Transformers Generation 2 1993 Toy Reviews: Gobots

in 1993, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Color Changers, Generation 2

Transformers Generation 2

General Information:
Retailer: General (Toys 'R' Us, Bradlees etc.)
Price: $12.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: Water Cannon

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As the "Generation 2" line began to reach its mid-point, Hasbro continued experimenting with different types of features on the figures to make them more appealing as they had in the past. While transformation was still the toy's primary gimmick, there seemed to be a focus at the time on adding "something else" to the figure as well. In 1993, a sub-group of Transformers were introduced known as the "Color Changers" (which pretty much described their gimmick, but more on that below). Gobots was one of the Autobots belonging to this sub-group.

Though it may not raise any eyebrows now, back in the day having a "Transformers" character named "Gobots" was rather amusing since "Gobots" had previously referred to a line of transforming robot toys that competed with "Transformers" for a good portion of the 80's. Hasbro would later acquire Tonka, the company that had the "Gobots" license so they were able to incorporate elements of that line into "Transformers". This was one of the most blatant examples.

It's probably worth saying that when reading this review, it's important to realize that in 2013, I'm reviewing a toy that came out about twenty years ago, so the standards that I usually hold figures to are a bit different when it comes to something of this era. It is through that lense I recommend you read this review.

Vehicle Mode:
Gobots has one of the less common vehicle modes among Transformers. He may appear simply as a "generic race car" but he's actually a Peugeot 405 T16 Race Car. Since in real life the Peugeot was a fairly generic looking vehicle, you may not see much in common with its real life counterpart. The most distinctive features that they share are:

  • The front end has thin headlight sections that come to angles on the inside.
  • The grille is a distinctive thin series of raised lines.
  • The front end of the vehicle has a section on the hood that has an indentation sloping down.
  • Like the Peugot, Gobots is a two door car with two large windows on the sides and two smaller, triangular shaped ones next to them.
  • The front end has a bar with lights on them, based on one of the variants of the real life Peugot.

As with all non-licensed vehicle forms, Gobots does wind up with some differences from the real life vehicle. The sides of the vehicle have a beveled section that comes out a bit from the central section of the car. This line goes straight from front to back whereas on the real life vehicle it slopes up slightly. Also, the rear of the vehicle has covers over the rear window that the real life race car did not. Also, the rear section does not have the distinct lines of the Peugot and instead has generic rectangular shapes sculpted in for the rear lights. The spoiler piece is also the base of the weapon, so it winds up sticking out in back, something the real life car did not have. In a really nice touch, you can see into the interior of the vehicle to see two seats, a steering wheel and even a stick shift in between the seats.

Gobots is cast in orange, translucent grey, yellow, light blue, blue, black and clear plastic. The light blue doesn't show in this mode unless you flip the vehicle over. The orange is the color that dominates, making up the middle to back of the car. The wheels are black and the windows are clear. The front end is translucent grey plastic that has been painted over with temperature sensitive orange paint, roughly matching the orange plastic color. If you get this wet (with cold or warm water) the orange turns to a pale white color. The spoiler is yellow with a pink bladder on the back, this leads to the front bar with lights on it, which is cast in blue.

Stickers make up a lot of the details on this figure. Many of them use gold foil as their base. Details are quite varied including triangular stickers on the spoiler with black skulls on them, the number "6" on the hood and sides and of course the "G2" Autobot symbol based on Optimus Prime's head design. He also has blue stickers with orange "circuit patterns" on them on the smaller side windows. Overall definitely has that "over decorated" look of many rally and race cars. A final splash of detail is added by painting the cover over the rear window dark grey. This offers some nice, darker contrast from all the bright colors on this figure.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the weapon by pushing down the blue headlights in the front.
  2. Swing the rear of the vehicle back.
  3. Move each half of the front of the car down.
  4. Flip the halves of the hood over the robot shoulders.
  5. Turn the driver's area around and swing the robot head down.
  6. Move the blue handle on the weapon so it points down and place it in Gobots' fist.

Robot Mode:
Gobots' robot mode is a fairly standard design, but a nice looking one. His robot head bears some similarity to the design of G1 Wheeljack's head, complete with a rounded head, mouthplate and the "ears" on the sides of the head. The arms and legs are bulky, giving Gobots a nice "tough" look. The halves of the hood becoming his should armor is a neat touch as it looks like he's ready for some rough and tumble fighting. The center of his body is sunk in a bit since his weapon runs through that part of his body in vehicle mode. However, it doesn't look bad. Rather, it looks pretty cool because it offers a break between the halves of his chest and waist.

In this form, Gobots reveals two shades of blue on top of the orange from the vehicle mode. His upper arms, main body and upper legs are all a light shade of blue (but not powder blue or anything) while his robot head is dark blue with smokey plastic for the eyes (that can light pipe). He has some additional stickers in this form as well. If you get him with stickers unapplied, and you're going to apply them, be careful to put the stickers on his upper arms as far up as possible as the lower arm rubs up against them when he holds his weapon.

In order to use the weapon, you dip the end in water, press the bladder on the back down and then let it ruse, which brings water into the weapon. Then squeeze again to fire. This works okay, it's not like the water shoots over a foot or anything, but it's enough to hit another Transformer standing nearby. Ideally this would be another water changer and the water you fire would change its color - or so the play pattern was planned.

Gobots has four meaningful points of articulation. Not a lot, but hardly a surprise considering the transformation scheme and the era the toy was made.

Final Thoughts:
Gobots is an interesting entry in the history of Transformers, party because of his name, and partly because of his sub-group. A cool toy to add to your collection, but not exactly a "must have".