OVERSEAS


Challenge of the Gobots was exported to several countries.

  • In the UK, the cartoon was shown on ITV's Wacaday Saturday morning strand, alternating with Transformers.
  • In Australia, the series was retitled Challenge of the Machine Men in deference to the successful brand Bandai had established with the figures.
  • In France, the show was translated as Le Defi des Gobots. It was a big success there, with the French theme tune "Go Go Gobots" being issued as a record. The cartoon did so well that the Japanese Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos anime was uniquely imported and dubbed as La Revanche des Gobots (Revenge of the Gobots).
  • In Japan, Bandai briefly considered importing the show to promote Machine Robo, having noted the success Takara managed by doing the same with Transformers. A single episode was dubbed and screened at an industry fair, but was poorly received. The idea was then abandoned - a Machine Robo cartoon would eventually appear in 1986, when Bandai commissioned the indigenous Ashi Productions to make Revenge of Cronos.

If you have any more details on overseas broadcasts or releases of Challenge of the Gobots, please contact me =)