Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Bot Camp

A few months ago I used an installment of "Nostalgia Theater" to reminisce on GoBots, Tonka's action figure line that attempted to challenge the Transformers for changing-toy supremacy in the 1980s, but which is now mostly derided and/or forgotten. Well, in case that didn't scratch your GoBots itch (you might want to have a doctor look at that, by the way), the folks at Topless Robot have done me one better and compiled a list of "8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About GoBots (And Probably Didn't Care)." After reading the list, you'll agree that yeah, you probably didn't care. Bonus points though for their throwing in a shout-out to another forgotten '80s toon, Turbo Teen (itself a recipient of the "Nostalgia Theater" spotlight not too long ago).

2 comments:

A Khan said...

Zaki:

You might now know that Gobots actually came out about 1 year before the Transformers in the US. When LeaderOne came out as a Matchbox style toy that did anything more than opening its doors, it was neat-o... But when the Transformers toys came out... it was the next level of awesome, the level of detail of some of those cars was just beautiful, the characters for the shows were memorable ... while the show was an incredible marketing tool, for once the toys actually were worth it...

Plus the Gobots had a gay-ass theme song...

Zaki said...

Yep...check out my GoBots "Nostalgia Theater," wherein I discuss some of these very pints:

http://www.zakiscorner.com/2011/02/nostalgia-theater-gobots-edition.html