A New Suit for Leader-1

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Challenge of the GoBots ep 52
"A New Suit for Leader-1"
Airdate November 26, 1985
Written by Reed Robbins and Peter Salas
Animation studio Hanna-Barbera

The clothes make the man, and the Power Suit makes a Renegade!


Featured characters[edit]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Guardians Renegades Humans Others
  • Fabricon leader (9)



Continuity notes[edit]

  • Gadgets and Powers:
    • Scooter creates a hologram of a semi truck to divert Crasher.
    • Doctor Go can plug into computer data storages using wires in his chest, uploading an entire database into his mind.
    • Leader-1 can project energy beams from his eyes (either thanks to the Power Suit or not) which can levitate and transport the Renegades.
    • Scooter lures Leader-1 into a cage by making him believe he's walking up the Commander Center's entrance ramp.
    • Scooter's retractable chest wire can extract the data Doctor Go downloaded into his chest using his own plugs.

Continuity errors[edit]

  • The Guardian Power Suits look completely different this episode, without even the most remote resemblance to the toys or previous appearances.
  • If Leader-1's plan was for the Guardians to never know they were in the digital storage vault, why did he get on the monitor and laugh maniacally at them?
  • From the time Cy-Kill infiltrates the Command Center to Leader-1 revealing his true colors to the Renegades, both factions are carrying hand-held blasters. Before and after this brief window, everyone is using their traditional hand-blasters.

Animation and technical errors[edit]

  • When Doctor Go is (apparently) carrying the Power Suit while invisible to dispose of it, the Suit has Leader-1's face as if he were inside it.
  • General Newcastle's hair hasn't gone gray yet when we first see him.
  • Path Finder's head gets weird after Leader-1's transmission from the vault. It's flatter, longer, and strangely mixes with her neck.

Real-world references[edit]

  • Scooter's hologram of a giant red semi-cab with smokestacks and its blue trailer bears an odd resemblance to someone we know.


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