Bad Boy

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Bad Boy doesn't care about your rules, man. He may be a young Renegade, but he knows those fascist punks in the Guardians just want to oppress his freedoms, alright?

He is sometimes known as Tank-Bust.

C'mon Guardians, let's rumble!

—Bad Boy talking trash seconds before he's taken out by a guy with only 2 limbs, "Flight to Earth"

Fiction[edit | edit source]

Challenge of the GoBots cartoon[edit | edit source]

Voice actor: Darryl Hickman

Bad Boy was stationed on Roguestar when Cy-Kill and the cream of the Renegades were captured by the Guardians, remaining free. Despite grumbling about it he helped Dr. Go to set up the Astrobeam to send a cloaking device to the Prison Moon of GoBotron, where Cy-Kill and Fitor were trying to escape, having freed the rest of the Renegades.Cy-Kill's Escape. He was later part of the team of Renegades - along with Psycho, Stinger, Stallion, Block Head and Spoiler - sent to the Prison Moon to oversee to the disassembling of the captured Leader-1. A Guardian rescue team led by Sparky was unable to prevent their leader being taken apart but knocked out the crew operating the machine before Bad Boy and Block Head arrived, stopping them from leaving to retrieve Leader-1's parts. There was a brief stand-off as Bad Boy and Turbo exchanged barbs before an impatient Last Engineer blew both of the Renegades out of his way. The Fall of GoBotron Bad Boy and Block Head recovered enough to pilot a Thruster around GoBotron capturing stragglers; one that they took would later be converted into the Monster GoBot Pincher by Dr. Go. Flight to Earth

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He was used by Cy-Kill as part of his plan to distract the Guardians so the Renegades could steal their Power Suits. Along with Cop-Tur, he was set to attack a UNECOM tracking station in Alaska to keep Leader-1 and Turbo away from the Command Center. They succeeded in this respect by keeping the Guardians busy, but were recalled by Cy-Kill when he found the suits. Their rapid retreat tipped the Guardians off that something was going on, and the plan was ultimately foiled.Scooter Enhanced Bad Boy was involved in another of Cy-Kill's plans on Earth; he was given an Image Simulator Circuit and sent to pose as the Guardian Heat Seeker onboard the Command Center. There he fed information back to the Renegades while also stirring dissent among the Guardians. His intel led to the destruction of both the Quantico Radar Telescope and the Guardians' new sonic drill. Realising someone on his team was leaking information, Leader-1 set up a sting operation, splitting his troops into two teams who both thought they were carrying the new nucleonic power pack, which was subsequently stolen from Scooter, A.J. Foster and Nick Burns. While still disguised as Heat Seeker, Bad Boy let his inner punk out by accusing Scooter of faking the incident and being the spy. Turbo then tried to find out who the mole was by sneaking off to monitor Thruster, which then allowed "Heat Seeker" to cast suspicion on him, with Scooter then trying to clear his friend's name. Bad Boy then wrecked the Guardians' Astrobeam, framing Leader-1 for the damage and having him locked up awaiting trial. However, Scooter was able to trick Bad Boy into revealing himself by posing as Cy-Kill. Bad Boy tried to escape but was surrounded by the other Guardians, who were all part of the scheme to fluish him out. However, before he could get a much-deserved kicking the Astrobeam that brought the Renegade to Earth reversed, sending Bad Boy back to Roguestar while making his exposure largely pointless.Wolf in the Fold


He was selected by Fitor as one of Cy-Kill's most loyal (sic) Renegades to destroy a new UNECOM surveillance station, along with Stinger and Stallion. While initially they were able to cause some destruction, Leader-1 and Turbo soon arrived and were attacked. The Guardian leader chased after Bad Boy, tormenting him with poor wit before shooting the Renegade down, but Bad Boy was able to recover in time to re-join Stinger and Stallion when the Renegades recalled them via Astrobeam - though to Cy-Kill's fury, Fitor was captured.Fitor to the Finish Bad Boy then helped Cy-Kill and Crasher storm Doctor Aeolis's lab, overpower Van Guard and take the scientist's new condenser, spiriting the device away to Thruster. This allowed the Renegades to take Earth's entire population hostage and thus take over GoBotron. He and Fitor were then assigned to guard the vault containing the miniaturised human race, but were tricked by one of Scooter's holograms, allowing Leader-1 to rescue Earth's people without the Renegades even realising. The pair then brought an apparently helpless Leader-1 before Cy-Kill's kangaroo court but was blasted by the Guardian when he escaped, and retreated with the rest of the Renegades when they were booted off GoBotron again.Clutch of Doom


