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The Gobots, the Gobots!

By Anthony Brucale

C'mon everybody, sing along! If you don't know the words, just read the title of this article over and over and over and you'll get the theme from the Hanna-Barbara cartoon stuck in your head for weeks on end. The mighty robots and mighty vehicles have finally made they way to TFU.INFO's figure archive and in honor of the occasion, I'm breaking out some Gobots material for everyone to enjoy. If you've seen some of this stuff before, it's because it was on my old Xoom/NBCI website, and I've decided to recycle (or in this case, Re-Cy-Kill) it just for this issue. Sorry, couldn't resist the bad joke.

First, a brief look at the Gobots box art. Though many only remember the art of the Hanna-Barbara cartoon, few realize that the Gobots toys had beautifully painted artwork which tended to be much more accurate than the visual portrayals on the television show.

On the right, we see the box art to Super Spay-C, Friendly Robot Space Shuttle. You can also note the retail price of $9.99 at Caldor. And much like Caldor, box art has gone the way of the dinosaur in the American market.

Also we have images from a Gobots drinking cup. The art on the cup was culled from the box art of Leader-1, Cop-Tur, and Turbo, all mainstays on the television show.

Leader-1 | Cop-Tur | Turbo

The early Gobots also came with a catalog/comic book, similar to the comics included with the Transformers: Armada figures today. Below is a shot of the cover of "Escape to the Planet Earth" along links to scans of the entire comic.

Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Page 10

Page 11 | Page 12 | Page 13 | Page 14 | Page 15 | Page 16 | Catalog

Gobots also had a regular magazine that featured comics and activities and interviews and tidbits with 80's TV stars. The Gobots Magazine did sport nicely painted cover artwork. In fact, the Gobots line had a ton of marketing in the book department, from short story picture books to coloring books. Because the images are a bit too large to shove on one page, the links below will take you to some examples:

Gobots Magazine Cover - Leader-1 & Cy-Kill
Gobots Magazine Cover - Scooter & Vamp
Gobots Magazine Cover - Mr. Moto & Cy-Kill
Gobots Magazine Interior - Create Your Own Command Center 1 | 2
Gobots Paint With Water Cover
Gobots Coloring Book Cover - Leader-1, Zod, Cy-Kill, Royal-T
Gobots Activity Coloring Book Cover - Leader-1, Cy-Kill, Royal-T

Lastly, there's the Gobots Movie, which introduced the world to the Rock Lords, powerful beings with the useful transformation of turning into rocks. Below, an ad for the movie and an ad for the Rock Lords line.

Gobots Movie | Rock Lords

And that is this issue's look at Gobots. If you'd like more next issue, let me know and I'll break out the old magazines for some scans. Also, don't forget to check out the Gobots Archive here at TFU.INFO. It's not quite done yet, but it's getting there. If you want to help out, take a look at our missing pics list!

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