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20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby SkyWarpsGhost » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:00 pm

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I was hoping that some of the Go-bots I have would have been on that list, but alas no.

I've been trying to find some info on Go-bots as I've no idea about names etc. I don't know what any of mine are called, so even a list of names with pics would be a massive help.
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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby xyl360 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:59 pm

SkyWarpsGhost wrote:I was hoping that some of the Go-bots I have would have been on that list, but alas no.

I've been trying to find some info on Go-bots as I've no idea about names etc. I don't know what any of mine are called, so even a list of names with pics would be a massive help.

This should help and you can use this to ID unknown figures.
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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby SkyWarpsGhost » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:04 pm

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Cheers for that. Still haven't found a single one I have yet lol. Still looking!

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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby Duke of Luns » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:40 am

A fifth of the list is Wendy's Kid's meal figures(and I LIKE Breeze). They look better than the Transformers McDonald's premium's of the time, and at least they convert.

Bubble Blower was meant to be a cheap accessory item, like an Optimus Prime Toothbrush.

Bugbite and Stacks have good amounts of diecast and good vehicle modes, but the quality of the robot modes is left to the individual. I'm not overly fond of them but don't hate 'em.

Rogun(Cap Pistol) has sentimental value as he was a favorite of mine when I was younger, and I never had the Water Gun. Still, they are gimmick based, and would stand a test of time as fun toys.

Clutch looks good, on par with a Transformer in my opinion. Who knows, maybe he was the inspiration for Armada Red Alert.

Revolt and Traitor(Dread Launchers) do have some lame "transport halves", but I like the bug and bird alts, and the robot modes look very cool(wish I had 'em).

Rock Lords are...rock lords. I think the two chosen look ok, but are nothing too special. They aren't terrible action figures.

Zero and Bolt have good plane modes, but they're robot modes are kinda lackluster, I'll give 'em that.

Wrong Way's rotor can be removed. Otherwise, he's strictly ok.

Mr. Moto looks bad.

Jeeper Creeper's only flaw is a tire on his head. Solid GoBot that even has a gun.

Finally, Scales. It's a gimmick based toy. I think it's pretty cool, and that's a viscious snake head, get your mind out of the gutter.

So as you can see I don't agree with a majority of the list. Most GoBots aren't as good as Transformers in terms of complexity or "coolness", but many are very good in their own right. The line was full of imagination and diversity, with very few repaints. It's very much an apple and orange comparison.
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Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:13 pm

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Some of those really DID suck. But others weren't. Jeeper Creeper was actually pretty cool. I owned him.
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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby Sinnertwin » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:39 am

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Tux, class personified.

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This got me thinking, what if Tonka got their hands Takara's toy box ? Would he still be enduring 25+ years later if this was the Optimus we got in '84?

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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby xyl360 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:09 am

I always thought Psycho was awesome. I had him as a kid and really dug his alt mode and the bot mode wasn't half bad either (loved those nifty robo-prong-hands :P).

I gotta grab me one off of ebay one of these days.
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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby Duke of Luns » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:24 am

xyl360 wrote:I always thought Psycho was awesome. I had him as a kid and really dug his alt mode and the bot mode wasn't half bad either (loved those nifty robo-prong-hands :P).

I gotta grab me one off of ebay one of these days.


Did you know Psycho was based off of the car that apears in the anime' "Space Adventure Cobra"? I've never seen it, but it's a nifty bit of trivia.

Sinnertwin wrote:This got me thinking, what if Tonka got their hands Takara's toy box ? Would he still be enduring 25+ years later if this was the Optimus we got in '84?

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Hmm...maybe if it was a piloted mech, because then the window faces make sense. Although this pic from an old 1984 Jcpenney catalog proves such a look is possible with the original G1 Prime:

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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby xyl360 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:21 pm

Staks was cool. I had him as a kid also. I always thought that the 07 movie First Strike Optimus Prime was a homage to Staks.

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Postby Banjo-Tron » Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:26 am

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I had Jeeper Creeper and Zero, and neither were bad for their size. 'Wrong Way' (was there ever a more appropriate name?) Renminds me of Skyhammer.
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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:49 am

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Said it before, say it again. I'd LOVE some Classics-style versions of Gobots, and not just recolorings of old molds either.
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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby xyl360 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:31 am

Well, I broke down and snagged a Psycho off of ebay. Got him for a pretty decent price and he came in box and everything. The figure itself looks mint, so much so that it looks like it just came fresh off of a store shelf, even the stickers are perfect and all of the joints/transformation bits are tight. No paint wear or anything.
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Postby SentinelA » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:07 pm

I still have Pow Wow :lol:
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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby Wreckgar » Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:19 pm

Personally, I think GoBots are given a hard time because they were generally cheaper and smaller than Transformers, had an awful cartoon and silly, puntastic names (unlike Transformers... Um... Hun-Grrr, Horri-Bull and Tentikill didn't happen then?).

