GoBots

We know, we know… you’re probably thinking, “Transformers rule! GoBots suck!”

But in all fairness, the Gobots actually beat the Transformers to the market. Their toys were here first, and so was the cartoon. So why did GoBots fizzle when Transformers soared?

Well, it might have had something to do with the packaging and marketing. Let’s compare names: the Gobots had Scooter, Loco, and Tank… none of which really holds a candle to Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Shockwave, now, do they?

And what about the slogan? While the Transformers were blowing us away with the super-simple but awesome “Robots in Disguise”, the GoBots fired back with “Might-y vehicles, might-y robots.. GoBots!”

Yawn.

And while it might take you the better part of an hour to figure out how to turn Wheeljack into a race car, GoBots like Dumper (Really? “Dumper”?) could be, er, transformed with one or two quick tugs and twists. Where’s the fun in that?

Don’t get us wrong… every 80s toy had its place, and as lame and pathetic as the GoBots were, we still remember them, and some of us can actually recall having fun with them (though generally it was because our lame parents were stuck buying GoBots ’cause Transformers were all sold out).

Hey, all that matters is they were oh-so-80s. And that’s good enough for us.

We ♥ GoBots.

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~ by weheart80s on October 25, 2011.

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