing army, and he seized command of them when he left the Guardians, booting Zero out of the boss position.

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* SurroundedByIdiots: And poor Cy-Kill knows it. No wonder he values Fi-Tor so highly, since Fi-Tor is loyal, intelligent, ''and'' competent, when hardly anyone else in the Renegade army is all three. In fairness, Cy-Kill ''didn't'' hire these shnooks; the Renegades were a pre-existing army, and he seized command of them when he left the Guardians, booting Zero out of the boss position.Guardians.
5th Sep '16 5:52:46 PM CRE040295
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* AbsenteeActor:
** Aside from Cy-Kill being mentioned by Turbo, none of the Renegades appear in "The [=GoBots=] that Time Forgot".
** The Guardians' human allies Matt Hunter, Nick, and AJ are sometimes absent, one notable instant being the show's final episode "Quest for New Earth".
1st Sep '16 8:40:52 AM DarkStorm
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* CombiningMecha: The Puzzlers. Also Courageous, which was formed from a starship and four suits of PoweredArmor.

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* CombiningMecha: The Puzzlers. Also Renegades' Puzzler (made up of six individual robots), and the Guardians' Courageous, which was formed from a starship and four suits of PoweredArmor. PoweredArmor. The toy line had a two (or possibly three) others, Grungy (a villainous counterpart to Courageous) and Monsterous (made up of six monster robots), and Nemesis (another villainous version of Courageous that may or may not have actually been released).
29th Jun '16 3:48:36 PM rjd1922
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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 [=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.
27th Jun '16 4:25:09 PM Locoman
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* {{Retcon}}: ''Ask Vector Prime'' and ''Renegade Rhetoric'' provided some interesting tweaks to the [=GoBots=] mythology in order to strengthen its ties to the ''Transformers'' universe. The "Evil One", a demigod-esque [=GoBot=] from "In Search of Ancient Gobonauts", was revealed to be an incarnation of The Fallen - you might know him as the guy from the 2009 movie. The Renegade Stretch was likewise revealed to be a Decepticon who had fallen out of the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' universe and wound up on Gobotron.
27th Jun '16 6:22:08 AM Locoman
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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, 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, Warner 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...
27th Jun '16 6:18:45 AM Locoman
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Despite the tagline of "Mighty Robots, Mighty Vehicles", the [=GoBots=] were in fact {{Cyborg}}s - alien humanoids who transferred their brains into robot bodies after their civil war had ruined their planet's biosphere. The Guardians then began converting the otherwise-dead world into a completely metal-sheathed CityPlanet, breaking up entire uninhabited worldlets for the necessary materials. At the time of the series, this massive construction effort was still ongoing, accounting for the metal world's peculiar "apple-core" shape. The [=GoBots=]' origin as organic beings accounted for the presence of genders among the characters - in fact, ''[=GoBots=]'' stood out among 80's cartoons for having a diverse cast: not only did the show include ,ore female characters than the ''Transformers'', it also included a woman of colour as a major protagonist!

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Despite the tagline of "Mighty Robots, Mighty Vehicles", the [=GoBots=] were in fact {{Cyborg}}s - alien humanoids who transferred their brains into robot bodies after their civil war had ruined their planet's biosphere. The Guardians then began converting the otherwise-dead world into a completely metal-sheathed CityPlanet, breaking up entire uninhabited worldlets for the necessary materials. At the time of the series, this massive construction effort was still ongoing, accounting for the metal world's peculiar "apple-core" shape. The [=GoBots=]' origin as organic beings accounted for the presence of genders among the characters - in fact, ''[=GoBots=]'' stood out among 80's cartoons for having a diverse cast: not only did the show include ,ore more female characters than the original ''Transformers'', it also included a woman of colour as a major protagonist!



While ''Challenge of the [=GoBots=]'' initially held up well against the early ''Transformers'' media blitz, the line began to flag in 1985. Although the [=GoBots=] were cheaper and thus more desirable (at least for parents), the line was outdone by the ''Transformers'', who sported descriptive bios and a massive cast. The line limped into 1986 with a hastily-produced feature film, ''Challenge of the Rock Lords'', a commercial and critical flop that signalled the end of the [=GoBots=].

The line fizzled out for many years until Hasbro bought Tonka in 1991. The Transformers toyline 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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While ''Challenge of the [=GoBots=]'' initially held up well against the early initial onslaught of ''Transformers'' media blitz, paraphernalia, the line began to flag in 1985. Although the [=GoBots=] were cheaper and thus more desirable (at least for parents), the line was outdone by the ''Transformers'', who sported descriptive bios bios, diverse transformations, and a massive cast. The line limped into 1986 with a hastily-produced feature film, ''Challenge ''Battle of the Rock Lords'', a commercial and critical flop that more or less signalled the end of the [=GoBots=].

[=GoBots=]. The line fizzled out for many years until soon afterwards.

The GoBots were largely forgotten, even after
Hasbro bought Tonka in 1991. The 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.



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, Warner 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, Warner 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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