The Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special takes viewers on an adventure that brings Drax and Mantis to Earth to give Peter a very special Christmas present. The wildest moment of the entire special, though, is that it introduces the GoBots in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s how it is. Let me repeat that. GoBots exist in the MCU, and not just as toys.
During a moment when Mantis and Drax are outside the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, where there are a group of people in costumes, Drax sees someone dressed up as Cy-Kill, the leader of the GoBots. This infuriates him and Mantis says, “GoBots killed his cousin.”
That quick line of dialogue introduces a whole species of alien robots in the MCU, and one of them killed Drax’s cousin. At the end of the montage of Drax and Mantis taking photos with the tourists, we see Drax punching said GoBot. So, not only do real, live GoBots exist in the MCU, but humans are aware of their existence, unless during the ’80s there was also a line of GoBots toys and cartoons.
For those unfamiliar, Tonka’s GoBots were the first transforming robotic toys to debut in the United States, a year before Transformers, in 1983. They were vehicles that transformed into robots. However, they were not as complex as Transformers, as most GoBots toys needed one or two limbs to move quickly to complete the transformation. Hanna-Barbera’s Challenge of the GoBots series debuted a year later and ran for a year.
The Transformers completely outshone the GoBots in every way. In 1991, Transformers parent company Hasbro bought Tonka and its subsidiaries, and all the intellectual property that came with it, like much of the GoBots intellectual property, although there are still rights issues to this day.
From there, things got even wilder when a 2018 IDW comic series called Go-Bots alluded to the fact that the GoBots are the creators of the Transformers. In order to “optimize” the Inheritors to spread throughout the universe, he started with the bodies of Cy-Kill and Leader-1. They combined to make a silver jet with red and blue markings that looked suspiciously like Starscream. Also, there’s Road Ranger, who helps everyone during a final battle, and transforms into a red truck. At one point, he says, “Transform and unfold.” Also, one of his friends is Bug Bite, who is now yellow, a robot that transforms into a Volkswagen Beetle.
So does this mean the Transformers are also part of the MCU? Probably not, since it’s a big jump. Regardless, you can see the scene for yourself in the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special, currently streaming on Disney+.
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