Rock Lords

“Rock Lords, rocks come alive! Rock Lords, fighting to survive…”

Looking back, you may be reminded of that scene in Big when Tom Hanks raises his hand and questions the coolness of the toy that transformed from a robot into a building.

“I don’t get it.”

Well, if you had a problem with robot-buildings, hold on to your horses… ’cause 80s had something even, um, cooler: robots that turned into rocks!


Since Tonka’s GoBots were already getting their butt kicked by Hasbro’s Transformers line, what else could they do? The whole vehicle-to-robot thing was pretty much spoken for, so the genius people in the corner office decided that ROCKS were the way to go. (Apparently trees and shrubs were already taken.)

In 1986, GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords hit theaters (well, one or two theaters, anyway…) and introduced us to Solitaire, Nuggit, Magmar, and the rest of the Rock Lord gang. Of course, it was all just a not-too-subtle way to launch the new toy line that was sure to put Tonka on the map again.


Despite the tagline “Powerful Living Rocks!”, Rock Lords were neither powerful NOR living. They were plastic, lumpy, and yes, kinda silly.

But that didn’t mean we still wouldn’t play with them… whenever we got bored with our Transformers.

Give them credit–– the Rock Lords actually managed to hang on for a while, and new lines were released each year, including those fuzzy little Narlies (remember Narligator?).

But by the time the 90s rolled around, the Rock Lords were nowhere to be seen.

Rest in peace, Pulver Eyes. We miss you, Sticks ‘n Stones. And loveable ol’ Granite? We miss you most of all.

We ♥ Rock Lords.


~ by weheart80s on May 29, 2012.

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