Bad Boy was present on the Renegades' asteroid base when Zero openly criticised Cy-Kill's leadership, led a breakaway raid on GoBotron, came back, beat Cy-Kill in single combat and left again. Bad Boy initially feigned loyalty to Cy-Kill still but then weaselled his way onto what he thought would be the winning team by blindsiding Crasher and delivering her trussed-up form to Zero as a token of loyalty. Along with Zero's other recruits - Twin Spin, Geeper-Creeper and Stretch - he undertook a raid on a UNECOM base intended to capture Matt Hunter, A.J. and Nick, which instead scored the larger prize of the Guardian Turbo. However Crasher and Turbo later escaped, shooting down Bad Boy and Twin Spin, and the group retreated to Zero's hideout. A further attack saw Bad Boy show his usual steely resolve when he quit along with Zero's other followers and re-joined Cy-Kill's main body of Renegades. The Third Column

Robo Machine featuring Challenge of the GoBots annuals[edit | edit source]

Bad Boy was part of the huge army of Renegades gathered by Cy-Kill at Mauna Mauna; however his schemes to keep the Guardians busy were all largely failures, and Bad Boy was taken out along with Crasher and Buggy Man when Dozer collapsed one of the island's ancient temples on them as the battle turned. The Battle at the End of the Earth

Fun Publications[edit | edit source]

Renegade Rhetoric[edit | edit source]

Bad Boy, Gunnyr, and Stretch interfered with a Guardian Academy training exercise, introducing some real danger to the cadets' drills. They tried to kidnap the humans participating in the exercise as valuable hostages, but Leader-1 and his team arrived in time to take over from the cadets, driving the Renegades off. Rebels Without A Circuit When Doctor Braxis approached the Guardians and UNECOM about reforming, he was actually in contact with the Renegades as a double agent. In converted mode, Bad Boy secreted himself away in a hangar at UNECOM base, acting as Braxis's contact until Turbo overheard their conversation. Once Braxis Twice Shy Part 1 Bad Boy tried to capture Turbo as the Guardian ran off, but his mouth got him into trouble as Turbo blasted him while Bad Boy was bragging about their scheme. Once Braxis Twice Shy Part 2 Cy-Kill considered Bad Boy a possible partner for his new Renegade Breez, due to his anger management issues. Renegade Rhetoric 2015/10/16

Toys[edit | edit source]

GoBots version.

GoBots[edit | edit source]

GoBots[edit | edit source]

  • Bad Boy (GoBots, 1984)
    • Enemy Robot Bomber
    • ID number: 55
    • Accessories: none
Bad Boy was released by Tonka in the second series of GoBots, and converts from robot to Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthog" bomber plane in 9 steps. The toy was a repackaging of Fairchild Robo from Machine Robo, with no significant changes beyond the omission of some extra detail stickers included with the Japanese version. His jet mode has a retractable nose wheel. While at first glance Bad Boy seems to be lacking hands they are in fact etched on the inside of his engine nacelles. The figure has hardly any articulation, with only some movement at the shoulders. A weak point of the figure are the roots of the wings, which can wear and make it hard to keep stable in jet mode.
  • Bad Boy was released in the Hot Shot assortment (#7255) for the second series. He remained in the same group for the third and final series, and was given a 3-D GoBots Sticker.

Robo Machine[edit | edit source]

Robo Machine version

Robo Machines[edit | edit source]

  • Tank-Bust (Robo Machine, 1984)
    • Fairchild A-10
    • ID number: RM-47
    • Accessories: none
The European version of the figure was unchanged from the Japanese release (including the extra sticker sheet, which included extra markings for the jet mode) but was given the name Tank-Bust by Bandai; some early catalogues gave this as "Tank Buster". The reason for this change is unknown; to avoid confusion with the overtly homoerotic Wham! single, perhaps. Later catalogues referred to the character by his GoBots name, though the cards for the toy remained unchanged.

Machine Men[edit | edit source]

Machine Men[edit | edit source]

  • Bad Boy (Machine Men, 1984)
    • Fairchild A-10
    • Accessories: none
The Australian version of the figure was largely unchanged from the Japanese release, and used the GoBots name.

Robo Machines[edit | edit source]

Robo Machines[edit | edit source]

  • Tank Buster (Robo Machines, 1993)
    • Accessories: none
The figure was reissued by Bandai in Europe during 1993, with the 'US Army' stickers updated to say 'RM Army'. For trademark reasons the figure was named Tank Buster for the British market, though other markets used different designations. Sadly, like most of the Robo Machines figures, Thunderbolt uses poor quality materials and suffers from mould degradation, with it being notably difficult to fold his undercarriage away to allow the nosecone to get properly flush in robot mode.

Transformers Collector's Edition[edit | edit source]

He's the one that doesn't look anything like Bad Boy.
  • G1 GoBots (Multi-pack, 2004)
    • Takara ID number: 84
    • Accessories: none
Bad Boy is a redeco of the The Transformers Mini Vehicle Powerglide, transforming into a Thunderbolt II as well. Or at least a child's drawing of one. He was only available in an e-HOBBY-exclusive Collector's Edition six-pack with Road Ranger, Bug Bite, Path Finder, Small Foot, and Treds. As the figure is a recolour of Powerglide it's obviously lousy, with its' big monkey scoop arms and massive single foot, proving that both Bandai and Takara were capable of making absolutely dreadful transforming A-10s independently of each other.

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