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
- 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
- "Auto Madic", "Cold Spell", "Crime Wave"
- "The Quest for Roguestar", "Quest for New Earth",
- 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.
Gobotron Saga" was released in Germany.
If you have
any more details on VHS releases of Challenge of the Gobots, please
contact me =)