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Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder

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Saturday, April 19th, 2014 7:58PM CDT

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Move over Michael Bay! The other nostalgic Transforming Robots cartoon is set to make a comeback on DVD via Warner Brothers online shop! for a price of 29.95! That's slightly less than $1 per episode. They will be available May 6th, 2014.

Transformers News: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder



They’re back-at last! Cy-Kill! Leader-1! Cop-Tur! Turbo! Crasher! Scooter! The noble Guardian GoBots and the nefarious Renegade GoBots continue the war begun in The Battle for Gobotron across time and space in their epic series that comes to you factory fresh! With Earth as their chosen staging ground, the Renegades deploy Earth’s worst such as the deranged Dr. Braxis [voiced by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Rene Auberjonois], in the quest to conquer Earth and then Gobotron, so it's a good thing the Guardians have Matt, Nick and Ad of UNECDM on their side! This 30-episode, three-disc collection finds the amazing, metamorphing cyborgs taking their fight to Ancient Rome, lost Atlantis and back to Gobotron in a series of adventures that will leave you shouting for “MOAR”!


This nostalgic set can be ordered by clicking here!

This follows the Original miniseries, available for sale at $14.39.
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Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566694)
Posted by fenrir72 on April 19th, 2014 @ 8:29pm CDT
Aww nostalgia...........
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566698)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on April 19th, 2014 @ 8:47pm CDT
It's funny I see this now because last night I had found my old Crasher Gobots (the black version and the white version) and I went to watch the first couple of episodes after. Amazingly awful, but awesome in their own way. Really under appreciated, and I STILL want the Command Center and Thruster play sets.
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566700)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on April 19th, 2014 @ 8:51pm CDT
its about frakin time, its damn near impossible to find these on the internet. Hasbro should include some gobots in the generations line, most of them have been in the comics so it works on multiple levels.
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566711)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 19th, 2014 @ 9:34pm CDT
Been curious about seeing this show.
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566713)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on April 19th, 2014 @ 9:47pm CDT
The "Challenge" this decade was apparently deciding who truly owned the rights to the series; I swear Shout! Factory once had a preorder for the full series, which was hushed up not too long before Warner released the first 5-Parter on DVD. I see that's not included in this set; How long has it been out?

Funny how nostalgia works: I actually get more nostalgic for GoBots than Transformers because I never gave up TF, but GoBots was something I had to get reacquainted with via old VHS rentals in college, just after Beast Wars wrapped up.

What I'm most nostalgic for is how every toystore, drugstore, and 5 & dime in the mid-'80s had a huge selection of random robots, haphazardly repainted from whatever Japanese figures smaller companies could get their hands on, making it seem like outer space had hundreds of different worlds with sentient mechanical life. Sadly, I don't think even those of us old enough to remember really appreciated how good we had it back then, because we were too eager to see the Transformers prove the greatness we knew they had by crushing their competition.

And even then, how many remember them having any competition besides GoBots?

Sabrblade wrote:Been curious about seeing this show.
You know you must for your mental database to be truly complete, even if its place in the universal streams is in permanent legal limbo.

While greater Sunbow continuity gave me the idea that about half of the weekday cartoons I watched existed in the same universe, GoBots was also a contributing factor. When I was 5 or 6, I was positive that Dr. Arkeville was really just Dr. Braxis disguising himself in a cheap cyborg costume in order to sneak into the superior alien robot cartoon. Makes his fate in Countdown to Extinction all the funnier to me.
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566718)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on April 19th, 2014 @ 10:23pm CDT
If this is like the 5-parter it'll be made to order so no special features
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566721)
Posted by Heckfire on April 19th, 2014 @ 10:31pm CDT
Mkall wrote:That's slightly less than $1 per episode.


...which is still more than Hanna Barbera spent

I can kid. I love my Go-Bots, and I even actually paid money to see "Battle of the Rock Lords" in theaters when it was released. Most expensive tranquilizer ever...

Bumblevivisector wrote:And even then, how many remember them having any competition besides GoBots?


Huh...off the top of my head, I remember the Convertors, which were mostly mechs from obscure animes repurposed as good and evil bots (I had all of the five bird-based subset, plus Tentacus, the spider from their opposing "insect" enemies...I made him the leader of my Decepticons and recently "upgraded" him for my Neo-G1s with the Fox Kids Transmetal Tarantulas).

The original Revell Robotech line, before the cartoon started, was similar, but it was mostly models (transformable ones, too...complex as Hell to build, but AWESOME) and these sweet little combiner figures called "Robolinx"...sort of proto-Ammonites, mostly in blue.

