I originally missed the entire G2 Go-Bots line. Well, to be more precise, I didn’t miss them so much as purposefully avoid them when I saw them in stores. My reason for actively shunning them?
That’s Soundwave. Sound. Freaking. Wave. Not to mention that they did roughly the same thing with Optimus and Megatron. I was so affronted by the names of characters that I loved from G1 being so callously applied to transforming Matchbox cars, I turned up my nose and headed down the aisle. It wasn’t until 2001 and the Robots in Disguise line that I would learn how awesome these little toys actually are. Now called Spychangers, their depiction as a squad of tiny ninjas, each with a “special jutsu”, in the cartoon made me love them so much that I would buy the original ten Robots in Disguise releases, the eight re-released ones that came with Tiny Tins, the first round of clear plastic KBToys exclusives, and the second round of clear plastic KBToys exclusives. At that point I had pretty much put them on display and moved on, occasionally grabbing some of the Universe repaints that I missed. At Botcon this year I grabbed the Universe Spychanger Optimus Prime/Prowl and Spychanger Ultra Magnus/Ironhide double packs for super, super cheap which must have put me in a Spychanger mood. I was stopped in my tracks by a carded, brilliantly purple version of the Hot Shot mold (haha, yes I realize G2 came first, but it will always be the Hot Shot mold to me.) After getting over the gaudy, sparkly wonderfulness of it, I chuckled when I noticed the name on the bottom left.
When I went to look up the G2 Go-Bots, I quickly realized though I spurned the G2 Go-Bots I had seen, I actually did miss a good portion of the line originally, those being the first versions of the molds. The Hot Shot mold, which was the Frenzy mold, after having been the Megatron mold, was actually the Blowout mold.
So, Frenzy was purple. What colour was Rumble? Unfortunately, Rumble never made it. Of course, Rumble would get his revenge on Frenzy for this years later as part of the Alternators line. G2 Rumble was to be in a wave of six all-new molds but they didn’t make it out by the time the line was cancelled. Four of them, including Rumble’s proposed mold would eventually see release as Spychangers. The Rumble mold would be released as Side Swipe.
Not my favourite of the Spychanger/Go-Bot molds (that honor goes to Crosswise/High Beam), much like Hot Shot’s flame deco, it’s Frenzy’s paintjob that really sells him.
Especially in alt mode.
Looks like I’ve got an old line with a new appreciation to keep an eye out for.