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Challenge Of The GoBots: The Series - Volume 1 (1984/Hanna-Barbera/ Warner Archives DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B- Extras: D Episodes: B-

PLEASE NOTE: This GoBots DVD release is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive series and both can be ordered from the link below.

Created in 1983 by Tonka, slightly before Hasbro/Takara's Transformers, The GoBots started as a toy-line before becoming a popular animated series. In animated form Challenge of the GoBots followed the exploits of a band of transforming robots that had the good Guardians battling the evil Renegades.

Challenge of the GoBots ran from 1984 to 1985 for a total of 65 episodes. Produced by Hanna-Barbera for Tonka, specifically to promote and push the toy-line.

GoBots originally premiered as a 5-Part miniseries before jumping into a full-fledged animated series.

The GoBots, split into two sides as previously mentioned, live on the planet GoBotron where The Guardians are led by Leader-1 and The Renegades by Cy-Kill. The backstory is similar to that of Transformers where the two leading factions have been battling for thousands of years. The initial events that created the two sides are overly complicated and had the original leader of the Guardians (originally GoBings) named 'The Last Engineer' saving the planet and its people from the brink of destruction. 'The Engineer' was meant to retreat to a workshop in a distant galaxy, only to have the rug pulled out from under him by leader of The Renegades (Master Renegade) and his ship stolen. 'The Last Engineer' then retreated to GoBotrons Core and entered a state of constant hibernation.

From here we are treated to a series of battles each episode that have slight elements of continuity. There are a troupe of four Guardians and four Renegades that duke it out in each episode, plus or minus 'guest GoBots.'

The episodes are nothing too deep, but very nostalgic for this reviewer. There is a debate if Transformers or GoBots were the better series (Transformers is generally agreed to be the supreme), but each had their fans.

Ultimately the series were merely a creative and popular manner to sell toys.

This release contains the first 30 episodes of the series.

The three disc DVD collection is a mixed bag as far as the technical features go; supposedly mastered and restored from the original film elements. The picture is a 1.33 X 1 standard definition full screen that demonstrates bright colors, crisp lines, and no notable distortion. Aspects of grain and debris can be seen here and there, but seldom. The Sound is a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono that comes all from the front. There is no distortion to the sound, coming through clean and clear; but for an action packed, robot series some rear speaker involvement would have been welcome.

Sadly no extras appear on this set.

Warner Archives is a great place to find some of the most obscure Warner Bros. release; live action and animated alike. It also remains one of the only places to find select popular animated series (like The GoBots). Order this and much more at this link:


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