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GoBots! – Episode 176 – Shane Plays Geek Talk

gobots shane plays podcast title 2-9-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 2/9/2019:

Highlights: The GoBots! Yep, that’s right… those beloved (by some) transforming robots from the 80’s! The toys! The cartoon! The movie! The… Rock Lords?? Who came first: Leader-1 or Optimus Prime? Find out as Shane geeks out with GoBots fan Robin, plus all the usual tomfoolery and nonsense!

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Podcast Zinger is from Screwhead | Robot Chicken SNEAK PEEK | Adult Swim

Mad Merv’s new game: Apolune
Shane has Steam keys… email or tweet him
“Apolune is a minimalist, endless procedural evolutionary space war. Enjoy fighting wave after wave of enemy starships in a classic “2D” simulation that evolves and mutates as you fight on, victorious. Defend the Earth from hordes of vile aliens in your simple craft: point-and-shoot.”

Art & Arcana book by Mike Witwer & Jon Peterson is up for “Best Art Book” in 2019 Locus Poll and Survey
Locus is The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field – 30 time Hugo award winner

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Real Rocket Raccoon Passes Away; Chris Pratt Confirms James Gunn’s Vol. 3 Script Still In Play | SyFy Wire

GO-BOTS Return in All-New Comic Book Series | IDW
IDW Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Classic Toy Line with a Sci-Fi Epic Written and Drawn by Tom Scioli

Gobots: Everything You Didn’t Know | SyFy Wire

Hasbro Might Be Making A GOBOTS Movie | ComicBookMovie.com
*From 2015
January 2015: “Hasbro has…filed documents to the United States Patent & Trademark Office for a new GoBots trademark under ‘distribution of motion pictures, ongoing television programs’ and ‘Toys, games and playthings, namely, toy vehicles and accessories for use therewith.'”

GoBots Timeline

Credit to:
GoBots: Everything You Didn’t Know | SYFY WIRE:


  • Machine Robo in Japan (human-piloted mechanical machines)
  • Before Transformers!
  • “Friendly” and “Enemy” factions


  • Tonka licenses Machine Robo toy line for USA and calls them GoBots
  • A year before Transformers
  • Reconcepted as self-aware robots, not human piloted machines
  • Given names, not just numbers
  • Gobotron – home planet

September 1984

  • Transformers animated series
  • Transformers toys flood US toy stores

“Challenge of the GoBots”

  • Aired one season 1984 – 1985
  • Hannah – Barbera cartoon
  • 65 episodes, 22 minutes each
  • 1,430 minutes total
  • Cartoon introduced “Guardians” and the “Renegades” faction??
  • Voice actors:
    • Phil Hartman – Professor Baron (Von) Joy
    • Frank Welker (Megatron) – Scooter
    • Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) – Pincher


  • Super GoBots
  • 6” toys
  • New characters from show sold to expand line
  • Animated feature: “Go-Bots: Battle of the Rock Lords”
  • New Rock Lords spinoff toy line from Tonka


  • GoBots line ends


  • Hasbro buys by Tonka for $516 million
  • GoBots folded into Transformers toy line


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