Those are the only ones off the top of my head, other than the numerous knock-offs.
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566728)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on April 19th, 2014 @ 10:46pm CDT
Heckfire wrote:
Mkall wrote:That's slightly less than $1 per episode.


...which is still more than Hanna Barbera spent

I can kid. I love my Go-Bots, and I even actually paid money to see "Battle of the Rock Lords" in theaters when it was released. Most expensive tranquilizer ever...

Bumblevivisector wrote:And even then, how many remember them having any competition besides GoBots?


Huh...off the top of my head, I remember the Convertors, which were mostly mechs from obscure animes repurposed as good and evil bots (I had all of the five bird-based subset, plus Tentacus, the spider from their opposing "insect" enemies...I made him the leader of my Decepticons and recently "upgraded" him for my Neo-G1s with the Fox Kids Transmetal Tarantulas).

The original Revell Robotech line, before the cartoon started, was similar, but it was mostly models (transformable ones, too...complex as Hell to build, but AWESOME) and these sweet little combiner figures called "Robolinx"...sort of proto-Ammonites, mostly in blue.

Those are the only ones off the top of my head, other than the numerous knock-offs.



Those $60-$75 Bandai imports of their mecha? Some were Sentai Zords
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566742)
Posted by ausbot on April 20th, 2014 @ 12:31am CDT
I love Gobots, now can we get some new toys, I have fracture, Bugbite, and the G1 minibot reissues, I need Turbo, Cykill, and Leader 1.
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566758)
Posted by Heckfire on April 20th, 2014 @ 5:12am CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Those $60-$75 Bandai imports of their mecha? Some were Sentai Zords


Nope, these were actual Revell paint-glue-and-decals model kits of mecha from Macross, Orguss, and the like, the same ones that also showed up in the original print run of the Battletech tabletop RPG. Bandai had nothing to do with them, except maybe licensing them to Revell in the first place (I can't recall who owned the rights to the mecha designs back in the early/mid 80s, I was about 9 or 10 at the time).
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566767)
Posted by Coptur on April 20th, 2014 @ 5:59am CDT
If you want to watch the Gobots with some form of 'real' episode order go to the link below. The Gobots were superrior to the transformers in some ways even ideas used in the gobots have now been stolen by some transformers brands since the 80's

http://www.counter-x.net/gobots/challen ... index.html
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566796)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 20th, 2014 @ 8:46am CDT
Since there were 65 episodes, I'm assuming that 1-5 got released before, 6-35 must be in this set, and 36-65 could be in a Volume 2 release, right?

And did the show's final episode feel like a series finale, or did it just end like any ordinary episode with little closure?
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566810)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on April 20th, 2014 @ 9:40am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Since there were 65 episodes, I'm assuming that 1-5 got released before, 6-35 must be in this set, and 36-65 could be in a Volume 2 release, right?
That's what I'm guessing too.

Sabrblade wrote:And did the show's final episode feel like a series finale, or did it just end like any ordinary episode with little closure?
I'm pretty sure Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords comes after the series, but it's been too long since I saw it for me to recall many details. The movie ends their continuity on something of an epic note, but since it was more concerned with introducing new factions and battlefields, if anything it leaves more loose ends than the show.
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566818)
Posted by Coptur on April 20th, 2014 @ 10:33am CDT
Follow the link I provided is the best way to watch the series. the air date order (the one given on the sets) isn't the best way to watch the gobots and yes the rocklord movie is the 'end'
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566827)
Posted by shajaki on April 20th, 2014 @ 11:35am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Since there were 65 episodes, I'm assuming that 1-5 got released before, 6-35 must be in this set, and 36-65 could be in a Volume 2 release, right?
wait wait wait.... this set wont include the first five episodes?
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566850)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on April 20th, 2014 @ 2:10pm CDT
shajaki wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Since there were 65 episodes, I'm assuming that 1-5 got released before, 6-35 must be in this set, and 36-65 could be in a Volume 2 release, right?
wait wait wait.... this set wont include the first five episodes?
Nope. They released that DVD well over a year ago, I believe. I never bought it because I thought this inevitable larger set might include them for a double-dip, but now I'll need to order it too.

