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Gobots (1983-1987)
Checklist V1.0

With thanks to Chris Olsen for his help
The latest version of this checklist can always be found at Counter-X.net

|Regular Gobots|Super Gobots|Playsets|Powersuits|Action Toys|Wendy's Exclusives|
|Combiners|Boomers|Secret Riders|Dread Launchers|Power Marchers|

Regular Gobots

These small figures made up the bulk of the line, and were also the backbone of Japan's Machine Robo series. Each figure was sold carded. Those with MR-## or MRD-### designations stamped on them were taken directly from the Machine Robo series, while those with MRT-## designations, were designed by Bandai exclusively for the Gobots line. Those without any number were unreleased Jpanese prototypes issued only in the West. One notable variatation between the releases of Tonka (America) and Bandai (Japan/Europe) is that the former's small figures only came with factory stickers, usually omitting a number of decals compared to the latter's (there were also occasional changes, usually the conversion of Japanese text to English).

#
Name
Year
Side
Vehicle Mode Accessories Notes
MR #
 
01
Cy-Kill
1983
R
White/red/blue Futuristic Motorcycle 2 x Wheels
1 x Engine
US release of Bike Robo.
MR-01
02
Tank
1983
R
Blue Futuristic Tank 1 x Turret
1 x Dual Cannon
US release of Battle Robo.
MR-02
03
Fitor
1983
R
Red/black Futuristic jet - US release of Jet Robo.
MR-03
04
Cop-Tur
1983
R
White/blue Futuristic helicopter 1 x Rotor Blades
1 x Tail Rotor
US release of Gyro Robo.
MR-04
05
Loco
1983
R
Black Steam Engine - US release of Steam Robo.
MR-05
06
Spay-C
1983
G
White Space Shuttle - US release of Shuttle Robo.
MR-14
07
Turbo
1983
G
Red Futuristic Supercar - US release of Supercar Robo.
MR-07
08
Buggy Man
1983
R
Blue Dune Buggy - US release of Buggy Robo.
MR-08
09
Dumper
1983
G
Orange/black Dumper Truck - US release of Dump Robo.
MR-09
10
Pumper
1983
G
Red Fire Engine 1 x Ladder
1 x Gun
US release of Steam Robo, with only 1 gun.
MR-10
11
Dozer
1983
G
Orange Bulldozer 1 x Gun
1 x Cab Roof
US release of Bulldozer Robo.
MR-11
12
Hans-Cuff
1983
G
White/black Toyota Crown Police Car - US release of Police Robo.
MR-13
13
Fly Trap
1985
R
Orange/blue Refuse Truck - Recolour of Sanitiation Robo.
MR-26
14
Small Foot
1985
G
Red/blue Toyota Hilux SR5 1 x Bumper
2 x Rollcage Bars
US release of Offroad Robo.
MR-35
15
Dive-Dive
1985
G
Blue Submarine - US release of Submarine Robo.
MR-33
16
Slicks
1984
R
Yellow/black Renault RE20 - Recolour of F-1 Robo with brand new stickers.
MR-32
17
Block Head
1984
R
Silver/red Cement Mixer - US release of Mixer Robo.
MR-36
18
Road Ranger
1984
G
Blue/red Articulated Flatbed Truck - US release of Trailer Robo.
MR-18
19
Royal-T
1983
G
Green/grey Harrier GR1 - US release of Harrier Robo.
MR-19
20
Spoiler
1984
R
Red Lamborghini Countach - US release of Countach Robo.
MR-21
21
Crasher
1983
R
White or Black/Red Porsche 956 - US release of Porsche Robo. First series release was the same as the Japanese version; second series reissue (using the same Gobot number) was black/red.
MR-20
22
Screw Head
1983
R
Black/red/silver Futuristic Drilling Tank - US release of Drill Robo.
MR-17
23
Blaster
1983
G
Orange Futuristic Missile Tank 2 x Missiles US release of Missile Robo.
MR-23
24
Crain Brain
1983
R
Orange Unic K-200B Crane 1 x Crane Jib US release of Crane Robo.
MR-24
25
Leader-1
1983
G
Grey F-15 Eagle - US release of Eagle Robo.
MR-25
26
Rest-Q
1983
G
White Ambulance - US release of Ambulance Robo.
MR-15
27
Scooter
1983
G
Red Scooter - US release of Scooter Robo.
MR-16
28
Geeper-Creeper
1983
R
Green Mitsubishi Jeep CJ-3B 1 x Machine Gun US release of Jeep Robo.
MR-28
29
Path Finder
1983
G
