Category Archives: Robots Of The 80s

Famous Photo

I was catching up on recent articles when I noticed a familiar photo on their front page:

Gobots vs. Transformers

The right half of this picture looks awfully familiar. I looked back in the archives, and sure enough:

Gobots batch #1, robot form
Click for larger image

Eh, it doesn’t bother me. If a site is going to rip off one of my photos, I guess I prefer that it be one of my favorite sites. So it’s all good. They also cleaned up the photo nicely; no shadows or anything. I imagine they found it since that picture is one of the top Google image search hits for “gobots”. And at least they didn’t hotlink the photo, as many sites (and particularly forum posters) are wont to do. Chalk it up to my mad metadata skillz, which simply entails clearly titling image files and giving them proper ALT text.

It’s weird to think that that might be the most famous photo I will ever take.

Robots Of The 80s, Part 10

This is the final entry in my Robots of the 80s series so it’s fitting that these are probably the crowning pieces in my soon-to-be-dispersed collection. At the very least, my enduring favorites.

There was a trend in the Transformers toy line to have a team of several robots that combined to form a larger and more powerful robot. In retrospect, this was quite a brilliant marketing strategy. The first such group of robots were the Constructicons — 6 green construction vehicles that all transformed into robots and then combined into — I think — Destructor. Afterwards, there was a team of jet craft Autobots and automobile Decepticons (turning the usual Autobot/Decepticon forms on their ear) which refined the combination model so that it now involved a larger Transformer which formed the mega-robot’s torso and 4 smaller Transformers as the limbs.

My favorites were always the Technobots and the Terrorcons:

Technobots vs. Terrorcons
Click for larger image

Continue reading

Robots Of The 80s, Part 9

Hang in there! Only one more part in the series after this one!

Now we come to the “Masters” series. I’m impressed that these Transformers remained in such good condition. That simply means that they were purchased when my interest in the toy line was waning but when I still wanted to collect a representative sample of each type of Transformer.

The Transformers toy line had Targetmasters, Headmasters, and Powermasters. The concept behind this was that the larger, more capable Transformers had little robot assistants who were humans who had undergone special operations to become special-purpose Transformers.

The first example of this is the Targetmaster. I think this one was named Slapdash. I have no idea what his gun was named.

Targetmaster, transformed
Click for larger image

Continue reading

Robots Of The 80s, Part 8

Here is a grab bag of miscellaneous Transformers. First is a group of Autobots:

Miscellaneous Transformers batch #1, transformed form
Click for larger image

The 3 rightmost Transformers fit better into my discretionary toy budget which is why I tended to accumulate more of them. The 2 of the left (one of which I couldn’t figure out how to fully transform anymore), if I recall correctly, were some sort of special mail order Transformers. I could be mistaken.

Continue reading