Heckfire wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Those $60-$75 Bandai imports of their mecha? Some were Sentai Zords

Nope, these were actual Revell paint-glue-and-decals model kits of mecha from Macross, Orguss, and the like, the same ones that also showed up in the original print run of the Battletech tabletop RPG. Bandai had nothing to do with them, except maybe licensing them to Revell in the first place (I can't recall who owned the rights to the mecha designs back in the early/mid 80s, I was about 9 or 10 at the time).
I never had any of those, but I did read both issues of their DC comic: Robotech Defenders. It was about a diverse group of aliens seeking out ancient mecha hidden on different planets to combat a common enemy. It was supposed to be 3 issues, but condensed down to 2 when they had to wrap up early due to Comico putting out their own comics based on some other, unrelated franchise with the same name.
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566899)
Posted by Wheeljack35 on April 20th, 2014 @ 7:41pm CDT
eh I may I do got the miniseries and I don't see it ever coming back to TV any time soon
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566916)
Posted by T-Macksimus on April 20th, 2014 @ 8:29pm CDT
Heckfire wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Those $60-$75 Bandai imports of their mecha? Some were Sentai Zords


Nope, these were actual Revell paint-glue-and-decals model kits of mecha from Macross, Orguss, and the like, the same ones that also showed up in the original print run of the Battletech tabletop RPG. Bandai had nothing to do with them, except maybe licensing them to Revell in the first place (I can't recall who owned the rights to the mecha designs back in the early/mid 80s, I was about 9 or 10 at the time).


I know exactly what you are talking about since I still have a standard VF, and Armored version and a Robot Recovery Unit flatbed. All from Revell. Most certainly not anything close to those Bandai kits and yes, they were hard as hell to assemble but way cool when you finally got them completed. I also had a number of the Convertors figures that you had mentioned from your earlier post and more Robo-Links than I knew what to do with. The came in at least 3 shades of blue, some with the bodies blue and the arms and legs white, some the mirror image of that and some red and white and I had a ton of the add-on's that went with them to combine them into larger mechs and vehicles. They were like Ammonites on steroids.

Sabrblade wrote:Been curious about seeing this show.


A part of me is curious to know what it feels like to be shot but I can guarantee you that if either of us satisfies our respective curiosities, it's going to hurt, just in different ways. :P
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566918)
Posted by AutobotAlvaron on April 20th, 2014 @ 8:57pm CDT
Ooh, I hope they complete the series on DVD. I love G1 & this has a similar 1980's feel, though a little simpler and with Scooby-Doo animation. The characters are fewer, but still deep enough to keep interest, plus their voices are excellent. It even seems that Cy-kill is meaner to humans than Megatron!
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566919)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 20th, 2014 @ 9:06pm CDT
T-Macksimus wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Been curious about seeing this show.


A part of me is curious to know what it feels like to be shot but I can guarantee you that if either of us satisfies our respective curiosities, it's going to hurt, just in different ways. :P
Oh, I'm aware of it being beneath the G1 cartoon's quality, but any enjoyment I'd get out of it would probably guilty pleasure stuff.

Besides, I've sat through all of Armada, Energon, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, every English dub of Digimon, some of Voltron: Defender of the Universe, some of Super Friends, a bit of the Adam West Batman series, the English dub of Sailor Moon, 4Kids anime dubs, and a fair amount of the films reviewed by the Nostalgia Critic. I think I could handle this too. ;)
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566928)
Posted by bvzxa on April 20th, 2014 @ 11:12pm CDT
After watching Machine Robo: Revenge of Chronos there is no way I can go back to watching GoBots.
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566930)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on April 20th, 2014 @ 11:18pm CDT
T-Macksimus wrote:
Heckfire wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Those $60-$75 Bandai imports of their mecha? Some were Sentai Zords


Nope, these were actual Revell paint-glue-and-decals model kits of mecha from Macross, Orguss, and the like, the same ones that also showed up in the original print run of the Battletech tabletop RPG. Bandai had nothing to do with them, except maybe licensing them to Revell in the first place (I can't recall who owned the rights to the mecha designs back in the early/mid 80s, I was about 9 or 10 at the time).


I know exactly what you are talking about since I still have a standard VF, and Armored version and a Robot Recovery Unit flatbed. All from Revell. Most certainly not anything close to those Bandai kits and yes, they were hard as hell to assemble but way cool when you finally got them completed. I also had a number of the Convertors figures that you had mentioned from your earlier post and more Robo-Links than I knew what to do with. The came in at least 3 shades of blue, some with the bodies blue and the arms and legs white, some the mirror image of that and some red and white and I had a ton of the add-on's that went with them to combine them into larger mechs and vehicles. They were like Ammonites on steroids.

Sabrblade wrote:Been curious about seeing this show.