Green/Silver Saucer Ship - US release of UFO Robo.
MR-29
30
Night Ranger
1984
G
Blue/black Harley Davidson Electra Glide Classic - Recolour of Harley Robo.
MR-37
31
Spoons
1984
R
Cream/Orange Forklift Truck - Recolour of Forklift Robo.
MR-34
32
Water Walk
1984
R
Grey/orange Cessna Seaplane - Recolour of Cessna Robo.
MR-31
33
Flip-Top
1985
G
Blue SH-2 Seasprite 1 x Rotor Blades US release of Kaman Robo.
MR-40
34
Good Knight
1984
G
Red/blue Excalibur Series 3 Roadster - US release of Classic Robo.
MR-44
35
Blaster
1985
G
Orange/green Futuristic Missile Tank 2 x Missiles Recolour of Gobot #23.
MR-23
36
Street Heat
1985
G
Red Camaro Z28 Hot Rod - Recolour of Hot Rod Robo.
MR-43
37
Wrong Way
1985
G
Green AH-64 Apache 1 x Rotor Blades
2 x Rocket Pods
US release of Apache Robo. Some had detatchable rocket pods, some had fixed rocket pods.
MR-41
38
Scratch
1985
G
Grey Ford Bronco - US only .
MRT-41
39
Buggy Man
1985
R
Orange Dune Buggy - Recolour of Gobot #8. Scheme was US only.
MR-08
40
Zero
1985
R
Green A6M Zero 1 x Propellor Blade
1 x Drop Tank
US release of Zero Robo.
MR-39
41
Tux
1985
R
White Rolls-Royce Phantom VI - US release of Limousine Robo.
MR-46
42
Twin Spin
1985
R
Tan/blue CH-46 Sea Knight 2 x Rotor Blades Recolour of Vertol Robo. Scheme was US only.
MR-50
43
Snoop
1985
R
Black/red SR-71 Blackbird - US 'release' of Blackbird Robo - only got as far as the pre-production stage.
MR-45
44
Leader-1
1985
G
Blue/white F-15 Eagle - Recolour of Gobot #25.
MR-25
45
Cy-Kill
1985
R
Black/grey Futuristic Motorcycle 2 x Wheels
1 x Engine
Recolour of Gobot #1.
MR-01
46
Vamp
1985
R
Green Futuristic Car - US release of Casmodon.
MRD-101
47
Scorp
1985
R
Black/red Robotic Scorpion - US release of Zarios.
MRD-103
48
Pincher
1985
R
Blue/gold Futuristic Jet - US release of Falgos.
MRD-102
49
Stallion
1985
R
Blue Ford Mustang - US only.
MRT-45
50
Sparky
1985
G
Red Pontiac Fierro - US/Europe only.
MRT-43
51
Van Guard
1985
G
Grey/black Dodge Caravan - US only.
MRT-42
52
Heat Seeker
1986
G
Cream/blue F-16 Falcon - Recolour (only very minor changes) of Falcon Robo.
MR-49
53
Stinger
1985
R
Gold Chevrolet Corvette - US/Europe only.
MRT-44
54
Major Mo
1985
G
Red Nissan 300ZX - Recolour of Fairlady Robo.
MR-48
55
Bad Boy
1985
R
Green A-10 Thunderbolt - US release of Fairchild Robo.
MR-47
56
Creepy
1985
R
Purple/black Robotic Crab - Recolour of Gildis. An additional green/purple version was issued (unumbered) by Tonka as a mailaway.
MRD-104
57
Tail Pipe
1985
G
Red or black Skyline 2000 - US release of Skyline Robo. One batch used the Japanese scheme; another used a brand new Tonka scheme. Same Gobot number used for both versions.
MR-42
58
Bugsie
1986
R
Red Futuristic Car - US only (recolour issued in Europe).
-
59
Bladez
1985
R
Blue/black Flying Monster - Recolour of Baldas.
MRD-105
60
Klaws
1985
R
Red/blue Spaceship - US only (variant issued in Europe).
-
61
Hornet
1985
R
Blue/pink Spaceship - US only (recolour issued in Europe).
-
62
Treds
1986
G
Green/grey M1 Abrams - US/Europe only.
-
63
Bullseye
1986
G
White B-1 Lancer - US only (variant issued in Europe).
-
64
Mr Moto
1986
G
Yellow/black Honda 200X - US only.
-
65
Mach-3
1986
G
Grey F-4 Phantom - Recolour of Phantom Robo. US only (variant issued in Europe).
MR-51
66
Man-O-War
1985
G
Grey/red Iowa-class Battleship - US release of Battleship Robo.
MR-54
67
Ace
1986
G
Blue P-51 Mustang - US/Europe only.
-
68
Bolt
1985
G
Green/cream P-38 Lightning - US/Europe only.
-
69
Dart
1986
R
Red/blue Honda VF1000R - US/Europe only.
-
70
Sky Jack
1986
R
Grey F-14 Tomcat - US release of Tomcat Robo.
-
71
Gunnyr
1986
R
Red MiG-21 - US only (recolour issued in Europe).
-
72
Bentwing
1985
G
Blue F4U Corsair - US only (variant issued in Europe).
-

