The Classic Robo joined the Machine Robo series towards the start of 1984, with a few refinements from the original prototype. By the start of the following year had arrived in America as part of the Gobots line, renamed as Good Knight. The figure remained in production for the rest of the line's life.

The character only managed a handful of appearances in the Challenge of the Gobots cartoon series, nabbing the role as a member of the Guardian Security Council - most notably in the episode "Nova Beam". The toy was a respectable seller, and was also issued as part of the Robo Machine line. Eight years later, the figure was issued once again in Europe, becoming 'Classic Car' in the Robo Machines series.


ALTERNATE MODE

Good Knight has a fairly unusual alt mode. He might be another bloody red car, but he's modelled on an Excalibur Series 3 Roadster (possibly the source of the dodgy pun in his name - Excalibur, sword, knight), which is a kind of American knockoff of a nicely designed classic sports car. It's a nice, stylish idea for an alt mode, a bit different from what makes up most transforming lines - usually vintage-styled cars only get a look-in if they're modified to Hell (cf. Super Couper or the Transformers Laser Rods).

Sadly, this isn't a particularly well-rendered example. There are piles of nice details, such as the cooling slats on the engine cover and the funky spare tyres, but other areas are neglected - the seats could really have done with some paint to break up the sea of red, for example. While the chromed grille looks good, there are some unsightly lumps on both bumpers. The windscreen would have been better off painted rather than getting a too-small sticker that only serves to draw attention to the opaque plastic behind it. European and Japanese versions had some extra stickers, but these are a bit tacky and the gold type doesn't really stand out. The car mode is plastic only, too - it's one that would have benefited from a bit of diecast to add class. As well as cost cutting, another thing that Good Knight suffers from is the old problem of transformation grooves - notably down the middle of the bonnet (something that also results in the front bumper being split in half). It's a valiant attempt to do something a bit different with a car alt mode, but it fails, to put things simply.


ROBOT MODE

The transformation sequence is a little different, with the bonnet splitting to form the legs, and the seats/boot rotating around to reveal the torso. Sadly, the robot mode is incredibly ugly. The torso design is poor enough without a windscreen jutting out of the figure's waist (maybe his scant TV appearances meant he had to run a snack tray at sporting events to make ends meet?).

He has big flat arms that obviously double up as the rear wheels and arches, and these look ridiculous - though their limited movement comprises of the figure's full range of articulation. Good Knight also has an incredibly ugly head design - it's just this chewed up chrome lump, and it clashes with the suave air you'd expect a quasi-vintage car figure to have. On the plus side, the blue torso (the only real diecast on the toy) and stickers break up the red a bit. And that's about the most positive thing I can say in support of Good Knight's robot form.


SUMMARY

Neither of Good Knight's modes look all that good, unless you have a predisposition to Excalibur cars, while he lacks the quality and playability of most second series figures. The robot mode is a gawky mess, everything idiots stereotype the line to be, no good for play or display. Good Knight's most redeeming feature is that he's probably the easiest Gobot to find in reasonable condition, and is therefore cheap. Even then, though, he's a completist's piece.


THE FACTS
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RELEASES:
1984, Machine Robo Series - MR-44: Classic Robo
1984, Gobots Series 2 - 34: Good Knight
1985, Robo Machine - RM-44: Good Knight
1993, Robo Machines - Classic Car

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WEAK POINTS:
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