However, as toys, if you compare the majority of small GoBots with the majority of small 80's Transformers, they generally had more varied and complex transformations and less cartoony alt modes. I know there were plenty of GoBots who had a simple "fold legs up like a Headmaster head" transformation, but it certainly wasn't all of them, not by a long way.

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Postby craggy » Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:43 pm

I definitely like Transformers more, for a variety of reasons, and see why they were more popular at the time and have stayed so, BUT it'd be pretty easy to do a list of 20 Gobots That Did Stuff We All Wish Hasbro Did With Transformers.

A lot of that list would be alt modes. There were some really cool and some really goofy, but nice and unique alt modes for the Gobots. They also made a bit more of the female characters, and did characters in different sizes long before Hasbro made Primes and Bumblebees to suit every price point.
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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:57 am

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I've watched some Machine Robo anime clips (Revenge of Chronos if you must know) and toy reviews, and to me they have certain simplistic charm to them. I definitely want to get the two Combiners some day, Puzzler and especially Monsterous. If only I could remember which name goes to who. I know the Sunstreaker wanna-be is Pocket, but that's it. :lol:
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Re: 20 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

Postby xyl360 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:34 pm

JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:I've watched some Machine Robo anime clips (Revenge of Chronos if you must know) and toy reviews, and to me they have certain simplistic charm to them. I definitely want to get the two Combiners some day, Puzzler and especially Monsterous. If only I could remember which name goes to who. I know the Sunstreaker wanna-be is Pocket, but that's it. :lol:

I've got Puzzler and Monsterous. Puzzler kinda sucks, honestly, but Monsterous is awesome, at least in my opinion (he kinda reminds me of the Beast Wars :P).

If you need the names of the individual cars/bots for Puzzler, look no further than TFU :).
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Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:33 am

Motto: "The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance."
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xyl360 wrote:If you need the names of the individual cars/bots for Puzzler, look no further than TFU :).


O, it's not the the names themselves that's the problem:

Pocket, Jigsaw, Tic Tac, Rube... *looks up* Crossword and Zig Zag for Puzzler, and South Claw, Weird Wing, Gore Jaw, Fangs... *looks up again* Fight Face and Heart Attack for Monsterous. It's who's who that's the problem. But knowing me, once I get the toys I'll instantly remember them :lol:
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Postby bvzxa » Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:43 am

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Challenge of the GpBots made the Gobots look bad MAchine Robo Revenge of Cronos and Battle Hackers were far superior
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Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:05 pm

Motto: "The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance."
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Wouldn't you know it, at C.O.N.S. a friend found 3 of the 6 Puzzler pieces: Crossword, Pocket and Rube. Neither of us bought them, and I would regret it later despite my "only complete combiners" policy. :BANG_HEAD: My friend did snap up a good condition Super Gobot Warpath and he's impressive. I just expected Super Gobots to be a bit... bigger.
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Postby xyl360 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:57 am

I snagged a minty fresh Stacks from BBTS (warehouse find apparently) and he's just as awesome as I remember him being when I was a kid, but with the added bonus of now having his trailer (I had the version that came with no trailer when I was a kid). I just wish that trailer were big enough to accommodate the FP Stunticons. They're just a wee bit too wide to fit, but they pretty much scale with him. It would have been neat to have those sports cars on a car carrier like that.
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Postby Cyber Bishop » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:05 pm

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WOW.. And I still have my Breez and Jeeper Creeper figure too..

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Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:03 pm

Motto: ""I am a warrior. Let the battle be joined.""
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xyl360 wrote:I snagged a minty fresh Stacks from BBTS (warehouse find apparently) and he's just as awesome as I remember him being when I was a kid, but with the added bonus of now having his trailer (I had the version that came with no trailer when I was a kid). I just wish that trailer were big enough to accommodate the FP Stunticons. They're just a wee bit too wide to fit, but they pretty much scale with him. It would have been neat to have those sports cars on a car carrier like that.

I got him, too. It's rather nice. I like the transformation, the trailer, the stickers. ;) I'd love a Classics Stacks, but since that's probably never happening, this guy's cool too.
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Postby d_sel1 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:15 pm

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May I ask a side question, "Is there any GoBots that you would like to see somehow incorporated in a Transformers' continuity?" Is so how? (Hypothetical ideas: the "ancestor" TFs in G1, lost colony somewhere the galaxy, a MECH-style reverse engineering program, etc)"
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