Trivia / Challenge of the GoBots

  • Follow the Leader: To the Transformers cartoon, although GoBots merchandise is actually older.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Odo provided the voice of the mad scientist. Several Transformers actors can be heard as well, most notably Peter Cullen (aka Optimus Prime and Ironhide) and Frank Welker (aka Megatron and Soundwave).
    • Both Cullen and Welker use variations of their voices they gave other, more famous characters. For example, Cullen gives Tank a slow drawl similar to Ironhide's, while he gives other Renegades the voices he used for Venger (from Dungeons and Dragons) and Nemesis (from Saber Rider and The Star Sheriffs).
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes
    • Can never, ever be re-released or re-aired, due to the massive amount of legal tape due to copyright issues. Warner Brothers owns the cartoon but the character trademarks are owned by Hasbro (who acquired the property in the early 1990s when they bought Tonka, and also own the Transformers franchise) and character designs are owned by Bandai. Hasbro has recognized the popularity of the line however; they reused the Leader-One name for a character in Transformers Armada, created a homage to Crasher in the form of "Fracture" for the movie toyline, outright reintroduced Bugbyte as the big bad for a series of convention comics, and greenlighted Takara producing a box set of Gen1 mini-bots redecoed in the color of various Go-Bots characters. The characters and mythology of the original GoBots have been incorporated into Fun Publications' Transformers: Timelines as the Transformer-equivalents in their part of the Transformers multiverse.
    • The Renegade character Stretch also appears in Transformers Animated as Porter C. Powell's limousine, brought to life by an Allspark shard (in the comics and Allspark Almanac II; the normal non-living limo that became Stretch was shown in the cartoon several times).
    • Apparently a deal of some sort has been hammered out with the various copyright holders. A remastered DVD release of the original five episode pilot mini-series is scheduled to be released under the Warner Archive program.
    • It has been said that Warner did their research and discovered that they had all the rights to the cartoon, and that they did not need to get consent from anyone. While others have said that Hasbro is just as certain they have all the rights to the cartoon, Warner has sinced released the entire series on print-on-demand DV Ds, although they have no plan to release the movie.
    • The Renegade Rhetoric feature originally had a picture of Cy-Kill from the cartoon on the page, but Hasbro apparently warned the staff that Hanna-Barbera still owned the rights to the likenesses of the cartoon and so the picture was quickly replaced with an original piece of artwork.
  • Name's the Same: Zod shares a surname with a certain Kryptonian General.