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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!