Super Gobots

These larger robots had three main sources - Machine Robo's Scale Robo DX (the 1984 releases, plus Defendor) and Big Machine Robo series (the remainder of the 1985 figures), and some specially-designed toys (the 1986 series). The numbers given to the figures by Tonka, while in sequence, seem a little arbitrary. The figures are listed in numerical order, which means the second series come at the top, then the first series, and the the third.

#
Name
Year
Side
Vehicle Mode Accessories Notes
MR#
 
020
Warpath
1985
R
Black AH-64 Apache 1 x Rotor Blades Recolour of Big Apache Robo. US only (variant issued in Europe).
BMR-04
021
Cy-Kill
1985
R
White/red/blue Motorcycle - US release of Big Bike Robo.
BMR-01
022
Spay-C
1985
G
White/black Space Shuttle - US release of Big Shuttle Robo
BMR-05
023
Staks
1985
G
Orange Peterbilt 352H 2 x Smokestack Guns Recolour of Big Truck Robo (avaliable with or without trailer, under the same number). Black-legged version released US/Europe; blue-legged version released US only. Long or short smokestack versions exist
BMR-03
024
Leader-1
1985
G
Grey F-15 Eagle - US release of Big Eagle Robo
BMR-02
025
Baron Von Joy
1984
G
Silver Porsche 930 Turbo 1 x Gun US release of Porsche 930T Scale Robo.
DX-07
026
Zeemon
1984
G
Red Datsun 280Z Fairlady-Z - US release of Fairlady 280Z Scale Robo.
DX-02
027
Herr Fiend
1984
R
Black Porsche 928S - Recolour of Porsche 928S Scale Robo. US only (variant issued in Europe).
DX-03
028
Bug Bite
1984
R
Yellow Volkswagen Beetle 1 x Gun US release of Volkswagen Beetle Scale Robo.
DX-05
029
Destroyer
1984
R
Green Leopard A4 1 x Gun
1 x Gun Barrel
US release of Leopard A4 Scale Robo.
DX-04
030
Psycho
1984
R
Black/red/silver Psychoroid - US release of Psychoroid Scale Robo; remoulded to disable missile launcher.
DX-01
031
Defendor
1985
G
Tan/green Saladin Mk. II 1 x Gun US release of Saladin Mk. II Scale Robo. Two versions issued - one with a long gun and non-removable turret, one with a short gun and removable turret.
DX-06
032
Throttle
1986
G
Blue BMW 100KRS - US only (variant issued in Europe).
-
033
Vamp
1986
R
Green Futuristic Car - US/Europe only; scaled up version of Gobot #46.
-
034
Raizor
1986
R
White Experimental VTOL F-4 Phantom 1 x Rotor Blades US/Europe only.
-
035
Super Couper
1986
G
Black Ford Coupe - US/Europe only.
-
036
Spy Eye
1986
G
Grey/green Tornado GR3 - US only (variant issued in Europe).Missing several paint apps, and a significant number of stickers.
-
037
Clutch
1986
R
Red Chevrolet C/K - US only (variant issued in Europe). Has silver windows.  
038
Night Fright
1986
R
Tan/green Mi-24 1 x Rotor Blades US/Europe only.
-

