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Challenge of the GoBots

Challenge of the GoBots
Directed by Ray Patterson (Supervising)
Arthur Davis
Oscar Dufau
Volus Jones
Don Lusk
Rudy Zamora
Alan Zaslove
Starring Lou Richards
Arthur Burghardt
Frank Welker
Bernard Erhard
Bob Holt
Marilyn Lightstone
Sparky Marcus
Leslie Speights
Morgan Paull
Phil Hartman
B.J. Ward
Brock Peters
Peter Cullen
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 65
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Joe Taritero
Patrick S. Feely
Producer(s) Kay Wright
Lois Hanrahan
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Original channel First-run syndication
Original release October 29, 1984
September 16, 1985
(regular series)

Challenge of the GoBots (or GoBots: Mighty Robots, Mighty Vehicles), is an American animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera, based on the Gobots toy-line released from Tonka.[1] The show originally debuted in animated form as a five-part miniseries, which aired in syndication from October 29 to November 2, 1984. A regular series followed the next year, premiering on September 16, 1985 as part of the weekday and weekend morning programming block The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. The series was later rerun on the USA Cartoon Express.


  • Summary 1
  • Plot 2
  • Characters 3
  • Episodes 4
  • Cast 5
  • Production credits 6
  • Home Media releases 7
  • Adaptations 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


GoBots dealt with two opposing forces of transforming robots from the planet Gobotron: the heroic Guardians and the evil Renegades. The Guardians were led by Leader-1 while the Renegades were led by

External links

  1. ^ Charles Solomon (2004-07-02). "3 Animated Films: Good, Bad, Ugly - latimes". Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  2. ^ J.D. Reed (1984-10-01). "Living: Hot Toys with a Special Twist". TIME. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  3. ^ "Challenge Of The Gobots: The Original Miniseries : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Challenge of the GoBots DVD Review - IGN". 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Challenge of the GoBots DVD news: Announcement for Challenge of the GoBots - The Original Mini-Series". 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  6. ^ "Challenge of the GoBots DVD news: Announcement for The Series, Volume 1". 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  7. ^ "Challenge of the GoBots DVD news: Announcement for Challenge of the GoBots - The Series, Volume 2". 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  8. ^ Bellomo, Mark (2010). Totally Tubular '80s Toys. Iola, WI: Krause. pp. 90–93.  


See also

Clips from the show were used in Errol Morris's Fast, Cheap and Out of Control.[8]

The Japan-made cartoon Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos was released in France as a sequel to the American series. The show was dubbed to take place in the future and Fitor, Screwhead, and Cy-Kill have reformed. A theatrical film version of the show Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords was released in 1986, one month before The Transformers: The Movie.


On May 17, 2011, Warner Archive released Challenge of the GoBots - The Original Mini-Series on DVD in Region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection.[3][4] This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and[5] On May 6, 2014, Warner Archive released Challenge of the GoBots- The Series, Volume 1 on DVD in Region 1.[6] The three-disc set features the first 30 episodes of the series. The final volume Challenge of the GoBots- The Series, Volume 2, which contains the remaining 30 episodes of the series was released on March 10, 2015.[7] The 1984 telefilm, Robo Force: The Revenge of Nazgar, is included as a special feature.

Home Media releases

  • Executive Producers: Joseph Barbera and William Hanna
  • Co-Executive Producer: Joe Taritero
  • Producer: Kay Wright
  • Associate Producer: Lew Saw
  • Creative Supervisor and Story Editor: Jeff Segal
  • Associate Story Editor: Kelly Ward
  • Supervising Director: Ray Patterson
  • Directors: Art Davis, Oscar Dufau, Volus Jones, Don Lusk, Rudy Zamora, Alan Zaslove
  • Assistant Directors: Robert Goe, Bill Hutton, Rick Leon, Tony Love, Don Patterson, Tim Walker
  • For the Tonka Corporation
    • Executive Producer: Patrick S. Feely
    • Producer: Lois Hanrahan
    • Co-Producer: Ray McDonald
  • Story Direction: Robert Taylor, Kent Butterworth, Roy Wilson, Rhoydon Shishido, Michael Swainigan, Peter Von Sholly, Rich Chidlaw, Larry Latham, Marijah Dial, Dale Barnhart, Tom Sito, George Scribner, Bill Kroyer
  • Recording Director: Gordon Hunt
  • Assistant Casting Director: Andrea Romano
  • Voices: Rob Paulson, Brock Peters, Peter Renaday, Lou Richards, Bob Ridgely, Josh Rodine, Shavar Ross, Marilyn Schreffler, Michael Sheehan, Leslie Speights, Andre Stojka, Steve Susskind, Mark Taylor, Brian Tochi, Les Tremayne, Manu Tupou, B.J. Ward, Kelly Ward, Kirby Ward, Jimmy Weldon, Frank Welker, Eric Williams, Keone Young, Ted Zeigler
  • Title: Bill Perez
  • Graphics: Iraj Peran, Tom Wogatzke
  • Music Arranged and Conducted By: Hoyt Curtin
  • Music Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
  • Design Supervisor: Davis Doi
  • Character Design: Michael McHugh & Tony Sgroi
  • Background Color Key: Eric Heschrong
  • Background Supervisor: Al Gmuer
  • Background Artists: Eric Heschrong, Mike Humphries, James Hegdus
  • Produced and Associated with Cuckoos Nest, Wang Film Productions Co., LTD
  • Production Supervisor: Lynn Hoag
  • Technical Advisor: Bob Marples
  • Animation Supervisors: Richard Bowman, Gary Hurst, William Kitchen, Mark Simon
  • Sound Directors: Alvy Dorman, Phil Flad
  • Supervising Film Editor: Larry C. Cowman
  • Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
  • Supervising Music Editor: Joe Sandusky
  • Supervising Effects Editors: Michael Bradley, Kerry Williams
  • Music and Effects: Vitello and Associates
  • Show Editor: Gil Iverson
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Post-Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
  • Executives in Charge of Production: Jayne Barbera and Jean MacCurdy
  • A Hanna-Barbera Production
  • This Picture Made Under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • (c) Copyright 1985 Hanna Barbera Productions, Inc. All rights reserved
  • Go-Bots names, characters and properity (R) and (c) Copyright 1985 Tonka Corporation All rights reserved

