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For our first Throwback Thursday retro review, I’m going to take you all the way back to 1985. It’s the year where two of the top three songs were performed by Wham!, WrestleMania debuted, and Back to the Future debuted. It’s also the year where you’d be able to fire up your console television and watch Challenge of the GoBots.

Youngsters nowadays likely look at GoBots and think they were some cheap corner store rip-off of Transformers. Not so! Both GoBots and Transformers started in Japan in the 80’s - GoBots by Bandai and Transformers by Takara. They both came over to the US in 1984 - GoBots from Tonka and Transformers from Hasbro.


Most kids fell into either the pro-Transformer or pro-GoBot group. It was basically the two political party system for male children in the 1980’s. And while I had a handful of GoBots, Transformers were my preferred robots in disguise. GoBots always felt like the red-headed stepchild. And it wasn’t an unusual occurrence to see young GoBot children standing alone against the wall during recess.


Both lines featured robots that transformed into vehicles and back again. The majority of Transformers were fairly intricate figures. There was a lot of twisting and turning and you might have even had to read – eek – instructions! The GoBots felt a little held back by their simplicity. Their robot form looked entirely too vehicle-y with a little head and a big body.


Take, for instance, the GoBot I was able to snag off of eBay. Named Stallion, he’s an “Enemy Robot Sports Car”. Whatever marketing genius dreamt that up was just appealing to kids’ inquisitive minds and their love of a good backstory. In six moves, as shown on the back of the packaging, he’s transformed.


Part of the problem was that, in general, GoBots were much smaller than Transformers. They were in the same scale as Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. And that’s what we didn’t get! Kids didn’t realize that these were the real robots in disguise. You could hide them right alongside your Matchbox car and only the eagle-eyed kids from “Gifted Class” would be able to tell the difference. Heck…Stallion even has rubbery tires on those wheels. That’s some high–class stuff right there.


It’s unfortunate that GoBots petered out by 1987. Transformers had taken over the market. Though, looking back, I can see why. The Decepticons weren’t the “Enemy Robot” and they weren’t constrained by transforming into vehicles. Megatron was a toy gun. Soundwave was a fake microcassette recorder with little cassettes that turned into badass animals. Then the Dinobots came along and transformed from a robot to entirely less conspicuous extinct metal dinosaurs.


So how does the toy hold up to today’s standards? For likely sitting in a box for the past 30 years, it’s in pretty good shape. You can transform it back and forth without worry of the plastic breaking apart. It feels like a new toy. 

Alas…it’s likely that we’ll never see these GoBots reproduced like we have with various other toy lines from the 1980’s. Hasbro acquired Tonka back in 1991 and they got the names and storylines of the GoBots characters, but the toys and likenesses are still owned by Bandai.

Bambaland Exclusive Transformers Megatron Premium Scale Figure


3A Toys will be releasing for pre-order their Bambaland Exclusive Transformers Megatron Premium Scale Figure on Thursday January 29th 2015 at 8PM ET. Standing in at 18.5-inches in height, the figure features over 70 points of articulation including articulated fingers and a Brute Shotgun accessory. There's also realistic weathering paint effects, metal chains wrapped around the torso, and light up feature on the eyes.


The Bambaland Exclusive Edition includes the Matrix of Leadership accessory and a tattered and weathered cloth cloak. You can pre-order one for $430.00.


Hot Toys’ Optimus Prime (Starscream Version)

Hot Toys THE TRANSFORMERS G1 Optimus Prime Starscream Version 1

Under license from Hasbro, Hot Toys has announced the Optimus Prime (Starscream Version) Collectible Figure from the classic The Transformers Generation 1.

The Optimus Prime (Starscream Version) figure stands about 30cm (12") tall, featuring a highly detailed mechanical structure and painting applications with distress effect, a pair of Starscream’s wings, weapons, and a rocky ground diorama base with the Autobots’ logo.

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The Optimus Prime (Starscream Version)  features:

• LED-lit eyes
• LED light up Matrix of Leadership in chest
• Pair of hands with movable fingers
• Embossed Autobots insignia on left shoulder
• Cannon
• Two rifles mountable on shoulder or forearm
• Pair of wings
• Set of wheels mountable on figure’s back
• Two back mounting accessories
• Rocky ground diorama base with Autobots’ logo

Special Version (Ani-Com) – Bonus Accessory
• Starscream head

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Sideshow’s Sixth Scale Destro

Destro Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles
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Hailing from a long line of savvy war profiteers, James McCullen, a.k.a. Destro XXIV is the head of M.A.R.S. Industries an expert arms supplier to the COBRA terrorist organization.