Playsets

Each faction had a spaceship which turned into a base, also doubling as a carry-case for smaller figures. These were build to scale for the regular Gobots, and designed by Tonka.

Name
Year
Side
Vehicle Mode Accessories Notes  
Command Center
1984
G
Grey/black Spaceship/Land Walker 2 x Pumps
4 x Floors
US/Europe only
Thruster
1985
R
Black/blue Spaceship - US/Europe only

Powersuits

Each faction also got a Powersuit set, recoloured from the Machine Robo Battle Commander 5 set. Each small suit could function as armour for a regular Gobot, and also combine with the Power Jet (which could also carry Gobots) to form a large robot. Avaliable individually, or in a giftset.

Name
Year
Faction
Vehicle Mode Accessories Notes  
Courageous
1984
G
Blue/white Spaceship 2 x Fists
2 x Feet
1 x Laser Cannon
1 x Cannon Handle
1 x Multi-Laser
1 x Laser Gun
Recolour of Battle Commander 5, containing the Guardian Powerjet and Guardian versions of GB-P1, GB-P2, GB-P3 and GB P-4 (all also avaliable seperately). Missile launchers disabled.
Grungy
1984
R
Black/greySpaceship 2 x Fists
2 x Feet
1 x Laser Cannon
1 x Cannon Handle
1 x Multi-Laser
1 x Laser Gun
Recolour of Battle Commander 5, containing the Renegade Powerjet and Renegade versions of GB-P1, GB-P2, GB-P3 and GB P-4 (all also avaliable seperately). Missile launchers disabled. Some version had grey feet, some had black feet.

Action Toys

These simple Gobots were designed by Tonka, and were simple friction-motor vehicles. Zod didn't even have an alternate mode, while Scales had a simple "pop-up" transformation.

Name
Year
Faction
Vehicle Mode Accessories Notes  
Scales
1984
R
Black/orange dragster - -
Zod
1984
R
- 1 x Missile Requires 3 'C' batteries; 'robot mode' is a large, wheeled robotic dinosaur, with battery-operated snapping motion,

Wendy's Exclusives

Small plastic figures avaliable at the Wendy's fast food chain for 99¢ with a meal. These are simple little toys, and I left them out for a while wondering whether they were toys or simply merchandise (inidentally, the Arcobots come under the latter, and thus don't make the list). However, they do have bios which is more than can be said for, well, pretty much all of the other figures, and people have emailed me saying I left them out. So in they go... These simple figures were purpose-designed by Tonka.

Name
Year
Faction
Vehicle Mode Accessories Notes  
Beamer
1984
G
Red/black Sportscar - US only
Breez
1984
R
Tan/green Helicopter - US only
Guide Star
1984
G
White/Blue Space Shuttle - US only
Odd Ball
1984
R
Purple Spaceship - US only
Pow Wow
1984
R
Blue/red Van - US only
Sky Flyer
1984
G
Blue/grey jet - US only

Combiners

Both Gobot Combiners were composed of six members, and needed no additional parts to combine. Puzzler was sourced from the original Machine Robo Series, while Monsterous was Devil Satan 6 from the follow-up Japanese line, Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos. Both sets were avaliable individually, or in a giftset.

