Saturday, December 2, 2006


The initial GoBots toys were re-releases from the Japanese Machine Robo series, sold on blister cards. Other toys from the Machine Robo DX line were also released as ‘Super GoBots’. Tonka also created a number of original toys for the line, such as the Command Center, Thruster attack ship and the robot dinosaur, Zod. The initial GoBots were released in 1984. The good robots were initially designated "Friendly" and "Enemy" and were only later dubbed "Guardian" and "Renegade" after the TV series had been on a season.

As the line continued, Tonka added new toys, including the Power Suits and the Secret Raiders. A spin*off line, the Rock Lords was launched in 1986, but it was a failure. The GoBots line was discontinued in 1987, with the Dread Launchers being the last toys released in the line.

Gobots were sold in Australia under the name Mighty Machine Men, and in the UK as Robo Machines (reflecting the original Japanese name) in 1984. There was even a Robo Machines comic strip in the UK's long-running Eagle comic, pre-dating any of the actual GoBots storylines since the TV series wasn't shown in the UK until later. Both the Australian and British toylines were subsequently renamed GoBots once the cartoon series was finally imported from the U.S.