Hey folks, Valkor here. Growing up in the 80's, if you were the owner of Gobot toys and not Transformers, you were picked on mercifully. I was sort of in the middle as I used to own both; of course I had more fun with Transformers (because I didn't wanna get beat up... more than I'm used to), but the Gobots were cheap, simple, and hey they were on television, so why wouldn't I want them? Well the folks at Warner Home want you to relive those "painful" yet fun moments of your past with the release of "Challenge of the Gobots" The Original Miniseries.
Challenge of the Gobots is a single disc, five part miniseries that's actually the first five parts of the Gobot series. Much like the Transformers, there are two factions involved – the good guys who are the Guardians and the bad guys called the Renegades. The conflict begins on the planet of Gobotron, where Renegade leader Cy-Kill (who's actually a motorcycle), devises a plan that involves teleportation to and conquering earth, in an attempt to take over Gobotron and thus the galaxy. When word gets back to the Guardians of Cy-Kill's plan, they don't hesitate to bring the fight to his doorstep. However Cy-Kill escapes, leaving a handful of his Renegade soldiers behind to hold off the Guardians while he puts his plan into motion. But the Guardians send their own team after him – Leader-1 (who is their leader), Scooter, and Turbo. They'll battle it out against Cy-Kill and his crew Cop-Tur, Krasher, Tank, and the mighty Zod (and they'll have to contend with more of them towards the end). And since they're on earth, each side has human counterparts to aid them in battle. On the side of the Guardians we have Matt Hunter, Dr. Anya Turgenova, Nick Burns, and A.J. Foster. For the Renegades we have Dr. Zebadiah Braxis.
No need for highlights as the story itself is pretty straight forward. And I find it funny that on an entire planet of Gobots, the Guardians only make use of three, while the Renegades have quite a few at their disposal. What were the show's creators thinking? Anyway, on with the TOV Breakdown.
In the film "Clerks 2", the Gobots were affectionately labeled the "K-Mart Transformers". And that pretty much holds true, especially now having watched this miniseries after so many years - the show wasn't incredibly impressive, the robots themselves sported flat faces and simple transformations, and the toys... let's not get into that shall we. However the Gobot series was fun though it paled in comparison to the depth of the Transformer series. But I must repeat, the miniseries has its moments of enjoyment and if you liked the series in the past, you'll get a kick out of this DVD. The story is straightforward, the action well paced (though there are some down spots) and there are tons of laughs – though I'm sure they were unintentional such as Gobotron looking like a cored apple, the names of the Gobots themselves such as Cop-Tur and Cy-Kill, finally the humans can actually ride inside the Gobots when they transform between vehicle and robot. As for the DVD transfer, I thought it was done beautifully well as the colors pop off the screen and the audio quality was way better than I had expected. Great job!
If you were never a fan of Gobots, then you're not gonna like this DVD – at all. By comparison to Transformers, everything about the show is rather "silly". Finally, I wanna know who thought it was a good idea to put those commercial breaks on the DVD. You know the one's where the announcer says "We'll be right back…" and 'We now return to…" What? Why?
Challenge of the Gobots DVD is available now as part of the Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection and should only be picked up by either serious classic collectors, or if you just wanna nostalgia. Personally I thought the series, while not perfect, wasn't all that bad. Out of TOV 5 stars, I give Challenge of the Gobots a 2.5 and it's been Valkor View, TOV Approved.