Name
Year
Faction
Vehicle Mode Accessories Notes  
Cross Word
1985
R
Orange Porsche 930T - Puzzler arm
Jig Saw
1985
R
White/black Police Celica XX - Puzzler waist
Pocket
1985
R
Yellow/black Lamborghini Countach - Puzzler arm
Rube
1985
R
Black/silver Mercedes Benz SL500 - Puzzler leg
Tic Tac
1985
R
Red/silver Corvette - Puzzler torso
Zig Zag
1985
R
Blue/black Nissan 300ZX - Puzzler leg
Puzzler 1985
R
- - Giftset comprising Tic Tac, Jig Saw, Crossword, Pocket, Rube & Zig-Zag
Fangs 1986
R
Grey Wheeled Monster - Monsterous leg; recolour of Blucoda.
Fright Face 1986
R
Blue Jet Monster - Monsterous shoulders; recolour of Gillhead.
Gore Jaw 1986
R
Blue Wheeled Monster - Monsterous leg; recolour of Eyegos.
Heart Attack 1986
R
Green Jet Monster - Monsterous torso; recolour of Gurogiron.
South Claw 1986
R
Pink Winged Monster - Monsterous arm; US release of Deathclaw.
Weird Wing 1986
R
Red Winged Monster - Monsterous arm; recolour of Barabat.
Monsterous 1986
R
- - Giftset comprising Fright Face, Heart Attack, South Claw, Weird Wing, Fangs and Gore Jaw; recolour of Devil Satan 6.

Boomers

Another simple range added on by Tonka, Boomers were motorised, and changing involved a robot head emerging from the vehicle. They could also fire a hollow plastic ball, which split in half - the advertising campaign suggested messages could be placed insider. The same mould was used for both figures.

Name
Year
Faction
Vehicle Mode Accessories Notes  
Blast
1985
R
Blue Six-Wheel Truck 1 x Message Pod US only
Rumble
1985
G
Grey Six-Wheel Truck 1 x Message Pod US only

Secret Riders

These larger figures were all motorised, with Tork and Twister also having working winches. These figures were designed by Bandai for a line named Zenmai Kahen Winch Robo, and were then co-opted for the Revenge of Cronos tie-in line. Tonka took on the figures at the same time, though the Winch Robo versions had already been issued in Europe under the Robo Machine banner.

Name
Year
Faction
Vehicle Mode Accessories Notes  
Tork
1986
G
Black/silver Ford Ranger 2 x Guns
1 x Stand
US release of Landfighter; US version had a sticker sheet bearing the character's name.
Tri-Trak
1986
G
Red/blue Honda 200X ATV 2 x Guns
1 x Stand
US release of Battlancer; US version had a sticker sheet bearing the character's name.
Twister
1986
G
Blue/black Helicopter 2 x Guns
1 x Stand
US release of Battle Gyror; US version had a sticker sheet bearing the character's name.

Dread Launchers

These Gobots combined two vehicles to form one robot. Not to be confused with the Double Machine Robo Japanese figures that appeared in Europe as the Robo Machine Combinators. Despite the fact I managed to leave that mistake in for about six months. These were commissioned from Bandai by Tonka, and were exclusive to the West.

Name
Year
Side
Vehicle Mode Accessories Notes  
Chaos
1987
R
White/blue Jet and
Grey/blue Launcher Truck
- US/Europe only.
Re-Volt
1987
R
Red/grey Eagle and
Tan/black Launcher Truck
- US/Europe only.
Traitor
1987
R
Grey/yellow Wasp and
Purple/black Platform Truck
- US/Europe only.

Power Marchers

Licensed from another Japanese line, these remote-control motorised, non-transforming robots were tacked onto the end of the Gobot line by Tonka. They didn't come out as part of Robo Machine or Gobots in Europe, but a totally seperate line, and are thus listed as US only.

Name
Year
Faction
Vehicle Mode Accessories Notes  
Hitch Hiker
1987
G
- - US only
Quick-Step
1987
R
- - US only
 
 
 
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