I got my first Machine Robos from my usual source & supplier of toys and all things good back then…my dad. I remember finding them cool since they were like Transformers in that they also transformed from vehicles to robots and back again but their transformations were simple and their small sizes made them easy to carry around. Of course they also came with small catalogues that showed me the rest of the line…and there were a lot! A funny thing I remember was that these robots didn’t have real names other than a code number designation like “MR-01, 02, 03 and so on”. Of course back then it didn’t occur to me that “MR” was short for Machine Robo, so I would call my robots “Mister” 01, 02, 03 & so on…I was very formal with these bots.
Anyway like I said, although not as complicated as Transformers, these WERE cool robots and I did get quite a lot of them, probably more than Transformers since they were a lot cheaper. So you may wonder why these guys didn’t make as much of an impact to me as Transformers did. I thought about this for a moment and almost instantly came up with an obvious answer.
|So which one would you watch?|
It was like the Gobots weren’t even trying, each episode featured the same 6 cookie cutter good guys and bad guys with the occasional guest appearance from some random bot. So yeah, in my opinion, the Gobots toyline died not because they had an inferior product, but because their manufacturers failed to go the extra mile and build a world around their characters.
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