A part of me is curious to know what it feels like to be shot but I can guarantee you that if either of us satisfies our respective curiosities, it's going to hurt, just in different ways. :P


I was talking about another line where Bandai released their Chogokin directly in the US. It was called Godaikin
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566934)
Posted by shajaki on April 20th, 2014 @ 11:44pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:
shajaki wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Since there were 65 episodes, I'm assuming that 1-5 got released before, 6-35 must be in this set, and 36-65 could be in a Volume 2 release, right?
wait wait wait.... this set wont include the first five episodes?
Nope. They released that DVD well over a year ago, I believe. I never bought it because I thought this inevitable larger set might include them for a double-dip, but now I'll need to order it too.
that.... is ridiculous.
not only have we entered the age of popular "complete set" releases, but this issue is not unheard of. beast machines had a small release (1 dvd episodes 1-5 or something) and later released the series as a whole. and i didnt feel cheated for buying the first dvd. i like comptete sets!
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566935)
Posted by shajaki on April 20th, 2014 @ 11:45pm CDT
double post :P
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1566936)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 20th, 2014 @ 11:52pm CDT
shajaki wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:
shajaki wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Since there were 65 episodes, I'm assuming that 1-5 got released before, 6-35 must be in this set, and 36-65 could be in a Volume 2 release, right?
wait wait wait.... this set wont include the first five episodes?
Nope. They released that DVD well over a year ago, I believe. I never bought it because I thought this inevitable larger set might include them for a double-dip, but now I'll need to order it too.
that.... is ridiculous.
not only have we entered the age of popular "complete set" releases, but this issue is not unheard of. beast machines had a small release (1 dvd episodes 1-5 or something) and later released the series as a whole. and i didnt feel cheated for buying the first dvd. i like comptete sets!
Well, when Animated first came out on DVD, its first three episodes (which aired as a TV movie) were released separately from the proper season 1 release, which didn't include them.

I think the reason the first five episode of GoBots were sold separately here is because they might not be officially counted as a part of the main series season since they act as a standalone mini-series called "The Battle for Gobotron".

The G.I. Joe: ARAH cartoon did something similar with its first five episodes being a mini-series called "A Real American Hero", followed by another five-part mini-series called "The Revenge of Cobra", and then the rest of the series proper. Then it later had its movie and then another mini-series called "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!" and then more episodes of the series. Then, the DiC version of the show began with a mini-series called "Operation: Dragonfire" and then more episodes of the series proper.

tl:dr - some shows are just like that.
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1567071)
Posted by Torneira on April 21st, 2014 @ 12:00pm CDT
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Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:It's funny I see this now because last night I had found my old Crasher Gobots (the black version and the white version) and I went to watch the first couple of episodes after. Amazingly awful, but awesome in their own way. Really under appreciated, and I STILL want the Command Center and Thruster play sets.


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Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1567076)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 21st, 2014 @ 12:05pm CDT
^ That toy did actually get used for Transformers, as the Cybertron Idōkichi ("Maaximal Mobile Base") in Beast Wars II

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Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1567347)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on April 21st, 2014 @ 10:33pm CDT
shajaki wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:
shajaki wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Since there were 65 episodes, I'm assuming that 1-5 got released before, 6-35 must be in this set, and 36-65 could be in a Volume 2 release, right?
wait wait wait.... this set wont include the first five episodes?
Nope. They released that DVD well over a year ago, I believe. I never bought it because I thought this inevitable larger set might include them for a double-dip, but now I'll need to order it too.
that.... is ridiculous.
not only have we entered the age of popular "complete set" releases, but this issue is not unheard of. beast machines had a small release (1 dvd episodes 1-5 or something) and later released the series as a whole. and i didnt feel cheated for buying the first dvd. i like comptete sets!

I didn't mind buying both the Rhino and Shout! G1 sets (well, partly because they screwed up different eps in different ways, so you need to for maximum completism), but Warner, as far as I can tell, have been the most irrational copyright trolls when it comes to yanking old cartoon intros off youtube, so I refuse to give them any more of my money than necessary; they make enough off Happy Birthday. Removing eps is one thing, but making the intros off-limits makes no sense, since it's free advertising to people who might suddenly want to buy a series from their childhood that they'd previously forgotten, and monitoring the number of hits would be good market research. I wouldn't even consider buying a legit set from them if GoBots had aired recently enough for high-quality bootlegs to be recorded.

Which reminds me: I wonder if Warner would consider legal action if any of the 3rd Party GoBots stuff gets too show-accurate. Since those are the only real stabs at better GoBot toys we'll ever get (rather than TF homages not accurate enough to anger Bandai) that'd be a shame.
Re: Challenge of the Gobots: The Series DVD Available For Preorder (1567355)
Posted by RSDADDIMUS2 on April 21st, 2014 @ 10:47pm CDT
Want it!! :DANCE: