Are we about to see an epic sci-fi action adventure movie based on the animated series Challenge of the GoBots? We just might! Hasbro, who now own the rights to the transforming toys, has applied for a new Gobots trademark, which seems to indicate they are planning a revival of the dormant property. But in what form will it take? That is not yet known.
The trademark, which is brand new and not a renewal was applied for under 'distribution of motion pictures, ongoing television programs' and 'toys, games and playthings, namely, toy vehicles and accessories for use therewith'. This could simply mean that they are gearing up to launch a new toy line, but it does hint at the possibility of a live-action movie or possibly a new animated series, which could lead to bigger things in the future. To read the trademark documents filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office: CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE
Much like the far more popular Transformers, which has been turned into a lucrative movie franchise, GoBots features vehicles that can transform into robots. They were produced by Tonka from 1983 to 1987, and was always seen as a competing franchise to Transformers. That was until Tonka's Gobots became the intellectual property of Hasbro after their buyout of Tonka in 1991. The Challenge of the GoBots animated TV series debuted as a 5-part miniseries in 1984, and then became a regular series in 1985. It in turned spawned the 1986 animated feature film GoBots: War of the Rock Lords.
Hasbro only owns the fictional side of the GoBots franchise, which includes character names, robot bios and story lines. They do not, however, own the toy likenesses, which were only licensed from Bandai in the 80s, and not part of the Tonka acquisition. If Hasbro moves forward with GoBots in any iteration, the look of the toys and characters will be completely different than what fans remember. If a movie happens, it will, in fact, be a complete reboot, at least visually speaking. What do you think? Do you want to see GoBots resurrected as a new big screen property?