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I know we say this all the time, but Hollywood’s lack of originality has seemed to have reached a new low. How, you may ask. By not just trying to get a new movie project going based on a toy, but by trying to get a new movie going based on a toy ripped off an other toy. You may remember the Go-Bots, and the epic battle between the sainted Guardians lead by the appropriately named Leader-1, and the evil Renegades whose boss, Cy-Kill was a robot that – yes – turned into a motorcycle. Then again, you may be too young to remember the 80s, the last time anyone mentioned the term “Go-Bot” without any sense of irony. But remember them or not, the Go-Bots may be soon back on the pop culture radar.

According to Transformers fan site TFW2005.com, Hasbro applied for a new Go-Bots trademark on January 21 and 24 of this year with the intention of using the new paperwork for the “distribution of motion pictures, on-going television programs” and “toys, games and playthings, namely toy vehicles and accessories for use therewith.” That’s legalize for “make it rain!”

In case you’re too young to remember, the Go-Bots were featured in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, The Challenge of the Go-Bots, the “challenge” being how they could walk a fine line between being a response to Transformers and how they could beat them in popularity. Many people think that the Go-Bots were a rip-off of the Transformers, but really they were a rip-off of a line of figures from Japan called Machine Robo, although the original concept was tinkered with in order to make it more like Transformers. Hanna-Barbera produced 65-episodes that began airing during the 1984/85 TV season. A follow-up TV movie in 1986, Go-Bots: Battle of the Rock Lords was the last time anyone tried to make the Go-Bots a thing. Until now…

But why is Hasbro bringing back the second-tier Transformers? Because reasons. The Go-Bots were owned by Tonka, and Tonka was bought by Hasbro in 1991. Hasbro, not about to let a potentially profitable ISP sit idly in their storage room when it could be making some scratch out there on the Cartoon Network, on the the multiplex, or down the toy aisle, is now making a move to turn the Go-Bots into the next big thing that used to be a big thing.

Of course, none of this is to say that Go-Bots will be coming soon to a theater near you. It’s worth noting that aside from the four Transformers movies that toys and games being turned into movie franchises have failed pretty thoroughly after two underperforming G.I. Joe movies, Battleship and Ouija. On the other hand, as evidenced in the below video, the Go-Bots could really use the help to get back in the game.

We’ll keep you posted with any Go-Bot-acular developments. Sigh.

Source: Cinema Blend

Category: Cartoons, Film, TV

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