There's only one Gobots catalogue that I know of, and that is basically everywhere. The scan circulating on the internet is of pretty poor quality to boot, so I've left it out. What with it not being mine and all. Instead, here are some catalogues from the Japanese Machine Robo and European Robo Machine lines.


Machine Robo
1983, Popy

Conveniently grouping the 12 Popy Machine Robo Series figures; IIRC this one came packed with MR-12, the Shinkansen Robo. What's immediately noticeable is that all the figures shown are painted prototypes. What's even more interesting is the moulding differences on Supercar Robo (MR-07) - the rear wheels are half-covered by the bodywork, and the figure has forearms that hinge at the elbow.


Machine Robo Series
1984, Bandai

Adding Bandai's first 18 figures to the 12 Popy designs. Bits to look out for are the early colour schemes for Eagle Robo, Doubledecker Bus Robo and 3-Wheel Buggy Robo, as well as the rubber tyres on Jeep Robo. This was typical of Japanese catalogues for the series - generally the last three or four toys shown were either just out or soon to be released, so prototype examples - usually hand-painted and occasionally featuring more complex parts than the production versions - were often used for photography.


Machine Robo Series
1984, Bandai

Up to MR-40 now. Once again, the interesting variants are in the more recent stuff, including Off Road Robo with a red chest, a predominantly-red version of Mini Cooper Robo, a version of Zero Robo with actual arms and a very early version of Kaman Robo.


Robo Machine
1984, Bandai

This small catalogue was packed in with Robo Machine figures for most of the line's life, however outdated it was. These are pretty poor scans; I'll get better ones when I get chance. Note the gaps in the numbering where figures were skipped for Europe.


Machine Robo
1985, Bandai

This catalogue is in pretty poor condition - it was the one distributed with Bandai's carded reissues of Machine Robo Series figures, and was actually stuck to the bubble, which means these are often torn or ripped. I do have a better copy, which I shall endure to scan. Nothing particularly weird on this one - the first 50 Machine Robo Series figures on the one side, with the Devil Invaders, Big Machine Robo, Battle Garry, Combat Buggy, Battle Base, Battle Armor 5 and Land Commander 5 figures on the back.


Challenge of the Gobots - A Robo Machine Product
1986, Bandai

A rather belated successor to the long-serving small leaflet that's much rarer by comparison. As well as the strangeness of Robo Kong and the Robot Arm Machine (non-Machine Robo/Gobots robot toys lumped under the banner by Bandai in Europe), the figures shown are a weird hotchpotch of European and American variants. The clumsy line name is part of a belated attempt by Bandai to link the Robo Machine range to the Challenge of the Gobots cartoon, by then screening in Europe.


Machine Robo Winner Robo
1988, Bandai

Mainly hyping the Winner Robo (this one did come with Testarossa Winner) and RoboShooter Gaiden. However, there's space on the back for the Battle Hackers, plus a load of stuff from Revenge of Cronos - including the Rock Robo and the Gylandar. Some nice artwork too.


Machine Robo Winner Robo Vol. 2
1988, Bandai

More Winner Robo love, with the main focus being Fire Winner, Porsche Winner and 4WD Winner (who went unreleased as the line was cancelled soon after), as well as the Mailaway Thunderer. The back is the usual mishmash of already available stuff, less dramatically presented than above to make room for the earlier Winner Robo.