The Sideshow Collectibles Destro Sixth Scale Figure comes aptly equipped with an array of deadly, technologically advanced gear and accessories. His detailed fabric costume is complete with vest and long jacket for warmth in the Scottish Highlands, and around his neck hangs Destro’s ruby medallion, a treasured family crest. His belt with pistol harness keeps a chrome pistol conveniently by his side and arm gauntlets house both miniature rockets and hand grenades to keep enemies at bay. Concealed within his communications case is a secret panel that removes to reveal a laser pistol…for use with shadier clientele. Regardless of his true agenda, behind the beryllium steel mask lies a shrewd weapons dealer who serves as a valuable asset to any ally who can afford his wares.
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Sixth Scale Figure
Sideshow Collectibles

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12.5" H (317.5mm)*
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Mat Brouillard (Sculpt)
Patrick Pigott (Sculpt)
Jon Neil (Sculpt)
Esther Skandunas (Costume Fabrication)
Anthony Mestas (Paint)
Wan Lee (Paint)
Joe Allard (Design)
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What's in the Box?

Destro head sculpt with steel mask
Fully Articulated Prometheus Body
Fabric Costume includes: shirt, vest, jacket, pants
Belt with pouches and pistol harness with leg straps
Rocket dart gauntlet
Grenade gauntlet
Laser Gun
Gloved hands in multiple poses
McCullen family ruby medallion (on chain around neck)
Satellite communications case w/ hidden weapon storage
Satellite location tracker
COBRA weapons blueprints


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Sideshow’s Sixth-Scale Storm Shadow

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Sideshow Collectibles has announced that the deadly assassin, Storm Shadow, is the newest member of their COBRA Sixth Scale figure collection. Available in a regular and Sideshow Exclusive (Cobra Head Katana Sword) edition, with each one running $179.99. Look for the figure to begin shipping in February 2014.

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Each Storm Shadow Sixth-Scale figure includes:

• Balaclava concealed portrait
• Katana
• Compound Bow with arrows
• Two Ninja Tonfas
• Winter camouflage suit
• Forearm gauntlets
• Shin guards
• Ninja Tabi boots
• Padded assault vest
• Clawed fighting hand
• Shuriken hand
• Additional posed gloved hands
• Climbing rope
• Assault pack
• Figure Display Stand

Sideshow: G.I. Joe – Baroness

Sideshow GI Joe Baroness 1

Sideshow Collectibles has revealed the latest addition to their G.I. Joe series of sixth-scale figures. The Baroness is priced at $179.99, with an anticipated shipping date in January 2014.

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The Sideshow Exclusive version of the Baroness Sixth Scale Figure includes an additional head with alternate hairstyle and glasses. The main (or only?) female COBRA operative includes the following:

• Detailed Body Armor and holsters
• Tailored Fabric Body-Suit
• High-heeled Boots
• Bull pup Assault Rifle
• Knife
• Sub-machine pistol
• Multiple gloved hands
• Sideshow Exclusive: Additional head with alternate hairstyle and glasses

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Sideshow’s Sixth-Scale Cobra Commander

Sideshow GI Joe Cobra Commander 1

Over at Sideshow Collectibles, you can now pre-order their newest figure from the G.I. Joe line - Cobra Commander. Available in a regular and Sideshow Exclusive edition, this sixth scale figure is priced at $174.99.

It's expected to begin shipping in November 2013, and is the first time we've seen Sideshow release Cobra Commander donning his chromed visor.

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Sideshow GI Joe Cobra Commander 2

The Cobra Commander Sixth Scale Figure features:

• Classic Helmet with Chrome Mask
• Alternate Head with Hood
• Cobra Scepter
• Ceremonial Cobra Dagger
• Dress Uniform includes fabric cape, cobra symbol clasps and belt buckle, and dress boots
• Broom Handled Mauser Pistol
• Multiple Gloved Hands
• Sideshow Exclusive: Laser Pistol

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Hot Toys rolls Snake Eyes

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Joe Retaliation Snake Eyes 1

With the release of the G.I. Joe Retaliation movie slated to take place in early 2013, Hot Toys is proud to present the sixth scale Snake Eyes Collectible Figure - their first collaboration with Hasbro. The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Snake Eyes in his black "military ninja" bodysuit.

Slated to be released in the second quarter of 2013, Sideshow Collectibles currently has the figure available to pre-order - priced at $194.99.

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Joe Retaliation Snake Eyes 2
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Joe Retaliation Snake Eyes 4

The 1/6th scale Snake Eyes Collectible Figure specially features:

• Five pairs of interchangeable hands
• Black “military ninja” bodysuit with armors on upper body and arms
• Black helmet
• Pair of black boots
• Two Japanese-styled metal swords with sheath
• Pair of daggers with sheaths
• Submachine gun
• Pistol with holster
• Figure stand with Snake Eyes nameplate and the movie logo

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TLS’ G.I. Joe Mini Series 1

TLS GI Joe Group

The Loyal Subjects has revealed their blindbox G.I. Joe Mini Series 1. Designed by Les Schettkoe, this series of 3" tall figures features Cobra Commander, Destro, Snake Eyes, Zartan, Storm Shadow, Gung-Ho, Duke, and Snow Job. Each one includes accessories and weapons, and can be purchased for $12.99 each. Even though they're currently available for pre-sale, the series does not start shipping until February 2013.