OK, I’m was going to try something new for tonight’s Showcase, using an embedded playlist to show the whole thing, rather than linking to each individual piece. (Darn YouTube rules.) However, I can’t embed it that way on WordPress, Vodpod is being uppity today, and I have plans for the afternoon.

I’m wondering if I should rethink my hosting situation if I’m going to keep doing this. There are days Vodpod is more trouble than it’s worth, and trying to host a video from other sites is a chore. {EDIT: Now that I’ve calmed down, I’ll just say that video embedding is the only major problem I have here. Well, that and not being able to use ComiXology’s features.} Well, here’s the playlist and I’ll post the first episode before the jump, which also hasn’t been released on DVD, at least in the US as far as I can tell. Also, no pictures today because I’m in a bit of a hurry today. Enough bellyaching. One way or another, I’m bringing you the Robotix show, one of two Super Week/Super Sunday series to not make it on it’s own.

UPDATE on 1/14/2017: Found a full copy.

Robotix was a toy line (using the tagline “who puts the future in your hand”) created by Learning Curve and distributed via Milton Bradley. I had trouble finding a decent fan-site (which is odd for the internet) and even Wikipedia spends more time discussing the cartoon than the toys, so I’m not sure if Hasbro actually owned Milton Bradley at the time or not. The Robotix toys were a building set where you could build robots, and control them with a “remote” connected to the construction.

For the cartoon and comic (which I’ll try and dig out for a future edition of Scanning My Collection), the marketers turned to Sunbow and Marvel, who had already proven quite successful with Hasbro’s G.I. Joe and Transformers series, as well as Marvel’s own Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. Like the Transformers, Marvel decided to create factions, putting them at war for the future of the planet. This time it’s not Earth, but Skalorr. The two groups, Protectons and Terrakors, used to be humanoid lizards until an accident led to their life-essences being transferred into robotic vehicles called Robotix. The rest you can see in the episode.

By using a variation of the Transformers formula, however, some errors were made. The toys couldn’t “reconfigure” like they did in the cartoon. From what I can tell, they had to be taken apart and rebuilt, while in the media they actually appear to transform. That doesn’t seem right, and I wonder how many kids were disappointed. (And parents, too. Those things weren’t cheap, and if the kid stopped playing with them, that’s money down the drain better spent on something the kids would keep playing with, like Lego.) The requirement of a pilot to initiate the reconfiguring makes sense not only because the kid can pretend to be the pilot (the Robotix sets did come with action figures) but also because in the show they were originally piloted machines. So while the life essences of living beings were in the robots, they couldn’t exactly use their own command systems.

Robotix the cartoon first appeared in serial-style segments as part of a syndicated weekday mini-series called Super Week, which spawned the famous Jem series as well as cult classic Inhumanoids once the anthology was picked up as the weekly Super Sunday. Inhumanoids had replaced Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines, based off another series of toys featuring licensed versions of famous Monster Trucks. (The Bigfoot truck has been featured in at least three different cartoons, the others being the “Power Team” segments of the first Video Power season, and the current TLC cartoon Bigfoot Presents Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks.)

I never collected the toys, which are still available thanks to new distributors Robotics and Things, having returned to their non-faction status. I did get the comic and enjoyed the cartoon. I wished they had made a regular series out of it, although at least we get an otherwise clean ending to the story. I’m not really sure how they’d continue it, even with the “I may not be dead yet” teaser at the end. Hope you enjoyed it, too. If you got it to work!

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About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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  1. Sean says:

    My brother had a Robotix set. As a result, I was also able to use it. For the 80s, it was a unique toy concept. It was neat to make the robot actually move. I did have the one shot comic book issue of it, but now it’s gone. If I can track down a copy in a comic book store, that was one back issue I will get again because I do remember the story line and artwork were pretty good. I’ve watched part of the cartoon movie before on Youtube but still haven’t watched the whole thing. Just have to add this to my list of other videos to watch when I have the time to do it. Also, you’re very correct in wishing this had been more than a one shot comic. This could have been a good comic series to continue. The interest was there as the 80s were big on robots. You mention Inhumanoids in this article. 2 months, I picked up 3 of the 4 back issues when at the comic store of my youth. I’m very much looking forward to reading those. They’re on my reading list after I finish my Pirates of Darkwater back issues.

    Ah….the 80s….a totally awesome era in comic books, cartoons, movies, television, toys, and music.

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