VHS Releases

Poster promoting the US video release of "The Gobotron Saga"Challenge of the Gobots was released on VHS video in several countries by Vestron Video. Most of the tapes were released in the mid-1980s when the Gobots toyline was still a going concern, and are long deleted. Due to the obsolete status of VHS, these can generally be found very cheap second hand on eBay, or in charity shops.

  • In the USA, the 1984 miniseries was issued in an omnibus tape named simply Gobots - The Original Full-Length Story. Later, the five-part Gobotron Saga was released, again edited into a single feature. This was followed by eight volumes compiling two or three episodes, seemingly picked at random: -
    - Volume 1: "Time Wars" and "Cy-Kill's Shrinking Ray"
    - Volume 2: "Trident's Triple Threat" and "Doppleganger"
    - Volume 3: "Invasion from the 21st Level" Parts I and II
    - Volume 4: "Renegade Rampage" Parts I and II
    - Volume 5: "Forced Alliance" and "Nova Beam"
    - Volume 6: "Speed is of the Essence", "Renegade Alliance" and "Cold Spell"
    - Volume 7: "The Secret of Halley's Comet", "The Gift" and "Crime Wave"
    - Volume 8: "Quest for New Earth", "Clutch of Doom" and "Dawn World"
  • In the UK, Gobots tapes (like many cartoons) were big business, especially in the burgeoning rental market of the mid-1980s. The range was led with the same Gobots - The Original Full-Length Story feature tape. Later this was followed by several releases, again largely random compilations: -
    - "The Gobotron Saga" (omnibus)
    - "Invasion from the 21st Level" Parts 1 & 2
    - "Cy-Kill's Shrinking Ray" (single episode tape)
    - "Time Wars" (single episode tape)
    - "Genius and Son", "The Gift", "Wolf in the Fold"
    - "Auto Madic", "Cold Spell", "Crime Wave"
    - "The Quest for Roguestar", "Quest for New Earth", "Nova Beam"
    - Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords (this was also reissued in the 1990s by Entertainment in Video).
  • At least Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords was issued in Australia, retitled Machine Men: Battle of the Rock Lords.
  • "The Gobotron Saga" was released in Germany.

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