Production credits


  1. Battle for Gobotron
  2. Target Earth
  3. Conquest of Earth
  4. Earth Bound
  5. The Final Conflict
  6. It's the Thought That Counts
  7. Renegade Alliance
  8. Time Wars
  9. Terror in Atlantis
  10. Trident's Triple Threat
  11. Lost on Gobotron
  12. Cy-Kill's Shrinking Ray
  13. The Quest for Roguestar
  14. Ultra Zod
  15. Sentinel
  16. Cy-Kill's Cataclysmic Trap
  17. Speed is of the Essence
  18. Genius and Son
  19. Dawn World
  20. Pacific Overtures
  21. Forced Alliance
  22. Invasion from the 21st Level Pt. 1
  23. Invasion from the 21st Level Pt. 2
  24. Doppelganger
  25. Scooter Enhanced
  26. Tarnished Image
  27. Cold Spell
  28. Crime Wave
  29. Auto-madic
  30. Renegade Rampage Pt. 1
  31. Renegade Rampage Pt. 2
  32. Search for the Ancient Gobonauts
  33. Gameworld
  34. Wolf in the Fold
  35. Depth Charge
  36. Transfer Point
  37. Steamer's Defection
  38. The GoBot Who Cried Renegade
  39. The Seer
  40. Whiz Kid
  41. Ring of Fire
  42. Cy-Kills Escape
  43. Quest for the Creator
  44. The Fall of Gobotron
  45. Flight to Earth
  46. Return to Gobotron
  47. Destroy All Guardians
  48. Escape from Elba
  49. Fitor to the Finish
  50. Clutch of Doom
  51. The Third Column
  52. A New Suit for Leader-1
  53. Renegade Carnival
  54. The Gift
  55. Nova Beam
  56. The Last Magic Man
  57. Braxis Gone Bonkers
  58. Inside Job
  59. Element of Danger
  60. Mission: Gobotron
  61. Et Tu Cy-Kill?
  62. The GoBots That Time Forgot
  63. The Secret of Halley's Comet
  64. Guardian Academy
  65. Quest for New Earth



The Guardians later found the true Last Engineer, who was instrumental in frustrating the alliance between Cy-Kill's Renegades and the Master Renegade. The Master Renegade later escaped the custody of the Renegades, and plagued both factions, notably attacking the UniCom colony of New Earth.

In the last quarter of the 20th Century, the planet Earth became involved in the conflict between Leader-1's Guardians and Cy-Kill's Renegades. During one of these battles, one of Leader-1's lieutenants, Turbo, became severely damaged. Unwilling to let his friend and teammate die, Leader-1 began his quest to find the legendary Last Engineer. Leader-1 found the person he believed to be the Last Engineer, but Leader-1 had unwittingly released the Master Renegade (though he did repair Turbo to gain the Guardians' trust).

The GoBot forms possessed an additional ability; after being run through the device named the Modifier, the GoBots' bodies were able to transform into other vehicles. His work done, the Last Engineer intended to retreat to a pre-prepared workshop elsewhere in the galaxy, but the Master Renegade stole his ship and escaped in his stead. The Last Engineer placed himself into suspended animation beneath the surface of Gobotron, while above, the war continued to rage between the Guardians and the Renegades, now all encased in GoBot shells.

When a Renegade sabotage operation inadvertently resulted in a gigantic asteroid colliding with Gobotron, the natural disasters that resulted from the asteroid's impact pushed the GoBings to the verge of extinction. However, the genius who became known as the "Last Engineer" saved his people, taking his experiments to replace parts of his own body with mechanical substitutes to the ultimate extent and transferring the GoBings brains into large robot bodies known as "GoBots".

In the series' backstory, thousands of years ago on the planet Gobotron, there lived a race of human-like beings known as GoBings. Civil war erupted on the planet when the power-hungry terrorist group known as the Renegades arose, led by a madman dubbed the "Master Renegade", who waged war against the peaceful Guardians.


Likewise, there was no commonality of design within each faction. The only 'theme' to a side was that anything that turned into a 'monstrous'-looking robot or vehicle was a Renegade.

The series generally focused on a small number of robots from each faction (Leader-1, Turbo, Small Foot and Scooter vs. Cy-Kill, Fitor, Cop-Tur and Crasher), who were virtually ever-present, with other characters seeming to rotate in "guest-star" roles. GoBots had no clear divide between the two factions. The characters had no identifying insignias or markings to indicate their allegiance, although it was indicated on the toy packaging.


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